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  • Steven J. Mull - LancasterOnlineSteven J. Mull - LancasterOnline

    LancasterOnlineSteven J. MullLancasterOnlineSteven J. Mull, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL passed away on Monday, November 13, 2017 at Northwest Medical Center in Margate, FL. He was the son of Elizabeth and Denis Hildebrand. Steven was born in Lancaster and after graduation from Lampeter-Strasburg ...

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  • David Cassidy in critical condition at Fort Lauderdale-area hospital - WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports | Fort LauderdaleDavid Cassidy in critical condition at Fort Lauderdale-area hospital - WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports | Fort Lauderdale

    WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports | Fort LauderdaleDavid Cassidy in critical condition at Fort Lauderdale-area hospitalWSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports | Fort Lauderdale(CNN) — David Cassidy, the wildly popular '70s heartthrob who shot to fame when he starred and sang in TV's “The Partridge Family,” is in critical condition with organ failure. Cassidy is being treated at a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, area hospital ...Spokeswoman: David Cassidy in hospital with organ failureThe Mercury News'Partridge Family' Star David Cassidy HospitalizedCBS New YorkDavid Cassidy Reveals He Is Battling Dementia: 'A Part of Me Always Knew This Was Coming'PEOPLE.comTMZ.com -New York Daily News -Daily Mailall 136 news articles »

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  • Intracoastal goes Broadway for Winterfest Boat Parade - Sun SentinelIntracoastal goes Broadway for Winterfest Boat Parade - Sun Sentinel

    WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports | Fort LauderdaleIntracoastal goes Broadway for Winterfest Boat ParadeSun SentinelOther Winterfest activities are planned that lead up to the Boat Parade. Florida Panthers Winterfest Family Fun Day will take place Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Huizenga Plaza, 32 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. The event will feature live ...2 hospitalized after boat catches fire at Fort Lauderdale shipyardWSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports | Fort Lauderdaleall 3 news articles »

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  • Broward Center Announces Schedule of Deaf Accessible ProgrammingBroward Center Announces Schedule of Deaf Accessible Programming

    Arts lovers with hearing and vision challenges can choose from a full slate of performances offered by The Broward Center for the Performing Arts and its partners who offer programs that expand accessibility to the arts. The Broward Center recently presented its first sensory-friendly performance specially designed for individuals with sensory processing and autism spectrum disorders.

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  • SWAG on 6: Student Calls For Change Through DebateSWAG on 6: Student Calls For Change Through Debate

    NBC 6's Ari Odzer provides a profile of Amy Le, a South Florida teen who's working at greatness by using her status as a top debater to call for change. When Anh-thu Le delivers her interpretive speeches, people don't just listen, she captures on audience and doesn't let go.

    Fort Lauderdale News / 19 h. 18 min. ago
  • College Academy senior creates reading programCollege Academy senior creates reading program

    This is one in a series of profiles this school year of students who are nominated by teachers and chosen by editors as best exemplifying the six character pillars: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, caring, fairness and citizenship. Maryam Ware Age: 17 School: College Academy at Broward...

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  • Millions spent to jail small-time offendersMillions spent to jail small-time offenders

    South Florida counties are looking for ways to keep low-level, non-violent offenders out of jail, where putting up an inmate for the night can cost taxpayers as much as a stay at a nice hotel. South Florida counties are looking for ways to keep low-level, non-violent offenders out of jail, where putting up an inmate for the night can cost taxpayers as much as a stay at a nice hotel.

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  • Steve Bannon Speaks Before South Florida Law Firm - CBS MiamiSteve Bannon Speaks Before South Florida Law Firm - CBS Miami

    CBS MiamiSteve Bannon Speaks Before South Florida Law FirmCBS MiamiFORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Former White House strategist Steve Bannon, who ran the Trump presidential campaign, has been on the lecture circuit. Friday, he brought his message to South Florida, speaking to a select group at the prominent Tripp ...Trump strategist Steve Bannon steps back from Roy Moore during Broward talkSun Sentinelall 6 news articles »

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  • Shootings in Lauderhill leave one dead, one hospitalizedShootings in Lauderhill leave one dead, one hospitalized

    Gunfire in Lauderhill left one man dead, a second man hospitalized and a third person being questioned by detectives, police said Friday. The shootings brought police to the 3100 block of Northwest Second St. at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Lt.

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  • Fort Lauderdale Airport Warns Passengers Of Busy Thanksgiving TravelFort Lauderdale Airport Warns Passengers Of Busy Thanksgiving Travel

    The Thanksgiving holiday is fast approaching. Broward County's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport projects a 13 percent increase in passengers compared to the same period last year.

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  • Twitter Thinks Louise Linton Dresses Like A 'Disney Villain'...Twitter Thinks Louise Linton Dresses Like A 'Disney Villain'...

    An emotional video has emerged of a man taking his girlfriend on a plane ride to propose to her. The footage, shot in 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, shows Jimmy and Pam sitting in a small aircraft when another plane flies a banner in front of them.

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  • We Know Less About the First Thanksgiving Than You Probably ThinkWe Know Less About the First Thanksgiving Than You Probably Think

    For all of the fanfare around Thanksgiving in America - between the turkey dinners, Black Friday sales, and the semi-mythical 17th-century feast that pilgrims and Native Americans shared to "give thanks" - there is almost no historical record about the First Thanksgiving, a so-called historic meal that became the basis of a national holiday. It's not that there wasn't any meal at all.

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  • $43,000 missing from Broward school parking meters, audit finds$43,000 missing from Broward school parking meters, audit finds

    The money was removed from parking meters outside district offices in Fort Lauderdale from Nov. 4, 2014 until Sept. 1, 2015, when the district started only accepting credit cards.

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  • Broward residents thank Congressman Alcee HastingsBroward residents thank Congressman Alcee Hastings

    Left to right: Eileen Pangione, Diane Magida, Joanne Goodwin, Fran Schreiber, Carolyn Edelstein, Kathy Carr and Mary Manupella said a very public thank you to Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings PHOTO BY ISHEKA HARRISON FOR SOUTH FLORIDA TIMES Staff Report FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A group of women from the Broward Indivisible Resist Group came to Congressman Alcee Hastings district office to personally thank him for voting against the GOP Tax Reform Bill on Monday, Nov. 13. The women held signs with slogans including: “Alcee, He’s our man, standing up against GOP Tax Plan,” “Alcee won’t make us pay for a rich person’s tax cut,” “Thank you Alcee” and others. Mary Manupella served as the group’s spokeswoman. She said they thought it was important to let Congressman Hastings know how grateful they are that he stands up for his constituents. “He has our back. When something like that GOP Tax Bill (is proposed), which is clearly going to hurt the middle class, representatives like Congressman Hastings are there to protect us and we wanted to make sure that he knew that we appreciated it and we thank him.”

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  • Today is annual Give Miami DayToday is annual Give Miami Day

    The Miami Foundation ignites local giving to Florida non-profits for 24-hours. PHOTO COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA Staff Report MIAMI – Once again, Miamians will try to beat their own record on Give Miami Day, one of the biggest annual giving events in the Southeast U.S. Last year, the 24-hour charitable donation campaign raised more than $9.1 million for 664 non-profit organizations. On Give Miami Day, anyone can make a philanthropic impact by supporting area nonprofit organizations. Throughout the day, individuals may view online profiles of hundreds of nonprofits serving Miami-Dade County and make a charitable donation directly on www.givemiamiday.org. The Miami Foundation and its partners, including Knight Foundation and the William R. Watts Foundation, will maximize the community’s generosity by making a bonus gift for every donation between $25 and $10,000 received on November 16. With a record 690 and counting organizations registered to participate, the Foundation has set a $10 million fundraising goal for the day. Give Miami Day begins at 12 a.m. on November 16 and ends at 12 a.m. on November 17. During 2017, The Miami Foundation is engaging with residents, supporters and donors to celebrate its 50th anniversary and a legacy of encouraging residents to become champions for what matters to them. Give Miami Day is another way for all Miamians to make a meaningful impact on the causes they care about. In 2016, Give Miami Day inspired more than 19,000 donors to make over 29,000 donations.

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  • JM Family and BBBS Broward launch mentorship programJM Family and BBBS Broward launch mentorship program

    Associates from JM Family Enterprises with School-to-Work mentees: Andy Eccher, Pete Sudler, Melvyn, Jay Graff, Colin Brown, Christian, Norvel Bethel, Jamie Horowitz (back row), Michelle Esposito, Christina Allien, Troy, Tariq, Nicholas Bosse, Ana Cedeno (middle row), Alexandra, Carrie Warburton, Tanesha Clarke, Emma, Julie, Kaleigh, Brianna, Leilani ReedLogan, Marvin, Autumn and C’estquea (front). PHOTO COURTESY OF JM FAMILY Staff Report DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – JM Family Enterprises, Inc., in collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County recently launched a School-to-Work mentoring program to help middle school students understand career opportunities, learn the value of workplace skills and inspire them to achieve their dreams. The nine-month program kicked off with a half-day tour of JM Family’s Deerfield Beach headquarters where 11 Deerfield Beach Middle School students learned about the company and met their mentors, associates spanning the company’s business units and corporate functions. “We’re proud to offer this School-to-Work program to help these young students see program their potential and aspire to great achievement in the workplace and in life,” said Colin Brown, chairman and CEO of JM Family. “This new program, and our long-standing partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County, supports our company’s spirit of giving back to our community, particularly in the areas of nurturing children and promoting education.” School-to-Work pairs corporate partners with high schools and middle schools to offer students career mentoring for four hours a month during a nine-month period. The initial meeting generated excitement among the children, ages 11-13 , who immediately expressed their appreciation for the program. “Even as young as they are, these kids recognize the value of this program – they are incredibly enthusiastic as were the JM Family associates,” said Ana Cedeno, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County. “We’re just thrilled to have a company with the stature and reputation of JM Family stand with us to launch this inaugural program. We feel sure additional companies will follow its lead and are hopeful School-to-Work will offer another avenue of bringing important, life-changing mentoring opportunities to children in need in our county.” Helping children is foundational to JM Family’s corporate philanthropy. The company is committed to supporting meaningful programs and partnerships that contribute to stronger families in the communities where its associates live and work. This spirit of giving back was evident in the enthusiasm showed by the JM Family’s leadership and associates participating in the program. School-to-Work came into being as a result of the generosity and community focus of JM Family combined with the innovative work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Ana Cedeno presented the idea to Kim Bentley, assistant vice president of Corporate Philanthropy, who recognized how it fit perfectly into the company’s philanthropic efforts. “JM Family is pleased to be a resource to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County and to the children whose lives are changed for the better by this mentorship program,” said Bentley. “Our hope is that this collaborative effort sets these students on a course to explore their possibilities and see themselves as future business leaders.”

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  • PBSC partners with NOBLE to host public safety job fairPBSC partners with NOBLE to host public safety job fair

    PHOTO COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA Staff Report LAKE WORTH, Fla. – Palm Beach State College has partnered with the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, Palm Beach Sector, to host a Public Safety Job Fair. The fair will be held on Friday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Public Safety Conference Center on PBSC’s Lake Worth campus, 4200 Congress Ave. The hiring event is free and open to the public. People looking for careers in law enforcement, corrections, emergency medical services, 911 dispatch or fire rescue can meet with local and regional public safety agencies that have job openings ranging from officer to civilian positions. Both certified and noncertified individuals and students are encouraged to attend. Participating agencies include the police departments of Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale, Juno Beach, Lauderhill, North Miami Beach, Palm Beach, Palm Springs and West Palm Beach (including dispatch), as well as Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. “Our goal is to bring together as many agencies as we can and showcase the excellent opportunities for employment,” said Barbara Cipriano, PBSC associate dean for public safety programs. “We want to help our students and former students, as well as those in the community with an interest in a public safety career, to take advantage of these job openings. Our goal is to make this fair an annual event.” As the leading educator of public safety professionals in Palm Beach County, PBSC will also exhibit. Attendees can gather information on the College’s various degree and certificate programs in criminal justice, fire science, emergency medical services, including EMT and paramedic, emergency management and various advanced, crossover and career programs, such as Public Safety Telecommunications, which trains 911 dispatchers. For more information about the Public Safety Job Fair, contact Annette Rodriguez at 561-868-3398 or email rodriga1@palmbeachstate.edu.

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  • FEMA opens more local Disaster Recovery Centers to offer aidFEMA opens more local Disaster Recovery Centers to offer aid

    Disaster Recovery Center PHOTO COURTESY OF FEMA.GOV At FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs), individuals can ask questions and receive one-on-one help with their applications including assistance with filing an appeal, submitting additional documentation and speaking with representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration about SBA Disaster Loans, which are available to pay for major home repairs or for replacement of personal property lost due to the storm. DRCs are open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. and last weekend two more locations opened, which will remain open through Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. THE NEW LOCATIONS ARE AT: Broward County Atrium West 7771 W. Oakland Park Blvd. Ste. 235 Sunrise, FL 33351 Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Homestead (Miami-Dade County) Portofino Plaza 650 NE 22 Terrance Homestead, FL 33033 Hours: Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. DRCs are also open in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties at: Miami Dade College Kendall Campus, Bldg. K 11011 SW 104th St. Miami, FL 33176 Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. until further notice. Carolyn Sims Center 225 NW 12th Ave. Boynton Beach, FL 33435 Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. until further notice. IMPORTANT DATES: Friday, Nov. 24 is the deadline to register for FEMA/State Disaster Assistance. The quickest way to apply for federal assistance is online at www.disasterassistance.gov. Survivors may also apply by phone at 1-800-621-3362 (Voice, 711 or VS) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). Tuesday, Nov. 21 is the deadline for filing Requests for Public Assistance (RPAs) with FEMA. State and local governments and certain private non-profit organizations in Florida are eligible to apply for federal assistance for debris removal, emergency services related to the disaster and repairing or replacing damaged public facilities, such as roads, buildings and utilities. Applicants submit RPAs to the Division of Emergency Management’s Public Assistance portal at www.FloridaPA.org.

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  • Cities warm up to Uber, Lyft pickup spotsCities warm up to Uber, Lyft pickup spots

    It's in such demand that cities including Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Fort Lauderdale, Florida have unveiled test programs that rethink this precious resource. It's a part of a larger effort to improve safety and address issues, such as double-parking, blocked bike lanes and impeded transit lanes.

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  • 'He didn't deserve this,' says mother of man found dead inside burning car'He didn't deserve this,' says mother of man found dead inside burning car

    Describing a life of hard knocks, Sheila Rutledge-Inman said Butler went from serving time in a Michigan prison to landing a job in Fort Lauderdale and then becoming a father to a baby girl just three months ago. "I went through it with him and I tried to make sure he didn't fall through the cracks," Rutledge-Inman said Thursday.

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  • 'He didn't deserve this,' says mother of man found dead inside burning car - Sun Sentinel'He didn't deserve this,' says mother of man found dead inside burning car - Sun Sentinel

    Sun Sentinel'He didn't deserve this,' says mother of man found dead inside burning carSun SentinelDarren Butler's mother thought the hard times she had with her son were over with. Sheila Rutledge-Inman said Butler went from serving time in a Michigan prison to landing a job in Fort Lauderdale and then becoming a father to a baby girl just three ...and more »

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  • Former Calvary Chapel Pastor Accused of Child Abuse Fired By Funky Biscuit NightclubFormer Calvary Chapel Pastor Accused of Child Abuse Fired By Funky Biscuit Nightclub

    As New Times revealed in an investigation published Tuesday , former Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale Pastor Bob Coy - who once led the largest megachurch in Florida - was accused in 2015 of molesting a girl for more than a decade starting when she was four years old. Coy was never charged in the case, and had already resigned from Calvary over an admitted string of extramarital affairs.

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  • PUBLIC OFFICIALS of the YEARPUBLIC OFFICIALS of the YEAR

    PUBLIC OFFICIALS of the YEAR Bertha Henry 2017 HONOREE ,Administrator, Broward County, Florida By J.B. Wogan All photos by David Kidd       Every year since 1994, Governing has honored individual state and local government officials for outstanding accomplishment by naming them Public Officials of the Year. Elected, appointed and career officials from any branch of state or local government are eligible. Our readers are invited to nominate individuals who have had a notable positive impact on their department or agency, community or state.      Governing annually receives several hundred nominations from individuals in the public and private sectors. In addition, Governing staff consults experts and scholars in the field, and also nominates outstanding individuals they encounter in the course of their work. Nominations are evaluated by a selection committee, which, after painstaking research, chooses the winners.       Bertha Henry took over as Broward County administrator at what must have seemed to her the worst possible time. She had spent 30 years working up to a top position in local government only to reach it in 2010 in the middle of a crippling recession. Rather than setting ambitious new goals for the county, she had to focus on minimizing the recession’s impact on her workforce. “Many of our employees were the only breadwinner in their families,” she says. “I did not want to add to the growing list of the unemployed.” Henry implemented a series of strategies to protect her workers. Like a lot of places, Broward County instituted a hiring freeze and had to downsize some departments. But Henry made sure the county had taken inventory of the affected employees’ skills so she could avoid layoffs and fill vacant slots. When service cuts were inevitable, she tried to trim where citizens would least notice. She looked at data showing which days were busiest at local libraries, and then closed neighborhood branches on the days with the lightest use. Henry studied accounting in college, and her first job was as a budget analyst for the city of Miami, where she grew up. Later she held multiple posts in local government in Florida and Ohio. But strict financial management has been a consistent theme throughout her career. Three years ago, Broward became one of only four Florida counties to receive AAA bond ratings from all three credit rating agencies. Over nearly a decade as county administrator, the 62-year-old Henry has left a lasting mark on the Fort Lauderdale metro area, particularly when it comes to infrastructure and economic development. Due to her efforts in building a new runway, the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has become the fastest-growing airport in the country, and recently added four international airlines. She engineered a deal to keep the area’s pro hockey team, the Florida Panthers, from declaring bankruptcy and leaving the state. Under the contract she worked out, all of the $86 million in new public investment for the team goes toward capital improvements and operating costs for the arena, meaning that if the team ever left, the county would still own a valuable asset. The deal allowed the county to refinance its bond debt for the arena and get a lower interest rate. A good example of Henry’s management style was her intervention in a dispute over ride-sharing rules. Two years ago, the Broward County commission passed regulations, including a fingerprinting requirement for drivers, which prompted Uber and Lyft to suspend operations in the county. Henry crafted a compromise that satisfied both the regulators and the private companies. The amended law required criminal background checks for drivers, but not fingerprinting, and instead of a rule that would have made the county responsible for forcing drivers to be insured, she arranged to have the ride-sharing companies verify that their drivers have insurance. As a result, Uber and Lyft came back. This year, the Florida Legislature enacted rules that supersede what localities already had on the books. Nonetheless, Dan Lindblade, who heads the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, says Henry still deserves credit for brokering the deal. “That takes a unique leader,” Lindblade says.  PUBLIC OFFICIALS of the YEAR Marybel Batjer Secretary of Government Operations As California’s first-ever Secretary of Government Operations, Marybel Batjer is streamlining a notoriously large and inefficient bureaucracy.   Phil Bertolini Chief Information Officer Phil Bertolini believes in sharing resources with other jurisdictions that lack access to crucial technology. Tom Dart Sheriff “If they’re going to make it so that I am going to be the largest mental health provider, we’re going to treat these people as patients.”   Jim Denning & Jim Ward Senate Majority Leader & House Minority Leader At a time of historic national division, two state legislators helped lead a bipartisan effort to secure Kansas’ fiscal future. Terry McAuliffe Governor From his tireless push for international trade to his historic crusade on restoring voting rights for former felons, the governor has made an indelible impact on Virginia.   Greg Stanton Mayor Phoenix’s mayor tapped into an economic boom to reverse decades of unsustainable environmental practices and make his city a vibrant, livable place for generations to come. Leana Wen Health Commissioner Growing up in a low-income, heavily immigrant neighborhood taught Baltimore’s Leana Wen how crucial physical health is to the overall well-being of any community.                                       The post PUBLIC OFFICIALS of the YEAR appeared first on The Westside Gazette.

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  • Local Faith Community Unites to Cover Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson in Prayer at “Together for Power and Peace” Prayer ServiceLocal Faith Community Unites to Cover Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson in Prayer at “Together for Power and Peace” Prayer Service

    Local Faith Community Unites to Cover Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson in Prayer at “Together for Power and Peace” Prayer Service       MIAMI, FL – In an effort towards healing and unifying our community during these times of pain and conflict, faith leaders will join together at a Prayer Service to cover Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) in prayer as she continues to be a voice for the voiceless.  The Prayer Service will take place on Saturday, November 11, 2017, 4:00 p.m., the Historic Saint Agnes’ Episcopal Church of Miami 1750 NW 3rd Avenue, Miami, FL 33136 “Amidst the recent barrage of media reports is a grieving family and community,” said Congresswoman Wilson.  “We will come together with local faith leaders to receive special prayers of encouragement and restoration as our community begins to heal.” Renowned Civil Rights Activist Reverend Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network will serve as the keynote speaker.  Prayer Service conveners include Reverend Dennis M. Jackson II, Senior Pastor of New Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, and Reverend Father Denrick E. Rolle, Pastor of Saint Agnes’ Episcopal Church.  The faith community will form a Prayer Circle including members of the African American Council of Christian Clergy who will pray for representatives from each branch of the military.  Mrs. Myeshia Johnson, wife of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, the 5000 Role Models Alumni who was recently killed in the line of duty in Niger, and members of the Johnson family will also receive a special prayer.  “Together for Power and Peace” Prayer Service, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24); Mrs. Myeshia Johnson, wife of Army Sgt. La David Johnson; members of the Johnson Family; Reverend Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network; Reverend Father Denrick E. Rolle, Saint Agnes’ Episcopal Church Pastor; Reverend Dennis M. Jackson II, New Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church Senior Pastor; the African American Council of Christian Clergy; and members of the five branches of the United States military Saturday, November 11, 2017, 4:00 p.m., the Historic Saint Agnes’ Episcopal Church of Miami 1750 NW 3rd Avenue, Miami, FL 33136      Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson is a fourth-term Congresswoman from Florida representing parts of Northern Miami-Dade and Southeast Broward counties. A former state legislator and school principal, she is the founder of the 5000 Role Models for Excellence Project, a mentoring program for young males at risk of dropping out of school. Congresswoman Wilson also founded and chairs the Florida Ports Caucus, a bipartisan taskforce that coordinates federal action in support of Florida’s harbors and waterways. The Florida lawmaker sits on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Education and the Workforce Committee.   The post Local Faith Community Unites to Cover Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson in Prayer at “Together for Power and Peace” Prayer Service appeared first on The Westside Gazette.

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  • The Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy AwardsThe Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Awards

    Honoree Major Dr. Henry Mack – Keynote Speaker Mayor Sharief The Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Awards Gala recognized and honored dozens of veterans this past Friday. By Crystal Mathis of Press Release Marketing      On Friday, November 10, 2017, the Broward County Section of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) hosted its first-ever Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Awards Gala at the Westin Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. With over 300 community leaders, stakeholders and influencers in attendance, the President of the Broward section, Laura Richardson, is extremely proud of the success of this year’s gala. Richardson says, “the gala took months of planning and support from local leaders.” In fact, keynote speaker Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief opened the gala with a powerful speech that was the talk of the night. It was clear that NCNW committee members, Christine Baker, Linda Hughley, Lola Glenn, Rosalind Wilson, Lakeisha Grant, Femika Hill along with Laura Richardson is a dynamic team of focused and mission driven ladies. Collectively, the ladies went beyond their initial goal of recognizing five veterans and ultimately ended up honoring 16 veterans by having their military accomplishments read by Commissioners Margaret Bates and Beverly Williams who also presented the veterans with a plaque of achievement. Amongst the honorees was Major Dr. Henry Mack. Dr. Mack who sat with a meek demeanor, a joyous smile and enjoyed his dinner dressed in full uniform complete with ribbons, pins and medals. As he made his way to the stage and the speaker read Dr. Mack’s accolades, a sense of pride permeated the room. Dr. Mack enlisted in 1947 and is a documented veteran of the Korean, Cold and Vietnam Wars. Recognized by the Department of Defense for promoting peace during the Cold War; it is astonishing that Dr. Mack was amongst the first African Americans assigned to the regular Army’s Caucasian units when the military was ordered to integrate. One could only imagine what Dr. Mack endured during his two decades of selfless military service. The Gala also honored the founder of the NCNW, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. It is well known that Dr. Bethune was an American educator, a civil rights leader and an inspiration to women all over the country. She served as a distinguished advisor to several American Presidents and championed for racial equality. She is quoted as saying, “The whole world opened to me when I learned to read.” Her granddaughter, Dr. Evelyn Bethune gave a personal account to the character of her grandmother, via video montage. Dr. Bethune is best known as the founder of, now, Bethune Cookman University; which she founded with $1.50, on an abandoned garbage dump lead only by her faith in God. Today the university is worth over $100 Million Dollars and serves as an institution of higher learning to thousands of students. Dr. Evelyn Bethune concluded with, “Service is the highest call of duty,” which was well received, in the room full of veterans, with a mixture of both rousing applause and tears of gratitude. Guests were definitely inspired to continue their community service, which served a true testament that the legacy of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune lives and thrives today.   The post The Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Awards appeared first on The Westside Gazette.

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  • Theft Victim Says Broward Cops Grilled Him About Immigration Status Instead of HelpingTheft Victim Says Broward Cops Grilled Him About Immigration Status Instead of Helping

    In March 2014, David Velasquez called police to report the theft of his work tools. But when Broward Sheriff's deputies arrived, he says, the cops were more concerned about his immigration status than the crime.

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