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By Audrey Peterman

On Saturday, August 21, South Floridians will have the opportunity to experience an authentic Black culture that can be traced directly back to the enslavement of Africans from the West Coast of Africa. Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah Geechee Nation, and a contingent of Elders from the Gullah Geechee Wisdom Circle; fishermen; cast net and basketmakers; musicians; historians and artists will convene for a great reunion with Africans from the diaspora and our Seminole and Miccosukee brethren. The African American Research Library and Cultural Centered, located in the Rev. Samuel Delevoe Jr. Park, along the banks of the North Fork of the New River, is the venue for the celebration of this historic event.

“We are the living link to Africa on this side of the Middle Passage, “affirms Queen Quet.

The Broward County Board of County Commissioners unanimously passed a Code of Ethics that governs many aspects of how County business is conducted.

"The Commission has approved this Code of Ethics in its entirety as presented verbatim to us by the Ethics Commission. The Ethics Codes will now become part of the Broward County Code of Ordinances and implementation is underway," said Mayor Ken Keechl.

Key aspects of the Ethics Code include:

Former President George W. Bush ambled into a steamy, fragrant mango warehouse in Haiti on Tuesday and surveyed several long tables neatly packed with the luscious fruit.

He clapped Ralph Perry, the warehouse owner, on the shoulder. He shook hands with farmers, dressed in button-down shirts and ties for the occasion. Then Bush _ who is co-leading a fund to help Haiti since the Jan. 12 earthquake, along with former President Bill Clinton _ talked of rebuilding.

He confidently said that mangoes will help the country "grow into prosperity" and spoke of a half-million dollar grant to help 25,000 mango farmers.

City of Doral elected officials joined more than 100 city residents, visitors and businesses for the spectacular launch of Doral Social Fridays on August 6, 2010. The launch event took place at theDoral Park Country Club, and then the Doral Trolley took riders on a tour of restaurants, galleries and other entertainment venues in the City of Doral, showcasing the vibrant nightlife enjoyed in the city.

"The success of the Doral Social Fridays launch shows that our city is an exciting place to live, work, learn and play," said Doral Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez. "The Doral Social Fridays service is a great addition to our already popular Doral Trolley route during the day. I invite all Doral businesses, residents and visitors to ride the Doral Trolley for Social Fridays!"

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