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Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, MDPR South Regional Manager, Renae Nottage and MDPR Director Jack KardysOn Saturday morning, April 9, 2011, Miami-Dade Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Director Jack Kardys and staff and hundreds of invited residents and supporters gathered at Southridge Park located at 19598 SW 112th Avenue in South Miami-Dade for the Grand Opening ceremony and field day at the new community stadium facility.

The event showcased the upgrades of Southridge Park in District 9. The informal ceremony included a series of youth relay races including “The Commissioner Moss 100 Yard Relay”. MDPR Director Jack Kardys kicked off the event with a brief overview of the new park stadium project which consists of a 5,232 square-foot field building with ticket counters, a concession area and restrooms; bleacher seating for 1,512 sports fans; a lighted parking area with connecting walkways; and a perimeter fence.

 Miami Dade College (MDC) students are a huge part of why the college shines so brightly nationally. Whether bringing home top prizes in academic competitions or being top student-athletes, MDC students always lead by example. The latest big win for the college was on April 15, 2011 when Wolfson Campus student Britnie Allen received the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s “Technology Student of the Year” award during the Chamber’s annual Technology Leaders of the Year Awards Luncheon at Jungle Island. 

Britnie is a sophomore at MDC majoring in Computer Information Systems. She is active in the college’s Earth Ethics Institute, the Student Government Association, and fundraising activities benefitting Haiti. She aspires to lead a major IT corporation in the future. She graduated as valedictorian from Miami Central Senior High School and was a member of the school’s Academy of Information Technology magnet program. Her involvement in the program truly sparked her interest in IT. At the time, she also became involved in the ITWomen organization and became the president of the IT Girls Club.

The Technology Student award was presented by Compuquip Technologies. She was nominated by ITWomen.


Audrey P. MarksCMM-New York; With just under a week left before the 117th staging of the annual Penn Relays, Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB) has kicked its activities into high gear as it prepares to host the Jamaican contingent as well as their Caribbean counterparts.

A large delegation of over 500 athletes, coaches and support staff is expected from Jamaica and a contingent of approximately 120 is expected from Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and St Vincent and The Grenadines. A high level team of Government officials led by Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the honorable, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange will represent the government of Jamaica. Ambassador, Her Excellency the Honorable Audrey P. Marks, will be Team Jamaica Bickle’s honored Guest for the Penn Relays weekend of activities.

Lynrod DouglasIn a move which signals a promising future for the CARIBANAâ„¢ Arts Foundation, its newly-minted board of directors announced that Canadian ethnic directories pioneer and Black Pages co-founder, Lynrod Douglas has been elected president.

The CARIBANAâ„¢ Arts Group (CAG) recently regained control of the Foundation and took immediate steps to put a reputable board in place. Other members of the board are Leslie Forbes, Secretary, Henry Gomez, Treasurer, and Renae Roberts. There is one vacant position on the board.