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Tony C. LesesneLesesne Media Group/IN FOCUS Magazine is pleased to announce that Chairman and Co-Founder Tony Lesesne was awarded the first-ever Legacy Award by the Cloisters Foundation of the Ancient Spanish Monastery. This honor recognizes Tony’s longstanding community leadership. This new award is presented to individuals whose distinguished achievements and contributions have provided a legacy for community involvement and exceptional leadership in South Florida. The award ceremony took place April 9, 2011 at The Ancient Spanish Monastery.

8th Annual Easter Festival MIAMI, Fl – Residents showed up in droves at Tamiami Lakes Park on Saturday, April 16, 2011 for Chairman Joe A. Martinez’ 8th Annual Easter Festival and Food Distribution. More than 2,000 families received free and nutritious groceries provided by Farm Share, totaling a distribution of approximately 82,000 pounds of food. Each grocery bag contained fresh produce – tomatoes, corn, broccoli, peppers, watermelon, and cantaloupe – as well as juice and canned goods.

Every year, Chairman Martinez partners with non-profit organization Farm Share to distribute food packages to residents in the community. Farm Share is dedicated to alleviating hunger and malnutrition in the U.S. by recovering fresh and nutritious foods and distributing it to those who need it most. 

It is safe to say the first City of Miami Parks Lifeguard Competition was a splashing success on Saturday, March 5th, 2011 at the Hadley Pool Complex, 1300 NW 50 Street.

Five teams entered the competition, three from the City of Miami representing Grapeland Water Park, Hadley Pool and Jose Marti Pool and outside challengers included Florida International University and North Miami Beach Parks Department.

The teams of 6 which required at least one female teammate, were given nine challenges where physical strength, mental knowledge, safety skills and team spirit were tested. The hardest competition highlighted water safety – testing the teams to rescue a “passive drowning” victim, stabilize them on a backboard and bring them onto the deck (all judged by American Red Cross standards).

Other challenges included the Brick Relay where team members had to swim the 50 yards while holding a ten pound brick to their side, Safety Quiz which included questions on CPR/AED, spinal injury, and first aid. The final event Deep Water Tug of War, was the deciding factor in the place standings.

In the end North Miami Beach won the competition, FIU came in second and Grapeland Water Park came in third place. All teams received trophies, medals, and gift bags.

The competition while focused on friendly competition and highlighted the importance of team work and the necessity for lifeguards to be constantly refreshing their knowledge on all aspects of water rescue. This will be an annual event with the hope that in future competitions more municipalities will get involved.

Final Results

1 = North Miami Beach
2 = Florida International University (North)
3 = Grapeland Water Park

1 = North Miami Beach
2 = Florida International University (North)
3 = Jose Marti Pool

1 = Grapeland
2 = North Miami Beach
3 = Hadley Pool

Caribbean Lifestyle TV (CLM TV) production team, comprising executives Anthony Turner, Clement Hume, Andrea Bullens, host Irwine Clare, editor Basil Wellington and cameraman Jason Mason created history on the last day of Black History month 2011, when they became the first New York based Caribbean TV producers, to be presented with a Congressional Proclamation from the office of USA Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (NY-6), Senior Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and House Financial Services for outstanding contribution to the Diaspora for the past four years.

The proclamation, which was presented at the station's fourth anniversary gala at Negril Restaurant in Manhattan, attracted hundreds of Caribbean nationals in the tri-state area, including Jamaica's Consul General in New York, Geneive Brown-Metzger who was on hand to celebrate the milestone achievement. Also present were Stephen Hill, CEO of CIN TV, who flew in from Jamaica, Jazz great Monty Alexander and international reggae artiste Denroy Morgan.

Hume, who accepted the award on behalf of the team, said the proclamation was a major accomplishment.

"We feel a sense of pride and accomplishment to be recognized by US congressman Meeks for the outstanding television program we deliver each week. This is a historic moment for CLM TV and for all my Caribbean brothers and sisters who aspire to make a positive impact" Hume said, moments after accepting the award.

"CLM TV is an integral part of the fabric of the Caribbean community. We put our heritage and culture on display each week. We also consistently engage the community with issues affecting them and we are committed to showcasing successful Caribbean nationals who serve as role models for our kids" he added.

Since CLM TV debuted in NY in 2007, the program has racked up impressive ratings, showcasing Caribbean celebrities, movers and shakers and successful business entrepreneurs living in the USA and Jamaica. Recent guests include former Prime Minister of Jamaica the Hon. Edward Seaga; PM of Antigua, Hon. Baldwin Spencer; Mt. Vernon Mayor Clinton Young; Carl McCall, former NY State Comptroller; Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Jimmy Cliff; Brenda Blackmon, co-anchor of WWOR-TV; Suzanne de Passé, Co-Chairman of de Passé Jones Entertainment Group; Olympians Asafa Powell, Sherone Simpson, Veronica Campbell Brown, Grace Jackson, Ben Johnson, singers Gramps Morgan, Beres Hammond, Richie Stephens and many others.

In 2010, the station hosted the inaugural CLM TV Sports Symposium that was held at Schomburg in Harlem. The successful event attracted a wide cross section of sports fans and scores of ethnic and international press including Reuters News agency, Reuters TV, CBC TV from Canada, TrackAlerts.com, What'z Up TV and Zync TV who heard important discussions about the Legacy of the Beijing Olympics, Brand Jamaica and sports tourism.

Prior to accepting the proclamation, the CLM team honored Jamaica women's basketball captain/coach Simone Edwards, who led her team to a title at the 2006 Caribbean Basketball Championship and second place at the 2010 Centro basket tournament in Puerto Rico. Also honored were publisher/broadcaster Herman Hall (CLM TV 2010 Man of the Year), saxophonist Cedric "IM" Brooks (CLM TV Lifetime Achievement Award) and Team Jamaica Bickle (CLM TV Achievement Award).

CLM TV airs weekly on CIN TV, channel 73 on WNYC TV in New York.