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(MIAMI, May 16, 2011) --  On Monday, May 9th,  Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT) hosted the Fourth Annual Miami-Dade County Teen Court Youth Speaking Out Against Violence Conference:  Advocating for Change.  The event was from 8:30 to 2:00 p.m. and took place in Downtown Miami at the Hyatt Regency.

Over 500 students from the following High Schools: Booker T. Washington, Dr. Michael Krop, Homestead, Miami Carol City, Miami Central, Miami Edison, Miami Killian, Miami Norland, Miami Southridge, North Miami, Miami Northwestern, South Dade, Miami Beach, and Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial will attended.  In an effort to get younger students involved, Brownsville Middle and South Miami Middle School also attended the Teen Court Conference.

Demonstrating their continued support for Caribbean Culture, and acknowledging the importance Miss Lou played in the advancement of Jamaican Folk life, County Line Chiropractic Medical & Rehab Centers has signed on as Presenting Sponsor of the annual Louise Bennett-Coverley Tribute, scheduled for Saturday, June 4, at the Miramar Cultural Center.

(Photo Caption: Tiffany DiPinni, (Left) Chief Marketing Officer of County Line Chiropractic Medical & Rehab Centers presents sponsorship check to Mrs. Norma Darby, founder of the Louise Bennett-Coverley Scholarship Foundation and the Jamaica Folk Revue.)

This year’s tribute, entitled “Ol’ Time Sinting” is a musical in the pantomime tradition and will feature Jamaica’s first lady of the theatre, Leonie Forbes as well as popular actor Volier “Maffie” Johnson. Supporting cast will include Malachi Smith, Marie Gill, Dr. Sue, Deborah Pinnock, Chris Gilchrist, Carimer Theatre Group, Tallawah Mento Band and the Jamaican Folk Revue.

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.