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The Greater Miami Service Corps (GMSC) Crime Mitigation Project is the proud recipient of The Corps Network’s 2012 Project of the Year Award which recognizes outstanding programs throughout the United States and the District of Columbia for innovative projects that enhance the experience of young people while at the same time demonstrating a substantial impact on the community.  The award was presented on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 on Capitol Hill. Accepting the award was Representatives Frederica Wilson and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, both strong advocates for youth and young people.  Also accepting the award was Executive Director, Deborah Dorsett; Youth Development Specialist, Towanda Tharpe and Post-Secondary Coordinator, Kimberly McNaught.
For those who may be undecided about whether to open the door for the census enumerator and fill out their 2010 census form, Phyllis C. Hope, School Board of Broward County Board member representing District 6, encourages residents to consider how census data helps fund public school education.
Commissioner Jean Monestime honored H.T. Smith, Miami-Dade’s first African-American assistant County attorney during the regularly scheduled County Commission meeting in observance of Black History Month. During a proclamation ceremony, Commissioner Monestime declared February 21st “H.T. Smith Day.” H.T. Smith was born in Miami and educated in Miami’s then-segregated public school system. He graduated from Florida A&M University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. Upon graduation, he received his commission as an officer in the United States Army, serving a tour of duty in the Vietnam War.
Fifteen-year-old Josie Ratley was nearly beaten to death by a 16-year-old boy now charged with attempted murder. Michael Brewer, 15, was set on fire by teenagers his age and younger. Violent and gruesome crimes involving young people have escalated in Broward County and across the country.
Drivers passing by Sweetwater's Finish Line gas station experienced a little sticker shock when they passed by on Monday morning, but for all the right reasons. In a world where gas is reaching $4 a gallon, Finish Line slashed its price for regular gas to $2.27 per gallon for an hour and a half. The price cut was all part of Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz's initiative "14 Days of Neighborly Love – Inspiring Random Acts of Kindness." For 14 days, starting on Valentine's Day, businesses and volunteers joined Commissioner Diaz to offer Miami-Dade residents goods and services at discounted rates or for free. The initiative, which ended today at Finish Line, aimed to bring camaraderie and kindness to residents so they could pass it on to others.