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Marlon Accepting AwardMarlon Hill, Jamaican Diaspora Advisory Board representative to the Southern USA, was recently awarded the inaugural Ruth Shack Community Leadership 2010 Award for his impact on community building in the areas of philanthropy and charitable support in the South Florida community.Mr. Hill was the first recipient awarded under ‘Leave A Legacy,’ a community program of partnership for philanthropic planning of Miami-Dade. The award will be given annually to a resident of Miami Dade County, under 40 years of age, who embodies the qualities that Ruth Shack was best known – leadership, ethics, dedication and service to Miami Dade.
Port Everglades logged a record 3.66 million multi-day cruise passengers in Fiscal Year 2011, which ended September 30, 2011, and Port officials anticipate an equally active cruise season in 2012. During 2012, Port Everglades is expecting another estimated 3.6 million multi-day passengers, nine days with eight cruise ships, and on two of those days (November 26, 2011 and March 17, 2012) Port Everglades may break its world record for the highest number of cruise guests embarking and debarking in a single day.
Vice-Chairman Jose “Pepe” Diaz (right) presents a Key to the County to Vice Admiral Homero Luis Lajara Sola of the Dominican Navy.On Tuesday, June 22, Vice-Chairman Jose “Pepe” Diaz welcomed three Dominican Navy ships – the Didez Burgos, Tortuguero, and Orion – to the Port of Miami. The ships arrived at the Port’s Terminal J at 11:30 a.m. where Vice-Chairman Diaz waited with Port personnel to greet each ship’s crew. Upon their arrival, Vice-Chairman Diaz presented distinguished visitors’ certificates to each captain of the vessels.
A very dignified event which was coordinated  by State Representative Hazelle Rogers, District 94 provided a very special Thanksgiving meal , clothing and personal hygiene items for over 100 homeless and needy families in and around the Lauderdale Lakes Community.  The event was held on Saturday November 19th from 3pm – 6pm inside the Garden Center at the Lauderdale Lakes Wal-Mart. The Wal-Mart Garden Center area was transformed into a Dining area with tables covered with white table cloth and enough seating for the evening guests.
Consul General of Jamaica to New York, Geneive Brown Metzger recently partnered with the America Jewish Committee (AJC) Westchester Chapter for “An Evening celebrating the History and Culture of Jamaica’s Jewry.”  The event, held at the offices of the Consulate General in New York, sought to bring attention to the rich and historical significance of the Jamaican Jewish community. The idea was conceived approximately one year ago, when  the Consul General met with the AJC’s Diplomatic Outreach Team with a view to drawing attention to the Jamaican-Jewish Community and to interest them in seeing Jamaica as a destination of choice for their vacations.