NAACP South Dade elects officers 

Former state Sen. Dwight Bullard, along with 14 area civil rights advocates, will lead the newly revised NAACP South Dade branch.

It was standing room only in the community meeting room of Martin Memorial AME Church in Richmond Heights when the historic vote was taken Thursday, July 11. 

Dwight Bullard was elected the inaugural president of the branch. Bullard was not at the meeting because he was attending a voting ****rights conferences ****in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. He is the political director of the New Florida Majority, an independent organization that works to increase the voting and political power of historically marginalized and excluded communities throughout the state.

“I have been a life member of the NAACP for over 30 years now and served as a founding youth council president of the NAACP South Dade Connection and have worked closely with our state council in the fight for racial and social justice.”

The branch’s other new officers are: First Vice President Harold Ford, Second Vice President Carole Jackson, Third Vice President Kevin Chambliss, Secretary Bradford Brown, Assistant Secretary Lisa Sweeting and Treasurer Rubiett Jenkins.

Members at large of the Executive Committee include Freddie Young, Pamela Smith, Arabella Rosalyn Walker, Shirley Richardson, Hollie Hamilton Rozier, Yolanda Ambrose, and George Simpson.

 Man hurt in shooting outside synagogue

A 68-year-old man was wounded outside a Northeast Miami-Dade synagogue in a weekend shooting, police said Monday, adding it was too early to determine whether the attack constituted a hate crime. The victim, identified by the rabbi as temple member Yosef Lifshutz, was shot several times in the legs Sunday evening and underwent surgery at a hospital, police said. The man was listed in stable condition at Aventura Hospital after the shooting.

The shooter remained at large and was being sought, police said. The attacker got out of a black Chevrolet Impala around 6:30 p.m. Sunday and shot the victim as he approached the front door of the Young Israel of Greater Miami temple, according to police.

The rabbi of the synagogue, which is located at 990 NE 171 St.,  described Lifshutz as an esteemed member of the temple community. "He's a wonderful person,'' Rabbi David Lehrfield said. "Everybody loves him."

The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office's hate crimes unit was reviewing the case, spokeswoman Lissette Valdes-Valle said Monday.

Back to school event for Little Haiti youth

About 1,000 local children from the Little Haiti area will receive free backpacks with school supplies and lunch on a first-come, first-serve basis. The event will take pace Thursday, Aug. 1 at the Little Haiti Soccer Park from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.

The event will provide free comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses to children, as well as complimentary haircuts, hair braiding and other services to children and parents. 

The Little Haiti Soccer Park is located at 6301 NE Second Ave., in Miami.

Toddler found dead in van outside day care

Broward Sheriff's Office homicide detectives are investigating the death of a 2-year-old after his body was found by a daycare employee Monday afternoon inside a van parked in front of the Oakland Park facility.

At around 3:30 p.m. on Monday, BSO and Oakland Park Fire Rescue crews rushed to provide medical assistance at Ceressa's Daycare and Preschool located at 3140 NW 21 Ave., in Oakland Park. 

According to fire officials, the boy, later identified as Noah Sneed, was found dead inside a white Ford van.

Noah's body was transported to the medical examiner's office where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Detectives confirmed the toddler had been transported in the van to the facility Monday morning. Investigators are continuing to interview daycare employees and other witnesses to determine the circumstances that led to the death.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact BSO Homicide Division at  954-321-4210. Anonymous tips can be provided through Broward Crime Stoppers by calling 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at www.browardcrimestoppers.org

Virginia Key celebrates 74th anniversary

The Historic Virginia Key Beach Park will celebrate its 74th anniversary on Aug. 3 at the park.

Established in Aug. 1, 1945 as the only colored beach in the county, the park allowed Black beachgoers a place to enjoy fun under the sun. The 74th anniversary comes at the cusp of the City of Miami approving the plans for an upcoming civil rights museum that will highlight the contributions of Black Miamians and the history of the park.

The celebration will feature fun for the whole family, complete with bounce houses, food, music and water activities. Free ice cream and cake will be served. 

Virginia Key Beach Park is located at 4020 Virginia Beach Drive.

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