Stories written by Christina Gordon

Commissioner Rose Tydus Reads ‘Obama: The Historic Journey’ Motivates Freedom School Youth to Succeed During ‘Harambee’

Servant Leader Interns (SLI) Najjah Thompson, Laures Knowles, Director Jannie Russell, Opa-locka Commissioner Rose Tydus, SLI Jessica Desir, SLI Jazmond Linder, Assistant Program Director/Site Coordinator Chandra D. Russell and SLI Isaiah Thomas.

At 8:30 a.m., Friday, June 29, 2012, a hot breakfast was served before the “Harambee (pronounced hah-rahm-beh)” practice was set into motion: a process which included invited guest, Opa-locka Commissioner Rose Tydus, reading a motivational story to approximately 50 youths registered at the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom School located at Teen Upward Bound (TUB), […]

Vice Mayor Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson Fourth Year as Teen Court Facilitator

On Thursday, May 3, 2012, for the fourth year, City of Opa-locka Vice Mayor Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson was invited to serve as a facilitator at the Annual Miami- Dade County Teen Court Youth Speaking Out against Violence Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, 711 N.W. 72nd Avenue Miami, Florida 33126. […]

Mayor Taylor ‘Hops’ Over Opa-locka: Graduation and City Progress Priority

Mayor Taylor at Nathan B. Young Elementary Graduation

Not even a sprained ankle could keep Mayor Myra L. Taylor from attending three June graduations, and roaming the neighborhoods in the City of Opa-locka to survey the progress of work being done. With a brace on her left leg and foot, Mayor Taylor “hopped” around the City of Opa-locka from Nathan B. Young to […]

Vice Mayor Dorothy ‘Dottie’ Johnson ‘Embrace a Healthy Florida’

Bola Olayinka of War on Poverty surrounded by members of the Opa-Steppers

On Thursday, June 14, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. the City of Opa-locka Vice Mayor Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson joined “War on Poverty” and the City of Hialeah for an “Embrace a Healthy Florida” Reception, sponsored by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation at the Family Christian Association of America (FCAA), 13850 […]

City of Opa-locka Commissioner Gail Miller Host Banquet Three H.S. Scholarships & Humanitarian Award Recipients

Corporate Humanitarian Award recipient Alex Gonzalez of Waste Management flanked by Rhonda and Alvin Miller, Commissioner Gail E. Miller. Regina Miller and Debra Sheffield-Irby.

On Saturday, April 21, 2012, for the second consecutive year, City of Opa-locka Commissioner Gail E. Miller hosted the Annual Scholarship and Humanitarian Award Banquet at Don Shula’s Golf Club Ballroom, 6842 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Florida 33014 at 7:30 p.m., where three local high school students were each awarded $1500.00 in scholarships for academic […]

Mayor and Commissioner Read for Nat’l Library Week At Opa-locka Branch of Miami-Dade County Library

City of Opa-locka Mayor “Lady” Myra L. Taylor reads to students, teachers and the staff from the Opa-locka Branch of Miami Dade County Library, in celebration of National Library Week.

“If you cannot read, you cannot lead,” chanted City of Opa-locka Mayor “Lady” Myra L. Taylor in the Opa-locka Branch of the Miami-Dade County Library, 780 Fisherman Street, #140, Opa-locka, Florida 33054, where she and Commissioner Gail E. Miller read aloud to visitors from Kids Kozy Korner Kindergarten, Big Mama’s Home Care, Inc., Hanna’s Childcare […]

1st Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Health Fair & Walk

(First Row) Demetres L. Parrish; Keisha Clayton, Vice President of the Miami Affiliate Chapter of Sisters Network, Inc.; City of Opa-locka Commissioner Gail Miller; Adrian McClenney, President of the Miami Affiliate Chapter of Sisters Network, Inc.; Margaret Williams of Women Opportunity Network (WON); and members of Gentlemen of Distinction (G.O.D) at the 1st Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Health Fair & Walk at Sherbondy Park on Saturday May, 19, 2012.

“I was weak, I lost my hair and much of my memory, but I KNEW I needed to fight for my husband and children when I was diagnosed with stage three Inflammatory Breast Cancer, which led me to reach-out on the internet to other African-American survivors through SISTERS NETWORK, INC. (SNI), a breast cancer survivorship […]

Holiday “Gun Buy Back” Initiative

Members of the Opa-locka Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol, Miami-Dade Police Gun Bounty Program and other partnering agencies and businesses come togetyher for the bi-annual “Gun Buy Back”.

Two shotguns, seven revolvers, three semi-automatics and two rifles equaled the sum of 14 weapons bought on Saturday, June 30, 2012, when the Opalocka Police Department, in cooperation with St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Church, The Florida Highway Patrol, The Miami-Dade County Police Gun Bounty Program and other partnering agencies and businesses, hosted its bi-annual Gun […]

Lunch & Learn: Cinema Saturday – Drink Warning Commissioner Tydus ‘Tapped’ into Bottle Water

Marissa Greene (left) won a water filter when Commissioner Tydus pulled her
ticket during the raffle.

“Do you know what’s in that bottle of water you’re drinking?” asked Commissioner Rose Tydus. Many were surprised to discover the answer was not what they expected when Commissioner Tydus hosted the Lunch & Learn: Cinema Saturday on April 28, 2012 at 12:00 Noon in the Opa-locka Municipal Complex, 780 Fisherman Street, 2nd floor, as […]

BRAIN BUDDIES: “Protecting your Brain for Life”

Center) Commissioner Rose Tydus, Resident/Volunteer Linda Parker, Teen Upward Bound Director Jannie Russell, surrounded by Pilot Club of Miami, Inc. member, Anchor Club members from Miami Springs Senior HS and “BrainBuddies."

“We distributed over 260 bicycle helmets,” proudly exclaimed Opa-locka volunteer Linda Parker as she and other volunteers assisted The Pilot Club of Miami in properly fitting summer camp participants from The City of Opa-locka Parks & Recreation Department and the Teen Upward Bound Camps with FREE new bicycle helmets, while Commissioner Rose Tydus observed the […]

Opa-locka Mayor Taylor Stands With Community Leaders Press Conference to Promote Holiday Gun Safety Message

Mayor ‘Lady’
Myra L. Taylor

No More Stray Bullets” resonated the proactive message to promote holiday safety, as Opa-locka Mayor “Lady” Myra L Taylor stood with Rev. Jerome Starling, Rickia Isaac Foundation, Mayor Tomas P. Regalado, Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, City of Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa and other community leaders for the bi-annual gun safety press conference held at 10:00 […]

Commissioner Tydus Host the 61st National Day of Prayer

Miami Gardens Mayor and City Officials Join Commissioner Rose Tydus and the City of Opa-locka for National Day of Prayer

While millions of Americans, from coast to coast across our nation, united hearts and hands on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 11:45 AM, in the City of Opalocka, the harmony made its way into the Municipal Complex Building, 780 Fisherman Street, 2nd Floor, for the 61st Annual National Day of Prayer Observation Luncheon, hosted by […]


Egg-Cursion participants take a break to pose for group a shot

Mayor “Lady” Myra L. Taylor, The City of Opa-locka Commission and the Parks & Recreation Department, in partnership with Kazah Temple #149 PHA Shriners, sponsored the Annual Easter Egg Hunt from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM in Ingram Park, 2100 Burlington Street in Opalocka, FL on Saturday, April 7, 2012. Among the treats provided on […]

NFL Players Lewis & Allen Come Home to Opa-locka Conducts P & R Department Football & Cheer Clinic


Cleveland Brown’s #9 Quarterback, Thaddeus Lewis and Chicago Bears #25 Running Back, Armando Allen, Jr., returned HOME to partner with the City of Opa-locka Parks & Recreation Department to conduct the Off-Season Training, Development Skills and Enhancement FIRST ANNUAL FOOTBALL and CHEER CLINIC from 10:00AM to 1:00 PM, Saturday, March 31, 2012 at Sherbondy Park […]