Social media contest helps
South Florida educators

South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union is hosting a contest to help educators who purchase classroom supplies for their students.

The contest — #WhyITeach and #MyFavoriteTeacher – runs through Sept. 30.  The contest provides four teachers with the opportunity to win $250 to purchase classroom supplies and to be praised by those who appreciate their hard work and generosity.  Teachers can self-nominate or be nominated by current and former students.

The campaign will take place across all of SFEFCU’s social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) and participants must follow one of these to post an entry. Teachers must be South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union members to claim their prize.

For other rules and more information, visit

Film festival honors

life of Marcus Garvey

LAUDERDALE LAKES — The Rootz Foundation and the City of Lauderdale Lakes are hosting a film festival named in honor of Marcus Garvey this Sunday.

The  2015 Marcus Garvey Rootz Extravaganza & Liberation Film Festival will be held 4 to 10 p.m. at the Lauderdale Lakes Educational & Cultural Center, 3850 W. Oakland Park Blvd. Three films will be shown: First Rasta, a documentary by Helene Lee; COINTELPRO 101,  from the Freedom Archives; and the feature presentation, Mumia Abu Jamal Long Distance Revolutionary, by Stephen Vittoria.

The festival also will honor four people with community service awards: Dermot Hussey, Sirius/XM radio host;  Andrea Williams, the “Running African” host on IRIE FM Radio;

Willie Stewart, chairman of Embrace Music Foundation; and Norman “Humble Lion” Lawrence,  WAVS radio personality.

There will be a fashion show and a live performance by recording artist Malekuu. The festival is free, but RSVP is required. Call 754-264-2205, or visit

Virtual school enrollment
for K-12 students underway

FORT LAUDERDALE — Florida Virtual School Full Time (FLVS FT), a statewide virtual public school, is now enrolling for grades Kindergarten-12 for the 2015-16 school year. Information sessions—both in-person and online—are being held for parents and students across the state to learn more about the school.

“Online learning is one of the fastest growing forms of education, and students attending school in 2015 will learn and apply their education in a much more technologically advanced and dependent world than their parents. We prepare children to succeed in that world,” said Marcie Trombino, Lead Principal K-8 for FLVS FT.

For more information about FLVS FT and eligibility guidelines for enrollment, visit

Doral council rejects
anti-Trump resolution

DORAL — A resolution to condemn Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s remarks about Mexican immigrants failed to win approval of the city council in Doral, a city dominated by Hispanic immigrants and home to one of the billionaire businessman’s biggest resorts.

In a 3-2 vote, the council members — all of whom are Hispanic — rejected the resolution proposed by city councilwoman and vice mayor Sandra Ruiz, a Mexican immigrant. Those voting against the resolution said they did not condone Trump’s comments, but did not want to politicize the council’s work.

Earlier this year, Trump was given the keys to the city after leaders praised him for bringing the Miss Universe pageant to Doral and investing in his Trump National Doral Miami golf resort.

Ruiz and others in Doral, where nearly 80 percent of the population of 50,000 people are Hispanic, are upset about Trump’s comments from his presidential campaign launch in June, when he portrayed immigrants from Mexico as criminals and rapists.

Following the vote, Ruiz said she was disappointed but not surprised given Trump’s large investments in the suburban Miami city.

“Money talks,” she said.


A recent article about a local Rotary Club misstated the president’s historic role. At least two other black persons have served as president of the Rotary Club of Miramar-Pembroke Pines. In addition, several African and Caribbean-American people are in the club.

       Compiled from staff, wire reports