Stories written by Christina Gordon

Opa-locka Magnolia Housing redevelopment ‘Kick-off’ a circle of light changes the shape of ‘the triangle’


By Christina Gordon…. On Wednesday, October 6, 2010, amid the ceremonial speeches, the rain began to fade, permitting the sunlight to peer through the vanishing overcast, symbolic of the Renaissance that was about to occur in the “Triangle,” as Miami-Dade County District 1 Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan announced plans for a brighter day through the […]

The Demolition of Villa Francine; Opa-locka United with U.S. Military

The Villa Francine demolition project on Friday, December 3, 2010, Public Works Director Daniel Abia, Commissioner Rose Tydus, Commissioner Timothy Holmes, Vice Mayor Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson and LTC. William Schaper of the USAR.

By Christina Gordon…. In a concerted effort to bring resolution to resident concerns about the incomplete structures left by the developer of Villa Francine Condominiums, The City of Opa-locka and the 766th Engineer Company of the United States Army united in a demolition project to remove the unsafe building structures on the Northwest corner of […]

Non-Violent holiday priority among 22nd Avenue residents Rapper & Mayor sponsor ‘Thanksgiving for Life’ give-away

Before distributing the turkeys, community leaders . (L to R) Deputy Chief Adam Burden, Rep. Darryl Reaves, Rev. Jerome Starling, rapper Brisco, Mayor “Lady” Myra L. Taylor and former Opa-locka Commissioner Terence Pinder, deliver a message of Non-Violence from the podium during the opening ceremony at the “Thanksgiving for Life” Give-Away.

By Christina Gordon…. “I believe his message will have an impact because he is the voice of the hood… everyone listens to Brisco,” articulated Sahakira Johnson as she waited in line on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 2:00 PM to receive her Turkey from the rapper during the Non-Violence “Thanksgiving for Life” Give-Away which Brisco […]

Opa-locka celebrated Hispanic Heritage twice over

Residents turn out for two separate celebrations honoring Hispanic Heritage month in the City of Opa-locka.

By Christina Gordon…. The Latin community of Opa-locka turned-out in record numbers to celebrate their background and culture, while observing rich customs and tradition, as Mayor “Lady” Myra L. Taylor and former Mayor Joseph L. Kelley, along with other current and former Commission members, participated in festivities that embraced the Latin legacy during two separate […]

Commissioner Johnson warns community about trend Youth possessing alcoholic energy drinks in colorful cans

Vice Mayor Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson

By Christina Gordon…. “Kids in my community are taking this can, pouring it into THIS can,” exclaimed Vice Mayor Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson, during the November 10, 2010 City of Opa-locka Commission meeting, as she displayed the brightly colored empty can of the controversial fruit flavored, caffeinated, alcoholic energy drink called Four Loko, which has raised […]

They said ‘It couldn’t be done’ Opa-locka Mayor and Vice Mayor sworn-in

Miami-Dade County District 1 Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan swears-in Opa-locka Vice Mayor Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson at the induction ceremony, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010.

By Christina Gordon…. “In 2004, the enemy came against me like a flood. I was handcuffed like a criminal and shackled like a slave. I felt like the Biblical character Joseph, while in the ‘pit’ of his life. I asked, Lord, what have I done to warrant this?” declared Opa-locka Mayor elect “Lady” Myra L. […]

Annual Business Assistance Workshop Hosted by Opa-locka Mayor Joseph L. Kelley

Dr. Ezekiel Orji Finance Director from the City of Opa-locka speaking at the Annual BUSINESS ASSISTANCE WORKSHOP left to right seated Joe Martinez Beacon Council, Mayor Joseph L. Kelley and Cheryl Cook from The South Florida Regional Planning Council.

By Christina Gordon…. “Doing Business with the City of Opalocka” was among the detailed brochures and topics presented for discussion at the Annual BUSINESS ASSISTANCE WORKSHOP, hosted by City of Opa-locka Mayor Joseph L. Kelley and the Department of Community Development on Thursday, September 23, 2010 in the 2nd Floor Conference Center of the Opalocka […]

Opa-locka Mayor Joseph L. Kelley appointed Vice Chair Finance and Taxation Committee of the Florida League of Cities

Mayor Joseph L. Kelley

By Christina Gordon…. As a member of the Florida League of Cities’ Finance and Taxation Legislative Policy Committee, City of Opa-locka Mayor Joseph L. Kelley was recently appointed to serve as Vice Chair of the elite team that develops League’s legislative priorities. The League currently has five legislative policy committees. Committee members are appointed annually […]

‘My World, Your World: Bridging the Gap’ in Opa-locka Video Premiere: Rapper Brisco & Vice Mayor Myra Taylor

Brisco “The Opa-locka GOON” and Vice Mayor “Lady” Myra L. Taylor surrounded by winners of the Trivia contest, from the Grace Academy School in Opa-locka, during the premier of ”My World, Your World”; Bridging the Gap.”

By Christina Gordon…. Growing-up in the 22nd Avenue Apartments on 138th Street, Nationally known Grammy winning Hip-Hop recording artist Brisco, “The Opa-locka Goon,” recently united with The City of Opa-locka Vice Mayor Myra L. Taylor, in attempts to understand each other’s world and find ways to use their recognition, influence, experience and professions to improve […]

Commissioner Dorothy Johnson “Bring Organics Back’ to event Chef to the President Caters

Opa-Locka Commissioner Dorothy Johnson

By Christina Gordon…. Only the aroma from Chef Chad Cherry’s corner of the room could compete with Commissioner Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson for attention, as she, using The Portrait of Empowerment (TPOE) Parent’s Handbook, prepped parents for a new school year on Friday, September 10, 2010 at the Opa-locka Municipal Complex, 780 Fisherman Street, in Opa-locka. […]

‘We the People…’ celebrated on Constitution Day Opa-locka Mayor Kelley visits Life Skills Center

District 108 State Representative Daphne Campbell; Life Skills Center Principal Daniel Stanislawczyk; students Davante Wilkerson and Rochelle Fond-Rose; legislative aide to Campbell, Attorney Michael Ettienne; and Mayor Joseph L. Kelley pose with the Proclamation presented by the Mayor from the City of Opa-locka, to the Life Skills Center during the Celebration of Constitution Day on September, 17, 2010.

By Christina Gordon & Shawn Williams…. In celebration of Constitution Day, on Friday, September 17, 2010, Mayor Joseph L. Kelley attended the Life Skills Center located at 3400 NW 135th Street in Opalocka, to commemorate the 223rd anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution in 1787. In 2004, the U.S. Congress passed legislation […]

‘Hot Fun in the Summertime’ Opa-locka Annual Book Bag Give-Away

City of Opa-locka residents attend a “Book Bag Give-Away” at the 12th Annual back-to-school celebration at Segal/Miller Park, 2331 N.W. 143rd Street in Opa-locka on August 14, 2010 where the families were also treated to a FREE concert, food, health screening and more.

By Christina Gordon…. Contributions to the story, from the Office of the City Clerk The theme for the 12th Annual backto- school celebration in the great City of Opa-locka was “Hot Fun in the Summertime,” and indeed it was. Temperatures soared in the 90’s, but even the heat could not put a damper on such […]

Opa-locka Commissioner Rose Tydus bring movies to the city

Happy prize winners Ralph Bennett and Isiah Kelley pose with Opa-locka Commissioner Rose Tydus at the “Lunch & Learn Cinema Saturday,” held on the last Saturday of every month at 12 Noon in the Opa-locka Municipal Complex, 780 Fisherman Street, 2nd Floor in Opa-locka.

By Christina Gordon…. As a result of Commissioner Rose Tydus setting goals to educate, unite and empower residents in the City of Opalocka, she recruited various businesses to sponsor FREE movie viewings for residents on the last Saturday of each month at 12:00 PM, during Lunch & Learn: Cinema Saturday at the Opa-locka Municipal Complex, […]

84th Annual Educational Conference & Business Meeting

Opa-locka Mayor Joseph L. Kelley with Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Alex Sink at the League of Cities 84th Annual Educational Conference and Business Meeting on August 19-21, 2010, in Hollywood, Florida.

By Christina Gordon…. Opa-locka Mayor Joseph L. Kelley attended the Florida League of Cities 84th Annual Educational Conference and Business Meeting on August 19-21, 2010, an event held in Hollywood, Florida to provide opportunities for Officials to share innovations and best practices for improving City government. “The Florida League of Cities is a service- based […]