Stories written by Janey Tate

Cruise line sparks romance with new ‘Weddings at Sea’

Engaged couples now can experience the romance of being joined at sea by the captain aboard a Royal Caribbean International ship through the Royal Romance weddings and vow renewal program. The Commonwealth of the Bahamas has cleared the cruise line to conduct legal weddings aboard the world’s most innovative cruise ships while they are at […]

NFL Players Team Up to Give Back


By Janey Tate…. Mike McKenzie and Antwan Barnes teamed together to raise funds and community awareness for McKenzie’s 34 Ways Foundation, which helps inner city youth by providing resources to help enrich their lives. The two football greats planned a weekend of fun and invited several of their NFL friends and Celebrities to participate in […]

A Dream Comes True!


By Janey Tate…. Three years ago I began competing in the Miss Miami Gardens Scholarship Pageant with the hope of winning the extraordinary title of Miss Miami Gardens. A friend, Corey Jackson, educated me about the pageant and all the great benefits it had to offer and I decided to accept the challenge and competed […]

The Legacy Continues at Norland Middle School Performing Arts Magnet


By Janey Tate…. On March 4, Tanisha Cidel sat at her desk while observing her magnet students’ Power Point presentations on theater production. She invited me in to see some of their work. Their presentations were detailed and organized as if they were presenting to a major production studio. I was impressed with the students’ […]

Miami Gardens wins Award for its ‘Urban Forest’


By Janey Tate…. Driving along Miami Gardens Drive one can see the luxurious Palm trees and lush green grass that allows for a serene view and the hard work put into making Miami Gardens this beautiful was not done in vain. During the City Council meeting, Joe Sulak– a Florida Urban Forestry Council Board Member– […]

City of Miami Gardens Celebrates the Home of the new Betty T Ferguson Recreation Complex


By Janey Tate…. Recently the City of Miami Gardens hosted a Ribbon cutting Ceremony at the new recreational center; named after former Miami-Dade County Commissioner, Betty T. Ferguson. The event took place on September 23 at the B.T.F. Rec. Center; 3000 NW 199th St. Ferguson said it feels great to have the Recreation Complex named […]

“Shop with a Cop”: Miami Gardens Police Embraces the Spirit of Giving


By Janey Tate…. Captain Alfred Lewers Jr, a member of the Miami Gardens police department, shopped with a little girl from the community at the 3rd annual “Shop with a Cop” event. He and the little girl picked up many items, but to his surprise, not all of the gifts were for the little girl. […]

Mike McKenzie and Rick Ross Charities Host 5th Annual Holiday Winter Wonderland


By Janey Tate…. The line wrapped around the Scott Park Rec Room stretched out for what seem like a mile. The over 1000 excited faces anticipated the new toys and holiday food that would be given to them shortly. The Mike McKenzie 34 Ways Foundation and Rick Ross Charities Inc. hosted the 5th annual Holiday […]

Outstanding Student Spotlight: Stephanie Jennings Helps Victims of Teen Domestic Violence

Stephanie Jennings and her Birthing Imperishable Diamonds group

By Janey Tate…. At age 15, Stephanie Jennings received a phone that would forever change her life. Her mother had been shot in the stomach by her boyfriend around 4am that morning while at a night club. Her mother, who died twice on the operating table, wasn’t given much hope from the doctors to live. […]

Improving Education One Child at a Time Jesus Peoples Ministry Enrichment Center Afterschool Program

Miami Gardens Afterschool Improves Education

By Janey Tate…. The Jesus Peoples Ministry Enrichment Center’s (JPMEC) Afterschool Program is a non-profit 501c (3) organization that provides homework assistance and tutoring in the areas of reading, creative writing, math and specifically FCAT math and FCAT reading. The program began eight years ago the in the church’s modestly sized library and each year […]

City Salutes Lily Mae Johnson, Oldest Resident

Lily Mae Johnson

By Janey Tate…. On July 6, 2010, Lily Mae Johnson turned 104 years old. She is the oldest known and recorded resident living in the beautiful city of Miami Gardens. Johnson and her family moved to the area more than 40 years ago which at the time they were the third black family to move […]

An Extraordinary Student!

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By Janey Tate…. City of Miami Gardens resident, Precious Hannah a student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit Michigan, recently tried her skills and luck and entered a the “PinSoul” design contest sponsored by Nike Corporation via and won the opportunity to travel to Washington County, Oregon to participate in the company’s […]