(West Palm Beach – July, 31 2017) – A ribbon-cutting for the U.B. Kinsey Educational & Community Center will be held at 720 8th Street in West Palm Beach on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

“Rising to Excellence” is the completed $5 million Educational & Community Center near the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church. The 10,000-sq. ft., two-story Center replaces the former Tabernacle Learning Center, which was demolished in 2008. The church, located at 801 8th St., is the oldest African- American church in Palm Beach County and was the first to house a school for African-American students. The Center is named for the late UB Kinsey, a longtime Palm Beach educator who was a member of the church and will offer modern classrooms with up-to-date computers, a school library, afterschool youth tutorial, mentoring and senior programs, plus a large meeting room for civic meetings and a complete kitchen.

“We are excited that the U.B. Kinsey Educational & Community Center will be another light upon the hill, bringing hope and the alleviation of suffering to a neighborhood that has long been neglected, says Reverand Gerald D. Kisner, pastor of the 124-year-old Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church.  We prayerfully envision a Center of hope with innovative programs and vital services that can bring about positive transformation in the lives of young people, adult and senior residents in the Northwest community, and beyond”.

Construction was completed by D & D Constantakos Inc. of Jupiter and a generous contribution by North Palm Beach residents Jeff and Lynda Jacobs. The design of the building is compatible with the church, including a lighted dome.

Attendees and media will get an exclusive first look at the new UB Kinsey Educational and Community Center, learn about the center’s programs and opportunities to donate and volunteer, and enjoy complimentary refreshments while touring the facility.

“Community centers are vital to fostering a sense of community and belonging,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “They are places where neighborhood residents can participate in community activities or serve as volunteers, coaches, and instructors. I congratulate the Board of the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church on the ribbon cutting of the Rising to Excellence Educational & Community Center and thank them for this contribution to the community.”

To RSVP, visit https://ubkinseycenter.eventbrite.com, email [email protected] or call 561.651.9565.  For more information about U.B. Kinsey Educational and Community Center, visit www.tlcwpb.org or contact LaVoise Taylor Smith at 561.267.4929 or [email protected].

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(Ft. Lauderdale – April 2017) – The City of Fort Lauderdale has approved another Northwest–Progresso- Flagler Community Redevelopment Agency (NPF CRA) incentive program applicant, Invasive Species Brewing, LLC in the amount $110,353. The purpose for the money is to renovate the building and site at 726 NE 2 Avenue and purchase equipment to construct an artisan brew pub.   The incentive funding package for the brewery and tap room consists of $85,557 from the Property and Business Improvement Program and $24,796 from the CRA Facade Program. The pub is located just south of the Flagler Greenway in the Flagler Village neighborhood.

Invasive Species Brewing is a partnership of brewers and co-founders Phil Gillis, former brewer at the Funky Buddha and Josh Levitt, former brewer at MIA Brewing Co. They have teamed up with Chris and Jordan Bellus, the brothers who founded and operate Laser Wolf, a popular bar in Progresso Plaza since 2010.

“We are thrilled with the resurgence in the Flagler Village area, which can be largely credited to the assistance of the CRA, and extremely thankful for the CRA Board’s recommendation for assistance,” says Josh Levitt, co-owner of Invasive Species Brewing, “We are looking forward to becoming a big part of the local community and an exciting destination for residents.”

Invasive Species Brewing has leased the property since January 2016. They have a five year lease with two 5 year options to renew.   The pair have invested over $200,000 of their own capital to date on project expenses including renovating the interior structure and the purchase of brewery equipment.   CRA Funding will be used for additional interior and exterior renovation consisting of new windows and doors, electrical and AC upgrades, sidewalk, landscaping and irrigation.   In addition, funding will be used for the purchase of additional brewery equipment. The incentive program funding is provided as a 5-year forgivable loan. Invasive Species Brewing estimates that the new business at full operation will create 13 to 15 jobs and are committed to giving priority in hiring to residents of the NPF CRA. With the additional funding provided by the CRA, they plan on opening for business in the Summer 2017.

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MIRAMAR (July, 2017) – Thousands gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Miramar’s new, world-class Amphitheater at Miramar Regional Park on Tuesday, July 4th. Among the celebrants were City of Miramar’s Mayor Wayne M. Messam, Commissioners Maxwell B. Chambers, Yvette Colbourne and Darline B. Riggs. They were joined in part by Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief, West Park’s Vice-Mayor Brian Johnson, Pembroke Pines Vice-Mayor Angelo Castillo, Lauderhill Commissioner Ken Thurston and several other dignitaries.

The Miramar Amphitheater was the perfect venue for a festive, free community Independence Day Celebration. Miramar resident and local singer, Shelby Williams kicked off the celebration with America’s National Anthem. The concert was hosted by JoMarie Payton from the 90’s hit show, Family Matters, and featured multicultural performers including six-time Grammy nominee Kelly Price, Canadian singer France Joli, Jamaican reggae fusion artist Wayne Wonder, Puerto Rican salsa singer Eddie Santiago and American R&B group Tavares. In addition, attendees enjoyed a variety of food vendors and a massive Kid’s Zone with life-size classic board games. The celebration commenced with a spectacular display of fireworks sponsored by the Memorial Hospital Miramar.

“Today is a historic day, not just for the City of Miramar, but what it really means to the community”, stated Mayor M. Messam. “My vision is for The Miramar Amphitheater at Regional Park to be the facility that provides the community different themed events, such as graduations, car shows and boxing matches among others.”

The 5,000-seat capacity amphitheater is part of Miramar’s push to be a premier entertainment destination with a welcoming and inclusive approach to multicultural artists and the public. The City of Miramar will continue to partner with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau on initiatives that position the City as a place for multicultural tourism in South Florida.

The City of Miramar offers Ansin Sports Complex, Shirley Branca Memorial Park, Miramar Cultural Center ArtsPark and now the new The Miramar Amphitheater at Regional Park as sport and cultural entertainment assets within the City. All of them are easy to get to from Miami to Palm Beach and draws from over 6.7 million people across the region. To learn more about the City of Miramar, visit www.miramarfl.gov.

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MIRAMAR (June 2017) – The City of Miramar will celebrate the grand opening of a new, world class Amphitheater at Miramar Regional Park on Tuesday, July 4th with a free community concert starting at 3:00pm with local, national and international performers. Media outlets are invited to an exclusive first look of the completed Amphitheater at 1:30pm. The Miramar Amphitheater at Regional Park is located at 16801 Miramar Parkway, Miramar, FL 33025.

Media will be welcomed by Mayor Wayne Messam and will experience all of the bells and whistles first hand. Refreshments will be served. In addition, media is invited to stay and cover the celebration. Interviews for some of the performers will be granted upon request.

Miramar is becoming a premier entertainment destination, what is more special is Miramar’s welcoming and inclusive approach to multicultural entertainment professionals and audiences. The City of Miramar and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Conventions and Visitor’s Bureau has partnered on an initiative to position Miramar as a place for multicultural tourism in South Florida with an emphasis on the African Diaspora. The Miramar Amphitheater at Regional Park will serve as a catalyst to attract multicultural family gatherings, concerts, festivals, arts and more.

The Miramar Amphitheater at Regional Park is a 5,000 capacity (3,000 covered under a 28,000 sq ft column supported tensile canopy and 2,000 located behind the canopy on promenades) and is designed with a large elevated stage, theatrical lighting, projection screens and refined sound system that is well suited for live concerts, film and television production, theater, corporate and social gatherings, and more. The Miramar Amphitheater at Regional Park includes ticket distribution set up, electronic signage and is surrounded by beautiful fountains, wetlands and greenery. The amphitheater and promenade adorns 4.1 acres of green space with a total project cost of $7.4 Million to construct including amenities.

The Miramar Amphitheater at Regional Park is a great winning addition to the entertainment cast of Miramar. The City of Miramar is a destination of choice for sports, theatre, arts, and recreation with award winning facilities including the Ansin Sports Complex, Shirley Branca Memorial Park, Miramar Cultural Center and Miramar Regional Park. All of Miramar’s entertainment assets are easy to get to from Miami to Palm Beach and draws from over 6.7 million people across the region.

RSVP for the Media Preview by calling Ann Marie Sorrell at 561.651.9665 or 561.531.4046. To learn more about the City of Miramar visit, www.miramarfl.gov.