Seems like only yesterday that I was entering my senior high school year at Booker T. Washington Junior/Senior High School. And while I was excited about my senior year and all that it was to be, my excitement was dampened a bit by the opening of Miami’s newest black high school: Northwestern Senior High.
I opted to stay put at the school of my choice (since I was in the third grade). But my younger brother held no such sentiments for dear old BTW, and as soon as he could, he registered for his sophomore year at the “new school.” So on the first day of school in 1955, when Northwestern opened its doors to a new crop of students, my brother was among them.
The years have come and gone all too quickly for some of us, but we still remember the excitement of that first day when Northwestern opened its doors for the first time.
At 9:30 a.m. Aug. 9, the Miami Northwestern Alumni Association will start the celebration of the school’s 60th anniversary with a “Bulls Appreciation Day” at New Birth Baptist Church, 2300 NW 135th St. All Northwestern Bulls are asked to wear the blue and gold to show off their “Bull Pride.”
The celebration will include a memorial service 3 p.m. Aug. 23 in the school’s Theater of the Performing Arts. The service will honor all the “fallen” bulls.
On Aug. 24, a Parade of Classes will take place, when the 60th graduating class will be ushered into their final year at the school by representatives of every class that graduated from there.
At 8 p.m. Aug. 29, the Bulls will celebrate with the Blue and Gold black-tie gala, at I.B.E. Local # 222, at 1657 NW 17th Ave. Tickets are $60 each, and $600 for a table of 10.
Continuing the celebration, on Dec. 19, the alumni association will have its 2015 Alumni Hall of Fame Blue-Tie Gala. The inductees for service are John Cheever, Richard Cuff, Lawarnia Gray, Tanya Jackson, Paul Lewis, Delores “Jackie” Rawls, Rhonda Vangates, and Sam Walthour.
The athletics inductees are Tiffany Ross-Williams and Telly Lockette. Also, Miami Northwestern’s Activity Director Linda L. Walden will be honored. The place and the cost of the event will be announced later.
For tickets and more information, call Nat “Spooky” Miller at 305-244-2528; Wayne Jones at 305-755-2558, or Sharella Everett at 305-904-2028.
Carol City High reunion
And while we are on the subject of high school reunions and celebrations, the Class of 1970 at Miami Carol City High School will celebrate its 45th reunion July 31 through Aug. 2, at Don Shula’s Hotel and Golf Resort, 6842 Main St. in Miami Lakes.
The theme for the reunion is: “A time for Us — A Class Reunited” and the events will include a meet and greet from 6 to 10 p.m. at the hotel. The cost is $60 per person. The attire is casual.
At 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, the class will have a banquet and dance. The cost is $100 per person and the attire is dressy.
The weekend reunion will close with a worship service at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at the hotel; the attire casual.
For more information, call class secretary Terry Thompson at 305-621-8773.
Tea party, fashion show
Take out your prettiest hat and get ready to attend Ann’s eighth annual English Tea Party and Fashion Show at the GFWC Coco Plum Woman’s Club, 1375 Sunset Dr. in Coral Gables.
The reservation-only event will include door prizes and hat prizes to include elegant, funny and original. The fashion show will be presented by Talbots.
The cost per person is $25 and credit cards will not be accepted. Reservations must be made by Aug, 7, by calling Nadine LaQuette at 305-856-1816. You may also email Heike Leibkuchler at email@example.com.
Proceeds will benefit Canine Companions for Independence for veterans.
Comic book writer to be honored
If you are old enough to remember such comic book characters as The Flash, The Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman, you might remember the name, Lee Goldsmith, who penned the stories for these characters and more.
Goldsmith will be honored for his works from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 1 at the East Ridge Retirement Center, 19301 SW 87th Ave., where he lives. The program will feature a superhero costume contest for all ages, face painting, inflatable obstacle course and a family-style cook-out. The activities will be followed by remarks from Goldsmith, who will reflect on his career, which also included writing Broadway lyrics.
Goldsmith, 92, was a comic book writer for DC Comics in New York for nearly 25 years. In the mid 1940s and into the 1950s, he transitioned from writing comics about superheroes to writing about teenage romance for the National Romance Group. His successful “Girls’ Love Stories’ series ran for 180 issues, ending in 1973.
In 1970, a contact at a theater publishing house in New York introduced Goldsmith to composer Lawrence Hurwit. With Hurwit, he wrote Sextet, a Broadway musical starring Dixie Carter. Goldsmith collaborated on the book and wrote the lyrics.
Later, with composer Roger Anderson, Goldsmith wrote Chaplin, which won the prestigious South Florida’s Carbonell Award for best new work.
Over the years Goldsmith and Anderson have collaborated on seven musicals and the most recent is entitled, Abe, about the life of Abraham Lincoln.
Goldsmith moved to East Ridge in January of this year. He keeps his mind sharp by writing limericks that can be used at weddings and bar mitzvahs.
Luncheon with musical entertainment
The New Neighbors Club of South Dade invites you to their monthly luncheon meeting to enjoy the talents of David Meulemans.
Meulemans is a popular leading man in Florida’s musical theater scene. He is an accomplished performer on the big stage, as well as in intimate venues. The classically trained actor earned a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence Conservatory of Music, where he started performing.
He is right at home performing theater, jazz, sacred or pop music, and is said to be able to “get inside a song and convey its meaning to the heart of the listener.”
The New Neighbors Club meets at the Killian Palms Country Club, 9950 SW 104th St. Socializing starts at 11 a.m., followed by the meeting and luncheon. If you go, reservations are required by Thursday, Aug. 6, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 305-595-0213.
Parents of schoolchildren, remember that the “tax-free holiday” for basic school supplies, clothing and certain electronic equipment begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 16.
During the tax-free period no sales tax or local option tax will be collected on purchases of:
▪ Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $100 or less per item.
▪ Certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item.
▪ Personal computers and certain computer-related accessories on the first $750 of the sales price, when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.
Among the allowed school supplies are binders, calculators, transparent tape, blank CDs, construction paper, lunch boxes, notebook filler paper, poster paper and scissors.
School supply items that are not exempt from sales tax include certain books, computer paper, correction tape/fluid/pens, masking tape, printer paper, staplers and staples.
For more information about the sales tax holiday, and for a list of specific items and their taxable status during the tax-free period visit http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/
Send all items at least two weeks in advance to Friends and Neighbors, c/o Neighbors, 2000 NW 150th Ave., Suite 1105, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028, fax it to 954-538-7018 or email email@example.com. Pictures are accepted but cannot be returned.