On Sunday April 26, 2009 Ebony Walters competed in Virginia in what was the last meet of the year and a chance to compete at the national competition being held in Washington. Ebony was one of the top seven with an all around score of 37.27 guaranteeing her a spot on the team to compete in Washington state. Scouts from all over the country and from some of the most prestigious colleges were there to see Ebony’s performance and the outlook is very promising for the little warrior. Up next the National.
Ebony’s all around scores:

Bars: 9.55
Vault: 9.525
Beam: 9.225
Floor: 8.725

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Ebony Walters is College Bound click the link for more

April 18, 2009- I remember when I started to follow Ebony's career as a child. She is all grown up now and following her dreams. I wish her all the best. Gregory Lewin

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Nalini Hawkins Named To Patriot League All-Tournament Team

April 18, 2009 - BETHLEHEM, Pa.  –  Release 3/12/2009.After averaging over 20 points per game to carry the Army women’s basketball team in two Patriot League Tournament games, sophomore G Nalini Hawkins garnered all-tournament team status in an announcement following Wednesday night’s championship game at Lehigh’s Stabler Arena.

Hawkins accounted for 45 of Army’s 96 points scored on the weekend, starting with a career-high 24 point effort as the No. 5 Black Knights sent No. 4 Holy Cross packing in the first round, Saturday, March 7, by a 54-47 score. Hawkins buried a career-high five three-pointers against the Crusaders and shot 8-of-16 from the field on the afternoon to key Army in securing its first appearance in the semifinals since 2005-06. She also led all players with four steals, while tying for a team-high four assists.

The Columbia, Md., native went on to post her second-straight 20-point game as she led all players and scored half of Army’s points with 21 tallies in a tough 61-42 loss to No. 1 Lehigh in Sunday’s first semifinal game. Hawkins, who shot 7-of-14 on the afternoon, registered 12 of her points in the first 10 minutes of play to help the Black Knights jump out to a 24-21 halftime lead. She nailed Army’s only two three-pointers against the Mountain Hawkins, shooting 2-of-3 from long range. Hawkins’ 45 points (22.5 ppg) during Army’s tournament run ranked second among leading scorers for the eight-team event. She also led all players with 2.0 steals per game and 4.0 three-point field goals per game.

Army’s starting point guard in all but one game this season, Hawkins came into the tournament averaging 7.6 ppg with a previous career-high of 17 points, which she had accomplished twice in her young career. Her stellar play over the course of Army’s two tournament games improved her scoring average to 8.5 ppg on the season. She finished the year second on the team with 71 assists and third in steals with 38. She became the eighth player in Army history to make the Patriot League All-Tournament team, joining recent recipients Cara Enright (West Point '08), a three-time honoree, and senior G Alex McGuire who nabbed the honor in 2007-08.

Hawkins was the only player that did not participate in Wednesday’s title game to be selected to the all-tournament team. No. 1 Lehigh drew rival No. 7 Lafayette in a surprising final match-up during which the Mountain Hawks punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament with a 64-56 win on Wednesday night in the Lehigh Valley. The victory ended Lafayette’s “Cinderella” run to the title game, which included upsets of both No. 2 American and No. 6 Navy over the weekend. Lehigh placed three players on the all-tournament team, while sophomore G Alex Ross was named Most Valuable Player. Lafayette landed two players, while Hawkins represented Army to round out the group.

One of three returning starters for the 2009-10 campaign, Hawkins played a vital role in Army’s 19-12 season. The team finished in a four-way tie for third in the final league standings. Along with Hawkins, the Black Knights’ top returners include a pair of sophomores who spent the majority of the year in the starting lineup. Sophomore G Erin Anthony, a second team all-league pick and 2009 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and sophomore G/F Laura Baranek also highlight Army’s corps of returners in 2009-10.

2009 Patriot League Women’s Basketball All-Tournament Team
Nalini Hawkins, Army
LaKeisha Wright, Lafayette
Emily Garner, Lafayette
Erica Prosser, Lehigh
Melissa Rich, Lehigh
2009 Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player
Alex Ross, Lehigh

Source: Army Athletic Communications

Nalini Hawkins is the daughter of Yvette and Reynold Hawkins, natives of Bluefields, Nicaragua.

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"Honoring People's Experiences Can Create Change"                                  

April 18, 2009- Ronie Gomes was born in Nicaragua and relocated to South Florida over 20 years ago. She completed her M.A. degree in Medical Marriage & Family Therapy, and her Ph.D. in Marriage & Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University. Ronie is currently an Adjunct Professor at NSU's School of Social & Systemic Studies.

As a Systemic Therapist, Ronie believes that the family is a whole unit that needs to be considered in treatment. This holistic approach is necessary in resolving both individual and familial issues. Ronie's approach honors the qualities and strengths of each family member. The "here and now" is also an important focus.

Ronie's ten years of clinical experience includes not just family issues, but work with couples and individuals as well. Some of the areas of concern that she has addressed include: Anger, Loss, Depression, HIV/AIDS, Parenting, Adolescent Concerns, and Blended Families. Ronie's past positions as both a Psychoeducational Counselor and Family Counselor allowed her the opportunity to provide group counseling to HIV-infected individuals and teach life skills and family empowerment to those suffering from eating disorders.

Being equally fluent in both Spanish and English only highlights Ronie's knowledge of diversity and multicultural issues. She provides services in both languages. Ronie is a Registered Marriage & Family Intern (IMT 1157) working towards licensure.

For an appointment please contact Ronnie Gomes or visit her office.

120 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Suite #102                                                        
Wilton Manors, FL 33334                                
954.567.4175 (phone)  &  954.567.5746 (fax)


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2008 ESP Grand Award Ceremony

Public Works Director Esther Calas with ESP Grand Award Winner George Brown and County Manager George Burgess

April 18, 2009- On June 4, 2008 in Miami Dade George Brown a native of Bluefields, Nicaragua was the  ESP Grand Winner for designing the Portable Generator Interconnection Device.

The Portable Generator Interconnection Device (PGID) designed by Mr. Brown allows the safe operation of traffic signals using portable generators. The PGID’s design ensures that the electronic equipment in the traffic control box controlling the traffic signal is not affected or damaged when power is restored. During power disruptions, the generator can be turned on and the device automatically takes over protecting the traffic signal if and when power is restored. Source: Miami Dade Gov.



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