$1.5 MILLION GRANT TO HELP PROTECT NOAH RESIDENTS FROM HURRICANE DAMAGE
NOAH will use a $1.5 million grant to provide hurricane protection to more than 200 apartments for residents at Covenant Villas in Belle Glade and South Bay Villas in South Bay.
NOAH is working with architects and construction engineers on a project to install high impact windows and doors throughout the two apartment complexes, said Thomas Roberts, NOAH’s Executive Director. He expects to have the project out to bid in the next month or so and the work to begin before the end of the 2009 hurricane season.
Protecting residents in the Glades has been a major priority ever since the notorious unnamed category 5 hurricane of 1928 killed an estimated 3,000 people, many of whom were living vulnerably in poorly constructed shanty homes around Lake Okeechobee. Damage to NOAH properties after Hurricane Wilma in 2005 was further indication of the need for additional protection for residents.
"We’re just looking forward to protecting our property and protecting our residents," Roberts said.
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BOARD MEMBER SPOTLIGHT ON ANTHONY JONES
Anthony Jones (left) with Board President Edna McClendon at a recent NOAH function.
PERSONAL: Married to Theresa with two sons and two daughters
JOB: Letter Carrier for the U.S. Post Office
TITLE WITH NOAH: Member of the Board of Directors, chair of planning and development committee. Organizer of NOAH’s first golf tournament planned for May 23rd, 2009 (see story this newsletter). Became involved with NOAH more than 15 years ago on the recommendation of longtime South Bay Mayor, Clarence Anthony
BACKGROUND: 1972 Graduate of Glades Central High School; 1977 graduate of Florida Memorial University; member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; and Mount Calvary Baptist Church
THE BEST THING ABOUT WORKING WITH NOAH IS: It’s a community-based organization that is trying to enhance the lives of people, trying to give them a hand up. The community needs to enhance itself.
MY VISION FOR NOAH IS: What NOAH is constantly doing for the community development of Belle Glade in helping provide affordable housing, helping people be proud of what they’ve got. We’re trying to break the cycle of generations and generations of struggling.
I AM MOST PROUD OF: Our facilities are second to none in Belle Glade. I see the growing, I see the difference it’s making in our community. We employ people locally. If you can get people to see the success of what we are doing, that in itself is incentive for them to do better. It’s not just about being strict on crime and drugs and keeping up your property, it’s a pride thing. We don’t want you to be renters; we want you to be homeowners.
GOLFING IN THE GLADES: NOAH PLANS MAY 23rd TOURNAMENT
NOAH is bringing a golf tournament to Belle Glade to help raise its profile throughout South Florida, said board member and tournament organizer Anthony Jones.
The 4-man scramble tournament is scheduled for May 23rd at the Sugar Cane Golf Club in Belle Glade, and Jones hopes to attract at least 40 golfers from throughout South Florida. The tournament is planned to benefit NOAH programs. But for the first effort, Jones said the focus in on building an annual event that golfers will want to return to year after year.
"It's not necessarily about making money right now, but about putting ourselves out there," Jones said. It also is an opportunity to promote the Glades golf course and the area in general. While most of the golfers will be local, Jones is working with golf enthusiasts in Rivera Beach and West Palm Beach and even in Broward County. He also hopes to get black golfing clubs on the coast to put the NOAH tournament on their annual calendar.
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STAFF NEWS AND BRIEFS
Saying goodbye: On Jan. 23, the staff at the Mary Alice Fortin Center offered lots of hugs when saying goodbye to Sylvia Mann who is retiring after 10 years and two months of loyal service. Mann was a dedicated toddler teacher who will truly be missed.
Happy Birthday! On Jan. 30, the staff held a Birthday Celebration for those that had a January B-Day. Mrs. Fudge-Lead Teacher in the Pre-K Room, Mrs. Edwards-Center Director, Ms. Ford-Lead Teacher in the Infant Room.
On Feb. 27, the Fortin held a staff Birthday Celebration for those that had birthdays in February. Honored were: Mrs. Bryant, Mrs. Lewis, and Ms. Watson-Hill.
Sweet treats: Parents donated cupcakes, candy, punch and Valentine's Day cards for children to share with their classmates at the Feb. 13 Valentine’s Day party.
Going Green: On March 13, the children enjoyed a St. Patrick's Bash with activities, games, musical chairs, duck-n-pond, pin the coin on shamrock, pot of gold, (toss games) sack race, shamrock hunt, limbo rock and duck-duck-goose. On March 17, the children took their show to South Bay City Hall, leaving officials impressed with their rendition of "The Leprechauns are Marching" and an exercise activity called “The Shamrock Rocks.”
Don’t forget about us: NOAH’s children sent a banner of hand prints to Tallahassee to be hung in the rotunda of the state Capitol Building to help legislators keep children’s causes on their minds while making decisions on state business. It’s the same thing they did last year when their banner joined nearly 100,000 other handprints from throughout the state, marking Children's Week in the Florida Legislature. The NOAH children made a second banner to be hung at city hall.