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Good News You Can Use! The Holiday Shopping Season has officially begun. My son and I joined the shoppers at Macys right after Thanksgiving dinner. I welcomed the earlier hours at 8pm. We were back home by 12 midnight, which is the time we would be leaving the house during past Black Fridays. More than 40 years ago, I worked at Macys on 34th Street as a salesperson for Revlon cosmetics. Now Macys is one of our top ten clients for the Harlem News Group publications I own. God is Good. Speaking of shopping, dont forget to shop at businesses in your neighborhood during this holiday season. Many of the small business owners are your neighbors and are raising their families in the community. Therefore shopping with them is reinvesting in your community. In this issue Luvon is presenting NMPP (Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership) as our Good Works In the Community featured non profit. I began publishing community newspapers almost 20 years ago and I was able to use NMPPs computer facility at that time to layout our papers and get the company off the ground. Thank you Mario Drummonds and NMPP. If you want to change your life and do better. Just start - today.

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The New Harlem East Merchants Association to Host Holiday Celebration

he New Harlem East Merchants Association (NHEMA) will host an outdoor inaugural holiday program with a Christmas Tree lighting, local choirs, and food and beverages provided by NHEMA members. This Friday December 6, 2013 NHEMA will bring holiday cheer to the abandoned viaduct located on E.125th St. and Park Ave. underneath the Metro North tracks. NHEMA was formed by ten (10) merchants in 2012 and quickly grew to thirty five (35) merchants and property owner members. It is headed by Kwanza Smith, Executive Director. NHEMA aims to improve the image of East 125th Street, support local merchants, and clean and beautify the corridor to attract residents, shoppers and commuters to STOP, SHOP and SHARE at "Uptown Grand Central," an event planned for Dec 6, 6pm-7:30pm. Ms. Smith will announce an exciting and innovative new partnership with A.C.E an organization that

employs and empower homeless men. The A.C.E. clean up crew will be cleaning E.125th St. between 5th and 3rd Avenues, seven days a week. "We are proud of our community and want to showcase it. In addition to the clean up initiative, NHEMA will be activating the public space under the viaduct across from the MetroNorth station, with seasonal programming, a farmers' market and ongoing and changing artistic dcor", explains Smith. "NHEMA will reveal a fully decorated Christmas Tree. New Life Baptist Church and the Salvation Army Youth Band will perform and there will be a small reception commencing thereafter," states Kwanza. Every Friday in December, from 6pm-7pm there will be a local choir or band performing holiday music. "We hope everyone will shop in our community and support 'Harlem Grown, Locally Owned Businesses' such as ours.

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Time To Reflect
By William Spriggs

ast week marked Thanksgiving, the quintessential American holiday. In part, because it belongs to no religion, it is a day that all people can claim as their own to give thanks, in their way. This marked its 150th birthday. In the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln set aside Thursday, Nov. 26, as a day of thanks. The previous week he had just delivered the Gettysburg Address declaring a new birth of freedom in the United States, commemorating the bloodiest battle on American soil. At the beginning of the year, he had issued the Emancipation Proclamation, making the flight of slaves in the South to Union battle lines a march to true freedom and giving the Civil War a new meaning. After the defeats of the Army of Northern Virginia at Antietam in 1862 and Gettysburg in 1863, the tide of the war had swung. Over the past 150 years, the day grew from a day of reverence to be commercialized into marking the beginning of shopping for the Christmas season-a clearly religious holiday also transformed into a commercial spectacle. Not unlike the battles of 150 years ago, America is today deeply divided. Over the past 40 years, inequality has grown at an increasing rate. The benefits of economic growth continue to concentrate among the top 1 percent. More studies note that the ladder from the bottom to the top is falling apart, and that lack of economic mobility is fracturing us into a nation of "haves" and "have nots." And with that divide is a great divide in the para-

digms we use to make sense of things. Despite the clear evidence to the contrary, many Americans cling to a belief that America is the land of social mobility and the inequality we see growing is simply the split between the hardworking and the lazy. So, though the Great Recession threw more than 8 million of us out of work, collapsed the values of millions of homes and destroyed the retirement savings of millions more, there are some who deeply believe that storm rained only on the lazy. And they believe that sunshine lies in heaping greater sacrifice from the lazy to the hardworking few who survived, because they believe benefits trickle down off the rich onto the less industrious. But this too is a form of commercialism. It is a deep belief in the power of the dollar to judge virtue. It leaves us with deep moral handwringing on things like who can marry whom-something with spiritual meaning but no dollar value. It does not countenance deep moral discussions about a rich nation that cuts food assistance to the millions who lost jobs because of bad public policy. But to return to American values and moral vision and away from commercialism, at Thanksgiving, we should pause to ask those deeper questions that are not comfortable to the religion of the dollar. We should ask, "Why is it that Thanksgiving can no longer be a day America has set aside for families to be together?" Is the dollar too important for a nation to give value to family?

Beyond Thanksgiving Day, can we demand more of a reflection on moral obligations? The largest employer in the United States is Walmart. Last year, Walmart pulled in profits of $17 billion. At its June stockholder meeting, Walmart approved a $15 billion program to buy back its existing shares of stocka strategy to boost the wealth of current stockholders and consolidate the ownership of the Walton family. Over the past two years, Walmart bought back $14.29 billion in stockenough to raise the pay of each employee by nearly $5,500 per year. All the while, Walmart's poorly paid employees rely heavily on federal assistance for health care, housing and food assistance. So why don't we have deep debates on why the workers who make Walmart such a large, profitable company need our assistance to buy food, health care or housing assistance? Around the country Walmart workers are standing up, demanding their fair share of what they contribute to make Walmart so profitable. Their demand for a living wage of $25,000 a year is a demand for fairness and dignity. There was a time in America when the largest employer was General Motors Co. What does it say about our changing values when we no longer require those with the most to be fair, and only ask those with the least to sacrifice for our prosperity? Follow Spriggs on Twitter: @WSpriggs. Contact: Amaya Smith-Tune Acting Director, Media Outreach AFL-CIO 202-637-5142

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By Rev. Charles Butler, HCCI
s we prepare for this holiday season, it is a time to look back and reflect. All of us have so many reasons to be thankful. Yes, God has blessed and watched over us all year long. For those of you who have completed the home buying process this year, congratulations on achieving your goal of homeownership. I know it was not easy but you were able to hang in there and get the job done. For those of you who either were not able to complete or have yet to start the process do not get discouraged and do not give up on achieving your dream. Remember a dream delayed is not a dream denied. You must continue to fight, continue to press forward, and continue to keep your focus on the ultimate goal of owning your own home. I warned you earlier in the year buying a home can be very difficult and frustrating, for first time home buyers this is probably the biggest and toughest challenge you will ever face. As you prepare for the new year here are a few suggestions to help you advance through the process: (1) review where you are currently in the process. Did you complete the home buyer work-

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shop? This is the first step on the path to homeownership. The home buyer education workshop will help you gain a better understanding of the process. (2) Maintain your monthly household budget. Your monthly budget is your primary tool in the home buying process. It will let you know how much you can save each month, how much you can afford to spend on a home and how soon you will be ready to buy. (3) Determine what obstacles blocked your process from purchasing this year and develop a strategy to successfully remove it from your path. These obstacles usually fall into two areas (a) lack of savings. This is the problem for many prospective first time home buyers. You must review your budget to identify any areas of wasteful spending and create a plan to eliminate it. Start your monthly budget with savings as the top priority. This will help you to remain focused on savings. If you wait until all the other expenses are paid there probably will not be enough for savings. Set a monthly savings goal and stick to it. You must exercise a great deal of discipline in this process.

Another problem is either (b) poor credit history or excessive credit debt. For this problem you will need time to establish a good credit history or additional money to pay off outstanding debt. HCCI offers budget and credit counseling and can assist you in creating a plan to

improve your credit so you can become mortgage ready. If you are interested in attending the workshop or have questions regarding the home buying process contact Rev. Charles Butler at (212) 281 4887 ext. 231or email at cbutler@hcci.org.

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Now through Dec16th Thokoza, a company of six South African and African American women will extend it's current offBroadway run of I SING FOR FREEDOM at Baruch Performing Arts Center. Conceived and directed by Thuli Dumakude, I SING FOR FREEDOM features women with a collective total of over 130 years of singing experience who sing acapella and unamplified the music that they love and that makes them feel free. Thokoza's songs, many in six part harmonies, range from Southern church gospel to traditional South African Township songs sung in Zulu. Intertwined are personal stories from the performers' rich and varied histories. Performances are on Mondays at 7:00 PM and Sundays at 3:00 PM at Baruch Performing Arts Center, located at 55 Lexington Avenue. Enter on 25 Street between Lexington and Third Ave. All tickets are $30.00. Groups of 10 or more are $20.00. Students and 65 and older are $15.00 Tickets: www.baruch .cuny.edu/bpac or call 646-312-5073. Dec 7, 2-4pm WEST HARLEM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION TO HOLD COMMUNITY HOLIDAY CELEBRATION AND TOY GIVEAWAY. Free variety show will feature Harlem talent; Santa will give out toys. Event will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes School Auditorium, 468 W. 143rd St. Dec 7 Visual Artist Regina M. Tate Holds Gallery Talk at Harlem NYPL; Sets Next "DANCING ON PAPER: WITH MARQUITA". Harlem-born visual artist Regina Marquita Tate's gallery talk for her current exhibit "Dancing On Paper: With Marquita" which took place on Saturday, November 16 at the New York Public Library's Harlem branch. The "Dancing On Paper" exhibit has been extended through Saturday December 7th and Ms. Tate will be present on that date for a gallery talk, beginning at 2:30pm. The library is located at 9 W. 124th Street in Manhattan. For library hours and information, call (212) 348-5620. Dec 7, 10am-3pm The New York City Council's Black, Latino & Asian Caucus (BLAC), which is Co-Chaired by Councilmember Jackson & Councilmember Fernando Cabrera, invites you to its 2013 Employment & Small Business Opportunities Expo. The event will take place at Murry Bergtraum High School- 411 Pearl Street New York, NY 10038. The expo includes Power Hour sessions on New York City's Training Grant Program, resume review and job matching strategies for high growth industries, small business fundamentals, tips on developing a business plan, financing facts & fictions, advice on conducting business with government, and tips for successful bidding, and employment opportunities. Visit http://bit.ly/blac_expo_2013 to register. Dec 8, 1-4pm David A. Walker Memorial Double Dutch Holiday Classic. Being held at the World Famous Apollo Theater. The Classic presented by the National Double Dutch League is the official Double Dutch Sport & Fusion Freestyle competition and features world-class championship teams. The event is fun filled entertainment for the entire family. Tickets for the Holiday Classic Sunday, December 8th are available at the Apollo Box Office located at 253 West 125th Street and Ticketmaster. Reserved Seating Tickets are only $22 and Group Sales are also available. For more information on the National Double Dutch League and the 22nd Annual David A. Walker Memorial Double Dutch Holiday Classic log onto www.NDDL.org. Dec 12 The Jackie Robinson Park Conservancy (JRPC) and the Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement (HCCI) will celebrate its 16th Annual Lights of Hope Lighting Ceremony at the Jackie Robinson Park and Recreation Center located at 89 Bradhurst Avenue and 146th Street. For the past 16 years, this event has grown into an important part of the Harlem Community and attracts over 200 plus attendees. The festivities begin at 4 pm with the reception, formal program with a special performances and a special tree lighting ceremony. The Lights of Hope offers everyone the chance to honor a friend, family member, or community institution. Each light represents the commitment and dreams of residents, individuals and corporations who believe in the hope of Harlem. Dec 15, 4-6pm The Riverside Church, an Interdenominational, International and Interracial Congregation located at 490 Riverside Drive (between 120th & 122nd Streets) Presents the The Candlelight Carol Festival, one of the long-standing Christmas traditions at The Riverside Church, celebrates the beauty of the season through song. The Festival features music from around the world for choir, carillon, harp, organ, handbells, flute, and viola; as well as carols sung by congregation and choir, culminating in the community singing of "Silent Night" in the glorious gothic Nave, illuminated by a sea of lit candles held by the full congregation. Music will include traditional songs and selections by composers Lee Hoiby, Amanda Singer and John Rutter. Admission: $25 General Admission, $15 Seniors/Students, $10 Children 12 & Under For more information, call (212) 870-6784. Dec 15, 4:30pm Join The Bronx Concert Singers (BCS) and music director Robert Ren Galvn on for their 32nd Annual Holiday Concert at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1891 McGraw Avenue, in Parkchester. Celebrate the Yuletide season with classical music featuring Poulenc's Gloria, works by Berlioz, Rachmaninoff and others, with carols, and holiday favorites performed by the BCS chorus, with keyboardist Tamara Cashour, professional soloists and chamber orchestra. For more information please call (917) 743-4641, visit www.bronxconcertsingers.org or email BCS_info@bronxconcertsingers.org. Dec 15, 2pm THE COLONIAL NUTCRACKER Performed by Dance Theatre in Westchester. Will be held At Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College Tickets are $10 each, and can be purchased by phone at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm), or online at www.BrooklynCenterOnline.org Dec 21, 8pm An R&B Christmas At Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2013-14 season on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 8pm with An R&B Christmas. Hosted by WCBS-FM 101.1's "Broadway Bill Lee," this holiday concert will feature chart-topping doo-wop and R&B artists performing their biggest hits along with some holiday favorites. Tickets are $45/$36 (orchestra/mezzanine) and can be purchased by phone at 718-951-4500 (Tues-Sat, 1pm-6pm) or online at BrooklynCenterOnline.org.

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Women In the Black Presents Men Cooking For Change Awards Fundraiser at the Lighthouse
omen in the Black held their annual Men Cooking For Change Fundraiser last month at the Lighthouse. More than 200 attended the elegant black tie event. The event included more food than any one person could samplem as well as entertainment and an awards program. The menu included appetizers, main course items and desserts. Samples of all type dishes were included - Southern, West Indian, African, Italian, to name a few. There was a panel of judges who sampled all the dishes and selected the winning chefs by category. This year's industry honorees were Dinosaur BBQ and


Astor Row Cafe. The Men In Black honorees were James Robinson, Deputy Commissioner and Nathaniel Cook, Owner, Nat Bus Tours Women In The Black (WITB), is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, established in 1988 as an entrepreneurial organization for women business owners of color based in the New York City tri-state area. Its mission is to educate, train and support women business owners. They are committed to equipping women with the skills and resources necessary to start, guide, lead and grow successful small businesses in their communities.

1 1)Dinosaur BBQ "King Chef" winners (left) and Benjamin Montgomery "King of the Wings" competition winner (on right in chef's hat) 2)l-r James Robinson (Honoree), Nathaniel Cook (Honoree) with Princess Jenkins, Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, Colby Simons and Polo Greene. 3) l-r Restaurant Honorees - Eric Berry (Soul Fixins), Stephen Lloyd (Dinosaur BBQ), Rose & Emmanuel Pena (Astor Row Cafe) 4) Winning chefs in categories

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arlem Commonwealth Council, Inc., a non-profit organization specializing in raising digital literacy within the Harlem community, is excited to announce the first ever Harlem based 6-week course strictly dedicated to developing film industry ready Production Assistants with a high focus on digital media tools and techniques such as using top software vendors including Final Cut X and Adobe Photoshop, while achieving a proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. After only a two week advertising and marketing effort, Harlem Commonwealth Council, Inc., collected nearly 200 applications for only 20 seats. The students were given a strict Production Assistant Boot Camp where they learned real-world, practical job training. The students learn first hand how to generate and understand production paper work, set terminology and protocol, crew departments and functions, film industry resume and job preparation, hands on training with radios, cameras, and microphone's. The students experienced an honest understanding of the film industry career path as well as honing in on office and digital media skills that will further allow them to achieve true job readiness skills.

The new Macintosh Technology Lab at Harlem Commonwealth Council, is one of the only community centers that has a Smart Board that they utilize for all computer classes. They use a Smart Board to teach students how to navigate through today's top film industry software. Their students use their exposure to Final Cut X to express themselves and their experiences as Harlem community members by learning how to create their own movies. Their students learn the nuts and bolts of making a film from prep to postproduction. They are given an extensive look at film history and development, Production Assistant procedures, storyboarding, exciting field trips, as well as learning office Production Assistant task such as building film budgets in Microsoft Excel. Throughout this program, students are given the sole task of finding a job and defining their job skills. They provide opportunities for job research, mentorships, and resume workshops. Additionally, they provide film industry internships and have successfully placed all graduates from their first class. With the onset of job decline, harlem Commonwealth Council is extremely happy to be creating jobs for Harlem communi-

ty members in the industry of film and television. They have successfully completed the first term and have their first graduating class of 2013. There will be a graduation ceremony on December 4, 2013. If you'd like more information about the Work Now Program, Production Assistant Program, or to schedule an interview or to view the facilities, Please contact Alex Betancourt at 212-749-2000 or email at abetancourt@harlemcommonwealth.org. or go to their website at www.harlemcommonwealth.org

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scaffold law except New York State. In 2012 State Senator Patrick Gallivan (R-Elma) and Assemblyman Joseph Morelle (D-Irondequit) introduced legislation that would change the liability standard to "comparative negligence", instead of absolute liability, fault will be assigned proportionally and the damages paid will be in-line with the actual cause of the injury. The question here is if the legislation introduced by Senator Gallivan and Assemblyman Morelle as remedy to this issue makes sense to most people and could lower construction cost due to shared insurance liability; why can't New York adopt a similar strategy that other states in the country have used to improve productivity and growth in the construction industry in their cities; and reform the current Scaffold laws? That is the question that Rev. Jacques Andre DeGraff (The New Agenda) and Louis J. Coletti (Building Trades Employers' Association) co-chairs of the Get New York Building, leadership council, would like you to ask your state and assembly representatives. After Tuesdays show I thought that this was an important issue not only for MWBE's but the construction industry in New York State. I talked to a contact in the Governor's office who suggested, (off the record) that the more MWBE companies and the public learn about this issue , the more support will be given to the organizations and members of the New York State Senate and Assembly who are working to reform Scaffold law 240/241. For more information on this issue contact Rev. Jacques Andre DeGraff at 201 917 3480 jjdegraff@aol.com or Louis J. Coletti at 212 704-9745

Scaffold Law Reform

By William A.Rogers very first Tuesday of the month I co-host a MWBE program with Tanya Pope, Executive Director of Construction Business Services at Columbia University, on WHCR.90.3FM between 4PM and 5PM. The focus of the program is to provide important information and business opportunity notices to minority and women owned enterprises (MWBE's) that operate in New York Tri State Area. A subject matter of last Tuesday program focused on the growing movement to reform the New York State 240/241 Scaffold Law. The main focus of our discussion was the current issue of concern expressed by Lorraine Grillo, President of the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA). "If the NYS Scaffold Law is not reformed, SCA's MWBE program and mentoring program will be lost".

SCA has one of the country's largest and most successful M/WBE mentorship programs. Over the last ten years the School Construction Authority has awarded $2.7billion to 820 MWBE firms. The problem is based on the current 240/241 NYS provision that imposes absolute liability upon property owners and contractors for any gravity related accident. This absolute liability provision makes it almost impossible for SCA to obtain insurance coverage for construction programs. Due to the high cost of insurance SCA will no longer have the ability to assist MWBE construction companies who will not be able to afford and/or obtain liability insurance on their own. This could result in the loss of 9,000 job s, $1.8 billion in construction work, 362 schools and 181,000 student seats. Every state in the country has reformed there absolute liability

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Five Tips For Making The Holidays More Affordable

(Statepoint) etting the perfect gift for everyone on your shopping list doesnt mean you have to go over-budget. With the tips from the shopping experts at Dollar General, you can celebrate the season affordably without sacrificing the merriment. Dcor: Whether youre going for a classic look or a modern feel, you can deck the halls stylishly and on-budget at a discount retailer. Make your exterior inviting with a festive wreath and lights. Decorate your tree with a wide selection of ornaments and ribbons, as well as homemade ornaments. Mini trees, snow globes, and scented candles can also add cheer in every room. Let the fireplace take center stage and make it glow with mantel dcor and stockings on those extra-cold evenings. Gifts and stocking stuffers: With a large quantity of people on your shopping list from coworkers to cousins and teachers, save time and money by picking up a simple

glass jar and filling it with their favorite candies and treats. You can also dress up the gift with a little ribbon and a $1 ornament. And dont forget about the stocking stuffers. Dollar General offers a wide range of great options for everyone on your list. For kids, skip the long lines, high prices and crowds at the toy store, and head to a discount retailer for a wide assortment of brand-name, affordable toys, dolls and electronics. Baking: End your holiday meals on a sweet note by baking your own cake and holiday-themed cookies with simple mixes and premade frostings. This not only saves money, but also creates an activity the entire family can enjoy together. Hosting a crowd: If you will be hosting house guests for a winter party or for several days, stock up on basic household products before everyone arrives. Save by buying toilet paper, paper towels and cleaning items in bulk online and have them delivered to

your home for one less stop during the holidays. Staying Healthy: Avoid the physician this holiday by staying well as the colder temperatures arrive. Drinking lots of water and eating healthy fruits and vegetables can help keep you healthy this winter. Also consider taking a

Rexall multivitamin to avoid the sniffles of the season. For more inspiration and coupons for your holidays, visit www.DollarGeneral.com. This holiday season give yourself the gift of money in the bank for the New Year.

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Holidays Can be Stressful for Seniors: Advice for Caregivers

he holidays may be filled with joy, but for the ever-growing number of aging Americans and those who care for them this otherwise celebratory season can become mired in challenges. The stress of visitors, eventful meals, gift giving and social obligations can be overwhelming for anyone, but especially for those juggling busy schedules with caring for an elderly family member. An estimated 15 million Americans are sandwiched between two generations and working to support both, according to the Pew Research Center. Known as the "Sandwich Generation," these adults struggle to balance caring for their children and their elderly parents. "Staying organized is especially important during this time of year to ensure that loved ones aren't ignored in the hustle and bustle of the season," says Mark Armstrong, founder and CEO of ComForcare Senior Services and At Your Side Home Care, an international senior care franchise that provides in-

home, non-medical care to seniors and others in need of assistance. Armstrong is offering some juggling tips for family caregivers: o Map out doctor's appointments, prescription pick-up dates, school holiday pageants and other planned events on a calendar or on your smart phone to avoid double booking and overextending yourself. o Members of the sandwich generation often feel they don't spend enough time with their children because they're busy caring for their parents and vice versa. Combat this issue with intergenerational activities, such as decorating the home, trimming the tree, planning the menu or wrapping presents. o Caring for another human being for an extended period of time can take its toll on even the most caring and nurturing of people. Don't be afraid to ask for help. It may mean alternating days with a relative or bringing in a professional caregiver. o Watch out for these red flags that could mean your aging relative is in need of additional assistance: mismatched, wrinkled or soiled clothing,

weight loss or gain, trouble remembering names or an unclean home. o Discuss the possibility of hiring a professional caregiver to relieve some strain on you, especially around the holidays. In the long-term, a caregiver can help your loved one age safely and comfortably in his or her own home, by providing a wide range of non-medical home care services, including help with bathing, hairstyling and dressing, incontinence care, medication reminders, chores and light exercise assistance. Look for a company that offers a wide range of services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays. For example, ComForcare Senior Services and At Your Side Home Care develop a customized care plan based on an in-home evaluation by a nurse and provides ongoing training and education to caregivers. More information can be found at www.ComForcare.com or www.AtYourSideHomeCare.com. o Even you need some care sometimes! Set aside "me" time every day to do something just for you and you'll be able to return to your caregiving duties refreshed and ready to help.

This holiday season, take the time to address the challenges facing you and your aging loved one.

Give Your Kids the Gift of a Good Night Sleep This Holiday Season

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hen your children have trouble sleeping at night it can be just as tiring for you as for your little ones. And no matter what the source of the issue is, a full night's sleep is important for everybody's physical and mental health. But during the busy holiday season, unpredictable sleeping schedules and big family gatherings can contribute to poor sleep. Take steps to help children rest better at night this season by trying these sleep tips to make bedtime easier for the whole family: Stay Active Don't be afraid to tire children out! When they aren't attending school or their regular activities, they aren't expending as much energy. During the winter break, take long walks or simply visit the park each day for a game of tag, catch or a bike ride.

Keep your kids mentally active, as well. Instead of zoning out in front of the television, encourage them to read, write or paint. A full day of activity means your children will be ready for some shut-eye by bedtime. Mindful Eating Everyone knows that caffeine before bedtime is a no-no. While your children are probably not coffee drinkers, don't forget that soda and chocolate contain caffeine too. While it can be tricky to mind one's eating habits during the holidays, try to avoid feeding kids sugary or spicy foods before bedtime, as both can have a tossing and turning effect. Brighten Up For many kids, settling into bedtime after the excitement of the holidays can be difficult. Instead of opting for a standard nightlight, try a soft and cuddly option that may make sleeping fun and comforting, even in an

unfamiliar place. Conveniently, you can now help remedy your children's sleep issues while traveling during the holidays with a Glow Pet, a loveable and portable light up pet pillow. "Every child has a favorite bedtime toy, but what's wonderful about Glow Pets is they are so much more than just another stuffed animal," advises Laurie Schacht, Toy Insider Mom. "Glow Pets triple function as nightlight, pillow and friend making it the perfect addition to a child's bedroom, particularly for those kids who have trouble sleeping." For more information, visit www.GlowPets.com. Rituals A schedule helps the body know when to be alert and when to be sleepy. Over the holidays, don't let kids deviate too much from their regular routine. Nighttime rituals, such as

bedtime reading, can help create a sleepy mood at night. Anxieties may make sleep a troublesome prospect for some kids, so another great bedtime ritual is simply spending time talking with your kids each night. This gives them the opportunity to open up and discuss what's bothering them. With a few tricks, you can make bedtime more fun for kids.


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Good Works in the Community: NMPP Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership By Luvon Roberson
This column showcases organizations that work to build the community by providing much-needed resources to the people who live there. In this columnist's view, the bottom line of good works is: Doing good by working to improve the lives of others.

he mission of Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership (NMPP) is to save babies and help women take charge of their reproductive, social, and economic lives. NMPP is a not-for-profit community-based organization comprised of a network of public and private agencies, community residents, health organizations, and local businesses. NMPP provides crucial services to women, children, men, and families in many neighborhoods throughout Manhattan. Conveniently located in Central Harlem, East Harlem, and Washington Heights, NMPP is able to provide services throughout the entire borough of Manhattan. NMPP began in 1990 as a model project by the New York Urban League. In 1993, it incorporated under its own 501 (3) to become a fully functional Perinatal Network. Today, it offers over 22 services and programs and has an operating budget of over $8,000,000. As a Maternal & Child Health Life Course Organization, NMPP is an entity that develops the capacity over time to deliver integrated, continuous, and comprehensive health and social services and support to women and their infants from the cradle to the grave. These entities are not only concerned with the needs of women during the pregnancy period but also develops programmatic, clinical, and policy interventions to improve women's health during the birthing process, the early childhood stage, and the adolescent period and is concerned with meeting the needs of women over 35 years of age. These services increase the self-sufficiency of poor and working class women and meet their social and health needs from the womb to the tomb. NMPP was responsible for developing and executing a community plan that reduced Central Harlem's infant mortality rate from 27.7 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 6.1 deaths in 2008. (Taken from www.sisterlink.com.)

Conversation With. Mario Drummonds/Executive Director and Nimaako Brown/Project Coordinator; and based on a briefing by Dr. Priya Agrawal/ Merck for Mothers Executive Director and on MFM materials Q: What does NMPP offer the community today? We're announcing a new program, called Maternal Intentions, which focuses on improving maternal health outcomes for women in Harlem. We're partnering with Merck for Mothers, which is an initiative to create a world where no woman dies giving life. It may be surprising to some, but maternal mortality is a growing public health concern. In Central Harlem, for example, between 2001 and 2005, we saw a pregnancy-related mortality ratio of 35.5 per 100,000 live births. That's the highest mortality ratio in the borough of Manhattan. We also know that Black women in the US are three to four times more likely to experience a pregnancyrelated death than their White counterparts. The Maternal Intentions program, a Merck for Motherssupported program at NMPP, will build on NMPP's preventive programs so as to reduce the incidence of health conditions among women of reproductive age in Harlem and Manhattan overall. The program is one of the programs and partners of Merck for Mothers, which has made an initial commitment of $6 million to programs in cities nationwide, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City (NMPP's Maternal Intentions ), among others, that are working to improve maternal health in the US. The focus in the US is on regions where rates of maternal deaths and severe complications are disproportionately high. We know that maternal mortality is a complex problem, so we applaud Merck for Mothers for making long-term investments in community-based solutions to resolving this problem.

(r-l) Director Mario Drummonds, Project Coordinator Nimaako Brown Q: What do you see as the top issues facing NMPP at this time? We know that pregnancyrelated deaths have doubled in the US since 1990. So, we want to find out how to reduce the pregnancyrelated mortality here in Harlem and throughout Manhattan. We're seeing that obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes are significant contributors to pregnancy related mortality here among Black and Hispanic women. We also know that weight gain is associated with respiratory issues in the pregnant woman we offer services to. So, Maternal Intentions and other NMPP programs like THRIVE for non-pregnant women of reproductive age, Healthy Start, and Club Mom work on giving the women all the support they need from pregnancy to motherhood and beyond. Our case managers do home visits; we offer as-needed free services; we provide one-on-one support for women before, during, and after their pregnancy with our doulas; we offer healthy nutrition, stress reduction, financial literacy, life skills and other classes, including pre-natal yoga. We go to where the women are in our community to talk with them, and to listen to what they tell us they need. We use word of mouth, we go to the nail salons, the hair salons, wherever women congregate so we can reach out to them where they are. We go all-out to reach the women and to ask them what they need, at a grass-roots level. On a national level, Merck for Mothers executive director Dr. Priya Agrawal wants new healthcare policy established so that every maternal death is counted and wants one standard approach instituted for Emergency Room issues regardless of the woman's zip code. She notes that while the global rate of pregnancy-related deaths has decreased by nearly 50%, the US has the worst rate of maternal mortality among industrialized nations. Community-based programs in the US -- like Maternal Intentions, a Merck for Mothers- supported program -- are much-needed resources in helping to ensure that every woman enters the pregnancy healthy and offering ongoing support to women to develop a life-long plan for keeping healthy before, during, and after their pregnancy. For more information about the life-enhancing work of NMPP in the community, visit http:/ /www.sisterlink.com/ or telephone 212.665.2600.

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Harlem HarlemNews NewsGroup Group EDUCATION New Director at the College of New RochelleDr. Daphne Estwick to Direct School of New Resources Rosa Parks Campus in Harlem

r. Daphne Estwick has been appointed Director of The College of New Rochelle School of New Resources' Rosa Parks Campus in Harlem. Dr. Estwick succeeds Dr. Paulette Starling. Over the course of her career, Dr. Estwick has planned and managed a variety of degree programs for adult learners. Prior to joining the School of New Resources, she served as Academic Program Administrator at Rutgers University-School of Criminal Justice. There she worked with an association of higher education institutions in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Corrections and State Parole Board, to provide higher education programming for incarcerated students. At Columbia University, she served as Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs in the School of Continuing Education and as Director of the Lib-

eral Studies M.A. Program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. As a librarian, she worked at the New York law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen, and Katz; the consulting firm Booz, Allen, and Hamilton; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her volunteer experience includes work for the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Hale House Center, and the New York Partnership for the Homeless. Dr. Estwick completed her doctorate in Adult Education and Organizational Learning at Teachers College, Columbia University and her book, Arms Out, Palms Open: Conflict, Reconciliation, and Gay Inclusion, is based on her dissertation research. She received an M.A. in Islamic Culture, an M.S. in Library Service from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Sociology from St. Lawrence University.

Of her appointment as Director, Dr. Estwick says: "I absolutely love the energy of the Rosa Parks Campus. Students, staff and faculty have welcomed me with open arms and it is truly a pleasure to step onto this campus each and every day." Founded in 1972, The College of New Rochelle's School of New Resources has graduated more than 17,000 adult learners with baccalaureate liberal arts degrees and has been recognized internationally as a model for adult education. More than 52 percent of SNR graduates have gone on to obtain advanced degrees at college and universities nationwide. Many hold senior management positions in the public and private sectors. SNR currently serves an average of 4,000 adult students on six campuses located in Brooklyn, Co-op City, the South Bronx, New Rochelle, Harlem, and at DC-37 Union Headquarters in

Manhattan. Each campus is designed to serve as an extension of its community and offers students classes in the mornings, evening, and on weekends. Visit the College's website at www.cnr.edu/snr, or contact the school directly at snr@cnr.edu.

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Holiday Shopping Tips

By Audrey Adams

t is, without a doubt, that time of the year again. No it isnt tax time, but with all that has to be done, it can be a taxing time. There are crowds of people to contend with wherever you go. There are traffic jams, long lines and people with frayed nerves. Ah, but it is also a season of reflection, celebration, a time to rejoice and feel good and a time to be with family and friends. Then there are an endless number of parties and a chance to eat, drink (responsibly) and be merry. In spite of the commercialization, it is one of the few times when you can still count on seeing the delight and awe of the season through the eyes of a young child. It is a time when memories are made. Everything sparkles. The twinkling lights on the Christmas tree, the gleaming ornaments, shimmering tinsel, glistening icicles and swirls of Angels Hair. I still love sitting in a darkened room with just the mesmerizing lights of the Christmas tree for company! The scent of pine needles, cinnamon, nutmeg, sage, linger in the air. Remember the sweet taste of ribbon

candy, candy canes, fudge, pumpkin bread, fruit cake, Christmas cookies and other goodies? Yes, it is possible to close your eyes and recall the moments as vividly as when they occurred. It is . . . a wonderful time of the year. It is also a very expensive time of the year. For some its an excuse . . . to over-spend . . . over-extend . . . over indulge. But wait. There is a chance to put everything into perspective! Before you step out the door to go shopping consider these suggestions: Create a budget. What???? You say? Thats right put a cap on it, and stick to it. Leave the credit cards at home. If you dont have the money to pay for it, then you are spending too much already. Forget about the mileage points and other incentives, think instead about the high interest rates that youre charged and the fact that over time, you could eventually pay more than double for those gifts! You know the checks that the credit card companies send? Shred them.

How much is too much? Well, it depends on your circumstances, but there are plenty of people who are more than able to spend to their little hearts content, but dont. They also have more to do with their money than to blow large sums just because its the holiday season. Make a list . . . and check it twice. Do you really have to buy for everyone? I think not. How important is it to have thirty people on your list? Surely you can whittle it down to a precious few. Why are you buying? Feeling guilty? Dont. Consider making gifts. No, it isnt corny. Shopping isnt a talent, creating something with your talent is. Give the gift of time and service. Think about what you can do to help someone with something. Dont pooh-pooh gift cards. Face it. Some folks are just hard to buy for . . . Be creative. Set a dollar amount and challenge friends and family members to find the perfect gift with-

in that range. The smaller the amount, the greater the challenge, but the goal is really to surprise your recipient by presenting a thoughtful present. It is possible to enjoy the holiday season without going into debt. What counts are the meaningful moments spent with people you love. Long after the gifts have been unwrapped . . . the only ones still thanking you will be the credit card companies. You can be as creative as the card companies are in encouraging you to incur debt to stay out of it. Think about it. See you next week. I invite you to visit my website, TalkWithAudrey.com and checkout my online radio show, Talk! with Audrey for a series of interviews that will inform, motivate and inspire you. Discover your personal power and use it to create the life you want. Tune in to listen to a live broadcast of TALK! with AUDREY . . . every Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Harlems WHCR 90.3 FM.

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By Damien Brown

Review by Terri Schlichenmeyer, Harlem News contributor

ou sure had lots of choices.Plan A or Plan B? This one or that? It was a big decision and you made it with as much information as you could find. Now you hope youve gotten the healthcare coverage that works best for you and your family. But what if there was no option, or that healthcare was days away, dispensed in a tent with little technology? In the book Band-Aid for a Broken Leg by Damien Brown, youll read about one doctors experiences, literally in the field. Growing up in relative affluence, Damien Brown only had the barest notion of hardship until he was in his 20s. By then, hed lived on several different continents, had seen the affects of misery and poverty, and had decided that he wanted to help. Or at least try, in some capacity. So, following graduation from med school in Australia, he signed on with Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF) and was sent to Mavinga, Angola, on Africas southwest side. It would be

his home for six months. Dubbed The Edge of the World by Portuguese colonists, Mavinga was little more than a collection of dusty buildings and tents surrounded by land mines. Browns job was to relieve the doctor whose stint was up but, never having been in charge of a hospital before, he was terrified. It didnt go well at first. Brown didnt speak Portuguese, and the language barrier gave his staff extra reason to complain about Novo Doctor. The illnesses he saw were things hed only ever read about before. Patient treatment was hampered by lack of x-rays, oxygen machines, and modern testing; and a near-primitive surgery suite with handoperated equipment. Improvisation was common, sanitariness was often an issue and, between adrenaline-rush emergencies, there was incredible boredom. Six months. Thats all Brown signed on for and he counted the days until he suddenly realized that things were better. His colleagues had

become friends and his time in Mavinga was up too soon. From there, he slid finally into Melbourne and a hospital with modern equipment. But the difference was a glaring, uncomfortable reminder of the disparities and Brown missed Africa. By mid-year, he says, Im trawling the aid-worker websites You might think for a minute that Band-Aid for a Broken Leg would be like those commercials you see on TV, filled with misery meant to touch your heart. And youd be wrong. Oh, theres heart-touching here, yes. Author Damien Brown doesnt miss a chance to share the mindboggling things he saw, but were also privy to the goodness, too. That makes this book a nice balance between suffering that will make you very thankful for what youve got, and grace and forbearance that will make you smile. This is the kind of book that will open your conscience and maybe your wallet. Its jaw-dropping and humorous, both. And if youd love

a story about a life you may never lead in a place you may never visit, BandAid for a Broken Leg is a good choice. Band-Aid for a Broken Leg by Damien Brown c.2013, Allen & Unwin $25.95 / $28.50 Canada 345 pages

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Tachyon Energy 21st Century Healing

By William A. Rogers n the late 1800's Nikola Tesla demonstrated proof of the existence of new kinds of electromagnetic waves of energy that exist in the empty space between the atoms of our bodies and the empty space above the earth and between the stars. Tesla named this new discovery Zero-Point Energy. In the 1920's Albert Einstein expanded the understanding and study of Zero-Point Energy which became the foundation of Quantum physics. Research has found that Zero Point Energy waves can be coaxed to crossover into our 3dimensional world from their 5dimensional realm. In 1977 Columbia University physicist Gerald Feinberg, defined a faster-then-light, subatomic particle of Zero Point Energy that had form, as Tachyon energy. Further research showed that Tachyon energy could posi-

tively influence the cellular structure of the body and could be used to heal the body of disease. In 1990 David Wagner developed a process called Tachyonization, which is a way to infuse objects with Tachyon energy, a process that will in time change the approach to health care. Tachyon energy healing is based on the idea that the body knows what frequency of energy flow is appropriate for each organ, system and cell. This knowledge is controlled by the bodies Subtle Organizing Energy Fields (SOEF's). When all of the bodies SOEF's frequencies are in balance we are healthy, if the SOEF's frequency attached to our liver is weak we have liver problems, as with all other vital organs controlled by SOEF frequencies. Research has now proven that Tachyon energy has the ability to

heal by stimulating the energetic frequencies to bring balance to the bodies SOEF's which will stimulate healing. This is not Sci Fi it is real. A few weeks ago I wrote about energy tools made with ancient Egyptian cubit measurements that can positively influence the SOEF's frequencies in the body for healing and protection (see blog www.theartofwarogers.com). Internal energy balancing techniques such as Tai Chi, Yoga, Ki training and treatment also stimulate energetic frequencies in the body for health; and have been used for over 5000 years. Zero Point Energy is a scientific fact; it is also called the source energy, all energy sources we currently know of flow from it. It has no form it is a part of everything and everything is a part of it. Tachyon is a part of Zero Point

Energy that has form and can be used as a tool for healing. I have a number of articles on my blog about the Spiritual Science movement. Tachyon energy and Ki energy are examples of this movement that provides scientific research that supports the ancient wisdom of energy healing. I know many of the readers of this article my not visit the Ki Energy Center for a lack of understanding of what we do. I would advise you however, to learn more about Tachyon energy products. It is all about energy, Ki energy treatments, Tachyon energy products, or Ancient Egyptian energy tools; I will continue to bring new and old energy wellness, options to you. If you would like more information on energy healing options visit my blog, send me an email at life@theway2wellness.info or call 646 329-6727


By Zakiyyah
en, I am happy that we have begun to make better health and lifestyle choices. We will be looking at diet, herbs and lifestyle alternatives to address the top five killers of men: this week cardiac herbs for the heart and blood pressure. I am currently creating a "Health Detox and Regeneration Regimen" of herbs and whole-food supplements that will drastically raise your energy level and have a marked improvement on your bodies' ability eliminate and manage disease. Although heart disease is the leading killer of both men and women, almost twice as many males die of cardiovascular conditions than women. According to the CDC, one in four men have some form of heart disease. Herbs for the lungs/heart/hypertension include comfrey root, horehound, elecampane, ginger, hawthorn berries, cayenne, black cohosh, skullcap, senega root, lily of the valley, tien chi, motherwort, rehmania, garlic, sanicle, sassafras. For debilitating lung congestion, bronchitis, or chronic cough take 2-3 cups daily of either of these hot herbal tea formulas: 1. Combine 2pts slippery elm bark, 1pt each horehound, thyme, red clover, yerba santa, lobelia, 1/8 pt


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cayenne (severe lung problems). 2. Combine equal parts pleurisy root, elecampane root, mullein, yerba santa(chronic lung) 3. Combine yerba santa, wild cherry bark, licorice root and elecampane. 4. Combine 2pts motherwort herb, 1pt hawthorn berries, pt valerian (good heart tonic). TO JUMPSTART YOUR DAILY ENERGY LEVEL and to automatically flush toxins from your system: drink a full glass of room temperature Alkaline water within 20min of waking and another glass within the next hour; another 5-6 glasses throughout the day.

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By Bro. Bill, Host of 3G Experience, WHCR-90.3 FM Gospel Radio

he amount of money spent by African-Americans was an eyeopener. Black Friday took on a whole new meaning this year! We collectively spent billions of dollars in retail shopping on Black Friday. My beloved Tytianna Tyson has landed a feature roll in Stevan Lynns video series Superdad! The Evolution of Stan Lewis. The feature may be seen on You Tube until a deal is set with the network television producers. They are not interested in wholesome family values television. They would prefer sex, violence and subordination of black men as the story line. Steven Lynn is writing positive television drama in his attempts to build Black men into being fathers and rebuilding the family from its current dysfunctional state. Support Steven Lynn and the Dare2Dream project. His fatherhood initiative would be a welcome addition to your ministry and community! Speaking of playwriting in Harlem, Lisa Evans-Graham is presenting her fourth project. It is entitled Double for Your Trouble. The gospel stage play will begin its latest run on January 11, at the Oberia D. Dempsey Theater at 127 West 127th Street. Why not prepare for a group visit to this wonderful play. Call

646-797-7227. Sis. Lisa is a frequent guest on the 3G Experience Radio Broadcast on WHCR-90.3 The Voice of Harlem. When she comes to the broadcast she always brings free tickets to her performance so be sure to tune in! Thursday morning 6am 10am www.whcr.org The United Missionary Baptist Association held its installation service for its 14th Moderator. Rev. Carl Washington, Pastor of New Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Harlem, was installed last Tuesday night at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Harlem. The Rev. Charles Curtis is the Pastor of Mt. Olivet. Rev. Kris Erskine was the preacher last Sunday night at The Tabernacle of Deliverance. Rev. Erskine was filling in for Rev. Anthony Chisom, Pastor of The Abundantly Blessed Baptist Assembly. ABBA is holding services at Tabernacle every Sunday evening at t 6:00pm. Every Friday night, at 6 PM the Bible Institute will hold a revival Platform Service at the Bethlehem Moriah Baptist Church, 168 West 133rd Street, in Harlem. Rev. Dr. William L. Watkins, Jr., is the facilitator.

Operation Prison Gap is now offering busses from Far Rockaway, Queens to the state prisons operated by the New York State Department of

Corrections. Busses will leave Friday and Saturday nights from the above location at 10:00pm. Call for reservations. You must have reservations! Call Mr. Bill at 516-582-1373 to reserve a seat. Rev. Raymond L. Mickens, Pastor of Faith Memorial Baptist Church, the Bronx, celebrated his 16th Anniversary as Pastor. The morning service featured Rev. Herbert Staggers of New Tabernacle Baptist Church, the Bronx. The afternoon service brought out Rev. Lois Giles and the Seven Light Baptist Church family to the celebration. Many Pastors and preachers attended both services to pay tribute to this wonderful Pastor. Rev. Mickens will be the guest preacher at Salvation Baptist Church, 1127 Fulton Avenue, the Bronx on Sunday, December 8th at 3:30pm. Rev. Leonard Jarvis is the Pastor. Call 917-903-3232 for reserva-

tions and information about Security Guard Training . Follow us on Facebook (Bro. Bill) or e-mail us at mrbill903@ gmail.com. Be a part of the 3G Experience on Thursday mornings at 6:00am-10:00am. www.whcr org. The telephone line is 212-650-6903 for you to call in! If you want to send a letter or card send it to PO Box 446, New York, NY. 10039. Keep track of the many services, programs and celebrations in regard to World Aids Day. There is still plenty of work to be done to slow the effect of this deadly disease in our community and the world! There will be a Musical Explosion at Gospel Missionary Baptist Church, 605 West 149th Street on Sunday, December 8th at 3:30pm. This free concert is dedicated to Bishop Henry L. Small, Pastor. Many groups, choirs and singers will be present at the event. Contact Bro. Jake Langley at 917-733-1899 for further details.


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A Fathers Legacy
By Cedric Dukes Children learn more from what you are than what you teach W.E.B. Du Bois. For any number of reasons, a child mimics his or her role model. It is essential that parents remain active in a child's life. Parents must continue to instill character and discipline. Character opens the door while discipline keeps them there. Attentive and caring parents make a positive impact on a child. Mothers have done an impressive job in persevering, nurturing and developing a child's foundation while in some cases sacrificing. Equally the father, whether in or out the home, must continue to lay a solid foundation. Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). To leave a legacy to a child, a father has to display solid character, discipline and proper attitude toward a child in every situation. A father's action and character can impact the development process of a child. A
father's softer side is sometimes required to breakthrough a child's heart to establish the legacy. A father's compassion Compassion is a blend of mercy and grace encompassed by love. The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works (Psalm 145:8-9). Fathers can display the same as we receive daily compassion from Him. Your compassion gives a child the affection, attention and affirmation. Every child needs affection from their father helping them to understand their worth. Affection leads to your undivided attention requiring your time and investment. And your affirmation brings total peace to a child knowing they are loved by you in all times and your compassion is not based on a single incident. A father's counsel - A child does experience unending peer pressure to fit in. Today's peer pressure is greater than the previous generation with the advancement of technology. Counsel is needed now than later as they are developing their decision making and thinking process. A study from Cornell University states that a father spends no more than 38 seconds a day talking to their children. A child needs his father, the life coach, to guide them to their life's purpose to impact the world and that making wise decisions can neutralize negative peer pressure. A father's forgiveness Another area of creating a legacy is through the father's forgiveness. Unforgiveness of a father, or any parent, carries lifetime consequences in a child to the next generation. Forgiveness is coupled with compassion. Be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ has forgiven you (Ephesians 4:32). Compassion opens the heart of a child while counseling impacts it but forgiveness allows you to remain in the heart of a child forever. Forgiveness should not be taken lightly because it not only resonates with the human heart but impacts the mind. It is hard for a child to love when bitterness and resentment are present. All of that can be dismissed with the phrase, "Please forgive me for offending you". It may be hard for us men to state, but it's necessary for a child to hear. It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men Fredrick Doulglass. The Heavenly Father has trusted us with great responsibility of developing amazing children. He has created them in His image so they can impact our community and world. Fatherhood continues to be a work in progress and every day will be a new challenge and with the help of the Heavenly Father, we can mold and establish the legacy of our children. Make it a great day,



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Harlem News Group Stans Powerball Numbers Dec 5 - Dec 11 By Stan Rose
elcome back players, and congrats to all of you for cashing that tough Win-4 box 5996. While I'm known for hitting them 3-digits all the time, its good to cash four-ways too and you did it to a double 9's combo which pays more for the BOX. When you have double 9's, it pays $200.00 for the 50cent piece and thats a beautiful thing. Now that the holidays are upon us we're going to make more dough with my systems. The system idea this week will be playing the PAIRs or bolitas. The odds for hitting the bolita straight up is 1001 and you may play bolitas FRONT PAIR and REAR PAIRs. For example, lets say we play lucky 711. The front pair is 7-1 and the rear pair is 11. But you may also play 71 in back like this: X71 and 11 like this X11. So the pair game has the following permutations to play: 71X, X71, 17X, X17; 11X, X11. So if the daily number drawn that evening is 171 or 711 or 117 or something like 511, 719, 118, 671, you win because of the PAIR play here. Also note that if you play this same game in Connecticut, they have what is known as the SPLITPAIR play feature and it goes like this: 7X1, 1X7, 1X1. Now, if the permutation

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Stan's Daily Nos and Win-4 _____________________________ Stan's Number Predictions to play Straight And Box Daily Nos. _________ Must-Plays: 376,071,657,253,594 Nomatches: 142,463,460,768,256 Doublets 001,424,553,477,994 Triples: 999, 000, 222 Pairs: 51, 71, 02, 89 Consecutives: 809, 654. 123

drawn is 871, you win or if it plays 121, you win because of the split-pair playing feature. The pairs usually pay $50.00 per dollar and $25.00 for just 50cents. But the nice things about pairs is the low odds. while its 1,0001 to hit a single straight daily number, you have to beat 100-1 odds to win the pair. Thats ten times lower and much more feasible to play and happen than a regular daily number. Moreover, in NY you can play pairs in the dailies AND also in the Win-4 games. Yes, by parsing the 4-digit game, you can play positions 1 and 2 and/or 3 and 4. For example, you can play the Win-4 6859 like this for pairs: 68XX, xx68 and 59XX and XX59. Similarly, the payoffs are $50.00 for the straight 2-digit hit for $1.00 and $25.00 for the pair at 50cents each. Keep in mind that if you "up" your wagers, say play pairs for $5.00 each, you get the same payoff that you would get for hitting a straight 3-digit number. So even though the odds are lower, your 'increased' wager can help you make gains that you'd normally make at the regular 3-digit number level. And thats what makes this bet more attractive and fun. You will probably hit more 2digit numbers than full daily numbers via

the odds, and if you increase your wagers you will make more money in the final analysis. You may also apply my PAIR TREE system to help you make wins such as the following: 711, 712, 713, 714 211, 212, 213, 214 This example shows the FRONT PAIRs 71 and 21 being played with FOUR(4) other digits. Remember, you can reverse these Front Pairs and play them as Back Pairs: 171, 271, 371, 471; 121, 221, 321, 421. Plus you can reverse the Front Pair digits and make them Rear pairs: 117, 217, 317, 417, 112, 122, 312, 412, etc. this week play the Pairs with me and pick up the 'easier" money at lower odds too. Best of luck Don't forget to contact me for the Stan Rose goes to Harlem for a Lottery MEET, GREET and TALK LOTTO seminar with Harlem News group readers, contact me at srose283@aol.com and at www.harlemnewsinc.com. Join me as I show you how to hit the Numbers right on the day!!

Must-Plays: 3278,8374,1578,4872,9847 Singledromes 1424,1182,4426,9161,6426 doubledrome 4040,6262,7979,1155,7711 tripledrome 1411,0700,2000,3000,6686 Quads: 3333,4444,6666 consecutives: 1230, 4523, 7856

Take-5 Balls to wheel for the week. 01,03,04,06,07,09,10,14,16,17,20,22,24,2 8,34,36

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Horoscopes: December 5 - December 11th

A humanitarian cause may get you out to a meeting with others of like-mindedness this week. Youll meet some interesting people, and also get a new view of how you are perceived by others if you go. Enjoy! Soul Affirmation: I spend the week celebrating me. Lucky Numbers: 19, 27, 44

Put one of your new ideas into action this week and see how it feels as you work through your routine. You are in command of how you think this week, so use this beneficial energy to accomplish some of the things youve been wanting to do. Soul Affirmation: I paint my world in colors of the rainbow. Lucky Numbers: 10, 19, 24

You are the messenger of freedom this week, and if you are not careful with your words, youll find that some people dont want to be liberated. Not to worry, just go your merry way and enjoy yourself. Others will learn from what you are doing. Soul Affirmation: I let my instincts light my way this week. Lucky Numbers: 18, 20, 45

CAPRICORN Your home life is important to you this week. Get the family together to take care of some fall clean-up chores and make it a party that everyone will remember with joy. Take the lead on bringing happiness to the occasion. Soul Affirmation: I seek connection with the best that is in me. Lucky Numbers: 23, 43, 46

Everybodys in a full-moon frenzy regarding relationship issues. Listen to what others are saying, and chart your own course through this week. If you are in a relationship, remember what brought you together with this person in the first place, and be glad for what youve had. Soul Affirmation: My smile is a radiant light to those I encounter Lucky Numbers: 8, 21, 29

Every positive idea you have is likely to be challenged this week, so you may want to keep your brilliance under wraps until at least tomorrow. Your ideas are sound and good; dont take others rude behavior personally. Soul Affirmation: I let go and let the spirit run my life this week Lucky Numbers: 19, 30, 42

Your creativity is pulling you in a wonderful direction. Act on your impulse to create beauty in your life. Pay attention when your nearest, dearest friend is trying to tell you something. Your impatience to get to the next project could cause you to miss a valuable signal. Soul Affirmation: Charm is my middle name this week. Lucky Numbers: 23, 27, 54

Daydreaming will work wonders for your spirit this week. Let your imagination fly freely and follow up on ideas in a leisurely way. You are able to accomplish some very rewarding and life-affirming tasks. Soul Affirmation: I celebrate those around me. Lucky Numbers: 9, 50, 52

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Your intuition is trying to tell you something. Be still for a bit and let the message come. You know when to exercise caution, and when to let go and revel in pleasure. Theres much pleasure in your life this week. Soul Affirmation: I keep my eyes open for business opportunities this week. Lucky Numbers: 5, 12, 28

This weeks the week to communicate those ideas. People will seem to be much more receptive and less grouchy. Make sure that your ideas have some practical actions that can be taken, so that people will know how to respond to you. Soul Affirmation: I love many people this week Lucky Numbers: 6, 12, 19

Keep a low profile at a family get-together. Someone wants to scuffle, but wont be able to if you dont present yourself as a target. Your checkbook needs looking into; youll feel better if its balanced. Soul Affirmation: I am patient with all that comes my way this week. Lucky Numbers: 32, 45, 51

Congratulations on your positive attitude this week! While others may be dragging, your spirit is full of energy. Enjoy the power-surge of good feelings, and youll be lifting others spirits just by being you. Soul Affirmation: The true path is mapped out by my impulses. Lucky Numbers: 14, 17, 19


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Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony 2013 at Jerome and Mosholu

By Howard Giske
n Saturday evening, November 30th, a celebration with the lighting of the holiday tree happened at Greenstreets Park, located at the north side of the Mosholu Parkway subway station of the #4 train, at the corner of Jerome Ave. and Mosholu Parkway North, Bronx. This event was sponsored by the Jerome-Gunhill Road business improvement district (BID). Sponsors from the shopping area include La Sorsa Chevrolet, Drug Rite Pharmacy, and Dunkin Donuts. This is part of a series of events in the Bronx to encourage people to shop at local businesses. Already Black Friday after Thanksgiving Day has passed, and with the Christmas holiday approaching, this is a make-it or break-it time for sales. The event offered free donuts, hot chocolate and coffee, with people lining up for the tasty refreshments in the cold but clear weather. In addition, children and their parents received greetings from NY Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz and State Senator Jeff Klein. Rhina Valentin, "La Reina del Barrio" and Bronx Network 12 media personality hosted the event. She asked the children "what do the holidays mean to

you?" Rhina told the crowd that they mean "family and friends get together for the holidays, but we also like to get gifts." Rhina brought up small groups of children to the stage to sing Christmas songs like "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," and "Jingle Bells." It was fun as the children struggled to remember the words to the songs. Later, a local singer, Sierra Nelson performed on stage to recorded music, to songs like "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," and Beyonce's "Crazy in Love." The singer used a be-bop style at times, which is popular among jazz singers. Green Mountain Energy was there, trying to sign up customers under the new electricity deregulation policy. They are connected to wind energy farms at Marble River, near Albany, NY. The representative of the company promised lower electric power rates and cleaner energy resources. Finally, the children got the chance to meet Santa, fat and dressed in red and white, and receive a free gift. The fun part was when Santa arrived, in a Sorsa red Chevrolet Camaro with little reindeer horn decorations. Santa held court in the front and gave each child a

gift, ranging from Star Trek toys, to helicopter and police car toys. The toys looked really nice, and many of them would have retailed for $8-$10 each. The Jerome-Gun Hill Business Improvement District (JGHBID) gives support to over 200 businesses running along Jerome Avenue between Mosholu Parkway and East Gun Hill Road and East Gun Hill Road between Jerome and Webster avenues. The BID works to keep the area inviting to shoppers, and helps make a safe, enjoyable, accessible shopping zone that keeps residents buying in the neighborhood and, consequently, keeps local merchants in operation. For more information, call the BID hotline at 718.324.4946 or see their website http://www.jeromegunhillbid.org/ for information on future events.

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First Lady Michelle Obama Pays Tribute to Brooklyn After School Arts Program - Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy

Dancers of Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy take center stage at the White House during their performance before First Lady Michelle Obama and members of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Pictured (l. to r.): Jahi Smith, 15 (drummer) and Alexa Menuau, 16. *First Lady Michelle Obama applauds the fine performance of Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy students during the White House program awarding their organization the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. Pictured (l. to r.): Jean- Daniel John, 17; Sonji Gaul, 17; and Jahziah Kefentse. 12 * First Lady Michelle Obama extends a warm, heartfelt embrace to Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy student Isoke Senghor, 14. The organization was one of 12 winners of the prestigious 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the nation's highest honor offered for after-school programming. Ifetayo is recognized for their effectiveness in developing learning and life skills in young people by engaging them in the arts or humanities. * First Lady Michelle Obama presents the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award program at the White House to Kwayera Archer-Cunningham, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy. Ifetayo student, Isoke Senghor, age 14, stands center. Ifetayo was one of 12 winners chosen from 350 nominations and 50 finalists.

he holiday season is off to a great start for the Brooklyn-based Ifetayo Arts Cultural Academy recently honored by the White House as a recipient of the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the highest honor offered in the United States for after-school programming. Talented students of the Ifetayo Youth Ensemble had the opportunity to perform for First Lady Obama in Washington, DC. who indicated during the program that the award is a way to honor outstanding organizations that are using the arts to lift up our young people. The program was recognized for its effectiveness in developing learning and life skills in young people by engaging them in the arts or humanities.

First Lady Michelle Obama presented the award on behalf of the President's Committee on the Arts on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Ifetayo students were extremely excited to perform for First Lady Obama and esteemed partnership members with national acclaim. Ifetayo, one of only 12 programs from across the country chosen from 350 nominations and 50 finalists for this White House distinction, is a cultural program which supports creative, educational and vocational development of youth of African descent in Brooklyn. Founded in 1989,

the program has served over 20,000 students and families offering a wealth of programs in academic and literacy training, personal skills development, community engagement, cultural heritage classes, and socially responsible art making. The organization's name stems from the West African Yoruba word "ifetayo" which means "love is enough for joy" capturing the spirit of the program's nurturing philosophy to empower and redefine community development. This nurturing approach was key for preparing the gifted youth recipients for their sojourn to DC to perform and receive the award at the White House. In preparation for their trip students engaged in intensive media training, prep on

what-to-expect during their trip, extensive dance rehearsals and overall coaching. And the results reflected an exceptional performance followed by accolades and warm hugs from First Lady Obama. While countless arts programs throughout the country face economic challenges, Ifetayo has survived the challenge building an arts program slated to celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2014. They have changed the culture of building a successful arts program as acknowledged by the White House. Ifetayo's students and staff say the award and opportunity to perform for First Lady Obama has proven to be a great way to commence the holiday season.

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You Can Go To College Committee in Queens Helps Minority Students By Juliet Kaye
he vast majority of NYC students are woefully unprepared for college. Fewer than one-quarter of the city's high school graduates are college ready. Many of the city's high schools do not even offer a college prep curriculum. Black and Hispanic students are disproportionately unprepared for high school and leave high school unprepared for college. Only 13% of black and 15% of Latino high school students are college ready. These abysmal figures are in marked contrast to the accomplishments of the You Can Go to College Committee (YCGTCC), who have managed to help over 5000 minority students go to college. This was the reason Executive Director Dorita Clarke and educator Sister Shirley Dye created the YCGTCC 17 years ago. Sister Shirley said the reason the program was started in Southeast Queens was as a support program for the public schools because they were not doing what needed to be done to prepare students for college. Many of these students would not have gone to college without the help of the YCGTCC program. The YCGTCC celebrated their achievements at their 17th Annual Achievement Awards Luncheon, held at Terrace on the Park. Special Guest was Author and President Obama's Auntie Zeituni Onyango. Johnny "The Duke" Allen of 103.5 KTU

FM served as Master of Ceremonies CGTCC holds classes Saturday mornings at York College, and though the majority of students are from the Queens community, some students travel from the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Long Island to attend. Students from the 9th through 12th grades are schooled in PSAT and SAT exam preparation, helped with college essays, applications, getting scholarships and navigating the complexities of getting into some of the finest colleges, particularly historically Black colleges in the country. They are also offered paid and non paid internships, scholarships and a financial assistance finders program, and annual college tours, where students interview and receive immediate acceptances. The next college tour is scheduled for April 14th to April 18th and is open to everyone. YCGTCC also offers parents financial aid workshops. The next one is scheduled for January 4th, 2014 at Hillcrest High School and is also open to everyone. An Alumni Reunion Holiday Celebration is scheduled for December 14th at York College. Once the graduates get to college, they won't be forgotten. They'll receive phone calls from Sister Shirley and gift packages from YCGTCC.

The You Can Go To College Committee celebrated sending over 5000 minority students to college at their 17th Annual Achievement Awards Luncheon. Executive Director Dorita Clarke (2nd R Back) and Educational Director Sister Shirley Dye (Left Back) founded the program because the public school system was not preparing minority students for college with only 13% of NYC black students college prepared last year. Their Special Guest was Author and President Obama's Auntie Zeituni Onyango (3rd Back). They honored an outstanding cross section of men and women committed to serving the community. Photo By: Juliet Kaye

The honorees were an outstanding cross section of men and women committed to serving the community. The honorees were: Melvin Harris, Jr., NAACP Hempstead Branch President and Political Director of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1056, Margaret Denson, Director of Events Planning and Community Relations for Councilman Leroy Comrie, Karleen Adam-Comrie, educator and principal at IS 109, Deborah Martin, ESQ., Deputy Director of Region II of the National Bar Association, Michelle Keller-Ng 1st Vice-President of the Civil Service Technical Guild/DC37/Local 375, NYC firefight Roy Nichols, active member of the Black Firefights Vulcan Society, Adrienne Felton, political strategist and Supervisor for the Queens Mobile Team for Talking Transition Initiative, NYPD PO Otoniel Jimenez,

President of Police Officers for Christ, Agua Hill, Assistant Principle at PS 37Q, Jennifer Ivey, a retired educator of the NYC Dept. of Education and co-founder with her husband of Defending Your Dream, Medical Laboratory Scientist and author Arnaud Bellevue. Pastor John H Boyd, II, Senior Pastor of the New Greater Bethel Ministries, Tai White, Senator Malcolm Smiths' special events coordinator, Naeemah Brown, founder and artistic director of Cradle in the Rock Youth Ensemble and Workshop at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Sophia Parchment, business owner and transportation coordinator arranging transportation for the annual YCGTCC college tours. For information on how to enroll in this free program, or to sign up for the Financial Aid Workshop or College Tour, call the Committee at 718-297-8802.

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