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He Survived Foster Care Through Extraordinary Inner Strength -Annette De Lavallade Life has so many challenges for people who grow up in families with two parents and single parents. There are millions of children who have endured being foster children. But the saga of these people who survived and created a successful career and life for themselves can serve as an inspiration for others. One such inspiring person is Douglas (D.) Alexander Holiday. He has written a book about his life. His life is a testament to the strength of the human spirit. Holiday was asked, “What happened that caused you to become part of the foster care system?” He responded, “My mother, it turned out, had already demonstrated a pattern of abandonment with four previous children, often leaving a child with distant friends and even a godparent (to my mother). She kept the first child, a girl, close to her, but still abandoned her to an aunt and grandparents. When I was born, she left me with a stranger, some friend of hers, and that person, in turn, would neglect me, and would request assistance from my mother who refused me. This abandonment and neglect would become so severe that the authorities, in the form of a city detective, would intervene and have me removed/rescued to New Foundling Hospital, a facility that took wayward children and then placed them into foster homes, or may have attempted to reunite families whenever possible.” At the age of ten, in his second home, Holiday contracted Chicken Pox which was complicated by him also becoming ill with a slight bought of pneumonia. He stated, “These two illnesses, almost back to back, manifested into what would be re-diagnosed as Gillian Barre’ Syndrome. The first diagnosis was polio and I was told that I would most likely never walk again, or, certainly, not as well as previously. It took an Indian doctor, at another hospital, to re-diagnose and then I was transferred to a third hospital to see if physical therapy would restore my capacity to walk and use

D. Alexander Holiday, Author of “In The Care Of A Stranger” my extremities again.” Holiday experienced unthinkable abuse as he grew up. He recalled, “The first foster home was quite abusive, physically and emotionally (psychologically). It was so harsh that, once again (like with the stranger that my mother first left me with), the authorities (this time in the form of child care workers) had to intervene and remove me from the home. The third home was quite abusive, as well, more so psychologically/emotionally to me, but physically toward another male child. A fourth, and final, home was emotionally absent, the foster parents were more concerned and focused on the monetary benefits of having, now, two teenage boys in their home.” His entire foster care experience was not totally negative. He explained, “My second foster home was nicer to me and a younger brother (who

Albany Joins Million Father March! Calling ALL fathers to escort your children to school and walk them inside to their classes.

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Guide to the Inside: Gospel Jazz Cruise has a few tickets left


Dress for Success fund raiser to provide free career clothing .............9 Mentoring needed for released prisoners ..........................................10 CSEA 100TH anniversary book available .............................................7 Calling all church choir women for concert ......................................10

August 2010 Volume 10, Issue 7 • Publisher & Editor Annette De Lavallade • Graphic Designer Melissa Miller • Contributing Writers Emma Blake Gavin Cook Marcella Green Nyla Jordan Benita L. Law-Diao Donald Hyman John Ostwald James Page Claudette Ramirez Jacob S. Thomas Sonya Tucker David Williams Faith Williams • Marketing Representatives New York Press Association • Marketing Account Executive Michael De Lavallade • Photographers Duncan Bailey Warren Hamilton Phil Little-john El-Wise Noisette Barry D. Watson • Contributing Poets Leonard A. Slade Jr. • Printer Pennysaver Press Bennington, VT 05201 (800) 234-1432




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Dear Readers, August is the preparation month for getting in the last fun trip to do warm weather fun things with the family. It is also the month for getting children ready for school from elementary to college. It is packed with things to do before the weather changes and we have information about lots of choices. Our cover story is a compelling article about a man who began life as a foster child and how endured often unspeakable treatment. Yet, he overcame numerous challenges and obstacles and achieved academic success. Please pay close attention to where he went to college, what he majored in, and the awards he received, where he works now and in what capacity. We met because he wrote a book about his life as a foster child and he was seeking promotion of his book. As we learned more about this man who is a poet and author, we could not help but present his inspirational saga. Once again the “Voices of Faith” women’s choir composed of women from the capital region of various races and from various religious denominations have come together to present a concert of gospel and hymns. The concert is planned for September 18 but there are a few photo by: El-Wise Noisette rehearsals remaining and any women from the region who would like to join and learn new songs while meeting women of faith may do so. We strongly encourage you to order or pick up a copy of the book about the 100th anniversary of CSEA and all of the historical gains this union has made for its members. CSEA was one of our early and most continuous support of Classique. We will be entering our 10th anniversary and celebrating your support over the years. I had the pleasure of being hired as a Partnership Specialist for the U. S. Census. I was overjoyed at the tremendous positive support that I received as I traveled throughout the region pointing out the benefits of the census to our community. I had never had a job that I had so much fun doing. Thank you everyone, young and old, nonprofit organizations, colleges, public sector and private sector organizations for contributing your help. Most of all I want to thank Denise Kelley, the Census liaison for the City of Albany. She worked nonstop in addition to her regular duties for the city as the Registrar and I owe a debt of gratitude to her for her incomparable support. We are now on the web at We have loaded several past issues that you can click to read each page. We have other new features that are being added. Finally, I have heard from several people featured on the cover of Classique who told of people relating stories of how their article helped them in some way. Please feel free to share those stories with us.

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...He Survived Foster Care Through Extraordinary Inner Strength... continued from front cover I would be introduced to upon being rescued from that first home). They took us on family outings, purchased clothing and gave us our first bicycles, etc. They were genuinely concerned about our wellbeing and that we be well mannered and respectful boys. They took care of me during the early stages of my paralysis. But then they pulled away when the illness became more severe and my younger brother became more unmanageable and had to be removed from the home. Nothing much of any good came out of the two remaining homes. Collectively, these experiences inspired me to develop my sense of determination and perseverance. Despite all that happened to Holiday, he was determined to get a good education. He explained, “My journey to get an education began with Catholic schooling while in that first home (in St. Albans).” His education came in the form of public school, on-grounds classes and some tutoring in the hospital(s) before returning to public school, junior high school, and four (4) high schools (count ‘em). Continuing, “I want, or need, to mention that I attended the four high schools not because I was a “bad” or “troubled” kid, but, rather, because that third foster mother moved us around twice and I finished up my high school years in the fourth home. But, whatever it took, I did graduate at the age of eighteen and went on to college immediately.” Holiday attended Bernard M. Baruch College and The State University of New York at Albany, receiving both a Bachelor and a Master of Arts degree in English from the State University of New York at Albany. He took his master exams in Afro-American Literature and Jewish Holocaust Literature. He is the recipient of the Dr. Seth Spellman Achievement Award for Academic Excellence and the Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge.(SEEK) Award. In February 2010, the New York State Assembly unanimously passed legislation renaming the SEEK Program as The Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Program in honor of the late Percy Sutton. Mr. Sutton, along with Charles B. Rangel, Basil A. Paterson, and Allen B. Ballard, was instrumental in the creation of the Program. He is employed as a Keyboard Specialist by the New York State Office of Mental Health.

Despite overcoming an early life devoid of the attention and nurturing that he would have preferred, he has not allowed those experiences to dampen his sense of spirituality. He observed, “I do not have a church that I attend. Unfortunately, the foster care experience sort of messed up my head about God and religion. Being paralyzed did not help much either. But, today, I do have a better relationship with a God of my understanding, a God of my own choosing. Certain readers will understand my meaning.” When he is not writing books, prose or poetry he volunteers his services. D. Alexander Holiday also volunteers and moderates a creative writing workshop for inmates at a state maximum security facility in upstate New York. He is also a local liaison for the Gillian-Barre Syndrome and Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (GBS/CIDP) Foundation International. The foundation offers research and support to patients and their family afflicted with either medical condition. There is a website for discussion panels and every two years a symposium is conducted where patients and doctors meet and share important information (the next symposium, in fact, will be this year in November in Philadelphia, the foundation’s home city). Interested readers can walk into any bookstore and have the book ordered, or in the case of the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, take one off of the shelf. Ordering online is also available (,, Barnes and, etc. The book is also in E-Book format and available on Kindle). Some of the local libraries will also have copies on-hand. The cost is from $9.99 (Kindle, E-Book) to around $34.99 (Hardcover) and $23.99 (Paperback). For more information visit his website at (and learn more about the book, the author, and purchasing). He can also be found on Facebook (Douglas Holiday). An email address for Mr. Holiday is provided, HolidayInOz@ Classique applauds Holiday’s fortitude, determination and inner strength to conquer the many challenges that he overcame.

Holiday was asked if he had reunited with members of his family. Reflectively he commented, “Mine is not an Antoine Fisher kind of ending. Readers will have to rely on their reading of the book to see why this question is difficult to answer. But, I will answer it, however briefly, in this manner. I will be introduced to a half sister while in the hospital still recovering from a paralysis. When I see her next, it will be to take a trip to an apartment where three women are introduced to us, one of them seemingly crying (but not introduced as my mother). We spend a few hours there before returning to that hell in a third foster home. I will never see the half sister nor the three women ever again. It should be noted that this “visit” was conducted after my mother had already signed papers releasing my brother and I to be adopted (which neither of us was).” We asked Holiday if he has suggestions for the State of New York to consider changing in order to make things better for children in foster care. He mused, “It is my hope, of course, that potential foster parents are better screened now. Also, it is important that the homes and/or foster parents are monitored to make sure that foster parents are, indeed, utilizing the resources provided by the State, both monetary and other services. It is crucial that there is closer monitoring to ensure that the children receive the benefit that these parents are charged with providing. In short, closer attention should be made to confirm that the money is spent on clothing, food, medical, and schooling for foster children.” Since graduating from college Holiday has developed a love for writing poetry. He has published in various publications, among them The Amherst Society, A&U Magazine and more recently Arabesques Review (an international anthology and website). He has four chap books of poetry, Notes to Porshé, Tales From This Black Heart, The Voices in My Head (which is a collaboration with fifteen area poets) and I Use To Fall Down. He has published essays on ERIC (the research database). He has read on radio for Crystal Brown´s “Reading for the Blind” program, has been on radio for Kym Fleming´s RPI program, and has read and performed on Public Television. He is the author of three books of poetry and prose; “Letters to Osama,” “I Use To Fall Down,” and “All the Killers Gathered.” A memoir, “In The Care of Strangers: The Autobiography Of A Foster Child,” was published by Xlibris in May of this year. We encourage Classique readers to purchase this book to learn more about this courageous and inspiring man. August 2010 • 3

Then & Now

John Ostwald

Listen when your body speaks Reprinted from the Troy Record, 5/14/06 By JOHN OSTWALD Special to the Troy Record The day before I got my biopsy results, I wrote in my diary. I listed the challenges that I have dealt with in my life. If you are over 40, you probably have a lengthy list. Unfortunately, some people have a lengthy list at a younger age. There were a lot of “D” words like death, divorce, intermittent depression followed by boot camp and other stuff that is personal. I wanted to prepare myself emotionally in case something weird happened like I get diagnosed with prostate cancer. I say weird because of the absence external symptoms, a normal PSA and the fact that I have been watching what I eat and exercising regularly for years. I didn’t tell my mother or other family members about the test because they worry too much. It’s their hobby. Anyway, as the appointment approached I noticed that some unwanted thoughts were interrupting my dinner, my teaching, reading, TV watching and yoga. I’m not a worrier but thoughts of gloom, doom, death and destruction seem to find a warm home in all of us during times of stress. Yes, there they were. Most were rather pleasant, like I’m in heaven with grandma or gleefully roaming the earth with other spirits. I woke up at about 2:46 am., went back to sleep and the dream continued with my favorite songs playing at my wake and family visiting me at St. Mary’s Cemetery on holidays. 4 •

Hang on there’s more. For those of you who don’t believe in the unconscious mind, listen to this. I’m talking to my dentist, Dr. Benjamin, and asking him who his urologist is. I told him that I just had an “autopsy.” Oops, sorry Dr. Freud, I meant biopsy. I brought my cousin, Patricia Cinelli, to the biopsy results meeting because she is a nurse and her husband had prostate cancer. I was waiting patiently while the physician looked through his file for the phrase that I longed for, “tests negative” - I didn’t hear it. I have prostate cancer, and I am one of the lucky one in 10 who have a normal PSA and still have it. During the meeting, we talked about options and consequences. There were other details that I can’t remember. I think that my cousin wrote down some stuff. I’ll have to say that I’m stunned. Given the info above I thought that my risk was low to have cancer. Well, it is what it is. I’ll deal with it like many others you might know, like Lisa Robert Lewis the editor of The Record, cousin Vincenza Zucaro and our good friend Joe Marro.

Despite the focus on me in this column, my initial goal was to draw attention to the issue of early intervention. Some women and men are dying way before they should because they are not getting life-saving tests like a colonoscopy, mammogram, or CBC (battery of blood tests). I know a lot of people just don’t want to know or don’t make the time, but we, your family and friends, want you to be around a long time so please pay attention to your body’s signals. ESPN reported that the mother of the 13year-old golfer, Dakoda Dowd, had a lump in her breast. She waited a year to have it checked and now there is no hope. She waited too long. I didn’t have any real signs, but I said to my general practioner, “I just don’t feel right. Please refer me to a specialist.” Following that feeling may have saved my life. I know everything will work out for me because God gave me a sign. I walked into a local store and Lindt dark chocolates were on sale. I’ll be OK.

A recent fund-raiser for Joe deserves mention. It was overwhelming. There was a tidal wave of people from all over the Capital District at the Latham Bowl giving their love, affection and financial support. It just tells you how much people think of Joe. August 2010

Minority Accounting Students Inspired by Visit to Minority Accounting Firm Tyrone Reid, Director of Finance and Administration in the School of Business at the State University at Albany (SUNYA) contacted Classique after reading an article about Russell Parker, a SUNYA graduate, who opened an accounting and tax preparation office after retiring after 30 years from federal department of Internal. Reid escorted thirty-four area minority high school students to explored career opportunities in accounting at the University at Albany campus. The four-day Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession (COAP) program was offered by the Foundation for Accounting Education of the New York State Society of

Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the UAlbany School of Business to high school juniors from Catholic Central, Albany, Ballston Spa, Bethlehem Central, Bishop Maginn, Colonie, Lansingburgh, Schenectady, Shaker, Shenendehowa and Troy high schools. The COAP program aims to reverse the trend of minorities avoiding the accounting professions. It offers students opportunities to Maria_Classique-June ad:Maria_ interact with successful minority role models and gain exposure to the corporate environment. Highlights of the program included a site visit to the Albany-based tax accounting firm of UAlbany alumnus Russell Parker. The visit was videotaped and can be viewed on the internet at http://www.albany. edu/news/video_9932.php. Over the last two years, Parker has placed information ads in Classique warning

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August 19th

Application Acceptance Day!

readers about the dangers of “instant income tax loans” and the disadvantage of paying exorbitant fees to get what could be received by waiting a “New York minute” instead of paying well known firms like Liberty Tax Services. The New York State Human Rights Commission, on January 17, 2008, filed the “Nation’s First Civil Rights Actions Against Tax Preparation Companies For Predatory Lending Practices Targeted to Communities of Color and Military Families” Had it not been for Parker many readers would not have known about these deceptive practices used by Liberty Tax Services and other similar firms. Their deceptive advertising lured minorities, military families and senior citizens into signing for income tax preparation at fees as high as $800. In many cases the individuals who paid overpriced tax preparation fees could have received the same services for free at many local sites or at very low preparation fees. Classique is pleased to say that Parker is our official tax preparation business and he did an excellent job!

Thursday August 19th, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Stop by any time, bring your transcript and be accepted on if qualified. For more information contact admissions@ or call 438-3111 x217.


W W W . M A R I A C O L L E G E . E D U Maria College was founded and is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy.

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Poetic Expressions...



Small Gestures


By Leonard A. Slade, Jr.


We two made it our business To travel to Stockbridge For the day every beauteous summer. We dined at the Red Lion Inn where Fish Turkey Berkshire greens Lemon curd tart Wine and water Changed our attitudes. Delicious words stimulated conversation. What better way to relax, To escape the noise of New York, To repair broken spirits, To refurbish fertile minds Than to visit Norman Rockwell country? Remembering our sweethearts with gifts And all sorts of chocolate May be a small gesture We’ve made to celebrate our wives On this short day trip But such a small gesture burns bright With undying blaze Cultivating genuine friendships that Kindle flames of eternal love.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 28, 2010 11:00 AM ~ 7:00 PM (Wilson Street to Livingston Avenue will closed for the event)


VENDORS TABLE RENTAL: $50.00 SET UP TIME: 9:00 AM Participant Form attached for more information, please see or call Minister Charles Barber, Sr., Event Coordinator, (869-5840) Anniversary Chairlady, DIT Fanny Shepard McCall (463-0126) Anniversary Co-Chair, Minister Willie J. Stovall, Jr. (608-5624) “A Church Where Everybody is Somebody”

236 NORTH PEARL STREET ~ ALBANY, NEW YORK 12207~ Phone (518) 465-2993

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PARTICIPANT FORM COMPANY NAME: _________________________________________________________________ CONTACT PERSON: _______________________________________________________________ ADDRESS: _______________________________________________________________________ PHONE: _________________________________________________________________________ Please describe the type of service you will provide at the event:

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If you recently lost your health insurance, Fidelis Care can help.

• Quality coverage for children and adults • Checkups with your own doctor • 40,000 doctors and hospitals statewide • Screenings to keep you healthy • Preventive and routine dental care • Hospital and emergency care, and more! Some children who were covered by employer-based health insurance within the past six months may be subject to a waiting period before they can be enrolled in Child Health Plus.

____________________________________________________________________________________ The Family and Friends Event Committee offer the following table rentals: 1. Food ~ non-profit organization $ 50.00 2. Non-profit Agency ~ selling or providing an activity $ 50.00 3. Non-profit Community Service provider $ 50.00 4. Commercial ~ selling merchandise or products $ 50.00 5. Commercial ~ information (no sales giveaways are ok) $ 0.00

Booth setup time: 9:00 AM ~ 10:45 AM Please return this completed form with the required rental donation to Minister Charles Barber, Sr. on or before Sunday, August 15th. For more information, please contact Minister Barber, Sr. (869-5840), or DIT Fanny McCall (463-0126)

FREE or LOW-COST health insurance coverage from Fidelis Care. Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, and Medicaid Managed Care are New York State-sponsored health insurance programs offered by Fidelis Care. Call 1-888-FIDELIS; TTY: 1-800-421-1220 or New York Medicaid CHOICE at 1-800-505-5678.

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Mount Olive 71st Church Anniversary Committee

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Free Cook-Out In Washington Park Every year the Men of MODEL, Inc. (Men Organized to Develop, Empower and Lead, Inc.) raise money from friends and supporters of the program near and far in an effort to give kids free haircuts the Sunday before school starts every academic year. We partner with Price Chopper, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Bricks Barber Salon to give a free cook-out in Washington park hosted by DJ Key. This event is an attempt to allow the community to come together in an effort to lessen the financial burden on most families around this time because the cost of school supplies and clothing alone can grow to be quite expensive. So by raising this money it will lessen the financial strain and at least ensure that any deserving kid will get a free hair cut to go back to school with. Fashion and style is a luxury that everyone may not be able to afford but at least everyone can have a fresh hair cut. The way the community can get involved is by donating $10.00 dollars and this goes towards ensuring more kids get hair cuts from the talented barbers at Brick’s Barber Salon. Brick’s, as a participating partner, reduces the price of a regular cut on those days and all money raised goes towards supplies for the cook-out and paying the barbers. Feel free to call our office at (518) 391-2556 or visit us on the web at WWW. MENOFMODEL.ORG Go to our “Donate Now” page and make a donation using our secure PayPal account which goes directly to our Men Organized to Develop, Empower and Lead, Inc Business account. You can also donate by sending a check in the mail or donate cash to any member of MODEL, Inc or Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Beta Pi Lambda Chapter here in Albany, NY. Checks can be mailed to MODEL, 321 Northern Blvd Albany, NY 12210, Sunday September 5th from 7am-3:30 Bricks Barber Salon, 67 Central Ave, Albany, NY Tyrell Hughes , Men Organized to Develop, Empower and Lead, Inc. (518) 391-2556 , ,

Doing Good and Having Fun Do ing It in the Arbor Hill/West Hill Community - Sonya Tucker With a passion to follow the spirit of Acts 10:38,“… God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good …” Pastor James Davis and the Christian Memorial membership sponsored a 21-day community festival in the Arbor Hill/West Hill neighborhood for the month of July. The focus of this act was entirely to be a positive presence in the community,providing essential needs, love and fellowship to anyone passing by 381 Sheridan Avenue in Albany. From July 10 through July 31, the event, located in back of the church under a big tent, provided free food, a “Clothes Closet” offering free clothing, live music, prize giveaways, family games and movie nights, church services, and information and resources available in the church and community for the community. Doing good, however, does not go without its challenges. Pastor Davis indicated that he faced obstacles when requesting the city’s collaboration in providing logistical and operational necessities such as a performance platform the city provides for a fee and a permit to block off Orange Street for safe pedestrian flow. He also experienced a frustratingly slow response in obtaining the necessary permits. Pastor Davis indicated he was somewhat disappointed by the city’s “lack of responsiveness to doing something positive in the community.” This did not deter the church, they ended up building their own platform and trusted God and their own security staff to manage the flow of people entering and departing their gates unharmed. Carlise Lovelady, the event coordinator and a member of Christian Memorial also experienced trials from a planning perspective.She states,“One of the biggest challenges has been organizing in the time limits you have to work [the event], in addition to our full time jobs, home, etc.” She muses with a smile,“I’m tired but it’s a good tired. I loved the community connection, getting to know the kids. My favorite was watching the kid’s faces when they toasted the marshmallows [on family movie night], you could see they were really enjoying it.” The first week presented a Community Expo featuring local organizations the community may not be awareexisted.Theintentwastospanessentialneedssuchaseducation,finance,familyandhealth.Arichand variedgoldmineof resourcesresulted.Allinformationandserviceswereprovidedfreetothecommunity.

Macedonia Baptist Church Invites You to the 2nd Smooth Jazz/Gospel Cruise

• August 28, 2010 • The Captain JP Cruise Ship • Boarding at 6:30 pm • Departing at 7:00 pm • Full buffet • Live music, choirs, and smooth jazz music with DJ Gregory McKnight $50.00 • Tickets Still Just Just$50.00

Contact Any Member of the Macedonia Auxiliaries/Fellowships for Information or call 489-4370

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Regarding education, in attendance were, Mildred Elley, Educational Opportunity Center, Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar, Inc., and Bradford College. To represent health, the following organizations participated, Senior Whole Health Plan, New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) Childcare Health Plus, NYS DOH EPIC program for seniors, NYS DOH Aids Institute (HIV screenings), Aids Council of Northeastern NY Health Insurance Access Program, St. Peter’s Hospital Corporate Communication Charity, Whitney M. Young Health Center,WellCare of NY, Glen Eddy, Homecare Instead for seniors, Senior Whole Health Plan, American Red Cross, Albany County Department of Health Medical Reserve Corp. (disaster preparedness). The Vascular Group offered quality, state-of-the-art vascular health screenings. Representing finances and economic sustainability were Key Bank and the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County. The NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) provided guidance and information regarding programs and resources for family and children. Sharing the table with OCFS was also The Capital Region Family Life Institute (family mentoring). Other local business and organizations attending were Heaven on Earth Beauty Salon offering a free hair analysis and mini-makeover and Team Esteem presenting information on teen empowerment. Trudy Lawson,a festival worker and Christian Memorial member,offered what could probably sum up the experiences of all who selflessly labored in this great undertaking,“It has been terrific. It [was] a safe place that the community could enjoy.It was unique,different;you [didn’t] know what it was going to be like from one day to the next.I didn’t want to miss it.I’ve never experienced anything like it.Parents could find refuge,for them and their children.Everyone was having fun in a peaceful environment.” When asked to share one good experience he had in forging the trail in an unprecedented achievement, Pastor Davis responded with a look of peaceful satisfaction,“The impact we’re having in this community.”Would he do it again next year?“Yes,we’ve learned a lot,but [we would do it again] with modifications for next year,”Davis shared with knowing chuckle and grin. Christian Memorial would like to offer their heart-felt gratitude to all volunteers, organizations, businesses and programs who donated their time, effort and material goods in joining in the mission to care for, educate and prosper this community. August 2010

City of Albany Hosts Successful Juneteenth Celebration “Thanks to the sponsorship of SEFCU and support of the community, this year’s City of Albany Juneteenth celebration was once again a huge success!” commented Michael Barber, City of Albany Executive Director of Human Rights Commission.

Miguel Garcia (center) a Michael Jackson impersonator with students at Juneteenth celebration after performing

Albany Community Charter School Chimalsi Step Team Barber reported that there were over a thousand people counted; 25 community resources tables; a talent show and competition and; food and fun for everyone! He added, “We also achieved our goal of educating people on the importance of Juneteenth and had a great time in the process. There was a guest speaker

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that talked about the history of Juneteenth, a replica of the Emancipation Proclamation on loan from the NYS Museum , prizes were awarded to those who spoke about what Juneteenth meant to them, and the Tulip Queen and her Court assisted children in creating “What Juneteenth Means to Me”. Other highlights included youth performances, conversations regarding the importance of participating in the 2010 Census, and a very popular Michael Jackson impersonator”. Photo caption: Albany Community Charter School Chimalsi Step Team Photo caption: Members of Pan-Hellenic Council, an organization of African American sororities and fraternities. Chris Ellis, Chair of the Council stated, “We visited homes on Clinton Avenue and spoke to many people on the street as we distributed Census tee shirts and census information encouraging everyone to open their doors to the Census workers when they arrive”. • 9

Sci TechNews Bytes - Cornell Chronicle When high school physics teachers Glenn Elliot, Stephanie Metz and Bryan Roessel settled into a lab bench in the basement of Rockefeller Hall last week, they found a collection of simple objects in front of them. A nail and a coil of wire. A magnet, a section of PVC pipe, a battery. and a few open-ended questions about magnetic and electromagnetic force that the objects could help answer. What they didn’t find: step-by step instructions for completing the task. Instead, the three were armed with a set of intermediate questions; their own ingenuity and problem solving skills; and each other. The teachers were three of 20 participants in the Center for Nanoscale Systems’Institute for Physics Teachers (CIPT), which wrapped up its ninth year of uniting and training high school physics teachers July 30. The program attracts physics teachers from around the country for a chance to learn about the latest advances in the field, design and refine new lab experiments, network, and exchange ideas. Teachers who complete the program then have full access to a lending library of laboratory equipment, which is shipped to them at no cost. “[Physics] is not just a skill; you go through a certain process,”said Linda Lagunzad, a physics teaching instructor from New Jersey and one of the program leaders. Teachers who attend CIPT learn to focus on the process as well as on the content, which“gets [the students] genuinely curious scientifically,”she said.“And that’s very powerful.” —Lauren Gold Reprinted from the Aug10/PhysicsTeachers.html Teachers Play with Electricity to Boost Teaching Power NYSTAR’s Executive Director and staff recently met with the New York Hall of Science, President and CEO, Dr. Margaret Honey and Dan Wempa,Vice President of External Affairs. Built initially as a pavilion for the 1964 World’s Fair, the New York Hall of Science is now New York City’s hands-on science and technology center. Mr. Wempa conducted a tour of the over 450 exhibits at the Science Hall. There were over 1,500 kids that day completely engaged in the science around them. There were young people teaching demonstrations of different types of science. After the tour, there was discussion of collaborations between NYSTAR affiliates and the Science Hall. Dr. Margaret Honey gave a description of their 1st Annual World Maker Faire New York that will take place on September 25 and 26, 2010 at the Hall of Science. The science fair focus is to engage Young Makers of all ages around innovation, inspiration and education. Maker Faire was created five years ago in northern California by the publishers of MAKE magazine, Maker Faire showcases the best of do-it-yourself science and technology. In addition to the more than 300 makers on display,NYSCI’s 450-plus hands-on exhibits,science demos,and art technology pieces will be open to all Maker Faire attendees.“This is an irresistible collaboration,”said NYSCI President and CEO Margaret Honey. “NYSCI and MAKE are ideal partners for bringing this festival of innovation to New York.” For more information on the Hall of Science and the MakerFaire:

Calling Faith-Based Institutions for Prison Ministry and Transitional Services -Gavin Cook

I had the unique opportunity to serve as the commencement speaker at the Greene Correctional Facility’s Graduation Program on Thursday, July 22, 2010. About thirty-five inmates received their GED degree and they certainly looked sharp in their purple caps and gowns. My message to these graduates was for them to realize that education is a lifelong endeavor and for the incarcerated, an important tool in enhancing their chances for a successful re-entry back into the community. Unfortunately, without adequate re-entry preparation and support, upwards of 67% of released prisoners will end up back in prison within three years, thus, leaving a trail of victims, high cost of prosecution and imprisonment. Governments and the prison systems, particularly, the New York State Department of Corrections, now recognize the cost-effectiveness and benefits of community organizations, individuals, and faith-based institutions providing re-entry services for those in prison and upon their release. These volunteer services may include spiritual ministry, facilitating/instructing skills in parenting, banking, social interaction or other relevant instructions that helps to prepare incarcerated people for society after years of being confined. However, there is a tremendous shortage of our churches filling the gap in helping to ensure people released from prison have the necessary support to live the right way and make it. Hebrews 13:3 provides that “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.” Our support, spiritual guidance, and volunteerism, for people in prison and for when they are released will help them “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, . . .” Acts 26:18. Churches can be particularly equipped to do either, or both, a prison ministry and transitional services program for released people. Contact me for further information on how to get started. Gavin A. Cook, Esquire, (518) 253-6717 cell. 10 •

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American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report: DALLAS, July 15, 2010 — Call it the not-so-happy hour. The risk of stroke appears to double in the hour after consuming just one drink — be it wine, beer or hard liquor — according to a small multi-center study reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. “The impact of alcohol on your risk of ischemic stroke appears to depend on how much and how often you drink,” said Murray A. Mittleman, M.D., Dr.P.H., senior author of the Stroke Onset Study (SOS) and director of the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass. Prior to the SOS, researchers didn’t know if alcohol consumption had an immediate impact on ischemic stroke (caused by a blood clot in a vessel in or leading to the brain), although modest alcohol use (less than two drinks per day) may potentially lower risk in the long term. Researchers interviewed 390 ischemic stroke patients (209 men, 181 women) about three days after their stroke regarding many aspects of their lives. Patients were excluded if the stroke seriously impaired their ability to speak or if they weren’t well enough to participate. Fourteen patients had consumed alcohol within one hour of stroke onset. Compared with times when alcohol wasn’t being used, the relative risk of stroke after alcohol consumption was: • 2.3 times higher in the first hour; • 1.6 times higher in the second hour; and • 30 percent lower than baseline after 24 hours. The patterns remained the same whether participants had consumed wine, beer or distilled spirits. When the researchers eliminated patients who had been exposed to other potential triggers (such as exercising vigorously or drinking a caffeinated beverage) just prior to their strokes, the alcohol connection didn’t change. Only one participant had consumed more than two drinks in the hour preceding the stroke, and removing that data didn’t alter the pattern. “The evidence on heavy drinking is consistent: Both in the long and short term it raises stroke risk,” Mittleman said. “But we’re finding it’s more complicated with light to moderate drinking. It is possible that the transiently increased stroke risk from moderate alcohol consumption may be outweighed by the longer term

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health benefits.” Just after drinking, blood pressure rises and blood platelets become stickier, which may increase the possibility of a clot forming. However, consistent use of small amounts of alcohol is associated with beneficial changes in blood lipids and more flexible blood vessels, which may reduce risk overall. “At this point we don’t have enough evidence to say that people who don’t drink should start, or that people who drink small amounts — on the order of one drink a day — should stop,” Mittleman said. A more definitive answer would require a controlled study in which some people are randomly selected to consume alcohol while others don’t, he said. The findings may not apply to patients with severe stroke. Stroke is the No. 3 killer and a leading cause of long-term major disability in the United States, according to American Heart Association statistics. The American Heart Association recommends that if you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. This means no more than two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women. (A drink is one 12-ounce beer, 4 ounces of wine, 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirits, or 1 ounce of 100-proof spirits.) High intakes can be associated with serious adverse effects and may increase alcoholism, high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, breast cancer, suicide and accidents. Consult your doctor on the benefits and risks of consuming alcohol in moderation.

Gospel Cruise on the Hudson On August 28th, as part of Macedonia Baptist Church’s year long 80th anniversary celebration, the 2nd annual smooth jazz/gospel cruise will take place aboard the Captain JP. Based on the success of last year both levels of the boat will be used so that guests will have the opportunity to hear live gospel, jazz and R & B as well the smooth jazz sounds so popular on Albany based radio stations in the past. The two boat decks promise a wonderful evening for music, dancing, great food and fun. The tickets are still only $50.00, the same price as last year. Sister Sharon Meyers Fullard, the members of the Gospel Choir, and the jazz group that played last year have all agreed to provide music again this year. Gregory Owens will serve as MC and spin that unique brand of smooth jazz that is so missed in the capital region and the state. • 11

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