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HURRICANE KATRINA: FIVE YEARS LATER By Zena M. Gray Getty Images/Mario Tama

It’s hard to believe five years have passed since Hurricane Katrina swept through and in its wake, devastated the Gulf Coast. But it’s true, on Aug. 29, 2005; five years ago, Hurricane Katrina, winds whipped through the city of New Orleans at up to 175 miles per hour in combination with torrential rains and while the Crescent City was spared the direct fury of the hurricane itself, surges of water broke through New Orleans’ levee system and the waters of Lake Pontchartrain began to flood the city. For many, this anniversary served as a painful reminder of when Katrina made landfall in southern Louisiana, leaving 80 percent of New Orleans flooded, at least 1,800 Gulf Coast residents killed and more than $100 billion in damages. In some of the region’s hardest-hit neighborhoods, like the lower Ninth Ward, which was hit the hardest and the most neglected, the five-year mark highlights the work still left to be done. Thousands lost their homes and pretty much everything they’ve ever own. But more than the vast and symbolic physical ruin and weakened economy, Hurricane Katrina seemed to wipe the hope and heart out of a great city. On the other hand, many would consider this anniversary as the rebirth and reinvention of the city from the wreckage of the floods. Today, New Orleans has better schools, higher wages, more civic activism and more entrepreneurs than preKatrina, according to the Greater New Orleans

(Top Photo) The New Orleans Saints look on during a preseason game against the Houston Texans at the Superdome August 21, 2010 (Bottom Photo) Stranded victims of Hurricane Katrina rest inside the Superdome, which has become a makeshift shelter for hurricane victims, September 2, 2005.

The reconstructed levee walls is seen in the Lower Ninth Ward August 20, 2010 (Bottom Photo) Workers rebuild the levee, which was breached by Hurricane Katrina along the Industrial Canal in the Lower Ninth Ward April 25, 2006

Community Data Center, which tracks the region’s progress. About 78 percent of the city’s pre-storm population of 455,000 has returned, according to the center. The recovery efforts focus on schools, building many from scratch and experimenting with charter and magnet schools. Recently approved recovery projects will bring new libraries, police stations, and community centers to a once vibrant city. At a ceremony held at Xavier University, President Obama applauded New Orleans as a “symbol of resilience” amid a devastating Hurricane Katrina, whose damage five years ago he said was compounded by a “manmade catastrophe” that was “a shameful breakdown in government that left countless men, women, and children abandoned and alone.” The legacy of Katrina, said the President, must be “not one of neglect, but of action; not one of indifference, but of empathy; not of abandonment, but of a community working together to meet shared challenges.” Take a pictorial look of images by Getty Images photographer Maria Tama at scenes from then and now.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Saying Goodbye to Al Goodman -Page 6

On the Q.T. Interview with TI-Page 8 Cars travel over a bridge crossing the Industrial Canal to the Lower Ninth Ward August 23, 2010. (Bottom Photo) Two men paddle in high water by the bridge crossing the Industrial Canal to the Lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area August 31, 2005

Young residents play football near their home in a new development built by the Make it Right Foundation in the Lower Ninth Ward August 20, 2010 (Bottom Photo) A group of Amish student volunteers tour the devastated Ninth Ward February 24, 2006

Great Fall Travel Destinations –Page 15

Sports: The 5th Annual Gardiner Memorial


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GUEST EDITORIAL Celebrity: Maybe, Just Maybe... It’s Not Worth It. An Op-Ed editorial by Zena M. Gray ‘Ce-leb-ri-ty- 1: the state of being celebrated: fame 2: a famous or celebrated person ‘

arrested on felony drug possession. I’m sure you’re wondering why this is important enough to make this column, but that question is exactly why I’ve written this piece.

Celebrities are people that everyday people idolize on

a daily basis. I mean who does not want to be a celebrity. To have your name in lights, hundreds, thousands, possibly millions of adoring fans. Money in the bank, money to blow (thanks Drake, Lil Wayne & Birdman) and the option to have just about anything you want given to you the moment you ask. This is the life that every person dreams of, although not every person will admit it. Endless opportunities with endless possibilities, who wouldn’t want this? Seriously, who? I refuse to believe there is a human being (or even animal; have you checked out how celebrities treat their pets) that wouldn’t want the celebrity lifestyle. However, there is that old adage that “all that glitter’s isn’t gold” and I can honestly see how a celebrity could easily apply this to their own life. I mean sure they can have the finest the world has to offer, but with all good comes bad. For all the good that being famous offers, one has to say is it worth it. All in all I bring this topic to this issue’s guest editorial because of two celebrities who have found themselves in the headlines as of late: entertainers Fantasia Barrino and Clifford ‘TI’ Harris. Both of these artists are multi-platinum selling and award nominated performers as well as actors, but those accolades are not the reason their names have been in the headlines as of late. Instead Fantasia made headlines after an attempted suicide following reports of being a home wrecker. Rapper and actor TI found himself in the news after he and his wife Tameka “’Tiny” Cottle were both

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Everyday people attempt suicide, date married men or “homewreck”, drive around with a car full of drugs and are arrested for having these drugs in their possession, yet you never see their names in the headlines. This is why I say maybe; just maybe it isn’t worth it. The life of a celebrity is not their own. Everyday situations get taken way out of proportion, way out of context just because of your chosen profession. I’m sure Fantasia would’ve loved to have all her trials and tribulations kept amongst her family and close friends. I’m sure TI would have loved to his legal woes kept under wraps, but that is not an option when you’re a celebrity. Instead, your business is put out there and it spreads like a wildfire. So one has to ask themselves, is it worth it? Would you be able to see your unwise decisions—because essentially that’s what it is—taken out of context and be ready to be judged? As a celebrity your life is not your own. Instead you are left vulnerable to be scrutinized, judged, and dissected. The media as well as the general public don’t take your unfortunate situations and say “he/she made a mistake; lets forgive them and move on.” No, that’s not an option for a celebrity—just look at Chris Brown, it’s been over a year and yet, he’s still dealing with the repercussions of his Chrianna (Chris Brown/ Rihanna) fiasco. Maybe somewhere down the line, but certainly not right away and certainly not forever. Once a celebrity has screwed up, that screw-up will haunt them for the rest of their lives. For some reason, the bad always sticks in the recesses of our minds and will hop back to the forefront at the first opportunity. In a situation like Fantasia’s, the next relationship she gets into will be analyzed as if it holds the cure for HIV and AIDS. If TI gets out of this sticky situation (he is on parole and this arrest was a violation) he will be under a microscope every time he steps out his door.

slip-up and there is no coming back for this thing called celebrity. I would sign up and I would love it, but in the back of my mind, I would certainly always think; maybe, just maybe…it’s not worth it.

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So in the end, for a chance at being famous, is it worth it. I still say yes!! I would take that lifestyle without a second thought, but I will honestly admit I would hate having to live my life walking on eggshells. Careful about every single minute thing I do because one

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COMMUNITY NEWS On Thursday, August 19th of local kids came together at the Odyssey House Family Center (East 121st Street ) to create their dream playground which will serve as the basis for a newplayground that will be built at the Odyssey House Family Center in Harlem on October 9th.

Harlem Event National Initiative by Kraft Foods and KaBoom!

Odyssey House is a NYC-based comprehensive treatment organization whose innovative residential and outpatient programs help individuals and families deal with substance use disorders, homelessness, mental illness and medical problems. Currently, the 90 children annually served at the residential Family Center only have old, outdated equipment to play onthat will be removed to make way for a new playground. Through a partnership with KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit that builds playgrounds and promotes play in communities that lack adequate play areas, Kraft Foods Foundation is providing the major funding for the new playground. On Saturday, October 9, as part of their global week of community service, Kraft Foods employee volunteer organizations will build the new playground alongside volunteers from Odyssey House and community supporters. This will be one of 13 playgrounds Kraft Foods Foundation and KaBOOM! will build across the country that week as part of a broader volunteereffort to promote play and healthy eating. Eating well and playing areboth essential for childhood development. Sadly, however, many of the same children who don’t have enough to eat also don’t have enough placesto play.

Local children show their excitement for their new playground.


Greater New York Chapter of The Links, Inc. Welcomes Six Outstanding New Members

New members: Michelle Stent, Icema Gibbs, Kalyn Chandler, Charlita Cardwell Esq., Barbara North Lightning, Esq. Heather Needham, M.D.

A highlight event of the warm weather season is the Induction Luncheon which welcomed six outstanding women into the Greater New York Chapter of the Links, Incorporated. Wall Street was the setting for this induction ceremony. Guests and family members lunched at the elegant Parlor and Parish Hall of the historic Trinity Episcopal Church. Presidents and members from other Chapters in the Big Apple Cluster of The Links Incorporated were also in attendance. The New Members are Charlita C. Cardwell, Esq., Vice President and Senior Counsel for the American Express Open Business Unit; Kalyn J. Chandler, Personal Corporate Style Consultant, Co-Author of the “BAP Handbook” The Official Guide to the Black American Princess; Icema O. Gibbs, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for Jet Blue Airlines. Ms. Gibbs is considered a Jet Blue Founder, joining the company before they took flight; Heather Needham is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Mt. Sinai Hospital. She has authored and co-authored numerous medical publications on Adolescent Health; Barbara North-Lightning is an attorney at Disney/ ABC where she is Executive Counsel in the Legal and Business Affairs Department. She is currently the President of the Metropolitan Chapter of Jack and Jill; Michelle D. Stent, Director of Governmental Affairs at North General Hospital. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law and a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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Legislator Abrahams Supports National Night Out

Pictured from left to right are Freeport Pride Inc. members: Barrington Hall, Donald Robertson, Andrew Vanterpool, Julio Stone, Legislator Kevan Abrahams, Program Director- Lee Stone, Devin Ellerbe, and Executive Director, Ted Levy. National Night Out, America’s Night Out Against Crime, is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and to send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams supported National Night Out held at Cow Meadow Park in Freeport. Families who attended the event enjoyed grilled cheeseburgers, ice cream, face painting, music and dancing, agencies providing information and the opportunity to learn how to use the new voting machines, all at no cost; it was an evening full of fun and joy. Legislator Abrahams thanked all of the sponsors that made the event possible; among them are the Village of Freeport, Freeport Pride, Inc., Bethpage Federal Credit Union, TD Bank, Target and Applebee’s. He also thanked the Nassau County Police Department, Freeport Police Department and Freeport Fire Department for their participation. Assemblyman William Scarborough (C) joined Rev. Carlene Thorbes (5th L), Joyce Levy, Manager of Timothy Bookstore, Rose Watson, VP of Gospel Choir, and Brother Alfred Smith, Chef extraordinaire and congregants in front of Timothy’s Bookstore table. Photo Credit: Juliet Kaye

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BUSINESS & POLITICS HOWIE HODGES JOINS TIME WARNER CABLE AS VICE PRESIDENT, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS Time Warner Cable today announced that Howie Hodges has been named Vice President of External Affairs. In this role, Hodges will help develop and promote Time Warner Cable’s policy agenda, working closely with inter-governmental groups, the civil rights community, diversity organizations, and other policy influencers. He will report to Fernando Laguarda, Vice President, External Affairs and Policy Counselor. Laguarda stated, “It is a pleasure to have someone of Howie’s expertise join Time Warner Cable. Howie’s extensive background and connections with a range of non-profit organizations will greatly help us further our strategic relationships.” Hodges joins Time Warner Cable from One Economy where he served as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. He worked to steward relationships with existing funders, develop new partnerships, and engage municipal and federal government in One Economy’s Bring IT Home America campaign. Prior to joining One Economy, Hodges founded and ran a consulting firm and served as a senior political appointee in the U. S. Commerce Department during the Clinton Administration before going on to Bank of America, where he was a Senior Vice President. Hodges has a wealth of experience in business development, community and economic development lending, financial consulting, and governmental policy issues. He serves on the board of Zions Community Investment Corporation, a specialized lender that invests and makes loans to businesses in economically disadvantaged communities. Hodges earned a JD from University of Pittsburgh and a BA from Morehouse College.

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GOVERNOR PATERSON’S CORNER L Governor David A. Paterson proclaimed September as Preparedness Month across New

York State, encouraging individuals, families, and communities to take this opportunity to review their plans and become better prepared for any emergency. Preparedness Month is a national effort, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and the Ad Council. It is designed to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities. L Governor Paterson submitted his plan to the United States Department of Education for distributing more than $607 million in federal funding from the recently passed Education Jobs Fund. The Governor submitted his plan just one week after President Barack Obama signed the legislation into law. As part of this plan, the Governor and the State’s legislative leaders have agreed that the State will distribute the more than $607 million in funding to school districts according to the State’s primary funding formulae to restore, retain and create teacher jobs. L 37 organizations were named to the Health Care Reform Advisory Committee, which will provide input to the Governor’s Health Care Reform Cabinet on the implementation of federal health care reform in New York State. The Advisory Committee includes organizations representing health care providers, consumers, businesses, organized labor, local governments, health plans and health insurers, and health policy experts. L A law a landmark bill was signed to grant workplace protections to domestic workers, the first such law to be enacted in the nation. Domestic workers had been excluded from many of the rights granted to other employees by legislation enacted in the past. L $119 million in housing and community renewal awards to help communities across the State develop affordable housing, revitalize downtowns, and upgrade water and sewer systems. L New York State’s Pre-existing Condition Insurance Program is ready to take applications now. The program, called NY Bridge Plan, is available to people with pre-existing conditions—that is, who are already ill—and who currently do not have health insurance. It will provide coverage starting October 1. The program is expected to enroll about 15,000 New Yorkers

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IN YOUR EAR Saying Good-bye to Al Goodman by Deardra Shuler The John Harms/Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, New Jersey, was filled with the entertainment world, press, and the family of Al Goodman on Monday, August 2nd. All gathered to give their last good-byes to the enduring entertainer. While on the recovery table, Al’s heart stopped unexpectedly after undergoing a procedure to remove a tumor from his liver. In a climate that fosters mediocre music artists, Al Goodman paid his dues. Like the consummate artists of his time, he honed his craft and worked his way to success. He was part of the Moments, a group noted for classic songs such as “Love on a Two Way Street,” “Sexy Mama,” and “Look at Me (I’m In Love).” Later Harry Ray, Al Goodman, and Billy Brown would form the group that bore their surnames. The collaboration of Ray, Goodman and Brown gave birth to songs like “How Can Love So Right (Be So Wrong),” “Special Lady,” “Not On the Outside,” “Ooh Baby Baby,” and “Somewhere There’s A Love Just For Me.” Romantic songs that made the ladies swoon and the gentlemen hold their ladies close. After Harry Ray suddenly died from a stroke in 1992, Kevin “Ray” Owens, a backup vocalist for Luther Vandross, replaced him. “There are a lot of snakes in the music business but Al Goodman had integrity. He was the businessman of the group and I could always trust him to do business straight up. Al was honest. He was a dapper gentleman. A real star. He was the one that went out and represented the group to the public. Even when the group had 2 cents in their pocket, Al looked like a million bucks,” said Kevin Owens. Goodman kept abreast of current events and when Hurricane Katrina hit his home state of Mississippi, Goodman joined forces with organizations aiding those Mississippi residents who lost everything. “Al’s death came as a shock,” said Kevin Owens whose obvious grief periodically clutched at his throat and weighed heavily around his shoulders and eyes. “Al was only

supposed to go in for a procedure,” said Kevin still trying to reconcile Goodman’s unexpected demise. “The last time I talked to Al he told me that Billy and I had to keep things together until he returned. Al was always trying to make the group better. Looking back now I suspect Al was getting tired and was considering not returning. Before his surgery, he made sure that Ice (Friedman) fixed every inch of his house so that his wife Henrietta wasn’t left with a problematic house. When we were younger we did all kinds of things but as we got older we became more settled. Al was close to his family and God. He was the kind of guy who would visit people in the hospital and help people out. He loved his audience. He was a charmer. He wanted the group to represent class and

elegance. He saw the group as one that catered to the ladies. He wrote romantic songs so he wanted us to always represent well. We have always been a very close knit group. Al was the big brother that taught me how to perform with poise and grace and elegance. His home was my second home. We’re family. Al is gone and of course eventually we will go on but for now we will lift Al up before our audiences. There are so many memories. Al is inside of us and will continue to be part of us. We are going to miss him” said Kevin who tried to collect himself as his voice broke and eyes teared. And indeed, the show must go on. Thus, despite their grief Kevin Owens, Larry “Ice” Winfried and Billy Brown performed before a Coop City audience the night we inter-

viewed. Billy came to the venue straight from the airport tired, sad and weighted down with grief. “They call me the Last of the Mohicans,” said Billy, the last original member of Ray Goodman & Brown. “This is especially hard for me. Al and I shared so much together: Life, children, family. At the end of October we would have been together 43 years. We were like brothers. We spoke every day. We had so much in common.” As Billy reflected, the memories flooded back. “Al and I met at Platinum Records. Al was working with a woman named Sylvia Robinson in Englewood, New Jersey. I was a lead singer at the time with a group called Broadways on the MGM label. Eventually I was invited to be a lead singer for the “Moments” and the rest is history. That was in 1969. Al and I became instant friends and sang as part of the Moments until 1979. It was Lonnie Youngblood who gave us the idea of using our own names to form our own group. That is how Ray, Goodman & Brown was born,” said Billy. “I wish...” said Billy as his voice trailed off. “I did hug Al before he left for the hospital. I told him I loved him. I went about doing chores and then realized 5 hours had passed. The procedure was only supposed to take 2 hours. Around 4:30, I got a call that Al didn’t make it. I thought something was wrong. That news couldn’t possibly be right! I started yelling that Al couldn’t be gone it was just supposed to be a simple procedure. In fact, the surgery was a success. They were wrapping him up and taking him to recovery when Al had a heart attack. Al’s passing broke my heart” said Billy Brown as his eyes welled, his throat caught and he got up to prepare for the show. I sat in the wings as the group revved themselves up, put on their show attire, threw back their heads, squared their shoulders and headed for the stage. Ele-

For the past several years, Pan Sonatas, Adlib and CASYM steel orchestras have maintained a lock on the top three positions, although they have, occasionally, moved up and down among themselves. Nothing new to report this year: Pan Sonatas was ecstatic to hold on to first place with a score of 472 points; Adlib maintained second place with 457 and CASYM, with 448 points, once again came in third.

Well over a thousand lovers of the sweet, sweet sound of steel pan flocked to the grounds behind the Brooklyn Museum to hear 11 steel orchestras give it their all in the 2010 Panorama competition. One of the most popular events in the annual West Indian Day Carnival and Parade, thousands more throughout the tri-state area tune in to hear it broadcast live over the radio, Sesame Flyers took fourth place while additional millions throughout the Caribbean and elsewhere can listen to it with a score of 424, while Despers USA dropped back to fifth this year with 412 streamed live over the internet. points. Crossfire, however, improved its Each steel orchestra, which standing substantially over last year by consists of anywhere from about 45 placing sixth with a score of 410. players to a maximum of 100, always plays for up to ten minutes. The seven judges For the second year in a row Panmark each orchestra on its arrangement tonics and Radeos tied for seventh place, for forty points, general performance forty each scoring 392 points. Claiming ninth points, quality of sound ten points, and place was Harmony Music Makers with 387. rhythm ten points, for a possible total of Boston Metro Steel Orchestra garnered 367 one hundred points from each judge. points, placing tenth. Even though Dem The highest and lowest scores for each Stars gave a spirited performance, it failed orchestra are thrown out, leaving only the to capture more than 356 points, which left five middle scores, making for a possible it in eleventh place. perfect score of five hundred points. As to the overall look of the evening, camouflage gear and other armed forces attire abounded, as did military salutes. That was because four of the 6  NEW YORK TREND  SEPTEMBER 1-15, 2010

Panorama’10 2 Adlib Second place winner Adlib Steel Orchestra begins its performance with a salute to senior member George Donawa, who joined the ancestors on July 20th

Panorama’10 1 Pan Sonatas Pan Sonatas Steel Orchestra members respond ecstatically to once more capturing first place at Panorama

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Panorama’10 1 Pan Sonatas Pan Sonatas Steel Orchestra members respond ecstatically to once more capturing first place at Panorama

orchestras - Pan Sonatas, Pantonics, Harmony Music Makers and Dem Stars - all played “Battle Zone,” while three more - Adlib, Sesame Flyers International and Radeos - chose “Pan Army.” Two orchestras that broke this mold were Despers USA whose players of all ages looked quite dapper in their white tuxedos and gold vests as they offered up their rendition of “The Last Band.” Crossfire sported some exceedingly alluring firefighters who lit a flame under their chosen tune, “Pan on Fire.” CASYM, clad in white, treated the audience to their excellent interpretation of “Tell Dem,” while Boston Metro Steel Orchestra, dressed in elegant black with gold bowties, showed they really meant it as they performed “Ah Love Meh Pan.”

Panorama’10 3 CASYM CASYM Steel Orchestra, Panorama’s third place winner, plays “Tell Dem,” by Arddin Herbert and Ricardo Jones

“Ah Love Meh Pan” certainly summed up the spirit of the event as the enthusiastic crowd remained well into the wee small hours of the morning, drinking in every note of the beautiful music created on this wonderful instrument.

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EVENTS HARLEM DOWLING’S ANNUAL HARLEM IN THE HAMPTONS Hamptons Best Turned Out to Support 5th Annual Fundraiser Everyone loves hearing about what is going on in The Hamptons – the parties and celebrity sightings. However, in the midst of all the parties and upscale socializing, many of the activities that take place are for worthy causes. Take the annual HARLEM IN THE HAMPTONS event. Each year Harlem Dowling’s Board President Jaye Smith of East Hampton, NY opens up her home and heart for an annual benefit to bring awareness and recognition to the outstanding work Harlem Dowling does on behalf of children and their families. This year, which marked Harlem in the Hampton’s 5th anniversary, celebrity chef Enzo Lentini donated his time and talent. The renowned cook and former owner of Opus restaurant in Manhattan catered the entire event. Attendees enjoyed a relaxing, fun-filled evening of food and fun as well as live music from up and coming artist Glenton Davis. Former cast member of the Soprano actor Federico Castellucci also dropped by to show his support. Founded in 1836 as Colored Orphan Asylum by Quaker matrons Anna Shotwell and Mary Murray, Harlem Dowling is one of New York’s leading non-for-profit multi-service agency providing out-of-home foster care, adoption, therapeutic placement, supportive housing for youth aging out of foster care, and other support services. Related services include, family preservation, HIV/AIDS services, family support services, and after school programs for children and families living in Central Harlem, Washington Heights, Southeast Queens and Far Rockaway.

Harlem Dowling Executive Director Dorothy Worrell and Soprano star Federico Castellucci

On Thursday, November 4, 2010 in honor of National Adoption Month, Harlem Dowling will host its annual 2010 Dinner Gala, at Bridgewater’s, 11 Fulton Street. The festive affair will honor the agency’s 174th anniversary. For additional information, please call Wanda Collington at (212) 749-3656 Ext. 3070 or via e-mail at info @ harlemdowling.org. Pictures by Images of US

Harlem Dowling Executive Director Dorothy Worrell; Harlem Dowling Board President & Host Jaye Smith; singer Glenton Davis; and Harlem Dowling Board Member Tim Mulvaney

Left to right, Cheryl Washington, Sam Mattingly, Dorothy Worrell and Toy Van Lierop

TV personality Cheryl Washington and Harlem Dowling Board President & Host Jaye Smith Harlem Dowling youth participant

Left to right: Sag Harbor resident Maymette Carter (Left) and Elinor Fendal (right) along with Harlem Dowling

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ENTERTAINMENT On the Q.T. with T.I. Tip “T.I.” Harris The “Takers” Interview with Kam Williams OTip “T.I.” Harris is one of his generation’s most captivating speakers and one of the biggest hip-hop artists of all time. Whether they see him conversing with a room full of young people about staying in school and following their dreams, or moving tens of thousands at one of his concerts, audiences are always engrossed by the words of the “King of the South.” In 2008, T.I. delivered his most potent and important LP to date, “Paper Trail,” and his highly-anticipated, seventh studio album, “King Uncaged,” is set to be released this Fall. T.I.’s second professional love is acting in films, and in this arena he has taken major steps forward in recent years. He made his motion picture debut in 2006 in the Warner Bros. film A.T.L. He also appeared in the hit Universal film American Gangster opposite Denzel Washington, and guest-starred on HBO’s hit series “Entourage” in 2008. T.I. recently signed a three-picture deal with Screen Gems that will have him both acting in and producing movies.

KW: And how did working with this ensemble turn out? TI: Man, it was an honor and a pleasure.

Music and movies are just the leading edge of T.I.’s entertainment conglomerate. He’s also expanding into comedy tours, the nightclub and restaurant scene, talent management, and record producing. Plus, he has launched his own fashion line, Akoo.

KW: It even has a chase scene with Chris Brown doing some parkour, that French, free-running form of movement popularized in District B-13 and the first James Bond film with Daniel Craig. TI: Yeah, it definitely reads like a fastpaced, high-energy action flick.

Here, he talks about his new movie, Takers, a crime caper abut a gang of bank robbers who decide to pull off one last heist before retiring. The film co-stars Zoe Saldana, Chris Brown, Idris Elba, Paul Walker, Michael Ealy and Hayden Christensen.

KW: How did you prepare for your role? TI: I think the first step in preparing for this or any other role involves developing a clear understanding of the script, and then mentally placing yourself in the scenarios of your character.

Kam Williams: Hey, T.I., thanks for the time. TI: No problem, how you doing? KW: I’m great. The last time we spoke was for the premiere of ATL. So, a lot has happened for you since then. TI: Yeah, right. KW: First of all, congratulations on your wedding last month. You finally made an honest woman of Tameka. Children’s book author Irene Smalls says congrats and wants to know how being married has changed you. TI: [Chuckles] Man, please, we’re here to talk about the movie. It would be wonderful to just talk about the movie. KW: Well then, what interested you in Takers? It seems like you had a hand in every aspect of this project, from acting to the soundtrack to executive producing TI: I was just producing, not executive producing. It was an outstanding experience. I had a phenomenal time, and I’m very, very proud of the outcome. KW: How did you manage to assemble such an accomplished cast? There’s not only Oscar-nominees Matt Dillon and MarianneJean Baptiste, but Zoe Saldana, Hayden Christensen, Idris Elba, Chris Brown, Paul Walker and Jay Hernandez as well. TI: I think that the script did most of the work in terms of attracting the talent, because it was so exciting that everybody jumped at the opportunity not only to work together but to be a part of something we felt had so much potential. 8  NEW YORK TREND  SEPTEMBER 1-15, 2010

KW: I see that people are already calling Takers “T.I. 11” and “The T.I. Job,” allusions to Ocean’s 11 and The Italian Job. How do you feel about that? TI: I mean, man, I’m just pleased to be talked about in the same breath as the elite of action films. You know what I’m saying? The comparison is an honor all in itself. KW: Harriet Pakula Teweles asks, what message do you want audiences to take away from this movie? TI: That there is no good without bad. That karma is real. And that you can’t go through life doing only bad and expect good to come of it. KW: What type of audience do you expect the movie to attract? TI: A very diversified one over a broad spectrum. KW: What is your favorite dish to cook? TI: [Laughs] Man, that’s a tough question to answer. I try to cook whatever the kids and the family want to eat. Let’s see, here… I got a fresh shrimp dish that I prepare fairly well that has become a household favorite. I marinate it in a special parmesan sauce. [Chuckles] KW: When you look in the mirror, what do you see? TI: My reflection. [Laughs] That’s another very difficult question…[Pauses to think] I see the man that I’ve grown to become. KW: Director/author Hisani Dubose says, “As soon as a rap artist, sports figure or actor becomes well known, everyone says they are a role model for kids. How do you feel about that?” TI: I feel that we are all one another’s examples in life. And if my experiences, past and present, can help guide a young person in the right direction, then so be it.

KW: The Nancy Lovell Question: Why do you love doing what you do? TI: I’m just a passionate person by nature. So, I have a lot of love for music, and a drive to succeed in general, be it film, be it fashion, or whatever the case may be. I put a lot of myself in all of my work. That passion carries over into each of my endeavors. KW: The Columbus Short question: Are you happy? TI: [LOL] Absolutely! The happiest I’ve ever been. KW: The Teri Emerson question: When was the last time you had a good laugh? TI: Just now, when you asked me if I was happy. KW: The Tasha Smith question: Are you ever afraid? TI: Not of anything but God. I think fear is a wasted emotion. KW: The bookworm Troy Johnson question: What was the last book you read? TI: The Bible. KW: The music maven Heather Covington question: What are you listening to on your iPod? TI: I listen to a lot of old school R&B. I don’t get many opportunities to listen to much else right noow because we’re in the final stages of the recording process. KW: When will the album be finished? TI: We’re taking the time necessary to dedicate the necessary attention to the marketing and promotion of the movie first. After that, we will completely submerge ourselves into the completion of the album. KW: If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for? TI: Just for healthy, productive, successful lives for my children and the rest of my family. KW: The Ling-Ju Yen question: What is your earliest childhood memory? TI: The first day of school in kindergarten. KW: How would you describe yourself in one word? TI: Loyal.

KW: What is your guiltiest pleasure? TI: I don’t feel the need to feel guilty about any of my pleasures. [Chuckles] KW: What has been the happiest moment of your life? TI: The births of my children. KW: The Tavis Smiley question: How do you want to be remembered? What do you want your legacy to be? TI: Just as a stand-up guy, man, who put his family first, and who put a lot of passion and sincerity into his work. KW: Is there any question no one ever asks you, that you wish someone would? TI: Nah, nah, nah, I think I’ve been asked just about everything you can be asked. KW: The Laz Alonso question: How can your fans help you? TI: [Laughs] They’ve already been helping me throughout my career. Their continued love and support is enough for me. The only other thing outside of that is sharing their honest opinion of what could be done better. Keep it real with me, that’s all. KW: What advice do you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps? TI: If you set out trying to follow in my footsteps, you won’t achieve what I achieved without doing everything I did wrong, too. So, in order to do everything right and end up in a similar position without also making the mistakes I made, you have to aim higher. You have to endeavor to be better than me. On a daily basis, I’m always pushing and challenging myself to be better. KW: Well, thanks again for anther great interview, T.I., and best of luck with the movie and the album. TI: Thank you, Kam. It’s been an absolute pleasure. Later! To see a trailer for Takers, visit: http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=dWLiXfH62w0 To order a copy of T.I.’s new CD, King Uncaged, visit: http://www.amazon.com/ gp/product/B003RDPYEO?ie=UTF8&tag =thslfofire-20&linkCode=as2&camp=17 89&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00 3RDPYEO

KW: The Uduak Oduok question: Who is your favorite clothes designer? TI: I don’t want to sound vain, but that would have to be my own fashion line, Akoo. NEWYORKTRENDONLINE.COM


EDUCATION Nine City Tech Students Named ‘Teachers as Leaders Project’ Scholars and 10th grade students enrolled in a CUNY summer program.

City Tech Teachers as Leaders Project scholars, from left to right: Joseph, Taiwo, Soodeen, McCalmont, Sealy and Emmanuel.

“The scholarship helped keep me and my family afloat so that I could maintain my status as a full-time student,” explains Evita Belmonte, also graduating this fall with a bachelor’s degree in education. Belmonte, who has passed all three teacher certification exams, is already consulting for an education organization. “My goals are to use my knowledge and experience as an education advocate to help my community, especially by helping to teach teachers to teach.”

City Tech alumnus Kurt Sealy was part of the TALP program while a student here and continues as a TALP scholar at another CUNY college, where he is pursuing a double major in political science and English. His shortterm goals are to work in the areas of youth and curriculum development. Further in the future he hopes to earn a PhD in political The nine City Tech students represent the science and go into politics. He gives back largest number of students from the same to his alma mater by volunteering in the City City University of New York (CUNY) college to Tech BMI office. earn the scholarships, which are being offered with the generous support of the Deutsche “The CUNY TALP staff should be applauded Bank Americas Foundation and the Schott for being so responsive and helpful,” he says. Foundation for Public Education. “The internship experience was invaluable for me; as part of it, I visited some Brooklyn In addition to the monetary awards, the public schools and saw first-hand from how students participate in New York State Teacher the pupils related to me that they have a Certification Examination (NYSTCE) workshops need for compassionate, black role models. as well as those in career development, public And that’s exactly what the TALP program is policy and clinical education. In addition, they producing.” are mentored by current and former New York City public school teachers. Other City Tech TALP scholars interested in earning advanced degrees are Andrea Most of the current City Tech TALP scholars Emmanuel, who wants to become an Engwho were part of the program in previous lish professor and writer after earning a PhD, semesters have passed all three teacher cer- and Travion Joseph, an applied mathematics tification exams. The others, whose major’s major at City Tech who wants to study physrange from applied mathematics, computer ics or engineering. systems, liberal arts and sciences, and human services, will attend workshops this fall and Two of the more junior City Tech TALP then take the NYSTCE. scholars are Sherma A. Soodeen, human services major and mother of four children The students and the neighborhoods in between the ages of five and 14, and Michael which they reside are as follows: Taiwo, a nursing major, who plans to teach medical math. Salim Arfaoui (Massapequa Park, Long Island) As a TALP scholar, Marlon Bailey, who has Marlon Bailey (Jamaica, Queens) passed all three certification exams, went Evita Belmonte (Whitestone, Queens) to Germany and learned how that country’s Andrea Emmanuel (East Flatbush, Brook- education system works. “I found similarities lyn) between the German system and the CaribGemma Hyacinth (Crown Heights, Brook- bean system I was raised on,” he explains. lyn) “The experience was an eye-opener for me, Travion K. Joseph (Far Rockaway, Queens) like so much of the TALP program has been. Mark McCalmont (East New York, Brook- We’ve been given so many opportunities. I lyn) can’t thank the CUNY BMI and City Tech BMI Sherma A. Soodeen (South Richmond Hill, people enough.” Queens) Michael Taiwo (Flatbush, Brooklyn) The largest public college of technology in New York State, New York City College of For many of these students, the $2,500 Technology (City Tech) of The City University scholarship, renewable for up to eight semes- of New York enrolls more than 15,400 stuters of full-time study, is their only source of dents in 62 baccalaureate, associate and spefunding. cialized certificate programs. An additional 15,000 students annually enroll in continuing “The program has been a stepping stone education and workforce development proto my career,” says Mark McCalmont, who is grams. Located at 300 Jay Street in Downgraduating this fall with a bachelor’s degree town Brooklyn, City Tech is at the MetroTech in education. “All of the activities we partici- Center academic and commercial complex, pate in are preparing us to be good teachers. convenient to public transportation. I don’t know how I would get through college without it,” Nine New York City College of Technology (City Tech) Black Male Initiative (BMI) students have received Teachers as Leaders Project (TALP) scholarship awards to cover their tuition and education-related expenses for the fall 2010 semester.

Legislator Abrahams Celebrates Back to School with ABBA

Having already passed all three certification examinations, McCalmont plans to teach high school math and technology-related subjects. Through TALP, he has already gained invaluable experience in the field. Besides his required internship, he recently tutored 9th

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Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams joined the fun and anticipation with ABBA (Able Body of Believers Alliance) during their Back to School Celebration on August 21, 2020 at the Judea United Baptist Church in Hempstead. Children received a backpack filled with school supplies, there were refreshments, entertainment and special gifts for all to enjoy. Also attending with Legislator Abrahams were Village of Hempstead Mayor Wayne Hall, Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice, Pastor Lynwood Dean and Rev. Reginald Benjamin the ABBA Executive Director. Legislator Abrahams is pictured with the children and Rev. Reginald Benjamin. SEPTEMBER 1-15, 2010  NEW YORK TR TREND  9


SEEN ON THE SCENE 2010 National Urban League Centennial Conference Highlights

This historic summer in Washington, DC, the NUL Centennial Conference brought together an extraordinary group of the nation’s leading business, community, and political figures to celebrate a monumental milestone-100 years of empowering communities and changing lives. The conference featured such speakers as President Barack Obama, Maya Angelou, Soledad O’ Brien, Reverend Al Sharpton, and many more. Photojournalist Margot Jordan was on the scene to capture some images.

Marc Morial President & CEO National Urban League introduces The Honorable President Barack H. Obama

Ty Stone Adams (Macy’s), honoree Noel Hankin - Sr. VP Moet Hennessy USA, Lasha Rivers and Christina M. Fulton of Macy’s

Common and Dr. Maya Angelou gave a Centennial Presentation at the State of the Urban League Address.

Fantastia Barrino rocks the National Urban League Benefit Concert

2010 National Urban League Centennial Conference Whitney M. Young, Jr. Awards Gala Living Legend honoree actress Alfre Woodard with (l) John D. Hofmeister Chairman, National Urban League and Marc Morial (r) President and CEO National Urban League

Earvin Magic Johnson receives the Living Legend Award at the 2010 Nations Urban League Centennial Conference Whitney M. Young, Jr. Awards Gala.

Cornel West Ph.D. and Rev. Jesse Jackson Jr. enjoy a Centennial Performance

Historic NUL Centennial photo taken at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden to kick off the State of the Urban League Address.

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FILMSTRIP Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

New York City. With Christina Applegate, of the undead. Cast includes Boris Kodjoe, Ali Larter and Kim Coates. Ron Livingston and Kelli Garner.

By Kam Williams

By Kam Williams Flipped (PG for mild epithets and mature themes) Puppy love drama about a 2nd grader (Madeline Carroll) whose enduring crush on a cute classmate (Callan McAuliffe) goes unrequited for a half dozen years until the script is flipped when she starts to lose interest just as he finally begins to fall for her. With Rebecca De Mornay, Anthony Edwards and Aidan Quinn. The Last Exorcism (PG-13 for mature themes, sexual references, terror and disturbing violence) “Found footage” horror flick about a crooked evangelical minister (Patrick Fabian) who decides to come clean by allowing a documentary filmmaker to shoot him performing another phony exorcism on a gullible subject only to get the shock of his life when the teenager (Iris Bahr) he’s been summoned to help turns out to be truly possessed. With Louis Herthum, Ashley Bell and Tony Bentley.

Machete (R for profanity, sexuality, nudity and pervasive graphic violence) Revenge thriller about a renegade hit man (Danny Trejo) who embarks on a bloody rampage after being fleeced by a drug kingpin (Steven Seagal) and double-crossed by the Texas businessman (Jeff Fahey) who hired him to assassinate a Senator (Robert De Niro) sending illegal aliens back to Mexico. With Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Alba, Don Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and Cheech Takers (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality, Marin. partial nudity and intense violence) Crime caper about a very successful gang of bank robbers (Chris Brown T.I., Idris Elba, Paul Walker, Michael Ealy and Hayden Christensen) who decide to pull off one last heist before retiring only to come up against a hard-boiled detective (Matt Dillon) intent on cracking the case. With Zoe Saldana, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Jay Hernandez.

Top Ten DVD Releases

The Romantics (PG-13 for profanity, drug use, sexuality and partial nudity) Love triangle comedy revolving around the tensions reignited the night before the wedding when the bride (Anna Paquin) and her maid of honor (Katie Holmes) resume a fight over the groom (Josh Duhamel) they first started in college. Ensemble includes Candace Bergen, Elijah Wood, Malin Akerman and Adam Brody. The Virginity Hit (R for nudity, sexuality, crude humor, pervasive profanity and drug and alcohol abuse) Titillating teensploit about four best friends (Matt Bennett, Zack Pearlman, Jacob Davich and Justin Kline) who decide not only to lose their virginity but to videotape each other in the midst of the rite of passage. With Krysta Rodriguez, Nicole Weaver, Savannah Welch and Tina Parker as the objects of their injection.

Ajami The Least among You City Island The Age of Stupid Adventures at School Chuck Close Instant Expert: The Story of Oil Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg Dorian Gray The Square Honorable Mention Addicted to Her Love Five Little Monkeys Instant Expert: Ben Franklin Private Pawn Stars: Season Two The Bad Mother’s Handbook Red vs. Blue Season 7: Recreation Why Did I Get Married Too? House, M.D. Season Six The Best of Soul Train Icarly: Ispace Out Biracial, Not Black, Damn It! Water Wars Beyonce’: The Ultimate Performer Thriller: The Complete Series Beatdown For My Wife Videocracy Wade in the Water Children Killers Solitary Man The Ed Sullivan Shows Starring the Beatles The Photograph Rio Breaks I Am from Titov Veles Renee Fleming & Dmitri Hvorostovsky in Concert Soundtracker

The Winning Season (PG-13 for profanity, sexual references, alcohol abuse, smoking and mature themes) Sports comedy about a divorced, deadbeat dad (Sam Rockwell) who makes the most of a shot at redemption after taking a job coaching a girls’ high school basketball team whose members give him some good advice about how to relate to his estranged teenaged daughter (Shana Dowdeswell). Cast The American (R for violence, sexuality includes Emma Roberts, Shareeka Epps, and nudity) George Clooney stars in the Mara Rooney and Rob Corddry. title role of this international thriller as an assassin who reports to a tiny Italian town Legendary (PG-13 for fight scenes, for his last assignment before retiring only suggestive material and brief nudity) to befriend a priest (Paolo Bonacelli) and Overcoming-the-odds saga, set in Sallisaw woo a local lass (Violante Placido) against Oklahoma, about a 15 year-old, 98-pound his better judgment while awaiting fur- weakling (Devon Graye) who enlists the ther instructions from his Belgian contact assistance of his long-estranged brother (Thekla Reuten). (In English and Italian with (John Cena) to train him as a wrestler as a subtitles) way of reuniting the family a decade after the tragic car accident which claimed the Going the Distance (R for sexuality, pro- life of their father. With Patricia Clarkson as fanity, drug use and brief nudity) Bicoastal their still-grieving mom and Danny Glover romantic comedy about the trials and trib- as a mysterious sage. ulations of a journalist (Drew Barrymore) and a music scout (Justin Long) trying to Resident Evil Afterlife (R for profanity maintain their relationship after she moves and graphic violence) Milla Jovovich repristo San Francisco while he stays behind in es the lead role in 4th installment of the grisly zombie franchise now set in an L.A. ravaged by the virus infection where she must again lead a hardy band of survivors in a high body-count battle against legions

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PROFILE « When He Speaks, You Will Listen!: Trendsetter Kevin Boston -Hill By Rachel Breton

Patrick Hendricks in his office

Patrick Hendricks: City Agency Account Manager By Donna Lamb For Patrick Hendricks, it all started with a visit. In the mid 1990s, he traveled from his home on the outskirts of Georgetown, Guyana to see his mother and stepfather, Jennifer and Henry Douglas, in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

During the visit, Henry asked Patrick what he wanted to do with his future. Patrick replied that he wanted to go to college. He returned home to Guyana, and a few months later Henry called and asked him if he would like to start college in the United States. He was offering to pay for it. Patrick responded enthusiastically that he would get there the next day if necessary. He tied up his loose ends and flew back to New York. From the entrance exams onward, it was clear to Patrick that having been educated in the British system in Guyana was a definite plus; it had prepared him well to succeed in US colleges. He recalls looking over the math questions on an entrance exam and realizing they were problems he had mastered in his first year of high school. He was easily accepted into college and attended for six straight years from 1997 to 2003, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems and a master’s in information systems.

Driven by a strong desire to help others find their potential, Kevin Boston-Hill, an acclaimed author and highly sought after motivational speaker, is committed to sharing his knowledge and experience with audiences of all ages, backgrounds and affiliations. Mr. Boston-Hill, who is a resident of West Hempstead and has been an educator in New York since 1996, also serves as the President & CEO of KBH Enterprises, Inc., a full service public speaking company where he conducts professional training and development workshops. He is also the 1st place award recipient of the Toastmasters International 2009 Area Speech Evaluation & Area International Speech competitions. Kevin recalls that even at an early age, people would come to him seeking sage advice and to benefit from his knowledge. “I was always told that I had an ‘old soul’,” he remembers. It was this same precocious insight that enabled him to speak far beyond his years. Today, he continues to share his wisdom with listeners in forums nationwide offering strategies on leadership and success, and the keys to achieving your goals. Kevin expresses how much he values the art of communication, “My motto is ‘Communication is the Cornerstone of Success!’ Communication serves

as the platform to achieving our goals and aspirations.” Mr. Boston-Hill is also a contributing author to the recently published book You Can Make It To The Top. The book focuses on how to define success, how champions deal with setbacks, and how individuals can discover their passion, purpose and path in life. When Kevin is not teaching or speaking in front of packed audiences across the country, he is using his powerful voice as a voice actor. He has recorded several audio and video projects that have been used for professional development and training purposes. In his spare time, Kevin can be seen officiating basketball, softball and volleyball games for all age groups. Kevin is committed to building connections and motivating the people he comes into contact with on a daily basis. He also believes in the power of “giving back” and consistently supports his community through humanitarian and philanthropic efforts. For additional information about Kevin Boston-Hill and for a calendar of his upcoming speaking engagements, please visit www.kbhspeaks.com.

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Patrick also fell in love with his adopted city and nation. “Believe it or not, it was the infrastructure,” he explains. “Coming from a developing nation like Guyana, what first endeared me to this country were the roads and buildings. I remember the first time I saw a highway overpass and underpass. The structure fascinated me. I also loved the architecture of New York’s tall buildings.” There were things, too, Patrick saw that surprised, even shocked him. He points out that people in other parts of the world usually see America through the eyes of television and other media, which give the impression that the US is a Utopia where everyone wears new clothes and drives brandnew fancy cars. “But when you come to this country, you realize that’s not the case,” he says. “Even though my mother and stepfather would tell me not to believe everything I saw on TV, it was still a shock to see the reality of the poverty in some neighborhoods.” Another thing that was a real eye-opener for Patrick was the level of anti-immigrant feeling harbored by some US-born people. He is very glad this sentiment isn’t evident in everybody. The main thing he wants people to understand about immigrants such as himself is that “we are hardworking, decent, fair-minded individuals with the same dreams and aspirations as American-born people. We don’t want to take anything away from anybody. We’re here to work hard and contribute as much as possible to the US because it has given us a standard of living most of us wouldn’t have had the chance to achieve in our native countries.” Patrick Hendricks loves his job as an account manager at a city agency. “One of the greatest things about it is that on a daily basis I get to interact with people from different cultures and all walks of life, both customers and my colleagues on the job,” he states. “Each person brings a unique perspective, which makes the work exceedingly interesting.” Patrick and his wife have a seven-year-old son and a three-year-old daughter. He’s very glad for the myriad of opportunities that will be available to them as they grow up in this country. He hopes they will avail themselves of these opportunities fully.

Rachel Breton is the President and CEO of THE NOTEWORTHY GROUP, LLC.

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HEALTH Affordable Care Act Offers Prescription Drug Cost Relief to 63,217 Medicare Beneficiaries in New York New Law Offers One-Time, $250 Rebate Checks for Eligible Medicare Beneficiaries in the Medicare Part D Donut Hole U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that the third round of onetime, tax-free $250 rebate checks have been mailed to eligible Medicare beneficiaries whose drug costs are so high they have reached the Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage gap known as the “donut hole.” Experts estimate that more than a quarter of Part D enrollees hit the donut hole and often stop following their drug regimen as a result of the added cost burden. The $250 rebates will go a long way in preventing seniors from having to make such difficult and almost certainly harmful health decisions. In New York, 63,217 seniors and persons with disabilities who rely on Medicare for access to health care have received new help with their prescription drug costs to date, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Across the country, more than 750,000 Medicare beneficiaries have already received checks this year, and more beneficiaries will be receiving checks in the coming months as they enter the coverage gap. “High prescription drugs costs are a problem for many seniors and other Medicare enrollees with limited incomes,” said Secretary Sebelius. “These checks are an important first step in helping them afford the medications they need – and are evidence of how Americans are already seeing the very real benefits of the Affordable Care Act. From strengthening the longterm future of Medicare as evidenced by the recent Medicare Trustees report, to saving seniors and the disabled money on everything from prescription drug costs to preventive services, the Affordable Care Act is helping to preserve and protect Medicare.” The rebate checks will partly close the donut hole this year, with the $250 onetime checks for beneficiaries who enter the gap. In 2011, the Affordable Care Act takes an additional step for Medicare beneficiaries in the donut hole by providing them with a 50 percent discount on their brand name medications. Every year from 2011 to 2020, the Affordable Care Act will take progressive steps to close the donut hole. In addition to savings on prescription drugs, the new law takes a series of steps to strengthen Medicare. Under the Affordable Care Act: Medicare beneficiaries will receive free preventive care services like mammograms and certain colon cancer tests and a free annual physical starting in 2011; By 2018, seniors can expect to save on average almost $200 per year in premiums compared to what they would have paid without the new law, and most beneficiaries will also see a significant reduction in their Medicare coinsurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act; and The life of the Medicare Trust Fund is extended by 12 years. “These checks represent just one way that Medicare is going to work better for seniors and persons with disabilities under the Affordable Care Act,” said Don Berwick, administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. “Seniors will see lower prescription drug costs when they are in the donut hole, preventive services and annual wellness visits without cost-sharing, and higher quality care. And our efforts to crack down on fraud and waste are making beneficiaries safer and Medicare stronger NEWYORKTRENDONLINE.COM

HIV Testing Is Now a Routine Part of Health Care in New York

financially, adding years to the Medicare trust funds.”

HIV Testing Is Now a Routine Part of joins the 45 states that have acted on this Health Care in New York important recommendation.

“Often, seniors reach the donut hole because they are on costly medications to help them manage chronic conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes,” said Kathy Greenlee, assistant secretary for aging. “These checks will help America’s seniors afford the medications they need to manage those illnesses, keeping them healthy and improving their quality of life.”

Voluntary HIV testing is now part of routine medical care in the state of New York. As of today, due to a change in New York’s State Public Health Law, New York residents receiving health services at most medical facilities should now expect to be offered a voluntary HIV test. With limited exceptions, the new State law requires health care professionals to offer all patients between the ages of 13 to 64 a voluntary HIV test. The law applies to anyone receiving treatment for a non-life-threatening condition in a hospital, a hospital emergency department or a primary care setting, such as a doctor’s office or outpatient clinic.

Medicare beneficiaries who do not already receive Medicare’s Extra Help receive these checks automatically in the mail when they reach the donut hole; there is no requirement to sign up. Seniors should never give out personal information to anyone who is not a trusted source. Seniors are encouraged to contact 1-800-MEDICARE to report any solicitations of personal information, or go to www.stopmedicarefraud.gov to learn about how the Affordable Care Act helps to protect seniors from scams and safeguard taxpayer dollars. to 2020, the Affordable Care Act will take progressive steps to close the donut hole. In addition to savings on prescription drugs, the new law takes a series of steps to strengthen Medicare. Under the Affordable Care Act: Medicare beneficiaries will receive free preventive care services like mammograms and certain colon cancer tests and a free annual physical starting in 2011; By 2018, seniors can expect to save on average almost $200 per year in premiums compared to what they would have paid without the new law, and most beneficiaries will also see a significant reduction in their Medicare coinsurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act; and The life of the Medicare Trust Fund is extended by 12 years. “These checks represent just one way that Medicare is going to work better for seniors and persons with disabilities under the Affordable Care Act,” said Don Berwick, administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. “Seniors will see lower prescription drug costs when they are in the donut hole, preventive services and annual wellness visits without cost-sharing, and higher quality care. And our efforts to crack down on fraud and waste are making beneficiaries safer and Medicare stronger financially, adding years to the Medicare trust funds.”

The new law also simplifies the process for consenting to a voluntary HIV test. Under the state’s old law, patients had to provide specific written consent before receiving a test. The newly amended law lets patients give oral consent if the test will produce results within an hour. The patient’s consent must be documented in the patient’s medical record, and the provider must share seven specified points of information about HIV. Patients must still provide written consent for HIV tests that don’t yield results within an hour, but the process has been simplified. Consent for HIV testing can now be included in a patient’s general consent for routine medical care, as long as the consent form lets patients opt out of HIV testing. “This State law will have its greatest impact here in New York City, where more than 107,000 residents are living with HIV/ AIDS and thousands more do not know they are infected,” said Dr. Thomas Farley, New York City Health Commissioner. “These people may not be receiving the care they need and may be unknowingly infecting their partners. If you are not offered an HIV test the next time you visit a health care provider and you want to know your status, ask for it.” Statewide, a third of HIV-positive people learn their status only after reaching advanced stages of infection. In 2006, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended routine testing so that infected people could get diagnosed earlier and take steps to preserve their own health and protect others. With this revision of the State Public Health Law, New York

Under the new law, providers must link people with positive test results to care and treatment if they consent. The requirements apply to physicians and physician assistants, internal medicine providers, family medicine and pediatric practitioners, primary care obstetrician-gynecologists, nurse practitioners and midwives. “Past New York City initiatives have highlighted the benefits of routine HIV testing,” said New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane, the legislation’s prime sponsor. “The Health and Hospitals Corporation’s pilot testing project and the Health Department’s “Bronx Knows” initiative both showed that when HIV testing becomes a routine part of medical care, the number of people who know their status increases and the stigma surrounding HIV and HIV testing declines. With this law now in effect, the whole state of New York should start to experience those benefits.” “We hope New Yorkers will take advantage of this law and view HIV testing as part of routine, quality medical care,” said Dr. Monica Sweeney, assistant commissioner for the Health Department’s Bureau of HIV/ AIDS Prevention and Control. “We all need to know our status, and the only way to know it is to get tested.” Governor David Paterson signed S8227 into law on July 30, 2010. The legislation amended New York State Public Health Law Articles 21 and 27-F that govern HIV testing and confidentiality in the state. People under 18 do not need parental consent to be tested for HIV or other sexually transmitted infections. Physicians in New York City are required to report positive diagnoses to the NYC Health Department, and laboratories are required to report HIV-positive cases to the New York State Health Department. But like all other medical information, HIV tests results – whether positive or negative – are kept strictly confidential in accordance with the law. Any New York City resident can get a free HIV test at one of the Health Department’s STD or TB clinics. For a complete list of locations throughout the city, call 311 or visit www.nyc.gov/health./hivtesting.

“Often, seniors reach the donut hole because they are on costly medications to help them manage chronic conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes,” said Kathy Greenlee, assistant secretary for aging. “These checks will help America’s seniors afford the medications they need to manage those illnesses, keeping them healthy and improving their quality of life.” Medicare beneficiaries who do not already receive Medicare’s Extra Help receive these checks automatically in the mail when they reach the donut hole; there is no requirement to sign up. Seniors should never give out personal information to anyone who is not a trusted source. Seniors are encouraged to contact 1-800-MEDICARE to report any solicitations of personal information, or go to www.stopmedicarefraud.gov to learn about how the Affordable Care Act helps to protect seniors from scams and safeguard taxpayer dollars.

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BY THE BOOK Say It Loud! Great Speeches on Civil Rights and African-American Identity Edited by Catherine Ellis and Stephen Drury Smith Book Review By Kam Williams “This is the second anthology of great speeches by African-Americans meant for the eye and ear. Our first book/CD project, Say It Plain, chronicled an array of black leaders across the 20th Century exhorting the nation to make good on its promise of democracy. This collection opens in the middle years of the modern Civil Rights Movement. It captures speeches by an eclectic mix of African-American orators arguing about how best to pursue freedom and equality in a nation still deeply marked by racial inequalities. Say It Loud is titled after the classic 1969 James Brown anthem ‘Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud.’ This anthology is meant to illuminate the evolution of ideas and debates pulsing through the black freedom struggle from the 1960s to the present and the way these arguments are suffused with basic questions about what it means to be black in America.” -- Excerpted from the Preface (pg. ix) Five years ago, Catherine Ellis and Stephen Drury Smith published an anthology comprised of many of the greatest civil rights speeches delivered by AfricanAmerican leaders in the 20th Century, including classic orations by Dr. Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael, Thurgood Marshall, Minister Louis Farrakhan, Julian

Bond and Fannie Lou Hamer, to name a few. Now, the authors are publishing book number two, but the question becomes, what do you do for an encore when you’ve

already used up a lot of the best stuff? Well, it looks like maybe you look over to the right, politically, and add to the mix addresses by some relatively-conservative black folks to feature next to the usual suspects such as Dr. King, Malcolm X, Roy

Wilkins, Bobby Seale and Angela Davis. What does it mean when alongside these firebrands we find the words of Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Ward Connerly, who built his career by appealing not to fellow African-Americans but to right-wing white zealots? The text delivers an almost whiplash effect when you go from Malcolm’s urgent call for the right to vote or violent revolution in “The Ballot or the Bullet” to Connerly’s Uncle Tom-like, if heartfelt, answer to the inquiry “Why is this black man leading the effort to eliminate affirmative action?” The opus appropriately closes with Barack Obama’s campaign-saving speech from March of 2008 when the then presidential hopeful claimed he could no more disown Reverend Wright than his racist grandmother. How historic could that be if he proceeded to throw his minister of under the bus a couple of weeks later? It’s like Dr. King changing his mind about his March on Washington summation about judging people not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. A bonus is that the book arrives with a CD containing excerpts of each of the speeches except one (Ossie Davis’ eulogy for Malcolm X). Overall, an alternately worthy and bizarre sequel suggesting we’ve actually arrived at a post- racial

Zane Presents... COLOR ME GREY by Michelle Janine Robinson is the incredible tale of a woman who gives birth to twins-from two different fathers. WHEN THE TRUTH LIES by Timothy Michael Carson tells the story of four individuals –Michael, Brandon, Uniyah and Tyrone-who are in the pursuit of love, happiness and success until their lives collide and threaten to destroy everything they’ve worked so hard to achieve. Only the Truth knows. But what happens When the Truth Lies? MURDER IN THE HAMPTONS by Danita Carter, the worlds of music, money, and murder intersect when a rapper and his unruly crew move into an elite community in the Hamptons. DUPLICITY by Oasis, character Parrish discovers that everyone in his life, including his wife, is hell bent on his destruction and will go to great lengths to engineer his downfall. All books published through Atria/ Strebor Books.

Hair Power Skin Revolution: A Collection of Poems and Personal Essays By Black and Mixed-Race Women Edited by Nicole Moore Book Review By Kam Williams Hair Power Skin Revolution: A Collection of Poems and Personal Essays By Black and Mixed-Race Women Edited by Nicole Moore Book Review by Kam Williams “I can honestly say I have a passion for language… I enjoy writing and editing, and I write every day… The purpose of this collection is to offer the creative expressions of 48 black and mixed-race women writers whose vices are among those defining this new era of contemporary black British literature... The writers offer empowering, encouraging and creative ways of under-

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standing and relating to the themes of hair and skin. The personal essay genre is more than 400 years-ld and is one of my favourite ways t express honesty, the past, expansions of the self, and much more. It certainly should be celebrated.” Excerpted from the Introduction (pgs. xi-xiv) Judging by the inspirational poems and essays contained in this anthology, sisters over in England are enthusiastically embracing their natural hair and skin tones. That’s assuming these female contributors to be a representative sample of black and bi-racial Brits, as they are generally quite comfortable with how they look, as opposed to devoting a lot of time to trying to measure up to a Caucasian standard of beauty. Not that this mindset always came very easily. For Hair Power Skin Revolution is filled with plenty of heartfelt testimonials about arriving at self-liberation only after having tried a rigorous regimen of hair relaxers and/or skin lighteners. Edited by Nicole Moore, the book is comprised of the reflections of a very gifted group of writers, each of whom has an intimate tale of enlightenment to share. For example, Patsy Antoine admits that “I hated my roots” and “despising my kink,” sadly believing “I was acceptable only if I mirrored the ‘dream’ images that left no room for tightly wound curls.” She goes on to explain that, fortunately, nine years ago,

“I embraced my ‘fro” because “my hair is so much more than decorative, it is the very thing that connects me to who I am.” Christine Collymore talks about how, “As a child, my hair was mine but not under my control.” Consequently, her head was subjected to a host of chemicals and curly perms until, as an adult, she finally managed to undo the harmful socialization that had left her hating her natural hair. Another entry I found fascinating was that of Donna-Marie Glashen who stopped using a line of cosmetics designed for African-American women which contained bleach because it left her face blotchy. A special treat is how Hair Power Skin Revolution also features photos of many of the authors. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, these priceless portraits serve as living proof that sisters can often be even more beautiful than ever when walking the Earth as God intended. Hair Power Skin Revolution: A Collection of Poems and Personal Essays Troubadour Publishing Ltd. The New Press Paperback, $19.95 214 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-184876-393-7 To order a copy of Hair Power Skin Revolution, visit: http://www.amazon.com/gp/p roduct/184876393X?ie=UTF8&tag=thslfofi re-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creativ e=390957&creativeASIN=184876393X

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TRAVEL Blue Ridge Parkway By Jim Weaver Seventy five years ago, the nation was in the midst of the Great Depression. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was desperately looking for ways to put men back to work. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was one of his best programs designed to do just that. The national park system was just being established. The Shenandoah National Park, in northwest Virginia had been operating since 1926, but the Great Smokey Mountain National Park had just opened. Government leaders in Virginia were able to convince President Roosevelt that a road should be built connecting the two parks (about 500 miles apart) along a scenic mountain ridge.

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The road would be designated the Blue Ridge Parkway and CCC workers would build. Construction work began 75 years ago, although the project was not complete until the early 1980s. Today, it is one of the most popular scenic roadways in the world with millions of visitors each year. The narrow winding two lane roads with a 35 mph speed limit is not what you want if you are in a hurry to get somewhere, but if you are looking for exceptional scenic views at every turn, in all seasons, than the Blue Ridge Parkway is your kind of road.

condo apartment here or buy one, if you prefer. Wintergreen also has a fine restaurant and a luxurious spa. Learn more at www.wintergreenresort.com. Lexington, Virginia, is a historic town just off the Parkway, best known as the home of the Virginia Military Institute and Washington & Lee University. It’s possible to tour both schools and well worth the time. There is a walkable downtown district with a number of interesting shops, but the highlight of my visit to Lexington was dinner at The Red Hen. Learn more at www. redhenlex.com and wwwlexingtonvirginia. com. Where you find mountains, it’s likely you’ll also find caverns. There are several in the area, but one of the best known is Luray Caverns. See www.laurayvaverns. com. The world famous Natural Bridge is located here too. In fact, the Parkway runs right over the top of it. It’s an interesting natural rock formation and worth visiting. Perhaps the best part of this attraction, however, is the Indian Village located there. It’s an authentic representation 18th century Indian camp site hand built by local tribal members who have gathered the materials in the area and constructed the site as it would have been in centuries past. The interpreters are Native American and excellent. See www.naturalbridge.com. The City of Roanoke was my next stop. Once a major railroad center, it’s now an economically diverse vibrant urban center. Its newest attraction is the spectacular Taubman Art Museum. Its futuristic architectural design dominates a new city skyline. The museum’s exhibits and permanent collection are exceptional and the gallery space is outstanding. It’s a must see when you visit Roanoke. View www.taubmanartmuseum. org and www.visitroanokeva,com.

nearby and the event takes on a life of its own. There are also concerts on Saturday and Sunday here. Although, there is only one traffic signal in the entire county, the place attracts numerous tourists in the summer. There is a new hotel, several good restaurants, and a couple of quality craft and art galleries. Another Floyd County stop worth visiting is Mabry Mill; it’s a picturesque old mill in operation 1910 to 1935 and made famous by artists and photographers the world over. A trail takes visitors to the gristmill, sawmill, and blacksmith shop. Old-time skills are demonstrated in the summer. Western Virginia is wine country and there are numerous wineries along the Parkway. One of the very best is Château Morrisette located near Floyd. Both the wine and the restaurant are exceptional. See www.thedogs.com.

Lexington, KY, To Host World Equestrian Games in September

world championships for eight equestrian sports -- show jumping, dressage, eventing (racing, etc.), driving, endurance, vaulting, reining and para-equestrian. The Games are held every four years and this is the first time it has been held outside Europe.

is host to a number of special events and horse shows including the Rolex Three Day Event, and Pony Club Championships. In addition, Kentucky Horse Park has been a retirement home for some of the world’s greatest competition horses.

The FEI is the international governing body of equestrian sport recognized by the International Olympic Committee. With 130 member countries, FEI establishes the rules and regulations for all international equestrian events. The first World Games” were held in Stockholm, Sweden in 1990. Since then the events have been held in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, and Germany. The 2006 games in Germany drew 800 athletes, 850 competing horses, and an estimated 570,000 spectators. Organizers of the Lexington event are expecting even larger numbers with as many as a million spectators over the two weeklong events.

The National Horse Center located here is headquarters for more than a dozen organizations including American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Farrier’s Association, American Hackney Horse Society, American Hanoverian Society, American Saddlebred Horse Association, Carriage Association of America, and Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.

The Kentucky Horse Park (where the World Equestrian Games will be held) is a working horse farm and an educational theme park that opened in 1978. Open to the public, the equestrian facility is a 1,224-acre landscaped park with two large museums, a race track, several demonstration and performance areas, and open stables. A twice daily Parade of Breeds showcases both common and rare horses from across the globe. Each year the park

With over 38,000 square feet of exhibition space, the museum explores the history of the horse and its unique relationship with humans through history. Permanent exhibitions highlight the history of the horse from ancient times to the many popular sporting events of today.

From September 25 to October 10, Lexington will host the world’s most important horse event the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010. It will feature the

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See www.arcadyvineyard.com. To learn more about the Parkway see www.blueridgeparkway.org. Begin your trip to Virginia at www.virginia.org.

Near the Parkway and just a few miles from North Carolina is Olde Mill Golf Resort. The spectacular mountain setting offers one of the most challenging and beautiful golfing experience to be had anywhere. There’s also fine restaurant, fitness center, indoor pool, tennis courts, pro shop, plus luxury rental and purchase condos and vacation homes. See www.oldemill.net.

Our next stop along the Blue Ridge Parkway was in Floyd, Virginia. Floyd County is the “Cradle of Old Time Appalachian Music” and in no place is this more evident than at the Floyd Country Store. A jamboree is held here every Friday night that attracts many hundreds of musician, dancers, and followers of this American musical form. Crowds spill over into the streets and parking lots

More than anything else, Lexington, Kentucky, is known for great horses. World famous horse farms and stables can be found nearby. Farms that have produced such famous racing winners like Man of War, Secretariat, and many more. The city proudly proclaims itself as the “Horse Capital of the World.”

The Blue Ridge Parkway region is exceptional wine country with about twenty wineries located near Charlottesville. The best way to visit them is to take a wine tour and one of the best tours is operated by Arcady Vineyard. .

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Part of the Parkway’s great attraction is also what there is along it. Travelers need several days to drive the road and to visit the many attractions nearby. We began at Wintergreen, a spectacular year-round resort community high in the mountains that offers great skiing in the winter and great golfing in the remainder of the year. You can rental a full size vacation home or

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Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland home is far less grand, but still worth your time. James Madison and his wife Dolly’s home, Montpelier, is more than an hour drive north of Charlottesville, but well worth the trip. A major restoration project is nearing completion and the historic home has been returned to the way it was when Madison’s lived here. See www.montpelier.org and also see www.pursuecharlottesville.com.

Charlottesville is located near the northern end of the Parkway and an important travel destination in itself. Three of our nation’s “Founding Fathers” lived nearby and you can visit their homes. Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello is the best known and has a fine new visitor’s center. James

Since 1978, the International Museum of the Horse located here has been committed to educating visitors about the relationship between man and the horse throughout history

Culture of the Arabian Horse.” This exceptional exhibit explores the impact of the horse, and particularly the Ababian horse, on Near Eastern civilizations, while also illuminating the rich and varied cultures of the region. Contemporary art exhibitions focus on the talents of equine artists around the globe and give talented local equine artists much needed exposure to a worldwide audience. A second museum here is dedicated to the single breed. This is the Kentucky Horse Park’s “Showplace for Saddlebreds.” An extensive renovation of this museum completed just this year allows visitors to experience Kentucky’s oldest native breed of horse at its finest. Known as “The Horse America Made,” the American Saddlebred has played an important role in our nation’s history. That history, along with awardwinning movies and unique, interactive exhibits are featured here. The Kentucky Horse Park has an excellent website at <www.kyhorsepark.com>. Visitors to the area should begin their travel planning at <www.visitlex.com>.

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5TH ANNUAL GARDINER MEMORIAL BASKETBALL CLASSIC BROUGHT NON-STOP ACTION, ENTERTAINMENT AND SUPPORT TO THE BRONX

Four College-Bound Community Members Awarded $1,500 Scholarships

the 5th Annual Gardiner Memorial Basketball Classic Tournament and the Gardiner Foundation for giving our youth the tools to build a better future through education and sports.”

The Bronx was full of fun and excitement as the 5th Annual Gardiner Memorial Basketball Classic Tournament, sponsored by Lawyertime.com, was held in St. James Park. Thousands of spectators came throughout this two day event to enjoy live entertainment, free food and beverages, high flying basketball action, and most importantly, to show support for their fellow community members in need.

The tournament, which is the Gardiner Family Foundation’s major event, was founded by Dexter Gardiner in memory of family members who passed away in 2006. After losing his mother and sister in 2006, he lost five family members and a close friend in an automobile accident on the Bronx River Parkway in July of that year. He started this foundation to help financially and emotionally support those in the community who have lost a loved one. Opening Tipoff

Saturday was filled with four electrifying games that saw monster jams, amazing ball-handling and hard-fought competition. New York Knicks legend John Starks tossed up the opening tip-off, and Assemblyman Michael Benjamin and his wife stopped by to honor the Gardiner Foundation for their continued support of the community. Sunday’s rain didn’t stop the crowds from coming out to catch the live entertainment, semi-final action and the youth 12 and under all-star game. Most importantly, the Bronx came together to honor their neighbors who have lost loved ones throughout the year and to support and encourage the youth of the community. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and NBA Superstar Ben Gordon were on hand to show their support by helping the Gardiner Foundation and Lawyertime.com hand out four $1,500 scholarships, presented by the Gardiner Foundation, to college-bound high school seniors and raffling off seven laptops to local youth members. Forty-eight backpacks filled with school supplies were also handed out to youth in the community that attended the festivities. “The Bronx is very proud to host this great tournament once again, an event that started after tragedy but that today represents the strength and values of our residents,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “I share the passion for basketball and the passion for helping our youth with Dexter Gardiner, and want to thank him and all the people involved with

Gardiner met Jeff Korek, a partner at Lawyertime.com, a few years ago when they played in the same amateur basketball league. As Korek and Gardiner continued to play basketball together, Korek learned about The Gardiner Foundation and amazing work it was doing for the community. After sharing this information with the rest of the firm, they immediately wanted to help, and have been the title sponsors for the past two years. “We love seeing everyone compete for a good cause, and we are excited to present these four deserving students with these scholarships,” said Korek. “The Gardiner Family Foundation does fantastic work in the community and we are honored to be a part of this tournament again.” The weather moved the championship game to Gaucho’s Gym, where The Kingsbridge Body Snatchers defeated the Fordham Sure Shots 115-97 to claim this year’s golden watches. Standout David Seagers from Dowling State was MVP.

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**Fun tidbit** One of the first scholarship recipients of the Gardiner Memorial Basketball Classic Tournament was Dominique Pagan, who received it as a high school Jr. going to prep school. Pagan played in the finals this year on the Sure Shot team, coached by her mom - Elana Moss. She is currently attending the University of Massachusetts on a full scholarship!

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