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Police Appreciation Day
 
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IN A  HISTORIC CONGREGATIONAL VOTE, FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF BROOKLYN WILL INSTALL THE REVEREND DR. FLORA WILSON-BRIDGES, ITS FIRST FEMALE SENIOR PASTOR
 
The Former Seattle University Graduate School of Theology Professor and Spelman College Dean of Chapel, will be officially installed as the leader of one of America’s most culturally diverse, tolerant and inclusive congregations on Sunday evening, January 30 2011
 
Brooklyn, NY January 16, 2011--- Concluding a nationwide search lasting more than three years, The Reverend Dr. Flora Wilson-Bridges will be installed as Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, on Sunday evening, January 30 2011 at 5PM.  The church, located at 124 Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights, anticipates a capacity crowd to include special invited guests, among them-  elected officials,  community leaders, educators and more.
 
Rev. Wilson-Bridges, who earned a Masters of Arts in Religion at Yale Divinity School and a Doctor of Philosophy in Religion at Vanderbilt University, will lead a congregation that dispels popular opinion which views “11am on Sunday mornings as the most segregated hour in America.” The First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn Family visibly includes strong representation from many ethnicities, the LGBT community, corporate, government and community leaders, blue collar workers, law partners and others spanning the social-economic spectrum.
 
Fittingly, at a time of discord in our country, Wilson-Bridges states “perhaps the very heart of my service as a pastor, professor, and theologian is the ministry of reconciliation.”  She cites a new terminology in North American culture- ‘compassion deficit syndrome’ which she says “seeks to address the very root of violence, hatred and intolerance toward those who are often the most marginalized and vulnerable in our society and the world.” She goes on to emphasize, “the ministry of reconciliation, for me then, is about helping people learn to live together with mutual respect in the midst of our differences.”
 
An author, Dr. Wilson-Bridges is ordained by The Presbyterian Church of the United States of America and is a member of the Presbytery of New York City. She has been inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College, and has held many Board Member positions. She is the mother of Tracey Bridges Mason and David Lee Bridges, Jr. Her grandchildren are Imani, Itabari and Mei Laila Mason
 
ABOUT FPC:  First Church is an internationally racially, culturally, and theologically diverse community energetically committed to serving God in our church, families, workplaces, community and world. Phone: (718)624-3770 Website: www.firstchurchbrooklyn.org
 
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HAITIAN BORN AND BROOKLYN EDUCATED EARLY CHILDHOOD EXPERT ESTABLISHES A THRIVING DAY CARE AND AFTER SCHOOL LEARNING CENTER IN EAST FLATBUSH FOCUSING ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF ‘THE WHOLE CHILD’
 
Marthine Viciere, Founder and CEO of MV Kiddie Town Daycare and After School Learning Center, gives back to her Brooklyn community by helping all families living in Brooklyn; providing discounts to already low fees in order to make enrollment of children from cash-strapped families possible                                                             
 
September 14, 2010- Brooklyn, NY: Perhaps because Marthine Viciere was a ‘young mother’ herself, she knew as a child while growing up in Haiti that one day she would become an early childhood educator and advocate. She pursued her goal attending Kingsborough Community College where she studied Psychology and obtained her AAA Degree in Early Childhood Education. She then went on to earn an AA Degree at Kingsborough followed by her BA Degree in Early Childhood Education at Brooklyn College in 2006.
 
Ms. Viciere’s passion for the growth and development of children is as unmistakable as her animated, child-friendly, attention capturing speaking style, as she emphasizes “I love teaching because,not only is it a noble profession, but also it is the only job through which I can give back to the community with pride.” Continuing, the foster parent of three children ranging from 2-5 years old, and biological mother of two older children, concludes “I just love children.”
 
She is a giver; extending discounts to families from Haiti who lost relatives in the January 2010 earthquake, and are experiencing financial burdens.
While setting the bar high for her students who she affectionately calls her “children” Ms. Viciere designs events, activities, programs and curricula conductive to productive learning and optimal child development.  No component of child development is overlooked while a child is in her care, as evidenced by the healthy and delicious meals served at the Day Care which always includes the four food groups; grains, dairies, protein, fruits and vegetables.
 
She is the recipient of many awards including; certificates of recognition from Childcare Network; an acknowledgement certificate from P.S. 198 in Brooklyn; a certificate from P.S. 130 in Brooklyn; a certificate from Kingsborough Community College and a Golden Key Certificate from Brooklyn College,
 
Widely respected for her stories embracing the diversity of cultures, she lives in Brooklyn, and spends most of her time visiting schools, meeting with Principals, Students, Teachers and Liberians to discuss her work in children’s literacy. She also prepares girls for the Miss America Pageant.
 
When she is not in the class room, Ms. Viciere can be found at Brooklyn Public Library branches talking to Liberians in order to acquaint herself with new and evolving information and materials aimed at better serving her students.  She also attends UFT seminars monthly. It’s a common practice for her to lend a concerned ear to parents with challenges that are not directly related to the education of their children by definition; but Ms. Viciere views all family issues as issues that could affect a child’s ability to love learning and succeed. Yes, she mentors children and parents alike!
 
For more information about MV Kiddie Town Day Care and After School Learning Center, visit their website at www.mvkiddietown.com or call (718) 531-7291
 
 
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 US Open Suite and Courtside Box Tickets throughout the Tournament to raise funds for Harlem Junior Tennis & Education Program 
 
The annual fundraiser gives the public an opportunity to enter raffles to win prime seats at The Open or purchase hard to get tickets
 
NYC, August 21, 2010—- It’s that time of year, the 2010 US Open and the Harlem Junior Tennis & Education Program is hosting annual US Open Fundraisers. 
 
“This is a great chance to give to an outstanding program and enjoy world class tennis” said Michelle Blake Wilson, HJTEP Board Member & Managing Director of Marketing & Communications at USTA Eastern.  
 
There are 3 ways to participate in this year’s event:
1.     Suite Ticket Raffle-Labor Day Evening
2.     Labor Day Suite Tickets
3.     Courtside Seats-All day sessions start at 11AM and all evening sessions start at 7PM
 
First Week:
 
Tuesday, August 31st Evening, Sec/Box 54 Row C Seats 7&8 (2)
Wednesday, September 1st, Day Session, Sec/Box 47, Row E Seats 1&2 (2)
Wednesday, September 1st, Evening Session, Sec/Box, Row E Seats 1&2 (2)
Thursday, September 2nd, Evening Session, Sec/Box 26, Row F Seats 11&12 (2)
Friday, September 3rd, Day Session, Sec/Box 54 Row C Seats 7&8 (2)
 
Second Week:
 
Sunday, September 5th, Evening Session, Sec/Box 50, Row C Seats 7&8 (2)
Monday, September 6th, Day Session, Sec/Box 24 Row F, Seats 1,2,3&4 (4)
Wednesday, September 8th, Day Session Sec/Box 22 Row C Seats 7&8 (2)
Thursday, September 9th, Day Session Sec/Box 21, Row C Seats 7&8 (2)
 
ABOUT HJTEP: The Harlem Junior Tennis Program was founded in 1972 by Bill Brown and Claude Cargill with the help of generous benefactors such as Mutual of New York, and Earl “The Pearl” Monroe. They were frustrated that few urban children had the opportunity to explore and excel in tennis. They believed that children who learn to appreciate tennis as a lifetime sport develop self-discipline, sportsmanship, self-esteem and social skills. In 1979, HJTEP established the Homework Club and began coaching students to apply these personal skills to school as well as tennis. With the dedication of a wide variety of supporters, coaches, parents, board members, and many other volunteers, HJTEP has grown into a program that now accepts 160 children each winter and as many 300 children each summer.
One of the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program’s proudest success stories is that of World Class Tennis Player James Blake. Blake is a spokesperson for the organization and began playing tennis at the age of five at the Harlem Junior Tennis League. He attended Harvard University for a couple of years and turned pro in 1999. It isn’t so much the victories or playing style that makes James Blake a fan-favorite, rather it’s his undying spirit, classy behavior and never-give-up attitude.
For more information about HJTEP and tickets for the 2010 US Open contact Executive Director, Katrina Adams at Katrinaadams@harlemjuniortennis.org   212-491-3738
 
“More Than A Game.  It's A Lifestyle."
 
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UNITED STATES ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER TO BE HONORED AND DELIVER KEYNOTE AT THE TWENTY-SIXTH ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER OF THE METROPOLITAN BLACK BAR ASSOCIATION ON MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2010 AT STEINER STUDIOS IN NYC 
The milestone anniversary celebration will be attended by luminaries in Law, Government, Business, Academia and Entertainment; uniting Black, Latino and Asian members of the judiciary and the bar; and a broad cross-section of non-minority New York judiciary and bar members.
 
June 1, 2010---United States Attorney General Eric Holder will deliver the keynote address at the 26 Annual Awards Dinner of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association on Monday, June 28 2010 at Steiner Studios Stage 6 in Brooklyn, New York, located at 15 Washington Avenue in the Brooklyn Navy Yard complex.  The black-tie optional event begins with a cocktail hour at 6PM, followed by dinner and program at 7PM.
 
The Honorees:
 Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States, Guest Speaker & Distinguished Honoree
Hon. Yvonne Lewis, Supreme Court, Kings County- Jurist of the Year
Lisa E. Davis Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC – Lawyer of the Year
Atiba D. Adams Vice President and Assistant General Counsel Pfizer Inc. – Corporate Counsel of the Year
 
 
In a statement Dakota Ramseur, Esq., MBBA President, cited ‘the organization’s commitment to the ongoing education and professional development of lawyers and law students.’ She recited some of the programs the MBBA recently presented: “Planning for Families, Young Lawyers Mentoring & Networking mixer, an overview of Estate & Gift Tax and a discussion with Appellate and Trial Judges presented by the Scholarship Fund.” Ramseur goes on to express her organization’s ability to “assist Diversity efforts at top tier law firms and General Counsels at the annual dinner, with visibility at an industry marquis event which enables a firm’s recruitment needs.”
 
 
About The Metropolitan Black Bar Association: The Metropolitan Black Bar Association is the largest Black bar association in New York and was founded in 1984 as a union of two of the nation’s oldest Black bar associations: the Harlem Lawyers Association, founded in 1921, and the Bedford Stuyvesant Lawyers Association, founded in 1933. For more than 60 years, these associations provided a voice for Black legal professionals and their communities. The MBBA inherited the rich traditions and histories of these associations, and proudly continues the vital legacy of its constituent organizations. Today, the MBBA is composed of Black attorneys in private and public sectors, as well as judges and other public officials. For more information on the Metropolitan Black Bar Association call (212)964-1645
 
 
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THE NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION LAW AND RELIGION SECTION ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST ANNUAL CONFERENCE THEMED “THE CHURCH AND THE LAW: PRATICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR CHURCH LEADERS AND CHURCH LAWYERS” CONGRESSMAN ELIJAH CUMMINGS FROM THE 7 CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN MARYLAND CONFIRMED TO DELIVER KEYNOTE AT OPENING DAY  LUNCHEON
 
 
The aim of the conference is to bring together in a bucolic setting over a one and one-half day period church leaders and lawyers to learn about legal contexts in which churches operate. By helping churches better navigate the legal waters in which they exist, they will be more free to do what they do best, namely to call people to faith and to equip them to serve in faith.
 
 
Washington, DC March 8, 2010:The First Annual National Bar Association Law and Religion Section Conference for Church Leaders and Church Lawyers will take place April 30 2010 to May 1 2010 at the Columbia Sheraton Hotel, located at 10207 Wincopin Circle in Columbia Maryland, beginning with Registration at 8:00 AM on Friday April 30 and concluding at 1:00 PM on Saturday, May 1.
 
Following a continental breakfast and opening remarks, there will be sessions covering: How to Avoid Tax Problems, Counseling and Church Liabilities, Expanding Faith-Based Ministries, Building a New Sanctuary, Copyright Law and Music Ministry and Youth Ministry: Liability and Church Governance.
Some of the topics the panels will discuss include but not limited to legal liability and pastoral counseling and legal considerations involved in building new facilities.
 
Reverend William Bennett, Esq. who chairs the Law and Religion Section commented, "we are pleased that legal and religious people will come together to learn about some important topics.  Our hope is that the conference will help both groups be more effective in serving local, national and international communities." He points out that "there will be some variety at the conference as well. Saturday we will have a little bit of real church as we are expecting a dynamic choir from Washington, D.C. to start us off.  It will be a great lead in to our panel on Copyright Law and Music Ministry!"
 
The Law & Religion Conference is designed so that church leaders may come and learn what can be done to better serve their congregations and the community. Organizations that provide goods and services to churches, lawyers/law firms, corporate sponsors, Divinity Schools and media organizations with religious and talk formats are encouraged to participate.
 
For more information on corporate sponsorship, registration and all other details concerning the conference, please contact the event’s publicist and fundraiser Sonia Wilson at (718)940-0949
 
ABOUT THE NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION:
Founded in 1925 in De Moines, Iowa, the National Bar Association is the oldest and largest association of primarily African American attorneys in the United States and is the largest organization of attorneys of color in the world.   It has a network of over 45,000 judges, lawyers, and law students with 84 affiliates throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Africa and the Caribbean.  
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StartupNation Honors Nation’s Top Home Businesses of 2009
 
Sonia E. Wilson, Brooklyn based Publicity & Fundraising Consultant, Wins Top Ten Honors in Business Competition in the Boomers Back in Business Category
 
 
Brooklyn, NY – Nov 16 2009– Sonia E. Wilson has been recognized by StartupNation (http://www.startupnation.com) as a Top Ten business in its 2009 Home Based 100 competition under the category of  http://www.startupnation.com/homebased100/contestant/7264/index.php
 
Many of the StartupNation Home-Based 100 submissions revealed that business owners are bucking the current economic downturn and finding business success in these tight times. Historically some of today’s most well known businesses started in a downturn, including Microsoft and General Electric.
The 2009 ranking shows that the home-based business is more relevant than ever. The current recession has spurred a new wave of home based businesses as a response to loss of jobs, the need for supplemental income and the sheer passion for blazing your own trail and running your own show,” said Rich Sloan, co-founder of StartupNation.com, one of the leading small business networking and advice websites. “Home based businesses are the biggest block of all businesses in existence and we expect numbers to grow ever greater as extra bedrooms, kitchen tables, basements and garages become host to the innovative thinking and pursuit of success by millions of Americans.”
 
“I am humbled and empowered by this prestigious recognition. My focus and self-imposed mandate has always been to deliver results beyond the client’s expectation cost effectively; and I dig deep to make it happen. I find the client in me, and take on only those projects that drive my inherent passion” said Sonia Wilson commenting on winning the award.
 
The StartupNation Home-Based 100 highlights 10 top-ten lists making it not just your ordinary business ranking. From the wackiest, to the most innovative, to the savviest in social media – this unique and diverse list highlights the home-based businesses that usually go unrecognized, but still play a vital role in the economy today. MSN publishes the ranking as well in an editorial collaboration with StartupNation. The ten categories for 2009 include:
·         Recession Busters
·         Savviest in Social Media
·         Most Innovative
·         Boomers Back in Business
·         Greenest
·         Yummiest
·         Wackiest
·         Highest Vote-Getters
·         Most Slacker-Friendly
·         Most Glamorous
[Sonia Wilson was selected from among thousands of contestants by a StartupNation judging panel, which issues the ranking results annually in the November.
The full results of the Home-Based 100 ranking are available on StartupNation’s website at http://www.startupnation.com/homebased100/. The 2009 ranking was sponsored by Microsoft Office Live, Infusionsoft and FedEx Office.
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About StartupNation
StartupNation (www.startupnation.com) provides over 175,000 pages of business advice and networking for entrepreneurs and serves millions of entrepreneurs annually. StartupNation is a free service founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs with the intention of providing a one-stop shop for entrepreneurial success, including blogs from small business experts, podcasts, forums, webcasts, eBooks, award-winning step-by-step advice, online and offline networking groups, and more.
StartupNation co-founders and “chief startupologists,” Rich Sloan and Jeff Sloan, are two of the country’s leading small business experts and run StartupNation from home to this very day. They speak frequently at entrepreneurial forums and act as sources for top media venues nationwide. They are authors of StartupNation: Open for Business, published by Doubleday, and provide their insights online at www.startupnation.com. The Sloans are regularly quoted and featured in media such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune Small Business, Entrepreneur Magazine, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC,
FOX News and many others.
 
About Microsoft Office Live
Microsoft Office Live is the award-winning service that offers a complete, affordable set of easy-to-use Internet-based tools that help small business owners create a professional web presence. More information is available at http://www.smallbusiness.officelive.com. Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
 
About Infusionsoft
Infusionsoft, the leader in automatic follow-up software, helps small businesses grow fast by putting email marketing, CRM and e-commerce on auto-pilot, backing it with the 'Double Your Sales' guarantee. The privately held, three-year-named Inc. 500 company is based in Gilbert, Ariz. and is funded by Mohr Davidow Ventures and vSpring Capital.
Marketing and small business insight from the Infusionsoft team can be found on the Infusionsoft blog at www.infusionblog.com.
 
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NEW YORK METROPOLITAN BLACK BAR ASSOCIATION CELEBRATED THE TWENTY FIFTH ANNUAL AWARDS  AT GALA  HONORING DISTINGUISHED AFRICAN-AMERICAN LAWYERS, JUDGES AND MEDIA PIONEER;  AT STEINER STUDIOS IN BROOKLYN NEW YORK ON THURSDAY MAY 14, 2009
 
The milestone anniversary celebration was attended by luminaries in Law, Government, Business, Academia and Entertainment; uniting Black, Latino and Asian members of the judiciary and the bar; and a broad cross-section of non-minority New York judiciary and bar members.
 
May 15, 2009, NYC—It was an evening of standing ovations and vigorous applause, punctuated with chants of approval, at the Metropolitan Back Bar Association’s 25 Anniversary Awards Dinner.  The setting, Steiner Studios Stage 6 in Brooklyn was a Red Carpet affair. Themed ‘Lifting As We Climb’ the black-tie optional event began with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner and program.
 
Among many poignant moments were: flawless deliveries of the National Anthem and Lift Every Voice and Sing, Senator John Sampson’s Invocation and a show- stopping tribute to legendary TV newsman Gil Noble, given by Dr. Adelaide Sanford in oratory eminence that captivated.
 
 "It was a great honor to be recognized by the MBBA with its Trailblazer award.” Paul Williams said. He continued pointing out that “having so many friends and colleagues to share the moment with made it especially memorable. The MBBA is a great organization that is a strong pillar in our community."
 
Xavier Donaldson, Esq., President of the MBBA  emphasized "we are the pinnacle of the legal profession, we are the vanguard for justice, we ARE great lawyers and great judges. We are the Metropolitan Black Bar Association."  This is what Mr. Donaldson said he left saying to himself “after seeing all those great judges and great lawyers. I really felt that we matter. We are apart of the conversation. Hell, often times, we start the conversation.”
 
Maxine Williams, Esq., the Director of Diversity at White & Case LLP, Yale graduate who received her LLB with First Class Honors from Oxford University, and Rhodes Scholar, was Mistress of Ceremonies. Williams represented clients in criminal, civil and industrial courts in both her native country of Trinidad and in London, and has worked with multiple international organizations on development and human rights issues in the Caribbean. 
 
The 2009 honorees were Hon. L Priscilla Hall, Lifetime Achievement Award; William J. Snipes, Esq., Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell, Lawyer of the Year Award; Paul T. Williams, Esq., Appointed Executive Director, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, Trailblazer Award and media pioneer and legend, Gil Noble, Host of Like It Is which airs on WABC-TV, Public Service Award.  In addition, Hon. Sheila Abdus-Salaam, Hon. Fern Fisher, Hon. Sylvia O. Hinds-Radix, Hon. Edwina Richardson-Mendelson, Hon. Juanita Bing Newton, Hon. Plummer Lott and Hon. Troy K. Webber; were individually honored with the Jurist of the Year Award.
 
The Metropolitan Black Bar Association is the largest Black bar association in New York and was founded in 1984 as a union of two of the nation’s oldest Black bar associations: the Harlem Lawyers Association, founded in 1921, and the Bedford Stuyvesant Lawyers Association, founded in 1933. For more than 60 years, these associations provided a voice for Black legal professionals and their communities. The MBBA inherited the rich traditions and histories of these associations, and proudly continues the vital legacy of its constituent organizations. Today, the MBBA is composed of Black attorneys in private and public sectors, as well as judges and other public officials. For more information on the Metropolitan Black Bar Association visit www.mbbany.org or call (212)964-1645
 
 
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NEW YORK METROPOLITAN BLACK BAR ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES THE TWENTY FIFTH ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER HONORING DISTINGUISHED AFRICAN-AMERICAN LAWYERS, JUDGES AND MEDIA PIONEER; TO BE PRESENTED AT STEINER STUDIOS IN BROOKLYN NEW YORK ON THURSDAY MAY 14, 2009
 
The milestone anniversary celebration will be attended by luminaries in Law, Government, Business, Academia and Entertainment; uniting Black, Latino and Asian members of the judiciary and the bar; and a broad cross-section of non-minority New York judiciary and bar members.
 
May 11, 2009, NYC---The New York Metropolitan Back Bar Association will celebrate its 25 Anniversary Dinner on Thursday, May 14, 2009 at Steiner Studios Stage 6 in Brooklyn, New York, located at 15 Washington Avenue in the Brooklyn Navy Yard complex. Themed ‘Lifting As We Climb’ the black-tie optional event begins with a cocktail hour at 6PM, followed by dinner and program at 7PM.
 
The 2009 honorees are: Hon. L Priscilla Hall, Lifetime Achievement Award; William J. Snipes, Esq., Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell, Lawyer of the Year Award; Paul T. Williams, Esq., Appointed Executive Director, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, Trailblazer Award and media pioneer and legend, Gil Noble, Host of Like It Is which airs on WABC-TV, Public Service Award.  In addition, Hon. Sheila Abdus-Salaam, Hon. Fern Fisher, Hon. Sylvia O. Hinds-Radix, Hon. Edwina Richardson-Mendelson, Hon. Juanita Bing Newton, Hon. Plummer Lott and Hon. Troy K. Webber; will be individually honored with the Jurist of the Year Award.
 
The Metropolitan Black Bar Association is the largest Black bar association in New York and was founded in 1984 as a union of two of the nation’s oldest Black bar associations: the Harlem Lawyers Association, founded in 1921, and the Bedford Stuyvesant Lawyers Association, founded in 1933. For more than 60 years, these associations provided a voice for Black legal professionals and their communities. The MBBA inherited the rich traditions and histories of these associations, and proudly continues the vital legacy of its constituent organizations. Today, the MBBA is composed of Black attorneys in private and public sectors, as well as judges and other public officials. For more information on the Metropolitan Black Bar Association visit www.mbbany.org or call (212)964-1645
 
 
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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF BROOKLYN SET TO HONOR OFFICERS OF 84 PRECINCT AT THE FIFTEENTH ANNUAL POLICE APPRECIATION DAY SERVICE ON FEBRUARY 22, 2009 AT 11AM
 
For fifteen years, the annual service held in February, is one of the most popular events on the church calendar, filling the sanctuary to capacity with officers and their families, church members and local government and NYPD officials
 
Brooklyn, NY- February 7, 2009---On Sunday, February 22 2009, beginning at 11AM,  First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, located at 124 Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights, will hold its Fifteenth annual police Appreciation Day Service, designed to thank and recognize the officers of the 84 Precinct for serving and protecting the community in its jurisdiction.
 
The sanctuary of the church on Police Appreciation Day, with uniformed officers and their families filling the front pews reserved for them is an indelible vision, and a rare, perhaps unprecedented occurrence of police and the community worshiping together on a celebratory and mutually supportive occasion.
 
Parishioners and community residents, Dorothy Gill and Dottie Turmail, members of  First Presbyterian Church for over two decades; have traditionally planned the annual service.  “It is a heartwarming occasion to thank all the police in our precinct for the wonderful protection they have given over the years” Mrs. Gill said.
 
Speaking about the annual event, Captain Mark DiPaolo said “I’m flattered as the Commanding Officer of the 84 Precinct, representing the men and women of this command.” Captain DiPaolo went on to express his gratitude with unmistakable humility saying “I look forward to this special event, and to a continued growing and laudable relationship between the 84 Precinct and the community that we serve.”
 
The congregation, under the leadership of The Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson, Senior Interim Pastor, is an internationally racially, culturally and theologically diverse community that conspicuously challenges popular opinion which states that ‘Sunday at 11AM is the most segregated hour in America.’  At First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, corporate leaders, blue-collar workers, entrepreneurs, gays, lesbians, African-Americans, Whites, Asians, Hispanics and many other ethnicities spanning the economic spectrum make up this very inclusive and welcoming “come-as-you-are” environment.
 
The similarly diverse 84 Precinct with many ethnic and economic strata living and working in close proximity covers Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Vinegar Hill and the Farragut Residences. This in addition to the Downtown Business District encompassing the Fulton Street Mall, Atlantic Avenue, Antique & Middle-Eastern strip, Court Street’s Lawyers Row and Metro Tech. The seat of local government, the 84 Precinct also has in its confines, the Brooklyn Borough Hall, the Municipal Building, the Brooklyn House of Detention, NYC Fire Department Headquarters, Transit Authority Headquarters, Transit Museum  and the  NYPD “911” Building.
 
“We have done this annual Police Appreciation Service for more than a decade, because we recognize the tremendous watchful care given by officers of the 84 and other precincts to the citizens of New York” Rev. Cari Jackson said. She continued saying “we also recognize that expressions of appreciation affirm them to continue to be and give their best” concluding, “we invite our entire Brooklyn community and beyond to join us in this affirmation.
 
For more information on FPC visit its website at www.fpcbrooklyn.org 
or call 718-624-3770.
 
 
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 PRESIDENT  OBAMA TRANSITION TEAM MEMBERS TO DISCUSS ADMINISTRATION’S PLANS FOR “CHANGE”  IN THE NATION AND COMMUNITIES AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF BROOKLYN
 
“Insights From The Obama Transition Team” an unprecedented  presentation open to the public, will outline Administration’s agenda on topics ranging from passing on the keys to the departments of government to what we can and must do close to home; focusing on implications for moving forward as a nation to make changes needed.
 
Brooklyn, NY January 20, 2009---On Sunday January 25 2009 beginning at 1PM, at First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, located at 124 Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights,a distinguished panel of professionals who served on President Obama’s transition team, will talk about their experiences, provide critical information and take questions from the audience.
 
 Transition adviser, James E. Johnson, Esq., a Partner in the Litigation Department at the prestigious law firm, Debevoise Plimpton LLP, will lead the discussion. The esteemed litigator, commended in Legal 500 US (2007) for his “calm and methodical demeanor” as well as his “clear sense of high ethics and morals” said in a statement: “This is an extraordinary moment for all of us to help make the world more just and, in the truest sense, a more beloved community” stressing, “we hope to share insights into how we can make change happen here and now.”
 
Lisa Mensah, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute’s Initiative on Financial Security will discuss her specific projects for “Change”. Ms. Mensah is a recognized and highly acclaimed expert in Economic Development, Community Development Finance, Asset Building and Economic Security.
 
Other participants are: Barry Ford, Director, Outreach & Advocacy, United States Tennis Association, who will serve as moderator, and Linda Kolts, who will discuss ways to get involved at First Presbyterian Church, and explore possible partnerships & collaborations in the Brooklyn community.
 
The discussion will cover:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • The orderly transfer of power-passing on the keys to departments of government
  • The challenges of a transfer during a time of crisis
  • Answering the call: gathering some of the nation’s most talented and spurring them to action
  • Social change: moving from concept to reality in Washington and at home
  • Social change: a case study in the confluence of goals, allies and opportunism
  • What we can and must do close to home
 
The panelists are all members of First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, under the leadership of Rev. Cari Jackson, Interim Senior Pastor. “I see the incoming Obama administration as providing new opportunities to all Americans to re-envision how we want to live out our nation’s ideals of liberty and justice for all.”  Rev. Jackson further points out that “Insights from Obama’s Transition Team is the first in a series of community dialogue about what each of us as citizens can do to help strengthen our community and our nation.”
 
“Give us this day our daily bread”, one verse of The Lord’s Prayer “reminds us that each of us has something unique to offer the community so that all of us might be fed and nurtured. That might include our creative talents, financial resources, charismatic personality, on and on. Each of us has something that we have been given by God that can be used to bless others.”- Rev. Cari Jackson, Senior Interim Pastor.
 
The First Presbyterian Church choir, on which transition team member and lead presenter, James Johnson, Esq. is a member, will sing to open the discussion.
Please visit the church’s website at www.fpcbrooklyn.org or call the church at
(718)624-3770 for more information.
 
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NYC GIRLS TRACK TEAM ARE ATHLETES & SCHOLARS RUNNING TO THEIR FUTURE!
 
Press Contact:
Sonia E. Wilson
PH: (718)940-0949
 
Brooklyn, NY-Oct 25, 2008--The Jeuness Track Club Inc.is a grass roots community-based track club for girls which was founded in 1985, to provide its members with athletic and educational opportunities, through track and field competition. The program is based in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn for training, but the girls compete throughout the city and nationally.
 
"The objective of the team is to assist young girls in excelling in the sport beginning at the grammar school level and continuing through high school. Our goal is for the girls to move on to the college level with the aid of athletic scholarships. Hence, the program emphasizes the importance of educational as well as physical excellence" says Head Coach and Founder, Jean Bell, Esq.
 
Team members are exposed to a wide variety of competitions, both locally and nationally. Many of the members become the focus of college coaches at national meets, or through local press. College coaches contact the club annually and site visits are often arranged. High School athletes are encouraged to compete with both school and club in order to get the maximum amount of exposure.
 
At present the club serves approximately thirty-five members. The members range in age from five to seventeen. All members train four days per week, for approximately two hours, and compete on weekends. Four female coaches with over thirty years of running and coaching experience staff the team.
 
In recent years, the team has been a prominent force in the “age-group” track and field community. Every year team members from Jeuness Track Club are semi-finalists and finalists in the Colgate Women’s Games Series held annually in NYC. Each summer team members compete and place at national meets across the country.
 
In 2003, our 11-12 age group 4 x 400 meter relay won first place at the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic Championships held in Detroit, Michigan. A team of nine members won a total of seven medals at the 2004 nationals in Iowa, with a first place finish in the 9 year old division of the 800 meters. In 2005 a team member placed second in the finals of the 11 year old division of the 1500 and 800 meter runs in the nationals in New Orleans, Louisiana, while others won four other medals in other events.
 
Several team members have been and are presently, nationally ranked as some of the top runners in the country. Some have achieved fame as members of the USA Junior national team, and as teenagers have traveled to compete in the World Junior Championships in Korea, and throughout Europe. One previous member of the team competed in the 400 meter hurdles at the Olympic trials in 2000, and 2004.
 
"Although our running accomplishments are many" coach Bell stresses "we are most proud of those members who have left the team with a higher purpose. Alumni members of the team have gone on , with the assistance of track scholarships, to attend, compete, and graduate from the University of Illinois, Howard University, The University of Maryland, Georgetown University, Delaware State, The University of Texas, Essex College of Maryland, Manhattan College, St. Johns University, St Francis College, and C.W.Post. This is our goal for each member and is counted as our greatest victories."
 
Sprinter, Yazmin Jones, dubbed "Top-Model" by her team mates, expresses her future goals saying "I want to go to Harvard, run in the Olympics and then go to Law School."
 
“Our success is measured not in time or distance, but in degrees – received” coach Bell adds.
 
Jeuness Track Club is a recipient of the Billie Jean King Women's Sports Foundation GoGirlGo! Team Ambassador Award for Success. The team, a not-for-profit 501c3 organization welcomes your support and sponsorship to help pay for an indoor training facility; and to help send the girls to out-of-town meets and Nationals.
 
‘RUNNING TO OUR FUTURE!
 
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Press Contact:
Sonia E. Wilson
(718)940-0949
 
AWARD-WINNING NEW YORK-BASED BUSINESS MAGAZINE FOR BLACK PROFESSIONALS AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS CELEBRATES 15 YEARS
 
Creator of the highly acclaimed “Annual 25 Influential Black Women in Business”and “40 Under Forty Black Achievers in Business” Awards
 
November 2008 (NEW YORK) --The Network Journal (www.tnj.com), an award-winning business publication based in New York City, celebrated its 15 Anniversary this month with a reception at The New York Times Center. The well-attended event on Oct. 9 attracted corporate business leaders and was featured on the 10:00 p.m. broadcast of My9 News the same evening. Proceeds from the event will be used for scholarships in The Network Journal’s name at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn and York College in Jamaica, Queens. Both schools are part of the City University of New York.
 
Published 10 times a year, TNJ was founded by Aziz Gueye Adetimirin, the current publisher. Under his leadership and that of Editor-in-Chief Rosalind McLymont, the magazine covers wide ranging topics and current events affecting the African-American community, including political, industry and business trends; entrepreneurship; African and Caribbean securities markets; professional careers; technology; and cultural features.
 
In the commemorative October 2008 issue, Adetimirin states: “I knew nothing about publishing. But I believe anything is possible if you work hard. So that’s what I did. I took crash courses in advertising sales, layout and design, article paste up and resizing. Then I assembled a team of journalists who helped shape The Network Journal into a must-have publication for small-business owners and corporate achievers.”
 
He started TNJ in 1993 “to keep me busy after being laid off from my engineering job at Pan American Airways, a well respected profession that promised to take me places,” he said. The Network Journal took him further, however. “Never in my wildest imagination did I think we would celebrate our 15 anniversary now,” Adetimirin said.
 
The magazine hosts two major awards programs annually: The “25 Influential Black Women in Business Awards” in March, and the “40 Under Forty Achievement Awards in Business” in June.
 
For more information about The Network Journal, call Sonia Wilson at (718)940-0949 or visit its Web site atwww.tnj.com
 
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COLLEGE TENNIS SHOWCASE DAY
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Press Contact:                  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                                                                                
Sonia Wilson
PH: (718)940-0949 
 
 
USTA EASTERN ANNOUNCES ANNUAL COLLEGE TENNIS SHOWCASE DAY TAKING PLACE AT BILLIE JEAN KING NATIONAL TENNIS CENTER 
 
Inviting High School Seniors and Juniors to come and get noticed by college coaches, meet industry professionals and learn more about collegiate tennis
 
WHITE PLAINS, NY, September 23, 2008: The 2008 Eastern College Showcase Day is a great way for high school seniors and juniors learn more about the college tennis process and network with college coaches. On Sunday, November 9 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens New York; seniors will participate in a doubles tournament and juniors will network with coaches from over seventy colleges to learn more about college tennis programs and playing collegiate tennis.
 
Information on college programs will be available, and high school players will be given the opportunity to ask questions about choosing a college that best suits their abilities and academic interests, NCAA rules and the importance of a personal rapport with a potential coach.  
 
DA Abrams, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, USTA Eastern said “the USTA Eastern College Showcase Day is a great opportunity for the junior tennis players in the Section to meet college coaches, other players and industry professionals.” A former competitive junior player, Mr. Abrams added, “this event gives our juniors and parents direct access to college coaches, as well as make them aware of the great opportunity of playing collegiate tennis.”
 
 Julie Bliss, Director of Junior Competition & Player Development, USTA Eastern stresses “playing college tennis at any level is an exciting and rewarding experience, and the showcase now in its 23 year continues to be an outstanding venue for high school juniors and seniors to learn more about the college tennis process and meet with coaches.”
 
Ms. Bliss played No. 1 singles and doubles for SUNY Albany and now organizes the annual event, which she said “keeps evolving into a stronger event because players and coaches recognize the value of the one-on-one personal connection and the added bonus of witnessing live competition.”
 
The USTA Eastern Section, based in White Plains, New York, is a not-for-profit community service organization whose mission is to promote and develop the growth of tennis.  The section encompasses all of New York State, Northern New Jersey and Greenwich, Connecticut.  It is one of 17 geographic sections of the United States Tennis Association, the governing body of tennis in the United States, and supports more than 49,000 members.  The section also establishes and maintains rules of fair play, high standards of sportsmanship and represents, in its jurisdiction, the programs and policies of the USTA.  More information about the USTA Eastern section is available by visiting: www.eastern.usta.com.
 
For more information about all USTA Eastern activities contact:
Michelle Blake Wilson, Managing Director, Marketing & Communications-         
(914) 697-2381 blake@eastern.usta.com
 
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INNER-CITY PRIVATE SCHOOL TRIUMPHS;
DELIVERS SUPERIOR TEST SCORES OUTPERFORMING
NYC PUBLIC SCHOOLS BY A DISTANT MARGIN
 
Press Contact:                                                        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sonia E. Wilson
PH: (718)940-0940
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brooklyn, NY September 23, 2008 –Test scores place Trey Whitfield School(TWS) in elite academic standing, showing staggering advancement over its already impressive results of previous years.
 
“We are delighted that through the efforts and determination of our students and teachers, Trey Whitfield School has exceeded our set goal of 90% and above grades on English Language Arts (ELA) and Math scores” the school’s Co-Founder, A.B. Whitfield said. “This is the result of outstanding leadership” Harvey Newman, Senior Fellow, CEI-PEA added.
 
Eight Grade ELA scores at Trey Whitfield School for the 2008 school year are at 97% compared to NYC Public Schools at a distant 31%. Grade 4 Math scores for 2008 school year are 91% at TWS which outpaces the NYC Public Schools by 10+ percentage points.
 
“Amidst Catholic schools closings and the ongoing influx of charter schools, Trey Whitfield School started the 2009 school year with over a hundred new families”  Gillian Lakhan-Forbes, Assistant Director of  Development said in a written statement.
 
Founded in 1983 by Janie C. Whitney, the school formerly Bethlehem Academy, was renamed for her son Trey who died in a boating accident a few days before his high school graduation. 
 
The school stresses a strong academic curriculum impressing upon the students and faculty the need for a strong character, moral and value based education. Graduates over the years have received academic scholarships to prestigious New England Prep Schools, gone on to top colleges, and successful careers.
 
Over the past two decades, this fine institution of learning located in one of NYC’s poorest and under performing school districts has become one of the most respected private schools in New York State; igniting the interest of former New York State First Lady Matilda Cuomo and then Lt. Governor David Paterson, who have both visited.
 
For additional information please visit the school’s websitewww.treywhitfieldschool.org
 
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