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Orange Unofficially In Redistricting, Wards 2, 7, 8 Will Change Wins At-Large Race, Based on Early Results
By Erica Butler AFRO Staff Writer Seen here in 2004, while he served on the D.C. Council, Vincent Orange may become the city’s newest at-large councilman, based on an early ballot count. By Erica Butler AFRO Staff Writer Vincent Orange (D) will likely be the next at-large D.C. councilman after beating eight other candidates, of whom only Republican Patrick Mara came close in numbers during the special elections on April 26. With more than 55,000 voters at the polls, Orange raked in a little more than 28 percent of the votes, with Mara, the only Republican candidate, trailing with about 26 percent, according to an early count. Speculators thought there would be a close run between Orange and interim at-large Councilman Sekou Biddle, who came in third with about 20 percent of votes. The SEIU MD/DC State Council, who has openly supported Biddle, sent out a congratulatory statement to Vincent Orange, asking him to fight for transparency and pay attention to contracts. “We congratulate Vincent Orange on his victory and call on him to join the Council’s effort to end an era of scandals by expanding transparency,” the statement said. “Now more than ever, DC should restore prosperity to working families by ensuring that our tax dollars only create good jobs.” Orange, a lawyer and certified accountant who previously represented Ward 5 on the Council for two terms, campaigned Continued on A8 The parameters of Wards 2, 7 and 8 must be modified to meet federal requirements, D.C. Council members said in the first Council Redistricting Subcommittee hearing on April 25. The city’s population grew by 5.2 percent since the 2000, totaling 601,723 in 2010. Ward 2 has nearly 80,000 residents with Wards 7 and 8 below the federal requirement. The redistricting committee, co-chaired by at-large Councilman Michael Brown, must divide the city into eight “compact and contiguous” wards, according to the DC Official Code. The model size for each ward is 75,215 with a plus or minus 5 percent deviation from that total, meaning each ward should include between 71,455 and 78,976 people. “Boundaries for the wards must change,” said Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans, who co-chairs the redistricting committee. And it may be a difficult process, he said. “Redistricting makes people very angry.” Traditionally, redistricting has been controversial, as some neighborhoods want to maintain their identity and be represented by people they have elected, such as their ANC commissioner or councilmember. Residents in lower-income neighborhoods such as Wards 7 and 8 want more
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residents, but fear the stigma of poverty and homelessness in those areas will impact the decision, which Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry, D-Ward 8, said should be stopped. Barry called the District a racially, geographically and economically disheveled city and said Ward 8 is usually a “dumping ground for the poor and most vulnerable citizens” of D.C. Ward 8 had the lowest population totaling 70,712. “We should use redistricting to address the lack of diversity in Ward 8,” Barry told the AFRO. “Moving the Ward 8 Continued on A3
Minority-owned H Street Businesses Decry Tax Increases
By Valencia Mohammed Special to the AFRO Bachir Diop looked down the District’s H Street corridor at the clusters of large wooden barricades, orange mesh tape and warning signs that dominate the streetscape, evidence of the 12 blocks of construction that have closed or crippled more than a hundred businesses and properties in four years and made way for new investors to acquire property at tax sales. “It’s devastating,” said Diop, owner of property on H Street. Diop is among a coalition of minority-owned businesses and property owners who claim that many longtime daytime establishments have folded due to four years of disruptive construction on the H Street corridor. Many have suffered up to 100 percent loss of revenue due to customer access being impeded by road blocks, barricades, parking restrictions and zealous parking enforcement, they said.
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By AFRO Staff The AFRO American Newspapers brought home 10 Maryland, D.C., Delaware, (MDDC) Press Association awards April 22. Sports journalist Stephen Riley led the AFRO award recipients with three awards. Riley won two individual awards, one in the sports story category for his “Gonzaga Clips DeMatha for ACIT Title” and the other in the online commentary or blog category for his “Is it Over Yet? Redskins Find New Ways to Disappoint.” But it was Riley’s team effort with Sports Editor Perry Green that won best in show in the non-daily sports column category for “Faceoff: With John Wall In, Should Gilbert Arenas Stay or Go?” Washington Bureau Chief Zenitha Prince won in the feature story category for her story “Life, Death Converge through Photographer’s Lens.” Continued on A8 By Jamaal Abdul-Alim Special to the AFRO Not so long ago, Northwest D.C. florist Karen Woods could plan to spend about $100 per week on gas to make whatever deliveries she needed to make in the region. But with the recent surge in gas prices, the weekly cost of gas for Woods has more than tripled to close to $350. Woods says she is reluctant to raise delivery fees and pass on the cost to her customers, particularly since the vast majority of her business is funeral work that involves grieving families already beset with the cost of funerals and burials. “I don’t think the consumer should be penalized,” said Woods, who runs Mary Woods Florist, located on the 900 block of Kennedy St., N.W. “They’re in as much of a problem as we are.” At the same time, Woods said, something has to give. “At the moment, I’m absorbing it,” Woods said of the rising cost of gas. “But I don’t think it’s exactly fair.” Woods’ predicament represents what many D.C. business owners are facing as gas prices in the District continue to hover above the
“The construction on H Street was more devastating to my business than the crack epidemic in the ‘80s,” said Jerry Goldkind, owner of a men’s clothing store in the 900 block of H St. Adding insult to injury, coalition members claim, tax assessments have risen as much as 350 percent in three years, forcing many businesses to end up in government tax sales. “If the minority-owned businesses are losing 75 percent of its customers due to the construction, why would the government increase the tax rate except to push us out of business?” asked Pam Johnson, 49, a property owner. David Umansky, public information officer for the Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR), confirmed that in 2009, there were 50 commercial and residential properties along the H Street Corridor that went to tax sale and 56 properties in 2010. However, he disagreed that taxes should not have increased. Continued on A5
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Blues singer Phoebe Snow, who made her mark in the music industry with the 1974 hit “Poetry Man,” died from complications of a brain hemmorrhage in Edison, N.J. on April 26, her public relations representative told the Associated Press. She was 60. The singer suffered a stroke last year and faced blood clots, congestive heart failure and pneumonia, her manager, Sue Cameron, told the AP. The Grammy-nominated Snow released 16 albums and was nominated for the best new artist Grammy Award in 1975. That same year, the Teaneck, N.J., native fell from the public consciousness after the birth of her daughter, who was severely brain-damaged. According to the AP, her husband left the family soon after the baby’s birth and Snow abandoned the industry to care for her daughter Valerie Rose. She released her last album, Natural Wonder, in 2003, two years after her
Members of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, an amalgam of national civil rights and labor groups, are sounding off on what they call “vast disparities” in minority and underserved communities’ access to broadband Internet. In response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) request for commentary about improving broadband access to these populations, the coalition asked the organization to make greater use of programs like Lifeline and Link-Up, which offer low-income Americans discounts on phone bills and installation fees. “This access is critically important for success in the job market, especially in a competitive job market where March 2011 unemployment was 8.8 percent, Black unemployment was 15.5 percent and Latino unemployment was 11.3 percent. Broadband plays a critically important role in all parts of the jobs pipeline – covering job readiness that includes obtaining skills necessary for a job, job placement that includes successfully applying for a job, and job progression that includes retraining for advancing through a job,” the coalition’s letter read. The letter also recommends the following steps to enhance the breadth of Lifeline and Link-Up programs: - Move quickly to expand Lifeline and Link-Up to support broadband services that can support voice as well as other applications; - Expand Lifeline and Link-Up to support broadband services this year; - Create a financial set-aside for competitive grants within the Lifeline program; - Expand and simplify eligibility rules, create incentives within the program to reach target populations and reduce waste and fraud, and mandate combined outreach (and possibly administration) of this program with other similar programs. The American Civil Liberties Union, Asian American Justice Center, Communications Workers of America, National Urban League, NAACP and National Coalition on Black Civic Participation were among the organizations who signed the letter. For more information visit www.civilrights.org.
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with their rent, take advantage of homeless people with income [who] lack stable housing,” said Couts. High rates of unemployment among Housing activist, Darlene Dancy said minorities, foreclosures, the rising cost of rent, D.C.’s rent control formula should be utilities and fuel and extreme budget cuts are reconfigured. “It raised rents during an behind a rise in the area’s homeless population, economic upswing. Now we are in a recession local homeless advocates say. An upcoming and that formula does not coincide with reality report by the Washington Metropolitan Council along with the fact that the ceiling cap has of Governments indicates the Washington been removed. It was the beginning of the end region’s homeless has increased to 11,988 for many people who are now homeless,” said persons, mostly among families and African Dancy, who lived out of her car for one year Americans, and that’s largely due to the before securing permanent housing. hobbled economy. In 2010, during former D.C. Mayor Jewel Stroman, 22, stands outside a Adrian Fenty’s administration, a Permanent temporary housing facility in Northwest D.C. Supportive Housing Program (PSHP) was with her daughter, hoping one day for a place to developed and implemented to provide Courtesy Photos call her own. Hamilton Jones, 47, a researcher, permanent housing and supportive services to Jennifer Hudson and her mom, Darnell Donerson who was killed, as well as of chronically Jason. individuals writer and former substance abuser has been hundreds her brother, homeless diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Jones survives and families. However, due to depleted on a meager income of $20 a week and $200 in Vincent Gray cut found the body of hercity coffers, Mayorplate X584859 was deep on 7-year-old monthly food stamps. into programs for the underserved,Side after Chicago’s West leaving nephew Monday, just hours AP Photo/The Washington Post, Marvin Joseph was found in a “There’s an issue when people like me can’t community-based organizations without call police received a 7 a.m. after his body Gwendolyn Bell holds her cellular telephone during an interview inside the BNP Soup get any benefits because we’re judged to be staffing or funding to provide wraparound functional when we really aren’t. I mean, I have Kitchen in Capitol Hill in Washington on March 20, 2009. Services that provide resources services. to the homeless, such as free cell phones, have been impacted by a growing homeless a felony record and history of mental illness. “Budget cuts on programs for the poor I can’t do much more than live in the streets,” population and decreased funds. will weaken our ability provide the type of said Jones. intensive care that is needed especially for The count, which was conducted in the last the homeless with mental health issues,” for the Homeless, said unfortunately, Blacks represent 90 week of January 2011 by area governments said Russell Snyder, president and CEO and Dallas Cowboys players By Alan King percent of the homeless population in the District due to the and homeless service providers, found that the number of ofAFRO Staff of American Chesapeake. “It makes Terrell Owens, Volunteers Writer Tony Romo and it much economy and a depletion of federal funds for prevention and homeless single adults, like Jones, decreased by less than 2 difficult to provide the type of intensive care names submitted“to among the that is needed. rapid re-housing programs. percent, while the number of homeless persons in families, Cardozo Heights Association for Neighborhood Growth and election officials. Presidential candidate John In a departure, more and more working, middle-class like Stroham, increased by 6 percent. Enrichmentattack on ACORN – emergency assistance McCain’s (CHANGE), a well-known Hurd said those workers, who residents are being counted among the homeless. Data from the count found that children represent 27 program, hasCommunity were Its director, Gracie Associated been operating for 44 years. doing those things without Claybourne Couts, 47, an information technology percent of the region’s homeless population and 61 percent of Rolling, said the government should ACORN’s knowledge or permisinvest in jobs. Organization for Reform Now – sion, were fired. specialist, bounces around different shelters and rooms while all people in families that are homeless. It also showed that “It’s one thing to of the confirms the success participate in training programs with a “The evidence that has surorganization, there are the he tries to put his professional life in order. “Every time, I 38 percent of all homeless adults in families and 20 percent of stipend. Whenthe head of no jobs available after you finish, that faced so far must invest in group says. think I’ve found the perfect temporary setting, something goes will keep someone homeless. The governmentshows they faked homeless single individuals are employed. awry. Many individuals who need someone to help them out Michael Ferrell, executive director of the D.C. Coalition jobs “This is testimony Rolling said. forms to get paid for work they for Americans,” to the work didn’t do, not to stuff ballot we’ve done and success we’ve boxes.” ACORN, she said, is the had,” Maude Hurd, president of victim of fraud, not the perpetraACORN, said in an interview tor of it. with the AFRO. surveyed, which makes the with the Census Bureau, Bureau expected a “drop compared to 69 percent in the HurdCouncil only things full said the by June. And “When this attack started, we count disproportionate. traveled to grocery stores, in participation” among 2000. announced that we had the city is the chargesto have a Continued from A1 bogus are expected themhad just “We did everything metro stops and knocked on D.C. residents. However, The subcommittee is votfull-scale redistricting plan by selves. And factcheck. org registered 1.3 million new boundaries into Ward 6 will possible,” Councilman Brown doors to get D.C. residents to the Census saw an influx of expected said. “That’s just to say the end of the year. agrees. ers,” she to submit a report to give us greater economic and said. Brown added that the fill out census forms. participation in D.C. –72 It concluded, “Neither that someone’s running scared racial diversity. That is what committee, in conjunction Phillips said the Census percent participation in 2010 ACORN nor its employees have because of ACORN’s success.” I’m aiming for.” been found guilty of, or even McCain, who is running for Members told witnesses president on the Republican tick- charged with, casting fraudulent that university students and votes.” et, lashed out at ACORN in the The problem came about priD.C. jail inmates were part of final debate against Barack Obama, contending the group “is marily because of the way the count. But some expressed on the verge of maybe perpetrat- ACORN operates. Rather than concerns that certain wards rely on volunteers, it pays peoing one of the greatest frauds in were over-counted and ple, many of them poor or unemvoter history in this country, maybe destroying the fabric of ofployed, to sign up new voters. The Legislative Black Caucus Maryland and Presidents’ RoundTable Present: was to help both those The idea democracy.” Factcheck.org, a non-partisan being registered and those doing the registration. Web site, found those claims to Maud explained, “We have a be “exaggerated,” with “no evizero tolerance policy for deliberdence of any such democracyate falsification of registration.” destroying fraud.” Most news account neglect to Hurd believes the McCain charges were politically motivat- point out that ACORN is undercounted. “African required by law to turn in all reged. Four said, by Sheraton BWI Airport Americans and Latinos istration forms. 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Gen. Kip Ward, 1st Commander of U.S. Africa Command, Retires
By AFRO Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, 37th chief of staff of the United States Army, hosted a retirement ceremony April 26 in honor of the former commander of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), Gen. William E. “Kip” Ward at Summerall Field, Fort Myer, Va. Gen. Ward served in Stuttgart, Germany, as the first commander of AFRICOM from Oct. 1, 2007 to March 9, 2011. He was commissioned into the infantry in June 1971. His military education includes the infantry officer basic and advanced courses, US Army Command and General Staff College and US Army War College. He holds a master’s degree in political science from Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s in political science from Morgan State University. Ward’s awards and badges include: the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Legion of Merit (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with six Oak Leaf Clusters), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (with three Oak
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Gen. Kip Ward and his wife, Joyce, give honors during the playing of the National Anthem. Leaf Clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Master Parachutist Badge. Ward retires from military after serving the nation for 39 years. He was joined by his wife, Joyce and other family and friends at the ceremony.
Seniors Enjoy ‘America I AM’ Exhibit on Wal-Mart’s Older Americans Day
Wal-Mart and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) joined together to bring older adults in the District metro area to the “America I AM: The African American Imprint” exhibit free of charge. On April 21, Wal-Mart hosted Seniors Day at the National Geographic Museum, where 1,000 mature adults will receive special access to the exhibition. “America I AM: The African American Imprint,” created by Tavis Smiley and sponsored by Wal-Mart, tells the story of the arrival of Africans in America to present-day struggles and successes through images, music, artifacts and more.
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Ronnette Smith from Wal-Mart visits with 102-year-old Virginia McLaurin. "I never thought I'd get this age," she said. McLaurin volunteers at the D..C public school Sharp, which educates mentally and physically disabled children. She has also been a foster grandparent for the United Planning Organization for 20 years. Wal-Mart’s Older Americans Day trip gave area seniors an opportunity to explore the “America I AM: The African American Imprint” exhibit. The event, which was sponsored by Wal-Mart and the National Council on Aging, was held April 21, 2011 at National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C.
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“The recent tax increase was justified where property improvements are causing the sales prices of the properties to rise. By law, assessments are driven by recent sales. When average sale prices increase, our assessments also increase,” said Umansky. “A property tax deferral program was in place for the first-half 2010 billing which allowed property owners, upon application, to delay paying first-half 2010 taxes until the end of the tax year.” The coalition said the government is treating the situation as if the businesses affected are making money to pay taxes. Continued from A1
direct cause of many of the properties along the H Street Corridor being on OTR’s tax sale list and, unfortunately, several are in foreclosure court or have been foreclosed on.” Johnson continued, “Why hasn’t the CFO raised a red flag with the mayor, Councilman [Tommy] Wells or DDOT? Why hasn’t the CFO done an economic impact study to address this problem? The mere fact that more than a fourth of the properties along the H St. Corridor have been consecutively listed on OTR’s tax sale should be alarming to the CFO,” said Johnson.
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Unik Styles (center) located in the 700 block of H St., N.E., closed in 2010 due to ongoing construction and increased taxes. “The tax deferment referenced was ineffective due to the administrator and intended beneficiaries not understanding it or not aware of its existence,” Johnson said. “We are not solely disputing the drastic increase in property taxes over the last three years, but the indisputable fact that taxes were increased between 200-350 percent during a fouryear government-sponsored construction project, which has harmed the businesses along the H Street Corridor,” he added. “The negative ramification from the onslaught of a debilitating construction project—coupled with exorbitant taxes—is the
The coalition proposed solutions for merchants and property owners impacted by the construction to include: • Tax abatement from inception to completion of the streetcar project • Maintain property taxes at pre-construction rate • Create a property tax deduction for H Street properties comparable to the Homestead deduction • Use tax increment financing funds to retroactively provide tax relief in the form of grants or against future tax payments • Offer government-sponsored, no-interest loans on the assessed property value payable through property taxes • Immediately disburse Streetscape survival funds But the group said most councilmembers refused to meet with them to discuss their ongoing concerns and recommendations. The AFRO also contacted Councilmembers Harry Thomas (D-Ward 5), chairman of the Committee of Economic Development; Michael Brown (I-At Large), chair of the Committee on Workforce Development and Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) chair of the Committee of Finance. Each refused to respond and referred all questions to Councilman Wells (D-Ward 6). “We truly believe that Councilman Tommy Wells and other members of the council are knowingly and unknowingly facilitating the forced exodus of minority-owned H Street businesses to accelerate gentrification of the area,” said Johnson. A spokesman from Wells’ office denied the allegations and claimed the councilmember has reached out to the minority property owners. “We have reviewed the complaints of these property owners and we have tried to help them on a case-by-case basis,” said Charles Allen, public information officer for Councilman Wells. In the following e-mailed statement, Wells said in addition
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(NNPA) — Like many parents, California mother Anne-Marie Skinner knows “accidents happen.” Her active, athletic teenagers Constance and Lucas - are both involved in a number of extracurricular activities, and both have unfortunately suffered sports-related injuries that required serious medical care. One of the worst to administer medication to help him breathe and multiple prescription drugs to prevent and treat his asthma. Several times a year, Alexei still ends up in the emergency room. Last year, Alexei suffered an asthma attack and fell to the ground while running in gym class, and was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. Healthy Families has made it possible for Alicia to manage Alexei’s prescription drugs, doctor visits, and emergency room visits and helped Anne-Marie through Constance’s eye injury. But, in recent years, changes in the state budget for Healthy Families and California’s Medicaid program, Medi-Cal—including significant premium and co-payment
Children’s Health on the Chopping Block
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accidents happened when a basketball hit Constance in the face, requiring an emergency room visit, an MRI, and follow-up care from multiple doctors, including a pediatric eye care specialist. Thankfully, both Constance and Lucas have been able to get the care they need because they are enrolled in Healthy Families, California’s version of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)—low-cost health insurance for children, teenagers, and pregnant women. Healthy Families makes Constance and Lucas’s care affordable for their family. Anne-Marie has already cut her family’s budget back to bare bones in this economy, including spending less on buying food. “If it wasn’t for Healthy Families I would be buried in a blanket of medical debt,” she says. Alicia Alferez faces a different challenge—keeping up with her child’s chronic health condition. Her oldest son, 14-yearold Alexei, has severe asthma. Like Anne-Marie, Alicia is a California resident who relies on Healthy Families coverage for her three children. With the Healthy Families coverage, Alexei is able to access preventive care including a machine
“The U.S. House of Representatives approved an unfair and shortsighted budget that will assault vulnerable children and low-income families.”
increases—have been making it harder for families to get critical health care services for their children. Another round of cost-sharing increases in the state’s 2011-2012 budget will cause real and lasting hardship for families like the Skinners and the Alferezes, including the difficult decisions they will face if the co-payment for an emergency room visit increases to $50 per visit. These two families are among the millions across the country whose health coverage is “on the chopping block” twice over: once because of state budget cuts and a second time because of federal budget cuts. They all risk losing the affordable, comprehensive health coverage their children need to grow up healthy and strong. The U.S. House of Representatives approved an unfair and shortsighted budget that will assault vulnerable children and low-income families. It would make deep cuts in Medicaid, shift more costs to states, and eliminate core protections for the 30 million children served by the program. In 2013, it would de-fund
the successful and cost effective Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) these and many thousands of California families need. All this at a time when 50 million Americans, including more than 8 million children, are uninsured. The House budget would repeal health reform that would reach an additional 32 million people and 95 percent of all children during the next few years. Children of color, who make up more than half of the children served by Medicaid, would fare worst and be placed at risk of preventable suffering, chronically poor health, and even death. And, for what purpose? To pay for more tax cuts to the wealthiest individuals and corporations in America? President Obama said this last week about the House budget for 2012: “There’s nothing serious about a plan that claims to reduce the deficit by spending a trillion dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. And I don’t think there’s anything courageous about asking for sacrifice from those who can least afford it and don’t have any clout on Capitol Hill. That’s not a vision of the America I know.” If this is not the America you want, stand up, and speak up and say no! Marian Wright Edelman is the president and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund.
Why Do Blacks Care about the Royal Wedding?
African Americans seek committed relationships and marriage just as much as any other ethnic group. They, too, long for the pomp and circumstance that the world will witness April 29, when England’s Prince William weds his bride Catherine Middleton. It’s become standard practice in recent of married Black Americans ages 20-54 dropped from 70.3 in 1970 to 39.6 in 2008, according to the 2009 Marriage Index, a joint study by the Institute for American Values and the National Center on African American Marriages and Parenting (NCAAMP). And while the evidence may suggest a decline in the value of marriage, for many African Americans, it is a testimony to the difficulties in finding a suitable partner who is prepared and ready to make the commitment. Not surprisingly there are convincing indicators that marriage’s status has declined throughout America. The percentage of all Americans ages 20-54 that are married also plummeted from 78.6 in 1970 to joblessness, and global instability. Marriage affects other more glaring social concerns in more substantive and direct ways than those often-discussed headline issues. And yet, the decline of marriage has been woefully absent from our national debate. This must change if we hope to stave off the wholesale cultural decline of America. The discussion of family values must move beyond its traditional place as an exclusively conservative political action item and be embraced in rural and metro America, discussed among Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Asians and native people, and maintained across all faiths. Our children need stable families and communities. It’s time to elevate the marriage discussion to the national level and draw attention to it from a broad range of communities. In the short term, we can defuse any youthful reluctance to discuss the importance of marriage with the timely paparazzi surrounding the royal union. But once the nation and its youth are aware of what must be done, we can only hope that marriage – restored to its irreplaceable position – is celebrated, cultivated, and continued with the same reverence as the old broom jumping ceremony that’s been carefully passed down from the slave era. Michelle Drayton is the president of Today’s Child Communications – based in New York City – and a maternalchild health registered nurse and holder of a master’s degree in public health. She is also the publisher of “Today’s Child” magazine now entering its 13th year.
generations for Black couples to ceremonially jump the broom at their weddings. The act exemplifies a delicate link between contemporary African Americans to the slave culture of their ancestors who resiliently sustained precious native marriage practices. Though weddings between slaves were not officially recognized, the dogged continuation of matrimonial ties reflected marriage and family’s central position in Black culture and community. And yet, recent surveys suggest that young African Americans, devoid of stable relationship role models, see marriage as something Whites do, not Blacks. The percentage
“[The] steady deterioration of humanity’s central relationship is as much a crisis in America as the slumping economy, joblessness, and global instability.”
57.2 in 2008. Analysis of government statistics also reveals that rural Whites – long the bastion of marriage and barometer of American middle class values – now divorce at the same rate as Whites living in metropolitan areas. At the same time, the percentage of births to married Americans tumbled from 89.3 percent in 1970 to 60.3 percent in 2008, according to the Marriage Index. Among African Americans, that same measure fell from 62.4 percent in 1970 to 28.4 in 2008. This steady deterioration of humanity’s central relationship is as much a crisis in America as the slumping economy,
Letters to the Editor
Wal-Mart—Perception or Reality? The perception of Wal-Mart varies, depending upon one’s perspective, social and/ or political interests, or business viewpoint. Wal-Mart advocates call attention to more jobs and increased tax revenues to justify Wal-Mart’s existence in urban markets. Critics suggest that Wal-Mart monopolizes local markets which forces smaller businesses to close and thereby contributes to the reduction of tax revenues and loss of jobs in metropolitan areas. The basis for support of a Wal-Mart in Washington, D.C.’s Ward 4, on the Old Curtis Chevrolet site, is more political than practical. In 2008, under the guidance of Mayor Adrian Fenty, the city put together the “Upper Georgia Avenue Great Streets Redevelopment Plan,” a document used to guide development on the Georgia Avenue corridor. The city’s plan states that the kind of retail recommended for development would have to be competitive in the local market and not duplicate what can already be found in Columbia Heights. The Target in Columbia Heights is a big-box store very similar to Wal-Mart. Moreover, the Institute for the Study of Labor examined Wal-Mart’s labor practices. It estimates that for every five jobs Wal-Mart creates, seven other workers in the surrounding area lose their jobs because Wal-Mart can afford to have lower prices which in turn drive local stores out of business. Wal-Mart’s record of discrimination against African Americans, women, and workers with disabilities is reason enough to question Wal-Mart’s role in community and economic development. Why bring a business to Ward 4 that is currently facing workplace-bias lawsuits for widespread discrimination against women employees, African-American truck drivers, and numerous other cases involving discrimination against workers with disabilities? The same effort and perseverance that convinced Wal-Mart to come to Ward 4 can be used to work with local and national business leaders to develop a business proposal more inclusive of the concerns and recommendations of the Ward 4 community. Baruti Jahi, Ph.D. Ward 4 resident Washington, D.C. Bullying in American Culture I am really disturbed by out wide-ranging assessment of the horrors of bullying. Now, please don’t get me wrong; I think that bullying can be debilitating emotionally. And, as we’ve seen, it can actually lead to death. Our children are under so much pressure to dress, talk and engulf themselves in our materialistic, plastic, pop culture that they struggle with simple, natural, human situations. The question we have to ask ourselves is how did we get this dark place? This is my take on it: 400 years of slavery in America had to have unlimited bullies to keep this dehumanizing institution in place. Then, years of Jim Crow and Klan terror activities wrapped themselves in bullying tactics. The many years that followed brought about even more bullying. The murder of Martin Luther King Jr. and a system of mental and physical imprisonment take on an air of bullying. You see, we in America have a history of militarism and racism and our children have seen it and been taught it. Many people see taunting and bullying as a rite of passage. Bullying is built into our American culture. How can we turn the table on bullying where our children see it and hear it in many forms from parents as well as leaders? Our fine president did have a summit on bullying, but it goes deeper than that— from police harassment to the horrendous inequities of our legal system. Our children see it day in and day out. Let’s face one fact: Bullying is an integral part of the American culture. Ted Moody Richmond, Va.
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the commission more power and recently moved to cut its budget by two-thirds. “The second step is we need to have much more fuel-efficient cars that get 60 plus miles per gallon by 2025,” Weiss said. “It’s very realistic. The technology exists to do that today.” Beyond that, he said, elected officials must move to stop big tax breaks for big oil companies. He also said consumers need to take small but practical cost-saving steps, such as combining trips, to curtail their fuelrelated expenses. Woods, the florist, said she is already doing that by trying to cluster her deliveries and only going downtown and to southeast once a day. But beyond trade and tax break issues, other local factors help drive up the already high price of gas even more in D.C., said John B. Townsend, spokesman for the AAA. Those factors include the high cost of D.C. real estate. He also cited a recent news article that revealed the fact that nearly half the gas stations in D.C. – 240 – are controlled by Joe Mamo, an Ethiopian immigrant who was described as the city’s “Gas-Station Master.” Though Mamo has been accused of raising rents and the cost of gas and forcing other gas station owners to raise their prices, Mamo denied doing such, the article states. But local affairs aside, gas prices would still be high. Townsend said that Wall Street investment houses and hedge funds are looking for “the next big thing” and seem to have found it in crude oil. “That’s what’s causing the prices to increase,” Townsend said, “…all this money going into gas commodities and crude oil commodities. The commodity market has become the haven of people trying to invest their money and make a killing.” In the lead-up to the contest, Biddle appeared to be at the top, picking up endorsements from Mayor Vincent Gray (D), Council Chairman Kwame Brown (D) and the SEIU MD/DC, which sent mail to 33,000 likely voters on April 5, coughing up $65,000 on his behalf. Still, it seemed Biddle was not able to convince D.C. residents. The Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO endorsed Orange, along with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). The DC Board of Elections still has to wait for mail-in ballots. category as Vickie Johnson received an award for her design of the AFRO Senior Guide and Denise Dorsey, AFRO Production Department manager, won for her design of the Washington AFRO’s “Omegas Celebrated Founders’ Day and Achievement Week.” The AFRO awards ended with the AFRO website, AFRO.com, winning an award for general website excellence. The MDDC Press Association is the primary press association for the mid-Atlantic region and provides training and development, as well as legislative representation for most daily and non-daily newspapers in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Delaware.
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Dinner emcee Veronica Johnson, meteorologist, NBC 4 and NFL Hall of Famer/former Redskins player Darrell Green
ore than 800 guests gathered at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner Hotel in McLean, Va., to attend the 21st Annual Community Service and Scholarship Awards Dinner hosted by the Northern Virginia Urban League (NOVAUL). In keeping with this year’s theme, “Preparing the Next Generation for a Global Economy,” awards were present to some of the world’s highest achievers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Honorees included Dr. Tshaka Cunningham, Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs researcher and Howard University
Marc H. Morial, president/CEO, NUL; Karen PriceWard, Southwest Airlines and Alexandria, Va., Mayor William Euille Dinner co-chairpersons Angela Moody, president/CEO, EDJ Associates and Steven Baker, vice president, Business Administration, Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority Gwen Tillman, corporate manager and Jim Green, director, SEAS, both with Northrop Grumman
School of Medicine adjunct professor; NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson and future neurosurgeon Tony Hansberry. Fifteen area high school seniors were awarded $5,000 scholarships to attend the college of their choice. LeLand Melvin, NASA associate administrator for education programs, was the keynote speaker and NBC4 news meteorologist Veronica Johnson served as the evening’s emcee. Special guests include Marc Morial, president/CEO, National Urban League (NUL); U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.); U.S. Rep. James Moran (D-Va.) and Alexandria, Va., Mayor William Euille. Major sponsors include BET Networks, Comcast, Cox Communications, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Southwest Airlines and the Stafford Foundation. Roses were presented to Lavern Chatman, president/ CEO of NOVAUL, for her Mary Millben sings “The unwavering and steady Impossible Dream (The Quest)” leadership. accompanied by Kate Rodgers, principal harpist, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra.
Steven Baker, dinner co-chairman, presents the Leadership in Excellence Award in STEM field to Tony Hansberry.
Dr. Tshaka Cunningham receives the Excellence in STEM Award from Angela Moody, dinner cochairwoman.
Lavern Chatman, president/CEO, NOVAUL and Congressman James Moran (D-Va.) Lavern Chatman receives flowers for leading NOVAUL.
2011 Scholarship recipients Scholarship recipient Lena Nelson from West Springfield High School gives the student response.
Keynote speaker Leland D. Melvin, associate administrator for education programs, NASA, receives the Excellence in Leadership award in the STEM field from Kenneth Bynum, Esq., chairman, board of directors, NOVAUL.
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he National Sorority Phi Delta Kappa’s (PDK) District-based Beta Chapter recently hosted their annual luncheon and scholarship awards presentation at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Md. After feasting on a sumptuous meal while listening to melodious music, presentations were made to Joi Raines and Natalie Porter-McCuiston for their extraordinary labor of love as school teachers in the D.C. school system. The program concluded with an up-tempo, couture, highstyle, glitzy fashion show produced by Lovely Lady Boutique. PDK promotes sisterhood among its members by exhibiting a high level of professionalism, academic and social ideals. They are America’s educators.
Models of all ages work the runway.
Ministers Charles and Karen Bell (soror) Chapter Basileus Natalie PorterMcCuisten brings greetings. Honorees Joi Raines and Natalie Porter-McCuisten, recipients of the Outstanding Teacher Award for work beyond the call of duty
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‘AFRO’ Sports Desk Faceoff: Who Should the Redskins Draft in 2011?
By Stephen D. Riley and Perry Green No one knows for sure who the Washington Redskins will select with their 10th overall pick in the NFL draft on April 28, but one thing is clear: the list of possibilities is a long one. With holes seemingly everywhere on the team other than safety and tight end, Washington can go in a number of directions in their attempt to rebuild the downtrodden franchise. Years of opting to build through free agency and trades, rather than the draft, have left Washington’s roster depleted and the AFRO Sports Desk searching for answers. Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley have gone into their own war room to weigh the possible picks. Green: Picking 10th in the first round gives Washington some options. They can trade down—which I feel is the best option—or they can stay put and still get a very talented player. If they elect to remain at No. 10, then a pass rusher has to top their draft board. The 3-4 defense was a disaster last season, partly because they didn’t have the pieces to run it, but mainly
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By Stephen D. Riley AFRO Staff Writer Holes, holes and more holes. If you look at the Washington Redskins roster you’ll see a register in dire need of some tweaking and some talent. With the 10th pick in the NFL Draft patiently waiting on a decision from the pride of D.C., it’s a pivotal year to be a pigskin fan. There are 11 different key positions on a football team, and Washington needs a new piece at just about nine of them. Should they go quarterback? Maybe they should take a wide receiver? Or perhaps they should take a linebacker or add to the defensive line? The list of possibilities is extensive upon further review.
Decisions Loom for Redskins in Critical Draft
Years of dodging the draft in favor of signing high-profile free agents have finally caught up to a roster short on promising young players and long in age. at their selections may not match their pressing needs. Typically, when a team drafts for need instead of best player available, NFL executives call that a reach. Gabe Carimi, (Wisconsin) Anthony Castonzo (Boston College) or Tyron Smith (USC) would give Washington a set of young line wings to finish out the next decade with. But none of the offensive tackles in this draft scream 10th pick and if a team wouldn’t draft a tackle that high then cross out guard and center as well. ` With a draft deep at defensive line, the front three of the Redskins 3-4 alignment could definitely be addressed. As many as six linemen could all fit in the first round and securing a defensive end or nose tackle (which is essential to running a 3-4) is also on the list of priorities. This season’s draft isn’t just heavy on the defensive line, it’s stocked
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“If you look at the Washington Redskins roster you’ll see a register in dire need of some tweaking and some talent.”
Last offseason’s wheeling and dealing has left the club with just two selections (10 and 41) in the first five rounds of this year’s draft, leaving Washington with no choice but to score big on its first pair of picks. A trade down would be ideal; the team needs extra picks, and the options available In Washington however, we call that the Redskins’ annual draft strategy. Personally, I’m a fan of finishing what you started. Last season the club went offensive line and drafted super athletic left tackle Trent Williams. Another bookend to compliment Williams such as tackles
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Artist V. Rich Shakes Up the Music Industry with Multifaceted Style
Originally trained under a classical music curriculum, V. Rich used his innate musical skills and became a piano wiz. After relocating to D.C., he founded a band and later began singing back-up for artists Amel Larrieux. Through this experience, he later went on to work with a handful of other artists including Raheem DeVaughn, Mya and Lauryn Hill. Now, fresh off the release of his Extended Play (EP) album, Songs from the Album Addicted, the AFRO spoke to V. Rich about his multifaceted musical style, his current work and his future projects in the making. AFRO: How did you get you get started in music? V Rich: I started singing in the church at 3 years old and then I started taking piano lessons at 5. Then, from 5 on, I played up until [college] and I went to Carnegie Mellon University and then transferred to Howard. The funny thing about piano is that I really didn’t like playing when I first started. I actually hated it, but it was a requirement in my family to do it [and] you could only quit once you got to a certain age or a certain level. Once I got to that level, I didn’t want to quit. AFRO: Since you spent a lot of your formative years studying classical music, do you infuse that into your tracks? V Rich: I’m always infusing classical music in my songs, more so during my live shows than in my recordings. But you can still hear elements of my classical background. AFRO: Talk about your extended play (EP) album, ‘Songs from Addicted.’ V Rich: It’s a five-song EP. I put it out to get a feel of what people like and get my feet wet in the industry. I got a great response from it, and it’s just to lead up to my actual LP release. I [also] just recently released my mixtape entitled Before the Addiction. AFRO: When can listeners expect the full album? V Rich: It’ll be released in the fall. AFRO: Will it have any notable features? V Rich: Yes. Singer Eric Roberson will be on there and so will Rapper Big Pooh from [the group] Little Brother. I have a few other artists but they’re not solidified yet so I can’t really mention them. [Laughs]. AFRO: Often, some might complain that R&B music is not the same as it used to be. What are your thoughts Courtesy Photo on that claim and how do plan to go against it? V Rich: I think now, genres are starting to mix together so much that most artists that are out, don’t even fit into the boxes [that people put them in]. I personally don’t like boxes in music because some of my songs are R&B, some of them are soul and some of them are alternative. I even have some tracks on my mixtape that are basically smooth jazz. So, I think the lines of genres are starting cross, especially in the R&B, pop and hip hop worlds. I think everybody has their lane. So,
In an industry where talentless artists come a dime a dozen, R&B vocalist V. Rich is definitely in the minority. After being exposed to music at a young age, the Michigan native fashioned himself into a full-fledged singer, songwriter, arranger and producer.
Tyler Perry Back in Drag for More Tomfoolery as Madea
Shirley (Loretta Devine, left), Byron (Shad “Bow Wow” Moss, center) and Tammy (Natalie Desselle Reid, right) in Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family. By Kam Williams Special to the AFRO Hold onto your wigs and fat suits, folks, because Tyler Perry is back in drag as America’s sassiest granny. But don’t make the mistake of attributing the Madea franchise’s enduring appeal to the loudmouthed hussy’s bodaciousness alone, since she’s as much beloved for her timely sermonizing as for all that trademark tomfoolery. While undeniably upping the ante in terms of sheer frivolity, this sixth installment is also grounded by a bittersweet storyline. At the point of departure, we find Madea’s niece, Shirley (Loretta Devine), being informed by her physician (Philip Anthony-Rodriguez) about a resurgence of the cancer that she’s been fighting for the past seven years. Despite the urgent diagnosis, she declines further treatment, explaining that she’s simply too tired to do another round of chemotherapy. And with just weeks to live, the devoutly religious Christian resigns herself to the will of the Lord. What does still matter to her, however, is seeing her three children one last time to break the unfortunate news to them in person. The trouble is that they’re all currently consumed by bad relationships, each more in crisis than the next. Daughter Tammy (Natalie Desselle) is married to a wimp (Rodney Perry), who lets their smart aleck sons (Stevie Wash Jr. and Benjamin Aiken) walk all over her. Materialistic middlechild Kimberly (Shannon Kane) cares so much about her high-paying corporate job and the trappings of success that she ignores her toddler and takes her patient hubby (Isaiah Mustafa) for granted. Elsewhere, 18 -year-old Byron (Bow Wow), Shirley’s youngest, is being pressured by his gold digger of a girlfriend (Lauren London) to supplement his modest income by selling drugs on the street again. Adding to the recent-parolee’s angst is the baby-mama drama surrounding his hypercritical ex’s (Teyana Taylor) demands for more child support for their son. Care to hazard a guess whose help Shirley enlists to slap some sense, both literally and figuratively, into this
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By AFRO Staff District Mayor Vincent Gray has declared May 2011 Cultural Awareness Month in honor of Cultural Tourism DC’s Passport DC initiative, a month-long celebration of international culture. In May 2010, former District Mayor Adrian Fenty instituted the first Cultural Awareness Month in D.C. Passport DC is a series of street festivals, open houses, embassy program, special performances and more that celebrate the cultural expression of the international community. The events allow District-area residents to explore the food and spirit of countries like Spain, Nigeria, Brazil and dozens of other nations without leaving the city’s confines. “Cultural Tourism DC is honored that Mayor Gray recognizes the significance of Passport DC,” said Cultural Tourism DC Executive Director Linda Donavan Harper in a press statement. “Only in Washington, DC, a truly global city, could you have a celebration like this. Both Cultural Tourism DC and Mayor Gray appreciate that Washington’s many embassies and international organizations influence the culture of DC. Passport DC serves as a gateway for exploring the world that is located in our own backyard.” This year’s Passport DC includes a new event, Kids World Cinema, with celebrates international children’s films on May 13-14 and May 20-22. Presented by Alliance Francaise de Washington, the cinema showcase also features an arts and crafts workshop for children ages 5-12 and is free to the public. The initiative’s highlight is the Around the World Embassy Tour on May 14. At this free, day-long event,
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Ordinarily, Walmart plays by its own rules as the largest company in the world. That usually means neighborhoods get shortchanged – from low wages to traffic nightmares to the disappearance of small businesses. DC residents won’t tolerate another big bully joining Congress in disrespecting our voice and our values. DC deserves a much better deal than that.
Walmart should provide real community benefits, like: n Full-time, living wage jobs n Paying its fair share of taxes n Local hiring and training commitments targeted to DC residents n Protection for our residents and small businesses n Fairness in hiring rehabilitated ex-offenders n Equal pay for all workers regardless of gender or race n Green building standards n And more That’s why the Living Wages, Healthy Communities coalition has asked Walmart to sit down and negotiate an agreement to provide enforceable community benefits for DC residents and small businesses that would be impacted by its move into the District.
dysfunctional menagerie? Madea, of course, proceeds to browbeat her misbehaving extended family into shape in her own inimitable style which simply will not be ignored. Along for the ride, purely for comic relief, are a couple of embarrassing relatives: Aunt Bam (Cassi Davis) and Mr. Brown (David Mann). The former is a feisty septuagenarian who smokes marijuana and flirts shamelessly (“Are you married?” “Are you straight?”) with younger men. The latter is a garishlydressed master of the malapropism who somehow convincingly confuses the words “prostitute” with “prostate,” “carbon peroxide” with “carbon monoxide,” and even “colonoscopy” with “Coca Cola.” Such distracting buffoonery notwithstanding, Madea as usual miraculously manages to straighten everybody out, and right in the nick of time for the uplifting, closing credits, Kodak moment. Melodramatic tough love as meaningful group therapy! Very Good (HHH) Rated PG-13 for profanity, mature themes and drug use. Running time: 106 Minutes Distributor: Lionsgate Films
is [R&B] different from the past? Of course it is–everything is always changing. But, there are elements of [old school] in music today as well. AFRO: What’s up next for you? V Rich: The mixtape and the EP are out, so now I’m working on the full album. I also have a few other projects that I’m working on under my label. I’m doing an album with my father who’s putting out a prayer CD. I’m working with artist Jay Hayden and he’s putting out another album. I did a song with him last year that hit Billboard. I’m also doing a score for a movie called The Talented. So, I’m working. For more information on V. Rich, visit: www.vrichmusic.com or Vrich.bandcamp.com.
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HU Chapel Services Vernon Jordan Jr. will be the guest speaker during the 11 a.m. service in Cramton Auditorium on May 1. He is the senior managing director of Lazard Freres & Co. LLC in New York City. The Rev. Dr. Bernard Richardson will preach on May 8. All are welcome. Call 202-806-7280 for additional information. Women’s Day at Zion Women’s Day, sponsored by the Women’s Ministry of Zion Baptist Church, will be observed May 1. The theme of the 10:15 a.m. praise and worship service is “Women in Ministry: Mentoring to Care about Their Followers.” Courtesy Photo The keynote speaker will be Rev. Patricia Hailes Fears, Vernon Jordan Jr. will pastor’s assistant to the Rev. Dr. Carlton W. Veazey, of preach at Howard Fellowship Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. Music will be University on May 1. provided by United Women in Song, directed by Karla Scott, also music director of the United States Naval Academy Gospel Choir. Women of all communities and religious groups are welcome to attend. Rev. Keith W. Byrd Sr. is pastor of Zion located at 4850 Blagden Ave., in Northwest Washington and invites all to join us in worship. For more information, call the church at 202722-4940 or on the website at www.ziondc.org. A Mother’s Day Dinner The Women’s Fellowship at Peoples Congregational UCC will sponsor a Mother’s Day Buffet Dinner from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on May 8 at the church located at 4704 13th St. N.W., where the Rev. Dr. Michael C. Murphy is senior minister. Appearing will be Samuel Cromwell and Shirlita Settles. Call Maureen Butts at 202-363-5309 for ticket and other information.
Local Ministers Conference Makes Donation to Tornado-Ravaged HBCU
By Brienne Davis Special to the AFRO Shaw University, a historically Black institution and the oldest Black college or university in the south, received $5,000 from the Missionary Baptist Ministers Conference of Washington, D.C. and Vicinity on April 21. The funds will assist the schools as it recovers from a destructive tornado in Raleigh, N.C. “One of the Missionary Baptist Ministers’ Conferences is to support HBCUs annually, through direct financial support and the awarding of college scholarships. This year, in light of the devastation Shaw University has suffered, we have decided to give $5,000 to this school to support their restoration efforts, in addition to our customary awarding of college scholarships,” the organization said in a statement. Organized in 1885, the Missionary Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Washington, DC and Vicinity was founded to “promote the interest of the Redeemer’s Kingdom, to secure peace and prosperity of local churches, the welfare and harmony of the members to promote the cause of Christian Education and Missionary Causes; to stimulate an artist in all denominational enterprises; and to advance the Kingdom of Christ, for mutual intercourse for social, intellectual, moral and spiritual improvements.”
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Julius “Lester” Sturdivant, 85
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Julius Sturdivant was member of the Veterans of born on Nov. 15, 1925, in Foreign Wars, a life member Wadesboro, N.C. He was of the NAACP, and a member the eldest child of the late of the American Legion. Lester William Sturdivant He gave his knowledge, and Ethel Robinson time, and treasure to each of Sturdivant. these worthy organizations Affectionately called throughout his adult life. “Lester” by family and Lester and Ella relocated to friends, he was diagnosed St. Helena Island, S.C., in with Parkinson’s disease 2008. several years ago. And Lester is survived by his although he waged a brave loving and devoted wife, Ella battle against this relentless C. Sturdivant; his sons, Brad disease, he succumbed to L. and Tim D. Sturdivant; JULIUS STURDIVANT his illness on Feb. 16 in his daughter-in-law, Toni C. the Beaufort Memorial Sturdivant; his grandsons, Hospital, Beaufort, S.C. Services were held Jordan T., Justin D., and Jared C. Sturdivant at the Parish Church of St. Helena Episcopal and loving sisters, Ethel (Peggy) Reese, Church, with interment in the National Katie Lee Butler, Helen McLendon, Rose Cemetery Beaufort, S.C. on Feb. 23. Young, and Ruby Baldwin. He was preceded Lester served in the US Army Air Corps in death by his sisters Lillie Mae Redfearn during World War II. He attended Howard and Hazel Edwards, and his brothers, Edward University and was employed with U.S. State and Osborne Sturdivant. Department for over 35 years. Through his His memory will be cherished by sistersservice, he became a member of the United in-law Alva C. McNeal, Pearlie J. Chaplin States Foreign Service Reserve and in 1981 and Miriam T. Chaplin; his brothers-in-law reached the pinnacle of his career, retiring as Charles Redfearn, Wendell Butler, Vernie the first African-American printing officer McLendon and Charles Young. Additionally, liaison to the Government Printing Office. he leaves a host of nieces and nephews that Lester had a wonderful partner on his life will all miss him dearly. journey. He met and married Ella Chaplin Lester touched the lives of many people Sturdivant when she moved to Washington, with his charm and generosity and maintained D.C., to pursue her career as a registered his trademarked sense of humor and stoutness nurse. Lester and Ella enjoyed 53 spectacular of heart until the end. Although gone, he will years of wedded matrimony. Together, for never be forgotten. over 50 years, they were members of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Silver Lillian M. Parker Spring, Md. Lester was On Monday, April 18, 2011 in a diligent church worker, Falls Church, VA. Lillian M. Parker of Arlington,VA, mother of Captain Lutrelle performing many duties F. Parker, Jr. USN Retired (Lillie) and Dr. within the church including Wendell E. Parker(Margaret); foster mother vestryman and usher. of Imani Bennett; mother-in-law of Helen Lester was a life Parker; grandmother of Kimberly, Randall, member of Alpha Phi Lauren, Lutrelle III, Raymond II(Jericho) and Roslyn Parker and Tiffany Jackson; Alpha Fraternity’s Iota sister of Doris Foggie(Cardell); sister-inUpsilon Lambda Chapter law of Eunice Cobb, George Parker(Marie), of Silver Spring. Ritualistic Thomas Mangrum and Helen Parker. She is final rites were performed also survived by great grandchildren, foster by the fraternity’s Xi grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. A visitation was held on Monday, April 25, 2011 from 6 until Gamma Lambda Chapter 8 pm and the funeral was on Tuesday, April 26 at 11 am at the Mount of Beaufort. He was a life
Zion Baptist Church, 3500 S. 19th St, Arlington, VA 22204. Dr. Leonard N. Smith, Senior Minister officiated. Interment was in Arlington National Cemetery. Arrangements by Greene Funeral Home, Alexandria, VA.
Jessie Shorter Thomas Hospital, she worked in the was a proud and witty fourthgift shop for over 20 years. generation Washingtonian. She also volunteered at On Sept. 16, 2010, she was Arena Stage, and the Joint blessed to celebrate her Center for Political Studies, 100th birthday. Jessie’s life where she contributed for journey began Sept. 16, more than 10 years. She was 1910. She was the fourth of also a dedicated poll worker. five children born to Charles She worked on numerous and Jessie Freeman Shorter. political campaigns in the She was educated in the District and Montgomery District of Columbia public County, Md. She would schools. After attending proudly share that the Lucretia Mott Elementary participated in every march School, Jessie graduated in Washington for Equal from Armstrong Senior High Rights until she turned 90. JESSIE THOMAS School. (She remarked that Jessie’s service and there was no middle or junior high school contributions to the community did not at that time.) Following high school, she go unnoticed. She received numerous completed one year at Howard University, expressions of appreciation and awards over interrupting her education to begin her career the years. She was most recently honored at the United States Government Printing with a feature article in the Washington AFRO Office. and recognized as an outstanding senior Jessie married LeRoy Samuels in 1930. citizen of Ward 5 by Councilman Harry She and LeRoy had one daughter, her beloved Thomas Jr. BettyJane. This union ended in divorce. Jessie loved to swim. She would often In 1956, she married Charles W. Thomas. share how she and her sister learned to swim Together they traveled the world, collecting when city built a pool in the community. Her animals in conjunction with Charles’ position love her swimming continued throughout her as “unofficial ambassador” for the National life. At the age of 90, she participated in the Zoo. Their travels were often covered in Life DC Senior Olympics at Howard University and Ebony magazines. Jessie and Charles and was awarded a trophy for being the most were inseparable until he departed this life in senior lady swimmer. 1991. No one was more devoted to her family Jessie was an active member of the Berean than Jessie. She could always be counted Baptist Church since her childhood. Her on for love and support. She cherished the father enrolled her in Sunday school when time she spent with her daughter Betty, and she was 5. She was a devoted member of the considered Betty’s husband Albert, her son. Berean family until her passing. At Berean Her granddaughter Tracy and later great Baptist Church, she was a member of the grandson Justin were truly the apples of her Missionary Society and the Gideon Club. eye. She was also delighted to have a loving She also filled the position of financial clerk grandson in Tracy’s husband Larry. She loved for the continued to serve as a Deaconess family gatherings, celebrations and quiet time at its successor, the Historic Berean Baptist shared with the people she loved. Church located at 14th Street and Montana The life of the party — that was Jessie. Avenue, Northeast. At the age of 90, she was She was known for her outgoing personality, honored as the first mother of the Church. quick wit and sense of humor. She was a She remained a dutiful deaconess, serving great dancer and sparkling conversationalist. communication and caring for the sick and Always ready with a compliment, pat on shut-in until her passing. the back and a wink of an eye, she would Jessie felt helping others was part of the make one feel comfortable and at ease. rent we pay our creator. She often shared, Affectionately known as “Tots” and “GG,” ‘When the Lord blesses you, he looks for Jessie was a must-have on anyone’s guest list. you to share the blessing.” She helped feed Her motto for a long life: Pray, give thanks, and clothe many in need by assisting at the help somebody each day and eat chocolate.” Crisis Center at Berean Baptist Church. Her parents, Charles and Jessie; siblings, Her dedication to serving others continued Ransellar, John, Evenly and Geneva, and until her death. She was an active member daughter, Bettyjane, preceded her in death. of Wings for Joy, Inc., where she regularly She leaves to cherish her memory, her participated in the campaigns to bring food granddaughter, Tracy DuPree Davis (Larry D. and clothing to women and children in need. Davis); great grandson, Justin Davis; niece, Jessie retired from government service Dolores Kiah (Donald A. Kiah); stepdaughter, after more than 36 years. She then began to Harriet Dodson, and a host of great nephews, devote her time to many worthy causes, and nieces other loving relatives, her church became an avid volunteer. As a member of the family and friends. Women’s Auxiliary for Howard University
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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM274 Shantee Parker Decedent Gregory L. Lattimer 1200 G Street NW Suite 800 Washington DC 20005 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Tr a c i e R o b e r t s o n , whose address is 4018 E Street, SE Washington DC 20019 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Shantee Parker, who died on May 6, 2008 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 15, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 15, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: April 15, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Tracie Robertson Personal Representative 202-638-0095 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 4/15, 4/22, 4/29 Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM248 Roland Dewit Williams Decedent Wesley L. Clarke 1629 K Street Suite 300 Washington DC 20006 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Maria Green, whose address is 3415 Manderes Place, Spring Dale MD 20774 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Roland Dewitt Williams, who
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM292 Louise M. Carey Decedent Wendell C. Robinson 4308 Georgia Ave. NW Washington DC 20011 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Bruce McNeil, whose address is 630 Burns Street SE Washington DC 20011, was appointed personal representative of the estate of Louise M. Carey, who died on February 24, 2011 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent’s will) shall be cedent¬s will) shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before O c t o b e r 1 5 , 2 0 11 . Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 15, 20011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: April 15, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Bruce McNeil Personal Representative 202-581-3529 TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 4/15, 4/22, 4/29
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM268 OPAL M. WAGSTAFF AKA OPAL MARIE (WALKER) WAGSTAFF Decedent W. Alton Lewis 1450 Mercantile Lane Suite 155 Largo, Maryland 20774 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS William Arthur Wagstaff, Jr., whose address is 3347 Clay Street, NE Washington DC 20019 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Opal M. Wagstaff aka Opal Marie (Walker) Wagstaff, who died on November 12, 2006 with a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment (or to the probate of decedent¬s will) shall be filed with the Register of
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM307 Alma M. Strange Decedent W. Alton Lewis, Esq 1450 Mercantile Lane Suite 155 Largo, Maryland 20774 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Shelore Cary Wila. Order Nisi $ 60 per insertion $180.00 perAnn address is 3 weeks liams, whose 3215 13th Street, NW b. Small Estates (single publication) $ 50 per insertion Washington DC 20010 c. Notice to Creditors was appointed personal representative of the 1. Domestic $ 60 per insertion $ 180.00 per 3 Alma M. estate of weeks Superior Court of Strange, 3 weeks on died 2. Foreign the District of $ 60 per insertion $ 180.00 per who 2009 with December 26, District of Columbia d. Escheated Estates $ 60 per insertion $ 360.00 per 6 weeks a will, and will serve PROBATE DIVISION without e. Standard D.C. Washington, Probates $ 125.00 All Court supervision. unknown heirs 20001-2131 and heirs whose Administration No. whereabouts are un2011ADM268 known shall enter their appearance in this OPAL M. WAGSTAFF proceeding. Objections AKA $ 80.00 appointment (or to such a. Name Changes 202-879-1133 OPAL MARIE to the of (WALKER) WAGSTAFF $ 200.00 probate shall deb. Real Property cedent¬s will) be Decedent filed with the Register of W. Alton Lewis Wills, D.C., 515 5th 1450 Mercantile Lane Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Suite 155 Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before Largo, Maryland 20774 O c t o b e r 2 2 , 2 0 11 . Attorney Superior Court of Claims against the deNOTICE OF the District of cedent shall be preAPPOINTMENT, District of Columbia sented to the underNOTICE TO PROBATE DIVISION signed with a copy to the CREDITORS Washington, D.C. Register of Wills or filed AND NOTICE TO 20001-2131 with the Register of Wills UNKNOWN HEIRS with a copy to the undera. 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Objections whose address is 1311 Shelore Ann Cary Superior Court of Williams to such appointment (or Delaware Avenue, SW the District of Personal to the probate of de- Apt S-229, Washington District of Columbia Representative cedent¬s will) shall be DC 20024 was apcedent’s will) shall PROBATE DIVISION 202-387-0772 Washington, D.C. filed with the Register of pointed personal repreTRUE TEST COPY 20001-2131 Wills, D.C., 515 5th sentative of the estate of REGISTER OF WILLS Administration No. Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Clotilde Durham Smith, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6 2011ADM307 Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . who died on August 17, Alma M. Strange 20001, on or before 2010 with a will, and will Decedent SUPERIOR COURT OF O c t o b e r 1 5 , 2 0 11 . THE DISTRICT OF serve without Court su- W. Alton Lewis, Esq Claims against the de1450 Mercantile Lane COLUMBIA pervision. All unknown cedent shall be prePROBATE DIVISION heirs and heirs whose Suite 155 sented to the underLargo, Maryland Washington, D.C. whereabouts are un- 20774 signed with a copy to the 20001-2131 Register of Wills or filed known shall enter their Attorney Administration No. NOTICE OF with the Register of Wills appearance in this 2011ADM340 APPOINTMENT, with a copy to the under- proceeding. Objections Estate of NOTICE TO signed, on or before to such appointment (or CREDITORS Dr. Burke Syphax October 15, 2011, or be to the probate of deAND NOTICE TO Deceased cedent’s will) shall be forever barred. Persons cedent¬s will) shall be UNKNOWN HEIRS NOTICE OF believed to be heirs or filed with the Register of Shelore Ann Cary WilSTANDARD legatees of the decedent Wills, D.C., 515 5th liams, whose address is PROBATE who do not receive a Street, N.W., 3rd Floor 3215 13th Street, NW Notice is hereby given that Washington DC 20010 copy of this notice by Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . a petition has been filed in mail within 25 days of its 20001, on or before was appointed personal this Court by Gregory C. the Syphax, Stephen W. Syphax first publication shall so O c t o b e r 2 2 , 2 0 11 . representative of M. estate of Alma inform the Register of Claims against the de- Strange, who died on and Michael B. Syphax for standard probate, including cedent shall be preWills, including name, December 26, 2009 with the appointment of one or address and relation- sented to the under- a will, and will serve more personal representasigned with a copy to the without Court supervi- tive. Unless a complaint or ship. Register of Wills or filed sion. All unknown heirs an objection in accordance Date of Publication: with the Register of Wills a n d h e i r s w h o s e with Superior Court Probate April 15, 2011 with a copy to the under- whereabouts are un- Division Rule 407 is filed in Name of newspaper: signed, on or before known shall enter their this Court within 30 days Afro-American from the date of first publicaOctober 22, 2011, or be appearance in this Washington Law tion of this notice, the Court forever barred. Persons proceeding. Objections may take the action hereReporter to such appointment (or William Arthur believed to be heirs or to the probate of de- inafter set forth. 0 Ordered any interested Wagstaff Jr legatees of the decedent cedent¬s will) shall be cedent’s will) shall be Personal who do not receive a filed with the Register of person to show cause why copy of this notice by Wills, D.C., 515 5th the provisions of the lost or Representative destroyed will dated Novem202-431-9277 mail within 25 days of its Street, N.W., 3rd Floor ber 5, 1998 should not be first publication shall so Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . TRUE TEST COPY admitted to probate as exinform the Register of 20001, on or before pressed in the petition. REGISTER OF WILLS O c t o b e r 2 2 , 2 0 11 . Register of Wills 4/15, 4/22, 4/29 Wills, including name, Claims against the deaddress and relation- cedent shall be pre- Clerk of the Probate Division Date of First Publication ship. Superior Court of sented to the underApril 29, 2011 Date of Publication: the District of signed with a copy to the Names of Newspapers: April 22, 2011 District of Columbia Register of Wills or filed Washington Law Reporter with the Register of Wills Name of newspaper: PROBATE DIVISION Washington with a copy to the underAFRO-AMERICAN Afro-American Washington, D.C. Joan M. Wilbon & signed, on or before Washington Law 20001-2131 Associates October 22, 2011, or be Reporter Administration No. 1120 Connecticut Ave. forever barred. Persons Barbara J. Durham believed to be heirs or NW. Suite 1020 2011ADM316 Personal legatees of the decedent Washington DC 20036 Clotilde Durham Representative who do not receive a 202-737-7458 Smith 202-554-0184 copy of this notice by Signature of Decedent Petitioners/Attorney mail within 25 days of its TRUE TEST COPY Nicholas D. 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Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011ADM327 Alonzo Ware Decedent Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Ruby L Willis, whose address is 1921 Lawrence Street NE, Washington DC 20018 was appointed personal representative of the estate of Alonzo Ware, who died on February 5, 2011 without a will, and will serve without Court supervision. All unknown heirs and heirs whose whereabouts are unknown shall enter their appearance in this proceeding. Objections to such appointment shall be filed with the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Street, N.W., 3rd Floor Washington, D.C. 20001, on or before October 29, 2011. Claims against the decedent shall be presented to the undersigned with a copy to the Register of Wills or filed with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned, on or before October 29, 2011, or be forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or legatees of the decedent who do not receive a copy of this notice by mail within 25 days of its first publication shall so inform the Register of Wills, including name, address and relationship. Date of Publication: April 29, 2011 Name of newspaper: Afro-American Washington Law Reporter Ruby L. Willis Personal Representative TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS 4/29, 5/6, 5/13
June, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. at the Skagit County Superior Court, 205 W. Kincaid Street, Mount Vernon, Washington, room number to be announced, and defend against the aboveentitled action, answer the Petitioner, and serve a copy of your answer upon the undersigned attorney for LEGAL at the office Petitioners NOTICES listed below. If you fail to do so, judgment may be rendered against you according to the request of the Petition. The child was born February 26, 2011. The child¬s mother is CapThe child’s mother is Capricia E. Yarborough. YOUR FAILURE TO APPEAR AT THE HEARING MAY RESULT IN A DEFAUL ORDER PERMANENTLY TERMINATING ALL YOUR RIGHTS TO THE ABOVENAMED CHILD. Any non-consenting parent has a right to be represented by an attorney, and an attorney will be appointed for an indigent parent who so requests. You are further notified that your failure to file a claim of paternity within 30 days of the first publication of this notice or to respond to the Petitioner within 30 days of the first publication of this notice is grounds to terminate your parent/child relationship with respect to the children, and such relief will be requested at the court hearing stated above. One method of filing your response and servicing a copy of the Petitioner is to send it by Certified Mail with Return Receipt Requested. DATED this 18th day of April, 2011. /s/ Richard M. Sybrandy RICHARD M. SYBRANDY WSBA #25114 Attorney for Petitioners 4/29, 5/6, 5/13
Superior Court of the District of District of Columbia PROBATE DIVISION Washington, D.C. 20001-2131 Administration No. 2011352 Gladys A. Bettis Decedent Dena C. Feeney Esq 1010 Wayne Avenue Suite 220 Silver Spring MD 20910 Attorney NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS Doris Hanford and Wanda Brownlee, whose address are 754 Kennedy Street NE, Washington DC 20011, and 10919 Jarboe Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20902, respectively were appointed perSuperior Court of sonal representative(s) the District of of the estate of Gladys District of Columbia A. Bettis, who died on PROBATE DIVISION October 25, 2010 with a Washington, D.C. will, and will serve (with, 20001-2131 without) Court superviAdministration No. sion. All unknown heirs 2011ADM344 and heirs whose James Edward Wood whereabouts are unDecedent known shall enter their W. Alton Lewis Esq appearance in this 1450 Mercantile Lane proceeding. Objections Suite 155 to such appointment (or Largo, MD 20774 to the probate of deAttorney cedent’s will) shall be cedent¬s will) shall be NOTICE OF filed with the Register of APPOINTMENT, Wills, D.C., 515 5th NOTICE TO Street, N.W., 3rd Floor CREDITORS Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . AND NOTICE TO 20001, on or before UNKNOWN HEIRS Florence Ginwright, O c t o b e r 2 9 , 2 0 11 . whose address is 1710 Claims against the deD Street, SE Washing- cedent shall be preton DC 20003, was ap- sented to the underpointed personal repre- signed with a copy to the sentative of the estate of Register of Wills or filed James Edward Wood, with the Register of Wills who died on March 21, with a copy to the under1995 without a Will. All signed, on or before unknown heirs and heirs October 29, 2011, or be whose whereabouts are forever barred. Persons unknown shall enter believed to be heirs or their appearance in this legatees of the decedent proceeding. Objections who do not receive a to such appointment (or copy of this notice by to the probate of de- mail within 25 days of its cedent’s will) shall be first publication shall so cedent¬s will) shall be filed with the Register of inform the Register of Wills, D.C., 515 5th Wills, including name, Street, N.W., 3rd Floor address and relationship. Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . 20001, on or before Date of Publication: O c t o b e r 2 9 , 2 0 11 . April 29, 2011 Claims against the de- Name of newspaper: cedent shall be pre- Afro-American sented to the under- Washington Law signed with a copy to the Reporter Doris Hanford Register of Wills or filed Wanda Brownlee with the Register of Wills Personal with a copy to the underRepresentative signed, on or before 202-635-1762 October 29, 2011, or be 301-592-9091 forever barred. Persons believed to be heirs or TRUE TEST COPY REGISTER OF WILLS legatees of the decedent 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 who do not receive a copy of this notice by SUPERIOR COURT OF mail within 25 days of its THE DISTRICT OF first publication shall so COLUMBIA inform the Register of CIVIL DIVISION Civil Action No. Wills, including name, 08-6085 L(RP) address and relation(Action Involving ship. Real Property Date of Publication: Bukfol, Inc. April 29, 2011 Plaintiff Name of newspaper: v. Afro-American Havilah Real Property Services, LLC;VLK, LLC; Washington Law Fabco Investment Corp. Reporter ;Mayor Florence Ginwright eral ofand Attorney Genthe District of Personal Columbia; Representative All unknown owners of the 301-341-5577 property described below, their heirs, devisees,perTRUE TEST COPY sonal representatives, REGISTER OF WILLS 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 executors, administrators,
IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR SKAGIT COUNTY IN THE INTEREST OF Baby Boy Yarborough aka, Journey Christian Yarborough, person under the age of eighteen. No.11-5-00019-6 SUMMONS AND NOTICE BY PUBLICATION OF PETITION AND HEARING RE TERMINATION OF PARENT/CHILD RELATIONSHIP To: Christopher Jenkins: There has been filed with the Clerk of the Skagit County Superior Court, a Petition for Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship, praying that the parent/ child relationship between the father and the abovenamed children be terminated. You are hereby summoned to appear on the 3rd of June, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. at the Skagit County Superior Court, 205 W. Kincaid Street, Mount Vernon, Washington, room number to be announced, and defend against the aboveentitled action, answer the Petitioner, and serve a copy of your answer upon the undersigned attorney for Petitioners at the office listed below. If you fail to do so, judgment may be rendered against you according to the request of the Petition. The child was born February
grantees, assigns or successor sin right, title, interest and any and all persons having or claiming to have any interest inthe leasehold or fee simple in the Property described as Square 6153 Lot 0035,more commonly known as a vacant lotin the 200 block of Valley Avenue, SE,whose southwest boundary lies 25 feet from the northeast boundary of 229 Valley Avenue, SE, and whose northeast boundary lies 25 feet from the southwest boundary of 237 Valley Avenue, SE,Washington, DC Defendants
Property Services, LLC, which property is known as a vacant lot in the 200 block of Valley Avenue, SE, whose southwest boundary lies 25 feet from the northeast boundary of 229 Valley Avenue, SE, and whose northeast boundary lies 25 feet from the southwest boundary of 237 LEGAL NOTICES Va l l e y Av e n u e , S E , Washington, DC. The complaint states, among other things, that the amounts necessary for redemption have not been paid. Pursuant to the Chief Judge¬s Administrative OrJudge’s Administrative Order Number 02-11, it is this 19th day of April, 2011, ORDERED by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia that notice be given by insertion of a copy of this Order in the Washington Afro-American, having a general circulation in the District of Columbia, once a week for three successive weeks, notifying all persons interested in the real property described above to appear in this court by the 29th day of June, 2011, and redeem the real property by payment of $1,056.40, together with interest from the date the real property tax certificate was purchased; court costs; reasonable attorney’s fees; expenses attorney¬s fees; expenses incurred in the publication and service of process; reasonable fees for title search; all other amounts paid by Plaintiff in accordance with the provisions of D.C. Code ßß 47-1361 and 47-1377 §§ 47-1361 and 47-1377 ( 2 0 0 1 e and) ,all a n d a l l (2001 ed.), d . outstanding outstanding amounts due lien municipal lien municipal and amounts due and owing on owing on the aforementioned the aforementioned real real property - answer the property - or or answer the complaint, thereafter, a final complaint,or,or, thereafter, a judgment will be entered enfinal judgment will be foreclosing the right of the right in tered foreclosing redemptionof redemption in the real propthe real property and vesting in ertyPlaintiff avestingfee simple. and title in in the the Plaintiff a title in fee simple. J.E. Beshouri Magistrate Judge (Signed in chambers) 4/29, 5/6, 5/13
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Code ß47-1375, the object Code §47-1375, the object of this proceeding is to secure the foreclosure of the right of redemption in the following real property, located in the District of Columbia and sold by the Mayor to the Plaintiff in this action, described as Square 6153 Lot 0035 and assessed to Havilah Real Property Services, LLC, which property is known as a vacant lot in the 200 block of Valley Avenue, SE, whose southwest boundary lies 25 feet from the northeast boundary of 229 Valley Avenue, SE, and whose northeast boundary lies 25 feet from the southwest boundary of 237 Va l l e y Av e n u e , S E , Washington, DC. The complaint states, among other things, that the amounts necessary for redemption have not been paid.
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full of first round defensive talent and for last season’s 31st-ranked unit, the Redskins could use help just about everywhere except for safety. Don’t forget wide receiver and running back positions, unless you’re a believer in Ryan Torrain. I told you the need list was extensive and quarterback (the most critical need on the team) hasn’t even been fully discussed. So many holes, so little draft picks—times like these make Washington fans wish they had 32 picks in the first round instead of just one.
event presented by Hard Times Promotions at the D.C. Star nightclub. Seven local fighters were on hand for the eight-bout event, which saw the area’s representatives
finish 6-0-1. With chants of “D.C.” roaring throughout the building, District heavyweight Maurice Byarm closed the night’s main event with a fifth-round TKO. Byarm (11-0, eight KOs) sent New Jersey native Willie Palms to the canvas with a punishing body blow, forcing a stop to the fight when Palms threw in the towel. “He was tough,” an elated Byarm said of his opponent after the fight. “They line them up, I knock them down.” The confident Byarm didn’t need another knockout to enhance his rising stock, but the win certainly boosted his résumé. The son of Lionel Byarm, a Philadelphia boxer who fought former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield on the 1984 U.S. Olympic card, smiled and even danced with fans after the fight, celebrating his latest victory. Byarm’s fan base continues to grow, as the local crowd supported the clear fan favorite loudly and proudly. “I think a lot of people just like to see a heavyweight come in and show that he has put in work outside the ring,” Byarm said. “It was only a one-day fight, but that one day shows [how much work] we did over the last five weeks.”
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because they couldn’t rush the passer. Regardless of your defensive alignment, rushing the quarterback is always first on the agenda. Brian Orakpo was a terror in his first season but somewhat disappointing in his second. His talent is obviously there, but he needs some help—maybe North Carolina University defensive end Robert Quinn or Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan. Riley: No arguing with you there. Honestly, any decision the Redskins make wouldn’t be a bad one. The trade down to collect more picks makes sense, as does going defensive. Personally, however, I’ve always been a fan of sticking to one project at a time. Last year the club drafted offensive tackle Trent Williams to add to the offensive line and I think they should finish, or at least continue what they started with him. Washington will probably have first dibs on offensive line prospects, as no one at that position has been projected to be drafted in the first nine picks. It would be a reach for the club to draft a lineman that early, so perhaps a trade down could be in order. If not, Southern California tackle Tyron Smith may be the answer. He could team with Williams to give Washington an athletic set of bookend tackles for years to come. Green: Going with the hogs up front is always a great idea. But, as you said, that early, it could be a bit of a reach, which makes going with a pass rusher an even better idea. This draft is stocked with defensive talent, and if you watched the Redskins last year, defense was a huge issue. Basically, it was a nightmare on that side of the line of scrimmage, and considering the offenses and quarterbacks that play in the NFC East, you’re going to need defense if you want to be competitive in that division. Read more at afro.com
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