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December 23, 2011 - 13:53

December 23, 2011

God comforts people with gifts.

Like the metaphors in Isaiah

with the “The Rose of Sharon”: Kingdom glory;

beauty on hills, splendor; support for

miracle reversals from weakness to strength and blindness to sight;

the ability to recognize joy, good people, happiness and growth.

You are a gift and you are my people as far back as

I have memory in New Rochelle. As far back as Rev. Cructhfield

crying in the midst of sermon and the Sweet Hours

Of Prayers at Shiloh sang right through -- the blue and speckled stained glass.

I recall your dad belting-out, punctuated hymns that stirred the

sisters and the brothers too and also made your momma proud.

I remember you as J.V.’s sister and then “our’s too” in kind.

Each laughing moment with you took the relationship to new bonds and you always

Ernie Flowers, Sr.

December 23, 2011 - 13:51

 

December 23, 2011

You know that our family and particularly a Flowers

Set the Points on the Compass of Hearts and Courage

in the neighborhood, in Pop Warner football; working for the city;

across the streets of New Rochelle; coming out of church;

and of course showing up with City Pride on the NRHS bleachers.

One of you was always there and each of you had your own way and “effect”.

I think of the, un-flinching love for all of us and remember Psalms 139:7-10 in the human condition. “Whither shall I go from Thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there.  If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me.”

But you Ernie, had those eyes and fewer words.

New Rochelle is Hit on Face Book: You Know You Are From New Rochelle If…

August 11, 2011 - 01:46
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YOU KNOW YOU ARE FROM NEW ROCHELLE IF…This two week old entry on Face Book has attracted thousands of comments from all over the country galvanizing current and former natives and former residents of New Rochelle from all ethnic backgrounds including instant “hometown” commentary like no other vehicle before it on the Queen City of the Sound.

Hundreds of people with multiple entries from every walk of life are excited about their and others reflections on everything from historic New Rochelle neighborhoods, landmarks, people, incidents, clubs and associations, nicknames, retail, positive and negative news, teachers, principals, gossip, sports, parties, festivals, teams, romances and many other delights of the heart that are obviously -- still aflame.

For this writer it is refreshing to hear from people collectively who even know what it was about historically in New Rochelle and to have an immediate and welcome platform for commentary.

New Rochelle Native to be Visiting Instructor at Duke University Continuing Education in Fall

July 28, 2011 - 03:56
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Just got news my project's course was accepted at Duke University in the Fall. I will be a visiting instructor. The project focuses on a documentary we did on the historic Black Business District called Hayti in Durham.

http://www.asaponlinereg.com/CourseDetail.aspx?CourseID=18492

In this research and fieldwork course, students will record oral histories and use archival material to produce a series of short documentaries about Durham’s Hayti neighborhood. Participants will create a multimedia portfolio and contribute to an ongoing project about Hayti’s history, as part of a collaborative community-based project sponsored by Triangle Media, Inc.
AIM: The Hayti the Heritage Lecture Series will
OBJECTIVES: Participants will be able to:
• Easily explain and create timelines of the historic Hayti Community milestones in its nationwide recognition of a sophisticated U.S. Black Business district.
• Easily explain and create written documents to indicate leadership figures, ideologies and lasting contributions
• Easily be capable of coherently discussing the past, present and future of Durham, NC.

Westchester County Professor of History Scores Book Contract on George Lucas "Star Wars" Project Through John Wiley & Sons

July 04, 2011 - 00:51
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Nancy Reagin, a history professor at Pace University and Janice Liedl, a professor of history at Laurentian University in Ontario, Canada get the entertainment/scholastic book contract of a lifetime from the leading academic publisher, John Wiley & Sons to parallel topical world history where it was applicably depicted in the block-buster film trilogy "Star Wars" as a historical account.

The seasoned scholar duo Reagan and Liedl have done this work before with the Harry Potter series so this project will be a thriller too.

We must footnote that, George Lucas the Star Wars guru is not only an avid history buff, he also pioneered www.edutopia.com in the early days, linking education to current and emerging technologies so instructional designs on this compare and contrast literary work has a lot of promise.

This 2013 book release should create interesting new genre and perhaps engage students to understand "why and how art imitates life; and how life can be funnier and more amazing than fiction".

Kudos to John Wiley & Sons, George Lucas and Professors, Nancy and Janice.

Danny White - Rest In Peace

July 02, 2011 - 03:25

The Black
Community is
Really a home,
to all who
understand their own purpose. What I mean is, it’s
never much of a place for those who don’t know or own their own feet.
There was a love for Mr. Danny White
Based partly on, How many Amazing Graces’ a real Brother could sing;
how many Sweet Hours of Prayer and standards and favorite songs
he really brought because he was
“family-planted” into weddings, funerals, anniversaries
and left at countless moments when we had no words and
he and ministers carried many through times -- much heavier than the rest of our lives.
We on this occasion on this serious note, in your hour, Danny White
Celebrate you and
your ascension with Psalms 139. And because there was not
a day without your laughter and few moments without your sense of order ,
We now as a Community Appeal:
that the, Lord
Bind and keep You in His everlasting,
that Christ Jesus welcome You home. And with harps and dance and David’s Music,
We ask that God, keep you near.

Roxanne "Roxie" Metz

April 05, 2011 - 19:37
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Roxie knew the Bible word by word and verse by verse
chapter by chapter and her way to God and the Kingdom of Heaven is clear.
She went through all her schooling
in New Rochelle and she was one of the first to secure her
Masters degree. She never budged an inch from her foundations
kept her Bible, apartment, phone number, family as best she could, and held her ground despite her health.
Roxanne was always her Momma’s baby And her Daddy’s little girl.
She always’ had talents
a singer and fine artist. Her smile and laughter was unmistakable on the phone
and she connected the
folk-to-the-lore and more with talk of the people from New Rochelle.
For me, she replaced the Standard Star all-by-herself,
kept track of us all, reunited us all again and again; coloring us all with her candor and her love.
Ms. Metz the teacher, was a dynamic-force for students
and their families for three decades in spite of chronic illness.
Roxie loved us and knew all of us richly. She knew also the Bible word by word and verse by verse, chapter by chapter -- and her way to God -- and the Kingdom of Heaven is clear. Let’s, let that now sadly make headlines in

David “Numa” Vinson RIP

April 03, 2011 - 16:26

No April, comes in for me after all these years without a reflection on the fantastic life and character of New Rochelle native and childhood friend, David “Numa” Vinson. My reflections go back to Webster School when it was a magnet school for one’s being-on-the-top-of-your-game in Mrs. Rendler’s Class or else… and getting the no-nonsense but kind Mathematics tutorials from Mrs. Turner.

David was like natural aristocracy and a mayor of kids to me around then because he was strong, cool, down-to-earth and smart. Those days everyone from the Lincoln School area to Mayflower and the Webster Avenue area; older and younger kids met at the Webster School grounds (campus :>) from across New Rochelle and talked and watched or played endless hours of basketball and horse shoes. I don’t remember any fights. We all walked from there to Bergholtz Lake down the hill or to Pat’s Deli on Webster and shared our lives.

David was glue for the three communities because of he had extraordinary people skills serviced by a smile that could make you laugh even if you was critically upset in adolescent terms (lost your girl, lunch money or worse, never had either).

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Arlene “Beanie” Rice

Arlene… was always a help to her family, a
competent person; an “old and sweet soul”if you will.
She, along with Durwood Hall in my reflection
were the first and real youth leaders
on Lawton Street in New Rochelle back-in-the-day
representing [our side] of city hall.

Beanie… was the “big sister” for her siblings and anyone else that
came near. She had a heart of gold
and a voice in music that could make
you fall in love at any age, especially if she
caught you in her smile.

There was no acclaim for Beanie alone in music,
as she was a force in a group of singing sisters:
Rosalyn Major,Deborah Henderson and Lance Rogers.

Today we celebrate
your loving and your life and friendships.

We celebrate your core competencies,
care-taking, courtesies, and give
Voice to our love for you
as a natural leader,
big sister,
friend and
example in our youth
to the benefit of
“good old”
and priceless native,
New Rochelle.

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Robin Vester - Williams

December 23, 2011

God comforts people with gifts.

Like the metaphors in Isaiah

with the “The Rose of Sharon”: Kingdom glory;

beauty on hills, splendor; support for

miracle reversals from weakness to strength and blindness to sight;

the ability to recognize joy, good people, happiness and growth.

You are a gift and you are my people as far back as

I have memory in New Rochelle. As far back as Rev. Cructhfield

crying in the midst of sermon and the Sweet Hours

Of Prayers at Shiloh sang right through -- the blue and speckled stained glass.

I recall your dad belting-out, punctuated hymns that stirred the

sisters and the brothers too and also made your momma proud.

I remember you as J.V.’s sister and then “our’s too” in kind.

Each laughing moment with you took the relationship to new bonds and you always

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Ernie Flowers, Sr.

 

December 23, 2011

You know that our family and particularly a Flowers

Set the Points on the Compass of Hearts and Courage

in the neighborhood, in Pop Warner football; working for the city;

across the streets of New Rochelle; coming out of church;

and of course showing up with City Pride on the NRHS bleachers.

One of you was always there and each of you had your own way and “effect”.

I think of the, un-flinching love for all of us and remember Psalms 139:7-10 in the human condition. “Whither shall I go from Thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there.  If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me.”

But you Ernie, had those eyes and fewer words.

Read more

New Rochelle is Hit on Face Book: You Know You Are From New Rochelle If…

YOU KNOW YOU ARE FROM NEW ROCHELLE IF…This two week old entry on Face Book has attracted thousands of comments from all over the country galvanizing current and former natives and former residents of New Rochelle from all ethnic backgrounds including instant “hometown” commentary like no other vehicle before it on the Queen City of the Sound.

Hundreds of people with multiple entries from every walk of life are excited about their and others reflections on everything from historic New Rochelle neighborhoods, landmarks, people, incidents, clubs and associations, nicknames, retail, positive and negative news, teachers, principals, gossip, sports, parties, festivals, teams, romances and many other delights of the heart that are obviously -- still aflame.

For this writer it is refreshing to hear from people collectively who even know what it was about historically in New Rochelle and to have an immediate and welcome platform for commentary.

Read more

New Rochelle Native to be Visiting Instructor at Duke University Continuing Education in Fall

Just got news my project's course was accepted at Duke University in the Fall. I will be a visiting instructor. The project focuses on a documentary we did on the historic Black Business District called Hayti in Durham.

http://www.asaponlinereg.com/CourseDetail.aspx?CourseID=18492

In this research and fieldwork course, students will record oral histories and use archival material to produce a series of short documentaries about Durham’s Hayti neighborhood. Participants will create a multimedia portfolio and contribute to an ongoing project about Hayti’s history, as part of a collaborative community-based project sponsored by Triangle Media, Inc.
AIM: The Hayti the Heritage Lecture Series will
OBJECTIVES: Participants will be able to:
• Easily explain and create timelines of the historic Hayti Community milestones in its nationwide recognition of a sophisticated U.S. Black Business district.
• Easily explain and create written documents to indicate leadership figures, ideologies and lasting contributions
• Easily be capable of coherently discussing the past, present and future of Durham, NC.

Read more

Westchester County Professor of History Scores Book Contract on George Lucas "Star Wars" Project Through John Wiley & Sons

Nancy Reagin, a history professor at Pace University and Janice Liedl, a professor of history at Laurentian University in Ontario, Canada get the entertainment/scholastic book contract of a lifetime from the leading academic publisher, John Wiley & Sons to parallel topical world history where it was applicably depicted in the block-buster film trilogy "Star Wars" as a historical account.

The seasoned scholar duo Reagan and Liedl have done this work before with the Harry Potter series so this project will be a thriller too.

We must footnote that, George Lucas the Star Wars guru is not only an avid history buff, he also pioneered www.edutopia.com in the early days, linking education to current and emerging technologies so instructional designs on this compare and contrast literary work has a lot of promise.

This 2013 book release should create interesting new genre and perhaps engage students to understand "why and how art imitates life; and how life can be funnier and more amazing than fiction".

Kudos to John Wiley & Sons, George Lucas and Professors, Nancy and Janice.

Read more

Danny White - Rest In Peace

The Black
Community is
Really a home,
to all who
understand their own purpose. What I mean is, it’s
never much of a place for those who don’t know or own their own feet.
There was a love for Mr. Danny White
Based partly on, How many Amazing Graces’ a real Brother could sing;
how many Sweet Hours of Prayer and standards and favorite songs
he really brought because he was
“family-planted” into weddings, funerals, anniversaries
and left at countless moments when we had no words and
he and ministers carried many through times -- much heavier than the rest of our lives.
We on this occasion on this serious note, in your hour, Danny White
Celebrate you and
your ascension with Psalms 139. And because there was not
a day without your laughter and few moments without your sense of order ,
We now as a Community Appeal:
that the, Lord
Bind and keep You in His everlasting,
that Christ Jesus welcome You home. And with harps and dance and David’s Music,
We ask that God, keep you near.

Read more

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