Tickets on Sale for Manning’s (MPSA-NY)’s Annual Ball, Honoree is Tower Isle Foods President Patrick Jolly, OD

Mr. Patrick Jolly, OD, President of Tower Isle Frozen Foods and a well-known Manning’s School alum, is this year’s honoree.  –Photo Courtesy of Facebook.

For a modest cost of $100, supporters of Manning’s School, the second oldest high school in Jamaica, WI, can purchase tickets to celebrate the school’s illustrious history. Proceeds from the ticket sales will help to construct additions to the school’s home economics building and renovate areas of the existing building that are in disrepair. The new construction and repairs are expected to further the educational options for the Manning’s School student body.

The New York Chapter of the Manning’s School Past Students’ Association (MPSA-NY) will host its 29th anniversary reunion ball on Saturday, October 14, at 7:00 PM, at Eastwood Manor in the Bronx. Tickets are still available for sale and the board members are eager to sell them all and welcome a broad alumni gathering to the event.

MPSA- New York President Dr. Paulette Porteous-Cole.

“Our main goal for this event is to raise funds and assist in current and ongoing programs at Manning’s. By assisting in the long run, we will continue to promote excellence in education,” said MPSA-NY President Dr. Paulette Porteous-Cole. “As president of the Manning’s Past Students’ Association’s New York Chapter, I feel honored to celebrate our 29th Anniversary Reunion Ball. Our Guest Speaker, Mr. Victor Lowe, has given many years of dedicated and commendable service as a member of our prestigious Board of Trustees.”

But this year there will be a new element to the festivities, by honoring an exceptional alum. “The core value of our organization is giving back, so this year we will honor Mr. Patrick Jolly, O.D., who has tirelessly and unselfishly contributed towards events and ongoing programs,” she said.

Victor Lowe, M.S., CEO of Global Capital Ltd., and member of Manning’s School’s Board of Trustees, will deliver the keynote address.

Honoree Mr. Jolly is the President and Co-Owner of Tower Isle Foods, which makes and distributes delicious frozen patties across the United States and the Caribbean, while Guest Speaker Mr. Lowe is CEO of Global Capital Ltd. and a member of the school’s board of trustees. Each year, MPSA-NY raises funds for the school and earmarks the funds for a special project. In recent years, the organization has allocated all funds raised to construct a state-of-the-art home economics building on the school premises and repair areas of the exiting structure . The project is being completed in phases, and members of the MPSA-NY board of directors make regular visits to Jamaica to view the pace of the progress and provide oversight.

Dedicated Manning’s alumni usually travel from the five boroughs and neighboring states to attend the annual ball as a way of showing pride in their school and reminisce about the fond memories that they created when they were students at a distinguished school which has been the foundation for scholars who have excelled in various careers.The ball will feature a cocktail hour with an open bar, entertainment, a sumptuous dinner, singing of the school song and dancing.

To purchase your tickets for the ball, please call 914-325-4064, 914-668- 1876, 718-322- 1929 or 718-515- 2098.

Rally, Press Conference, 7/26, to Urge Funding for BQGreen in S. Williamsburg

MEDIA ADVISORY

South Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s Public Health Emergency Prompts Friends of BQGreen to Hold Rally, Press Conference, July 26 Urging Funding for BQGreen

WHO: Friends of BQGreen 

  • Leaders of Friends of BQGreen and community members
  • Edward Fishkin, MD, Medical Director, Woodhull Medical Center
  • State Assembly Member Maritza Davila
  • Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna
  • Council Member Antonio Reynoso

WHAT: Rally and press conference calling for Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo to address the dangerously high rates of asthma and other illnesses in South Williamsburg caused by the BQE and the on/off ramp to the Williamsburg Bridge. Community members and electeds will call on the Mayor and Governor to help remediate the situation by funding the construction of BQGreen, a park to be built over the BQE in South Williamsburg where it runs below the street level.

Members of the community will put up crime tape around Rodney Park North and wear gas masks at the event to help call attention to the emergency.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 26, at 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Rodney Park North (Basketball Courts), Rodney and S. 4th Streets, Brooklyn, NY 11211.

Media Contact:

Carmen Glover,  cglover@lossures.org; Virginia Ribot,ribotvirginia@gmail.com

 

Nonprofit focused on affordable housing celebrates 45 years, hosts fundraiser

Southside United HDFC-Los Sures Executive Director Ramon Peguero, Esq.

 

Brooklyn, NY: Forty-five years after opening its doors with a mission of developing affordable housing units in the Southside of Williamsburg, Southside United HDFC-Los Sures is still going strong. On Wednesday, April 26, at 6:00 p.m., the nonprofit will host its annual fundraiser at Freehold Brooklyn, 45 S. 3rd St., to honor its inspirational story, under the theme “Celebrating 45 years of commitment to affordable housing, community development and advocacy.”

“Now more than ever, with affordable housing still being a major issue for residents of Southside Williamsburg, our organization is keenly aware of its role in stabilizing families and the community as a whole, despite the challenges that we face,” said Southside United HDFC-Los Sures Executive Director Ramon Peguero, Esq. “Many organizations close down after 45 years but we are determined to achieve even more in the next 45 years as we work diligently to meet the needs of the community and continue to be a beacon for those who rely on our services.”

The non-profit has expanded its mission over the years and now it not only develops affordable housing units. Los Sures manages affordable housing units, operates a weekly food pantry, hydroponic farm, senior center and provides entitlement services such as tax preparation at through its social services office. Additionally, the organization operates a local museum, El Museo de Los Sures, which is a hub of exquisite artistic expression, attracting patrons from the neighborhood who are eager to experience diverse artworks.

“We hope that the community members will come out in large numbers to support our 45th anniversary fundraiser because it is through their involvement that we are able to provide the menu of services that we do,” Mr. Peguero said.

Among the distinguished individuals who will be honored at the event are Luis Garden Acosta, Founder and President of El Puente; City Councilmember Antonio Reynoso and NY City Council General Counsel Jason Adolfo Otano. Hirschen Singer & Epstein LLP will receive the corporate award and a surprise humanitarian award will be presented at the event. Dime Community Bank, which is based in Williamsburg and has been in operation since 1864, is the event’s legacy sponsor, while FG-PH Corporation is the platinum sponsor. Kings County Politics (KCP) is the media sponsor. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please contact mduran@lossures.org. For interviews, please contact cglover@lossures.org.

Southside United HDFC-Los Sures, www.southsideunitedhdfc.org, is a pioneering, community-based non-profit organization that was among the first to answer the call to rebuild North Brooklyn 45 years ago. Not only has Los Sures undertaken large-scale rehabilitation of many buildings, allowing families and individuals to live comfortably while creating an aesthetically pleasing neighborhood, but the organization provides a range of social services, including a food pantry, a fresh produce distribution center, a senior center, tax preparation assistance, community and tenant advocacy and workshops. The organization also operates a community museum, El Mueso de Los Sures, which showcases diverse artists.–OnPointPress.net–

Protests, bigotry, fear, hate fuel post-election acts

Dismayed protesters make their voices heard at Trump Tower in New York.

Dismayed protesters make their voices heard at Trump Tower, as they march, scream, cry and remain dazed at the shocking election results.

By Carmen and Charles Glover

As the streets of America continue to roil with protesters marching to voice their sense of disgust with the election results of Nov 8,, which saw a split outcome–former secretary of state Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote, meaning she had more votes cast for her–and President-elect Donald Trump winning the electoral college that ultimately determines the president, the psyche of the American populace continues to be exceedingly unsettled,

Protesters are consistent with their message.

Protesters are consistent with their message of concern for a broad swath of residents who were targeted by President-elect Donald Trump at various points during the election cycle.

The results of the election were shocking to many people in and out of the United States with millions of millennials who were angry that Senator Bernie Sanders lost to Clinton deciding to vote for Trump or to abstain from voting, only to have a change of heart the morning after, just like the British reaction after their Brexit vote. Regardless of your opinion of Donald Trump, he will be the 45th President of the United States. Reactions around the country to the election results are varied but passionate. The question many are asking is: What’s next?

Anti-Trump Protests have sprung up across the country with no signs of abating.

Anti-Trump Protests have sprung up across the country with no signs of abating as Americans give voice to their feelings of anger, despair, fear, hopelessness and disappointment.

In 2010, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was brutally frank as his summed up his plan for Republicans should they assume control of the Senate.

“The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president,” he declared, staring intently into the television cameras as the media snapped away.

Clearly that was not a message calling for cooperation or understanding. In 2012 after President Obama was re-elected, current President-elect Donald Trump stated that President Obama’s re-election was a “total sham and a travesty…. We are not a democracy!”

Protester is not shy to express her feelings.

Protester is not shy to express her feelings, while others march, shout and take selfies.

The consistent tendency of Republicans when they do not get their way is to complain about the legitimacy of the results, threaten anarchy and collaborate among themselves to put the country on a path to peril, ruin, racism and volatility. Their approach is:The Republican way or vengeance, spite, suffering, racism, insults and pain.

However, now that a Republican candidate has won the election, the same hypocritical and two-faced Republicans are demanding that the rest of the electorate show understanding and accept the results, without giving voice to the collective trauma, shock and despair that the mere thought of a President Donald Trump holds for so many people.

Protesters give voice to their anguish.

Protesters give voice to their anguish, some waving their gay pride flags as they walk somberly.

Trump becoming President will not address the many ills that plague our society: Issues such as economic, healthcare, housing and educational disparity, systemic racism, judicial prejudice and the expanding school-to-prison pipeline that puts young black children on a path to prison through excessive and prejudicial suspensions that ultimately result in them dropping out of school and taking to lives in the streets.

Trump’s disdain for the poor and disenfranchised is legendary and was on full display throughout the election cycle. Nevertheless, both white men and women as well as a large Latino segment, voted overwhelmingly for the real estate businessman, reality star and serial insult generator.

Protesters at Trump Tower.

Protesters at Trump Tower, express their feelings of hurt, disappoint and fear due to the election results.

But while his supporters are quick to suggest that everyone else accept Trump, the protesters are very united in chanting “Not my president” and “We reject the president-elect,” as tears stream down their faces and the heartbreak they feel renders them hopeless, scared and inconsolable.

In dismissing Trump, retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Trump “fueled his campaign with bigotry and hate,” and described him as a “sexual predator who lost the popular vote.”

Anger, Anguish and Despair are etched across the faces of protesters as they voice their displeasure with the election results.

Anger, anguish and despair are etched across the faces of protesters as they voice their displeasure with the election results.

Not to be outdone, the usually reticent San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich did not mince words, and said the following:

“We live in a country that ignored all those values that we would hold our kids accountable for. I’m a rich white guy, and I’m sick to my stomach thinking about it. I can’t imagine being a Muslim right now, a woman, or an African-American, a Hispanic, a handicapped person. How disenfranchised they might feel. And for anyone in those groups that voted for him, it’s just beyond my comprehension how they ignore all that. My big fear is that we are Rome.”

Protesters show no signs of slowing down as they try to come to terms with the election results.

Protesters show no signs of slowing down as they try to come to terms with the election results.

While Clinton licks her wounds and examines the entire scope of why she lost the electoral college and presidency–her deep-seated arrogance, her inability to appeal to the masses despite Herculean campaign efforts by an impressive cadre of supporters including President and First Lady Obama, her primary opponent Senator Bernie Sanders, VP Joe Biden and a host of celebrities, her lack of trustworthiness and most significantly, issues outside of her control such as the campaign waged by legislative Republicans with assistance from FBI Director James Comey, white women refusing to support her despite African-American women and African-American men enveloping her in love and support—Trump has been busy meeting with President Obama and the Republican leaders.

Now that all branches of the government–executive, legislative and judiciary—are in Republican hands, let us sit back and watch where they take the country that President Obama brought back from recession, the country that President Obama’s efforts resulted in universal healthcare, a country that is caught up in a cycle of racism and hatred, a country where intolerance and bigotry have been unleashed with abandon because the chief proponent of those divisive and ugly sentiments will now hold the top title in the land.

Yes, let us watch, let us support those who protest, let us have dialogue, let us learn to advocate for our issues, our agendas and our communities–OnPointPress-net– 

 

Jamaica takes part in Pretoria’s GRULAC

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Children participate in the Film Festival.

The Jamaican High Commission in Pretoria participated in the 2016 Film Festival hosted by the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries with Diplomatic Representation in South Africa (GRULAC).  The Festival was held from Thursday,October  6 to Sunday, October 9 at the Open Window Institute for Arts and Digital Sciences in Centurion, South Africa.

Jamaica, the only English-speaking country of the 10 participants this year, screened 3 short films from the JAMPRO/JAFTAPropella Initiative.These films, “Origins”, written and directed by Kurt Wright, “Shoot the Girl”, written by Anthony Hendriks and directed by Natalie Thompson, and “Shock Value”, written and directed by Adrian Lopez, were shot on location in Jamaica with a 100 percent Jamaican crew, 100 percent Jamaican talent, and 100 percent Jamaican production service companies.

Children perform at the festival.

Children perform at the Film Festival.

High Commissioner, H.E. Cheryl Spencer, used the opportunity provided by the Festival to promote the work of the Jamaican Film Commission and highlight Jamaica’s award winning participation in International film festivals to date. She indicated that the High Commission would be working to facilitate the participation of the South African film industry in the 2017 Jamaica Film Festival.

Throughout the festival, and prior to the screening of the Jamaican films, patrons were able to view a short promotional video highlighting the country as a venue for film production and showcasing the many popular films which have been shot on location in Jamaica over the years. The Jamaican contribution to the Film Festival was very warmly received as evidenced by the enthusiastic response at the end of the film presentation and the many questions which High Commission staff received  from patrons before and after the screening.--OnPointPress.net

Jamaica’s AG inspires, guests shine, at Manning’s Ball in New York City

Here is the press release and two pictures of the Manning's Ball where Attorney General Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte was honored. Thanks for your support. Carmen Glover, Acting PR Officer MPSA-NY Captions: 1. L-R: MPSA Immediate Past President Mr. Kevin K.O. Sangster, Esq., joins MPSA New President Dr. Paulette Porteous-Cole in presenting an award to Jamaica's Attorney General Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte at the MPSA's 28th Anniversary Reunion Ball, held at Eastwood Manor, on Saturday, October 15, 2016. 2. Jamaica's Attorney General Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte poses with some of the members of the MPSA past and current Board.

L-R: MPSA Immediate Past President Mr. Kevin K.O. Sangster, Esq., joins MPSA New President Dr. Paulette Porteous-Cole in presenting an award to Jamaica’s Attorney General Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte at the MPSA’s 28th Anniversary Reunion Ball, held at Eastwood Manor, on Saturday, October 15, 2016.

10/17/16, NY:  Jamaica’s Attorney General, Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte, M.P. Q.C., J.P., delivered a searing, inspiring speech on Saturday, October 15 as guest of honor at the 28th annual anniversary reunion ball organized by the New York chapter of Manning’s Past Students Association (MPSA).

“Give back to your country and your school,” she urged the attendees at the event, while providing a road map of her journey from the small town of Paul Island, Westmoreland to her current position as the nation’s chief attorney. “Growing up in Jamaica, going to America was never my goal, even though I ended up studying at two prestigious universities in America,” she said.

Media Professional/MPSA-NY Acting PR Officer/Editorial Director of OnPointPress.net Carmen Glover, who chaired the Ball, poses with her daughter, Ms. Samara Brown, Teacher's Assistant/Marketing Coordinator at OnPointPress.net.

Media Professional/MPSA-NY Acting PR Officer/Editorial Director of OnPointPress.net Carmen Glover, who chaired the Ball, poses with her daughter, Ms. Samara Brown, Teacher’s Assistant/Marketing Coordinator at OnPointPress.net.

She spoke about the fulfillment she derives from living a life of service. She also spoke glowingly about her experiences at her alma mater, where she was named head girl due to her exemplary conduct and impressive academic credentials. “I remember getting the highest score on a test but my teacher, Mr. Revel, was not impressed,” she stated, explaining that he admonished her to strive for better since she was capable of producing at a higher level than her test reflected.

Educator/MPSA-NY Acting Secretary Ms. Elaine Jarrett, takes time out from ushering guests to their seats, to pose for a picture at the Manning's Reunion Ball.

Dedicated Educator/MPSA-NY Acting Secretary Ms. Elaine Jarrett, takes time out from ushering guests to their seats, to pose for a picture at the Manning’s Reunion Ball.

Peppering her remarks with humorous anecdotes, including a dramatic rendering of Miss Lou’s poems that detailed Jamaicans’ penchant for inheriting American accents even if they only visit for a brief time, the attorney general was charming, comfortable and smooth in her delivery. Meanwhile, the guests listened raptly, joining her on the journey as she extolled the virtues of kindness, humility, determination, striving for excellence and demonstrating commitment to helping those who are less fortunate.

In his welcoming remarks, immediate past president Kevin K.O. Sangster, Esq. described the ball as “our signature calendar event, the proceeds of which will go toward supporting ongoing projects at our own dear Manning’s School. As an alumni association, our work over the years has largely been to support our alma mater.” Sangster provided an overview of the achievements that defined his tenure.

2. Jamaica's Attorney General Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte poses with some of the members of the MPSA past and current Board.

Jamaica’s Attorney General Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte poses with some of the members of the MPSA past and current Board.

“Under my presidency, the New York Chapter took on, for instance, the renovation of the school’s Home Economics Center as a key project. We completed phase one last December, improving the Food and Nutrition department into a room befitting a school of Manning’s caliber, and we are now getting ready to complete phase two, the Clothing and Textiles, department, having successfully raised funds to do so.”

Incoming president, Dr. Paulette Porteous-Cole acknowledged the hard work and commitment of the board members and the importance of guests making a sustained effort to support the chapter’s events. At the same time, Dr. Porteous-Cole indicated that one of her main priorities during her tenure was to make a more cohesive outreach to more recent alumni.

Media veterans/Manning's Alums Ms. Virginia Turner, former editor of the Jamaica Gleaner-NA and Ms. Carmen Glover, Former Press Attache, Consulate General of Jamaica-NY/Acting PR Officer,MPSA-NY pose at the Ball.

Media veterans/Manning’s Alums Ms. Virginia Turner, former editor of the Jamaica Gleaner-NA and Ms. Carmen Glover, Former Press Attache, Consulate General of Jamaica-NY/Acting PR Officer,MPSA-NY pose at the Ball.

“As your new president one of my goals is to motivate and encourage our recent graduates to participate in ongoing and future projects affiliated with Manning’s,” she said. “I am also looking forward to re-engage different year groups to participate in our newly revised activities in whatever way they choose to adapt.”

Dr. Cole thanked the members of the media who dedicated print, digital and broadcast time and space to “promote our event so that it is successful.” She also announced the door prize winner and, with assistance from the immediate past president Sangster, presented the attorney general with a beautiful plaque in honor of her distinguished career achievements and service to Jamaica and her alma mater.

Ms. Samara Brown, Teacher's Assistant/Marketing Coordinator at OnPointPress.net, assists MPSA-NY President in choosing the winning ticket for the door prize.

Ms. Samara Brown, Teacher’s Assistant/Marketing Coordinator at OnPointPress.net, assists MPSA-NY President in choosing the winning ticket for the door prize.

The ball was held at Eastwood Manor, in the Bronx, with tickets sold for a modest price. The event was well-attended with an almost capacity crowd. Media professional and acting public relations officer for the chapter, Ms. Carmen Brown Glover, chaired the program. Current and former board members including co-founder of the organization Mr. Anton Tomlinson, Mr. Rupert Thompson, treasurer; Ms. Elaine Jarrett, acting secretary; Ms. Wilma Wynter, Mrs. Jackie Josephs-Haughton and Mrs. Marjorie Foster-Amos attended the event.

The gate prize of a two-person vacation was provided by Fun Holiday Beach Hotel, located in Negril, Jamaica. Arielle Clarke, the daughter of an alumna, performed two songs, while Jugglaz International with DJ Andrew provided the music.–OnPointPress.net–

 

 

                                                                                                                     

 

 

Brooklyn BP donates $500,000 to Southside United H.D.F.C for senior housing

 

(L-R): Southside United HDFC-Los Sures Executive Director Mr. Ramon Peguero accepts a donation of $5000,000 on behalf of the organization from Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, on Thursday, October 13. The presentation was made at a press conference convened by the Borough President as part of his office's One Brooklyn initiative. the donation will be used to develop Rheingold Senior Housing units in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY. "Every New Yorker deserves a safe place to raise healthy children and families, and the unlawful over-charging of rent cannot, and will not, be permitted to be an obstacle to that aim," the Borough President said in making the donation. Southside United HDFC-Los Sures isa 44-year-old nonprofit with a long history of providing affordable housing to residents of north Brooklyn.

(L-R): Southside United HDFC-Los Sures Executive Director Mr. Ramon Peguero accepts a donation of $500,000 on behalf of the organization from Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, on Thursday, October 13. The presentation was made at a press conference convened by the Borough President as part of his office’s One Brooklyn initiative. the donation will be used to develop Rheingold Senior Housing units in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY. “Every New Yorker deserves a safe place to raise healthy children and families, and the unlawful over-charging of rent cannot, and will not, be permitted to be an obstacle to that aim,” the Borough President said in making the donation. Southside United HDFC-Los Sures is a 44-year-old nonprofit with a long history of providing affordable housing to residents of north Brooklyn.-Photo by Montserrat Diaz.

Brooklyn, NY:  On Thursday, October 13, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams convened a press conference at a neighborhood church in Crown Heights, where he donated $500,000 to Southside United HDFC-Los Sures, a 44-year-old nonprofit with a long history of providing affordable housing to the residents of north Brooklyn.

Southside United HDFC Executive Director Mr. Ramon Peguero accepted the donation on behalf of the organization. The donation was made as part of the Borough President’s One Brooklyn Initiative and the funds will be used to develop Rheingold Senior Housing units in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

“I am humbled and grateful for this donation to Southside United HDFC-Los Sures. We take great pride in creating affordable housing for the residents of North Brooklyn and it is encouraging to have the work of the organization recognized and supported by the Borough President,” said Mr. Peguero. “I look forward to continuing the work to ensure that more housing units are available to residents who need them.”

“Every New Yorker deserves a safe place to raise healthy children and families, and the unlawful over-charging of rent cannot, and will, not be permitted to be an obstacle to that aim,” the Borough President said. “I will continue to pursue all avenues to advance the welfare of tenants in our borough, particularly those being abused or harassed by unscrupulous landlords.”

During the press conference, donations were made to other faith-based organizations with a goal of building a total of 154 housing units throughout Crown Heights in 2017, thereby creating the largest energy-efficient housing development in Brooklyn while ensuring enhanced affordability.

“As this community changes and Brooklyn becomes popular, the popularity must turn into prosperity for every Brooklynite who was here during the difficult years. I’d like to say we were here before Starbucks. We should stay and buy Starbucks,” Borough President Adams said.–OnPointPress.net—