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    The stars of MTV's new reality series, The Real Friends of WeHo, are making it clear that initial suggestions from social media users claiming it is attempting to mimic the dramatic Real Housewives franchise are wrong. Gay icons Brad Goreski, Todrick Hall, Curtis Hamilton, Dorión Renaud, Jaymes Vaughan and Joey Zauzig have all teamed up to put their lives on display for the show - however, they argue that is where the similarities with the hit Bravo show ends. Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com, Jaymes - who married Jonathan Bennett in March - stated: 'I wouldn’t have signed up if that was meant to be like Real Housewives. This wasn’t something that came about because we wanted to be reality stars.' The entertainment news host added: 'I think what is really special about our show is that if there is a conflict, there is also a resolution. You get to see things come back to a place of everyone rooting for each other and having each other’s back.  The cast  of The Real Friends of WeHo have explained how their new MTV...
    Devoted New Jersey fire chief and beloved father Thomas Marvits died from complications of COVID-19 on Sunday, Jan. 15 aged 54. Thomas was a dedicated member of Hillsborough Fire Company #3 (Station 38) for over a decade and eventually earned the rank of Chief, his obituary says. Meanwhile, he worked successfully in the finance industry, holding positions at Deutsche Bank, Neuberger Berman, and Thrivent Financial Services throughout his career. Thomas also served on the Congregation Council and Property Committee at Faith Lutheran Church and dutifully as an Assistant Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts Troop 489. Thomas is survived by his loving wife, Colleen, two sons, Jack and James; his mother, Nancy; brother, Peter; an aunt, Mary Lindgren; and many close friends and colleagues. Tributes flooded social media following Thomas’ unexpected passing: “Tom had recently taken the helm as Company 3’s Chief and was known around the community as a true gentleman, not only in the fire department but as a dad, as a volunteer, and an all around good man,” reads a tribute from Flagtown Fire. “It was a common...
    The deadly shooting of a former athlete from Mount Olive has prompted a wave of support from state lines and far beyond. Flynn Brown, a 2019 graduate of Mount Olive High School, was killed in a shooting at Jackson State University in Mississippi on Friday, Dec. 2 at the age of 22, DailyVoice reported. A GoFundMe launched for the athlete’s funeral expenses had surpassed $28,000 in just two days. “For reasons beyond our understanding, someone’s senseless act ripped Flynn away from this world,” reads the campaign. “It is not enough to say we are beyond shocked and hurt. We are utterly devastated. His murder leaves unanswered questions and creates a void in our hearts that can never be fixed or filled. Not even with time. This nightmare has become our new reality.” Flynn is described in the fundraiser as a “star” and “leader” who “brought joy to life and always had open arms for anyone.” “He would make sure everyone was good even if he wasn’t good,” the campaign says. “He blessed everyone he came in contact with. His...
    TRIBUTE: Portuguese Americans in Newark's Ironbound neighborhood are reeling from the death of a beloved community police officer who devoted a great deal of his life to helping children. Ricardo Barbosa, 29, of Belleville was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a Bell Street home off White Oak Terrace shortly before 11:30 p.m. Friday, according to multiple reports. Belleville officers conducted CPR on Barbosa, who responders said died a short time later. "What can you say about an overall great guy whose love for his community showed in his actions every day?" the Portuguese American Police Association NJ wrote. "He will surely be missed by his friends and family. RIP Brother." "I can't believe it. You were just a kid," added Philomena Johnson. "I just saw you not too long ago, you were joking around with me... I know your parents, your sister are devastated as the rest of your family and friends are." Barbosa, who was married, joined the Newark Police Department in the field after graduating from the Passaic County Police Academy in 2016. He loved the...
    Friends at 50 In honor of its 50th anniversary and in recognition of National Friends of Libraries Week, the Friends of the Saratoga Libraries has been named Volunteer Organization of the Year by the City of Saratoga. The Friends are due to get a shout-out during the annual State of the City event on Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. The group raises funds to support library programs through used media sales and other events. Sacred Heart carnival Sacred Heart Parish is holding its annual carnival Oct. 14-16 at 13716 Saratoga Ave. The family-friendly event features rides, food, games and live music by Hootenanny, Blue House Band, First Call, Breaux Show and Knee Deep. For hours and more information, visit http://parish.sacredheartsaratoga.org/carnival. Candidate forum Those who missed the Sept. 13 Saratoga City Council candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters Southwest Santa Clara Valley can view it at https://youtu.be/G7L13ELitc4. There are five candidates running for three open seats: Belal Aftab, Bill Dalton, Chuck Page, Priya Shastri and Yan Zhao. Saratoga 5K Fun Run The Saratoga Education Foundation is hosting...
    Theater seeks Friends Friends of the Heritage Theatre is launching a search for new board members as the theater reopens for live performances. While the nonprofit supports Campbell’s Heritage Theatre, board members don’t have to be residents of the city. “Our board members are passionate about the arts, the City of Campbell and the success of the Campbell Heritage Theatre,” board president Samantha Ince said in a statement. “Prior board experience is welcome but not required.” The Friends were formed to promote the use of the Campbell Heritage Theatre as a performing arts venue and as a space for community and youth groups, and to act as the theater’s fundraising arm. For more information, email foththeatre@gmail.com or send a letter with your contact information to Friends of the Heritage Theatre, 1 W. Campbell Ave., suite C32, Campbell, CA 95008. A ‘Night’ Next Door Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence, a San Jose-based nonprofit domestic violence service provider, is holding its annual “Light Up the Night” ceremony and gala on Saturday, Oct. 1, 6-10 p.m. at Villa Ragusa, 35 S. Second St. in...
    The Malden Police Department is mourning the loss of one of their own from this past week, the department said on Facebook.  Officer Shawn J. Dillon died unexpectedly at the age of 33 at his home on Friday, July 8, the department said. Officer Dillon served with MPD since April 2019 and was said to have always served his community "with pride."  "We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of our beloved officer," MPD said. "Rest easy brother, we have the watch from here." "One of the kindest," one Facebook user wrote. "My thoughts and prayers are with the family."  "My deepest condolences to the family also the MPD for the loss of a great member of the community," another said. "Thank you for your service may you rest in peace."  Dillon leaves behind many friends and family members including his parents, brother, grandmother, aunts and uncles.  A funeral mass  for Dillon will be held at St. Charles Church in Woburn on Wednesday morning, July 13, at 10 a.m., his obituary reads. Calling hours will be held at the Lynch-Cantillon...
    GRAPHIC details have been released in the horror death of a teen found in a school parking lot after a chilling 911 call by his friends. Ethan Liming was found beaten to death in the parking lot of the I Promise School in Akron on June 2. 5Ethan Liming was found dead in a school parking lot after an altercationCredit: Family Handout 5The altercation reportedly began with a plastic water gun toyCredit: Akron Police Department 5Three men have been arrested in connection to Liming's deathCredit: United States Marshals The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office has released its findings following an autopsy performed on Liming. They found that Liming had suffered a broken Occipital bone, which is connected to the cervical spine. It also protects the brain. The 17-year-old was also stomped on, leaving the imprint of a shoe on his chest, the report revealed. Three people have since been arrested in connection to Liming's death. READ MORE CRIME STORIESKILLER DECISION Shocking details emerge in mystery shooting death of TikTok star's teen soncaptured 'killer' Haunting last image grandma took of her 'killer' solved 'murder mystery'...
    Family and friends of a 23-year-old Spotsylvania County father are mourning the loss of the man following his sudden death earlier this month.  Albert Preston “Buddy” Gregory III, of Spotsylvania, died on Friday, June 10, according to his obituary. He left behind a young daughter, Evangeline, and a large extended family. Along with spending time with his family and friends and riding his motorcycle, Buddy enjoyed coaching t-ball for the P&R Eagles.  His family did not release a cause of death.  Family and friends said they were devastated over the sudden and unexpected death.  "I'm lost without your forehead kisses in the morning," his girlfriend Katie Jenkins posted. "You busting through the door in the evening and the girls yelling your name, excited to see you come in. Our time in the evening watching our shows and eating everything in the house, your snores, and YouTube videos at night. Every day we'd text each other 50 million times, I miss you, I miss your face ..." Many memorials mentioned his loyalty to his friends and his love for his daughter. ...
    The U.S. Marshals Service arrested three men accused of fatally beating a 17-year-old boy outside the high school founded by LeBron James during a fight provoked by a toy gun. The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force tracked down Deshawn Stafford, 20, Tyler Stafford, 19, and Donovon Jones, 21, and arrested them on an Akron Police Department Warrant for the death of high school football player Ethan Liming on the basketball courts near the I Promise School on June 2. Liming and a group of friends were joy-riding in a car and apparently provoked the fight with the three men by shooting at them with a plastic Splatrball Water Bead Blaster. Deshawn Stafford, 20, top left, Tyler Stafford, 19, top right, and Donovon Jones, 21, bottom left, were arrested in the beating death of Ethan Liming, 17, on June 2 Deshawn and Tyler Stafford, who live together in the 500 block of North Howard Street in Akron, Ohio, were arrested by the Marshals and police. Jones was captured separately in the 200 block of Crosby Street, also in Akron....
    A 17-year-old boy has been found beaten to death outside a LeBron James-founded high school in Ohio. Ethan Liming, 17, died near the basketball courts of the I Promise School in Akron on June 2, 2022. Police are investigating his murder but no arrests have been made.  Meanwhile, his grieving father Bill Liming is begging anyone who knows something about his son's death to come forward. 'We need someone with courage and confidence. We need you to help our son. We need you to help our family,' Bill told Fox 8.  He also slammed the school for its 'grossly insufficient' security as he warned fellow parents that it wasn't a safe place for their children.  'I know we've been led to believe it's a safe and secure place, it is not safe,' he said. 'It is not secure,' he said. 'The cameras they have there are grossly insufficient.' An autopsy has since found that the teen died from blunt force head injury. Police believe he may have been killed after his friends went around shooting a water gun at people. Ethan...
    MILLIONS of adults have only ever exchanged quick greetings with their neighbour – with one in twenty never speaking to them. A poll of 2,000 Brits found despite living in close proximity to the same people for years, just 49 per cent know their neighbour’s name. 1Nearly half of Brits don't know their neighbour's name - but a garden fence could be the key to getting closerCredit: Alamy And 23 per cent admitted they call their neighbour "mate" as a result. While 20 per cent have only said a quick hello and nothing more. It also emerged it takes an average of three years to properly get to know your neighbours, but thanks to lockdown, 38 per cent feel they are closer than ever before. Having low fences and walls in the garden, and both having children or a dog were among the things that can help you get to know your neighbours. Since the pandemic, 48 per cent of adults think a sense of community is especially important for children, 43 per cent also believing it's good for themselves....
    PORTSMOUTH—Friends of Portsmouth will host a spring cleanup day to beautify downtown this Saturday, May 21. Bryan Smith, Executive Director of Friends of Portsmouth, is eager to see community members get involved in the cleanup effort. “We plan on going over here on the riverbank here at the Court St. landing, on Front St. and on 2nd St. to do some weed pulling and picking up trash, just to make things look nice and pretty for the summer. We are going to focus on Market St. too, pulling weeds out of the tree beds and replacing them with the mulch that Main Street Portsmouth has donated. So we will make things look nice there, too,” Smith said. These beautification efforts are a way for Smith and Friends of Portsmouth to continue to engage with community volunteers in order to give back to the hometown they love. And with volunteers still needed for the cleanup day, Smith said help from the community would be greatly appreciated. “We want to make sure people know that they can come to Patties and Pints...
    The father of slain UCLA student Brianna Kupfer joined "Fox & Friends" to honor his daughter's memory after she was stabbed to death while working alone at a luxury furniture store.  "We want her to be remembered as a person, a human being and a caring, loving and devoted family member and a great friend and just a rising star," Todd Kupfer told Steve Doocy. "She embodied so much that we all should be proud of in a young woman." UCLA GRAD STUDENT STABBED TO DEATH WHILE WORKING AT LA LUXURY FURNITURE STORE Kupfer, 24, was working at Croft House on North La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles last week when she was stabbed to death in broad daylight.  The motive remains unknown as officials continue to search for the assailant, who is believed to be homeless, and was caught on surveillance footage outside the building shortly after the attack.  (Todd Kupfer) FATHER OF SLAIN UCLA GRAD STUDENT BLAMES POLITICIANS FOR CRIME SPIKE Kupfer made it clear he did not want to politicize her death, but did acknowledge the...
    SONOMA, Calif. (KGO) -- In the North Bay, health care advocates are providing thousands of free rapid COVID-19 tests to local nonprofits. The tests can be pricey, out of reach for many underserved communities during the holidays when loved ones want to gather safely. One community advocate donated his own time, even his own driveway to help friends and neighbors get tested.Mario Castillo had big plans on Christmas Eve- he's helping friends and neighbors feel safer.Mario was holding a pop-up rapid test site at the foot of his driveway in Sonoma, allowing people self-test inside their cars. Jackie Mendoza said she couldn't find an appointment anywhere. Sonoma community advocate Mario Castillo spent Christmas Eve in his driveway, helping friends & neighbors self-test for #COVID19 He did 80 tests in 3 hrs. #peaceofmind pic.twitter.com/EVcPT3YIr2— Cornell Barnard (@CornellBarnard) December 25, 2021"I'm going out of town just to be safe for my family, I want to make sure I don't have COVID," said Mendoza."I saw that he posted on Facebook offering tests, we couldn't find another place on Christmas Eve, very grateful to...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — As word spread Thursday that Baltimore officer Keona Holley was taken off life support, so too did reactions from the community and its leadership, who offered condolences to the officer’s family, friends and colleagues. The officer was ambushed early last Thursday morning while sitting in her marked patrol car in Curtis Bay, Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said. Shot multiple times, the officer was taken to Shock Trauma in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. She was on life support for a week. READ MORE: Baltimore Officer Keona Holley Dies A Week After Ambush ShootingThe mother of four was working overtime when the shooting happened. She joined the force in 2019. “Our hearts are broken over the devastating loss of one of our true heroes,” said Governor Larry Hogan. Our hearts are broken over the devastating loss of one of our true heroes. Please keep Officer Holley’s family in your prayers, as well as her brothers and sisters in @BaltimorePolice, and all those who put their lives on the line every day to keep the rest of us...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Flags will be flown at half-staff Tuesday in honor and remembrance of a central Minnesota police officer who died of COVID-19 complications. New York Mills Police Officer Ronald Smith died last week. He’s been in law enforcement for 14 years, serving also with the Perham and Wadena police departments, as well as the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office. According to the Minnesota Law Enforcement Association, Smith died following a month-long battle with COVID-19. RELATED: Gov. Tim Walz And Family Test Positive For COVID-19 “Officer Smith was a police officer who was respected by his family, friends, and colleagues, making a lasting impression on his community,” reads the proclamation issued by Governor Walz. “With its deepest gratitude, the State of Minnesota recognizes Officer Smith for his dedicated service to, and sacrifice for, his fellow Minnesotans, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and entire community.” Minnesota flies its flags at half-staff following the death of Minnesota first responders fallen in the line of duty. The governor’s office said that he died...
    (CBS4) — For the first time since 1994, churches and local organizations came together to provide a hot thanksgiving meal on Bruce Randolph Avenue for anyone who needs it — all in the name of “Daddy Bruce.” (credit: CBS) READ MORE: Aurora Police: Driver Dies After 3-Car Crash On South Parker Road On Nov. 10In 1963, Denver philanthropist “Daddy” Bruce Randolph began cooking Thanksgiving meals for the community. After his death, the hot meals stopped. Instead, churches and community groups stepped up to provide food baskets to families to continue his mission over the years. Because of supply chain issues, this year, organizers were not able to put together food baskets. (credit: CBS) Instead, they gave out dozens of give cards to families in need. Organizers also knew they wanted to bring back the tradition of getting together in person for the community. “That’s what we wanted to bring back, is to having this festive occasion, just like we have people sitting around the table, we haven’t seen each other since last year,” said Rev. Ronald...
    The community is rallying around the family of a 24-year-old killed in a car crash who was remembered by friends and family as someone who “was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it.” Hampshire County resident Michael Lap, of Northampton, died and two others were hospitalized in Western Massachusetts at approximately 3:20 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21 following a single-vehicle crash in the Sumner Tunnel on the ramp to Storrow Drive Boston. Original story - 24-Year-Old From Western Mass Killed In Single-Vehicle Crash In response, a GoFundMe fundraising campaign was set up for the family, which garnered nearly $12,000 in donations from 245 people in the first few hours it was set up. The money raised will go to cover funeral costs and bereavement time for Lap’s parents. “Described by his friends as ‘always the first to help anyone, always made sure you had everything you needed. He constantly checked in every day on his friends even people he had just met,’” organizers wrote. “Now it’s our turn to support Michael by rallying...
    Blood drive The Church of Resurrection is hosting a blood drive Dec. 4, when a bloodmobile from the Stanford Blood Center will be in the church parking lot at 1395 Hollenbeck Ave. from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. To make an appointment for the drive, visit https://sbcdonor.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/9300 or call 888-723-7831. Sign of unity The Friends of Stevens Creek Trail last month adopted a new symbol to unify the Stevens Creek Trail throughout Santa Clara County. All Friends jurisdictions—including Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Mountain View, Santa Clara County Parks and the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District—can choose to add the symbol to their signage along existing or planned trail segments to help improve their visibility. On Oct. 27, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District board of directors approved the designation of three trails within Monte Bello Open Space Preserve as part of the regional Stevens Creek Trail. With this approval, Midpen will be the first agency to install the new SCT medallion. “Since the trail crosses many different areas with a range of identifiers, it became clear that it also needed a consistent image of its...
    Rotary Bingo Milpitas Rotary is looking for volunteers to help with its Nov. 21 Milpitas Charity Bingo event. Bingo night is the third Sunday on the month, 5-8 p.m. at the Milpitas Charity Bingo Hall,  461 S Milpitas Blvd., Suite 3. To volunteer, call Debbie Giordano at 408-945-8988. Sign of unity The Friends of Stevens Creek Trail last month adopted a new symbol to unify the Stevens Creek Trail throughout Santa Clara County. All Friends jurisdictions—including Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Mountain View, Santa Clara County Parks and the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District—can choose to add the symbol to their signage along existing or planned trail segments to help improve their visibility. On Oct. 27, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District board of directors approved the designation of three trails within Monte Bello Open Space Preserve as part of the regional Stevens Creek Trail. With this approval, Midpen will be the first agency to install the new SCT medallion. “Since the trail crosses many different areas with a range of identifiers, it became clear that it also needed a consistent image of its own to be easily recognized and...
    NEWTON (CBS) – Adrienne Martin is hard at work, readying Cafe Martin West Street for business, in honor of her late husband John. “I worked in the restaurant business in Boston for 20 years and I think it’s really sort of in my blood to do this kind of work,” Adrienne said. “He was gregarious and funny. And adorable. A little cheeky. He loved having fun. He loved music and being with his friends and that’s how he spent his last years- doing just that.” READ MORE: Winchendon American Legion Post's Original Norman Rockwell Painting Auctioned For $3.6 Million John Martin and friends at “Cafe Martin” in Newton (WBZ-TV) In fact, that’s how the idea for Cafe Martin started. John Martin was a former NESN videographer who died of ALS in 2018. During his two-year battle with the disease, he would get frequent visitors at his house in Newton. “It was quite a place. Neighbors came by, friends came by,” said Adrienne. Even members of the sports community, like Pedro Martinez and Tuukka Rask. “Our...
    There's been an outpouring of community support for a scholarship fund in memory of Shailesh K. (Upadhyay) Dahal. The Sayreville resident died on Sept. 22 at the age of 65. A GoFundMe page launched by Friends of Nepal had raised more than $12,600 as of Saturday afternoon The GoFundMe page was created to help with funeral costs as well as set up a special memorial scholarship in Shailesh’s name back in Patan, Nepal where he was born "so that we can remember his life and legacy for many years to come." "Our hearts are truly broken," the GoFundMe page says. "Shailesh positively affected the lives of every person he had ever encountered with his funny jokes and historical trivia. He was known by many of us as a genuinely helpful human being. Someone who would help others to better the lives of those around him. He was a positive force in our community who judged no one. Shailesh will be remembered as someone who asked for so little yet gave so much." The page goes on to say: "Shailesh learned at...
    A man has died 20 days after a workplace accident, according to the York County Coroner. Cody Wilson, 34, of Lower Windsor Township, died at WellSpan York Hospital on Sept 19 at 7:34 a.m. He was injured during a scaffolding collapse while working for Caretti Inc. at Yorktowne Hotel located at 48 East Market Street in York City on Aug. 31 at 1:51 p.m. Wilson fell 50 feet resulting in injuries to his vertebrae, head and legs. His injuries required multiple surgeries. His friends have publicly supporting him for weeks with posts on social media: Prayers for Cody Wilson as he heals from this horrible accident! ???? love you so much cuz hope all goes well with the surgerys to come ❤ Posted by Chrisy Hope Dubbs on Thursday, September 2, 2021Everyone please keep my family in your prayers.. Cody Wilson is ICU after an accident. He is one of the best guys that I have ever known and absolutely does not deserve any of this.Posted by Dustin Donley on Wednesday, September 1, 2021His friends are also rallying for his family by...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Tonight, we are hearing a perspective we don’t often get to hear: hearing from a couple who is experiencing homelessness. The couple, who prefer not to use their names, spend their nights at a south Minneapolis bus station and spends their days holding signs, asking for money. READ MORE: Protesters Gather At State Capitol In Opposition Of Line 3 Pipeline “We are just the same as the rest of the community, we are just struggling right now,” the female partner told WCCO. This Cass Lake couple lost their daughter at 1 month old and then they lost their way, turning to heroin. They are in Minneapolis now in methadone therapy. “We don’t know anybody down here and we just, ugh, don’t have a place,” she said. They’ve been sleeping in a bus station in south Minneapolis. And they’ve made some new lifelong friends, Jen and Joe Funk who live in south Minneapolis. “With them it was different, they actually would come close and talk to us, when they came out they brought their kid. They wanted to...
    NORWOOD PARK — A Sunday fundraiser in Niles will support the family of 6-year-old Molly Morris, of Norwood Park, who has stage 4 cancer. Fourteen friends of the Morris family organized the MollyStrong Family Day, which is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at Notre Dame College Prep, 7655 W. Dempster St. The event is to thank the community for their support and to raise money to help the family pay Molly’s mounting medical bills. Tickets are $5 in cash. The event will have carnival games, a field-goal kicking contest, a reptile show, Mullane Godley Irish dancers, balloon creations and prizes. The Far Northwest Side community has rallied for Morris since her diagnosis in May. Last week, City Council recognized Morris’ “extraordinary strength and courage” in a resolution. “When everything happened with Molly, we jumped into action to think of a way to bring the community together to support the family but to also extend our extreme gratitude for everyone who has stood up for Molly,” said Katie Hickey, who went to high school and college with Molly’s mother,...
    MODESTO (CBS13) — A tragedy unfolded in Modesto after a fire trapped a family inside their home. Fire officials said two adults are dead and two children were injured. READ MORE: As Fires Break Out In California, President Biden Announces Federal Firefighter Pay Increase On Wednesday night, the community gathered to honor and support the family they said was loved by everyone. They held a vigil just outside the home. “It’s hard. It’s really hard,” said Diana Ponilla, a family friend. “We knew the kids. My daughter lives right here across the street.” The burned exterior of the home is now surrounded by candles, hope and prayer. “It’s horrific. They were a well-bonded family. They were always playing with their kids,” said Pamela Davis, a neighbor and family friend. READ MORE: Modesto Organization Rehabs Old Wheelchairs To Ship Worldwide To Those In Need Fire officials have not made any identification, but family friends said it was a mother and son who died in the fire. That mother is very well known in the neighborhood and was heard screaming for help...
    HARLEM (WABC) -- It was over drinks that a group of friends hatched a plan to create a brand of bubbly inspired by their community of Harlem."Harlem is someplace where we like to get dressed up, we like to celebrate, and, I like to say, we're very good at that," Dardra Coaxum said.And now they've made that vision into a reality with HRLM Champagne. Coaxum is the only female partner in the group and all of them are from Harlem, save for Matthieu Yamoum."My first job in New York was in Harlem," Yamoum said.He's had a long love affair with Harlem, but he's originally from Champagne, France, and helped with the sourcing."The concept was made in Harlem, the brand was made in Harlem. We went back to France to make the real authentic champagne," Yamoum said.It took about three years to get the taste just right for the birth of the Harlem renaissance."When you unravel the label you'll see it says 'courage, heritage, and lifestyle' and we wanted to do exactly that to show people to have the courage to...
    SCIOTO — Fluor-BWXT recently donated $3,000 for charitable outreach in Scioto County to Friends of Portsmouth, a non-profit 501c3 organization. “We are thrilled to offer our financial support to such a worthy organization,” said JD Dowell, Fluor-BWXT Site Project Director. “Friends of Portsmouth strategizes their efforts by focusing on families, the youth, by creating memorable opportunities that strengthen the community. In a time torn apart by a pandemic, it is more important than ever to do more than watch. It’s time to get involved.” Friends of Portsmouth hosts multiple food drives throughout the year, and organizes monthly cleanup activities and community-wide events. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Friends of Portsmouth has partnered with local agencies/organizations to host multiple food drives for families in need. “Last year, Portsmouth River Days Queens helped raise money and food at 12 food drives,” said Assistant Director Bryan Smith. “We try to find as many programs as we can beyond the usual community events and work closely with the city and councilmen to pick out areas of need in need of a cleanup throughout the year....
    THE 11-year-old girl who died suddenly after falling ill at school has been pictured for the first time. Julia Blackham was rushed to hospital on April 29 after becoming unwell at Marriotts School in Hertfordshire. 2Julia Blackham, 11, died after she was rushed to hospital on April 29 2A condolence room has been set up in the school Ambulance services and police attended the school at around 1:45pm and Julia was immediately rushed to hospital. However, despite the best efforts of the emergency staff, the 11-year-old tragically passed away. Gifts, personal messages and floral tributes have been laid at the entrance to the Stevenage school in honour of Julia, Herts Live reports. A spokesperson for the school told the outlet: "This tragic loss has left our whole school community devastated and in shock, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Julia’s family and friends at this very difficult time. "The school was closed on Friday and staff have worked tirelessly across the weekend to ensure that appropriate support is in place to help both students and staff come to...
    DUBLIN, Calif. (KGO) -- Dublin residents, city leaders and school district employees are reacting with shock, devastation and disbelief over the death of 48-year-old Catherine Kuo, a Trustee for the Dublin Unified School District.Friends and supporters say it is no surprise she was giving of her time at a food drive when she died."She was an amazing person who gave so much of herself to her community. Even long before she was elected as a trustee she volunteered so much at the schools. She was very well loved and respected in the community," said friend Ramya Ramakrishnan.Dublin Police say Kuo was standing at the back of a car at a food drive in the parking lot of Fallon Middle School Wednesday morning when she was hit from behind, pinned between two cars.Friends and supporters say it is no surprise she was giving of her time when she died."Who would have thought somebody volunteering, just wakes up to go do a good deed for the community, and doesn't return home. Somebody who had the best interests for the community, the kids....the...
    Gila Bend, Arizona mayor, Chris Riggs, said Wednesday that he has declared a state of emergency in response to the Biden administration's border crisis, explaining that his town is not capable of handling the influx of migrants into the community.  BORDER PATROL IN RIO GRANDE VALLEY RELEASING ILLEGAL CROSSERS INTO US WITHOUT COURT DATE CHRIS RIGGS: "They either bring the [immigrants] by bus, by van or even by one of their fill trucks and they bring them to one of our community parks... We have asked for documentation repeatedly on who these people are, where they are from or if they do have a criminal history. They’ll sometimes check and say well they don’t have one in the United States. That is not really what I’m concerned about, I’m more concerned about their country of origin... [The federal government] has offered us no help and last night I literally had to declare a state of emergency. I did it through my council so it was very obvious that I wasn’t trying to be political about it. That this is beyond...
    The Garden State’s former first Mets fan now has an official role within the organization. Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey, was named to the Mets’ board of directors Friday, the club announced. In addition, Jeanne Melino was named to the board, which also includes Mets owner Steve Cohen, chairman emeritus Fred Wilpon and Mets vice chairman Andrew Cohen. ON CORONAVIRUS MASKS, CHRISTIE AND BIDEN SEE EYE TO EYE "I am honored to be named to the Mets Board of Directors," Christie said in a statement. "Steve and [his wife] Alex Cohen have been great friends to me and Mary Pat for years and we thank them for including me in this new challenge and opportunity. "As a Mets fan for the last 53 years, I am looking forward to helping Steve, Alex, and the New York Mets organization bring a great experience to Mets fans and the community." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Melino, who is chief inclusion and engagement officer at Coen’s Point72 hedge fund, will also be joining the Mets as senior...
    An overwhelming outpouring of love and support has lifted the hearts of a 12-year-old Oradell boy and his family as he continues his recovery from a sledding accident. Noah Ryback was rushed to Hackensack University Medical Center after he was injured while sledding with friends in Van Saun Park in Paramus on Feb. 8. Following surgery, he was transferred to Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick, where he’s “receiving all the treatment and rehabilitation that he needs,” Noah’s father posted in the “Team Noah” Facebook group. “He is eating, moving around, getting stronger, and smiling,” Chaim Rybak wrote. “He still tires quickly, and requires a lot of rest. But he misses all of his family and friends, and looks forward to seeing everyone again.” Support from the community and beyond has been heartwarming. A meal chain has kept busy, more than 200 “Team Noah” signs were planted throughout town, “Team Noah” bracelets are spreading and members of the River Dell High School lacrosse team shoveled snow around the Rybak family home. Get-well wishes have been posted by, among others, New...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Friends and family are mourning the loss of a beloved member of the Hindu community in Ozone Park after a deadly hit-and-run crash on Thursday. Police are still searching for the driver responsible, CBS2’s Kevin Rincon reported Friday. Rita Persaud was on her way to see family Thursday night, but she never made it. She was in the back seat of a Toyota Camry that was left mangled on the sidewalk after it collided with a Lamborghini SUV, according to police. It happened at the intersection 103rd Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard. The driver ran from the scene on foot, police said. “It hurt me. I was so upset… It’s terrible. You can see somebody died in it already,” said Laura Pulel, who walked past the wreckage on her way to church. “You just took off after you left that person injured. You didn’t even bother to call for the cops or nothing like that,” said another Ozone Park resident in disbelief. MORE: 1 Dead, 2 Hospitalized After Lambordhini SUV Hit-And-Run In Ozone Park, Queens The scene...
    In past years, the Morgan Adams Foundation, which funds research for childhood cancer, has put on one of the best food-related fundraisers in town. The Chili, Booze & Brews festival began in 2017 as a judged competition of chili (both green and red) from some of Denver's best restaurants, along with beers and spirits from Colorado producers. Judges awarded winners for green chile, red chile, vegetarian chile and a "wildcard" category, plus best picks of the breweries and distilleries represented. And ticket holders were able to wander from table to table, sampling spicy offerings from attending chefs along with pairings of craft beer, whiskey, gin, rum and other locally made spirits. The events have always been packed and boisterous, where friends and community leaders met to enjoy a good time while funding the foundation's critical mission. This year, the pandemic precludes sampling chili shoulder to shoulder with fellow revelers, but the Morgan Adams Foundation has come up with a new way to taste your way through the food and drinks of many restaurants, breweries and distilleries while keeping participants...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A sad blues song playing from a car radio filled the air as heavy hearts stood in McClatchy Park on Sunday night to honor 17-year-old Jaylen Betschart. Friends and teachers at Sacramento High School said the baseball and football player was shot and killed in one of a series of Sacramento shootings this weekend.  “He was taken from us way too soon. It’s hard to come to the reality of that,” said Domina Stamas, Jaylen’s science teacher. “I denied and denied it, and then it started hitting me,” Semaj Jessie, Jaylen’s good friend, said. This pain is also hitting the family of Makaylah Brent – a 9-year-old who was killed in a different Saturday shooting in Del Paso Heights. “And when it happens to your family, when death knocks on your door, you understand what I am saying? When it knocks on your door, are you ready? Because we’re not,” Debra Cummings, Makaylah’s cousin, said. At least three are dead and ten are injured in the four Saturday shootings being investigated by the Sacramento Police Department...
    PORTSMOUTH — Friends of Portsmouth, a local nonprofit organization involved with community growth and prosperity, will be participating in National Clean Up Day on September 19th. The Friends of Portsmouth plan to clean sidewalks and curbs by power-washing and pulling weeds where needed from 9:00-5:00 on Chillicothe St. and 2nd St. The meeting place is the corner of 10th St. and Chillicothe St. at Tracy Park. There will also be a dedication ceremony to commemorate Plant Portsmouth and the World Record in 2018. “We want to participate in this event for our community to take some self pride and feel good about their city”, said Bryan Smith of Friends of Portsmouth. “We want visitors to come into town and see a city that takes pride, so they will want to revisit. Overall, this helps our local businesses and economy. We will have future cleanup on Oct 24 and November 21st.” Interested participants can visit the Friends of Portsmouth Facebook page to sign-up on the events section on Eventbrite.
    PORTSMOUTH — Friends of Portsmouth, a local nonprofit organization involved with community growth and prosperity, will be participating in National Cleanup Day Sept. 19. The Friends of Portsmouth plan to clean sidewalks and curbs by power-washing and pulling weeds where needed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Chillicothe Street and Second Street. The meeting place is the corner of 10th Street and Chillicothe Street at Tracy Park. There will also be a dedication ceremony to commemorate Plant Portsmouth and the World Record in 2018. “We want to participate in this event for our community to take some self-pride and feel good about their city,” said Bryan Smith of Friends of Portsmouth. “We want visitors to come into town and see a city that takes pride, so they will want to revisit. Overall, this helps our local businesses and economy. We will have future cleanup Oct. 24 and Nov. 21.” Interested participants can visit the Friends of Portsmouth Facebook page to sign-up on the events section on Eventbrite.
    EDGEWATER — Heirloom Books’ fate was in question after the sudden death of its owner, Chelsea Carr Rectanus. But her friends are throwing a fundraiser to save the beloved local business. Rectanus, 32, died in early August following a battle with a longstanding illness. Her untimely death devastated her family and the community of locals, fellow bookworms and political activists Rectanus cultivated at Heirloom. Heirloom, 6239 N. Clark St., has had its future thrown for a loop. But Friends and patrons are determined to keep the shop open as a way of maintaining Rectanus’ impact on the community. Those friends have launched a GoFundMe for the store. “We deeply mourn her loss,” Erik Badger, who was Rectanus’ friend and is helping run the store, said on the fundraiser page. “While we cannot get her back, we can work to continue her Heirloom as a legacy of which she would be proud.” RELATED: After Owner Of Heirloom Books Dies, Friends Rally To Save Edgewater Store: ‘It’s More Than A Book Shop’ A panoramic view of Heirloom Books.Facebook/Heirloom...
    A New York City ER doctor who killed herself at the height of the coronavirus crisis told friends she felt she 'couldn't help anyone' and was 'embarrassed' when she suffered a breakdown because of mental health stigma in the medical community. Dr. Lorna M. Breen, 49, the medical director of the emergency department at New York-Presbyterian Allen Hospital, committed suicide in Charlottesville, Virginia on April 26. Her tragic death came just weeks after she recovered from coronavirus and days after she was discharged from a psychiatric ward following a mental health episode. Breen's devastated family, friends and colleagues spoke out about her shock suicide to the New York Times and told how they believe it was triggered by her traumatic work in a Manhattan hospital during the pandemic.  They say the talented doctor should be included in America's coronavirus death toll because she was indirectly killed by the effects of the outbreak.   Dr. Lorna M. Breen, 49, (pictured) the medical director of the emergency department at New York-Presbyterian Allen Hospital, committed suicide in Charlottesville, Virginia on April 26  Anna Ochoa,...
    PORTSMOUTH — The Friends of Greenlawn Cemetery Foundation are preparing for their third annual Serve Day this Saturday, July 11, a day for community members to come together and help chip in general maintenance and cleanup of Portsmouth’s oldest cemetery. Friends of Greenlawn Cemetery Foundation Board President spoke to the DailyTimes regarding the annual event spearheaded by fellow board members Dianne Applegate and Jennifer Schackart. Gambill stated that community members who arrive at Greenlawn Cemetery beginning at 9 a.m. will be socially distancing and may wear a mask if they so choose. “We are permitted, and people are searching for activities they can do outside safely,” Gambill said. “Greenlawn Cemetery is a 40-acre property, so we will be able to social distance and people will be wearing masks.” Patrons pitching in Saturday’s Serve Day at Greenlawn can expect to participate in general cleanup and restoration of different areas within the near two-century-old cemetery. “Every year we touch up,” Gambill said. “We did a complete paint job of the fence over the past year-and-a-half, interior fencing that needs done, and general...
    Britney Spears has joined in the Pride celebrations, wishing her LGBTQ fans a happy month — but while fans are loving her sweet message, her video is going viral for a different reason. On Tuesday, the 38-year-old pop star uploaded the Pride video to Instagram and Twitter, where it's been viewed over four million times combined. But fans are fixated on the way Britney showed out to her fans 'at the LTBTQ community,' referring to the group of people as if they are a physical location. Britney Spears has joined in the Pride celebrations, wishing her LGBTQ fans a happy month While fans are loving her sweet message, her video is going viral for a different reason 'Happy Pride Month!!!!' Britney captioned the video. 'I love my LGBTQ+ fans so much …. you all bring me so much joy and I am proud to support you!!!!' 'Happy Pride Month!!!!' Britney captioned the video. 'I love my LGBTQ+ fans so much …. you all bring me so much joy and I am proud to support you!!!!' In...
    An unidentified white man has been caught on camera telling a 15-year-old black girl that she doesn't 'deserve' to be inside an upscale gated community in Florida. The bizarre confrontation unfolded on Sunday in the Grand Isles development in Wellington, a village in Palm Beach County in southern Florida. Breonna Nelson-Hicks, 15, filmed the video with two of her friends outside of her grandfather's home, according to the Palm Beach Post. Prior to the confrontation, Breonna, who is black, and her two female friends, who are white, had been riding in a golf cart driven by two teenage boys, and crossed into the Grand Isles development through the gate from a similar community across the street.
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