American Idol Star Visits Diabetes Camp At Johns Hopkins University

At six-years-old, Crystal Bowersox was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, the autoimmune disorder that researchers say affects more than 1.2 million Americans.

The former American Idol finalist says the potentially life-threatening illness, where the pancreas stops producing insulin, turned her young life upside down.

“Well, I was in second grade, my teachers had taken away my recess breaks from me because I was taking too many bathroom breaks and water fountain breaks. And they thought that I was just trying to cut class,” said Bowersox, now a successful musician who appeared on Season 9 of American Idol.

Doctors eventually discovered that Bowersox’ glucose levels were so low that she had to be hospitalized while being taught how to manage her diabetes diagnoses.

Commonly known as juvenile on-set diabetes, Type 1 occurs at every age and in people of every race, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

There are more adults who have Type 1 diabetes than children. In Type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin and the body breaks down the carbohydrates people eat into blood glucose (also called blood sugar), which it uses for energy.

Insulin is a hormone that the body needs to get glucose from the bloodstream into the cells of the body. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy lives, according to the ADA.

“It was scary when I was diagnosed. I remember hiding under the hospital bed because I didn’t want to take the shots,” Bowersox said. “I didn’t understand at six-years-old what was happening inside of my body. I remember what it was like being a kid in a rural community and I was the only kid, as far as I knew, who had Type 1 diabetes and it felt very lonely.”

At one point during her run on American Idol, Bowersox kept quiet about the affects the hectic schedule was having on her and she didn’t properly manage her blood glucose levels. That led to her being hospitalized and producers decided to take her off of the show.

“I was really sick,” Bowersox said.

She convinced the producers to let her remain in the competition and she made it all the way to the finals, eventually landing a recording contract.

Now, when she isn’t performing, Bowersox embarks on a different kind of tour. She visits ADA sponsored diabetes camps as a Lilly Diabetes Ambassador where she shares her story and helps to inspire camp goers to have fun and reach their dreams while managing diabetes.

American Idol Season 9 finalist Crystal Bowersox visited “Camp Charm City,” at the Johns Hopkins University Athletic Center in Baltimore where, among other things, she participated in a “Camp Idol” talent show to showcase the various musical talents of the campers. Bowersox was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was six-years-old.

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American Idol Season 9 finalist Crystal Bowersox visited “Camp Charm City,” at the Johns Hopkins University Athletic Center in Baltimore where, among other things, she participated in a “Camp Idol” talent show to showcase the various musical talents of the campers. Bowersox was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was six-years-old.

Earlier this month, she visited “Camp Charm City,” at the Johns Hopkins University Athletic Center in Baltimore where, among other things, she participated in a “Camp Idol” talent show to showcase the various musical talents of the campers.

“It’s important for kids with diabetes of any age to build connections with each other,” Bowersox said. “All of us with Type 1 diabetes just want to be able to breathe and be normal and I want the kids to understand that they can accomplish their goals and they shouldn’t be limited by anything.”

One message Bowersox says she continues to provide to camps is that, regardless of how well she watched her diet and exercises, she will always need to use her insulin and test her glucose.

“So my mission is just to raise awareness and to be inspired by and help inspire the camp,” Bowersox said.

As for the “Camp Idol” competition, she said, “they all get the Golden Ticket. They all go to Hollywood.”

Do Americans Believe The Polls?

There are more than 20 Democratic candidates running for President of the United States, and if you listen to them, they all believe they can win the nomination. Everyone knows that most of these candidates know they can’t win, but they can raise money. No individual or agency can keep up with how they spend the money, and the amount is in the billions.

This may not make much sense, but the first debate spanned two nights with 20 candidates up on the stage.

President Donald Trump and the Republicans are laughing at this spectacle and the polls say the majority of leading Democratic candidates would win the election if it were held today. Quinnipiac University’s polls have been deemed “fake news” by the President.

“The Fake News has never been more dishonest than it is today. Thank goodness we can fight back on Social Media. Their new weapon of choice is Fake Polling. Sometimes referred to as Suppression Polls and they suppress the numbers. Had it in 2016, but this is worse,” says President Trump in a Tweet.

Many Americans say the President is wrong, but the Quinnipiac University poll numbers do appear to be incorrect, because 60 percent of white people support President Trump and that number could be higher. President Trump is always talking about how much he loves America, and it appears that most white Americans love him right back.

White Americans have been searching and looking for a savior, and President Trump is someone they can believe in. Almost their entire life, white folks have been looking for an individual they can put their trust in, and President Trump is their man.

“Make America Great Again” is essentially a code slogan that means “Make America White Again,” and it is working under Trump’s administration. Most Americans are not looking for a minister to be the president, and most are comfortable if he does not tell the truth and breaks some rules.

Many politicians are lawyers and they go to school to learn how to bend, stretch and change the laws, and there is nothing wrong with lying as long as you don’t get caught. President Trump has changed the rules, because he does not care if he is caught lying. In fact the President will say one thing one day and say something totally different the next day.

Our president believes the system is set up for white men to rule, and when you are caught with your hand in the cookie jar, most of the time money has a way of fixing problems.

The Mass Media in America has awesome power and it can turn a criminal to a saint, and a saint into a criminal. Americans are lazy, and they wait for the news to give them information and it does not matter if it is right or wrong.

According to the Quinnipiac University polls, Mr. Trump trailed Mr. Biden— the clear frontrunner thus far in the Democratic primaries— by a whopping 13 per cent, while Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and others also hold strong advantages.

Trump says these are made up numbers that don’t exist.

In 2016, the poll numbers were wrong and many of the political experts don’t believe President Donald Trump is 13 per cent behind the Democrats in the numbers in 2019.

White people love President Trump and when he speaks the place is sold out. The economy is good, and the president can toot his own horn.

The Democrats are all over the place, and the Republicans are in line and following their leader. It is hard to beat Trump especially since the economy is good. And don’t underestimate the love affair between the President and white America.

The views and opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of or the National Newspaper Publishers Association.

Rambling Rose: Baltimore’s Pennsylvania Avenue Celebrates With Festival

Hello everyone, I am praying everything is well with you. I am sending special prayers out to my sick and shut-in fans and friends. May God continue to bless you!

Great balls of kitty-kat! Long time over-due! Historic Pennsylvania Avenue Main Street will host a Billie Holiday Music & Arts Festival for two days— Friday and Saturday, August 30 and 31, 2019 at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue where the Billie Holiday Performance Stage is located. Entertainment will be presented from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. The music festival at the Robert C. Marshall Field will feature top performers including; Huli Shallone, a gospel group; Panama, Joe Cooper Project, The Emperors, Lafayette Gilchrist, Carolyn Malachi; the Pennsylvania Avenue Cinema screening of “Lady Sings the Blues”; Also there will be “Salute to Nat King Cole at the Arch Social Club, 2426 Pennsylvania Ave; Jazz in the Street at the Avenue Bakery, 2229 Pennsylvania Avenue featuring John Wesley; Boxing History Exhibit featuring Black Boxers at the Upton Boxing Club, 1901 Pennsylvania; ‘Spoken Words of the Youth’ at No Boundaries Coalition, 1801 Pennsylvania; “Soul of the African American Artist” featuring “Bay Bay” Williams; “A Salute to the giant, William “Little Willie” Adams” at the Capital Lounge, 1531 Pennsylvania Avenue; local and national artisans at the Avenue Market; “Sounds of the Youth” featuring Musicians Paradise at the Avenue Market; Black Ink & Baltimore’s Children Celebration featuring Black Authors and Youth Skating and Bowling at the Shake & Bake Family Fun Center 1601 Pennsylvania Avenue and so much more.

I know you are asking will I be there with my Pennsylvania Avenue book. And the answer is No! I was not invited. Terrible situation!

Moving right along, I want to say that I am so happy and proud of two of my 2015 scholarship recipients, brother and sister Ebban & Ephraim Dorsey, who are now known all over the country and have played professionally with veteran musicians and now performing for the second time with their own quintet— The Ebban & Ephraim Dorsey Quintet featuring Quincy Phillips and Mike Graham on Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 6-10 p.m. at the Caton Castle Lounge. For more information, visit: or call 410-566-7086.

Baltimore’s own, Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship recipients, brother and sister Ebban and Ephraim Dorsey Quintet, will perform with their own band at Caton Castle Lounge, Hilton and Caton Avenue on Saturday August 24, 2019, from 6-10 p.m. For more information, call 410-566-7086

Baltimore’s own, Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship recipients, brother and sister Ebban and Ephraim Dorsey Quintet, will perform with their own band at Caton Castle Lounge, Hilton and Caton Avenue on Saturday August 24, 2019, from 6-10 p.m. For more information, call 410-566-7086

Speaking of children, check this out! This kid, Anthony Michael Hobbs is a multi-award winning actor/filmmaker whose credits include an Emmy-nominated PBS mini-series, “The Abolitionist” and films including “One Nation,”; “Naga Pixie,”; and “Agent Hollywood” was born and raised in Baltimore. He recently hosted the screening of films by and for kids at the Eubie Blake Center where attendees saw creative film projects from the United States; Australia; Russia; and Japan. The Film Festival was called the “Imagination Lunchbox International Children’s Film Festival.” Not only does Hobbs have his own production company, he is a model and motivational youth speaker. His grandmother, Eunice Moseley is my friend and co-worker, as well as a syndicated entertainment columnist. We pray for our children to continue to do good things and lead the path for other children, letting them know that no matter what part of town you come from, there is a positive way you can lead your generation to a better life other than drugs and violence. God bless all our children.

Baltimore’s own, another gifted and talented child, Anthony Michael Hobbs, the founder/CEO/President of Production of his film production company “Imagination Lunch Box,” recently hosted his screen short films by and for kids at the Eubie Blake Center. The son of Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs, who is the Author of “More than a Fraction” and grand-son of Eunice Moseley, who is a syndicated entertainment columnist

Baltimore’s own, another gifted and talented child, Anthony Michael Hobbs, the founder/CEO/President of Production of his film production company “Imagination Lunch Box,” recently hosted his screen short films by and for kids at the Eubie Blake Center. The son of Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs, who is the Author of “More than a Fraction” and grand-son of Eunice Moseley, who is a syndicated entertainment columnist

Well my dear friends, I have got to go now. I am out of space, but remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at

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Baltimore’s Own Kelli Ferrell Is Cooking Up Success

A Recipe For Success: In a bowl, combine high fashion, beauty, a warm personality, a radiant smile and a passion for cooking delicious food. Mix them all together, and what do you have? Kelli Ferrell.


Kooking With Kelli!

On Saturday, August 3, 2019, the Food Network star and Baltimore native held a cooking demonstration and book signing event at Williams Sonoma at Columbia Mall. During the book signing, attendees sampled a variety of foods including Chicken-N-Waffles, prepared right before their eyes by Ferrell herself.

The display shows a desert Ferrell prepared at the event, and her new book’s attractive boxes.

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The display shows a desert Ferrell prepared at the event, and her new book’s attractive boxes.

The Randallstown High School graduate released her new cookbook, “Kooking with Kelli Kollection of Family Recipes From Nana’s Chicken-N-Waffles” on July 17, 2019. Ferrell and her husband Mark are the founders and owners of Nana’s Chicken-N-Waffles, a family-oriented, Louisiana/Maryland style diner located in Conyers, GA.

On Saturday, August 3, 2019, Food Network star and Baltimore Kelli Ferrell native held a cooking demonstration and book signing event at Williams Sonoma at Columbia Mall.

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On Saturday, August 3, 2019, Food Network star and Baltimore Kelli Ferrell native held a cooking demonstration and book signing event at Williams Sonoma at Columbia Mall.

“Today’s event was super special to me because I’m from Baltimore,” said Ferrell. “To host one of the first signings for my first cookbook in my hometown is great. It was good to come home and give back.”

Referring to the mascot of her Alma Mater Randallstown High School, Ferrell added, “Shout out to my Rams!”

Honey Fried Chicken, Shrimp and Grits, Chicken and Waffles, Banana Bread, Grilled Lamb Chops and Southern Sweet Potato Pie are among the recipes included in the cookbook.

According to Ferrell, readers will learn to cook soul-satisfying homemade food, with most requiring short preparation and cook time. She said some of the recipes have been passed down from generation to generation.

“I wanted to add family recipes, as well as those that started off with my restaurant business,” said Ferrell noting that she is a cook and not a chef. “I used to cook as a little girl with my grandmother. I gave this cookbook my all. To be honest, I never knew that writing a cookbook would be so hard. I usually don’t measure. I just throw it in and taste it to make sure it tastes right. But with a cookbook, I had to include all the ingredients, measurements, and cook time. At times, that was difficult, but I had a great time.”

She says the book is infused with some very unique ingredients.

“I didn’t want an average cookbook,” Ferrell said. “I wanted to add a piece of me as well. This cookbook incorporates business, entertainment, fashion and entrepreneurship. My background is in Fashion Merchandising and Design.”

On the same day that her cookbook was released, Ferrell appeared on Guy’s Grocery Games, a reality-based cooking television game show hosted by Guy Fieri on Food Network.

Her restaurant Nana’s Chicken-N-Waffles is a popular attraction, and touts a menu which includes Cajun shrimp Po’ Boys, fried green tomatoes, beignets, Nana’s warm banana bread, and five types of waffles, ranging from malted traditional to red velvet.

“It has been amazing,” Ferrell said of her success. “I feel like I am at a place where God has called me to be. It’s about people, being able to give back, and feeding people through food and inspiration. Outreach is important to me. I want to inspire the next person.”

Ferrell is the mother of five daughters, ranging from four to 22 years of age.

“I call my daughters ‘The Fab Five’,” said Ferrell. “This cookbook is dedicated to them.”

The family is slated to publish a “Mommy and Me” style cookbook later this year.

“Williams and Sonoma have been so generous,” said Ferrell. “Columbia Mall and Tysons’s Corner have been welcoming, and have supported me in this journey, which I hope will continue.”

Ferrell is looking forward to the next chapter in her life.

“I hope that I have inspired someone not to give up,” she said. “It’s not easy but whatever you want in life is worth fighting for. You can’t be just a boss; you have to be leader. I work my tail off. I asked for it, prayed for it, and am grateful for it. I can’t wait to see what’s going to come.”

Excerpts of Ferrell’s cooking demonstration at Williams Sonoma can be accessed through The Baltimore Times website:

Kooking with Kelli, Kollection of Family Recipes From Nana’s Chicken-N-Waffles sells for $29.95, and is available at Barnes & Noble Online, Amazon and

Maryland First To Recognize Caribbean Heritage Month

Caribbean Americans have greatly enriched Maryland’s cultural diversity.

The contributions made by people from the various islands will no longer go unnoticed because of the efforts of State Senator Shirley Nathan-Pulliam and five other lawmakers.

Nathan-Pulliam and her senate colleague, Arthur Ellis; Delegates Regina Boyce; Jheanelle Wilkins; Joseline Peña-Melnyk; and Gabriel Acevero, successfully pushed legislation to declare each August, Caribbean Heritage Month. Governor Larry Hogan signed the legislation making Maryland the first state to proclaim Caribbean Heritage Month.

The proclamation urges educational and cultural organizations to observe Caribbean Heritage Month with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities. Further, the governor’s order stated that the economic, social, cultural and historical contributions of Caribbean Americans should be honored.

“Maryland is proud to commemorate the heritage and tremendous contributions made to our state and nation throughout history by Caribbean Americans,” Governor Hogan said.

Other states recognize “National Caribbean American Heritage Month.”

However, this honor focuses on those like Nathan-Pulliam, who hail from Jamaica and who have affected positive change in Maryland and throughout the country.

“In an atmosphere that is very negative toward immigrants, I wanted to use this opportunity to highlight their contribution,” said Nathan-Pulliam, the first Caribbean-born person to win election to the Maryland General Assembly in the House’s near 400- year history.

Nathan-Pulliam has served for 25 years in the Maryland General Assembly.

“There are six Caribbean people who are serving— two in the Senate and four in the House of Delegates, and that is historic,” Nathan-Pulliam said.

Senator Ellis, who also hails from Jamaica, co-sponsored the legislation. Del. Boyce, who is of Jamaican and Barbadian descent, sponsored the bill in the House. She enjoyed the support of her Caribbean colleagues; the Trinidad born Acevero; Jamaican-born Wilkins; and Peña-Melnyk, born in the Dominican Republic.

“The emancipation of many Caribbean regions like Jamaica, Trinidad and others occurred in August. The independence from the [British] occurred in August, and the moving away from the British Commonwealth and the British system came in August,” Nathan-Pulliam said. Marcus Garvey, who led the largest political movement in America, was born in August. There’s a lot of history.”

The bill and governor’s proclamation is essential because Maryland has about 7 million people and more than 60,000 are of Caribbean-descent, according to Del. Boyce.

“I think it’s imperative to recognize that there are others here who’ve made significant contributions. I remember being told that the pursuit of this legislation was ‘admirable’ and that there was no way it would get done,” Boyce said.

However, that didn’t deter her because of the many contributions made by people from the Caribbean.

“Here in Maryland you have doctors, accountants and health care providers from the Caribbean,” she said. “I could go on and on.”

Earlier this month, about 100 members of the Caribbean Community of the DMV – Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia – attended the Lecture “From Emancipation to Caribbean Independence,” held in Silver Spring. With the theme, “Together, we proudly celebrate our Caribbean Heritage,” the lecture was held in honor of Nathan-Pulliam. It was staged on Caribbean Emancipation Day to celebrate the journey of Caribbean people from 1838 to the present. It was as also timed to recognize the bill proclaiming August as Caribbean Heritage Month in the state.

Dr. Franklin W. Knight, an expert on the Caribbean and African diaspora history and a Leonard and Helen R Stulman Professor Emeritus and Academic Professor at Johns Hopkins University, presented the lecture.

“Caribbean peoples demonstrated enormous determination, resilience, creativity, and self-confidence as they constructed a new society to replace the unequal system out of which they emerged after 1838,” Knight said during the lecture, according to Ambassador Curtis A. Ward, who wrote a blog post about the event. “The struggle for social justice and political representation was extremely hard, but they never faltered and eventually overcame all obstacles to gain political independence.

“As a result of their particular history, Caribbean peoples were essentially diverse, and their profound respect for diversity and novelty constitutes a fundamental dimension of the Caribbean social DNA.”

Suncrest Financials CEO Helps Clients Save $25 Million

In the last year alone, Suncrest Financials CEO Folasade Ayegbusi has helped entrepreneurs and small business owners save more than $25 million in lost revenue, tax assessments, and penalties and interest.

Like so many black business owners, success hasn’t come easy for Ayegbusi.

She says she grew up in an impoverished section of Washington, D.C., where she experienced an eviction, a car repossession, home foreclosure, and even hunger and homelessness.

During those struggles, Ayegbusi says she realized that she had the power to be in control of her life.

She built her business on the desire for financial freedom and the ability to help others.

“My financially poor upbringing is what motivated me to become an accountant. I was around 14 years of age when I realized that I never wanted to be poor again,” Ayegbusi said. “At 16 years of age, I got obvious with my career and decided that I wanted to become an accountant to help black-owned businesses become financially free. I wanted to work with businesses specifically because, as I was growing up, I felt that it was rare to see a successful black business.

“I didn’t like that, and now, I want to encourage black-owned businesses and help them face any challenges that come their way.”

At Suncrest Financials, which has offices in Washington and Baltimore, Ayegbusi offers small business financial services, payroll, insurance, bookkeeping, tax preparation and personal coaching for business leaders.

Her background in insurance, real estate, and e-commerce industries had helped tremendously. That experience has allowed Ayegbusi to have a strong understanding of what entrepreneurs face and what lenders look for when working with small businesses.

“With one client, I streamlined and verified their bookkeeping, including calculating their tier product cost, payroll, and other general operating data,” Ayegbusi said. “Then, we used this data to review what they were doing and to make changes to their business. The results of this process were gratifying to the owner and made their business stronger.

“Within a year their revenue rose from $6,000 to $29,000 because of changes they made. By year two, they were bringing in $29,000. How? The process helped them both add to their revenue and save money in areas like tax overpayments.”

As a black business owner, one of Ayegbusi’s biggest obstacles remains being able to fund and identify the resources that she needs to expand.

“I’ve had every bank that I’ve applied for a loan send me a declination letter. I am not giving up. I am continuing to expand my businesses while I pursue the right funding opportunity that will help me expand,” she said.

Ayegbusi says she believes it is essential that everyone recognize National Black Business Month.

“As a community, we can pause to celebrate the fruits of our labor,” Ayegbusi said. “It’s easy for us to turn the TV on and see black celebrities, athletes, and public figures who are a success. But what about others? I want anything that brings more visibility to the success of our black accountants, lawyers and entrepreneurs.

“Our youth need to see role models for success beyond people like Lebron James and Cardi B. Highlighting black-owned, businesses during this month gives a spotlight to these kinds of success stories. It also encourages the next black business to continue through obstacles they face on their tough path to achievement.”

The Helping Hands Of St. Vincent de Paul Of Baltimore

A curriculum focused on math, literacy, and social-emotional learning. Extracurricular activities, including dance, art, nature exploration, swim safety, weekly field trips, and daily recreation. These are among the unforgettable and transformational camp experiences that Camp St. Vincent offered its campers.

Entering its 112th year, Camp St. Vincent is the only free summer camp dedicated to serving children experiencing homelessness in the Baltimore region. The camp addresses the negative impact of homelessness on children’s unique academic, social and emotional needs. The camp recently wrapped up its latest session, which was ran from June 24, 2019 to August 9, 2019 at Patterson Park.

“For children who are experiencing homelessness, this is a fresh air camp,” said Olutunde Clarke, Sr. Director of Early Childhood Services for St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore. “The camp also offers a strong educational component because the children sometimes suffer setbacks because of their housing transition. We work with them around reading, math and social skills. We also offer things like dance and visual arts to keep them engaged.”

Camp St. Vincent’s unique curriculum is designed to mitigate summer learning loss. According to Greene, last year 91 percent of campers maintained or advanced their reading level and 93 percent maintained or advanced their math skill level over the eight weeks. The camp also meets the unique social emotional needs of campers who gain acceptance from their peers and trained counselors who assist in providing a sense of normalcy.

“Our goal is for them to come together as a group; but not around homelessness and not to be judged by their circumstances,” said Clarke. “Overall, we see a general release. They look relieved and like happy, functioning young children.

“They can come here and not be judged. They also create a lot of great friendships. You have the campers and camp counselors who are recruited from high schools across the city. There is also another layer of adult camp instructors. It’s a beautiful tie-in. The campers can aspire to goals and discuss high school. They make very good connections.”

St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore is a leading provider of community services

to people suffering from the effects of hunger, homelessness and poverty. Their mission is to ensure those impacted by poverty have the skills, resources, and opportunity to achieve their full potential.

“In addition to being free, this camp also offers a credentialed staff,” said Greene. “That’s virtually unheard of for a free camp, and we see that as a part of what we provide to the community. We also provide free meals and snacks. Camp St. Vincent also offers transpiration as well. Kids are picked up from shelters and dropped off.”

St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore also operates Camp Discovery, an eight-week summer program serving more than 180 Head Start children, ages three to five. The camp features curricula and activities that are specifically designed to address the impact of homelessness and/or poverty on academic, social and emotional development.

The organization’s Head Start program offers educational, health and social services for more than 725 pre-school children and their families to ensure their readiness for school. The program is staffed with fully credentialed teachers at seven sites in Baltimore City.

“Each site has its own niche or its own identity ranging from nature-based to tech information and language,” said Clarke. “Those we help, would face a serious situation when the school year ends. Our camps help in that regard, and also prepares the children with school readiness.”

According to Clarke, St. Vincent de Paul will be opening a new site at

Arlington Elementary School. The modernized Arlington Elementary School will open to students, staff, and the community in September. A ribbon cutting will take place at the school on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

Arlington Elementary will host St. Vincent de Paul’s Early Childhood Development Center with Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

“Our goal is to give people exposed to poverty the resources they need,” she said. “We want to help them pull out of that situation. The camp allows the children to have positive experiences and learn. Head Start helps the parents to work, pursue educational goals and maintain employment. Our programs give them a chance to be self-sufficient.”

St. Vincent de Paul Head Start registration is now open for the 2019-2020 school year. For more information about St. Vincent de Paul’s programs, visit:

Five Recommendations To Help Make It A Healthy School Year

— It won’t be long before kids head back to the classroom for the start of another school year. While you need to make sure your child has all of the school supplies they need to succeed, it’s just as important to make sure they have a healthy school year. 

Experts at Saint Agnes Healthcare recommend these five tips to help your child stay healthy:

•Visit the doctor. A check-up is a great way to make sure your child’s school year gets off to a healthy start. It’s also an opportunity to get a physical for your child, which is usually required for kids who will be playing a sport.

•Don’t skip the shots. Before your child walks into the classroom, make sure their immunizations are up to date. And don’t forget about the flu. It is recommended that all school-age children get the flu vaccine, unless they have an allergy to the vaccine or a health problem that will cause complications from the vaccine.

•Getting sleep schedules back on track. Before they head back to classroom, get your kids back on their school year sleep schedule. Start readjusting bedtimes several days or a weeks ahead of time so children can get used to getting their shut-eye earlier. Parents should also encourage kids to cut back on time spent with screens and games in the evening.

•Good food = good health. A healthy diet is the fuel children need to succeed in the classroom. Make sure your child is eating whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meats and foods low that are low in fat and rich in protein, such as fish, eggs and beans.

•Wash away the germs. Encourage your child to wash their hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer. Clean hands go a long way in reducing the spread of germs and infectious diseases.

Arundel Mills Is Giving Away $5,000 To Help Teachers Get A Stylish Start To New School Year

Kickoff event on Sunday, August 23, 2019 to feature gift card and shopping spree giveaways, plus a “Back to School Teachers Beauty Expo” and additional giveaways for teachers throughout the week

Summer, is almost over and teachers everywhere are busy preparing for a new school year.

Between finalizing lesson plans, buying supplies and setting up the classroom for their students, it’s easy for teachers to forget about their own back-to-school shopping needs.

This year, kids won’t be the only ones getting new clothes for school. To help teachers get a fashion-forward start to the new school year and thank them for all their hard work, Arundel Mills is hosting an exclusive event and weeklong offers.

During a kickoff event on Sunday, August 25 from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m., the first 100 teachers to visit Guest Services located at Entrance 4 by Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th and show a valid school employee ID will receive a free $50 Simon gift card and Savings Passport. All teachers attending Sunday’s event can enter to win an additional $250 Arundel Mills shopping spree!

Also on Sunday, teachers are welcome to stop by an exclusive “Back to School Teachers Beauty Expo” at the Arundel Mills ULTA Beauty, featuring demonstrations and free samples from favorite brands, while supplies last.

Throughout the week, starting Monday, August 25 to Saturday, August 31, teachers with a valid school employee ID can stop by Guest Services for vouchers that unlock great gifts from participating retailers, while supplies last.

Beyond the event, Arundel Mills is hosting a social media contest in which participants can write a comment about an amazing teacher who had an impact on their lives. One winner will receive a $250 Simon gift card at the end of the contest.

The Baltimore Times Partners With Morgan Strategic Communication Students

Students at Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism & Communication (SGJC) will be embedded at The Baltimore Times during the fall semester as part of a new partnership formed this month.

Under the partnership, Strategic Communication majors (SCOM) will produce multi-media stories, write media releases, and monitor social media analytics for the publication.

from left to right : Malik Holmes, Eryn Johnson, Cheyanne Gordon, Justus Hawkins

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from left to right : Malik Holmes, Eryn Johnson, Cheyanne Gordon, Justus Hawkins

Joy Bramble, Publisher, The Baltimore Times

Joy Bramble, Publisher, The Baltimore Times

“We are very excited about working with these talented students,” The Baltimore Times Publisher Joy Bramble said. “This experience will strengthen their writing, immerse them in real-world storytelling, and connect them with target audiences. Skills like these are needed to land a great career in communication in an increasingly competitive job market.”

The project is part of SGJC’s academic plan to ensure classroom teaching is supplemented with real-world work. Students in SCOM already write and conduct public relations campaigns each semester for Baltimore organizations through a student-run public relations firm called The Strategy Shop.

“I can’t think of a better time for our PR students to be engaged in this learning partnership given all that has been happening recently with the perception of Baltimore,” SGJC Dean DeWayne Wickham said. “We are grateful to The Baltimore Times for offering this rich opportunity for our students to tell positive stories about our city and to enhance their writing at the same time.”

David Marshall, SGJC SCOM Professor

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David Marshall, SGJC SCOM Professor

The students are Cheyanne Gordon, Justus Hawkins, Eryn Johnson, and Malik Holmes, all juniors.

“Sometimes you don’t get much out of class just listening to lectures and doing homework from a book,” said Hawkins. “This project is going to be a lot of work, but I think when we are done, we will have great materials to put in our ePortfolios when we look for jobs, internships, and scholarships.”

About the School of Global Journalism & Communication

The School of Global Journalism & Communication, created in July 2013, is led by founding Dean DeWayne Wickham, a former columnist for USA TODAY and a founding member and former president of the National Association of Black Journalists. The school is dedicated to giving voice to people who struggle to contribute to the public discourse that shapes the nation and the world through innovative teaching, cutting-edge research and exemplary service to Maryland, the nation and the world. The school seeks to instill students with the skills, knowledge and training necessary to become effective communicators and to add to the diversity of thought in the media.