The Cosmopolitan Review

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 8/31/2011, 3:44 p.m.

Condolences to the family of Monica Brown, whose aunt, Marie Wilson, and mother, Miriam Reid, have both recently passed away.

Monica was among those who came out to support Franc Perry as the accolades continue to pour in for him. Perry, the former head of Community Board 10, has a reputation of being a long distance runner-not on the track but out in the trenches as he has just the right combo of tenacity and sensitivity to understand the needs of the people. Franc's friends know him to have the "fire in the belly" and as Councilmember Inez Dickens stated, a "desire to represent the people." As you know, he has been nominated to become a civil court judge, the inevitable next step for him as he began raising money for AIDS awareness and education early in the game. Don't forget to vote.

Happy birthday to you, Estelle Hicks, who celebrated at the first annual Block Party/Cookout hosted by the 141st Street Block Association. Her son, DJ Kev Nice, provided the entertainment.

Please note: The Ruth Hassell-Thompson Annual Golf Outing Cocktail and Dinner Reception will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 16th. Should you need more information, contact the office of Clinton Young, mayor of the city of Mount Vernon.

Among the many who are heading up to Martha's Vineyard for the remainder of the summer are the members of the Jamal Jackson Dance Company. JJDC will partner with The Cottagers Inc. to present workshops for the youth of Martha's Vineyard. To learn more about the workshop, performance and classes held here in the city, email asha@jamaljacksondancecompany.org.

The list of available scholarships-not only for high school students entering college but for adults returning to school as well-has arrived. Offered are an array of financial aid opportunities for a variety of studies and participants. Some of the scholarships include the Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund, for low-income women who have a vision of how their education will benefit themselves and their community; the Joe Francis Hair Care Scholarship, for cosmetology and barber school students who can demonstrate a financial need; the KFC Colonel's Scholars Program, for college-bound students who can demonstrate financial need and have a GPA of at least 2.75; and the Lincoln Forum Scholarship Essay Contest, a writing contest pertaining to the life and times of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era. Anyone interested in obtaining the entire list should email me at montana2us@yahoo.com. I will be happy to forward you a copy.

Until next week...kisses.