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The Cosmopolitan Review

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 10/12/2011, 2:16 p.m.

Vy Higginsen's Gospel Teens will perform on Saturday, Oct 8 at St. Aloysius Church on 132nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, at 3 p.m. in a benefit concert for St. Benedict's Day School Nursery. St. Benedict's is an 80-year-old Harlem institution that teaches preschoolers how to read, and teaches kindergarten students 1st grade-level math. Yes, absolutely I think we should give them our support.

Speaking of reading, Robin Varges wants you all to know that Columbia University's second annual Let's Read! event will take place on Sunday, October 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Low Memorial Library on campus. There will be book readings, signings, entertainment and a resource fair for the adults.

Birthday shoutouts to Geddes Bux, Mary Moultrie, Bianca Featherstone, disco Mike, James (home boy) Brown, Newsstand Mike (at 122nd Street and Lenox Avenue) Chapple, Marguarite Johnson, Karen Jones Reid, Karen Selsey, Mary Arrington, (no relation to Virginia and Earl) and Justice Marguarite Grays.

Get well wishes to Dolores Coombes, who took a nasty spill and hurt her knee. Sit back, relax and remember to keep your feet lifted. We so wish you were here so we could pamper you.

Happy wedding anniversary to Larry and Harriet Coldwell.

Condolences to Larry on the passing of his mother, Ethel Coldwell. Condolences to the family of Delores Jefferson, the choir leader emeritus of the Gospelites Choir at St. Charles Borromeo, who recently passed away. What a nice woman she was and a wonderful musical organizer-a real gem. The congregation loved to hear her sing "Taste and See" and "Going Up Yonder," two of my favorites. Although you haven't heard anything until you hear them sing "Give Me a Pure Heart." Rest in Peace.

Here is a message from Linda Roberson, who has been doing some comparative shopping lately. Linda was not comparing prices so much as exactly where products are being made. Much to her surprise, she discovered that products made in the U.S.A., as opposed to Mexico and China, were just as good and often less expensive.

Whether it's cheaper by a few cents or a few dollars, making a commitment to buy products made in the United States is priceless. When you think about it, every product you buy affects someone's livelihood. As a consumer, can you think of a better way to support our economy? No, neither can I. Next time you go shopping, read the labels. You will be surprised by what you may find and how good it will make you feel to know you are contributing to getting our economy back on an equal footing. After all, President Obama can't do it all by himself. Who knows, the job you save may be your own.

Until next week...kisses.