35th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 1/18/2012, 4:43 p.m.

The original floor of what was once the drill room is 132 years old. Despite extraordinarily heavy use by spectators, marching men, cars, Army tanks and thousands of events and exhibitions, including the art and antiques fair, it still remains intact. Made of thick, narrow planks of Georgia pine set in sleepers of Long Island locust embedded in asphalt, which rests on a platform of concrete, that old floor has seen many music festivals, tennis tournaments and grand balls.

Happy birthday to Denise Borden, who is going to shake me up for never remembering her married name, as she is still Borden DeWees to me, and to Wallace Ford, who is always Wallace Ford to me, Bobby Shipp, Durinda Taylor, Genie Street and Gary Jones.

Sticking pretty close to home these days is Jeff Greenup, while Elease Jackson continues to receive care at the Amsterdam House Nursing Home, where she's asking everyone to come up and see her sometime.

Meanwhile, snow birds Drs. Jim and Ruby Malone are off to Florida, while the snow bunnies are off to the slopes in Vermont to wait for it to snow. Some, like Phil and Toni Brown, Walter Lowe, Cheryl Willis and quite a few others, have traded in their fur coats for bikinis as they head for Barbados to get away from this cold weather.

Have you heard of the proposed plan to close Wadleigh Middle School, located on West 114th Street? Wadleigh has, through the years, gained quite a reputation-some bad but mostly good. It would certainly be a shame to see it shut down now, after all the hard work that has gone into the school and the cultivation of its students. Come out and show your support at the Department of Education hearing at the school on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 5 p.m. (of course when everyone is just getting off of work) alongside members of the NAACP Mid-Manhattan Branch, if you can.

Everyone is pretty much laying low, waiting for the big snowfall to come, as we've been lucky so far. In the meantime, keep warm and try to remember those New Year's resolutions and who loves ya, baby?

Until next week...kisses.