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Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 7/27/2012, 10:02 a.m.

Harlem was alive and well represented at Gracie Mansion, where the official kick-off for Harlem Week--which we all know is really Harlem Month for the month of August--took place. The evening took on a rather somber note as Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce President Lloyd Williams announced the passing of Soul Food Queen Sylvia Woods earlier that evening. The event was a celebration of sorts, celebrating Woods' birthday and continuous years in business. It was a celebration of life, love and a legacy.

There to salute and honor were fellow restaurateur Joe Barnes; Yvette Campbell, CEO of the Harlem School of the Arts and board member Chuck Hamilton; Nick Jones; Bob Tate; Dr. Marcella Maxwell; Edith Mathews; Assemblyman Keith Wright; Geoffrey Eton; NAACP Mid-Manhattan Branch President Shirley Scott; and hundreds more who are ready for Harlem Week.

Happy birthday to Abdul Shaheed, Lori Diggs and daughter LeAnna, Michael Pies, Deborah Makonnen, Brett Simon, Tanya Cunningham, Winnie Walker, Dana Davis, TAR, Carl Petties, Jenyne Raines, John Casey, Debra Mossishow-Rankin, Juanita Pratt, Frank Vattelana, Philip Williams, Delores Sheppard, Carol Bass, Bernardean Richardson-Davis, Laverne Rector, Robin Rectorand, Robin Burgess, Tmisha Williams, Carol Davis, Cathy White, Charles Harris, Brenda Cooper and Elizabeth Rankin-Fulcher, who is planning a very special "Seven Decades of Life, Love and What I Know" extravaganza. Don't you love it--and Elizabeth?

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Manley on their wedding anniversary.

Brush up your resume, because the following companies are hiring: UPS is hiring individuals to work as part-time package handlers. According to the job description, it is a "physical, fast-paced position that involves continual lifting, lowering and sliding packages that typically weigh 25-35 pounds and may weigh up to 70 pounds. Part-time employees usually work three and a half to four hours each weekday and typically do not work on weekends or selected holidays.

"Package handlers receive an hourly rate of $8.50-9.50, as well as an attractive benefits package. Employees can expect to take home between $110 and $150 each week after deductions have been taken for taxes, etc."

For something a little less grueling with a higher pay scale there is Amtrak, which is looking for track workers, with an entry pay rate of $19.36 per hour and a full rate of $21.52 per hour. According to the posting, there are "promotional and advancement opportunities and a collective bargaining agreement. Track workers may be considered for advancement or promotion to other positions within the engineering department if qualified."

They are also looking for machine operators at $23.25-$24.81 per hour; welder helpers and bridge tenders at $21.93 per hour; bridge mechanics at $22.65 per hour; foremen at $22.71-$25.53 per hour; and track inspectors at $23.98-$25.14 per hour.

Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and a valid driver's license, training and be 18 years of age or older. They will train you, with two-three weeks of training at the Railroad Education & Development Institute in Atlanta, with travel, lodging and meals paid for. For more information, check out

Good luck and take it easy, it's the summer.

Until next week...kisses.