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The Cosmopolitan Review

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 12/19/2013, 11:01 a.m.

Soloist Sophie Blumstein sang “Winter Wonderland.” Students Cheyenne Emanuel, Ismael Kone and Naomi Dominique Umlauf from the scene study class performed “Sweet Tooth”; it was so funny.

The HSA Prep dance troupe consisted of Deja Anderson, Kendall Carter, Makila Cooke, Jada Hart, Naya Lovell, Khayr Muhammad, Wander Sanchez, Amar Smalls and Brandon Trent. Soloists Jahir Hipps and Alyana Smash performed “The Prayer,” choreographed by Aubrey Lynch. For the finale, the advance jazz combo class performed “So What,” a tune originally performed by Miles Davis. Under the direction of D.D. Jackson, who was also on keys, were Gabrielle Garo (flute, saxophone), Warner Meadows (piano), Christian Smith (congas), Riley Mulherkar (trumpet) and Kyme Greenaway (drums). You can rest assured that if you hire them to provide entertainment at your next fete, they won’t disappoint.

Three cheers go out to HSA CEO Yvette Campbell, who continues to do amazing things at HSA. The spring semester begins Jan. 25 with a full range of classes. If you have a young one in your midst, sign them up. Adult classes are also available.

The mid-Manhattan afternoon computer class would like to take time out to let Denise Woods know how much her class appreciates her and would like to say, “Happy birthday to you.” Happy birthday wishes also go out to Kim Getty and Cyril Poindexter. Get well wishes to Sidney Blake and Hugh Solomon.

Condolences to Carol V. Taylor on the passing of her mother, Ruth Mozelle Taylor, who passed away on Dec. 8, 20 days shy of her 88th birthday. Mother of the late Durinda Taylor and wife of the late Fitzherbert Taylor, Ruth Mozelle Taylor was remembered most fondly at her funeral service held at Unity Funeral Chapel on West 126th Street.

Born in New York City, she was the youngest girl of 12 children. Ruth Taylor attended public schools, and after graduating from Borough of Manhattan Community College, she worked with her husband in their family-owned tailor shop. Eventually, she went on to work as a school secretary for the New York City Board of Education while furthering her formal education at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she received a certificate in pattern-making and clothing design.

Known as a free thinker and activist for the rights of people of African dissent, she was also a consummate globetrotter and spent her vacations traveling the world. Her friends and family described her best as one who put on a tough demeanor but was a fair and loving individual who greatly loved children and would go the distance to aid them. R.I.P.

The Judith Peabody Wellness Center, located at New York Presbyterian Hospital at 53 W. 23rd Street, is now officially open. The Wellness Center provides a full range of services for those suffering from AIDS, domestic abuse and other illnesses.

Judith Peabody was a wonderful woman who cared so much and worked so tirelessly to give support to those who needed it most. Though she is now deceased, her valiant efforts to provide treatment, love and care continue to live on. The fully staffed center is open to all in need and welcomes volunteers, as there is always something to do to help those who are having trouble.

Until next week … kisses