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The Cosmopolitan Review: October 5 - October 11

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 10/5/2017, 10:30 a.m.
Have you picked your apples, gone to see the fall foliage or done any of the other things people do ...

Have you picked your apples, gone to see the fall foliage or done any of the other things people do once fall sets in? Of course, there are those who prepare ahead of time and pack the summer clothes away and bring out the sweaters and long-sleeved clothing, but it is also a great time to get outdoors. The I Love New York website offers a host of fall get-away weekend packages. Check it out, you might find something just a tad bit out of the ordinary to do.

Finding plenty to do is Elizabeth Rankin-Fulcher who has advised that it is the 10th anniversary of the re-discovery of the African Burial Ground, located in Downtown Manhattan. Beginning Oct. 3, with the opening ceremony and spiritual blessings and continuing through Saturday, Oct. 7, culminating with the family day festivities, there are a plethora of activities scheduled that shed awareness, light and remembrance to the ancestors. Events are free and open to all.

God’s Love We Deliver, the nonprofit organization that has been preparing and delivering meals to the homebound for more than 32 years, to more than 6,800, including senior citizens and people suffering with HIV/AIDS and other illness, just celebrated the preparation of their 20 millionth meal. Meeting in the kitchen at the God’s Love We Deliver headquarters located at 166 Avenue of the Americas (Corner of Spring Street and Sixth Avenue), with all of the pomp and circumstance that the emotional and historic event deserves, were God’s Love President and CEO Karen Pearl and Julie Klausner, creator and star of Hulu’s “Difficult People,” to celebrate the momentous occasion. According to Pearl, “Since 1985 God’s Love We Deliver has provided nutritious meals to people who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves. I couldn’t be happier with the success of the program and dedication of all of the workers.”

Recent sightings, first, at the Metropolitan Opera’s 2017-18 season, which opened with a new production of Bellini’s “Norma,” starring the power trio of Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato and Joseph Calleja in the principal roles, under the baton of Carlo Rizzi, all of whom you may not know unless you’re into opera, were Rolston Braithwaite and news anchor Mike Woods, both of whom you very well might know from around the way. Also there looking fabulous among the haute couture crowd were Chrissy Barker and Kimberly Hise, posing for the photo op with famed photographer Nigel Barker. Remember him from “America’s Next Top Model?”

On the heels of this event was the luncheon for The New York Women’s Foundation, held at Le Cirque. But of course! Speaking at the event were the Hon. Jonathan Lippman, chairman of the Independent Commission on NYC Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform, and Greg Berman, director of the Center for Court Innovation, who spoke about the changes needed to create an effective and humane criminal justice system in New York that protects public safety while treating the accused and the incarcerated with decency. Seen were board member Merble Reagon, Dawne Marie Grannum, Nida Khan and Darold Cuba (take your hat off when you’re indoors).