Word just in, Carver Bancorp, Inc., the holding company for Carver Federal Savings Bank, today announced that Deborah C. Wright will retire as chief executive officer, effective December 31, 2014, after 15 years of service. The board of directors has named Michael T. Pugh, currently the company’s president and chief operating officer, as Wright’s successor, effective January 1, 2015. Wright will continue to serve as the company’s non-executive chairman of the board. She will join the Ford Foundation as a senior fellow in the Economic Opportunity and Assets Program in early 2015.

While a shift in career is always refreshing, it seems like the end of an era for those of us who have watched Wright soar. She was a beacon at Carver, and just knowing she was there gave the community a sense of satisfaction and security. Although she wielded a lot of power, she was always accessible, approachable and one of the nicest people you ever want to meet. Good luck, Deborah, on your new endeavors, and don’t forget 125th Street.

Celebrating Harlem was the Harlem Cultural Archives as they hosted a panel discussion between former Mayor David N. Dinkins, Dr. Roscoe C. Brown Jr. and Congressman Charles B. Rangel at the Great Hall of the City College of New York. Panel members’ reflected on the impacts and lasting legacies of two of Harlem’s icons, Percy E. Sutton and Basil A. Paterson. Also on the program was the Rev. Herbert Daughtry, whose thoughts reaffirmed the political power of “The Gang of Four.” The program concluded with an audience Q&A session, and special thanks was expressed to VP Karen Mackey Witherspoon of the Office of Government and Community Affairs of CCNY for her ongoing support of HCA and making the Great Hall available.

The moderator for the afternoon event was CCNY Associate Professor of Sociology/Black Studies R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy. Fr. Gregory Chisholm, SJ, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Church, where the elder Paterson could always be found worshiping at the Saturday evening service, delivered the invocation. A heartfelt moment occurred when Brown ceremoniously placed his signature on a painting by Minerva Diaz called “Tuskegee Eclipse,” alongside the signatures of the other living Tuskegee Airmen.

Among the 300 people in attendance to express their appreciation and to witness the historic discussion were family members Charlotte Sutton, Keisha Sutton-James, Portia Paterson and Daniel Paterson; Councilmember Inez E. Dickens; Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright; Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer; Justice Helen and Henry Freedman; Judge Milton A. Tingling; Judge Franc Perry; Loida Lewis; Dr. June Jackson Christmas; Felipe Luciano; Sharon Mackey McGee; Russel Shuler; Dr. Juanita Howard; Dr. Gregory O. Page; Robin Bell-Stevens; Hazel Dukes; and Marquita Poole-Eckert. Also in attendance was journalist Herb Boyd and 25 of his CCNY students. WBLS participated by having a booth with giveaways for the attendees. HCA Co-Executive Director Glenn A. Hunter was MC for the event. DVDs of the event will be available in the near future.

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, I can officially get into the Christmas spirit. Doing just that is the West 118th Street Organization, who are prepared to take all revelers to the Mount Airy Casino in Mt. Pocono, Pa. and the nearby Tanger Shopping Outlets, Saturday, Dec. 6. Buses leave 118th Street and 8th Avenue at 12:00 noon sharp! Tickets are $42 and include a $25 casino credit and a $10 food credit. Call Cleve at (917) 543-5930 for information.

Happy birthday to Jerry Lord, Bertha McGhee, Tarrah Manley-Smallwood, Cornelus Taylor, Stanley (Sockie) Ross, Kevin Miles and Sheila Matthison. Happy anniversary to Deloris and Cyril Poindexter, who are celebrating 43 years of wedded bliss. Condolences also go out to the Poindexters, who are mourning the loss the Cyril’s cousin, the Rev. Charles Poindexter of St. Luke’s Church of Germantown in Philadelphia.

The Greater New York Chapter of the Links Incorporated, Health & Human Services Facet and their community partners, AARP; Steinway Children and Family Services, Inc.; Esplanade Gardens NORC; Health Advocates for Older People; Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter; and the Carter Burden Lenard Covelo Senior Center, in conjunction with MetroPlus Health Plan, hosted a forum on Medicare and Long-Term Managed Care. Honored guests were the seniors from the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging at Hunter College/CUNY.

The forum, which began with a continental breakfast followed by lunch, was hosted by Jean Callahan, Esq., director of the Brookdale Center, and Dr. Marcella Maxwell, co-chair of the Great New York Chapter of The Links Inc., Health & Human Services Facet. The seminar proved to be an interesting and informative guide to understanding Medicare, parts A, B, C and D; when and how to join; and how to choose a plan that suits seniors best.

According to The Links member Michelle Stent, “The Community Partnership Educational Seminars are designed to inform and empower seniors to recognize and cope with the complexities, causes and symptoms related to elder abuse and health care in West, East and Central Harlem. Their primary objective is to target community-based elder African-American, Caribbean, Latino women and men, ages 55 plus, whose health and well-being might be compromised by domestic violence and health complexities as they find themselves aging with diminishing support and access to services.”

Although The Links, Incorporated is known to focus on education, cultural enrichment, health and wellness and civic involvement, MetroPlus Health Plan has been involved in the community for more than 25 years, providing affordable health care to those in need.

The benefit gala season is just about to wrap up for the holidays, but before they do, Tiffany’s held its annual luncheon in its festively decorated board room at the 57th Street flagship store. With nearly 350 guests in attendance, Michael Kowalski, Tiffany’s CEO and chairman for the past 15 years and a 31-year veteran executive at the company, will retire in April, 2015. He will be succeeded by Frederic Cumenal, currently president of the company. Meanwhile, did you know a Tiffany’s just opened in a department store located on the Red Square in Moscow, which is located across from Lenin’s Tomb and the Kremlin. Brrrr, the whole idea sounds chilly. Aren’t there currently sanctions against Russia for its involvement with attacks against the Ukraine? Have to keep up with world news.

Much closer to home, what a relief to know B. Smith was found safe and sound after being lost for a number of hours, much to the horror of her family and friends. B. Smith, who reportedly has Alzheimer disease, was put on a bus to Sag Harbor. However, when she arrived, whoever was to meet her wasn’t there, so she simply boarded the bus and went back home. Wouldn’t you?

Until next week … kisses.