I love Barack Obama. Did you see the front page of the 89th edition of The New York Times? Here, Obama is sitting on a park bench, nestled in the Bavarian Alps, where the G7 summit meeting recently took place. Obama, with his back to the camera, arms spread out, is sitting back chilling, listening to Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, who, by her body language, is obviously upset about something. I was only privy to the photo, as I, like you, wasn’t able to listen in on the conversation.
The G7 summit was a meeting of the leaders of seven major advanced economies, gathering to talk about world issues. Among the biggest topics were Russian aggression in the Ukraine, stopping ISIS and climate change. The G7 agreed to increase sanctions against Russia, which seem to have had little affect but are a means to get Russia’s attention. The fight against ISIS continues, and ISIS has become more threatening because of the constant influx of foreign recruits entering Iraq and Syria, who are willing to become suicide bombers.
According to Obama, “If we can cut off some of the foreign fighter flow, then we are able to isolate and wear out ISIL forces that are already there.” On a hopeful note, Obama stated, “Although it is going to take time, and there will be setbacks and lessons learned, we are going to be successful!”
The G7 members also agreed to make a commitment toward reducing global emissions of greenhouse gases, which have a damaging and dangerous affect on the Earth’s environment. Long-range goals extend to 2050.
The Fellas have to be the swingingest men’s social club around. They give good parties and good deserving scholarships, too. This year’s spring scholarship gala, held at the Glenn Island Club, located on Long Island Sound in New Rochelle, was exceptional. Though the weather was a tad bit chilly outside, warm spirits filled the room inside. Everyone you know and love was there, and then some.
Member Mark Price announced this year’s five scholarship recipients, each of whom received an award of $6,000. Price also took a moment to announce happy birthday to his father, who was there to celebrate his 85th birthday.
Scholarship recipients were chosen by members on the basis of financial need, merit, hard work and a willingness to carry on tradition. Recipient Jeremy Amoleday is pursuing a career in medicine. Christopher Collins McNeil, a student at the University of Oswego, is president of the student government and on the dean’s list with a grade point average of 3.3. Stephon Weary, a graduate of Brooklyn Tech, is on his way to MIT. Dalila Trinidad attends the University of New Haven, where she is studying to go into law enforcement. Tiffany Johnson, also a prior recipient, is in medical school.
If you find yourself in Midtown and looking for some place to stop for a bite to eat, try Barcibo Enoteca on Broadway at 69th Street. The place is cute and cozy with outdoor seating. Happy hour is from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you want to go full out, head down to 68th Street to Luce. It’s one of my favorites. Not to be outdone is Le Pain Quotidian on West 65th Street, off Broadway, whose happy hour offers half-off organic wines and beer, ever day after 5 p.m.
Happy birthday to Raquel Johnson, Richard Freeman, Valerie Reese and Thor Holbek.
The New York Botanical Garden hosted its annual Conservatory Ball, raising more than $1.6 million to support its internationally acclaimed programs in children’s education and plant research and conservation. Cocktails were served among the gardens as an array of ball gowns swooshed across the floor. The Mexican theme for the evening was a salute to artist Frida Kahlo, whose exhibition, “Art, Garden, Life,” a rare display of 14 original paintings and drawings, is currently on display in the Enid Haupt Conservatory. The event was sponsored by fashion designer Carolina Herrera, with additional support provided by Mercedes-Benz Manhattan.
Save the date announcements have been sent by the N.Y. Carib News as they gear up for the 2015 annual business conference. As you know, or maybe you don’t, the conference is held each year on a different island. This year being no different, the event is in Haiti. The 20th annual multicultural business conference will take place Thursday, Nov. 5 through Sunday, Nov. 8. Expected to attend are P.J. Patterson, former prime minister of Jamaica; Andrew Young, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; and Ambassador Carl Master. And you just don’t go to Haiti unless you contact Harriet Michel, who still maintains a home there. The trip is billed as an “extraordinary dialogue with the best minds,” one that will “expand your business, cultural, educational and political horizons.” To learn more or reserve your space, go to www.nycaribnews.com or call 646-898-9392.
Looking to do something outdoorsy closer to home? Bryant Park is offering lessons in fly fishing Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Fifth Avenue Terrace. Sundays, there is saltwater fishing at the 10th Street Walking Bridge in the John V. Lindsay East River Park from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. You catch the fish and then release them. It’s free and it’s fun if you like that sort of thing.
Until next week … kisses.