Out & About

Bishop Perez on Immigration

Our last event for Thursday, was the 2019 Frank J. Battisti Memorial Lecture at the Unsalata Alumni Center at CWRU. The speaker was the Most Reverend Nelson J. Perez, Bishop of Cleveland, who talked about “Immigration and the Dignity of the Human Person.” Bishop Perez made it clear in the beginning of his address that he was not speaking as an authority on immigration, an attorney, a politician, or as

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First Friday Club with Brooke Taylor

Our second event for Thursday, February 7th, was a First Friday Club luncheon at that took place, as almost always, at the City Club of Cleveland.  This program was originally scheduled to take place on January 31st but it was postponed due to inclement weather. Accordingly, even though the number of attendees was not as high as it was for other gatherings, quite a few people still managed to rework

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Black History Month Entrepreuneurs

On Wednesday, February 6th, we went to the Rotunda in Cleveland City Hall for a Black History Month event in which two entrepreneurs were honored for building successful businesses that have enriched the Cleveland community. The program began with some words by Ms. Sonya Shakir, Program Coordinator at Burton, Bar, and Carr Development, who reminded us that African-Americans have been business-owners since the 18th century. Ms. Shakir was followed by

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“How America Confronts Terror”

Our second event for Tuesday, February 5th, was a Happy Dog Takes on the World gathering located at the Happy Dog (where else?) on Detroit Avenue in Cleveland. The event was titled “How America Confronts Terror” and it consisted of a conversation between Mr. Tony Ganzer, WCPN host/producer, and Professor Joshua A. Geltzer, Senior Director for Counterterrorism at the National Security Council from 2015 to 2017 and now the Executive

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Around India with a Movie Camera

On Tuesday, February 5th, we went to the Cleveland Museum of Art to watch Around India with a Movie Camera. It is a 2018 documentary film created by Ms. Sandhya Suri, a British/Indian writer and director, from hours of footage stored in the national archives of the British Film Institute covering the time period when India was under British colonial rule. The end result is an entrancing look at India, its people and customs,

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Jazz Concert at the Unitarian Church

On Sunday, February 3rd, we went to the Westshore Unitarian Universalist Church to attend a service about the history of jazz with an emphasis on how it was a significant cultural bridge. After the concert with the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble, it was a wonderfully musical day. Appropriately, at the top of the Order of Service, was a quotation from Ms. Mary Lou Williams, jazz pianist, which read, “anything that

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Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble

On Sunday afternoon, February 3rd, we drove to the Hudson Library to attend a concert for the Chinese New Year put on by the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble, which has been playing together for ten years now and has performed eight times at Hudson Library, their most consistent venue. We were very warmly greeted by our friend, Mr. David Badagnani, who told us to be sure to thank Ms. Margaret W.

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Womensafe Casino Royale Fundraiser

Our second event for Saturday, February 2nd, took us to the Patrician Party Center on Lakeland Blvd. in Eastlake where we took part in the 18th annual Casino Royale fundraiser on behalf of WomenSafe, Inc. Womensafe is a domestic violence center in its 39th year of operation whose mission is to provide emergency shelter and support services to survivors of domestic violence throughout Northeast Ohio. The emcee for the evening was

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Black History Month Kickoff

The theme for City of Cleveland 2019 Black History Month is: “Cleveland: Building a Sense of Community.”  At noon on Friday, February 1st, there was a luncheon at the Rotunda of City Hall to kick off the month. We are proud to say that Margaret W. Wong and Associates, LLC was one of the sponsors for this annual event. Thus, we got to attend and share a table with such

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Dignity of Work Rally

On Wednesday, January 30th, we decided to brave the cold temperature (almost all the events planned for that day had been cancelled) and drive out to Brunswick to attend U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s Dignity of Work Tour Kickoff Rally held at Supply Side USA on West 130th Street. The title of the tour was inspired by the famous quotation from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that reads, in part, that “…whenever you are

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