“I wish you bluebirds in the spring to give your heart a song to sing and then a kiss but more than this I wish you love. And in July a lemonade to cool you in some leafy glade I wish you health and more than wealth I wish you love.” -Gloria Lynne

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“Somerset is known as being one of the wealthiest and best-educated municipalities in Maryland; I want us to also be known as a town that gives back.” -Mayor Jeffrey Slavin

Jeffrey Slavin, a friend to everyone, held his 60th birthday at the Washington Hebrew Center and it was the hottest event of the summer season. From the moment, you entered the disco themed party with the sound of Frankie Beverly filling the room you knew this was the place to be on a warm sultry summer night. More than 400 guests mingled and danced under the disco lights while sipping champagne, wine and beer from the bar stations situated throughout the room. Food stations, each with a different menu, were strategically placed throughout the large ballroom with silver chafing dishes of lamb, chicken and beef sliders or Moroccan chicken with spicy noodles, spinach and assorted cheese, breads and candies. The ice cream sundae bar was loaded with goodies to decorate your ice cream served in those scrumptious waffle cups.

What makes Jeffrey special is his ability to connect people who normally would have missed the opportunity to know each other except for the connecting link of the guy with the big heart. The question that everyone asks when he or she meet for the first time is “where do you know Jeffrey from” and there is always a connection socially, philanthropically or politically “Everyone Knows Jeffrey” the man who makes it happen.

“You are my friend; I never knew it ‘til then my friend, my friend.” -Patti LaBelle

Among the friends enjoying the night was Lucinda Ware, The Honorable Valerie Ervin, Yvette Lewis, Dick Gregory, Dr. Frieda Lacey, Nichelle Schultz, Mollie Byron, Bob Fienty, Congresswoman Donna Edwards, Skip Kelly, Karen Brice, Rick Edison, Keith Green, Virginia State Senator Adam Ebbin, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, Maryland State Senators Susan Lee, Rich Madaleno, Jamie Raskin and Cheryl Kagan, State Delegate Marc Korman, D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh, former D.C. Councilmember Carol Schwartz , Roscoe Dellums, Congresswomen Gwen Moore and Donna Edwards, Kathleen Matthews , Rockville Councilmember Virginia Onley, former Montgomery County Democratic Party Chair Karen Britto Montgomery County NAACP President Anita Powell, Odessa Shannon, former head of the D.C. Office on Aging, E. Veronica Pace, the honorable Bruce Adams, Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner, Laytonville Mayor Dan Prats and Channel 4 political reporter Tom Sherwood.

“Round midnight” as the deejay played the Wobble guests danced out the door hugging and kissing their gracious host goodnight.

“You’re the Poetry Man. You make things all rhyme.” -Phoebe Snow

Loring Cornish was commissioned to create a permanent exhibit at the corner of Charles and Lanvale Streets as a part of the Station North Koban Project. Called “Change for the Better,” the stained glass and mirrors police kiosk was the highlight at Thursday night’s grand opening including “dancing in the street” at Artscape 2015.

“It’s so good lovin’ somebody and somebody loves you back. To be loved and be loved in return. It’s the only thing that my heart desires. Just appreciate the little things I do. Oh, you’re the one who’s got me inspired keep on liftin’, liftin’ me higher.” -Teddy Pendergrass

Wedding bells rang for Mellonie Boyd, formerly of Baltimore, and Damion Lowery at City Temple; the Lowey’s will reside in Houston Texas.

I do love you, yes I do now I do love you, yes I do now, I do love you, yes I do now. OH, I love a you so a right now now a my, my, baby yeah, yeah,yeah. Little darlin’ I said I love a you so a right now. Never, never gonna let, gonna let, gonna let you go, no, no, no.” -Billy Stewart

Happy anniversary to Carroll and Sheila Burnett, Eugene and Sara Smalley and my daughter and son-in-law Lisa and Gregory Packer as they celebrate their 23rd wedding anniversary.

It’s your birthday Vernon Ross, Betty Hines, Judson Wood, Shirley Clinton, Tracee Strum-Gilliam Wesley Wood, Dawn Rini, Deleanor Boone, Richard Tabuteau, Joslyn Alexander, Anderson Ward, Richard ‘McClearn, Leah Jones, Sharon Pinder, Delores Harvey -Branch, Joy Owens and Sharon Price-Walker.

Congratulations Daryl Wade on being the 27th head coach at Baltimore City College; and to Tobi Atkinson- Pulley on being elected international National President of J.U.G.S Inc.

“Come on in the room, come on in the room; Jesus is my doctor and He writes out all of my prescriptions, He gives me all of my medicine in my room.” -Georgia Mass Choir

Get well wishes to Governor Larry Hogan, Eleanor Janey, Shirley Richmond, Ora Washington, and Gwen Trader. Thinking of you Mrs. Beatrice Payne. At 106 years-old you are a source of inspiration.

“I am the same person I used to be just with some cool new hands” -Zion Harvey

Out of the mouth of 8-year–old Zion on receiving the first hand transplant in the world. Praising God for this awesome kid and the Doctors at Children’s Hospital. Zion you are my hero.

“Cause your love is my love and my love is your love it would take an eternity to break us.” -Whitney Houston

Rest in paradise Bobbi Kristina. “Gone too soon.” -Michael Jackson

Condolences to Alice Greene on the death of her daughter Robin Greene and to Stephanie Covington and family on the death of their father Morris Lee Covington.

“I’ll be seeing you.” -Valerie and The Friday Night Bunch