“Of course, everyone in the New World is an immigrant or a descendant of immigrants, and immigrants have built America and continue to do so. Legal or illegal, they are almost universally good people who work to better their lot and that of their children.”-Mark Helprin

“My job is to play quarterback, and I’m going to do that the best way I know how, because I owe that to my teammates regardless of who is out there on the field with me.”-Tom Brady

Super Bowl 51 is history but not without one of the greatest comebacks of all times. The Queen said all she wants is a little R-e-s-p-e-c-t and that’s just what Tom Brady received, as I finally acknowledge that he is the best quarterback. Bringing the New England Patriots from a twenty-five point deficit to a super bowl win. To my die-hard Patriot fans, especially Rita Horsley-Johnson, who takes a lot of ribbing throughout the year from friends, family and colleagues we have to admit Tom Brady is “simply the best.”

“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.” Khalil Gibran

Join the Ladies of Colin’s Restaurant on Feb. 13 for happy hour as we celebrate Happy Galantine’s Day. A day for “ladies celebrating ladies”. A perfect time to show your girlfriends how much they mean to you. Galentine Day is all about friendship so bring your girlfriends. The girlfriend who brings the most girlfriends will receive a Galentine gift.

“Sweet bitter love” as friends, coworkers and colleagues reluctantly say so long to Alex Dixon, vice president of Baltimore’s Horseshoe Casino, as he accepts a new position as the General Manager of MGM’s newest casino in Springfield, Mass. Alex and his wife Yindra instantly became a part of Baltimore with their warm personalities and generous charitable heart.

“My father used to have an expression. He’d say, ‘Joey, a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It’s about your dignity. It’s about respect. It’s about your place in your community.’-Vice-president Joe Biden

The Johns Hopkins Summer Jobs Program is accepting youth intern applications for their 2017 program year. The program is open to ages 15-21. Applicants are required to be at least 15 years of age by June 19 by the start date of the program and a resident of Baltimore City or attending school in Baltimore City. For more information or 443-997-4585 or email lwilso58@jhmi.edu.

Sharon Baptist Church, under the leadership of Dr. A.C.D. Vaughn, is hosting their 51st benefit featuring The Howard University Gospel Choir sponsored by the Constance Moore Memorial Scholarship committee on Feb. 26 at 5 p.m.

Ruth’s Chris’s Pikesville, Md. is offering a $40 signature seasonal pairing featuring a six-ounce filet topped with shrimp and a glass of Ferrari-Carano cabernet sauvignon Sunday through Friday in the bar area.

If you’re looking for a great happy hour check out the menu at Maryland Live! Prime Rib Restaurant with menu prices starting at $6 featuring jumbo fried shrimp (prawns), prime rib au jus and more.

Grandmother Eunice Jenifer-Robinson surprised her granddaughter Aliya’s Jenifer’s on her 16th birthday when she hosted an open house for family and friends at her home along with Aliya’s mom Tracy. Family and friends kept the door swinging as they came throughout the afternoon to celebrate with Aliyah, a student at the SEED School. The smile on her face was priceless when she saw her brother Salim Council, who flew in from Orlando Florida to celebrate his sister’s milestone birthday.

Sending thoughts and prayers to Chef Benny Gordon as he continues to recover from a fall while roller skating and wishing him continued success at his newest restaurant, GEB’s BBQ Restaurant 7205 Rutherford Rd. GEB’s is a partnership with Edrich Premier Foods and Chef Benny to bring farm fresh food into a BBQ Restaurant. The farm located less than five miles from the restaurant and is in partnership with NCIA’s Youth in Transition, cofounded by Herb Hoelter. This unique partnership gives students with special educational needs an opportunity to gain culinary and horticultural skills jobs in the community.

Sending bunches of flowers for Bobby Chambliss as he recuperates at Sinai Hospital and thinking of you to Bernice McDaniels.

Singing happy birthday to Sarita Oaks Murray; Alex Dixon Jr; Gwendolyn Miller; Sam Redd; Dionjra Hall; Aaron Jolivet; Gwendolyn Pinder; Virginia Vauls; Hari Close; Harold Peterson; Art Peterson; everyone’s favorite Delta Edna Smith; Monica Blount-Hall and Rebecca McCoy-Lee. Two vibrant women celebrated their 90th birthday recently: my longtime friend Dr. Ruth Sheffey and Camay Murphy. Happy birthday.

We wish a happy 50th anniversary to Steve and Carolyn Wainwright.

“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” Khalil Gibran

Our condolences to Shirley Hargrove and family on the death of her son Steven Hargrove; Ora Washington, Beverly and Tommy Rideout on the death of their son and grandson William Rideout; to the family of Marsha Robinson on her death; to Deborah Courtney-Peterson on the death of her husband McKinley “Mac” Peterson; to Herman and Vivian Jones on the death of his sister and to the family of Annette Hall- Somerville on her death.

Baltimore County families in need of assistance should contact the Baltimore County Department of Social Services 6401 York Road, or call 410-853-3385 for further information or call DHR’s helpline at (800) 332-6347 or apply online at dhr.maryland.gov/benefits.

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”-A. A. Milne