By Valerie Fraling, Special to the AFRO

“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.”

George Bernard Shaw

The recent primary election had “joy and pain” with some wins and losses but as we congratulate the winners we must thank Sen. Barbara Robinson, Sen. Joan Carter Conway, and my longtime friend Sen. Nathaniel McFadden, for their years of public service and commitment to the City of Baltimore.

“I have often walked down the street before, but the pavement always stayed beneath my feet before. All at once am I, several stories high, knowing I’m on the street where you live.”

Nat King Cole

The beauty of visiting Beulah and James Brown and their son Jay at their lovely Randallstown home is we get to visit their nephew Judge Jan and Kathy Alexander at their lovely home next door.

“The language of friendship is not words but meanings.”

Henry David Thoreau

The families were celebrating Jan and Kathy’s son Jordan’s graduation from Morgan State University.

Had the opportunity to meet former AFRO employee Marilyn Bailey celebrating her 72nd birthday at Capital Grille with her best friend Colette Jackson.

“Oh, it’s a long, long while from May to December, but the days grow short when you reach September. When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame. One hasn’t got time for the waiting game.”

Frank Sinatra

Happy birthday to 10-year-old Nylyn Knicole Mosby, Michael Cryor, Sharon Roberson Pinder, Sharon Price- Walker, Nikita Haysbert, Helen McDonald, Edward “Petey” Anthony, Betty Clark, Carole Miles, Dell Perry, Nikita Haysbert, Pam “Ms. Maybelle” Hill, AFRO photographer Anderson Ward. Special 50th birthday to Superstar Kenneth Du-Shawn Fields and a super happy 50th birthday to my nephew Kevin Lovell Johnson.

Jenifer Harvey thought that when the girlfriends Angie Burnett, Rorye Jordan, Brenda Baker, Jackie Brown, Kara King, Deborah Courtney, Brenda Baker, Dee Taylor and her cousin joined her for drinks at Owings Mills, World of Beer to celebrate her 60th birthday, that the celebration ended when we all said goodbye. Her husband and sister Dee, who flew in from Georgia were planning a surprise celebration. Jenifer thought her sister just flew in from Atlanta to hangout for the weekend; so what a shock it was when she woke up on Saturday morning to learn they had planned a surprise birthday cookout. Guests came from Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina and Detroit to celebrate this milestone.

Among the guests were some of her colleagues when she was a flight attendant; they took to the friendly skies to party with Jenifer. Other guests were Valerie and Cedric Noles, Jeff and Karen Gross, Vickie Conway, Harvey Harris, Loretta and Jack Williams, Irving McDonald, Rev. Kevin and Annette Brown, Brenda Baker and Debbie Hawkins. Andy Nelson Caterers prepared the delicious food and Jerry Stamper provided the music. Welcome to the club Jenifer.

“Just Be My Lady. This love I have was meant for you. Just Be My Lady everything you ask of me sweet heart I’ll do for you. My Promise to you is I’ll always be true. No matter what no one. To death do us part you can have my heart forever and that’s a long, long time.”

Larry Graham

Singing happy 26th anniversary to my daughter and son-in love Lisa Lee and Gregory Packer Jr., happy 41st anniversary to Armstead and Reba Jones and happy 43rd anniversary Donald and Judy Rainey.

James 5: 16 “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

Sending get-well wishes to my Delta Sigma Theta Sorority sister Rhonda Nelson-Boglin as she continues to recuperate. Thinking of you violets, to Dr. Lavenia Fitzpatrick.

“Somebody prayed for me, had me on their mind, they took the time and prayed for me. I’m so glad they prayed for me”

Dorothy Norwood

Received some great news from Selena Redd, Jerrelle Francois’s sister. She informed me that Jerrelle is progressing nicely as has come from a very long way. On Wednesday, family, former students and friends gathered at the Stadium Place to celebrate Jerrell’s birthday. She appreciates all the cards and expressions of love she has received. Please continue to send cards to Jerrelle at Stadium Place 1010 E.33rd St. Baltimore MD 21218.

“I’ll be seeing you in all the old familiar places that this heart of mine embraces all day through. In that small café, the park across the way, the children’s carousel, the chestnut tree, the wishing well. I’ll be seeing you in every lovely summer’s day. In everything that’s light and gay. I’ll always think of you that way. I’ll find you in the morning sun and when the night is new I’ll be looking at the moon but I’ll be seeing you”

Rod Stewart

Friends are mourning the death of our friend the man who kept the party going back in the day at the Alpha House on Garrison Boulevard back in the day Mr. LB Jones died last week after a long illness.

Sending prayers to Jean Carter and family on the death of her brother Wayne Carter and to Priscilla Ledbetter on the death of her husband Robert Ledbetter.

What’s happening!

Jazz on the Avenue hosted by the Pennsylvania Avenue Bakery is Sept. 1. •