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Facts on Ethnic Elders: Study shows racial gap in pension, retirement savings

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FACTS ON ETHNIC ELDERS: Study Shows Racial Gap in Pension, Retirement Savings

New America Media
By Paul Kleyman

“Facts on Ethnic Elders” is a monthly column on research findings about ethnic elders present and future. It is supported by a grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies.

“People of color face particularly severe challenges in preparing for retirement,” states a new report titled, “Race and Retirement Insecurity in the United States,” by the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS).

Although every demographic group faces significant risks, says the analysis, “Americans of color are significantly less likely than whites to have an employer-sponsored retirement plan or an individual retirement account (IRA), which substantially drives down the level of retirement savings.”In a live webinar last week NIRS Research Manager Nari Rhee stated, that unless the United States addresses the paucity of retirement resources, “I think we’re in real trouble.”

National Retirement Crisis

Underscoring the national retirement crisis ahead is the report’s finding that the typical U.S. household nearing retirement has only an average of $12,000 set aside in retirement savings to supplement often modest Social Security checks.

Delving into federal data, Rhee examined racial disparities in retirement readiness among working households age 25-64. She found that three of four black households and four in five Latino households of working age have less than $10,000 in retirement savings, compared to half of white households.

In addition, says the report, about two-thirds of black (62 percent) and Latino (69 percent) households of working age have not one dime in a retirement account, compared to a still-paltry one-third (37 percent) of white households.

According to the report, “Workers of color, in particular Latinos, are significantly less likely than white workers to be covered by an employer-sponsored retirement plan.” While 62 percent of whites had pensions, just over half (54 percent) of working age black and Asian workers and 38 percent of Latino employees work for an employer that sponsors a retirement plan.

The report stresses, “Some 92 percent of working households do not meet conservative retirement-savings targets for their age and income. Even when counting their entire net worth, 65 percent still fall short.”

Racial Disparities Between Public, Private Pensions

A major area of retirement security for non-white workers has been landing a government job, such as a postal carrier, teacher or transit worker. According to the NIRS report, 81 percent of all public employees report having an employer-sponsored retirement plan compared to only 52 percent of private employees.

In addition, most retirement benefits in public jobs are in more generous traditional pensions that provide retirees a defined amount every month with cost-of-living increases to keep ahead of inflation. In contrast, most private employers that do offer pensions set up 401(k) type plans to which they may contribute funds, but which leave investment decisions (which funds to put the money in) up to individual workers.

The report emphasizes, “Interracial disparities are much greater in the private sector than in the public sector.”

Rhee said in an e-mail, however, that although public employment “has helped narrow racial and ethnic inequalities and strengthen the middle class,” that trend is changing. Polls show falling public support for public-service workers and their pensions, while pension coverage in the private sector is also declining.

“Black workers are more heavily represented the public sector than are other major racial groups,” says the report, which means they are more apt to have the older type of pensions that do not depend on stock market fluctuations.

Latino households are half as likely (12 percent) as white or black households to have a traditional pension. This is partly because far fewer Hispanics work in public sector jobs and are highly concentrated in low-wage industries, the study says.

The new analysis supplements a report NIRS published earlier this year, “The Retirement Savings Crisis: Is It Worse Than We Think?”

The study found that 45 percent, or 38 million working-age households, have zero assets in retirement accounts.

Suggesting possible solutions, NIRS called for strengthening Social Security “to stabilize system financing and enhance benefits for vulnerable populations.”

Social Security for Blacks, Latinos

The NIRS report comes on the heels of a recent paper titled, “Social Security Is Especially Important to Minorities” by economist Paul Van de Water of the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.

Van de Water’s analysis is a response to a narrower study by the Urban Institute concluding that African Americans and Hispanics as a group each pay more in Social Security taxes in a given year than they receive in benefits.

But Van de Water counters that although the share of payroll tax contributions from black and Latino workers in a single year may exceed their share of benefits, “this doesn’t change the fact that African Americans and Hispanics will typically receive above-average returns on their contributions over their lifetimes.”

Van de Water adds, “Low earners are also more likely to become eligible for Social Security disability benefits.” Many more black, Latino and Asian workers tap Social Security disability benefits prior to retirement than whites.

Among seniors, he went on, Social Security represents 90 percent or more of income for 35 percent of whites, 42 percent of Asian Americans, 49 percent of blacks and 55 percent of Hispanics.

“The fact remains that Social Security is particularly important for minorities,” Van de Water states.

IDOT Suspends Non-Emergency Roadwork to Improve Traffic Flow during Holiday Season

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Agency Details Lane Closures to Aid Motorists’ Travel Plans


SPRINGFIELD, IL – With thousands of motorists expected to travel on Illinois roadways during Christmas and New Year’s, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that non-emergency roadwork will be suspended where possible to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow. IDOT also provided advance notice of lane closures that will be in place during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday periods to aid motorists’ travel plans and boost safety.

“Families traveling throughout Illinois for the holidays will experience an easier commute now that all non-emergency roadwork will be suspended,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “Continuing with our commitment for improved safety on our roadways, we have provided a list of road closures on our website, with a breakdown by county, to assist motorists as they travel during the holiday season.”

Starting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, IDOT will suspend all non-emergency roadwork for the Christmas holiday and open up all lanes where possible through midnight Wednesday, Dec. 25.

Then, starting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, IDOT will suspend all non-emergency roadwork for the New Year’s holiday and open up all lanes where possible through midnight Wednesday, Jan. 1.

Some construction zones will have lane closures in effect, depending on the projects.

IDOT is urging motorists to slow down, obey posted speed limits and drive with caution through work zones. Holiday travelers are reminded that work zone speed limits are still in effect wherever they are posted, even where no construction workers are present.

The following are locations where permanent lane closures remain in place:

IDOT Highway District 1:

COOK COUNTY

Cumberland Avenue over I-90; traffic reduced to 2 lanes in each direction.

Il 58 at New Wilke Road in Rolling Meadows has one lane open in each direction with a left turn lanes at signalized intersections.

Willow Road from IL 43 (Waukegan Road) to I-94, there will be one lane in each direction open to through traffic. This includes the traffic on IL 43 (Waukegan Road) at Willow Road.

Central Ave and I-55 one lane in each direction on Central. Exit Ramp from NB I-55 to Central and Entrance Ramp to SB I-55 are CLOSED. Expect delays.

Morgan St. closed between Van Buren St. and Harrison St. (bridge over I-290).

IL 83 from Kedzie to Western/Dixie Highway, going east & westbound, one lane open in each direction; and Western to Kedzie going north & southbound, one lane open in each direction. (Posen, IL)

I-94 (Bishop Ford Freeway) at Stony Island, ramp from northbound Stony Island & 103rd St. to WB I-94 and SB I-57 closed. Please follow posted detour.

Bridge rehabilitation and ramp construction on I-94/90 (Kennedy Expressway) at Ohio Street located at the Ohio Street Interchange in Cook County. Ramp partially closed with barricades on one side – enter with caution.

DUPAGE COUNTY

IL 53 – Roadway reconstruction from Army Trail Rd to Elgin O’Hare Expressway in Addison & Itasca. One lane open in each direction for NB & SB Rte 53 at the Lake St. intersection. Lake St with two lanes open in each direction. Outside of the Lake St. intersection all lanes open.

IL route 38 has permanent closures leaving one lane open in each direction from Kirk Road to east of Kress Road in Geneva and West Chicago. (Kane and DuPage Counties)

IL 59, between Diehl Road and North Aurora Road will be stage one for the winter – two lanes will be open in each direction utilizing the median as one lane.

KANE COUNTY

US 20 over McLean Blvd – traffic change on Interchange reconstruction in Elgin; two lanes open in each direction.

Maple Avenue from Washington St. to L.W. Besinger Drive will have one lane open eastbound only.

LAKE COUNTY

IL 21 from south of IL 120 to south of IL 137; one lane of traffic in each direction on IL 21 and one lane of traffic in each direction on IL 137 at the intersection with IL 21.

Permanent closures on I-94 from IL 173 to the Wisconsin State Line; three lanes will be open throughout the whole project. The IL 173 Bridge over I-94 will be reduced to one lane in each direction for the entire project.

IL Rte 131 (Green Bay Road) & Wadsworth Road is in stage 1 detour configuration, with one lane open in each direction.

Grass Lake Road, about one mile west of US Rte 45 is in stage 1 detour configuration with one lane open in each direction.

Rollings Road, about ½ mile west of US Rte 45 is in stage 1 detour configuration, with one lane open in each direction.

McHENRY COUNTY

IL 31 at IL 176 and at Terra Cotta Ave. in Crystal Lake, Nunde Township and unincorporated McHenry County, one lane open in each direction.

Algonquin Bypass project, IL 31 from south Junction to north junction has 1 lane open in each direction.

WILL COUNTY

Weber Road at Renwick Road – one lane open in each direction.

US-52/US 6 (Jefferson St.) bridge over the Des Plaines River in Joliet. Detour posted.

IDOT Highway District 2:

N/A

IDOT Highway District 3:

DeKalb County

US 30, just east of Shabonna, one lane closed for bridge repairs, traffic controlled by signals.

IDOT Highway District 4:

FULTON COUNTY

IL 116 is reduced to one lane traffic that is controlled by temporary signals approximately two miles east of the IL 97 & IL 116 junction.

TAZEWELL COUNTY

Near Morton, I-74 will be two lanes eastbound and westbound from Pleasant Hill through Morton Ave. The eastbound I-74 ramp to southbound I-155 will be reduced to one lane. Eastbound I-474 is reduced to one lane as it merges to eastbound I-74. Northbound I-155 to westbound I -74 is a merge condition.

IDOT Highway District 5:

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

Champaign County Highway 50 (Lake of the Woods Road) over I-74. County Highway 50 is closed and a marked detour is being utilized.

IDOT Highway District 6:

N/A

IDOT Highway District 7:

RICHLAND COUNTY

Illinois Route 130 near Parkersburg; bridge rehabilitation; stage construction with one lane open, concrete barriers and traffic signals in place.

IDOT Highway District 8:

ST. CLAIR COUNTY

The right lane of southbound IL 203 will be closed to allow construction associated with the New Mississippi River Bridge.

Both northbound and southbound I-255 over I-64 will be reduced to two lanes in each direction for bridge rehabilitation.

IL 15/IL158, Belleville, the westbound on-ramp from IL 158 onto IL 15 will be closed. Closure needed for roundabout construction.

IL 15/IL158, Belleville, the westbound IL 15 exit ramp onto IL 158 will be closed. Closure needed for roundabout construction.

IL 13 west of IL 158 will be as follows:

· WB IL 13 west of IL 158 will be open to all traffic.

· EB IL 13 west of IL 158 will restricted to right-turn only and only vehicles less than 40 ft. long.

IL 13 under IL 15 near Belleville will be closed. Closure needed to construct new structures.

The IL 15 bridges over IL 13 near Belleville will have one lane closed in each direction of bridges. This lane restriction is needed to construct the new Eastbound IL 15 structure.

IL 15, Fayetteville, bridge over Kaskaskia River is reduced to one lane of traffic through the summer of 2014. This restriction is needed to perform bridge repairs.

IDOT Highway District 9:

JACKSON

IL 13, east edge of Murphysboro. Lane closures/shift with median crossover for bridge replacement.

FRANKLIN

IL 37, one mile north of IL 149 West. One lane bridge work, temporary signals in place.

MASSAC

I-24 – Ohio River Bridge. One lane traffic eastbound and westbound across bridge for joint repairs.

WHITE

IL 1, 2 miles north of Carmi. One lane bridge construction with temporary signals in place.

Complaints against Health Clubs remain steady: The Better Business Bureau recommends consumers exercise caution

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CHICAGO, ILPlanning to lose weight is often a part of ringing in the New Year when the holiday season comes to an end. However, consumers who want to diet or shape up should be very cautious when signing up for exercise programs and gym memberships, advises the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB).

In the last 12 months, consumers have filed 7,823 complaints with the BBB about health clubs. Many of these showed that consumers had difficulty cancelling memberships or with billing disputes.

“Joining and obtaining the full benefit from a health club is commitment.  You want to spend your time focused on your weight loss and exercise goals, not complaining,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Before signing up, it is important to make sure the gym is a good fit for you and your budget.”

Before you sign a contract at a health club, the BBB advises you to consider your needs and your budget:

  • Determine your fitness goals. It’s hard work to lose weight, and you need to find a program you can stick with and preferably one that you enjoy. Find a health club or exercise facility that is convenient and that offers times that fit your schedule.
  • Visit the facility before joining. Check on cleanliness, adequacy of space, machines and instructors and any other factors important to you. Ask if you can try the facility out before you join.
  • Consider your budget. Ask the health club about “joining” or enrollment fees and ongoing monthly costs. Does a weight loss plan require you to buy special foods? Can you cancel if you move or find that the program doesn’t meet your needs? If the facility closes, can you transfer your membership to another facility?
  • Read the entire contract. Does it list all services and facilities and hours of operation? Is everything the salesperson promised included in the contract? What’s included in the monthly fee and what will cost you extra? What is the total cost, including enrollment fees and finance charges?
  • Check with the BBB first. Check a company’s Business Review at www.bbb.org

For more consumer tips, visit www.bbb.org

Women’s Business Development Center offers January Programs that support and accelerate Women’s Business Ownership

Posted by Admin On December - 24 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

WBDC provides a continuum of business development services to prospective and established women entrepreneurs including counseling, training, financial, certification and procurement assistance

CHICAGO, IL –Workshops/events offered in January 2014 by the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), a nationally and internationally recognized women’s business assistance center providing services and programs that support and accelerate women’s business ownership and strengthen the impact of women on the economy, are:

Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
“Using Contract History & Forecasts to Develop a Government Contracting Strategy”
Description: In this workshop we will provide you with tools, tips and insight on how to navigate federal, state, city and municipal agencies’ websites and use the information to create a targeted and effective plan for competing for government contracts.
Cost: $15.00
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603
Registration:
Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
“Connection Points: Networking with Women in Tech”
Description: Connection Points is an industry specific networking event targeted towards women business owners hosted by the Women’s Business Development Center. You will hear from several experts in the technology field who will share experiences about growing their business, leveraging their women business enterprise (WBE) certification and building relationships to win business.
Cost: $20.00 in advance, $30.00 at the door
Location: MXOTech, 1101 W. Adams Street Suite A, Chicago, IL 60607
Registration:
Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
“Is Certification Right for You?”
Description: Have you been asked, “Are you certified as a minority or woman-owned business?” by corporations and government agencies? If so, and you don’t know where to start, this Women’s Business Development Center webinar is for you.
Cost: FREE
Location: Online
Registration:
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
“Business Plan Writing Clinic”
Description: The WBDC Business Plan Writing Clinic helps you build your strategic plan in a supportive community of business owners. Registration for each session is limited to 6 business owners, ensuring that each session is interactive and participants can apply this valuable information to their own business.
Cost: FREE
Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603

Registration:
For further information about these or other WBDC workshops, visit http://www.WBDC.org or call (312) 853-3477. Now in its 27th year of operation, the WBDC provides a continuum of business development services to prospective and established women entrepreneurs including counseling, training, financial, certification and procurement assistance in Spanish and English.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announces Casting for Chicago-Premiere Production of Russian Transport

Posted by Admin On December - 24 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Ensemble Member Yasen Peyankov directs Ensemble Members Tim Hopper, Mariann Mayberry and Alan Wilder, February 6 – May 11, 2014, in the Upstairs Theatre

CHICAGO, IL – Casting is complete for Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Chicago-premiere production of Russian Transport by Erika Sheffer. Ensemble member Yasen Peyankov directs a cast of five featuring ensemble members Tim Hopper, Mariann Mayberry and Alan Wilder with Aaron Himelstein and Melanie Neilan. This “thoughtful, well-written domestic drama with something original to say about immigrant families living by old world values in a new world culture” (Variety) received its world-premiere production Off-Broadway at The New Group in 2012. Russian Transport begins previews February 6, 2014 (opening night is February 16; press performances are February 15 at 3pm and February 18 at 7:30pm) and runs through May 11, 2014 in Steppenwolf’s Upstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). Tickets ($20 – 78) are on sale now at steppenwolf.org.

A rowdy Russian family in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn is on a daily hustle to achieve the American Dream. When Uncle Boris arrives from the old country, his mysterious business ventures force the family to decide just how far they are willing to go to come out on top. A funny, passionate family drama that slyly transforms into a heart-pounding thriller, Russian Transport is a fascinating look at the contemporary American immigrant experience.

The production team for Russian Transport includes: Joey Wade (scenic design), Ana Kuzmanic (costume design), Scott Zielinski (lighting design), Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (sound design and original music), and Stephan Mazurek (projection design). Additional credits include: Erica Daniels (casting), Scott Weinstein (assistant director), Dassia Posner (dramaturgy), Eva Breneman (dialect coach), Malcolm Ewen (stage manager) and Cassie Calderone (assistant stage manager).

Title                                         Russian Transport

Author                                      Erika Sheffer

Director Ensemble member Yasen Peyankov

Featuring Ensemble members Tim Hopper, Mariann Mayberry and Alan Wilder

with Aaron Himelstein and Melanie Neilan

Location                                   Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N Halsted St

Dates                                        Previews: February 6 – 15, 2014

Press Performances: February 15 at 3pm and February 18 at 7:30pm

Opening: February 16 at 6pm

Regular Run: February 18 – May 11, 2014

Accessible Performances         American Sign Language Interpretation: April 13 at 7:30pm

Open Captioning: April 19 at 3pm

Audio Description and Touch Tour: April 27 at 1:30pm (3pm performance)

Curtain Times Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:30pm.

Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm.

Wednesday matinees at 2pm on April 23 and 30, and May 7.

Note: There are no 7:30pm performances on February 11, 16, May 3, 4 or 11. There is no 3pm performance on February 16 and the evening performance that day is at 6pm and is by invitation only. There are no performances on May 3.

Ticket prices Previews: $20 – $54

Regular Run: $20 – $78

20 for $20: Twenty $20 tickets are available for subscription shows on the day of the performance at 11am (Mon – Sat) and 1pm (Sun), by phone only at 312-335-1650. Limit 2 per person.

Rush Tickets: Half-price rush tickets are available one hour before each show.

Student Discounts: Limited $15 student tickets are available online. (Limit 2 tickets. Must present a valid student ID for each ticket). For additional student discounts, visit steppenwolf.org/students.

Group Tickets: All groups of 10 or more receive a discounted rate for any performance throughout the season.

Audience Services 1650 N Halsted St, 312-335-1650

Online ticketing available at steppenwolf.org

OptionsHouse is the Corporate Production Sponsor of Russian Transport.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is America’s longest standing, most distinguished ensemble theater, producing nearly 700 performances and events annually in its three Chicago theater spaces—the 515-seat Downstairs Theatre, the 299-seat Upstairs Theatre and the 80-seat Garage Theatre. Formed in 1976 by a collective of actors, Steppenwolf has grown into an ensemble of 43 actors, writers and directors. Artistic programming at Steppenwolf includes a five-play Subscription Season, a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season and two repertory series: First Look Repertory of New Work, and Garage Rep. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community, nearly 40 original Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including Off-Broadway, Broadway, London, Sydney and Dublin. Steppenwolf has the distinction of being the only theater to receive the National Medal of Arts, in addition to numerous other prestigious honors including an Illinois Arts Legend Award and 12 Tony Awards. Martha Lavey is the Artistic Director and David Hawkanson is the Executive Director. Nora Daley is Chair of Steppenwolf’s Board of Trustees. For additional information, visit steppenwolf.org, facebook.com/steppenwolftheatre and twitter.com/steppenwolfthtr.

Currently on stage is Tribes by Nina Raine, directed by ensemble member Austin Pendleton (through February 9, 2014) in the Downstairs Theatre.

The 2013/14 Subscription Season also includes The Way West by Mona Mansour, directed by ensemble member Amy Morton (April 3 – June 8, 2014) in the Downstairs Theatre; and The Qualms by Bruce Norris, directed by Pam MacKinnon (July 3 – August 31, 2014) in the Downstairs Theatre.




ICIRR Leader Joshua Hoyt moves on to national leadership post

Posted by Admin On December - 24 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Letters to Editors

(From the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)

It is with both sadness and joy that we announce that after 12 years in the leadership of ICIRR, in which he served ten years as Executive Director followed by two years as Chief Strategy Executive, Joshua Hoyt is moving on to become the Executive Director of the National Partnership for New Americans (the Partnership), effective January 1, 2014.

During the 10 years that Josh was the Executive Director of ICIRR our organization grew six-fold. Josh’s skills as an organizer are legendary, and under his leadership ICIRR led the nation with our aggressive community organizing, New Americans Initiative naturalization program, and our voter registration and mobilization. Anti-immigrant voices in our state have been hushed or thrown out of office.

The result is that Illinois is the most immigrant friendly state in the nation. We created an award winning partnership with the State of Illinois, resulting in immigrant children getting healthcare, pre-school, and attending Illinois universities, whether documented or not. Immigrant parents work in schools across the state helping children to learn. Over 82,000 Illinois immigrants from all corners of the world have been assisted to naturalize, and hundreds of thousands more with family support programs. Illinois has fought back against the mass deportations of the past six years, leading the nation with landmark victories at the State, County, and City of Chicago level. ICIRR has been outspoken against anti-Muslim backlash and persecution. In the past two years Josh has been playing much more of a national leadership role in the immigrant rights movement, and his new job is an outgrowth of this.

Of his years with ICIRR Josh says:

“The ten years I led ICIRR we had a great Board, staff, and membership, from every corner of the world. The work was deeply rewarding. We built power, for justice. We brought immigrants in Illinois from a marginal group easy to demagogue against to a powerful force respected and even feared by the political leadership of both political parties. We have trained thousands of leaders and hundreds of young organizers, and this has meant that immigrants in Illinois lead lives of greater dignity. Democracy is not a spectator sport!”

The National Partnership for New Americans was created with the leadership of Josh and ICIRR, and works to advance the integration and active citizenship of immigrants to achieve a vibrant, just, and welcoming democracy for all. The Partnership is a national multiethnic, multiracial organization that works on issues like naturalization, health and safety for immigrant workers, education for immigrant children, creating welcoming communities, and entrepreneurship, through twenty of the largest immigrant advocacy organizations in the country. The Partnership sponsors the annual National Immigrant Integration Conference, the largest convening for immigrant integration in the nation.

Josh will continue to live in and work from Chicago. Josh can be contacted at Jhoyt@ partnershipfornewamericans.org , and his cell phone will remain the same.

Three Hampton, Va. women entrepreneurs will appear on ABC’s “Shark Tank” Thursday, 12/26/13

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Hampton, VA (BlackNews.com) – Three women entrepreneurs, one a physician, one a registered nurse and an event planner who co-own a party planning company pitch their gourmet PARTY preserves to the Sharks on ABC’s Shark Tank this Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 8pm EST.

The PARTY preserves, aptly named Mango Mango, can be used in over 100 ways; Spread it! Mix it! Shake it! Stir it! They can be used to sweeten tea, added to red wine vinegar and olive oil to make a mango vinaigrette and used as an ingredient with shrimp, just to name a few.

The mango preserves are sold in specialty and gourmet stores including Whole Foods in the mid-Atlantic region, they have been served in recipes at events in Virginia’s Governor’s mansion and soon will be featured on QVC.

For more details, visit www.amangoparty.com

Photo Caption: 3 Hampton,VA Women present their gourmet PARTY preserves to potential investors on ABC’s Shark Tank
Photo credit: ABC

Jesse White Reminds Drivers to Be Safe This Holiday Season —Don’t Drink & Drive

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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White urged motorists to celebrate the holiday season safely and not drink and drive. From 2010-2011, the last year statistics were available nationally, alcohol-related fatalities decreased by 4.8 percent statewide and by 2.5% nationwide.

“I believe the decrease in alcohol-related deaths is a direct result of the laws we have passed, however we have more work to do. We need the support and participation of everyone in the state to ensure the safety of our roads during the holiday season and all year long,” White said. “Don’t drink and drive.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

In 2011, an estimated 9,878 people died in alcohol-related traffic crashes nationwide. These deaths constitute 31 percent of the 32,367 total traffic fatalities.

· In Illinois, there were 278 alcohol-related fatalities in 2011, which was 30 percent of the 918 total crash fatalities. In 2010, there were 292 alcohol-related fatalities.

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT):

· During the 2012 Christmas weekend, there were ten crash fatalities statewide, two of which were alcohol-related. There were 529 traffic injuries, which is approximately 18% of the 2,852 total motor vehicle crashes.

· During the 2012 New Year’s weekend, there were six crash fatalities, two of which were alcohol-related. There were 475 traffic injuries, which is approximately 18% of the 2,623 total motor vehicle crashes.

Secretary of State Police will be conducting DUI and seatbelt patrols during the holiday season, White said. The Secretary of State’s office will join IDOT, Illinois State Police and law enforcement agencies to enforce the Click It or Ticket campaign to increase safety belt usage during the holiday season.

Oakwood’s “Miracle on 42nd Street”: NYC’s Times Square features Oakwood University

Posted by Admin On December - 24 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – If they timed their Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Christmas/New Year’s Eve activities in New York City’s Times Square precisely, an estimated 986,000 daily visitors will see 10 seconds each hour of Oakwood University’s new marketing awareness campaign flash up on the marquee beneath the famed CBS-TV Eye.

Begun on November 6 and running until January 4, 2014, OU can change its Times Square marquee messages every two weeks.

“Neutron Media, a full-service marketing firm that operates such high-profile outdoor multimedia venues as the Times Square marquee beneath the CBS Eye, had a cancellation and approached us here at Oakwood University, primarily due to our social media victory with The Home Depot ‘Retool your School’ campaign,” explained Miss Denica King, OU assistant marketing director.

At the same time, however, Oakwood University has been working to expand its awareness to its non-traditional audiences. “So, for Oakwood and Neutron Media, this created a win-win situation.”

Within its hourly 10 seconds of advertising – totaling four minutes each 24-hour day – OU shares with Time Square viewers its recent endorsements, such as:

1. “Best Schools” – U.S. News and World Report, 2014; and
2. “Julliard of the South” – WAAY-TV (ABC).

In its inaugural two-week ad cycle, OU included the testimonial:

“A Life-changing Experience” Rear Admiral Barry Black (ret.) (class of ’70) referencing the U.S. Senate’s first-ever Seventh-day Adventist and African American chaplain, who gained international attention for his searing and provocative invocations that opened each Senate session, during its 16-day federal government shutdown in October; Black’s bowtie-wearing, non-partisan baritone eloquence was later parodied on TV’s “Saturday Night Live.”

Noting that this Times Square marquee marks possibly a first-time appearance for either a Seventh-day Adventist, historically Black college or university or Huntsville institution to have been so prominently displayed in this venue, King concluded that, “Oakwood will continue to explore unique opportunities to promote its brand.”

Photo Caption: Oakwood University: possibly the first HBCU and Seventh-day Adventist institution featured on NYC’s Time Square marquee, for an estimated 986,000 daily visitors.

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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