Update 19 – September 2022

President’s Message Karen Emerson The school year has started and I am among the returning students. I am taking advantage of the MCC Senior Citizen Audit program.  Auditing for Senior Citizens | Registration & Records | Monroe Community College (monroecc.edu).  I am trying to negotiate computer issues, new material and hanging out with classmates. It reminds me of the challenges our friends and neighbors have […]

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Update 19 – August 2022

President’s Message Karen Emerson It’s the time you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important…People have forgotten this truth, but you mustn’t forget it.  The Little Prince I received a handwritten letter in the mail the other day. I did not recognize the return address or the name of the sender. It was a thank you card for the time I spent […]

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Update 19 – July 2022

President’s Message Karen Emerson Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. – Barack Obama This quote from President Obama speaks loudly about what we as a city, county, country, and individually need to be doing to make the 19th Ward our Beloved […]

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Update 19 – June 2022

President’s Message Karen Emerson Happy Summer! What a great beginning to the season with an absolutely perfect day on Saturday June 4th  for Square Fair. The sun was shining and the people were out and having a great time. Many thanks to the Co-Chairs Tyrese Bryant and LaShay Harris and so many others, you made the day just perfect! Many bags of garbage were collected […]

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Update 19 May 2022

President’s Message Karen Emerson “When you see bad things in the world you can either do nothing or do something. Well, I tried ‘nothing’…” Capt. Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), Wonder Woman Wouldn’t it be lovely if we could call on the Black Panther, Wonder Woman, Spiderman or any of the other super heroes to help us with the increase in violence in our city!!! I […]

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Update 19 April 2022

President’s Message Finally, the snowdrops and crocus are blooming! Have you seen this bunny? He has been traveling around the neighborhood. Hope you see him on your street soon. Please join in the fun and if he arrives at your home, keep him moving around. COVID and influenza continue to plague us, causing much illness. The latest trends show COVID and influenza cases increasing again. […]

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Update 19 March 2022

President’s Message Karen Emerson There are hints of spring in the air! The end of the winter is just a few weeks away. I have not seen my snowdrops yet, but it will not be long. What’s going on? There are 2 programs that need citizen input, the Annual Action Plan and the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.  The Annual Action Plan is deciding how the city […]

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Update 19 February 2022

President’s Message As I reflect on the beginning of February and Black History month the idea of the “Beloved Community” kept coming into my thoughts. Martin Luther King Jr, spoke often of the Beloved Community. What is a Beloved Community? Per the King Center, a Beloved Community is a place where there is comprehensive healthcare, safe streets, affordable housing, nutritious food, strong schools, access to […]

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Update 19 January 2022

President’s Message Karen Emerson Karen Emerson, President Happy New Year. I am always so glad I live in the 19th Ward because amazing things happen. We could focus on the all sorts of disturbing things but I choose to cherish the small things that make this feel like a small town. The tree on my tree lawn is new. While putting away Christmas  decorations last […]

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Update 19 December 2021

President’s Message Karen Emerson Karen Emerson, President John Perkins in his book Dream with Me states that “American society has lost its capacity for pluralism. We have begun to believe that if others don’t agree with us, we don’t have to listen to them. We dehumanize people who don’t think like we do and, consequently, justify our violence against them. …We live in a county […]

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