Spring into saving money for emergencies
Spring is here. The blooming plants and trees put sunshine into our lives. The rainy, flooding, puddles everywhere are still around in our neighborhoods. And, most of all, the tax season is over. We have made our payments, hopefully on time. And, our refunds from federal and state taxes are now in our banks, purses, pocketbooks and/ or pockets. All of this money has been a help for making financial payments for our life. Have you thought what you would do, when you would be able to or how would you pay for an unexpected emergency? It is good to prepare for emergencies — have an emergency fund with money that is put aside for emergencies. Many employers offer a high deductible health plan where you can make withdrawals for medical expenses. You may want to take a trip, vacation, cruise, or whatever with money that has been saved for your enjoyment. Sometimes there are repairs needed for your dwelling or transportation vehicles. And there may be a need for funds for education. Think about it. Just what will/can you do? Put aside some cash so that if you find you are in need for money for an emergency, you have planned for it and do have some cash available.
Baysox games for all
Boys and girls ages 7-15 years old can attend a free baseball clinic which will be conducted by local high school and youth league coaches. The next scheduled date nearby will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Baysox Stadium, 4101 N.E. Crain Highway, Bowie, and is sponsored by Giant Food and Ripken Baseball. You can register online, www.pgparks.com/things_to_do/sports.htm, or you can call 301-446-6800. Two tickets to a future Washington Nationals game will be given to the first 100 registers. You are asked to bring your own baseball equipment —gloves, bat, shoes, hat and water — for active par- ticipation. You can also contact M-NCPPC, Sports, Health and Wellness Division, 7833 Walker Drive, Suite 430, Greenbelt, call 301-446-6800, TTY 301-446-6802, or fax 301-336-6801, for more information.
Marvelous baby shower
Family, friends, neighbors and church members totaling more than 70 people filled the beautiful decorated, music playing and good smelling foods that filled the dining room at Israel Metropolitan CME Church in Washington, D.C., last Saturday. This was the baby shower in honor of Simone Perry who is expecting a boy next month. Miss Simone Perry is daughter of my nephew James and mother Toni Perry. The program was full of fun and games as the emcee, Frazier Hiddia, kept everyone anxious waiting to see what to expect next. She had several games, such as “What’s in your purse” to see who had the most of the items she called for them to remove from the purse for all see. There was a cup with an ice cube with a pretty baby in it. The first person to melt the ice cube in the mouth and get the baby out, would get a prize. The winner was Mrs. Brenda Cross, a relative of Ms. Perry. Ms. Andria Starks won a prize for being the person who was the person to give the answer closest to name the number of candies that were in a special jar. Ms. Neil K. Tidwell was the lucky prize winner for correctly saying the baby’s name. The gift tables were full of boxes, bags, and wrappings as well as several gift cards for the mother’s baby. The gifts were baby blankets, socks, wash cloths, sleeping clothes, bibs, clothing, and numerous other things for the baby. As the gifts were opened and cards were read, all the pretty ribbons, flowers, bows, in different colors, were made into a “hat” that was placed on Miss Perry’s head by Ms. Ruby Brown. And, the food was delicious — chicken, turkey and beef meatballs, salad, crackers, grapes and punch. There was this beautiful threetiered cake with a yellow bottom and top layers and the middle layer was blue and white. Miss Perry gave a beautiful thank you for the people in attendance, the gifts and the love that was given to her and shared by the people present at this baby shower.
There were some local boxers on Fox TV recently. The boxing took place at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif,. on Tuesday, May 3. Most interesting, however, was the fact that the first two boxing events which had boxers from this area where both of these matches ended with a TKO in the second round.
The first boxing match was Thomas Williams Jr. from Laurel boxing Edwin Rodriguez in the light heavyweight fight. Williams won with a TKO in 2 minutes 29 seconds in the second round. The second match included Philip Jackson who was once a Washington, D.C., resident, but now lives in New York City. He was boxing David Benavidez who won this match with a TKO in 2 minutes and 7 seconds in the 2nd round.