Spring into sav­ing money for emer­gen­cies

The Enquire-Gazette - - News - Priscilla F. Jones 301-627-6038

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.

Lo­cal box­ing

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.

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