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Those Other People

FINDING CALM WITHIN AMERICA’S DEMOGRAPHIC STORM Ken Taub I know, I know. Who listens? Besides, we are shouting at each other. We are anxious, jittery, uncertain. We are more than merely disgruntled, we are angry, fearful. Still, I will give it a go. Because I want to tell you someth[...]

From Coffeehouse to New, Improved Community

TURNING INADVERTENT ACTIVISM INTO AN UPDATED DOWNTOWN David Sabatino I came to community organizing inadvertently. As a young man, I was more aware than most people about what was going on in my local government, but I was never an active citizen. Later, when I was in graduate school, learni[...]

His Neighbors’ Keeper

THE SPECIAL STRENGTH TO PLACE AN ENTIRE COMMUNITY ON YOUR SHOULDERS Ken Taub How do we measure a healthy heart?  By how generously it pumps. People are known to help out individual strangers now and again.  Whatever the frequency, it is always significant.  So how significant is it when a pe[...]

Creating a Community for All Ages

RESPECT DIVERSITY, AND YOUR PROGRAMS WILL DELIVER UNITY Michael I. Udine When I came to Parkland  17 years ago, this small Floridian city was known as a great place to raise a family. I had grown up in the area so I knew about the city’s schools, its pristine stucco and stone homes, and[...]

It Takes A Village, People

WHEN MENTORING IS PART OF LIFE’S JOB DESCRIPTION Terri Connett MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE THE FERTILITY DRUGS LEFT ME STILL BARREN. Or it might stem from my three siblings and me being raised by our exhausted, widowed mother. We really could have used some encouragement growing up. For whatever reaso[...]

Let Us Now Praise Pioneers

A TALE OF MODERN-DAY HOMESTEADING Ron Roel AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR, MY FATHER, ED ROEL, WAS LIVING WITH HIS PARENTS IN BROOKLYN, RAISING A YOUNG FAMILY WITH HIS WIFE, LESLIE ADELE, AND WORKING AS AN ENGINEER FOR THE SPERRY GYROSCOPE CO. IN GREAT NECK, LONG ISLAND. With a group of 12 Sperry en[...]

The Gourmet Givers

FOODIES & WINOS LIVE LARGE AND GIVE BIG Katie Hamilton Shaffer WHEN ASKED AS A KID WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP, it was either a professional soccer player or Martha Stewart. Dancing between tomboy and hopeful entertainer, I played competitive sports on the youth circuit while making h[...]

The Search For Home

EMPOWERING THE DISABLED WITH UNCONVENTIONAL SOLUTIONS Charles D. Hammerman “The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” —Maya Angelou A HOME IS MUCH MORE THAN AN ADDRESS, a place to hang your hat. When we buy a house or sign a leas[...]