The Milwaukee Brewers recently joined forces with Feeding America and Hunger Task Force, radio station 1290 AM WMCS and the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department in preparing and distributing Thanksgiving food baskets to 500 area families. Pictured above following a news conference at Miller Park to kick-off the effort are (left to right): TJ Jackson, 1290 WMCS Operations Manager; Cecelia Gore, director of Brewers Charities; and Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke. Following the news conference, the aforementioned groups delivered food baskets to the Guest House, a Milwaukee homeless shelter for men. This is the 16th year that WMCS has held this special holiday meal program and the Milwaukee Brewers and the Brewers Community Foundation have teamed up with 1290 WMCS to help solicit funds, food and family recipients. (Kemp photo)
Archives for November 2010
Green Bay Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers (seen here about to hand the ball off during an earlier game against the Vikings at Lambeau Field) had perhaps his best game of the season throwing for 301 yards and three touchdowns as the Pack beat Brett Favre and the Vikings in Minnesota on Sunday. The Packers share first place in the NFC North Division with the Chicago Bears. (Photo by Kim Robinson)
Milwaukee Bucks Forward John Salmons drives to the basket on L.A. Laker’s star Kobe Bryant during the Bucks recent game against the world champions at the Bradley Center recently. At left, the Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings takes a breather between plays during the game. (Photos by Kim Robinson)
by Troy A. Sparks
John Hammond could’ve watched the Bucks game against the L.A. Lakers, Nov. 16, anywhere at the Bradley Center or at home.
Instead, the general manager chose the bird’s eye view on the 200 level. He stood in the aisle of section 214, like a shop foreman, looking down at his workers.
What Hammond saw was another win by the visitors. It wasn’t just about how the Lakers won, but what it took for the two-time defending world champions to pull it off.
What probably crossed his mind was that some of the 18,059 fans wore Lakers jerseys, T-shirts and jackets. Wait a minute. I thought that was “fear the dear” territory.
As I stated in an earlier column on the Bucks, we had to see if the fans would be loyal to the marquee teams that come in the BC or to the home team.
Kobe Bryant had his usual cast of characters with him on the court to start the game. There was Pau Gasol and Derek Fisher. Then there was Ron Artest, who actually thanked his psychologist on TV on the day they won the NBA title. The team might carry a couple of them on their road trips to keep Artest under control.
Lamar Odom has his own drama with his baby’s mama disliking his wife, Chloe Kardashian, and refusing to allow his two kids by this woman to appear on their upcoming reality TV show. Sometimes, Odom’s frustration level showed on the court with 13 points and his five fouls, including a flagrant 1 foul on Milwaukee’s Drew Gooden in the fourth quarter.
L.A. wasn’t about to lose their third straight game, and their 114-104 victory over Milwaukee wasn’t luck. Last year, Bryant hit a last second shot to beat the Bucks here.
Before the game, Bucks coach Scott Skiles said that Phil Jackson, the Lakers coach, probably had a hard time convincing his team that losing consecutive games is just part of the nature of the NBA.
Hammond and the rest of us saw the Lakers get some breaks in the game, and he saw the breakdown in the Bucks’ defense. The team could’ve used some tips from Desmond Bishop, Nick Collins, Tramon Williams and Brandon Chillar. Those players from the Packers’ defense, who were at the game, know how to put the clamps on stopping the opposition.
With Bryant getting hot early in the first quarter with 10 points, it appeared that he was on pace to score at least 40. He had 31. We know that Bryant get some favorable calls. But hey, when you’re the world champs, you’re supposed to catch some breaks here and there.
I watched Hammond during the third quarter shaking his head and chomping on his gum. When Andrew Bogut got a foul with 3 minutes 26 seconds left, the GM shook his head with his hands in his pocket. Hammond shook his head again while Bryant shot the free throws that gave the Lakers an 82-75 lead.
About 51 seconds later, Hammond leaves, then he comes back. He had a disappointing look on his face when L.A. was ahead, 99-88 in the fourth quarter. So after watching the dismantling of the Bucks by the Lakers, I wondered what Hammond will do to get some players on the team who can play defense.
How frustrating was it when the Lakers shot 54 percent from the field, 63 percent from three-point range and 83 percent from the free-throw line, compared to 46, 38 and 59 percent for the Bucks? I would say that it was very frustrating. And with 1 ½ minutes left in the game, the fans headed for the exits when the outcome was already decided.
MCJ Sales Representative, Jimmy Johnson, should be happy that his Lakers beat the Bucks at the BC. He thinks the Lakers will run the tables in the playoffs for another three-peat. If the playoffs began today, Johnson’s prediction would be right on point. I don’t think it will happen. Boston wants to avenge their seven-game loss to the purple and gold, or, it might be a Miami vs. L.A. Lakers final.
Meanwhile, the Bucks ended last weekend on a three-game losing streak. They lost at Philadelphia to the Sixers, 90-79. The Oklahoma City Thunder, without Kevin Durant, sneaked by the Bucks, 82-81, at the BC, Nov. 20.
Great Start for Marquette Men’s and Women’s Hoop Teams
Both the Marquette men’s and women’s teams won their first four games at home. Now it’s time for them to hit the road.
The men’s team used pressure defense and quickness to the basket in wins over Prairie View A&M, Bucknell, UW-Green Bay and South Dakota. After they play Duke and either Kansas State or Gonzaga in the O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic in Kansas City, the Golden Eagles return to Milwaukee to play at UW-Milwaukee, Nov. 27.
The deal between the two schools called for Marquette to host the first three games at the BC. UWM will be at home this year at the U.S. Cellular Arena against the Golden Eagles. Next year, the Panthers will complete their five-game series across the street at the BC.
Based on past results, UWM may lose again. They never beat Marquette in 37 tries, losing the last three games by an average of 25 points.
Out of the four wins at the Al McGuire Center by the women’s team, the most impressive was the victory over Michigan, Nov. 19. It looks like they’re taking a page from the men’s team, which is playing up tempo basketball.
Women’s coach, Terri Mitchell, credits her conditioning coach for getting her team in shape and the players going at 100 miles per hour for 40 minutes. The women return Dec. 1.
The wizards of Hogwarts appear to be in full control of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1,” the seventh movie of eight in the series based on the remarkable novels by author J.K. Rowling.
With an amazing record opening weekend box office of over $125 million, can the series actually end with just one more movie to come? Time will tell, but for now tens of millions of fans are still rejoicing at this newest release.
However what one expects may not be what one wants in this story. Director David Yates unreels his third straight “Potter” tale in a much slower, darker story as screenwriter Steve Kloves has adapted it for the big screen.
You still have to remember that this 2 hour and 26 minute fascinating adventure is just half of the series (for now) finale. You will have to wait until next July to complete this episode.
Having watched Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) grow-up before us through the years, it is amazing to think how well they have performed and matured. Where will their future careers lead?
With unique animation and amazing special effects, Alexandre Desplat’s exceptional music score that helps keep the story from coming apart in places further entertains us. This is easily the series best score.
As Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) leads the final assault on our now seasoned veterans, we can only hope for our heroes to successfully carry the banner of good over evil. Don’t be disappointed by the new settings or pace, it is still an enjoyable experience.
Joining the all-star cast are Bill Nighy (Scrimgeous), Alan Rickman (Snape), Toby Jones (Dobby), Ray Ifans (Lovegood) and Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix).
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” is rated PG-13 for some sequences of intense action violence, frightening images and a scene of brief sexuality. I would recommend parents not to bring children under 10 with them.
With the six previous “Potter” movies having grossed over $5.4 billion, this could be the series lucky seven, the most successful yet.
Different in its approach but still extremely entertaining, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” receives my second highest rating of “4-J’s/Don’t miss it!”
TV One offers a Thanksgiving weekend lineup full of entertainment, family and fun, including the Thanksgiving Day airing of the classic movie” The Wiz,” all-day marathons of “Good Times” and TV One original programming, and an Alex Haley double feature of mini-series ‘Mama Flores Family” and Christmas classic “Roots: The Gift.”
On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25, TV One offers a family oriented lineup that includes:
6 AM – noon mini-marathon of Thanksgiving-themed sitcoms
Noon – 1 PM: Essence Presents: Faith Through the Storm – Five years after Hurricane Katrina, this documentary chronicles the trials and triumphs of two daughters of New Orleans amidst the backdrop of the Essence Music Festival’s Empowerment Seminar and Gospel Salute.
1 – 3 PM: TV One Night Only: Live From the Essence Music Festival – This 2-hour highlights celebration captures exhilarating performances from some of the biggest names in entertainment that occurred over three nights on the main stage, at the 2010 event, including Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, LL Cool J, Earth, Wind & Fire, Raphael Saadiq, Gladys Knight and Charlie Wilson.
3 – 6 PM: The Wiz – Sidney Lumet directed this classic. African-American musical retelling of The Wizard Of Oz, starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Richard Pryor, Quincy Jones, Lena Horne, Ted Ross, Mabel King and Toto.
6 – 8 PM: Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Celebration Concert – the all-star concert salute to the “King of Pop” which celebrated his 30 years as a solo performer that includes his first performing reunion with his brother in 17 years, and appearances or performances by Destiny’s Child, Whitney Houston, Usher, ‘N Sync, 98 Degrees, James Ingram, Gloria Estefan, Mya, Chris Tucker, Samuel L. Jackson, Liza Minnelli and a host of others..
8 – 11 PM : The Wiz
On Friday, Nov. 26, the network will air a day-long marathon of TV One originals, including:
6 AM–2:30 PM: Donald J. Trump Presents The Ultimate Merger – Donald Trump and Omarosa are reunited in this series created by Trump in which Omarosa puts a cadre of 12 hot, successful bachelors through a gauntlet of tests in her quest to find a mate.
2:30 -6:30 PM: K-Ci and JoJo. . .Come Clean – offers a close up view of two of urban music’s most beloved singers as they rise up and tackle the biggest challenge of their lives sobriety. Rapidly approaching the point of no return, the two brothers agree to begin a journey of redemption that will require them to face all their demons and sources of the anxiety that have pushed them to self-medicate, including their relationship with each other, and their former partners in the group Jodeci.
6:30 – 10 PM: LisaRaye: The Real McCoy – LisaRaye, the beautiful, outspoken star of film and television and former First Lady of the Turks and Caicos, is moving forward with her new life, and TV One captures the unvarnished journey in as she works to fully re-establish her critically acclaimed acting career, while balancing a far-flung and complex personal life.
10 PM – 6 AM Unsung – TV One’ acclaimed series celebrates the lives and careers of successful artists or groups who, despite great talent, over the years have been under-recognized or under-appreciated, or, in some instances, whose story has remain untold.
On Saturday, Nov. 27, TV One airs a marathon of beloved, classic family sitcom Good Times from 1 PM – 6 AM.
To wrap up the Thanksgiving programming weekend, TV One offers an Alex Haley double feature on Sunday, Nov. 28, with:
6 – 10 PM: Mama Flora’s Family – Covering the 1920s-1970s, this mini-series centers on Mama Flora, the matriarch of a large black family who is determined to keep her brood together and close to their God during rapidly changing and tempestuous times. Stars include Queen Latifah, Hill Harper, Erika Alexander, Cicely Tyson, Blair Underwood, and Mario Van Peebles.
10 -11 PM: Roots: The Gift – a Christmas movie featuring two of the most memorable characters from the original Roots mini-series; Kunta Kinte, played by LeVar Burton and Fiddler, played by Louis Gossett Jr. Roots: The Gift is set between the time period of Parts 2 and 3 of the original series and gives viewers a Christmas tale that was not told in the original mini-series.
Washington D.C. – Many people remember Marion Barry as the philandering drug-addled mayor of the nation’s capital, who was arrested in a Washington, D.C. hotel during an F.B.I. sting in 1990. He’s the poster boy for corruption – a pariah. Yet to others, Marion Barry is a folk hero, hailed as a civil rights champion, a defender of the poor and outcast.
Film directors, Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer, have captured his life story in the Indiepix Films “The Nine Lives of Marion Barry,” which will be available on DVD on December 7.
The Nine Lives of Marion Barry first premiered on HBO. The critically acclaimed film will be available for the first time for broad distribution via IndiePix films, Amazon.com, iTunes and most major retailers.
In the film, viewrs are able to see how his soaring achievements, catastrophic failures and phoenix-like rebirths have made him a symbol of mythic indestructibility.
From the cotton fields to the corridors of power, Barry has weathered drug and alcohol addiction, cancer, four marriages, jail time and international humiliation to dominate Washington, D.C. city politics for more than 40 years.
Now, to the disgust of some and the delight of others, Barry is once again in the political limelight. Who is Marion Barry, really? A hero? A scoundrel? Why is he such a polarizing force? And why do people still vote (overwhelmingly) for him?
For the first time, The Nine Lives of Marion Barry reveals the complete unforgettable story.
The Family Support Center, a shelter that serves homeless families and is operated by the Social Development Commission (SDC), was the recipient of the generosity.
Kelly Outsourcing Inc. conducted for the second year in a row a food drive for the shelter. Sharyn Carlson dropped off almost 200 food items that the business collected from its employees. She noted her co-workers started volunteering at the Center last year and enjoyed it so much, they adopted the facility for their annual holiday project this year.
The shelter also benefited from the attentions of My Sister’s Closet, a consignment store based in Mukwonago. Linda Cizauskas of the store dropped off several large boxes of clothing for use at the Family Support Center’s clothing bank.
Residents were also able to get an early Thanksgiving dinner, thanks to the efforts of Cream City Wisconsin Chapter of the Links. Members of that service groups held an afternoon of activities and dinner on the weekend before the holiday.
Staff at the SDC facility expressed their gratitude to the businesses and groups, saying they help give residents reasons to be thankful during the holiday season.
To learn more about the Family Support Center, visit the Social Development Commission website at www.cr-sdc.org, click on the Programs link, and then the page for the Center.
Event to highlight higher education options, financial aid resources and alternatives to college
Despite the current economy, the price tag for college tuition continues to rise; forcing many Milwaukee parents and students to make some tough decisions about life after high school.
The Fresh Coast Classic College and Resource Fair, taking place Friday, November 26, will provide Milwaukee-area parents and students with a wealth of helpful information about post-high school options including traditional four-year colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities as well as military options and community colleges.
In addition, the event will provide a number of helpful workshops to assist parents and students as they navigate through this critical decision-making process. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Wisconsin Lutheran College’s Rex Athletic Center, 8800 W. Bluemound Road.
“We realize that parents are faced with some tough decisions regarding their children’s education and that is why our college and resource fair is key part of the Fresh Coast Classic,” said Harold Scott, Chairman of the Fresh Coast Classic. “Our organization values education. That’s one of the reasons we give scholarships to students every year.”
Sixty-five percent of parents will pay for their child’s college education differently because of the economic events of the past two years, according to a recent survey conducted by college admissions service Applywise.com and media company NextStepU. The survey also found that 22 percent of parents haven’t saved at all for their child’s education.
“We are expecting a great turnout at the college and resource fair because we are providing parents and students with direct access to college representatives, financial aid information and helpful workshops,” Scott explained. “In addition, the first 300 attendees at the college and resource fair will receive free admission to Friday’s basketball games, courtesy of Fresh Coast Classic.”
Scheduled to take place in Milwaukee at Wisconsin Lutheran College’s Rex Athletic Center, 8800 W. Bluemound Road, November 26-27, the Fresh Coast Classic is far more than a basketball game; it’s an unforgettable experience that brings the legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to Milwaukee.
Traditionally, the Fresh Coast Classic has been an HBCU Classic, but this year’s event will expand to include eight area high school games where a Milwaukee City Conference school will be paired against a Milwaukee area suburban school, through a new partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools.
Reading tutors needed for MPS students
Milwaukee Public Schools’ students and teachers across the district are building vocabulary, conducting read-alouds and writing stories. Children at 95st Street School love reading so much they use their time waiting in line to read.
Students at Samuel Clemons Elementary School regularly read with their principal (left) as part of their classroom routine.
Their efforts are examples of the impact of the district’s new Comprehensive Literacy Plan (CLP) on students in kindergarten through grade 8.
More than 3,300 teachers were provided training, and more than 43,000 new textbooks were purchased, inventoried and distributed as part of the effort.
Now MPS and its partner, Interfaith Older Adult Programs Inc., are putting out the call for volunteers to act as reading tutors in 16 schools across the city.
“We are looking for caring adults who will read with children or simply listen to students read aloud,” said MPS Superintendent Gregory E. Thornton. “We see great opportunity to increase a child’s reading skills with the simple gift of time from a thoughtful adult.”
Interfaith’s involvement is due, in part, to its pursuit and receipt of grant money made available as part of the Edward Kennedy Serve America Act. The funding allows Interfaith the capacity to create a tutor program for MPS as a focus of the RSVP program for adults over the age of 55.
“We are excited to provide this opportunity for individuals 55 and over to help students succeed,” said Samantha Garrett, RSVP Tutor Program Coordinator. “Our experience tells us not only does the students’ academic performance improve, but the volunteers benefit as well.”
“Now is the time to get involved,” said Superintendent Thornton. “I cannot think of a better way to invest in your community. A little effort will go a long way to helping children succeed.”
Interested adults can find more information online, over the phone, or through an e-mail.
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chancellor Search and Screen Committee will hold eight listening sessions to give the general public an opportunity to voice their opinions about the next UWM Chancellor to members of the committee.
“The committee is making an effort to reach out to a number of different community groups to allow members of the public an opportunity to be heard,” says Committee Chair and Distinguished Professor Mark D. Schwartz, “and to make it more convenient for them to participate by holding sessions closer to where they live or work.”
For current information on the Chancellor search log on to: http://www4.uwm.edu/secu/Chancellor/index.html
The sessions, held this week and next, will be:
Tuesday, Nov. 23, 8-9:30 a.m. UWM Libraries, Fourth Floor Conference Center 2311 E. Hartford Ave., Milwaukee
Monday, Nov. 29, 8-9:30 a.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. Italian Community Conference Center, conference rooms 1 & 2 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee
Tuesday, Nov. 30, 4:30-6 p.m. Indian Community School, Community Main Room 10405 W. St. Martin’s Road, Franklin
Wednesday, Dec. 1, 8-9:30 a.m. and 4-5:30 p.m. United Community Center, Conference Room 2 1028 S. 9th St., Milwaukee
Thursday, Dec. 2, 9-10:30 a.m. King Community Center, Multipurpose Room 1531 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee
Thursday, Dec. 2, 4:30-6 p.m. Urban Ecology Center, Community Room 1500 E. Park Place, Milwaukee