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Appreciating Our Women

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 16:16 Rodney Alexander III
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Bilal A. Salaam

Masjid Yusuf Shah held their 22nd annual Appreciating Our Women, New Year’s Breakfast in 2012 at Juliano’s in New Rochelle, NY.  Imam Musa Abdul Ali said the opening prayer and introduced the master of ceremonies, Hassan Bilal.

This year four women were honored along with one well deserving man.  The traditional all you can eat breakfast menu, included an omelet station.  Music was provided by the Solomon Hicks band.  Many of the guests remember Solomon Hicks as the 17 year old protégé of the late, great guitarist, Melvin Hassan Sparks.  Live music was also provided by jazz vocal stylist, Carrie Jackson and vocalist Abdur-Rahim Salahuddin.  Linda Litt recited her original poetry.  Jazz flautist, Yahya Abdul Ali, also joined the band for a few lively numbers.

This year’s special honoree was Shirley Bullard.  She is a 68 year old widow and mother of 3 adult children, Simone, Cesar and Keemya.  She is the grandmother of 6 children.  She was born in Virginia but has lived in New Rochelle for 32 years.  Shirley was honored for a lifetime of serving the public.  She is very compassionate about working with people.  Shirley spent many years as a unit secretary in the adult psychiatric department of Metropolitan Hospital in New York City.  She has worked as the department secretary at Sound Shore Medical Center Nursing Department’s Howe Avenue Nursing Home.  Since 1955, Shirley has been the administrative assistant at the Westchester Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless Inc.  She thanks G-d for being able to experience good health and to be able to continue working at W.C.H.H. Inc. for over 16 years.  During that time she assisted 141 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in Westchester County.  She has been very effective in getting food, clothing and coats for the clients’ families in the various communities.

The award recipients included Petra Baskett, Joan Horton, Clyde Deloris Hemring, Karen Stewart-Hines and Abdur-Rahim Salahuddin.  Petra was born in Harlem, USA to Puerto Rican family. She was educated in NYC and became a registered nurse.  She taught RN students at the University of Puerto Rico and at Bronx Community College of CUNY. She has worked in the South Bronx as a public health nurse with the Visiting Nurse Service of NY and with the Dominican Sisters of the Sick and Poor.  She is a very young looking, 78 year old widow with four adult children and five grandchildren.  She cares for her 103 year old father, who lives with her.  She praises G-d and thanks Dr Anwar Aziz, a physician from our community, for his service in caring for her father. She spoke of the increasingly abundant life and great joy she derives from serving in the “Feed the Community” program at the AcBaw Center in Mount Vernon, NY.

This is a program that was organized and sponsored by the Sisters of Concern at Masjid Yusuf Shah.  The sisters raise money, prepare dinners and serve them free of charge once every month.

Joan Patricia Horton was born in Harlem, USA and relocated to Mount Vernon in 1955.  Her three children, Steven Derek, Terrence Reuben and Melanie Horton were born, raised and educated there.  They have grown up to become active participants in running the municipality of Mt. Vernon.  Joan spoke of how G-d provided for her through difficult times, when she became a single parent during the early 1970’s. “As a thank you back to G-d for his gift of his twelve disciples”, she provides twelve families with a week’s worth of food once a month.  She said that since she doesn’t drive, G-d provides her with “Earth Angels”.  Friends, families and children have been rearranging their schedules to deliver non-perishable groceries.  They even make late night runs into Harlem to make sure each family is provided for. She feels that each of us has the opportunity to make a positive impact in someone else’s life.

Clyde Deloris Herring is a member of the Mount Vernon Baha’i Community.  She is the mother of two adult children, Kevin and Vanetta and one granddaughter, Faith. Clyde has assisted with the Al-Islam Community feeding program for at least 3 years.  She believes that “Service is Worship”.  Ms Herring is a vocalist, a quilter and a collage artist.

Karen Stewart-Hines is a great inspiration to us all.  She is very devoted to serving the community in any manner she can. She is always ready to participate in endeavors from feeding the needy to cleaning the Masjid. Whatever she does is always outstanding and correct.

Abdur-Rahim Salahuddin was born in Snow Hill Maryland.  He came to NY in 1959.   He is one of the pioneers of the community of Al-Islam.  He joined the NOI in 1973 He has been a faithful member of Masjid Yusuf Shah since it was founded.  He has served as muezzin (The caller to prayer) since1980.  Abdur-Rahim sang gospel with the Silver Tones before accepting Al-Islam. His distinct melodious voice once called the believers to prayer on Mount Arafat in Arabia during the Hajj. He is a very humble brother of whom the community is very proud.  He was very surprised to find that he was the only man being awarded on the Women’s Appreciation Day.

Guests included Ismail Shamsid-Deen and Elbert Shamsid-Deen, who gave a brief address. Judy Hassan- Sparks, the widow of Melvin Hassan-Sparks attended with her family members.

The breakfast was well attended.  The spirit was righteously high. The attendees started the year on a jubilant pitch.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 January 2012 12:44

Name Calling Lowers Self-Esteem, Not Weight

Wednesday, 11 January 2012 12:14 administrator
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“Childhood obesity – and related health issues – is most definitely a scary problem,” says Kent State University’s Dr. Natalie Caine-Bish, “but the use of scare tactics and name-calling will not help children to get healthy and fit.”

Instead, Dr. Caine-Bish offers a more supportive and motivational approach.

1. Parents need to be open with their children, but focus on health instead of weight. It is important for children to feel good about themselves.

2. Recognize that every child is different, which means the causes for being overweight and the solutions for losing weight will depend on the particular child involved and his or her environmental circumstances.

3. Use a multi-faceted healthcare response that includes a physician, a psychiatrist and a dietitian; it is essential to understand the child and the reason for the weight gain.

4. Parents need to be good role models, demonstrate healthy behaviors and not make comments about their own weight, size or personal body image. The best way to deal with weight issues with children is to make lifestyle changes as a family and not focus on that particular child.

5. Be age appropriate. You can talk more openly about body weight and size with an adolescent than you can with a school-age child.

“Being negative – calling a child fat – does not help with weight loss. A big concern we see is people who are overweight as children actually suffer from eating disorders in early adulthood at a higher rate than the rest of the population. This could be partially attributed to self-esteem.  Food is related to people’s emotions, so many times people eat because they are sad or don't feel good about themselves; attacking self-esteem does not help the process,” said Dr. Caine-Bish.

Dr. Natalie Caine-Bish is available for interviews to discuss best practices in addressing the issue of child obesity. Please contact Kayleigh Fitch at 440.333.0001 ext. 105 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to schedule an interview.

Natalie Caine-Bish PhD, RD, LD is an Associate Professor in the Kent State University

School of Health Sciences.  She is currently a faculty coordinator for the Center of Nutrition Outreach and directs a “no cost” community weight management program called K.I.D.S. (Kids Interested in Diet and Sport) for children between the ages of 8-16. Caine-Bish is a member of the American Dietetics Association and Society for Nutrition Education.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 January 2012 12:22

Message from Capt Dennis Muhammad, Peacekeepers Founder

Thursday, 05 January 2012 16:39 administrator
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Greetings Peacekeepers

I would like all PEACEKEEPERS past and present to join me as I give my annual Peace week Keynote Address in Mount Vernon, NY.

We are expecting all Peacekeepers from surrounding areas to be Present for Peace, we will also be giving the 2012 Agenda and the accomplishments made in 2011.

We look forward to all Peacekeepers coming out to re-commit yourself to the pledge you took.


My theme for this year’s keynote address is "Love is the Greatest Sacrifice"



Macedonia Community Center

103 W. 2nd Street (Near 8th Ave)

Mt. Vernon, NY 10550



Friday January 20, 2012



7:30 pm


"I am Present for Peace"


Capt Dennis Muhammad



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Reminder: Mount Vernon Gospel Knights Winter Concert TONIGHT @ 7

Friday, 09 December 2011 13:38 administrator
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We would like to invite you to Come and experience the award winning Gospel Choir, the "Mount Vernon Gospel Knights" on Friday December 9 at Grimes Elementary School in Mount Vernon 58 South 10th Avenue  Mount Vernon, NY 10550 from 7pm-10pm .


This evening is going to be uplifting and entertaining and will also include:


1. Mount Vernon Seventh Day Adventist Praise Team

2. The Revelators

3. The Vision Steppers

4. Greater Centennial Choir


Here are some videos you can view of Gospel Knights Choir.


If you need tickets in advance you can go to the locations indicated on the flier or call me 914-575-7089.


Hope to see you there!


Pastor Bejoy


Last Updated on Friday, 09 December 2011 13:45

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