Ocean Chamber of Commerce Planning Expo 2016

Businesses looking for months of promotion and branding aligning with the Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce (GOTCC), are now able to register as a sponsor of the GOTCC’s annual Business & Consumer Expo.


The largest and most well-attended B2B & B2C Expo in Monmouth County, Expo 2016 will once again be held at the picturesque and conveniently located Jumping Brook Country Club, with easy access to highways 33, 34, 35, 66, 18 and the Garden State Parkway. Sold out the last 4 years in a row, the 28 year-old EXPO will take place on Wednesday, May 11 from 5-7:30 p.m., and is being chaired for the fifth year by GOTCC Board Secretary Kim Rise Somerville.

Businesses looking for months of advance multi-media promotion, to both general consumers and the business community,  preferential on-site treatment and post-Expo promotion should register ASAP at GOTCC.org. The pre-EXPO multi-media promotional blitz reaches hundreds of thousands of consumers AND business people on the big screen, radio, daily, weekly and monthly newspapers, digital media, email blasts, social media, traditional print and more, allowing sponsors the opportunity to get their logo and name out in the marketplace affordably.

“Sponsors get an incredible return on their investment; including months of advance EXPOsure, EXPO on-site prominence and promotion linked to their Website via the GOTCC Website for most of the year following Expo,” stated Expo Chair Rise-Somerville. According to a study done by the Schapiro Group (posted at www.GOTCC.org), consumers are 80% more likely to do business with a member of the Chamber of Commerce, making sponsorship alignment a huge bargain. The earlier the sponsor signs on, the more EXPOsure they get, based on print and production deadlines.

Expo Newbies need not fear – the GOTCC makes it easy with their ‘EXPOsure TIPS,’ a document that helps to eliminate the stress of planning and provides information that can help every exhibitor shine. It is a quick read and filled with smart observations and affordable ideas for making the most of the Expo experience. The GOTCC also has a page on their Website that lists members who provide products and services that many exhibitors need.

GOTCC Executive Director Kim Horn Blanda says “it is fine to have a space attractively set up, but without interaction with passers-by, displays that encourage people to walk up to your table and a means of reaching them after Expo, the exhibitor cannot optimize their participation.”
Frequently, business owners are so busy that they cannot take a step back and think about what will make their Expo experience a success. Often time slips by very quickly, and before you know it the big event is just around the corner. Not every exhibitor has to have expensive backdrops and catalogs. It is possible to draw traffic and look extremely professional on a budget.

Early sponsors and media partners include GOTCC Corporate Sponsors Ansell Grimm & Aaron, PC, Lester Glenn Ford of Ocean, Monmouth Medical Center, Seaview Orthopaedic & Medical Associates and HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls, and Expo Sponsors 95.9 The WRAT, Gannett NNJ/Asbury Park Press, 94.3 The Point, The Coaster, Gold Coast Cadillac, The Today Paper, Migman Media, The Link News, CineGrand Galleria, Robert Hazelrigg-The Graphics Guys, Shore Antique Center, Trinity Worldwide Technologies, Custom Video Productions, Paul Scharff Photography and Smolin Lupin.

Those interested in exhibiting at EXPO are encouraged to register early for two reasons – Expo is expected to sell out again and prices go up on April 1. The GOTCC Expo is a comfortable experience for both the exhibitor and the attendee. With spacious aisles, plenty of room for the exhibitor, there is no crowd frustration, and the GOTCC is flexible to accommodate special needs of exhibitors.

The GOTCC has always used EXPO as a new member drive. For those who are not members of the GOTCC and wish to join, there is a one-time membership discount, at which point the new member gets the discounted member exhibitor rate. The GOTCC Business & Consumer Expo offers affordable pricing and a variety of sponsorship opportunities from traditional to premium.

Specific details and pricing for sponsorships, exhibiting and membership are available on the Chamber’s Website at www.GOTCC.­org/expo2016.html or go to GOTCC.org and click on the Expo 2016 ad. Jumping Brook Country Club is located at 210 Jumping Brook Road in Neptune. For more information, please call the GOTCC at 732-660-1888.

Library kicks off centennial with look at who built it

By Coleen Burnett
The famous industrialist Andrew Carnegie gave away most of his fortune by the time he died in 1919. Because he believed in the power of knowledge, a portion of that philanthropy went towards the founding of 2,509 libraries worldwide — 1,679 of them in the United States — in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Did you know that one of them is the Long Branch Free Public Library, located at 328 Broadway?

Library Director Tonya Garcia welcomes the public to the first event marking the Long Branch Free Public Library’s 100th year.

Lisa Kelly of the Long Branch Library introduces Eleonora Dubicki of Monmouth University to explain how Andrew Carnegie funded the construction of the city’s Broadway library.

The Library was incorporated on December 6, 1916. To kick off its year-long 100th anniversary celebration, a presentation was given January 28 by Monmouth University Assistant Librarian Eleonora Dubicki examining the history of the building and Carnegie’s role in it.

The city has long had a library in its midst, beginning with the founding of the Long Branch Reading Room and Library Association in 1878. Over the years, the system continued to expand, and the first inquiries about getting a Carnegie Library grant came as early as 1913 by then-Mayor Bryan Newcomb.

Newcomb was told he had to complete a special form and send it back to the Carnegie Corporation in New York.

You see, Carnegie and his personal assistant Thomas Bertram didn’t just rubber stamp the project and write a check.  The form had to be filled out by local officials and explain, among other points, the need for the facility, as well as promises from local officials that they would provide a building site and have the funds to maintain the library after it was built (using both public and private money).  A pamphlet was also enclosed in the package that contained sample building plans.

And most of all, the library had to be free for all to enjoy. There would be no charge to use it.
Long Branch Mayor Marshall Woolley personally delivered the forms to New York on January 6, 1917. The grant was approved rather quickly thereafter, on February 3. Although there were delays in its construction due to the outbreak of World War I, the library officially opened on November 16, 1920.

It’s the last “granted” library in the state that is still in use. The facility gets some 150,000 visitors per year.

Dubicki told the Link that Carnegie was the Bill Gates of his day — a sort of strategic philanthropist. Carnegie grew up poor in Scotland, and books were scarce and expensive. Libraries in the early years of the United States charged dues to use their facilities, so only the wealthy could afford to take out a book.

Carnegie wanted to bring the gift of reading and education to the masses.
“He firmly believed to give back to society. He felt libraries supported the society,” she said.
“It was a form of philanthropy, not charity,” she continued, “It was a long-term thing – the whole community could improve itself by having a library.”

And apparently after the grant was approved Carnegie and his underlings would not follow up on a building’s progress. There is no record of either Carnegie or Bertram visiting Long Branch during the construction, nor is there any evidence anyone from the Carnegie Corporation attended the library’s official opening. The two men apparently got a lot of invitations from all over the country to visit the creations they helped to build, but they politely declined most.

Maybe Carnegie himself said it best: “There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the lightest consideration.”

Oceanport police: fake IRS scam being reported

Oceanport — The Oceanport Police Department has received reports related to a telephone scam in which the caller purports to be an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) representative. Police warn residents to be careful if they get such a call.

Using intimidation tactics, the caller tries to take control of the situation from the beginning. The caller claims that the IRS has charges against them and threatens legal action and arrest. If the recipient questions the caller in any way, the caller becomes more aggressive.

The caller continues to intimidate by threatening to confiscate the recipient’s property, freeze bank accounts, and have them arrested and placed in jail. The reported alleged charges include defrauding the government, money owed for back taxes, law suits pending against the recipient, and nonpayment of taxes.

The targets of the scam are told it would cost thousands of dollars in fees/court costs to resolve this matter. The caller creates a sense of urgency by saying that being arrested can be avoided and fees reduced if the recipient purchases MoneyPak cards to cover the fees
within an hour.

Sometimes the caller provides specific instructions on where to purchase the MoneyPak cards and the amount to put on each card. The caller tells the recipient not to tell anyone about the issue and to remain on the telephone until the MoneyPak cards are purchased and the MoneyPak codes are provided to the caller.

The caller will also sometimes state that if the call is disconnected for any reason, the recipient would be arrested.

Some people reported once the caller obtained the MoneyPak codes, they were advised that the transaction took too long and additional fees were required.
Call recipients, who are primarily immigrants, reported that the caller spoke with broken English or stated the caller had an Indian
accent.

Oceanport police say if you receive a call similar to this follow these tips:
• Resist the pressure to act quickly.
• Report the contact to TIGTA at www.treasury.gov/tigta by clicking on the red button, “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting.”
• Use caution when asked to use a specific payment method. The IRS would not require a specific payment method such as a MoneyPak card or wire transfer.
• If you feel threatened, contact your local police department. In its latest of many alerts, the IRS says it will never call (or email) to demand immediate payment or call you about taxes you owe without first having mailed a bill.

Nor will the IRS demand you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount you allegedly owe or require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes – for example, a Green Dot MoneyPak or prepaid card.

The IRS also never asks for credit or debit card numbers over the phone, or threatens to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
Nor does the agency tell you where you can go to take a loan to pay your taxes, or call out of the blue to ask you to share your Social Security number.

The real contact number for the IRS – the information you can call to ask about your taxes — is 1-800-829-1040.

Monmouth Mall has big plans

By Coleen Burnett
Eatontown — 2016 will be a year of changes in Eatontown. The month of February contains events on the docket that are guaranteed to change the physical look of the borough in the years to come.
One of the big changes proposed will be for the Monmouth Mall.
Representatives of Kushner Companies, which bought the shopping center outright last August by buying out their partner, Vornado Realty Trust, have big plans for the iconic location on Route 35.

Nobody is talking specifics on those ideas — but Borough officials are strongly urging residents and other interested parties to attend a workshop meeting at Borough Hall February 10 at 7 p.m.

At that time, Kushner is expected to unveil their new concepts for the Mall.
“The Kushner Group is looking to make a large investment to redevelop the property,” Mayor Dennis Connelly told the council.

Borough Administrator George Jackson was so anxious to spread the word about the meeting that he took the somewhat unusual step of handing out a press release to the media at the Jan. 27 council meeting to make certain that the word got out.

In the release, Jackson said the Kushner Group has expressed a desire to do what he called “reinvent” and “reinvigorate” the shopping center, which was opened in March, 1960.
The Mall last went through a large expansion in 2009 and had smaller renovations in both 2010 and 2012.

Kushner Companies also owns Pier Village in Long Branch.
In other big development news, on February 3 (after The Link went to press), the Borough’s Ad-Hoc committee on Fort Monmouth was scheduled to hold a special meeting with the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) board to discuss the final bids on Parcel B.

The area has long been envisioned as the borough’s brand-new Town Center.
Bids for the possible development of another Fort Property, the Suneagles Golf Course, are due into the FMERA offices in Oceanport on February 5.
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BOE Meeting Around Monmouth Beach

By Teja Anderson
The January Monmouth Beach Board of Education meeting was called to order at 7:40 p.m. and began with a special presentation to honor outgoing BOE President and member Dr. Brian McAndrew.

Outgoing Board President and member Dr. Brian McAndrew is presented with a plaque for his years of service by current BEO President Kirk Ruoff.


(l-r) Superintendent Michael Ettore and Assistant Principal Peter Bruccoleri give a Power Point presentation on the district’s PARCC results from 2015.

Superintendent Michael Ettore thanked Dr. McAndrew on behalf of the entire board and school district for his years of service and insight, and Board President Kirk Ruoff presented him with a plaque. Dr. McAndrew accepted the plaque and allowed that he “had spent 50 years in education,” and as long as the MB School remained “a community school” it would continue to thrive and benefit the community.

Next the Board auditor gave his comprehensive annual financial report for June 30, 2015 which had been held up waiting for information, but he assured the room that the school was “financially sound and in good shape.”

Next, Mr. Ettore and Mr. Bruccoleri gave a Power Point presentation on the district’s PARCC results from 2015. Among the findings were that the MB School had performed significantly above the state average, doing slightly better in Language Arts than in Math; that there are now five levels of achievement; and this is truly going to be a standardized test once it is underway.

They both felt that the success of the PARCC testing had been a collaborative effort between the staff and administrators, students and parents.
The presentation and test results are available on the schools website.

Then PTO President Caroline Quattrochi invited the BOE members to attend the Eighth Grade Pasta Dinner and announced that the tryouts were underway for the school play, “Aladdin.” She said the PTO Run was gearing up, as was a student-run school newspaper.

The financial reports of the Secretary to the Board of Education and the Report of the Treasurer of School Monies dated December 31, were accepted and submitted and the bills list for the month of January in the amount of $151,829.46 were approved for payment as were various staff workshops.

They accepted, with regret, the resignation of Deborahlee Wehner, part time Instruction Aide, effective December 18, 2015 and approved Kim Kallok of Monmouth University as a volunteer for the school play under the supervision of Meghan Vaccarelli and Emily Steeber. They also approved Brianna Musco, a MU student, for ten hours of field observation in February and March with Emily Steeber, music teacher; Kim Collier, a MU student, for field placement from February through April with Donna O’Neill, third grade teacher; and Caitlin Norek from Middlesex County College for field observation in Nancy Pietz’s second grade classroom.

BOE President Kirk Ruoff announced that the multipurpose room had finally been approved by the state and expected to break ground in April and finish in December of this year, using capital funds only. It was also noted that the flood barriers would be put in place for the expected flooding with the oncoming blizzard that weekend.

The meeting adjourned at 8:49 and the next Public Meeting will be on February 18, 7:30 PM.

WLB to use county dispatch

By Neil Schulman
West Long Branch — The Borough Council has voted to use the Monmouth County dispatch service for local police, rather than keeping dispatchers in the West Long Branch Police Department headquarters.
Several residents had concerns about trusting an outside source with dispatch, and with the fact that the police department will likely be inaccessible at night after this change takes place.

Undersheriff Robert Dawson answers questions and concerns from West Long Branch residents and council members about switching to the county’s dispatch service. West Long Branch voted to move to the county after the presentation.

Borough officials say that the switch will save West Long Branch taxpayers about $139,000 a year, and that the WLB Police Department is now satisfied that switching dispatchers won’t affect the quality of their service.

At the Jan. 20 council meeting, Undersheriff Robert Dawson, who manages the Communications Division of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office that handles dispatch services, said he had worked with West Long Branch police to iron out details.

“I’ve been in touch with the chief and the captain,” he said. “We became partners in this. It’s not us taking over dispatch.”

Dawson said that the police department will have a liaison to theor dispatch service, and will always be able to have a conversation if something needs to be changed.

The county already handles dispatch for the West Long Branch Fire Department and First Aid Squad, he said. It currently serves 27 police departments and 45 fire or EMS services, as well as handling all 9-1-1 calls in Monmouth County.

“We’re at 115 operators. We’re in the process of hiring another 12,” Dawson said.
Councilman Chris Neyhart said that currently, salaries for four full time dispatchers are $134,000. But when you add in expenses such as part-time help, pensions, health insurance, overtime, the cost of software licensing, and all the other factors, the cost is “roughly $295,000 and change.”

From last August to December, the police department had to spend $30,000 in overtime on having police officers run the radios when a dispatcher was unavailable, Neyhart said.

In contrast, the total yearly cost for switching over to the county service is roughly $154,000.

Residents speaking at the hearing had two major concerns. The first is that dispatchers are currently at the police station 24 hours a day. This means that the station is always open to the public, and that the dispatchers can regularly check on people in holding cells, something required by law.

Without dispatchers, the station will be inaccessible to the public at times. Police would also need to either keep an officer at the station when someone is being held, or drive them down to Freehold. Those would either require extra staffing or leave the night shift short staffed.

“If you’re being pursued by someone with evil intentions, the thing we’re always taught is go to the police station,” borough resident Mark Engle said. “How do you replace that facet of police protection?”

Officials say that police will install a call box in front of the station, directly wired to the dispatch system. Neyhart said that other alternatives were considered, but studies suggested that’s the most effective. Oceanport, which installed a call box when they stopped using their own dispatchers a few years ago, hasn’t reported any problems with it.

He also said that just because staffing isn’t guaranteed doesn’t mean the building will be empty.

“You very rarely have an opportunity where all the vehicles and police are out on the road,” Neyhart noted.

Borough resident Joseph Hornick said that he’s gone to the police station when he was afraid for his safety, and wouldn’t like to have to rely on a call box. But he also has concerns about how the county might treat West Long Branch.

“It’s all about priorities,” he said. “Our dispatchers here in West Long Branch are concerned about one thing — the town of West Long Branch.” The sheriff’s dispatchers are looking at dozens of towns, and Hornick worried the borough might not get priority, especially if an emergency happens elsewhere.

Dawson said that the department can bring in extra dispatchers for a particular town with an emergency, without sacrificing coverage or the other areas using its service.

Three of the five council members present voted to make the switch. Two abstained.

Switching over to the county is expected to take several months, Neyhart said.
Because the Sheriff’s Department is a civil service agency, it can’t automatically hire West Long Branch’s dispatchers, but Dawson says they will all be offered an opportunity to train and have a 90-day test period with the county.

“If you make the cut, welcome aboard.”

Monmouth Medical Center acquires two works of art in honor of Michael A. Goldfarb, M.D., FACS

Representatives from Monmouth Medical Center and the George and Helen Segal Foundation recently gathered to dedicate two large pastels by artist George Segal, donated to the hospital by the Segal Foundation in honor of Michael A. Goldfarb, M.D., FACS, who served as chairman and program director of Monmouth’s Department of Surgery from 2000 to 2014.


Bill Arnold, COO, Monmouth Medical Center; Michael A. Goldfarb, M.D., FACS, past chairman and program director of the Department of Surgery at Monmouth Medical Center, 2000 – 2014; Barbara Goldfarb; Rena Segal, president, George and Helen Segal Foundation; Frank J. Vozos, M.D., FACS, president and CEO of Monmouth Medical Center; Tara Kelly, vice president of development, Monmouth Medical Center Foundation; Gregory A. Greco, D.O., FACS, chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery, general surgery clerkship director and assistant program director of General Surgery Residency, Monmouth Medical Center; Joseph Jaeger, DrPH, Chief Academic Officer at Monmouth Medical Center, associate vice president of research, Barnabas Health and associate dean, Regional Medical Campus, Monmouth Drexel University College of Medicine with with “Untitled Still Life (Sink & Sponges II).”

Represented exclusively for more than 30 years by the Sidney Jansis Gallery in New York, Segal was an iconic American painter and sculptor who, along with Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Indiana, Andy Warhol and others, became known as part of the “Pop Art” movement. He perfected the technique and created real life tableaux, using many close friends and family members as models. Segal’s distinctive style separated his work from “Pop Art” by staying closely related to personal experience and human values. Dr. Goldfarb and his wife Barbara met the Segals in 1983 on a river boat in Egypt. Barbara, and subsequently Dr. Goldfarb and their family, were models for George Segal from 1983 until his passing in 2000.

Created in 2000 after Segal’s passing, the George and Helen Segal Foundation was created with the purpose of showing Segal’s work around the world, awarding grants to artists, gifting Segal’s work to museums and galleries and providing an authoritative place to purchase the art of this world-renowned painter, sculptor and visionary.

The two large, donated pastel works, titled “Apples, Peaches & Bottle” and “Untitled Still Life (Sink & Sponges II),” and will be displayed in the Cranmer Ambulatory Center and the Department of Surgery at Monmouth Medical Center.
“My thoughts of helping patients to heal are interwoven with George’s art which represents the beauty of everyday life and the journey of healing,” said Dr. Goldfarb.

With a career at Monmouth Medical Center spanning more than 40 years, the pastels were dedicated in honor of Dr. Goldfarb and his accomplishments.
In addition to serving as chairman and program director of the Department of Surgery for 14 years, Dr. Goldfarb is a professor of Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine, a governor of the American College of Surgeons and a past president of the New Jersey Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.

“Dr. Goldfarb is well-read, constructively critical and challenging. He remains an active and meticulous surgeon, researcher, innovator and most importantly, friend,” said Joseph Jaeger, DrPH, chief academic officer at Monmouth Medical Center and associate vice president of research for Barnabas Health.

Before coming to Monmouth, Dr. Goldfarb was surgical director of wound ballistics for the United States Army, where he developed Kevlar body armor and wrote the current standard for bullet proof.

Dr. Goldfarb has pioneered numerous groundbreaking initiatives during his time at Monmouth Medical Center, contributing to the hospital’s success – including performing the first laparoscopic cholecystectomy in New Jersey in 1990. Since 1997, he has implemented an original database to track all surgical complications and outcomes, resulting in process and protocol changes. The research has been published and presented nationally and internationally. Dr. Goldfarb has served as medical director of the Cranmer Ambulatory Surgery Center. He is founder of the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center and served as its surgical coordinator for many years. He also served on the Board of Trustees for 10 years.

“We can thank Michael for making us all objectively look at what we do,” said Gregory A. Greco, D.O, chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Monmouth Medical Center.  “Michael has been a pillar of excellence and an example for every resident that has been trained by him as well as every physician that has worked for him.”

Dr. Goldfarb earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed a general surgery residency at Beth Israel Medical Center. He has been recognized by Best Doctors in America, Guide to America’s Top Surgeons and Best Doctors in the New York Metro Area. Dr. Goldfarb is an editor of General Surgery News and his extensive research has been published in peer reviewed journals.

About Monmouth Medical Center

Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, along with The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey’s largest teaching hospitals and has been an affiliate of Philadelphia’s Drexel University College of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical Center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit www.barnabashealth.org/monmouth.

Head of police speaks on how dept. follows King’s vision

By Neil Schulman
Long Branch — In several prominent incidents around the country over the last few years, there has been tension between local police departments and the African American community. Long Branch has worked to prevent that from happening here.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Guild of Long Branch invited City Public Safety Director Jason Roebuck to be the keynote speaker at the MLK Birthday Observance on Monday morning. Roebuck spoke about why Long Branch didn’t have the sort of problems that have been seen in Ferguson, Baltimore and elsewhere.

“While I can’t say we don’t have problems here, I can honestly say here in the city we work together to solve them,” Roebuck said.

The city’s police stay involved with the people, he said, as evidenced by the fact that Roebuck wasn’t the only person from the police department at the ceremony. Several officers attend every year.

The Long Branch Police Department works with the NAACP, the schools, the Housing Authority and other organizations to prevent these issues.
“Working hand in hand I think makes us a lot better, and we get a lot more solved,” Roebuck said.

He said that he admires King’s vision, and pointed out that one of the major things King preached, and one of the toughest to practice, is non-violence.
Incidents of violence against police “only adds to the problem,” he said. This is especially the case because those protesting the police are often in areas where officers are needed.

“If you have enough money, and you’re rich and you live in a nice house up on a hill, you really don’t need us. But the people here in the inner city, people all across the USA in the inner city, are the people who need us,” Roebuck said. Not responding to those in need there would be an injustice.

Robert Peel, who started the first modern police force, said that the police were the public and the public were the police. Long Branch keeps that idea in mind, Roebuck said.

“We hire locally. We train our officers all the time, and we push our officers to get in touch with our people,” he said.

Roebuck said he’s trying to get the city police even more closely involved in the community. The Long Branch Police Department has recently extended its efforts to work with the schools, and he wants to reinstate the bike patrol program.
It’s also installing video cameras in cars, and plans to have wearable body cameras for officers soon.

“While we don’t have that kind of issue here, it’s never a bad idea to have that, just in case,” Roebuck said.

“As Martin Luther King said, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice.”
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With snow on the ground, temperatures in the 20s and a strong wind blowing from the river by Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park on Atlantic Avenue, the ceremony was kept moving along. Following Roebuck’s remarks, Guild member Jacob Jones placed a wreath on the MLK monument as Catherine Darby delivered some remarks.

The ceremony was the culmination of several events over the previous week in honor of King’s life and dream. Those included a Gospel Night at Trinity AME Church, a soul food dinner, a march from the park to Second Baptist Church, and a ceremony at the church to honor King.