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African-American New Jersey Airman motivated to serve > National Guard > Guard News


JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. – “I was motivated to join the military to serve my country,” said Staff Sgt. Vince Stokes, a boom operator from the 141st Air Refueling Squadron. “I wanted to be an effective part of supporting a mission bigger than myself. I was also motivated to join the military for the camaraderie aspect.”


Stokes has now served in the 108th Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard, for seven years.


“As a boom operator, I enjoy traveling and seeing different areas of the world,” said Stokes, “I enjoy meeting new people and learning about the different cultures that I encounter. I enjoy the support I provide to inter-theater and intra-theater operations. There is nothing better than seeing how my work directly impacts the mission. I am…

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Caribbean News – Caribbean Immigrant Entrepreneur To Be Funeralized In New Jersey


Allison Butters-Grant, founder of Global Seafoods Distributors, Inc., will be funeralized on Jan. 23, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the St. Matthew A.M.E. Church, 336 Oakwood Avenue, Orange, New Jersey. A viewing is set for prior to the service, from 5-7 p.m.

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Jan. 18, 2019: A popular Caribbean-born entrepreneur, who passed away suddenly on Sunday night, Jan. 13, 2019, shocking her family, colleagues and the wider business community, will be laid to rest next week following a New Jersey funeral service.

Allison Butters-Grant, founder of Global Seafoods Distributors, Inc., will be funeralized on Jan. 23, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the St. Matthew A.M.E. Church, 336 Oakwood Avenue, Orange, New Jersey. A viewing is set for prior to the service, from 5-7…

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Nearly 500 sickened on Royal Caribbean cruise ship set to call New Jersey home this spring


MIAMI (AP) — Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas is returning to a Florida port a day early and giving passengers full refunds of their fare after at hundreds of guests and crew members were hit with an outbreak of Norovirus as it sailed to Jamaica.

Cruise line spokesman Owen Torres told The Associated Press “we think the right thing to do is get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health.”

He says the ship will return to Port Canaveral on Saturday. It sailed from there Sunday on a seven-day Caribbean cruise.

In a video shared by passengers Friday, an announcement on the ship said the number of sick people had increased significantly, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

“The latest that I can share with you here is that we have had a total during the…

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Personal Collections of Cape May’s African American Community –> New Jersey Stage




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originally published: 12/31/2018

(CAPE MAY, NJ) — Each year, the Center for Community Arts (CCA) presents an exhibit that highlights and illuminates African American life and history in Cape May and the surrounding region. “Collecting History: Personal Collections of Cape May’s African American Community,” is presented by CCA in association with the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). The exhibit opens January 19 and is open to the public through April 14, at the Carroll Gallery of the Carriage House, on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May. Admission is free. 

Collecting is a lifelong passion for many…

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Jersey Coastguard help in ‘search and rescue’… in the Caribbean


On Monday, the Cross Antilles Guyane coastguard in the island of Martinique received an EPIRB detection – an automatic distress signal – from a vessel which had a Jersey address and telephone number listed as its emergency contact details.

As the details were out of date, the agency contacted Jersey Coastguard, who discovered that the listed contact details were for the vessel’s previous owner.

In a Facebook post, Jersey Coastguard said: ‘Luckily the details of the new owner had been saved by the international brokerage who sold the vessel and they were happy to share this information in light of it being a search and rescue incident. This information was given to Jersey Coastguard who relayed it to Cross Antilles Guyane.

‘It transpired the vessel had actually been lost at sea a year…

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The Bond Between an African Caregiver and Her New Jersey ‘Mum’


Ama Serwaa left her home in Ghana seven years ago and now lives in a small apartment in northern New Jersey, caring for a woman she calls Mum.

In the morning, Ms. Serwaa, 61, wakes and helps June Gilbert, the 88-year-old “Mum,” shower and dress. After breakfast, they take a one-mile walk, Mrs. Gilbert using her walker and Ms. Serwaa at her side pausing often to let her rest. Mrs. Gilbert talks about her children and tells stories about growing up in a small town in Massachusetts. Ms. Serwaa teaches her words and phrases from her African homeland.

The two of them, though from far different worlds and backgrounds, have formed a bond that might seem unlikely but has become increasingly common.

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