Friday, July 15, 2011




Brooklyn Technical High School, commonly called Brooklyn Tech or just Tech, and also administratively as High School 430, is a New York City public high school that specializes in engineering, math and science and is the largest specialized high school for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the United States!

It's going to be held at Giando's On The Water, 400 Kent Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. November 9, 2011! Can't wait! Please join us for the First Annual Celebration of Brooklyn Tech, on Wednesday, November 9th from 6-10PM at Giando on the Water.


The Distinguished Alumni Award - recognizes alumni who have achieved high levels of excellence in their career fields or academic area and have in some way given back to the community (either the Tech community or other aspects of society).

Anthony S. Bartolomeo , P.E. ' 70 - President and CEO, Pennoni Associates Inc. and Chairman of the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, who has more than 30 years experience in environmental engineering.

Lionel Marks '49 - An accomplished attorney who was one of the founders of the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation and served as it legal counsel for over a decade.

Kimberley "Kim" Coles '80 - American Actress, Comedian and Author who has starred in an impressive catalogue of television shows, written a book and started a national empowerment program, G.I.F.T.S. where she uses comedy and inspiration to help people learn about their own unique qualities.

The Tech Faculty Emeritus Award - recognizes a retired faculty member, who was outstanding as an assistant principal, teacher, guidance counselor, coach, faculty advisor, and/or mentor.

Howard Falick - Teacher of Architecture and Structural Engineering

Nicholas Malachias - Teacher of English; advisor - Survey, the school's newspaper

Jules Peemoeller - Teacher of Civil and Structural Engineering

Carol Powers - Teacher of Physical Education; Girls' Swim Coach

Alice Timothy - Assistant Principal, Speech and Music; advisor to the Debate Team and the Drama Club

The Technite - Younger Alumni Recognition Award - recognizes talented alumni who graduated from Tech within the last 25 years.

Jeanine Aguirre-Ramirez '88 - is the NY 1 Brooklyn reporter, primarily responsible for covering the borough's 2.5 million people as well as its schools, politics, religions and neighborhoods. Her expertise as a reporter has enabled her to serve as M.C. for many different events of the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation.

John Prakash Albert '90 - Counsel, Manott Phelps and Phillips; worked as a lobbyist for more than 10 years. He served as a Foundation Board member and officer.

The Blue and White Outstanding Service/ Leadership Award - recognizes alumni and/or non-alumni who have strengthened and enhanced Brooklyn Tech and/or its community through outstanding contributions to Brooklyn Tech and/or its Foundation.

Joseph Kaelin - Has enlisted the support and involvement of students in Alumni Foundation activities for over two decades in his capacity as the Coordinator of Student Activities and Advisor to the National Honor Society.

Sidney Milden '77 - Two decades of leadership and dedicated work with Boys' Track Team Alumni to support the Track Program

The MVP Alumni Award - recognizes alumni for their athletic achievements seeded in Brooklyn Tech and solidified in college and/or professional sports.

Lorenzo Charles '81 (posthumous) - Was an outstanding Tech basketball player, who became an NCAA athlete and professional basketball player. While playing for the North Carolina State University Wolfpack, he scored the game-winning dunk in the championship game of the 1983 NCAA Tournament over the heavily favored Houston Cougars led by Akeem Olajuwon, Clyde "The Glide" Drexler and the rest of Phi Slama Jama.

So, go the Alumni Foundation Website, and register to find your classmates!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mothers' Day Proclamation: Julia Ward Howe, Boston, 1870

I love our service members but it is my hope that they are only needed for humanitarian efforts and not war. So understand that while I as a mother want nothing more than peace, I support the men and women who sacrifice their lives by taking on the most honorable path of protectors. Carmen M Colon

Mothers' Day Proclamation: Julia Ward Howe, Boston, 1870
Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts,
Whether our baptism be of water or of tears

Say firmly: "We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies, Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."

From the bosom of the devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own.
It says: "Disarm! Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."
Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means Whereby the great human family can live in peace, Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar, But of God.

In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And at the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

CONTACT: CEP 917-674-0014 SMEG 973-230-7560

Center for Educational Pathways Announces Celebrity Musical Mentor ANWAR ROBINSON

Anwar Robinson, Musician, Educator, American Idol Finalist joins the party at The Youth Music Exchange program for the Center for Educational Pathways

New York, NY March 31, 2011 – The Center for Educational Pathways (CEP) is pleased to announce the addition of celebrity educator and musician Anwar Robinson to the Youth Music Exchange family. In his role as musical mentor, Anwar will be helping to spread the word about the positive results being garnered from the program. Anwar hopes to grow and maintain relationships with the children all over the country and abroad who have received this program through their school and communities.

Anwar brings nearly 20 years of professional musical as well as educational experience to his new role. Most recently, Anwar is teaching Music Appreciation to our young children in Elizabeth New Jersey while conducting a full fledged musician’s schedule surrounding his latest CD release, “Everything”. Anwar has always stayed actively involved in community works whether he was touring or performing on stage.

The Center for Educational Pathways, directed by Dr. Michael Bitz has been a part of the educational community for 10 years now, starting with the globally popular Comic Book Project and has provided their programs to over hundreds of schools across the nation, as well as in Mexico and Zimbabwe, Africa. The Youth Music Exchange is youth-managed record labels inside schools and afterschool programs across the US.

In his first appearance as mentor, Anwar hopes to surprise students from the Manley Career Academy, run by James Walton, Jr., in Chicago, Illinois on May 6th, where a group tested out the program and cut their very own CD. The venue is the Bethel New Life located at 1140 N Lamon Avenue, Chicago IL 60651. The youth are being honored with their very own community CD Release Party and the festivities begin at 6pm.

For radio, satellite or print interviews with Dr. Michael Bitz, please contact the Center for Educational Pathway offices at 917-674-0014.

For radio, satellite or print interviews with Anwar Robinson, please contact his Management Team: Savoy Walker and Mark Forrest of SAVVY-Marketing Entertainment Group at: or 973-230-7560.

More information about the Comic Book Project, The Youth Music Exchange and other new programs coming soon are available at The Center for Educational Pathways website

Friday, March 25, 2011

Help Elisa and Nathan in their Joint Fight Against Cancer:

Help Elisa and Nathan in their Joint Fight Against Cancer:

No one could know what it feels like to be told that you only ha ve months or days to live.
We all take for granted that it's years but in fact, even those could be just as many months away as this couple have.

I hope they can spend their time with as little worry as possible so that they can enjoy every possible moment with their child.

Please help spread the word.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

March 2011 - Tiny Glimpse Into My Life

I have a habit of assessing (all too much really) where I am in my life, on any given day. Today, out of the blue, I felt like writing about it.
I've immersed myself into about a dozen projects for the year and while all altruistic on its face, I'm doing it selfishly to try and get over my "broken" heart. Truth is, no one's heart is broken if a love affair doesn't pan out but it sure as hell feels like it sometimes doesn't it?

This one was special and I'm telling you, only haven fallen this hard twice before, this one was "the ONE". But it also really did run its course. It couldn't go anywhere but where it ended, so why am I fretting? I guess I'm not. I guess I'm just marveling at the fact that sometimes we have to feel as though we have gone through hell and back to get ourselves geared up to do the things we want to really do with our lives.

So while everyone is imagining that I'm this wonderful and giving person (and well, yes I think I am) I also know that it's because of someone I love that I am pushing myself to do the things I was afraid to do. I challenge myself everyday and push myself to all boundaries, not because I am fearless but moreso because if I sit around, all I'm going to do is wish that the relationship could have gone further. Regardless of the fact that it simply wasn't meant to.

So, three months into 2011 (The Year Of The Cash Cow - cuz, this cow needs cash! LOL) I find myself coordinating HS reunions in a number of different states, reuniting with old and new classmates, writing a children's book, producing and directing NOT one but TWO cooking shows, a music video, commissioning a love song, promoting poets who by the way are brilliant and soulful and in a niche all their own, J Skye and Christine-Jean Blain, attending photo shoots, organizing wrestling matches, sponsoring award ceremonies but most of all, doing what I love, promoting the non profit organizations nearest and dearest to my heart.

The Center For Educational Pathways (Comic Book Project and Youth Music Exchange)
Just Tell
X-Mental University

So much for love right. Nah, it's love that got me here and it's love, albeit unrequited, that makes me better than I ever could have imagined I would ever become. Best of all, he knows it too.

Ok, over and out...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


On Friday March 11th, Williamsburg was a buzz with poets and artists ready to wow the eager crowd. Papo ‘Swiggity’ Santiago and George ‘Urban Jobaro’ Torres, creator of Sofrito For Your Soul (an online social networking blog for the hippest Latinos in the city) partnered to bring their fans more of what they love and a few other surprises. What was to celebrate four years of placing the Spoken Word on stage, Capicu Poetry and Culture Showcase had outdone itself again.

Felipe Luciano, famed newscaster was the featured poet for the evening and it was no holds barred. This raw and intimate side of the legendary activist shook everyone to their very core.

Sponsored by big businesses like Best Buy, their program also carried so many wonderful smaller minority owned businesses within our diverse city.

For more information on the latest Capicu and Sofrito for Your Soul Poetry Events or fund raisers, contact George Torres at or visit Sofrito

For Your Soul at and Capicu Poetry and Culture Showcase site at


You can feel the electricity in the air at Kid Kelley’s gym in East New York. The thunderous sounds of bodies being slammed on the mats in the ring aren’t ones of fighters being defeated but of skilled wrestling artisans home grown from our very borough. Brooklyn has it all now, with the Doghouse Xtreme Wrestling Team, spearheaded by Pro-Wrestlers Frankie Starz (Frank Roberto) and Black Rhino (Dameon Slugga)

Watching these new kids and these veterans of the ring work together for their up and coming matches starting April 30th was awe-inspiring. Keep your eyes on Chris Melendez, Army Veteran who returned from the war due to the loss of his leg, but that doesn’t stop him from being a force to be reckoned with in the ring. Opponents take care. If you love wrestling, it’s time to see it up close and very personal.

After meeting with Starz and Slugga, it was wonderful to find out that they included in their plans to provide wrestling lessons for neighborhood kids and they would include mentoring by speaking to schools about the business aspect of the sport along with sportsmanship. Many students are going to be in for a treat. One of their speakers is Evan Ginzburg, Associate Producer of the critically-acclaimed movie, "The Wrestler" which starred Academy Award winning actor Mickey Rourke (who won the Oscar for this very role) and Academy Award Winning Actress Marissa Tomei.

For more information on how to have them come to your school to speak to your local wrestling teams or future event dates and tickets, email Frankie Starz at or go to his network page at