Living for the Weekend


“There will be peace in the valley for me, someday; there will be peace in the valley for me, oh Lord I pray. There'll be no sadness, no sorrow, no trouble, trouble I see. There will be peace in the valley for me.” Thomas Dorsey

“He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows nor judge all he sees.” Benjamin Franklin

We don’t know what life Richard, the protector of Elgin Avenue, led beyond what we saw, but the murder of Richard in the neighborhood he adored put murder at our doorstep, laying in the street across from Brenda Baker’s house. Richard will never know how his death affected Elgin Avenue, from the neighbors who could depend on him when they needed assistance to the friends who visited BB.

“May the work I’ve done speak for me” Richard was an easy-going guy, anxious to help, even when he didn’t know what he was doing, he would be in the mix of contractors, plumbers or electricians giving advice. Richard was the neighborhood runner and watchdog, if anyone needed anything the word was “get Richard.” Richard was never far from his Elgin Avenue home. He was the Bakers’ handyman and soon became a friend of Brenda‘s friends.

“Someone to watch over me.” “Night and day.” Whenever we pulled in the block, Richard was waiting. When we would leave, there was Richard walking us to our car. We depended on Richard, always engaging him in friendly discussions. I have warm memories of Richard. One day I was preparing short ribs at Brenda’s and Richard walked into the kitchen, said he was a chef, and proceeded to tell me how to cook my specialty short ribs. The day we left for the Hamptons I picked up Brenda just as Richard walked up the street. He said, “BB, I was waiting for Ms. Val so I could load your stuff in her car.” The day we returned, there’s Richard: “Ms. Val you can’t drive that car home with all that dirt and sand and he proceeded to wash my car.” Richard was a chef, a car-washer, jack-of-all-trades and the protector of Elgin Avenue, but most importantly, he was a friend. Richard we pray you have the “peace in the valley” we had knowing you were watching over the neighborhood.

“I believe it's our responsibility when we find young, creative people to make their projects our project. I don't think of this as his play; I look at this as our play.” Lawrence Guyot RIP

“Tis the season” looking for creative gift ideas visit Monesha Phillips, owner of Pandora’s Box at 50 E. Cross Street or contact Pat Roselle, owner of Exquisite Taste, 443-7941333, for gourmet gift baskets or call Desserts Designed by Angela Wade, either call 443-392-0054, email www.dessertsdesigned.com or check out Classy Findz Consignments, 443-203-6454. For the little princesses contact Sarita Murray, 410-583-1083, to plan a play-date featuring bead making and manicures.

Planning a to host a Christmas party or family reunion contact Milton Solomon at 410-594-7496 to book your event at the Lamp House on Rolling Road.
“We're having a party, dancing to the music played by the D.J. on the radio.” Sam Cooke

“Gee Whiz, it’s Christmas” Here are just a few Christmas parties: Roots’ Lounge, hosted by owner Ronnie Jackson on Dec. 15; The Place, 315 Franklin Street, hosted by owners Donel and Ann, Dec. 22; a party and food drive at Maceo’s Lounge, Walbrook and Monroe, Dec. 22; Tequila Sunset, 2705 Pennsylvania Avenue, hosted by owner Libby Harris Christmas Eve at 4 p.m.

“No party is any fun unless seasoned with folly.” Desiderius Erasmus

Tickets are still available for the Fantastic Four’s and Carlos Hutchins holiday cabaret happy hour Dec. 21 at the Bleu Room featuring the Panama Band. Call Rick Larry, 410-419-8139

John Holt is hosting a holiday celebration Dec. 22 at the Bleu Room; for tickets call 443-835-7006.

Barrett’s located on the backside of Hunt Valley mall is an ideal place to meet friends for good food and drinks. Call manager Robert Newby, 410-527-0999, for reservations. On a recent Tuesday we enjoyed live music performed by pianist Donald Wolcott, accompanied by a stand-up bass player. They also play for private parties’ donaldgw@yahoo.com or 240-997-2157.

“Let’s give them something to talk about.” People are still talking about Chiquita Heath’s 40th birthday celebration at Morgan State and the video honoring her Uncle Cecil Grady to observe what would have been his 60th birthday. There wasn’t a dry eye when she said that she and Cecil had planned to celebrate their milestone birthdays together. After the video, the deejay played Cecil’s favorite song “Follow Me” as Chiquita proclaimed, “Let’s party.” 

“School Daze” Best wishes to Edmondson High School Class of 67 on the celebration of their 45th reunion.

We’re sending a cornucopia of get- well wishes to Dr. Anne Emery, Steve Williams and Betty Chase as they recuperate.

“We do not stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing!” Benjamin Franklin

Happy birthday to my daughter Lisa Packer, James “Peck” Bogan, Carmelita Haysbert-Barnes, Dr. Charlene Cooper-Boston, Coretha Spears, George Ray, Tyrone Qualls and happy 70th birthday Milton Dugger.

“Fly free and happy beyond birthdays and across forever, and we'll meet now and then when we wish, in the midst of the one celebration that never can end.” Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Prayers to Patricia Davis and on the death of her son Brett Johnson and to the family of Osborne Payne and Mildred Taylor on the death of her sister Barbara McGlotten.

“I’ll be seeing you” Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch

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