Friday, July 08, 2005

Morning Edition - 7/8/05

Dennis Tears Haiti A New One
Hurricane Dennis took down a bridge and peeled tin roofs off homes on the island of Haiti. At least five people are reported dead from the storm. Dennis is now headed for Cuba. The storm is not expected to make landfall in the US until sometime Sunday. On Thursday, the 135 mph winds of Dennis skinned Jamaica.

Poor Publicity Stunt or Good Communicator?
R&B singer Omarion was in London when the explosions occurred yesterday. Sony music released a press release from the artist saying, "T.U.G./Sony Recording Artist Omarion was in London during the tragic bombings that struck this morning. He would like his fans to pray that he has a safe trip and a safe return home. He appreciates your support” On a day when over 50 people are reported dead, it seems a bit awkward to send a grandiose release informing us of your well being. Most stateside fans were unaware of the braided buff’s trip to begin with.

LIVE 8 Concerts to Rerun on MTV and VH1
The Live 8 concerts that took place last week to raise money for famine-ravaged Africa will be rerun by MTV and VH1 tomorrow. VH1 will carry the first five hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and MTV will carry the second half from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. The concerts will be shown without commercial interruption. Stevie Wonder, Destinys Child, Alicia Keys and Madonna were among the artist to grace the stage of the Live 8 concerts.

Final Curtain Call; Vandross Memorial Today at Noon
Eddie Murphy, Stevie Wonder and The Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin will be among the many guests to pay final tributes to Luther Vandross at Riverside Church in upper Manhattan today. Vandross will be buried at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, New Jersey. The Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel, who held the viewing services on Wednesday and Thursday, have asked supporters to post their well wishes to These postings will be forwarded to the Vandross family.

Sign-Up Today; It’s All About Keeping in Touch and Having a Great Time
Today is your final day to forward your sign-up sheets letting us know what you will be bringing to our July 16 gathering. The function, scheduled for a week from tomorrow, will begin at noon at Watkins Regional Park in Largo, Md. Exact location will be posted to the blog by Thursday of next week. This function stands as the premiere way of keeping former ABAers and new family and friends in touch and a way to really have a great time together. This is our ONLY general get-together of the year. Please forward your sign-up sheets to Angie M. before 3 p.m. today. If you need a new sign-up sheet, please post a request in our Comments section or contact Jeanine A. at ABA.

Please post your On Blast questions on this Morning Edition’s Comments section.

Keep passin’ the open windows…


KahluaLoverInVa said...

Just wondering if any CURRENT ABAers are going to be in attendance (Besides Jeanine of course!) I'm still new (6 months) and it would be nice to know a few folks there!!!

Cocoa Rican said...

I'm not working on the sign-up sheet, so I'm not aware of who will be attending. I believe Jeanine, Melissa and several others will be attending. Also, I'm hoping MOST of the customer service area will show up... let me find out there's no love in customer service. Many others have voiced showing up, but said they might be a bit late due to other engagements. Don't you worry though.. we're family (including you) anyway and folks coming from NYC don't know anyone either. This function is also about making new friends! :)

Jeanine said...

Just an FYI, I'll be out of the office on vacation next week but I'll still check email for updates and to answer questions. If you need to reach me in the interim, Cocoa can give you my contact info.

Have a great weekend everyone.