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Peer Leadership Summer 2016
Summer excursion for my "Sun" Shayla Streater - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 22:13 Words can not express my gratitude to Hashim A'llah and everyone from Hallah Edutainment and the crew from Harvey Gamage. My "sun", Melek Ben-Yehudah was given an awesome opportunity to visit Maine this summer. During his two week stay he learned how to work dj equipment. In addition to being a dj he learned about fishing and sailing. Melek sailed the Harvey Gamage for five days and slept on the boat as a crew member for three days. During his time on the boat he learned how to navigate, cook, clean, and most importantly conquer his fears. This experiences also gave him an opportunity to build great friendships. This was truly a life changing event for both of us. I had to learn my "sun" was no longer a little boy but a young man.I'm thankful to the creator for giving my "sun" this wonderful opportunity!

Reflections

Reflections I spent a good portion of my summer working here at Hallah Edutainment. The pay is good, but more importantly, the work experience is quite valuable, something money can’t buy.  I can now confidently state my occupation as a student journalist, I know how to conduct interviews, and I know how to schedule meetings and approach people to ask for interviews. I don’t yet know where the future will take me, only that I am finite—but I am at peace and I don’t care right now that one day this life will be over.  I feel I have made good use of it so far. By seeing new things, learning new things, I—like all humans—complete my existence.  This program has enabled me to do so, and for that I am grateful. In conclusion, I’m definitely a different person than I was when I began this job—I gained self-confidence and a better ability to ‘read’ people.  Again, I am grateful. “I am needed elsewhere…Remember what I have taught you.”     -The Chaplain, Dawn of War       —Ben Weingart, 2015

Jake's Diggity Dogs comes to New Haven

Ben Weingart, age 16, 2015   When walking into the door of Jake's Diggity Dogs at 216 Crown Street in downtown New Haven, the sound of electric fans and the smell of good food bombard the senses.   Jeff "Jake" Russell, of Orange, Connecticut, owner of the restaurant, began  his eatery in November of 2013, after closing down his family-owned costume store, the Costume Bazaar in 2012.  The Bazaar had been in business for 50 years, and under his ownership since 1981.   Russell, who was in search of something new bought the mochi (Hawaiian ice cream) vendor which once occupied the space where Jake's Diggity Dogs currently stands.  Russell says he liked both the products and the location of the shop, due to it being in an entertainment district, simply because of the number of people who pass by on a daily basis.    Russell wanted a business that the Internet couldn't affect as it did the retail business.  "There's a lot of Internet business out there," said Russell.    "After I sold my last business, which had been affected by the growth of Internet sales, I decided that, when I do get back into business again, I wanted to make sure that it was a standalone business that could not be affected by the Internet and other temporary upstarts," said Russell.  Russell's love for hot dogs and need for a new area resulted in him turning to gourmet food.    Jake's Diggity Dogs is staffed with 3 people, including Russell.  He says that his business is self-sufficient, making a comparison to Subway specifically, where, he says, one person can take your order and serve you in a reasonably short amount of time.   Lunch times and bar nights, he says, are his busiest hours of work, which is proven by the number of customers visible around 1 p.m. on Monday. William Ocasio, 42, of New Haven, one of Russell's many customers, says his favorite hot dog is the 'Mac', a hot dog that incorporates mac and cheese.  He says, "I like hot dogs, it's something different."   Looking around the walls, it's easy to notice many pictures, which Russell says are of past business locations and old buildings that can be found around New Haven.  He says he has an interest in local history, especially the ambience of the city. Meeting new people was a major reason for his choice to enter a service industry.   Only the most expensive ingredients, according to Russell, are used in his hot dogs.  The restaurant bakes its own buns, a recipe for which Russell says he came up with himself.  Two recipes, actually--one for a plain, potato-style bun, and one for 'everything' rolls similar to 'everything' bagels.  The latter of the two buns, he says, are sold to local ShopRite grocery stores.      "There's always room for improvement, always room for diversity," said Russell, who is always looking for innovative ways to improve his products.    The restaurant opens at 11a.m. , but before that, Russell does shopping at restaurant wholesaler stores.  When that's done, he sets up and works until 8 PM.      

Stream-of-Consciousness

Written 2015 by Ben Weingart. Freedom is fire, where have I heard that? Light casts shadow, how do I know that? Fear of the fearless, when do I learn that? Heart is pounding, how do I feel that? Past and future, who do I show that? Life and death, how do I know that? Adrenalin and fury, how do I stop that? World is spinning, why do I watch that? Tension building, how do I free that? Life is over, why do I think that? Dark is coming, why do I dread that? Night has fallen, why do I sleep? Morning is distant, why do I wait? COME HOME COME HOME COME HOME ...why do I fear that? This is my home, why did I choose that? It was no choice, why do I say that? Is this right or wrong, why do I ask that? There is neither, why don't I believe that? There is black and there's white, why do I trust that? Sick with no disease, where did I catch that? Journey without end, why do I do that? The final installment, why don't I change that? Is there even a way to, why do I ask that? Will I ever find it, how do I do that? LIFE/DEATH LIFE/DEATH LIFE/DEATH DEATH/LIFE DEATH/LIFE DEATH/LIFE Death is an omen, why do I choose that? It hangs like a cloud, why do I see that? Time is not infinite, why do I think that? BECAUSE.

I Shine On

"I shine on." I stand in the morning sunlight Rubbing sleep from my eyes Already the gears are grinding and the lights are green I walk into school Fearing the sounds Of my fellow man Over-stimulation; zap; headaches and panic Mantras and charms, apocryphal remedies Prayer and meditation thrown in for good measure. Blanking out; vapor trail; (ideas; appear like nightmare, vanish like smoke) stream-of-consciousness, FOCUS. Got to think, got to hold it in, the Rage, the nightmare is back, I thought it was over, can't think, can't think, can't think, make it all STOP make it all OVER just for a little while Dear God, why won't it stop? Phantoms coming and going, everyone's a ghost, everything's a dream, it's all an illusion-- The puzzle piece is about as fitting a symbol for me as a coconut would be for the church; BIZARRE. Instead...I am the falcon.  I am the starlight; distant, mysterious, spectral. And no matter what I see below, no matter the fell deeds of humanity, no matter what tries to stop me I shine on. Written by Benjamin Weingart, age 15, of Hamden, Connecticut, on 3/6/2015

Shadow of the Giant

A poem by Ben Weingart, 2014. Who am I? I woke in the shadow of the giant Raised under his watchful eye Searching for a pack, the shooting star that flies alone I am of the mist at the edge of perception I am the name of the falcon, the call of the wolves The paladin—embarking on another crusade I am of the burning skies and the dark void between the stars I am the metal golem that rises to do battle I am the Dark Angel; I am the bard I am of the smell of musty air and the silence in the forgotten halls of comfort I am the traveler, the Wanderer, the keeper of secrets I am the Seer and the Scout I am of the forest and the silent tranquility of the rivers I am the birdsong and the leaves crunching underfoot I am the warden, the guide. I am of the fortress of souls, and the Line I am the war cry, the raging bright fire I am the protector and the guardian I will not fail; I have learned to follow the wolves  

Shadow of the Giant

Ben Weingart, 2014. Who am I? I woke in the shadow of the giant Raised under his watchful eye Searching for a pack, the shooting star that flies alone I am of the mist at the edge of perception I am the name of the falcon, the call of the wolves The paladin—embarking on another crusade I am of the burning skies and the dark void between the stars I am the metal golem that rises to do battle I am the Dark Angel; I am the bard I am of the smell of musty air and the silence in the forgotten halls of comfort I am the traveler, the Wanderer, the keeper of secrets I am the Seer and the Scout I am of the forest and the silent tranquility of the rivers I am the birdsong and the leaves crunching underfoot I am the warden, the guide. I am of the fortress of souls, and the Line I am the war cry, the raging bright fire I am the protector and the guardian I will not fail; I have learned to follow the wolves  

Lord you took the wrong ones/Anthony VanDeventer

Lord you took the wrong ones, 4 children and a wonderful husbond, left alone, in a broken home, my family is as hard as stone, cant u let my people grieve alone?, now im on my knees, praying for  michael courtney jayelee and me, 4 beautiful children, mom is missin, children with mixed emotions, my people tryin to stay potent, lord please, im beggin for mercey, im asking nicely please?, or u gonna let me have pain for all eternity?, what do i say? how should i pray? me and my family cant take anymore of this pain, lord you testing my ways?, if so thats a huge mistake, are you even real?, i think you all just in my brain, is this the price i have to pay? for my lifes mistakes? for god sakes, my family is split apart, why did u take them for me from the start? lord you took 7 of my people and and im wondering why, u never ever have taken my life? the last words my momma said was, no you cant come, the next day she died and im forever stunned, by the death of my mah! thats was my mah, imma shine bright like a stah, for you mah, i love u from a fah, rest in peace mah, imma make u proud of who im about to become forevah! RIP danielle lee vandeventer....... youll never be forgotton ull always be remebered forever!

Elm City Music Fest 2014

Music, Education, Networking Itinerary for Saturday, November 8, 2014: 10:00am DJ Roo of the 2006 US DMC Team Champion (Animal Crackers) DJ E-GADS – Scratching, Cutting, Beat Juggling exhibition 11:30am - Opening Remarks Mayor Toni Harp & Michael Caplin 12:00pm – WYBC 94.3FM acknowledgement 12:15pm – Radio and Hip-Hop Andrew “DRew” Veras, Grand Wizard Stevie D (WYBC 94.3 FM), DJ Envy (Power 105.1 FM) 1:00pm – Danny Simmons, Abiodun Oyewole, Ken “Duro” Ifill Book Discussion Panel and signing (Yale Room) 1:00pm - DJ Workshop: DJ Shiftee 2x DMC World Champion and DJ Roo (Carleen Lewis Theater) 2:00pm – Producers Panel: Ken “Duro” Ifill, Rahsaan Langley, Andrew “DRew” Veras, DJ Envy, Shareef Islam, Dhati. 2:30pm – Film Screening “Time Is Illmatic” 4:00pm – Film Discussion & Panel w/ Erik and One9 Moderated by Abiodun Oyewole 5:00pm – Ableton and Maschine Workshop: Ken Duro, Shareef Islam 6:00pm – DJ Panel: DJ Envy, DJ Shiftee, DJ Roo, DJ Grand Wizard Stevie D, DJ Joey D 7:00pm – Meet & Greet Mixer and Performances

Make Friends with Great Educators

Sep. 29, 2013 Millions of smart teachers have come before you. Try to drink up as much of their wisdom as you can. Given the proliferation of teacher blogs and open educational resources, seeking teaching tips and resources from the Internet can be like drinking from a fire hose. Still, get into that fracas. Join educator networks and organizations, read blogs, sign up for newsletters.1 Before the term starts, reach out to other teachers who work at your school; become allies with them. Some will become key bastions of support, expertise, and institutional knowledge. They can help you with issues you can't figure out on your own—because they've been there with the same kids you're about to teach. Cultivating networks of teachers with more experience and craft knowledge is how you get better. Think about how people improve at anything—by gaining experts' perspectives and then adding lots of individual practice and reflection

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