It’s getting close to Tuesday , Election Day. You’re eligible to vote and almost ready to go to the polls. But first, do some necessary preparation.
Who are you voting for and why? Check the League of Women Voters of New York State’s website for its Electronic Voter Guide, with background on candidates in the state races (for governor, attorney general, state assembly and senate), city candidates and persons running for judicial positions.
Visit www.lwvny.civicengine.com for the guide. Put in your address — and get informed!
There are also three questions for voters on the back of the voting ballots, regarding changes to the City Charter.
Check the Flip Your Ballot website at www.flipyourballot.nyc to get details on the measures. community board members,
Also elderly, the handicapped, shut-ins and other persons unable to get to the polls can apply for absentee ballots as late as tomorrow at any of the Board of Elections offices in the city. Call (866)VOTE-NYC and visit www.vote.nyc.ny.us for information and Sunday hours.
Going down to the wire, Guyana-born U.S. citizen Felicia Persaud said her CaribPR Wire is still pushing its Caribbean-centric public service campaign on social media, targeting voters and the upcoming national midterm elections.
To see and share the public service ads, download them from http://bit.ly/caribprvote2018.
Lyft and Uber are offering discounted and even some free rides to the polls for some voters.
Stating that as many as 15 million persons did not vote in 2016 due to transportation issues, Lyft is working with Vote.org, Nonprofit Vote, TurboVote, BuzzFeed and others to provide 50 percent off promo codes for riders on Election Day.
For Lyft half-off Election Day promo codes, visit www.buzzfeed.com/pollup2018/welcome-to-pollup2018
Free rides in under-served communities through partnerships with the League of Women Voters, Voto Latino, Urban League affiliates and other groups.
Uber is providing discounted rides — $10 off a single ride to the polls on Election Day on the most affordable Uber option available: Express POOL, POOL, or UberX, in that order.
On the most recent version of the Uber app, enter the promotional code VOTE2018 in your app. (Tap Menu > Payment > Add Promo Code)
And use the app’s our polling place locator to find you polling site.
Honorary degrees from UWI
When selecting candidates for honorary degrees this year, University of the West Indies executives looked to the diaspora and included some exceptional New Yorkers among their choices.
Candidates for honorary degrees from the university’s Mona Campus in Jamaica include State University of New York Board of Trustees Chairman H. Carl McCall “for his leadership in Public Service;” Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce CEO Lloyd Williams “for his contributions in leadership;” and iconic supermodel/actress Grace Jones “for her achievements as an entertainer, model and global trendsetter.”
Also among the honorees for the ceremonies — held Friday and Saturday — was popular Jamaican jazz pianist and composer Monty Alexander.
Trinidad flood relief
A relief effort is underway for the victims of the recent Trinidad and Tobago floods, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, the Trinidad and Tobago Overseas Coalition, and the the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Caribbean community leaders announced last week.
In the wake of the severe mid-October floods and recent earthquakes, the relief drive is accepting long list of items — including “canned and other non-expired, non-perishable food; blankets, linens, and portable and inflatable mattresses; clothing items, such as underwear and outerwear for women, men, and children of all sizes, and school supplies, through Wednesday .
For information and a full detailed list of needed relief supplies, call the Trinidad and Tobago Overseas Coalition at (347) 350-4285, Brooklyn Borough Hall at (718) 802–3700 or the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce at (718) 834-4544.
Veterans Week honors
Members and executives of the Haitian American Veterans Association are teaming up with the Haiti Consulate in New York to host a special event Thursday in Manhattan, “Honoring Our Haitian American Heroes During Veterans Week.”
A list of selected honorees will be saluted and unwrapped Christmas gifts for veterans’ children here and youngsters in Haiti will be collected at the affair, presented at the Haiti Consulate, 815 Second Ave., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Among this year’s honorees are Natacha Clerger, Army veteran; Gandy Thomas, Haiti’s consul general in New York; Latisha Russaw and Ines Adan of the city’s Department of Veteran’s Services; Air Force veteran Anthony Williams; Astrid Fidelia, executive director of Reviving Haiti; Navy veteran Jeffrey Swansen; Marine Corps veteran Marie Delus; Goldstar mother Kathryn Cross; Jean Pierre Louis, president of the Capracare Haiti health organization; and Army vet Jean Chardavoine and civilian awardee Margarette Tropnas and a special recognition for publisher Pojanee (PJ) Fleury Brown Eyez Publishing Group.
For information and to RSVP, call (646) 525-6297 or (917) 693-1931.
Carib spice in “Toast”
This Saturday’s “Toast of Brooklyn” food, wine and spirits festival, will have signature Caribbean drinks and culinary dishes available — with help from the Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization.
The increasingly-popular festival — coming to the William Vale Hotel, 55 Wythe Ave., in the Williamsburg section on Saturday.
There will be a day and evening tasting sessions, featurin culinary demonstrations and exhibitions. Ticket sales end on Friday.
CTO officials worked to enlist participants from among its member nations and territories to provide space for chefs dishes and share samples with event attendees.
And Caribbean vacation holidays will be among the prizes available in an auction benefitting the CTO Foundation — which provides scholarships and grants to Caribbean nationals pursuing studies in tourism and related subjects. Visit www.thetoastofbrooklyn.com for information and tickets.
“Our choice of the CTO Foundation as a beneficiary of the 11th Annual Toast of Brooklyn event is in keeping with our objective of identifying organizations whose core principles are based on promoting academic achievement and leadership,” said Toast of Brooklyn founder Edmon Braithwaite.
“This is an excellent opportunity for the CTO and the foundation to liaise more directly with a young, upscale demographic with the propensity and means to travel to the Caribbean. This is also an opportunity for us to invite them to support our activities during Caribbean Week New York,” said Sylma Brown of the CTO’s New York office.
New York’s Shadow memorial
Calypso and soca music fans will recognize the contributions of the late Trinidad-born Mighty Shadow at a Brooklyn memorial event on Nov. 14 at Tropical Paradise Ballroom, 1367 Utica Ave., starting at 7 p.m.
According to Everbody’s Magazine publisher Herman Hall, who served as Shadow’s international booking agent, the Brooklyn tribute follows memorial affairs in Trinidad and Tobago for entertainer.
Born Winston Bailey in Trinidad and raised on Tobago, Shadow died at 77 in Trinidad on Oct. 23, after suffering a stroke two days earlier. For information on the Brooklyn event, send email to [email protected].
Last Saturday at University of the West Indies graduation ceremonies its St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad, the music start was posthumously presented with a honorary Doctor of Letters degree to Shadow, which was accepted by his son, Sharlan Bailey.
Hall noted that New York area Shadow fans, producer Rawleston Charles of Charlie’s Records, went to last week’s ceremonies in Trinidad and Tobago.
Laughing with Leighann
Leighann Lord — the stand up comedian, author and speaker with deep Caribbean roots — will be making two key appearances this week in the “Women of A Certain Age Comedy” event, created, produced and hosted by Carole Montgomery, and featuring top flight performers.
Both events are taking place during New York Comedy Festival.
Tomorrow , Lord will be part of the lineup at Stand Up New York, 236 W. 78th St. (between Amsterdam Ave. and Broadway), for an 8 p.m. show. Visit www.standupny.com or call (212) 595-0850 for reservations.
And on Wednesday , Lord will be joining other comedians at the Kraine Theatre, 85 E. 4th St. (between Second and Third Aves.) in Manhattan’s East Village, at 7:30 p.m.
For reservations and information, visit www.womenofacertainagecomedy.com or call (212) 777-6088.
For more on Lord, visit her website: http://www.veryfunnylady.com. She describes herself as “a second generation American of Caribbean descent,” adding that, “I grew up with a lot of love and laughter, which is where my comedy comes from. I’m not the funniest person in my family; just the one who gets paid for it.”
Lord’s paternal grandparents hailed from Barbados and Trinidad — and her maternal grandfather, F. Levi Lord, who worked with Jamaican Marcus Garvey’s Universal Nergo Improvement Association in the early 1920s to form an active Brooklyn branch, and was an influential co-founder and member of the Paragon Progressive Credit Union, once arguably the largest credit union in the U.S.
Digital realities — free!
It’s all about digital — the free information-packed “Digital Trends in Music” panel discussion, on Wednesday at WeWork, 24 Broadway in Manhattan, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., presented by VP Records in association with CITE (Caribbeans in Tech and Entrepreneurship) Collective and the Style & Vibes, Caribbean/urban culture website.
A “detailed conversation on digital analytics, playlist A “detailed conversation on digital analytics, playlist curation, social media, podcasts and more” are scheduled for the event, which will also explore how Caribbean artists fare in digital music.
With so many avenues to discover new music putting some context behind how the digital landscape has impacted Caribbean artists
Panelists include Ronnie Tomlison, music publicist and CEO of Destine Media PR; marketing specialist Sean Lynch; Ravi Ramkeesoon, CEO of Findmyfans.com; and Carter Van Pelt, director of catalog for VP Records).
For information and to RSVP, visit www.caribbeansintech.com and to the site’s “Events” section.