Happy Birthday Juanita Stephens Scott is celebrating her 100th birthday on April 27, 2019. Juanita Stephens Scott is celebrating her 100th birthday on April 27, 2019. She was born April 27, 1919, in Natura, Oklahoma, near Okmulgee. She became a Rosie the Riveter when she joined the workforce at Douglas Aircraft in Tulsa, OK. In September 1943, Juanita transferred to the plant in Long Beach CA. Her name is among those honored on the Wall at the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center. Ms. Scott, like many African Americans, found that employment was a bit more difficult after the war. She worked at Lerner Shops, a women’s clothing store as a window and mannequin stylist, and Southern Pacific Railroad. She worked as a domestic with a variety of clients, including a major movie star; Mrs. Manuel Scott and a cousin, Mrs. Helen Wright. She obtained her Cosmetology License and served as the neighborhood hairdresser. … [Read more...] about Happy Birthday Juanita Stephens Scott is celebrating her 100th birthday on April 27, 2019.
Alfre Woodard in "Juanita"Photo: Courtesy of NetflixWhen Sheila Williams — a local author based in Newport — first sat down to write Dancing on the Edge of the Roof, she was having one of those days, the kind where everything seemingly goes wrong. “I had a day like that — I’ve had several — and I was ready to leave,” she says. “But you can’t do it. So I sent Juanita instead.”The film opens on its namesake, Juanita Lewis, who needs a reprieve from her life. In short: She’s fed up. And so she does something most of us only wish we could do — she packs up her suitcase and heads for the road, leaving her three grown kids, her work as a nurse and her home behind. Oh, and her Blair Underwood sexual fantasies. (Mostly.)Portrayed by veteran actress Alfre Woodard, Juanita takes out an old school atlas, points, lands on Butte, Montana and buys a Greyhound bus ticket out of town. “People, at a certain point, … [Read more...] about Local Author Sheila Williams Gets a Netflix Adaptation with ‘Juanita’
Andre Lewis Two juries could not decide whether Andre Lewis was a murderer, or just a frightened man who was trying to protect himself and his baby daughter when he shot and killed his ex-stepfather in West Seneca last year. In February, a third jury will take a crack at the murder case when it again goes to trial at State Supreme Court in Buffalo. Lewis, 41, is charged with second-degree murder over an April 29, 2017, incident at the Niagara Frontier Sports Complex that began as an argument over a girls’ basketball tournament and escalated into a horrific family tragedy. Robert Todd Echols, a 54-year-old church deacon from a suburb of Rochester, was killed by Lewis, who is from Rochester. Lewis is a military veteran who worked for New York State as an aide to the mentally disabled. Lewis, who had a license to carry his handgun, said the shooting was an act of self-defense after Echols attacked and began punching him as Lewis held his baby daughter in his arms. After two trials … [Read more...] about West Seneca shooting: Murder or self-defense? Third jury will get chance to decide.
RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- A recent fatal fire and complaints from residents about living conditions has kept the Loganberry Ridge Apartments under the magnifying glass of the city's building department. At the same time, residents of several units affected by the fire are being forced to leave their homes due to poor safety conditions in the building where the fire occurred. Building Commissioner Jim Urankar told City Council's Planning and Zoning Committee Tuesday that the apartment complex's owners, though told in recent days to make several repairs, replacements of equipment and upgrades, have failed to do so. It was on the afternoon of Sept. 21 that a fire began in an elevator car on the third floor of Building F at Loganberry Ridge, 26720 White Way Drive. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke in the building and rescued several people from balconies. Six people were hospitalized and one those six, a male that RHFD Chief Marc Neumann would not identify, died as a result of the … [Read more...] about Safety concerns in Richmond Heights apartment building where fire occurred cause residents to be displaced
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The decision about the future of Interstate 81 in the Syracuse will echo in city for decades to come. As the debate has raged for the past 10 years, groups, institutions and elected officials have staked their claim on what they think should come of the aging elevated highway that bisects Syracuse. People or groups have mostly aligned into two camps: Either for the street-level "community grid" or against it. The state is still studying what to do to replace the highway in Syracuse, but those options boil down in general to three possibilities: A street-level network of streets, boulevards (called a community grid) for traffic into, out and around the city. Through traffic would be directed around the city on I-481 and the elevated highway torn down. A tunnel carrying traffic through the city. An improved, redesigned elevated highway similar to the existing highway through the city. Opponents to the grid have said they want to maintain a high-speed, … [Read more...] about Grid or no grid? See where groups, politicians, others stand on I-81’s future