Save the date! May 5th! AxelRoger: Dance.Soul.Shake-
We sat down with local aspiring musician Axel Torres aka Axel Roger for the upcoming issue of What’s Good in Hood. But before that drops, check him out Thursday May 3rd on 91.5 FM(WIRED WUML) at 10 P.M. Then on Saturday May 5th, Dance.Soul.Shake, his ancipated EP debuts!
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Over a hundred Lawrence youth and their parents spent their Saturday morning, March 31st, at the Boys and Girls Club. They crowded in the gymnasium for the the 2nd annual Lawrence Youth Career & Family Resource Fair. The purpose was to expose Lawrence residents to the education and career opportunities present within the area.
The event was planned by the Mayor’s Health Task Force, an advisory group for Mayor William Lantigua concerning the health of Lawrence residents.
The fair began at 10am when youth were given a guide that encouraged them to visit at least 12 out of the 60 different local businesses and organizations. Those who completed the guide were entered in a raffle where they could win fun prizes.
Vilma Lora of the Health Task Force welcomed families and introduced the various groups represented.
Lora invited State Senator Barry Finegold, who encouraged students to work hard for their dreams.
“No one can stop you from reaching your goals besides yourself,” he told the crowd.
Assistant superintendent Marylou Bergeron was also at the fair representing Lawrence Public Schools, as a sponsor along with the Lawrence Adult Learning Center. This partnership stresses the importance of education in future successes.
“There are studies that show that the more educated an individual, the healthier they are,” said Maryka Lier, a member of the Health Task Force.
One group, “Transportathon” consisted of youth educating other youth about street safety. They are a group of longboarders from local crew Team 311 who want to tell kids to practice safe skating practices like wearing a helmet and riding with the traffic.
“We want to make streets safer by educating kids, so they can stay skating,’’ said Daniel Balbony, a teacher at the Parthum Middle School in Lawrence who is an avid longboarder himself.
Other festivities included dances by the Lawrence Girls Club Academy and finally the anticipated raffle.
Bryanna Matias, 12, was jumping up and down when she won a scholarship to a summer camp hosted by the YWCA.
“I went to a lot of tables,” said Matias. “It paid off.”