2007-12-21 / Community

Rockaway's Women Receive 'Power Of Knowledge'

By Miriam Rosenberg

Ruschell Boone of NY1, left, and cancer survivor Simone Smith (LL Cool Jay's wife), second from right, pose with Councilmember and Mrs. Sanders. The two women were honored during the event. Ruschell Boone of NY1, left, and cancer survivor Simone Smith (LL Cool Jay's wife), second from right, pose with Councilmember and Mrs. Sanders. The two women were honored during the event. If knowledge is power, then 250 of Rockaway's women came away from the "Women of the Rockaways Empowerment Breakfast" last weekend with numerous ways to change their own lives, as well as the lives of their families.

The event, hosted by Councilman James Sanders Jr. and his wife, Andrea, at Public School 105 in Arverne, addressed such areas as health, education and the problem of domestic violence.

"Our goal is to bring valuable information and resources to women and families of the Rockaway community," said the councilman and his wife in a prepared statement.

Among those who spoke at the breakfast was Pastor Kimberly Dethridge of the Bethel A.M.E. Church on Beach 77 Street.

"You are more than someone says you are," Dethridge told the women.

If you have any questions on these issues, you can contact Andrea Sanders at 718-514-4815.

Joseph Edwards, from the American Diabetes Association, talks about the high rate of diabetes in the black community. Representatives from the Kidney Institute at North Shore University Hospital and Liberty Mutual Health Management also made presentations. Joseph Edwards, from the American Diabetes Association, talks about the high rate of diabetes in the black community. Representatives from the Kidney Institute at North Shore University Hospital and Liberty Mutual Health Management also made presentations. Bernie Brown, president of the Rosedale Baseball Little League, and a victim of domestic violence, said "If someone puts a hand on you, call 911 -  and get out of the house." Bernie Brown, president of the Rosedale Baseball Little League, and a victim of domestic violence, said "If someone puts a hand on you, call 911 - and get out of the house." Pictured are some of the 250 women who attended the empowerment breakfast last Saturday at PS 105. Pictured are some of the 250 women who attended the empowerment breakfast last Saturday at PS 105. The PS 105 chorus performs a Christmas carol during the four-hour event. The PS 105 chorus performs a Christmas carol during the four-hour event.

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