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Sophie and the Rising Sun


Sophie and the Rising Sun

interracial lovers, 1941, South Carolina, World War II, Julianne Nicholson, Margo Martindale, Lorraine Toussaint, Takashi Yamaguchi, Diane Ladd, Joel Murray and Bobby Henline

Starring: Julianne Nicholson, Margo Martindale, Lorraine Toussaint, Takashi Yamaguchi, Diane Ladd, Joel Murray and Bobby Henline

Screenplay by: Maggie Greenwald

Based on the novel by: Augusta Trobaugh

Directed by: Maggie Greenwald

Produced by:  Brenda Goodman, Nancy Dickenson, Lorraine Gallard, Maggie Greenwald

Co-Producer: Susan Lazarus

Running Time: 105 min


Genre:  Drama

Set in the autumn of 1941 in Salty Creek, a fishing village in South Carolina, the film tells the dramatic story of interracial lovers swept up in the tides of history. As World War II rages in Europe a wounded stranger, Mr. Ohta, appears in the town under mysterious circumstances. Sophie, a native of Salty Creek, quickly becomes transfixed by Mr. Ohta and a friendship born of their mutual love of art blossoms into a delicate and forbidden courtship. As their secret relationship evolves the war escalates tragically. When Pearl Harbor is bombed, a surge of misguided patriotism, bigotry and violence sweeps through the town, threatening Mr. Ohta’s life. A trio of women, each with her own secrets – Sophie, along with the town matriarch and her housekeeper – rejects law and propriety, risking their lives with their actions.

Based on the novel by Augusta Trobaugh

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ChatterBaits a Key for Early Season Bass


ChatterBaits a Key for Early Season Bass

When the ChatterBait bladed jig burst onto the scene in 2006, many anglers considered it another ‘flash in the pan’ lure that would quickly slide off the radar, as seems to be so common in the fishing world.  However, over the last ten years, this unique spinner/jig hybrid has carved out a permanent spot in the tackle boxes of most serious bass anglers and has repeatedly been a top producer in bass tournaments—particularly early in the year during ‘pre-spawn’ conditions.

A ChatterBait lure consists of a hexagon-shape stainless blade connected directly to the eyelet of a jighead.  The fishing line is tied to a snap that is secured to the blade via two mounting holes, and when the bait is pulled through the water, the blade vibrates and flashes erratically, drawing attention from far off and provoking vicious strikes from otherwise stubborn fish.  Most bladed swim jigs are dressed with silicone skirts, and anglers add a variety of different plastic trailers, most commonly swimbaits or crawfish imitations.  The ChatterBait brand lure, manufactured by South Carolina lure maker Z-Man Fishing Products, is far-and-away the most popular bladed jig because of the company’s patents covering the direct head-to-blade connection, an orientation that consistently outperforms other similar baits.

While many anglers consider the ChatterBait to be a spinnerbait alternative that is fished by simply casting it out and reeling it in quickly, astute bass fishermen have found that it is much more than a standard ‘chunk and wind’ style bait, particularly in colder water.  Mixing up presentations by slowing down or varying retrieves, working the bait along the bottom in deeper water, and fishing it more like a jig than a spinner has resulted in multiple pros hitting paydirt in early season derbies.

Bassmaster Elite Series pro-Stephen Browning sees the ChatterBait’s versatility as one of its biggest draws early in the year.  “There are so many different ways you can fish it,” remarks Browning.  “I use it a lot as a search bait, but it’s a great big fish bait too, and that’s what makes fishing it so exciting.”

During the early season pre-spawn period—just prior to when bass move up shallow to spawn—Browning prefers winding the ChatterBait slowly through deep grass, particularly around contour changes like underwater channels and submerged points.  His favorite cold water retrieve is a stop-and-go style retrieve, and the key to this cold water presentation is using his reel—not his rod—to move the bait.  Holding his rod at about a thirty-degree angle, Stephen winds the reel quickly before letting the bait fall, varying the number of turns of the reel handle to mimic the erratic movements of injured baitfish.  He pays close attention to what he is doing when he generates a strike, noting the retrieval pattern so he can duplicate it going forward.

In the first two months of 2017, several professional-level tournaments—not to mention a number of local events—have already been won on the ChatterBait, further cementing its position as a lure that is here to stay.  Whether you are a serious tournament angler or a weekend warrior, learning the different ways to fish this versatile bait in the relatively cooler water during the first few months of the year will undoubtedly help you up your catch rate, and maybe even help you catch the bass of a lifetime!

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Niko – The Dog Facing Execution in VA without Evidence of Wrongdoing

by Denise Carey-Costa

A tragic turn in the case regarding Niko the Staffordshire Terrier in Albemarle County Virginia has animal lovers, Pit Pull Advocates, and many others devastated. The dog and his owners Toni Stacy and Audrey Wells have been living a nightmare since December 2014 when Niko was accused of killing a cat.

To date, no evidence and no witnesses have surfaced proving Niko was the culprit in the cat killing nor was a necropsy ever performed on the cat to prove cause of death.  The cat’s owners have even admitted they did not see Niko kill their pet.niko-and-toni

Since that day in 2014, Niko has been imprisoned at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA while his case has gone through the Albemarle County General District Court, Albemarle County Circuit Court, the Virginia State Court of Appeals and the Virginia Supreme Court. 

However, despite lack of evidence and the fact that a dog behaviorist assessed Niko during his stay at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA and deemed him non-aggressive, Niko has been sentenced to die.

The decision-maker who handed down Niko’s death sentence on December 8th, 2016 is Albemarle Circuit Court Judge Chery Higgins.

However, Toni and Audrey and Niko’s 6,500 supporters are not going to let him go without a fight.

Elliott Harding, Niko’s family’s attorney filed a motion in court on Friday December 16th, 2016 asking the court for an injunction to spare Niko’s life. The motion requests a temporary suspension of the first court ruling from July 2015 that deemed Niko vicious and charged Tony Stacy $4,100.00 in restitution. The motion argues that because Niko is technically the property of Audrey Wells, Tony Stacy’s partner, his being put down would be an “unconstitutional deprivation of property in violation of due process” because Wells was not provided a chance to defend Niko and argue as to why his life should be spared.

According to Harding “…. the lives of animals aren’t considered the same as the lives of humans in the court system, so they treat it like any other piece of property. This is a case where the facts were a little shady anyway. In the criminal case, as far as I understand, a cat was killed, no one saw the cat die, a dog was on the property and ultimately he fell victim.”

Another group fighting in Niko’s corner is “Against All Oddz” an animal shelter in upstate New York run by Matt Albert that is willing to take Niko in.  Albert, a New York Attorney is angered at the court’s decision to euthanize Niko when there is another viable option to spare the dog’s life.  

“It’s just bizarre that they can do such a thing and I’m hoping, at some point, their conscience kicks in and they do the right thing and allow us to take the dog,” Albert said.

Niko in Cage

Against All Oddz has sent certified letters to the Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Tracci and to Judge Cheryl Higgins explaining their intention to take Niko in and their success rate in dealing with other dogs who have been accused of aggression or biting.

They further stated that Niko should be easy to work with and easily placed in a safe environment as other dogs in their care have successfully done in the past

To date Robert Tracci has not responded to this request nor has the court responded to the motion filed by Elliott Harding.

Niko supporters are hoping something will happen to save the doomed dog from execution on Sunday December 18th, 2016. They have organized a Peaceful Protest for that day starting at 1 pm at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. 3355 Berkmar Drive, Charlottesville, Virginia 22901.

For those that cannot attend, please call the Albemarle County Court House at 434-972-4083 and express your support for Niko and encourage Judge HiggIns to allow him to go to Against All Oddz Rescue.

Or sign Niko’s petition here:

It will cost the court nothing to send Niko to the upstate New York rescue but to execute him will cost the county taxpayers money. Killing is never justified no matter how the decision makers try to whitewash it.  

Unfortunately, this injustice is happening over and over again not only in this country but all over the world.  There is a certain breed specific prejudice and hysteria taking place which is causing countless dogs to be killed and the rights of their owners totally disregarded.

For updates on Niko and to show your support, visit the Facebook page Prayers for Niko/Niko Strong:

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.     

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

About the Author

Denise Carey-Costa is a journalist, author, and award-winning documentary filmmaker. She was recently awarded the Best Producer Award from the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards for her latest film, Growing up with Hollywood (January, 2016). Her first film Tony’s Tale, Tragedy in Arizona (August 2014) was the winner of eight national film festival awards including several Audience Choice Awards. She has also written numerous children’s books promoting kindness and compassion for all creatures. Among her children’s books are A Tale of Three Tails, Edwin’s Flight, Lucky, and Angelina’s Angel. And her non-fiction piece Tony’s Tale Tragedy in Arizona. She lives in Orlando, Florida, where she works with local rescue shelters. 

The Day After the Day Of


The Day After the Day Of

by Paul Ilechko


The sky sheds its tears. This morning

is the morning of the day after. The

day of mourning, the day after the day of. 

I beseech the sky to shed tears in order

to wash away the tears on my face.


This is the first day of the time after. This is

the beginning of a new time, the days of pain,

the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The

sky looks down and sheds its tears for us. We

are the sad and mournful people under the sky.


Under the sky, the rain washes away the

muddy streaks left by our tears, the dirty

streaks of sadness displayed on the cheeks

of our desperate faces. We are grateful to the

sky. We are grateful for the cleansing rain.


The horizontal rain lashes our weary bodies.

The sharp needles of the rain tear into our

soft and needy flesh. This is the time of a

new cruelty. The rain is in the service of the

new age. The rain is a tool of hate and cruelty.


The rage of the new day. The anger and hate

turning rain into blood. This is the morning,

the morning after. This is the beginning of the

age of suffering. We beseech the rain to leave

us in peace. The rain laughs in our filthy faces.


The rain laughs in our blood-stained faces. We

are the people of the days before. We are under

the influence of the rain, the rain of the day after

the day of. We are overwhelmed by the rage,

the hate, the pain, of the day after the day of. 


The Day After the Day Of,  by Paul Ilechko, poetry, 2016 election, Paul Ilechko was born in England but has lived most of his life in the USA. He currently lives in Lambertville, NJ with his girlfriend and a cat. He has at various times been a visual artist (painting and photography) and a writer of short fiction, with some level of success in both fields.

Paul has had poetry accepted by Ibis Head Review and the Peacock Journal and short fiction works by Grab-a-Nickel and Xelas magazines. In competitions, he was a finalist at Glimmer Train, and a semi-finalist at both the St Lawrence Book Award and Narrative Magazine. He has participated in group art shows in London, England, as well as in Princeton, New Brunswick and Metuchen (all NJ)

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The Gender Bender Election


The Gender Bender Election

Dinesh J. Sharma and C. Elizabeth Leach

As Americans enter the 21st century, we have been leaning on diverse set of candidates for the highest office — a businessman, a social democrat, and a woman civil servant. 

Electing the first black American president took more than two centuries, yet political polarization is “at a post-Reconstruction high in the House and Senate.”[1]

Now, as Americans seem ready to entrust the first woman candidate, we have the widest gender gap in modern political history. Women are voting for Hillary Clinton and men for Donald Trump in unprecedented numbers.[2]

What is driving these landmark changes?  The twin engine of social transformation is the demographic reality and the forces of globalization, gradually transforming the United States of America (US) into ‘a global village.’  

Yet, Americans are bitterly divided, seemingly coming apart at the fault lines — largely coalescing along the intersection of race, class, education and especially gender.

Trumping the Woman Card

While trying to make sense of the current election, the issue is not just what Trump is calling “the woman card.” A tweeting satirist described an imaginary Trump book report, “The Hunger Games are rigged, folks. Everyone knows Katniss won because she played the woman card. Nasty woman. Very rigged.”[3]  

The women’s vote has existed almost a century, yet women, despite their numbers, do not always vote their gender into office.  Race trumped gender in 2008 Democratic primaries, an interesting phenomenon given African Americans secured the right to vote (Fifteenth Amendment, 1870) before women (Nineteenth Amendment, 1919).

“Presidential candidacy reflects hard-fought gains in gender equality so widespread” that younger women do not feel the urgency to crash the gender barrier.[4] However, any hints of “war on women” might create an upsurge at the ballot box for a woman presidential candidate, especially, when she is running against an alpha-male with a reported history of alleged assault.

Brain evidence also suggests that women and men react differently to affective messages.[5] When confronted with a threat to the community or ‘fight or flight’ signal of the amygdala, women react by gathering in groups (Stronger Together). Women are better at reducing stress, feeling safe by connecting. Men have the opposite response, withdrawal to themselves and prepare to fight (America First; Make America Great Again).

When challenged, men may more quickly display a combat mentality, whereas women tend to connect to the circle of life.[6] Brain evidence suggests the corpus callosum is thicker in women, enabling them to use language and emotional centers in both hemispheres: this capacity is important to respond to the issues of today—not only of the US but the global village.

Widest Gender Gap

Despite a century of women’s rights activism, rampant discrimination remains. Many say they are ready—at least in theory—to elect a woman president, but will they actually vote for a qualified candidate who happens to be the first woman on a major party ticket? We shall find out on Nov 8, 2016.

When we examine the gender gap, we find that men still dominate[7]. Women perceive the electoral environment as highly biased, receive fewer suggestions to run for office, can be more impacted by modern campaign politics when running, and some still face traditional child-rearing or household pressures.

Starting in the 1980s, women have strong preference for democratic candidates, ranging from a 4% to 11% gender gap.[8] In 2012, women preferred Obama by almost 10% margin compared to Romney (55% vs. 44%). A larger percentage of women are self-identified as Democrats. Women also view democratic presidents more favorably than men do. The 2016 projections of the gender gap between Hillary vs. Trump range from 11% to 22%.

Women’s voter turnout has been higher than men’s since the 1980’s. In 2012, almost 10 million more women voted than men (71.4 vs. 61.6 million). Eligible women voters went to the polls in higher proportions in 2012 than eligible men voters (63.7% vs. 59.8%). Finally, almost 10 million more women registered to vote than men in 2012 (81.7 vs. 71.4 million). On the basis of early voting patterns, an upsurge in the woman’s vote appears to give Hillary Clinton an advantage.

Based on the 2012 and 2014 turnout data, black women are the most reliable voting segment followed by Latinos, young people, and unmarried women. Women invariably feel concerned about the economic well-being of their families, drawing them to the polls in higher numbers.

As Kelly Ditmar points out in her research, “Women and men are political actors with distinct political preferences. … in vote choice, party identification, and presidential performance ratings.”[9]  Nate Silver predicted recently, the electoral map will look “blue” if only women voted and almost completely turn “red” if men had their way.[10]

From Glass Ceiling to Glass Houses


In many societies, the bias over centuries has been for men to wield the power, and one may construe that forces against powerful women arise to reinforce patriarchal structures.  As a bevy of recent researchers confirms, women who gain in power are often increasingly disliked—subjected to “distinct social penalties for doing the very things that lead to success.”[11]

Comparative politics suggests the first woman head of state follows a rough path in office. Women of power across the centuries have often met with dire circumstances, extreme hardship, or even at times unfortunate ends to their power or their lives. When considering history in Doomed Queens, Kris Waldherr reflects, “Despite the perks of royalty, it’s usually not good to be queen.”[12]

The US began as a country borne of a revolution against aristocracy. Citizens of a representative democracy may be inclined to vote against family dynasties. Yet, Stephen Hess has shown American democracy has gained from political dynasties, from the Adams to the Clintons.[13] Or, not realizing patriarchy’s undertow, the more cynical may actually find appealing the fictional offer of England’s Queen for the US to rejoin the UK from Borowitz’s clever satire.[14]

Still, many democracies around the world have let in at least one woman head of state only to quickly shut the door behind her. The ambivalence Americans feel over electing a woman candidate — reflected in the ugly, sexist debates — may not subside on election night even if Hillary wins. Congressional investigations have commenced to bloody her footsteps into the oval office, including the reopening of email investigations.

First woman heads of state can expect to face unprecedented depths of suspicion and misogyny. Recent examples include the charges against Dilma Rousseff in Brazil by male peers with their own questionable pasts, and the misogynistic ousting of Julia Gillard in Australia in 2013.

“The fastest way to lance a country’s anxieties about women and power is to appoint a female leader,” suggested an editorial.[15]

In polytheistic India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, women democratic leaders have become strong symbols of feminine power—Shakti  or Bodhisatvva. Nevertheless, as women in South Asia have accrued more influence, the female leader often seems “dangerous”, sometimes meeting deadly ends (Benazir Bhutto and Indira Gandhi) or extended house arrest or exile (Ang Sang Suu Kyi and Sheikh Hasina).

Western democracies emerged from Judeo-Christian heritage, with monotheistic cultural history, where the image of the sacred feminine is usually marginalized. Women rarely assume powerful positions  in religion and  politics as spiritual archetypes, more often seen as sex symbols, facing daunting challenges to win the patriarchal “hunger games.”  To appease male power brokers and govern effectively, a first woman president must have a coterie of male sponsors and collaborators in the men’s club.

Recent examples from EU democracies provide a path forward — Merkel in Germany, as well as Thatcher and May in UK.

The Dalai Lama recently remarked that “the Western woman can save the world.”[16] We can imagine that the world is calling for women—with brains, power and consciousness of the body politic–to balance the scales of globalization, widen the circle of democracy, and help heal the planet.


Dr. Dinesh Sharma is an author, consultant, and social scientist with a doctorate in psychology and human development from Harvard University. He is an Associate Research Professor at the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, SUNY Binghamton, and Fordham University’s Industrial Organization and Leadership Program in NYC. His recent books include “Barack Obama in Hawaii and Indonesia” (2012), “The Global Obama” (2014) and “The Global Hillary” (2016).

  1. Elizabeth Leach is Principal of Awareness Communications LLC.  She is graduate of Brown University with a concentration in Religious Studies and holds a master’s degree from New York University School of Social Work.

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Democratic nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton with author Dinesh Sharma


















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Halloween, children's books, Peep and Egg, trick-or-treating, candy, costumes, Laura Gehl Peep can’t wait for Halloween to start, but the younger Egg has a long list of reasons to wish it would not. In a scene familiar to many families, the prospect of trick-or-treating conjures costumes and candy for some, while others are haunted by thoughts of vampires, mummies, witches and ghosts, real or imagined. Peep and Egg, two delightful sibling characters introduced this spring in Peep and Egg: I’m Not Hatching, return in Peep and Egg: I’m Not Trick-or-Treating, a hilarious, endearing new read-aloud book for young children that may help take the fright right out of Halloween. With a first book that was called, “delightful and right on target,” by Kirkus, and “spot-on” by Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal, Author Laura Gehl and Illustrator Joyce Wan have created books that gently offer a way to help children discuss fears. Laura Gehl, who has been doing a lot of school talks to preschool and early elementary students, explained the appeal this way: “Kids can relate to Peep and Egg, and they open up and talk to me about their fears.  These range from the fantastical for younger children–like monsters, dinosaurs, and exploding jellyfish; to more realistic fears for older kids, such as fear of strangers, injury or fire. There’s a lot of overlap, including many fears that I hear again and again, such as fear of thunder, spiders, sharks, or moving to a new home. “We then talk about what helps us have the courage to move past our fears. Sometimes kids offer something imaginary, like unicorns, but they also talk about how friends and family can help – or even a beloved stuffed animal. “The fears that come up at school visits are often ones I recognize from raising my own four children, who had all kinds of fears, some of which surprised me at the time with their intensity. It helped when I came to the realization that early childhood can be a very scary time because so much is new and unfamiliar. That’s why, when I talk with adults, I ask them to think about experiences that are new to them – like skydiving or swimming with sharks. Once put that way, it’s easier to understand how the world can look to a young child for whom almost everything is new. “Our next book will be Peep and Egg: I’m Not Taking a Bath,” which addresses one of the most common childhood fears.  We hope that giggling through Egg’s list of excuses…too splashy, too fishy, too slobbery…and watching the way clever Peep changes stubborn Egg’s mind, will help take some of the stress out of bath time for little ones.” ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

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Author: Laura Gehl

Laura Gehl is the author of several picture books, including One Big Pair of Underwear, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. Laura has four children, who all love trick or treating. She and her family live in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Visit her online at ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:  Joyce Wan is the author and illustrator of many popular board books, including You Are My Cupcake and We Belong Together. Joyce lives in New Jersey. Visit her online at Peep and Egg: I’m Not Trick-or-Treating • Written by: Laura Gehl • Illustrated by: Joyce Wan • Ages 2-6 • Macmillan/Farrar, Straus and Giroux • ISBN: 978-0374301224 • $16.99 Hardcover

Finesse Swim Bait Should Increase Your Summer Bass Catch


Finesse Swim Bait Should

Increase Your Summer Bass Catch


For more than two decades, big eight-, 10-, and 12-inch trout-imitation lures known as ‘swim baits’ have enjoyed a well-deserved reputation for catching huge largemouths, especially in California where they originated. Now, however, a handful of anglers like Yamaha Pro Chris Zaldain have been equally successful using much smaller swim baits with light lines and spinning rods.

“We call this presentation ‘finesse swim baiting’,” notes Zaldain, himself a Californian who grew up using the larger lures.


“Finesse swim baits are only about three inches long, somewhat like a plastic grub, but they’re slimmer and extremely detailed like a larger swim bait, which is really important in clear water.

“Between late spring and early autumn, there are a lot of small baitfish in the water, and these lures look just like them. That’s why they’re so productive. The best ones also have swimming-type tails that create vibrations and make them even more appealing.”

As nearly all swim bait anglers have experienced, the larger lures attract a lot of bass that follow the baits but don’t strike. With smaller swim baits, however, fish seem to strike much faster. Zaldain believes this is because the three-inch swim baits are more subtle than the larger ones, and imitate the forage so well.


“Although I have caught bass as heavy as seven pounds with these small lures, finesse swim baiting is not a technique for giant bass,” explains the Yamaha Pro. “Instead, I believe it’s a technique better suited for clear water during the hot summer, on lakes that receive heavy fishing pressure, or when bass are suspended and much less active. Traditionally, these are times and places where using smaller lures of any type often work better, and finesse swim baiting is another presentation to consider.”

Zaldain rigs his swim bait with a 1/8-ounce head, which is as detailed as the lure itself, and often features a small spinning propeller that increases water movement and vibration. He often fishes with 20-pound braided line with an added four- to five-foot leader of six- or eight-pound fluorocarbon. The limpness of the braided line allows for longer casts with such a light lure, while the fluorocarbon, practically invisible underwater, makes the lure itself appear to be swimming freely. Color-wise, he prefers white or pearl lures, with a slight hint of chartreuse if the water is cloudy.

“I fish these lures in the very same places I would fish a larger swim bait,” continues Zaldain, “and usually key on the most obvious types of structure or cover in a lake. My favorites are main lake points, but I won’t pass up isolated boat docks, bridge pilings, underwater humps, or even bluff walls if I find them.


“The basic rule of thumb is to make long casts and let the swim bait sink just out of sight. Then, reel it back very slowly, letting it swim. This is the same way you fish the larger swim baits, and it’s easy to work these small lures as deep as 12 or 14 feet because all you’re doing is swimming them back to you. You’re not jerking your rod or trying to hit cover. You want the little swim bait to act just like a small shad moving through the water.”

One of the advantages Zaldain sees in finesse swim baiting over using the larger swim baits is that they catch bass on lakes throughout the country. As a Bassmaster® Elite angler, he’s used the technique successfully from Tennessee to Wisconsin to Texas. Bass have become accustomed to seeing larger jerkbaits, crankbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits, but thus far, they’ve seen very few finesse swimbaits.


“I think finesse swim baiting is a trend that will continue to grow as our lakes become more crowded and fishing pressure increases,” concludes the Yamaha Pro. “On clear water lakes, especially, these little swim baits may turn out to be one of the most effective lures we’ve seen in years.” Y

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And Pack Gifts Now for Haitian Kids’ This Christmas


The New York Times headline nails it: Hurricane Matthew Makes Old Problems Worse for Haiti. In Les Cayes, one of Haiti’s hardest hit areas, the 17-year Project Hope – “Pwoje Espwa” – also is hard hit.

Project Hope is a local partner of Cross Catholic Outreach, a 125-acre village and home to more than 300 orphaned and vulnerable children. (Photos show hurricane damage.)

If you’re eager to help, Project Hope is one direct channel. Longer term, Cross Catholic’s Christmas gift outreach, Box of Joy, is preparing now the nationwide collection of toys, hygiene and school supplies for Haitian kids who otherwise will have nothing.


Send immediate aid:   

Brighten this Christmas for Haitian kids, pack a Box of Joy: 

Home (Box of Joy) – Cross Catholic Outreach

Through Cross Catholic Outreach’s Box of Joy program, you can ensure these children are not deprived of Christmas blessings this year. By packing a Christmas gift …

These hastily shot photos show effects of Hurricane Matthew in Les Cayes, Haiti, at Pwoje Espwa–a 125-acre village and home to some 300 orphaned and vulnerable children.

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The boys’ village is entirely destroyed. More than 200 children have moved to live in a school building.

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Les Cayes, Haiti, Haitian Kids, box of joy, toys, project, Pwoje Espwam, Project Hope, Cross Catholic Outreach,

Source:  Baret News