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/T A 19 .20409 1 5-D~'~ NORTH CAROLINA ROOM *"* ..-Lit CTY PUBLIC t>60 W S7H ST WINSTON SAL3-1 NC 27_0i-2755 NortftXaroima nuui u, /y ? y Forsyth County Public tlbnaiY> 0 1500 Wcjii Fifth Strrpt, 710 -THURSDAY, January 1, 2009 Vol. XXXV No. 18 Reynolds %/ [lakes home [l^ash JV^rophy -See Page Bl Cards f designed for abuse survivors I -See Pave A10 I Kwanzaa film features Angelou CHANGE'S new leader is hopeful BY LAYLA FARMER THE CHRONICLE CHANGE (Communities Helping All NeighborS\3ain Empowerment) is under new management, so to speak. After months of r ? .l ? i ? ? scanning iui uic ' perfect candiifate, the ecumenical, nonpartisan non profit has chosen the Rev. Ryan Eller, a native of Asheville, NC, as its new lead organizer. CHANGE is made up of 49 dues *" paying organizations - encompassing an estimated 20,000 liiuiviuuai uiciu bers - and 'is largely mem ber-led. However, a small staff of full time employees help to keep the monstrous social justice machine's wheels turning smoothly. ~ Eller, a graduate of Wake Forest Divinity School, now sits at the helm. He took offic^Dec . 1 5 . The job seemed ideal for him, said the political sci ence major. "I actually think it's the perfect fit for me vocational ly. I've been involved in politics and the church really my whole life." .Eller com- j mented. "To be able to do both government interaction and faith work in congrega tions is the pertect merg ing for me." Eller, an Appalachian State alumnus, is no stranger to the world of politics. He and his wife, Rev. Laura Barclay, served the Baptist Joint Committee for Ryan Eller Religious Liberty, ? a sociar justice organization in Washington DC., as the first-ever Bill Moyers Fellows. Eller also served as campaign manager for Roy Carter, the Democratic candidate who attempted to unseat. U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx in the recent election. "I believe, my ministry is one of social justice," Eller 'commented. "I think I can See Eller on AS Then & Now Kwanzaa has become a tradition for Lee Maynard and his family. His wife, Desiree, is one of the electrifying dancers of the Othesha Creative Arts Ensemble - the group that has provided entertainment at local Kwanzaa events for years. Maynard and the couple's daughter, Sierra, rarely miss ah opportunity to watch Desiree show case her many talents. Above, left, dad and daughter are pictured at a Kwanzaa event in December 2005. A more grown up Sierra, now three, is pictured with her dad in the other photo, which was taken last week at the first night Kwanzaa 2008. To read more about the Kwanzaa event, see page B6. A Star is Born Winston-Salem native named one of Minneapolis-St. Paul's best performers BY LAYLA FARMER ' THE CHRONICLE . Theater critics Graydon Royce and Rohan Preston of the Star-Tribune J[n_ Minneapolis-ST. Paul Minn., have listed one of Winston Salem's own among the best performers of 2008 . ? Traci Allen, 23, was named best "Breakout Performer" by the critical duo, according to the Dec. 20 edition of the paper, ? wh'fcft is' the, largest in.the state of - 'Mipffesota^^ipd boasts a circulation of nearly 350,000 daily readers. Preston and Royce called Allen's voice "soulful." Allen, a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts High. School, vyas-ree* ognized for her role in the musical, "Five Fingers of Funk," where she played "Ruby Brown," a singer in a 1970's funk band. ? "She's the only girl in the band, living in a really male dominated world," Allen related. "That was fun to revisit because I think any one who,s been an adoles cent girl can relate to that." "Five Fingers of Funk" was also named among the "Outstanding Ensembles" by the Star-Tribune. The play was put on by Minneapolis based The Children's Theatre Company (CTC)^ Touted as the leading prof*"^ ' < Photo by l*ay)a Farmer City native Trbci Allen is making a name for herself as an actress. ' ? hu rnno fHTrac.i Allen in Howard University's "Eyes" in 2006. sional theater company for youth, the CTC is ojie of the largest of its kind on the globe . "It was a very sophisti cated piece for The Children's . Theatre Company." said Allen, who .spent a year as a performing apprentice wuth the CTC prior to landing the role, "but they're known for doing thirvgs like that." ? The recognition came as a su-rprise to the 2007 Howard University alumna. "I didn't see that coming at all," She said with a gig-, gle. "It was a very nice Christmas present. Allen left Minneapolis after the "Five Fingers" closed in late November and now resides in Chicago, Illinois. She says she foun4 lent. " "I fouftd out on Facebook (.social networking site)," she related. "One of my friends wrote on my (mes sage) wall. He said.. ".You 're such a super star,' and put "the link on there." Though she was admit tedly excited about being named among the best per formers in the area, Allen is matter-of-fact about the achievement. '"It was a wonderful experience, one that I know changed me as a performer. recognition See Allen on A9 Money available for programs that can change lives BY TODD LUCK THE CHRONICLE A local organization is offering funding for those with programs that can help turn around troubled parts of the com munity, ; " The Twin City East-West Partnership Weed and Seed Steering Committee is requesting proposals for its Weed and Seed Sub Awards . The money awards will go to programs that help reduce crime and* revitalize neighbor hoods. Weed and Seed is a program by the U.S. Department of , Justice's Community C a p a c It y Development ;Office designed to reduce cfime. Part of it is "weeding" out crime,, through intensive law enforcement Work. The' awards go to pro grams ,thaf do* the "seeding" part, by pro viding much needed services to troubled areas including pre* vention. intervention and treatment "We want to revi talize the com/mini- - ties," said Bilb Longtime youth advocate Bill McClain, the local McC lain is local director for Weed Weed and Seed site and Seed. director. "The purppse ? of that is to promote some long term community health and resilience."_ Nationally, there are more th^n 250 Weed arid Seed sites, _ which can be as small as a few neighborhood blocks or as big as several square miles witlj populations ranging from 3.000 to 50.000. The city's first WeeHNmd Seed site was SaJem Gardens in 1995, which saw weapons and drug violations fall by 80 percent under the program. Subsequent grants in 1999 See Weed and Seed on A9 1 i ii i In Memory of Charlene Russell Brown ? ? ? ' - " . i "Growing and Still Dedicated to Serve You Better" ffiuggiil fflutteral ffitomc Wishes to Thank Everyone For Their Support 822 Carl Russell Ave. (at Martin Liuther King Or.) Winston-Salem, NC 27101 (336) 722-3459 ^ax (336) 1 rusfhome <8> helLsouth jiet

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