With Christmas vastly approaching, can this time in our lives be overwhelming? Do we really believe in the "Holiday Spirit"? Is it overwhelming with all the lights, the endless sales, the over consumption of commercials adds and the food? Suicide has been a growing issue when Holiday time approaches, is there anything that can be done to prevent the "Holiday Blues"? Some people are lonely, family members that they share holiday events with may no longer be in their lives for one reason or another.
Sometimes when seasons change people can be affected and have a dismal outlook on holidays.....maybe it has something to do with the lack of sunlight that we experience during the long winter months, add in all your hopes and dreams or lack there of...of Christmas and it can become very depressing to say the least and not very joyous! So, how had the holiday season affected you and the ones that you love?
Special Guest: John Sharpe James
Major John Sharpe James received a Meritorious Service Medal and Purple Heart Award for wounds sustained during combat in Afghanistan. John served there from December 2007 to September 2008 and retired after 23.5 years of service in October 2009.
John Sharpe James was born on July 19th, 1968 and grew up in the South Ward of Newark, where he still resides. John is the eldest son of former Newark Mayor Sharpe James and retired Newark teacher Mary L. James. Mr. James attended St. Benedict’s Preparatory School, Morehouse College; where he received a Bachelors degree in English, and Rutgers School of Law – Newark; where he received a Juris Doctorate in Law.
Since August 1999, John has worked for the County of Essex in various administrative capacities and currently serves as a Supervising Program Analyst for the Essex County Hospital Center in Cedar Grove.
In December 1985, John was shot while being mugged for his Bomber jacket and has a .22 in his right leg. He recovered and went on to attend Morehouse College, where he joined the United States Army Reserves during his first semester as an enlisted soldier. He went on to join R.O.T.C his junior year and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant Infantry officer by the New Jersey Army National Guard in 1991.
Major James served six (6) months active duty for Desert Storm in 1990 and one (1) year active duty for Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan from 2007-08.
While serving in Afghanistan, James commanded a thirteen-man team assigned with mentoring Afghan police on professionalism and proper performance of their duties. His team conducted over 100 combat missions from a remote forward operating base in western Afghanistan. On one such mission, Major James’ was injured when a bomb set off by enemy forces detonated underneath his vehicle during a combat mission. Major James suffered wounds to his hand and body due to the concussion of the blast. John recovered from his wounds, completed his tour and returned home in late September 2008.
Major James received numerous awards for his deployment to include the following: Meritorious Service Medal, Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and other commendations. He retired from the U.S. Army as a Major in October 2009 after 23 1/2 years of service.
On June 18, 2008, John S. James was presented with a Resolution by the Newark City Council for his military service as a Newark resident. In November 2008, John was honored by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders as a Veteran and Essex County Resident. Major John S. James remains committed to his community and intends to assist the residents of Newark to the best of his abilities.
John Sharpe James will be running for Councilman-At-Large in the City of Newark in May of 2014.
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Special Guest: Alonzo Herran
Author and Film Producer, Alonzo Herran grew up in the rough streets of Newark, NJ. Being the son of teenage parents would lead him initially to be raised by his great grandmother, who would make an effort to bring him up in the right direction while both his parents had joined the armed forces. Upon his parents return, Alonzo Jr. went to stay with his father. As a single young parent Alonzo Sr. required determination and discipline that would create better options for his son. Growing up in a single parent house hold, Alonzo Jr. was forced to grow up fast. Since his father had to work long late hours, Alonzo was responsible for cooking, cleaning, ironing, and whatever other responsibilities the maintenance of the household required.
After attending St. Benedict’s Preparatory School, a prestigious prep school in Newark, Alonzo successfully obtained his high school diploma from Jonathan Dayton Regional High School in Springfield, NJ. Following the birth of his son, Alonzo Herran 3rd, he enrolled at Union County College where his intended major was Business Administration. Unfortunately, books and papers would not support his newborn son.
With a burning desire to succeed and create a better life for him and his son, Alonzo enhanced his natural inclination to hustle and hustle hard. He began promoting parties, and participating in local political events. In July of 1998 he landed a job for the City of Newark as a code enforcement officer. After passing the police exam in 2001 he began his career in law enforcement.
In 2011, Alonzo Herran Jr. dropped his first novel, Living With No Regrets, an urban fiction novel based on young black males’ trials and tribulations growing up in Newark, New Jersey. He effectively co-directed and produced his first independent film, “Living With No Regrets”, based off his same titled novel, Living With No Regrets, which is scheduled to be released in 2012.