Jerrie Williams is a blogger on the Beauregard Daily News website. The name of her blog is C.O.P.E. Community Organized Parents in Education. This blog is syndicated statewide to all GateHouse websites. She will not only be blogging about local ...
Jerrie Williams is a blogger on the Beauregard Daily News website. The name of her blog is C.O.P.E. Community Organized Parents in Education. This blog is syndicated statewide to all GateHouse websites. She will not only be blogging about local education concerns, but information about resources for parental research on different subjects concerning children and their well being. Jerrie Williams is the mother of three autistic children. Her journey began in 1999, when she discovered that her children were not developing according to the national mind stone charts. This was after they had received immunizations and developed reactions to them. She later learned the immunizations contained an agent that her children were allergic to, which led to their developmental delays. She moved her children to Georgia to be treated by a specialist in autism and brain injury in 2000. Since then she has been searching and discovering several research-based interventions and resources to educate, support and assist in the recovery of autism. She moved to Louisiana in August, 2011, and has been involved in educating the community about autism and the resources available to parents of autistic children as well as adults with autism. She has been instrumental in helping the Beauregard Parish school system to design an individualized curriculum that was suited for the educational needs of her children as well as other special needs children. Her children have since blossomed with this curriculum and continue to thrive. She will continue in her journey as a mother and an advocate for others.
Jersey boy Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band got 12.12.12: The Concert for Sandy Relief off to a rollicking start Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden with a poignant opening set that included "Land of Hopes and Dreams," "Wrecking Ball" and "My City of Ruins."
The concert donated 100 percent of its proceeds to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, a large-scale relief effort launched specifically to aid people in the tri-state area whose lives were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The concert was telecast commercial-free on 37 television networks in the U.S., as well as on radio stations and streaming sites around the country and around the world.
The evening was jam-packed with famous faces, including performers like Springsteen, emcees such as host Billy Crystal and even manning the benefit's telephone phone bank backstage - which at one point boasted an impressive Sopranos reunion. Many of the celebrities were New York and New Jersey natives themselves. Long Island's Billy Joel performed moving versions of "Miami 2017″ and "New York State of Mind" while Garden State natives Brian Williams and Jon Stewart shared their memories of going down to the Jersey Shore as kids. "When I grew up, the Jersey Shore was everything," Stewart recalled. "It was the only place in the world I couldn't wait to share with my kids." Added Sopranos star James Gandolfini: "It's a whole way of life."
The night featured several memorable collaborations, such as not one, but two duets by famous Jersey rockers Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi on their respective hits "Born to Run" and "Who Says You Can't Go Home." Roger Waters and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder performed "Comfortably Numb" together, while Chris Martin and a post-REM-breakup Michael Stipe joined forces for a powerful take on "Losing My Religion." However, the most original duet of the evening came courtesy of New Yorker Adam Sandler and Late Show with David Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer. They unveiled an entirely new take on Leonard Cohen's famous "Hallelujah" with lyrics about the strength of the city (sample lyric: "Hal-le-lu-jah, Sandy screw ya").
In by far the most anticipated - and most unusual - collaboration of the night, headliner Sir Paul McCartney joined with the surviving members of Nirvana (Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear) to perform "Cut Me Some Slack." The former Beatle closed the show with earlier act Alicia Keys for "Empire State of Mind (Part II)."
Other performers included Eric Clapton, The Who, Kanye West, and The Rolling Stones, whose frontman Mick Jagger joked, "If it rains in London, you gotta come help us." Other presenters and guests included Kristen Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, P. Diddy, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, Chris Rock, Jake Gyllenhaal, Blake Lively, Jason Sudeikis, Katie Holmes, Christoph Waltz, Quentin Tarantino and Jamie Foxx.
Also in attendance were many of the local police officers, firefighters, nurses and other volunteers who were helped in the immediate wake of Sandy.
Full performances from Wednesday's show will be available for purchase on iTunes.com. To donate, click here or call 1-855-465-4357.
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