Ben Ciuffa’s Photo Journals

January 28, 2012

“Photo-mix 7? from a collection of Photos by (?); Gallery II

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Photos of people.  To View Gallery I please click:  h

Gallery II:  Photos with people





January 19, 2012

“Photo-mix 7″ from a collection of Photos by (?); Gallery I

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The collection of 60 outstanding photos was forwarded, to me, by a friend from El

Salvador who lives in California.

I chose four photos of the natural world.  Gallery II will consist of animals. photos of

interesting faces will be posted as Gallery III.    Click on Image for enlarged view.





January 18, 2012

Doings at Urban Blend, of Kalamazoo, MI, on a January afternoon

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I stopped by Urban Blend, a unique coffee house & eatery, on Kalamazoo’s North side, to take late afternoon  photo its front.  I decided to go in for a coffee & walked into a classroom with 7 women working at 3 tables of students.  Gloria Parker, the president of Urban Empowerment literacy Program helps students Mondays and Wednesdays from 3-5pm.

One of the  women, a retired teacher & principal, said the kids needed help with their math & reading skills. So they decided to focus on reading to better enable the students to work with math.

The students are at tables behind these women.  I‘ll post photos of the students after the parents are asked for permission

January 11, 2012

Kalamzoo’s Urban Blend Coffee House, Eatery

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Urban Blend Coffee House opens on Kalamazoo’s north side

Published: Friday, June 03, 2011, 5:07 PM     Updated: Friday, June 03, 2011, 5:11 PM
  By William R. Wood | Kalamazoo Gazette

KALAMAZOO — Urban Blend Coffee House, one of the few coffee houses Kalamazoo’s north side, opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning.

An anonymous donor bought a membership to the Chamber of Commerce worth $500 for Urban Blend, said owner Lewis Parker Jr. who operates the restaurant with wife, Gloria Parker.

About 23 people were at the ribbon-cutting of Urban Blend, 714 N. Burdick St., both Chamber of Commerce staffers and community supporters.

“It makes me feel wonderful,” Parker said. “This was totally unexpected.”

In addition to coffee, Urban Blend serves sandwiches and Plainwell Ice Cream. It has seats for 50 people at tables and for eight people at a counter.

The Chamber of Commerce likes to see local business dreams made real, said Chris Praedel, membership sales representative of the Chamber of Commerce.

“I think this is awesome and certainly the community needs a spark of life,” said June Cotton, a community supporter.

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