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   Frost Illustrated (Newspaper) - July 9, 2003, Fort Wayne, Indiana                                Arts & Entertainment Jazz singer Dianne Reeves reveals her quiet side on new release See page 11 Sports 20 medals awarded to students from White's School of the Arts See page 19 FROST ILLUSTRATED Frost Illustratedr 3121 S. Calhoun Fort Wayne, IN 46807 July 15 Afews & Views of African Americans  Established in 1968  Fort W�y�e's Leading Independent Weekly Newspaper Police officers invade wrong house- Photo by Robbin L. Melton Members of the Three Rivers DJenbe Ensemble demonstrate a traditional African song and dance from the Malinke people as part of a special outdoor worship service and "tailgate party" held at Reservoir Park by Faith United Methodist Church. Jamaican reggae gospel artist Donahue Stewart also was on hand for a live performance featuring songs from his new CD, "Talking to the Man." Area center struggles for support By Robbin L. Melton An East Allen Community Schools building left vacant by the closure of Village Woods Middle School would have left a hole in the southeast side community were it not for the efforts of James Graham, Dr. Shirley Hollis and other members of the Maple Grove Organizing Committee who immediately saw the vacancy as an opportunity to return the facility back to the people in the form of a much-needed community center. The group envisioned a place that would provide free supplementary educational and recreational activities for south side residents. Executing their plan to open the 94,000 square-foot former school as the Maple Grove Community Center, however, has been an uphill struggle. Photo by Robbin L. Melton Maple Grove Community Center Marketing Director James Graham says the center needs more financial support to accomplish its mission of serving the area's youth population. About six months into his new position as the city's former director of after-school resource development, Graham learned that Village Woods Middle School was going to be closed. Instead of viewing it as just another empty building on the city's south side, Graham said he saw the school as a potential after-school program site. But, after looking at the facility, he realized it could be much more. "I looked at programs in other cities and realized this was too much after-school space," said Graham, the center's operations and marketing director. "Last August, I started interacting with people interested in developing a holistic southeast program." According to Graham, the southeast quadrant is home to the largest number of students who qualify for free or reduced school lunches, and has the largest proportion of "adjudicated" youths. And, for south side residents who could benefit from free programs and activities, their only current option is the Eagle's Nest, added Graham, which isn't enough to serve the entire area. "We conducted a needs assessment during our open house, and the top need expressed is computer   training,   specifically   for (See "Center" on page 3) By Herb Boyd Special to the NNPA from The Amsterdam News NEW YORK (NNPA)-A little over a month after Alberta Spruill suffered a fatal heart attack after the police mistakenly kicked down her door and tossed a flash grenade into her Harlem apartment, Yvonne and Calvin Washington experienced a similar ordeal at their home in Brooklyn. The Washington family was preparing for dinner last Wednesday evening and Yvonne was in the basement kitchen when she heard a noise on the steps above. "I thought it was the children playing in the hallway," she said. "Then I heard my husband stomp on the floor upstairs, which is a signal for us to check on him because he has a defibrillator. So, I ran up the steps to see what was happening and met my seven-year-old daughter, Nashay, coming down the stairs. She was screaming, 'Mommy, Mommy, they're break- -again ing in the house, they're breaking down the door.' "I asked her who's breaking in the house, and she said [it was the] the police," Yvonne continued, sitting in her daughter's room that is beautifully adorned with dozens of dolls. "When I got to the door there were already 15 to 20 cops standing inside the house. They didn't say anything about why they were there at that moment." Within minutes, Yvonne said, there were more than 40 uniformed and plainclothes officers in her home, and not one of them took time to explain to her why they had invaded the house. "They told me to move the f- out of the way," she explained. "When I insisted on knowing what was happening, a plainclothes cop grabbed me and another officer knocked my baby down. They threw me into a room, and to keep from falling on my face I fell on a pile of boxes. When I got up and tried to get out of the room, an offi-(See "Police" on page 3) some '1 ' >   '''Vis-* >m -\i"H" By Robbin L. Melton mm iUfi mum m i hnnHfe0TerSrre/iaing ins^^mmynes older neighborhoods such asiafayette Place, might receive a break on nex year's proposal.to provide five-year residential tax abatements toward home improvement and remodeling projects retain tneir stability. And, if a properly isn't what neoole want m buy ther won't tepenali^ for making improved    -^Kicnara s proposal is similar to Citv Council'� iqqo       ___. area. 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