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City hires new

personnel boss


A Montgomery, Ala., human resources executive has taken the helm of one of the hottest seats in Albany: the city government’s human resources director.

Henry Cohen has worked as Aranov Realty Management Co. since 2004 following a four-month sting as the executive director of the American Cancer Society’s Montgomery chapter.

In his resume, Cohen describes himself as an effective strategist and practitioner with a solid 20-plus year track record and passion for successfully implementing HR programs and initiative.” He adds that he has “exceptional work ethic with a strong focus on compliance and strategic planning.”

Cohen has his work cut out for him; since 2006, the city has consistently and unapologetically botched human resources functions and violated employment laws, resulting in the victimization of employees and at least one pensioner who has filed a suit to recoup damages. The human resources failures have been at the peril of taxpayers, who have shelled out hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of dollars for the city’s illegal and unethical actions.

Cohen is married to a former Albany resident, Kim Elliott Avent Cohen.

Dave Mathews

being courted


There’s a Facebook campaign under way to convince Seattle resident and internationally acclaimed musician Dave Matthews to bring his talents and band to Albany.

Certainly, he’s no stranger here; he’s been married since 2000 to Leesburg native Jennifer Ashley Harper, with whom he has three children.


Started earlier this year, the page has 2,014 “attendees” supporting the campaign.



Chancellor to speak at ASU


Henry Huckaby, the new chancellor of the University System of Georgia, will visit Albany State University on Wednesday, Aug. 3, to serve as the keynote speaker for the annual Faculty-Staff Conference.

“We are delighted that Mr. Huckaby accepted our invitation to speak at the Faculty-Staff Conference,” said Dr. Everette J. Freeman, ASU president. “We’re looking forward to hearing what our new chancellor has to say as we prepare to launch a new academic year.”

Huckaby, who became chancellor on July 1, is scheduled to speak at 10:20 a.m. on the first day of the three-day conference, which will be held in the ACAD Auditorium on the ASU campus. After addressing the gathering of ASU faculty and staff members, Huckaby will be available for questions from the media in room 172 of the ACAD Building.

At 11:30 a.m., Huckaby will arrive for a luncheon with community leaders in the L. Orene Hall Building. Following the luncheon at 12:45 p.m., ASU Student Government Association leaders will escort Huckaby on a tour of the campus.

With the theme “One for All and All for One: Advisement, Retention and Graduation,” the ASU Faculty-Staff Conference will address issues of importance for the upcoming academic year. The conference will continue on Aug. 4 and 5, also in the ACAD Auditorium.


Fletcher challenge peers

to help fight hunger


Noting that food waste is prevalent at restaurants, local restaurant owner BJ Fletcher is challenging her peers to feed meals to the community’s needy.

Fletcher, who manages Ole Times Buffet, owns Café 230 and is a partner in the Fresh Farm Market, is a candidate for mayor.

“There are 10 buffet-style restaurants and other high volume restaurants like Ole Times, in Albany,” she said. “If they could each feed 50 meals in a week, we will have fed 2,000 people by the end of the month.”

Fletcher says that restaurants, farmers and supermarkets throw away millions of tons of edible food annually while many people struggle to put food on the table.

“If we can control the waste, we can feed double that amount (of local meals that could be served to needy people),” she said. “So the challenge is also to those people who dine with us.  When you build your plate, you may look over and see a family that you will also be feeding.”

Fletcher also said that restaurants and caterers can provide meals to the Meals on Wheels program or local food banks. Meanwhile, at Ole Times and Cafe 230, patrons can now Buy a Lunch for a Senior by adding $5 to their bill, and at the Fresh Farm Market downtown, patrons can buy a $5 gift certificate and redeem it for $10 worth of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Seniors and needy families interested in participating on this program may sign up at www.albanyfoodchallenge.com or call the Feed a Neighbor hotline at (229) 364-9845.

PayPal Donations accepted at: www.albanyfoodchallenge.com.

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