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Obituary: Ida Elizabeth Verrett Newell

Ida Elizabeth Verrett Newell

Ida Elizabeth Verrett Newell

Ida Elizabeth Verrett Newell, 76, of San Bernardino, CA, passed away on September 4, 2015 in Moreno Valley, CA. Born in New Orleans, LA on November 14, 1938; she was the daughter of the late Leo Sr. and Lilla Verrett and sister to the late Darryl, Gloria, the late Leo Jr., Lynn, Merlin and the late Michael Kevin.

She graduated from J. S. Clark High School, New Orleans, LA, in 1956 and married the late Cleve Newell, Jr. in 1959. They lived together in New Orleans, LA, and gave birth to their first son, Cleve III in 1960 before relocating to San Bernardino, CA. Their second son, Tyrone LaMarr, was born in 1962.

In addition to being a full-time mother, she earned her Associate Degree from San Bernardino Valley College and dedicated herself to St. Anthony School and Church where she was the President of the Parent and Teacher Association and head coach of the girls’ basketball team. Ida loved music and dancing and was an avid sports fan.

For recreation, she enjoyed bowling, watching thoroughbred horse racing and hanging out at casinos and with her dearest friends. After her sons completed college, Ida dedicated herself to community service where she was elected to the Northwest Redevelopment Project Area Committee and worked for Catholic Charities and the City of San Bernardino.

She is survived by her sons, Cleve III of San Bernardino, CA, and Tyrone LaMarr of New York, NY; two sisters, Lynn Riley and Gloria Moore, both of Shreveport, LA; one brother, Merlin Verrett of New Orleans, LA; dearest friends Maria Wilson of Rialto, CA and Cynthia Green of San Bernardino, CA; and many other relatives and dear friends.

The Memorial Service was held on Monday, September 21 at Mark B. Shaw Mortuary, 1525 N. Waterman Avenue in San Bernardino.

Learn the Art of Franchising at the largest Multi-Cultural Franchise Expo collaboration in 2015

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The Multi-Cultural Franchise Expo will be on Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16, 2015. All are invited out to participate in this year’s expo where a dynamic list of industry speakers, plus practical Franchise-related education, finance and real estate sessions for franchisees and business owners seeking to learn more about franchise opportunities come together.

Your participation as a sponsor, an exhibitor with a booth and or a keynote speaker, will help bring together franchisers, investors, trainers and the public at this premier event with the largest pool of culturally diversified franchise buyers in Southern California.

The expo starts at 9 a.m. on Thursday, October 15 with workshops, bank interviews, business plan training, and seminars. Friday October 16, 2015 starts with workshops from the IRS, the board of equalization, SBDC centers, tax assistance professionals and EDD training. There will be hundreds of exhibitor’s through-out the two day event.

This Multi-Cultural Franchise Expo will be the leading franchise event of the year in the Southern California region. We have teamed up with several chambers of commerce including the Hispanic chamber of commerce, The Asian business association, The Black Chambers of Commerce, The Veterans business association, and many city and government officials. Join us at the Ontario Airport Hotel & Conference Center, as we bring together all of Southern California, for your opportunity to present your offer to many potential franchisees.

For a detail schedule of event and sponsorship information contact 951-250-3999 or visit www.MultiCulturalFranchiseExpo.com

Cora Jackson-Fossett Joins LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS as Senior Advisor

Cora Jackson-Fossett

Cora Jackson-Fossett

LOS ANGELES, CA- LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS, an integrated marketing communications agency, recently announced Cora Jackson-Fossett as a senior advisor. Fossett will be the liaison between key decision makers in the City of Los Angeles and LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS.  Her work for the City of Los Angeles has earned her five L.A. Area Emmy nominations for producing videos/DVDs about public works activities and operations.

“I’ve known Cora for close to 30 years, as a friend and former client,” says LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS CEO Mr. Kim L. Hunter. “We have a long standing history based off trust and I look forward to having her as senior advisor for the agency.”

Prior to joining the agency, Fossett worked for the City of Los Angeles for more than 25 years, bringing significant expertise in community and media relations. She served as the public director for the Los Angeles Department of Public Works, in which she planned, developed and executed media relations, community outreach, employee communications, marketing communications and much more.

Fossett is an active member in her community where she serves as the director of the public relations commission at Brookins Community AME Church as well as the religion editor and staff writer for the Los Angeles Sentinel newspaper. Cora has also been  commended for her work through various awards, including 3rd place for best church page by the National Newspaper Publisher’s Association in 2014, Fire and Ice Fashions Outstanding Orator Award in 2014, National Association of University Women Hall of Fame Award in 2011, and Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2008 Women Who Make A Difference award among many others.

“I’m excited to join Kim and his team.  I look forward to the contributions I will help make to the multicultural communities and the city of Los Angeles,” said Fossett, former public information director II for the Los Angeles Department of Public Works, Bureau of Sanitation.

Cora earned a bachelor’s degree at Indiana University, completed graduate courses at Columbia College, and received an honorary doctorate in Philosophy from California University of Theology.