Cooking for Church


The last friday in March, the young adult choir hosted a fish fry for the saints.

When I was a little girl, I would look at the adults cooking in the church kitchen and hope never to have to labor in that way (the big pots and pans scared me and sometimes still do).

However, I am not sure when I started volunteering my cooking services…as I don’t consider myself the best cook around.¬†However, I did and it’s an experience that I only enjoy when it’s all over.

Cooking is not my favorite pastime but I do cook. I cook more for a necessity. The more people in the kitchen with me, the more merrier I become, especially if those around me cook as their hobby…like my sister, April!



Beautification Day

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The beginning of April. The start of Spring. April 1st. My sister, April, hosted her first beautification day in the neighborhood. Homeowners, the Youth, dog walkers, teachers, children not yet in school- all were welcome to come and beautify the neighborhood.

Hurley Sisters

Hurley Sisters


The day after Thanksgiving was my Birthday last year. I wanted two things and I got them.

I got to spend time with my Grandma and I got to do a photo-shoot of my 5 siblings.

This is a picture of me and my 4 sisters. Our little brother took a picture of us.

I love my siblings.

Rob Bennaton

Rob Bennaton

When I was in College, I got an internship at the New York City Housing Authority. I was working in the Garden and Greening Program and hired by Rob Bennaton, the happy man in the picture….also the only man in the picture.

When I left, I told my sister, Yunis, about the internship. Yunis applied and was the next person Rob hired. Before she left, she passed on the position to my brother who then passed it on to our youngest sister, April, who now works there. Can you believe, all my younger siblings were also hired by Rob?

That’s why it is important to have a good record where ever you go.

Each summer since 2008, someone in my house was working for Rob or because of Rob. Each summer he shared with us different words of wisdom.

Rob is now leaving the New York City Housing Authority for a bigger and better position in California.

I am very happy for him and wish him and his beautiful family all the best.

Thank you Rob for your constant words of wisdom and for looking out for my family your help towards us will never be forgotten.