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Mangano Administration Rejects Diversity Legislative Director states “I don’t care” about Hispanic on College Board (Mineola,

NY) – Yesterday, during a meeting of the Nassau County Legislature a vote was held to replace Richard Gutierrez with John DeGrace on the Board of Trustees for Nassau Community College (NCC). Legislator Robert Troiano (D-Westbury) questioned the reasoning and rationale behind the decision by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano to replace Mr. Gutierrez, who is an attorney, a member of the NCC Presidential Search Committee and the only Hispanic on the board, which serves a large population of minority students. Responding to a question by Legislator Troiano as to whether or not he knew how many Hispanic members were on the NCC Board; Greg May, Director of Legislative Affairs for County Executive Mangano responded, “I don’t care…” An audible gasp arose from the crowd following Mr. May’s comment and a tense exchange continued between May and Legislator Trioano. Mr. May explained that ethnicity was not a criteria for appointments under the Mangano Administration. Legislator Troiano responded, “I think that’s part of the problem with this administration. Not only is that not a criteria, it’s not even a consideration.” To view video of the exchange please visit: http:// www.youtube.com/watch? v=_x7bOPwQ9RU&feature=youtu.be NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Comptroller Maragos and Staff Presented with Excellence in Financial Reporting Achievement Award for 3rd Straight Year Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos and his staff were recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for excellence in financial reporting for the third straight year. The GFOA award is for excellence in the County’s 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Comptroller Maragos accepted a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the nonprofit professional association. According to the GFOA, “the Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.” "During these difficult economic times, where municipalities all across our country are struggling to balance their budgets without raising taxes, it is an honor that the GFOA recognizes the excellent work the financial professionals in my office produce year after year,” Comptroller Maragos said. “This award means that our financial statements have been judged by an impartial panel to meet the highest standards for accuracy. I want to congratulate the entire staff of the Comptroller’s Accounting Division.” Nassau County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, issued last July, includes general-purpose financial statements, as well as the independent auditor’s report prepared by Deloitte & Touche, LLP. Connect with Nassau County Comptroller Maragos Online: http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Comptroller/index.html

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Community Journal a publication of Emerging Business Group, Inc. Š2006 New York all rights reserved The Community Journal is a weekly publication, based in Baldwin, New York, dedicated to sharing news and information among minority businesses and residents which will enable positive action - economically, socially and politically - for the betterment of us all. From our premiere issue, July 1, 1993, we have grown to be one of the leading African heritage news and information sources on Long Island. As a community - based publication, we intend to expand our presence and to encourage greater participation from all members of the community in forging our shared destiny. We are a "for-profit" business and hope to extend that spirit of economic empowerment to many other businesses in our community. We are published each week unless otherwise indicated and are distributed through newsstands, independent sales agents, and subscriptions.

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BREAKING NEWS: Malcolm X assassin granted parole in New York ALBANY, New York (AP) — One of three men convicted of killing civil rights activist Malcolm X 45 years ago was granted release from weekends in prison in his 17th appearance before a state parole board. Thomas Hagan, 69, appeared before a parole panel March 3 and was granted release effective April 28, state Division of Parole spokeswoman Carole Weaver said Friday. Until then, he’ll remain at the Lincoln Correctional Facility in New York City, where he has been locked up two days a week for 22 years. The other five days, he’s been allowed to work and live with his family. Linda Foglia, spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections, said the agency doesn’t release information on where work-release inmates are employed or where they live. While they’re out of the prison, inmates are subject to unannounced workplace and home visits by a parole officer. Hagan was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison in April

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1966 on a first-degree murder charge for shooting the civil rights activist with a .45-caliber pistol at the Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan in 1965. Hagan, then known as Talmadge X. Hayer, was beaten by the crowd after the shooting. Muhammad Abdul Aziz, then known as Norman 3X Butler, and Kahlil Islam, then Thomas 15X Johnson, were also convicted of murder, but they maintained their innocence. They were paroled about 20 years ago. Hagan said there were two other gunmen, but they were never identified. Hagan’s court papers say he “confessed to having fired shots into Malcolm’s body.” Hagan testified at trial that his two co-defendants, convicted with him, were not present at the shooting. After he was denied parole in 2007, Hagan filed an appeal saying the denial was arbitrary and capricious. His court papers said he had “taken advantage of each and all of the programs and support systems that enable him to lead a law-abiding lifestyle,” and that he had repeatedly expressed remorse for the shooting. The Manhattan district attorney’s office declined to comment on Hagan’s parole.

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MARAGOS: Not-For-Profit Group Needs Management Overhaul Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released his audit of the Friends of Nassau County Recreation, a not-for-profit organization, and found extensive management and operational issues which compromises their mission and their very existence. An immediate overhaul of the organization is needed to ensure that its important mission is maintained and donor funds are protected. “We are pleased that Tom Hesson, the Executive Director of the group, has agreed to immediately implement the audit recommendations in order to restore the legal standing of Friends of Nassau County Recreation, its management integrity and protect donor funds,” said Comptroller George Maragos. “The organization is vital to the quality of life in the enjoyment of our parks and hosting the many public entertainment and social fundraising events.” The mission of the organization is to foster appreciation of Nassau County parks and to encourage their usage for leisure and recreational purposes. In 2011, Friends of Nassau County Recreation took in approximately $900,000 in fees from various sponsored events such as the Long Island Marathon, 9/11 Memorial, African American Museum and Center for Education and Applied Arts, Aquatics, Baseball/ Softball, the Car Show, the County Executive Soccer Cup and many others. The major findings included violations of the organization’s Corporate Charter and Bylaws, not filing their 2011 Form 990 on a timely basis, which compromised their status as a not-for-profit organization, insufficient cash controls and non-compliance with IRS rules in requiring W-9 or issuing 1099 forms. Other finding were that the Memorandum of Agreement between the County and Friends needs to be renewed, which allows County employees to assist, and the creation of a procedures manual that includes cash controls to help ensure the ongoing successful operation needed for recreational activities. Connect with Nassau County Comptroller Maragos Online: http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/ agencies/Comptroller/index.html PAGE 4


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'I will continue to be close to you': Benedict XVI bids quiet farewell to cardinals By Alastair Jamieson, Staff writer, NBC News Thu Feb 28, 2013 6:57 AM EST NBCNews.com In a quiet departure characteristic of his shy demeanor, Pope Benedict XVI began a muted goodbye to his cardinals and closest advisers at the Vatican on Thursday – the final day of his papacy. "I will continue to be close to you," he told them in the Vatican's 16th century Sala Clementina, before exchanging private individual greetings. "The future pope is among you," the pontiff added, pledging his "unconditional reverence and obedience" to who whoever is chosen as his successor. He also expressed his desire for the church to work like an orchestra where diverse elements came together in harmony - yet another reference to his frustration over infighting at the top of the church. He was expected to bid an individual farewell to dozens of members of the papal hierarchy, the curia, during the day before flying by helicopter to his temporary residence at Castel Gandolfo. Eleven cardinals from the United States were due to be among those bidding him farewell on his final day as pontiff. When the doors of Castel Gandolfo close at 8 p.m. local time Friday (2 p.m. ET) – the moment Benedict's papacy ends – the distinctive Swiss Guards in attendance will go off-duty. The pontiff, who will be known that moment as pope emeritus, will remain at the papal summer residence for two months until his permanent home in a monastery within the Vatican is refurbished and ready for his arrival. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

'A caring pastor' NBC News Vatican expert George Weigel said Pope Benedict would be remembered as “the greatest papal preacher since Gregory the Great in the 6th century” and “a caring pastor.” Father John Bartunek, a priest and author who works in Rome, added: “One of the characteristics that has struck us is personal humility and sincerity. He has a certain sweetness and openness and he’s always present, always willing to listen and that will also be part of his legacy.” “A lot of the repercussions of his decisions won’t be seen right away,” he said. Thursday's goodbyes were in stark contrast to Wednesday's public event, where a crowd of more than 100,000 cheered, applauded and waved banners of support as he delivered his final audience at a packed St Peter's Square. He assured pilgrims and well-wishers that he was not "coming down from the cross" despite renouncing his office, saying his decision was taken "in full awareness of its gravity and rarity but also with pro(Continued on page 6)

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Cops hunt 7 missing children in 'possible family abduction' case By John Newland, Staff Writer, NBC News

Police are searching for seven children who vanished from their Fresno, Calif., home Saturday. Investigators are treating it as a "possible family abduction" case. Ranging in age from 5 to 12, the kids were left at home while their mother and stepfather went to a grocery store, according to the Fresno Police Department. Police believe that their biological father "picked up all of the children." He was identified as Xa Yang and is thought to live in Sacramento, about 170 miles north of Fresno. Neither authorities nor the children's mother had been able to contact the father, who had not been involved in the children's lives "for at least three years," according to a police statement. Because the seven children, along with their belongings, were removed from an apartment complex in the early evening without any apparent commotion, investigators do not suspect foul play. There was no immediate concern for the children's safety, police said. While they have not issued an "Amber Alert," which are normally issued in suspected abductions, police are seeking the public's help. Anyone with information can call Detective Josh Mendizabal at (559) 621-2499 or (559) 621-7000.

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found serenity of spirit." Aides say a life of quiet reflection beckons for Pope Benedict. “I think we’ll probably catch some glimpses of him walking in the garden,” Vatican spokesman Greg Burke told NBC’s TODAY. “He’s not the kind of guy who is going on a book tour.” An introverted theologian, he is credited with pushing the "new evangelization" and repairing rifts with Jews but faulted for not taking stronger action as a sex-abuse scandal tarnished the church's reputation and letting the Vatican bureaucracy run amok. Vatican watchers say there is no clear front-runner and Benedict's legacy will loom large as they look to the future. A Vatican spokesman told the Catholic News Service the college will probably not meet over the weekend but could gather the following Monday for informal talks to set a date for the conclave and begin talking about priorities for 266th pope. Under old church law, the conclave couldn’t start until March 15, but an amendment this week will allow the cardinals to push up the date as along as all 115 electors are in place. There were supposed to be 117, but one is too sick to attend and another recused himself after being accused of inappropriate behavior with priests. And, of the Vatican guesthouse where the cardinals will stay during the conclave must be swept for listening devices before they can move in. The length of the conclave — with its four secret ballots a day, cast in the Sistine Chapel — is anyone's guess; it took just two days to elect Benedict and three to choose his predecessor, John Paul II. An introverted theologian, he is credited with pushing the "new evangelization" and repairing rifts with Jews but faulted for not taking stronger action as a sex-abuse scandal tarnished the church's reputation and letting the Vatican bureaucracy run amok. He alluded to the crises during Wednesday's address, saying he had often felt like "St. Peter with the Apostles in the boat on the Sea of Galilee." “The Lord has given us many days of sunshine and gentle breeze, days in which the catch has been abundant," he said. "[But] there have been times when the seas were rough and the wind against us, as in the whole history of the Church it has ever been — and the Lord seemed to sleep." Meanwhile, the Vatican announced on Thursday that a 92-yearold French cardinal, Jean Honoré, died on Wednesday. Because of his age, he was not among the 117 cardinals eligible to take part in the conclave.

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John Lewis to Scalia: The right to vote is ‘what people died for, bled for’ Congressman John Lewis, a hero of the civil-rights movement, said he was appalled to hear Justice Antonin Scalia refer to the Voting Rights Act as a “racial entitlement” today. Rep. Lewis was at the nation’s highest court to listen to arguments about whether the 1965 Voting Rights Act should be struck down as unconstitutional. “It was unreal, unbelievable, almost shocking, for a member of the court to use certain language,” he said “I can see politicians and even members of Congress–it is just appalling to me.”

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Scalia’s words “shocking.” “How is that an entitlement?” Sharpton asked. “I thought African-Americans were citizens! For us to have the right to vote protected is some kind of entitlement program?” Lewis agreed, calling the right to vote “precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent instrument that we have in a democratic society. And if the courts come to that point where they declare this section, section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, unconstitutional, it would be a dagger in the heart of the democratic process.” Unfortunately, the consensus emerging from those who were inside the court today is that Section 5′s future is probably limited, especially since likely swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy seemed to think the law had outlived its usefulness. At one point he compared it to the Marshall Plan, noting that it too “was a good thing at one time, but times change.”

For Lewis, the comments were especially offensive because he knows from experience how hard he and others Lewis is hopeful though, that most Americans believe in fought to win those rights. He was severely beaten by Alabama state troopers as he marched across the Edmund Pettus the Voting Rights Act. “I think the great majority of the peoBridge in Selma, Al., on March 7, 1965, a date that’s now ple of our country believe, truly believe, that all of us have the right to vote, that our right to vote should be protected by the known as Bloody Sunday. “It is an affront to all of what the civil rights movement law of the land.” stood for, what people died for, what people bled for, and those of us who marched across that bridge 48 years ago, we didn’t march for some racial entitlement,” he said. “We wanted to open up the political process, and let all of the people come in, and it didn’t matter whether they were black or white, Latino, Asian-American or Native American.”

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How the Supreme Court could reshape racial politics in America If it rules as expected in two closely-watched cases over the next few months, the U.S. Supreme Court, lead by five conservative justices, will cement a view it has already suggested in the past: America is increasingly beyond race. On Wednesday, the justices will listen to oral arguments in Shelby County v. Holder, in which an Alabama county is challenging Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which allows the federal government to block changes in voting and election laws in a group states, most of which are in the South, that historically made it harder for blacks to vote. The court is expected to issue a ruling on this case in June or July, around the same time it is expected to announce its ruling on a case argued last year about the constitutionality of using racial preferences in college admissions. The five conservative-leaning judges on the court have hinted before at their discomfort with the Voting Rights Act, arguing it unfairly targets states in the South, as well as with affirmative action, which they view as seeking to undo the effects of racial discrimination through a policy that also uses racial discrimination. But ruling in the same month against affirmation action and the Voting Rights Act, both strongly favored by American civil rights groups and many liberals, would combine to deliver a huge message from the Supreme Court on the future of race and policy in America. The Obama administration is defending both affirmative action and the Voting Rights Act in these hearings.

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McCarthy: Washington Must Find Common Ground to Avoid Fiscal Cliff Sandy Victims & Most Vulnerable Families Would be Hit Hardest by Automatic Budget Cuts WASHINGTON, DC (Feb. 25, 2013) – Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY4) urged the House of Representative’s Republican majority leadership to come to an agreement with the White House to avoid the automatic budget cuts known as “sequestration” that would otherwise go into effect starting March 1. “Democrats have agreed to aggressive spending cuts; if the House Republican leadership also agreed to closing tax loopholes favoring just a handful of the wealthiest people, we can avert the devastating effects of these automatic budget cuts,” Rep. McCarthy said. “Our leaders in Washington need to come together and make a deal before millions of Americans begin to be affected.” On Long Island, one of the worst effects of sequestration would be the loss of up to $3 billion in Superstorm Sandy aid, according to some reports. A $27 million cut in the “Zadroga” health care fund for 9/11 first responders would also affect Long Island more than other parts of the country. Some of the most vulnerable populations including those on Long Island would be disproportionately affected be the cuts, including families with children in public schools, working parents receiving child daycare assistance, unemployed workers in job search programs, seniors on fixed income and those enrolled in substance abuse programs. Public health and safety could be threatened with cuts hurting food inspections, environmental code enforcement, disease and disaster response, mental health treatment, local law enforcement grants, air traffic control and aviation security staff. National security could be affected with reduced staffing at U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the FBI, as well as civilian defense employees. A full list of sequestration’s effects in New York State and nationally, provided by the White House, follows: If sequestration were to take effect, some examples of the impacts on New York this year alone are: - Teachers and Schools: New York will lose approximately $42.7 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 590 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 70,000 fewer students would be served and approximately120 fewer schools would receive funding. o Education for Children with Disabilities: In addition, New York will lose approximately $36.3 million in funds for about 440 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities. - Work-Study Jobs: Around 4,520 fewer low income students in New York would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 4,150 fewer students will get work-study jobs that help them pay for college. - Head Start: Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 4,300 children in New York, reducing access to critical early education. - Protections for Clean Air and Clean Water: New York would lose about $12,869,000 in environmental funding to ensure clean water and air quality, as well as prevent pollution from pesticides and hazardous waste. In addition, New York could lose another $1,201,000 in grants for fish and wildlife protection. - Military Readiness: In New York, approximately 12,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $60.9 million in total. o Army: Base operation funding would be cut by about $108 million in New York. - Law Enforcement and Public Safety Funds for Crime Prevention and Prosecution: New York will lose about $780,000 in Justice Assistance Grants that support law enforcement, prosecution and courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim and witness initiatives. - Job Search Assistance to Help those in New York find Employment and Training: New York will lose about $884,000 in funding for job search assistance, referral, and placement, meaning around 46,230 fewer people will get the help and skills they need to find employment. - Child Care: Up to 2,300 disadvantaged and vulnerable children could lose access to child care, which is also essential for working parents to hold down a job. - Vaccines for Children: In New York around 7,170 fewer children will receive vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B due to reduced funding for vaccinations of about $490,000. - Public Health: New York will lose approximately $1,070,000 in funds to help upgrade its ability to respond to public health threats including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events. In addition, New York will lose about $5,730,000 in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 6,100 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And New York’s health departments will lose about $2,726,000 resulting in around 68,200 fewer HIV tests.

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Rep. McCarthy: Victory Likely on Violence Against Women Act WASHINGTON, DC (Feb. 26, 2013) – Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (DNY4), a cosponsor of the Violence Against Women Act, said victory was likely for American women and families in response to a published report that the House Republican Majority would allow a vote on the full, Senate-passed version of the legislation. Until this evening, the House Republican Majority had only agreed to a vote on a weakened version of the Violence Against Women Act that the conservative wing of their caucus had stripped of protections for vulnerable minority groups like the LGBT community, immigrants and Native Americans. “Protections for women and vulnerable minority populations should not be restricted on by a small group of Congress members whose ideology is out of step with mainstream America,” said Rep. McCarthy, the first and only woman to represent a part of Long Island in Congress. “I commend the House Republican Majority for considering a vote on the full VAWA – the watered-down version was a slap in the face to American women, but a change of course will be a victory for all Americans.” The full version of the Violence Against Women Act passed in the Democratically-controlled Senate overwhelmingly last week, in a 78-22 vote. The bill was supported by the majority of Republican senators and every woman in the Senate. Rep. McCarthy is a cosponsor of H.R. 11, the House version of that bill. The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women, which represents over a thousand advocacy groups nationwide, had opposed original House Republican version of the bill, stating: “Unfortunately, the National Task Force must oppose the House [Majority] proposed VAWA legislation… This legislation lacks necessary protections for victims of violence and rolls back current law. NTF supports efforts to move the House legislation closer to the inclusive, bipartisan Senate-passed bill.” The Violence Against Women Act helps law enforcement officers and prosecutors develop abuse prevention strategies and tactics for arresting and trying batterers, and train advocates for victims and parole officers working with released offenders. VAWA grants are also used to fund battered women’s shelters, rape prevention and education programs, and community organizations that help victims of domestic violence. The Act includes protections for battered women who have to take time off work to attend to medical problems or receive legal assistance, and protections from retribution for victims who report incidences of abuse and measures. VAWA funds are also used to combat the trafficking of young girls and women for sex trades.

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SEN. LAUTENBERG, REP. MCCARTHY APPLAUD BIPARTISAN GROUP OF MAYORS FOR ENDORSING HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINE BAN MAJOR ENDORSEMENT ADDS TO MOMENTUM FOR EFFORT TO BAN DEADLY ASSAULT MAGAZINES WASHINGTON, D.C.—As Congress prepares to take up gun safety reform legislation, U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY-4) today applauded the bipartisan Mayors Against Illegal Guns for officially endorsing their bills to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines. Mayors Against Illegal Guns, led by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, is a coalition of more than 850 Republican and Democratic mayors from big cities and small towns across the country. The support letter can be viewed here. “This endorsement adds new momentum and a major commitment from America’s mayors to passing a ban on deadly highcapacity ammunition magazines,” said Lautenberg. “Banning highcapacity magazines is the kind of sensible reform that has the support of Democrats and Republicans, hunters, and responsible gun owners. Congress should listen to the mayors and the American people and and make communities safer for our children and families by passing our bill to put this ban back in place. We thank Mayor Bloomberg and Mayors Against Illegal Guns for supporting this reasonable legislation and working tirelessly to stop senseless gun violence.” Rep. McCarthy said, “The evolution of over 850 Republican and Democratic mayors to come to formally endorsing our legislation to restrict high-capacity magazines is a major development and reflects just how much the American public has become fed up with a gun manufacturing lobby that’s putting its profits before the lives of people. I commend the Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Mayor Michael Bloomberg especially for their leadership and commitment to saving lives and reducing injuries through commonsense gun safety laws.” The Lautenberg and McCarthy proposal to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds is a major component of President Obama’s gun safety plan. The “Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act” would prohibit the manufacture and sale of ammunition magazines that have a capacity of, or could be readily converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition. From 1994 to 2004, these high-capacity ammunition magazines were illegal as part of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, which expired in 2004. Since that time, high-capacity clips have been legal to manufacture and sell under federal law. Lautenberg and McCarthy introduced their bills after a highcapacity ammunition magazine was used to carry out the shooting spree in Tucson, allowing the shooter to fire off 33 bullets in just 15 seconds. The shooter was subdued when he stopped to reload. In addition to the Tucson tragedy, high-capacity magazines were used in mass shootings at Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, Aurora, Oak Creek, and Newtown. Lautenberg’s bill in the Senate is co-sponsored by Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tom Carper (DDE), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Barbara Boxer (DCA), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chris Coons (D-DE), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Carl Levin (D-MI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Al Franken (D-MN), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and William “Mo” Cowan (DMA). McCarthy’s House bill has the support of 79 cosponsors. Former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney have expressed support for reinstating the ban on highcapacity magazines in the past, and polls show that 65 percent of Americans support such a ban. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Is the pressure to be perfect Christians undermining the church? “You’re a Christian, right?” a friend asked me recently. Years ago, I would have given a knee-jerk, “Of course!” However these days, I find myself offering a long explanation, one that lays out my internal conflict with claiming Christianity without sounding like Judas. I believe in God, pray multiple times daily — for myself and others, and the world at large. I read The Bible occasionally. I work out to a various selection of gospel songs, mostly classics that I was raised listening to or sang—a long time ago — in a church choir. I actually think, “what would Jesus do?” when I debate doing something that I have no business doing. I actively try to correct negative on-goings in my head, because I honestly believe God knows my thoughts. But I intentionally don’t go to church anymore and I’ve actively stopped referring to myself as a “Christian.” Somewhere along the way, it seems that to some — certainly not all — Christians being Christian became synonymous with being perfect. Last week, Real Housewives of Atlanta co-star Kandi Burruss released her first gospel single, “Stay Prayed Up” featuring gospel great Marvin Sapp and was swiftly derided by other Christians for what they deemed her un-Christian-like ways, including a sex toy business, a racy radio show and speaking openly about having sex with her live-in fiancé. “I knew when I decided to do it that I would be criticized,” Burruss wrote on Instagram. “I believe in God but I have always struggled with the rules of the church, just like a lot of people.” That same week, NBA player Dwight Howard, also a selfdescribed Christian, took a few verbal jabs for declaring he wanted to “raise the name of God within the league and throughout the world.” Howard is rumored to have as many as five children out-of-wedlock by as many women. Tracey Edmonds, who was once accused of being a mistress of ex- NFL star Deon Saunders (an allegation she swiftly denied), also raised a few eyebrows when she recently announced she would launch a TV network “with Christian values.” I’m not here to debate whether Burruss or Edmond or Howard are good-Christians or pick apart their alleged shortcomings. Frankly, I have too many of my own to concentrate on rather than harping on those of others. Still, I would like to suggest that people who aren’t perfect should not be derided for professing Christianity. The pressures of being a “perfect” Christian are more likely to turn people away from God than to bring people who are faulty, flawed and trying anyway into the fold. Anybody who has tried to walk with God knows it’s a rocky path where folks fall and stumble all the time. If ministers, pastors and popes — the appointed leaders of Team Christian (after God, of course) — can waiver on the terrain, then certainly their followers can get some extra rope as well. And it’s not like Christianity doesn’t need the shout out from younger, relevant self-professed Christians. A 2011 Hartford Seminary study on America’s churches found that not only was attendance at Christian churches down across the board, but the pews were increasingly “grey”, i.e., the younger people, me included, have gone missing. However, it does seem like they are listening. Despite all the hoopla, Burruss’s single shot to the number one spot on iTunes’ gospel chart. If Christians want to maintain relevance among the younger set, it would be helpful if those with holier-than-thou attitudes stopped alienating other flawed members of the flock. It doesn’t make Christians appear more righteous or more perfect; it just serves to silence imperfect people who want to avoid judgment and drives wellintentioned, but flawed sinners away from the church. Demetria L. Lucas is the author of “A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life” (Atria), in stores now. Follow her on Twitter @abelleinbk PAGE 10


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DuWayne wants you to know: Suffolk County Legislative Majority Leader DuWayne Gregory (15th-LD, Amityville) FEMA registration deadline extended for Hurricane Sandy survivors in N.Y. (February 26, 2013-New York) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency, at the request of the State of New York, has approved a 30-day extension for survivors to register for federal disaster assistance. As one of the most densely populated areas in the country, New York presents FEMA with many unique challenges. The agency – along with state and federal partners and voluntary organizations – is extending the registration period for an additional 30 days in order to best serve Hurricane Sandy survivors in New York. The new registration deadline in New York is March 29, 2013, which is also the deadline to complete and return low-interest SBA disaster loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration. The extension allows survivors in the 13 New York counties designated for federal individual assistance more time to register with FEMA. The designated counties are: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester. People living in these counties who sustained losses due to Hurricane Sandy should register with FEMA even if they have insurance. Applying by the deadline may help survivors avoid a funding shortfall if they later find that they are underinsured or have additional damages. Survivors who register may be eligible for federal grants to help cover various disaster-related expenses, including rent, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. By returning the SBA disaster loan application, homeowners may be eligible for up to $200,000 to repair or replace their storm-damaged primary residence. Homeowners and renters may be eligible for up to $40,000 for replacement of personal property. Businesses and private nonprofits may be eligible to borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace storm-damaged property. How to register with FEMA Individuals can register with FEMA online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or via smartphone or tablet by going to m.fema.gov or by downloading the FEMA app. Survivors can also register by calling the FEMA Helpline: 800-6213362 (Voice, 7-1-1/Relay) or (TTY) 800-462-7585. The line is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST, seven days a week until further notice. Anyone with questions regarding the FEMA registration process, the status of their application and available disaster assistance programs is encouraged to visit a Disaster Recovery Center or contact FEMA. To find the nearest Disaster Recovery Center, the following options are available: Text DRC and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA), and a text message will be sent back with the address. Also, the Disaster Recovery Center locator is available online at www.FEMA.gov/disaster-recoverycenters. SBA disaster loan application NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

A simple and fast way to complete the disaster loan application is online, using the SBA's electronic loan application. Go to https:// DisasterLoan.SBA.gov/ELA. SBA customer service representatives are available to issue or accept low-interest disaster loan applications and answer questions at all New York State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers and SBA business recovery centers and Disaster Loan Outreach Centers. To locate the nearest center, visit www.sba.gov or call 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339). More information is available by calling the SBA Disaster Customer Service Center toll-free number, 800-659-2955 (TTY 800-877-8339). Assistance is also available by sending an email to DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov or by visiting www.sba.gov. For more information on New York’s disaster recovery, visit www.fe ma.gov/Sa ndyNY, www.twitter.com/FEMASandy, www.facebook.com/FEMASandy and www.fema.gov/blog. FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585. FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses. PAGE 11


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- STOP Violence Against Women Program: New York could lose up to $412,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 1,600 fewer victims being served. - Nutrition Assistance for Seniors: New York would lose approximately $1,447,000 in funds that provide meals for seniors. NATIONWIDE IMPACTS The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) now calculates that sequestration will require an annual reduction of roughly 5 percent for nondefense programs and roughly 8 percent for defense programs. However, given that these cuts must be achieved over only seven months instead of 12, the effective percentage reductions will be approximately 9 percent for nondefense programs and 13 percent for defense programs. These large and arbitrary cuts will have severe impacts across the government. - Cuts to education: Our ability to teach our kids the skills they’ll need for the jobs of the future would be put at risk. 70,000 young children would lose access to Head Start, 10,000 teacher jobs would be put at risk, and funding for up to 7,200 special education teachers, aides, and staff could be cut. - Cuts to small business: Small businesses create two-thirds of all new jobs in America. Instead of helping small businesses expand and hire, the automatic cuts would reduce loan guarantees to small businesses by up to approximately $900 million. - Cuts to food safety: Outbreaks of foodborne illness are a serious threat to families and public health. If sequestration takes effect, up to 2,100 fewer food inspections could occur, putting families at risk and costing billions in lost food production. - Cuts to research and innovation: To compete for the jobs of the future and ensure that the next breakthroughs to find cures for critical diseases are developed right here in America, we need to continue to lead the world in research and innovation. Most Americans with chronic diseases don’t have a day to lose, but under sequestration progress towards cures would be delayed and several thousand researchers could lose their jobs. Up to 12,000 scientists and students would also be impacted. - Cuts to mental health: If sequestration takes effect, up to 373,000 seriously mentally ill adults and seriously emotionally disturbed children could go untreated. This would likely lead to increased hospitalizations, involvement in the criminal justice system, and homelessness for these individuals. More detailed explanations of these cuts as well as additional areas that will be impacted include: Security and Safety - FBI and other law enforcement – The FBI and other law enforcement entities would see a reduction in capacity equivalent to more than 1,000 Federal agents. This loss of agents would significantly impact our ability to combat violent crime, pursue financial crimes, secure our borders, and protect national security. - Customs and border patrol – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would not be able to maintain current staffing levels of border patrol agents and CBP officers as mandated by Congress. CBP would have to reduce its work hours by the equivalent of over 5,000 border patrol agents and the equivalent of over 2,750 CBP officers. Funding and staffing reductions would increase wait times at airports, weaken security between land ports of entry, limit CBP’s ability to collect revenue owed to the Federal government, and slow screening and entry for those traveling into the United States. At the major gateway airports, average wait times could increase by 30-50 percent. At the nation’s busiest airports, like Newark, JFK, LAX, and Chicago O’Hare, peak wait times could grow to over 4 hours or more. On the southwest land border, our biggest ports of entry in California and Texas could face wait times of 5 hours or more during peak holiday weekends and travel periods. And at our seaports, delays in container examinations could increase from 2-3 days to 4-5 days, resulting in congestion at terminals, increased transaction costs to the trade community, and reduced availability of consumer goods and raw materials critical to our economy. - Aviation safety – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would be forced to undergo a funding cut of more than $600 million. This action would force the FAA to undergo an immediate retrenchment of core functions by reducing operating costs and eliminating or reducing services to various segments of the flying community. A vast majority of FAA’s nearly 47,000 employees would be furloughed for approximately one day per pay period, with a maximum of two days per pay period. The furlough of a large number of air traffic controllers and technicians would require a reduction in air traffic to a level that could be safely managed by the remaining staff, resulting in slower air traffic in major cities, as well as delays and disruptions across the country during the critical summer travel season. - Aviation security – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) would reduce its frontline workforce, which would substantially increase passenger wait times at airport security checkpoints. TSA would need to initiate a hiring freeze for all transportation security officer positions in March, eliminate overtime, and furlough its 50,000 officers for up to seven days. - Emergency responders – FEMA would need to reduce funding for State and local grants that support firefighter positions and State and local emergency management personnel, hampering our ability to respond to natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy and other emergencies. Research and Innovation - NIH research – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) would be forced to delay or halt vital scientific projects and make hundreds of fewer research awards. Since each research award supports up to seven research positions, several thousand personnel could lose their jobs. Many projects would be difficult to pursue at reduced levels and would need to be cancelled, putting prior year investments at risk. These cuts would delay progress on the prevention of debilitating chronic conditions that are costly to society and delay development of more effective treatments for common and rare diseases affecting millions of Americans. - NSF research – The National Science Foundation (NSF) would issue nearly 1,000 fewer research grants and awards, impacting an estimated 12,000 scientists and students and curtailing critical scientific research. - New drug approvals – The FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) would face delays in translating new science and technology into reguNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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latory policy and decision-making, resulting in delays in new drug approvals. The FDA would likely also need to reduce operational support for meeting review performance goals, such as the recently negotiated user fee goals on new innovative prescription drugs and medical devices. Economic Growth - Small business assistance – Small Business Administration (SBA) loan guarantees would be cut by up to approximately $900 million, constraining financing needed by small businesses to maintain and expand their operations and create jobs. - Economic development – The Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) ability to leverage private sector resources to support projects that spur local job creation would be restricted, likely resulting in more than 1,000 fewer jobs created than expected and leaving approximately $50 million in private sector investment untapped. - Oil and gas permitting - Development of oil and gas on Federal lands and waters would slow down, due to cuts in programs at the Department of the Interior (DOI) and other agencies that plan for new projects, conduct environmental reviews, issue permits and inspect operations. Leasing of new Federal lands for future development would also be delayed, with fewer resources available for agencies to prepare for and conduct lease sales. Government Services - Food safety – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could conduct 2,100 fewer inspections at domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture food products while USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) may have to furlough all employees for approximately two weeks. These reductions could increase the number and severity of safety incidents, and the public could suffer more foodborne illness, such as the recent salmonella in peanut butter outbreak and the E. coli illnesses linked to organic spinach, as well as cost the food and agriculture sector millions of dollars in lost production volume. - Veterans services – Although the Department of Veterans Affairs is exempt from sequestration, the Department of Labor’s Veterans Transition Assistance Program, which serves over 150,000 veterans a year, would have to reduce operations – leaving thousands of transitioning veterans unserved as they move from active duty to civilian life. The Jobs for Veterans State Grants Program would also experience cuts, translating into a reduction in the capacity to serve tens of thousands of veterans in their efforts to find civilian employment. - National parks – Many of the 398 national parks across the country would be partially or fully closed, with shortened operating hours, closed facilities, reduced maintenance, and cuts to visitor services. These closures will hurt the many small businesses and regional economies that depend on nearby national parks to attract visitors to their region. Education - Title I education funds – Title I education funds would be eliminated for more than 2,700 schools, cutting support for nearly 1.2 million disadvantaged students. This funding reduction would put the jobs of approximately 10,000 teachers and aides at risk. Students would lose access to individual instruction, afterschool programs, and other interventions that help close achievement gaps. - Special education (IDEA) – Cuts to special education funding would eliminate Federal support for more than 7,200 teachers, aides, and other staff who provide essential instruction and support to preschool and school-aged students with disabilities. - Head Start – Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 70,000 children, reducing access to critical early education. Community and faith based organizations, small businesses, local governments, and school systems would have to lay off over 14,000 teachers, teacher assistants, and other staff. Economic Security - Social Security applicant and beneficiary services – The Social Security Administration (SSA) would be forced to curtail service to the public and reduce program oversight efforts designed to make sure benefits are paid accurately and to the right people. Potential effects on SSA operations could include a reduction in service hours to the public, and a substantial growth in the backlog of Social Security disability claims. - Senior meals – Federally-assisted programs like Meals on Wheels would be able to serve 4 million fewer meals to seniors. These meals contribute to the overall health and well-being of participating seniors, including those with chronic illnesses that are affected by diet, such as diabetes and heart disease, and frail seniors who are homebound. The meals can account for 50 percent or more of daily food for the majority of participants. - Nutrition assistance for women, infants and children – Approximately 600,000 women and children would be dropped from the Department of Agriculture’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) from March through September. At least 1,600 State and local jobs could be lost as a result. - Child care– Cuts to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Child Care and Development Fund would leave 30,000 low-income children without child care subsidies, denying them access to child development programs and ending a crucial work support for many families. - Rental assistance – The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Housing Choice Voucher program, which provides rental assistance to very low-income families, would face a significant reduction in funding, which would place about 125,000 families at immediate risk of losing their permanent housing. - Emergency unemployment compensation – People receiving Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits would see their benefits cut by nearly 11 percent. Affected long-term unemployed individuals would lose an average of more than $450 in benefits that they and their families count on while they search for another job. Smaller unemployment checks will also have a negative impact on the economy as a whole. Economists have estimated that every dollar in unemployment benefits generates $2 in economic activity. - Homelessness programs – More than 100,000 formerly homeless people, including veterans, would be removed from their current housing and emergency shelter programs, putting them at risk of returning to the streets. PAGE 13


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Tom Suozzi to address County Guaranty (Uniondale, NY) –Tom Suozzi, 2013 Democratic candidate for County Executive, will hold a press conference on Thursday to address the court’s unanimous decision to invalidate Nassau County’s repeal of the “County Guaranty.” Responding to the decision that Nassau County has no legal right to eliminate the County Guaranty, Mr Suozzi said, “To claim Ed Mangano’s administration hasn’t raised property taxes -- when they merely pushed the burden on to our schools -- is an outright deception. The county has accumulated over 300 million in debt on this issue alone and the now the bill must be paid.” Mr. Suozzi announced his candidacy in a video released earlier this month to his website suozzi2013.com, in which he said, “Instead of shifting the financial burden to our school property taxpayers, we need to agree that we are all in this together.” What: Democratic Candidate for Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi will address the press on the court’s unanimous decision to reverse Nassau County’s repeal of the County Guaranty When: February 28th, 2013 @ 11:00am Where: Offices of Harris Beach 333 Earle Ovington Blvd 9th Floor Uniondale, NY 11553

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Statement from Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams on the Court of Appeals decision that the repeal of the ‘County Guaranty’ is unconstitutional: "The Democratic caucus voted against the unconstitutional law of shifting this $80m annual cost onto school taxpayers. We're all in this together, but we need Mangano to start delivering real solutions to the problem he promised to fix.”

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From the Desk of Mayor Hall The fire at the St. Pauls Road North apartment a few weeks ago was a tragedy, and like all of you, I am grieved by it. I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to the families of Guadalupe Ramirez and her son Fernando. For their family, these past weeks have been marked by pain, confusion and anger. It is their right to expect justice, and to try to make sense of this heartbreaking accident. I want to assure all those affected that this office remains committed to protecting every Hempstead Village resident, and I am taking critical measures to see that something like this never happens again in our community. This tragic loss of life illustrates the need for greatly improved communication in our Village during times of crisis. To ensure that all members of this community are informed and prepared when danger strikes, I am in the process of implementing a wide-ranging overhaul in our emergency preparedness programs. To begin with, I’m instituting a Tenant Advocacy Committee that will streamline how renters handle issues regarding fire-code violations and fire-alarm installation. The Village is also creating our 311-like system, providing an easy-to-remember number for residents to call with complaints or concerns. These improvements will enable our residents to get the help they need, when they need it. There will no longer be questions about where to turn. Sadly, this horrific incident has received attention not only for the terrible loss of life, but for another reason: the hesitation some members of our community have felt about calling authorities for help. I want every man, woman and child in the Village of Hempstead to know that he or she can freely reach out in such situations to Village officials, police, firefighters, or any other arm of our local government without fear of penalty. To make this absolutely clear, I’ve spoken with the El Salvadoran Consulate, and have given my word that no person living in Hempstead – regardless of status – ever need hesitate to call for help in time of emergency. I am embarrassed and sickened that some on the Village Board would attempt to use the deaths of two people as a shameless opportunity for political gain. Now is the time for an open discussion about how to improve the ways we help and protect our residents —not the time for selfaggrandizing finger-pointing. Our citizens have the right to expect their politicians to solve problems, and to do so, we NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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must work together for everyone’s good. I am 100 percent committed to doing whatever it takes to keep every resident of Hempstead Village safe, and I urge you to contact me with your constructive ideas for improvement. To learn more about what is going on in the Village of Hempstead, including information about local organizations that serve youth and families, visit www.villageofhempstead.org. You may also join our electronic mailing list by sending your name and email address to: Mayor@villageofhempsteadny.gov. To keep abreast of the downtown revitalization, visit www.renewhempstead.com. On that site, you may share your ideas for the redevelopment and/or provide your feedback on the plan. Sincerely,

Wayne Mayor Wayne J. Hall

HEMPSTEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY ADULT WORKSHOP JOB SEARCH SECRETS Wednesday, March 27, 2013 6:30pm – 8:30pm FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* * * * * * * * * * * * ADVANCE REGISTRATION NEEDED * * * * * * * CONTACT: REFERENCE* * * * * * * * *481-6990 Job Search Secrets is a positive interactive workshop, focusing on a set of specific actions job seekers can take to significantly improve the effectiveness of their job search strategy. A variety of valuable resources will be shared and discussed throughout the workshop. This is an informative PowerPoint presentation and handouts will be made available to all who attend. This free program will be held in the Community Room of the library. Registration is required.

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RCRG Welcomes 2013 Board of Directors “Building Community Strength through Community Partnerships” ROOSEVELT, NY – The Roosevelt Community Revitalization Group (RCRG), a coalition who presents and promotes the community and economic revitalization of Roosevelt, announced its 2013 Board of Directors on November 14, 2012 at our annual board meeting at the Roosevelt Fire House. The 2013 board will serve under the leadership of the newly elected Board Chair, Jacob Dixon, CEO of Choice For All. A Teach for America alum (New York – 2008), Dixon has close to ten years of experience in education reform, non-profit leadership and community organizing. “We are truly excited to launch a new direction for 2013 that really focuses on building community strength through community building – working side by side with Roosevelt to build real change,” Dixon stated.

7 Quick Facts on RCRG 1. Who is RCRG? Our mission as The Roosevelt Community Revitalization Group’s (also known as RCRG), is to promote the community and economic revitalization of Roosevelt. 2. How do we promote the community and economic revitalization of Roosevelt? We do so by focusing on improving the quality of life in the Roosevelt Community through education, economic development and health and wellness. We also work as an advocate for the residents of Roosevelt by bringing issues to their attention that may adversely affect the quality of life of residents, and other stakeholders. RCRG works cohesively and collaboratively solely for the advancement of revitalization efforts that will benefit the citizens of Roosevelt. 3. What is the history of RCRG? In response to the voices of the community through the initial work of the Roosevelt Implementation Task Force (2003), RCRG was established to follow through in shepherding the implementation of the Roosevelt Vision Plan for Nassau Road. We extend this work to build a membership that is broadly based in representing the diverse concerns in the community of Roosevelt. In founding the revitalization group, our goal is to promote and partner with community residents, municipal leaders, business owners and other interested stakeholders in creating real change in Roosevelt. 4. What is our commitment in Roosevelt? To ensure that we consistently respond to the needs of the community, RCRG is committed to partnering and promoting organizations that influence change, build collaboration, develop long-term partnerships with Roosevelt, recognized for its commitment to the community and advocates for community change. 5. How have we shown our commitment in action in Roosevelt? Roosevelt Farmers Market Featured in the New York Times, our farmers market is a communitybased farm stand developed to fill a void in providing fresh fruit and vegetables to the community, as well as offering students a hands-on educational entrepreneurial opportunity. We are supplied with affordable fresh fruit and vegetables from local agriculture by giving local farmers in Long Island opportunity to sell their produce at the market without leaving their farms. Part of the uniqueness of our farmers’ market model is that it is student-run. Young students from the community are selected for a competitive internship that provides a simultaneous educational and business training: running the market, customer service, process of ordering/pricing food, cash accounting and nutritional advantages of eating healthy food. In partnership with Nassau Health Corporation (NuHealth), we provide nutritional guidance and education for residents, particularly focusing on key areas found as health challenges including heart diseases, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. Excellence in Entrepreneurship Four studies spanning 18 years examined the redevelopment of the Roosevelt downtown business district, including recruiting new businesses to relocate to Roosevelt. RCRG recognized through community voice and data provided by the Pratt Institute Center that a large percentage of businesses in Roosevelt are not only home based, but were seeking services and capacity NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Elected as Vice Chair is Ron Gilchrist, Director of Engineering at the New York Historical Society. Spearheading the Economic Development committee of the Board of Directors, Gilchrist has close to fifteen years of experience in commercial building development, strategic planning and finance experience with top companies, including MasterCard. The 2013 Board took effect on January 1st, 2013 About RCRG The Roosevelt Community Revitalization Group (RCRP) is a coalition whose mission is to present and promote the community and economic revitalization of Roosevelt, NY. RCRG was designed in response to the voices of the community through the initial work of the Roosevelt Implementation Task Force in 2004 with the Roosevelt Vision Plan for Nassau Road. RCRG extends this work to build a membership that is broadly based on representing the diverse concerns of Roosevelt by bringing issues to their attention that adversely affect the quality of residents and other stakeholders. Areas of focus include education, economic development, community building and health/wellness.

resources that were not readily available in the immediate community. In response, RCRG created a Small Business Development Committee where businesses throughout Roosevelt come together to work on issues that they are facing, share ideas, exchange resources and build together best practices. In addition, RCRG, in partnership with Citibank, SUNY Farmingdale Small Business Development Center and Roosevelt Fire District launch an Excellence in Entrepreneurship in September 2011. For six consecutive weeks, businesses throughout the community were able to hone or build their skills in entrepreneurship, as well as their understanding of the variety of expertise needed to run a successful. Participants were able to walk out with a viable business plan that can lead towards opening their business within a five-year success margin or begin a strategic planning process. Building Community Voice On the third Wednesday of every month, members of the community come together to share information, voice concerns and promote upcoming events in Roosevelt. This also provides you an opportunity to hear the latest changes or projects that are impacting the residents and RCRG. Health & Financial Literacy In partnership with Citibank, NuHealth, LL Dent and Bethpage Federal Credit Union, RCRG provides health and financial literacy resources and forums on a quarterly basis to measure how Roosevelt is improving in these areas. Technical Assistance & Capacity Building We also provide technical assistance and capacity building to assist organizations to do their best work in communities, providing a variety of resources and trainings (individual/group consultations) 6. How do I get involved? As we continue to expand and grow, we need your voice at the table. There are a variety of ways that as a resident or organization you can join RCRG. Join a committee or volunteer with a specific project within the committee: o Economic Development – Empowering individuals and groups with skills needed to effect change through economic opportunities while improving social conditions in a way that is equitable and sustainable o Community Services – Facilitate and streamline a collaborative process in building access and buy-in towards improving family life and youth development in building cradle-to-career solutions o Civic Engagement – Participate in collective actions in identifying and address issues of public concern through volunteerism and individual involvement, including beautification, community decoration, and electoral participation and youth civil engagement projects. Become a board member of RCRG o Engage in important dialogue about the sustainable future of the Roosevelt community, where you can help develop policy to implement revitalization goals and work with an engaged team of professionals that bring various knowledge and experience to the conversation.

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Diddy teams with Mark Wahlberg for new venture: AQUAhydrate Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs teams up with actor/producer Mark Wahlberg for their newest business venture, the AQUAhydrate water brand. According to a press release on Premium Ultra, the two stars announced a joint venture with the SouthernCalifornia-based performance water brand earlier today. AQUAhydrate is associated with several professional athletes and teams, including Rob Gronkowski, New Eng-

land Patriots tight end, Denver Nuggets forward Jordan Hamilton, and the entire Los Angeles Clippers team. The water contains electrolytes and natural trace minerals and is “purified to some of the most rigorous standards in the industry,” according to the AQUAhydrate website. Alongside CEO John Cochran, former president of Fiji Water, Combs and Wahlberg will oversee business strategy, vision, and brand partnerships. AQUAhydrate received BevNET’s Best of 2012 award for Best Product Revamp. “This is a truly innovative company, and I’m thrilled to be part of it,” Wahlberg said in the Premium Ultra release. “We all strive to do the best we can for our bodies but sometimes schedules, stress and other factors get in the NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

way. AQUAhydrate helps me achieve the balance my body needs, no matter what. I enjoy being involved in every aspect of the AQUAhydrate brand and I’m looking forward to a very successful partnership.”

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Diddy commented: “As a brand architect, I am incredibly passionate and equally committed to every aspect of the businesses that I get involved with. Partnering with AQUAhydrate and Mark is an

incredible opportunity for me and I am looking forward to making history in the process. It’s important for me to be part of something that drives me and is constantly pushing the boundaries, and that’s what AQUAhydrate does. Together, we’re going to take AQUAhydrate to the next level.” Follow Carrie Healey on Twitter @CarrieHeals.

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SCOOBY-DOO JOINS WITH SCHOOL CHILDREN NATIONWIDE TO HELP EDUCATE AMERICANS ABOUT ADOPTING SHELTER PETS, ALSO KNOWN AS MUTT-I-GREES® – BY ENTERING PSA CONTEST FOR A CHANCE TO WIN $2,500! Mutt-i-grees® “America Adopts” PSA Contest Offers Great Opportunities, Including Surprise Visit to Winning School by Publishers Clearing House (PCH) Prize Patrol and Appearance by Scooby-Doo PORT WASHINGTON, NY, February 25, 2013 – “Scooby-Doo is a Mutt-i-gree®, too!” was proudly announced to the world last year. This year, the beloved cartoon canine is inviting school children across the nation to raise awareness about shelter pets, otherwise known as Mutt-i-grees, by participating in the third annual Mutt-i-grees “America Adopts” Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest. The PSA Contest, a nationwide initiative to raise awareness of the availability and desirability of Mutt-i-grees, reflects the essence of the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum. The Mutt-i-grees Curriculum is a unique approach to teaching children social and emotional skills, while also highlighting the individual characteristics and needs of Mutt-i-grees. The Mutt-i-grees Curriculum was developed by The Pet Savers Foundation, in collaboration with the Yale University School of the 21st Century, and is funded by The Cesar Millan Foundation. The PSA Contest is open to schools that teach children in any, or all, of the following grades: Pre-K through Grade 12, with submissions being categorized by grade levels: Pre-K & Kindergarten; Grades 1-5; and Grades 6-12. Schools can get creative and help make a difference in the lives of homeless animals by entering this exciting contest. The PSA is a compelling message that can be broadcast, with the goal to increase awareness of Mutt-i-grees. The PSAs will be judged by a panel of experts based on sincerity, creativity& originality and persuasiveness of encouraging animal lovers to adopt a pet from a shelter. To participate, eligible schools must submit a creative Mutt-igrees PSA video that motivates Americans to adopt a pet from a shelter. Each video will include a mention or inclusion of America’s favorite character canine, Scooby-Doo. Within the three categories Pre-K & Kindergarten, Grades 1-5, and Grades 6-12, there will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Prize, each winning educational grants in increments of $2500, $1500 and $1000, respectively. Support has been generously provided by Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Publishers Clearing House (PCH). Exciting prizes include: Three (3) First Place Prize Winners: The winning schools will win a package consisting of: · $2,500 Educational Grant A surprise visit to the winning school by the Publishers Clearing House (PCH) Prize Patrol, Scooby-Doo and the Mutt-i-grees Team 100 Mutt-i-grees T-Shirts NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Three (3) Second Prize Winners: The winning schools will win a package consisting of: · $1,500 Educational Grant · 50 Mutt-i-grees T-Shirts Three (3) Third Prize Winners: The winning schools will win a package consisting of: · $1,000 Educational Grant 25 Mutt-i-grees T-Shirts The 2012 winning video from Carrie Palmer Weber Middle School in Port Washington, NY portrayed two parallel stories - one of a homeless dog and the other of a lonely, bullied boy. In the end, the two find friendship in one another as onlookers witness their story and become motivated to learn more about pet adoption. To view last year’s winning videos visit www.education.muttigrees.org. For complete entry details and complete Official Rules, educators, parents and students may visit www.education.muttigrees.org. P a r e n t s & S t u d e n t s … The Mutt-i-grees Curriculum is an innovative curriculum that capitalizes on the affinity between children and animals, and teaches children to be calm, confident and caring. The Curriculum also teaches the wonderful and unique traits of shelter pets and promotes shelter adoption. Ask your Teacher or School Administrator to sign up for the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum today at education.muttigrees.org/ signup. Teachers & School Administrators… If you’re not yet teaching the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum in your school, learn how you can receive this groundbreaking curriculum for grades Pre-K – 12 at education.muttigrees.org/signup. This contest is open to Accredited Schools in the U.S. and the District of Columbia that educate children in any, or all, of the following Grades: Pre-K, Kindergarten, Grades 1-12 (“Eligible Schools”). An entry must be submitted by a School Administrator or Teacher from an Eligible School and as outlined in the Contest Official Rules. Limit one (1) entry per grade category per Eligible School. Contest is void where prohibited and the deadline for entries is 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, April 4, 2013. ABOUT THE MUTT-I-GREES CURRICULUM The Mutt-i-grees Curriculum is an innovative program that builds on the affinity between children and animals, providing a unique context to teach compassion, empathy and social responsibility. Developed by the Yale School of the 21st Century in collaboration with North Shore Animal League America, and graciously funded by the Millan Foundation, the Curriculum highlights the unique characteristics and desirability of shelter dogs, known as Mutt-i-grees. ABOUT THE CESAR MILLAN FOUNDATION World-renowned dog behaviorist Cesar Millan officially established the Cesar Millan Foundation with the mission to create and deliver community humane education programs and promote animal welfare. Since its inception in 2007, the Cesar Millan Foundation has provided grants and materials to hundreds of non-profit animal organizations to support the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of abused and abandoned dogs; donated emergency assistance through the Daddy's Emergency Animal Rescue (DEAR) Fund, and contributed critical funding and professional insight to develop The Mutt-igrees Curriculum with The Pet Savers Foundation, in collaboration with the Yale University School of the 21st Century. For more information visit www.millanfoundation.org. ABOUT WARNER BROS. CONSUMER PRODUCTS Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world. (Continued on page 21)

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ASK LISA-ANNE Too Much Homework! Q, My daughter entered 3rd grade this school year and she has so much homework. It takes her hours to complete her homework and she gets tired and I get frustrated. Why do teachers give so much homework and is homework really necessary? Who should I talk to about the volume of homework? Frustrated Parent A. You are not alone in this dilemma. When parents get home from work, the last thing they need to do is hours of homework with their children. Especially if a child is having difficulty with that particular subject. Many students and their parents are frazzled by the amount of homework being piled on in the schools. Yet researchers say that American students have just the right amount of homework. "How many people take home an average of two hours or more of work that must be completed for the next day?" asks Tonya Noonan Herring, a New Mexico mother of three, an attorney and a former high school English teacher. "Most of us, even attorneys, do not do this. Bottom line: students have too much homework and most of it is not productive or necessary." Homework Studies How do educational researchers weigh in on the issue? According to Brian Gill, a senior social scientist at the Rand Corporation, there is no evidence that kids are doing more homework than they did before. "If you look at high school kids in the late '90s, they're not doing substantially more homework than kids did in the '80s, '70s, '60s or the '40s," he says. "In fact, the trends through most of this time period are pretty flat. Most high school students in this country don't do a lot of homework. The median appears to be about four hours a week." Education researchers like Gill base their conclusions, in part, on data gathered by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests. Etta Kralovec, author of The End of Homework: How Homework Disrupts Families, Overburdens Children, and Limits Learning, disagrees, saying NAEP data is not a reliable source of information. "Students take the NAEP test and one of the questions they have to fill out is, 'How much homework did you do last night' Anybody who knows schools knows that teachers by and large do not give homework the night before a national assessment. It just doesn't happen. Teachers are very clear with kids that they need to get a good night's sleep and they need to eat well to prepare for a test. "So asking a kid how much homework they did the night before a national test and claiming that that data tells us anything about the general run of the mill experience of kids and homework over the school year is, I think, really dishonest." Further muddying the waters is a AP/AOL poll that suggests that most Americans feel that their children are getting the right amount of homework. It found that 57% of parents felt that their child was assigned about the right amount of homework, 23% thought there was too little and 19% thought there was too much. Amounts of homework appear to vary in states and communities. The Purpose of Homework Is? Let’s discuss the purpose of homework and its benefits. The proponents of homework have remained consistent in their reasons for why homework is a beneficial practice, says Gill. "One, it extends the work in the classroom with additional time on task. Second, it develops habits of independent study. Third, it's a form of communication between the school and the parents. It gives parents an idea of what their kids are doing in school." An article entitled Helping Your Child With Homework by Nancy Paulu from the KidSource.com website, provides the following reasons why teachers give homework. Homework can help children: Review and practice what they’ve learned; Get ready for the next day’s class; Learn to use resources, such as libraries, reference materials, computers and encyclopedias; and Explore subjects more fully than time permits in the classroom. Homework helps your child do better in school when assignments NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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are meaningful, are completed successfully, and are returned with constructive comments from the teacher. An assignment should have a specific purpose, come with clear instructions, be fairly matched to the child’s abilities, and designed to help develop a student’s knowledge and skills. Teachers often use homework as a way of observing whether the students have grasped the concept. Then he/she knows whether he/she needs to review further or if he/she can move on to a new concept. I firmly believe that children in the lower grades (K-2) should be able to do homework fairly independently. It should not appear that your child has never seen this information before. Teaching is for the classroom and homework is reinforcement and practice. Those opposed to homework feel that kids don’t have time to be kids anymore. Since many of the assignments are busywork, learning becomes a chore rather than a positive constructive experience. Homework overload is also affecting family life as many children barely have time to eat with their families and frustration over homework becomes nightly arguments. How Long Should Homework Take? So how much homework should a student receive? Many educators believe that homework is most effective for the majority of children in 1st through 3rd grade when it does not exceed 20 minutes each school day. From 4th through 6th grade, many educators recommend from 20 to 40 minutes a school day for most students. For students in 7th through 9th grades, generally, up to 2 hours a school day is thought to be suitable. The National Education Association recommends 10 minutes of homework per grade level per night. Anymore is thought to be excessive. Of course some children can handle more and others struggle to keep up. Parents have to judge whether their child is the only child who is taking a long time to complete the same homework, if it’s mainly one subject that takes too long and whether other factors are prolonging homework. Parents must evaluate the situation and here are some tips: Is your child too tired to do the homework? If a child is not getting enough sleep, he/she will have no energy to do homework in the evening. Are there distractions? Is a TV blasting in the background? Are siblings running around making too much noise? Find a quiet spot for homework. Is your child hungry? Make sure your child gets a snack before (Continued on page 21)

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The 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc. set to present its 39th Annual Scholarship Gala Benefit Saturday, March 9th, 2013 at the Crest Hollow Country Club Hempstead, NY (March 9, 2013)—A day that neither anyone in the counties of Nassau or Suffolk will never forget is quickly emerging around the corner and you do not want to miss it. It’s a day of appreciation, it’s a day of high emotions, it’s a day to reunite, it’s a day just for people to see “Real Men serving Real” Time, it’s the 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc. 39th Annual Scholarship Gala happening on Saturday, March 9th, 2013 from 8pmuntil 1:00 am at the Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury, NY. The 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc., Annual Scholarship Gala celebrated annually in the spring is a premier benefit event. Donations and sponsorship from this affair fund and support scholarships awarded to high school and college students, African American History Academic Challenge (History Bowl), mentoring programs, Dollars & $ense Financial Literacy Program, and various other programs of the 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc. The festivity includes an elegant evening of a sumptuous cocktail hour, dinning, live music by Long Island greatest Sauce Band, a silent auction, promotional giveaways, photos, and dancing. Mr. Michael Stevens (Anchor for Verizon’s Fios 1 News) will serve as this year’s Master of Ceremony. For the previous years, this event has been a huge hit -as it has sold out in advance for years, it is expected to do the same this year. Some 550 people are expected to fill the grand ballroom at the Crest Hollow Country Club. This year’s Gala Honorees are Mr. Thomas P. Dinaploi- N.Y. State Comptroller, Mr. Jon CooperCo-Chair, Tri-State Region, Obama Victory Trustees -Obama for America, Dr. Kenneth K. Saunders-Officer in Charge of Nassau Community College, Ms. Lorraine Aycock- Market Manager of Bank of America, Mr. Timothy M. Williams- Chairmen of the Board Nassau County Industrial Development Agency, Mr. Anthony Woods- V.P. of Marketing & Sales Health Plus an Amerigroup Co., Mrs. Sharise E. Beatong-Hall- Financial Services Professional Agent, New York Life Insurance Co., Mr. William SuggsNational Regional Director for American Association of Blacks in Energy. For more information about this event, contact Lenore Pringle, Event Consultant for Sponsorship Packages lenorepringle@100blackmenofli.org or purchase tickets at www.39thannualscholarshipbenefitgala.eventbrite.com Visit our website @ www.100blackmenofli.org CONTACT: Communications Chairman, Elseah Chea., info@100blackmenofli.org NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

ABOUT SCOOBY-DOO Scooby-Doo is one of the few classic properties to maintain top on-air ratings across the globe and is consistently ranked as one of the top properties in the Warner Bros. Consumer Products licensing portfolio. Scooby-Doo is the only dog with human characteristics who can live and play in a kid’s real and imaginative world. Scooby loves to solve mysteries, is hip and cool and makes ‘spooky’ fun; he truly is the dog that can Doo it all! SCOOBY-DOO and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Hanna-Barbera. (s13) ABOUT PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE Publishers Clearing House (PCH), headquartered in Port Washington, NY, is a multi-channel direct marketer of value-based merchandise, magazines and promotional offers and a leading provider of digital "play and win" entertainment. Founded in 1953 by Harold and LuEsther Mertz, PCH has come to be known as the sweepstakes company whose famous Prize Patrol surprises screaming winners on their doorsteps with oversized checks in amounts anywhere from $1,000.00 to $10,000,000.00 while TV cameras are rolling – www.pchtv.com. These memorable, real-life reactions of stunned sweepstakes prize winners have entertained audiences all across America and spawned a number of good-natured skits on such TV shows as Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show. The company has awarded over $239 Million in prizes and has evolved to greatly expand its offerings to include many ways to win online and through social media and mobile access. ABOUT NORTH SHORE ANIMAL LEAGUE AMERICA Animal League America has saved more than 1,000,000 lives. As the world’s largest no-kill rescue and adoption organization, we understand that a rescue isn’t complete until each animal is placed into a loving home. Our innovative programs provide education to reduce animal cruelty, and advance standards in animal welfare. Our staff and volunteers work tirelessly in the pursuit of our vision of a world where all companion animals find permanent homes to end euthanasia. For more information, visit www.animalleague.org.

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homework. Does your child have a short attention span? Give your child some homework and then a 30 minute break from which she must return to finish the rest.

Do the easier homework first and get it out of the way. Help your child with work she does not understand. Observe your child doing homework so you can see what goes on. Does she take frequent bathroom breaks or leaves to find a pencil never to return? Consider a timer. Give her a specific time when you expect homework to be completed. Reward her when she meets the goal. Speak to other parents in your daughter’s class and see how they feel about the homework load. If you still believe that there is just too much homework, you need to make an appointment and speak to her teacher. Speak to other parents to see if this is a school wide concern. The PTA of the school may be a good way to broach this topic with teachers and school administrators. If your concerns are not appreciated you may have to write to the school board. Good Luck! Information gathered from www.Greatschools.org and www.parenting.com. Lisa-Anne Ray-Byers is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist who has worked in education for over two decades. She holds graduate degrees in speech-language pathology and multicultural education. She also holds certification in educational administration. She is the author of the books, They Say I Have ADHD, I Say Life Sucks! Thoughts From Nicholas, They SSSay I’m a StStStutterer, But I SSSay Nothing! Meet Kelly and co-author of the book 365 Ways to Succeed With ADHD. She is a member of the National Education Writers Association and the editor of the Community Journal newspaper in Baldwin, New York. She is currently employed in a local school district. You may contact her at speechlrb@yahoo.com or by visiting her website at www.AskLisaAnne.com. PAGE 21


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BABYLON ELEMENTARY STUDENTS COMPLETE COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT Kim Gentile and Marie Poelker’s second-grade students from Babylon Elementary School participated in a community service project to benefit Haven House Bridges, a Long Island establishment that provides housing and support services to people in need. Haven House Bridges provides housing, training and guidance to homeless families, single mothers and their young children, as well as individuals and families affected by illness. The shelter also includes a preschool. To lend a handing help, Babylon students collected travel size toiletry items, such as toothpaste, soap, lotion and shampoo, and placed the items in individual bags for distribution. “The children secured the bags closed with flowers they made during art class, along with handwritten notes with kind wishes for the families that received them,” Mrs. Poelker said of the project. “Thank you to the students, and also to the classroom aides and family members who were on hand to lend support.”   NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Bayview Students Host Adopt-A-Cop Luncheon on Valentine’s Day Fourth-grade students at Bayview Avenue Elementary School in the Freeport School District celebrated Valentine’s Day with a tribute to their favorite Freeport police officers at a special Adopt-A-Cop luncheon held on Feb. 14. The Adopt-A-Cop program reaches out to the students of all four Freeport elementary schools to foster a relationship between the students and local law enforcement that will hopefully continue as the students expand their horizons within the community and beyond. “This is about cops giving back to the community on their own time,” said Officer Steven Rampanelli, the coordinator of this Freeport Police Department PBA program. Before lunch was served, each fourth-grade class had a turn performing for the visiting officers. There were presNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

entations of original songs, poetry and essays. School board trustee and Freeport police officer Michael Pomerico was applauded by all who attended for his sponsorship of the pizza luncheon.

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Freeport Students th Celebrate 100 Day of School Students at the Columbus Avenue Early Childhood Education Center in Freeport marked the 100th full day of school with a greatly anticipated assembly celebrating this school calendar milestone. “For teachers, it is a classic ‘teachable moment’ as they use 100 to help students develop number sense,” said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Wafa Westervelt. “Watching our youngest learners count by tens, sing, dance and celebrate using this very significant number was heartwarming for me.” As part of the themed assembly, the children clapped in cadence while they sang songs, marched in a poster parade, did a stadium wave and demonstrated their facility with numbers by counting as a group to 100.

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7th Annual Ford Black College Quiz Show Awards HBCU Students Over $25K -- Stillman College's Lawrence Brown, Ketrina Childs of Bethune-Cookman, Nandi Stewart from Spelman College And Talladega College's Alexis Tardy Top Winners List -Atlanta, GA (February 28, 2013) -- Students from the nation's leading historically black colleges clashed in a battle of wits at the 7th Annual Ford Black College Quiz Show. This year's winners shared over $25K in cash prizes, and earned 12-months of bragging rights for their respective schools. Host RonReaco Lee (BET's "Let's Stay Together") awarded championship medals and cold hard cash to the student participants in the "Jeopardy-style" nationally televised challenge. "Participating in this year's Ford Black College Quiz has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my career to date," said Lee. "Being able to interact with the students and witness first hand their enthusiasm, competitive nature and sheer brain power is something I know I'll never forget!" Produced by Central City Productions, in the show's seventh season the format was tweaked slightly to allow each participant an opportunity to win cash prizes based on their ranking after four rounds of competitive play. The first-place winners, Stillman College's Lawrence Brown, Bethune-Cookman student Ketrina Childs, Spelman College's Nandi Stewart, and Alexis Tardy from Talladega College received a prize of $5,000 to further their studies. Second-place winners, Artis Collins III of Paine College, Rust College's Noah Moore, Leroy Myers Jr. of University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Coppin State University's Tanisha Smith were awarded $1000 scholarships. $500 was given to third place prize recipients Claflin State University's Brandon Britt, Ryan Brookens of Hampton University, Central State University's Karon Jones, and Terri Simon-Coleman of Southern University at New Orleans. "I am extremely excited about our new format for the 2013 Ford Black College Quiz series, which increased our student scholarship monies to over $25,000 - the highest ever over the 7 years of the program series," said Don Jackson, executive producer and Central City Productions CEO. "Also, the new format provided an opportunity for us to have four first place winners, rather than just one grand prize winner at the end of our 4-part series. This added another dimension of excitement and competition for all of the participating students." The Ford Black College Quiz Show featured 12 gifted students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) skillfully displaying their knowledge of notable African-American facts. Over the course of four half-hour episodes BCQ competitors, three participants per show, earned financial scholarships for their involvement, which NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

is a change from previous years. The top performers received $5,000 scholarships while the second and third place finishers took home $1,000 and $500 each respectively. The series airs in syndication in various markets around the country now through March 3, 2013. For local airdate information, please visit www.blackcollegequiz.com where the most recent list of airdates will be posted as they become available. Viewers can also consult local TV listings to get programming information for their area. For more information on the winners, visit www.blackcollegequiz.com. To connect with the Ford Black College Quiz on social media platforms, follow us on Twitter @BlkCollegeQuiz, and 'like' us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BlackCollegeQuiz. To download photos of Black College Quiz winners, click here Plan some family fun while watching the Black College Quiz. Click here for a checklist to plan your family event! About Central City Productions Founded in 1970 by Don Jackson, Chicago-based Central City Productions is a distributor of original targeted programming to television and cable networks. CCP's award-winning television programs include the Stellar Gospel Music Awards, the Trumpet Awards, Bud Billiken Back-to-School Parade, Know Your Heritage, The Black College Quiz Show Series, Hispanic College Quiz, Our World with Black Enterprise and The Black Enterprise Business Report, among many others. For more information, please visit www.ccptv.com.

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Lamont Pride gets 45 to life in Officer Peter Figoski's slaying Originally published: February 28, 2013 6:11 AM Updated: February 28, 2013 3:23 PM By WILLIAM MURPHY william.murphy@newsday.com The ex-convict who fatally gunned down NYPD Officer Peter Figoski of West Babylon was sentenced to a prison term of 45 years to life Thursday. Lamont Pride, 28, of North Carolina appeared before Justice Alan Marrus and a packed Brooklyn courtroom to hear his sentence for shooting Figoski more than 14 months ago in a dimly lit staircase leading from the basement of a Brooklyn home. His fellow police officers applauded the family -- his four daughters among them -- after the sentence was handed down. Pride was convicted of murder in the second degree and faced a maximum sentence of 25 years to life without parole for shooting the 22-year veteran, who was blocking Pride's escape from a botched robbery of a drug dealer. Patrick J. Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, appeared satisfied with the sentence. "Juries can be easily misled by professional criminals who will say anything to avoid being held responsible for their heinous crimes as happened in this case," Lynch said. "We are fortunate to have had a judge preside at this trial who recognized the jury's mistake and applied maximum consecutive sentences to afford Peter Figoski's family, friends and colleagues a measure of justice." Figoski's mother, father, former wife and four daughters attended almost every day of the three-week trial, at least a dozen uniformed officers -- sometimes more -- came to court every day to show their concern. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly had expressed dismay that the jury had acquitted Pride of murder in the first degree, which would

ATTENTION STUDENTS, PARENTS, AUNTS, UNCLES, GRANDPARENTS AND TEACHERS! IN AN EFFORT TO PRAISE AND ENCOURAGE OUR CHILDREN IN THEIR EDUCATIONAL ENDEAVORS, WE WOULD LIKE TO SPOTLIGHT A STUDENT A WEEK WHO HAS ACCOMPLISHED SOMETHING SPECIAL IN SCHOOL!

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have led to a mandatory sentence of life without parole. An alleged accomplice and getaway driver, Michael Velez, 22, was acquitted of all charges by a separate jury in a joint trial with Pride. Velez was sentenced to two years in jail last week by a Queens judge for violating his parole on an earlier assault conviction by accompanying Pride during a late-night trip to buy drugs. Two other alleged members of the robbery crew are awaiting trial and another pleaded guilty and will get a reduced sentence in return for his testimony. Although Pride would be eligible for parole after 25 years, several experts said it was unlikely that he would ever get it -- and that few killers of police officers ever do in the era of social media. "You even have less of a likelihood (of parole) now. Now every crime is on the front page of every paper and it's on social media," Laurie Shanks, a professor at Albany Law School, said a recent interview. "The police union can go on Facebook or Twitter or send a petition electronically by clicking a button on a computer," she said. "The chances of parole are slimmer now than they were 30 years ago . . . In fact, the chances of parole are almost nil."

graduated, won a certificate, passed an exam, written a poem, created or invented something, has significantly improved his/her grades, wrote a fantastic essay, joined the track team, sang a solo, has a part in a play or painted a beautiful picture, let us know and we’ll show him/her off in the paper! Contact Lisa-Anne Byers at speechlrb@yahoo.com

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Freeport Man Convicted of Burglary After Stealing Fire Emergency Vehicle From East Meadow Doctor Shepard stole car keys from doctor’s office; also convicted of four other burglaries In 2005, I chose to run for public office for the first time in my life because I felt I had the energy and ideas to make a difference in a county I care so much about. Nearly two terms later, I’m proud to have kept my promises and to have helped the district attorney’s office become one of the most professional, independent and innovative prosecutor's offices in the nation. While our strides have been bold and our progress steady, I believe I have more to contribute to an office that we all rely upon to protect our families and to ensure the integrity of the criminal justice system. That’s why I’m so excited to announce my candidacy for a third term as Nassau County’s district attorney. Our work over the last two terms is something we can be proud of. our office has become a national leader in the fight against drunk and drugged-driving. We’ve cut plea-bargaining and toughened prosecutions of violent criminals and cyber predators. We’ve gone after corrupt officials who abuse the public’s trust and we've recovered millions of dollars of misused taxpayer money. Our community and school education programs have received widespread praise and our efforts to help rehabilitate non-violent offenders and reduce recidivism have put our office on the forefront of the criminal justice reform movement. We’ve done all this as non-political, independent prosecutors not guided by fear or favor, but instead by what’s right and what’s wrong. If you give me the opportunity to continue my public service as your district attorney, I can promise that you will get more of the same independence that has become the hallmark of our time in office. And you will always know where I stand on the issues. My top priorities for a third term are clear: I will to continue to crack down on violent and cyber crime. I will redouble investigative efforts targeting those who steal from taxpayers or abuse the public’s trust. I will help lead local and state reform of the juvenile justice system so that we can reduce recidivism and redirect nonviolent teen offenders to paths of prosperity. I will fight to get illegal guns off our streets and I will lobby Albany and Washington for sensible gun-control laws. I will continue to push for reforms that better safeguard the integrity of our criminal justice system. I need your help to make sure that the progress that has improved the safety of Nassau County families continues. If you share my belief in the importance of keeping the office in the hands of prosecutors who are committed to innovation and independence, then please take a moment to contribute to our campaign (link below), forward this email to your circle of contacts, or visit our website, Facebook or Twitter accounts using the links below. Additionally, our first event of 2013 is next Thursday, January 10 at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. As a homicide prosecutor, as an assistant U.S. attorney, and as Nassau County’s district attorney, I have spent my entire life advocating for victims of crime and for reforms that make our criminal justice system more effective. I ask for your support so that we can build on our successes and continue to make Nassau County a safer, more prosperous place for us all. Sincerely, Kathleen Rice NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a jury has convicted Emania Shepard of multiple burglary charges after a twomonth spree in which he stole cell phones, wallets, a laptop computer, and the fire emergency vehicle of an East Meadow doctor. It took a jury three hours yesterday to convict Shepard, 51, of Freeport, of Burglary in the Second Degree, four counts of Burglary in the Third Degree, five counts of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, and nine counts of Petit Larceny. He faces up to 15 years in prison at his April 17 sentencing. Rice said that between December 2011 and January 2012, Shepard stole from one residential apartment and six businesses, including a laptop computer from a Jericho gym on December 17, 2011, and six days later, a wallet and a set of car keys from two employees’ jackets in a Baldwin music store. On January 9, 2012, Shepard entered the open door of a Rockville Centre apartment and stole jewelry before being discovered by the resident’s 12-year-old daughter and fleeing the scene. Two days later, Shepard entered the personal office of an East Meadow pediatrician and stole his keys, then used the keys to steal the doctor’s Jeep. The Jeep was equipped with lights and sirens so that the doctor could respond to fires and other emergencies. The vehicle was discovered by police officers four days later. On January 31, 2012, Shepard used the bathroom of a Lynbrook brokerage agency before stealing an employee’s keys. Shepard used the keys to enter the victim’s car and steal his cell phone, a CD case, and a pair of sunglasses. Shepard then went into a nearby clothing store and stole three hats. Shepard’s spree ended shortly thereafter when he was caught by employees of a nearby music store trying to steal a cell phone. Responding Lynbrook Police Department officers brought Shepard to the Nassau County Police Department’s Fifth Precinct, where he was recognized by a detective investigating the Rockville Centre and East Meadow burglaries. Shepard was acquitted of one count each of Burglary in the Third Degree, Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle in the Third Degree, and Petit Larceny. “This defendant took every available opportunity, from an unlocked door to an unwatched coat closet, to steal from his victims,” Rice said. “His willingness to blatantly steal from anyone and everyone made a criminal conviction inevitable, and his utter disregard for the laws that protect our communities has landed him in a prison cell for a very long time.” Assistant District Attorneys Jesse Aviram and Elan Schefflein of the DA’s County Court Trial Bureau are prosecuting the case. Shepard is represented by Meredith Bettenhauser, Esq

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Michelle Obama announces healthy recipe search effort WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama says five media companies and a social media website are working together to make it easier to find nutritious recipes. Conde Nast, Hearst Magazines, Meredith Corp., the Food Network and Time Inc., have identified more than 3,000 recipes that meet federal nutrition guidelines for how

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much fruit, vegetables, protein and grains should be on a person’s plate at each meal. The companies are promoting the recipes on their most popular cooking websites, and nearly 1,000 have been posted on a new page on the social networking site Pinterest. The first lady says the new partnership will take the “guess work” out of finding healthier recipes. The collaboration is being done in support of Mrs. Obama’s antichildhood obesity initiative “Let’s Move.” The program marked its third anniversary this month

Who Eats The Most Amount of Fast Food? One Study Says African Americans It's been long-rumored that fast food restaurants like McDonald's and Wendy's target low-income neighborhoods with African Americans. And now, it's been officially confirmed that such neighborhoods are in fact gold mines for these companies. According to Afro.com, in a CDC study conducted between the years of 2007 and 2010, a little more than 11 percent of all food consumed by adults was from fast food, or quick service restaurants. That study also found that African Americans between the ages of 20 and 39 were shown to have the most fast food in their diet when compared with their Caucasian and Hispanic counterparts. Researchers also found that for heavier Americans, weight increased as the amount of food taken into the body from fast food restaurants increased. And, older adults aged 60 and over, eat at quick service restaurants less than younger Americans with only 6 percent of their diet coming from quick service restaurants. Men and women of that age group had no considerable difference in the amount of fast food they ate. For more details about the study, visit: www.afro.com/sections/news/Health/story.htm?storyid=77569 NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Some patients refuse to see nurses of different race DETROIT (AP) — It’s been called one of medicine’s “open secrets” — allowing patients to refuse treatment by a doctor or nurse of another race. In the latest example, a white man with a swastika tattoo insisted that black nurses not be allowed to touch his newborn. Now two black nurses are suing the hospital, claiming it bowed to his illegal demands. The Michigan cases are among several lawsuits filed in recent years that highlight this seldom-discussed issue, which quietly persists almost 60 years after the start of the civil rights movement. The American Medical Association’s ethics code bars doctors from refusing to treat people based on race, gender and other criteria, but there are no specific policies for handling race-based requests from patients. “In general, I don’t think honoring prejudicial preferences … is morally justifiable” for a health care organization, said Dr. Susan Goold, a University of Michigan professor of internal medicine and public health. “That said, you can’t cure bigotry … There may be times when grudgingly acceding to a patient’s strongly held preferences is morally OK.” Those times could include patients who have been so traumatized — by rape or combat, for instance — that accommodating their request would be preferable to forcing on them a caregiver whose mere presence might aggravate the situation, she said. Tonya Battle, a veteran nurse at Flint’s Hurley Medical Center, filed the first complaint against the hospital and a nursing manager, claiming a note posted on an assignment clipboard read, “No African-American nurse to take care of baby.” She says the note was later removed but black nurses weren’t assigned to care for the baby for about a month because of their race. That case is now a federal lawsuit. In a statement earlier this week, Hurley President Melany Gavulic denied Battle’s claim, saying the father was told that his request could not be granted. Gavulic said the swastika tattoo “created anger and outrage in our staff,” and supervisors raised safety concerns. Hospital officials said they planned to make a statement about the matter Friday evening but offered no details. Multiple email and phone messages left for Battle through her attorney were unreturned, and a listed number for her had been disconnected. She told the Detroit Free Press she “didn’t even know how to react” when she learned of her employer’s actions following her interaction with the father. She said she introduced herself to the man and he said, “I need to see your supervisor.” That supervisor, Battle said, told her that the father, who was white, didn’t want African-Americans to care for his child and had rolled up his sleeve to expose the swastika. “I just was really dumbfounded,” Battle said. “I couldn’t believe that’s why he was so angry (and) that’s why he was requesting my (supervisory) nurse.” Attorney Tom Pabst, who is representing nurse Carlotta Armstrong in a second lawsuit, said the hospital’s actions left nurses in the neonatal intensive care unit “in a ball of confusion.” “She said, ‘You know what really bothered me? I didn’t know what to do if the baby was choking or dying. Am I going to get fired if I go NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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over there?’” Pabst said. The Michigan cases follow a 2010 decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which held that the federal Civil Rights Act prohibits nursing homes from making staffing decisions for nursing assistants based on residents’ racial preferences. The ruling stemmed from a lawsuit filed by a black nursing assistant who sued her employer for racial discrimination. In another federal lawsuit filed in 2005, three black employees of Abington Memorial Hospital near Philadelphia claimed they were prevented from treating a pregnant white woman by her male partner, who was a member of a white supremacist group. The man used a racial slur when forbidding any care by any African-Americans. The complaint alleged that supervisors honored the man’s request. The case was settled confidentially before going to trial, and the hospital admitted no liability. Frank Finch III, the attorney for the employees, said hospital officials also cited employee safety in their defense. “That defense doesn’t fly under the anti-discrimination law,” Finch said. “Hospitals cannot use that as a defense in nonemergency situations.” He said every hospital has a policy against discrimination and “undoubtedly acquiescing to such a demand is a violation of a written, internal policy in addition to being a violation of the law.” Fordham University law professor Kimani Paul-Emile said she suspects nurses file more discrimination suits than doctors. “With nurses and other sorts of staff, the hospital is telling them they can or cannot do something,” she said. “That might go to why you might see more lawsuits brought by nurses.” She wrote an article last year in the UCLA Law Review titled “Patients’ Racial Preferences and the Medical Culture of Accommodation.” It was the source of the “open secrets” phrase. Paul-Emile’s research cited a 2007 study at the University of Michigan Health System and others on how physicians respond to patients’ requests to be assigned providers of the same gender, race or religion. The survey of emergency physicians found patients often make such requests, and they are routinely accommodated. A third of doctors who responded said they felt patients perceive better care from providers of shared demographics, with racial matches considered more important than gender or religion. “The notion of white patients rejecting minority physicians for bigoted reasons in emergency departments and other hospital settings is deeply troubling and uncomfortably reminiscent of the type of discrimination that the civil rights statutes were designed to eliminate,” PaulEmile wrote in her article. Another study she cited found that patient requests for care by a physician are most often accommodated when made by racial minority patients. Lance Gable, a law professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, said he believes such requests “are made more often than we’d like to think about” even if they aren’t frequently agreed to by hospital management. He suspects a supervisor might honor them but not say anything explicit to employees and only in rare instances would signs be posted as alleged in the Flint case. “Maybe their explanation is an accurate description of what happened — the supervisor was scared of the father of this patient and made a decision that was ill-advised,” Gable said. “It might have been the right thing to do for the safety of the staff, and it still might be a violation of anti-discrimination laws.” Copyright 2013 The Associated Press PAGE 31


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Life Changing Words “Gods Plan for your Life” Jeremiah 29:11 KJV “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” When we look at the way the world has become today sometimes it makes you wonder and ask these questions. Where in the world is God? Has God forgotten about me? What happened to all the promises that He has spoken over my life? Well let me help you out with those questions. God has not forgotten about you and a promise from God is still a guarantee of its manifestation. However above all God is still on the Throne and is always in control no matter what it looks like. His greatest attributes still exist today. He is forever omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscience (all-knowing) and omnipresent (everywhere at the same time). Sometimes we may not understand how God works and a lot of times we as people completely forget that God has an adversary, which is satan or the devil. Satan’s goal as the Bible says is to seek, kill and destroy Gods greatest creation, which is man. God’s goal however is totally different and so much more complete and yet not complex. His plans and thoughts are simple, easy and in reach of every man. All we have to do is pick up a Bible and we can find out everything we need to know about life. There is nothing that is happening right now in this world that has not been address by God at the Cross and in His word. Every problem and every solution to the problem is in His word all we have to do is read it, learn it and follow it.

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distress or discouragement and it is His peace that surpasses all understanding that can keep you from losing your mind in the middle of your storms (personal crisis). So I go back to my original scripture and I remind you straight from the mouth of God through His prophet Jeremiah that Gods thought for you and His plans for you are good and peaceful and not of evil and it will and shall give you Gods expected end. And for all of us who don’t know what the expected end is let me remind you of Gods words to His people. (John 10:10 KJV) The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. So let us remember that the thief is busy right now in this world but GOD has the final say… Prophetess Karen Deadwyler is a new author inspired by God. Her first book titled “His Miraculous Way” speaks of her victory through Jesus Christ. This book can be purchased at her website www.godlypleasures.org She is the Visionary and Co-founder along with her husband Ronnie Deadwyler of Glory Temple Ministries.

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Question: "Does God still perform miracles?" Answer: Many people desire God to perform miracles to “prove” Himself to them. “If only God would perform a miracle, sign, or wonder, then I would believe!” This idea, though, is contradicted by Scripture. When God performed amazing and powerful miracles for the Israelites, did that cause them to obey Him? No, the Israelites constantly disobeyed and rebelled against God even though they saw all the miracles. The same people who saw God part the Red Sea later doubted whether God was able to conquer the inhabitants of the Promised Land. This truth is explained in Luke 16:19-31. In the story, a man in hell asks Abraham to send Lazarus back from the dead to warn his brothers. Abraham informed the man, “If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead” (Luke 16:31). Jesus performed countless miracles, yet the vast majority of people did not believe in Him. If God performed miracles today as He did in the past, the result would be the same. People would be amazed and would believe in God for a short time. That faith would be shallow and would disappear the moment something unexpected or frightening occurred. A faith based on miracles is not a mature faith. God performed the greatest miracle of all time in coming to earth as the Man Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins (Romans 5:8) so that we could be saved (John 3:16). God does still perform miracles—many of them simply go unnoticed or are denied. However, we do not need more miracles. What we need is to believe in the miracle of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. The purpose of miracles was to authenticate the performer of the miracles. Acts 2:22 declares, “Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.” The same is said of the apostles, “The things that mark an apostle—signs, wonders and miracles—were done among you with great perseverance” (2 Corinthians 12:12). Speaking of the gospel, Hebrews 2:4 proclaims, “God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to His will.” We now have the truth of Jesus recorded in Scripture. We now have the writings of the apostles recorded in Scripture. Jesus and His apostles, as recorded in Scripture, are the cornerstone and foundation of our faith (Ephesians 2:20). In this sense, miracles are no longer necessary, as the message of Jesus and His apostles has already been attested to and accurately recorded in the Scriptures. Yes, God still performs miracles. At the same time, we should not necessarily expect miracles to occur today just as they did in Bible times. Question: "What is an apostle?" Answer: The word apostle means “one who is sent out.” In the New Testament, there are two primary usages of the word apostle. The first is in specifically referring to the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. The second is in generically referring to other individuals who are sent out to be messengers/ambassadors of Jesus Christ. The twelve apostles held a unique position. In referring to the New Jerusalem, Revelation 21:14 states, “The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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The twelve apostles are also referred to in Matthew 10:2; Mark 3:14; 4:10; 6:7; 9:35; 14:10, 17, 23; Luke 6:13; 9:1; 22:14; John 6:71; Acts 6:2; and 1 Corinthians 15:5. It was these twelve apostles who were the first messengers of the gospel after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It was these twelve apostles who were the foundation of the church—with Jesus being the cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20). This specific type of apostle is not present in the church today. The qualifications of this type of apostle were: (1) to have been an witness of the resurrected Christ (1 Corinthians 9:1), (2) to have been explicitly chosen by the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:15), and (3) to have the ability to perform signs and wonders (Acts 1:43; 2 Corinthians 12:12). The role of the twelve apostles, laying the foundation of the church, would also argue for their uniqueness. Two thousand years later, we are not still working on the foundation. Beyond the unique twelve apostles of Jesus Christ, there were also apostles in a generic sense. Barnabas is referred to as an “apostle” in Acts 13:2 and 14:4. Andronicus and Junias are possibly identified as apostles in Romans 16:7. The same Greek word usually translated “apostle” is used to refer to Titus in 2 Corinthians 8:23 and Epaphroditus in Philippians 2:25. So, there definitely seems to be room for the term apostle being used to refer to someone besides the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. Anyone who was “sent” could be called an apostle. What exactly would be the role of an apostle outside that of the twelve apostles? That is not entirely clear. From the definition of the word, the closest thing today to an apostle, in the general sense, is a missionary. A missionary is a follower of Christ who is sent out with the specific mission of proclaiming the gospel. A missionary is an ambassador of Christ to people who have not heard the good news. However, to prevent confusion, it is likely best to not use the term apostle to refer to any position in the church today. The vast majority of occurrences of the word apostle or apostles in the New Testament refer to the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. There are some today who are seeking to restore the position of apostle. This is a dangerous movement. Frequently, those claiming the office of apostle seek authority equal to, or at least rivaling, the authority of the original twelve apostles. There is absolutely no biblical evidence to support such an understanding of the role of apostle today. This would fit with the New Testament’s warning against false apostles (2 Corinthians 11:13). In a sense, all followers of Jesus Christ are called to be apostles. We are all to be His ambassadors (Matthew 28:18-20; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20). We are all to be “ones who are sent out” (Acts 1:8). We are all to be preachers of the good news (Romans 10:15). Note – for a discussion on whether Matthias or Paul was the twelfth apostle, please read the following article: Was Matthias or Paul God's choice to replace Judas as the 12th apostle? Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/what-is-anapostle.html#ixzz2M9fGirH0

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SPORTS ROUNDUP As they are every year, Nassau AA-1 boy’s basketball playoffs have been chockfull of excitement, close competitive games, loud boisterous fans and topnotch coaching. Usually Hempstead is right there in the playoff mix of things, but not this year. The Tigers did not make the playoffs for the first time in 35 years according to school historian and stat expect Don Ryan. However, but nearby neighbor and rival Uniondale (12-7; 7-5) is representing again, as they will face off against Baldwin (16-2; 11-1) for the second consecutive year in the Championship game, Saturday, March 2, 3:30 at Hofstra. The Nassau game is always one of the most thrilling contests of the Long Island playoffs. Last year’s game came down to the wire as Baldwin stole a squeaker from Uniondale. To get to the championship, Uniondale defeated Farmingdale in a hotly contested match by a mere two points, 6765. Baldwin made it to the big game by overcoming Hicksville by 5 points, 46-41. You can believe the fans will be treated to an excellent Championship contest…On the Catholic league front, Chaminade upset favored St. Mary’s and then defeated Holy Trinity 85-64…on the local college front, Nassau Community College (17-11) will face Suffolk Community College (17-7) Friday, March 1, 12noon in the quarterfinals of the Region XV, Division III contest. The winner advances to the semifinals on Saturday at 5pm…In the North East 10 conference, #7 Adelphi (1414; 11-11) will host #10 College of St. Rose (13-13; 10-12) Friday, March 1 at 7:30pm…turning attention to education, students from ABGS Middle School’s Honor Society and Verizon Project were invited to Hofstra Thursday, February 28 for a Black History Month event honoring Governor Paterson. The students enjoyed spending time on the Hofstra campus and were treated to a memorable history of Hofstra and Hempstead. When they returned to school, they could not stop talking about all that they had learned. Events like this really make Black History Month a time to celebrate and educate! –B. J. Robinson NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

Is Oscar Pistorius the new OJ Simpson? It was inevitable that parallels would be drawn between the ongoing Oscar Pistorius drama and the O.J. Simpson trial, which hogged headlines the world over in the mid-1990s. But there is one fundamental differences between the two cases that is, in my opinion, even more significant than the admittedly numerous similarities. Yes, O.J. Simpson, a legendary all-American footballer, was a recordbreaking star athlete who acquired iconic status in his country and beyond. And so is Pistorius, a double amputee and Olympian whose courageous triumph over tragedy and unique achievements as a disabled sprinter have earned him acclaim internationally as well as in his native South Africa. Yes, O.J. Simpson had a penchant for va-va-voom blondes. And so does Pistorius. Yes, both men went from hero to zero in eyes of legions of former fans when they were accused of slaughtering, in cold blood, women who played key roles in their lives – Nicole Brown, the mother of his children in Simpson’s case, Reeva Steenkamp, a current girlfriend in Pistorius’s. Yes, both dramas sent shockwaves across the globe and were closely monitored by millions (more than half of America’s population watched the Simpson verdict on TV; and I don’t know anyone who has not taken a keen and almost ghoulish interest in the blow-by-blow details of Pistorius’s travails). Yes, when Simpson was acquitted of killing Brown despite the existence of hard evidence that he was an unrepentant and brutal wife-beater, many people angrily expressed the view that he had received special treatment because of his celebrity status. Ditto Pistorius when he made bail last week, even though he had the money, means and motive to flee if released, and despite widespread skepticism about his claim that he shot Steenkamp by accident, assuming she had been a burglar. Even Desmond Nair, the magistrate who presided over the hearing and gifted Pistorius a Get Out Of Jail card, said he found it difficult to understand Pistorius’s actions and asked why, for example, Pistorius didn’t try to locate the lover who was spending the night in his home before he fired at the door of the bathroom in which he said he thought an intruder was hiding. According to Troy Martens of the African National Congress Women’s League: “Some men in court…jumped up and celebrated the granting of bail as if they had won a trophy, forgetting that an innocent woman has lost her life.” Professor Rachel Jewkes, director of the gender and health research unit at the South African Medical Research Council, was also extremely disappointed by the leniency displayed towards Pistorius: “This,” she said, “sends exactly the opposite message to what we want. It shows that the [South African] courts do not take gender violence seriously…” And yes, almost identical criticisms were leveled at the legal authorities and Simpson’s elated supporters in the aftermath of his controversial acquittal. There is, however, one very important element that sharply differentiates the 2 scenarios and hasn’t, to the best of my knowledge, been discussed in any serious forum within or outside the African continent: The racial factor.

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Chris Paul earns MVP, leads West over East in NBA All-Star Game HOUSTON (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 30 points, while game MVP Chris Paul had 20 points and 15 assists as the Western Conference beat the East 143-138 on Sunday in the NBA All-Star game. Blake Griffin finished with 19 points and Kobe Bryant blocked LeBron James twice in the final minutes, that duo joining Paul to turn the West’s victory into something of an L.A. story. James scored 19 points but shot only 7 of 18, contrasting with his recent hot shooting for the Miami Heat. Bryant blocked two of his shots late. Carmelo Anthony led the East with 26 points and 12 rebounds. “We played really good defense at the end of the game as a team,” Durant said. “Kobe was really going with the ball. It’s tough to stop LeBron, but he did his best. He was able to block a few of his shots. But CP did a really good job of keeping us in the game.” The first dunk of the game came 16 seconds in, Paul throwing a pass to Griffin as part of the West’s 7-0 start. The West led after each of the first three quarters, though was never ahead by more than eight points through three periods. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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They finally pushed it into double figures early in the fourth fueled by former Oklahoma City teammates Russell Westbrook and James Harden, but couldn’t put it away until a late run behind the guys from the city of Los Angeles — who along with Lakers center Dwight Howard gave Los Angeles teams all but one of the West’s starting spots. Paul hit two 3-pointers, Bryant made a layup, and his block of James led to Durant’s dunk that made it 136-126. Griffin had one last forceful dunk to help close it out, throwing a pass to himself off the backboard and climbing high to make it 142-134. The Bryant-James duel was a good one between the two players who are most often compared to Michael Jordan, who turned 50 on the day. “It was all in good spirit, man. It was just two guys that love to compete, love to go at it. So I had a lot of fun,” James said. Bryant finished with only nine points but had eight assists. Griffin shot 9 of 11 from the field and didn’t miss until trying to violently throw one down from a few feet away from the basket. Indiana’s Paul George scored 17 and Kyrie Irving had 15 for the East. Not everybody had it so easy. Chris Bosh shot two airballs in the first quarter and was booed, tossed up another in the second, and had Tony Parker dribble the ball through his legs on defense. He was pulled after Bryant blew right by him for a layup. Bosh finished 3 of 9. Wade had 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting, the best performance of the three Heat players in the starting lineup.

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Jake Simmons: Overcoming adversity to set collegiate basketball record WGRZ – BUFFALO, N.Y. – Darkness has a way of looming over Jake Simmons. The weight of the world lifted only by his nightlight. Basketball. “Without basketball, I don’t know what I’d be doing with myself,” says Buffalo State senior Jake Simmons. “I could’ve been dead.” Entering his senior year at Buffalo State College, the NCAA ruled Jake ineligible. Ultimately, his entire past reversed the ruling. Growing up in Rochester, Jake handled adversity at a young age. With his father in prison, Jake’s mother was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, which is a debilitating, incurable disease. To make matters worse, Jake’s step dad abused him, mentally and physically. Memories still flicker in Jake’s brain. His family’s house burned down when he was a teenager, just moments after he rescued his mother from the smoke filled abyss. “She had a cane and a walker, but she couldn’t use it because it wasn’t fast enough, so I had to hold her and help her out the house,” recalls Jake. With her illness getting worse, Jake knew his mother was running out of time. Then, days before Jake’s high school graduation, she was gone. “I lost hope. I lost faith in life. I lost faith in everything,” Jake admits. And soon, Jake lost the will to live.

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of prison and got back with my son, he was 15 years old,” Jake, Sr. remembers fondly. Things started to stabilize for Jake, until one October day. A severe car accident left him paralyzed for 10 days. Through his rehab process, he rediscovered his love for the game. “Everything else I couldn’t control. I couldn’t control my car accident, I couldn’t control my step father’s abuse. I couldn’t control my mother’s sickness. But, what I could control was making my shot,” says Jake. And, Jake shot his way onto the Buffalo State basketball team. "Jake never used his story as a crutch," says Buffalo State basketball coach Fajri Ansari. "He used it as a motivation. That to me was character of a winner." Jake was a three year starter, until the NCAA told him he couldn't play. Jake had taken classes at community college before Buffalo State, and he used all 10 semesters of eligibility. But, when Jake told the NCAA his story, they changed their mind and gave him his final season. He made it count. This past December, Jake was 33 points away from becoming the school's all time leading scorer. "It wasn't impossible but I knew it was going to be a reach," admits coach Ansari. Jake needed 33 points to break the record. "I almost fell off the bleacher because I jumped so high," recalls Jake, Sr. That night, he scored 43. "I've been beat, I've been homeless, I've been in foster care. I've been in all situations you can think of. The worst," says Jake. Jake broke Randy Smith's 41-year old record by nearly 400 points.

“I pulled the trigger and the bullet didn’t come out. At the time, I didn’t think it was a sign of me supposed to live,” Jake reminisces.

While Smith went on to play in the NBA, Jake hopes to play overseas, before one day becoming a motivational speaker.

Jake bounced around foster care. He also started spending time with his biological father, Jake Sr., who had been released from prison.

"It's not how many times you get knocked down. It's about how many times you get back up." http://www.wgrz.com/sports/article/202771/4/Rising-Son-TheStory-of-Jake-Simmons

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Who is Wissam Al Mana: Meet Janet Jackson’s new husband Wissam Al Mana is the man that has captured Janet Jackson’s heart. At first glance, the Qatari billionaire businessman seems an unexpected mate for the Queen of Pop. Yet by all accounts the couple appears smitten with each other. They both enjoy spending quality time together and keeping their romantic relationship low-key. In an interview with VMAN magazine in November 2011, Al Mana had this to say. “I don’t date Janet Jackson. She is my girlfriend; there is a difference. She is a very special and talented woman who never ceases to amaze me.”

“Our wedding gifts to one another were contributions to our respective favorite children’s charities. We would appreciate that our privacy is respected and that we are allowed this time for celebration and joy. With love, Wissam and Janet,” they added. The two previously kept their relationship quiet and never responded to reports that they were set to wed. The couple had reporte d l y b e e n d a t i n g s i n c e 2 0 1 0 . This is marriage number three for 46-year-old Jackson. She secretly married Rene Elizondo Jr. in 1991. They separated in 1999. The 46-year-old Jackson first tied the knot when she was 18 to singer James DeBarge, which lasted three months in 1984. At 37 years old, the fashion-brand mogul is nine years Jackson’s junior. Follow Kunbi Tinuoye on Twitter at @Kunbiti

As of 2012, Al Mana’s net worth was said to be an estimated at $1 billion. This makes him one of the richest retail investors in the Middle East. Running the family business with his two brothers, Al Mana has made his fortune as the managing director of Middle-East-based Al Mana Retail Group, which represents Armani Exchange stores and other high-end retailers such as Giorgio Armani, Hermes, Balenciaga, and Roberto Cavalli. Al Mana also owns stakes in the Saks Fifth Avenue stores in Dubai, Bahrain, and Kuwait, and is opening the flagship A/X Exchange in a Qatar shopping mall. It was only confirmed on Monday that the couple secretly got hitched “last year.” In a joint statement to Entertainment Tonight, Jackson and Al Mana said, “The rumors regarding an extravagant wedding are simply not true. Last year we were married in a quiet, private, and beautiONLINE EDITION

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Rapper Ja Rule in NYC jail with July release date ALBANY, New York (AP) — U.S. authorities say platinumselling rapper Ja Rule is in a New York City jail with a July release date. The 36-year-old rapper left a state prison in central New York last week after serving most of his two-year sentence for illegal gun possession and went straight into federal custody in a tax evasion case. The Federal Bureau of Prisons says he has since moved from an upstate jail to Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center, which houses prisoners awaiting court dates or having short terms left on their sentences. The bureau said Thursday his expected release date is July 28. Ja Rule admits he failed to pay taxes on more than $3 million earned between 2004 and 2006. A call to his attorney hasn’t been returned.

Terrence ‘Terrence J’ Jenkins, the new prince of pop culture Who is Terrence J? Terrence Jenkins, better known as Terrence J, 30, became a household name hosting BET’s popular music video countdown show 106 & Park from 2006 until 2012. Originally from Queens, New York, Terrence spent most of his childhood growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and graduated from North Carolina A&T State University in 2004 with a degree in Mass Communications. After leaving his seven-year stint at 106 & Park in June 2012, E! Network announced Terrence J would be the new co-anchor of E! News. Why is he on theGrio’s 100? Terrence J is a talented and ambitious TV personality who brings his personality and original style of storytelling to any news program he is a part of. But he is not just a TV personality; In 2012 the 30-year-old entertainer appeared in his second film, “Sparkle.” During an interview with theGrio, Terrence J revealed how he got into the acting business. “It’s been something that I’ve always wanted do,” Terrance J said. “I get a role and I’m very grateful and I try to take it seriously and I’ve just been really blessed to be a part of some amazing projects like “Sparkle.”” Terrence J says the biggest thing he learned over the seven years he was a host on 106 & Park was to have patience. “With patience and belief in God, luckily by the grace of God we’ve now been on for seven years, at a time when people thought the show would just disappear or get beat by ratings. To be able to have that type of longevity on [a] show like 106 & Park, it’s just remarkable. So patience is the biggest thing I’ve learned from this journey.” What’s next for Terrence J? Terence J can be seen hosting E! News weeknights on the E! Network. He also will appear in the new film “Baggage Claim,” a new comedy starring Paula Patton, Taye Diggs, Trey Songz, and Christina Milian, due to hit theaters later this year. During his interview with theGrio, Terrence J revealed some of Hollywood’s leading ladies that he hopes to appear on the big screen with in years to come. “I’ve always loved Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts and I’ve seen Selita Ebanks in some good movies, ” he said. I also love Halle Berry, Jennifer Hudson and Charlize Theron.” Follow Terrence J on Twitter at @TerrenceJ ONLINE EDITION

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Kevin Hart to make ‘Saturday Night Live’ debut this weekend As previously announced, Kevin Hart is set to host Saturday Night Live on March 2nd and the first promotional videos have been released. For the reel, Hart teams up with SNL cast member Jason Sudeikis, and receives vertical assistance from Bobby Moynihan. Sudeikis points out to Hart that three out of the four most recent lead and supporting acting Oscar winners: Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence, and Christoph Waltz, have hosted the show this season. In response Hart gives his best parody of a heartfelt Academy Award acceptance speech.

Rihanna obtains temporary restraining order over home intruder

Michael Jackson’s son Prince to make acting debut on ’90210′ Prince Michael Jackson is set to make his acting debut on the the CW’s 90210, E! News reports. The eldest son of late pop icon Michael Jackson will guest star as Cooper, a trauma victim on the series’ fifth season finale. The 16-year-old also just scored a gig as an on-air correspondent for Entertainment Tonight. 90210 airs on the CW Monday at 9 p.m.

TODAY Show - This is one guy Rihanna definitely doesn’t want to stay. The “Unapologetic” singer obtained a temporary restraining order Tuesday at Los Angeles Superior Court against a man who mistakenly broke into her neighbor’s house thinking it was the star’s home on Friday. Ri-Ri has asked the court to order that Steveland Barrow stay 100 yards away until the next court hearing on March 21. According to Rihanna’s restraining order request, Barrow was arrested for breaking into her neighbor’s house believing it to her residence. Barrow, who reportedly claimed he had been invited into the singer’s house, “removed various items from the home and slept in a bed thinking it was Ms. Fenty’s,” along with having numerous pieces of poetry for her, according to court documents.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 15 Westbury, NY – Live Nation is pleased to present The Temptations and The Four Tops at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Saturday, February 9 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $69.50 and $49.50 plus applicable service charges and are available online at www.ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Westbury box office. Event, date and time are subject to change. For more information visit www.thetheatreatwestbury.com. For nearly fifty years, The Temptations have prospered, propelling popular music with a series of smash hits, and sold-out performances throughout the world. The history of The Temptations is the history of contemporary American pop. An essential component of the original Motown machine, that amazing engine invented by Berry Gordy, The Temps began their musical life in Detroit in the early sixties. It wasn’t until 1964 however, that the Smokey Robinson writtenand-produced “The Way You Do the things You Do” turned the guys into stars. An avalanche of hits followed, many of which...”My Girl,” for instance...attained immortality. With “Get Ready,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Beauty Is Only Skin Deep,” and “I Wish It Would Rain”...the hits kept coming. When the sixties and seventies turned political, The Temps got serious. They changed their tone, dress and music. The Temptations sound burned with intensity on songs like “Cloud Nine,” “I Can’t Get Next to You,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone”, and “Psychedelic Shack.” Today, the current lineup consists of founder Otis Williams along with Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon, and Bruce Williamson. There current CD is the aptly titled "Still Here." The Four Tops are four powerful voices led by original member and founder Abdul “Duke” Fakir. Their first hit was “Baby I Need Your Loving” in 1964. Their songs, soulful and bittersweet, were across-the-board successes. “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” a no. 1 R&B and Pop smash in 1965, is one of Motown’s longest-running chart toppers; it was quickly followed by a longtime favorite, “It’s The Same Old Song” (no. 2 R&B/no. 5 pop). Their commercial peak was highlighted by a romantic trilogy: the no. 1 “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” “Standing In The Shadows Of Love” (no. 2 R&B/no. 6 pop) and “Bernadette” (no. 3 R&B/no. 4 pop)—an extraordinary run of instant classics. Their hit making streak continued well into the eighties making them one of the few groups to have hits in three consecutive decades. In 1990, with 24 Top 40 pop hits to their credit, the Four Tops were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Though they would no longer have hits on record, the group continued to be a hit in concert, touring incessantly, a towering testament to the enduring legacy of the Motown Sound they helped shape and define. ONLINE EDITION

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THE FOUR TOPS FRIDAY, MARCH 15th at 7:00pm Four Tops are an American vocal quartet, whose repertoire has included doo-wop, jazz, soul music, R&B, disco, adult contemporary, hard rock, and showtunes. Founded in Detroit, Michigan as The Four Aims, lead singer Levi Stubbs (born Levi Stubbles, a cousin of Jackie Wilson and brother of The Falcons' Joe Stubbs), and groupmates Abdul "Duke" Fakir, Renaldo "Obie" Benson and Lawrence Payton remained together for over four decades, having gone from 1953 until 1997 without a single change in personnel. Among a number of groups who helped define the Motown Sound of the 1960s, including The Miracles, The Marvelettes, Martha and the Vandellas, The Temptations, and The Supremes, the Four Tops were notable for having Stubbs, a baritone, as their lead singer; most groups of the time were fronted by a tenor. The group was the main male vocal group for the songwriting and production team of Holland-Dozier-Holland, who crafted a stream of hit singles, including two Billboard Hot 100 number-one hits: "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" and "Reach Out I'll Be There". After HollandDozier-Holland left Motown in 1967, the Four Tops were assigned to a number of producers, primarily Frank Wilson. When Motown left Detroit in 1972 to move to Los Angeles, California, the Tops stayed in Detroit and moved over to ABC Records' Dunhill imprint, where they continued to have charting singles into the late1970s. Since the 1980s, the Four Tops have recorded for, at various times, Motown, Casablanca Records and Arista Records. Today, save for Indestructible (owned by Sony Music Entertainment), Universal Music Group controls the rights to their entire post-1963 catalog (through various mergers and acquisitions), as well as their 1956 single, "Could It Be You". A change of line-up was finally forced upon the group when Lawrence Payton died on June 20, 1997. The band initially continued as a three-piece under the name The Tops,[1] before Theo Peoples (formerly of The Temptations) was recruited as the new fourth member. Peoples eventually took over the role of lead singer when Stubbs suffered a stroke in 2000 with his position assumed by Ronnie McNeir. On July 1, 2005, Benson died of lung cancer with Payton's son Roquel Payton replacing him. Levi Stubbs died on October 17, 2008. Fakir, McNeir, Payton, and Harold "Spike" Bonhart, who replaced Peoples in 2011, are still performing together as the Four Tops. Fakir is now the only surviving founding member of the original group.

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“REASONABLE THINKING” By Jim Reed Government is plagued with many inefficiencies, including choosing and rewarding people who vol‐ unteered  for  the  candidate  during  his/her  campaign.  People  who  posted  campaign  signs,  made  phone calls, walked the district,  distributed  literature,  threw  a  cocktail party or two, drove the  candidate  around,  acquired  do‐ nations,got  petitions  signed,  were  influential  in  their  com‐ munities,  attended  fundraisers,  have  been  party  faithful  for  years, donors, and so on.  I  was  able  to  witness,  first‐ hand,  individuals  who  fell  within  the  categories  named  above who became department  heads,  deputy  commissioners,  commissioners,  and  beyond,  AND  received  good‐paying  jobs  for  their  “work”  on  behalf  of  the  candidate,  whether  they  had  the  mental  or  intellectual  capacity to carry on the work of  the  office  to  which  they  were  named or had a scintilla of grey  matter that would enhance the  workings  of  the  department  or  the  county.  That  they  knew  nothing  didn’t  matter  a  bit.  That they might be hooked into  some  ethnic  community,  or  could  raise  funds  was  very  im‐ portant. That they were clueless  as  to  their  position’s  workings,  or  could  not  fulfill  the  time  re‐ quired to do the job was incon‐

sequential. I  don’t  believe  that  every  posi‐ tion  should  be  changed,  especially  when  you  just  might  have  a  com‐ petent  individual  performing  a  yeoman’s  job  despite  being  from  an opposing party. I never believed  in “this side of the aisle” and “that  side of the aisle,” but rather, in do‐ ing  the  right  thing  for  the  elector‐ ate.  No  favoritism  practiced  for  either  your  party  or  the  other  party. Just DO THE RIGHT THING!  We  have  many  out‐of‐County  people  holding  down  jobs  in  our  C o u n t y .   Some may be talented, while others  are  “favors”  to  others  in  the  re‐ wards  system,and  maybe  that’s  why  it  is  called  the  Spoils  System,  which  I  believe  had  its  beginnings  during  the  Andrew  Jackson  –  “To  the  Victor  go  the  spoils.”  We  need  to  be  realistic  and  name  people  to  jobs  they  are  suitable  for  and  can  do. Let us not continue to be foolish  an  squander  the  fruits  of  our  hard  work,  the  hard‐earned  monies  sup‐ plied by our taxpayers. 

what  is  required  or  ex‐ pected of us? Citizens,  I  ask  you  to  be  vigilant  and  diligent  –  watch what is going on and  do  the  right  thing  for  all  of  us,  not  just  a  few.  I  pray  that  you  heed  my  words  and  demand  that  the  right  thing be done! Those  are  my  thoughts  and  I  shall  live  by  them,  come  hell  or  high  water.  Damn  the  torpedoes  and  full steam ahead!!!

The  results  of  the  next  County  Executive  race  will  be  telling.  Will  we  continue  our  reckless  ways,  or  will  we  smarten  up  a  bit  and  do 

Ex-Temptations singer Richard Street dies at 70 LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former Motown vocalist Richard Street, a member of the Temptations for 25 years, has died. He was 70. Street’s wife, Cindy, says her husband died early Wednesday at a hospital in Las Vegas after a short illness. Richard Street sang as a young man with Temptations members Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin, but didn’t join the famed Motown group until the early 1970s. He later made the move from his native Detroit to Los Angeles with other Motown acts and stayed with the group until the mid1990s. Funeral arrangements are incomplete, but Cindy Street expects services to be held sometime next week in Cypress, California. She says her husband “was a really good person” who should be remembered for his work with the Temptations.

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Zoe Saldana finally responds to Nina Simone role backlash Zoe Saldana has finally responded to critics who have been fuming since it was announced that the Avatar star would be replacing Mary J. Blige in the upcoming Nina Simone biopic. Simone was a dark skinned woman with broad features, who was a champion of embracing her African-American features. Saldana is light skinned, with Puerto Rican and Dominican heritage. In an interview with HipHollywood at a pre-Oscar party, Saldana she said, “I guess what kept me from being hurt by the negative comments was that I’m doing it for my sistas and my brothas and I don’t care who tells me I’m not this or I’m not that, I know who I am and I know what Nina Simone means to me.” “I did it all out of love for my people and my pride of being a black woman and a Latina woman and an American woman and that’s my truth,” Saldana added. Some have criticized the fact that Saldana is not a singer, while others take issue with the actress not being “dark-skinned enough” and say she does not bear any resemblance to the legendary soul singer. A petition has even been started on Change.org asking the filmmakers to replace “Zoe Saldana with an actress who actually looks like Nina Simone.” So far, there are more than 10,000 signatures.

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formed to resemble Simone surfaced online. She was wearing a prosthetic nose and dark make-up and an Afro-style wig. Singer-songwriter India.Arie said at the time, “So today I saw the images of Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone…AND I THINK THEY ARE RIDICULOUS,” in a caps-riddled post on Simone’s official website. “Yes there should be a movie made, and YES they should have chosen someone who LOOKS like Nina Simone, ESPECIALLY since her RACE played such a PIVOTAL role in WHO, WHAT and WHY, she was.” Simone’s daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly, said in an interview with Ebony.com that although she respected Saldana’s craft “I also know that there are many actresses out there, known or not, who would be great as my mother.” She said her preferences would be Kimberly Elise or Viola Davis. “Both of the actresses that I’ve mentioned are women of color, are women with beautiful, luscious lips and wide noses, and who know their craft.” Still, others have come forward to back Zoe in the part, such as singer and actress Jill Scott, who told Hello Beautiful “Zoe is an incredible actress–I think that she’s a fine actress.”

Fans have argued that a host of suitable AfricanAmerican actresses would have been a better fit; including the likes of Kimberly Elise, Viola Davis, India Arie or Adepero Oduye, to name a few.

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RON WHITE: A LITTLE UNPROFESSIONAL

ALABAMA

SATURDAY, MARCH 16 at 8 PM

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 at 8 PM

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Tickets are $99.50, $59.50, and $49.50

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The World’s Greatest TEEN IDOLS

ZZ TOP

Starring DAVID CASSIDY,

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 at 8 PM

PETER NOONE of Herman’s Hermits

Tickets are $89.50, $39.50, and $49.50

And MICKY DOLENZ of The Monkees

Tickets on sale Friday at 10 am

Friday, March 22 at 8 PM

KEVIN JAMES

Tickets are $69.50, $49.50 and $29.50

THURSDAY, MAY 30 at 7 PM

Dick Fox’s DOO WOP EXTRAVAGANZA

Tickets are $66.50, and $56.50

Starring BOBBY RYDELL, LOU CHRISTIE,

Tickets on sale Sunday at 10 am

Willie Winfield & THE HARPTONES,

NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY

Vito Picone & THE ELEGANTS,

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LITTLE ANTHONY and THE IMPERIALS

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SATURDAY, MARCH 23 at 7 PM

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Tickets are $59.50, $49.50 and $39.50

CHRIS YOUNG

RODNEY ATKINS

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Special Guest JOSH THOMPSON

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ARTIE LANGE LIVE!

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CHRIS TUCKER

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HOW I BECAME A PIRATE

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PETER RABBIT

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LONG ISLAND APRIL FOOL'S COMEDY JAM

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EN VOGUE, LILLO THOMAS & FRIENDS

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Police investigate 9-year-old rapper Lil’ Poopy’s music videos BROCKTON, Massachusetts (AP) — A lawyer for the family of a 9-year-old Massachusetts rapper who appears in sexually suggestive videos is criticizing authorities’ decision to investigate whether the boy is the victim of possible child abuse or neglect. The boy who performs as “Lil Poopy,” is a thriving, well-adjusted fourth-grader with a good home life, good grades and musical talent, attorney Joseph Krowski Jr. said Monday of client Luie Rivera Jr., who is of Puerto Rican descent. “This is just what I would call a racially-tinged investigation because whoever watched it probably doesn’t understand rap,” Krowski said of his client’s work. “…This isn’t some child left alone that’s not going to school. It all comes down to content in the videos, which is protected by the First Amendment” of the U.S. Constitution that protects free speech.

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about the young rapper’s welfare. The investigation will include interviews with everyone who lives in the child’s home and likely others who have contact with the 9-year-old, such as school officials, DCF spokeswoman Cayenne Isaksen said. Child welfare officials can refer the case to the local district attorney’s office if an investigation finds any criminal behavior. “The filers of this report wanted to make sure the child is being properly cared for,” Isaksen said. “…So the department will look into all aspects of this.” The videos show the boy slapping a woman’s buttocks, engaging in sexually suggestive dances and glorifying drug use and materialism. The boy’s father, Luis Rivera, told The Enterprise that his son is acting and not doing anything wrong. The newspaper said Lil Poopy has performed alongside Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, and was discovered in his father’s music studio by the rapper known as French Montana, who founded Cocaine City Records. Lil Poopy music that was posted to an online mix tape site last October has lyrics that include him singing about being a “bad boy” and a “cocaine cowboy.” It showed about 8,600 downloads and 195,000 views by Monday afternoon. YouTube posts also feature the boy singing “Coke ain’t a bad word,” and show him with Coca-Cola.

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Police: MC Hammer pulled over for expired tags DUBLIN, Calif. (AP) — A sheriff’s department spokesman in Northern California says a Dublin police officer stopped and then arrested MC Hammer because the ’90s rap star was driving a car with expired registration and refused to get out of the vehicle. Lt. Herb Walters of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement issued Monday that Hammer was “very argumentative” with the officer during the traffic stop late Thursday. He says it’s unclear who owns the car. Hammer eventually came out of the car and was arrested for investigation of obstructing an officer in the performance of his duties. Hammer, who was born Stanley Burrell, has offered a different account, suggesting he was the victim of racial profiling. He tweeted on Saturday that the officer asked him if he were on parole or probation and tried to pull him out through the car window.

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TIME MAGAZINE’s #1 Musical of the Year "Porgy and Bess is a glowing tribute to a phenomenal stage production that transcends time and race: polished, respectful and packed with the creme de la creme of Broadway talent." -BET The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess has triumphantly returned to Broadway, in an electrifying new staging as timeless as ever presenting themes that reflect the cultural landscape of America, featuring such legendary songs as "Summertime," "It Ain't Necessarily So" and "I Got Plenty of Nothing," plus a remarkable cast led by four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, Drama Desk nominee Norm Lewis, and twotime Tony nominee David Alan Grier. Experience the show TIME Magazine declares, "Exquisite, intimate and musically ravishing. A don't-miss theater event!" and The Associated Press calls,“A gorgeous version of The Gershwin Masterpiece!” “AN INDISPENSABLE TICKET! It’s hard to imagine any hurricane matching the tempest that is the extraordinary Audra McDonald.” -The New York Times “AS RAPTUROUS AS EVER! Norm Lewis is a revelation.” -USA Today “A luscious piece of musical Theatre! David Alan Grier is terrific!” -Newsday GET YOUR TICKETS NOW AND SAVE! Sunday through Friday performances: Orchestra & Front Mezz - $89(Reg. $139) Rear Mezz, Rows A to F - $69 (Reg. $87) Rear Mezz, Rows G & H $49 (Reg. $67) Saturday performances: Orchestra & Front Mezz - $99Reg. $139) Rear Mezz, Rows A to F - $69 (Reg. $87) Rear Mezz, Rows G & H $49 (Reg. $67) Three easy ways to get your discounted tickets: CALL 877-250-2929 and mention code: PBDWK Visit Ticketmaster.com and enter code: PBDWK Bring this e-mail to the Richard Rodgers Theater Box Office, (226 West 46th Street, between 8th Avenue and Broadway). Valid for performances through 7/8/12. Offer subject to availability and prior sale. Limit 12 tickets per order. Offer valid on select seat locations. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be modified or revoked at any time without notice. All phone and internet offers subject to standard Ticketmaster.com service fees. All above prices include a $2 facility fee. Not valid on previously purchased tickets and may not be combined with other offers. For group sales please call 718-703-2260 For more information, visit PorgyandBessonBroadway.com

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Museum Mission Statement The mission of the African American Museum of Nassau County [AAM] is to provide programming and events that foster the intellectual development of community members and visitors with an interest in African-American art, history and culture. A primary goal is to disseminate the history of African-Americans on Long Island and the AfricanAmerican contribution to the social and cultural development of American society through material and visual culture. The AAM, located in

Hempstead, New York, opened in 1970, at the height of the black power movement, as the Black History Exhibit Center. It is the only African American history museum on Long Island, and is located to serve Nassau County’s largest African-American population. The museum is a multi-disciplinary cultural institution that provides art installations, historical exhibitions, film programs, community service events, and educational programming. This 6,000-square-foot facility, offers a rotating series of exhibits showcasing local and national African American artists. The African American Museum also houses the African Atlantic Genealogy Society. This organization provides workshops and individual research instruction in family genealogy. The museum has installed a new E-Learning Program that offers an innovative pedagogical approach, using subject headings relative to Americans of African descent, for conducting research on the internet. The AAM is currently working on methods to expand the community’s understanding of knowledge organization methods, literary warrant, and information retrieval and how these relate to African-American social history.

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update to a classic story that has endured for 200 years.”

SLEEPING BEAUTY DREAMS AWAKENS IN LICM THEATER

are priced at $5 with Museum admission or $10 for the

LICM has prepared an Activity Guide for families featuring pre- and postperformance activities to maximize the theater experience for all audience mem-

Mexico’s Marionetas de la Esquina Updates Grimm’s Classic Fairy Tale Helicopter parents, a daughter yearning to test her wings and a brave young man are the central characters in “Sleeping Beauty Dreams,” the contemporary update to the Grimm’s fairy tale that has enchanted children for 200 years. The production by Mexico’s Marionetas de la Esquina comes to Long Island Children’s Museum Theater direct from its Kennedy Center premiere. The renowned Mexico City family based puppet theater company will provide both public and school performances at LICM between February 23 – 28. Productions will be offered in both English and Spanish. Award winning playwright Amaranta Leyva, reimagines the famous princess as an overprotected daughter looking for a way to break free of her castle walls in order to search for true love … and her true self. Marionetas de la Esquina’s humorous storytelling and whimsical puppetry awaken this sleeping princess as never before. Public performances will be offered on Saturday, February 23 and Sunday, February 24 at 1 and 3 p.m. and Wednesday, February 27 and Thursday, February 28 at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Note: The Feb. 23 performance at 3 p.m. will be offered in Spanish. Sleeping Beauty Dreams tickets are available online and at the LICM box office. Tickets ONLINE EDITION

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and adults alike since 1975. They perform both in English and Spanish, and have given more than 11,000 performances, 50 workshops, and seminars. Since their inception, the company has helped disseminate and develop the art of puppetry in Mexico. In 2006, company member and playwright Amaranta Leyva received the Mexican National Prize for Children's Theater for her play The Dress. The company has also been recognized by the National Critics of Mexico. LICM Theater performances receive support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and NYSCA ArtWORKS for Young People.

Theater only. Jim Packard, LICM Theater Manager, praised the production’s contemporary themes and relevance to audiences. “We have enjoyed the warmth of Marionetas de la Esquina’s performances in the past and are delighted to have them returning with this new show. Marionetas are a family company and they bring together both children and adults to see perspectives of the parent-child relationship in the characters seen on stage,” he notes. “Marionetas de la Esquina has provided a creative and contemporary

bers. The Guide is available for download from the LICM Theater page at www.licm.org/theater.php.

All activities will be held at the Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Museum admission: $12 for adults and children over 1 year old, $10 seniors, FREE to museum members and children under 1 year old. Additional fees for theater and special programs may apply. For additional information, contact 516-2245800.

Marionetas de la Esquina has been entertaining children

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