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World leaders pay tribute to Hugo Chavez as wave of grief washes over Latin America

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VOL. 19 NO. 46

MARCH 8, 2013—NASSAU EDITION

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World leaders pay tribute to Hugo Chavez as wave of grief washes over Latin America By Becky Bratu and F. Brinley Bruton, NBC News Tue Mar 5, 2013 7:45 PM EST NBCNews.com

A wave of public grief washed over Latin America following the death of Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, reflecting the powerful emotions the charismatic leftist leader evoked in the region and around the world. The Cuban government, Venezuela's closest ally, declared official mourning for Wednesday and Thursday, and nationwide mourning for Friday. "I tell you, this is sad and painful news not just for me, because ... Cuba and the entire world has lost a great man," said Armando Fuentes, a store clerk in Havana, after Venezuela’s Vice President Nicolas Maduro broke the news of Chavez’s death Tuesday. Dayana Calzado, a 27-year-old Cuban lawyer, said the world had lost a great leader. "A very long time will pass before there is another leader like him," she said. Chavez's passing was acutely felt in Latin America where his anti-colonialist and anti-American policies and rhetoric provoked both loyalty and anger. Reports featuring crying

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mourners from around the continent dominated Venezuelan television in the hours after his death was announced. Brazil's President, Dilma Rousseff, said she was mourning the loss of a great "friend" of her country, the BBC reported. "This death should fill all Latin and Central Americans with sadness," she added, according to the BBC. "Hugo Chavez was without doubt a leader committed to his country and to the development of the people of Latin America." Chavez has often criticized the United States on its history of intervention in the Americas and Washington's stance on countries such as Iran. Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner suspended activities after receiving the news. She and her late husband, Nestor Kirchner, were close friends of Chavez. Chile and Ecuador released official notes of condolence, while in Peru a minute of silence was held in Chavez’s honor. Meanwhile, Bolivia's President Evo Morales announced he would travel immediately to Caracas to pay his respects. Uruguayan President José Mujica was also expected to travel to Caracas. Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos tweeted: "I profoundly lament the death of the president of Venezuela Hugo Chávez Frías. Our sincere condolences." Chavez's friends further afield also reacted to news of his death immediately. (Continued on page 5)

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INHERITANCE verses SWEAT EQUITY —Which would you prefer? Since the advent of Slavery in America many have argued whether people should be ruled by those of a particular bloodline or those selected/elected by popular demand. Over the years the definition of popular demand has been upgraded to include: those who work the hardest for it, verses those who believe they are merely entitled to it. Entitlement being based on several random attributes: i.e.; who has waited the longest for it, and or those who were next in line. Today we take a hard look at yesterday’s Newsday article entitled “Special fees could provide $18.5 milMINISTER lion to Hempstead” (see page 15 here). This article LARRY MONTGOMERY, SR. concerns the $2 billion dollar revitalization project about to get underway in the Village of Hempstead. PUBLISHER AND CHIEF With everyone poised to put shovels in the ground and COMMUNITY JOURNAL, INC. starting to spend that $2 billion dollars; of which 25% of all associated jobs, contracts and supplies are arguably earmarked for residents of the Village of WATCH AND Hempstead, or minorities. Today’s debate or delay foPRAY cuses on who best to manage that specific project goal as outlined under the guidelines set forth in the VilGod is about to release a lages Community Benefits Agreement (CBA). Which 7 FOLD BLESSING. He is is now a new Village law. The CBA was fought for, doing something new. SO then crafted, then negotiated into reality by Urban Strategies LLC. Acting without compensation through- WATCH AND PRAY. out the 8 years it took to bring this redevelopment pro- God Bless. ject to this its final leg. The CBA agreement is designed to make it illegal for a developer working in the designated development zone to not hire or contract with Village residents and or minorities. Right now the issue facing the Village Board is to determine who best to manage the monitoring of developers working in the zone and making sure that they adhere to the CBA law. The two firms being considered for this contract are lead by two different people, neither of which literally lives in the Village, as if that should make a difference. Many of the Villages administrators as well as police and firefighters don’t live in the Village either. More importantly of the two firms vying for the contract to manage the Villages CBA agreements Oversight Committee’s work includes: a 65 year old known Civil Rights Activist and Community Leader now a independent consultant who has worked tirelessly to not only craft the CBA agreement that made this revitalization project possible; but who has also been instrumental in causing the character of the New Nassau County Legislative style government we live under to have implemented. It is clear that Urban Strategies has sweated in the trenches for many years fighting for the rights of the people in the minority community. Additionally Urban Strategies brings a track record and team of licensed professionals to the table as stated in its 40 page written proposal, designed to obtain the goals as set forth under the CBA as well as secure the spirit of the CBA. The alternative firm ABBA is a quasi-religious organization headed by an admitted former guest of the criminal justice system. Who has no team of professional supporter capable of designing, implementing and or managing a workforce, contractor development incubator which the CBA earnestly calls for. Nor does ABBA bring any hands on or indirect experience in that area to the table. So who is arguing the point that because Urban Strategies LLC. is headquartered in Rockville Center and ABBA is headquartered in Lynbrook, that being headquartered in the Village should be the deciding factor? The Community Journal calls on Mayor Hall to do as he said, he would do; lead this Village in the 21st century based on fairness, equity, and honesty, and finalize the selection of the Community Benefits Oversight Monitor by selecting the best qualified consulting firm, Urban Strategies before election day.

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"It's a tragedy. He was a great politician," Russia's U.N. ambassador Vitaly Churkin said of the death. 'Understood the needs of the poor' In the United States, Rep. Jose Serrano, D-N.Y., who represents a largely Hispanic district, tweeted his condolences: “Hugo Chavez was a leader that understood the needs of the poor. He was committed to empowering the powerless. R.I.P. Mr. President.” Serrano's statement provoked an angry reaction form protroops charity Move America Forward. "Chavez openly hated the United States and opposed any effort to spread freedom, democracy and free markets to Latin America," it said in a statement. Nevertheless, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter also paid tribute to Chavez, and said in a statement that he "will be remembered for his bold assertion of autonomy and independence for Latin American governments." Joseph P. Kennedy II, chairman of non-profit Citizens Energy, which was criticized for receiving heating oil donations from the Venezuelan state-owned oil company, released a statement thanking Chavez for his generosity. "There are close to two million people in the United States who received free heating assistance, thanks to President Chavez's leadership," Kennedy's statement read. "Our prayers go out to President Chavez's family, the people of Venezuela, and all who were warmed by his generosity." And the friction between the U.S. and the Chavez regime lasted until the end of his life. Only minutes before the Venezuelan leader’s death was announced, the State Department issued a statement rejecting Maduro’s earlier accusations that Chavez’s enemies gave him cancer and that U.S. diplomats in Venezuela plotted to destabilize the government.

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Following the news of his death, the White House released a statement reinforcing its goal of improving its relationship with the Venezuelan government. “At this challenging time of President Hugo Chavez's passing, the United States reaffirms its support for the Venezuelan people and its interest in developing a constructive relationship with the Venezuelan government,” President Barack Obama’s statement read. “As Venezuela begins a new chapter in its history, the United States remains committed to policies that promote democratic principles, the rule of law, and respect for human rights.” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Mike Rogers, R-Mich., also said he hoped for the two countries to turn a new leaf in their relationship. "Hugo Chavez was a destabilizing force in Latin America, and an obstacle to progress in the region. I hope his death provides an opportunity for a new chapter in U.S.-Venezuelan relations," he said. But Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., took a different stance with the following statement: "Sic semper tyrannis,” which translates to, “Thus always to tyrants." That also happens to be what John Wilkes Boothe said before fatally shooting President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre. "After the welcome news of Hugo Chavez's death, I hope that the oppressed people of Venezuela will be able to live in freedom, not under miserable tyranny. I look forward to working in the House to promote a free, democratic, and proAmerican government in Venezuela," Cotton added. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., also used the opportunity to take a parting shot at Chavez, releasing a statement that read, in part: "The Venezuelan people now have an opportunity to turn the page on one of the darkest periods in its history and embark on a new, albeit difficult, path to restore the rule of law, democratic principles, security and free enterprise system in a nation that deserves so much better than the socialist disaster of the past 14 years." PAGE 5


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Who will take on job of fixing Detroit’s finances? DETROIT (AP) — It appears the appointment of an emergency manager to take over Detroit’s failing finances is all but a done deal. But one question remains: Who will get the difficult, thankless job? Gov. Rick Snyder is being coy about his selection, saying only the person is “top notch.” Michigan’s Emergency Loan Board will do the official hiring of the candidate, who will provide state oversight on spending and restructuring. Whoever is chosen, he or she will not only have to tackle the city’s massive deficits and debt but also succeed in pulling Detroit out of a fiscal tailspin so steep that it’s had to borrow millions of dollars just to pay its bills and city workers’ salaries. “This will take somebody who has very deep and strong financial expertise and very deep and strong political and personal capabilities,” said Timothy Horner, a partner in the Warner Norcross & Judd law firm. Horner, whose firm has been closely following Detroit’s fiscal struggles because it represents businesses and creditors, told The Associated Press on Friday that the emergency manager job is “a very difficult assignment.” An appointment is unlikely to occur before Detroit Mayor Dave Bing has a chance to appeal Snyder’s determination Friday that the city is in a financial emergency. The 10-day appeal period will be followed by a March 12 hearing. It’s then that Snyder can change his mind or reaffirm his position and move forward with an emergency manager appointment. Bing said Friday that doesn’t agree with Snyder’s determination and that he is looking into the city’s options. Emergency managers have the power under state law to develop financial plans, renegotiate labor contracts, revise and approve budgets to help control spending, sell off city assets not restricted by charter and suspend the salaries of elected officials. Given the makeup of Detroit — more than 80 percent of the 700,000 residents are black — the emergency manager’s job would be easier if that person is black, according to Bill Brandt, chief executive of Development Specialists, Inc., a national turnaround firm. “If he’s even toying with the idea of putting a white fella in charge in a city that’s 80 percent black it will be seen as more of this plantation mentality,” Brandt said of Snyder. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Detroit and its mostly white suburbs have shared an often-strained relationship for decades. “You need to get a buy-in from the large population and the way is to get a spirited intellectually bright African American with a great deal of political chops,” Brandt added. Among the issues needing immediate attention, is Detroit’s massive health care costs and unfunded pension benefits to retirees. Detroit’s sinking population — a quarter-million people left between 2000 and 2010 — and shrinking tax base will have to fund its legacy liabilities, Horner said. “Over many years, the city made many promises to employees and workers and incurred debt based upon a city that was much larger,” he said, noting the emergency manager will first need to address “short-term liquidity issues” while handling “long-term legacy liabilities.” Horner also pointed out the manager would need to have experience with bankruptcies. “If the emergency manager is not able to restructure, we will end up with Chapter 9,” he said. But bankruptcy can be avoided if everyone comes to the negotiating table, said William M. Dolan, a partner in the Brown Rudnick international law firm. Providence, R.I., had a $110 million structural deficit, $1 billion in unfunded health care and an $800 million unfunded pension. Dolan represented the city last year in negotiations with its active unions and retirees over concessions to address legacy liabilities. Both sides negotiated everything down and converted health care coverage to Medicare from private plans. “When you go into bankruptcy your pension is gone. It’s gone,” Dolan said. But for residents, the appointment of an emergency manager runs deeper than ledger sheets and balance books. “You are telling the people of Detroit that they are too stupid to manage their own affairs, and that’s an insult,” said Oliver Cole, a photography studio owner in the city and president of a 900-family neighborhood association on the northwest side. “We want the city of Detroit to function,” the 62-year-old added. “We want it to be a great city, have police, fire, good EMS, trash pickup and parks maintained. “The emergency manager gives people the opinion he can do anything. That is tantamount to another mayor and that’s why I disagree. You have supplanted the will of the people to elect their leader. Now you say ‘your voice doesn’t count.’ “ PAGE 6


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MTA’S EAST SIDE ACCESS PROJECT 10 YEARS LATE AND $4.4 BILLION OVER BUDGET Finished Project Expected to Benefit Long Island Commuters; Promote Economic Development The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA’s) East Side Access project, which will bring Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) service to Grand Central Terminal for the first time, is expected to cost nearly $9 billion when finished in 2019, more than twice the MTA’s initial cost estimate and a decade later than expected, according to a report released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. “Time and again, the MTA has come up short on the goal to deliver the East Side Access project on schedule and within budget,” DiNapoli said. “While this project is an important addition to the regional mass transit system serving New York City and Long Island, taxpayers will have to bear the brunt of these unanticipated costs. There must be lessons learned at the MTA from this experience as they move forward with their capital program.” East Side Access is the nation’s largest public transportation project and the first expansion of the LIRR in more than 100 years. Initially expected to cost $4.3 billion and to begin service in 2009, East Side Access is now projected to cost $8.76 billion when completed in August 2019. The project is expected to serve 160,000 riders daily, reducing commutes by up to 40 minutes. New tunnels will connect the LIRR main line in Queens to the lower level of the existing 63rd Street Tunnel and then to a new LIRR terminal being constructed below Grand Central Terminal. While major tunneling has been completed, the entire project is less than half-finished.

DiNapoli also reported: · The MTA’s current cost estimate for East Side Access is $8.25 billion, but that figure grows to $8.76 billion when the cost of additional passenger railcars needed to meet service demand is factored in. · The MTA has acknowledged that its initial cost estimates and schedules (which were released in 1999) were based on conceptual plans with virtually no engineering work behind them. · By the time design work had advanced in 2006, the estimated cost had grown to $6.3 billion and the completion date had been pushed back four years to December 2013. · Since 2006, the cost has grown by $2.4 billion, or 38 percent, and the completion date has been pushed back another six years. A range of factors, including overly aggressive schedules, the number of large concurrent infrastructure projects, a contractor that performed poor quality work and unforeseen construction challenges increased cost and contributed to delays. · The MTA estimates that there is an 80 percent probability that the actual cost of East Side Access may be at or below its current estimate, and that service could begin up to one year earlier than currently forecast. Conversely, there is a 20 percent probability of additional costs or delays. · The cost of building the new LIRR terminal below Grand Central Terminal accounts for more than one-quarter of the cost overrun, having grown from the MTA’s initial estimate of $709 million to $1.9 billion, an increase of 170 percent. · The cost of the Queens segment, which mostly involves tunneling, has doubled, from $695 million to $1.4 billion. · The cost of contracts for track, signals, and power and communication systems has nearly tripled, growing from $331 million to $901 million. · The MTA’s share of the cost of East Side Access has grown from less than $2.2 billion to $5.6 billion, an increase of more than 150 percent. The federal government’s contribution has been capped at $2.7 billion. New York State is contributing $450 million. · Debt service on bonds issued by the MTA to fund the cost of East Side Access is estimated to exceed $300 million in 2019 when the project enters service. This represents nearly 11 percent of the debt service for the MTA's entire capital program in 2019. Debt service is reflected in the operating budget and is funded with fares, tolls and tax revenues. · A rezoning of the area around Grand Central Terminal to permit higher density office buildings proposed by Mayor Bloomberg, in combination with the completion of East Side Access in 2019, is expected to increase overcrowding on subway platforms and surrounding passageways. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Rep. McCarthy to NRA: Follow Gun Manufacturers’ Lead & Support Expanded Background Checks WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 6, 2013) – Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY4), sponsor of the Fix Gun Checks Act for expanded background checks, urged the National Rifle Association to join the nation’s firearms trade organization – and over 90 percent of the American population – in supporting the measure to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. “From the commercial side, we’re already there, and we’ve been there, and we were the ones that have been the strongest proponents of an effective, complete background check,” National Shooting Sports Foundation President Steve Sanetti said in an interview published today. “Almost every single American, as well as threequarters of NRA members and now the trade organization representing American gun manufacturers, all support expanded background checks to help keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the dangerously mentally ill,” Rep. McCarthy said. “Only the leadership of the NRA and other groups like it have continued to resist this outpouring of common sense, for inexplicable reasons.” The NRA’s recent resistance to gun safety reform even contradicts its own past stance. In 1999, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre testified in Congress in support of expanded background checks, saying “We think it’s reasonable to provide mandatory instant criminal background checks for every sale at every gun show. No loopholes anywhere for anyone.” Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of over 850 Republican and Democratic mayors from across the country signaled a major evolution in the positions of its members last week. The Mayors Against Illegal Guns raised its level of support for gun safety reform by formally endorsing Rep. McCarthy and Senator Frank Lautenberg’s (D-NJ) bill to restrict civilian access to high-capacity ammunition magazines. The measure is also a component of the revised Assault Weapons Ban introduced by Rep. McCarthy and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) in January. Until now, the Mayors Against Illegal Guns had kept its formal endorsement of gun safety legislation limited to a universal background check.

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the American citizenry. The assumption of the second amendment was that it was created for White Male land owners and not for the people that White Male landowners had oppressed themselves, Native American and African Americans. We should also not forget that any time that African Americans, in particular, sought to exercise their second amendment rights, such as in the case of Nat Turner of the 19th Century or the Black Panthers in the mid 1960’s, some of the same advocates for gun rights today were

By Bishop Andy C. Lewter, D. Min. Nobody who has watched television, listened to the radio or read a newspaper over the last several weeks can say that the debate over gun control is not front and center. Without a doubt, this issue has consumed more ink, airtime and space than any other issue in recent memory. On the one hand, we have advocates of the second amendment who feel strongly that any attempt to limit, or even monitor the movement of fire arms is an infringement on the rights guaranteed by the American Constitution and the Second Amendment. While on the other hand, those who have lost loved ones over armed violence, whether its Newtown, CT, Aurora, CO or the city of Chicago, IL feel that the time has come for the government to take definitive action in response to what seemingly appears to be a social epidemic in our country. Those of us in the faith community are in a real dilemma and are torn between two opinions that swing between American rights and violent mayhem. When the American Constitution was drafted it was at a time when the country had just defeated one of the most powerful empires in all of human history, The British Empire. Few people worldwide would have given the American Colonies any chance of defeating the more powerful and experience British military who had expanded their holdings and territory in the 18th century to the point that it was said that the Sun did not set on the British Empire. It is true and without a doubt that the ability of American Colonist to be competitive and combat British forces was because the Colonial Militia were not forced to face British soldiers with pitchforks and shovels, but rather with weapons that were the equal of the soldiers that they were meeting on the field of battle. As a result, birthed in the core of Colonial thinking was the attitude that “the right to bear arms” was absolutely necessary to repel oppressive attempts to subjugate the general public. Early Americans were not convinced at the close of the War for Independence that they had faced the tyranny and attacks of Great Britain and that the only defense that they, the colonialist, had against such actions from across the sea was the permanent ability for local citizens to take up arms for themselves. The thinking at the time was that the newly created American government was too new and fragile to seriously protect American citizens from any attack from a foreign power. In recent years, there has been less concern about defending local citizens from foreign powers and a greater concern that local citizens have to defend themselves from the American government itself. It should be pointed out that back then as well as now the cry for gun rights and any other rights for that matter did not include all of NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

quick to outlaw and take away those gun rights for those persons whom they considered to be a threat to the peace and tranquility of society. But members of the faith community have another problem, in addition to that of history. That challenge has to do with what the Bible says in contrast to what the Second Amendment says. In the final hours of Jesus’ life he is physically apprehended in the Garden of Gethsemane. Startled and surprised, Peter, the chief disciple of Jesus overtakes one of the soldiers, obtains his sword and proceeds to cut off the ear of the soldier he has overtaken. Before he is able to do more injury and harm, Jesus instructs him to put up the sword because “he who lives by the sword shall die by the sword”. At the very foundation of who Christians are is the historic assumption that God intended his people to be non-violent and resist any efforts to take up arms. On another occasion Jesus says to his disciples, “Blessed are the peacemakers”. It is this Christo-centric understanding of what the Bible says and what the Bible means that guided the actions of Dr. Martin Luther King to call for “passive resistance” any the face of obvious mistreatment and the need for self-defense against racism and bigoted behavior on the part of the Ku Klux Klan and other White Supremist groups. In the end, there is no practical reason for any assault weapon, or any other weapon designed for combat, to be found on the streets of our country where they can be used to terrorize and take the lives of innocent people. While being fully aware that it is not guns that kill people, but people do, we as a faith community still have a responsibility to place what Jesus said and what the Bible teaches, above any document drafted by men, even if that document is the American Constitution. PAGE 8


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Protect Your Business from Spring Weather Threats Get business continuity tips at a free webinar hosted by SBA & Agility WASHINGTON – Winter snows are sometimes followed by floods. Severe storms—sometimes in the form of deadly tornadoes or massive rainfall—can wreak havoc across the U.S. during spring. There are many low-cost, efficient steps you can take now to make sure your company, clients and employees are safe in the months to come. Join the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery on Tuesday, March 12 at 2 p.m. EDT for a free webinar on best practices for mitigating spring weather risks. These preparedness tips are based on real-life recovery experiences from business owners. The SBA has partnered with Agility to offer business continuity strategies through its “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit www.preparemybusiness.org to access previous webinars and for additional preparedness tips. The SBA provides disaster recovery assistance in the form of low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, private nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov/disaster. WHAT:

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Maragos: Sequestration and Grumman May Hamper Strong Initial 2013 Economic Recovery on Long Island Grumman Alone May Result in Loss of 2800 Jobs and $240 Million in Local Wages Mineola, NY- Initial sales tax revenue gains show an impressive increase of 7.4% over the similar period last year Nassau County Comptroller announced today. This rate is significantly higher than the 4.3% budget forecast and reflects the strong economic recovery after Superstorm Sandy. To date the County received $103 million versus last year’s checks of $95.9 million for the same period. These gains, however, are not expected to last because of very strong economic headwinds anticipated from expanding Sequestration spending cuts and yesterday’s Grumman decision to relocate about 850 jobs, The Grumman job losses alone will have a ripple effect throughout

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the Long Island economy, and possibly effect another 2000 local jobs, according to 2012 study by Deloitte that estimated a 2.36 indirect jobs loss multiplier. The total estimated lost wages from the direct and indirect job losses is estimated at approximately $240 million by using the average wage rate for the aerospace and defense industry from the Deloitte study. “The Sequestration and Grumman are a one two punch that will be felt hard in the Long Island economy,” said Comptroller George Maragos. “It is time for a regional summit of our leaders to develop a 21 century economic plan for growth that draws on the geographic advantages and intellectual strengths of our residents and academic institutions. We must not stand by idly!”

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Dear Neighbor, In Case You Missed It (ICYMI), today I officially launched "Nassau Works," a website and mobile application to help residents find work and offer local businesses a place to post jobs online for free. Read below for more information. Are You Looking for a Job? Mangano Launches “Nassau Works” Building on his efforts to help put people back to work and reduce citizens’ reliance on social services, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today launched a free job finding application – Nassau Works - that notifies job seekers of job opportunities. Powered by TweetMyJobs, this innovative jobs platform provides a comprehensive and integrated social and mobile job solution that connects job seekers and employers. This new platform is offered to County businesses for free - as to help reduce their recruiting costs and ensure they gain access to qualified candidates. One of the largest databases of available jobs on the Internet, Nassau Works also includes a one-of-a-kind augmented reality feature that allows seekers to view job openings in the geographic proximity of their smartphone. “Nassau County is leading the charge in helping our citizens get back to work and reduce the demand on social services,” said County Executive Mangano. “This free, new online jobs platform will help job seekers find employment and provide our local businesses with free access to the same cutting edge tools that Fortune 500 companies are using today.” Available at www.NassauWorks.com or at the App Store for your mobile device, getting started is as fast and easy as easy as pushing a button to find jobs or for employers to instantly distribute their job listings to every corner of the digital landscape. Nassau Works leverages social media to drive local employment solutions. Facebook and Twitter’s social media networks, as well as mobile technology, are used to NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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instantly push relevant jobs to job seekers where they want them and when they want them. Job seekers can sign up to receive jobs on their mobile phone, via email, Twitter or on the web. Nassau Works serves as the perfect complement to the job creation initiatives already being implemented by County Executive Mangano. Accordingly, all economic development compacts entered into by the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency will require businesses to post job openings on Nassau Works. “It is an honor to partner with County Executive Mangano and Nassau County to provide our job matching technology,” said Robin D. Richards, Chairman and CEO of TweetMyJobs. “The platform will act as a powerful compliment to Executive Mangano’s job programs and lead to a fast connection of job seekers with hiring employers” By launching the jobs platform, Nassau County will also gain access to a dynamic set of robust data and analytics that will provide unprecedented insights into local employment needs and help steer key strategic decisions to foster future job growth. About TweetMyJobs TweetMyJobs is the leading global social recruiting platform. Users receive highly relevant job matches and control where the matches are delivered (i.e. social media, email, text, etc.) and how frequently the matches are delivered (i.e. instantaneously, daily, weekly, etc.). TweetMyJobs pushes jobs into Twitter through more than 10,000 job channels segmented by geography, job type and industry giving the service an unequaled ability to instantaneously connect employers and recruiters with targeted job candidates. In addition, jobs get distributed to the Who? button, TweetMyJobs’ Facebook application, which allows jobseekers to use their Facebook network to find referrals with companies they are interested in. For additional information, please visit www.TweetMyJobs.com. PAGE 12


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Celebration of Suburban Diversity The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University hosted a Celebration of Suburban Diversity dinner at the Uniondale Marriott. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby was pleased to congratulate honoree Henry Holley and commend Lawrence Levy, Executive Dean, and Mohinder Singh Taneja, Founding Co-Chair. Applause to the Uniondale HS Show Choir & Jazz Band and Director Lynette Carr-Hicks, who performed during the event

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Enhancing communication and increasing the quality and quantity of safety measures throughout Hempstead is a vital aspect of my initiative to improve the state of our Village. I am confident that we will continue to improve the overall quality of life for each resident.

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 Last week, Hempstead launched Village Line, a new ser- the plan. vice that will ensure resident safety and allow access to the Sincerely, many services available in our local municipality. The Village Line platform is all-encompassing. It is a phone line, website and smart phone application that will enable residents to use the internet, an iPhone or Android-powered deMayor Wayne J. Hall vice for residents to submit service requests to Village departments. This system will provide two new avenues of communication between the Village and its citizens and HEMPSTEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY function with automated routing to ensure that a request for ADULT WORKSHOP action is quickly forwarded to the right person at the right JOB SEARCH SECRETS Village department.

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With the new Village Line system in place, Hempstead residents will have a variety of ways to report issues to their government and have concerns addressed in a timely manner. Residents are able to call 516-478-6333 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on weekdays to access a trained operator who will direct calls and enter requests and complaints into the internet-based system, QAlert. QAlert enables department heads to generate a variety of reports, from issues resolved to issues outstanding, length of time outstanding and issue type, plus many more. Citizens and staff both benefit from QAlert’s knowledge-base feature, and municipalities can opt to allow a citizen log-in area where callers can view their entire service-request history.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 6:30pm – 8:30pm

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Hempstead has been improving technology measures Villagewide, including incorporating Shotspotter sensors in February to ensure resident safety. The Shotspotter sensors will function as a gunshot locator system to provide widearea acoustic surveillance for gunshots, as well as other large explosive occurrences. These sensors will equip police officers with immediate information and intelligence to respond quickly and safely to gunfire incidents. Shotspotter and other new technologies will assist the Hempstead Police Department in patrolling crime, already reduced by 10 percent over the course of the last year. With the increase in the number of officers on the ground, Hempstead residents can expect to see the crime rate continue to decrease in 2013.

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Special fees could provide $18.5 million to Hempstead Originally published: March 6, 2013 9:06 PM Updated: March 6, 2013 9:43 PM By AISHA AL-MUSLIM aisha.almuslim@newsday.com

Hempstead Village stands to collect $18.5 million in funds over an eight-year period from zoning fees relating to its $2.5 billion downtown redevelopment project, village officials and developers said. The village board voted, 3-2, at Tuesday's night meeting to adopt fees for a special downtown zone for the revitalization project. Mayor Wayne J. Hall Sr., deputy mayor Henry Conyers and trustee Livio Rosario voted to approve the resolution. Trustees Perry Pettus and Donald Ryan voted against it. "We tried to generate enough fees to help the village get the funds it needs, while not making fees so high that it would scare developers," Edward Scott, senior managing director of Manhattan-based UrbanAmerica Advisors, said after the meeting. The firm is working with Plainview-based Renaissance Downtowns on the downtown makeover; the two companies proposed the fees. The modified zone, called a downtown overlay zone and adopted by the board in July 2012, divides the area into four districts: hospitality and entertainment, transit, commercial transition (smaller commercial buildings with some housing) and downtown edge (largely residential). Buildings would be capped at 120 feet, about eight to 10 stories. The special zone allows property owners to choose to "opt-in," which would permit mixed-used development -NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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apartments over commercial space. Property owners would have to agree to honor the controversial community benefits agreement with the project's master developer approved in January. The fee schedule includes site plan review fees, submission fees to the planning board, building permit fees -- and fees to fund the jobs/business and local contracting centers, and to help create or improve civic spaces. Total fees could cost developers about $1,500 per residential unit and about $15 per square foot for buildings with other uses. "I want to know where we are going with this and how this would help the taxpayers," said Ryan, who wanted to know before voting who would manage the fee collection and oversee the developer's adherence to the community benefits agreement. Fees collected would go into the village's general fund, Hall said. A portion would go toward funding a $5 million renovation of Mirschel Park, he said. With the March 19 village election looming, trustees engaged in a heated exchange over the rumored hiring of Jack Prophet's Rockville Centre-based management company Urban Strategy LI Inc. to oversee the fee plan. Rosario questioned the developers about their relationship with Prophet, whom they said they have known for several years. ABBA Leadership Center director Reginald Benjamin called for a village resident to be hired instead. "This is not for management. This is not for jobs. This is just about establishing fees," Hall said. "We're always stalling and we need to finish this up." PAGE 15


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9 tax breaks parents shouldn't miss After paying expenses for your children all year, be sure to claim all the tax deductions and credits to which you're entitled. The year our daughter Jane was born, my husband and I almost forgot to claim her on our taxes. She was a newborn, our accountant hadn’t seen us in a year -- so she’d never seen me pregnant -- and our tax appointments never involved chitchat, so the fact that we’d become parents wasn’t part of the conversation. Luckily, we somehow remembered. Plus, because we’d been smart enough to apply for Jane’s Social Security number while she was still in the hospital after the birth, we were able to use it for the Child Tax Credit. If you’re not claiming all the tax benefits you’re entitled to as a parent, you could be missing out on thousands of dollars in credits and deductions every year. Here are nine tax benefits that parents should remember to claim on their returns. Child Tax Credit: Once you have a baby (adopted children qualify) you can claim up to $1,000 per child on your tax return. As long as your child has a Social Security number and is under age 17 — and meets the IRS criteria (including the child’s relationship to you and his/her residence) — the tax credit is yours to claim on your tax return. (Here are 10 tips about the child tax credit from the IRS.) TIPS 4 commonly missed tax deductions + 3 little-known deductions With less than two months until Tax Day, now is the time to pull all of those receipts together and fill out your forms. Dependent Exemption: The IRS allows you to deduct a certain amount from your Adjusted Gross Income just for having dependents (i.e., children). As long as the child lives with you for at least half the year and is under age 19, or is under age 24 and a full-time student, you can claim the $3,800 exemption. Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit: While this sounds similar to the Child Tax Credit, it’s not. A family might be able to claim both. This tax credit allows working parents who rely on some kind of child care to claim a portion of those expenses on their taxes. But get this: The IRS defines childcare not just as daycare but nearly any entity that has a tax ID number that you send your child (under age 13) to while you are working. When my daughters were younger and attended camps, we always made sure we chose camps with tax ID numbers so we could include those expenses as part of the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit. According to the American Institute of CPAs, this credit could be worth up to $3,000 for one qualifying child and $6,000 for more than one. Many parents I’ve spoken to have no idea that summer camps qualify. Volunteer Work Deduction: While the IRS does not have a formal name for this deduction, it’s good to know about if you volunteer your time as a Girl Scout leader or a PTA member at your child’s school -- and itemize your tax deductions. That is, you can list on your itemized tax return mileage and any documented expenses for which you were not reimbursed related to this volunteer work. To qualify, you must be volunteering for what the IRS calls a “qualified organization,” and that includes many nonprofit educational organizations. Charitable Contributions: If you decide to clean out your child’s closet of toys, games and clothing, and then donate them to a NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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“qualified organization” -- and get a receipt -- you can deduct that on your itemized taxes, up to a certain amount. Who knew your kids’ clutter could help put more cash in your pocket via a tax deduction? Again, you must submit an itemized tax return to qualify for this deduction. Adoption Credit: Did you adopt a child in 2012? If so, you may be eligible to claim the Adoption Credit and some expenses related to that adoption on your tax return. Keep in mind that like so many of these tax credits, there are income limits that could affect your eligibility. However, with the Adoption Credit, that “limit” is pretty generous — those earning as much as $189,000 may still qualify. The American Opportunity Credit: You can claim this tax credit for up to $2,500 for college-related expenses for your child if your household earns less than $180,000. The Higher Education Tuition Deduction: This deduction, which survived the fiscal cliff, allows you to write off some of your child’s college expenses, namely tuition. But, as with the American Opportunity Credit, there are income limits. The most you’ll get for this deduction is $4,000. Earned Income Tax Credit: Families who earn less than a certain amount each year qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit. Here is the IRS explanation of how that tax credit could affect your 2012 income tax return: Earned Income and adjusted gross income (AGI) must each be less than: $46,227 ($51,567 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children. $43,038 ($48,378 married filing jointly) with two qualifying children. $37,870 ($43,210 married filing jointly) with one qualifying child. $14,340 ($19,680 married filing jointly) with no qualifying children. Tax Year 2013 maximum credit: $6,044 with three or more qualifying children. $5,372 with two qualifying children. $3,250 with one qualifying child. $487 with no qualifying children. Last year, our daughter Jane turned 17. That means that we can’t apply for the Child Tax Credit for her because she is too old. However, we still have a few more years for her to be our dependent in the IRS’ eyes and allow us to claim her as a deduction on our taxes.

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SBA to Expand Access to Loan Programs Fewer regulations will streamline applications and ensure program integrity through enhanced oversight WASHINGTON – Borrowers and lenders of loans backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration will have greater access to capital and less paperwork as a result of a proposed regulation aimed at streamlining the SBA application process, while also strengthening oversight and the integrity of the agency’s loan programs. “Streamlining and simplifying has been a key focus of our agency over the last few years. The changes are the latest steps to reduce paperwork burden, with our eye on the larger goal of expanding access to capital and giving entrepreneurs and small business owners the financial resources to grow and create jobs,” said SBA Administrator Karen Mills. “Specifically, these proposed regulations will provide greater access to capital through our two largest loan programs, while also reducing risk to taxpayer dollars.” The SBA proposes the new measures after extensive consultations with lenders and borrowers to identify the greatest challenges they face and find ways to reduce barriers to making and accessing loans, while still maintaining strict oversight. Among the proposed changes are: Eliminating the Personal Resource Test: A borrower will no longer be required to obtain a maximum level of personal finance resources for a 7(a) or 504 loan. This will streamline the loan process by eliminating complicated regulations used to determine the amount of collateral required. Revising the Rule on Affiliation: Revising this rule will open access to SBA loans to businesses that, under current rules, would not qualify as a small business under SBA’s size standards by virtue of their association with other companies. It also would streamline 504 loan applications and reduce paperwork requirements for 504 and 7(a) loan applications. Eliminating the Nine-Month Rule for the 504 Loan Program: Eliminating the Nine-Month rule removes a restriction that limits a business to include in its 504 project only expenses incurred nine months prior to submitting the loan application. The new rule would allow inclusion of expenses incurred at any time (e.g., projects put on hold for more than nine months due to a natural disaster). Increasing Accountability of the Certified Development Companies’ Board of Directors while Eliminating Requirements for Membership: Refocusing CDC corporate governance requirements will reinforce the importance of board accountability for CDC oversight for the 504 loan program and set in place measures to strengthen oversight in order to maintain program integrity. For comprehensive information on the new rules and their benefits, visit http://www.sba.gov/content/revised‐ oca‐regulations‐504‐and‐7a‐loan‐program.  You can also access the document published in the Federal Register at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-25/pdf/201304221.pdf for the full text of the proposed rule. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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COMPTROLLER DiNAPOLI RELEASES MUNICIPAL AUDITS New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed audits of the Town of Prattsville, Town of Riverhead and City of Rome. “My office's audits of local governments improve their financial management practices," DiNapoli said. "These audits are tools for local officials to make sure proper policies and procedures are in place to protect taxpayer dollars and provide the best possible service these taxpayer dollars can deliver." Town of Prattsville – Justice Court (Greene County) Town justices did not perform proper bank reconciliations, deposit cash receipts in a timely manner, adequately segregate the court clerk’s duties and provide proper oversight of the court clerk. Auditors found one town justice had unidentified funds totaling $1,848 in his bank account that could not be traced to any open or closed case files, fines or fees, or bail moneys; and another town justice had a cash shortage totaling $852 which had not been detected or corrected. Town of Riverhead – Allocation of Administrative Costs (Suffolk County) The town allocates services provided by the town-wide general fund departments to other funds and districts. Town officials, however, have not developed an allocation plan based on the direct relationships between the services paid by the general fund and the actual services received by the benefiting departments or funds. Therefore, the cost for services may be inequitably charged to different tax bases. City of Rome – Internal Controls Over Capital Projects (Oneida County) Although city officials had procedures to properly authorize capital projects, they did not adequately monitor financial activity or close completed projects in a timely manner. As a result, the city had 87 open capital projects, only nine of which were active – leaving 78 projects that had been completed, but still open in the records. Of the completed projects, 48 had surplus balances totaling $3.4 million. The remaining 30 completed projects had deficits totaling $3 million.

HEMPSTEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY ADULT WORKSHOP PASSION TO PROFITS, How to Make Money Doing What You Love Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 7:00pm – 8:30pm For immediate release* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * advance Registration needed * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Contact: Reference* * * * * * * * * * * * *481-6990 If you have ever wondered if you could turn your interests or hobbies into an income then this workshop is for you. There are people who will pay you to share your passion, skills and talents with them. This program provides the guidance, encouragement and support needed to discover your passion and to transform it into a money-making activity. Topics will include understanding the nature of being passionate about what you know and what you do, brainstorming, goal charting, mentoring, networking, and developing your passion into a business. The program will be held in the Community Room. Registration is required for this free program. PAGE 20


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ASK LISA-ANNE Q. My son is 12 years old and is in the 6th grade. The school psychologist feels that he is depressed. I don’t agree because I do not feel that a 12 year old would have anything to be depressed about. Do children really experience depression? A. Yes, children and adolescents do suffer from depression. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), it is only in the past two decades that childhood depression has been taken seriously. Because normal behaviors vary from one childhood stage to another, it can be very difficult to tell whether a child is just going through a temporary “phase” or is suffering from depression. Sometimes it is the parents that suspect something is wrong and sometimes it is the child’s teacher who senses something is not right. This is especially true when the change in behavior is sudden and out of character. Parents should visit a pediatrician to rule out a physical ailment. The pediatrician will probably recommend that the parents visit a specialist, preferably a psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of children. When adults think about depression, they think about adult problems like money, bills, death, stress on the job, and relationship difficulties. Children can experience stress also that can lead to depression. For example, children who live with parents who fight constantly, children who overhear adult conversations about money or relationship problems, the death of a loved one or pet, lack of friends, constant teasing at school, difficulty with school work that makes them feel ‘dumb,’ or insecurities about their looks and clothes, can all lead to depression. Some of these concerns may seem superficial and unimportant to an adult, but they are very serious concerns for a child or teen. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry list the following signs of depression in children:  Frequent sadness, tearfulness, crying  Hopelessness  Decreased interest in activities; or inability to enjoy previously favorite activities  Persistent boredom; low energy  Social isolation, poor communication  Low self-esteem and guilt  Extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure  Increased irritability, anger, or hostility  Difficulty with relationships  Frequent complaints of physical illnesses such as headaches and stomachaches  Poor concentration  A major change in eating and/or sleeping patterns  Talk of or efforts to run away from home  Frequent absences from school or poor performance in school  Thoughts or expressions of suicide or self destructive behaviors

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Parents often wonder if they are to blame when their child is depressed. While it is true that a key life event like a divorce, a change in schools or a death plays a role, depression usually is not caused by one event. Many factors contribute to depression. For instance, lower levels of certain brain chemicals, genetics, prescription medications and chronic illnesses can play a role. Remember that all children have a ‘bad day’ from time to time however if symptoms of depression are persistent you may have to take action. Take your son for a physical and talk with your pediatrician. Depression is a real illness and needs attention just like any other illness. Helping Your Depressed Child Depression is both frightening and frustrating. But with proper treatment and your support, your child will start to feel better. Following are some tips for helping your depressed child get through this period in his or her life: - Accept that your child is depressed. Do not yell, criticize or tell your child to "snap out of it." Offer understanding, patience and encouragement. - Remind your child frequently that you are there for him or her. Depressed kids often feel unlovable. Hearing loving statements and feeling supported can really help. - Listen carefully, without judgment, when your child shares his feelings. It may be tough to hear some of the things your child has to say, but don't belittle his feelings. - Try to offer hope and encouragement without sounding trite. You don't want to increase feelings of failure. - Don't deceive yourself into believing that your child is lazy. Getting out of bed and doing homework requires energy, and depressed children feel exhausted and uninterested in life around them. Still, encourage your child to follow through on responsibilities. Offer praise when she makes the effort to complete a task. - Help your child stay active by participating in walks or bike rides with her. Physical activity can help alleviate symptoms of depression. - Encourage healthy eating. Provide good, nutritious meals. Healthy food helps improve mood. - Make sure your child takes prescribed medications on time and report any side effects to your doctor right away. - Follow your doctor's treatment plan for counseling or therapy. Having consistent counseling sessions will help your child recover more quickly. www.Ehow.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 St St Stutterer, But I Say Nothing! Meet Kelly and co-author of the book 365 Ways to Succeed with ADHD available by contacting her. She is a member of the National Education Writers Association and is the education editor of The Community Journal newspaper in Long Island, NY. You may contact her at speechlrb@yahoo.com or by visiting her website at www.AskLisaAnne.com.

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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

BABYLON CELEBRATES NATIONAL FOREIGN LANGUAGE WEEK Babylon High School celebrated National Foreign Language Week by decorating the school lobby and cafeteria with banners that highlighted a different country each day. The students celebrated Ireland on Monday, March 4, followed by Mexico, France and Italy. The last day of the week served as International Day, to pay homage to all the countries around the globe. “Students were exposed to international music, while enjoying a cafeteria menu catered to the country being highlighted each day,” said Babylon High School world languages teacher Michelle Scharff. “Morning announcements had an international twist, with the greeting spoken in the language of the day, along with fun facts about the culture. On the final day of the celebration, students enjoyed an international dessert buffet in the bistro, provided by members of the World Language Club.” Throughout the week, various activities were offered to promote cultural awareness and allow for research and discussion about the many languages and cultures of the world. Students were encouraged to search for shamrocks to receive their pot o' gold on Monday, took a chance for a piñata prize the next day, then found the Eiffel Towers around the school for a French--inspired reward, and finally spun the "Wheel of Pizza" for prizes on Thursday. They turned in their stamped their Foreign Language Week passports on the final day of the week for a chance to win New York Yankees tickets. Students also worked all week on a trivia quest, answering questions posted outside of teachers' classrooms as part of their international journey. Once completed, their passports were stamped by a language teacher and they were entered into a drawing to win the tickets.

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Dr. Seuss at Jackson Annex School Jackson Annex Elementary School in Hempstead hosted a Read Across America Day at the school. The event celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss and is an annual reading motivation and awareness program geared toward bringing the love of reading to children. Town of Hemps t e a d C o u n c i l w o ma n Dorothy Goosby read “Horton Hatches an Egg” to Ms. Pauta’s 3rd grade class.

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Rosa Parks Commemorative Stamp Unveiled at Freeport School New Visions School students in Freeport celebrated the issuance of a new postage stamp commemorating civil rights activist Rosa Parks with a special assembly honoring Parks and her role in the struggle for racial equality. Freeport postal office employees Clifton Johnson and Roxanne Green were on hand to perform a formal unveiling of the new stamp. “The day that Rosa Parks exhibited her courage, she was standing tall for her rights and the rights of everyone in this nation,” said Freeport Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham, referring to Parks’ arrest for refusing to vacate her seat for a white passenger on a bus in Alabama in 1955. “I ask every one of you to be fearless and courageous and stand up for anything that is not going right.” The assembly was part of the New Visions Black History Month celebration and featured third- and fourth-grade dual language students, under the direction of music teacher Ruth Breidenbach, singing the traditional spirituals “Sun Don’t Set in the Morning” and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” In addition, Michael DeGennaro’s fourth-grade class performed an insightful skit about the lasting impact of Rosa Parks’ actions, and the school’s Speak Out Loud group, directed by Dr. Marie Codispoti, offered historical perspective. The program was coordinated with the help of African-Atlantic Genealogical Society President Julius Pearse and Executive Director Joysetta Pearse. “Because of people like Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, we in Freeport can celebrate the many, many ways we are alike and the ways that we are different,” said New Visions Principal Renee Crump-Dedmon in her address to the family, friends and community leaders in attendance. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Parent University at Washington Rose School Washington Rose School in Roosevelt hosted a “Parent University� at the school featuring projects created by first through sixth grade students as part of a project based learning initiative. Students worked in groups on such varied projects that ranged in scope from creating plastic and soap to animal abuse, hurricane Sandy relief, healthy lifestyle and history. As prizes, classrooms received iPads and a class trip. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby was so proud of all of the young people who participated in the event and also congratulated Principal Angela Alexander, Superintendent Robert Harris, Marnie Hazelton (Asst. Supt.), Science Specialist Catherine Beasley, Wilhelmina Funderburke (Roosevelt School Board), and parents who attended the event.

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BABYLON GRADE SCHOOL PARTICIPATES IN ‘RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS’ PROGRAM Third-graders from Babylon Grade School participated in the national “Random Acts of Kindness” campaign by reading Margery Cuyler’s “Kindness Is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler.” They also created a bulletin board filled with valentine notes explaining the recent acts of kindness they performed for others. According to RandomActsofKindness.org, the program is a school-based initiative that was founded on the belief that teaching kindness in schools can make a big difference in students’ lives. The Random Acts of Kindness campaign includes lesson plans and classroom activities that directly correlate with state standards such as conflict resolution, communication skills, decision-making skills and stress management – providing academic staff a way to teach and reinforce these new skills to their students. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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ABGS STUDENTS VISIT HOFSTRA The ABGS students pictured were guests at Hofstra University recently for a benefit honoring Governor David Paterson. The students are members of the school's chapter of the National Jr. Honor Society and the Verizon Science project.

ABGS MS students visit the White House Students from the ABGS Middle School who recently visited the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr.'s memorial and other notable sites during an exciting day long trip to Washington, D.C. The trip was coordinated by Dr. Marian Hutchinson, a math teacher at the school.

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New study: No racial bias against black scientists When a 2011 article in Science uncovered that black scientists are more likely to be rejected for medical research grants, it created a buzz in the research community. A year later, the National Institutes of Health — the largest source of funding for medical research in the world — announced that it was considering making the applications anonymous. Yet, a Virginia Tech adjunct professor, Dr. Ge Wang, and his colleagues say this change is not necessary, and that in their calculations released Thursday in Journal of Informatics, there is not actually a racial bias. “We believe that this study has importance,” says Wang. “The racial bias issue is very sensitive and yet complicated. Our analysis suggests that racial bias does not exist, as explained in our latest paper.” theGrio: Disparities among black scientists: Do degrees matter? Wang and his team gathered data from September 2011 on black and white faculty members from 31 of the top American medical schools. They compared a randomly selected group of 40 black faculty members to 80 white faculty peers with the same degree, title, specialty, school and gender. “He’s finding some interesting things,” says Dr. Donna K. Ginther, author of the Science article and professor of economics and director of the Center for Science, Technology and Economic Policy at the University of Kansas. “But the two studies are not that similar.” Ginther also points out the limitations of Wang’s study. “We used 83,000 applications and he had information on [only] 40 researchers,” she says. However, Wang says that their findings are statistically NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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accurate, regardless of the number studied. Wang and his team also compared the scientific productivity of black and white faculty members after they were granted funding and found that the ratio was the same. They found a correlation between the amount of funding black and white researchers received and how many articles they ultimately published about their research. For example, if a researcher received half the amount of funding as another researcher, it would be considered fair if the one with more funding published more work, says Wang, who is also newly a chaired professor of engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. But, it’s not apples to apples, Ginther says, because her report was about the fact that black researchers were less likely to get the funds to begin with — not about the fairness in the amounts funded or the number of publications. theGrio: Declining numbers of blacks seen in math, science To address this ongoing issue, both the NIH and Ginther are performing further research on racial bias in the process by which research is judged for funding and publication in medical journals, called the “peer review” process. “Funding is built on the peer review process and scientific achievement is built on it,” Ginther says. “So, understanding the dynamics and whether or not there is bias in the process is important. It is critically important to every aspect of science.” Dr. Tyeese Gaines is a physician-journalist with over 10 years of print and broadcast experience, now serving as health editor for theGrio.com. Dr. Ty is also a practicing emergency medicine physician in New Jersey. Follow her on twitter at @doctorty or on Facebook.

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Jury Convicts Two Queens Men for Violent Uniondale Home Invasion Jerry and Robinson each face up to 25 years for robbery, burglary, and assault convictions MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a jury has convicted two Queens men on multiple robbery, burglary, and assault charges for their role in a violent home invasion in Uniondale. Theodore Jerry, 36, of Jamaica, and Christopher Robinson, 35, of Rosedale, were both convicted of eight counts of Robbery in the First Degree, five counts of Burglary in the First Degree, two counts of Robbery in the Second Degree, two counts of Assault in the Second Degree, Burglary in the Second Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second and Third Degrees. Both defendants face up to 25 years in prison at their April 3 sentencing. Rice said that at approximately 10:25 p.m. on Dec. 27, 2011, a male resident and a female friend were in an upstairs bedroom of a Liberty Street home in Uniondale when they heard a noise downstairs. After confirming with his sister by phone that it was not her, he went down the stairs and saw a man trying to hide himself on the main floor of the house. The male resident ran back upstairs and attempted to hold the door to the bedroom closed while telling his sister on the phone to call 911. Jerry and Robinson forced their way into the bedroom, Robinson armed with a Smith & Wesson semi-automatic .40caliber handgun and Jerry armed with an Interarms .44-caliber revolver. The defendants demanded money before Robinson

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struck the male resident in the back of the head with his gun, causing a laceration that required 10 staples. The defendants stole $1,100 in cash and a cell phone from the two victims before placing the victims on the floor and covering them with a mattress and box spring. Responding police officers from the Nassau County Police Department’s First Precinct arrived at the scene and observed two men runNassau County District ning away from the house. Attorney Kathleen Rice After a brief chase, officers arrested Robinson who was observed by an officer throwing his gun aside and crouching down by a parked car on Jerusalem Avenue. Jerry was captured by police after running onto the field at A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility on Jerusalem Avenue. “People should be able to feel safe inside their own homes and not have to worry that violent criminals like these defendants will break down their doors,” Rice said. “The willingness of these defendants to invade someone else’s home and commit violence without hesitation is shocking, but the combined efforts of the Nassau County Police Department and members of my office have ensured that they will answer for their crimes.” Assistant District Attorney Brian Lee (Deputy Chief) of the County Court Trial Bureau is prosecuting the case for the DA’s Office. Jerry is represented by David Haber, Esq. Robinson is represented by Andrew Monteleone, Esq.

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Hempstead Man Convicted of Two Gunpoint Robberies in Westbury Parking Lot 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

Summerville faces up to 25 years in prison for April 2012 incidents MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a jury has convicted a Hempstead man for robbing two women of their pocketbooks at gunpoint in the parking lot of a Westbury Costco. It took a jury about four hours to convict Randy Summerville, 32, of two counts each of Robbery in the First, Second, and Third Degrees, and one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree. He faces up to 25 years in prison at his April 8 sentencing. Rice said that at approximately 11:30 a.m. on April 9, 2012, Summerville approached a woman who had left the Costco and was walking to her vehicle. As she opened the door to her car, Summerville came up behind her and pushed her into her vehicle, then reached over her and grabbed her white pocketbook off the front passenger seat. Summerville then pointed a silver handgun at the victim and unsuccessfully tried to steal another handbag that the victim had secured around herself with a strap. While fleeing the scene with the white pocketbook, Summerville pointed his gun at another woman who had approached him. The second woman placed her pocketbook on the ground, Summerville picked it up, and then entered the passenger side door of a waiting red Ford Explorer. The vehicle was identified by security officers at the nearby Source Mall in Westbury, and a responding Nassau County police officer saw Summerville and the driver, Roy Garrett, 22, of Hempstead, walking together on the west side of the mall. The officer was able to place Garrett under arrest at the scene, and Summerville, after running from the scene, was arrested the following day at his home. The jury rejected the defense’s claim that Summerville was the driver of the vehicle and was unaware of the robberies. Summerville was acquitted of two counts of Robbery in the First Degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree. Garrett is charged with four counts of Robbery in the First Degree, and two counts each of Robbery in the Second and Third Degrees. He is awaiting trial and is due back in court March 8. “These brazen attacks in the middle of the day prove what a danger this defendant poses to the safety of our community, and today’s guilty verdict thankfully ensures that he will be off our streets for a very long time,” Rice said. Assistant District Attorney Everett Witherell of the Major Offense Bureau is prosecuting the case for the DA’s Office. Summerville is represented by Steven Raiser, Esq.

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Elmont Man Steals $25K in Medicaid by Lying About Providing Care to Troubled Teenagers Finley falsified paperwork saying that he met with teens six times a month, but often didn’t meet with them at all MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that an Elmont man employed at a Mineola non-profit organization as a case worker for troubled teenagers has been arrested and charged with stealing more than $25,000 in Medicaid funds

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Finley’s job was to work with teenagers with behavioral issues to try to resolve issues they may have at home. The goal is to keep the teenager living at home and avoiding institutionalization. As part of his job, Finley was required to make six home visits per month to each of the six children under his care. Finley’s services are covered by Medicaid, the teens’ health insurance. Between October 2010 and April 2011, Finley submitted false treatment notes to FCA showing that he made the required six home visits per month, when in fact, he visited the families two or three times a month, and sometimes not at all. Relying on these false notes, FCA billed Medicaid for Finley’s claimed work and Medicaid paid $25,580.42 for services that were not rendered. FCA discovered the falsified treatment notes and related Medicaid billing during a routine audit by Medicaid staff. FCA repaid the money and referred the case to the DA’s Office for criminal prosecution after completing an internal investigation. “It’s unconscionable that this defendant would so brazenly abandon these kids. These families trusted Christopher Finely to help their children overcome serious obstacles and fulfill their potential, but all he cared about was how much money he could steal from the taxpayers,” Rice said. Deputy Chief Andrew Weiss of the DA’s Economic Crimes Bureau is prosecuting the case. Finley is represented by Jeffrey Mueller, Esq.

Jury Convicts Long Beach Man of Two Burglaries; Faces Up to 25 Years to Life in Prison DNA evidence from a discarded cigarette butt led to Moss’s arrest

by submitting paperwork that falsely claimed he had met with troubled teenagers. Christopher Finley, 32, was arrested this morning by DA Investigators and charged with Health Care Fraud in the Third Degree and Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted, and is scheduled to be arraigned later today in First District Court, Hempstead. Rice said that Finley was employed as an Individual Care Coordinator (ICC) with Family and Children’s Association (FCA), a non-profit agency based in Mineola. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a jury has convicted a Long Beach man of burglary after he broke into two Long Beach homes in September 2010 and stole jewelry. It took a jury less than two hours to convict Joseph Moss, 42, of two counts of Burglary in the Second Degree yesterday. Due to his status as a mandatory violent predicate offender from multiple previous burglary convictions and a prior robbery conviction, Moss faces up to 25 years to life in prison at his May 1 sentencing. Rice said that sometime between 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 21, 2010 and 1:15 p.m. the following day, Moss broke into a Maryland Avenue home and stole several pieces of heirloom and Tiffany jewelry. Moss left behind a filtered cigarette butt in the kitchen and a black sock by the front door, as well as a set of keys. The stolen jewelry was never recovered. Also on Sept. 22, 2010, Moss broke into a Kentucky Street home and stole multiple pieces of jewelry, including a college ring and a college national championship ring. Moss then sold the rings, which had the victim’s name engraved on them, to a Brooklyn pawn shop. The New York Police Department, which conducts routine checks of pawn shops, became suspicious when they saw the collegiate rings at the Brooklyn shop two weeks later and contacted the college, which in turn reached out to the victim. The victim then contacted the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD). DNA evidence taken off the cigarette butt and sock from the first burglary and from a collared shirt left behind at the scene of the second burglary matched Moss’s sample in the statewide DNA database. The set of keys left behind matched the address listed as Moss’s Indiana Avenue home. Moss was arrested by LBPD detectives on Oct. 27, 2010 in Brooklyn. The jury acquitted him of one count of Burglary in the Second Degree. “This defendant’s inability to live within the confines of the law made this conviction inevitable, and his criminal history guarantees that he will spend decades behind bars,” Rice said. Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Contreras of the DA’s County Court Trial Bureau is prosecuting the case. Moss is represented by Jeffrey Groder, Esq.

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time that the number of black males applying to medical school began to decline. Thirty years later, according to a new report from the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), even fewer black males are applying to medical school and ultimately becoming doctors. While the applicant pool has grown, the number of black males applying is trending downward. At the core of the problem Dr. Marc Nivet, chief diversity officer at the AAMC is not surprised. “Sadly, no. It’s been trending this way for a long time,” he says. “What we don’t have are good answers as to why. The ‘too cool for school’ mentality is probably playing a role, but it’s multifactorial.”

Are black male doctors becoming endangered? When Vince Wilson, 44, was in his early 20s, he considered being a doctor, yet his own insecurities held him back. “The bottom line is, I never thought I was smart enough,” he says. Instead, he focused his interest on other fields in medicine, becoming an x-ray technician, an EMT, a certified nursing assistant and an Army and Air Force healthcare technician. “I always had the impression that [only] the kids who were superior in math and science became doctors,” he says. Despite having good academic preparation, he adds that he didn’t think that his selfdescribed “average” grades qualified.

This trend does not, however, appear to hold true for black women. Until 1983, black men applied, attended and graduated from medical schools at equal rates to black women, but since then, the gap has increasingly widened. Now, since the late 1990s, black women are outnumbering black men in medical schools two to one. “We’re clearly not doing enough in terms of effective interventions anywhere along the pipeline,” says Nivet. On a high school level, a disheartening number of black men are not graduating on time. Only 47 percent of black male students graduated on time from U.S. high schools in 2008, compared to 78 percent of their white counterparts. Nivet adds that only 18 percent of black students completed a bachelor’s degree, compared to 35 percent of white students — an obvious prerequisite to getting into medical school. Perhaps this is related to what multiple studies show — black male students are less prepared for competitive college-level work,

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Suffolk Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Causing Crash That Severely Injured a Nassau County Police Officer Officer suffered numerous injuries after Blanton intentionally caused Southern State Parkway crash MINEOLA, NY – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a Suffolk County man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for leading a Nassau County police officer on a high-speed pursuit and then intentionally causing the officer to crash, which left her seriously injured and unable to work. Louie Blanton, 24, of Amityville, pleaded guilty to Aggravated Assault Upon a Police Officer, Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle in the Second Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree in January. He was sentenced this morning by Nassau County Judge Jerald Carter.

2011, a police officer responding to reports of a suspicious vehicle attempted to pull Blanton over on Broadway in North Massapequa. In an attempt to evade the officer, Blanton drove into incoming traffic and then entered the Southern State Parkway heading eastbound at a high rate of speed. Near exit 32 in Farmingdale, Blanton slammed on his brakes, forcing the pursuing officer to swerve out the way. The officer crashed into the guard rail, bounced out into traffic, and was hit by another vehicle. Blanton then fled the scene. Blanton was arrested on Feb. 29, 2012 after a lengthy investigation by police. The officer suffered multiple injuries, including a fractured spine, collapsed lung, fractured ribs, and fractures to her sternum, collarbone, shoulder blade, and nasal bone. She remains unable to work. “Assaults like this are a reminder of the danger that police officers willingly place themselves in every day,” Rice said. “The severity of this crash and the violence inflicted upon this officer cannot be overstated, nor can her bravery and the quality of the police work that led to Louie Blanton’s capture.” Assistant District Attorney Brendan Ahern of the Vehicular Crimes Bureau is prosecuting the case for the DA’s Office. Blanton is represented by Joseph LoPiccolo, Esq.

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let alone on how to get into medical school. “Unfortunately, minority males aren’t properly prepared for the application process,” says Dr. Alden Landry, associate director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. “Be it exposure to rigorous science courses or even going to college, black males just aren’t prepared.” In one effort to combat such deficiencies, the AAMC has run the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program since 1989. It’s a six-week academic summer program for freshman and sophomore college students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. The program, at 12 sites nationwide, focuses on basic sciences and math as well as exposure to the medical field. The goal is to provide solid preparation for college science courses, the Medical College Admissions Test and ultimately, medical school and dental school for students who don’t have the resources to otherwise get such preparation. Needing an example Landry, who is also the faculty assistant director of Harvard Medical School’s Office of Diversity and Community Partnership, sees students who count themselves out, much like Wilson did. “Many students [incorrectly] feel that becoming a health professional requires a flawless transcript and the highest test scores,” he says. Through the Tour for Diversity in Medicine, of which Landry is the co-director, doctors, dentists, medical and dental students visit colleges and talk to students about what it takes to get into medical school and dental school. “Our mentors also share their personal stories, and most importantly, their struggles, so that students can see examples of successful individuals who likely have similar backgrounds, experiences and struggles as they do.” Mentorship is a key piece of the tour, because, as Landry says, “[Among black males], there is a lack of mentorship. Having a role model and mentor in a position that you aspire to be is key for motivation and guidance. If you don’t have someone to look up to, how can you believe you can achieve your goals?” Wilson agrees. He recalls that he didn’t see a lot of black doctors during his elementary and high school years, and thinks that was a factor in his decisions. Catching them early “Exposure to science, technology, engineering and math careers at an early age is also important, so students can learn the fun of careers in the field,” Landry says. Agnes E. Perry, principal of Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions in Houston, agrees that it’s a crucial time. “Students should be exposed at a very young age to the types of careers that math and science would prepare them for, and also stimulate their interest,” Perry says. “I’m not sure that that’s taking place in the early years in black families.” Perry often notices that her students will say they’re interested in the fields they readily have exposure to. “Many kids will say, ‘I’m interested in being a vet or a pediatrician,’ because that’s their contact, with loving animals or having a pediatrician. Those are the only things they can relate to.” Perry’s unique school curriculum provides opportunities for students to observe medical professionals, such as watching them perform surgery. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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“It’s hands on, it’s immediate and they can get the feel of whether this is a field they want to get into.” Debakey High School also runs a summer program called Camp Med for rising 6th graders, exposing them to health career possibilities as well. Yet, both Nivet and Perry believe the efforts need to happen even younger. “It begins as much as 3rd grade,” Nivet says. “You start to see gaps in ability.” A National Science Foundation report showed that, upon entering kindergarten, gaps exist between white and black students and continue to widen in subjects such as mathematics. In fact, the report found that the average score of black fifth grade students was equivalent to that of white third graders. The same was seen in science scores among third graders. White and Asian students scored higher than black and Hispanic students, and Hispanic students outscored the black students. This continued on the fifth grade level as well. The education level of the children’s mothers were also important. Those whose mothers had more formal education performed better in science than those whose mothers were less educated. Sticker shock Nearly 70 percent of black students who don’t finish college blame high student loan debt as the reason. Of those who graduate with a bachelor’s degree, they too are burdened with high student loan amounts — 81 percent of black students leave with debt. More than one-fourth of black bachelor’s degree recipients graduate owing $30,500 or more. In those cases, sometimes the long-term investment of medical school doesn’t seem feasible to them, says Perry. “After four years of college, they can go work and get a more instant return on their investment in education,” Perry adds. “It’s a little sticker shock,” says Nivet. “In their mind, they say, ‘it’s expensive to be a doctor,’ or ‘my parents can’t afford that.’ They know that it’s a very difficult and expensive pathway to become a physician.” Some students then choose to take themselves out of the running before they’ve been informed about loan repayment programs or scholarships. Nivet is frustrated, because those are the students that he and others who mentor prospective health professionals never know about and subsequently, can’t help them in time. He is hopeful that those students who are backing out of the medical field are choosing other successful fields. However, law schools, for example, are seeing similar challenges. And black men’s representation in graduate and professional schools falls behind their Latino and Asian-American male counterparts. So, it is unclear where they end up. With medical school no longer on the horizon, Wilson has decided to combine his many years in healthcare with a master’s degree in pastoral ministry. He envisions himself as a healthcare chaplain. “I can use many, if not all, of these talents to serve others on a spiritual level,” he explains. Meanwhile, the AAMC has plans in the works for programs aimed at grammar school students, and the Tour for Diversity in Medicine has another tour planned for the fall. Dr. Tyeese Gaines is a physician-journalist with over 10 years of print and broadcast experience, now serving as health editor for theGrio.com. Dr. Ty is also a practicing emergency medicine physician in New Jersey. Follow her on twitter at @doctorty or on Facebook. PAGE 34


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Life Changing Words Trust the Lord (Proverb 3:5-6 KJV) “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” It is hard to trust anyone with whom you do not have a relationship or any prior experience or history. After all, it’s your character and behavior that tells me whether I can trust you. If someone has a habit of just saying things without following through on them, after a while you begin to learn that, that person is not trustworthy, as the person doesn’t keep his/her word. As we say, they talk a good game, but talk is all it is. On the other hand, if you know that when another person speaks, that individual always follows through and keeps his/her word, than you know that you can trust what that person does or says. Reality is trust comes from experience and building a relationship with someone. Trust is honesty and sincerity. Can I depend on that Person? Can I believe that what that person says is true? Can I count on that person’s character to line up with his/her morals?

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Great Jehovah made us so we could be loved, encouraged, nurtured, and fulfilled in all areas of our lives. It is not the Lord’s intentions for us to lack anything in this life. No life will ever be perfect, but we can become whole through the Lord Jesus Christ. You see, sins were not the only thing that went to the Cross-with Christ and were forgiven; also hurt, pain, disappointment, cruelty, abuse, being taken advantage of, and weakness accompanied them. When He got up on the third day, He got up with victory over those things as well. But even if we can’t trust in people, there is one person who we can always bank on, and that is the true and living God. He never lets us down and never will. This is a book Excerpt from “His Miraculous Way” Dr. 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.

All this is part of the trust factor, and although we all fall short, there are variations of trust in all of us. Some of us have been let down by so many people that we don’t trust anyone and don’t want to build a relationship with anyone so that we can protect our heart and/or feelings. However, this really doesn’t work because we leave a void in our lives that must be filled or else we become empty, lonely, or incomplete. Our

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Question: "What does the Bible say about the pope / papacy?" Answer: The Roman Catholic Church’s teaching about the pope (“pope” means “father”) is built upon and involves the following Roman Catholic teachings: 1) Christ made Peter the leader of the apostles and of the church (Matthew 16:18-19). In giving Peter the “keys of the kingdom,” Christ not only made him leader, but also made him infallible when he acted or spoke as Christ’s representative on earth (speaking from the seat of authority, or “ex cathedra”). This ability to act on behalf of the church in an infallible way when speaking “ex cathedra” was passed on to Peter’s successors, thus giving the church an infallible guide on earth. The purpose of the papacy is to lead the church unerringly. 2) Peter later became the first bishop of Rome. As bishop of Rome, he exercised authority over all other bishops and church leaders. The teaching that the bishop of Rome is above all other bishops in authority is referred to as the “primacy” of the Roman bishop. 3) Peter passed on his apostolic authority to the next bishop of Rome, along with the other apostles who passed on their apostolic authority to the bishops that they ordained. These new bishops, in turn, passed on that apostolic authority to those bishops that they later ordained, and so on. This “passing on of apostolic authority” is referred to as “apostolic succession.” 4) Based upon the claim of an unbroken chain of Roman bishops, Roman Catholics teach that the Roman Catholic Church is the true church, and that all churches that do not accept the primacy of the pope have broken away from them, the original and one true church. Having briefly reviewed some of the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church concerning the papacy, the question is whether those teachings are in agreement with Scripture. The Roman Catholic Church sees the papacy and the infallible teaching authority of “Mother Church” as being necessary to guide the church, and uses that as logical reasoning for God’s provision of it. But in examining Scripture, we find the following: 1) While Peter was central in the early spread of the gospel (part of the meaning behind Matthew 16:18-19), the teaching of Scripture, taken in context, nowhere declares that he was in authority over the other apostles or over the church (see Acts 15:1-23; Galatians 2:1-14; 1 Peter 5:1-5). Nor is it ever taught that the bishop of Rome was to have primacy over the church. Rather, there is only one reference in Scripture of Peter writing from “Babylon,” a name sometimes applied to Rome, found in 1 Peter 5:13. Primarily from this, and the historical rise of the influence of the bishop of Rome (due to the support of Constantine and the Roman emperors who followed him), come the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching of the primacy of the bishop of Rome. However, Scripture shows that Peter’s authority was shared by the other apostles (Ephesians 2:19-20) and that the “loosing and binding” authority attributed to him was likewise shared by the local churches, not just their church leaders (see Matthew 18:15-19; 1 Corinthians 5:113; 2 Corinthians 13:10; Titus 2:15; 3:10-11).

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from error, the authority of the apostles was passed on to those they ordained (the idea behind apostolic succession). Apostolic succession is “read into” those verses that the Roman Catholic Church uses to support this doctrine (2 Timothy 2:2; 4:2-5; Titus 1:5; 2:1; 2:15; 1 Timothy 5:19-22). What Scripture DOES teach is that false teachings would arise even from among church leaders and that Christians were to compare the teachings of these later church leaders with Scripture, which alone is cited in the Bible as infallible. The Bible does not teach that the apostles were infallible, apart from what was written by them and incorporated into Scripture. Paul, in talking to the church leaders in the large city of Ephesus, makes note of coming false teachers. To fight against their error does NOT commend them to “the apostles and those who would carry on their authority,” but rather to “God and to the word of His grace” (Acts 20:28-32). Again, the Bible teaches that it is Scripture that is to be used as measuring stick to determine truth from error. In Galatians 1:8-9, Paul states that it is not WHO teaches but WHAT is being taught that is to be used to determine truth from error. While the Roman Catholic Church continues to pronounce a curse to hell, or “anathema,” upon those who would reject the authority of the pope, Scripture reserves that curse for those who would teach a different gospel (Galatians 1:89). 3) While the Roman Catholic Church sees apostolic succession as logically necessary in order for God to unerringly guide the church, Scripture states that God has provided for His church through the following: (a) Infallible Scripture, (Acts 20:32; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Matthew 5:18; John 10:35; Acts 17:10-12; Isaiah 8:20; 40:8; etc.) Note: Peter speaks of Paul’s writings in the same category as other Scripture (2 Peter 3:16), (b) Christ’s unending high-priesthood in heaven (Hebrews 7:2228), (c) The provision of the Holy Spirit who guided the apostles into truth after Christ’s death (John 16:12-14), who gifts believers for the work of the ministry, including teaching (Romans 12:3-8; Ephesians 4:11-16), and who uses the written word as His chief tool (Hebrews 4:12; Ephesians 6:17). While there have been good (humanly speaking) and moral men who have served as pope of the Roman Catholic Church, including Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, the Roman Catholic Church teaching about the office of the pope should be rejected because it is not “in continuity” with the teachings of the original church related to us in the New Testament. This comparison of any church’s teaching is essential, lest we miss the New Testament’s teaching concerning the gospel, and not only miss eternal life in heaven ourselves, but unwittingly lead others down the wrong path (Galatians 1:8-9).

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Brittney Griner scores 50, powers Baylor past Kansas State on senior night WACO, Texas (AP) — Half-a-hundred and a dunk for Brittney Griner. For all the highlights and dunks the 6-foot-8, two-time All-American has had in four seasons for Baylor, Griner saved one of her best performances for her last regular-season game. “You saw a dunk on senior night. You saw a kid hit 50 points. You saw a win,” coach Kim Mulkey said. “It’s one of those historical moments.” Griner set a Big 12 record with her 50 points, including her first dunk at home since her freshman season, and the top-ranked Lady Bears wrapped up their second consecutive undefeated Big 12 title with a 90-68 victory over Kansas State on Monday night. “It means everything to just go out with a bang like that,” Griner said. “Got a dunk finally at home, scored 50. I mean there’s not a better way to go out.” Baylor (29-1, 18-0 Big 12) is the first team to twice go through regularseason Big 12 play without a loss. The Lady Bears have won a record 46 consecutive Big 12 games, including tournament games, and have won 55 in a row at home. The defending national champions play their Big 12 tournament opener Saturday in Dallas, and host an NCAA regional in three weeks. “Postseason, it’s here. It’s time,” Griner said. “It’s time to bring it.” TheGrio’s 100: Brittney Griner, setting the bar in women’s basketball Griner made 21 of 28 field goals and eight of 10 free throws, but her 50 points didn’t set a Baylor single-game record. Mary Lowry had a 54-point game for the Lady Bears in 1994, before the formation of the Big 12. With 3,123 career points, Griner moved into second place on the NCAA career scoring list behind Jackie Stiles, who had 3,393 points for Missouri State from 1997-2001. Baylor would play nine games if it advances to the Big 12 and NCAA tournament championships, meaning Griner would have to average 30 points in those match Stiles. With 16:56 left, Griner got a pass from fellow senior Kimetria Hayden, took a step around a defender along the baseline and went up for a onehanded slam that sent the record-tying crowd of 10,627 into a frenzy. It was her third career dunk against K-State. “I just came into the game knowing it was going to be emotional,” Griner said. “I didn’t know how it was going to play out.” It was her 14th career dunk, but her first at home since two in a game against Texas State on Jan. 2, 2010. Her last 10 slams had been on the road, including six already this season. “She’s been getting a lot of questions about when’s the next time you’re gonna dunk it at home,” Mulkey said. “I guess she saved it.” Before Griner, only six other women had dunked in an NCAA game — for a total of 15 dunks, one less than Griner has with games still to play. She had two in last year’s NCAA tournament. Destiny Williams had 14 points for Baylor, Odyssey Sims added 12 and Hayden had nine points and eight assists. All five Baylor seniors in uniform were in the starting lineup: Griner, Hayden, Williams, Brooklyn Pope and Jordan Madden. All were honored in a postgame ceremony, along with student assistant Shanay Washington, a former guard who stopping playing after tearing her ACL for the fifth time NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

The playoffs are such an exciting time in any sport because once they begin, the pressure thickens, the stakes are higher and teams rise to the occasion as never before. On the high school level, they are some of the most enjoyable games of the season because the high school players play their hearts out. The seniors know it’s their last hurrah and they try hard to keep winning and avoiding playing that last game. Same for the college level… Baldwin defeated Uniondale by a score of 6444 to take the Nassau AA crown and now will take on Suffolk winner Northport on Saturday, March 9, 7:30 pm to determine the Long Island champion. The winner will compete upstate in the next round of the playoffs. Meanwhile, on the local college March Madness front, Adelphi lost to the College of St. Rose (57-67) in the Northeast-10 conference…Nassau Community College lost in the Region XV tournament quarterfinals to Suffolk Community College 64-77…LI Post was defeated by Dowling College 70-64) in the quarterfinals of the ECC conference…Dowling College then went on to upset New York Institute of Technology 85-67 and will now face Bridgeport in the ECC championship game, Saturday, March 9th. Bridgeport defeated Molloy in the semi final 64-49…SUNY Old Westbury wrapped up a 25 game season (their best!) with an exciting 74-73 win over No. I Richard Stockton to claim the 2013 ECAC Metro Region crown. –B.J. Robinson

late last season (three at Baylor, two in high school). Brittney Chambers had 22 points to lead five K-State players in double figures — all played at least 35 minutes with only two reserves in uniform. The injury-plagued and undersized Wildcats — whose tallest players are 5-11 — got 13 points from Haley Texada, 12 from Brianna Craig, 11 from Chantay Caron and 10 from Mariah White. The Wildcats matched a school record with 15 3-pointers, including four in the first 4 minutes of the second half to keep them close despite Griner’s rim-rocking highlight. Griner’s dunk put Baylor up 54-45, but Caron responded with a 3-pointer for the Wildcats and then stole the ball from Griner. That led to a layup by Texada that cut the gap to 54-50. The Wildcats were within 63-60 when Chambers leaned in to make a tough layup with just under 12 minutes left. But they never got closer as Baylor responded with 23-2 run over the next 9 minutes that included 17 points in a row. “The end results of this game, obviously, is a big margin of victory for Baylor. I was really proud of how long our team was able to keep this game within reach,” K-State coach Deb Patterson said. “Congratulations to Brittney. … At the same time, I felt like all but about seven minutes of that game, we competed extremely well.” PAGE 38


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No African-American players at San Francisco Giants spring training camp The San Francisco Giants, reigning World Series champions, are the only Major League Baseball club that doesn’t have any African-American players at their spring training camp in Scottsdale, A.Z. An observation made by CSN’s Andrew Baggarly notes that during one of the highlights of camp, in which legendary baseball player Willie Mays joins current players, “Mays, and his assistant, were the only people of African-American heritage” there. CSNBayArea: Salute to Black History Month: Ernie Banks The number of black players in Major League Baseball has been on the decline. Last year, a mere 8.05 percent of MLB players were AfricanAmerican, as compared to the 17.25 percent in 1959, the first year all teams were integrated, reports USA Today. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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The San Francisco Giants are known for several iconic black players, including Mays and Monte Irvin. Giants’ general manager Brian Sabean was reportedly “stunned” by Baggarly’s observation as well. Sabean believes that the declining amount of opportunity for black baseball players directly correlates with the declining number of college scholarships. This year’s Jackie Robinson Day, April 15, will mark 66 years since the color barrier in Major League Baseball was broken, and aside from a future trade or signing, there won’t be one AfricanAmerican representing San Francisco. “At one point in time, baseball was our sport,” said Bob Kendrick, the President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo. told theGrio last spring. “Seeing these numbers dwindling in Major League Baseball is very disconcerting.” Related: Number of African-American MLB players reaches historic low Kendrick feels the African-American decline in baseball is due partly to the lack of resources in urban areas. “(African-Americans) have a rich history and a rich tradition in baseball and we don’t want to lose that,” Kendrick said. “This problem didn’t happen overnight and the solutions won’t come overnight. We have to be committed for the long haul if we want to objectively address this issue of the lack of participation.” PAGE 39


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Lawmakers seek pardon for Jack Johnson (again) WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers seeking a presidential pardon for Jack Johnson, the world’s first black heavyweight boxing champion imprisoned a century ago for his romantic relationships with white women, renewed their efforts on Tuesday. Sens. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and John McCain, RAriz., joined Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., and William “Mo” Cowan, D-Mass., to reintroduce a resolution urging President Barack Obama to pardon Johnson because he was wronged by a racially motivated conviction. “Jack Johnson was a legendary competitor who defined an era of American boxing and raised the bar for all American athletics,” said Reid. “Johnson’s memory was unjustly tarnished by a racially motivated criminal conviction, and it is now NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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time to recast his legacy.” A similar resolution passed both houses of Congress in 2009, but Obama did not act on it. The Justice Department has told the bill’s backers its general policy is not to process posthumous pardon requests. The White House declined to comment Tuesday on the measure. Johnson, a native of Galveston, Texas, was convicted of violating the Mann Act, which made it illegal to transport women across state lines for immoral purposes. He was hated by many white Americans, especially after retaining his title by defeating white boxer Jim Jeffries in the 1910 “Fight of the Century.” Johnson’s victory infuriated whites, sparking deadly race riots across the country. Three years later, Johnson was convicted of violating the Mann Act. Authorities first targeted his relationship with Lucille Cameron, who later became his wife. She refused to cooperate. They then turned to Johnson’s former mistress, a prostitute named Belle Schreiber, to testify that Johnson had paid her train fare from Pittsburgh to Chicago, for immoral purposes. An allwhite jury convicted Johnson in 1913, and he skipped bail and fled the country. But in 1920 Johnson agreed to return and serve his sentence.

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Celebs turn out for ‘Fela!’ musical in Atlanta ATLANTA – Celebrities turned out in full force yesterday for the opening night of the return of the musical Fela! to Atlanta. Stars such as rapper Ludacris, actress Jasmine Guy, comedian Rodney Perry, actress Demetria McKinney and the Real Housewives of Atlanta crew all graced the rep carpet alongside the youthful cast members of the non-stop, high energy show. Fela! has returned for six performances at the Fox Theatre before heading to Schenectady, New York, as part of the 2013 national tour. The multiple Tony-Award-winning show directed and choreographed by Bill T. Jones stars actors Adesola Osakalumi and Duain Richmond as Fela Kuti, Destiny’s Child star Michelle Williams as Sandra Izsadore, and Melanie Marshall as Fela’s mother Funmialayo. The musical has the financial backing of hip-hop mogul Jay-Z and power couple, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Thursday night’s exhilarating show was a night to remember. The audience was mesmerized by the energetic dancers, dazzling band, and larger-than-life personality of singer and dancer Fela Kuti, performed by Duain Richmond. “It’s a great opportunity for the younger generation to understand the music and life of Fela through a musical,” said Yetunde Orungbemi, a Nigerian native who was in the audience. Coincidently, Orungbemi’s aunt babysat for Kuti’s children. Her only criticism is that, “The cast members could have perfected their Pidgin [English] and pronunciation of the Yoruba words a little more.” The hit musical Fela! is based on the true story of Nigerian singer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti (1938 -1997), who created a musical style known as Afrobeat. It explores Kuti’s controversial life as an artist, musician, political maverick and human rights activist. He died of AIDS in Lagos at 58. For those unfamiliar with Kuti’s music, he was to Africa what Bob Marley was to Jamaica or Malcolm X to America. His provocative lyrics condemned the thencorrupt Nigerian military governments and also criticized Western interference in African politics. Singing in mainly in Pidgin English as well as colloquial English and occasionally in Yoruba, Kuti’s lyrics railed against greedy leaders and inspired political activists in Nigeria and across the continent. Back in Nigeria he was most well-known for his attack of the military through songs like “Unknown Soldier,” his criticism of western and Nigerian governments in “Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense” or “Yellow Fever,” which makes a scathing attack on skin bleaching.

Should Jesse L. Martin play Marvin Gaye in biopic? Should Law & Order star Jesse L. Martin play Marvin Gaye in the upcoming biopic Sexual Healing? The big-screen movie, set to be directed by British filmmaker Julian Temple, will focus on Gaye’s struggles with financial difficulties and alcoholism in Europe during the early 1980s. Rock star Lenny Kravitz was cast to play Gaye in November , but it has been reported that Martin will be replacing him in the lead role of the Motown legend. Gaye’s son, Marvin Gaye III, came forward shortly after the casting of Kravitz to express his displeasure with the project, and according to Deadline.com, asked Kravitz to drop out. “The producers and directors of this film are very wrong,” the late singer’s son said last December. “They don’t even know the whole story.” Both Kravitz and Martin are experienced singers. Kravitz first rose to fame in the 90s with his Grammy-Award-winning music career, and Martin starred in the 2005 film version of the award-winning Broadway musical Rent. Which actor/singer do you think be able to best recreate the late legendary singer?

Fela!’s six performances at the Fox Theatre will run through March 3rd.

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‘Django Unchained’ leads MTV Movie Award nominees LOS ANGELES (AP) — A bloody Western and the comedic tale of a trash-talking teddy bear lead nominees for the 2013 MTV Movie Awards. MTV announced Tuesday that “Django Unchained” and “Ted” each have seven bids at the annual kudo-fest, set to air live on April 14 from the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City, California. “Silver Linings Playbook” earned six nominations and “The Dark Knight Rises” collected five. Other top nominees include “The Avengers,” ”Skyfall,” ”Pitch Perfect” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Fans can vote online for the winners in all categories, including the two newest ones: Best shirtless performance and best musical moment. Double nominee Rebel Wilson will host the show. She’ll be joined by Will Ferrell, who will receive MTV’s inaugural Comic Genius Award.

Hollywood.com: Terrence Howard claims ‘Iron Man’ debacle ‘killed’ his career When Terrence Howard scored a co-starring role in the original 2008 blockbuster Iron Man, he believed that he was poised to cement his A-list status and potentially gain his own Marvel franchise. However, in just two short years he was dropped from the film’s sequel and replaced by Oscar nominee Don Cheadle in the part of Lt. Col. James Rhodes (a.k.a. War Machine). Rumor has it that Howard’s clashes with the filmmakers on the first superhero film led to his departure. While he initially described his exit from the series as amicable, the Dead Man Down star is now saying it ‘killed’ his career, according to Hollywood.com. According to the website, Howard said: “I chose not to fight back, not to deal with the allegations, but to continue forward and do what I had to do. I had to start all over: went from making $6 million a movie, back to $60 thousand a movie. But as long as you don’t give up you are able … I’ll make $20 million soon. Because I have learned the lessons of yesterday.” “Marvel and I are now talking about doing some other things. And Don Cheadle wanted to play that part before I wanted to play it, so everything is very well,” he added. Cheadle is set to reprise the role of Rhodes in Iron Man 3 which opens on May 3rd.

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Ashanti defends Ja Rule: ‘He still has what it takes to make a hit record’ Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Ashanti has sold $15 million albums worldwide throughout the course of her career and is now back in the spotlight, working on her latest album in five years and starring on the Lifetime TV series Army Wives. On the show, the Coach Carter actress appears in a recurring role as Latasha Montclair, a mother of three whose husband is serving in the military while stationed in Afghanistan. In June, Ashanti will release Braveheart her first studio album since 2008. “So many things have happened in the music industry since my last album,” Ashanti told theGrio’s Chris Witherspoon. The “Only You” singer ended the past decade as one of the three top best-selling R&B artists alongside Beyoncé and Alicia Keys. She said in the past she didn’t focus on the competition however, now believes it’s important to know what’s happening around her in music. “I felt like what I was doing was working, and I kind of had the blinders on; ‘like just do you, just stay in the zone. You don’t want to taint or pollute the pot of what’s going on,’” Ashanti said. “Nowadays it’s kind of like you have to see what’s around you. You have to be open-minded to different music and different artists and different creativity.” In 2001 Ashanti collaborated with her Murder Inc. label mate Ja Rule on several tracks. She appeared as a background vocalist on “Im Real (Murder Remix),” a collaboration between Ja Rule and Jennifer Lopez and also appeared in the music video for Ja Rule and Lopez’ “Ain’t It Funny.” Ashanti and Ja Rule later recorded “Always on Time,” “What’s Luv?” and “Mesmerize,” all of which topped the Billboard charts. Days ago, reports surfaced that the 36-year-old rapper Ja Rule left a state prison in central New York after serving most of his two-year sentence for illegal gun possession and has been placed in Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center with an expected July release date. Ashanti revealed that she has remained in touch with Ja Rule throughout his jail sentence. “I have written letters. We’ve communicated…we’ve written each other letters,” she said. “I’ve sent cards and things like that.” Regardless of Ja Rule’s criminal record Ashanti believes that once released from jail, the rapper can make more hit music and top the charts once again. “I think Ja Rule is super duper talented. When I got into the studio with him… and just his melodies, his lyrics, and how he puts a record together and how he can make it catchy. So many people have… I don’t want to say copied… but Ja has a swag that a lot of people came in after him doing. So I definitely think that Ja has what it takes to make a hit record.” When asked if she has plans to collaborate with Ja Rule after he is released from jail Ashanti confessed, “we probably will.”

Season 7 of Army Wives debuts on Lifetime Sunday at 9/8c. Follow Chris Witherspoon on Twitter at @WitherspoonC

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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 Letter to the Editor Each year, nearly ten million people are victims of Identity Theft, resulting in over $50 Billion in losses to consumers and businesses. The promise of wealth often clouds a person's better judgment. Tens of thousands of people are defrauded by scam artists who inform consumers that they've "won" bogus prizes such as "Canadian Lotto", "El Gordo Lotteria", vacations, cruises, or are eligible to be the "sole heirs" to fortunes left them by deposed/deceased war lords, dictators, or wealthy individuals who have died with no known relatives as beneficiaries. We also see employment signing bonuses and internet sales where the "Purchaser" claims that they will send you a Certified Bank Check for more than the amount that you asked for to cover

"shipping" or "other costs" related to the transaction. Usually, two weeks later, both the bank and the depositor find out that the check was a fake. Senior Citizens tend to be a prime target of every fraud and scam in the marketplace today, including Home Improvement rip-offs perpetrated by unscrupulous, unlicensed contractors. Consumers may now check the Nassau County Consumer Affairs website to ascertain whether a contractor is licensed or not. If you don't have access to a computer, you can call staff at 516-571-2600. The Office of Consumer Affairs exists to protect our citizens. If you are suspicious of an "extraordinary offer", you can visit the following websites to see if the offer is real or a scam. www.nassaucountyny.gov/ agencies/OCA/index.html, www.fbi.gov, www.ftc.gov, www.snopes.com

To identify legitimate charities, visit www.charitynavigator. org. For information on non-profit organizations, visit www.guidestar.org., or call your local Attorney General's office. Generally, if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.

White House petitioned to change National Anthem to R. Kelly’s ‘Ignition (Remix)’ A recent White House petition has asked President Obama to change the National Anthem to R.Kelly’s classic song “Ignition (Remix).” The 10-year-old hit single was released in January of 2003, and petitioners are asking the administration to “recognize the need for a new national anthem, one that even a decade after its creation, is still hot and fresh out the kitchen.” As of this morning, the petition has just over 7,000 of the 100,000 signatures it needs by the April 2 deadline. Petitioners are calling for “an anthem that better suits the glorious nation we have become.” The full petition reads: WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: change the national anthem to R. Kelly’s 2003 hit “Ignition (Remix). “We, the undersigned, would like the Obama administration to recognize the need for a new national anthem, one that even a decade after its creation, is still hot and fresh out the kitchen. America has changed since Francis Scott Key penned our current anthem in 1814. Since then, we have realized that after the show, it’s the afterparty, and that after the party, it’s the hotel lobby, and–perhaps most importantly–that ’round about four, you’ve got to clear the lobby, at which point it’s strongly recommended that you take it to the room and freak somebody. President Obama: we ask you to recognize the evolution of this beautiful country and give us an anthem that better suits the glorious nation we have become. Click here to view the petition on the White House website. ONLINE EDITION

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THE TEMPTATIONS & THE FOUR TOPS FRIDAY, MARCH 15 at 7 PM Tickets are $69.50 and $49.50

Save the date for these exciting new shows:

RON WHITE: A LITTLE UNPROFESSIONAL

ALABAMA

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 at 8 PM

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DAVID CASSIDY Presents

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The World’s Greatest TEEN IDOLS

ZZ TOP

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PETER NOONE of Herman’s Hermits

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And MICKY DOLENZ of The Monkees

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Friday, March 22 at 8 PM

KEVIN JAMES

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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,

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

THE KNOCKOUTS, THE TOYS,

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LITTLE ANTHONY and THE IMPERIALS

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16 at 8 PM

SATURDAY, MARCH 23 at 7 PM

Tickets are $69.50 and $49.50

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CHRIS YOUNG

RODNEY ATKINS

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Special Guest JOSH THOMPSON

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SUNDAY, MARCH 24 at 8 PM

ARTIE LANGE LIVE!

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 at 8 PM

CHRIS TUCKER

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FRIDAY, MARCH 29 at 8 PM

HOW I BECAME A PIRATE

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SATURDAY, MARCH 2 at 1 PM

PETER RABBIT

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SATURDAY, MARCH 30 at 11AM

Family Four Pack Tickets available at $19.50 each.

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FITINGO MUSIC presents

LONG ISLAND APRIL FOOL'S COMEDY JAM

An Evening of Sophisticated Soul

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EN VOGUE, LILLO THOMAS & FRIENDS

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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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ABOUT THIS BOOK: “THE WAY STATION” (Genre: Christian fiction) By Minister Larry Montgomery, Sr. Author of the ‘U.S. Marshal Harry Bailey Parables of Life Series’ The Way Station is a fictional account of what could happen immediately following a person’s death. This book is about the moments’ right before the souls of six strangers transitions to either the other side of life, better known as the ‘hereafter’ or to the next phase of life, known as the second chance to get it right. This book was written on the theory that either you learn the lesson you were sent into this world to learn, or you can be recycled, given another chance to get it right before it is finally too late. Seven people take an elevator ride together, each from a different walk of life, but unbeknownst to them; they are each riding into either their next destiny or a second chance. In their minds, they are all going to the top floor of an office building owned by a world renowned charitable organization, to receive a cash reward for doing something good but none of them really remembers exactly what. None of the six awardees are known to one another but during the elevator ride to the top-floor office they each have a chance to talk about that part of his or her life, they believe earned them this recognition. As they tell their story, they recollect the trials and tribulations they went through which they believe made them worthy of this honor. Each person’s story is of no consequence to any of the other recipients, but the seventh person on the elevator seems to know a lot more about their lives then even they realize. Once each of the awardees reaches their individual destination they are ushered off the elevator to confront life’s ultimate choice; to choose their soul’s next destination. Each awardee is left to choose between two doors. Each door holds a different destiny behind it. So, don’t be fooled by the majesty or outward appearance of either, the one selected is the one each recipient is most worthy of. One door is made of solid OAK1 and the other solid Birch2 wood. Ride with these six people to their final destination and read how each of them chose their soul’s next resting place based on the trials and tribulations that made up their lives. Then think how your life compares to theirs; if at all, and you just may find out more about what really awaits you at the ‘Way Station.’ ONLINE EDITION

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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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SPRING BREAKS OPEN AT LONG ISLAND CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Spring has officially arrived and LICM is celebrating with a schedule filled with colorful art workshops, vibrant performances and activities to engage all family members. School’s out, so head on over to the Children’s Museum for play, discovery and wonder! Bonus Monday: LICM will be open March 25 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Feeling Color with de Kooning Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26 at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Red, Indigo, Violet, Tangerine, Periwinkle! How many different colors can you imagine? Take a journey where art and poetry come together in a beautiful colorful adventure. Play with the sound, feel, and story of color. Be inspired by art, poetry, and music as we brainstorm what mood you think Willem de Kooning was in when he created some of his abstract paintings. Create a colorful abstract painting using different mediums and shapes that express your feelings for the day. This program is funded by The Willem de Kooning Foundation. Ages: 3 and up. Fee: $3 with museum admission ($2 LICM members) Aesop’s Fables Adaptation by Mike Kenny Monday March 25 and Tuesday March 26 at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. In the tradition of comedy teams like the Marx Brothers and Abbott and Costello, wacky siblings Wolfie, Syd, Barry and Harriet tell us classic tales with a slapstick twist. They invite everyone into their magical world where anything is possible when you use your imagination. Whether it’s The Tortoise and the Hare or The Boy Who Cried Wolf, everyone knows at least one of Aesop’s great fables. In this spell-binding production, storytellers use song, dance and drama to bring these famous fables to life. Ages: 5 and up. Fees: $8 with ONLINE EDITION

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Museum Admission ($6 LICM members), $12 Theater Only, $7 for Groups over 10 members Knitting and Crocheting with Loving Hands Wednesday, March 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Have you ever wanted to learn to knit or crochet? Join members of Loving Hands as you learn some

basic stitches used in the art of knitting and crocheting. Learn about the process of making yarn and see wool spinning demonstrations by Bethpage Village Restoration. Loving Hands is an ongoing community group that meets monthly at the East Meadow Library to knit and crochet for charity. Ages: 5 and up. Free with museum admission. Flamenco Workshop Wednesday March 27at noon Join us for an introduction to the rhythms and emotions of flamenco, its origins in Southern Spain, and its multicultural influences with members of the Flamenco Vivo II dance company. View the colorful, traditional flamenco costumes, and musical instruments used in this vibrant dance form. Ages: 3 and up. Fee: $4 with museum Admission ($3 LICM

members), $10 Theater only. Flamenco Vivo II Wednesday March 27 at 2 p.m. Experience the passion and excitement of flamenco dance with Flamenco Vivo II, one of the nation's premier flamenco and Spanish dance companies. During its 30 year history, the company has used this multicultural art form to build bridges between cultures and inspire audiences from diverse backgrounds. Ages: 3 and up. Ages: 3 and up. Fee: $4 with museum Admission ($3 LICM members), $10 Theater only. Treehouse Shakers presents “Hatched” Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29 at 11:30 a.m. Welcome back the cast of “Hatched,” an early childhood drama created by Treehouse Shakers for the smallest of children. “Hatched” takes place in a farmyard where the audience will meet the babies of the farm. Handcrafted puppets feature chicks, calves, kittens, lambs and much more. The interactive performance allows children to touch, feed and dance with the menagerie and event be a baby chick yourself. “Hatched” was developed and premiered this past April on the LICM Theater’s stage. It is coming back after a successful run in New York City. So Ages: 1 and up. Fee: $4 with museum Admission ($3 LICM members), $10 Theater only. Community Gallery Tuesday, March 5 through Sunday, March 31 Stop by the Community Gallery and enjoy the mixed media artwork created by students from North Babylon Schools. Students were inspired by lighthouses on Long Island and the world All ages. Free with museum admission KaleidoZone Gallery- Don’t Play with Your Food! Through Sunday, April 28 Don’t play with your food! We’ve all heard that phrase at the dinner table as we grew up. Artist and Art Educator Julianne Zegers challenges that notion by making

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sculpture out of her food. She arranges food sculptures to look like landscapes and portraits. She then makes oil paintings and monotypes of her sculptures. Julianne Zegers’ playful narrative paintings and prints are appealing to children of all ages who have tried to resist playing with their food. All ages. Free with Museum admission. Traveling Exhibit – Attack of the Bloodsuckers! Through May 5, 2013 Explore the science of what’s eating you in this skin-crawling exhibition! Examine the what, why, when and how of mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, leeches and other parasites known as sanguinivores (creatures that eat blood). Learn why bloodsuckers are important to the ecosystem -- and how to keep them out of your system! Attack of the Bloodsuckers! offer visitors the chance to: Look a real leech in the mouth; • Pull off your socks and test your bug-appealing foot odor; • Receive a big hug from a giant, inflating tick; • Get itchy and knotty with the life-size game of "Twitcher" — a buggy variation on Twister™! Attack of the Bloodsuckers! is produced by EEC! -- the Environmental Exhibit Collaborative (ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington, Vermont; EcoTarium, Worcester, Massachusetts; and the Children’s Museum of Maine, Portland, Maine) -- and made possible by grants from Jane's Trust, Cabot Family Charitable Trust, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. All ages. Free with museum admission. Early Childhood Programs* Holiday Schedule: Messy Afternoons will be offered Monday, March 25 – Friday, March 29 from 1–3 p.m.; and March 30-31 from 3:30-5 p.m. †Fee: $3 with museum admission ($2 LICM members). 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 Hours: TuesdaySunday from 10 am.-5 p.m. and most school holidays. Museum admission: $12 for adults and children over 1 year old, $11 seniors, FREE to museum members and children under 1 year old. Additional fees for theater and special programs may apply. For additional information, contact 516224-5800.

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