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Roger Corbin found guilty of bribe receiving Originally published: July 17, 2012 4:57 PM Updated: July 17, 2012 10:30 PM By JENNIFER BARRIOS jennifer.barrios@newsday.com Jurors in the New Cassel corruption trial of three public officials returned a partial verdict Tuesday, finding former Nassau Legis. Roger Corbin guilty of bribe receiving and official misconduct. The jury also found the former head of North Hempstead Town's Community Development Agency, Neville Mullings, guilty of official misconduct. Corbin was found not guilty of defrauding the government, falsifying business records and another count of official misconduct, while Mullings was found not guilty of defrauding the government, falsifying business records and two additional counts of official misconduct. Former Nassau Legis. Patrick Williams was found not guilty of two counts of grand larceny. Attorneys for the three men offered no comment as they left Nassau County Court Tuesday afternoon. The assistant district attorney in the case, Teresa Corrigan, also declined to comment. After the jurors returned the partial verdict, they retired to continue their deliberations for another hour on the remaining 16 charges against Mullings, eight charges against Corbin and five charges against Williams. The trial centered around allegations that the three had schemed to NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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steer a redevelopment project in New Cassel to a developer willing to "pay to play," sell fake exclusive rights to a bank and steal $150,000 in public funds. Corbin, Williams, Mullings and a fourth man, former North Hempstead Town building and planning Commissioner David Wasserman, were indicted in 2010 with steering a redevelopment project in New Cassel to developer Ranjan Batheja in exchange for $400,000 in bribes and other payments. All charges against Wasserman were dismissed June 13. In Tuesday's verdict, Corbin was convicted of receiving more than $200,000 from Batheja in bribes, and was convicted of official misconduct after he called the Bank of New York as a legislator to lobby it to allow Batheja to continue his project. The bank was foreclosing on Batheja's loan at the time. Mullings' conviction stemmed from a private meeting at which he offered to steer the community development agency's board to vote for a developer. Acting Supreme Court Justice Alan Honorof said he wanted to hear the partial verdict before a lengthy break in deliberations necessitated by several jurors, despite concerns from the three defense attorneys. Honorof said in court that he was concerned that something could happen to prevent one or more jurors from returning to deliberate after the planned 10-day break scheduled to begin Thursday. Only one alternate juror remains from the original pool of five since the trial began in February. "We have the opportunity to, without a mistrial, get a verdict on 12 of these counts," Honorof said before the partial verdict. "If there is subsequently a mistrial, there are 12 fewer counts for the people to prove and for the defense to defend." PAGE 2


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12 shot dead at 'Dark Knight Rises' screening in Aurora, Colorado By NBC News' Pete Williams and NBCNews.com staff July 20, 2012, 8:00 am NBCNews.com Updated at 10:49 a.m. ET: Twelve people were killed and at least 50 others wounded early Friday when a gunman wearing a bulletproof vest opened fire during a midnight screening of the latest Batman movie near Denver, authorities and witnesses said. The victims being treated in at least six hospitals included a 6year-old. The youngest person treated was a 4-month-old baby, who has

been released. The oldest reported patient is 45. Authorities said the gunman had appeared at the front of the theater during the film and released a canister of tear gas. Witnesses told NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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reporters that the gunfire erupted during a shootout scene in "The Dark Knight Rises." "It was mass chaos," witness Jennifer Seeger told TODAY. The gunman shot the ceiling and then "he threw in the gas can, and then I knew it was real." "I told my friend, 'We've got to get out of here,' but then he shot people trying to go out the exits," she recalled. She said the shooter made his way up the aisle, shooting as he went, saying nothing. Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates initially told journalists that 14 people had been killed but the figure was later lowered to 12. A suspect was apprehended in the shopping center's parking lot, Oates said. He was named as 24-year-old James Holmes, two federal officials from different agencies told NBC News. Holmes' apartment building in north Aurora was booby-trapped and police officers were trying to determine how to defuse it, Oates said. The local area had been evacuated, Oates said. The shooting occurred in the Century 16 Movie Theaters at the Aurora Town Center. Aurora is a suburb less than 10 miles east of downtown Denver. NBC station KUSA-Denver cited a witness as seeing a black-clad 6-foot-tall man wearing a riot helmet, goggles and bullet-proof vest. However, many people attended the film dressed in Batmanrelated costumes. Witnesses said the gunman entered the theater through an emergency exit door. The suspect was found in possession of a gas mask, Oates said. Ammunition was found in the suspect's car, police said. The shooter had three weapons -- an assault-type rifle and two

handguns, officials told NBC News. Holmes' car has Tennessee plates but authorities said he lived locally. (Continued on page 8)

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

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Oquin Montgomery, Gentleman Driver and Father of Community Journal Publisher, Dies at 80 Oquin Montgomery, or Okie as his friends and family called him, drove everything from stretch limousines to taxi cabs for over 50 years on Long Island, keeping alive lifelong relationships with employers and colleagues and creating fond memories for the young people he taught to drive cars and trucks. He died of cancer at Mercy Hospital in Rockville Centre, New York on July 17, 2012. He was 80. Born July 13, 1932 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Booker T. Montgomery and Emma Seaberry, Okie was the oldest of six brothers and sisters. In 1951, he married Betty Jean McCrae, the woman he said was the most beautiful he had ever seen and raised a family of nine children. Betty passed away in 2004. Oquin drove for All-Island Taxi for over forty years and drove privately for another 10 years. Oquin leaves behind four sons: Larry Montgomery, publisher of Long Island’s Community Journal, Oquin Montgomery, Jr., of Atlanta, GA., Phillip Montgomery, also of Atlanta, GA. and Deon Walker of Amityville, NY. Another son, Ellery Montgomery passed away in 1978. He also leaves to mourn four daughters: Doretha Day, of Columbus, GA., Jeannette Montgomery, of Harlem, NY, Linda Lans, of Spring Valley, NY and Audrey Brown, of Brooklyn, NY. He is survived by two brothers, Ervin Williams, of Rocky Mount, NC, Albert Williams, of Hempstead, NY, and two sisters, Patricia Howe and Loretta Hall, both of Tarboro, NC. Oquin will be sorely missed by his family, which includes 13 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Ex-Nassau legislator convicted of bribe receiving Published: July 17, 2012 8:18 PM By The Associated Press

MINEOLA, N.Y. - (AP) -- Jurors on Long Island have found former Nassau County legislator Roger Corbin guilty of bribe receiving and official misconduct. Newsday (http://bit.ly/OcC2M9 ) reports Tuesday's partial verdict in the corruption trial of three public officials also

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found Neville Mullings, the former head of North Hempstead Town's Community Development Agency, guilty of official misconduct. Former Nassau legislator Patrick Williams was found not guilty of two counts of grand larceny. Newsday says attorneys for the three men offered no comment as they left the courtroom. The jurors are to continue deliberations on the remaining charges against Corbin, Mullings and Williams. The three are accused in a scheme to steer a redevelopment project in New Cassel to a developer in exchange for $400,000 in bribes and other payments.

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Happy birthday Nelson Mandela! South African icon turns 94 JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Annah Nankie Nhlapo has been waiting 22 years for a home. On a dusty narrow road on the outskirts of Johannesburg, the foundation of her new house is finally taking shape.Over the next five days, to commemorate the U.N.-mandated Nelson Mandela International Day, housing charity Habitat for Humanity is working with volunteers to build 67 houses across South Africa, in honor of Mandela’s 67 years of political service. Nhlapo is one of the lucky ones who will be handed keys on Friday.For two decades, she and her five children have lived crowded into one of the flimsy shacks that sprawl across Orange Farm, a settlement named after its original purpose.“I’m happy and I feel proud of myself because it’s been a long time staying

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in a shack that is leaking water,” said Nhlapo, a 47-year-old single mother.http://youtu.be/UqoYmx_L-XsThat the house is being built to honor Mandela resonates with Nhlapo, who sees South Africa’s first black president as a champion of nation building. Across the country, and even abroad, people are doing good deeds to honor the country’s most famous statesman on his 94th birthday Wednesday. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton got the celebrations off to an early start Tuesday. He and daughter Chelsea met for 1 ½ hours with Mandela in his birth village of Qunu in a remote, southeastern corner of the coun(Continued on page 9)

Two killed, 19 wounded in Toronto party shooting By Alastair Jamieson, NBC News Two people have died and at least 19 others were wounded in a shooting at a block party in the eastern Toronto suburb of Scarborough Monday night, according to Canadian media reports. Toronto police Chief Bill Blair told CBC that a teenage girl and a man aged about 20 had been killed in the violence shortly before 11 p.m. ET Monday. I've been a cop for 35 years, this is the worst incidence of gun violence in my memory anywhere in North America," Blair said. A report in the Globe and Mail said police had a person in custody, and that the shooting appeared to be a dispute. More photos: Shooting raises fears of rise in Toronto gun crime Leighton Robinson, a man who said he knew someone injured at the scene, told the newspaper the event was a typical block party. "It's got to stop, there's no need for it," he said

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Trayvon Martin’s parents say his death was not ‘God’s plan’ Trayvon Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin appeared on The Today Show this morning to give their reaction to Wednesday night’s Fox News interview with George Zimmerman, the man who has been charged with killing their son, Trayvon Martin. In an exclusive interview with Sean Hannity, Zimmerman reiterated his account of what happened the night of Trayvon’s shooting. Zimmerman claimed he never pursued Martin and that he believes the events that night was “Gods plan.” “We must worship a different God,” Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, told the Associated Press. “There is no way that my God wanted George Zimmerman to murder my teenage son.” “It’s ridiculous, I wish Trayvon was here to tell his side of the story. It was not God’s plan for him to kill an innocent teenager,” Fulton told Today cohost Matt Lauer. Hannity asked if Zimmerman regretted getting out of the car, following Martin or carrying a gun that night — to all of which Zimmerman replied, “No.” NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Zimmerman told Hannity that feels that the media had rushed to judgment in the initial stages of the case, assuming that he profiled Trayvon and shot him because he was black. “I don’t think it’s fair that they rushed to judgment thinking I was white,” he said. Lauer asked Trayvon’s father if he agreed that Zimmerman deserved to be treated like an innocent man until he’s proven guilty and that there had been a rush to judgment. “It was a rush to judgment for him to think Trayvon was suspicious. So, for him to think that we are rushing to judge…he rushed to judge Trayvon.” When asked if they would be willing to accept George Zimmerman’s request to sit down with them, Trayvon’s mom replied, “Absolutely not.”

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Colorado shooting survivor: 'He pointed the gun right at me' 'I thought it was pretty much the end of the world' Roland Jones, 28, said he first thought the smoke and sounds of gunshots were all part of the film's special effects. "I thought it was pretty much the end of the world," Roberts told the Denver Post. Tammi Stevens, who son was inside the cinema when the shooting started, told the Post he saw a man walk into the theater wearing body armor. "You let your kids go to a late night movie ... you never think something like this would happen," Stevens told the newspaper. The injured were being transported to several local hospitals, police told NBC. Natalie Goldstein, of Children's Hospital Colorado, said the facility was treating six patients from the shooting, ranging in age from 6 to 31. Justin Bentzinger, a house supervisor at the Swedish Medical Center, told NBC News they were treating three patients. Two were in critical condition, the third was in fair condition. Kalena Wilkinson, a public information officer for Denver Health, said six patients were taken to that hospital, with one in critical condition and the other five in "fair" conditions. Tracy Weise, of the public relations department at Aurora Medical Center, told NBC News they had treated 15 patients, four of whom have been released. Of those still being treated, four remain in critical condition, Weise said. Further local coverage from KUSA Jacque Montgomery, a spokesperson for University of Colorado Hospital, told NBC News that they were treating 20 patients from the shooting. At least three people had been treated for chemical exposure, KUSA reported. Hundreds of witnesses who have not been injured have been taken to Gateway High School for a debriefing, local media reported. Friday's incident was the worst mass shooting in the United States since the 2007 shooting on the Virginia Tech campus, in which 33 people, including the gunman, died. It was the deadliest mass shooting in Colorado since the Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999. Students Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, opened fire at the school in the Denver suburb of Littleton, about 15 miles west of Aurora, killing 12 classmates and a officer radioed back to emergency dispatch during the operation, accord- teacher and wounding 26 others before killing themselves in the school's library. ing to an excerpt aired on KUSA. P a r i s p r e m i e r e c a n c e l e d Moviegoers described scenes of chaos and terror inside the movie theater. Seeger told TODAY there were "a lot of children" in the theater. "When I ... tried to escape, there was a little girl, 12 or 13, just laying lifeless on the stairs," she said. "I got terrified. I didn't know what to do, like a deer in the headlights. I jumped into the aisle and curled up into a little ball waiting for him to go away," she told TODAY. "I have never been more scared then the moments where we were all trapped in the theater, helpless. Unable to get out at all," another moviegoer, Rachel Fedeli, posted on Twitter. Karl Gehring / The Denver Post Aurora Police respond to the shooting at the Century 16 Movie Theater early Friday. More on this story from breakingnews.com Tanner Coon, who was in the theater with a friend and the friend's 12-year-old brother when the shooter came in, said he told them to "get down" when he heard the gunshots. The shooter fired off about 20 rounds and there was then a pause and a "period of quietness when everybody started running out," Coon "The Dark Knight Rises," starring Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway, is the latest in the popular Batman action movie franchise. Theatres around said. "I slipped on some blood and landed on a lady. I shook her and said the world began showing it at 12:01 a.m. on Friday. Warner Bros. canceled the Paris premiere of the film, which was we need to go. There was no response so I presume she was dead," Coon scheduled for Friday evening. said. "Warner Bros. and the filmmakers are deeply saddened to learn Another eyewitness, Alex Milano, told KUSA that he "saw at least four, maybe five people limping, slightly wounded. ... I saw one girl about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time," the studio said covered in blood. "I don't know whose little girl that was, but my heart goes out to in a statement. NBC News' David Wyllie, Daniel Strieff, Ian Johnston, F. Brinley them. ... A cop came walking through the front door ... holding a little girl in his arms and she wasn't moving, she wasn't moving," the young Bruton, NBC station KUSA and The Associated Press contributed to this report. man, whose voiced cracked as he spoke, told KUSA.

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Police name alleged gunman in Colorado theater shooting Police said there was no evidence of additional suspects. "We're pretty confident he acted alone," officer Frank Fania told TODAY. An FBI official told NBC News that the agency was working with local authorities on the investigation, but that there was no early indication of a link to terrorism. Holmes was not on any federal lawenforcement watch lists, authorities told NBC News. President Barack Obama cut short a visit to Florida to return to Washington ahead of schedule. The shooting served as a reminder that "we are united as one American family," Obama said during an abbreviated appearance in Fort Myers, where he led a moment of silence on behalf of the victims and their families. 'Get us some damn gas masks' Police raiding the theater in the hunt for the suspect had to ask for gas masks. "Get us some damn gas masks for theater 9, we can't get in it," one

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SBA Proposes Increases to Size Standards in Utilities, Construction, Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Sector WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking comment on three proposed rules published today in The Federal Register that would revise the size definitions for small businesses in the Utilities, Construction, Arts, Entertainment and Recreation sectors. The proposed revisions reflect changes in marketplace conditions. The proposed rule for the Utilities sector will revise the size standard for nine industries. The rule proposes changing six of the industries dealing with electric power generation, distribution and transmission from revenue-based size standards to an employee based size standard of 500 employees. It would also increase the size standards for the remaining three industries in the Utilities sector from $7 million to $25.5 million for water supply and irrigation systems, $7 million to $19 million for sewage treatment facilities, and $12.5 million to $14 million for steam and air conditioning supply. SBA estimates as many as 400 additional firms in this sector would become eligible for SBA programs as a result of these revisions. SBA also proposed increases in size standards for one industry and one subindustry in the Construction sector. Specifically, SBA proposed to increase the size standard for Land Subdivision from $7 million to $25 million and from $20 million to $30 million for businesses engaged in Dredging and Surface Cleanup activities. SBA estimates that more than 400 additional firms will become eligible for SBA’s programs and services, if adopted. The SBA’s third proposed rule would increase the small business size standards for 17 industries in the Arts, Entertainment and Recreation sector. As many as 1,450 additional firms could become eligible for SBA’s programs and services if the proposed increases are adopted. Comments can be submitted on these proposed rules on or before September 17, 2012, at www.regulations.gov, identified by the following RIN numbers:

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Proposed Rule: Small Business Size Standards; Utilities (NAICS Sector 22) (RIN 3245AG25)

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Proposed Rule: Small Business Size Standards; Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation (NAICS Sector 71) (RIN 3245-AG36)

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Proposed Rule: Small Business Size Standards; Construction (NAICS Sector 23) (RIN 3245-AG37)

You may also mail comments to Khem R. Sharma, Chief, Size Standards Division, 409 3rd St., SW, Mail Code 6530, Washington, DC 20416. As part of an ongoing review of all size standards, the SBA takes into account the structural characteristics within individual industries, including average firm size, the degree of competition, and federal government contracting trends to ensure that small business size definitions reflect current economic conditions within those industries. Under provisions in the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, SBA will continue its comprehensive review of all size standards for the next several years. The revisions to the size standards in these sectors will enable more small businesses to retain their small business status; will give federal agencies a larger pool of small businesses to choose from for small business procurement opportunities and help eligible small businesses benefit from SBA’s loan programs. An SBA-issued White Paper entitled, “Size Standards Methodology”, which explains how the SBA establishes, reviews and modifies its receipts-based and employee-based small business size standards can be viewed at http:// www.sba.gov/size. For more information about SBA’s revisions to its small business size standards, click on “What’s New with Size Standards” on SBA’s Web site at: http://www.sba.gov/size. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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try. Photographs tweeted by one of Mandela’s grandsons showed the Nobel Peace Prize winner comfortably seated in an armchair with a blanket over his knees and with the Clintons and his wife, Graca Machel, at his side. Birthday song kicks off countdown to Mandela Day Then Clinton, Chelsea and Machel each planted an avocado pear tree to mark the occasion. Clinton said he is fond of the trees, an African symbol of growth and sustenance. Children will begin their school day Wednesday by singing Happy Birthday to Madiba, the clan name by which Mandela is fondly known. South Africans of all colors to whom Mandela is a hero came up with creative ways to do 67 minutes of community service. Many volunteers will be collecting books, distributing sanitary pads and cleaning up neighborhoods. In Pretoria, a tattoo parlor is hoping to tattoo clients with 67 images of Mandela’s face, with proceeds going to charity. On Constitution Hill Saturday, artist James Delaney used coffee cups to create a mosaic of Mandela. Asked what would be the best gift for Mandela, Nobel laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said the greatest gift the nation could give would be “to emulate his magnanimity and grace.” “Mr. Mandela taught us to love ourselves, to love one another and to love our country,” Tutu said. Mandela’s 50-year fight, including 27 years in jail, helped bring democracy and freedom to the once white-ruled South Africa. But the country remains beset by tensions over continued white minority domination of the economy, massive unemployment, poor education and health services and the millions who remain homeless or in shacks. When Mandela’s African National Congress won power in 1994, the housing shortage was a priority. Eighteen years in, informal settlements without electricity and running water have ballooned and the lack of adequate housing for the poor is at crisis point, said Kate Tissington, a senior researcher at the SocioEconomic Rights Institute of South Africa. “You get the sense from government officials that there is a neverending battle to eliminate the housing backlog,” she said. Some 3 million homes have been built for some of South Africa’s 50 million people, according to Xolani Xundu, spokesman for the government Department of Human Settlements. But 2.2 million more homes are needed, he said. Nelson Mandela inspired clothing line to launch in the US Tissington said population growth and the influx of people into cities and towns have contributed to the crisis. The high demand and low supply makes informal settlements, like Nhlapo’s shack at Orange Farm, a viable option. Government-subsidized housing, often built on cheaper vacant land on the outskirts of urban developments, is not always linked to bus routes or services such as clinics, making it even more difficult for people to survive. Corruption is another factor undermining efforts, as sometimes people who do not necessarily qualify end up being allocated subsidized housing, Tissington said. This creates a lot of tension. “A lot has been happening in political and policy circles over the years,” Tissington said, “but implementation on the ground has not kicked in and people are getting increasingly impatient with living with compromised access to basic services.” Every day there are protests, sometimes violent, against the lack of housing and other basic services like electricity and potable water. Ryan Horsfield, a volunteer who had taken two days off work to help build the homes at Orange Farm, believes citizens also have a role to play. “I don’t think it’s up to us to sit back and say the government must do it or not. If something is not happening we should all get in and try make it happen,” he said. Which is exactly what Mandela had in mind when he retired from politics at age 90 and told the world that “It’s in your hands to make the world a better place.” PAGE 9


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Rep. McCarthy Urges President Obama to Sign U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act WASHINGTON, DC (July 17, 2012) – Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY04) voted today to help pass the U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act, comprehensive legislation designed to enhance strategic cooperation between the two critical allies. She urged President Barack Obama to sign the legislation, which also recently passed in the U.S. Senate, immediately. “With the threat of a nuclear Iran and unrest all over the Arab world, the United States must do all we can to help ensure the security of Israel, our closest and most important ally in the Middle East,” Rep. McCarthy said. “I’m proud to have voted for the U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act and urge President Obama to sign it into law right away.” The U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act states that it is the policy of the United States to:  Reaffirm our unwavering commitment to the security of the State of Israel as a Jewish state.  Help Israel preserve Israel’s qualitative military and technological edge amid rapid regional transformation.  Veto any one-sided anti-Israel resolutions at the United National Security Council. The bill also puts Congress on record as urging the U.S. Government to:  Expand joint military exercises and help Israel with defense capabilities like the Iron Dome, specialized munitions and satellite intelligence.  Examine ways to prevent weapons smuggling into Gaza.  Work to encourage an expanded role for Israel with NATO. The bill also requires the President, within 180 days of enactment, to submit a number of reports to Congress on the status of various aspects of the legislation, including a report on efforts to expand cooperation between the United States and Israel in homeland security, counterterrorism, maritime security, energy and cybersecurity.

Over 30 Employers Now Signed Up for Rep. McCarthy’s Long Island Job Fair

JPMorgan Chase, Lord & Taylor, Macy's Roosevelt Field, Nassau Educators Federal Credit Union, NY Community Bank, New York Life, Pier 1 Imports, Primerica, Salomon Whitney LLC, The Soldiers Project, South Nassau Communities Hospital, U.S. Customs and Border Protection The event will take place on Monday, July 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Nassau Community College’s College Center Building Multipurpose Room. “We still have a long way to go in our economic recovery and I’m doing everything I can to make sure that Long Islanders have access to local jobs,” said McCarthy, who is focusing on measures and events that help small businesses, entrepreneurs, students and workers as the nation continues its path to economic recovery. Rep. McCarthy held a career expo that focused on Long Island’s health care industry in December. It was her fourth major economyrelated forum last year, with previous ones focusing on tax cuts for small businesses; how small businesses can benefit from the U.S. Export-Import Bank; and what career training opportunities are available at local institutions. Over 20 vendors participated in the previous expo. A complete list of employers for the upcoming job fair will be posted on Rep. McCarthy’s website at http:// carolynmccarthy.house.gov shortly before the event. For information about how to participate in the job fair as either a vendor or a jobseeker, call Rep. McCarthy’s office at 516-739-3008. [PHOTO CAPTION: More than 30 employers have confirmed to attend Rep. Carolyn McCarthy’s “Long Island Job Fair” at Nassau Community College on July 23. She’s pictured here at her last job fair, which focused on Long Island’s health care industry. For more information, contact her office at 516-739-3008.]

WASHINGTON, DC (July 16, 2012) – More than 30 employers from a wide range of industries are now signed up for Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY04)’s “Long Island Job Fair,” which she’s holding in her district on July 23. Confirmed employers who’ll be at the public event, Rep. McCarthy’s second job fair in the past year, include: Aflac, Avon, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Cablevision, Century 21 Stores, Fidelis Care, GAP/Old Navy, Hofstra University, NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Rep. McCarthy Statement on Colorado Shooting WASHINGTON, DC (July 20, 2012) – Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, whose family was affected by a mass shooting on the Long Island Railroad before she was elected to Congress, issued the following statement on today’s mass shooting at a movie theater in Colorado: “The horrific nightmare of a mass shooting on innocent civilians in a crowded public place has, sadly, come true once again. I mourn alongside the people of Aurora for the many killed and injured and the countless family and friends whose lives, as NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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a result of the consequences of this event, will be negatively affected for decades to come. The shooter should be brought to justice and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. But we as a nation should also not continue to ignore avenues to prevent tragedies like this from happening in the future.”

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Number of Poor in the Suburbs on the Rise, LI Unprepared The Suburbs, once the spitting image of wealth and stability, have seen a large overall increase in poverty in the last few years. According to the 2010 census, the number of people living below the poverty line has increased 66% from the previous decade; as of 2010 18.9 million suburban Americans were living below the poverty line, up from 11.3 million in 2000.

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tracks in order to reach millions of tons of waste rock at an abandoned iron and titanium mine located near the source of New York’s Hudson River and the highest peaks of the Adirondacks. David Whorton of American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association estimates that in the past 30 years, the number of short line railroads has grown from about 70 to about 550. In general, short lines are mom-and-pop businesses serving two to six customers which usually connect with another short line, regional, or major freight railroad, such as CSX Transportation or the Norfolk Southern Railway.

Long Island has always experienced pockets of poverty, created by race and income segregation, but for the first time Long Island is seeing foreclosed homes, overgrown yards, plywood windows and closed storefronts even in the better-off subdivisions. At this point, Nassau and Suffolk have the second and third highest foreclosure rates in New York State, respectively, putting them only behind Queens. These increases in poverty are putting new strains on government agencies, parish outreach programs and aid organizations. Families are waiting in lines to receive food at pantries that are continuously emptying out. The number of food stamp cases in Suffolk went up to 40,699 in April from 26,193 two years ago. Of Suffolk's 1.54 million person population, almost 195,000 people are on Medicaid.

On June 14, the federal Surface Transportation Board cleared the way for the New York freight line to be operated by the Saratoga and North Creek Railway, owned by Chicago-based Iowa Pacific Holdings which also operates two Texas short line railroads that, due to oil and gas drilling, are said to be booming.

Suffolk's Social Service Department is having trouble keeping up with demand. The average wait for Medicaid applicants is currently 29 days. Because of reduced state aid, both Nassau and Suffolk have tight eligibility rules for social service programs. About 468,000 people in Suffolk and Nassau, out of a population of about 2.7 million, live in households earning up to 200 percent of the poverty line, and they don't receive federal or county aid, so they're barely scraping by.

The abandoned tracks will be reopened from North Creek to Tahawus, 100 miles north of Albany. The first phase of the project will be completed this summer. It will involve reopening six miles of tracks between North Creek and North River, where the rail company is negotiating with Barton Mines to ship garnet. The railway company expects to reopen the tracks to Tahawus within a year.

Dr. Richard Koubek, Vision Long Island board member and chair of the Welfare to Work Commission, recently organized a convened a conference to discuss the alarming growth of "working poor" on Long Island. The topics discussed in this conference will be used by the Suffolk County legislature to create a report on poverty rise in the region. Some long term solutions, such as smarter use of social-service resources, more economically sustainable developments, and more use of mass transit, housing and job training have been proposed, but they don't address the immediate challenge at hand. To address the immediate crisis, more spending and more staffing to fix the safety n e t a r e n e c e s s a r y . To learn more check out the original article at the NY Times.

New York state railway identifies an economic resurgence

The project was sued unsuccessfully by several environmental groups, including a local Sierra Club chapter, in order to derail the project because of the 13 miles of tracks that go through state Forest Preserve land, where motors of any kind are prohibited under the state constitution's "forever wild" clause. The concern is not the train traveling through, but rather the violation against the Forest Preserve, a national historical landmark, much like the previous violation in 1942. Rising fuel costs and congested highways are making rail shipping more economical than trucking, Backers of the project hope that the planned reopening of the 30-mile rail link will provide a boost to the economy of the faded towns along the Adirondack line and a new shipping option for product such as minerals, logs, and paper products. The rail line may give existing businesses in the Adirondacks an economic boost, new job and business growth, and explore existing markets and potentially aid developing markets. Read more on this subject at the Washington Post

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Mangano Announces the 2nd Annual Island Harvest “Make A Splash” Food Drive Challenge Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that Nassau County will once again participate in Island Harvest’s 2nd Annual “Make a Splash” Food Drive Challenge. The following County pools will be accepting non-perishable food items and monetary donations for the “Make a Splash” Food Drive Challenge through August 12th: Cantiague Park, Christopher Morley Park, Eisenhower Park Aquatic Center, Nickerson Beach Park, North Woodmere Park and Wantagh Park.

MANGANO’S COPIER CONSOLIDATION PROJECT TO GENERATE MORE THAN $1 MILLION IN SAVINGS FOR TAXPAYERS LEAVES NO STONE UNTURNED TO SAVE RESIDENTS MONEY Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced a Copier Consolidation Project to streamline the process of purchasing and maintaining the County’s copier, printer, scanner and fax inventory. The plan, developed in conjunction with the Department of Information Technology, has already saved Nassau County approximately $270,000 annually with more savings anticipated as the project continues with implementation. “It is imperative that no stone be unturned when it comes to seeking saving for taxpayers,” said County Executive Mangano. “This effort, along with $200 million in other cuts I have made to government, produces real savings for our residents and helps protect them from a property tax increase.”

“It gives me great pleasure that Nassau County can once again participate in Island Harvest’s “Make a Splash” Food Drive Challenge,” said County Executive Mangano. “At a time when many individuals and families are struggling to put food on the table, the opportunity for residents to donate to a local organization, such as Island Harvest, helps motivate and increase donations to the fight against hunger.” Last summer, County Executive Mangano accepted a trophy from Island Harvest on behalf of Wantagh Park Pool for collecting the most food out of all of the municipal pools during the 1st annual Island Harvest “Make a Splash” Food Drive Challenge. Donations at Wantagh Pool reached over 600 pounds, the equivalent of approximately 469 meals. Together, Long Island’s communities and pools collected over 6,900 pounds of food, the equivalent of approximately 5,400 meals. All proceeds from the “Make a Splash” Food Drive Challenge will assist in Island Harvest’s Food Rescue Operations and will provide critical food support to a network of 570 food pantries, soup kitchens and other local programs that offer food assistance to 283,700 Long Islanders – including 110,000 children – who face hunger every day. To find out more information about how you can help Island Harvest, please visit: www.islandharvest.org or call: (631) 873-4775.

County Executive Mangano directed staff to analyze the amount of copiers, printers, scanners and fax machines used throughout County departments. Each of these machines have service contracts and require and toner cartridges to be purchased, all of which add tremendously to the expenses of the County. In 2002, the total number of machines in operation was 3,054. To date there are 561 in service in the County with more eliminations/consolidations planned. Over the next four years, it is expected that Nassau County will save more than one million dollars as a result of Mangano’s Copier Consolidation Project. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD CONGRATULATES RICHARD WARREN, VINCENT LONG, SR: Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray (second left), Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby (second right), Town Clerk Mark Bonilla (right) and Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin (left) presented the town Trailblazer Award to Richard Warren of Roosevelt and Vincent Long, Sr. of Hempstead for their service as original members of the Montford Point Marines during World War II. The Montford Point Marines were the first African Americans to serve in the United States Marines, helping to inspire the desegregation of the United States Armed Forces.

HEMPSTEAD OFFICIALS THANK VIETNAM WAR VETERANS ASSOCIATION: Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray (sixth left), Councilman James Darcy (fourth left), Town Clerk Mark Bonilla (third right) and Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin (left) thanked the Vietnam War Veterans Association of Nassau County for providing a color guard at the Town of Hempstead’s annual Salute to Veterans Ceremony held at Town Park Point Lookout.

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TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD THANKS VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA: Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray (fifth left), Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby (fourth right), Councilman James Darcy (second right), Town Clerk Mark Bonilla (right) and Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin (left) thanked the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 82 for providing a color guard at the Town of Hempstead’s annual Salute to Veterans Ceremony held at Town Park Point Lookout.

Hempstead Fire Department Recognized The Long Island Council of Clergy recently recognized the Hempstead Fire Department for its heroic efforts during a recent apartment fire on Fulton Avenue that displaced 70 residents. Mayor Wayne J. Hall Sr., members of the Board of Trustees and members of the L.I. Council of Clergy presented members of the Volunteer Hempstead Fire Department with a plaque to display their gratitude. Photo: Village of Hempstead Mayor Wayne J. Hall Sr, Trustee Perry Pettus, Trustee Don Ryan and Trustee Livio Rosario with members of the L.I. Council of Clergy and the Hempstead Fire Department. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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From the Desk of Mayor Hall Hempstead Village has seen a 7 percent decrease in crime in 2011 as compared to the previous year. With the help of Chief Michael McGowan, who was appointed to Chief of Police in late January, our Village is continuing to improve its safety measures. At a Board meeting earlier this month, Hempstead officialsagreed to install Shotspotter sensors throughout most of the Village. These sensors will be equipped with cameras that zoom in once a gunshot has been fired.The Village’s new crime-fighting tool has proven useful in other towns across Nassau County. The Shotspotter sensors will help police pinpoint the location ofgunfire, ultimately reducing the response times from enforcement officials. As of right now, we have not decided where the sensors will be located, but we are looking to install them on Linden Avenue and Linden Place, two areas that are trouble-spots for drug and gang violence.The system should be implemented within the next two months. This new technology will help Village Police to fight gun violence by providing instant, precise and detailed data, alerting our agencies to gunfire. In turn, our police will be able to respond more quickly, more safely and more effectively. Hempstead’spolice department is committed to doing what is best for you and your family, and I want to make sure that we are providing them with the most updated means of technology. It is with through their work that our Village has seen a decrease in the crime rate. Both violent and property crime decreased in 2011. Violent crime dropped by 10 percent, while property crime went down by 4 percent. The police department credits this success to its addition of 25 new police officers over the past couple of years. Force members are being taught the latest in new crime-fighting technologies. Using these technologies, together with traditional police methods, we are working to make you safer. In much the same way that we partnered with District Attorney Kathleen Rice several years ago to clean up Terrace Avenue, using these new methodologies and working with the D.A., we are determined to make Hempstead a safe and secure community for you and your family. To stay on top of what’s happening in the Village, visit the website: www.villageofhempstead.org and 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. You may also share your ideas for the redevelopment and/or provide your feedback on the plan on that site.

Sincerely,

Wayne

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Community Development The Incorporated Village of Hempstead Community Development Agency “(CDA)" is a public benefit corporation established in 1964 pursuant to Title 16 Sec 585 to address problems of urban decay. Originally known as the Urban Renewal Agency, the name was changed to Community Development Agency by State Law in 1980. The Agency is led by it's own Board of Directors which is chaired by the Village Mayor. The selection of the Directors is ratified by the Village B o a r d o f T r u s t e e s . The Community Development Agency's function is to plan and implement programs involving the rehabilitation of both the residential and commercial sectors of the village, foster economic growth, provide assistance to public service organizations, eliminate blight and improve opportunities for low & moderate income citizens. The CDA's major programs include:  Special Economic Development  Construction of Affordable Housing  Homeowner's Assistance Program  Small Business Revolving Loan Fund  Commercial Rehabilitation Loan Program  Facade Improvement Program  Public Facilities and Improvement  Micro-Enterprise Incubator Program Claude Gooding, Commissioner (516) 485-5737 50 Clinton Street, Hempstead, N.Y. 11550

RE-ELECT MAYOR WAYNE HALL 2013

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guide to buying black online: harnessing black buying power to empower our community Buying black has been a hot topic on the Internet among AfricanAmericans for years now, and has been talked about by black leaders for decades. The importance of buying black has been well documented as an avenue to strengthen the black community economi-

easy. Daily Deals Sites

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Most people are familiar with deal sites like Groupon, LivingSocial, and Scoutmob that offer consumers large discounts with companies exchanging deals for more visibility for the sponsoring company. Following in the footsteps of the pioneering firm Black Biz Hookup, many new daily deals sites are looking to connect consumers and black merchants through the same mechanism. Here are four sites that you should keep your eye on: Ujamaa Deals: Ujamaa Deals was founded in late 2011 by myself and Tre Baker, our CEO. Our goal is not to be a Groupon knockoff,

cally, not only to provide jobs, but also to keep our nearly trilliondollar buying power in our hands. People like the Anderson Family and Dr. Jeffrey Robinson have conducted experiments and tours centering around the concept of buying black, to empower more of us to do it — yet it seems impractical. But it’s not impossible. How can the average African-American consumer do his or her part in supporting black businesses? It’s one thing to talk in theory about buying black; it’s another thing to actually know how to do so. There are many companies online that specifically target African-Americans to help them to buy black. This article aims to guide you to the best of those currently available. Most fall into one of three categories: daily deals sites, online stores, and business directories. Hopefully, once you buy black, you never go back! Buying online makes taking the first step NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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but a black economic investment company that uses daily deals as an avenue to consolidate the buying power of the black community. Ujamaa offers weekly deals from some of the best black-owned businesses that sell products online. Although we are only focusing on online sales currently, the next step for us is to run deals with quality black merchants in cities like Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Houston, and Washington, D.C. Ujamaa hopes to be a powerful platform that transfers the $1 trillion dollar buying power of the black community back to black businesses. BlackMark-It: BlackMark-It is doing awesome things by providing deals from black-owned companies in Chicago. What impresses me most about them is their ability to find a diverse array of companies to run campaigns through their platform. Launched in early 2012, Black Mark-It has quickly become a major player in the black daily deals space.

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cause enormous. Searching for black-owned businesses is easy and quick with GPS Black. This list is meant to get us started, but there are many challenges that need to be resolved before the general population will embrace the concept of buying black. Examples include overcoming negative stereotypes about black businesses, finding a diverse set of black products and services to feature (how many companies are needed to fill all our consumer needs?), and challenges in raising capital to keep these businesses going. As these issues are resolved, we will see more companies dedicated to promoting the African-American market space. Lawrence Watkins is the founder of Great Black Speakers, Great Pro Speakers, and co-founder ofUjamaa Deals, which is a daily deal site that promotes black-owned businesses. He graduated in 2006 from The University of Louisville with a B.S. in electrical engineering and earned his MBA from Cornell University in 2010. Lawrence currently resides in Atlanta. You can follow him on Twitter@lawrencewatkins.

iZania Market Deals: iZania has used its success as a black business community and translated it into a black daily deals site. It’s too early to tell which types of deals iZania Market will run on a consistent basis, but there is a lot of promise to their organization. HBCU Daily Deals: HBCU Daily Deals has come up with the interesting concept of finding deals for college students who attend HBCUs. This company is very niche, which means that it could potentially have a strong grasp on what black college students buy while they are on or around campus. Specialization of this kind could help the firm properly capitalize on this market. Online Stores Daily deals are great offers for consumers and great advertising opportunities for merchants. The challenge is that deals only last for a short period of time. How can interested consumers find a plethora of quality black products all of the time? Enter the black online stores. These Internet venues aggregate products and services from black merchants and sell them all in one place. Based off the model pioneered by Amazon.com, online stores have the potential to provide an outlet for black merchants to consistently market their products to consumers. Here are the black online stores to watch: Ujamaa Market: Ujamaa is really a hybrid site that mixes the best qualities of Amazon.com with those of daily deal sites like Groupon. The Ujamaa Market is a place where merchants can upload their products and services for purchase by consumers who want to buy black. Ultimately, Ujamaa Market seeks all purveyors of quality African-American goods as participants in their marketplace to create a unified front of black economic power. Black Business Network: The Black Business Network was founded by Tag Team Marketing, a company dedicated to to empowering the black community by being a channel for black-owned businesses to reach black consumers all over the world. This company is known for its army of direct sales personnel, but it also has an online store from which you can purchase many of their products made by black-owned companies. Black Business Directories “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” And black business directories are the tried and true way of finding where to buy black online and in your local community. Although African-American business directories have been around for years, one innovative company in the market uses new technologies to breathe life into this old concept. GPSBlack.com: I love GPS Black because they are the first black business directory to embrace mobile marketing. GPS Black has thousands of black owned businesses nationwide it its directory, and it is easy to find the best fit for what you are looking for right from your smartphone. As they continue to add new businesses to their database, the possibility for expansion of their mobile platform beNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Village of Hempstead Partners with Island Harvest Organization to Fight Hunger The Village of Hempstead is currently working with the Island Harvest Organization this summer to help eliminate hunger among children in the area. Parents are invited to bring children and young adults (ages 18 and under) to Campbell Park for a free meal on Fridays from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The program began on Friday, July 6th and will run through Friday, August 24th. The event provides kids with a healthy sandwich, snack and beverage. After lunch is served, children and adolescents are invited to enjoy playtime. It is advised that children under the age of 10 come with a parent or guardian.

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This past weekend I was reminded again of what to search for in people, and what we often forget to find in people we judge day in and day out.

Heart over Mind Stephen R. Acevedo

I remember the story of an African American man who desired to understand the mindset of the members behind the Ku Klux Klan, and in doing so he found himself eventually befriending one of the Klan’s leaders, so much so that he was asked to be the god father of his daughter. When questioned about how he could build such deep friendship with a person affiliated to an organization that hated his race simply by the color of their skin, he replied by explaining that though he did not necessarily agree with this Klan leader’s beliefs, he learned to see past that and know him as person. Although

MANGANO TO HOST LATINO AMERICAN DAY Celebrating the “Pride of Colombia” at Eisenhower Park’s Lakeside Theatre Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that the Nassau County International Music Nights Concert Series will host Latino American Day - celebrating “Pride of Colombia” - on Sunday, July 15th beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre in Eisenhower Park. The International Music Nights Concert Series, sponsored by Canon U.S.A., provides residents an opportunity to experience the broad range of cultures that Nassau County has to offer. County Executive Mangano stated, “I invite all Nassau County families to come to Eisenhower Park this summer to experience the cultures, music, folklore, crafts and food of numerous ethnicities from around the world,” said County Executive Mangano. Latino American Day celebrating “Pride of Colombia” will host artists of national and international stature, such as La Sonora Dynamite, Johnny Rivera, Charles Cejares, Troubadours, Rhythmology Dance Group, Teatro Rodante Puerto Riqueño, and folklore dances. Funding for these performers is made available by the generous sponsorship of Affinity Health Plan Coral House and Westbury Toyota.

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they did not both see eye to eye on their opinions about race, they realized that belief is not what solely defines someone, and that one’s level of genuine kindness and good willed heart is what should define a person. Long have I felt separated from many people due to a difference in belief, and I know for certain that it has either deterred or hindered the possibility of a stronger developing relationship amongst family, friends, and more. However, through that moment of reflection I also realized that I was just as much at fault, detaching myself from others who did not necessarily agree on certain ideas that I felt were important to me, but in doing so, I was also missing out on getting to understand people on another

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spectrum, and who could have been better and kinder people than I originally thought. It was through the interaction with a few family members that I came to ponder about this concept. Religion has always played a big part in my life and also in that of my family, and many times the differences in religion has caused a rupture in our communication, however, in one night, not only do I believe that I was reminded, but that we were all reminded that we could learn to respect each other’s beliefs and realize that through under all the layers of differences, we respected each other’s hearts rather than our minds.

Additionally, the Hispanic Telemundo presenters Luis Alejandro Medina and Andrea Romero, Journalist Ricardo Espinoza and Oscar presenter William Zapata from Spite program, will be broadcasting live from the event. Regional channel Telecafe has also invited others to join in regional channels with this broadcast. The International Music Nights Summer Concert Series is presented by the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums in recognition of Nassau County’s unique ethnic diversity. Through a sponsorship from Canon USA Inc., a total of twenty International Music Nights are presented at the Lakeside Theatre throughout the summer, free of charge.

The remaining summer concert schedule is as follows:

Sunday, July 15th Latino American Night th Scandinavian American Night Sunday, July 29 Irish American Night Sunday, August 5th Sunday, August 12th Chinese American Night th Pakistani American Cultural Night Sunday, August 26 Saturday, September 22nd Korean American Night About Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre The Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre is located near parking fields 6 and 6A in Eisenhower Park. Lakeside Theatre is a venue with no formal seating. Concertgoers are urged to bring folding chairs or blankets. Special accommodations are available for disabled patrons, including reserved parking, easily accessible restrooms and a convenient reserved location on the hill. Assistive hearing devices are also available upon request for the hearing impaired. About Eisenhower Park Eisenhower Park is located in East Meadow, with entrances on Hempstead Turnpike and Merrick Avenue. As one of the largest public spaces in the New York metropolitan area, Eisenhower Park offers a full range of athletic and family activities, including one of the finest swimming facilities in the U.S., three worldclass golf courses, dozens of athletic fields and courts, picnic areas, playgrounds, fitness trails and more. For further information, contact the Parks Public Information Office at: (516) 572-0200 or visit the Nassau County Parks, Recreation and Museums website at: www.nassaucountyny.gov/parks PAGE 21


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Being More than What You Wear by Dr. Lindamichelle Baron My mother’s name is Dorothy. On Sundays, as soon as I was old enough (around twelve years old) I wore “Dorothystyle” clothes to church. Throughout the week I was a “tomboy” or a regular teen. But when I left for church with my father, the Reverend Baron, my mother, and brother, I wore sophisticated, classy clothes—white gloves, a hat, and what for me seemed like very high one-inch heels. In my young, teenage mind, by wearing those clothes, heeled shoes, hat and stockings, I was Dorothy the Glamorous. Clothes absolutely made the woman. I was the woman. I was not the only believer. Sundays, the whole block, and even some friends from the neighboring streets, came in person or sent representatives to witness my weekly transformation from tomboy teen into my semi-credible impersonation of a woman. The rest of the week I wore the usual teenage uniform of the time in my community—Fred Braun shoes, a sweater, and sharply creased jeans. That’s what made my Sunday persona so impressive. I made the transformation from teenager to sophisticated adult. That change was almost analogous to becoming Superwoman! But my transformation was only on the surface. My mother was—is—so much more than a Sunday special. She dressed—dresses— everyday, whether she was just going to be in the house with us, or whether she was going to a banquet. My mother dressed. She did not necessarily believe that clothes made the woman, but she did believe that how you present yourself is an extension of who you are. For her, it has always been imperative that a woman present her best self at all times. There was, for instance, no going to the store in curlers. Yes, she had a deep appreciation for clothes. She remembers, even today, at eighty-six, what she wore the first day of school in the first grade. My friends thought of her as their own Loretta Young—an actress icon of the time. When my mother walked down the stairs, whatever the time of day, my friends were witness to her glamour. No other mother in the area was that stylish. Many mothers were beautiful, but not Hollywood beautiful like my mother was—and is. Several of my friends credit her with their current belief systems about how to “represent.”

Dr. Lindamichelle Baron

He would tell his entire fellow “newsies” that he had a queen on his route. That queen was Dorothy. Now, fifty years later, I still attempt to capture the glamour of my mother. Only now, I realize that will never happen. Actually that gift isn’t embedded in my “hard drive” as it is in my mother’s. Even without her extraordinary beauty, I could have acquired some of her flair. Instead, I recognize and appreciate my own style. I, unlike my mother, only get dressed based on the occasion or on how many people will see me at a specific time and place. Make-up is something I wear for a special occasion, not as a necessity for me to be viewed by the world. But larger than these surface details, I recognize that I have not yet developed the inner strength, graciousness, or ability to love that was—is—the real Dorothy. I have learned that all of those inner qualities have made her outward appearance that much more beautiful. I pray that before I leave this space and time, I will have acquired a modicum of what has made my mother the phenomenal woman she is. I thank God for giving me the opportunity to live in her shadow and yet shine from her glow. Copyright © 2012 by Lindamichelle Baron. All rights reserved.

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ASK LISA-ANNE Q. School is about to reopen in a few weeks and I’m concern about my district’s ability to really educate my children. Moving is not an option but do you have any information on what school districts can do to raise their achievement standards and scores? A. This is a great question! It’s one that district superintendents and their administrators meet about and create plans for over numerous hours in the school year. Each district has it’s unique set of needs, challenges, problems, delays and successes. Money is a big issue in school districts today. For example, in a school district where 90% of the students are considered poor, free breakfast and lunch must be offered along with other accommodations necessary to meet their needs. This means that monies from the state must be spent for these accommodations. In a nearby district where the student body is 90% above the poverty line, those monies can be spent on literacy or math programs or other academic ventures. The key to academic success is for school districts to adopt research based and proven to work programs designed to meet their students needs! The Broad Prize for Urban Education is awarded to large school districts that show the most progress. Heather Zavadsky, who writes for the Los Angeles Times, followed NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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the process of selecting districts over a four year period. Five districts were c h o s e n . Two of the districts are in Southern California — the Long Beach and Garden Grove unified school districts. The others are the Boston Public Schools, Norfolk Public Schools in Virginia and the Aldine Independent School District outside Houston. As different as the five school systems are in location, funding and, to some extent, demographics, all have raised achievement notably using five common-sense steps: 1, Developing a challenging, clear, and specific curriculum. 2. Set no more than six long-term strategic district-wide goals, and used them to drive practices in every school. 3. Developing strategies to attract and retain effective teachers, support them, and cultivate a collaborative working environment. 4. Use data to select, pilot, and monitor programs and eliminate those that weren't working. 5. Successfully build relationships with parents, community organizations, area businesses, and others with a stake in student success. As a parent, you can join your district’s PTA, attend board meetings and create a writing campaign to request from your district what their

current plans are and urge them to take specific steps to improve the academics for their students. To read this full article v i s i t : h t t p : / / articles.latimes.com/2010/ jul/07/opinion/la-oezavadsky-broad-20100707 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 speechlanguage pathology and

multicultural education. She is 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 Stutterer, But I SSSay Nothing! Meet Kelly! and coauthor of 365 Ways to Succeed With ADHD! You may contact her at speechlrb@yahoo.com or visit her website at www.AskLisaAnne.com.

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Yale taps Nassau BOCES to help create teaching tool for special educators GARDEN CITY, N.Y., July 13, 2012 — When researchers at Yale University wanted to develop a teacher-rating tool on social processes, they sought Nassau BOCES as a leader in best practices. Using Nassau BOCES as a benchmark, the ivy-league research team worked on an assessment tool for measuring the quality of teachers’ social interactions with their students. In the groundbreaking project “Measuring Social Processes in Special Education Classrooms,” lead investigator Dr. Susan Rivers and her team studied the teaching styles used at Jerusalem Avenue Elementary School and Eagle Avenue Middle School. The ultimate goal of the project is to develop an accurate assessment tool to identify the characteristics that promote positive youth development in special education students.

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ment’s commitment to a five-year curriculum-mapping plan. The curriculum map ensures that special education students are exposed to all subject areas covered in state and national learning standards, and supports collaboration and best instructional practices among teachers. “I am proud of our teachers and administrative staff for accepting this challenge,” Assistant Director of Special Education Dr. Carmine Scerra said of Nassau BOCES’ participation in the project. “By modeling appropriate social behaviors with their students, our teachers may have helped shape better classrooms for the future.” About Nassau BOCES The Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Nassau County (Nassau BOCES) is a public agency that serves the 56 school districts of Nassau County. It provides cost-effective shared services, including career training for high school students and adults, special education, alternative schools, technology education and teacher training, as well as dozens of programs to expand educational opportunities and help districts operate more efficiently. Visit www.nassauboces.org for news, information and educational updates and like Nassau BOCES on Facebook, www.facebook.com/ nassauboces.

According to the Yale project outline, “Not only is there a lack of scientific data identifying the characteristics of the optimal education setting in which to prepare students with special needs, but an assessment tool still needs to be developed and validated.” Behind Nassau BOCES’ stance as an educational leader are powerful 21st century initiatives, such as the Special Education DepartNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Skilled teens graduate from Nassau BOCES Barry Tech GARDEN CITY, N.Y., July 3, 2012 — More than 700 Nassau County teenagers were awarded Certificates of Completion from Nassau BOCES Barry Tech during a recent ceremony at the Tilles Center in Greenvale. Nearly all of the graduates earned additional commendations as outstanding students, members of the National Technical Honor Society, student ambassadors, or for other exceptional achievements in their courses of study. Students who displayed exceptional skills in their chosen fields received Barry Tech certificates with technical endorsements, which may qualify them for advanced credit in some colleges and postsecondary institutions. In addition to their academic commitments throughout the school year, many students also participated in numerous competitions and community service projects. Among this impressive group was one even more notable standout. James DeCicco earned the Joseph M. Barry Award for excellence in leadership, community service, character, academics, attendance and overall performance. Students earned honors for their hard work in the SkillsUSA and Future Farmers of America competitions, the Evening of Good Taste culinary salon, the Long Island Cosmetology Teacher’s Guild, the Nassau County Dental Association’s “Give Kids a Smile” project, and the Long Island Media Arts Show, among others. The graduates also earned a number of scholarships and awards. “Tonight we celebrate your success in learning and the achievements you have attained,” said Nassau BOCES Board President Stephen Witt. “Go forward with the confidence that your teachers have prepared you to strive for exceptionally high quality in every aspect of your life.” “Barry Tech is a real example of how the Nassau County community, when working together, can do so much,” Nassau BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Thomas Rogers said, congratulating staff and parents as well as students. “You are the most exceptional graduates in Nassau County,” said Executive Director of Regional Schools and Instructional Programs Gene Silverman. “Throughout your education, you kept rising higher and higher to the commitment you made, not only to your chosen profession, but to Barry Tech, your home school district and the community of Nassau County.” “Barry Tech is a school that deserves so much honor,” said student speaker Michel Cabral-Martin, who will represent New York State and Nassau BOCES at the 48th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference this year. “We had so many opportunities here. Our curiosity turned into knowledge throughout the years and into skills that will benefit us throughout our lives. In this room, I see the future leaders of America.” Alice Burlinski, alumni from the Barry Tech Class of 2006, made a special appearance to share her successes with the graduates. A dental assisting student, Burlinski went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. John’s University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in school counseling at Long Island University. This year, she interned at her alma mater, shadowing two of her former Barry Tech counselors. Through it all, she has supported herself with her career working as a dental assistant. “You are the embodiment of all that a student can accomplish with hard work and dedication,” Burlinski encouraged the graduates. About Regional Schools and Instructional Programs From talented teens following their dreams at Long Island High School for the Arts (www.lihsarts.org) to teenagers earning certification as computer network technicians at Barry Tech (www.barrytech.org), the Nassau BOCES Department of Regional Schools and Instructional Programs provides students with the skills they need to succeed. These leading-edge schools and progressive NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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programs go a long way to helping Nassau BOCES achieve its major goals including ensurinbuilding the BOCES of the future and improving Long Island’s regional economy. About Nassau BOCES The Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Nassau County (Nassau BOCES) is a public agency that serves the 56 school districts of Nassau County. It provides cost-effective shared services, including career training for high school students and adults, special education, alternative schools, technology education and teacher training, as well as dozens of programs to expand educational opportunities and help districts operate more efficiently. Visit www.nassauboces.org for news, information and educational updates and like Nassau BOCES on Facebook, www.facebook.com/nassauboces.

A LONG List of President Obama’s Accomplishments! With Citations! May 29, 2012By Milt Shook Republished with permission from PleaseCutTheCrap.typepad.com

If you’re one of those folks who thinks President Obama is a “disappointment,” you haven’t been paying attention the last few years. And those of you who try to draw comparisons with the Bush Administration should put away the hallucinogens and have your memory checked. If you were in a coma for the eight Bush Years, I apologize and forgive you. But please join the real world. So far, this president has done most of what he said he would do if elected; imagine what he could have done by now if progressives had supported him and not given him a Congress that doesn’t look at him as if he’s the demon seed. Not only is he NOT a “disappointment,” he’s pretty much the opposite. And no, I don’t just say that because he took out Osama bin Laden, helped Libya determine their own destiny for the first time in a while, and because he seems able to handle international incidents without starting a new war. The guy does nearly everything we elect a president to do, and he doesn’t brag about it constantly. Is he perfect? No, he’s human. Does he deserve some criticism? I suppose, but I must admit I haven’t seen any complaints that were of based on anything having to do with the real world. One I can’t forgive him for is pulling Janet Napolitano out of Arizona. But the thing is, on balance, he’s mostly stellar. Besides, criticism about certain specific (Continued on page 27)

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represented by the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County.

NCDA: Case update (Miller arrests)

MINEOLA, N.Y. - Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a level 3 sex offender pleaded guilty this morning to multiple child pornography charges after a search warrant revealed numerous images and videos at his home.

Mary Miller and Ann Miller, both of Inwood, were arrested this morning for their role in the murder-for-hire plot orchestrated by Daniel Miller (click here for more information on his July 11 arrest).

Charles Weaver, 55, of Baldwin, pleaded guilty this morning to three counts of Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child as a Sexually Motivated Felony. Judge William O’Brien promised to sentence Weaver to 15 years in prison in exchange for his plea on August 23.

Mary Miller, 80, is charged with Official Misconduct. She is Daniel Miller’s mother. She faces up to a year in jail if convicted.

Rice said that during August and September 2011, investigators from the Nassau DA’s Office observed Weaver trading multiple images of child pornography over the Internet. A search warrant was executed at Weaver’s home and approximately 75 to 100 images of child pornography were discovered, including at least 50 videos. Weaver admitted to possessing images and videos featuring children between the ages of seven and 10.

Ann Miller, 59, is charged with Conspiracy in the Sixth Degree and Tampering With a Witness in the Fourth Degree. She is Daniel Miller’s sister. She faces up to a year in jail if convicted.

Weaver will be sentenced to 15 years in prison

Prior to this case, Weaver was already registered as a level 3 sex offender after serving ten years in prison for a 1990 conviction of Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree. He was also previously convicted for failing to register as a sex offender. “Mr. Weaver is among the worst of the worst offenders against children, and the only way to prevent this predator from victimizing innocent children again is to lock him away,” Rice said. “I want to applaud the work of the investigators and prosecutors in my office for their tireless work in bringing this defendant to justice.” Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Glicksman of the Technology Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case for the DA’s Office. Weaver is

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice

Both women received desk appearance tickets and are due back in court for arraignment on August 2.

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NC man freed from prison 17 years after being wrongfully convicted A Greenesboro, NC judge has released LaMonte Armstrong from prison 17 years after he was wrongfully convicted of murder. Authorities recently found a new suspect linked to the 1988 killing of Ernestine Compton, also law enforcement has found that key evidence from the case was hidden from the defense lawyers during the initial investigation. NBC 17 reports: A man who spent nearly 17 years in prison for a Greensboro murder was ordered freed Friday after authorities linked the killing to another suspect and discovered evidence that law officers and prosecutors hid key details from defense lawyers. Superior Court Judge Joe Turner ordered that LaMonte Armstrong, 62, be released from prison where he was serving a life sentence. Armstrong was convicted in 1995 for the 1988 killing of Ernestine Compton, one of his former professors at North Carolina A&T State University. Turner said signing Armstrong’s release order was probably the “closest to knowing I’m doing justice, in my career, I will ever experience.” Armstrong thanked God, adding that he took his late mother’s advice in prison. “Every letter said this: Son, don’t forget to pray,” Armstrong said. “I never stopped praying. I never stopped. I hope she knows that.” Key to the case was testimony from a convicted felon who has since said that police pressured him to accuse Armstrong. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

problems is one thing; taking on an overall “Obama sucks” meme not only has the potential to put Willard Romney into power, it’s also a lie. Just because you wanted a president who would give you a glitter-farting unicorn and didn’t quite get that doesn’t mean he’s not doing well at the job we hired him for. What follows is a PARTIAL list of Obama’s accomplishments so far. Unlike many such lists, there is a link to a citation supporting every single one. Legislative Prowess Despite the characterizations of some, Obama’s success rate in winning congressional votes on issues was an unprecedented 96.7% for his first year in office. Though he is often cited as superior to Obama, President Lyndon Johnson’s success rate in 1965 was only 93%. http://n.pr/i3d7cY Fiscal Responsibility Within days after taking office, he signed an Executive Order ordering an audit of government contracts, and combating waste and abuse. http://1.usa.gov/dUvbu5 Created the post of Chief Performance Officer, whose job it is to make operations more efficient to save the federal government money. http://n.pr/hcgBn1 On his first full day, he froze White House salaries. http:// on.msnbc.com/ewJUIx He appointed the first Federal Chief Information Officer to oversee federal IT spending. http://www.cio.gov He committed to phasing out unnecessary and outdated weapons systems, and also signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop waste, fraud and abuse in the defense procurement and contracting system. http://bit.ly/hOw1t1 http://bit.ly/fz8GAd Through an executive order, he created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. http://bit.ly/hwKhKa Improving the Economy, Preventing Depression He pushed through and signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as “the stimulus package,” despite the fact that not one Republican voted for that bill. In addition, he (Continued on page 29)

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Five Arrested for Buying $6.4 Million Worth of Illegal Untaxed Cigarettes Defendants evaded paying $3 million in potential tax revenue MINEOLA, N.Y. - Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a year-long multi-agency investigation into the illegal trafficking of untaxed cigarettes concluded yesterday with the arrest of five defendants and the seizure of more than 100 cases of cigarettes and more than $958,000 in cash. Rice said that beginning in July 2011, a confidential informant began working with the DA’s Office, the New York Police Department, and the Queens DA’s Office, on a joint investigation into the illegal sale of untaxed cigarettes. Posing as somebody with access to untaxed and unstamped cigarettes at a reasonable price, an undercover police officer sold Duan Jun Zhang hundreds of cases of untaxed cigarettes on ten occasions in Florida and in Nassau County. Each case contains 60 cartons of cigarettes. Zhang, 38, of Elmhurst, paid a total of $1.8 million for the cigarettes. The undercover officer also sold untaxed cigarettes on multiple occasions to Fei Yin, 24, of Bayside; Maerong Gao, 57, of Flushing; Wai Ming Lui, 46, of Flushing; and Sauha Candy Lam, 35, of Flushing. A majority of the sales to the five defendants took place from a storage unit on Steward Avenue in Garden City. The five defendants paid more than $2.3 million for about 1,200 cases of untaxed cigarettes worth more than $6.4 million during the course of the investigation. The defendants then transported the cigarettes to residences in Queens and Brooklyn and sold them to local retailers or on the street. A properly taxed carton of cigarettes in New York is about $90. The defendants were paying approximately $32 per carton, representing a potential loss to New York taxpayers of $3 million. Each defendant was arrested Wednesday and is charged with Evasion of Cigarette and Tobacco Product Tax, a class E felony. They face up to four years in prison if convicted. The arrests were made by Investigators from the Nassau and Queens DA’s Offices, members of the Nassau County and New York Police Departments, Homeland Security agents, and members of the Food and Drug Administration. "We caught these defendants red-handed, trafficking untaxed cigarettes and cheating taxpayers out of millions in lost revenue for health care, education, job training, and other essential services," Rice said. “I'm grateful for the multi-agency cooperation with our law enforcement partners who helped us put this criminal operation out of business and bring these defendants to justice.” Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said, “Cigarette smuggling to evade state and local taxes is a multimillion dollar industry. It is a highly profitable tax-free cash business for those involved in it. However, it cheats taxpayers who must dip into their pockets to pay higher taxes. And it cheats the government as well by fueling an underground economy which does not pay much needed State and City taxes. Let this investigation serve as a warning that law enforcement is firmly committed to working together to go after those who choose to violate the law.” Assistant District Attorney Bena V. Varughese of the Rackets Bureau is prosecuting the case under the supervision of Deputy Chief Anne Donnelly.

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CIBS ENDORSES MIXED-USE VISION FOR MITCHEL FIELD Recognizing Long Island's critical need for the economic and physical redevelopment of central Nassau, CIBS/The Commercial Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island has endorsed the Town of Hempstead's vision of a mixed-use/best-use plan for Mitchel Field, calling on Nassau County to partner with the town and other stakeholders in the interest of accomplishing what's best for Long Island. Hempstead's rezoning program would revitalize the 77-acre heart of the former air field by fostering redevelopment of the archaic Veterans Memorial Coliseum while encouraging a broad range of amenities and services, including housing, office space, retail, conference center, high-tech research and development facilities, healthcare and nursing, transit options, walkable plazas and complete streets, recreation and cultural spaces. While the town controls zoning, the county owns the land and approves development plans on it. Noting the Nassau County is currently receiving expressions of interest from potential Mitchel Field developers, CIBS called on county executive Edward Mangano to reach out to the town, the business community and all stakeholders before final plan and developer selections are made. "The redevelopment of Mitchel Field has been an open item on the region's agenda for literally decades, and there is no question in our mind that creating a true economic-development stimulus in the center of Nassau County is mission critical to the 21st century," said David Pennetta, president of CIBS. "Focusing our attention primarily on a hockey arena is like planting a tree when we need a grove. The plan that's ultimately chosen needs to address the multiple economic, housing, transportation and other issues that face Long Island today in a way that produces the greatest good for the greatest number." PAGE 28


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Village of Hempstead Celebrates CaribbeanAmerican Heritage Month The Village of Hempstead recently celebrated Caribbean-American Heritage Month with a special event featuring a cultural performance by the Dance Space Dance Team. Local restaurants including Golden Krust, Roadrunner and Nakisaki were recognized for their commitment to CaribbeanAmerican heritage, along with community member Ron Mazile. Honorees received plaques as awards for their devotion to Caribbean customs. Photo: Mayor Wayne J. Hall Sr., Trustee Don Ryan, Trustee Livio Rosario, Trustee Perry Pettus and Trustee Henry Conyers join the Dance Space Dance Team at the Caribbean-American Heritage Month celebration.

launched recovery.gov, so that taxpayers could track spending from the Act. http://1.usa.gov/ibiFSs http://1.usa.gov/e3BJMk In his first year, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act created and sustained 2.1 million jobs and stimulated the economy 3.5%. http://reut.rs/i46CEE He completed the massive TARP financial and banking rescue plan, and recovered virtually all of its costs. http://1.usa.gov/eA5jVS http://bit.ly/eCNrD6 He created the Making Home Affordable home refinancing plan. http://1.usa.gov/goy6zl He oversaw the creation of more jobs in 2010 alone than Bush did in eight years. http://bit.ly/hrrnjY He oversaw a bailout of General Motors that saved at least 1.4 million jobs, and put pressure on the company to change its practices, resulting in GM returning to its place as the top car company in the world. http://lat.ms/zIJuQx He also doubled funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership which is designed to improve manufacturing efficiency. http:// bit.ly/eYD4nf He signed the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act giving the federal government more tools to investigate and prosecute fraud in every corner of the financial system. It also created a bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the financial fraud that led to the economic meltdown. http://abcn.ws/g18Fe7 He signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act, which was designed to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive credit card practices. http://1.usa.gov/gIaNcS (Continued on page 30)

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He increased infrastructure spending after years of neglect. http:// bit.ly/f77aOw He signed the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, expanding on the Making Home Affordable Program to help millions of Americans avoid preventable foreclosures. The bill also provided $2.2 billion to help combat homelessness, and to stabilize the housing market. http://bit.ly/eEpLFn Through the Worker, Home Ownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009, he and Congressional Democrats provided tax credits to first-time home buyers, which helped the U.S. housing market recovery. http://bit.ly/dZgXXw http://bit.ly/gORYfL He initiated a $15 billion plan designed to encourage increased lending to small busin e s s e s . http://1.usa.gov/ eu0u0b He created business.gov, which allows for online collaboration between small businesses and experts re managing a business. (The program has since merged with SBA.gov.) http:// www.business.gov He played a lead role in getting the G20 Summit to commit to a $1.1 trillion deal to combat the global financial crisis. http:// nyti.ms/gHlgp5 He took steps to improve minority access to capital. http://bit.ly/ f9xVE7 He created a $60 billion bank to fund infrastructure improvements such as roads and bridges. http://bit.ly/e1SSaQ He implemented an auto industry rescue plan, and saved as many as 1 million jobs. http://bit.ly/ibhpxr Many are of the opinion that he saved the entire auto industry, and even the economy of the entire Midwest. http://bit.ly/gj7mt5 Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he saved at least 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors that would have otherwise been lost. http://1.usa.gov/ ez30Dc He dismantled the Minerals Management Service, thereby moving forward to cut ties between energy companies and the government. http://nyti.ms/bw1MLu Provided funding to states and the Department of Homeland Security to save thousands of police and firefighter jobs from being cut during the recession. http://bit.ly/g0IKWR He used recovered TARP money to fund programs at local housing finance agencies in California, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Michigan. http://on.msnbc.com/i1i8eV Crafted an Executive order establishing the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability to assist in financial education for all Americans. http://bit.ly/eyqsNE Wall Street Reforms and Consumer Protection Ordered 65 executives who took bailout money to cut their own pay until they paid back all bailout money. http://huff.to/eAi9Qq He pushed through and got passed Dodd-Frank, one of the largest and most comprehensive Wall Street reforms since the Great Depression. http://bit.ly/hWCPg0 http://bit.ly/geHpcD Dodd-Frank also included the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau http://1.usa.gov/j5onG He made it so that banks could no longer use YOUR money to invest in high-risk financial instruments that work against their own customers’ interests. http://bit.ly/fnTayj He supported the concept of allowing stockholders to vote on executive compensation. http://bit.ly/fnTayj NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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He wholly endorsed and supported the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 that would close offshore tax avoidance loopholes. http://bit.ly/esOdfB http://bit.ly/eG4DPM He made a deal with Swiss banks that permits the US government to gain access to the records of criminals and tax evaders. http://bit.ly/ htfDgw He established a Consumer Protection Financial Bureau designed to protect consumers from financial sector excesses. http://bit.ly/ fnTayj He oversaw and then signed the most sweeping food safety legislation since the Great Depression. http://thedc.com/gxkCtP Civil Rights and Anti-Discrimination He advocated for and signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which made it a federal crime to assault anyone based on his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. http:// bit.ly/gsMSJ7 He pushed through, signed and demanded the Pentagon enact a repeal of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy that forced soldiers to lie to fight for their country, and put our troops at risk by disqualifying many qualified soldiers from helping. http://bit.ly/fdahuH http://bit.ly/mZV4Pz He appointed Kareem Dale as the first ever Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy. http://1.usa.gov/fi5IY0 Helped Congress pass and signed the Civil Rights History Act. http://bit.ly/th0JC8 He extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees. http://1.usa.gov/g2RLCj He’s appointed more openly gay officials than anyone in history. http://bit.ly/g1lA7D He issued a Presidential Memorandum reaffirming the rights of gay couples to make medical decisions for each other. http://1.usa.gov/aUueGT He established a White House Council on Women and Girls http://1.usa.gov/rFfqMM He signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, restoring basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers. This was after the GOP blocked the bill in 2007. Only 5 Republican Senators voted for the bill. http://bit.ly/fT3Cxg Wrote and signed an Executive Order establishing a White House Council on Women and Girls to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinetlevel agencies evaluate the effect of their policies and programs on women and families. http://bit.ly/e1puTk He expanded funding for the Violence Against Women Act. http://1.usa.gov/dSbI0x Under his watch, National Labor Relations Board has issued final rules that require all employers to prominently post employees’ rights where all employees or prospective employees can see it, including websites and intranets, beginning November 2011. http://1.usa.gov/ qu2EhQ Fighting Poverty He provided a $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps). http://nyti.ms/gfLqyM He signed an Executive Order that established the White House Office of Urban Affairs. http://wapo.st/eWECA8 Improved Foreign Relations and American Status Abroad He visited more countries and met with more world leaders than (Continued on page 35)

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Black women and weight: Relocating to the South helped one woman change her self-image and accept her body From Clutch Magazine: For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with my weight. I’ve never stepped over to the extreme side and become the girl who only ordered salad with light dressing while dining out or the annoying friend who asked if she looked fat every five minutes. I did, however, become the girl who experienced a bit of anxiety whenever my favorite pair of jeans seemed to be a little snug or, God forbid, I’d move up a size or two. A few months ago, I relocated to New Orleans from Washington, D.C., and the good time I’ve had enjoying all my new food choices grows increasingly evident as my waistline spreads. But, who can say no to late-night runs to Café Du Monde for beignets or the occasional over indulgence in healthy portions of crawfish etouffee and po’ boy sandwiches? Oddly enough, though, my weight gain hasn’t bothered me as much it may have in the past. I was completely devastated the first time I reached a double-digit dress size. It was the second semester of my freshman year in college, and I was a daunting size 10. Although I went to a historically black university where thicker girls were accepted and embraced, I personally didn’t feel content with how I looked and exercised to shed the pounds. Standing at a petite 5’1, I thought a smaller size better complemented my stature. Fast-forward seven years later, and my views regarding weight are much more relaxed. I’m positive being immersed in Southern culture has influenced this change. Here, women with more hips, thicker thighs, and fuller bottoms constantly surround me and are praised for their curvaceous frames. At times, I have felt inferior and pressured to pick up a few pounds to attain a more voluptuous body and be seen as “desirable.” This has prompted me to kindly embrace my newNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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found extra padding and ponder just how much size, big or small, affects my self-esteem. My best friend, Rachel, felt the same as I do now when her weight became a big issue in her dating life. “I’m now struggling to accept my physical appearance. Now that I’m skinny, I feel inadequate and insecure about my weight. I feel like I have to eat everything in sight to restore my previous weight, but I’m basically binge eating,” she explained. “I want to feel confident again no matter my weight. I also don’t want to attract men who only end up liking me for my size.” Of course, health should be at the forefront of any conversation on weight standards, but how others perceive me and my level of attractiveness also plays a dominant role. As a 25-year-old, thoughts of marriage and appealing to a possible suitor are on the horizon. I want to be healthy, pleased with my own image, and able to turn heads of the opposite sex. “I’d like to think of myself as an equal opportunist. I’ve always preferred conversation more than curves. But I do think the fact that I’m from the South allows me to appreciate a woman with a little meat on her bones to a higher degree,” said my close guy friend Allen. “I can have and have had fun with the 4s as well as the 14s, but given prior experiences, and as I think back, I’m probably more prone to lean toward the women who are size 14.” My size is a big part of my life. It always has been and I’m sure it will continue to be so. My current goal is to ensure that my obsession doesn’t turn into obesity as I find a happy medium between health and accepting my God-given curves.

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West Nile Virus Detected in Mosquitoes at 4 Trap locations in Nassau County Uniondale, NY – Nassau County Department of Health today announced the isolation of West Nile virus (WNV) from mosquitoes at 4 trap locations in Nassau County. The virus was identified in mosquitoes collected in Bayville, Lakeview, Massapequa, and Mineola. To date, no humans have tested positive for West Nile

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 Drill holes in the bottoms of recycling containers that are kept outdoors.  Make sure roof gutters drain properly and are kept clean at all times.  Remove leaf debris from yards and gardens.  Turn over wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.  Change the water in birdbaths twice weekly.  Clean vegetation and debris from edges of ponds.  Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs.  Drain water from pool covers.  Landscape to eliminate standing water that collects on your property. Prevention of mosquito bites is the most important way to reduce your risk of mosquito-borne diseases. Take the following steps to protect yourself:  Wear shoes, socks, long pants and a long sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time, or when mosquitoes are most active.  Consider using mosquito repellent, according to directions, when it is necessary to be outdoors when mosquitoes are biting.  Make sure there are screens in your home’s windows and doors. Make sure the screens are free of rips, tears and holes. Additional West Nile virus information can be found on the Nassau County Department of Health website at http:// www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Health/westnile.html

virus in Nassau County in 2012. The Nassau County Departments of Health and Public Works will continue their mosquito control efforts by inspecting breeding sites and, when necessary, applying larvicide. Mosquito surveillance will continue at 42 trap sites located throughout the County, and will be intensified in those communities where WNV positive mosquitoes have been identified. Nassau County will continue to evaluate surveillance data to determine whether additional mosquito control measures are necessary. Nassau County Department of Health offers the following tips to reduce the mosquito population around your home and property:  Eliminate all standing water where mosquitoes can breed. Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers.  Dispose of used tires. Used tires are a significant mosquito breeding site. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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THE 6 ANNUAL ROOSEVELT FAMILY EMPOWERMENT WEEKEND Hempstead Town Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby (5th left) presents official Town of Hempstead Certificates of Recognition to at the 6th Annual Roosevelt Family Empowerment Weekend Main Event held at Zion Cathedral Church of God in Christ located in Freeport. The Project is an initiative that supports families to improve their economic condition through education, training, jobs/careers, housing, entrepreneurship and youth development. Pictured (left to right) are Robin Wheat, Tina Hodge Bowles, Rosemary Maldonado, Sandra Senior, Councilwoman Goosby, Mark Stevens, Jerry Mackey, First Precinct Sergeant Mike O’Mara, William Hunter and Nassau County Legislator Kevan M. Abrahams.

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Life Changing Words Get to Know “The Word” Matthew 4:4 KJV “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” As much as life has to offer us in this present world today nothing is greater or can be compared to the Word of God (The Bible). The word of God is awesome; it is a miracle working mystery sent from God. It has the power to do all things but fail. When Jesus was tempted by satan in the wilderness it was the word that he used to defeat the devil. Jesus didn’t try to use His divine power or His strength, which He could have. However Jesus choose a different route He used His Word. This was to show us that no matter what temptation or trials that you are facing, the word have the power and ability to deliver you from it all. See when we are tempted to do wrong or to bend the rules just a little bit we need to think back to what Jesus did. Many of us try to use our own strengths and knowledge to try to defeat our enemies but take heed to the Master Teacher and do what He did…Use His Word! Then you will be able to stand through all of what life has to offer you both good and bad. Life is not always easy and sometimes it can be overwhelming but what I like about Gods word is it has the ability to shine light even in our darkest hours. So as you walk through this road called life never forget to get to know The WORD…. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

Dr.Kaaren Deadwyler is a new author inspired by God. Her first book titled “His Miraculous Way” speaks of her victory through Jesus Christ. This book can be purchased at her website www.godlypleasures.org She is the Visionary and Co-founder along with her husband Ronnie Deadwyler of Glory Temple Ministries.

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any previous president during his first six months in office. http:// bit.ly/hZycda As he promised, he gave a speech at a major Islamic forum in Cairo early in his administration. http://nyti.ms/dKvY4g He did much to restore America’s reputation around the world as a global leader that does the “right thing” in world affairs, at least according to the rest of the planet. http://bit.ly/h743y7 http://bit.ly/ ho4TCr He re-established and reinforced our partnership with NATO and other allies on strategic international issues. http://1.usa.gov/e7QuDj Closed a number of secret detention facilities. http://nyti.ms/ rpUc9l He improved relations with Middle East countries by appointing special envoys. http://1.usa.gov/tiGAGe He pushed for military to emphasize development of foreign language skills. http://bit.ly/AxUCLV Offered $400 million to the people living in Gaza, called on both Israel and the Palestinians to stop inciting violence. http:// bit.ly/9axfWh He refused to give Israel the green light to attack Iran over their possible nuclear program. http://bit.ly/xVmSZK He worked to make donations to Haiti tax-deductible in 2009. http://huff.to/6YkAVY He established a new U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. http://1.usa.gov/eX28DP Issued Executive Order blocking interference and helping to stabilize Somalia. http://1.usa.gov/hxdf8U He established new, more reasonable policies in our relations with Cuba, such as allowing Cuban-Americans to visit their families and send money to support them. http://n.pr/hY3Kwa http://nyti.ms/ emQBde He ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay. It was Republicans (and a smattering of Democrats) who prevented him from following through. http://bit.ly/eW6CVF Ordered a review of our detention and interrogation policy, and prohibited the use of torture, or what Bush called “enhanced interrogation.” He ordered interrogators to limit their actions to the Army Field manual. http://bit.ly/g6MTuC He ordered all secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere to be closed. http://bbc.in/h6N9ax He released the Bush torture memos. http://bit.ly/hWJ5z0 On his second day in office, he signed a detailed Executive Order that banned torture, reversed all Bush torture policies, and put the United States in compliance with the Geneva Convention. http://1.usa.gov/dL6Zve http://nyti.ms/hzWWys In response to the emerging “Arab Spring,” he created a Rapid Response fund, to assist emerging democracies with foreign aid, debt relief, technical assistance and investment packages in order to show that the United States stands with them. http://bit.ly/zfmGv9 Passed the Iran Sanctions Act, to prevent war, and to encourage Iran to give up their nuclear program. http://1.usa.gov/wLtNjb Ended the Iraq War. http://tgr.ph/ru0tyS He authorized and oversaw a secret mission by SEAL Team Six to rescue two hostages held by Somali pirates. http://bit.ly/y8c9Fz Better Approach to “Defense” Created a comprehensive new strategy for dealing with the international nuclear threat. http://1.usa.gov/gDX1nE He authorized a $1.4 billion reduction in Star Wars program in 2010. http://1.usa.gov/gLFZl2 He restarted nuclear nonproliferation talks and built up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols to where they had been before Bush. http://lat.ms/gkcl3i He signed and pushed to ratification a new SALT Treaty. http:// bit.ly/f3JVtw Negotiated and signed a new START Treaty that will last until at least 2021. http://1.usa.gov/cI1bC4 Through the Defense Authorization Act, he reversed the Bush Administration and committed to no permanent military bases in Iraq. http://bit.ly/hk73OJ He developed the first comprehensive strategy with regard to Afghanistan and Pakistan designed to facilitate the defeat of al Qaeda NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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and the withdrawal of most troops, as well as the rebuilding of Afghanistan. http://wapo.st/ee4Xcs He returned our focus to Afghanistan, stabilized the country, and began the process of withdrawing our troops. http://bit.ly/lNXUna Fulfilled campaign promise and ended our involvement in Iraq, and will complete full troop withdrawal before Christmas 2011. http://onforb.es/nTUk4Z He took steps to severely weaken al Qaeda and limited their ability to terrorize the world. http://yhoo.it/n5lXs6 He negotiated and signed a nuclear nonproliferation treaty with India. http://1.usa.gov/aHp0Cn He took decisive action to use NATO to limit the slaughter of innocents in Libya, so that the Libyan people could topple a despotic government and determine their own fate. http://aje.me/qAh4Sj Treating Soldiers and Veterans with Respect He made sure that families of fallen soldiers could be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB, by providing funding for it. He also ended the media blackout on coverage of the return of fallen soldiers.http://nyti.ms/glqN66 http://bbc.in/gWSSkA He funded Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with an extra $1.4 billion to improve veterans’ services. http://1.usa.gov/huhqfo He provided the troops with better body armor. http://bit.ly/ hzSv2h Created the Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record program for military personnel, in order to improve the quality of their medical care. http://1.usa.gov/f4yaxW He put an end to the Bush-era stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan beyond their enlistment date. (personal note: my son will be in harm’s way for six fewer months with Obama as president, so you know I love this one). http://nyti.ms/e2YQ7Q He supported and signed the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act, which made more money available to enable better medical care for veterans. http://1.usa.gov/fN4ur1 He ushered through the largest spending increase in 30 years for the Department of Veterans Affairs for improved medical facilities, and to assist states in acquiring or constructing state nursing homes and extended care facilities. http://1.usa.gov/gY8O3x He created the Green Vet Initiative, which provided special funding to the Labor Department to provide veterans with training in green jobs. http://bit.ly/epwUQY He oversaw a $4.6 billion expansion of the Veterans Administration budget to pay for more mental health professionals. http://bit.ly/ gjzTxX Education He has repeatedly increased funding for student financial aid, and at the same time cut the banks completely out of the process. http:// bit.ly/gYWd30 http://bit.ly/e9c7Dr http://bit.ly/eEzTNq Completely reformed the student loan program, to make it possible for students to refinance at a lower rate. http://nyti.ms/dMvHOt Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , he invested heavily in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education. http://1.usa.gov/gGRIAr This includes a major expansion of broadband availability in K-12 schools nationwide http://bit.ly/ fNDcj3 , as well as an expansion in school construction. http://bit.ly/ fYwNrV Also through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he put $5 billion into early education, including Head Start. http://1.usa.gov/tzT2Rr Signed the Post-9/11 GI Bill, also known as GI Bill 2.0 http:// bit.ly/hPhG7J He oversaw expansion of the Pell Grants program, to expand opportunity for low-income students to go to college. http://bit.ly/ hI6tXz He passed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which provided an extra $12.2 billion in funds. http://1.usa.gov/dQvtUe Greater Transparency and Better Government He signed an order banning gifts from lobbyists to anyone in the Executive Branch. http://bit.ly/fsBACN He signed an order banning anyone from working in an agency they had lobbied in previous years. He also put strict limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House. http://nyti.ms/gOrznV He held the first-ever first online town hall from the White PAGE 35


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House, and took questions from the public. http://bit.ly/gVNSgX The Obama White House became the first to stream every White House event, live. http://1.usa.gov/kAgOP5 He established a central portal for Americans to find service opportunities. http://www.serve.gov He provided the first voluntary disclosure of the White House Visitors Log in history. http://1.usa.gov/hQ7ttV He crafted an Executive Order on Presidential Records, which restored the 30-day time frame for former presidents to review records, and eliminated the right for the vice president or family members of former presidents to do the reviews. This will provide the public with greater access to historic White House documents, and severely curtails the ability to use executive privilege to shield them. http://1.usa.gov/gUetLb He improved aspects of the Freedom of Information Act, and issued new guidelines to make FOIA more open and transparent in the processing of FOIA requests. http://1.usa.gov/gjrnp2 National Safety and Security He’s restored federal agencies such as FEMA to the point that they have been able to manage a huge number of natural disasters successfully. http://bit.ly/h8Xj7z Authorized Navy SEALS to successfully secure the release of a US captain held by Somali pirates and increased patrols off the Somali coast. http://nyti.ms/ efBO7B Has repeatedly beefed up border security http://bit.ly/mMYB4i Ordered and oversaw the Navy SEALS operation that killed Osama bin Laden. http:// bit.ly/jChpgw Science, Technology and Health Care He created a Presidential Memorandum to restore scientific integrity in government decisionmaking. http://1.usa.gov/g2SDuw Opened up the process for fast-tracking patent approval for green energy projects. http://bit.ly/j0KV2U He eliminated the Bush-era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research. He also provided increased federal support for biomedical and stem cell research. http://bit.ly/h36SSO http://ti.me/edezge Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he committed more federal funding, about $18 billion, to support nondefense science and research labs. http://nyti.ms/fTs9t7 He signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first comprehensive attempt to improve the lives of Americans living with paralysis. http://bit.ly/fOi2rb He expanded the Nurse-Family Partnership program, which provides home visits by trained registered nurses to low-income expectant mothers and their families, to cover more first-time mothers. http://bit.ly/jRRRJc His EPA reversed research ethics standards which allowed humans to be used as “guinea pigs” in tests of the effects of chemicals, to comply with numerous codes of medical ethics. http://bit.ly/ bKgqdS Conducted a cyberspace policy review. http://1.usa.gov/gmbdvC Provided financial support for private sector space programs. http://bit.ly/fn8ucr He oversaw enhanced earth mapping, to provide valuable data for agricultural, educational, scientific, and government use. http://bit.ly/ dNTRyP He ushered through a bill that authorized the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products. http://on.msnbc.com/ fiKViB As a result, the FDA has Ordered Tobacco Companies to Disclose Cigarette Ingredients and banned sale of cigarettes falsely labeled as “light.” NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, he provided $500 million for Health Professions Training Programs. http:// bit.ly/ecQSgA He also increased funding for community-based prevention programs. http://bit.ly/frMPG3 He oversaw a 50% decrease in cost of prescription drugs for seniors. http://bit.ly/e5b1iq http://1.usa.gov/fVNkt9 He eliminated the Bush-era practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug companies on price. http://bit.ly/fOkG5b Two weeks after taking office, he signed the Children’s Health Insurance Re-authorization Act, which increased the number of children covered by health insurance by 4 million. http://bit.ly/fDEzGv He held a quick press conference, and urged Congress to investigate Anthem Blue Cross for raising premiums 39% without explanation. Rep. Waxman responded by launching a probe, and Anthem Blue Cross put the increase on hold for two months. http://yhoo.it/

e8Tj9C Ushered through and signed the Affordable Health Care Act, which expanded health insurance coverage to 30 million more people, and ended many common insurance company practices that are often detrimental to those with coverage. He also established http:// www.healthcare.gov/ Through the Affordable Health Care Act, he allowed children to be covered under their parents’ policy until they turned 26. http:// nyti.ms/fNB26V Through the Affordable Health Care Act, he provided tax breaks to allow 3.5 million small business to provide health insurance to their employees, and 29 million people will receive tax breaks to help them afford health insurance. http://nyti.ms/fNB26V Through the Affordable Health Care Act, he expanded Medicaid to those making up to 133% of the federal poverty level. http:// nyti.ms/ekMWpo Through the Affordable Health Care Act, health insurance companies now have to disclose how much of your premium actually goes to pay for patient care. http://nyti.ms/fNB26V Provisions in the Affordable Health Care Act have already resulted in Medicare costs actually declining slightly this fiscal year, for the first time in many years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Last year’s increase was 4%. Compare that to the average 12% annual inflation rate during the previous 40 years. http://1.usa.gov/oMxpTh Strengthening the Middle Class and Families He worked to provide affordable, high-quality child care to working families. http://bit.ly/fNfidS He cracked down on companies that were previously denying sick pay, vacation and health insurance, and Social Security and Medicare tax payments through abuse of the employee classification of independent contractor. http://nyti.ms/fOGLcj (Continued on page 37)

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Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , he cut taxes for 95% of America’s working families. http://bit.ly/eSEI4F Under Obama, tax rates for average working families are the lowest they’ve been since 1950. http://bit.ly/f74pD8 He extended and fully funded the patch for the Alternative Minimum Tax for 10 years. http://bit.ly/eFeSdP He extended discounted COBRA health coverage for the unemployed from 9 months to 15 months, and he’s extended unemployment benefits several times. http://aol.it/evtVxD http://nyti.ms/ emrqKJ http://bit.ly/hOtIpg http://bit.ly/fTT7kz Environment and Energy He fast-tracked regulations to allow states to enact federal fuel efficiency standards that were above federal standards. http://nyti.ms/ e8e94x He fast-tracked increased fuel economy standards for vehicles beginning with the 2011 model year. It was the first time such standards had been increased in a decade. http://politi.co/hiaPKM He oversaw the establishment of an Energy Partnership for the Americas, which creates more markets for American-made biofuels and green energy technologies. http://bit.ly/lZp73y His EPA reversed a Bush-era decision to allow the largest mountaintop removal project in US history. http://bit.ly/lP3yEL He ordered the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances. http://1.usa.gov/g3MTbu He ordered energy plants to prepare to produce at least 15% of all energy through renewable resources like wind and solar, by 2021. http://reut.rs/fV155p (As you can see, Republicans are trying hard to kill it.) He oversaw the creation of an initiative that converts old factories and manufacturing centers into new clean technology centers. http://bit.ly/mjnq2R Bypassed Republican opposition in Congress and ordered EPA to begin regulating and measuring carbon emissions. http://bit.ly/froaP5 His EPA ruled that CO2 is a pollutant. http://bit.ly/iQTSNN He doubled federal spending on clean energy research. http:// bit.ly/iN0sCE He pushed through a tax credit to help people buy plug-in hybrid cars. http://bit.ly/j8UP5Y He created a program to develop renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that will produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents. http://1.usa.gov/fgfRWq He reengaged in the climate change and greenhouse gas emissions agreements talks, and even proposed one himself. He also addressed the U.N. Climate Change Conference, officially reversing the Bush-era stance that climate change was a “hoax.” http://bit.ly/ dX6Vj3 http://bit.ly/fE2PxK http://nyti.ms/hfeqvv He fully supported the initial phase of the creation of a legally binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions worldwide. http://bit.ly/ eJ6QOO He required states to provide incentives to utilities to reduce their energy consumption. http://bit.ly/lBhk7P Following Bush’s eight year reign, he reengaged in a number of treaties and agreements designed to protect the Antarctic. http://bit.ly/ fzQUFO Created tax write-offs for purchases of hybrid automobiles, and NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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later he and Democrats morphed that program into one that includes electric cars. http://bit.ly/glCukV Mandated that federal government fleet purchases be for fuelefficient American vehicles, and encouraged that federal agencies support experimental, fuel-efficient vehicles. http://bit.ly/h5KZqy http://1.usa.gov/fLWq5c http://1.usa.gov/hmUSbk He oversaw and pushed through an amendment to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 authorizing advances from Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. http://1.usa.gov/yTRYVo He also actively tried to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to eliminate the liability limits for those companies responsible for large oil spills. http://nyti.ms/bxjDi3 He initiated Criminal and Civil inquiries into the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. http://nyti.ms/bVuB7a Through his EPA, he asserted federal legal supremacy, and barred Texas from authorizing new refinery permits on its own. http://bit.ly/ ww8eMd He strengthened the Endangered Species Act. http://bit.ly/hscjsH His EPA improved boiler safety standards to improve air quality, and save 6500 lives per year. http://bit.ly/jYH7nt Through the EPA, he took steps to severely limit the use of antibiotics in livestock feed, to increase their efficacy in humans. http://bit.ly/fBuWd2 He increased funding for National Parks and Forests by 10% http://bit.ly/fbJPjY He announced greatly improved commercial fuel efficiency standards. http://1.usa.gov/oQiC1K He announced the development of a huge increase in average fuel economy standards from 27.5mpg to 35.5mpg starting in 2016 and 54.5 starting in 2025 http://1.usa.gov/qtghsW Other Stuff He has expanded trade agreements to include stricter labor and environmental agreements such as NAFTA. http://bit.ly/ etznpY He oversaw funding of the design of a new Smithsonian National Museum of AfricanAmerican History, which is scheduled to open on the National Mall in 2015. He protected the funding during the recent budget negotiations. http://on.fb.me/fD0EVO http://bit.ly/ff5Luv Oversaw and passed increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. http://bit.ly/dFb8qF He nominated Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor is the first Hispanic Justice in the court’s history, and the women represent only the third and fourth women to serve on the court, out of a total of 112 justices. http://huff.to/eOChg6 http:// bit.ly/i02wgP He appointed the most diverse Cabinet in history, including more women than any other incoming president. http://bit.ly/dX6vNB He eliminated federal funding for abstinence-only education, and he rescinded the global gag rule. http://bit.ly/eCFAI1 http://bit.ly/ f92drF He loosened the rules and allowed the 14 states that legalized medical marijuana to regulate themselves without federal interference. http://huff.to/eQfa7j His FDA banned the use of antibiotics in livestock production. http://bit.ly/jUjLzo Ushered through and signed national service legislation, increasing funding for national service groups, including triple the size of the Americorps program. http://bit.ly/idgQH5 PAGE 37


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SPORTING GOOD NEWS By B.J. Robinson Based on my personal experience with my sons (one a swimmer and the other a basketball player) and the experiences of others I’ve observed, participation in sports can make a huge difference in whether a student has a positive school experience. Our youth can learn an enormous amount from the school sports experience. They learn team work, sharing, caring, leadership, role playing and how to support one another during healthy competition. These positive habits will also serve them well when they join the workforce after college or high school. Many of us adults are convinced that sports has indeed enhanced the lives of our children and enriched their middle school and high school experience. But how do students feel about sports participation? I had the occasion recently to pose this question to a few rising 9th graders. One of those queried, Malik Roberts, fancies himself a basketball player but did not play for his middle school team. At the time of the interview, he was attending a basketball camp at his middle school. “I feel that some students do benefit from playing sports because they get better at school and at the sport they play,” said Malik. “You also get better at hand-eye coordination and you learn good footwork and get a good workout.” Following are more comments from Malik’s peers: “I think that sports are important because it gives people something to do instead of being on the streets getting in trouble. It keeps you healthy and in shape and you may be able to earn a college scholarship. Lastly, sports are important because it can take you a long way.” -Ray, age 15 “I feel that we students benefit from participating in sports or cheerleading because it’s a way to represent their school and they may be able to get a scholarship for college.” - Maria, age 14 “I feel that students benefit from sports participation because you can avoid gang violence. You can also benefit from sports because you lose weight and you keep yourself busy, away from the violence.” –Melvin, age 14 NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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“I think sports are important because if you’re very good, you may be able to get a good future from sports. You can get a scholarship in a sport and then play for a college … but you would also need good grades.” -TeeJay, age 14 “I think that students do benefit from sports because it gives them something to do. Sports put you in a good mood and make you feel good about yourself. I love playing football and lacrosse and going to summer camps. Sports make me feel better no matter what.” -Harry, age 14 Studies have backed up these students positive feelings about sports. According to Educational Leadership, John Mahoney and Robert Cairns conducted a study in 1997 which “indicated that engagement in school extracurricular activities is linked to decreasing rates of early school dropouts in both boys and girls.” Moreover, they discovered that “such participation provides marginal students an opportunity to create a positive and voluntary connection to their school.” We know this to be true also from observing students. There are those student-athletes who will improve their behavior and their academics by leaps and bounds during basketball or football season but as soon as the season ends, they revert back to the bad behavior and failing grades. What they need to learn is that if they want to go beyond school and participate in sports at the college level, then they need to perform consistently well all school year. The sooner parents sit down and discuss all of this with their studentathlete, (preferably before 9th grade) the better for all concerned, especially the student, who is the lead player in all of this. Colleges look at both the academics and the trail of behavior that students leave behind in middle school and high school so it behooves a student athlete to keep that in mind and if they are truly focused on being a success at the next level. If they are able to get their behavior in line and do what’s required academically, they may find themselves headed down the often winding, curving road to success. -B.J. Robinson is an educator, a youth sports advocate, a community volunteer and author of the young adult biography, LeBron James: King of the Court.

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of Columbia, formerly an NCAA Division II independent institution, as a full ECC member. In addition, the conference accepted Roberts Wesleyan of Rochester as a new member. It, like Daemen, was in transition from the NAIA to NCAA Division II. Roberts Wesleyan learned this past week that they were moved from Candidacy Year to 1 to Year 2 as part of the membership process. Daemen currently fields 14 varsity teams, nine of which will compete in ECC play. They include men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball. Daemen also sponsors men’s golf and men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams.

“We are very pleased to welcome Daemen College to the ECC,” said Dr. Robert Dranoff, ECC Commissioner. “We have been very impressed by their growth and development as Old Westbury, N.Y. – On July 17, Edward Guiliano, an overall athletic program and feel they will make a great adPh.D., chairman of the East Coast Conference (ECC) Presi- dition to the conference.” Dranoff continued, “We look fordents Council, announced that Daemen College of Amherst, ward to working with [Daemen Director of Athletics] Bill N.Y., has been accepted as the 11th Morris and his staff to assist them as member of the East Coast Conferthey move through the NCAA memence. This fall Daemen will begin bership process.” the NCAA Division II membership Morris expressed his sentiments, sayprocess, a three‐year transition peing, “We are excited for the opporturiod. nity to compete at the NCAA DII “We are pleased to welcome level, specifically in the East Coast Daemen College into the ECC,” said Conference. Our student‐athletes, Dr. Guiliano, president of New York coaches, and staff are excited for the Institute of Technology, on behalf of challenges ahead.” the ECC Presidents Council. “The Morris went on to say, “I would like addition of Daemen upholds our to thank the entire ECC and its memconference’s strategic plan, which bers for its support and guidance calls for the continued development throughout the application process. I of the ECC as a Division II conferam looking forward to competing ence through membership growth, against the strong athletic programs in expanded sponsorship of championthe ECC.” ships, and support for our student‐athletes. The addition of Daemen College brings full‐time memStarting in the fall 2012 season and culminating with the bership in the ECC to 11 institutions. Other members include 2014‐15 academic year, Daemen will work toward becomthe University of Bridgeport (Bridgeport, Conn.); University ing “provisional members” of the NCAA and ECC. Following of the District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.); Dowling a successful first year of candidacy, the Wildcats will receive College (Oakdale, N.Y.); LIU Post (Brookville, N.Y.); Mercy all ECC services and participate in ECC contests; they will College (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.); Molloy College (Rockville become eligible for conference and NCAA championships Centre, N.Y.); New York Institute of Technology (Old Westwhen they become full Division II members in 2015‐16. bury, N.Y.); Queens College (Flushing, N.Y.); Roberts “We are very pleased that the NCAA has accepted our Wesleyan College (Rochester, N.Y.) and St. Thomas Aquinas application for Division II membership,” Daemen College College (Sparkill, N.Y.). President Edwin Clausen said. “It represents a great opportunity for Daemen College. We are excited about the prospect of competition at a new level; one that will improve our already successful athletic program, strengthen our institutional PLEASE KEEP THE COMMENTS COMING AND image, and exemplify our core values. I would like to thank IF YOU LIKE WHAT WE ARE DOING SHOW YOUR the entire Daemen community for all their hard work on the SUPPORT FINANCIALLY CHECK OUT OUR NEW NCAA application; this truly was a team effort.” WEB-SITE www.communityjournal.info Subscribe Today for only $9.95 for six months Daemen is the third institution in the past two years to join the ECC. Last year, it added the University of the District NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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GOLF SHOW COMING TO BROOKLYN Medgar Evers College (MEC) in Brooklyn, NY opens its doors to The Darby Foundation for the First Annual Golf Show. September 7, 2012 is the date for The Darby Foundation “MOMENTS OF HISTORY TOUR”, GOLF SHOW, AND EXHIBIT WITH USGAMUSEUM!!! The "Moments of History Tour" consists of distinguished panelists, individuals who have made a significant contribution to the sport of golf and to American History. All the participants will share valuable insights about the challenges they faced; and how they overcame those challenges to pursue their dreams and achieve their goals. The intent of the "Moments of History Tour" is to pave the way for this future generation. Humans all have dreams. We all have been given gifts and often times through challenges we develop the integrity, and character necessary for becoming the person we are destined to be. USGA Museum Honors "American Champions and Barrier Breakers". Some of the world's greatest athletic achievements have been accomplished in the face of untold adversity. Jackie Robinson, Joe Louis and Althea Gibson all excelled in their respective sports, not NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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only performing competitively at an exceptionally high level, but shattering racial barriers in the process. The exhibit will be on display from Feb. 17, 2012, to Feb. 2014, and celebrates the lives of Robinson, Louis and Gibson, their sports achievements and their important legacies. "American Champions and Barrier Breakers: Jackie Robinson, Joe Louis and Althea Gibson" has been developed through the African-American Golf Archive, which was created in 2010 by the United States Golf Association and The PGA of America and is housed in the USGA Museum. For more information about the USGA Museum, go to www.usgamuseum.com. The Golf Show will feature major manufacturers demonstrating their new club lines for 2012. The Discount Pro Shop will offer bargains galore on clubs, balls, apparel, shoes and accessories. The discounts are real, too. If you see nothing else at the show, visit the shop for substantial savings. The Darby Foundation Demo Stage will feature hourly discussions on the Swing, The Rules, The Mental Game and Putting. Pros will provide free 10 minute lessons on the full swing and the short game. Exhibitors from far and near offer great deals on travel, resorts and local and regional golf. Others will help you get in shape for golf physically and financially. The Darby Foundation returns this year with its popular FUN’ RAISER GOLF OUTING where you will learn how to get involved in reaching Inner City Youth in the area. Women are invited to get their swing analyzed or learn the basics from Golf Professional at the Executive Women’s Golf area. Put it on your calendar and watch for more news on other Darby Programs. www.darbyfoundation.org

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MANGANO: NASSAU COUNTY AND VBLI TO HOST THE FIRST ANNUAL “PLAYERS BALL” BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT AT NICKERSON BEACH Nickerson Beach, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today that Nassau County, in conjunction with Volleyball Long Island (VBLI), will be hosting the First Annual “Players Ball” Beach Volleyball Tournament at Nickerson Beach on August 11th. The tournament will begin at 9:00 a.m. There will be music, food, fun and great prizes. The first annual “Players Ball” beach volleyball tournament is free and open to the public. Teams can consist of women, men, co-ed, doubles and co-ed fours. There will be round robin pool play. General pool play games will be rally scoring. Prizes will be awarded to the first place team in each division. Space is limited, so visit the VBLI website at: www.vbli.com/NickersonBeach2012 to register today. Registration is open until 12:00 p.m. on August 8th About VBLI Opening its doors in early 2004, VBLI made a promise to the online volleyball community to provide accurate, up-to-date volleyball information with no advertising, in a clear and easy-to-follow format, free of charge. During the creation of VBLI.COM its founder Glenn M. Yankow realized that although there are thousands of players in New York the locations and options for players were just too expensive or limited. Therefore, Volleyball In The Park was conceived in 2006 and since then VBLI has grown to include grass, beach and indoor tournaments. They have successfully coordinated such tournaments for six years and are planning over 240 tournaments for 2012. In 2011 VBLI was able to fund raise over $42,750.00 for college volleyball programs in and around New York.

Mangano Announces 2nd Annual “Nassau County Executive Cup - Showcase”

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ers from around Nassau County will showcase their talents in front of college coaches from the tri-state area. This event will provide student athletes the opportunity to compete with the best in the county. “Nassau County has outstanding athletes and they are a true reflection of the exceptional athletic programs Nassau County offers,” said County Executive Mangano. “I am very proud to offer these young competitors with an opportunity to showcase their abilities in front of college coaches invited from all over the tri-state area, as they continue their pursuit of playing soccer at the collegiate level.” With over 3.5 billion fans and thousands of professional clubs spanning the globe, soccer reigns supreme as the world’s most popular sport. While other sports may seem more popular in the US, no other game rivals the excitement, patronage, and competitive spirit that soccer fans enjoy. The 2nd Annual Nassau County Executive Cup is organized and executed by andGO Sports, university placement specialists for student-athletes. For more information, please visit www.andGOSports.com. The 49-acre Mitchel Athletic Complex centrally located just west of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, hosts a variety of local high school and collegiate athletic events, as well as local sports leagues annually. The facility includes a track and field stadium (nine lanes) with an oval containing a synthetic field suitable for football, soccer and lacrosse. For more information please visit the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums website at: www.nassaucountyny.gov/parks.

Uniondale, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced that on Saturday, July 21, 2012 Nassau will once again host the County’s top high school soccer players in the 2nd Annual Nassau County Executive Cup, which will be held at Mitchel Athletic Complex. Nassau County Executive Cup Showcase - Event Details (Saturday, July 21, 2012) 3:00 PM - Kick-Off - Girls Showcase Game 5:30 PM - Kick-Off - Boys Showcase Game # 1 (NC Blue vs. NC Yellow) 8:00 PM - Kick-Off - Boys Showcase Game # 2 (NC Orange vs. NC Black) The finest high school aged boys’ and girls’ soccer playNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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