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GOOSBY HONORED FOR OUTSTANDING ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Hempstead Town Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby (left) was recently honored as for her many accomplishments in the area of Economic Development at the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Nassau Alumnae Chapter La Fete en Rouge held at Leonard’s in Great Neck. Councilwoman Goosby was one of 12 distinguished individuals who were honored for their commitment in service to the Nassau County community based upon the organization’s Five Point Programmatic Thrust in addition to Christian principles. Nassau County Legislator Robert Troiano was also on hand to congratulate Councilwoman Goosby. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Freedom Ride Highlights Key Civil Rights Fair Housing Case Set for Trial Hempstead area residents embarked on a civil rights Freedom Ride highlighting the lack of affordable housing in Garden City in anticipation of the upcoming anti-segregation, fair housing case on June 17th in Islip. For nearly a decade, current NY Communities for Change members have been fighting racial discrimination in Garden City. Studies concluded that fair-housing violations were committed by Garden City-based real estate agents. African-Americans and Latinos were steered to neighborhoods outside the village. A Garden City Parks policy discriminated against non-white community members. African-Americans and Latinos were refused entrance to parks while non-residents who were white were allowed in. In 2004 Nassau County asked Garden City to re-zone county-owned property for multi-family housing. Garden City, in reaction to their residents, rezoned the property in a manner that prevented affordable housing from being built. A lawsuit was filed against Garden City for housing discrimination, based on Garden City’s zoning actions. On Monday, June 17, the discriminatory zoning case goes to trial. The Plaintiffs are represented by The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and The Law Offices of Frederick K. Brewington, and the individual plaintiff is represented by Hogan Lovells US LLP.

AT THE 2013 INSTALLATION OF OFFICER’S LUNCHEON: Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray (right) administered the oath of office to the newly elected officers at the Uniondale-Hempstead Senior Center’s Installation Luncheon which was held at Pompei Restaurant in West Hempstead. Pictured also are President Sarah Luise of Uniondale, Vice-President Lynn Borum of Uniondale, Secretary Susan Sims Bey of Hempstead, Treasurer Verona Thompson of Roosevelt, Historian Bernice Huggins of Uniondale, and Sergeant-At-Arms Ivy Bashford of Uniondale. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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MINISTER The Nassau County District Attorney's Office has launched an investigation into County Executive LARRY MONTGOMERY, SR. Ed Mangano's administration based on allegations PUBLISHER AND CHIEF that he may have used taxpayer resources and personnel. Residents in Baldwin are saying that fliers COMMUNITY JOURNAL, INC. that appeared to be campaign literature were delivered to their homes by county employees on county WATCH AND PRAY time. Watch the story on FiOS1 and News12 here: http://fios1news.com/longisland/node/35558 http:// God is about to release a longisland.news12.com/news/nassau-district- 7 FOLD BLESSING. He is attorney-investigates-mangano-administration-fliersdoing something new. SO delivered-by-county-workers-1.5468554

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AT THE ANNUAL ROOSEVELT MEMORIAL DAY PARADE & CEREMONY: Hempstead Town Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby (3rd left) greets Commander Richard Warren (4th left) and the members of American Legion Joe Murphy Post 1957 at the Annual Roosevelt Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. During the ceremony Grand Marshall Robert Leroy Harding, an original Montford Point Marine, was presented with a Congressional Gold Medal, and the Roosevelt American Legion Joe Murphy Post 1957 Monument was unveiled. Pictured (left to right) are Curtis Moore, Charlie Robbins of Roosevelt, Councilwoman Goosby, Post Commander Richard Warren, Carl Luke Sr., James Maillard, James Carr, and Vincent Long of Hempstead. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Obama on immigration reform: The ‘moment is now’ WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama prodded Congress Tuesday to send him a bill by autumn remaking U.S. nation’s immigration laws, even as the Senate prepared to cast its first floor votes on the landmark measure opening a door to citizenship for millions. Obama’s objective is to make overhaul of the immigration system the major accomplishment of the first year of his second term in office before political attention shifts to next year’s congressional elections. “Congress needs to act, and that moment is now, ” Obama said, surrounded by immigration advocates, business and religious leaders, law enforcement officials and others in the White House. “There’s no reason Congress can’t get this done by the end of the summer,” the president said. “There’s no good reason to play procedural games or engage in obstruction just to block the best chance we’ve had in years to address this problem in a way that’s fair to middle class families, business owners and legal immigrants.” The Senate was set to vote Tuesday on a pair of procedural measures to officially allow debate to move forward on the far-reaching legislation. The measure would boost border security and workplace enforcement, allow tens of thousands new high- and lowskilled workers into the country, and create a 13-year path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants in the country illegally. Both votes were expected to succeed by comfortable margins, because even some senators with deep misgivings about the immigration bill said the issue deserved a Senate debate. Ahead of the votes, senators were readying amendments on contentious issues including border security, back taxes and health care coverage. Some Republicans said they were seeking to strengthen enforcement provisions so that they could be comfortable voting for the bill. Other Republican measures were already being dismissed by Democrats as attempts to kill the bill by striking at the fragile compromises at its core. Meanwhile the Republican leader of the House, Speaker John Boehner, made his most positive comments to date on the issue, saying Tuesday he thinks there is a good chance that legislation can be signed into law “by the end of the year.” The way forward in the House remains unclear, because the chamber is dominated by conservatives many of whom view a path to citizenship as amnesty. But Boehner said he hopes for committee action by the end of June. As debate opened Tuesday in the Senate, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, said the bill written by a so-called Gang of Eight — four Republicans and four Democrats — would need stronger provisions on security along the Mexican border and other issues to earn his support. “The Gang of Eight has done its work. Now it’s time for the Gang of 100 to do its work — for the entire Senate to have its say on this issue, and see if we can do something to improve the status quo,” McConnell said. “At the risk of stating the obvious, this bill has serious flaws.” Nonetheless McConnell said he intended to vote to allow the debate to go forward. The real fights will come in the days and weeks ahead as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, aims to push the bill to final Senate passage before July 4.

Regina Benjamin to step down as surgeon general after 4 years WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin says she plans to step down next month after four years as “America’s doctor.” In an email to staff Wednesday, Benjamin said she will remain involved in public health. As surgeon general, she promoted disease prevention, smoking cessation and healthy lifestyles, particularly among minorities. Benjamin oversaw a report that documented how smoking, even an occasional cigarette or secondhand smoke, can cause immediate damage to the human body.

A native of Alabama, Benjamin is widely respected for founding a rural health clinic in that state, which she kept going although it was wiped out three times by fire and hurHeated debate is anticipated on the border security elements of the bill. The bill sets up a system wherein immigrants may only begin tak- ricanes. She plans to volunteer seeing patients at the clinic. ing steps toward citizenship once certain border security requirements Health and Human Services spokeswoman Dori Salcido are met. But opponents say those “triggers” aren’t strong enough. said the administration is grateful for Benjamin’s service.

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Freedom Ride Highlights Key Civil Rights Fair Housing Case Set for Trial

After the tour, Town of Hempstead Council Member Dorothy Goosby joined the Freedom Riders at a press conference on the steps of Garden City Village Hall.

Garden City, NY-- Hempstead Area Residents, including members of New York Communities for Change; Douglas Mayer, president of both the Freeport-Roosevelt

At the press conference, Miriam Knox , one of the testers said, "For the first few minutes after I went into a real estate office on 7th St., I was ignored. I think they thought I was lost. Finally one of them asked if they could help me and showed me an apartment. But instead of treating me like anybody else, they discouraged me by asking me how much I made and what did I did for a living. Even though I could afford the apartment they never followed up. I'm here today because we’re supposed to have liberty and justice for all, and it’s not happening. “

NAACP and the Long Island Caribbean American Association; Civil Rights Attorney Fred Brewington; and Joe Rick from the Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights Under Law gathered Tuesday morning for a 60s-era civil rights “Freedom Ride” highlighting the lack of affordable housing in Garden City. The event was in anticipation of a historic anti-segregation, fair housing case 10 years in the making. “We’re taking this bus ride to make the public aware that discrimination, which many people think has gone away, is alive today,” said Anne Wells, a New York Communities for Change member from Lakeview. “It has been going on for years, but with the coming court case I am confident what Garden City has done to minorities – the discrimination and the segregation – will not continue to go on.” NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

For nearly a decade, current NY Communities for Change members have been fighting racial discrimination in Garden City. Members did actions and studies that illuminated fair-housing violations committed by Garden Citybased real estate companies, which would steer AfricanAmerican and Latino testers to neighborhoods outside the village.

The New York Attorney General concluded that a Garden City Parks' entrance policy was enforced in a discriminatory manner: non-white community members were asked about their residency and refused entrance while non-residents who were white were allowed to use the park without questioning. When Nassau County in 2004 asked Garden City to re-zone county-owned property in Garden City for multi-family housing so that it could sell the property to generate revenue, Garden City – in reaction to hostile opposition by Garden City residents to the prospect of affordable housing coming to Garden City – rezoned the property in a manner that prevented affordable housing from being built. A lawsuit was filed against Garden City for housing discrimination, based on Garden City’s zoning actions. And hundreds of community members marched through Garden City and established a "Tent City" on the site in protest. On Monday, June 17, the discriminatory zoning case goes to trial. The Plaintiffs are represented by The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and The Law Offices of Frederick K. Brewington, and the individual plaintiff is represented by Hogan Lovells US LLP. PAGE 7


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DON DURANT Host of blogtalkradio.com/don-durant (Living. Caring, Learning and Sharing) Author of: NO PLACE LIKE HOME & WE LEARN BY TRIAL

Guns in the hands of those who would do us harm. A Black policeman shot and killed a White citizen in a Road rage incident. The New Jersey policeman traveling with his family, stepped from his car after a Fender Bender, altercation. Pulled his weapon – shot several times and killed an unarmed man. He is being held on $800,000 bail. STOP and FRISK, has gone wild. The freedom for our Black and Hispanic youth to walk the street – or sit in a car has gone away. Police in NYC are authorized to disregard the rights of these select youth (Black and Hispanic) stopping them –frisking them and often jailing them with no provocation. Two brothers from Russia, brought to the US by their parents; seeking asylum – gaining it, along with U.S. citizenship. The parents after almost a decade, return to Russia, leaving their children – teens, to fend for themselves. The eldest makes several trips to Russia, and affiliates with Terrorist groups, and returns without question to the U.S., to bomb the Boston Marathon. Edward Snowden, a young White man – a high school dropout, but able to gain a GED and employment in the intense Internet Security field, earning from $122,000-200,000 per year. Employed with the CIA and affiliated Private Contractors. While working in this function, he is moved to an assignment in Hawaii, where he becomes disenchanted and submits Top Secret documents on government activities to several newspapers, before heading off for asylum in Hong Kong China. Question is: How much information was he able to gather in the short time working in this capacity? How did he parlay his lack of experience into such a top level clandestine position? How much data did he provide to China to assure them of his validity? To step back to Stop and Frisk…Mayor Blumberg, of New York City, a strong advocate for gun registration, and that’s a good thing. But he has openly authorized this stop and frisk technique. He has been given wide acceptance for the job of running NYC. (Even changed many of the rules to attain an additional term.) This acceptance is based on what we as a city/state jointly and severally lived through after September 11, 2001. Other aspects take into consid-

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eration, that his disposition is far removed from that of his predecessor, Rudy Guiliani. It was his nature to pit one against the other, and to join forces with the negative minority. This all came crashing down after 9/11 and the devastating attack galvanized the citizenry on one accord, and Mayor Guiliani learned what could have been known earlier, that people, for the most part mean well and can work together in harmonious unity. They could even pull together, and in the same direction on a tow line. It is with this in mind, and as I notice the growing sense of danger in Hempstead – with shootings and killings growing rapidly. The horrific and inhumane treatment extended to young Black and Hispanic men. The NYPD and Nassau County Police have proven that they can be humanistic, and animalistic at the very same time. Naysayers profess that it is the nature of the beast that they attack and seek out prey. This dominant animal theory was carried out with vigor by Guiliani and it seems the same emphasis is showing its face again. A Young Black man is walking with friends through the street. Two officers stop them: “Hey fellows, may I ask you a question?” The young men stop and are casually frisked by the two officers and asked for ID. Upon presentation of adequate ID, one of the young men is detained for a six year old turnstile jumping warrant. (Previously paid.) The young man protests and is whisked away to a waiting patrol car. The others are sent on their way. How many young Black and Hispanic men lose their rights and have to suffer this indignation at the hands of the police? This is a country where the police cannot simply and arbitrarily stop a person on the street without cause; and search and prosecute them *Hold onto receipts paid to government, town, city, village, etc. *If detained, ask to call home or someone who will know where you are. *Watch your demeanor. *Remember everything that happens during your detainment. *Avoid bad crowds – This is a magnet for trouble and can lead to an explosive situation..

Lakeview NAACP Youth Council The Lakeview Branch NAACP hosted a Youth Council Swearing in Ceremony at Harold Walker Memorial Park in Lakeview. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented a Certificate of Recognition to each child and offered them her highest praise. Pictured: Dr. Michele Reed, Advisor, Denzel McKenzie, NAACP Youth Council, Outgoing President of Lakeview NAACP Youth Council, Trinity Small,standing in for President Meilani Montgomery, Grace Massillon, standing in for 1st Vice President Ashley Borneo, Marcus Kershaw 2nd Vice President, Bea Bailey, President of Lakeview NAACP, Dennise Gregory, Secretary, Stephen Kershaw, Treasurer, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Phyllis Tinsley, Advisor

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Legislator Abrahams Seeks Businesses, Employers & Franchisors for 2013 Job/ Career Fair We are seeking businesses, industries, franchises who are interested in hiring qualified employees for their companies The fair, hosted by the lawmaker, provides tremendous opportunities for employers as well as potential employees (GARDEN CITY, NY) – Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport), in conjunction with Town of Hempstead Department of Occupational Resources, are once again hosting the 2013 Job/Career Fair & Franchise Opportunities, including a Veteran’s Job & Resource Fair, at Nassau Community College – CCB Multipurpose Room on Wednesday, July 10th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Together, they are offering local businesses or Franchises a better chance to target prospective employees, including our veterans. Registration is FREE! It’s not too early to sign-up for this event and reserve your company’s spot. Space is limited, but still available for interested businesses, industries, vendors or franchises to join. It allows employers to survey a large number of job applicants quickly and inexpensively, without months of interviewing. This event gives employers, schools and Franchise recruiters a chance to meet with prospective job seekers, providing them with efficient opportunities to meet prospective hires up-close-and-personal. Businesses and franchises who sign up will be able to interview and accept résumés from interested attendees. All participating employers will be provided with a table and two chairs, and ample parking on premise is available. Please note that venue space is limited and a selection process will determine your status. The job fair is free to all who participate, and is a tremendous opportunity for employers, as well as potential employees. Additional features of the job fair include chances for job-seekers to speak with a variety of different business owners and representatives in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere, and opportunities to gain terrific experience in the interviewing process. There is also a Veteran’s Job Fair & Resource Service Support component for any business looking to hire vets. All attendees are encouraged to bring their résumés. To sign-up and obtain early registration forms, or request more information, please contact Legislator Abrahams’ office at 516-5716201 or e-mail kabrahams@nassaucountyny.gov. Sponsorships are always welcomed. Please call Legislator Abrahams’ office if you would like to help sponsor this or future events, and the level. Note: It is at our discretion that we must limit the number of employment possibilities that are duplicates in some areas. This will allow for a more wide-range of employment and occupation opportunities. WHEN: Wednesday, July 10th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (set up is 8:30 a.m. Thursday) WHERE: Nassau Community College – CCB Building, Multipurpose Room One Education Drive Garden City, NY 11530 Directions: http://www.ncc.edu/campusservices/ parkingandsafety/mapanddirections.shtml

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COMPTROLLER MARAGOS: DESPITE COSTS OF SUPERSTORM SANDY, NASSAU COUNTY ENDS FISCAL YEAR 2012 WITH $41.6M SURPLUS Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released the County’s 2012 year-end unaudited fiscal results today and reported that the County is expected to end with a budgetary surplus of $41.6 million. These results include $9.7 million in unanticipated costs representing the County’s 10% portion of Superstorm Sandy related expenditures. The 90% remaining balance of eligible County Superstorm Sandy expenditures is expected to be reimbursed by FEMA as a result of the recent Presidential Declaration. The detailed variance analysis on a budgetary basis is shown in Table 1 (attached). “The Mangano Administration held the line on property taxes while delivering a 2012 budgetary and GAAP surplus by controlling expenses, refinancing debt, imposing a nonessential hiring and wage freeze, and litigating property tax grievances,” Comptroller Maragos said. “The improving economy also helped by increasing sales tax revenues.” Under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”) as required for governmental financial reporting, the County’s unaudited results for the fiscal year are expected to be a surplus of $28.8 million. For the second consecutive year since the Nassau Finance Interim Authority (NIFA) was created in 2001, NIFA also requires the County to report its financial results on a basis that excludes other financing sources. Under the NIFA prescribed presentation method, the County is expected to end 2012 with a negative $85.5 million result, which is a 54% improvement compared to the negative $184.3 million recorded in 2009, the final year of the previous Administration, and down from the negative $173.4 million in 2011. The Structural Gap, which has been used historically to measure the financial health of the County, has also continued to improve for the third consecutive year. The Structural Gap has progressively improved to $115.5 million from $251.6 million in 2009, a 54% improvement. The Structural Gap is the difference between recurring revenues and expenses, and excludes non-recurring items that are customarily used to arrive at the budgetary balance, such as borrowings, and extraordinary items. The amount of new money debt issuances by the County during 2012 (excluding debt for Sewer and Storm Water and for Nassau Community College purposes) was held at $191.7 million, approximately 40% less than in 2009. This borrowing was used primarily for termination pay and capital projects. Table 2 shows the comparative five-year financial presentation of County finances using the different presentation methodologies, Budgetary, Governmental GAAP, NIFA Presentation and Structural Gap. It is worth highlighting that in all presentation forms, the County’s financial fundamentals have improved under the Mangano Administration compared to 2009. Table 1 summarizes the major budget variances. Although revenues were lower than budgeted by $84.2 million or about 3.0%, the expenses were also lower by $125.8 million or 4.5% resulting in the $41.6 million budgetary surplus. The budgeted revenue fell short primarily due to $75 million in unapproved bonding to pay property tax refunds, $27.6 million in lower State Aid and a $7.1 million shortfall in Fine and Forfeiture revenues, but offset by $39.4 million higher income from Rents and Recoveries, $21.9 million in higher sales tax revenues and $10.4 million from the Employee Benefit Fund Reserve, which was used to fund termination pay. Expenses were also lower by $125.8 million due to $43.6 million lower debt costs due to fewer borrowings and lower borrowing rates, the availability of $25.0 million in contingencies, $24.1 million in lower Early Intervention and Pre-School Costs, and $82.0 million attributed to budgeted tax certiorari refund costs that were not spent as the borrowing for those costs was not obtained. The lower expenses were offset by $48.2 million in higher Payroll costs primarily due to unbudgeted termination pay and the timing of staff reductions, and $27.4 million in higher Police and Corrections overtime costs. Comptroller George Maragos concluded that, “continuing the broad fundamental fiscal improvements will present major challenges to the County going forward. State mandates will continue to present increasing burdens to the County and all other counties Statewide unless Albany takes action to control the ever-growing costs associated with Medicaid, pensions and unfunded mandates. The improving economy will help but it is not expected to generate sufficient additional sales tax revenues to offset these rising costs. Additionally, the wage freeze court challenge and the growing long-term certiorari liability are additional risks that may have an impact to the County’s operations going forward and must be addressed in the 2014 Multi-Year Plan.” The fund reserve, although replenished by the $41.6 million budgetary surplus to approximately $82 million, is about 3% of prior year expenditures and below the County’s established policy of 4%, which still leaves the County vulnerable to unanticipated expenditures and adverse court judgments. The liability for property tax refunds requires immediate attention. This liability has increased to approximately $335 million at year-end 2012 because of lower payouts. If the County is unable to bond for these certiorari liabilities, the effect will have a significant negative impact to the County. On a positive note, however, the estimated new property tax liabilities added in 2012 were $58 million, the lowest since 2008, and highlights the improvements in the Assessment System introduced with the Four Year Cycling Assessment Formula. PAGE 9


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Harvest for the World Store in Roosevelt A Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting was held for the Harvest for the World Store on Pleasant Avenue in Roosevelt. Harvest for the World Store was a Silver Awards Project for Wantagh Girl Scout Troop 3079. The girls renovated a freestanding garage that was in much disrepair and turned it into a walk in food pantry. This soup kitchen distributed food several times a week. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby praised Scout Leaders Laura Rosa and Diane SandlerDerby, all the girls who participated and presented each with a Certificate of Recognition.

Nassau County Job Fair Nassau County hosted a Career & Job Fair at the Uniondale Marriott. Representatives from industry, retail, health, technology, manufacturing, utilities, food services, fire, police and military were available to take applications and resumes from job seekers. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby congratulated many of the representatives and Commissioner John Imhoff, Nassau County Department of Social Services and his staff for making the event possible. Mark Bennett, Westbury, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Mary Buckner, Micropower Career Institute, Mineola, Adolfo Flores, Micropower Career Institute, Mineola

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Central Nassau Club Business and Professional Women The Central Nassau Club of the National Association of Negro Business & Professional Women hosted their June meeting at Davenport Press in Mineola. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby congratulated President Delores V. Smalls and presented a Certificate of Recognition to all of the outgoing officers. Seated: Carol Ransom, Parliamentarian, Hempstead, Pres. Delores V. Smalls, Westbury, Diane Fuller, Life Member, Baldwin, Betty Williams, Protocol, Freeport Standing: C. Yvette Long , Dinner-Chair,Westbury, Leg. Robert Troiano, Donna Gaither, 2nd VP, Hempstead, Terry Collins Reyes, 1st VP, Coram, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Ivory Nelson Baptiste, Corres. Sec., Uniondale

MONIQUE MOHAMMED RECEIVES BILL FLANAGAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP: Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray (left) and Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin (right) present an official Town of Hempstead Certificate of Recognition to Monique Mohammed of Roosevelt (2nd left), a distinguished scholarship recipient at the Annual Bill Flanagan Memorial Scholarship Award Ceremony hosted by CSEA Local 880 and held at the Merrick Golf Course in Merrick. Local 880 President Charles Sellitto (2nd right) was also on hand to congratulate the scholarship recipient. Monique Mohammed is also the winner of the Polsky Award, which was presented by Mark S. Polsky, Attorney at Law. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Hempstead Teachers Retirement Celebration The Hempstead Classroom Teachers Association hosted their Retirement End of The Year Celebration at the Chateau Briand in Carle Place. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented Certificates of Recognition to the retiring teachers and offered her heartfelt congratulations of a job well done. Seated:La Charnne Thompson-David, Roosevelt, Dawn Sherwood, Freeport, Luz Ellin, Amityville, Madeline Lowenthal, Mineola, Sheila Batson, West Hempstead, Standing: Gene Schollmeyer, Oceanside, Graciela Pollard-Johnson, Brooklyn, Karen Rose, Central Islip, John Romano, Baldwin, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Phyllis Leff, Wantagh, , John Russo, New York, President Elias Mestizo, Hempstead, N

League of Women Voters The League of Women Voters of Central Nassau hosted their Annual Dinner Meeting at Pompei Restaurant in West Hempstead. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented a Certificate of Recognition to Prof. Michael D’Innocenzo, guest speaker from Hofstra University, and congratulated students Denzel McKenzie and Andrew Yarde, who were sponsored by the LWV to attend “Students Inside Albany”. Pres. Ruth Jones, Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby Denzel McKenzie, West Hempstead, Andrew Yarde, Valley Stream, Prof Michael D’Innocenzo, Mineola, Marion Flemming, Hempstead, Pat Sachs, Rockville Centre NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Hi Hello Child Care 45th Anniversary Hi-Hello Child Care Center held their 45th Anniversary Dinner at the Coral House in Baldwin. Hi-Hello Child Care Center is a private, not-for-profit educational organization providing year round, quality, comprehensive childcare for children of working parents since 1968. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby congratulated Executive Director Joann Bousquet, honorees Jerri Quibell and Theresa Regnante, who were distinguished as Child Advocates of the Year. Joann Bousquet, Executive Director Hi-Hello Child Care Center, Freeport, Jerri Quibell, Pres. LI Checker Cab, Freeport, Theresa Regnante, Pres. United Way of LI, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby

Chief Heather Senti Honored by West Hempstead Lions The Lions Club of West Hempstead hosted a dinner meeting at Pompei Restaurant in West Hempstead honoring Chief Heather Senti of the Lakeview Fire Department. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby congratulated Chief Senti, the first women to attain the position of Chief, and Lions President Terri Oster. Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Chief Heather Senti, President Terri Oster NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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From the Desk of Mayor Hall This June, the Village of Hempstead celebrates National Caribbean-American Heritage Month in recognition of those who have made outstanding contributions to American culture and history. My own mother and father traveled here from the Caribbean coasts to set their sights on a brighter future. Though the two didn't know each other before they left Jamaica, once here, they aspired toward a similar American Dream. My parents worked long hours for little pay. The first generation of Caribbean-born people who migrated to this country had a road full of obstacles in front of them, yet they paved it with triumphs and accomplishments. Many Caribbean-Americans have contributed to politics, the arts, sciences, athletics and other areas of American life. Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, of Jamaican descent, has impacted American society as an influential leader; Wyclef Jean, Rhianna and Nicki Minaj, among other musicians, have integrated the distinctive and colorful music of the Caribbean into American culture; and athletes, including, former New York Knick Patrick Ewing and current NBA player Tim Duncan, have inspired many to achieve greatness. By proudly incorporating their Caribbean heritage into their life and work, these and many others, have added richness and depth to the American experience.

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appliances. Should you need to dispose of branches or shubbery, please bundle them accordingly. You can leave these items at your curb after 5 p.m. on the Friday before scheduled pick-up days, which are as follows: Saturday, June 8: Southwest Hempstead Saturday June 15: Southeast Hempstead Saturday, June 22: Northeast Hempstead Also, please remember that the Village will be hosting the Tyree Curry Memorial 5K Race/Walkathon on Saturday, June 15. To register for the race, please contact Sherina Gonzales at 516-485-5737, ext 229 or sgonzales@hempsteadvillagecda.org. If you are interested in assisting with the organization of the event, please contact the Community Development Agency at 516-485-5737, ext 229. To learn more about what is going on in the Village of Hempstead, including information about local organizations that serve youth and families, visit www.villageofhempstead.org. You may also join our electronic mailing list by sending your name and email address to Mayor@villageofhempsteadny.gov. If you have a complaint or concern, you can contact our VillageLine by calling 516-478-6333 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., submit your complaint online through the Village website, or download the VillageLine app on your Android or iPhone and text your concern. I am committed to serving you and to working to resolve any concerns you may have about our Village in as quickly and effectively a manner as possible.

Sincerely,

Wayne Mayor Wayne J. Hall

This month, we honor not only notable individuals, but all who enhance our lives with the vibrancy and energy of the Caribbean islands. It is the diversity of cultures and traditions around the world that have woven such beauty into the stars and stripes of the American flag. The customs, practices and perspectives each of us brings, whether we have come to this country from another land, or our parents or grandparents came before us, are what make this country remarkable. On another note, please know that throughout the next month, Hempstead's Recycling Department will be hosting the annual cleanup days for unwanted house and yard furniture, tree limbs, broken electrical equipment and small/large NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Do the Math for an Intermediate School Graduation About the Author I talk too much, I laugh too loud I know to little and I’m over proud I under work and over eat I’m sometimes late and not to neat My hair is short and I’m kinda light But I’m still living, everything is alright Because I know I’m gonna make it And that’s all that really matters anyhow Hey now! I always believed in the back of my mind that I was going to make it. But I needed the courage and tenacity to do what it took to follow the dreams I had for myself. I’m going to tell you how I made it until this point in my life…I had to do the math. I’m going to ask you to do the math… if you want to maximize your life. Now, I was so bad in math in junior high school that my algebra teacher told me she would pass me only if I promised not to tell anyone she had been my teacher. So, when I talk about “doing the math.” You have to know it is a metaphor for being in charge of your life. You have to find the way to use the variables life throws at you and get the solution you want. Variables like the gender you are, boy or girl; your ethnicity and culture, are you considered black, white, brown or yellow; the amount of money you have or don’t have, considered rich, middle income or poor; the language you were born speaking; where you live; the family you have…these are all variables, factors that you have to work with to arrive at the solution to what you’re going to be “when you grow up.” Your life is a math equation only you can solve. You are the problem solver. There are variables in the equation that you don’t expect and others don’t respect. There are unknowns x and y’s that will be added and subtracted to your life. You will not be able to have power over some of those variables other than to decide what process, what formula or formulas you can use to ultimately create a life you want. Then there are factors only you are in charge of. You mind…mind over matter…if you don’t mind…it don’t matter. You need the courage and tenacity to follow your heart, mind and spirit rather than to follow your current friends. When I was in 6th grade I had a friend who had my back…was my best friend…but her life style was not what I needed if I was going to become what I wanted to be…I had to subtract her from and add new friends with my same goals and dreams. Even with boyfriends …I had to subtract… I had to multiply my efforts in those areas in which I wasn’t strong…I wasn’t going to be passed in Geometry in high school because I hadn’t worked. The teacher informed me that I was going to fail. There was nothing I could do except to get a 75% or better on the State Regents Exam. I had messed up all semester, but I found the tenacity to do what I had to do to get an 85% on the test…The teacher had already given me the failing grade on the report card, which was indicated in red ink. It had to be crossed out and replaced with the passing grade of 65%. Not the best grade in my high school career, but better than I would have received had I not focused in and changed a variable in the equation. Today is one of the times you are going to have to look at your life…know that only you can figure it out…Life is a problem you have to be willing to solve. Only you will add, multiply, divide, subtract in ways that allow you to solve the equation to get the answer you want. In the end the choices you make…how you did the math becomes the sum total of your life. To maximize your life you have to be ready, willing and able to do the math. Thank goodness that math teacher my first math teacher saw something in me beyond my capacity or willingness to do the math in NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

DR. LINDAMICHELLE BARON Village Griot, Author, Publisher, Educator, Columnist, African American Role Model and Village Life Magazine Woman of Excellence her class. Thank goodness she saw, perhaps, that I believed the lie that I couldn’t be good in math. I believed the “oky doke” … back then, that I, a girl, couldn’t be good in math, I, a girl, shouldn’t be good in math. That was the message society seemed to be sending out. So I wasn’t willing to work hard enough to get it. I bought into the lie. I sometimes use the expression, “don’t drink the Kool Aid.” I drank the Kool Aid. Society gives you messages about yourself that you have to believe or not. If you believe them rather than believe in who and what you are and what you can be then you “drink the Kool Aid.” There is a saying, “Who do you believe, me or your lying eyes?” My eyes could have told me differently. There were girls in my class who were good in Algebra. In fact the teacher was a woman (a grown up girl). She was obviously good in math. But I believed what society was telling me rather than my “lying eyes.” I believed I was so bad in math… I wrote a poem, “Math isn’t easy I don’t care what they say I’m going to close my eyes and subtract it away Divide what’s left Watch it disappear. Sure hope this problem Is divisible by fear.” What I found out was that it wasn’t the math that was hard. It was my fear that was making it hard. It was my lack of belief in myself and in my ability to learn that was making it hard or impossible. I had to subtract my fear and add my tenacity and focus not just for math, but for my life. I had to create an equation that equaled the life I wanted. I had to decide, courageously, in spite of what others said about me or to me, that I could take charge of my life. I had to decide that I would not be the lowest common denominator of myself. I was willing to be more than I even believed I could be. I had to allow the highest authority to help me along because sometimes we don’t leave the way open for our own success. We shut the doors to our possibilities. James Brown sang, “I don’t want nobody to give me nothing. Just open up the door. I’ll get it myself.” The doors are open. Let’s get what’s out there for us. I’m going to mix the metaphor I started with. Instead of math I’m going to compare our life to technology. We must find the support software to add to our lives and delete the viruses infecting our brains and spirit. Get rid of the viruses that can impair your “hard drive.” Be courageous as you move on to high school. I’ll use another metaphor, one from astronomy, be willing to move beyond the cluster of stars and jump for the sun. The universe is before you. Do the math, upgrade your hard drive and jump for the sun!!!

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Crimes of the Cubicle: 15 Desk Don'ts Don't Let a Messy Cubicle Interfere with Your Career It’s your cubicle. You even have a nameplate. So it’s your personal space, right? Not really. It’s more like a seat at the dinner table than a room in the house. In other words, any sense of privacy is an illusion. Treat your office space with respect if you want to be taken seriously in the workplace.

needs to watch (or smell) you smear mustard on naked bread and then pile on the deli meat just so.

As annoying as that little snag in your fingernail or chip in your polish may be, resist the temptation for an onthe-spot fix. Oh sure, it will just take a moment. But before you know it, you've filed the rest of your nails and touched up your toes, much to the dismay of anyone within range of the grating sounds and noxious fumes. Also, consider that every snip of the nail clipper will generate a clipping that may descend gently into your trashcan -- or alternately fly into office space with your DNA affixed to it. Shaving? Tweezing? Dental floss? Eww. If you wouldn't do it in front of your boss, don't do it at your desk Assembling sandwiches Unless you actually work on an assembly line, there's no excuse for assembling sandwiches or other meals at your desk. You make your kids pack their school lunches the night before, right? There's a reason. No one NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Worse yet, they might ask you if you have any extra, and do you really want to share your extra lean turkey pastrami with Bob from accounting? Excessive decorating Yes, you practically live at your desk. But in reality, you don’t. So skip the over-the-top seasonal decorations like the bobble head pumpkin man with glowing eyes and a

You want to keep your job? Avoid doing any of these 15 inexcusable activities at your desk.

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menacing cackle, the musical snow globe that plays "The 12 Days of Christmas" any time someone walks by, your motivational "Valentine's Day Suck" poster... They'll work better as home décor -- or on the bargain table of your next garage sale. Framed college diploma or professional awards? Yes. Stuffed tiger mascot that roars when you squeeze its big toe? Not so much. Undressing the part If the shoes look good but pinch your toes, too bad. You put them on today. And they're staying there until you get back home ... or at least to your car. Same with the itchy wool jacket. Yes, you can toss it back on in time for your afternoon meeting. But what if your boss peeks in to introduce a new hire and you're sitting (Continued on page 17)

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there in a cloud of foot odor and perspiration? Highly unprofessional. If you've planned ahead and dressed with officeappropriate layering, go ahead and hang up the jacket until the meeting. But the shoes? Don't even think about it Hitting the marketplace Buying or selling in the office place is bad form. That means no checking on how your old baseball cards are faring on eBay and no hunting down the best deal on snow tires from your office chair. If you're a good employee, you're meticulous about details and any "quick check" would certainly turn into a comprehensive search on company time. Or worse, you'd be time crunched to make a hasty regrettable decision (how's that Toothpick of the Month Club working out for ya?). Better to save the online shopping and eBaying for the middle of the night, where it belongs. Checking your winks Yes, the blonde snowboarding enthusiast on that online dating site is just your type. Did she respond to that email you sent? Did she notice the dashing new profile photo you posted of you standing next to that random sports car? Three words: Love is patient. She can wait. You can wait. If there's going to be magic, it will still be waiting on your home computer tonight after work. Besides, she might want to talk on the phone, and then you'd have to resort to yet another faux pas…Talking in Code. Talking too loud, too soft or in code The only thing more annoying than hearing co-workers' loud telephone conversations is hearing their whispered conversations. And the only thing worse than the dramatic whisper is Code Talk. You know, those careful conversations that begin with, "I really can't talk about it right now, but..." Stop it. Stop right there. Before the "but." There will be no word substitution or pointed innuendo. No saying "the situation we talked about" which means "my coworker who wears that really nasty cologne." Do not attempt to describe last night's date without actually using the word "date." Save the play-byNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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play for later when you can use complete sentences. Moping around OK, Snowboard Girl was The One. You knew it. Your friends knew it. But she somehow missed out on that whole love vibe. So now your life is basically over, and you have no one with whom to deflect Aunt Margaret's sympathy at the family Christmas dinner. Psssst. That’s personal. You’re at work. If you feel emotional, it’s better to sniffle in Stall #3 than at your desk. And if you focus on today’s tasks instead of moping over The One, you’re not only modeling professionalism, you will actually heal faster. Sending self portraits You would never make a personal call at your desk where everyone can overhear you. (Good for you!) But what about sending a quick photo of yourself at the new job with your cell phone camera? Of course you need to get a decent picture first. No, not that one. It (Continued on page 24)

HEMPSTEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY ADULT WORKSHOP ARE YOU AN ENTREPRENEUR? Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 6:30pm – 7:30pm For immediate release* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * advance Registration needed * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Contact: Reference* * * * * * * * * *********** * * *481-6990 This introductory business planning course is presented by a representative of the Community Development Corporation. It is open to current and prospective small business owners. During the session, participants will gain an understanding of what it takes to start a business, learn what they need to know about business planning, assess their skills, and consider the legal and tax issues needed to get started. Participants should understand that this is a one hour basic overview workshop and is not meant to be in-depth. The program will be held in the Community Room. Registration is required for this free program. PAGE 17


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ASK LISA-ANNE Greetings Readers! The weather is warming and we are all looking forward to enjoy time outside barbequing, swimming and having fun. Summer time is fun for youngsters too and a time for lots of family fun, too. While having fun, we must teach and observe safety rules with our kids! We can’t expect excited children to remember and to observe all of the safety rules we have taught them: we need to be nearby and diligently watch over them. Here are a few safety concerns to review: SUN SAFETY Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside, and use sunscreen even on cloudy days. The SPF should be at least 15 for children, however 30-45 is even better, and should protect against UVA and UVB rays.  The first, and best, line of defense against the sun is covering up. Wear a hat with a three-inch brim or a bill facing forward, sunglasses (look for sunglasses that block 99-100% of ultraviolet rays), and cotton clothing with a tight weave.  Stay in the shade whenever possible, and limit sun exposure during the peak intensity hours - between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater. Be sure to apply enough sunscreen - about one ounce per sitting for a young adult.  Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.  Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand as they reflect UV rays and may result in sunburn more. Don’t let a mild temperature make you think sun damage can not happen, it can. POOL SAFETY  Install a fence at least four-feet high around all four sides of the pool. The fence should not have openings or protrusions that a young child could use to get over, under, or through.  Make sure pool gates open out from the pool, and selfclose and self-latch at a height children can't reach.  Never leave children alone in or near the pool, even for a moment.  Keep rescue equipment (a shepherd's hook - a long pole with a hook on the end - and life preserver) and a portable telephone near the pool. Choose a shepherd’s hook and other rescue equipment made of fiberglass or other materials that do not conduct electricity.  Avoid inflatable swimming aids such as "floaties." They are not a substitute for approved life vests and can give NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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children a false sense of security.  Children may not be developmentally ready for swim lessons until after their fourth birthday. Swim programs for children under 4 should not be seen as a way to decrease the risk of drowning.  Whenever infants or toddlers are in or around water, an adult should be within arm's length, providing "touch supervision."  If you have a pool cover, remove it completely before using the pool. A partially covered pool can trap a child.  Don't leave chairs or tables near fences that a small child could stand on to climb over.  Remove toys from pools so kids won't be tempted to reach in to retrieve them. Don't allow tricycles or wagons in the pool area. Read more on FamilyEducation: http://life.familyeducation.com/ safety/pool-safety/48156.html#ixzz1vhvXsGyk Ticks Ticks are small, eight-legged bugs, usually brown or black in color. They are the second leading carrier of diseases to humans, second only to mosquitoes. Warm summer weather makes ticks more active, so it is important to be extra vigilant when spending time outdoors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers these tips to avoid picking up any of these nasty buggers, and the best way to remove a tick if you or your child happens to pick one up. Read more on FamilyEducation: http:// life.familyeducation.com/slideshow/avoidingtick-bites/70907.html#ixzz1vhuWJXRw Remember to watch kids closely while they play on outdoor equipment. Protect them from stinging or biting insects. Make sure they wear a helmet while riding bikes and skate boarding and don’t let them go to other kids’ homes when you don’t know the parents. Remind kids about stranger dangers, too. Visit http:// life.familyeducation.com/summer/safety/33585.html for a full list of dangers to children. Keep safe! Lisa-Anne Ray-Byers is a licensed and certified speechlanguage pathologist who has worked in education for over two decades. She holds graduate degrees in speech-language pathology and multicultural education. She also holds certification in educational administration. She is the author of the children’s books, They Say I Have ADHD, I Say Life Sucks! Thoughts From Nicholas and They S S Say I’m a StStStutterer, But I S S Say Nothing! Meet Kelly and coauthor of 365 Ways to Succeed With ADHD all available by contacting her. She is the Education Editor of the Community Journal newspaper in Long Island, New York and a member of the National Education Writers Association. She is currently employed in the Hempstead School District. You may contact her at speechlrb@yahoo.com or by visiting her website at www.AskLisaAnne.com.

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Legislator Troiano joins AT&T in the fight against texting while driving Nassau County Legislator Robert Troiano joined AT&T in rolling out the company’s new “It Can Wait” pledge, an initiative against texting-while-driving. The first local pledge drive and informational seminar was held at Hempstead High School and attended by students who took the pledge not to text while driving. The National Safety Council estimates that over 100,000 crashes a year involve drivers who are texting, and despite a near universal understanding that it is dangerous, a recent survey found that 43% of teens admit to texting while driving. The number one cause of auto fatalities among teenagers is texting while driving. The National Traffic Safety Administration reports that sending or receiving a text message while driving takes the driver’s attention off the road for an average of 5 seconds, the equivalent, at 55 miles per hour, of driving the length of a football field while blindfolded. But teens are not the only ones guilty of texting while driving, 77 percent of teens report having witnessed this dangerous texting habit from the same adults who tell teens not to use their mobile devices behind the wheel The “It Can Wait” campaign seeks to curb that number NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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in a variety of ways, including taking the pledge; an online simulator that demonstrates the dangers of texting behind the wheel; a new app for Android and BlackBerry smartphone users called AT&T DriveMode that sends a message telling anyone sending a text or email while you are driving that you are unable to reply until you have stopped; and a sobering 8-minute documentary on the dangers of texting while driving. All of these components of the campaign are available online at www.itcanwait.com. Legislator Troiano thanked AT&T and the “It Can Wait” campaign for its efforts “to make texting and driving as unacceptable as drinking and driving.” “We applaud Legislator Troiano’s efforts to join with AT&T to educate the public on this issue, especially as summer draws near which is an especially dangerous time for young drivers,” said Brandon Ray, regional director External Affairs, AT&T, Long Island. “The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the 100 deadliest for U.S. teen drivers. We urge teens and their parents to take the pledge to never text and drive again in their lifetime. No text is worth dying for,” added Ray. Photo 1737 Caption: Legislator Robert Troiano with Tina Lake – the school district parent liaison, Brandon Ray – the AT&T regional director of external affairs, Gary Battle-photographer/coordinator from Hempstead High School, Erika Kolb – also from AT&T, along with students from who signed the pledge ‘ IT CAN WAIT’ promising not to text and drive.

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ABGS Middle School Ranks Third In Nation in AfricanAmerican History Competition!!! This is the time of year when we focus deservedly on seniors who are about to graduate from high school, hopefully heading to the halls of college and continue their journey along an educational path. However, there are times when we need to place the spotlight on the younger set and the underclassmen. Such is the case this week after students from Alverta B. Gray Schultz Middle journeyed to New Orleans last week, competed nationally and finished third best in the country, putting A.B.G.S. Middle School and the Hempstead School district on the map. Travis Nelson, 8th grade and Andrew Culbreath, 7th grade, along with high schoolers, TimoNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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thy and Elijah John, were winners in April of the local African American History Challenge, sponsored by the 100 Black Men Chapter Of Long Island Inc. (Phil Andrews, president). The local victory garnered the students a trip to New Orleans, Louisiana June 5-9 to compete in the Jeopardy style national African-American History Challenge, one of the focus pieces of the 100 Black Men Of America, Inc. 27th Annual Conference. After losing their first match in the preliminary round by a razor thin scoring margin of 20-19 to Knoxville, Tennessee, the ABGS Middle School, (Hank Williams, principal) came roaring back in the next three matches to defeat Baton Rouge, LA., Charlotte, N. C., and Phoenix, AZ. The ABGS middle school team consisted of students Travis Nelson and Andrew Culbreath. At one point during the matches Travis Nelson answered 10 consecutive questions causing one national official to say, "This student has unlimited potential. No matter where he's from he can be anything he wants!" Another official is reported to have said, "Awesome, rarely have I seen anything like (Continued on page 35)

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Giblyn School International Day Celebration and Luncheon Students at Leo F. Giblyn Elementary School in Freeport celebrated their annual International Day with a bevy of learning activities at all grade levels, culminating in a luncheon that featured multinational cuisine. Starting with the youngest groups, kindergartners were told stories that contrasted their lives in Freeport with those of children in other countries, while the first-grade classes gathered on the playground to sing Richard and Robert Sherman’s “It’s a Small World” and Ester Dean’s “Let It Grow (Celebrate the World).” Second-graders read Norah Dooley’s “Everybody Cooks Rice,” followed by a rice sampling party. They also created their own rice cookbook from contributed family recipes. Third-graders used their creative talents to fashion African masks and Mexican maracas. The fourth-grade students were part of a re-enactment of the immigrant experience at Ellis Island, with teachers and volunteers acting as immigration officials. “Each student was treated as though they were an immigrant at Ellis Island,” said Principal Amanda Muldowney. “They learned about the scrutiny people were under before they were permitted entry to the United States.” A schoolwide lunchtime gathering featured original essays, choral singing and the honoring of community members who were instrumental in the recovery from Superstorm Sandy. The coveted Mary Johnson International Luncheon Award was presented to reading teacher Lori Downing in acknowledgment of her many years of service. Everyone then enjoyed an array of international cuisine, brought in from local restaurants and served buffet-style. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Freeport Celebrates Retirees During the June 5 Freeport School District Board of Education meeting, the district’s most recent retirees were recognized for their many years of professionalism and dedication to the students they served. “Tonight we celebrate your extraordinary years of service,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham. “You have inspired our students and your colleagues. You have left an indelible mark on our school district, and we thank you for your dedication to the success of our students and our school district.” The audience was filled with colleagues, family members and friends, who showed their appreciation with their applause as each retiree was recognized and presented with a plaque to commemorate his or her years of service. The district congratulates and offers best wishes to the following retirees: Pictured : Wendy Cave Arthur Debin Catherine Donohue Fran Feinberg Ellen Frey Delores Galgano Blanche Garcia Sedigheh Karimi Beverly McLean Peggy Miller Mary Ann Ross Lawrence Sheridan Mark Surval Lucretia Valerie-Randazzo Diane Wahlers Sheila Walsh NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Former Long Beach City Councilman Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail for Receiving Improper Unemployment Benefits Jury convicted Fagen of 18 felonies for failing to report salary he received as elected official MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that former Long Beach City Councilman Michael Fagen has been sentenced to 30 days in jail after being convicted by a jury of filing for unemployment benefits to which he was not entitled. Fagen, 56, of Long Beach, was convicted of 18 counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, and one misdemeanor count of Petit Larceny in January. Judge Meryl Berkowitz also sentenced Fagen to five years of probation and ordered him to pay full restitution. The DA’s Office recommended a six-month jail sentence. Fagen was removed from office after his conviction.

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

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Rice said that Fagen began receiving $405 per week in Unemployment Insurance Benefits from the New York State Department of Labor (DOL) in September 2009. In November 2009, Fagen was elected to a four-year term as a Long Beach city councilman, a full-time position, and began receiving a yearly salary of $19,828 upon his inauguration in January 2010. Fagen failed to disclose his government employment to the DOL, as well as his employment Nassau County District as a salesman for a hotel memAttorney Kathleen Rice bership benefits company while continuing to receive undeserved unemployment benefits. After his inauguration, he falsely certified that he was unemployed to the DOL. “Mr. Fagen was trusted by the people of Long Beach to represent their interests, yet he violated that trust with every unemployment check he cashed,” Rice said. “My office will continue to hold accountable those public officials who think they can line their pockets at the expense of the very people they represent.” The investigation of this case was jointly conducted by the District Attorney’s Office and the New York State Department of Labor’s Office of Special Investigations following notification by the City of Long Beach. Chief Marshall Trager and Assistant District Attorney William Jorgenson of the Government & Consumer Frauds Bureau are prosecuting the case for the DA’s Office. Fagen is represented by Marc Gann, Esq.

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

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

Pretending you aren't sick If you're going through enough tissues to dent a small rainforest, go home. Yesterday when you worked past five with those occasional sniffles, you were dedicated and tough. Today you're just gross. You know that cringing feeling you get when someone is sneezing uncontrollably, hacking like a barking seal or blowing their nose a little too often and a lot too loudly? Sandy in the next cubicle has moved past cringing and is applying hand sanitizer to her face. And guess who she's going to blame if she gets sick? Saving it for later Yum! Half of a big crusty bakery muffin and the remains of that Paprika Maple Latte that you might want to finish later (if you decide you really do like it after all). Define "later." If later will occur within the next hour, by all means keep the muffin (which can't be that good or you would have scarfed it down already) and your red flecked drink to the side on your desk. But put the muffin back in the bag and keep a lid on the latte. And they had better be from this morning, not last week. Leftovers are bad enough in the fridge, left on your desk they will colonize. And mold is bad for business.

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Engaging your imaginary friend We all talk to ourselves occasionally. "You are parking the car in Row G," "Paper towels, bananas, peanut butter..." It keeps us in the moment and helps us remember song lyrics. The trick is to keep the conversation private. Between you and you. If you say it out loud, it's between you, Sandy (who's still ticked off about all the sneezing) and whoever happens to walk by. Sleeping on the job Unless Human Resources handed you a pillow along with your ID badge, you should assume that sleeping is not a part of your job. While midday siestas are acceptable in many European and Asian countries and have even proven to increase productivity, they are still newsworthy in the U.S., meaning that workplace napping is not the norm. Yes, if you angle your chair just so, chances are no one will notice the occasional head bob when you jerk awake from a quick snooze. But better that you master your TV recorder and watch late night shows when it fits with your natural biological rhythms. Sneaking one little kiss/hug/squeeze He picked you up for lunch at the office. This is serious. He's met your boss. Could your friends and parents be next? It's not like you'd ever actually make out in your cubicle. You've read the articles at Salary.com and know better. But you're in love! Just one little kiss? Risky. Pick the wrong moment (or the wrong guy) and your private moment will go viral. There will be a strange and sudden hush when you walk into the break room. People will snicker. Just keep in mind that your sofa is in your living room and that your cubicle is on company property and you'll be fine. Cursing up a storm From the back of the bus in middle school, a well-timed swear word may have given you an aura of maturity (as long as the bus driver didn't overhear and reassign you the seat directly behind him), but at work or in any professional setting, cursing is viewed as unpolished behavior. If you can't control your own language, how does your boss know you're capable of steering that marketing project to the next level? Come up with alternate word choices and practice saying them instead. Eventually, they'll become new word habits that will work in your favor, not against you. Listen to your conscience Not sure if something's a desk do or a desk don't? Use common sense and enlist your conscience. The little voice that said "don't" to uploading your Lady Gaga dance moves to Facebook is your friend. It wants you to win at work and in life. Listen to it. And Be Prepared... So a coworker or boss criticized your messy work space. The silver lining is simple: at least you have a job. But if you're going for a performance review soon and asking for a raise, you'll need to be thoroughly prepared. And Salary.com can help.

The first thing you should do is research, so you're able to come to the table armed with the knowledge of what your job is worth. Use our free Salary Wizard below to find out what's a fair salary for your position. You can enter your location, education level, years of experience and more to find out an appropriate salary range before you negotiate.

History of black surveillance influences African-American attitudes on spying The current spying controversy at the National Security Agency has caught many Americans off guard and has conjured up images of Big Brother. The NSA has secretly collected the private phone calls and internet data of its citizens, allowing the federal agency to monitor people who were not suspected of any unlawful activity. Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who leaked information on the secret surveillance programs, is now a fugitive in hiding in Hong Kong. And yet, while civil liberties advocates may find this type of surveillance illegal, an unconstitutional invasion of privacy and even grounds to sue the government, African-Americans may not necessarily react with as much outrage. Decades under the microscope It gets complicated. The black community has decades of experience being monitored, so this type of surveillance is nothing new. Given the long history of being spied upon, many blacks already assume they are being monitored by the government. Yet, a new poll from Pew Research Center and the Washington Post suggests that blacks may have forgotten about all those years of surveillance, or perhaps have even internalized all of that snooping. According to the Pew survey, 56 of people believe the NSA tracking of telephone calls is an acceptable way to fight terrorism. That includes 53 percent of whites, 62 percent of blacks and 63 percent of nonwhites in general. Further, 45 percent of Americans believe the government should intrude even further into our internet activity in order to prevent terrorist attacks, while 52 percent disagree. Meanwhile, 55 percent of blacks believe the feds should go the extra mile if such a move would thwart terrorism. And when asked if it is more important for the government to investigate threats if it intrudes on privacy, or not intrude even if it limits the government’s ability to investigate threats, 62 percent voted for investigating threats. While 60 percent of whites and 67 percent of nonwhites approved of investigations, 75 percent of blacks approved. African-Americans are no strangers to surveillance, as their activities were highly regulated through the slave codes, laws which controlled both slaves and free blacks. The slave patrols, consisting of white slaveholding and non-slaveholding men, were designed to prevent slave rebellions. The patrols were ordered to stop the slaves they found on the road, compel the slaves to produce a pass, and have them prove they were not breaking the law. Slave patrols often descended upon areas where slaves congregated, and could enter plantations without a warrant and search slave quarters for weapons, books, runaways or stolen property. Tuskegee is just the tip of the iceberg Between 1932 and 1972, the U.S. Public Health Service conducted experiments on 399 black men infected with syphilis in Macon (Continued on page 33)

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Ask Dr. Ty: How to gain weight the healthy way and more Welcome to another Ask Dr. Ty! Today’s topic is nutrition. Q. Are there any studies that suggest that soymilk helps lessen the negative effects of menopause? - Joan B. asks on Facebook A. Not really. This theory that soy can decrease menopause symptoms came about because menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes come from low estrogen, and some components of soy are similar to estrogen. The thought is that if you replace the lost estrogen with soy, the symptoms may go away.

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weight. Please help. - Dedeh W. wrote in a Facebook message Your goal should be health first, not fitting into a certain size or getting to a particular weight. If you’re in fact underweight, then there are some things you can try in order to add pounds. Instead of eating three times a day, increase to five or more. When you do eat, increase the amount of healthy carbohydrates you eat — whole grains, breads, starchy vegetables and even fruit. Eat a lot of protein – you can drink protein shakes, so you get more in without getting full so quickly. But, pick healthy foods, not junk. You don’t want to just pounds of fat. Remember, you can be thin and still be unhealthy. Thin people can have heart attacks and strokes. Dr. Tyeese Gaines is a physician-journalist with over 10 years of print and broadcast experience, now serving as health editor for MSNBC’s theGrio.com. Dr. Ty is a practicing emergency medicine physician in New Jersey and clinical instructor of emergency medicine at Yale School of Medicine. Follow her on twitter at @doctorty.

But, neither soy nor soymilk has been shown to decrease hot flashes Note: The information included in this post is for educational purposes or any of the other symptoms, namely loss of libido or vaginal dryness. only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional mediQ. What are nutritional advantages of exclusively eating free-range cal advice. or grass-fed meat products? - Caleph W. tweeted via Twitter A. The verdict is still out. Beef from grass-fed cows are higher in both antioxidants and healthy fats like Omega-3. However, whether this increase actually affects our bodies positively is unknown. Free-range, by the way, just means that at some point, the animals were allowed to roam outside of their cages. It doesn’t dictate what they’re fed. They could still be fed antibiotics or the grains that speed up growth.

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Ask Dr. Ty: Nursing a bad back and lowering high blood pressure Question: “I did my daughter’s Sweet 16 party on Saturday, including cleaning, cooking and moving stuff. Sunday morning, my lower back was in so much pain. What can I do instead of going to the doctor?” – Nakia B. asked on Facebook. Answer: When a back injury leads to a muscle strain or painful spasms, there are a few tactics you can try. It sounds simple, but try not to injure it again. Avoid heavy lifting or movements that use your back muscles while your back is in this vulnerable state. Make sure you’re sleeping on a good mattress and not falling asleep on the couch. Wearing a back brace can help protect it, as well as remembering to lift things by bending your knees, not your waist. But, be patient — not giving yourself enough time to heal is a sure way to prolong your recovery. Use methods that soothe the muscles. Soak in a warm bath or let the warm shower hit against your back. Heating pads work well also, but be careful not to burn the skin by leaving it on too long. And, massage those knots you can reach — it may hurt more at first, but it will help in the long run. Stay active so you don’t get stiff. After a few days of rest, start gently stretching your back muscles. Ease back into aerobic activities and slowly advance to exercises that use back muscles. Strengthening your abdominal muscles with sit-ups or core exercises will take the strain off of your back moving forward. Seek medical treatment if you’re not getting better. If you’re aiming to avoid medication, consider a therapeutic massage or enrolling in physical therapy sessions. A chiropractor or osteopathic physician can also realign the spine, which may alleviate stubborn backaches. Numbness and tingling in the legs or new problems with incontinence are warning signs that your pain may be more than a simple back strain. See a doctor immediately in those cases. Question: “I need to know what to do to keep my blood pressure down.” – Denise B. said on Facebook.

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and, as a result, needs to use different approaches. Those with diseases such as lupus, for example, should aim treatment at the underlying cause — the lupus — at the same time as attacking the blood pressure. Many people who have chronic high blood pressure, or hypertension, are actually born with the genetic set up for developing it. But, lifestyle choices, weight gain and diet still play a large role. Many experts say that losing just 5 percent of body weight can improve hypertension and diabetes to the point of requiring no medication or less medication. Exercising a few days a week also helps. And, cutting down on salt, or sodium, intake is important. Sodium is in everything from sodas to canned vegetables. The average person should limit sodium to less than 2,300 mg each day. The average American actually consumes double this amount. African-Americans, on the other hand, tend to be more affected by sodium, so the recommended limit is only 1,500 mg.

Unfortunately, even with the best lifestyle, some people need medication to control their blood pressure. Remember that the initial damage from hypertension is silent. Left untreated, it can lead to kidney failure, dialysis, stroke and heart damage. So, it’s not to be taken lightly just because a person with hypertension feels well. Dr. Tyeese Gaines is a physician-journalist with over 10 years of print and broadcast experience, now serving as health editor for theGrio.com. Dr. Ty is also a practicing emergency medicine physician in New Jersey. Follow her on twitter at @doctorty. Note: The information included in this post is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider with questions. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship.

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Fred Luter Jr, Southern Baptists Convention’s first black president, re-elected HOUSTON (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention has re-elected its first black president, the Rev. Fred Luter Jr. Luter was first elected in 2012. His presidency comes at a time when the nation’s largest Protestant denomination is trying to move beyond its traditional white Southern base. The Nashville-based Southern Baptist Convention claims 16 million members, but recently announced that membership declined in 2012 for the sixth straight year. Luter was re-elected on Tuesday during the convention’s annual meeting in Houston. He was unopposed and received a standing ovation. Southern Baptist presidents can serve a maximum of two one-year terms.

State Senate Passes Pulse Oximetry Bill After Toddlers in Superhero Capes Visit Capitol American Heart Association applauds passage of lifesaving bill and calls for prompt action from Governor Cuomo Albany, New York – Following Monday’s call from the American Heart Association’s littlest superheroes, the New York State Senate passed a bill to ensure all babies are screened for heart defects using a simple pulse ox test. The bill has already passed the Assembly. "If my son Colton had pulse ox testing, the serious complications he suffered could have been avoided," she Melissa Berlin of Gloversville of her 22-month-old son. "Instead, we took Colton home from the hospital and he became gravely ill and had to fight for his life. I hope the pulse ox bill gets signed immediately so that other babies with critical heart defects can receive early diagnosis and treatment.” Pulse oximetry, or pulse ox, is a simple, painless and inexpensive screening that can help detect heart defects before a baby leaves the hospital. Wider use could help identify more than 90 percent of heart defects. “My daughter, Samantha, was born in 2002, seemingly healthy,” said Patti Stone of Congers. “Six weeks later, Samantha went into (Continued on page 31)

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Life Changing Words Be Prayerful Not Careful (Phil 4:6-7 KJV) “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” In everything we do in life our first action should always be to consult God. How do we do that? We do it through prayer. Prayer should be a dialogue not a monologue. When you petition God for anything you should be expecting an answer from Him. In reality no Christian should attempt to achieve or perform anything without first asking God what is His will. An important part of prayer is discerning God’s will and aligning yourselves with it. When you pray for that which you know pleases God, you can pray with confidence. That is why Gods word says be careful for nothing. To be careful insinuates that you are worried about making an error. See let’s look at the word careful and its definition. It means to be attentive to potential danger, error or harm: cautious, full of cares or anxiety. When you are careful in all things you are trusting yourself or something that is natural but when you are prayerful your trust should be in God. See it is hard to trust a God who you have no experience or a relationship with. Trusting God requires faith in Him and His word. Knowing that He never fails and His word will never return unto Him void but it will accomplish that which He said and in the thing and/or person in which He sends it. Prayer and supplication presents a cure for worrying for when we begin to pray Thanksgiving is present. Now thanksgiving begins to take you back to what God has brought you through and all He has done for you. This in turn increases your faith and dependence on Him. For you begin to think if He has done it before surely He can and will do it again. Maybe even greater works shall He do this time because your trust and dependence has demanded a great expectation from the Lord. You as a believer can receive and conceive the impossible or the unattainable when you are in a realm of expectation. For when your faith increases your revelation increases, which will, give you supernatural wisdom and understanding and this is NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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where the peace comes in. See the peace that surpasses all understanding is a sanctifying peace that goes beyond human comprehension. This is why this peace can keep your heart and minds because it is from God and not from this world. For surely the Creator, which is Christ, can and will keep the creation (which is man) in perfect peace whose mind stays on Him. Apostle Karen Deadwyler is a new author inspired by God. Her first book titled “His Miraculous Way” speaks of her victory through Jesus Christ. For Apostle Karen is truly a miracle writing about miracles. She is the Visionary of a women’s ministry called Willing Women of Worship Fellowship and the Pastor of Glory Temple Ministries. To contact her, inquire about her book or to send comments email her at kaynrony@yahoo.com or visit her website: www.godlypleasures.org

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Pray Without Ceasing TODAY’S SCRIPTURE “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17, NKJV) TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria What does it mean to pray without ceasing? That doesn’t mean for 24 hours a day we should get on our knees and never do anything else, never go to work. I believe this scripture is talking about an attitude. All throughout the day, under our breath, in our thoughts, we’re constantly thinking about God, thanking Him for His goodness, meditating on His promises, and asking for His help. Prayer should be a lifestyle. It should be so ingrained in us that it’s automatic. Develop the habit of acknowledging Him. That’s when God will fight your battles. That’s when God will make the crooked places smooth. Today, be determined to pray without ceasing. Listen to the Holy Spirit’s prompting to pray. Know that God is with you and for you, and when you acknowledge Him in all your ways, He will direct your paths. A PRAYER FOR TODAY Father, thank You for another day to live and bless Your name. I choose to pray without ceasing, to honor You, acknowledge You and follow Your leading. Keep me close to You today as I keep my heart and mind on You in Jesus’ name. Amen. — Joel & Victoria Osteen (Continued from page 28)

cardiac arrest. Samantha did not have a pulse ox test and we learned she had an undiagnosed congenital heart defect. A simple pulse ox test may have picked up her heart defect, alerting us to something which could have been repaired, thereby saving her life.” Heart defects are the No. 1 defect in newborns, affecting approximately 1 in 100 babies. Thirteen other states call for babies to be screened with a pulse ox test, but New York doesn’t – yet. In New Jersey, just hours after the pulse ox law took effect, a newborn’s life was saved. As the No. 1 killer of infants with birth defects, congenital heart defects take a significant toll on families across the country. Pulse ox consists of sensors placed on a baby's hand and foot to check blood oxygen levels. If their levels are too low, additional tests may be conducted that aid in detecting possibly life-threatening heart defects that might otherwise go undetected. “Pulse ox is a small test that can make a big difference,” said Julianne Hart, the American Heart Association’s government relaNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

tions director for New York. “The test is quick, painless and cheap. And more importantly, pulse ox is a lifesaver. We encourage the Governor to sign the bill immediately to protect our smallest hearts.” In September 2011, the U.S. Health and Human Service Secretary adopted the Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children’s recommendation to add pulse oximetry screening for critical congenital heart defects in newborns to the Uniform Screening Panel. It is now up to individual states to adopt this recommendation for their panels, determine an appropriate implementation strategy, and set a timeline for implementation. The Pulse Oximetry Bill, A2316/S270, is sponsored by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, D-Forestburgh and state Sen. William Larkin, R-Cornwall-on-Hudson. About the American Heart Association The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit www.heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.

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Question: "Is universalism / universal salvation biblical?" Answer: Universalism is the belief that everyone will be saved. There are many people today who hold to universal salvation and believe that all people eventually end up in heaven. Perhaps it is the thought of men and women living a life of eternal torment in hell that causes some to reject the teaching of Scripture on this issue. For some it is an over-emphasis on the love and compassion of God— and the neglect of the righteousness and justice of God—that leads them to believe God will have mercy on every living soul. But the Scriptures do teach that some people will spend eternity in hell. First of all, the Bible is clear that unredeemed men will dwell forever in hell. Jesus’ own words confirm that the time spent in heaven for the redeemed will last as long as that of the unredeemed in hell. Matthew 25:46 says, “Then they [the unsaved] will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” According to this verse, the punishment of the unsaved is just as eternal as the life of the righteous. Some believe that those in hell will eventually cease to exist, but the Lord Himself confirms that it will last forever. Matthew 25:41 and Mark 9:44 describe hell as “eternal fire” and “unquenchable fire.” How does one avoid this unquenchable fire? Many people believe that all roads—all religions and beliefs—lead to heaven, or they consider that God is so full of love and mercy that He will allow all people into heaven. God is certainly full of love and mercy; it was these qualities that led Him to send His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to die on the cross for us. Jesus Christ is the exclusive door that leads to an eternity in heaven. Acts 4:12 says, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” “There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5). In John 14:6, Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” If we choose to reject God’s Son, we do not meet the requirements for salvation (John 3:16, 18, 36). With verses such as these, it becomes clear that universalism and universal salvation are unbiblical beliefs. Universalism directly contradicts what Scripture teaches. While many people accuse Christians of being intolerant and “exclusive,” it is important to remember that these are the words of Christ Himself. Christians did not develop these ideas on their own; Christians are simply stating what the Lord has already said. People choose to reject the message because they do not want to face up to their sin and admit that they need the Lord to save them. To say that those who reject God’s provision of salvation through His Son will be saved is to belittle the holiness and justice of God and negate the need of Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf. Question: "What does it mean to be free from sin?" Answer: Proverbs 20:9 asks the question "Who can say, 'I have cleansed my heart; I am pure and free from sin'?" (NLT). We can NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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all identify with that. If we are honest with ourselves, we know we still sin. So why does Romans 6:18 say, "You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness"? Is this a contradiction? Sin can be defined as "any thought, action, or attitude that falls short of God's holiness" (Romans 3:23). Sin has many layers. There are specific actions or thoughts which are sinful. Murder, adultery, and theft are sins (Exodus 20:1–17). Even the desire to commit murder, adultery, and theft are sins (Matthew 5:21, 28). But sin goes deeper than that. We commit sins because we are sinners. Since Adam first sinned in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:17; 3:17–19), every person born has inherited a sin nature from him (Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:23; 5:12). We cannot help but sin because it is our nature to do so. A bird does not have to be taught how to build a nest and keep her eggs warm. It is her nature to do so. A baby does not have to be taught to be selfish and demanding. That comes naturally. However, we were not created to be sinful. We were designed by God in His own image (Genesis 1:27). Humanity is His masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10; Psalm 8:4–6). We were designed to live in fellowship with our Creator. But because of sin, we cannot enter His presence (Habakkuk 1:13). When Jesus died on the cross, He took upon Himself all the sin of the world (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 John 2:2). By taking the punishment for our sin, He cancelled the debt that each of us owes God (Colossians 2:14). He also reversed the curse of our old natures, which keeps us enslaved to sinful passions and desires (Galatians 3:10, 13). Before a person meets Christ, he or she is enslaved by that sin nature (Romans 7:25; 2 Peter 2:19). At the moment of conversion, we are given a new nature that has been freed from sin (Romans 6:18; 8:2). The entire chapter of Romans 6 explains this in detail. Verse 14 says, "For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace." To be free from sin means that those who have made Jesus the Lord of their lives are no longer enslaved by sin. We have the power, through the Holy Spirit, to live victoriously over sin (1 Corinthians 15:56–67; Romans 8:37). Just like we once followed fleshly desires, those who are "in Christ Jesus" now follow the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14; Galatians 5:24). Because we live in a fallen world and are still fleshly creatures, we will still occasionally sin (1 John 1:9; 2:1; Romans 7:21–22). But those who follow Christ do not make sin a lifestyle choice (1 John 2:1–6; 3:6–10; Romans 6:2). Those who have been born again (John 3:3) have received a new nature. Whereas the old nature drew us toward self-pleasure, the new nature tugs us toward holiness (2 Corinthians 5:17). To be free from sin means it no longer wields the power it once did. The stranglehold of selfishness, greed, and lust has been broken. Freedom from sin allows us to offer ourselves as willing slaves of the Lord Jesus Christ, who continues to work in us to make us more like Him (Romans 6:18; 8:29; Philippians 2:13). PAGE 32


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County, Alabama in the infamous Tuskegee experiment. 201 men who had not contracted the disease were used as a control group. The government treated the men as human guinea pigs by studying the effects of the disease yet failing to treat them with penicillin, never telling them they even had the disease, and allowing them to die. A class action suit in 1973 on behalf of the men and their families resulted in a $9 million settlement. Tragic chapters such as Tuskegee have been cited as a reason why African Americans distrust the medical establishment and are hesitant to participate in clinical research. One study found that 67 percent of black parents distrusted the medical profession, compared to half of white parents. For years, the federal government monitored black civil rights leaders. As early as 1917, federal agents kept tabs on Marcus Garvey and his speeches, fearing his power of his black nationalist movement. Beginning in 1919, FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover became fixated on Garvey, calling him a “notorious negro agitator” and using black informants to monitor the leader and dig up damaging information on him and his Universal Negro Improvement Association, the largest black organization in history. Using the first black FBI agent, Hoover ruined Garvey’s Black Star Line, a shipping line operating throughout the African Diaspora, and ultimately sent Garvey to prison after a politically-motivated prosecution for mail fraud. In later years, Hoover would employ the techniques he used against Garvey to neutralize civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, and groups such as the Black Panther Party. Under his secret COINTELPRO (counterintelligence) program, Hoover monitored and disrupted domestic groups and social movements the FBI claimed were threats to national security. In his directives, Hoover singled out so-called “hate-type organizations” such as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Congress of Racial Equality and the Nation of Islam. “Prevent the rise of a ‘messiah’ who could unify and electrify the militant black nationalist movement,” Hoover directed his agents. “Malcolm X might have been such a ‘messiah’… . Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael, and [Nation of Islam leader] Elijah Muhammed [sic] all aspire to this position … . King could be a very real contender for this position should he abandon his supposed ‘obedience’ to ‘white, liberal doctrines’ (nonviolence).” Hoover tracked Dr. King constantly—at times reportedly in compromising situations—and called him the “most dangerous and effective Negro leader in the country.” Memories of MOVE On May 13, 1985, following a standoff, a Philadelphia police helicopter dropped a bomb on the house on Osage Avenue occupied by the black “radical” group known as MOVE. Police reportedly fired on MOVE members as they escaped the burning home. Ramona Africa, one of the two survivors of the bombing, claims the bombing was retaliation for a 1978 standoff with police, after which nine MOVE members were arrested and imprisoned for death of a police officer. According to Temple University journalism professor Linn Washington—then a reporter for the Philadelphia Tribune—police had erected a starvation blockade around the MOVE house in the weeks leading to the standoff, and destroyed the MOVE compound and all evidence with it, only hours after the arrests. The 1985 bombing—which killed 11 people, including 5 children and destroyed an entire neighborhood of 61 row homes in West Philadelphia— marked the first such attack on U.S. citizens by government authorities. The survivors and victims’ families received $5.5 million in compensation from the city of Philadelphia. Finally, African-Americans and Latinos are monitored through stopand-frisk policies that civil rights groups say are unfair and based on race. The Center for Constitutional Rights filed Floyd v. City of New York, a class action lawsuit against the NYPD alleging an unconstitutional practice of racial profiling and stop-and-frisks almost exclusively in communities of color. According to official data, the NYPD made a record 684,330 stops. 87 percent of those stopped were black or Latino, and nine out of ten of the people stopped were neither arrested nor issued summonses. The Floyd case could lead to the appointment of a federal monitor for the New York police if the racial profiling policy is found unconstitutional

A.B.G.S. MIDDLE SCHOOL LADY TIGERS LEARN LESSONS ON LACROSSE FIELD The 2013 ABGS Middle School Lady Tigers had a successful season. Their success was a result of the hard work and determination they demonstrated through the cold month of April. In the cold, windy and rainy days of April, 7th and 8th grade girls that have never picked up a lacrosse stick or even played an organized sport trudged through frustration, state exams and Saturday practices to learn the game of lacrosse while also developing their stick skills. Their perseverance paid off when they finished the season with a 2-5-1 season. This special group of girls worked together to earn every point scored. The ability of this team to come together, motivate each other and remain focused and positive when things looked bleak was impressive. While down by three points on May 2, 2013 against West Hempstead the team showed its courageous nature. With less than three minutes left, our girls rallied and scored four points, beating West Hempstead 10-9. When reflecting back on the sea(Continued on page 34)

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son this is what Coach Moran (ABGS Math Teacher) and Coach Graziosi (ABGS ELA) fondly remember. Both Coach Moran and Coach Graziosi both agree that “this was a great group of girls that showed enthusiasm every day at practice and great courage and discipline on game day.” Lacrosse is a game that requires the mastery of basic skills and fundamentals such as cradling and catching and throwing. When facing teams like Long Beach, Southside and Oceanside where girls have been playing organized lacrosse since the third grade the challenge of staying competitive could force some teams to shut down. However, regardless of the score this group of Lady Tigers kept clawing away and working past their limitations. According to coach Graziosi, “this group of girls was just happy to be together and playing and smiling. No matter the score our girls showed sportsmanship and integrity.” While the girls did an amazing job of working together as a team, there were a few girls that stood out with their ability and leadership. This year’s MVP was Jada Stewart who scored 19 goals and could always be seen running up and down the field, motivating her teammates. Nariani Cooper was this season’s Sportsmanship Award recipient. She was our unsung hero whose determination, kindness and enthusiasm was infectious to the team and the coaches. Mr. Moran recalls, “the girls were a joy to be around, and I looked forward to seeing them and coaching them every day.” Some of the 7th grade girls who are new to the sport enjoyed the season so much, they are already looking ahead to next year. -B.J. Robinson and R. Graziosi NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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this!" Travis was recently inducted into the National Jr. Honor Society. He will be a Hempstead High school freshman in the fall. Andrew Culbreath will be an 8th grader. Andrew and Travis both participated in Adelphi’s STEP program where they won the oratorical contest. Andrew has received praise for his oratorical skills in several church venues.

(ABGS Middle School Students, Travis NelsonL, and Andrew Culbreath-R) The ABGS team then advanced to the semi-finals match where they succumbed to Omaha, NE. by a score of 33-23 but was awarded the third place ranking by recording the highest score amongst the semi-finalists not reaching the final round. In addition to the competition the students participated in workshops in health and wellness, educational health and financial literacy, mentor and mentee training, and community empowerment. They also attended a "Salute To Youth Breakfast" and "The Chairman's Award's Luncheon," as well as attending many other ballroom receptions

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Travis Nelson earned ranking as one of the top African-American middle school historians in the nation. Travis is also a member of the A.B.G.S. Middle School National Jr. Honor Society. The 100 Black Men Of Long Island Academic Team (L-R) academic advisor and coach, Khayyam Ali (ABGS), Timothy John (Hempstead H.S.), Travis Nelson (ABGS), Andrew Culbreath (ABGS), and Elijah John (Hempstead H.S.) Other activities while staying at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans Hotel included visiting Bourbon Street, the French Quarter, attending the 2013 Cajun Festival, touring the city via trolley car, nightly youth parties, and dining at the world famous "Mother's Restaurant”. The fact that these four young men made it to the national competition in New Orleans means they are all winners. They made their families, their school and their community proud. And, moreover, they prove that it’s cool to be smart and they give younger students something to aspire to. Congratulations! Go Hempstead Youth!!! -B.J. Robinson

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BETHEA ON NATIONAL LEAGUE COMMENTARY FOR THE CHEAP SEATS Hello Sports fans, the NBA Finals between Spurs and Heat have failed to expose who is the better team so far, even with the game winner heroics by the Spurs’ Tony Parker in the first game. NBA fans are still wondering how Parker was able to release a shot while falling down over Lebron James who is an exceptional defender and with no time on the 24-second clock. Tony Parker has played as if he is the best player in the NBA throughout the entire playoffs, however the Heat made adjustments and forced other Spurs players to contribute which is exactly what happened in game two. The high level of intensity that Danny Green has shown gives Spurs fans optimism. The product of Long Island shot 5 for 5 from the 3 point line in game two which was a close game until 3 minutes left in the third quarter with a subsequent Heat blow-out in the fourth quarter. In the second half of game two, the Heat proved defense is the key to their success. In conjunction with unprecedented shooting by sharp shooter Mike Miller and hired gun Ray Allen providing instant offense, the Heat looked like the best team in the NBA. Enter game three, and the tide shifts to the Spurs dominating with continued hot shooting from Spurs new Hot shot Danny Green. The Spurs Danny Green scored 27 points with some great defense that inspired a 30 plus point blow out that has future of the franchise written on it. Game 3 belonged to the Spurs from beginning to end as Heat big 3 failed to produce, and the normally reliable bench was invisible the entire night. The only negative for Spurs was an injury to star point guard Tony Parker which may sideline him for game 4 and that would make the series very interesting. The Spurs now have a 2 game to 1 lead over the Heat with finals games four, and five in San Antonio. In case your thinking the home team has an advantage, since the implementation of the 2-3-2 formats no home team has won three in a row yet. Heat fans must be encouraged by their center Bosh and D. Wade’s steady play in the finals, which was none existent in the Ind. Pacers Eastern Conference Finals until game 7. Prediction: with Spurs star Tony Parker nursing an injury at the worst time of the playoffs, I predict Heat wins Finals in as many games as it takes, they’re simply the better team. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

New York Yankee fans are still waiting for the stars to show up but the current roster is proving that winning games supersedes everything. Superstar Alex Rodriguez has managed to grab attention without suiting up for a game which is unfortunate for MLB overall. The last thing America’s favorite summer past-time needs are more scandal involving the game’s best players. Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun has been accused of using a banned substance but because he plays in such a small market it’s just an accusation and not major news. In New York’s powerful media driven market this is a nightmare for the Yankee franchise. MLB fans all over the world have asked is this banned substance issue worth ruining great careers and the game itself. The MLB Commissioner, Allan (Bud) Selig, has to develop a system and guide the league forward without stepping on the accomplishments of its most famous athletes. The majority of the cases are past sins, which haven’t been proven and are character assassination for the possibility of use, which distracts the fan from the game we love. The greatest player ever to play the game of basketball was honored this week with a documentary about his life. Julius (Dr. J) Erving of Hempstead, New York was finally recognized in an NBA Documentary that truly identified Dr. J as the best and most exciting basketball player ever. This week the NBA channel assembled a film that described the most fascinating and articulate athlete that’s ever lived. The film takes a walk through Hempstead and Roosevelt in the early 60’s with grace and profound language that points out the trail from Julius Erving to Dr. J in what formed his great career. The Harlem Pro Rucker tournament was a highlight that was told with respect and admiration from great players such as Nate” Tiny” Archibald and Pee Wee Kirkland, Harlem’s legend in his own right. This tribute was a long over due to Dr. J that I thank God it was produced while the legend is alive. If anyone is interested in a more detailed book about Dr. J and his life look for the Rise and Rise of Julius Erving by Vincent Mallozzi, a truly well written account about this true living legend.

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NBA TV’s latest documentary explores the legend of ‘Dr J.’ Dr. J was bad. And so cool. NBA TV’s new documentary The Doctor overflows with incredible adjectives, stories and highlights of the Hall-of-Fame basketball career of Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving. The film, which follows up on the success of last year’s look at the famous 1992 Dream Team, explores how Erving became the legend he is known as today. In an era without social media and instant You Tube highlight reels, Erving built his early reputation by word of mouth. He dazzled on New York’s playgrounds and the courts of the ABA without any of the fanfare that today greets players who haven’t even reached high school. Here are 5 of the film’s most intriguing moments: 1) Family loss fueled Dr J’s competitive flare Certain athletes just have an edge about them. Maybe it’s how they play or the dedication they show in their respective sport. Part of Erving’s ‘edge’ which led him to a wildly successful basketball career is rooted in his relationship with his younger brother Marvin. Separated by just three years, the two brothers were a constant duo on and off the basketball court growing up. Erving reveals in the film that Marvin was often sick, suffering from asthma and occasionally breaking out with rashes. “That made me more protective,” Erving says of his brother’s bouts with sickness. “Subbing in for the father’s role and being more than a big brother.” The two were incredibly close and their bond remained strong even as Julius went off to the University of Massachusetts to play basketball. Marvin visited him on campus his freshman year and Julius remembers his brother complaining about joint pain. Once Marvin’s visit ended and he returned home to Long Island, he was hospitalized and diagnosed with lupus. Erving also returned home some months later when his brother’s condition worsened. At the hospital, Erving remembers his brother’s last words: “I’m really tired,” Erving recalls in one of the more poignant moments in the film. “[The angels] need to come and get me.” Overwhelmed but not defeated, Erving used his brother’s death as momentum to push forward. He returned to UMass for his sophomore season and dominated. “When I line up against an opponent who is only thinking of [facing me], now I got two spirits in there,” Erving said. “I got mine. I got my brother’s. I have a slight advantage.” In two varsity seasons at UMass, Erving averaged 26 points and 20 rebounds. His next stop would be the American Basketball Association. 2) Respect from the basketball world You knew Magic Johnson would be all over a documentary about Julius Erving. And sure enough, he serves up one of the film’s most memorable lines: “When greatness meets class, that’s what God created in Dr. J.” Following the Sixers’ loss to Portland in the 1977 NBA Finals, Erving instructed his teammates to enter the visitors’ locker room to congratulate the champs. His teammate World B. Free couldn’t believe it and would have preferred to start a fight instead. But Erving’s diplomacy prevailed and his team joined him. He is just that cool. When Erving announced that the 1986 season would be his last, the basketball world took note and paid homage. Charles Barkley, a teammate of Erving’s for three seasons in Philadelphia, said playing with Doc was like “being around royalty.” TheGrio: ‘Dream Team’ documentary’s 5 most intriguing moments The Doctor shows retirement ‘celebrations’ opposing teams held for Erving during the regular season. All-time greats like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Larry Bird honoring Erving at center court is a testaNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

ment to both his greatness and the way Erving carried himself on and off the court. The Nets franchise retired his #32. In his first season in the NBA, Erving adjusted his game for the greater good of his team. He averaged a modest-by-his-standards 21.6 points per game, which was behind his ex-ABA mates David Thompson and George Gervin. When asked about Thompson and Gervin scoring more than him, Erving responded in classic form: “Well scoring is an individual statistic and I think the objectives of the team are things that have to be paramount and have to come first,” Erving said. How can you not respect that? When the Sixers captured their first NBA Championship, Lakers coach Pat Riley came into their locker room to personally congratulate Erving. “You give those who really deserve it their just due when it’s time,” Riley said. I couldn’t agree more. A statue of Erving stood outside of The Spectrum, the Sixers’ former home before it was demolished in 2009. There’s a new entertainment complex there now but the statue remains. 3) Dr J’s dunk victims speak The highlights looked painful. Not for Erving, of course – but all the players he put on posters during his career. Fortunately for viewers, The Doctor tells the victims’ side of the story. My father always talked about that dunk in ’83 where Erving grabbed a loose ball, drove the length of the court and cuff cradled a monster slam over the Lakers’ Michael Cooper: It didn’t look fair and you couldn’t help but feel for Cooper as he ducked his head as Doc soared seemingly to the heavens. “When Doctor J broke down the sideline, I was like ‘Ok this is my chance to make a great play against a great player,’” Cooper recalls colorfully. “But that didn’t happen so I just said, ‘You know what? Let me just duck my head and get out of the way.’ The greatest dunk of all-time. You know what? If you’re going to get dunked on by anyone, why not let it be the best in the game?” Another staple highlight in Erving’s storied career is his monster dunk on Portland center Bill Walton in Game 6 of the 1977 NBA Finals. Walton remembers a relentless Erving who finished the contest with a game-high 40 points. “He never stopped coming at ya,” Walton said. “And there was this one moment where…I thought I had him.” PAGE 37


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He certainly did not: What’s also great about the film is that we learn about the basketball stories before Erving’s ABA and NBA days. Enter New York City’s famous Rucker Park. Erving began playing there as a teenager and his array of moves and dunks brought record-breaking crowds in the summer. One game, he had an up close and personal encounter with Tom Hoover, who played forward for teams in both the ABA and NBA. “He came down one time, I had the angle on him,” Hoover describes. “He dunked the ball so bad, the ball hit me on top of the head. My teeth fell down on the ground. The crowd roared. I had scrambled to grab [my teeth] off the ground to put them back in my mouth. That helped build his reputation.” We can neither confirm nor deny Hoover’s version of the events. But with all of Erving’s Rucker Park feats, we tend to believe a lost tooth or two isn’t out of the question. 4) Erving inspired one of Jordan’s most famous moments The video of Michael Jordan taking off from the free throw line during the 1988 Slam Dunk Contest in Chicago is one of his career’s signature moments. It’s a dunk that he had attempted and made twice before in the ’85 and ’87 contests. But the ’88 contest was special. It was on Jordan’s home court and the originator of the free throw line jam was in the audience. Erving looked on as Jordan wondered what dunk he would attempt, trailing his dunk nemesis Dominique Wilkins 145-97 in the final round. The dunk had to be special. It had to show what made ‘Air’ Jordan. And then MJ took flight. TheGrio: 15 best dunkers in NBA history “I didn’t know what to do, then all of a sudden, I found the guy who started it all,” Jordan says in a television interview following his free throw line dunk. “He was looking at me and he pointed [to the backcourt].” The judges awarded Jordan a perfect ’50,’ which propelled him to a victory over Wilkins. There’s no doubt that parts of Dr. J’s aerial wizardry had found its way to number 23. “When he left the game, he left with a lot of class and a lot of dignity,” Jordan says of Erving in an interview that same year. “That’s something that, if I don’t even win a world championship or MVP award ever, that is something I would love to walk away from the game and have.” And we all know what happened next. 5) Don’t forget Erving’s ABA days Sure, it wasn’t the NBA. But there are reasons the NBA plucked the best that league had to offer and incorporated them into their league. In five seasons, Erving won two titles, scored more than 4,500 points, won three scoring titles and collected three MVPs. Simply put, he was the league. When the league folded/merged in 1976, so did the achievements of many of its future NBA stars. The statistical dilemma will remind some of the achievements of NFL quarterback Warren Moon. Moon spent six seasons in the Canadian Football League before making his NFL debut in 1984. “I think that’s a little unfair,” Erving told CBS Sports’ Ken Berger when asked why NBA record books don’t honor ABA stats. “There are guys who played professional basketball for five years, seven years, eight years, and it’s like they never existed. So I feel more for them.” Leave it to Erving to again put his fellow superstars before himself. That’s why he is revered. That’s why he is ‘The Doctor.’ ‘The Doctor’ premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET on NBA TV.

Brooklyn Nets considering Jason Kidd, Brian Shaw as coach A person with knowledge of the details says the Brooklyn Nets’ coaching decision is down to Jason Kidd and Brian Shaw. Kidd met with general manager Billy King on Monday and Shaw is expected to meet with the team Wednesday. The person tells The Associated Press that the team has just those two candidates. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the coaching search are not being made public by the Nets. Kidd just ended his playing career after 19 seasons and is looking to make the move into coaching. He led the Nets to consecutive NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003, the franchise’s greatest success in the NBA. Shaw is a respected longtime assistant who was with the Indiana Pacers team that reached the Eastern Conference finals and also worked previously for Phil Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Nets have to replace P.J. Carlesimo, who finished the season as their interim coach after they fired Avery Johnson in December.

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Courtney B. Vance wins first Tony of the night NEW YORK (AP) — Courtney B. Vance has won the first Tony Award of the night, taking the trophy for best featured actor in a play after host Neil Patrick Harris opened the show with a highoctane song boasting this night would be bigger than ever. Vance, who was previously nominated for Tonys for “Fences” and “Six Degrees of Separation,” won for playing a newspaper editor opposite Tom Hanks in “Lucky Guy.” The Tonys are being broadcast live by CBS from Radio City Music Hall. Harris is back for his fourth turn as emcee and leads a show featuring talented children and pulse-pounding musical numbers. “Kinky Boots” and “Matilda the Musical” are the front-runners for top musical, while those for best play are “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” and “The Assembled Parties.”

‘Being Mary Jane’: BET film starring Gabrielle Union to kick off original series Atlanta lived up to its reputation as the Hollywood of the South on Saturday with the advance screening of BET’s upcoming film Being Mary Jane. The movie, starring Gabrielle Union, debuts on the cable channel on July 2 at 10:30 pm. The hour long production will serve as a teaser for the anticipated Being Mary Jane series scheduled to hit the screens in January 2014. It is just one of a handful of shows drawing attention to (Continued on page 7)

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Ida B. Wells: Journalist. Teacher. Anti-Lynching Crusader. Women’s Rights Activist. Civil Rights Pioneer. Ida B. Wells was born into slavery on July 16, 1862, in Holly Springs, Mississippi. She was orphaned at 16 after both of her parents and a younger sibling died from a yellow fever epidemic. In order to support and care for her five remaining siblings, she secured a job as a teacher. She eventually moved to Memphis where she became a leading journalist and civil rights activist. When her newspaper office was destroyed in an angry response to her outspoken writings, Ida B. Wells was exiled from Memphis, and stayed away from the South for over 30 years. In 1893 and 1894, she traveled across the United States and throughout the United Kingdom and Great Britain, passionately writing and speaking out against lynching. She eventually moved to Chicago and married Ferdinand L. Barnett in 1895. The widowed Ferdinand was an attorney and editor of The Conservator, one of Chicago’s Black newspapers. In addition to the two children from his first marriage, he and Ida had four children together. Ida B. Wells-Barnett continued her activism while juggling motherhood and her many civil rights commitments. In 1909, she was one of the founders of the NAACP, although she later had conflicts with its leadership because she was perceived as too “radical.” She also worked with Susan B. Anthony as a leader in the movement for women’s suffrage. In Chicago, Ms. Wells worked with Jane Addams to prevent the establishment of segregated public schools, helped to open Chicago’s first kindergarten for Black children, founded the Negro Fellowship League to assist Black men and boys who were excluded from the YMCA, and started the Alpha Suffrage Club – an organization of Black women who worked to obtain the right to vote. Ida B. Wells-Barnett died on March 25, 1931, at the age of 68, from a brief illness due to kidney failure. She and her husband, Ferdinand L. Barnett, are interred together in Chicago’s Oak Woods Cemetery Statements of Support “The Ida B. Wells Monument is a singular opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge Bronzeville’s history while anticipating its future.” Alderman William D. Burns, 4th Ward “I am writing in support of your efforts and to comment the Ida B. Wells Commemorative Art Committee and the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture for developing a monument that will celebrate Ida B. Wells’ legacy and help increase public awarement of her imONLINE EDITION

portant work. The location of the monument in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville community is of great significance and appreciation to the communities and generational admireres who were impacted by her work…As a female leader of the great state of Illinois I can personally appreciate and support eh commemoration of Ms. Wells’ life, work and writings.” – Kimberly du Buclet, State Representative, 26th District As the written history of America finally, albeit slowly, recognizes the role of African Americans, some names emerge as giants from the shadows. One of those is certainly Ida B. Wells, America’s premier anti-lynching campaigner. Born into slavery, she was destined to be one who would help shape post Civil War America as an investigative journalist, newspaper editor and publisher, and leader of the emerging women’s and civil rights movements. We here in Chicago are proud to claim her as our own for the many years of leadership she provided our city. I was delighted to learn of plans for a (Continued on page 5)

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monument to her life and work here in the place she called home for so many years and trust that the project will soon become a reality. – Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL 7th District) It is without hesitation that I offer my support for the Ida B. Wells Monument. Sadly, much of the history of Bronzeville is not celebrated as it should be. It is important that people who live or visit our community know about the many contributions some of its residents have made towards social justice…She used her many talents to address inequality wherever she saw it even in the face of threats against her….As residents and tourists alike visit the monument, they will undoubtedly be moved by the courageous dedication exhibited by Ms. Wells and gain a greater appreciation for the historical significance of Bronzeville. I see this as an opportunity to generate community pride while inspiring others to pursue the type of important work that was carried out by Ida B. Wells. - Alderman Pat Dowell, 3rd Ward “It is with hope and pride that I support the movement for an Ida B. Wells Monument in Oakwood Shores. As a journalist and social activist, Wells was a strong voice against racism and sexism. Her advocacy paved the way for generations of African-Americans who followed her, and she should be commemorated with a monument that will invite future generations to learn about her contributions.” – Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul, 13th District “At a time when women were seen and not heard, Ida B. Wells was a voice for those who had none. Even today her legacy lives on, and she continues to be a role model for young women. Her advocacy for equality for women and African Americans should inspire us all to speak out against injustice.” – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon

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The Monument A monumental sculpture accompanied by supportive art pieces will be located in a park-like setting on the Langley Boulevard median, just south of 37th Street in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. The Langley Boulevard median lies at the heart of the Oakwood Shores community, on the former site of the Ida B. Wells public housing development. The plaza where the Ida B. Wells monument will be erected. The Ida B. Wells Commemorative Art Committee has commissioned the creation of a sculptured monument that will honor the life and times of the historic Ida B. Wells. The sculpture will be created by Richard Hunt, a Chicago native and world-renowned artist. The abstract sculpture capturing the artist’s vision of Ida B. Wells and her legacy will be at least 20 feet tall, and will have a large base upon which an image of Ida B. Wells and excerpts of her writings will be engraved. Upon completion, this monument will be donated to the City of Chicago’s Public Art Collection. As a second phase of the project, smaller, interactive art pieces will be commissioned to allow the public to experience the work of Ida B. Wells in a reflective manner. While a precise description of the project awaits the artist’s conception, additional elements may include a timeline of key events related to Ms. Wells’ causes and accomplishments, occasional seating along the pathway in the Langley median, or boulevard signposts or similar features with a historical narrative and illustrations.

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Black Music Month: theGrio’s top black music moguls Music has always given its artists a platform for creativity, but for the last few decade it seems to have been a springboard into a world of other corporate avenues. The music industry has produced many artists who have earned big bucks inside and outside of the studio. With more for Black Music Month, theGrio is displaying the top ten music moguls who have used their mic to take over fashion, movies, electronics, and so much more.

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See who made the list.: Jay Z ‘Hova’ has moved from a hard knock life to a multifaceted entrepreneur. As if being one of hip-hop’s most popular rappers and wasn’t enough, Jay-Z has also become an accomplished businessman. Owner of Rockawear, the 40/40 club, the new Roc Nation Sports agency, and his continuing musical career, there is no doubt as to why he has consistently topped the charts as one of the highest grossing hiphop moguls. Berry Gordy Without music executive Berry Gordy, there would be no Motown Records. Motown’s historical impact on music is momentous. Gordy created a musical assembly line replicated after the Detroit auto industry that he named his label after and the caliber of artists he produced is legendary. The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes and Marvin Gaye, just to name a few, Berry Gordy’s ear for talent is arguably the greatest of all time. ONLINE EDITION

With a career that’s spans over multiple decades, composer Quincy Jones fingerprints are still felt currently in the entertainment industry. His accomplishments as a producer include his stellar work with Michael Jackson, starting Vibe Magazine, and offering Will Smith a stage to shine through The ‘Fresh Prince’ TV show.

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BET’s newfound shift towards original programming. A protagonist who is far from perfect Being Mary Jane, which was shot in Atlanta, revolves around the main protagonist Mary Jane Paul (played by Union), a successful talk show host, who on the surface has an enviable lifestyle. Still, her life is far from perfect. “It’s in her [Mary Jane Paul's] low moments where she most expresses her humanity,” said creator Mara Brock Akil in a Q&A with entertainment journalist Kelley L. Carter after the screening at the stylish W Hotel in Midtown Atlanta. Though she has the trapping of success, Mary Jane has failed to fulfill a basic need: finding love with a man willing to commit. As she struggles to juggle her personal and professional

THE WIGGLES! “TAKING OFF!” WORLD TOUR VISITS THE NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4TH AT 6:30PM **The Number One Children’s Entertainment Group Introduces a New Cast Including the First-Ever Female** TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, MAY 17TH AT 10AM/ PRE-SALE DATE TUESDAY, MAY 14TH AT 10AM

(New York, NY—May 8, 2013) After 21 years of entertaining children around the globe, The Wiggles will introduce three new cast members including the first-ever female member, Emma Watkins as the Yellow Wiggle. Founding member Anthony Field, knows as the Blue Wiggle, rounds out this vibrant group with Simon Pryce (Red Wiggle) and Lachlan Gillespie (Purple Wiggle). The “Taking Off!” worldwide tour will crisscross North America, hitting over thirty-five major cities between August and October in support of their new album of the same name (available May 7th on Razor & Tie). The Taking Off! DVD is slated for release later this summer, and a new television series will debut on Sprout in the fall. For a complete list of tour dates please see the schedule below or go to www.thewiggles.com. Always educational and entertaining, The Wiggles will be joined onstage by Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus for an extra wiggly good time. This marks the first time that North American audiences will get to meet the new line-up and hear new music, as well as sing along to their favorite hits which are all incorporated into their live show. Taking Off! features 21 new feet-stomping songs including the catchy soon-to-be favorite, “Do The Propeller!” as well as "Beep! Beep! Buckle Up!” "Emma (with the Bow in Her Hair)" and classics such as “Rock-A-Bye Your Bear” and “Get Ready to Wiggle.” ONLINE EDITION

life, the film also chronicles her devotion to her ailing mother and less successful siblings. In one scene, an angry Mary Jane expresses her frustration about her teenage niece’s pregnancy and unemployed siblings. “There are too many damn kids in this family and not enough people feeding them! Seriously, who has a job in this room? Raise your hand!” A show that ‘represents real life’ The film is smart, funny, touching and a candid portrayal of the trials and tribulations of life as a single, professional woman. Akil admits she is not trying to a “solve a problem” but explore issues and “that conversation is complicated.” She adds, “It represents real life.” In fact, the series is the brainchild of the successful husband and wife team Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil. Their company Akil Productions has secured a multi-year development deal with BET Networks, following the success of The Game. Being Mary Jane also touches on sensitive issues like colorism, what drives people to have illicit affairs and poverty in the African-American community. ‘A fresh look’ Karyn Greer, the longtime anchor for NBC’s Atlanta affiliate, 11 Alive, was just one of the hand-picked audience who turned out for the private Saturday afternoon screening. “I thought it was a fresh look at issues facing young urban professions, specifically black women,” said Greer. “Gabrielle Union does an amazing job showing us her other side. I really think it will open conversations in our community about dating, motherhood, and careers.” Akil promises to keep the series “lusciously complicated” and given the positive response to the pilot she may already have succeeded. PAGE 7


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Queen Latifah All hail the Queen! This quadruple threat is an acclaimed singer, actress, producer, and spokesperson. This CoverGirl started her career off as a rapper and after four studio albums crossed over to soul and jazz music. After stints in both musical genres Latifah took acting under her belt starring in Fox sitcom ‘Living Single’ as well as several big screen roles such as ‘Chicago’, ‘Hairspray’, ‘Beauty Shop’, and ‘Set It Off’.

Nick Cannon Though he may always be most famous for his marriage to R&B A-lister Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon has had a long career of his own. Beginning on teen sitcoms “All That” and “Kenan and Kel”, Cannon established his brand as a modern day comedian. Cannon also consistently tapped into hip-hop, making music consistently throughout the 2000s and is releasing a new album titled “White People Party Music”. Easily his most popular gigs were his hosting jobs on MTV’s “Wild ‘N Out”, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and serving as chairman of TeenNick. He has also made appearances in many big screen movies and dabbled in business by releasing his own brand of Monster NCredible headphones.

Dr. Dre Legendary west coast producer and rapper Dr. Dre made waves through out the 80s and 90s with the work he did under Death Row Records and eventually his own label, Aftermath Records. He has recently staked new territory as one of the wealthiest music moguls with the worldwide success of his headphone line Beats by Dre. Like it was impossible in the 90s to ignore the success of his album “The Chronic” it is hard today to go anywhere without spotting his trademark, colorful over-ear headphones. Russell Simmons Def Jam Records founder and occasional political activist, Russell Simmons, paved the way for hip-hop to go global. Rap culture has this man to thank for putting it on the map through his music ventures with his label, Phat Farm and Baby Phat clothing lines, Rush credit cards, and so much more.

Diddy Fifteen years into the game and many name changes later, Diddy’s empire is still standing on top; thanks to the fact that he knows how to promote himself everywhere he goes. Whether he is making a band for Bad Boys Records, managing his Sean Jean clothing lines, or sharing in the success Ciroc vodka this mogul is the closest a rapper has come to becoming a billionaire. ONLINE EDITION

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Birdman Home to some of the biggest names in hip-hop, Cash Money Records has helped rappers like Lil Wayne, Drake, and Nicki Minaj superstars. Bryan “Birdman” Williams is the man that laid the foundation. Although he’s achieved only moderate success as a rap artist, his business sense has played a big role in making him one of the wealthiest people in hip-hop.

50 Cent The G-Unit rapper made his mark with club bangers like “In the Club” and “21 Questions” but earned his millions far away from the studio. His biggest cash cow has been his investment in Vitamin Water, which earned him millions of dollars in revenue.

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Friday, June 7

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Music comedy

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Supper Club

Sunday, June 9

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Broadway on Main

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Randy Jackson / CD Release Party

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Karen Clark Sheard Gospel

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Mariah Carey as a slave? First look at the R&B diva’s role in ‘The Butler’ Director Lee Daniels’ upcoming biopic The Butler, which chronicles the life of longtime White House service worker Eugene Allen, is one of the most anticipated films of the year. It also one of the most star studded. In addition to Forest Whitaker playing the lead role, the film features a cast that includes Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda, John Cusack, Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Alan Rickman — just to name a few. Daniels has also not been shy about casting pop stars in his motion pictures. His Academy-Award-winning Precious featured both rock star Lenny Kravitz and R&B diva Mariah Carey in supporting roles, which downplayed their glamorous off-screen personas. Carey is teaming up with Daniels again for The Butler, in a part that is against type to say the least. A barely-recognizable Carey will be playing what appears to be the role of a slave named Hattie Pearl in the film. A first look of Carey in character, working in the cotton fields, has surfaced. What do you think of Carey’s potential to give a powerful performance? Will you be checking out The Butler when it hits theaters this July?

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MONA BUSH-LOVETT Welcome to Fashion Tips for the upwardly mobile black woman. Hi, my name is Mona Bush Lovett I lived in Hempstead for 44 Years. I'm the mother of 2children, I am a grandmother, who presently lives in Rochester, NY area. I have worked as nurse (LPN) for over 20 years. I love the Lord because He loved me first and He is first in my life. I hope these weekly fashion tips are of help I love to shop and I hope you see something of interest for your wardrobe. For More: http://www.stylisheve.com/jeanoutfits-for-women-by-stylish-eve/ Longstry New York 3106V Mens Suit Brown Navy Sand White Black Ivory

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5 things we want from Kanye’s ‘Yeezus’ Call him ridiculous or call him brilliant, there is no doubt that Kanye West is one of the musical geniuses of Generation Y. In his near 10-year rap career, he has solidified himself as not only a musical icon in the making, but a cultural one as well. He has blurred genre lines in his collaborations, but remained true to his hiphop roots. With the upcoming June 18th release of his sixth solo studio album Yeezus, we take the time out to ask, “What are five things we want from Yeezus?” Superb Production This may be a bit of a no-brainer. Having come into the game as a “producer-rapper,” we only expect the best from Kanye in regards to production. Known for his wide usage of 1970s soul samples, Yeezy has evolved musically over the years, most recently enlisting the talents of Rick Rubin on Yeezus. We can count on the album having an overall darker feeling, but hopefully song-structure and melody will not be compromised. Storytelling In conjunction with his stellar production skills, Kanye first wowed us with his remarkable storytelling on his debut album College Dropout, released in 2004. He told us stories of his relationship with his mother Donda, and his struggle to make it the top, documenting his dead-end job in songs like “Spaceship.” This storytelling hooked us in, and made Kanye human to us, something that has been lost in parts over the years due to his overwhelming global success. It would be nice to hear more everyday, or even mundane stories from Ye. Singing For Kanye, singing was never his strong point, but that didn’t stop him when he recorded his fourth solo album, 808s & Heartbreaks. The album, released in 2008 after his mother’s death, temporarily took him out of the rap category and placed him in somewhat of an electro/new wave lane. His vocals on the record accounted for most of this. Can we get a round two? Honesty/Vulnerability ONLINE EDITION

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Kanye’s bravado is a double-edged sword. On the positive side, we see it as words and expressions from an individual who is incredibly passionate about his craft. On the negative, we see his actions as ones devoid from scrutiny from the outside world. We want to continue to see Kanye share his honesty musically, but from a more vulnerable place. He has had many ups and downs professionally and personally over the years, and showing a more tender side without sacrificing his product would be a perfect addition to the mix. Thoughts on Impending Fatherhood This is a big one. Despite Mr. West being in a relationship with one of the most visible personalities in Hollywood, Kim Kardashian, he has been able to keep somewhat of a stronghold over his personal life and privacy. With the July due-date of their baby girl around the corner, a song speaking of or alluding to impending fatherhood would be refreshing to hear.

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NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS TODD RUNDGREN SUNDAY, AUGUST 11 Tickets are $59.50, $39.50, & $29.50 ON SALE MAY 17th at 10:00 AM CHEECH & CHONG, TOWER OF POWER & WAR WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14 Tickets are $69.50, $49.50, & $39.50 ON SALE MAY 17th at 10:00 AM SARA EVANS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Tickets are $59.50, $39.50, & $29.50 ON SALE MAY 17th at 10:00 AM THE WIGGLES FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4 Tickets are $75.50, $29.50, & $19.50 ON SALE MAY 17th at 10:00 AM CHICAGO SATURDAY, MAY 25 at 8PM SUNDAY, MAY 26 at 8 PM Tickets are $69.50 and $59.50 KEVIN JAMES THURSDAY, MAY 30 at 7 PM & 9:45 PM Tickets are $66.50, and $56.50 BILL O'REILLY & DENNIS MILLER BOLDER & FRESHER 2013 TOUR SATURDAY, JUNE 1 at 8 PM Tickets are $133.00, $73.00 and $53.00 A limited number of $508 tickets available include Meet & Greet and signed book. THE PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE STAGE SHOW! SUNDAY, JUNE 2 at 3:00PM & 7:00PM Tickets are $59.50, $49.50, $39.50, $29.50 AN EVENING WITH WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY FRIDAY, JUNE 7 at 8:00 PM Tickets are $79.50, $49.50, and $39.50 - ON SALE NOW! THE O'JAYS and MORRIS DAY & THE TIME SATURDAY, JUNE 8 at 8 PM Tickets are $79.50, $59.50, and $39.50 SUMMERLAND TOUR 2013 ALTERNATIVE GUITARS! Starring EVERCLEAR, LIVE, FILTER, and SPONGE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 at 8:00 PM Tickets are $59.50, $49.50, and $39.50 ONLINE EDITION

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PETER Yarrow & Noel "PAUL" Stookey CELEBRATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF PETER, PAUL & MARY FRIDAY, JUNE 14 at 8 PM Tickets are $59.50, $49.50 and $39.50 11th ANNUAL LONG ISLAND COMEDY FEST Starring Richie Minervini, Gary Valentine, Joe Starr, Chris Monty, and Music by Peter Mazzeo & The Hit Squad. SATURDAY, JUNE 15 at 8 PM Tickets are $49.50 HAPPY TOGETHER TOUR 2013 THE TURTLES featuring FLO & EDDIE CHUCK NEGRON of THREE DOG NIGHT GARY PUCKETT & THE UNION GAP GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS MARK LINDSAY of PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS FRIDAY, JUNE 21 at 8 PM Tickets are $69.50, $49.50, and $29.50 DON RICKLES & REGIS PHILBIN SATURDAY, JUNE 22 at 7 PM Tickets are $79.50, and $59.50 TESLA Thursday, June 27 at 8:00 PM Tickets are $59.50, $39.50, $29.50 MELISSA ETHERIDGE FRIDAY, JULY 12th at 8PM Tickets are $106.50, $81.50 and $41.50 DON McLEAN & JUDY COLLINS SATURDAY, JULY 13 at 8 PM Tickets are $69.50, $49.50, $29.50 CESAR MILLAN SUNDAY, JULY 14 at 3 PM Tickets are $75, $49.50, $29.50 A Midsummer's Night with THE MONKEES FRIDAY, JULY 19th at 8PM Tickets are $59.50 and $49.50 LEON RUSSELL, SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE ASBURY JUKES SATURDAY, JULY 27th at 8PM Tickets are %9.50, $39.50 and $29.50 AN EVENING WITH YES Playing Three Albums in Their Entirety: The Yes Album/Close To the Edge/Going For the One WEDESDAY, JULY 31 at 8 PM Tickets are $69.50, $49.50, and $39.50 PAGE 17


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16 Annual Long Island International Film Expo Rocks Long Island The Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) will hold its 16th annual installment at the historic Bellmore Movies from July 17 – 25, 2013. Showing 146 films from around the world, LIIFE will showcase movies from 18 countries with 36 of the films having Long Island ties and 35 more hailing from New York in general. “Nassau County has always been a supporter of independent and studio films, and it’s our pleasure to bring this type of entertainment and cultural opportunity to our constituents,” states Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano. “LIIFE also provides an opportunity for filmmakers to come and see the types of filming locations Nassau County has to offer whether it be our beaches, mansions, suburban areas and, of course, Gold Coast Studios and Grumman Studios, which are all NYS approved movie studios which qualify for the much sought after 30% tax credit.” “What makes LIIFE such an important film festival,” states Nassau County Film Office Director, Debra Markowitz, “is not only that we bring rare short and feature-length independent films to the public, but that LIIFE has fostered a growing film community. Filmmakers from around the world apply and return year after year meeting old friends and finding new contacts to work with. From local to foreign filmmaker, casting director to actor, producer to director and so on, many lasting connections are made every year.” “What’s different is that we actually have three Westerns at this year’s LIIFE,” states Markowitz. “We also have a horror block on Saturday, July 20 at 9:15 p.m. That’s becoming a yearly standard.” The festival begins with a traditional film festival warm-up on Wednesday, July 17, and kicks into high gear on Friday, July 19 with the opening night feature, Wet Behind the Ears, by past LIIFE winner Sloan Copeland. The late Friday block is anchored by Fred Carpenter’s Send No Flowers starring Sean Young, Tony LoBianco, Robert Clohessy and Gianni Russo. Besides the USA, this year’s films come from France, Belgium, Israel, the Netherlands, Italy, South Korea, Sweden, Poland, Serbia, Spain, the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Africa and Canada. LIIFE also has panels on scriptwriting, film distribution and financing, a filmmakers breakfast panel, and an opening night reception. The closing night party and awards ceremony celebration complete with a buffet, celebrities, winners clips and filmmakers from all over the world will be held on Thursday, July 25. This year’s honorees include William Sadler (Iron Man 3) and Ally Sheedy (Breakfast Club). Presenters include Federico Castellucio (The Sopranos) and Robert Clohessy (Blue Bloods) with more signing on daily. Celebrities appear schedule permitting, and the line-up could change before the festivities. For more information on the 16th Annual Long Island International Film Expo, go to www.longislandfilm.com, e-mail debfilm@aol.com or call 516 571-3168. ONLINE EDITION

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

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‘The Book of Negroes’: Controversial novel turned into a BET miniseries BET Networks is turning the controversial novel The Book of Negroes into a miniseries. The 2007 novel, written by Canadian author Lawrence Hill, is being adapted for TV by Conquering Lion Pictures and Out of African Entertainment, according The Hollywood Reporter. The story centers on Aminata Diallo, an African woman who is taken by slave traders from West Africa to South Carolina. It follows her through the American Revolution in New York, the isolated refuge of Nova Scotia and the jungles of Sierra Leone, before she ultimately secures her freedom in England in the early 1800s. “We are excited to partner with Conquering Lion Pictures, Out of Africa Entertainment and Entertainment One on this historic project and to bring the acclaimed Book of Negroes to life for the BET audience,” said Loretha Jones, president of original programming at BET Networks. Production on The Book of Negroes will start in South Africa in the fall. The novel was initially published in the Canadian and U.K. markets with its original title, The Book of Negroes, but due to historical sensitivity the title was changed to Somebody Know My Name when published in the U.S. Somebody Know My Name was included amongst Oprah’s top summer reads for 2010 in O Magazine. In 2011 Hill’s book sparked heated debates abroad. A Dutch group torched the cover of The Book of Negroes as a protest against the novel’s title. The group, known as the Foundation to Honor and Restore Victims of Slavery in Surinam, vowed to burn copies of the book in an Amsterdam park unless its name was changed. Hill’s novel is based on the historical document “The Book of Negroes,” which was created by British naval officers in 1783, near the end of the American revolutionary war. It was a list of 3,000 African-American slaves who were considered British loyalists and hoped to escape from New York to Canada, and thus to freedom. The British insisted that only those who were listed in “The Book of Negroes” could travel, and created a ledger to name, and seemingly describe, each person. Canadian film maker Clement Virgo is said to be on-board to direct The Book of Negroes. The Book of Negroes will air stateside on BET and on CBC in Canada.

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Her distinctive sultry vocal blend of R&B, POP, Jazz and Gospel became an instantaneous international sensation when she came forth with her first solo recording in 1992. Today, with more than 40 million albums sold worldwide and six Grammy Awards, Toni Braxton is recognized as one of the most outstanding voices of this generation. Born a preacher’s child and raised in a strict religious househol d, Braxton’s first professional experience was singing in the church choir. She went on to perform in a group with her four sisters (Traci, Trina, Towanda and Tamar) that was signed to Arista Records. Her talent was recognized by Antonio L.A. Reid and Kenneth Babyface Edmonds and soon her solo recording career was launched. Her music first came to widespread popularity on the soundtrack of the Eddie Murphy film “Boomerang.” The resulting Toni Braxton alONLINE EDITION

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bum sold ten million copies worldwide, spawning the classics “Another Sad Love Song” and “Breathe Again.” The album also resulted in her first two Grammys in 1993 as Best New Artist and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Another Sad Love Long” and another Grammy in the same category in 1994 for “Breathe Again.” In 1997 she garnered Grammys in Best R&B and Best Pop Female Vocal Performance categories.

The acclaim for her second album Secrets continued her mega success, selling over thirteen million copies in the US and abroad following its July 1996 release. “You’re Makin’ Me High” became her first across-the-board #1 pop and R&B hit single and garnered another Grammy for R&B vocal performance. Release of “Unbreak My Heart” followed in the fall of 1996 and was recognized with the coveted Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. It has become her signature song, and ranks as the second top-selling single of all time by a female artist. The next album, The Heat, sold 2 million copies and brought her another million-selling single and best R&B Grammy with “He Wasn’t Man Enough.” Toni Braxton had successful runs on Broadway starring in “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aida.” In 2006, she headlined her own show, “Toni Braxton Revealed” at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. The show which ran through April 2008, was a smash, but in the middle of the extended run she was diagONLINE EDITION

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nosed with micro vascular angina causing her to cancel the remaining dates. After a recovery period, she took time in 2008 to fulfill her big dream of appearing on the top-rated television series “Dancing with the Stars.” Today, Braxton balances the demands of her career with the high priorities of family, health and public service as she raises her two sons Denim and Diezel. Regarding her youngest child’s autism, Braxton is giving a message of hope that wasn’t quite the case for her a few years ago. “Today, Diezel is talking and attending a mainstream school. He still needs occupational therapy, but he is a wonderful example of what can happen with early detection and intervention.” In addition to being a spokesperson for Autism Speaks, Braxton also is active with the American Heart Association. Braxton was most recently diagnosed with Lupus. She announced her health struggle publicly as she accepted the Lupus LA award for “Women of Achievement“. Most recently, Braxton is enjoying huge success with her Braxton Family Values reality show on the WE network. Four episodes into Braxton Family Values' run, Rainbow Media’s WE tv renewed the reality series starring Toni Braxton and her sisters for a second season with a 19-episode order, up from the 10 episodes the network ordered for Season 1. Braxton Family Values, ranked as the #1 telecast for W18-34 and #3 for W25-54 during primetime among all ad-supported cable, when the show returned for its second season on Thursday, November 10 (9-10 pm). The series also ranked as the #1 show among African-American viewers during primetime for all key women and adult demographic deliveries, and #1 across all key women’s demos during primetime – W18-34, W18-49 and W25-54 – among all women’s networks. "Braxton Family Values' has struck a chord with our audiences - it's one of our most popular shows ever," WE TV prexy/g.m. Kim Martin said. PAGE 33


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Grio fam! We are remembering Nina Mae McKinney today! Born June 13, 1912, McKinny was dubbed "The Black Garbo" in Europe because of her striking beauty. McKinney was one of the FIRST African-American film stars in the United States, as well as one of the FIRST African Americans to appear on British television! When: Thursday, June 27 7:30 p.m. Where: Long Beach Public Library 111 West Park Avenue Long Beach, NY 11561 When Superstorm Sandy struck the U.S. Atlantic Coast in October 2012, the city of Long Beach, N.Y., was among the region's most impacted communities. In the aftermath, its residents began to recover and rebuild with resilience and heart. Student filmmakers from Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts captured their remarkable stories in the short documentary, The Spirit of Long Beach, which has been entered in several 2013 film festivals and can be seen Thursday, June 27, at the Long Beach Public Library. Please join the students, instructor, principal and members of the community for this special "hometown" screening. All are invited to attend. R.S.V.P. to bdelmonaco@nasboces.org, call (516) 622-5678 or join our event on Facebook! When Superstorm Sandy struck the U.S. Atlantic Coast in October 2012, the city of Long Beach, N.Y., was among the region's most impacted communities. In the aftermath, its residents began to recover and rebuild with resilience and heart. ONLINE EDITION

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Nelson Mandela’s granddaughters: ‘We love our grandfather dearly’ Nelson Mandela granddaughters Zaziwe Dlamini Manaway and Swati Dlamini remain positive about their grandfather’s recovery as he spends his fifth day straight in a South African hospital. The 94-year-old international icon is currently being treated for a recurring lung infection. “We want to thank everyone for all their prayers, love and support during this time,” Zaziwe Dlamini Manaway and Swati Dlamini said in a statement to theGrio. “We love our grandfather dearly, and we want to thank everyone for giving our family privacy at this time.” Earlier today Mandela’s grandson, Mandla, gave a statement to NBC News outside of the Mandela family home in Houghton, Pretoria. “We want to say ‘thank you’ and we appreciate all the support you have shown to our grandfather and your father – because my grandfather is the father of the nation, because he is embraced by the whole global community – so we appreciate the support we have received.” ONLINE EDITION

In February, during an interview with theGrio, while promoting their COZI TV reality show Being Mandela, Nelson and Winnie Mandela’s granddaughters gave and update on their grandfather’s health. “His health is very good. He’s surrounded by family,” Nelson and Winnie Mandela’s granddaughter Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway told theGrio in February. “We go to the house all the time. He’s really happiest the most when he spends time with his great grandchildren. So before we came on the trip we literally went to go see him to say bye. So he’s in really really good spirits. We’re very happy.”

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.Convicted NY killer Valentino Dixon’s golf art masks caged reality ATTICA, N.Y. (AP) — Valentino Dixon’s colored pencil drawings evoke carefree days on the links, dewy greens, open spaces, fresh air enlivened by flowers and crisply trimmed fairways. But the artist has never set foot on a golf course. For 22 years, Dixon’s world has been concrete floors and metal bars, fluorescent lights and tiny spaces. It is nothing like what appears on paper as he runs rainbows of pencils down to nubs on blades of grass, reflective ponds, sweeping branches — all the while hoping that someday it will exist for him outside of his imagination. Outside the walls of Attica. Hope hinges on Dixon’s efforts to overturn his conviction for a murder that another man confessed to: the Aug. 10, 1991, shooting death of 17-year-old Torriano Jackson on a crowded street corner on Buffalo’s east side. Proclaiming his innocence through evermore legal motions and appeals, Dixon draws, spending 10 to 12 hours a day illustrating a kind of serenity he has never known. “They’d have run me out if I talked about golf,” he said during a recent interview with The Associated Press inside the maximumsecurity prison, recalling the tough city streets where football and basketball ruled. He knew early on he had a talent for drawing, copying comic strip characters so perfectly his mother thought he’d traced them. An elementary school teacher guided him into Buffalo’s Academy for Visual and Performing Arts for high school. But one class shy of a diploma, he entered a world of drug dealing and guns. “I know I disappointed my teachers at performing arts,” he says now, inside this upstate New York fortress infamous for a deadly 1971 riot. “I wanted to become one of the best in the world.” Dixon, now 43, knew trouble was brewing that night in 1991. But he said he was inside a store buying beer when he heard the shots that would send four victims to the hospital. Torriano Jackson was shot 27 times, and his older brother, Aaron, was among the wounded. ONLINE EDITION

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Out on bail with drug and weapons charges pending, Dixon went home and went to bed, he said, only to be arrested the next day. “I wasn’t nervous,” he said. “I thought, ‘The truth will come out.’” But when investigators disregarded a confession by 18-year-old LaMarr Scott, saying it was coerced by Dixon’s family, Dixon was on his way to trial and a sentence of 39 years to life. With no physical evidence, jurors in Dixon’s trial relied on the testimony of three prosecution witnesses, Dixon said, and his own lawyer’s refusal to call witnesses of his own. He’s eligible for parole in 2030. “To this day, I’m trying to figure out why they arrested me in the first place,” he said. Since his conviction, several witnesses have come forward to say Dixon was not the gunman, and he has passed a lie-detector test, all part of his bid for freedom. None of it sways prosecutor Christopher Belling, who built the case against Dixon. “He’s had at least three appeal proceedings and each time the courts have upheld his conviction,” said Belling, now senior trial counsel in the Erie County District Attorney’s Office. Sitting in his prison cell in 1998, Dixon picked up the pencils an uncle had sent him and, for the first time in about a decade, began drawing. Animals, landscapes, people. When then-prison Supt. James Conway gave Dixon a picture of the 12th hole of Augusta National, home of The Masters, and asked if he would draw it in 2009, something about it spoke to him. “I’ve been drawing the golf courses ever since,” he said. Hours of drawing are broken up by workouts, meals, prayers and reading. Earphones counter prison noise with the music of Celine Dion, Billy Joel, Whitney Houston. Trapping his pencil between his fingers and thumb in a grip that got him in trouble as a boy, the white of the paper disappears completely, as if painted. “It takes a lot of layering. Colors on top of colors,” Dixon said, demonstrating a technique honed over time. His mother, Barbara Dixon, knowing her son has never set foot on a golf course, is convinced a higher power is at work. “Once he started drawing the golf courses, he said, ‘Ma, I feel such a sense of peace unlike anything I’ve ever felt,’” she said. A fellow inmate’s Golf Digest subscription provides the pictures that have been his inspiration. More than 130 golf drawings later, the magazine opened another door with its regular feature, “Golf Saved My Life,” written each month by a contributor with staff writer Max PAGE 36


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Adler. “I’ve never hit a golf ball,” began Dixon’s essay, published last July. “Everything I draw is from inside a 6-by-10 prison cell.” He described his descent from art student to cocaine dealer to murder suspect to inmate inside Attica’s “honor block” for those with the cleanest disciplinary records. “When I was a young man I wasn’t useful to society — this I don’t argue. But I’m not a murderer,” the father of three wrote. “That’s the worst thing somebody can be, and I’m not that. I hope all you need to do is look at my drawings to know that.” Adler spent five months delving into Dixon’s story, reading thousands of pages of trial transcripts, police reports and affidavits and interviewing attorneys, the trial judge, a juror, witnesses and others. He followed the inmate’s essay with a detailed retelling of the crime and conviction, coming away convinced an injustice had been done. “In the accumulation of every detail,” Adler said by phone, “I’m left without any doubt that he is innocent.” Shooting victim Aaron Jackson disagrees. “I’m glad that he’s found himself with whatever it is that he’s doing,” said Jackson, a community activist who mentors youth. “But my younger brother, his life came to a terrible end. … (Dixon) went to prison and Torriano went to a grave.”

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I hope you will consider my first Christian Fiction effort about the after life. Available for only $4.99 for a limited time. Just click and enjoy... http://www.amazon.com/THE-WAY-STATIONebook/dp/B00AVECUM6/ref=la_B00AVKMARA_1_1? ie=UTF8&qid=1357229984&sr=1-1

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

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