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Senate panel votes to authorize force in Syria WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel has voted to give President Barack Obama the authority to use military force against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack. The vote Wednesday was 10-7, with one senator voting present. The full Senate is expected to vote on the measure next week. The resolution would permit Obama to order a limited military mission against Syria, as long as it doesn’t exceed 90 days and involves no American troops on the ground for combat operations. The Democratic chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Bob Menendez, and the panel’s top Republican, Sen. Bob Corker, crafted the resolution. The vote marked the first time lawmakers have voted to authorize military action since the October 2002 votes giving President George W. Bush the authority to invade Iraq.

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In this Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, file photo, leaders of the NAACP’s Casper branch speak with John Abarr, far right, a kleagle of the United Klans of America, out of Great Falls, Mont., at the Parkway Plaza hotel in Casper, Wyo. Jimmy Simmons, president of the NAACP Casper branch, spent several months attempting to organize the meeting due to concerns about reports of violence against black men and Ku Klux Klan pamphleting in Gillette, Wyo. The gathering, which took place in private under heavy security, was the first formal meeting between Klan and NAACP representatives that either side was aware of. (AP Photo/Casper Star-Tribune, Alan Rogers, File)

NAACP-KKK meeting in Wyoming believed to be a first DENVER (AP) — A secret meeting between a representative of the Wyoming chapter of the NAACP and a Ku Klux Klan organizer ended with the Klan organizer paying $50 to join the civil rights organization, participants said. Saturday’s meeting between Jimmy Simmons, president of the Casper NAACP, and John Abarr, a KKK organizer from Great Falls, Mont., took place at a hotel in Casper, Wyo., under tight security, the Casper Star-Tribune reported. The Southern Poverty Law Center and the United Klans of America said Tuesday that the meeting was a first. Abarr told The Associated Press on Tuesday he filled out an NAACP membership form so he could get the group’s newsletters and some insight into its views. He said he paid a $30 fee to join, plus a $20 donation. Simmons said he asked for the meeting after receiving reports that KKK literature was being distributed in Gillette, about 130 miles north of Casper, and to discuss race relations, including what he said were reported beatings of African-American men. He did not provide details. Abarr said he knew nothing about hate crimes or the literature, which was distributed in a residential neighborhood of Gillette in October. Gillette police Lt. Chuck Deaton said there have been 10 hate or bias crimes reported in the past five years that involved name-calling but no assaults on African-Americans. Deaton said police also were NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

unable to speak with a young man distributing the literature, and he was chased away by neighbors. “In the 21 years that I’ve been here, that’s the first I heard of the Klan in Gillette,” Deaton said. Eric Wingerter, a spokesman for the NAACP’s national headquarters, told the Star-Tribune that local chapter leaders aren’t required to get permission to arrange meetings. United Klans of America imperial wizard Bradley Jenkins of Birmingham, Ala., said in a telephone interview that he sanctioned the meeting and called it a first between the KKK and the NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. “I don’t know if we accomplished too much,” Abarr said. “We’re not about violence. We’re about being proud to be white.” Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, said there have been meetings between white and African-American groups, but none between the NAACP and the KKK. He called the United Klans of America a “copycat wannabe” group that’s not the group responsible for violence during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, including the deaths of four girls at a Baptist church in Birmingham. The original UKA was dismantled in the 1980s following a lawsuit by the Southern Poverty Law Center. “I think it’s outrageous and counterproductive,” Potok said of the Wyoming meeting. “It gives legitimacy to the Klan as an organization you can talk to.” Simmons insisted the meeting was worth it. “It’s about opening dialogue with a group that claims they’re trying to reform themselves from violence,” Simmons said. “They’re trying to shed that violent skin, but it seems like they’re just changing the packaging.”

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NASSAU COUN TY EXECUTIVE RACE PRIMARY FAST APPROACHING Not much to say other than ask what is on your political wish list. Because now is the time to bring it forth. Once the primary is over the race for County Executive is over. Option 1: Suozzi beats Haber (The Black Vote didn’t show up) If Haber takes enough democratic votes Suozzi will be forced to sit down with Haber, offer him a gift and maybe some of his people jobs. Then require Haber to stop campaigning and join him. Option 2: Haber beats Suozzi If Haber wins then Suozzi is out. He won’t run on any other line his ego will be to broken. His funding sources will dry up. He will go away. (The Black votes must show up) Option 3: Suozzi beats Haber and Haber continues MINISTER to run (The black and white vote comes out strong) LARRY MONTGOMERY, SR. If Suozzi beats Haber in the primary and Haber continues to run Suozzi will lose in the general elecPUBLISHER AND CHIEF tions. A house (democratic party) divided within will COMMUNITY JOURNAL, INC. fall. Mangano my not be well liked but he hasn’t kickstarted his campaign into full gear. What would be WATCH AND PRAY interesting is to see if Mangano makes Haber an offer God is about to release a to keep running. Just to take votes from Suozzi. 7 FOLD BLESSING. He is So the long and the short is if you are a Haber supporter get your list in now before the primary results doing something new. SO are in. If you are a Suozzi supporter don’t forget to WATCH AND PRAY. show up and vote for Haber. If you are a Mangano God Bless. supporter it’s going to be an uphill battle if Haber wins the democratic primary the press momentum will carry him in to the General election and he will win.

Colin Powell Calls Out Republicans, Tells Them What They Really Don’t Want to Hear Since the Supreme Court struck down parts of the Voting Rights Act, Republican legislatures across the country have nearly fallen over themselves trying to pass new, much more restrictive, voting laws which clearly seek to suppress the vote of those who often don’t vote for Republicans. Which makes sense. We’ve literally not had one single instance where voter fraud has been a problem anywhere in this country, so it’s logical for these Republican legislatures to try and pass these new laws that will curve this escalating problem—which does not exist. While Republicans try to fear monger to their base about the possibility that not having an ID before voting opens the doors for rampant voter fraud, they tend to leave out the parts of these laws which often: Make it more difficult to get ID’s. Limit the kinds of ID’s that are allowed (some states claiming a state-issued student ID isn’t valid). Restrict the days and times during which people are allowed to vote. Reclassify student residency eligibility. Meaning that for many students, because they live 9 months at school and 3 months back at home, they don’t meet residency requirements to be allowed to vote. (Continued on page 7)

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HEMPSTEAD EOC SOCCER CLUB KICKS OFF ITS FALL SEASON HEMPSTEAD, NY (September 4, 2013) -- The Hempstead EOC Soccer Club will kick off its Fall Season with the Long Island Junior Soccer League at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Lincoln Park in Hempstead, NY. The game schedule for the day includes: Hempstead EOC Tigers vs. Levittown Hawks at 9:00 a.m. Hempstead EOC Wolves vs. Hicksville Storm at10:10 am According to Oscar Barriga, President, Hempstead EOC Soccer Club “the program is more than a recreational program, it is also a preventative program. The underlying purpose of the program is about saving lives by keeping youth out of harm’s way – gangs, drugs, alcohol, etc. The program promotes personal growth and development by providing a wide range of services and opportunities to youth. It combines the sport of soccer with the vision that participants continue their education to their highest level possible, either college or vocational school.” This marks the 22nd year the Hempstead EOC Soccer Club has held membership in the Long Island Junior Soccer League and has earned numerous championships. Club NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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teams have competed twice in the Disney Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament, placing 3rd place each time. The Club has also won numerous championships, including but not limited to: Division I Long Island Junior Soccer League Division Titles, TACA Airlines Youth Soccer Tournament, NY State Cup, Waldbaum’s Cup, Long Island Cup, Eastern New York State Youth Soccer Association, Queens College Tournament, Jetix Cup Tournament and other Premiere tournaments. The EOC Soccer Program has a variety of intramural, competitive and summer programs open to boys and girls, 6 – 19 years of age, who reside in the Incorporated Village of Hempstead. This year, over 176 youth participated in the program. About the Economic Opportunity Commission (EOC) of Nassau County, Inc. The EOC of Nassau County, Inc. is a non-profit Community Action Agency devoted to facilitating basic social relationships between individuals, groups, and social institution in Nassau County. The EOC operates eight Head Start Child Development Centers in Hempstead, Freeport, Roosevelt, Westbury, Long Beach, Rockville Centre, Wantagh, and Five Towns. Additional agency programs focus in the areas of youth development, promoting healthy outcomes and behaviors, family development, employment, training, education, and citizenship and immigration assistance. Local Family Development Centers are located in Roosevelt, Hempstead, Freeport, Rockville Centre, Glen Cove, and Port Washington. For more information visit www.eoc-nassau.org, or call (516) 292-9710. About the Hempstead EOC Soccer Club The Hempstead EOC Soccer Club is a member of the Long Island Junior Soccer League. The long term vision of the program is to teach the technical and tactical skills, disciplines and philosophies associated with the sport of soccer as a way to instill the confidence, motivation, and desire necessary to deal with life’s opportunities and challenges.

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The Black Institute Launches the G Project Continues Advocacy for Comprehensive Immigration Reform Through an Innovative Public Awareness Campaign Inclusive Of Black Immigrants (NEW YORK, NY) – On Monday, the Black Institute (TBI) launched a new public awareness campaign, the G Project, at the 46th Annual West Indian Day Celebration. This innovative campaign is a further attempt to impact public support for Comprehensive Immigration Reform by shifting the public perception of immigrants in this country. This will be achieved by identifying and classifying African Americans from immigrant backgrounds as: G or 0-G: a Black immigrant who has immigrated to the US from Africa, the Caribbean, or South America. G-1: the sons and daughters of Blacks who immigrated to the US. G-2: the grandsons and granddaughters of black immigrants. G-3: the great grandsons and great granddaughters of black immigrants. While The Black Institute focuses primarily on Black immigrants, this system can be applied to the Asian American, European American, and Latino communities as well. It is an equalizing way to portray the origins of African Americans and to highlight the contributions and the lineage of many prosperous individuals, from activists and community leaders, to journalists and politicians. In turn, this will also emphasize the profound social and political effect that African Americans from immigrant backgrounds will have on government, the economy, and in constructing a new meaning of what it means to be black and an immigrant in the United States. “There is no better place to commence the G Project than at the West Indian Day Parade and Carnival,” Bertha Lewis, president of the Black Institute said. “The five day long festival is a celebration of Afro-Caribbean culture and perfectly showcases why the G Project is so important. We want to expose the diverse backgrounds and unique experiences of people of color that are all too often glossed over by broad generalities. The West Indian community is just one of the many pockets of Black immigrants in the United States that the G Project will raise public awareness about. In doing so, we hope to show just how impactful the Black immigrant community is to American political and social life. Today marks the 45th Anniversary of one the largest cultural celebrations in the country. The Black Institute is excited and honored to take part in it as we take another step towards Comprehensive Immigration reform with the launch of the G Project.” The G Project will achieve this through the following efforts, including but not limited to: Public awareness events, educational forums and summits featuring prominent African Americans from immigrant backgrounds. These forums will be held at universities and other venues that encourage public discourse. Researching, identifying, and disseminating the G status of the famous and the influential, from recognizable faces in sports and entertainment to politicians, activists, and leaders affecting social change. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

Polling and surveying of African American voters, as well as civilians at colleges, workplaces, residences, and public events. Social media campaigns that utilize Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other outlets. Video postings on Youtube portraying people who identify as G’s, along with TED broadcasts of forums. HBCU tours during the summer that engage students to identify G’s on campus. Educating electoral districts about the demographics of their districts. More Information About the G Project What we have learned from our years of organizing and running black immigration campaigns is that there is a deep immigration closet. Black immigrants are identified by others, and even sometimes by themselves, as Black Americans. By highlighting documented black immigrants, we can begin to look at all aspects of immigration reform and those affected by it, and to veer away from the idea of immigrants as illegal, undocumented workers. This idea was most profoundly exemplified at our Black Immigration rally in Washington, D.C., in which four of our eight Black Congressional Caucus members announced that they were children and grandchildren of Black immigrants. Since that day in March, we have come across many other high profile G’s, and the G project is the culmination of this. More Information About The Black Institute: The mission of The Black Institute is to shape intellectual discourse and dialogue to impact public policy uniquely from a Black perspective (a perspective which includes all people of color in the United States and throughout the Diaspora). The Black Institute (TBI) is an “Action Tank” – A think tank that takes action. By implementing a three-part strategy: Knowledge (research, data gathering, polling and academic partnerships); Leadership (civic education, training and development); and Community (ground organizing and issue based campaigns), TBI changes the direction of public debate, trains and educates new leadership and develops initiatives to build wealth, build power and deliver justice to Black people and people of color. Our four areas of focus are Economic Fairness, Education, Environmental Justice, and Immigration.

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DON DURANT In our local communities we are suffering under the similar stresses and strains as many of our residents of other nations. It is curious that our water supplies are being sold and purchased by companies and individuals from the Middle East. This is happening across the nation, and in some cities, there is an outcry and a rebellion. In other cities, across the nation, young Americans are being shot and killed with weapons legally held by some who have hatred , malice, and evil in their hearts. It would be no surprise if outright war broke out in our neighborhoods, and unsuspecting citizens were randomly shot and killed just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Much of the crime we see taking place is taking place between people who live near you, or in your neighborhood. It might simply stem from a traffic altercation, and road rage. In Syria, there are too many groups and organizations to determine who is a safe bet. The Syrian Liberation Army, Al-Quaida, plus more than 12 hun(Continued from page 4)

And that’s just a few of the provisions many of these laws carry with them. So it’s not “just about having valid ID” as many of these Republicans are trying to perpetuate. It’s a clear attempt at voter suppression, a backdoor poll tax (because for most states government issued ID’s aren’t free, nor are the documents required to get one) and a way to try and deter voters that often don’t vote for Republicans from being able to vote at all. But if you don’t believe me that this is what conservatives are doing, just look at the comments made by Republican Colin Powell where he called out blatant attempts by the GOP to suppress voters: “I want to see policies that encourage every American to vote, not make it more difficult to vote. It immediately turns off a voting block the Republican Party needs. These kinds of actions do not build on the base. It just turns people away.” I guess he’s “liberally biased” too, right? Or wait, he’s not a “real Republican?” He’s a R.I.N.O (Republican In Name Only)? Isn’t that what conservatives call anyone from their own party who dares call out their radical antics? Especially when they know that he’s right. Any group, entity or person that’s trying to make it harder for people to vote clearly has an ulterior motive. After all, isn’t that what history shows us? Isn’t our past littered with ignorance by some to keep those that they wished wouldn’t vote from voting? Hell, isn’t that why we had to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965? Which we clearly need to update (that was the reason why the Supreme Court struck parts down—the data was decades old). Voting should be something to be proud of. It should be celebrated. Hell, election days should be national holidays. People should have the day off from work. Polling locations should be expanded by not just their hours but in the amount of locations as well. It should be something that both parties make efforts to encourage NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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dred militia groups, shooting and killing randomly, in order to bring down the government. The availability of Sarin, Mustard Gas, and other Chemicals would go to whoever comes out on top as a victor after the war. The U.S. will then have to intervene again to maintain safety. The CIA provided a classified session for members of Congress on the goings on in Syria. They supplied a requested CD Disc to Senator Diane Finestein, to use to persuade other Senators on what was shared at the classified briefing. This alone seems to be the worse case scenario in managing and securing secure CIA Intelligence. A loose CD Disc in the hands of a Senator. Why not have any authorized Senator come down to CIA Headquarters to be briefed in a secure location. When Secretary Kerry says trust me, this CIA information is sound…. John Kerry in an interview, mounting an argument that if we don’t strike now, the Syrian leaders, as well as Iran, Hezbollah and North Korea will be encouraged to attempt the same thing. He is putting the credibility of John Kerry in the discussion to prove the facts, instead of the facts proving themselves. everyone to vote. Which would be ideal, except—Republicans see the writing on the wall. Which is what Powell’s comments are directed at. Republicans have a couple of choices: Change their policies to appeal to more moderate voters. Change the voting rules to restrict the vote for those who tend to vote more moderately. Where Powell’s comments encourage Republicans to stop these tactics of alienating people, pandering to their far-right radical base, Republicans would rather just restrict the rights of those who might not vote for them. In other words, they’d rather suppress millions of voters than see their ideas evolve to try to appeal to those more moderate voters. But Powell knows their strategy of pandering to their base isn’t sustainable long-term. Because history shows us that it isn’t. While historically these groups which seek to rig elections, and in turn our government, have won small battles during their attempts at oppression, in the long run—they always lose. And for a great example of that, look no further than the tea party. In 2008 they charged onto the scene, rode a wave of temporary popularity in 2010 (gaining back power in Congress), yet by 2012 the presidential hopeful this movement produced was—Mitt Romney. Not a single “tea party Republican” stood a chance at winning the nomination, and you saw quite a few tea party Republicans in moderate districts lose their seats. And in 2013, while still popular with their radical right-wing base, the tea party has quickly fallen out of favor nationally. The majority of Americans have already grown tired of their ridiculous antics and outlandish statements. Powell sees this, and decided to call it out. The only problem is—I doubt many Republicans will listen.

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Legislative Republicans Stifle Public Commentary at Hearing Where George Maragos Continued to Duck Tough Questions Today, Former Nassau County Comptroller Howard Weitzman was denied the opportunity to offer public testimony at a budget hearing before the County LegPicking your own health insurance means a complex shopping exislature. Weitzman is demanding an apology from Committee Chairman Howard perience that will involve choices and hard decisions. Kopel for denying him the opportunity to speak despite the hearing notice explicitly When it comes to shopping online, few purchase decisions will stating there would be a period for public comment. carry the magnitude of the one you'll make if you buy health insurance “George Maragos and his Republican friends in the Legislature can run, but they cannot hide from the truth,” said Weitzman. “Denying public comment cannot under Obamacare. deny the truth that George Maragos is misleading taxpayers by using creative acOpen enrollment starts in just over a month, on Oct. 1, for policies counting to hide the county’s deficit and record-high debt.” that would take effect on Jan. 1, 2014. So, if you need health insurWeitzman, the only CPA to be elected as County Comptroller, hoped to offer ance, it's time to start familiarizing yourself with the Affordable Care testimony rooted in his eight years of experience as Comptroller and as a life-long financial professional. What follows is a copy of Mr. Weitzman’s prepared remarks Act. Shopping for health insurance will become considerably different that he was denied the opportunity to present before the Legislature. Comments by Howard Weitzman on Comptroller's Mid-Year report for 2013 than it is today for most Americans, allowing consumers to shop September 3, 2013 through an online health insurance marketplace. There, you'll be able My name is Howard Weitzman. I served as Nassau County Comptroller from to compare prices as well as decide how big a deductible you'd like 2002-2009 and am a candidate to return to that position. I also am a CPA with 35 years of private sector experience including serving as a partner in a national ac- and how much of a co-pay you're willing to take on. Buying health insurance isn't as simple as choosing between Nike counting firm. This year’s mid-year report, as every other financial report issued by Comptrol- and Adidas. And you have to live with the decision you make until the ler Maragos, is not a Financial Report, but a political statement. Mr. Maragos has next open enrollment period. consistently issued reports which manipulate County results to promote his political 3 basic levels agenda. While the Comptroller has again tried to paint a picture of a healthy County, Making the choice is going to involve some thought, because a lot the 3 consecutive downgrades by outside rating agencies, and the failure of the of options are going to be on the table. In Massachusetts, which alCounty to remove State financial controls tell a very different story. The mid-year reports issued by the Comptroller, the Office of Legislative Budget ready has a health insurance marketplace and serves as something of a Review (OLBR), and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) all project small model for other states and the federal government, insurance is offered surpluses, but the Comptrollers report is far and away the most optimistic. Both in tiers -- gold, silver and bronze -- to help consumers sort out the OLBR and OMB relied on significantly higher borrowings than the Comptroller to choices. achieve their surpluses. Why such a difference in results? Bronze is the least expensive, but has larger co-pays and bigger The Comptrollers report provided for the payment of $88 million in real estate refunds in 2013. But these refunds relate to 2012. They were rolled into 2013 based deductibles, than the more costly gold plan. There are also levels for on an interpretation of an order issued by Judge Adams on the last day of 2012 with each tier, giving consumers additional options to, say, shave off some which I disagree. But whatever your opinion of the accounting, the undeniable fact is of the monthly premium cost by accepting higher co-pays. Prices will they related to 2012. So what happened to the 2013 expense? The answer is there is none shown. The projected $80 mil. in new refunds for 2013 was omitted entirely be shown for each insurer at each level. S, picking through the plans involves some thought and decisionfrom the projections. So, once again the comptroller has omitted tax refunds to achieve a positive result. making based on how much you're willing to pay on a monthly basis Mr. Maragos’s statement that the “the liability for tax refunds has been ad- balanced with how much risk you're willing to take in case of a serious dressed and is expected to decline” is unbelievable. While the County’s recorded illness or injury or the amount extra you would have to pay for freliability for tax refunds is universally believed to be understated, it is still twice the level it was at when he took office. Residential refunds are declining because the quent doctor visits. Differences among companies county is barely defending new residential challenges. While this practice may reduce residential refunds, it has created tax increases of up to 29% for those not chalOnce you've sorted through the issue of price versus deductible lenging their taxes. This practice will force more and more taxpayers to challenge and co-pay, the next step is comparing insurers. As similar as the plans their assessments just to stay even. There has been no noticeable change in commermight be, cost is unlikely to be the only difference between companies. cial refunds which make up the bulk of the tax liability. The Comptroller has consistently used the improvement in the structural gap This is an area where it is vital for consumers to do some homework. Why? Not every provider accepts every insurance plan. Be sure since 2009 as an indication of improved operations. The structural gap is a useful metric, but it is not subject to outside verification. As a result, Mr. Maragos has ma- your doctor, if you'd like to keep that doctor, accepts the plan you're nipulated numbers again to make it appear as if County operations are improving. considering. And if you don't care whether you're doctor is on any parAgain the truth is quite different. The Comptroller omitted real estate tax refunds for ticular plan, still check the provider directory of a plan you're consid2013 entirely from the gap calculation. Whether these refunds are paid through borrowings or through operations, they will increase the gap by $80 mil. It appears that ering to see what doctors are available to you. Some plans could have considerably thinner participation in certain the Comptroller omitted amortization of pension borrowings of $39 mil. as well. Had these omissions been included, they would have shown the structural gap in- areas, and that's something you don't want to find out when you actucreasing by 47% over 2012. ally need to use your insurance. The carriers who offer the fewest opMr. Maragos also uses 2009 as the baseline to measure the results of the Suozzi tions for coverage tend to also cost the least, so don't use price as the administration. The problem with that is 2009 was the depth of the recession and far from a typical year. 2009 included massive federal aid received by every municipal- sole determining factor. ity in the country to offset the impact of the recession and borrowings by the County For those who have health insurance through an employer, these for termination pay and retirement incentives to reduce the payroll mid-year to offset choices won't be relevant. But for those who are self-employed have the loss of $100 mil. in sales tax. Hardly a typical year. In fact, if you include the omissions previously discussed, the structural gaps in every year from 2010 through been gambling by not having health insurance, or couldn't get a policy 2013 are equal to or greater than those experienced from 2002-2008. Quite a differ- because of a pre-existing condition, shopping in the new marketplace ent story from that told by Comptroller Maragos. will be an opportunity. Just be sure to take the time to compare, and Finally, the Comptroller casually mentions in his report that the risk of an ad- understand the decisions you're making. verse decision on the wage freeze requested by the administration “has been reduced due to the improving economy and fund balance.” Nothing could be further from the truth. All of the operating efficiencies claimed by the administration can be traced directly to the wage freeze. Without it, the county would be incurring even greater deficits. Without the wage freeze, the County’s annual expenses would increase by almost $100 mil. per year. The County reserves are reported to be only $80 mil. There is no possibility for the county to meet this responsibility if so ordered by the court without massive tax increases or service cuts. This is reality, not wishful thinking. There is no question that the County is skating on thin financial ice. For the Comptroller to make up feel good financial reports destroys the County’s credibility and does nothing to begin the process of restoring Nassau to financial health. About Howard Weitzman, CPA In 2001, Howard Weitzman became the only CPA ever elected to the office of Nassau County Comptroller after a 30 year career as a healthcare financial executive. He was subsequently re-elected to a second term in 2005. During his eight years as Comptroller, Howard Weitzman played a central role in the financial rescue of Nassau County. Under Howard’s leadership, the office of Comptroller became a national model for transparency and accountability while at the same time developing a reputation for groundbreaking audits, independence and integrity. A graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School and Queens College, Howard is the former Mayor of Great Neck Estates, where he and his wife resided for 35 years and raised three children. He is currently a resident of North Hills

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· FROM THE DESK OF · Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams:

Understanding STAR Registration I would like to share the following information on New York State’s Basic STAR Registration Program, and explain how the program will work so you can fully understand the new procedures. I want to stress that the Basic STAR Registration Program will be handled exclusively by New York State. At the request of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (herein referred to as “the State”), all agencies have been directed to refer the property owners’ inquiries to the State. The Department of Assessment is not involved in the registration process at all. As you may be aware, New York State is requiring all Basic STAR Exemption recipients to register with the State so that exemptions can be screened to eliminate intentional fraud and unintentional duplicate exemptions. No one has to re-file for this exemption. Additionally, this program only applies to Basic STAR recipients only. The Enhanced STAR Exemption recipients are not affected by this program. The State’s timeline is as follows: In mid-September, the State will begin mailing letters to current recipients of the Basic STAR Exemption. Each letter will contain a unique registration number for that household to register by phone or email only.

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By December 1, the State will send out reminder letters to those homeowners who have not registered advising them that the deadline to register for the Basic STAR is nearing. December 31, 2013 is the deadline to register for the Basic STAR. In early January 2014, the State will send a final notice to those property owners who have not registered. Finally, in March 2014, the State will notify the Department of Assessment of the properties where the Basic STAR Exemption should be removed. New York State will not advise our office as to why the exemption is being removed (i.e. whether it is for failure to register, if the homeowner “double-dipped” or if their STAR income exceeds the maximum allowable by the State, etc). If a property owner loses their letter, or did not receive a letter with the registration number, he or she may search for it on the State’s Web site or call the State at 518-457-2036 or e-mail: orpts.star@tax.ny.gov. Any property owner who is denied an exemption will receive an official notification from the State. Homeowners who wish to appeal the decision must appeal directly to the State. There is NO appeal process with Nassau County. The contact information for the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is as follows: For general information on Basic STAR registration, visit: www.tax.ny.gov. Contact by phone: 518-457-2036. Contact by email: orpts.star@tax.ny.gov.

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WHY HABER? Adam Haber: “This election is about moving our county forward. It’s about ending the culture of patronage and pay-to-play. It’s about creating a community that works for everyone and embraces the future.” Adam Haber is a Democrat running for Nassau County Executive because Nassau families deserve better. For too long career politicians have failed to deliver on their promises to clean up corruption, fix social services and improve government operations. Adam is committed fixing the pollution ruining Nassau’s beaches, defending women’s rights and running a transparent county government that ends to pay-to-play and puts Nassau families first. The son and husband of educators, Adam got involved with his local school board in the wake of an $11 million embezzlement scandal because he knew he could help. Sine 2009 Adam has been a Roslyn School Trustee where he has implemented creative solutions to save taxpayers money, worked collaboratively to forge a new labor contract, and expanded services –all without cutting any educators. Adam is a small business entrepreneur and the candidate with the ideas to get Nassau back on track. He won’t be beholden to special interest or the patronage system that has hurt Nassau taxpayers for decades. Nassau deserves a Democrat who has a fresh perspective and specific plans to make Nassau County work for middle class families again. Clean Up Government Make Emergency Management Effective Get Government Working for Families Again in His First 30 Days Fix the Failed Tax Assessment System Boost Tourism and Create Jobs Improve Non-Native English Speaker’s Access to Government Those are just some of the ideas Adam has to get Nassau working again, and he has many more. He is committed to fixing the government and creating economic opportunity, so the next generation may return to raise their families on The Island as well. Adam lives in East Hills with his wife and their two children. He is running to create the fresh start Nassau County families deserve. VOTE FOR DEMOCRAT ADAM HABER THIS SEPTEMBER 10! Education One of the reasons my wife and I moved to Long Island is for the outstanding public education our children receive. We need to make sure the next generation receives a great start and that they are prepared for the 21st century. A significant challenge with our public schools right now is managing increasingly strained budgets and debts. When I joined the Roslyn School Board in 2009 NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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the district was roiling in the wake of an $11 million embezzlement scandal and was in deep debt. Over the past few years I led the charge to get the finances in order without cutting one after school program, limiting services to special needs children, or firing one teacher. We can make budgets work for our kids; we just need to be smart about it. Jobs and Economy We need to create more good paying jobs and protect our quality of life, keep middle class families strong and create opportunities for our kids to come back to on the Island. I want all of our kids to have the opportunity to make Nassau County their home too. Our county has been mismanaged and opportunities to keep business here have been tossed aside. We need a government that encourages businesses to build and grow on the Island. The next generation needs to have good jobs for a thriving middle class. Quality of Life My wife and I moved here with our kids years ago because of the high quality of life that Nassau County offers. Families have lived here for generations and others are moving here for the quality of life. All our families deserve a safe place to live with great schools where our kids can learn, gain skills, and grow the middle class. Likewise we need to make sure that families are not priced out of Nassau by high taxes. But this quality of life is being threatened by years of government mismanagement. Our parks are rundown, our roadways are deteriorating, and our infrastructure is crumbling. We can fix these things –rebuild, rehabilitate, and make our community stronger. By changing the way our government works we can bring a fresh start to Nassau. Taxes We have some of the highest county taxes in the United States, one of the most educated workforces, and yet we have the worst debt of any county in New York. The tax system and the way in which taxpayer dollars are spent need to change. We are in desperate need of fixing a broken tax assessment system that hurts middle class families and slows down businesses. Taxing fairly and spend efficiently is something that all Nassau residents expect from their county government leaders. Our community needs quality government services to grow our economy and create opportunities for our kids on the Island. Delivering government services requires that our county leaders do more than speak in platitudes. As a Democrat I believe our government can deliver services efficiently and effectively. I am frustrated by career politicians who mismanage county government, hire their cronies and overtax our families. Our county leaders shouldn’t hand out high-paying jobs to their friends at taxpayers’ expense --that is wasteful and wrong. I’ll put an end their reactive, shortsighted policies and focus on long-term planning and innovative ideas to make Nassau work again for seniors and middle class families.

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Rhodes Avenue End of Summer BBQ Easter Frye of Rhodes Avenue in Hempstead hosted her Annual End of Summer BBQ at her home. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby greeted friends and neighbors and sampled the wonderful cooking. Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Willie Joe Hatcher, Easter Frye, Denise Childs

Wedding on the Freeport Princess Aurelia Dalla and Al Chico of Franklin Square, held their wedding aboard the Freeport Princess in Freeport. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented the newlyweds with a Citation commemorating the day and wished them her heartfelt congratulations. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Long Beach Martin Luther King Center Re-Grand Opening The Long Beach Martin Luther King Center celebrated their ReGrand Opening at the center on Riverside Boulevard in Long Beach. The day included a ribbon cutting, basketball, sports equipment giveaway, school supply giveaway, rides, food and entertainment. Proceeds from the event will go toward the after school program. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg and Long Beach City Council members attended the ceremony and congratulated center President James Hodge.

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From the Desk of Mayor Hall A week ago, a rainbow crowd of a hundred thousand Americans gathered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s March on Washington, highlighted by his famous I Have a Dream speech. Five decades after the fact, as we reflect on this momentous occasion in American history, we must ask ourselves: Has Dr. King’s dream been realized? In some respects, it has. An African-American president sits in the White House, having been elected by a significant margin in back-to-back national elections. This fact alone would have been unimaginable in Dr. King’s time. The Jim Crow Laws of the Old South have long since been forgotten, and black Americans continue to make major inroads in most sectors of American life. These are all the marks of long overdue progress, made possible in large part by the work of Dr. King, other civil rights leaders and the millions of everyday Americans who fought hard to create change in our nation. But to suggest that these accomplishments signal an end of racism in America, or a full realization of Dr. King’s dream, would be a mistake.

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campaign near the end of his life as he became increasingly involved in labor issues and the Poor People’s Campaign. I am hopeful that today’s generation will continue Dr. King’s work. Over the last several years we have seen young people rise up to lead the Occupy Movement; across our nation we have seen thousands of young adults lead the call for justice for Trayvon, including a powerful demonstration of youth taking charge by holding a days’ long sit-in in the Florida governor’s office demanding justice for Trayvon and a repeal of that state’s dangerous Stand Your Ground law. So I am profoundly optimistic that Dr. King’s dream is still alive, that the desire for a more just nation still burns brightly and that there are still talented, driven and passionate people who will continue the work to get us over the mountain and onto the other side. Sincerely,

Wayne Mayor Wayne J. Hall

Legislator Abrahams         Invites Residents to             Upcoming Tax Exemption  Workshops Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) invites residents of the 1st Legislative District to attend the Department of Assessment’s Property Tax Exemption Workshops. If you live in and are the owner of a home, condominium or cooperative apartment, you may qualify for hundreds of dollars in property tax savings each year. Nassau County offers two types of School Tax Relief (STAR) property tax exemptions: Basic and Enhanced. Basic STAR is reserved for residents who own and live in their own home, condominium or cooperative apartment with an annual household income of $500,000 or less. Enhanced Star is reserved for senior citizens aged 65 years or older with annual incomes of $81,900 or less. NYS has increased the Enhanced STAR household earnings cap from $79,050 to $81,900.

We don’t have to look too far to see that there is still a sharp racial divide in America. Just in the past few months Find out if you are eligible for savings on your property taxes through these and we have seen the troubling repeal of Section 4 of the Voting other exemptions: Veterans, Senior Citizen, Cold War Veterans, Volunteer FirefightRights Acts, the stunning acquittal of George Zimmerman, ers and Ambulance Workers, Limited Income Disability and Home Improvement. the nearly nonstop violence in urban communities that has Equipped with specially configured computers linked to the County’s database, the County Assessor’s staff will process property tax exemption applications on-site at yet to generate a coordinated federal response, the continuvarious locations on the following dates within or near the 1st Legislative District: ing disparities in arrests, convictions and sentencing of black, brown and white youths, to say nothing of the increas-  Friday, July 26 from 1 - 3 p.m. at Baldwin Public Library, 2385 Grand Avenue ing economic chasm between the top one percent of Ameri-  Tuesday, September 3 from 1 - 3 p.m. at Merrick Public Library, 2279 Merrick Avenue cans and the rest of us. All of this paints a clear picture of the  Friday, September 27 from 1 - 3 p.m. at Roosevelt Public Library, 27 West Fulton continuing racial and economic divide in our nation. Avenue

Time Magazine recently featured Dr. King on its cover  Tuesday, October 15 from 1 - 3 p.m. at Hempstead Public Library, 115 Nichols Court with the headline: Founding Father. It’s an apt description.  Friday, October 25 from 1 - 3 p.m. at Merrick Public Library, 2279 Merrick AveWhen I reflect on the life of Dr. King, I am continually awenue struck at the courage he showed in standing up for the causes For additional information, and for what forms to bring to the workshops, please call Legislator Abraham's office at (516) 571-6201. Please visit he championed, even if the consequence meant premature death. However, Dr. King’s sacrifice will be in vain if we do www.mynassauproperty.com for scheduling updates. not continue to work toward racial and economic justice, an issue that Dr. King had begun to make the forefront of his NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Campbell Park-VOH Back to School Supplies Giveaway Village of Hempstead’s 2013 Back to School Supplies Giveaway in Campbell Park on Saturday, August 31st, 2013. Left to Right- Trustee Don Ryan, Deputy Mayor Waylyn Hobbs Jr., Trustee Luis Figueroa and a few of the students at the Village of Hempstead’s 2013 Back-to-School Supplies Giveaway at Campbell Park on Saturday, August 31st, 2013. The Village of Hempstead donated Back-to-School Supplies for the younger residents of the Village. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Stepping Up at Little Sheppard Daycare The Little Sheppard Daycare held their Annual Stepping Up Program at the Fountain of Life Church in Uniondale. The theme of the day was eating healthy food and exercising “Get Up and Move!” Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby congratulated Director Yolanda Sheppard and all of the young students who were stepping up.

Long Island, New York The Small Business Assistance Program and S.J. Edwards, Inc. and Healthfirst Health Care Seminar Series Long Island, New York – The Small Business Assistance Program and S.J. Edwards, Inc. will be presenting three seminars entitled – “Health Care Reform/The Affordable Care Act and the Impact on Small Businesses”. The Seminars will be held September 12, 2013 at Westbury, “Yes we Can” Community Center 141 Garden Street, Westbury, New York – 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., The Holiday Inn Plainview, Long Island 215 Sunnyside Blvd, Plainview New York Lunch – September 19th, 2013 from 12 Noon – 2:00 p.m. or Breakfast September 26, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.

ance cost? What are my rights and responsibilities as an employer? Other topics include: TAX CREDITS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES THAT OFFER HEALTH INSURANCE TO THEIR EMPLOYEES** A SMALL BUSINESS HEALTH OPTIONS PROGRAM (SHOP) EXCHANGE** NYS Health Benefit Exchange Enrollment starts Oct. 1st and time is running out. Healthfirst is a participant on the New York State Health Benefit Exchange **These provisions of the Affordable Care Act are estimated to save New York small businesses 5-22 percent in health care costs! Call Bonita Clark at (888) 512-7175 RSVP Today! LIMITED!

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Fax to Bonita Clark at (516) 706-0293 E-mail address: bonita.clark@sjedwards.com For more information and complete registration details you may email us at bonita.clark@sjedwards.com call us at 516.706.0293.

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Will it become illegal for blacks to use the n-word at work? Freedom of speech is not absolute. No one is guaranteed employment and in private work settings, speech can be regulated. That framework shapes a recent case where a jury in a New York federal court decided that even black people cannot use the n-word at work — even if speaking with another black person – and that using the sometimes racial slur may create a hostile work environment.

This case has the ability to set some legal precedent since the plaintiff, a black woman named Brandi Johnson, sued her employer STRIVE East Harlem, after her boss Rob Carmona, a black man, used the racial slur while reprimanding her. Carmona, a black man of Puerto Rican descent, argued in his defense that being raised in a New York City project, was full of “tough love” and “tough language” which includes using the n-word as a term of endearment. The issue in the case is whether the n-word double standard applies to employment discrimination cases. Specifically, whether it matters that the n-word is commonly used by black people in a cultural context, makes it permissible in an employment context when two black people are involved. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

This age-old debate over who is allowed to use the nword and who cannot is one that a federal jury decided this week and the decision may set new societal norms for appropriate language in the workplace, regardless of whether the people using the term are black. “There are numerous cases where employers who have repeatedly used racial slurs have been found to have created hostile work environments for employees,”

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Attorney and legal analyst Faith Jenkins told theGrio, “If you got a white supervisor on tape calling a black employee the n-word, that case would settle. Those types of cases don’t go to trial because the precedent is clear: use of that term creates a hostile work environment.” “In this case, a supervisor was yelling and reprimanding an employee. And it wasn’t the first time the employer used the n-word with this employee.” Jenkins said. These additional facts likely added to the jury’s decision to award Johnson $250,000 in compensatory damages and $30,000 in punitive damages. “The jury made it clear it doesn’t matter who is using the word. It’s the use of the word alone to an employee that creates a discriminatory work environment,” said Jenkins. From the NAACP’s symbolic funeral of the n-word to (Continued on page 26)

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ASK LISA-ANNE Q. I am a 4th grade teacher and a colleague of mine was reprimanded recently for a discriminating remark she made to a student. Would you remind your readers, parents, and teachers about the dangers of such remarks and their impact on the students?

A. You are right! We all need to evaluate ourselves and make sure that we are not discriminating against children by race, gender, economics, or looks. Also not discriminating against children verbally or non-verbally. Children know you think they are dumb if you roll your eyes at them. Some teachers favor the ‘cute’ children, others ignore the ‘poor’ children who need the most assistance, while others favor the ‘bright’ students because they are easier to teach. Other teachers have preconceived notions about certain races and don’t expect much from these students. It’s all in the attitude! I attended a conference last year and the presenter was providing strategies about how to assist students in improving reading skills. This conference was mainly attended by speech-language pathologists and audiologists. A lady raised her hand and stated that she currently works in a pre-school and has worked in preschools since 1993. Her question was, ‘Aren’t there some children who are just not going to read?” She went on to talk about how delayed the children were that she worked with. Of course to me and others, she displayed incompetence and ignorance because no competent educator would predict a child’s future progress based on their skills at the age of 3 or 4 years old. Secondly, she was not looking inward to find a solution. If my students are not progressing, I take it personally and change my approach. It is my job to target and pin point the strategies that will be successful for my students. Yet this woman is working in the field and servicing children. Myra and David Sadker’s best selling introductory textbook, Teachers, Schools, and Society, (McGraw Hill, 2005) 7th edition, lists the following tips for non-sexist and non-racist teaching: Segregation- Avoid segregated seating patterns or activities. Ex. boys against the girls for spelling bee. Sometimes teachers should allow students to be together if there are perhaps only three students from a certain race; separating them can make them feel more isolated. Teachers have to use their judgment. Mobility- walk around the classroom, students in the front seats tend to get most of the teacher’s attention. Cooperative Education- is a social norm for African-Americans, Native Americans, and females. When cooperation is less valued, research suggests that inequities emerge in the classroom. Displays- check your bulletin boards and displays to make sure they represent the populations that you teach. Eye Contact- Many Asian-American, Pacific Islander or Native American children lower their eyes as a sign of respect, not to be rude to the teacher. Touching-Southeast Asian children believe spiritually that you should not touch someone’s head. For African-American children it is viewed as demeaning. Some teachers do not touch children at all due to fear of being accused of sexual harassment. However, some children need a ‘high five.’ Calling on and Questioning Students- Do not always call on the quickest hand which is usually attached to a boy. Keep in mind some children know the answer but will never raise their hand out of fear. Keep mental notes of whom you have not heard from in a while. Wait a few seconds to call someone. This gives more students time to think of the answer and participate. Research shows that boys get more precise feedback than girls do. For more information, you may consult the book mentioned above. Parents can also make suggestions to their child’s teacher if they suspect that their child is being left out.

Q. My daughter’s school is having their first Parent/Teacher Conference next week. What questions should I ask to really know how she is doing? A. Parent/Teacher conferences are an important time for parents to really get to talk to the teacher/s and find out how their children are doing. Parents should try their best not to miss these meetings. Many teachers view parents who do not attend as disinterested in their children’s education. Of course this may not be true, especially for the single parent who may be working two jobs to make ends meet. Parents who do find it challenging to attend, due to circumstances beyond NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

their control, should call the school and schedule a phone conference. The experts at the SchwabLearning.org website provide the following tips for parent/teacher conferences: Ask the teacher to show you the curriculum, how he/she assigns and evaluates work, and what his/her teaching philosophy is. Check you child’s school work. Ask to see samples of your child’s work and grades. Mention any techniques or accommodations that have worked for your child in the past. Express any concerns that you may have at this meeting. Allow the teacher to explain and plan with you. Prioritize your concerns so that the most important topics get discussed before ‘your time is up.’ For concerns that you and the teacher agree on, ask how you and he/she can work together. Ask the teacher to contact you anytime with any concerns. Provide all phone numbers that he/she can use to contact you. Try to speak to all of the teachers that teach your child. This will provide you with a clearer picture of your child’s progress. You will also be able to observe whether the problems one teacher mentions, are shared by other teachers. If your child is supposed to receive support services, (speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, resource room, reading services, ESL,) ask the teacher if your child is receiving the services. Lisa-Anne Ray-Byers is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist who has worked in education for over two decades. She holds graduate degrees in speechlanguage pathology and multicultural education. She also holds certification in educational administration. She is the author of the books, They Say I Have ADHD, I Say Life Sucks! Thoughts From Nicholas, They SSSay I’m a StStStutterer, But I SSSay Nothing! Meet Kelly and co-author of the book 365 Ways to Succeed With ADHD. She is a member of the National Education Writers Association and the editor of the Community Journal newspaper in Baldwin, New York. She is currently employed in a local school district. You may contact her at speechlrb@yahoo.com or by visiting her website at www.AskLisaAnne.com. PAGE 20


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Send kids back to school with healthy meals and snacks Sept4ember 3, 2013 - You’ve got the kids’ backpacks ready with notebooks, pencils and paper, but what’s your plan for packing healthy back-to-school lunches? The American Heart Association recommends packing a healthy lunch at home to ensure that kids get the nutrition they need without all the fat, calories and salt found in convenience foods and many school lunch meals. Too much salt, calories and fat can contribute to long-term health issues like obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. Today, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese; nearly triple the rate in 1963. Among children today, obesity is causing health problems that previously weren’t seen until adulthood like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and elevated blood cholesterol levels. (Source: 2011 American Heart Association Understanding Childhood Obesity Statistical Sourcebook) Tips on packing healthy lunches: When packing a healthy lunch, the American Heart Association suggests choosing from the rainbow of foods in your supermarket’s produce department. Include foods that are red (red peppers, apples, tomatoes), orange (carrots, peaches), green (salad, celery sticks) and choose foods from the different food groups. Pack healthy drinks such as water, low-fat milk or 100% juice with no added sugar. Beverages boxes frozen the night before can keep a lunchbox cool until lunchtime. Cut out the soda and energy drinks. These are filled with sugar, empty calories and provide little or no nutrition. Sandwiches can be made on whole wheat bread, pita, wraps or flatbreads. Traditional luncheon meats are high in fat and sodium. When choosing luncheon meats, pick lean meats like turkey, ham or leftover chicken breast. Use reduced fat mayo or salad dressing or mustard to dress a sandwich and top with mixed greens or spinach for NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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extra nutrients. Not the same old sandwich Pack hummus with fresh veggies and whole wheat pita triangles or flatbreads for dipping. Hummus is a good low-fat protein source and is high in iron and vitamin C. Or try low-fat or fat-free cottage cheese with carrots, cherry tomatoes, fresh berries, or melon for a calcium-rich, high-protein lunch. Salads topped with lean protein like hard-boiled eggs, beans or chicken are a great alternative to sandwiches and they help get kids on track with their daily vegetable servings. In a hurry? Buy bags of lettuce or precut carrots or make extra salad for dinner then pack the leftovers for lunch the next day. Didn’t pack a lunch? There are many options to choose from in the lunch line at school, some of them are healthier than others. Encourage kids to choose fruits and vegetables instead of French fries or chips and ask for grilled meat instead of fried. Hungry after school? When it comes to after school snacks, think energy, not fatty, high-calorie. Try baked potato or corn chips instead of fried. Keep a variety of salt-free nuts on hand for a high protein, essential fatty acid snack – but watch the portions. One-quarter cup of these calorie nuts is a serving. Focus on fruit and vegetables. Cut them up for greater acceptance. Have plain or with yogurt, hummus or dip. Stick to lowfat or light yogurt instead of the full calorie varieties targeted at children. To avoid artificial sweeteners, try fat-free plain yogurt mixed with fresh fruit. Cereal is not just for breakfast. High-fiber, low sugar cereals are fortified with vitamins and nutrients. Pour a serving size and add lowfat or skim milk for a satisfying snack that most kids can get for themselves. Not all granola bars are created equal. Choose whole grain granola bars that are low in fat and sugar – take a look at the food label and choose the ones that contain less than 1g of saturated fat per serving and are no more than 35% sugar by weight. Make sure there’s at least 5 grams of protein. Shop your local health store for pre-packaged snacks that are high (Continued on page 23)

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McDonald's and Ronald McDonald House Charities Announce 2013-2014 Scholarships For African American Students -- Scholarship awards will range from $2,000 to $8,000 per student -Nationwide -- Students across the country work hard to earn top marks, dreaming of the college they'll attend and the education they'll receive. Unfortunately, many of these students won't be able to afford it. Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) want these students to reach their full potential. To help them accomplish this, our network of U.S. Chapters, along with the global office of RMHC, offer scholarships to students in financial need who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and community involvement. Since 1985, more than $48 million in scholarships have been awarded. There are four types of scholarship awards for 2013-2014: * RMHC/Scholars, which is open to all students; * RMHC/Asia, which is available for Asian-Pacific students; * RMHC/African American Future Achievers, available for African Americans; * and RMHC/Hacer; which is open to Hispanic/Latino students. For more details on how to apply, visit: www.scholarshipsonline.org/2012/07/ronald-mcdonald-house-charities.html To search hundreds of other 2013/14 scholarships, visit: www.ScholarshipsOnline.org NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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STATEMENT FROM NYC IS NOT FOR SALE Reverend Al Sharpton Joins ABQ With Announcement of Tough Decision Between Bill De Blasio and Bill Thompson

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Top 25 Scholarships For Women in 2013-2014 Nationwide Billions of dollars in scholarships are available every year to women, and one web site, ScholarshipsOnline.org, is helping women apply for these financial aid opportunities. The web site has recently published the top 25 scholarships available for women and girls in 20132014. Scholarships are monetary gifts awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding academic or athletic ability. Because of increasing expenses for tuition, boarding and books, more and more organizations and corporations are giving away scholarships as a part of their public or community affairs programs. To view the Top 25 Scholarships For Women in 20132014, visit: www.scholarshipsonline.org/p/top-womenscholarships-grants.html To search hundreds of other 2013-2014 scholarships, visit: www.ScholarshipsOnline.org

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“We proudly welcome Reverend Al Sharpton to the thousands of New Yorkers who have joined our effort to elect Anybody But Quinn,” Arthur Cheliotes, President of Local 1180 said. “We formed this coalition to give a voice to the many New Yorkers who want to be heard in this election and we are thrilled that he has come to the same decision that so many New Yorkers have, Anybody But Quinn would be better for our City.” More About New York City is Not for Sale: New York City is Not For Sale 2013 (NYCN4S 2013) was founded by three prominent New Yorkers and organizations: Local1180 President Arthur Cheliotes, NYCLASS, and Political Activist Wendy Kelman Neu. With backgrounds that span the labor, real estate and business industries the founders came together with a mission to impact the outcome of the mayor’s race – with a specific goal of ensuring mayoral candidate Quinn is not elected. The Political Committee was formed around the founders’ combined opinion that New York City will be better off without Speaker Quinn as Mayor. Her record on living wage, paid sick leave, term limits, lack of support for animal rights and animal welfare, combined with her reputation for siding with the rich and powerful to advance her own political aspirations, makes it clear that as mayor, Quinn would only continue to appease special interests that do not have the well-being of all New Yorkers in mind. In order to get their message out NYCN4S 2013 began funding independent expenditures in the New York City Mayoral race to launch a multimedia campaign that seeks to inform voters of Speaker Quinn’s background and encourages them to vote for any candidate but her. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

in fiber and low in fat, sugar and calories. For more information and recipes, visit the American Heart Association at www.heart.org/healthierkids. MORE TIPS: Back to school lunchbox strategies:  Get lunch ready right after dinner when you’re in the kitchen or the night before.  Pack leftover dinners in lunch-size containers.  Keep dressings on the side to prevent soggy lunches.  Freeze healthy drinks to keep your lunch cool.  Rinse and pack fruit & veggies in snack bags on Sunday night, so they’re ready to go all week long.  If you’re buying convenience lunches or snacks, look for those with fewer than 100 calories and the least amount of sugar, saturated fat, trans fat and sodium.  Kids eat more fruit when it’s already cut up. Try oranges and Ginger Gold or Cortland apples since they’re slow to brown.  1 slice of bread  ½ cup rice or pasta (cooked)  1 small piece of fruit (super-large apples are 2+ servings)  1 wedge of melon  1/2 cup fruit juice  1 cup milk or yogurt  2 oz. cheese (about the size of a domino) 2-3 oz. meat, poultry or fish (this is about the size of a deck of cards) Most servings are well over the standard portion size, so we’re all getting extra calories we don’t need. But with a little effort, we can take control. Cutting down the helpings will cut down the waistlines.

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Have you ever noticed that there is a distinct color at the bottom of each toothpaste pack ? Do you know the meaning of the colors ? Green : Natural. Blue : Natural + Medicine. Red : Natural + Chemical composition. Black : Pure Chemical. BE AWARE OF THE PRODUCTS THAT YOU USE DAILY!

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DA Rice’s Safe Driving Education Program Coming to Local High Schools 90-minute presentation features testimony from real-life defendants and victims in drunk, drugged, reckless, and distracted driving cases MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that “Choices and Consequences,” her driver-education program aimed at teaching high school students about the dangers of drunk, drugged, distracted, and reckless driving, will be presented at four Nassau County high schools in the coming weeks. “Car crashes are the number one cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 24 years old and it is incumbent upon all of us to do whatever we can to ensure the safety of our young people on the road,” DA Rice said. “Choices and Consequences was created to show young drivers real facts, real stories, and real people. And we’re responding to changing trends, like distracted driving from smartphones and other handheld devices. By educating young drivers about the realities of the road and the consequences of poor decision making, we can reduce the number of fatalities and injuries we see each year.” ach presentation features a 90-minute slideshow and interactive speech by a Nassau County Assistant District Attorney and a demonstration by a Nassau County Police Officer of the criminal process that drunk, drugged, and reck-

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less drivers must go through upon arrest. The program also features testimony from a young person who has been arrested and victims whose lives have been permanently affected by drunk, drugged, distracted, or reckless driving. DA Rice’s “Choices and Consequences program has been presented at Nassau County high schools and community organizations more than 200 times since its inception in 2006. Upcoming include:

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Tuesday, Aug. 27 - Calhoun HS at 7 p.m. · Wednesday, Aug. 28 - John F. Kennedy HS at 7 p.m. · Thursday, Sept. 10 - Farmingdale HS at 7 p.m. · Thursday, Sept. 12 - West Hempstead HS at 7 p.m. Media wishing to attend should contact the school. For more information on DA Rice’s “Choices and Consequences” program, visit: http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/DA/ drdprevention.html

HEMPSTEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY ADULT WORKSHOP COLLEGE AND FINANCIAL AID PLANNING WORKSHOP WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 6:30P.M. – 8:00P.M. For immediate release* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * advance Registration needed * * * ** * * * * * * * * * * Contact: Reference* * * * * * * * * * * * *481-6990 If you are just beginning to think about going to college, this workshop will help you learn the basics about how to select the college that is right for you. This workshop will also explain entrance requirements and how to increase your chances of getting into the college of your choice. A timeline for applying for admission and financial aid will be covered. Various college majors will be discussed. If you are concerned with how to afford college, there will also be an overview of financial aid programs. The program will be held in the Community Room. Registration is required for this free program.

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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

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NBA Couple Shares Abortion Story A surprising revelation in a New York Times wedding announcement sparks controversy. (The Root) -- For many young brides, having a wedding featured in the New York Times wedding announcements is a dream come true. But having one of your most private secrets revealed is a nightmare. In the case of one bride, however, she chose to share one of her most private secrets in her wedding announcement. Faith Rein recently married Miami Heat player Udonis Haslem after nearly 14 years together. But while the alma maters of the bride and groom and the professions of their parents tend to be the highlights of many Times announcements, the Haslem announcement threw a curveball. In it, the new Mrs. Haslem shared that early in the couple's relationship they made the harrowing decision to terminate a pregnancy. While relationship ups and downs are occasionally featured in wedding-announcement profiles, they tend to consist of the occasional breakup and makeup, not an abortion. Feminist site Jezebel hailed the reference as groundbreaking progress that will help in efforts to destigmatize (Continued on page 27)

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Don Lemon’s recent television “special” about the slur, the debate over the term is always lively, with diverging opinions. Paula Deen is the latest celebrity scrambling to defend her use of the slur, claiming her generation and Georgia roots allow her more freedom to use the term. The fact that there is a debate over who can use the n-word, as if doing so is a privilege worth having, has always been controversial. Reappropriating the n-word as a term of endearment or casual conversation between two black people may no longer be allowed in a workplace because of this case. “Cultural arguments didn’t work for Paula Deen for many in public eye and they didn’t work in this case to the jury,” says Jenkins, “The jury ruling made it clear; the use of the n-word is loaded with negative connotations and it’s not appropriate in workplace environment despite its accepted use by some outside of work.” This case could mean that when commiserating with their coworkers, black people may need to be much more careful with their language, or else they may open themselves up to future employment discrimination lawsuits.

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abortion, something that, while more widely accepted today, is still rarely mentioned in polite company. But commenters are divided. Even among those who are pro-choice, the announcement has raised questions about the appropriateness of discussing something so personal and uncomfortable in a wedding announcement. Some likened it to confessing an STD in a public forum. It is worth noting, however, that while black women account for 30 percent of all abortions obtained in the United States, there is still a great stigma around the procedure within the black community. Polls have found that those who regularly attend church service are more likely to oppose abortion, and the Pew Research Center, among other research institutions, has found African Americans to be more religious than other American groups. In addition to attendance, African Americans tend to be more active and involved in their churches. Recently a number of African-American clergy members and activists have mobilized around the issue of abortion, specifically labeling it a form of genocide within the black community. A controversial billboard campaign sprouted up nationally featuring photos of black children and the caption, "The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb." But what the billboard leaves out is the fact that for many black children, the most dangerous place will be the abusive homes in which they may be raised (which is statistically more likely if they are born into poverty) and the gun-violenceplagued neighborhood in which they may be raised (which is also more likely if they are born into poverty). The Haslems may have picked a questionable venue in which to share their story on this issue, but it is an important story and perspective worth hearing nonetheless. Perhaps instead of sharing their tale in a New York Times wedding announcement, they could have shared it in an ad for Planned Parenthood, which is currently under assault nationally. The overwhelming majority of Planned Parenthood's services are devoted to providing young people, like the Haslems were when they were faced with an unplanned pregnancy, with the resources necessary to avoid ever having to consider having an abortion in the first place. Had the Haslems encouraged their wedding guests (including devoted Planned Parenthood supporter Gabrielle Union) to give to the organization in lieu of gifts, they could have helped other young couples struggling with the dilemma of an unplanned pregnancy and the knowledge that they do not have NBA stardom and a life of wealth in their future. But perhaps thanks to the conversation sparked by the Haslems' wedding announcement, some young couple who finds themselves in the predicament in which the Haslems once were will know that a relationship can weather such a decision. But just as important, they will be reminded that a crucial issue in the pro-choice debate is not whether or not to have an abortion, but how to make informed and empowered choices so that ideally they never find themselves at such a harrowing crossroads. Keli Goff is The Root's special correspondent. Follow her on Twitter. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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The skinny on healthier snacks in school Soon, students across the country will notice their school snacks have lightened up. Vending machines and à la carte snacks will feature items that are lower in fat, sugar, and sodium and higher in the nutrients kids need. Fruit cups will replace fruit flavored candies, healthy granola bars will knock donuts off the shelf and no-calorie flavored water will beat out regular soda in vending machines. In June 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released the new “Smart Snacks in School” standards, as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010. The HHFKA requires USDA to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools – including snacks sold à la carte, in school stores, snack bars and vending machines. The “Smart Snacks in School” standards will allow schools to offer healthier snack foods to children, while limiting junk food. “Before the new USDA guidelines, school snacks consisted of anything from cookies to chocolate bars. Now kids will be able to grab healthier snacks like whole grain popcorn or heart-healthy peanuts,” explains Karen Ansel, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The new snack standards were designed to help combat child hunger, obesity and improve the health and nutrition of the nation’s children. This is particularly good news for the more than 25 percent of African-American children in the US who are overweight or obese. Additionally, because they aren’t meeting the recommended servings of fruit, vegetables, whole grains or dairy, their intake of key nutrients is at suboptimal levels. “I applaud the ‘Smart Snacks’ initiative,” say’s registered dietitian Marisa Moore. “It’s a definite step in the right direction. It makes the healthy choice, the easy choice, tackling a major barrier in the African American community – access to healthful food options.” Smart snacking can have a major impact on children’s nutritional well being. “With more nutrients like fiber, protein and healthy fats, which will help keep kids satisfied, they can learn better in the classroom and work harder on the playing field,” says Ansel. That’s especially true for African-American children – the quality of school snacks is critical to curbing childhood obesity and hunger. New Smart Snack Standards Under the new “Smart Snacks in School” standards, all snacks must be a fruit, vegetable, dairy product, protein-based food, whole-grain rich, or a combination food that contains at least a quarter cup of fruits or vegetables. Or, the snack must contain 10% of the daily value of one of the nutrients cited as a public health concern in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, such as calcium, potassium, vitamin D or fiber. Snacks must also have no more than 200 calories, with a total fat content of 8 grams or less, while saturated fat must be less than 2 grams with zero grams trans fat. Sodium is limited to less than 230 mg per snack. There are exemptions NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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for reduced fat cheese, nuts and nut butters without other ingredients and seafood with no added fat. For total sugar levels the standards offer two alternatives – less than 35% of calories or less than 35% of weight. Fruits and vegetables packed in juice or extra-light syrup and certain fruit yogurts are exempt from these standards. Beverages are limited to plain water (carbonated or non-carbonated), lowfat milk (unflavored) and nonfat milk (including flavored), nutritionallyequivalent milk alternatives such as lactose-free milk or soy milk (as permitted by the school meal requirements), and full strength fruit and vegetable juices or full strength fruit and vegetable juice diluted with water or carbonated water. The guidelines allow variation of portion size and caffeine content by age group. The new “Smart Snacks in School” standards must be implemented by fall 2014. Choose Sensibly New York Through its “Choose Sensibly” campaign, the New York School Nutrition Association has taken a proactive approach to providing students in New York schools with guidelines for healthier snack options. To meet the “Choose Sensibly” guidelines snacks must contain 7 grams or less of fat, 2 grams or less of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 15 grams or less of sugar, 360 milligrams or less of sodium and have one serving per package. Beverages are limited to 25 percent or more real juice in juice drinks, water or flavored waters without added sugar, artificial sweeteners or caffeine, low-fat milk and low-fat flavored milk and beverages must have no more than 10 milligrams of caffeine per serving. “We have been serving a vast variety of fruits and vegetables and whole grains in our school meals program for years,” says Deborah Beauvais, registered dietitian, district supervisor of school nutrition in Rochester, New York. “In addition we follow the New York School Nutrition Association’s ‘Choose Sensibly’ guidelines for those foods offered to students in our à la carte program and in our vending machines.” Beauvais is confident that her schools will have no problem moving forward with the “Smart Snacks in School” standards. In fact at the Gates Chili Elementary Schools in her district they already have the distinction of being a Healthier U.S. Challenge School at the Bronze level for meeting most of the “Choose Sensibly” guidelines for their à la carte menu. Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD is an award winning registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, and national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is the author of The African American Guide To Living Well With Diabetes and Eating Soulfully and Healthfully with Diabetes. Follow Brown-Riggs on twitter @eatingsoulfully.

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AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION UPCOMING EVENTS ON LONG ISLAND & QUEENS September 22, 2013

Long Island Heart Walk - The American Heart Association’s Long Island Heart Walk will take place at Jones Beach, Field 5. Registration and Health Fair begin at 8:30 a.m. For more information or to register, contact the American Heart Association at 516-450-9104 or visit www.longislandheartwalk.org

Heart Association at nassaucountynyheartball.

Designer Show House – Opening Night Cocktail Party and Private House Tour - Glen Cove, Friday, October 25th. House Tours run from October 26th to December 1st. www.americanheartshowhouse.com

February 7, 2014

National Wear Red Day - On the first Friday in February, women across Long Island and Queens as well as corporations, businesses, hospitals, towns, schools, local and state legislators, members of the media and teachers, will be wearing red to focus attention on the No. 1 killer of women – cardiovascular disease. Wear something red… a red dress, a red tie, a red jacket, a red scarf, a red hat, a red blouse or a red shirt…and your Go Red For Women “red dress” pin. Go Red For Women! For more information on how you can participate in National Wear Red Day, contact the American Heart Association at 516-450-9111.

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Long Island Go Red For Women Luncheon – A Luncheon dedicated to expanding the focus of our national movement, Go Red for Women and teaching women to love their hearts. The luncheon has a strong educational component seeking to increase public awareness of cardiovascular disease and risk factors particularly as they apply to women. This year’s Luncheon will take place at the Crest Hollow Country. For more information, contact the American Heart Association at 516-450-9131 or www.heart.org/ longislandnygoredluncheon Red Dress Dinner- The event will include a sit down dinner, DJ, Chinese auction, raffles and of course our annual group picture. Bring your mother, sister, daughter, girlfriend or co-worker and have a great time while showing the women in your life you care about their heart health. Sea Star Ballroom at the LI Aquarium and Convention Center, Riverhead, NY 7:00pm - 11:00pm www.heart.org/reddressdinner or contact Roseanne Goodman at 516-450-9162 36th Annual Current Cardiovascular Modalities: Heart and Stroke Conference - This professional education conference for Nurses and Nurse Practitioners caring for heart and stroke patients across the continuum of care will be held at the Melville Marriott in Melville, NY. Topics this year will include Stroke and Cardiac Arrest: Compare Best Practices: EMS High Fidelity; Correctly Identifying STEMI Patients in the Field; Obesity; A-Fib: New Imaging Techniques; Telemedicine and Stroke; Latest Information: MI in Women; From the Other Side of the Bed: Survivor; Depression in the Elderly with Chronic Cardiac Disease; and Panel presentation: Transition of Care for Heart Failure Patients. For additional information please call the American Heart Association at 516-450-9107 and for information about all of the professional education programs in the northeast click on: www.heart.org/ NortheastConferences.

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Queens Go Red for Women Dinner– This annual Queens event will bring together a diverse group of Queen's top business and community leaders. The dinner program will include an educational panel discussion, networking, auction and raffle. For more information, tickets or for sponsorship opportunities, contact the American Heart Association at 516-450-9131

May 2, 2014

51st Annual Long Island Heart Ball–The Heart Ball and Auction is an annual social event held to recognize outstanding accomplishments of individuals and companies in the area of cardiovascular science and leadership. The evening will include dinner, dancing and a silent auction which will offer a bountiful assortment of generously donated items. Event will be held at the Cradle of Aviation, Garden City, NY. For more information, tickets or for sponsorship opportunities, contact Michele Gervat of the American

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Heart Ride 2014 – Heart Ride is a unique cycling experience and fundraising program to support the American Heart Association. The AHA will train you to participate in a 27-mile, 59-mile or 100mile bike through the Hamptons. If you are interested in becoming a member of the 2014 Heart Ride Team, visit www.AmericanHeartRide.org.

May 18, 2014

5th Annual Healing Heart 5K Run – Location TBD Race Time: 10 a.m. For more information contact Barbara.Poliwoda@heart.org or register online at www.healingheart5k.org

June 16, 2013

26th Annual American Heart Association Golf Classic – A Joel Hamroff Memorial Tribute

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The Golf Classic at the Meadow Brook Club in Jericho is an excellent networking opportunity while promoting exercise and physical activity. For more information, call Michele Gervat at 516-4509129. June 28, 2013

18th Annual Heart of the Hamptons Ball - held at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., is a festive, social gathering with cocktail hour, dinner and dancing. As always, the Heart of the Hamptons Ball highlights amazing auction items for everyone to bid on. For more information please call Barbara Poliwoda, Regional Director 631-734-2804 or www.heart.org/ heartofthehamptonsball

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Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG) is the premier hospital-based quality improvement program for the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. By working directly with area hospitals, we help empower healthcare provider teams to consistently treat heart and stroke patients according to the most up-todate guidelines. For information visit www.heart.org/quality

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Power To End Stroke - Power To End Stroke is the American Stroke Association’s awareness campaign targeted to blacks who have twice the risk of first-ever stroke compared to whites, and many don’t know that they are at risk. Visit www.strokeassociation.org for more information.

Ongoing

Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart - are exercise, educational community service based programs. Children learn skills and the benefits of cardiovascular exercise while raising money for the American Heart Association. Students earn gifts and their schools can earn US Games gift certificates for needed equipment. Help promote wellness in your school by joining the American Heart Association and participating in our school based programs. For more information visit www.heart.org.

For more information, visit the American Heart Association website at www.heart.org Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ americanheartnewyork and Twitter @HeartLongIsland

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South Hempstead Baptist Church-Sharon Winfield Memorial Family & Friends Day (Left to Right); Hempstead Village Trustee Perry Pettus, Trustee Don Ryan, Rev. Phillip McDowell, Deputy Mayor Waylyn Hobbs, and Trustee Luis Figueroa at the Annual South Hempstead Baptist Church-Sharon Winfield Memorial Family and Friends Day, held Saturday, August 24th, 2013. The Reverend was presented with a certificate commending the church for their commitment to community. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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80th Birthday Celebration for Elder Jiles An 80th Birthday Celebration was held in honor of Elder William Jiles, of the Mt. Zion Temple Apostolic Church in Roosevelt, at the Coral House in Baldwin. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented Elder Jiles with a Certificate of Recognition and offered her heartfelt congratulations. photo: William and Margaret Jiles with Councilwoman Goosby NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Life Changing Words When God Says “Yes” Mat 19:26 KJV “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” When God says “Yes” there is nothing anyone can do or say to stop what He has ordained. For when God speaks surely it has to come to pass in the natural. So whatever God has promised you in this year or in the future don’t be dismayed if you have not seen the manifestations of your promises yet. For God have an appointed time and the appointed day to show up and show out. What we must learn how to do is wait on God and have patience. Though God never does it like you expect Him to He will always keep His word. As a Christian I have truly learned His ways are not my ways neither are His thoughts my thoughts but surely God has a different way of doing things. Most of the time until full manifestation is completed it never makes sense to our natural or carnal mind.

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see, or understand but your hope is in the Almighty One. So as you make your future plans to prosper never forget to leave the door open for God to bless your visions, hopes, and dreams. Why should you leave the door open? Because “Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” 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

Just when you think you have figured God out (smile) He makes a u-turn and does something completely the opposite of what you thought. That’s why as Christians we have to learn to trust God and lean not on our own understanding but acknowledge Him in all our ways and He shall direct our path. Gods’ path of righteousness is definitely a path that we as believers want to say yes to. His path for our life is so much greater than the path we could ever take or imagine for ourselves. Not only do we want God to say Yes but we must also surrender and say yes to Gods will. That is when God can do the miraculous in our life; for to surrender to God is to open the door to the impossible. In these days of uncertainty with the world we all ought to be absolutely certain of God. Meaning that there is nothing impossible or too hard for God. So whatever you need from God is available through His Son all you have to do is ask for it. Just because you don’t have enough money, knowledge, connections, or confidence to do what God called you to do, doesn’t mean God can’t do it. So don’t give up or be dismayed but be encouraged and trust God. That is what faith is all about trusting God when you can’t NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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ABBA Back to School Supply Giveaway ABBA Leadership Center, Evangelist Reginald Benjamin, Director, held their Annual Back to School Celebration where book bags and supplies were distributed to Hempstead students. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby congratulated Evangelist Benjamin, volunteers and sponsors who made the event possible.

Family & Friends Fun in the Son in Lynbrook Kingdom Ambassadors Global Ministry hosted their 2nd Annual Family and Friends Day at their church in Lynbrook. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby had the opportunity of presenting a Certificate of Recognition to Dr. Aretha Wilson, Overseer, and Pastor & Lady Williams.

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Sharpen Your Skills TODAY’S SCRIPTURE “He has filled them with skill to do all manner of work...” (Exodus 35:35, NKJV) TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria It’s easy to fall into “destination disease.” That’s when you’re comfortable where you are. You’re not stretching, not learning anything new. There is nothing wrong with being happy where you are, but you have to remember, you have so much more inside of you. You were created to increase, to grow, to stretch and sharpen your skills. Studies tell us that the average person only uses 11% of their brain. Think about how much more potential we all could be tapping into. Maybe you’re an accountant. That’s good, but don’t settle there. Why don’t you go get your CPA license? There’s a new skill you can develop. That gift will make more room for you. Maybe you’re an electrician, a mechanic, a plumber. That’s great, but what steps are you taking to improve? I believe in this day and age, if you are at the same skill level today as you were five years ago, you’re at a disadvantage. Today, shake out of that “destination disease” and start sharpening your skills. Keep stretching, keep growing and keep moving forward into the life of blessing God has prepared for you! A PRAYER FOR TODAY Father, thank You for every good and perfect gift that You have given me. I choose to honor You with every gift and every talent. Show me how to sharpen my skills in a way that always brings glory and honor to You in Jesus’ name. Amen. — Joel & Victoria Osteen

FALL RUMMAGE SALE The United Methodist Church of Hempstead at 40 Washington Street is having its Fall Rummage Sale on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 9:00am until 2:00pm. There will be a “White Elephant Sale,” bake goods, clothing, furniture, toys, linens, and lots more for everyone. Refreshments will be available (9—11a.m.) for a nominal donation. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Question: "What does the Bible say about sex before marriage?" Answer: There is no Hebrew or Greek word used in the Bible that precisely refers to sex before marriage. The Bible undeniably condemns adultery and sexual immorality, but is sex before marriage considered sexually immoral? According to 1 Corinthians 7:2, “yes” is the clear answer: “But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband.” In this verse, Paul states that marriage is the “cure” for sexual immorality. First Corinthians 7:2 is essentially saying that, because people cannot control themselves and so many are having immoral sex outside of marriage, people should get married. Then they can fulfill their passions in a moral way. Since 1 Corinthians 7:2 clearly includes sex before marriage in the definition of sexual immorality, all of the Bible verses that condemn sexual immorality as being sinful also condemn sex before marriage as sinful. Sex before marriage is included in the biblical definition of sexual immorality. There are numerous Scriptures that declare sex before marriage to be a sin (Acts 15:20; 1 Corinthians 5:1; 6:13, 18; 10:8; 2 Corinthians 12:21; Galatians 5:19; Ephesians 5:3; Colossians 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; Jude 7). The Bible promotes complete abstinence before marriage. Sex between a husband and his wife is the only form of sexual relations of which God approves (Hebrews 13:4). Far too often we focus on the “recreation” aspect of sex without recognizing that there is another aspect—procreation. Sex within marriage is pleasurable, and God designed it that way. God wants men and women to enjoy sexual activity within the confines of marriage. Song of Solomon and several other Bible passages (such as Proverbs 5:19) clearly describe the pleasure of sex. However, the couple must understand that God’s intent for sex includes producing children. Thus, for a couple to engage in sex before marriage is doubly wrong—they are enjoying pleasures not intended for them, and they are taking a chance of creating a human life outside of the family structure God intended for every child. While practicality does not determine right from wrong, if the Bible's message on sex before marriage were obeyed, there would be far fewer sexually transmitted diseases, far fewer abortions, far fewer unwed mothers and unwanted pregnancies, and far fewer children growing up without both parents in their lives. Abstinence is God’s only policy when it comes to sex before marriage. Abstinence saves lives, protects babies, gives sexual relations the proper value, and, most importantly, honors God.

Question: "Why is virginity so important in the Bible?" Answer: When we think of sexual purity, some call to mind a maiden, sitting in the forest, with a unicorn’s head in her lap. Others think of a bride presenting herself for the first time to her groom on their wedding night. Virginity is not something to be worshiped. It’s not about cultural shame. It’s about the way God designed us and the really hard battle of following Him. There are three serious reasons to save sex for marriage. First, because as believers, we are to obey what God tells us to do. First CorinNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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thians 6: 18-20 states, “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” If we are in Christ, we have allowed Him to purchase us with the sacrifice of His blood. In exchange for eternal life, we are to trust that He knows what is best for us, and obey Him. The second reason is similar. Avoiding sexual immorality is a contest of our new nature in Christ and our fleshly desires. First Thessalonians 4:3-7 says, “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.” Allowing your body to control your actions is an act of defiance against God. Godly sex is giving. Using someone else to fulfill a desire of the flesh is selfish and abusive. Even if the partner is willing, you are still helping them to sin and negatively altering their relationship with God and others. The final reason is somewhat more practical. Paul talked of the “mystery” of marriage (Ephesians 5:31). When God spoke of two people being joined as one, He was referring to something we’re only beginning to understand in a real, physiological way. When two people are intimate, the hypothalamus releases chemicals that induce feelings of attachment and trust. Having sex outside of marriage means allowing your body to attach to and trust someone whom you do not have a committed relationship with. The definition of trust in the mind deteriorates. To have that kind of link with someone without the security of being in the state of working together toward God is dangerous. Two individuals who are—even mildly—physiologically obsessed with each other but not committed to growing in God as a couple can be torn apart from God and His plans for them. Conversely, if two people make a conscious, deliberate choice to commit, and then allow the intimacy that releases these chemicals, the body can reaffirm the connection the mind has made. The physiological feelings of trust and attachment are reinforced by the reality of the relationship. In this way, two people become one in a physical way that reflects what God has done spiritually. The purpose of marriage is to reflect the relationship between the church and Christ and to serve God as a strong, unified partnership. Sex, along with procreation, was designed by God to strengthen that partnership. Sex outside of marriage creates bonds that tear apart people’s hearts instead of joining them together. God can redeem anyone, and He can heal someone who has indulged their flesh instead of controlling their desires. But God designed couples to be joined— spiritually and physically—from a state of purity.

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80th Birthday Celebration for Ashman Fitzroy Walcott An 80th Birthday Celebration was held in honor of Ashman Fitzroy Walcott of Roosevelt at St. Michaels Ukrainian Church in Uniondale. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented Mr. Walcott with a Certificate of Recognition and offered her heartfelt congratulations. Photo: Councilwoman Goosby, Mr. Walcott with children Maurice, Maureen and granddaughter Jenna NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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LI COUNCIL OF CHURCHES September 2013 Long Island Council of Church’s newsletter, The Prelude FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: DOES PRAYER MAKE YOU A BETTER PERSON? Nearly every faith community teaches compassion for the poor. The Hebrew Scriptures emphasize that God wants us to “defend the widow, the orphan, and the immigrants among you”—in other words, the most vulnerable of our neighbors—and has no patience for piety without justice and mercy. It would seem logical, then, that if our religious practices are worth anything, they will increase our capacity for compassion. One now-famous sociological experiment found that studying the story Jesus told about the Good Samaritan, a despised foreigner who helped a wounded traveler when others passed by him without stopping, did absolutely nothing to make busy seminarians any more likely to assist a stranger in pain. This should be humbling to all of us who preach and teach the Bible. What seems to work is prayer. A new study reported in the journal Psychological Science found that those who had eight weeks of training in Buddhist meditation were far more likely to give up their seat to someone in pain on crutches than were those who wanted to take the course but did not yet receive the training. It’s not clear why meditation—which Christians often call “contemplation” or “centering prayer”—works, but researchers speculate that it may be because those who learn to pay attention to their breathing, thoughts, and mind end up more attuned to the suffering of others. Or it may be because meditation— and all healthy prayer, I would argue—helps us to feel connected to all living beings, something I have experienced in my own best moments of prayer and contemplation. The Gospels record that Jesus often spent time alone, particularly after preaching to or caring for large numbers of people. I think it was Bishop Jane Middleton whom I first say at a prayer retreat that the lesson of this is that we must give ourselves some time apart so we don’t fall apart. As Martin Luther put it, “It is because I work so hard that I must spend so long in prayer every day.” Whether you are praying before surgery or praying to stay sober for another night, the real test of your spiritual life may be this: are you becoming a kinder, more compassionate person? Are you more willing to defend “the orphan, the widow, and the immigrants among you”? When you see someone in pain or people suffering injustice, do you feel connected to them?

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NEIGHBORS IN NEED” will raise funds to support the LICC’s Emergency Food Centers and to help us alleviate the causes of hunger on Long Island. The event will take place on Thursday, October 3, from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the Crest Hollow Country Club located at 8325 Jericho Turnpike in Woodbury. This year’s theme is “Responding to Hunger and Its Causes.” Save this date for an evening of delicious cuisine, live music, and silent and live auctions. There will be a diverse international menu, with vegetarian options. Bring you check book or credit card for the fabulous auction items. For more information, click here or visit www.liccharvest.com HOW TWO LOCAL FOOD BANKS FIGHT HUNGER The Long Island Council of Churches, like many other nonprofits that operate emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters, regularly receives donations from our regions two major food banks. We also encourage local hunger ministries that need more food to help their neighbors in need to affiliate with both Long Island Cares and Island Harvest. Not only do they deliver tons of food to us each year, they also provide essential training in safe food storage and handling, assist us in finding needed equipment, and support our public policy advocacy on behalf of the poor. You read Don Metznik’s blog about Island Harvest and Long Island Cares by clicking here or visiting http://www.liccdonate.org/blogs/news/7782805-how-twoorganizations-fight-hunger-on-long-island LICC STATEMENT ON GUN VIOLENCE --adopted by the Board of Governors, June 27, 2013 Deuteronomy 30:19 tells us to “choose life, so that you and your descendants may live,” but throughout the world, gun violence kills large numbers of people. In the United States, the death rate of 300 people per day--including gunrelated homicides, suicides, and accidental shootings--is higher than ever before. As people of faith concerned with preserving human life, we feel compelled to say, as Jesus did in the face of violence in the Garden of Gethsemane, “No more of this!” (Luke 22:50, Matthew 26:52, John 18:11) Although the Supreme Court has ruled that the Second Amendment “right to keep and bear arms” guarantees an individual right to own a gun, the Court’s decisions are clear that this right is “not unlimited.”[1] No personal freedom can be so broadly construed as to interfere with the right and mandate of our society to ensure the safety of its citizens. Gun ownership is a responsibility as well as a right. Therefore, we support legislation that would: *Require gun owners to lock up their weapons to prevent them from being stolen or misused, *Ban assault weapons and prohibit large-capacity ammunition magazines, *Close gaps in the background check system, and require criminal background checks for all sales at gun shows,

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HEMPSTEAD HIGH FOOTBALL OFF AND RUNNING It’s that high school football time of year here in Hempstead. Summer has come to a quiet close. Fall hits officially on the 22nd of this month and the children are back in the halls of academia. But, meantime, the football season, always one of hopeful expectations in Hempstead, is about to get underway this Saturday when the 11th seeded Tigers host Valley Stream Central for a 4:30pm kickoff. Valley Stream went 2-6 last year. A win against VSC would be a great way for Hempstead to start the season under new coaching leadership. Last year Hempstead won one game but came close in several contests. This year, Newsday reports that the Tigers will be helmed by Bill Cherry, his first year at the Varsity level. The Tigers return with an improved running game and greater depth at the running back spot, led by seniors Malik Howard, a leading rusher, receiver and scorer and Darious Meadors, senior running back/linebacker. The Tigers lack some size but they make that up with good speed and talented, athletic experienced players. They look to bounce back from last year’s rebuilding year. Other key players are seniors Shamar Jack, Ra’nard Broyles, Ronald Louiscau and Joecephus Vanable. One thing about the Tigers is they come prepared to play each week and they leave everything out there on the field. You never come away from a game feeling they didn’t make the best effort possible. They like to play hard for the team, for their families and for the community that showers them with loving support. And, as sports enthusiasts know, anything can happen on any given day. --B.J. Robinson NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

Jason Kidd to buy half of Jay Z ownership share of Nets He’s not just the coach, he’s the owner… of a sliver of the team. Remember that Jay Z owned 0.1608 percent of the Brooklyn Nets — a small part of the team but it gave him room to boast on tracks and be at the heart of the redesign of the franchise’s look when it moved to Brooklyn from New Jersey. Now Jay Z is getting into the agent business (his agency has signed Kevin Durant among others) and he has to sell his ownership share. Jason Kidd is buying half of that stake at a cost of $500,000. No word on if that includes a share of the Barclay Center. The other half of Jay Z’s share of the team was purchased by an existing minority owner of the team. The New York Post broke the story but the New York Daily News had the updated information. This is just everything coming full circle — Jay Z bought a part of the Nets back in 2003 at the suggestion of Kidd. Back then Kidd was the Nets All-Star point guard dropping 18.7 points a game. The conversation allegedly took place at Kidd’s 30th birthday party, which was at Jay Z’s 40/40 club in New York. There is no conflict; coaches can own part of a team (players cannot). What this means for the Nets ownership structure is nothing, really. Mikhail Prokhorov owns 80 percent of the Nets and is the driving force behind the changes there. It just means when the Nets massive tax bill comes due (they have about $102 million payroll which will mean about $87 million in taxes) Kidd can pay part of PAGE 43


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. Hello Sports Fans, Its time someone started to recognize the New York Football Giants head coach Tom Coughlin as the premier leader he has become. In 1990 the Giants won Super bowl XXV in which Coughlin was an assistant to the great Giant’s head coach Bill Parcells. Coughlin later became the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and during his leadership the team was the most successful expansion team in the history of the NFL. Under Coughlin the Jaguars powered their way to the playoffs becoming the only expansion team to make it to the post season in four out of five seasons. His Boston College experience was extremely impressive in turning a struggling football program into top 20 contenders that was recognized by most as the best northeast program in the country. While at Boston College he also defeated number one ranked Notre Dame, and at the time this was an unbelievable accomplishment due to the dominating presence of Notre Dame in college football. The record books show that everywhere he coaches; the team improves in all categories and has experienced great success under his leadership. The New York Giants hired Coughlin in 2004 as their 16th head coach in franchise history and he immediately restored order to a team that had only won four games the year before his arrival. Compared to the Jets the Giants have always been the success story in New York football history (respect to Jets Joe Namath 69 team), so when coach Coughlin gradually advanced his teams to the winning column most New York fans were eagerly waiting for a ring. Giant’s fans witnessed the team take shape differently than past great Giants teams, which focused equally on offense as well as defense. After all Lawrence Taylor, arguably the greatest linebacker or deNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

fender ever to play in the NFL was a Giant. During the LT era the Giant defense was feared throughout the entire NFL, which defined what a great defense should aspire to achieve. When coach Coughlin presented his team to the NFL and New York football fans in 2004 he appeared to stroke all aspects of the game with an even hand, showing special teams as good but not great, offense and defense equally performing their respective duties. Most Giants fans were looking for a standout defense to dominate each game and require offense to run the clock and slow the game down to rest the defense. This formula was good but not recognized as championship caliber football, because the NFL was becoming an air attack league that scored often and fast. The elite teams are strong and exceptional in the air and good on the ground with defenses that are steady but not game changing, and it appears coach Coughlin is right in line with the progress of the league. Tom Coughlin will always be remembered for the most improbable win against the New England Patriots in the history of professional football. The Pats were undefeated and exceptional in every aspect of the game; Hall of Fame bound Tom Brady with Randy Moss, one of the most athletic and dominating receivers in football and legendary coach Bill Belichick. This description of the Pats only shows the mountain that Coughlin’s Giants faced in 2008 and with the world picking the Pats to win it all, Coach Coughlin team competed with the great Pat’s team and won to beat all odds. This was probably one of New York sports best moments in the history of New York sports and the Great Tom Coughlin provided us with this true best moment in New York sports.

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NFL season opens with 9 starting black quarterbacks The NFL season officially kicks off tonight with the Ravens and Broncos squaring off in prime-time. This season, nine African-Americans will start at quarterback — reportedly more than at any other time in NFL history. The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington just passed and the country reflected on the progress made (or not made) since the 1960s. It’s important to note that nearly 50 years ago, in 1967, there were no African-Americans at the quarterback position in the NFL. Times have changed: Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills Geno Smith, New York Jets Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Doug Williams told NFL.com‘s Steve Wyche last year that attitudes surrounding African-Americans playing quarterback in the NFL has changed “tremendously” compared NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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to his time in the league. TheGrio| Black quarterbacks changing perceptions in NFL playoffs (2012) In 1988, Williams became the first African-American to start at quarterback in the Super Bowl. He also became the first to win one, leading the Washington Redskins over the Denver Broncos and earning Super Bowl MVP honors. The crop of quarterbacks this year are setting the pace in a league which has asked more of the QB position than ever before. The Kaepernicks , RGIIIs and Wilsons of the world can make plays with their arms and feet. Five African-Americans started at quarterback last season. Colin Kaepernick leads a 49ers team he catapulted into the Super Bowl last year. Robert Griffin III returns under center for the Redskins after partially tearing both his ACL and MCL in his knee back in January. Russell Wilson‘s steady play for the Seahawks has many NFL writers picking them to make this year’s Super Bowl. Michael Vick won a prolonged quarterback battle under new Eagles coach Chip Kelly. TheGrio| Top 10 greatest black quarterbacks of all-time (Slideshow) Josh Freeman is trying to get the Bucs over .500 after back-to-back losing seasons. Three first-time starters, the Bills’ EJ Manuel, the Jets’ Geno Smith and the Raiders’ Terrelle Pryor are perhaps the biggest question marks heading into the season. Manuel and Smith were the among the first quarterbacks taken in June’s draft. Manuel showed promise in the preseason, before sitting out with a knee injury. Smith struggled, but ultimately the Jets were ready to move on from Mark Sanchez. It’s finally time for football. PAGE 45


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THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS Season Finale Preview Tyler Perry's THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS first season wraps up on Tuesday, September 3rd at 9 p.m. ET/PT on OWN. In the episode, "No More Hiding," secrets are revealed when Jeffery (Gavin Houston) finally confesses to his parents that he's gay. Meanwhile, Hanna unintentionally tells Benny that Tony is his father, and Candace (Tika Sumpter) informs Amanda that her parents have been keeping her inheritance from her. THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS follows the complicated dynamic between the rich and powerful Cryer family and the hired help who work in their opulent Savannah, Georgia mansion. From the outside, the Cryers are the enviable face of success and wealth, but behind the veil, the family's dysfunction threatens to destroy their world of privilege. Cryer family patriarch Jim Cryer (John Schneider, THE DUKES OF HAZZARD) is a powerful judge whose doublelife, including tawdry affairs with high-priced escorts, puts his family and political ambitions at risk. His wife, Katheryn Cryer (Renée Lawless, "Wicked"), is the ultimate matriarch portraying a loving and dutiful wife, but she is willing to do anything to protect her family's status. Their son Wyatt (Aaron O'Connell) is a troubled angry jock who cares little for his own image and finds himself in and out of rehab. His sister Amanda (Jacyln Betham), a struggling law student, tries harder to live up to her parents' expectations, but unONLINE EDITION

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knowingly has befriended a scurrilous young woman, Candace Young, with the power to ruin the entire family. Hanna Young (Crystal Fox) is the Cryer's maid and the matriarch of her family. Despite having no money, she has found other types of wealth through religion and virtue. She prides herself on her dutiful son Benny (Tyler Lepley), the glue who helps keep the family together. Hanna does have one dark secret, however, her estranged daughter Candace (Tika Sumpter, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) --- a manipulative opportunist who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. In a bizarre coincidence, Candace is shocked to find out that her newfound friend Amanda's father is Jim Cryer, the very man who has been paying her for sex and who also employs Candace's mother as his family's maid. Other characters in the series include the Cryer's chef Celine (Eva Tamargo, PASSIONS), their wealthy friends Veronica (Angela Robinson) and David Harrington (Peter Parros, AS THE WORLD TURNS) and son Wyatt's rehabilitation counselor, Jeffery Harrington (Gavin Houston, GUIDING LIGHT). THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS is produced for OWN by Tyler Perry Studios. It is created, written, directed and executive produced by Tyler Perry. Community Journal Commentary The series started slow and really built up momentum. The cliffhanger finale was expected but it did leave a lot to think and talk about. My how these first season relationships may change. The best actor (I hope he is acting) was Jeffery but his mother was solid and powerful. Jeffrey father was flat but next season my be his coming out. All and all I give Tyler Perry’s the Haves and the Have Not’s a

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20 YEAR CELEBRATION @ OCTOBER 26,2013 7-11 The African American Museum Hempstead New York Reporter Andreaus13 Channel 18 Performing Live Funky Nassau Backed by Lady Laura & Dat band ONLINE EDITION

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Fantasia prepares for Broadway under watchful eye NEW YORK (AP) — The first rehearsal of Fantasia Barrino’s upcoming Broadway show was, to be fair, a little rough. No sooner had the “American Idol” and Grammy Award winner opened her mouth to sing “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love” than she was gently stopped, mid-phrase. The man asking her to stop? Nine-time Grammy winner Wynton Marsalis. “That was very good,” he told her. “I just want you to concentrate and do it again. Let your instincts take over.” They were preparing for “After Midnight,” a musical celebrating Duke Ellington’s years at the famous Cotton Club nightclub. Fantasia will be the star; Marsalis the musical director.

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At one point, Marsalis nudged aside the rehearsal pianist at the Steinway to offer Fantasia his own half-dozen interpretations of the opening lines of “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love,” elongating some syllables, breaking up others. “You see what I mean about varying your phrasing?” he asked. Asked after the session how it was to learn so much, the singer gushed: “Excuse me when I say this, but it almost felt like a musical orgasm. I was just sitting there going, ‘Oh my God!’” STORMY WEATHER An hour or so into the rehearsal, the duo moved on to their second song — “Stormy Weather,” made famous by Holiday and Lena Horne. “This is a very different kind of song,” Marsalis warned. “This is more a dramatic song.” Fantasia, who won 2004′s “American Idol” and has put out four CDs including the new “Side Effects of You,” let her voice get breathy as she negotiated the tricky standard. “Rain pourin’ down, blinding every hope I had,” she sang. “This pitter and patter and beating, spattering drives me mad /Love, love, love, love …” She trailed off. “I lost the rhythm,” she said, sadly.

On this day — their initial meeting for the show around a piano in a studio at the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center — their roles were different. He was the professor and she was the eager student.

“But I love the way you said ‘love.’ You made me believe something about love,” said her teacher, immediately sending a wide smile blooming on Fantasia’s face.

He taught her that Billie Holiday often sang using quarter note triplets, that you can usually detect African rhythms beneath most blues songs, and that to scat correctly would take at least two years of study.

At one point during the session, the student seems to want to get something off her chest. “Can I tell you something about me?” she asked, embarrassed. “I don’t read music.”

“You need to check out Dinah Washington,” the trumpeter and composer told his 29-year-old charge, who was dressed in black leggings and a T-shirt reading “Love Is the New Red.” Marsalis wore a sharp gray suit with a pocket square. Washington, he said, had an empathetic voice that seemed to always tell the truth. “You have that same quality,” he told her. “When you listen to her, you’ll notice that.” “Do you have any records that I could listen to?” she asked. “Yeah, we’ll give you a whole list,” he said. ONLINE EDITION

Marsalis smiled. Did she think this scion of a family of world famous jazz musicians and a decorated musicologist with so many Grammys and a Pulitzer Prize didn’t notice? “I know you don’t. You’re not looking at the music when you’re singing,” he said, laughing. But Marsalis doesn’t judge — nobody read music in New Orleans when he was being raised. “It doesn’t matter to me. I grew up with great musicians who couldn’t read,” he said. “My daddy always said, ‘If you play music you don’t need to read it.’” (Continued on page 5)

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Marsalis may have an encyclopedic knowledge of music but he’s not above mocking himself. He tells the story of trying to impress Sarah Vaughan as a 22-year-old by playing the obscure Duke Ellington song “Tonight I Shall Sleep (With a Smile on My Face).”

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‘Boardwalk Empire’ embraces black characters in season 4

When he was finished, the legendary Vaughan told the young man: “That’s beautiful, baby, but it’s in the wrong key. Let me show you how it goes.”

Boardwalk Empire is back this Sunday and this season it appears to be blacker than ever before.

At the session, Marsalis and Fantasia work on their approaches — and it is agonizing slow work. When the musical opens its doors at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Oct. 18, there will be 17 musicians in the pit and Fantasia and co-star Dule Hill and two dozen performers will be asked to capture the sound and glamour of the Harlem Renaissance.

Fans of the acclaimed HBO gangster drama are giddy with anticipation for the show’s fourth season, since the last season was the bloody culmination of numerous story-lines, savage twists, a quicker pace and more action than the previous two seasons combined.

But on this day, a single lyric gets the same treatment as a Biblical passage in Sunday school. Marsalis stops at one line — “If he stays away, old rockin’ chair will get me” — and the two discuss its meaning.

Still, the African-American characters on the show, especially Chalky White, the tough-as-nails Atlantic City hood, played by Michael K. Williams, always seemed to take a backseat to the exploits of Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) and Al Capone (Stephen Graham).

“Look into the lyrics of these songs. Think about it. There’s more than meets the eye,” he said. Two hours after it began, the initial session in mid-August ends and Fantasia leaves with homework: lists of recordings and several vocal exercises. Student and teacher hug at the end. They’ll meet again and again as she masters the material. “I really want to make him proud,” she said as he left. This isn’t the first time Marsalis and Fantasia have crossed paths. When she was 22, she joined Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as a guest vocalist for their 2007 fall gala. He recalled her as a woman with poise and skill. “I remember. She was gracious and so young,” he said after the session. Of her current challenge, he’s optimistic: “She’ll be ready. She can already do so much on a very high level. She’s survived in a very tough business. So with a person on her level, you just need to point them in the right direction. She’ll figure it out.”

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That all appeared to come to an end in the finale of season three, (spoiler alert) when Thompson, on the lam from his enemies, was forced to seek White out for refuge and protection. White saw his stock rise and his role on the show only grew in significance. This new season thankfully continues that narrative thrust, while introducing a new African-American character to mix it up with White, Thompson and the rest — the debonair Harlem crime boss “Doctor” Valentin Narcisse, played by veteran actor Jeffrey Wright. Wright has had such a versatile career on stage and screen he’s never really been associated with any one role or performance. Narcisse provides a suave counterpoint to the countrified White (who he derides as a “servant trying to be a king”) and their turf war will provide plenty of drama in the upcoming new episodes. PAGE 5


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Being an Strong Healthy Woman of African Descent by Dr. Lindamichelle Baron I love the poem by Mari Evans that begins “I am a black woman, tall as a cypress…strong beyond all definition...” I too am a black woman with all the strength, power and positive energy embedded in those words. But I also believe one of the reasons my husband and I are divorced is because of my conflicting beliefs about what it meant to be a strong black woman. There was my internal fight not to be the stereotypical “Sapphire” characterized in the radio/TV show Amos & Andy, who always pushed and shoved her man into complacency even while her hands were perpetually on her hips. Instead, “don’t sweat the small stuff” was my motto…and “it is all small stuff” completed my mantra. No, some things are big and must be dealt with, not dismissed. I recognize…now that not dealing is not being strong. There was the other side of womanhood that didn’t work for me either. The side of black womanhood I saw personally from those of my grandmother’s and even my mother’s generation. Unlike my mother, those women stepped to the side or to the back to let the man shine, feel or look empowered. That didn’t work for me either. I didn’t believe pretending to be “less than” would be empowering to a man, but rather a deceptive ploy. What I needed, and what my marriage needed, was a grounded, centered, carefully considered, informed perspective of what womanhood is. I needed to take the time to consider womanhood and strength as a composite of mind, body and spirit. Strong as a complex design should envelop and propel at the same time. Perhaps I needed a strength that could step out of the way of my man’s evolving strength and yet be there in support of his growth. Who knows? I only know that I am thankful for the opportunity to grow into this stage of my life in which the time has been taken, and I am what I always wanted to be…at least in my own mind…a strong black woman. My strength comes from a variety of sources. I have models of strength that I respect and hold in high regard all around me. I could name them, and delineate the strength that helps guide me, but I’ll save that for another article. I keep them close in my heart and mind. They each are spiritually, emotionally, and physically rich. Certainly my primary source of strength, is spiritual, and as Psalms proclaims, “ comes from the Lord…” That strength needs to be fed. It needs to be powered by prayer, silent moments of contemplation and wholesome words heard, read over time, remembered and even spoken time and time again. My mind must be enriched and nourished with books, discussions and words of wisdom that supports deep thought and discernment. Taking the time to explore my own thoughts in writing by journaling regularly can also strengthen them. Strong must be in my body as well. When I was young I looked at my grand aunts and one of my grandmothers as paragons of strength. They were perfectly large, rounded women who seemed poised to love and protect me. That was my perspective, when I was a child…I thought as a child. But now as an adult woman I have worked to create a solid, healthy body. I redefined strong and added healthy to the definition. I eat fish and yes I also eat meat, but in moderation. I drink wine, more or less in moderation. I exercise daily (walk, tennis, or elliptical on various days). I go to my doctors as indicated. Not perfect, but I’m conscious and conscientious about my health as an indication of my strength. My strength builds in so many ways, even as I grow into the autumn or winter of my life. I smile, and laugh, and love regularly and often. I refuse to be stressed. If someone has worked hard enough to “get me there” I give the stress a time limit, not to exceed an hour. I am absolutely too blessed to stay stressed.

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THE WIGGLES! “TAKING OFF!” WORLD TOUR

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(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

The mercurial superstar announced Tuesday that he’s released “Breakfast Can Wait.” It caused a stir when Prince released the cover art for the song — a photo of Dave Chappelle dressed as Prince — on YouTube. Prince has been raising his profile lately with performances worldwide with his new group, 3rdeyegirl. He also recently started tweeting from the group’s account, surprising some, given his negative comments about the Internet in the past. The song is being released through his new distribution deal with the independent Kobalt Label Services. He’s working on a new album that’s set to be titled, “Plectrum Electrum.”

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Tamron Hall talks ‘Deadline: Crime’ and opens up about her sister’s murder These days Tamron Hall hosts MSNBC’s NewsNation, and appears on NBC’s Today as a frequent host, but beginning Sunday she takes on another task, as the face of Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall. The 13-episode series which airs on Investigation Discovery, features Hall along with a team of correspondents who have extensive knowledge of law enforcement. Deadline includes insight from detectives, prosecutors and psychological profilers as well as criminals and their victims who reveal what caused people to turn to crime and whether justice was ultimately served.

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Hall also weighed in on whether or not she thinks our nation’s current criminal justice system is fair. “I interviewed a man 10 years ago, who spent twenty five years behind bars on death row for a crime that he did not commit. He had the mental capacity of a five year old. I interviewed him the day he was released. I can only tell you based on that life changing experience of interviewing this man… something is not fair. I’m not saying that that applies to all cases, but if 1 man can spend 25 years behind bars on death row for something that he did not do, I would be remised to say that it is a fair system.”

“I think the show is consistent with a lot of what you see on Discovery (ID), and they are just intrigued and really pulled in by real life drama and real life crime,” Hall said in an interview with theGrio. Hall’s older sister was murdered in 2004 in a cast that is still officially unsolved. She confessed some of the stories she covers on Deadline: Crime show, hit close to home. “My sister’s death was ruled a homicide,” Hall said. “Blunt force trauma to the back of the head. No one was ever charged in her homicide or in her murder and no suspect was named. My sister’s case has led me to focus a lot of my attention on domestic violence. We don’t know what happened in her case, what I do know is that she was found in a swimming pool in the back of her home, face down, and it was ruled a homicide. My journey to speak out on domestic violence was based on conversations that I had with my sister.” ONLINE EDITION

Ron Howard’s film on Jay-Z festival to air on Showtime NEW YORK (AP) — Ron Howard’s “Made in America” documentary about the Jay-Z-curated music festival in Philadelphia will air Oct. 11 on Showtime. Jay-Z’s “Budweiser Made in America” festival debuted on Labor Day weekend last year. About 50,000 fans attended the two-day event. Performers included Pearl Jam, Drake, Run DMC, Skrillex, D’Angelo and Calvin Harris. This year’s festival starts Saturday. Performers include Beyonce, Nine Inch Nails, Imagine Dragons, Deadmau5, Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Howard’s documentary is described as a backstage pass to the event. It includes some of the performers’ stories on how they are “making it in America.” It will debut Sept. 7 at the Toronto International Film Festival. PAGE 8


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Sheryl Underwood calls natural black hair ‘nasty,’ spurring Twitter backlash On Friday, CBS re-aired an episode of The Talk, a clear knock-off of The View, which includes comedian Sheryl Underwood and actress Sarah Gilbert. Underwood made some comments disparaging natural black hair that left many, particularly on social media, seething. During Friday’s episode, guest Heidi Klum shared that she saves the “shorn hair” of her biracial children with ex-husband Seal. She described her children’s hair as “pretty.” Underwood asked Klum, “Why would you save afro hair?” then joked, “You can’t weave afro hair.” She added, “You never see [black women] at the hair place going ‘Look, here, what I need here is, I need those curly, nappy beads…That just seems nasty.” Co-host Sarah Gilbert joined the conversation, admitting that she also saves her children’s hair. Underwood responded, deducing that Gilbert’s children’s hair was “probably some beautiful, long, silky stuff.” Twitter reacts to Underwood’s comments I don’t understand why anyone would save their kid’s hair, but if that’s what a mom sees as fit to do with her kid’s hair of any texture, who am I tell her otherwise? It’s not like she’s hurting anybody in the process. But still, it’s odd that the first use of saved hair that springs to Underwood’s mind is for a weave. My first thought was that hair was a keepsake, sort of like bronzed baby shoes. That said, there’s been a big reaction to Underwood’s comments. “Yet another example of Black complicity in white supremacy,” tweeted a popular blogger known as Anti_Intellect in response to Underwood’s statement. “And I ain’t get into this over the weekend, but did Sheryl Underwood really pop off about natural afros while sporting a silky wig?” noted media personality Goldie Taylor on the irony of Underwood’s comments. While some people defended Underwood’s freedom of speech, others were so upset that they attacked the comic’s weight and appearance in apparent retaliation for her statements on afro hair. “I couldn’t possibly care less about what Sheryl Underwood and that dead alpaca on her head think about afros,” tweeted one such user. Underwood has since taken to her Twitter account to state that people are overreacting to her comments, saying that they also need to “lighten up.” Putting “silky” hair on a pedestal? Yes, she is entitled to her opinion that black hair as “nasty,” even if it’s tragic that she perceives her own hair that way. Underwood is a clear victim of self-hate. It’s one thing to appreciate the variety offered by wearing straight, silky hair at times while also appreciating your own. It’s entirely different—and sad—to put the common hair texture of another race of people on a pedestal above your own. It’s shameful and irresponsible to spread these disturbing views to a national audience as reinforcement that black hair is bad hair. ONLINE EDITION

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Underwood’s self-loathing is also no excuse to spread misinformation. Yes, afro hair can actually be weaved. There are synthetic “afro hair” weaves, so there’s no reason that actual human hair can’t be made into weaves and wigs as well. While Underwood may not see the value in using actual “afro hair” for a weave, many natural women who want more versatility in volume of length of their hair would be clamoring for it, if it were as readily available as the “long silky stuff.” Contrary to Underwood’s – and apparently many hair manufacturers’ — beliefs, not all black women desire silky, straight hair. A lot — as the most recent natural hair movement would suggest — are more than happy with their non-altered textures. Underwood’s comments: Shameful I understand that Underwood is a comedian, and making people laugh is her job. But it’s a startlingly bad decision for a black woman to malign the desirability of common black characteristics, spread selfhate and falsehoods, and reinforce perceptions that “white is right” (or better) just for cheap chuckles. I expect more from her, not just because she’s a black woman with the same feature she denigrates, but also because she’s the immediate past-president of Zeta Phi Beta, a black women’s sorority whose stated mission is to uplift black women. It’s shameful and embarrassing that that Klum — practically the poster child for white women’s beauty — can find the value in black hair while Underwood, an actual black woman with black hair, cannot. Demetria L. Lucas is a life coach and the author of A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life. Follow her on Twitter at @abelleinbk This article was updated to reflect that Underwood was the president of Zeta Phi Beta, not Sigma Gamma Rho.

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Oprah Winfrey revels in OWN profitability, ratings LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Oh my God, worst hairdo ever,” exclaims Oprah Winfrey, catching sight of her 1990s talk-show self on an OWN office TV showing “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” But she glances approvingly at another monitor showing a Tyler Perry sitcom. While the talk show — hair aside — represents the glory days of Winfrey’s past, Perry’s “The Haves and the Have Nots” is part of a brightening future for the Oprah Winfrey Network. OWN is in the black for the first time since its rocky start two-and-a-half years ago. More than 30 new advertisers are joining original heavyweight sponsors Procter & Gamble and General Electric, and are paying higher rates as the channel has found its programming and distribution footing. Headlines about profitability and audience growth have replaced the drumbeat of speculation that her ambitious venture with Discovery Communications might end up a costly flop and an uncharacteristic failure for her. Now, she says, “rewarding” is the word for her experience at OWN, both as the chairwoman and CEO shaping the channel and as a viewer lodestone who hosts several series including “Oprah’s Next Chapter” and “Oprah’s Lifeclass.” ONLINE EDITION

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“I no longer have such fear and anxiety about it. I really have more confidence in my decisions,” Winfrey said. “In the beginning, I was in a lot of meetings where people said, ‘You don’t understand cable.’ … I’d say, ‘But I do understand the audience. Aren’t people the same?’” The answer is yes, says Winfrey, who’s enjoying a career renaissance with OWN’s turnaround and her return to big-screen acting in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” No. 1 at the box office for two weeks with more than $50 million in tickets sales. Her confidence in OWN also is backed up by numbers. For the year to date, viewership is up 22 percent among the target audience of adult women and 23 percent among all viewers compared to last year, according to Nielsen Co. In the third quarter, prime-time viewership among women 25 to 54 and total viewers each are up more than 60 percent compared to 2012. For August, OWN drew a channel-high 536,000 primetime viewers, a fraction of the millions that watched Winfrey’s talk show but respectable for a developing cable channel. Instead of defending staff layoffs and early misses including Rosie O’Donnell’s talk show, Winfrey and her executive team can wax passionate about OWN’s audience empowerment mission, nascent stars including motivational speaker Iyanla Vanzant and upbeat series like the newly announced reality show “Crazy.Sexy.Life.” The network will (Continued on page 29)

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

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‘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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To Whom Much Is Given– Cinematic Book Trailer-2013 Published on Dec 24, 2012 Cecilia T. Capers' first novel "To Whom Much Is Given" is set for 2013 publishing by Red Ibis. This is the official cinematic book trailer filmed by Saint-Victor Productions. The trailer stars Lawrence Saint-Victor, Toni RobisonMay, John Thomassen, Tatianna Mott, and Cecilia T. Capers. Directed by Lawrence SaintVictor. Cinematography by Jay Espinal. Produced by Tone at The Top Media Inc. and Red Ibis. Book photography and cover design by Charles W. Winslow. Filmed in New York City. See behind-the-scenes footage by 6 Chamber Productions in the Red Ibis "To Whom Much Is Given" Novel playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch? feature=player_embedded&v=eRM2CpqPHs ONLINE EDITION

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also feature fresh-out-of-rehab Lindsay Lohan in an eightpart docuseries based on her life. “They are finally hitting their stride and the expectations the network had when it was launched are finally starting to be reached,” said analyst Brad Adgate of Horizon Media. “Oprah is back to being part of the conversation.” It was those early expectations that put immense pressure on the former daytime queen and on Discovery, which has invested a reported $500 million-plus in the venture that it co-owns with Winfrey’s Harpo Inc. Back in January 2011, OWN’s splashy introduction failed to drive early ratings, and skeptics gained more fuel with March 2012 staff layoffs that were billed as eliminating redundancies between Discovery and Harpo. It was painful but necessary, said OWN President Erik Logan, who shares the title with Sheri Salata. The pair also lead Harpo Productions, which produces an increasing number of OWN shows. “It was some of the harshest and darkest moments certainly Sheri and myself have ever gone through, and I think from Oprah’s perspective,” Logan said. “I’m not going to say it (the criticism) was unfair, but there was no shortage of people who wanted to line up and say it was over.” Without the cutbacks, he said, “we would not be having the conversation about profitability today.” The channel’s profile got major boosts from Winfrey’s interviews with Whitney Houston’s daughter, Lance Armstrong and Lohan. They were neon-bright proof that OWN could be a platform for Winfrey the confessor, a role she played to great effect on “The Oprah Show” in its 25-year run. In March 2012, when more than 3 million people tuned in to hear Bobbi Kristina Brown talk about the late Houston, it “was a very significant event for us, because what it really showed was if you get the content right, people will ONLINE EDITION

find you,” Logan said. The deal to bring Perry shows including “The Haves and the Have Nots” and “Love They Neighbor” was another positive jolt, while the success of “Iyanla: Fix My Life” showed Winfrey she could be the marquee name at OWN but share the stage with others of like mind. “We are constantly in the process of looking for other people who carry the same heartfelt desire to convey the message in such a way that it really improves people’s lives,” she said. Greater numbers of African-American viewers discovered the network first and are a key part of OWN’s current and future success, he and Winfrey said. But “all are welcome,” added Winfrey, whose talk show was known for its broad appeal and who said she intends OWN to follow the same path. At the end of a recent workday that included a four-hour OWN staff meeting, Winfrey said she plans to make time for more film projects, including a producing role on a Steven Spielberg project, “The Hundred Foot Journey.” But building OWN is her priority for the foreseeable future. “I didn’t know how difficult it would be and how long it would take me to get to the point where I could at least see that this is the reason I did this,” Winfrey said. “I can actually say wow, what an incredible journey and landing I had.”

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Filmmaker Kevin Arbouet, Formally of Hempstead, Gets Ready for Generation Iron Release Kevin Arbouet, formally of Lee Daniels Entertainment (Monster's Ball, Precious, The Butler), is living the dream. Having produced and directed several independent films over the years, his newest, Generation Iron, on which he acted as production manager and second unit director, will be released in theaters on September 20th. Generation Iron is about the lives of seven bodybuilders as they train for the Mr. Olympia competition. Arnold Schwarzenegger appears, and the documentary is narrated by Mickey Rourke. Generation Iron will be released directly preceding Mr. Olympia, which Mr. Arbouet will also be directing. While venturing on with these newest projects, Kevin's latest indie film, Police State, which filmed partially in Nassau County at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, stars Neal Bledsoe, Chris Riggi and Sean Young, is now in post production. Kevin Arbouet is formally from Hempstead.

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LeBron James joins forces with Starz for sitcom NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James is joining forces with Starz and the man behind classic shows like “The Cosby Show” to create a sitcom that will touch on something he knows a lot about — “Survivor’s Remorse.” The Miami Heat star will be the executive producer of the half-hour show. It will focus on two people who make it big after getting out of Philadelphia’s inner city and will chronicle the characters as they try to adjust to that fame along with feelings of guilt for having made it while peers are still struggling.

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2014-MODEL LONG ISLAND AUTO SHOW OFFERS ATTENDEES NEW RIDES, TEST DRIVES AND FREE ADMISSION OCTOBER 18-20 WHAT:

The 2014-model Long Island Auto Show rolls into the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum with more than 150 of the latest cars, trucks, crossovers and more. Whether a car buff, just browsing or in the market for a new vehicle, showgoers are invited to check out the newest rides, experience the latest in-car technology and even test drive several new models right at the show. Friday, October 18 5 p.m. – 10

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Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 1255 Hempstead Turnpike Uniondale, NY 11553 WHO: Representatives from participating automotive manufacturers will be at the show to answer questions and provide information on the latest vehicles. The Long Island Auto Show is presented and produced by Motor Trend Auto Shows, the nation’s largest auto show producer. TICKETS: Admission is FREE all show days for all attendees. ONLINE EDITION

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Should ex-convicts be the next stars of reality TV? “People are going to see about what happens when there’s a lack of opportunity in the community,” Freeway Ricky Ross observes about Ice-T’s new reality series, Life After Prison. “Cause people are going to eat. If they’re hungry, they’re going to find a way to eat.” Incarcerated for years, far removed from society, the road ahead for ex-convicts in a world that stamps them as inferior will soon be documented on television. Life After Prison, a new reality series executive produced by IceT and produced by John Boy Watts, a former inmate and conman, aims to shed light on the prison cycle, and break patterns of detainment by creating a house where felons can get back on their feet.

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Set in Los Angeles, the show will put a handful of former prisoners into a house together Real World-style, where they will rebuild their lives with the help of mentors like Watts and Ross, and a live-in therapist from Beverly Hills. “Right now, America needs somebody with substance,” Ross, one of the biggest drug traffickers in U.S. history, tells theGrio. “For them to see somebody that has been through as many things as I’ve been through, that’s willing to share my learning with others so that they can benefit, I think that’s amazing. That’s what this country needs as a whole.” A chance for the disenfranchised Ross spent 13 years behind bars for masterminding a large-scale narcotics trade that had him earning $3 million dollars a day at one point in time. Along with Watts, who served 9 years in prison for defrauding the U.S. Medicare program, the two intend to prove that what society deems rotten can actually blossom with good care. Both have become mentors and public speakers after completing their time, and have their hand in several creative projects. “Showing a different light, showing that we can bring a bunch of people together that people turn their back on to give them a second or third chance, I think it will get them to believe in themselves again,” (Continued on page 44)

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Why is She famous In 1975, "Lady Marmalade," a funky little tune with the women's lib-inspired catchphrase of "voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir?" became an anthem for the hedonistic disco era. Patti LaBelle, the leader of vocal trio LaBelle, left the group to go the solo route the following year, and continued to find success on the pop and R&B charts with hits like "New Attitude" and "On My Own" in the mid '80s. Patti Labelle Quote " "I guess when people come to see me they know they're going to get 150%. It's been that way ever since I stepped out on stage for the first time." -Patti LaBelle" 64 Sex Appeal There's no doubt that Patti's chanting of "would you like to sleep with me this evening?" in French -- the language of love no less -caught the attention of plenty of male admirers back in the '70s. While she may not be regarded as your typical sex symbol today, she's probably one of the sexiest pushing-60 female performers around. Her latest Lite Cuisine book of recipes has kept Lady Marmalade looking lean and healthy. 88 Success Patti LaBelle's long list of achievements include honors for her musical as well as humanitarian contributions. She's had six gold or platinum-selling discs released over a 20-year span, and has won a pair of Grammys, as well as a couple of American Music Awards. Patti has also received the Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award (1997), and an honorary doctorate degree from Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music. In addition to being an award-winning vocalist, Patti's fame has branched out to the world of movies, television and the stage. She has appeared on Broadway, been nominated for three Emmys, and picked up a CableACE Award for her performance with sister soul divas Dionne Warwick and Gladys Knight in Sisters in the Name of Love. In 1993, Patti became the first person to receive a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame that was paid for with money raised by her devoted fans. Two decades earlier, in 1974, Patti and her LaBelle co-singers made history when they became the first African-American act ever to appear at New York's Metropolitan Opera House. Since that time, Patti has received seven NAACP Image Awards, including the Entertainer of the Year Award. She's also been honored with a medal from the Congressional Black Caucus, the Ebony Achievement Award, the Martin Luther King Lifetime Achievement Award, a citation from Congress on her 20th anniversary in the music business, the B'nai B'rith Creative Achievement Award, and the Key to the City of her hometown of Philadelphia. Patti Labelle Biography Patti LaBelle (nĂŠe Patricia Louise Holt) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 24, 1944. As a teen, her musical talent emerged when she joined the Beulah Baptist Church Choir, with which she would remain as a soloist even after she began to sing professionally. In 1960, she formed a vocal group called the Ordettes with friend Cindy Birdsong; Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash joined shortly thereafter, and the group was renamed the Blue Belles. They scored a top 20 pop and R&B hit in 1962 with the single "I Sold My Heart to the Junkman." The foursome became a trio when Birdsong left to join the Supremes in '67. patti, front and center In 1970, Patti LaBelle and the Blue Belles were transformed into the soul/rock, glam-styled "LaBelle," after hooking up with British manager Vicki Wickham. The trio backed up singer/songwriter Laura Nyro on her 1971 album, It's Gonna Take a Miracle and went on tour with rock acts like The Who, following the release of LaBelle's selftitled debut on the Warner Brothers label that same year. In late 1974, Patti and LaBelle released the album Nightbirds on Epic Records. The single "Lady Marmalade" became a No. 1 hit on both the U.S. R&B and pop charts, and an international smash during the winter of 1975. Patti, Sarah and Nona backed Elton John on three tracks for his multimillion selling Rock of the Westies album later in '75, and following the release of two more albums -- Phoenix (1975) and Chameleon (1976) -- the trio disbanded on good terms in 1976. ONLINE EDITION

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Patti LaBelle (1977), Patti's self-titled solo debut, sold modestly well, but her subsequent late '70s releases -- Tasty (1978), It's Alright With Me (1979) and Released (1980) -- failed to crack the top 100. the spirit to soar Patti signed with Philadelphia International in 1981, releasing The Spirit's in It near the end of the year. In 1982, she co-starred with soul star Al Green in the Broadway revival of Your Arms Too Short to Box With God. The role tapped into Patti's gospel roots and earned her critical praise. She also made her TV debut in the made-for-TV movie Working, that same year. Her next album, I'm in Love Again, released at the tail end of 1983, became her first gold album since 1974's Nightbirds and produced her second No. 1 R&B smash, "If Only You Knew," which peaked in early '84. That same year, she appeared in Norman Jewison's World War II drama, A Soldier's Story, playing Big Mary. Miss Patti's comeback was solidified when she reached the pop top 20 with "New Attitude," featured in the soundtrack of 1984's Beverly Hills Cop. The diva wowed the crowd during her performance at Live Aid in her native Philadelphia in July of 1985. Patti LaBelle signed with MCA in 1986, and released the platinum-selling Winner in You that spring. The album became Patti's crowning glory, as it reached the top of the R&B and pop charts in July, while her duet with former Doobie Brother Michael McDonald, "On My Own," knocked Madonna's "Live To Tell" from the top of Billboard's pop singles chart. LaBelle continued to appear in feature and made-for-television films during the late '80s. She co-starred with Alfre Woodard and John Ritter in Unnatural Causes (1986), and with Lorraine Bracco in Sing (1989). Her 1989 album, Be Yourself, featured a couple of tracks written by Prince, while her contribution to the 007 Licence To Kill soundtrack featured the original recording of "If You Asked Me To," which Celine Dion took into the top five, three years later. new world for labelle In 1990, Patti made her debut as Adele Wayne on NBC's A Different World, a recurring role she would inhabit until the show's final episode in 1993. 1991's Burnin' became her fourth gold LP, and won her a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. The single "All Right Now" from Patti LaBelle Live! (1993) earned the diva her eighth Grammy nomination. Doing the TV rounds, she also starred as Chelsea Paige in the NBC sitcom, Out All Night, during its 1992-93 season. In 1993, Patti won an American Music Award for Favorite R&B Female Artist, and was honored with a star on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame, which was paid for with money raised by some of her loyal fans. Her 1994 disc, Gems, earned her another gold certification, and was co-produced by hit-makers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Don't Block the Blessings: Revelations of a Lifetime, Patti's autobiography, was published in 1995. She contributed a track, "My Love, Sweet Love" to the chart-topping Waiting to Exhale soundtrack at the end of the year. she's on fire 1997's Flame became her sixth album to achieve gold status, and was once again produced by Jam and Lewis. That same year, Patti received Soul Train's Lifetime Achievement Award. Her 1998 release, Live! One Night Only, recorded at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, earned her a second Grammy, this time for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance. Patti tried on a different hat with the release of her cookbook, LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About in 1999. The diva's 30-year marriage to her manager, Armstead Edwards, ended when the couple filed for divorce in 2000. They had raised five children together, including the children of one of Patti's late sisters. In October 2000, When A Woman Loves, which included tracks produced by the Jam-Lewis powerhouse, was released on MCA. A collection of Patti's Greatest Love Songs was released by Hip-O Records in 2002. In February 2003, she performed her NASA theme song, "Way Up There," at a memorial service for the astronauts of the Columbia shuttle disaster. A second cookbook, Patti LaBelle's Lite Cuisine: Over 100 Dishes With To-Die-For Taste Made With To-Live-For Recipes, co-authored by Laura Randolph Lancaster, hit bookshelves in April of 2003. PAGE 38


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SINBAD AT THE NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13  Westbury, NY – Live Nation is pleased to present Sinbad at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Friday, September 13th at 9 p.m. Tickets are $39.50 - $59.50 plus applicable service charges and are available now online at www.ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Westbury box office. Event, date and time are subject to change. For more information, visit: www.thetheatreatwestbury.com.

Actor and  comedian  Sinbad  arrived  on  the  comedy  scene  with  a  “hit’em  in  the  face”  style  of  comedy  that  has  kept  audiences  laughing  in  the aisles for over the past two decades.  He freely admits that he doesn’t  know  any  jokes,  except  for  the  ones  that  his  dad  told  him  “back  in  the  day.”  Sinbad’s comedy is about stories, and boy does he tell stories!  The  basis of his humor comes from everyone he meets, everything he’s seen,  and everything he’s done.  Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 standup comedians  of all time, Sinbad has built a loyal following by taking audiences’ painful  trials or embarassing tribulations of day‐by‐day life, throwing them back in  their faces, and causing an uproar of comedic hysteria.   Sinbad  is  internationally  known  for  his  starring  appearances  in  hit  movies like “Jingle All the Way,” playing opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger;  “Houseguest”  co‐starring  the  late  Phil  Hartman,  and  let’s  not  forget  his  film  debut  “Necessary  Roughness”,  where  he  did  none  of  his  own  stunts!  He has starred in the television sitcom “A Different World” as well  as his own series, “The Sinbad Show”.  Entertainment mogul Quincy Jones  sought out Sinbad to host UPN’s first late night talk show, “Vibe.”  He  also  recently appeared as a recurring guest star on the Showtime Original Se‐ ries “Resurrection Blvd.”   Sinbad has even written a self‐help book entitled “Sinbad’s Guide to  Life: (Because I Know Everything)”.  Sinbad has drawn legions of fans from  his HBO highly‐rated  comedy specials;  “Brain Damaged” (1991),  “Afros &  Bellbottoms”  (1993),   “Son  of  a  Preacher  Man”  (1996),  and  “Nuthin  But  The  Funk”  (1998).   His  annual  HBO  music  concert  series  (Oh!  You  didn’t  know  he  was  musical?)  “Sinbad’s  70’s  Soul  Music  Festival”  received  the  prestigious NAACP Image Award consecutively for two years as the “Most  Outstanding  Variety  Series/Special”.  Also  in  1996  Sinbad  joined  the  then  First  Lady,  Hillary  Clinton  and  award  winning  musician,  Sheryl  Crow  in  a  USO (United Service Organizations) tour in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sinbad has appeared on the FX Television series “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” He was also seen in the third season of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice. On the WEtv network, re-runs can be seen of the reality show, “SINBAD: It’s Just Family.” He is still committed to finding new ways in putting smiles on our face. Landing in theaters August 9th, 2013 was “Disney’s Planes,” the “Cars” spin-off. Sinbad brings to life Roper, an irascible race official full of sly remarks and colorful commentary. About Live Nation Entertainment: Live Nation Entertainment is the world’s leading live entertainment and eCommerce company, comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster.com, Live Nation Concerts, Front Line Management Group and Live Nation Network. Ticketmaster.com is the global event ticketing leader and one of the world’s top five eCommerce sites, with over 26 million monthly unique visitors. Live Nation Concerts produces over 20,000 shows annually for more than 2,000 artists globally. Front Line is the world’s top artist management company, representing over 250 artists. These businesses power Live Nation Network, the leading provider of entertainment marketing solutions, enabling over 800 advertisers to tap into the 200 million consumers Live Nation delivers annually through its live event and digital platforms. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/ ONLINE EDITION

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CHARLIE DANIELS BAND & MARSHALL TUCKER BAND AT NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 PRE SHOW CAR & MOTORCYCLE SHOW STARTS AT 5 PM! Westbury, NY – Live Nation is pleased to present the Charlie Daniels Band and The Marshall Tucker Band at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Saturday, September 7th at 8 p.m. Tickets are $49.50 plus applicable service charges and are available now online at www.ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Westbury box office. Event, date and time are subject to change. For more information, visit: www.thetheatreatwestbury.com. Doors are at 5 pm, for the pre-show Car & Motorcycle show presented by the Nassau County Firefighter’s Operation Wounded Warrior.. From his Dove Award winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor to young artists and still a road warrior at age 76, Daniels has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children, and others in need (The Angelus, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, T.J. Martell Foundation). Known for hits such as “Long Haired Country Boy”, “The South’s Gonna Do It Again”, “In America”, “The Legend of Wooley Swamp”, and of course, his signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”, which won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group in 1979 as well as single of the year at the Country Music Association Awards. Daniels performed in the hit 80s movie Urban Cowboy, played on such landmark albums as Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline, and co-wrote a song Elvis Presley recorded. Whether singing on Easter Sunday at his local church or leading an all-star cast at one of his famed Volunteer Jams, Daniels just exudes joy whenever he steps on stage. In 1994, Daniels released his first Christian album, The Door, which won the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award for Best Country Album and “Two Out of Three” was named video of the year by the Christian Country Music Association. Over the course of his career, Charlie has received numerous accolades, including induction into the Grand Ole Opry and Musicians Hall of Fame. He’s been presented the Pioneer Award by the Academy of Country Music and was honored as a BMI Icon in recognition of his songwriting. He’s received a star on the Music City Walk of Fame. Years of creating great music and rigorous tour schedules earned The Marshall Tucker Band the respect of critics and countless dedicated fans. With hit singles like "Heard It In a Love Song," "Fire On The Mountain," "Can't You See," and "Take The Highway," the band earned seven gold and three platinum albums while they were on the Capricorn Records label. During the 90's, the MTB scored four hit singles on Billboard's country chart and one on Billboard's gospel chart. Still led today by founding member and lead singer Doug Gray, The Marshall Tucker Band represents a time and place in music that will never be duplicated. Together they present a powerful stage presence as they continue to tour the country and remain a powerful force in the world of music. The Marshall Tucker Band got its start in Spartanburg, South Carolina when Gray teamed up with Tommy Caldwell and Toy Caldwell, Paul T. Riddle, George McCorkle and Jerry Eubanks, borrowing the name "Marshall Tucker" from a piano tuner whose name was found on a key ring in their old rehearsal space. In 1972, they signed with Capricorn Records, the same label that guided The Allman Brothers Band, Wet Willie, and others to national fame. The MTB opened shows for The Allman Brothers in 1973, and the following year, they began to headline their own shows across America due to the platinum-plus sales of their debut album. In years to come, The Marshall Tucker Band would wow critics and influence major country acts like Alabama, The Kentucky Headhunters, Confederate Railroad, and Travis Tritt with its definitive blend of rock, rhythm & blues, jazz, country, and gospel. Now, thanks to the expanding scope of today's music, a new generation of fans is learning what the rest of their fans have known for so long – that good music knows no boundaries. Along the way, The Marshall Tucker Band has recorded twenty two studio albums, three DVDs, three live albums and many compilations. After 37 years, they continue to be played on classic rock and country radio, and they have never stopped touring. The pre concert Car & Motorcycle show is presented by the Nassau County Firefighter’s Operation Wounded Warrior and will include music by Dr. G’s Veteran Band “Samaritan” on the Budweiser Patio starting at 5 pm. The pre show parking lot party will include food, prizes, local vendors and a salute to our local service men and women by local firefighters. ONLINE EDITION

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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 43)

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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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says Watts. “We believe that there’s always a way if you make a way. If you get up every day and make that difference for yourself.” Adds Ross, while time has passed, circumstances have not necessarily improved. Intense economic gaps contribute to an extended mobility deficit for those with a prison stamp on their slate. “When I started selling drugs, the economy was really similar to this right here,” he explains. “There’s no jobs, people didn’t know what they were going to do. Right now, unemployment is skyrocketing and I’m out here on the streets so I know what the community is going through. Our community is hurting.” Checking the felony box Unlike many reality shows, Life After Prison focuses on the havenots of society. Though it’s still in development, the cast of characters is made up of real people who have committed tragic crimes, and don’t have the luxury to philander their lives for attention. They have no money or steady job to help push them along, no bank account or assets. Furthermore, they have a record attached to their resume and parole officer checking their every move. “To this day, I look at it like I should be in prison for the rest of my life or I should be resting in peace,” Alfredo Barrios, a member of the cast, tells theGrio. Barrios, 39, served 15 years in prison for a rap sheet that includes homicide, home invasion robbery, and five counts of attempted murder. He narrowly evaded the death penalty, and used the second chance at life to reform his ways. Less than a year out of prison, he now works as a steam cleaner and started his own business using hip-hop study and merchandising to educate youth. “Before I was released from prison, I used to see many people come in and out, the same individuals,” Barrios recalls. “They would make excuses, saying ‘There’s no jobs, nobody would hire me.’ So I want to give guys who are coming out a reason to say there is something out there after prison. There is a way to make it.” Admittedly, the justice system proved a buffer to Barrios’ criminal tendencies, and offered a similar shield for fellow castmate Jayreisha Rasberry. Rasberry, 26, went to prison for six years on an armed robbery conviction. A year following her release, she says the most difficult aspect of being a felon is the box she has to check on paperwork. “I’m a number,” she remarks to theGrio. “I’m not even who I am. I’m X24399 and that number will forever stick with me. It’s real traumatizing and people don’t understand that…We’re not animals.” Rage against the ‘machine’ Behind bars, Rasberry says she gained a level of patience that’s helped her to adjust to real world situations. “I’ve dealt with people who I would not normally have dealt with,” she says. “There was just a certain tolerance I had that I wouldn’t have put up with on the street. Inside, I’ve learned to pick and choose my battles, I’ve learned to have a little more respect with authority figures.” Prison reform activists often criticize the justice system for perpetuating a cycle where those doomed to captivity seamlessly meet their fate. Laws target minorities and the weakest members of society, and the prison system puts them under lock, demands free labor, allows them to self-destruct, and releases them into a place where they return to ill-fated measures. Attempting to break the chain, Ross and Watts want to help their fallen comrades open a window of light. “We’re trying to fight against this machine that’s turning on people of color,” says Ross, blaming specifically the music industry for promoting a false sense of hope and demand for instant gratification. “You can’t let your environment dictate who you are, and what you believe and where you’re going in life,” he continues. “You’ve got to be the one to control that and sometimes you might have to be an auto-mechanic, you might have to wash cars, you might have to cut ONLINE EDITION

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lawns. People right now, they’re just not into that. They’re into the microwave: give me my money right now.” For Troy Peltv, a member of the L.A. Crips gang who spent over 20 years in prison for drug conspiracy, the system nearly took his life. Now 45 years old, Peltv describes prison as a place where evil harvests its fruit. He calls it a holding cell not meant to reform people, but test their stamina. “While I was in there I utilized my time, I made the best of it,” he remarks. “It would have destroyed me. I would have failed once I hit the streets. I would have been right back, I would have been a product of the system again.” Before he turned to education, Peltv participated in “numerous riots,” moving back and forth from state to federal prison. He spent time in the Supermax and Security Housing Unit (SHU), an environment where living conditions have been said to violate constitutional rights against cruel and unusual punishment. “I kept moving around because of gangbanging,” he recalls. “In the federal prison, you’ll be killed faster because you’re dealing with guys from different states. The Crips and Bloods, they’re in every state now…You’re dealing with every gang member that’s from a ghetto in every state.” Seeking a new way of reformation A microcosm for degenerative society, prison may have left each of these ex-convicts with a scar, but not a malignant stain. On Life After Prison, they will deal with their wounds; assert new ground; and work through what mental and social issues have developed over time. Watts recruited a self-described “blond, Beverly Hills psychologist,” who will be staying with the group. Out of place, maybe, Watts believes she could be the trick to holistically tackling issues at hand. “Whatever she can bring to the table to raise spirits, I think it could be good,” he points out. “Whether they accept her, we’ll have to see how it plays out because she don’t come from where we came from.” With the backing of Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Watts has devised a program similar to a halfway house that he believes will not only be valuable to those who go through it first hand, but to the American public interested in understanding the justice system. He currently is working with Ice-T to negotiate with networks and bring the show to air. Following the success of programs like Oz and Orange is the New Black, along with MSNBC’s reality series Lockup, Watts senses a desire from people to watch the entire process of law and order. And it will be honest. “People may volley, people may end up back in prison,” he says, acknowledging that two of the characters he filmed in the teaser are already back behind bars. “Of course, there’s going to be fights and attitudes. You’ve got somebody fresh out of jail doing 20 years, he got a chip on his shoulder.” Rasberry adds, “I meet a lot of people who find out how long I’ve been down and they want to know [about it]. They’re so interested in prison life and this is a real inside look…That place is crazy, I’m happy to be out of it.”

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Friday August 30, 9pm Dueling Pianos- Michael & Amy! Long Island Premiere Michael and Amy: Four Hands, 2 voices, One brain! Let the REAL musical duel begin! Featuring TWO GRAND PIANOS! Music and Clean Comedy! Fun. Engaging. Entertaining. Michael and Amy's dueling pianos show ia an award winning "feel--good--fun--entertainment--experience" for audiences of all ages. A magical and eclectic mix--part music, part comedy, part theatre, part concert,improv and all chemistry. The audience is as much a part of the show as are this dynamic duo. Don't miss this unique show and don't miss the Long Island premiere of Michael and Amy's real DUELING PIANOS! Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door ONLINE EDITION

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