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Rice gets third term as Nassau County prosecutor Published: November 6, 2013 12:17 AM By The Associated Press MINEOLA, N.Y. - (AP) -- Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice has been elected to a third term. With 98 percent of the vote counted, unofficial results show the Democrat Rice defeating Republican Howard Sturim, 59 percent to 41 percent. On the campaign trail, Rice trumpeted her enforcement of drunken driving laws in the suburban county east of New York City. Sturim worked in the county prosecutor's office for Rice's predecessor, Denis Dillon. In neighboring Suffolk County, District Attorney Thomas Spota was re-elected to a fourth, four-year term without opposition. He had the endorsement of both major parties. A court ruling earlier this year struck down a term limits law in the county, saying it did not apply to the district attorney.

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Bill de Blasio wins in landslide over Joe Lhota Originally published: November 5, 2013 6:25 AM Updated: November 6, 2013 12:52 AM By MATTHEW CHAYES matthew.chayes@newsday.com Bill de Blasio was elected New York City's 109th mayor Tuesday in a landslide victory that ends the Bloomberg era and the Democratic Party's two-decade ex(Continued on page 5)

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Edward Mangano defeats Thomas Suozzi Originally published: November 4, 2013 10:07 PM Updated: November 6, 2013 12:29 AM By JENNIFER BARRIOS. AND ELLEN YAN jennifer.barrios@newsday.com, ellen.yan@newsday.com Republican Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano won the Nassau County executive race Tuesday, routing Democratic challenger Thomas Suozzi in a rematch of their 2009 contest. The county reported early Wednesday that Mangano had 59 percent of the vote, compared to nearly 41 percent for Suozzi, who failed in his bid for another shot at the seat he once held. More than 99 percent of the precincts had reported. "What a great night!" Mangano said, moving to declare victory shortly before 11 p.m., before Suozzi admitted defeat. "I feel so blessed to continue in this job. . . . We overcame the challenges, we overcame the deceptions." A short time later, Suozzi conceded, saying it was "unusual" Mangano didn't wait for him to call before declaring victory. "This is a tough loss . . . but it doesn't mean we weren't right," Suozzi said. "We may have had a bad campaign, we NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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may have hit the wrong message, but we still have serious problems in Nassau County." Suozzi then congratulated Mangano on his victory. In 2009, Mangano narrowly beat Suozzi in the race by 386 votes. A referendum authorizing seven Las Vegas-style casinos in a constitutional amendment passed. Taxes, jobs and other evergreen election issues may have been why several Long Islanders exiting polling stations said they enthusiastically backed casinos in the state referendum. Shortly after midnight, it was clear the referendum had passed, garnering 57 percent of the votes statewide, based on unofficial results from 85 percent of the precincts. Long Islanders embraced the idea even more, with backing from 63 percent of Suffolk residents and 67 percent of Nassau voters, according to unofficial results. "This vote will keep hundreds of millions of dollars spent each year in neighboring states right here in New York, while increasing revenue for local schools, lowering property tax taxes, and bringing proper regulation to the industry," Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a statement. For Steven Lansky, 68, of Plainview, the casino question was the No. 1 issue that brought him out to the polls. "New York State, especially upstate, is hurting badly," he said, "and it isn't getting better." Across Long Island, voters also decided the fate of county legislative seats, the district attorney post in Nassau and several town supervisor and council races. Turnout in Suffolk County was 15.7 percent by 5 p.m., with slightly higher numbers in places such as Huntington (Continued on page 5)

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GOP boosts hold on Nassau Legislature Originally published: November 5, 2013 10:52 PM Updated: November 6, 2013 12:25 AM By PATRICK WHITTLE patrick.whittle@newsday.com Republicans strengthened their control of the Nassau County Legislature last night, capturing one more seat. GOP candidates won 11 seats after entering Election Day with a 10-9 advantage over Democrats. Republicans, however, fell short of their goal of gaining three votes to reach a supermajority of 13, which would have given them the ability to approve borrowing. County Executive Edward Mangano and GOP lawmakers have tried to borrow to pay for tax refunds in recent years but have been blocked by Democrats.

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feated Republican Pepitz Blanchard, 52, of Westbury, in the 2nd District. CarriĂŠ Solages (D-Elmont), 34, won her race against Republican Naomie Jean-Philippe, 25, of Elmont, in the 3rd District. Howard J. Kopel (R-Lawrence) beat Democrat Lisa Daniels of East Rockaway in the 7th District. Incumbent Richard J. Nicolello (R-New Hyde Park), 53, defeated Democrat Dolores Sedacca, 65, the former East Williston mayor, in the 9th District. In the 10th District, Democrat Ellen Birnbaum, 58, of Great Neck, beat Republican Jane Centrella, 52, of New Hyde Park, in a race with no incumbent. Judi Bosworth (DGreat Neck) gave up a seat to run for North Hempstead supervisor. Dennis Dunne Sr. (R-Levittown), 63, topped Democrat Jonathan C. Clarke, 36, of Levittown, in the 15th District.

None of the 14 candidates seeking re-election lost, according to final unofficial returns.

Rose Marie Walker (R-Hicksville), 62, beat Democrat Frederick W. Hagemann III, 54, of Hicksville, in the 17th District.

Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow), 79, retained her seat in the 13th District against Democrat Edward J. Kraus, 31, of North Bellmore. She said before the results that both parties' goal should be to "put aside politics."

In the 12th and 6th districts, Democrats picked two candidates who did not live in their districts and they were removed from the ballot. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa), 32, and Francis Becker (R-Lynbrook), 60, were assured new terms in the 12th and 6th, respectively.

Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport), 39, congratulated Republicans for their gains, but said he was glad Democrats staved off the supermajority.

In the 8th and 14th districts, Democratic candidates did not file sufficient petitions, board of elections officials determined. Vincent Muscarella (R-West Hempstead), 59, was assured a new term, as was Republican Laura Schaefer, 45, of Westbury, who ran to replace fellow Republican Joseph V. Belesi of Farmingdale.

Abrahams defeated Republican Laurette Gregory, 44, of Roosevelt, in the 1st District. "The Republican message was short and sweet and easy to convey to the public," Abrahams said. "It means we have to work together." In the last race to be decided, Delia M. DeRiggiWhitton (D-Glen Cove), 45, the current 18th District legislator, beat Republican John P. DiMascio, 69, of Glen Cove, in the 11th District. Wayne Wink (D-Roslyn), the 11th District incumbent, ran for North Hempstead town clerk. Wink and DeRiggi-Whitton were redistricted into the same seat. Republican Donald MacKenzie, 43, of Oyster Bay defeated Democrat David Gugerty, 51, of Bayville, in the race for DeRiggi-Whitton's old 18th District seat.

In the 4th District, Republicans also had a guaranteed win -- incumbent Denise A. Ford, 62, of Long Beach, a registered Democrat who consistently votes for the GOP majority, ran unopposed. Republicans had an 11-8 majority going in to the 2011 elections and had had the majority since 2009. Legislators are elected for two-year terms. With Robert Brodsky Republicans had an 11-8 majority going in to the 2011 elections and had had the majority since 2009. Legislators are elected for two-year terms.

Democrat Laura Curran, 45, topped Republican Debra Pugliese, 46, in the 5th District in a race to replace departing Legis. Joseph Scannell (D-Baldwin). Pugliese and Curran both live in Baldwin; Curran is a former aide to county executive candidate Thomas Suozzi. Curran attributed her victory to "very solid grassroots effort and knocking on lots of doors." Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick), 49, a 12-year incumbent, defeated Bellmore Republican Steven Rhoads, 44, in the 19th District. Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury), 74, beat Republican Louis Imbroto, 29, of Plainview, in the 16th District. Incumbent Robert Troiano Jr., 60, (D-Westbury) deNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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ile from power. De Blasio, the city's public advocate, led Republican Joe Lhota 73 percent to 24 percent with 78 percent of precincts reporting, according to an Associated Press tally. Exit polls from news organizations suggested de Blasio won nearly every demographic -- age, gender, race, income and sexual orientation. "Make no mistake. The people of this city have chosen a progressive path," de Blasio said in his victory speech. The Democrat rode a growing sense of fatigue with three-term Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and frustration among blacks and Hispanics over the NYPD's controversial stop-and-frisk tactic. Calling New York "a tale of two cities," de Blasio, 52, has promised to address the gap between the city's rich and poor, curb "giveaways" to corporations and developers, and to seek higher taxes from New Yorkers earning at least $500,000 to expand universal prekindergarten and afterschool programs. "We reach our greatest heights when we all rise together," de Blasio told his supporters Tuesday night. He added: "The best and the brightest are born in every neighborhood. We all have a shared responsibility and a shared stake in making sure their destiny is defined by how hard they work and how big they dream -- and not by their ZIP code." De Blasio's tax-the-rich plan will test his political mettle: Albany must green-light the tax increase, and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has been cool to the idea of raising taxes next year, when he and the Legislature are up for reelection. Lhota, a Giuliani-era deputy mayor and a former transit chief, argued that the Democrat's economic plans would stymie job creation, and his NYPD plans would send crime soaring to levels unseen since the last Democratic mayor, David Dinkins. In conceding defeat, Lhota, 59, wished de Blasio "good will," but warned: "We want our city to move forward and not backward. And I hope our mayor-elect understands that before it's too late." Throughout the race, Lhota's poll numbers never rose above dismal. De Blasio outraised and outspent Lhota by a 3-to-1 margin in the general-election campaign, fortifying a Democratic advantage of 6-to-1 in party enrollment. October's federal government shutdown gave de Blasio ammunition to link Lhota, a self-described social liberal and fiscal conservative, to unpopular congressional Republicans in Washington. In its final weeks, the general-election race revisited the legacies of Rudy Giuliani as well as Dinkins. De Blasio accused Lhota of being part of a divisive mayoralty. De Blasio pitched himself as an outer-borough antidote to the billionaire Bloomberg, who critics have called Manhattan-centric. As if to drive home the point, de Blasio hosted Tuesday night's victory party in his neighborhood at the Park Slope Armory YMCA. Among the 4,000 supporters was Wilbur Devenish, 45, of Crown Heights, an unemployed marketing manager. "I feel wonderful. Tomorrow's a new day for the city and for me. We have a mayor who's not divisive," Devenish said. De Blasio stunned political handicappers over the sumNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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and Smithtown, where there were competitive town races, and significantly higher numbers on the East End, according to the Suffolk County Board of Elections. Comparable turnout numbers were not immediately available in Nassau County, but both Democratic and GOP leaders said turnout there was high in their respective strongholds. Meridith Eaton, 30, of Glen Cove, said taxes prompted her to vote for Mangano. The incumbent has said he wants to borrow money to avoid raising taxes too much. "I feel he will lead us in the right direction," said Eaton, who had taken her 14-month-old son on her voting trip. "The taxes are so high, it is ridiculous. Family is what keeps us here." But Dave Hanson, 47, said he worried enough about the future of his family to want to kick out the incumbent in the county executive race. He voted for Suozzi. "Nassau County is in a depression state," Hanson said at Hempstead Village Hall. "I am concerned about my four kids." Meanwhile, Katherine Cardullo, a Smithtown mother of twin 7-year-old boys, didn't mind taxes going up as much as some other voters. "I want my kids to get a great education, even if taxes have to go up," Cardullo, 42, said shortly after voting at the Smithtown Central School District building. "Taxes and education go hand and hand." With Rick Brand, Robert Brodsky, Sid Cassese, Celeste Hadrick, Candice Ruud, Scott Eidler, Deon J. Hampton and Mackenzie Issler

mer by catapulting to the nomination from the second tier of a crowded primary field. In January, a Quinnipiac poll showed more than half of New York registered voters didn't know enough about de Blasio to form an opinion, even though he had held in a citywide elected office for three years. He languished until August, when his campaign released a television ad featuring his 15-year-old biracial son, Dante, praising his father as the only candidate who would fix stop-and-frisk. Election Day ended a circuslike election season that saw two failed comeback tries in the Democratic primaries -- by mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner, who quit Congress in 2011 over a sexting-and-lying scandal, and comptroller candidate Eliot Spitzer, who in 2008 resigned the governorship over revelations he patronized a prostitution ring. If de Blasio's margin of victory holds when returns are complete, it will exceed the 40-percentage-point record for a new mayor set by Democrat Abe Beame in 1973. As of Jan. 1, Democrats will hold every citywide elective office: Manhattan Borough president and comptroller candidate Scott Stringer, 53, claimed victory over lightly funded Republican John Burnett, 44. Councilwoman Letitia James, 55, had no major-party opposition for public advocate. With Matt Clark, Emily Ngo, Ivan Pereira and Dan Rivoli PAGE 5


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WELL IT IS DONE… The election of 2013 is finally over. The winners celebrated through the night while the losers lamented. Now to the people what did we do? For most of us we maintained the status quo which was clearly broken and deaf to our concerns. No one here on Long Island can honestly say that Ed Mangano is doing the job we expected or even doing the job we wanted but he was the best of two wrongs. So the question is what’s next? One thing I did notice, the republican party focused on their people and their people only, so the numbers or the win reflects the discord in the democratic party. Thom Suozzi the number one choice of the democratic party was obviously either forced on the party faithful or the best of a stable of losers. I believe Suozzi was forced on the party faithful by the leadership. The Black community lead the downfall of Suozzi by not showing up and or leaving the line in the voting booth. This should resonate from here forward that the Black community can not be considered the parties after thought; TCC really does count.

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WATCH AND PRAY God is about to release a 7 FOLD BLESSING. He is doing something new. SO WATCH AND PRAY. God Bless.

Legislator Abrahams Walks for Suicide Awareness (LONG BEACH, NY) – Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) attended the LICC Suicide Awareness Walk in October. The event, which took place in Long Beach on the boardwalk, was a great success. Shown here with Legislator Abrahams (from L-R) are: Fran Karliner (LICC Development Director), Legislator Denise Ford, Linda Leonard (ED), Lisa Veglia (LICC Board President) and (centerseated) are Legislator Abrahams’ children. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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A Message from Chairman Jay Jacobs Friends, I share the disappointment of all Democrats in the outcome of Tuesday's election. Between the Suozzi Campaign, the County Party and the Coordinated Campaign, my guess is that we raised and spent in excess of $5 million. We failed in our effort to elect Tom Suozzi as our County Executive along with our efforts to elect Howard Weitzman and Laura Gillen as Comptroller and Clerk. They were great candidates. It is no consolation that we fell victim to the same political trend that impacted our friends in each of other suburban contests: Westchester and Rockland, never mind New Jersey. We had hoped to do better and we did not. As we undertake a full assessment of what went wrong and what went right I can point to some highlights that stood out: Our campaigns have never been as coordinated. From signage to message to schedules and fund raising, we worked as a single team and THAT was impressive; We had more volunteers from more areas of the County and more constituency groups than ever before; Our Field Program identified and spoke to more than 110,000 voters and the data we collected will be retained and improved upon for future use; The County Committee has fewer vacancies and more active members than ever in our history; We fielded candidates in EVERY race (four, in non-targeted seats, were ruled off the ballot after challenges by our opponents) and developed a new, larger bench of future candidates for upcoming elections; Our candidates were more broadly diverse than ever and we established new partnerships in a host of growing communities; and We held onto 8 seats in the Legislature in the face of Republican Redistricting that was designed to take a Super Majority by reducing us to six – their effort failed. As we reflect on the past election and begin our plans for the next, I want to take this opportunity to thank the hundreds of volunteers who gathered petitions, knocked on doors to ID voters and participated in the largest Get-Out-TheVote operation in Nassau Democratic Party history. The results were not what we worked for, but that does not serve to diminish the effort and the solid foundation each of you has helped to lay for the future. Rest assured, today we commiserate, tomorrow we'll celebrate. Thank you, Jay Jacobs Chairman

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Hempstead Town Board fills opening created by Mark Bonilla Originally published: September 3, 2013 9:02 PM Updated: September 3, 2013 9:05 PM By AISHA ALMUSLIM aisha.al-muslim@newsday.com The Republican-controlled Hempstead Town Board has filled the opening created by the conviction of former Clerk Mark Bonilla by appointing his office's administrative supervisor to the position. Democrats cried foul after the 6-1 vote at Tuesday's meeting to appoint Nasrin Ahmad, saying it allows her to run as an incumbent in Tuesday's Conservative Party primary and in the general election in November. "It is not this board's place to predetermine the decision of the voters, nor is it our right to create for any candidate an advantage that improperly influences the voters," said Democratic Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby. Republicans in May picked Ahmad to run for Bonilla's post; Bonilla was convicted in July of official misconduct. Deputy Town Clerk Phil Guarnieri succeeded Bonilla after he was removed from his post last month. Ahmad, 56, of Salisbury, has been an administrative supervisor in the clerk's office for 15 years. "The fact that a general election is over two months away has no bearing whatsoever on the actions of this board," said senior town councilman and Nassau County GOP spokesman Anthony Santino. "While the first deputy town clerk is doing a fine job in an interim capacity, it is in fact in the best interest of the people to have an individual actually vested with the authority of the town clerk as the head of that office."

use taxpayers' money to get her name and picture on town mailings," said Felix Procacci of Franklin Square, the Democratic candidate for supervisor. But town attorney Joseph Ra said after the meeting that the law refers to naming successors for town supervisor in the event of an attack. The law was passed in 1962 due to the Cuban Missile Crisis, Ra said. "The law of the state . . . gives the town board the authority to appoint in an event of a vacancy," Ra said.

Ahmad will face Patricia A. Basso-Friedman in the Conservative primary. Ahmad also is on the Republican line and will run against the Democratic nominee, insurance law attorney Jasmine Garcia-Vieux, 36, of Levittown, in the general election. "You're influencing the primary wrongfully," BassoFriedman, 76, of Garden City, told Town Supervisor Kate Murray. Ahmad, who was born in Uganda and grew up in India and England, said after the meeting, "The political process will still go on. I'm still going to run the primary and the elections." Democrats said the board should have followed town code that requires the board to replace any elected official who vacates a position with one of three predetermined successors.

Hi Hello Halloween The Hi Hello Child Care Center in Freeport hosted their annual Halloween Parade held at the center. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby enjoyed greeting the happy and excited children in their wonderful costumes.

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Goosby Victory Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby was returned to office as Hempstead Town Council Member, 1st District, with a landslide victory on Election Day 2013. The Councilwoman received over 88% of the votes over challenger Elton McCabe. Tom Suozzi lost his bid to return to office as County Executive. Ed Mangano won the race with 58.75% to Suozzi's 41.12%.

OP-ED DON DURANT Working as a Poll Inspector was a gratifying assignment. I enjoyed the working companionship, of those who were assigned with me, and although we were from Republican and Democratic leanings, which is mandatory, we got along in grand fashion. The day began at 4:15 am and went on until ten in the evening. Occasional breaks during the day, made for a pleasant overall environment. I enjoyed working with my tablemates, and our lively discussions were far ranging, fun, and informative. I gladly recommend each of us to sacrifice a day such as this, and work the polls. It is not for the money, but rather to be able to help each of our voters who made the trek to cast their ballot. I am particularly dismayed at my own community, and how limited and restricted we are as a citizenry in discussing issues. It is for this alone that I welcome the vote. I attended a community Board meeting in the Village of Hempstead, in Nassau County, New York. The meeting began at 6:30 pm and the order of business was to assign the control of the sale and purchase of $58 million dollars worth of Village land parcels, which include, the Library, Village Hall, Parking Lots, and a park, along with several other land parcels. The $58 million dollar price tag is an estimate, and subject to increase beyond this figure. The votes cast were from the Trustees, NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

and the Mayor, and not from those in citizens in attendance. No questions or statements were allowed from the audience, and it was more than a slap in the face, as the Mayor called for a vote to close the meeting after each of these major give-aways were voted on and passed. The meeting opened and closed in twenty minutes time. I felt used, because, these same issues had been previously passed in closed session with the Trustees, and the issue was taken to court. This public hearing was merely an exercise in going through the motions. It is significant to note that the issues voted on would allow the Law Firm for then candidate for County Executive, Suozzi, in which he is a partner, to purchase these land parcels, and do with them as he pleased. Does this denote Under the table payments to the Mayor, or to the Trustees? Does this mean that now that the Mayor is in his final term, he will leave office a rich man? You may not go out to work the Polls, or go out to knock on doors, or to have petitions signed at the Super market. But by all means it is essential that you vote at every opportunity, in order to recapture our towns, cities and villages from corrupt leadership, with financial gains in mind.

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“ALL FACES ALL RACES” FORUM KICKSTARTS THE DISCOURSE ON BLACK IMMIGRATION Forum Sets the Stage for Fight Over Immigration Reform and Highlights the Need for Greater Public Engagement (BROOKLYN, NY) – Last night, The Black Institute held its first black immigration forum at Medgar Evers’ Founders’ Auditorium. This event was the first in a planned tour promoting TBI’s G Project, a public awareness campaign granting visibility to the often neglected African, Caribbean, and Afro Latino immigrant communities, especially with respect to the debate over immigration reform. The goal is to educate individuals about the impact of immigration within the African Diaspora, as well as to discuss immigration as a civil rights issue that impacts all Americans, especially African Americans. One of the featured panelists at the event was Civil Rights Activist and Legendary Musician Harry Belafonte. “This conference gives a voice to the millions of black immigrants that are so often neglected in the national discourse on immigration policy,” Bertha Lewis, President of The Black Institute said. “With comprehensive immigration reform stalled in Congress, the movement we started in September with The G Project must get louder and become more visible. Millions of families each year suffer at the hands of barbaric policies. Our leaders must recognize this reality and dedicate themselves to changing it.” “We need to shift the conversation over immigration reform towards a conversation about the fundamental rights of every human being,” Estela Vazquez from SEIU 1199 said “The right to raise a family; the right to pursue personal happiness; the right to participate in a fair political system---these principles are being undermined at a massive scale and our government is failing to do anything about it. SEIU 1199 is thrilled to join The Black Institute, The Du Bois Bunche Center for Public Policy and the Caribbean Research Center to put an end to this willful negligence.” “The present moment affords us the opportunity to really change the outlook of our society,” Dr. Waldaba Stewart, Chairman of the Caribbean Research Center said. “Gridlock and legislative impasse have plagued Congress for years. However, the bill The Black Institute has sponsored can cross partisan lines and unite our leaders under a banner of bi-partisanship. The goal of conferences like All Faces All Races is to make sure our elected officials know the importance of immigration reform that is inclusive of our Diaspora from around the world.” “Right now, there are thousands of talented and credentialed young men and women who are undocumented and therefore unable to work, go to school or contribute to our economy in any meaningful way – many of these individuals are from African and Caribbean nations,” said Dr. Roger Green of the Dubois-Bunche Center for Economic and Public Policy. “If these highly skilled and educated immigrants contribute to our society and help it grow it will not only benefit immigrants, but all Americans.” The forum, which was sponsored by The Black Institute, the DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy, SEIU 1199 and the Caribbean Research Center, featured speakers such as Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, both of whom spoke about the state of CIR in Congress. Senator Eric Adams also spoke at the forum, focusing on immigration reform at the local level. Bertha Lewis, President and Founder of The Black Institute, introduced her organization’s black immigration campaign The G Project and spoke about TBI’s own efforts to get a bill off the ground – FAIR (Family and Immigrant Reunification Reform Act). For years, several grassroots black-immigrant rights groups have been advocating for immigration reforms pertaining to Caribbean and African communities, including family reunification, a pathway to citizenship for temporary status holders, and affordable fines and fees associated with new citizenship. The Black Institute (TBI) has been instrumental in forming this debate and has called for widespread changes to be made to the current immigration reform compromise. TBI views immigration as a civil rights issue that impacts all Americans, especially African Americans. 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 Organizing, TBI changes the direction of public debate, trains and educates new leadership and develops initiatives to build wealth, 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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Students who pledge 2 protect, STUDENTATHLETES FROM Asphalt Green’s Community sports league and Bertha Lewis, PRESIDENT OF THE BLACK INSTITUTE hold stand-in at asphalt green to stop the East 91st Street MARINE TRANSFER STATION Event to Highlight Significant Health and Safety Risks Created by Planned Facility and Convergence of Hundreds of Garbage Trucks a Day (NEW YORK, NY) – Saturday night, student-athletes from the Asphalt Green Community Sports League held a stand-in with Students Who Pledge 2 Protect on the field of Asphalt Green to protest the construction of the East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station (MTS). Asphalt Green is one of New York City’s most valuable resources, acknowledged for its unparalleled programs and expertise. The stand-in is bringing attention to the dangers faced by the young athletes and their supporters, who will be most affected by the City’s poor and dangerous decision. Up to 500 garbage trucks, 6 days a week, 24 hours a day, will cut through Asphalt Green, and roll up the entrance ramp to the planned MTS just 11 feet from a toddler playground and sidewalk/doorway into the water sports building. “Garbage Stations DO NOT belong in residential neighborhoods, especially next to where children play in the playgrounds, parks or next to public housing and homes,” said Pledge 2 Protect President, Kelly Nimmo-Guenther. “Students have a voice, too,” said Sophia Diserio, a student and Asphalt Green swimmer. “We are looking to give light and another voice to the over 31,000 kids who come to Asphalt Green every year.” The stand-in’s featured speakers include: David Ludwig, the Director of Community Programs at Asphalt Green; a student-athlete from the Community Sports League; a student-athlete from Asphalt Green’s Swim Team; Bertha Lewis, the President and Founder of The Black Institute and longtime opponent of the East 91st Street Marine Transfer Station; and Kelly Nimmo-Guenther, President of the Pledge 2 Protect coalition. “Since the Solid Waste Management Plan was developed over 10 years ago, many conditions have changed: The World Health Organization has classified diesel as a carcinogenic, the cost has mushroomed from $40 million dollars to over a quarter of a billion dollars, and let’s not forget the impacts from Superstorm Sandy. Why would the City build a Marine Transfer Station in the middle of a Flood Zone 1 when its own reports highlight this is a dangerous decision? We need our City’s next leaders to take a real and fresh look at the E. 91st MTS,” said Nimmo-Guenther. “This plan doesn’t make any sense, and the population most affected will be our New York City children if it comes to fruition.” “Once again, the City has decided that putting garbage right next to the poor and vulnerable is a good idea,” said Bertha Lewis, President of The Black Institute. “This is just another example of the NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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FACEBOOK MESSAGE From the Facebook News Feed of Tom Suozzi My friends, Tuesday was a crushing loss. Ed Mangano and the GOP's straightforward and simple message clearly resonated with the voters. We had good candidates and a well run campaign that worked hard and ran well. Our message, while accurate, was simply not compelling or easy to understand. Nassau is in trouble. The budget is not balanced, the assessment system is broken, property taxes are too high and rising, there is no growth and young college graduates are not returning home. Our plan to balance the budget, fix the assessment system and grow responsibly in the future is credible and really the only long term solution. But ... our message takes a paragraph and not a phrase or sentence to convey. We lost. I would, however, like to congratulate everyone who won and encourage everyone to stay involved and keep pushing forward. There will be much to do moving forward. Thanks to one and all for your hard work and support.

Tom City’s long tradition of discriminating against minorities. There are two public housing complexes just two blocks away from where the MTS is supposed to be built, and more minorities and children live in the neighborhood surrounding the facility than any other waste transfer facility in the City. The people that tout this plan as an end to environmental racism either are lying or are woefully ignorant of the facts. While it really comes as no surprise, it is despicable that the City continues to neglect our most disadvantaged citizens.” More on the Effects of the MTS on Asphalt Green and the Surrounding Area Truck emissions next to Asphalt Green will exceed new EPA safety standards. The MTS will increase air pollution in the area by 16%. Children at play in nearby parks and playgrounds will be particularly vulnerable to high concentrations of particulate matter from the diesel emissions. The MTS is projected to increase child hospitalization rates by up to 8%. It will be located next to over 1,000 public housing units at Stanley Isaacs Houses and Holmes Towers. Only one other proposed MTS has any public housing within a ¼-mile, and at that location there are only 33 units. There are more minority residents living near this MTS than any other; 62% more than the one with the second highest concentration of minority residents (at West 59th Street). For more information on the facts about the East 91st Street MTS, please see our “Know the Facts” fact sheet at http:// pledge2protectnyc.org/facts-about-the-dump/. About Pledge 2 Protect Pledge 2 Protect is a growing coalition of residents, organizations, businesses, educators and parents working together to protect the health and safety of tens of thousands of New Yorkers by stopping the construction of a dangerous and ill-conceived garbage station, the E. 91st St. Marine Transfer Station (MTS). Major waste facilities do not belong in ANY residential neighborhood anywhere in the city. PAGE 13


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NICE Bus Improvements On The Horizon Nassau County is divided by political party as November elections draw nearer, but the county’s mass transit system is in line to win from both. Democrats have proposed an additional $4 million for the Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) bus system, while Republican Supervisor Ed Mangano announced new vans to transport disabled riders at no cost to taxpayers. The NICE busses, operated by Veolia Transportation, are tentatively funded for $2.6 million out of a $2.79 billion proposed budget for Nassau County in 2014. At the same time, the service is seeing fewer riders and more dissatisfaction from remaining riders. Veolia cut service by $7.3 million in April 2012 after winning the first private contract for the system. Mass transit advocates have since said restoring that funding would bring back 84,000 hours of service and add just a fraction of a percent to the county’s budget. Democrats, however, are kicking around the idea of restoring $4 million. The funding was added as part of the back-and-forth between Democrat and Republican legislators hashing out the county’s 2014 budget; a budget must be in place by the end of the month. “That could help restore a lot of the service cuts that were made in April,” Tri-State Associate Director Ryan Lynch said, confirming it would not completely restore those cuts.

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would return 46,000 hours of service. They also identified 10 routes in Republican districts significantly hurt by the cuts. That includes the N73/74 from Hicksville to Wantagh, N15/33 in Long Beach, N27 in Garden City and N70/71/72 in Massapequa. Lynch said he hopes the severity of the topic transcends politicking and is part of the final budget. “This is a non-partisan issue,” he added. Last week, Mangano and Veolia announced 28 vehicles in NICE’s Able-Ride service are being replaced at no cost to taxpayes. All of the outgoing vehicles are seven years old. “We are pleased to update the Able-Ride fleet and we’re doing it in a way that will improve the experience for NICE’s paratransit customers,” Mangano said. The acquisition carries a $1.2 million-price tag, although none of that will come from the county’s coffers. Veolia will pay $780,000 for 18 of the vans, while the remaining 10 will be funded through a $435,000 Federal Transportation Administration grant. Unlike the mini-busses dominating the 95-vehicle AbleRide fleet, the new vehicles are Dodge vans modified to accommodate wheelchairs. Able to hold two customers in wheelchairs and two seated passengers, these new vans are smaller than their predecessors. Mangano and Veolia claim they will save on fuel, can ride on parkways and offer a more comfortable ride. The first of these vans are expected to be delivered by the end of the month. “It’s good news,” Lynch added. Meanwhile, the Long Island Bus Riders’ Union will be releasing their second annual report card on NICE busses. The public transportation advocates are expected to meet at the Rosa Parks Hempstead Transit Center on Oct. 29 at noon to judge Veolia for providing bus service to people with disabilities.

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Brewery Troupe Fall Kickoff Master Puppeteer Brad Brewer, of Sesame Street fame, hosted a “Brewery Troupe Fall Kickoff” puppet art show at his home in Freeport. The Brewery Troupe hopes to raise funds for their newest production, Hakeem and Gretel, a modern day spin off of the classic tale. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby was in awe of the fabulous puppets created by Mr. Brewer and plans to include the puppets and story teller in this year’s Kwanzaa Celebration on December 19, 2013 at Hempstead Town Hall from 4-7pm.

Announcing Groundbreaking Social Enterprise, Lift Up Long Island! A year-long campaign to mobilize and empower thousands of youths across Long Island to create lasting change in their communities. Long Island, NY October 18, 2013: Lift Up Long Island (LULI) is bringing together students from a diverse group of schools from across Long Island to develop their own entrepreneurial solutions to local needs and to launch lasting, community-impacting ventures. LULI is hosting 250+ students (grades 4-12) and teachers in a series of three full-day workshops over the next year to facilitate their social ventures and to instill a culture of youth-led civic engagement across Long Island. All Long Island schools can register for the event at https://www.youthventure.org/event/lift-long-island-kick-event. "We feel that this program would be tremendously beneficial for our students and community. Any initiative that raises the level of social and civic consciousness of students is worthy of consideration," commented Cheryl Pedisich, Superintendent, Three Village School District. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

A grassroots team of committed volunteers, Lift Up Long Island will launch a kickoff event on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, on the oneyear anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Julie Foudy and United Way of Long Island CEO Theresa Regnante will be delivering the keynote addresses. Local experts such as the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless and Cradle of Aviation Museum will work with the students to analyze local issues and design solutions. LULI will follow the student-led ventures over the year and plans to celebrate their impact one year later at the second annual Lift Up Long Island in October, 2014. Through this experiential learning process, LULI intends to cultivate greater civic engagement and enhance entrepreneurial and leadership skills in Long Island's youth. LULI has partnered with Ashoka's Youth Venture, which, since 1996, has launched 10,000 youth-led civic ventures globally impacting millions of lives across over 30 countries. Lift Up Long Island's goal is to engage over 5,000 young Long Island student changemakers launching over 250 sustainable, community-minded ventures by 2015. Contact: Jonathan Tafarella| Marketing Communications Associate United Way of Long Island | 819 Grand Boulevard, Deer Park, NY 11729 631.940.3738 | jtafarella@unitedwayli.org | www.unitedwayli.org

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Twin Deli Haitian Food and Restaurant Grand Opening in Baldwin Twin Deli Haitian Food and Restaurant held a Grand Opening celebration at the store located at 2440 Grand Avenue in Baldwin. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby sampled some of the delicious cuisine and congratulated owner Ron Mazile.

Hempstead Hispanic Civic Association Honors Those Who Answered the Call The Hempstead Hispanic Civic Association held their 35th Anniversary Gala at Verdi’s in Westbury, honoring those who “answered the call” assisting victims of the horrific fire in Hempstead on February 9, 2013. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented Certificates of Recognition to all of the honorees from the Hempstead Fire Department and offered her heartfelt congratulations to Director George Siberon.

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Roosevelt EOC Block Party EOC on Babylon Turnpike in Roosevelt hosted an open house block party to showcase the new facility. There was entertainment, children’s activities, a BBQ, and tour of the building. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby congratulated Executive Director Iris Johnson and EOC staff members.

YALE Fall Fair Y.A.L.E., Young Achievers Learning Experience, in Hempstead hosted a Fall Fair for their children and families. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby enjoyed seeing the children participating in the festivities. The Councilwoman congratulated Directors Eve Nealy and Lisa Dickenson.

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US Marine Corp 238th Birthday The US Marine Corps Association celebrated the 238th Anniversary of the Marines at Chateau Briand in Carle Place. Marines from all generations, their families and friends gathered to celebrate and reflect on the proud legacy that they share. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby congratulated Commandant Vinny Annunziata and his group from Port Washington Detachment 614.

Hope For Youth Hope For Youth hosted a “Heroes for Hope” Gala 2013 at Chateau Briand in Carle Place. Hope For Youth provides residential care, foster care, preventative and out-patient programs for children. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented a Certificate of Recognition to each of this year’s honorees and congratulated Board Chair Dr. Mark Brody and Dr. David Hegarty, Executive Director. Dr. Mark Brody Mark Silverman, Esq., honoree, Freeport, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Dellie Wright & Cecil McHugh, Foster Parents of the Year, Amityville, Dr. David Hegarty

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DA Rice Forms ‘Council on Animal Protection & Safety’ With Nassau Officials Countywide group includes representatives from Glen Cove, Hempstead, Long Beach, No. Hempstead & Oyster Bay MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today the creation of the countywide ‘DA’s Council on Animal Protection & Safety’ in order to provide a forum for local officials to coordinate animal health and safety efforts. “Part of my job as District Attorney is to be a victim’s advocate and give a voice to the voiceless,” DA Rice said. “I’m proud to work with our partners all over Nassau County to help ensure that animals and people coexist in a safe manner and that some of the most voiceless among us – abused and mistreated animals – have champions and advocates in government.” The Council is a project of DA Rice’s Animal Crimes Unit, which was founded in early 2010 and was the first of its kind in a New York district attorney’s office. In addition to aiming to increase the reporting and prosecution of crimes against animals, DA Rice’s Animal Crimes Unit has held training seminars for police on the enforcement and prosecution of animal crimes, and visited shelters to speak with animal control officers. The new Council will serve as a forum for a wider array of local officials and stakeholders to more regularly share information on local trends, best practices, and developments in animal regulations and legislation. The Council begins with the participation of local government officials, with the goal of expanding to include social service providers, private shelter operators and veterinarians as well. The first planning meeting of the DA’s Council on Animal Protection and Safety is scheduled for Nov. 8. Charter members of the Council include representatives from all five major local governments in Nassau County: the Towns of Hempstead, North Hempstead and Oyster Bay; and the Cities of Long Beach and Glen Cove. Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray said: “The Town of Hempstead is committed to the health and safety of all animals throughout our township, and we have held many successful programs and adoption events at the Town Animal Shelter. We look forward to partnering with the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office and other local organizations to exchange information so that we can better serve Nassau County’s animal population.” Interim Town of North Hempstead Supervisor John Riordan said: “With rising reports of Lonnie Johnson (pictured above), the founder of Johnson Research and Development animals facing neglect, cruelty and abandonment, I Co. and founder of the Super Soaker, has been awarded a nearly $73 million settlement applaud DA Rice for tackling the problem head on, forming the Council on Animal Protection & from Hasbro Inc. for unpaid Safety. North Hempstead is proud to partner with royalties, reports the AJC.com. Johnson Research and other Nassau municipalities to help advocate for Development Co. and founder and spread awareness about the need to protect and Lonnie Johnson have been in a care for animals.” Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto royalty dispute with Hasbro said: “I am proud to stand together with my allies since February, when the comin government in establishing this advocacy group. pany filed a claim against the An animal lover myself, I am happy to commit the giant toy company. According Town of Oyster Bay to doing everything within our to King & Spalding, which power, to help ensure the health and safety of our along with the A. Leigh Baier P.C. law firm represented Johnlocal animal population.” Commissioner Michael Tangney of the City son, Hasbro underpaid royalties of Long Beach Police Department said: “The for the Nerf line toys from 2007 City of Long Beach is committed to ensuring hu- to 2012. “In the arbitration we got mane treatment of all animals and the vigorous investigation and prosecution of all incidents of ani- everything we asked for,” said Atlanta attorney Leigh Baier. mal abuse.” Glen Cove’s representative on the Council, “The arbitrator ruled totally in Animal Lovers League president and co- Lonnie’s favor.” The attorney also said Johnson “is very pleased” with the outcome. The arbitration agreement resolves a 2001 inventors dispute in which Hasbro agreed founder Joan Phillips, said: “Nassau District Atto pay Johnson royalties for products covered by his Nerf line of toys, specifically the Ntorney Rice and her talented team of legal professionals/animal advocates have blazed new paths in Strike and Dart Tag brands, King & Spalding attorney Ben Easterlin said. In a separate breach of conthe enforcement of existing animal cruelty laws, with some of the most successful prosecutions and tract suit filed in U.S. District Court resultant pro-animal legal decisions and sentences I inAtlanta in February, Johnson achave seen in almost two decades. I totally applaud cuses Hasbro of violating a 1996 and support this new initiative. With this new pro- agreement to pay him Super Soaker gram, all the municipalities in Nassau will have royalties of 2 percent for “threeeach other’s backs in terms of collaboration and dimensional products” based on the support. It will serve us well to be educated in suc- appearance of the toy and 1 percent cessful enforcement of state Agriculture and Mar- for “two-dimensional visual reprekets Law and future modifications of said laws. I sentations.” Johnson, a nuclear engineer, hope this new group will establish benchmarks for Tuskegee University Ph.D. and forothers to follow – the animals deserve nothing mer NASA scientist, founded his less.” company in 1989. Johnson holds more than 80 patents, with more than 20 pending, the company said, which said sales of the Super Soaker have approached nearly $1 billion.

Super Soaker Creator Awarded $72.9M In Hasbro Settlement

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our emergency response system and to reconsider how we interact with our environment. The good news is that environmental stewardship is something that each one of us can take part in. Small life changes, like refraining from littering and switching to reusable bags and water bottles may seem insignificant, but if more and more people adopt such practices, we can limit our negative effect on the environment. We should also consider larger life changes that would significantly decrease our carbon footprint, such as driving a hybrid vehicle or using public transit. As the one-year anniversary of Sandy comes and goes, I’d like to offer my greatest sympathies and condolences to those affected by the storm. In spite of all that you might have lost, life goes on, and we will do what New Yorkers always do. We will persevere.

To learn more about what is going on in the Village of HempOne year ago last week, superstorm Sandy devastated the stead, including information about local organizations that serve youth and families, visit www.villageofhempstead.org. Northeast. Mass destruction stretched from the southern To report any non-emergency issues around the Village, reshores of New Jersey to the coasts of New England. Long Island, our home, was not spared from the wreckage. While member to use the VillageLine at 516-478-6333. Hempstead Village avoided the worst of the storm, many of our neighbors lost their homes, their livelihood and their Sincerely, property. The one-year anniversary of superstorm Sandy is a time for reflection.

Wayne

Natural disasters often bring out the best in people, and New Yorkers demonstrated that in the wake of Sandy, working together to volunteer their services, hospitality and supplies to neighbors in need. The resolve of New Yorkers in the face of the storm was perhaps no more evident than it was last week, when nearby Long Beach fully reopened its iconic boardwalk only a year after it was completely destroyed. But these encouraging signs of renewal should not be an excuse for complacency. We must instead be proactive; we must try to figure out how to prevent future storms from ravaging our cities and towns. Before we can do that, we have to revisit how our actions have an effect on the environment.

Mayor Wayne J. Hall

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Superstorm Sandy was such a disastrous event that we almost forget that, only a year prior, the tri-state area was seriously affected by Hurricane Irene. Two major storms, less than 12 months apart, is a wakeup call, a harsh reminder that human activity can have a detrimental effect on our climate. It’s not a hard process to follow. Our too-often brazen disregard for our environmental footprint has resulted in global climate change and a drastically warming atmosphere. The warming atmosphere, in turn, resulted in the melting of polar icecaps at record rates, which raised water levels across the globe. The higher water levels leave major coastal cities at a much greater risk of flooding and devastation during a hurricane. The stark images of a completely flooded Battery Tunnel in New York City or ravaged coastline along Long Island barrier beaches is a somber reminder of this fact.

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Black businesswomen vie for a seat at the tech table Fortune magazine released its annual “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” list for 2013. As in recent years, there were three African-Americans on the list: Ursula Burns, Xerox Corporation Chairman and CEO; Rosalind Brewer, CEO and president, Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart; and Shonda Rhimes, creator and executive pro-

ducer of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. Ms. Rhimes replaced Oprah Winfrey on the list at number 50 this year. One out of every five executives on the list lead technology companies, including Ms. Burns. Technology continues to play a huge role in our lives and the economy, but why are there so few women of color leading these companies? The Fortune list is not an anomaly. According to the National Center for Women & Information Technology, women comprised 25 percent of computing occupations in 2009. When broken down by race, African-American and Hispanic women comprised 2 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively. Exposure, access to capital, networking, and mentoring are some of the issues that keep women and especially AfNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

rican-American women from being in the tech talent pipeline. Looking for the Next Mark Zuckerberg “Girls from AfricanAmerican and Latino communities do not have a lot of role models,” said Kimberly Bryant, founder of BlackGirlsCode. “There are many black women in tech, but not many Ursula Burns.” “The cross section of gen-

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der and race is the biggest issue in tech today,” Bryant said. “The whole tech ecosystem must be disrupted.” She said this starts with K-through-12 education and ends in the board room. “Tech has a serious marketing problem,” said Kathryn Finney, founder of digitalundivided, a group that seeks to increase participation in tech by women in urban communities. Finney said we must create a pipeline that is logical and organic to black women to increase our participation in the tech industry. She said there are plenty of black women working at companies such as Microsoft and Facebook, but “we’re not in power positions.” “The current way tech works isn’t all that organic to anyone that is not a 25-year-old white guy in a hoodie,” Finney explained. (Continued on page 27)

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ASK LISA-ANNE Will my divorce affect my children’s education? Q. My wife and I are getting a divorce. I am dreading telling my children who are very young and in elementary school. How will this news and the actual divorce affect their education and what can I do to help them? A. First, I’m sorry to hear about your divorce. You are right to be concerned about your children. Children thrive on consistency, stability and a happy environment. Divorce shatters what they know and they become scared, hurt, angry and bewildered. Miserable, fighting parents don’t make kids feel safe and secure either but new research suggests that divorce, not the discord before, can negatively impact children’s performance in school. In a study of 3,500 children, those whose parents divorced between 1st and 3rd grade, scored lower in math and had poorer interpersonal skills than children whose parents were still married. Children exposed to divorce are twice as likely to repeat a grade and five times likelier to be expelled or suspended from school, according to the article "Divorce's Toll on Children" by Karl Zinsmeister. In the early months after a divorce, young children especially, are less imaginative, more repetitive and passive watchers. They tend to be more dependent, demanding, unaffectionate and disobedient than children from intact families. They are more afraid of abandonment, loss of love and bodily harm. They carry these problems to school. Young children, who can’t verbalize their feelings effectively, may develop behavior problems, trust issues and feel caught in the middle. Divorced students were more likely to abuse drugs, to commit violent acts, to take their own life and to bear children out of wedlock. School personnel have their hands full trying to deal with the psychological and social issues of divorce in the classroom. According to the National Survey of Children, 15 percent of children living with their mothers without contact with fathers were booted out of school. In Judith Wallerstein’s study of the effects of divorce on children, of the middle class sample, 13% of the children had dropped out of school all together. Barely half of Wallersteins’ subjects went to college, far less than the 85% average for students in their high schools. Sadly, she concludes that 60% of the divorce children in her study will fail to match the educational achievements of their fathers. It is challenging for parents, who are in so much turmoil themselves, to focus on what’s best for the kids but it must be done and it can help parents heal, too. "Just as there are good and bad marriages, so there are good and bad divorces," says Marian Wilde, a senior editor at GreatSchools.org and a divorced parent. "In a good diNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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vorce, parents can continue to co-parent and communicate with each other. Much of what divorced parents need to communicate about is logistical: Who has homework? When is it due? Who needs a permission slip signed? It can be tough the first year of divorce when parents are focused on creating arrangements and dealing with lawyers. But it's important to be aware of what's happening with your child." She adds that with good communication, family relations do get better over time. What Should Parents Do? Try to stay focused on the kids as much as possible. Don’t let them miss school or get behind in assignments. Tell the teacher and school psychologist what’s going on and solicit their help. Try to stick to the previous routine as much as possible. Create new routines and plans with the children so they feel included. Reassure them you will both continue to be there for them and do! Plan together and work together as parents to ensure the kids feel secure again. Seek counseling for the children if they need it and look for physical signs of illness depression, withdrawal, bedwetting and tearfulness in your children as these are signs of anxiety. Provide lots of reassurance, hugging, attention and help put feelings into words for them. Don’t be consumed by guilt. Many marriages end in divorce and you can make sure your kids survive and thrive. Visit www.divorcewizards.com, www.momshomeroom.msn.com, http:// momstryingtogetourkidsback.wordpress. and www.Greatschools.org for more information. Good Luck! Lisa-Anne Ray-Byers is a licensed and certified speechlanguage pathologist who has worked in education for over two decades. She holds graduate degrees in speech-language pathology and multicultural education. She also holds certification in educational administration. She is the author of the 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.

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Freeport Playground Reopens with Costume Parade and Fanfare The new Leo F. Giblyn Elementary School playground in Freeport was officially reopened for students with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting nearly a year to the day after it was damaged by the floodwaters of Superstorm Sandy. The extensive rebuilding effort included a complete demolition that ultimately led to upgrades in hardware and safety. The large gathering included community members who joined students, administrators, teachers and staff for the celebration. Students, along with several administrators and staff members, were dressed in costume for the event, as it

Freeport High School Announces Class of 2014 Top 10 Students Freeport High School senior Karolynn Ellis has been named valedictorian of the Class of 2014, based on her No. 1 ranking with a weighted GPA of 104.54. Javier Otero, with a weighted GPA of 102.92, is the salutatorian. Karolynn and Javier, both award-winning students, are also members of the Freeport High School chapter of the National Honor Society and New York State Science Honor Society. Principal Linda Carter revealed the top 10 ranking, a closely guarded list, over the school PA system during first-period classes on Oct. 30. “Congratulations to Karolynn, Javier, the rest of our Top 10 and all of our students,” said Carter. “You have worked hard and have earned your success.”

coincided with the school’s annual costume parade on Oct. 31. The winners of a schoolwide essay contest, one representative from each grade level, were asked to read their compositions that expressed their appreciation for the new Ranked third through 10th were students Lee Stetson, playground. Graciela Jamieson, Alana Ezeji, Danny Pineyro, Kaylinn “Last year on this day we were not in school; we were Ellis, Adia Matthew, Celine Orosco and Alanna Gordon. all home recovering from the storm,” said Giblyn Principal The top 10 students were invited to the guidance ofAmanda Muldowney. “I am especially happy and thankful to fice for a brief reception and were personally congratulated have all of you, your parents and your friends here today for by Carter, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kunthe reopening of our playground.” cham, Guidance Chairperson Emma Perdomo, guidance Board of Education President Debra Mulé, trustee Michael Pomerico, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kun- counselors and school staff. cham, Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Dr. Mary Bediako, Assistant Superintendent of Facilities James Robinson and Director of Facilities Thomas Fucci joined Muldowney on the podium for the ceremony. “Thank you to the members of the Board of Education and to the community; this would not have happened without the passing of the bond referendum,” said Dr. Kuncham in his remarks to the crowd. “We believe in investing in the future of our students, in education and in our facilities, and this new playground is something we take pride in.” The ceremony concluded with music teacher Shannon Abramovitz leading students in a song of gratitude for the new playground.

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(Left to Right) Victor Fiabane, Gloria Baca, Deputy Mayor Waylyn Hobbs, Bill Moser, Daniel Hunter and Rev. Reginald Benjamin at the Able Body of Believers’ Alliance (ABBA)’s 8th Annual Banquet ‘Reconstructing Broken Lives (Changing Families to Change Communities).’ held on Thursday, October 31st, 2013. Under the leadership of Rev. Benjamin, the much-heralded event, honors individuals and businesses who are working to empower families by providing services, including training and hiring of the hard-to-employ.

(Left to Right) Firefighter Eli McKay, Trustee Luis Figueroa, George Siberon, Deputy Mayor Waylyn Hobbs, Firefighter Jeffery Spencer, Firefighter Chris Bonds, and Trustee Don Ryan at the 35th Anniversary Gala Celebration for the Hempstead Hispanic Civic Association held on Friday, November 1st, 2013. The gala, titled ‘Those Who Answered the Call,’ honored the Hempstead Fire Department, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the American Red Cross, Bread of Life Fellowship and Andrew ‘Mookie’ Alderman, for the service and resources provided to the several hundred Hempstead residents who were displaced by the tragic fire in February of this year. The fire at the St. Paul’s Road North Complex claimed the lives of 37 year-old Guadalupe Ramirez and 8 year-old Fernando Garcia Rodriguez. As a result of the tragedy, the village stepped up code enforcement efforts and is working with community leaders to increase communication between renters and code enforcement and to increase renters’ awareness of their rights and landlord responsibilities.

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AIDS activist, Victor Mooney of Queens completes circumvention on LI by rowboat BROOKLYN, New York - Victor Mooney of Queens and his twenty-four foot Brazilian made ocean rowboat “the Spirit of Malabo” completes circumvention of Long Island in preparation for his fourth bid to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Mr. Mooney arrived last night at the Gateway Marina. The rower began his on water training in August from SUNY Maritime College. The final leg of Mr. Mooney’s sea trials had him departing from Jackson’s Marina in Hampton Bays last Tuesday. “Having the boat in the water was a huge advantage. The Spirit of Malabo and I have become closer due to this training”, Mr. Mooney said. Later this year, Mr. Mooney will depart from Las Palmas, Canary Islands and row five-thousand miles back to New York with a resupply in the British Virgin Islands. The rower has lost one brother to AIDS and has another battling the disease. Mr. Mooney hopes his row will encourage HIV testing. Mr. Mooney is now preparing to ship the Spirit of Malabo to the Canary Islands via Maersk Line. For more, visit in20minutes.org. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts graduates awarded scholarships Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts graduates Brenda Cespedes (Long Beach) and Erick Urquilla (Uniondale) were honored at the Long Beach Latino Civic Association’s Annual Gala. They received scholarships from the Andrés Dorado Leadership Fund. The filmmakers and teacher, Anthony Petrucci received praise for their documentary, "The Spirit of Long Beach," about that town's recovery and resilience in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Statement on NYC Mayoral Election Statement on the NYC Mayoral Election from Jonathan Westin, executive director New York Communities for Change: Today has been a referendum on the Bloomberg Era. New Yorkers have spoken and we are decidedly for a mayor who views New York as a city for all of us, not as a luxury product. During the past two years, under the vision of NYCC’s late founder Jon Kest, NYCC members have fought for a bold departure from the Bloomberg Administration’s policy on education, housing, and jobs. I’m thrilled to offer my congratulations on behalf of NYCC to Bill de Blasio. Jon Kest isn’t with us today, but there’s no doubt in my mind that his vision helped us pave the road to today’s victory. PAGE 26


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HEMPSTEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY ADULT WORKSHOP Salute YOUR Veteran! Saturday, November 9, 2013 2:00PM - 4:00PM The Hempstead Public Library will celebrate Veterans Day with an afternoon sa-luting Village of Hempstead residents, past and current, who served in the United States Armed Forces. During the month of October, family & friends of Village of Hempstead servicemembers are invited to stop by the Library and give us the name and service history of the veteran in their life. We will have Certificates of Appreciation created for them to present to their veteran during the program. The afternoon will also feature a display of archival items from the Hempstead USO and a musical performance highlighting the great swing and jazz tunes of the World War II era. For further information, please call the Reference Desk at (516) 481 - 6990 or programming@hempsteadlibrary.info. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

The tech sector thrives on startups. However, the startup environment typically requires seed money, often raised from family and friends, Finney explained. “Historical wealth is fairly new in the black community. Rarely does wealth go back more than two generations,” Finney said. “Very few of us have families that can give us $250,000 and not really worry about payback,” she said. Leveraging Your Network Networking is vital for success in the tech industry. “Having a beer or hanging out still plays a role in deal making. How would you know of an opportunity if no one tells you it exists,” Finney said. Bryant said women of color do not have broad networks in tech right now. “The tech industry is touted as being a meritocracy, but it’s really about who you know, your network,” Bryant explained. Once in the door of a tech company mentoring becomes even more important. “[Facebook’s] Sheryl Sandberg and Ursula Burns both benefited from having connections with higher ups in their company,” Bryant said. “Women need to know how the game is played.” Bryant said women of color tend to flounder without mentoring. Publicly Traded Company or Start Up? Finney said leading publicly traded companies is important, but black women should also focus on creating their own businesses and opportunities. She predicted we are five or six years away from having a billion-dollar sale of a tech company led by a black woman. “We want to be the next Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs,” Finney said.

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MTA Police, Nassau DA Rice & Nassau Police Announce Arrests in Investigation of LIRR Ticket Vending Machine Scam Round-the-clock stakeout and cyber-forensics result in four arrests; Investigation is ongoing with cooperation of banks and U.S. Secret Service MINEOLA, NY -- The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, Queens District Attorney’s Office and Nassau County Police Department Crimes Against Property (CAP) Squad today announced the arrests of four people in connec-

tion with a scam discovered two weeks ago that used hidden cameras and bank card “skimmers” to target MTA Long Island Rail Road customers using ticket vending machines (TVMs) at locations in Nassau and Queens counties. Cameras and skimmers have also been discovered on Metro-North Railroad TVMs in Chappaqua, Westchester County, and investigators are continuing to search for more scamming devices to determine the full scope of the scam. Seized evidence includes thousands of debit and credit card numbers of Nassau, Queens and Westchester residents, many of which come from compromised TVMs. Skimmed debit card account numbers, PIN numbers and credit card numbers are being analyzed to see to what extent they were used to steal money from people's accounts and financial institutions. So far, one bank has reported thousands of dollars of losses on over 50 accounts. Investigators have been in contact with banks to notify

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them of the scam so that they can notify their customers and verify losses. MTA officials warned customers of the scam on October 18 and have since checked all 278 TVMs in the LIRR system to verify there are no cameras or skimmers in place and will continue checks on an ongoing basis. An initial precautionary check of all 277 TVMs in the Metro-North system Nassau County District found no cameras or skimAttorney Kathleen Rice mers, but three were later found at the Chappaqua station on a subsequent check. Both railroads are continuing to check all their TVMs at 115 LIRR stations and 95 MetroNorth stations in case more scam devices are placed there. A husband and wife were arrested Monday night when they were observed retrieving two skimmer devices and two hidden cameras from TVMs at the Sea Cliff LIRR station, not knowing that MTA Police had been secretly watching the station for more than 72 hours. Further investigation led to an apartment in Elmhurst, Queens, where MTA Police arrested two men believed to be technicians and managers of the scam and began, with the assistance of NCPD CAP Squad, analyzing computer equipment to further understand the scope of the scam. “Our officers did incredible work in cracking this case, and this investigation remains very active as we evaluate a wealth of evidence seized so far,” said MTA Police Chief Michael Coan. “Working closely with our law enforcement partners from the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, the Queens District Attorney’s Office and the Nassau County Police Department, MTA Police detectives stopped this fraud in its tracks and prevented it from victimizing even more innocent people. Anyone who has used a bank card at an LIRR or Metro-North TVM in the past three months should immediately check for any unauthorized activity on their accounts.” “Ticket vending machines are a source of convenience for thousands of people who take the railroad every single day, but unfortunately those machines have become a source of convenience and opportunity for a crew of brazen thieves targeting commuters,” DA Rice said. “While law enforcement agencies like ours continue to work together to rein in this scam entirely, customers should raise their alertness at machines, try to use cash or credit cards when possible, and notify authorities immediately of any problems.” Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said, “Identity theft is a financial plague afflicting millions of victims and costing billions of dollars in losses to consumers, businesses and financial institutions. In this particular case, the defendants were allegedly amassing the personal identifying information of unwitting commuters. This case should serve as a reminder that people should periodically check (Continued on page 30)

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their credit reports, as well as their credit and debit card statements, to ensure that their personal information has not been accessed by criminals.” “While we are grateful to the MTA Police for their quick work on this case, we must advise customers to be extra vigilant when using their credit or debit cards. Always safeguard your personal information like your PIN number and report any suspicious activity,” said Helena E. Williams, LIRR President. “LIRR crews are also on alert, checking to make sure our ticket vending machines are safe to use.” The pinhole cameras used in the scam were hidden inside black metal strips custom-molded to look like a standard part of the TVM and mounted above the keypad for entering PIN codes and the slot where bank cards are inserted. MTA Police and the LIRR’s TVM crews inspected all 278 machines and found nine devices installed at the Sea Cliff, Bayside, Great Neck, Merillon Avenue, and Greenvale stations. MTA Police and Nassau PD Crimes Against Property Squad detectives used specialized cyber-forensics to analyze the

Brown has charged them with Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the second degree; Criminal Possession of Forgery Devices, and Unlawful Possession of Personal Identification Information in the second degree. They were arraigned on Oct. 30. Petre is being held on $50,000 bond. Husa is being held on $35,000 bond. They face a maximum sentence of seven years in prison if convicted. All defendants are Romanian nationals – three with visas and one undocumented – who face deportation if convicted. The Elmhurst apartment appeared to be a virtual factory for creating materials to steal bank card information and use it to steal money from people's bank accounts. The search yielded thousands of stolen debit and credit card numbers, a variety of paraphernalia that could be used to tamper with bank cards and commit bank card fraud, including cameras, skimmers, plastic molds, memory cards, flash drives, computers, cash and credit cards. Two of the flash drives containing account numbers were found in a toilet. A recovered safe contained hundreds of gift cards and other magnetic cards re-encoded with stolen account numbers as well as other records of stolen account numbers and a card reader/ writer. MTA Police, Nassau Police, District Attorney Rice and District Attorney Brown are working with the U.S. Secret Ser-

cameras and learn how they worked, in conjunction with plastic skimmers placed over the bank card slots to capture information from their magnetic stripes. MTA Police arrested Valer Zaharia, 38, and his wife Teodora Zaharia, 27, at the Sea Cliff station in Nassau County on Monday evening and arraigned them the next day. District Attorney Rice has charged them with Identity Theft in the Second Degree, an E felony; Criminal Possession of Forgery Devices, a D felony; and Unlawful Possession of a Skimmer Device in the Second Degree, an A misdemeanor. They are being held without bail and were scheduled to be in court today in Part 9L in Mineola. They face a maximum sentence of seven years if convicted. Working with the Nassau DA's Office, Nassau Police CAP Squad obtained two search warrants and MTA Police obtained an additional search warrant for an apartment in Elmhurst, Queens, where Tuesday night they arrested Mr. Niculae Petre, 45, and Mr. Dorin Husa, 37. District Attorney

vice to further analyze the seized material and determine the scope of the fraudulent activity. The LIRR has launched a customer education campaign with a video, posters and literature on train seats, urging customers to safeguard personal information like PIN numbers when using ticket vending machines. Anyone who believes their personal information may have been compromised at an LIRR or MTA Metro-North Railroad TVM should contact the MTA Police at 718-361-2201. To guard against potential fraud, anyone who uses TVMs should follow these important tips from the Better Business Bureau and District Attorney Rice to safeguard personal information: · Beware of suspicious activity or individuals at or around TVMs, and walk away if you notice anyone watching you or if something seems suspicious about the TVM itself. · When entering your PIN, stand close to the machine and use your other hand or an object to block the view of the

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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.” Each 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 reckless 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 presentations include: ·

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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 HOW TO START A HOME BASED BUSINESS Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 7:00pm – 8:30pm For immediate release* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * advance Registration needed * * * ** * * * * * * * * * * Contact: Reference* * * * * * * * * * * * *481-6990 Be your own boss and work at home! Sounds great, doesn’t it? More than forty million people do just that annually, unfortunately, only 20% are profitable after three years. Do you want to avoid the pitfalls and become one of the ever increasing number of successful entrepreneurs in the U. S. today? This seminar will help you meet the challenges of home based business start-up and expansion. The topics to be covered include the initial steps in business formation, including choosing a business start-up idea, business registration, sales tax collection authorization, business checking account, financing, insurance, and hiring employees versus independent contractors. The program will be held in the Community Room. Registration is required for this free program. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

keypad. · Try to use credit cards or cash instead of debit cards, which when compromised give criminals direct access to all the funds in a cardholder’s checking account. · Review your account statements regularly to check for unauthorized withdrawals or purchases. · Never keep a written copy of your PIN in your wallet or purse. The case is being handled for the Nassau DA’s Office by ADA Matthew Sotirhos and ADA April Montgomery under the supervision of Diane Peress of the Economic Crimes Bureau. The case is being handled for the by MTA Police Department by Dets. Brian Longaro and Edward Russell under the supervision of Det. Sgt. James Flanagan. The case was handled for the NCPD CAP Squad by Dets. Jeffrey Marshall and Ronald Rispoli under the supervision of Det. Sgt. Richard Harasym. The case is being handled in Queens under the supervision of Chief Gregory Pavlides and Deputy Chief Hanophy of the District Attorney’s Economic Crimes Bureau. The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Elmont Home Depot Employee Charged with Using Company Donation-Matching Program & Religious Charity to Steal More than $111,000 Williams, a Queens resident, had another $57,000 pending to be stolen before stopped by company investigators MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kath‐ leen Rice announced today that a Queens man working at  the Elmont Home Depot has been charged with using the  company’s donation‐ matching program and a re‐ ligious charity organization  he controlled to steal in ex‐ cess of $111,000 for his per‐ sonal use.  Alfred  Williams, 57,  was  arrested  today  by  the  Nas‐ sau  County  Police  Depart‐ ment’s Crimes Against Prop‐ erty Squad as the result of a  joint  investigation  with  the  Nassau  County  District  At‐ torney’s  Office  and  Home  Depot  investigators.   He  was  arraigned  today  on  a  sealed  grand  jury  indict‐ ment,  and  charged  with  Grand  Larceny  in  the  Sec‐ ond  Degree,  a  class  C  fel‐ ony;  Attempted  Grand  Lar‐ ceny  in  Second  Degree,  a  class  D  felony;  two  counts  of Identity Theft in the First  Degree,  a  class  D  felony;  and Identity Theft in the Second Degree, a class E felony.  If  convicted, he faces a maximum of five to 15 years in prison.  Judge  Alan  Honorof  set  bail  for  Williams  at  $100,000  cash  or  bond  and  ordered  a  bail  sufficiency  hearing.   Wil‐ liams is due back in court on Nov. 15.  “Mr.  Williams  is  charged  with  stealing  over  a  hundred  thousand dollars using the good will of a charity foundation  and in the name of a religious organization that he used to  line his pockets,” DA Rice said.  “The victims of a crime like  this are uncountable because it makes it hard for legitimate  charities everywhere to raise much‐needed funds for good  purposes.”  Williams has been a Home Depot employee since 1991 and worked at the Home Depot store at 600 Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont since 2007. He is the Pastor and PresiNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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dent of a small religious organization named “Faith Without Walls International Ministries” (FWW), which he registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 2004. FWW had conducted public services in Queens at one time and operated administratively out of Williams’ home in Queens Village, where FWW had a mailing address. Between early 2009 and 2012, Williams used the Home Depot Foundation’s 1:1 Gift Matching Program to deposit in excess of $111,000 by falsely reporting to the Foundation that over 40 fellow employees had given donations to Faith Without Walls. The Foundation, upon receiving false information from FWW that the donations had been received, sent matching donations to FWW, which Williams deposited for his personal use. The Foundation prohibits charities run by employees from receiving matching funds, but Williams purposely did not list himself as a contact for FWW. A scam was first suspected in December 2011, when a Home Depot employee sought to make a donation to a separate charitable organization using the Home Depot Charitable Gift Matching Program. The employee was denied, being told that she had already donated the maximum amount allowable for that year. The employee made a complaint to The Home Depot, which initiated an investigation. As part of its investigation, The Home Depot also discovered that there were still pending donations, in excess of $57,000, which had been registered by Williams, but had not yet been processed and matched by the Home Depot Foundation. As a result of that investigation, the Home Depot Foundation terminated Faith Without Wall’s participation in the Gift Matching Program, terminated any outstanding donations which had been registered, placed stop payments on any outstanding payments to FWW, and forwarded the case to District Attorney Rice and the Nassau County Police Department. After an investigation was conducted by the District Attorney’s Office, the case was presented directly to the Grand Jury, which returned a sealed indictment in September.  Assistant District Attorney Edward Bradley of DA Rice’s  Government & Consumer Frauds Bureau is prosecuting the  case. Williams is represented by Robert Schalk, Esq.  The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Dropping breast cancer risk, 5 foods to try According to the American Cancer Society, rates of breast cancer – the most commonly diagnosed cancer in African-American women — continues to increase, with 27,060 new cases projected to occur in 2013. African-American women are less likely than white women to get breast cancer, yet African-American women are more likely to die from breast cancer than their white counterparts. In fact, in a 2010 report, the Center for Disease Control said breast cancer death rates for women aged 45 to 64 were 60 percent higher for African-American women than white women. That’s because their tumors are often found at a more advanced stage and research shows that African-American women are more likely to develop a form of breast cancer that spreads more quickly. These grim statistics, coupled with the fact that we don’t know how to prevent breast cancer, speaks volumes to the need to reduce the risk factors you do have control over — by avoiding weight gain and obesity, eating a plant-based diet, limiting alcohol, and increasing physical activity. Studies show that phytochemicals – naturally occurring plant chemicals, have the potential to protect against cancer by stimulating your immune system, reducing the inflammation associated with cancer cell growth, slowing cancer cell growth, preventing genetic damage and triggering damaged cells to self-destruct before they can reproduce. There is no one food or food component that is shown to protect you from cancer by itself. However there is strong evidence that the synergy of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and soy working together, offer the strongest cancer protection. Fruit Blueberries, grapes, grape juice and apples are packed with cancer-fighting phytochemicals. Laboratory research suggests that a phytochemical in blueberries called pterostilbene could stop the growth of breast cancer tumors by causing cancer cells to self-destruct. Other laboratory research points to resveratrol – a phytochemical found in grapes and grape juice. Resveratrol has the ability to slow the growth of cancer cells and inhibit the formation of tumors in breast cells. However, these findings are in the lab or in animals — the benefit to humans has not yet been shown. Apples contain flavonoids and triterpenoids. In laboratory studies these phytochemicals slowed the development of breast cancer in several stages of cancer development. The peel of the apple contains a third or more of its phytochemical compounds, so be sure to eat the whole apple. Vegetable Cruciferous veggies like kale, cabbage, collards, broccoli, cauliflower and turnips, contain unique phytochemicals called glucosinolates. When you chop, chew, or blend these vegetables, it starts a chemical reaction that converts glucosinolates to isothiocyanates – compounds that detoxify and remove carcinogens, kill cancer cells, and prevent tumor growth in the lab.In a study published in the 2009 International Journal of Cancer, women who ate one serving per day NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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of cruciferous vegetables had a reduced risk of breast cancer by over 50 percent. It is unclear if it was specifically the vegetable, or if other factors in the women’s diet and activity also played a role. You’ll want to also include dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, romaine lettuce, leaf lettuce, mustard greens, collard greens, chicory and Swiss chard on your grocery list. They contain a group of phytochemicals known as carotenoids, and they are an excellent source of folate. Laboratory research has found that the carotenoids in dark green leafy vegetables can inhibit the growth of certain types of breast cancer cells. According to a study in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 2011, premenopausal women with the highest average intakes of dietary folate had a 40 percent lower risk of breast cancer. Folate is essential for proper cell division, and prevents changes to DNA that may lead to breast cancer. Whole grains Amaranth, barley, buckwheat, brown and wild rice, whole grain oat cereals such as oatmeal, popcorn, tortilla and tortilla chips, corn, kasha, rye and tabouleh are all rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and hundreds of phytochemicals including lignans and enterolactone. Lignans protect against hormone-related cancers by binding to estrogen receptors and inhibiting estrogen production. Enterolactone intake from whole grains has been linked to breast cancer prevention. A Danish study demonstrated that rye bread may be particularly effective in producing enterolactone. The researchers recommended regular intake of whole grains, including rye, to maintain high levels of enterolactone in the blood. Legumes Dried peas, beans and lentils are well known legumes. They are packed with folate, fiber and a variety of phytochemicals. Excess body fat increases your risk of breast cancer and fiber can lower that risk by helping with weight control. Folate is essential for healthy DNA and maintaining control of cell growth. In the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study, a higher intake of legumes, including beans and lentils, was associated with a lower breast cancer risk. Soy You’re probably saying, “I thought soy increased risk of breast cancer.” That’s what experts use to think. Soy foods contain phytochemicals known as isoflavones that mimic the action of estrogen – which, at high levels, is associated with increased risk of breast cancer. Early studies in rodents showed that genistein, one of the isoflavones found in soy, promoted breast cancer growth. But human studies show soy foods do not increase risk. In fact there is an emerging body of research that suggest soy foods may lower breast cancer risk. Long term studies in Asian populations have demonstrated that eating one to two servings of whole soy foods, such as tofu, soy milk, edamame and soy nuts does not link to increased breast cancer risk. Remember, there is no one food or food component that can protect you from cancer by itself. However, you will lower your risk by eating a varied diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans. Don’t rely on phytochemicals in supplement form – stick to natural food sources which are easier for your body to use. Click here to learn more about the health benefits of phytochemicals. 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. PAGE 35


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Breast cancer screening: 6 tips from a breast surgeon African-American women are more likely to die from breast cancer than women of any other race or ethnicity. And when found, their tumors are often at an advanced stage, leaving fewer treatment options. Since early detection is key, Dr. Robin A. Skrine, an AfricanAmerican breast surgeon, shares her tips and suggestions with theGrio.com on self-breast exams and breast cancer screening in African-American women. “[African-American women] tend to get breast cancer earlier and more aggressive,” says Skrine, who is in private practice at Lone Star Breast Care in Fort Worth, Texas. “It’s not that it presents differently, it’s just that we have to start being aware at an earlier age.” Get a baseline examination. Skrine suggests having your regular doctor or gynecologist perform a breast examination annually starting at age 20. Once the doctor confirms that the breasts are normal, for the next two weeks, examine the breasts every day. “At the end of those two weeks, you will know your breasts,” Skrine says. Look for changes. “Get to know your breasts like a road map,” Skrine says. She instructs women to look at their breasts in the mirror with hands on hips and then arms overhead. Feel the breasts in two positions — sitting and laying down — in the shower or even while watching television. “What you’re looking for is any change in your breast,” she explains. “A change in your breast shape or nipple, or any discharge.” If you find a change or a lump? NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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You can give it a week or two, Skrine says, or wait a full menstrual cycle. If it persists, go to the doctor. Get screened earlier. Because African-American women are diagnosed with more aggressive breast cancer at younger ages, screening should occur earlier. “It’s not that [the women] have been ignoring it, its just that it’s fast growing,” says Skrine. “We have to do our due diligence sooner.” The current recommendation is to start screening mammograms at age 40. But, with a strong family history — a first-degree relative or several second-degree relatives with breast cancer — a woman could potentially have at least one screening mammogram between ages 35 and 40. “It’s going to be hard to justify an annual mammogram on a woman under 40, because that’s not the recommendation. But, if there’s another reason to follow you closely, insurance should cover it,” Skrine explains. Diet and exercise Lifestyle, include diet and exercise, plays a large role in the development of many cancers, including cancer of the breast. “In our population, there are a disproportionate amount of women who are overweight,” says Skrine. “Diet, exercise, maintaining healthy weight, that’s something we have direct control of.” She adds that moderation when it comes to alcohol and smoking is also important. Be proactive. Skrine encourages women to be aware of their family history and risk, and be proactive about their health and screening for breast cancer. “Don’t be afraid of breast cancer,” she says. “Do the best you can. Get the care you need.” Dr. Tyeese Gaines is a physician-journalist with over 10 years of print and broadcast experience, now serving as health editor for MSNBC’s theGrio.com. Dr. Ty is a practicing emergency medicine physician in New Jersey and clinical instructor of emergency medicine at Yale School of Medicine. Follow her on twitter at @doctorty. PAGE 36


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You worked hard for your money, now let your money work for you.! Free workshop being held at Zion Cathedral, 312 Grand Avenue, Freeport, NY on Saturday, November 23, 2013, 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon. (Enter on the Lakeview Avenue side door on the lower level.) All are welcome. Continental breakfast. Kindly rsvp attendance at info@cedarmorecorporation.org or call (516) 378-3415. Melvin Greene, CPA Program Director, Investment Training Bishop Frank O. White, Chief Executive Officer The Cedarmore Corporation

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Life Changing Words Keep Doing Good and Don’t Faint Gal 6:9 KJV “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Life can sometimes be funny and as we sometimes say in the church God has a sense of humor. For there are times when you are walking in all that God has ordained you to and it looks like you are not reaping a harvest. You are living the life of a Christian and being obedient to all that has been placed in your path but yet still you cannot see your blessings or promises. You have prayed and fasted, read your word, gone to Bible study and Seminary and done all that you can do and still nothing. Well this week I am here to encourage all of those who are on that path whatever you do don’t faint because your blessings and promises are on the way.

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Kingdom destroyer. All of these questions and answers are uncovered during the process. The process can get rough sometimes but so can life’s experiences but whatever you do “Don’t Faint Keep Doing Good.” Trust God even when you can’t see Him. For God promises in His word that “IN DUE SEASON YOU WILL REAP IF YOU FAINT NOT!!! Dr. Karen Deadwyler is a new author inspired by God. Her first book titled “His Miraculous Way” speaks of her victory through Jesus Christ. For Prophetess 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 co-founder of Glory Temple Ministries Inc. To contact her, inquire about her book or to send comments email her at kaynrony@yahoo.com or visit her website: www.godlypleasures.org

What we as Christians must understand are that Gods ways are not our ways. Just because you are doing all that God has told you to do doesn’t mean that your appointed time has come to walk in all that God has for you. A lot of times we forget that God is not concerned about how long it is going to take for your blessings and promises to come to pass. He knows exactly the minute, the hour, and the second, that you will receive everything that He has ordained for you. However while you are waiting for the promises to come to pass the Lord is preparing you and testing you. He is preparing you for His plans, purpose, and destiny: not yours. For He knows everything that you will encounter on the way and He is getting you ready so you won’t fail the tests of life or faint in the process. We all must realize that everything that we do in life has a process to go through. Whether it is for a natural reward or achievement or a spiritual one there is still a process. See there are rules, steps, and obstacles in anything that we attempt to do or undertake. Before God entrust you with His promises and blessings you have to prove yourself worthy during the process. God wants to see if you can be a good steward over the things that He has instructed you to do. Basically can you be a good trustworthy servant in my Kingdom. Will you be a Kingdom builder or will you be a NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Decide Ahead of Time TODAY’S SCRIPTURE “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV) TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria Have you ever said to yourself, “I’d be happy if...”? Maybe you’re thinking, “I’d be happy if my spouse treated me better.” “I’d be happy if my boss moved to another planet.” “I’d be happy if I didn’t have to sit in traffic every day.” If you are thinking those thoughts, then you are allowing what you can’t control to sour your life. You have to change your approach. At the first part of the day, before you get out of bed, make the decision that no matter what comes your way, you are not going to get upset. No matter what somebody says, you’re not going to be offended. No matter what interruption or delay, you’re not going to be sour. The key is to decide ahead of time. Then when life happens, when traffic is worse than normal, when your children forget their homework at school, or when your plans don’t work out, it’s no big deal. You’ve already decided that “this is the day the Lord has made.” Friend, don’t wait until you’re in the heat of the battle. Make up your mind to rejoice no matter what happens. Decide ahead of time to give Him praise in all things so you can move forward in the joy and peace that He has prepared for you! A PRAYER FOR TODAY Father, today I choose to rejoice in You. In all things, at all times, in every circumstance I will praise You. I release what I cannot control. I submit myself to You and thank You for the victory in every area of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen. — Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Question: "What does it mean that we are not to cause others to stumble?" Answer: The concept of not causing others to stumble is found in Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 8. In these chapters, Paul talks about personal convictions and our responsibility to our fellow believers in Christ. He highlights several topics over which believers have disagreements—food, drink, and sacred days. In Paul’s time, the disagreements were mostly concerning Jewish law versus the new freedom found in Christ. We experience much the same type of disagreements today, even over the same topics, to which we could add things like body piercings, tattoos, clothing style, movies, video games, books, and alcohol/tobacco. These are all areas for which the Bible does not provide specific instruction and yet are areas in which many feel conviction. Some of these things can lead to worldliness, sin, impurity or even just become an obsession/idol. But, on the flip side, legalism and avoidance of anything the world has to offer can also become an idol. Paul tells the Romans, “So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way . . . So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves. But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin” (Romans 14:1213, 22-23). Paul is telling us to enjoy our freedom in Christ, but along with that freedom comes the responsibility to protect those around us who have doubts about that freedom. The example of alcohol is relevant here. Alcohol is not inherently evil, and the biblical prohibitions are not against drinking but against drunkenness. But someone who tends toward alcoholism very often knows he must not drink at all and believes others shouldn’t drink, either, even in moderation. If a Christian has a friend who is convinced drinking is wrong, then drinking around that person may cause him/her to “stumble” or trip up. The Greek word for “stumble” gives the sense of stubbing one’s toe. As Christians, we are forbidden to do anything that may cause our brothers and sisters in Christ to stub their toe, spiritually speaking. Stubbing the toe can cause a person to fall in the spiritual sense, or to damage or weaken his faith. In all things, the important lesson is to “make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification” (Romans 14:19). In this way, God is glorified, believers are edified, and the world sees in us “righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17). Question: "How can I keep the faith?" Answer: First Timothy 4:16 exhorts us to keep the faith: “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them.” When Paul visited the recently established churches in Asia Minor, his goal was “strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith” (Acts 14:22). Other passages calling us to keep the faith are Hebrews 12:1 and Ephesians 6:13. The Bible also gives us advice for how to do it. Keeping the faith requires remembering what brought us to faith in the first place. We need to be intentional about remembering God’s grace in our lives. Hebrews 12:1b–3 says, “Let us run with perseverNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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ance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Practically, this means remembering the wonderful gift of God’s salvation and following the example of our Savior, who “endured” the trials of this life. We must “fix our eyes” on Jesus. Many people find prayer and journaling helpful in this regard. The Old Testament saints often demonstrated the importance of remembering. The Israelites were instructed to set up memorials, and many of the Jewish feasts were designed to remember and celebrate God’s deliverance. Deuteronomy 4:9 says, “Be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” Psalm 103:2 says, “Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” When we praise God, we remember His past goodness, and that makes it easier to keep trusting Him now. Keeping the faith requires a love of truth and a commitment to the Word of God. First Timothy 4:1 says that, in the latter days, those who abandon the faith “follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.” To accept “another gospel” (Galatians 1:6–7) is to fall into error. Paul exhorted Timothy to “fight the battle well, holding on to faith and a good conscience”; those who ignore this command “have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith” (1 Timothy 1:18–19). We must “test the spirits to see whether they are from God” (1 John 4:1). The Spirit of truth will never lead us into untruth (John 16:13). Keeping the faith also involves growth in Christ. Jesus is the author of our faith (the one who initiated the relationship), and He is the perfecter of our faith (the one who will see it through to the end). From beginning to end, Jesus is the source of our faith. We remember what He has done, and we look forward to what He will do. Practically, this involves having an active prayer life, studying God’s Word, and digging in to His truth. Keeping the faith is also about community. The Christian life is not lived exclusively between God and the individual; it is lived in community with other Christians. Hebrews 10:23–25 says, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Fellow believers can encourage us to keep the faith. They can exhort us when we are going astray. They can join in our gladness and in our sorrow (Romans 12:15). We will face trials and temptations in life (John 16:33; James 1:2–4). Our faith will be challenged. But it is not only in the difficult times that we dig in our heels and fight for our faith. No, we contend for our faith always. What we do today prepares us for what is in store tomorrow. God is always at work in our lives. Our faith should be ever-growing. Second Peter 1:3–11 says, “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. . . . For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to (Continued on page 46)

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Fall is here and you probably are already spending money to heat your home and your house of worship.

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You can take advantage of the Long Island Council of Churches' natural gas discount program. In an effort to leverage the purchasing power of organizations within the Long Island Council of Churches, Ligero Energy and the LICC have a program to obtain natural gas at a discounted rate. Ligero Energy, an affiliate of High Rise Energy Group, is a local company based on Long Island and approved by National Grid & Con Edison to provide the supply of natural gas at discounted rates. National Grid will still handle deliver and billing of the natural gas you use, but the discount should provide savings either at home or at your house of worship. Please contact Bruce Serkes at 516 972 2870 or by email at b_serkes@yahoo.com with any questions. If you would like a copy of the Public Service Commission's booklet on choosing a natural gas provider, just let me know. Or visit www.AskPSC.com or call the PSC toll-free at 1-888Ask-PSC1. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to selfcontrol, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. . . . My brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” We keep the faith by remembering God’s faithfulness and continuing to grow in relationship with Him. Question: "What does the Bible say about faith?" Answer: Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Perhaps no other component of the Christian life is more important than faith. We cannot purchase it, sell it or give it to our friends. So what is faith and what role does faith play in the Christian life? The dictionary defines faith as “belief in, devotion to, or trust in somebody or something, especially without logical proof.” It also defines faith as “belief in and devotion to God.” The Bible has much more to say about faith and how important it is. In fact, it is so important that, without faith, we have no place with God, and it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6). Faith is belief in the one, true God without actually seeing Him. Where does faith come from? Faith is not something we conjure up on our own, nor is it something we are born with, nor is faith a result of diligence in study or pursuit of the spiritual. Ephesians 2:8-9 makes it clear that faith is a gift from God, not because we deserve it, have earned it, or are worthy to have it. It is not from ourselves; it is from God. It is not obtained by our power or our free will. It is simply given to us by God, along with His grace and mercy, according to His holy plan and purpose, and because of that, He gets all the glory. Why have faith? God designed a way to distinguish between those who belong to Him and those who don’t, and it is called faith. Very simply, we need faith to please God. God tells us that it pleases Him that we believe in Him even though we cannot see Him. A key part of Hebrews 11:6 tells us that “he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” This is not to say that we have faith in God just to get something from Him. However, God loves to bless those who are obedient and faithful. We see a perfect example of this in Luke 7:50. Jesus is engaged in dialog with a sinful woman when He gives us a glimpse of why faith is so rewarding. “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” The woman believed in Jesus Christ by faith, and He rewarded her for it. Finally, faith is what sustains us to the end, knowing that by faith we will be in heaven with God for all eternity. “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:8-9). Examples of faith. Hebrews chapter 11 is known as the “faith chapter” because in it great deeds of faith are described. By faith Abel offered a pleasing sacrifice to the Lord (v. 4); by faith Noah prepared the ark in a time when rain was unknown (v. 7); by faith Abraham left his home and obeyed God’s command to go he knew not where, then willingly offered up his only son (vv. 8-10, 17); by faith Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt (vv. 23-29); by faith Rahab received the spies of Israel and saved her life (v. 31). Many more heroes of the faith are mentioned “who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies” (vv. 33-34). Clearly, the existence of faith is demonstrated by action. Faith is essential to Christianity. Without demonstrating faith and trust in God, we have no place with Him. We believe in God’s existence by faith. Most people have a vague, disjointed notion of who God is but lack the reverence necessary for His exalted position in their lives. These people lack the true faith needed to have an eternal relationship with the God who loves them. Our faith can falter at times, but because it is the gift of God, given to His children, He provides times of trial and testing in order to prove that our faith is real and to sharpen and strengthen it. This is why James tells us to consider it “pure joy” when we fall into trials, because the testing of our faith produces perseverance and matures us, providing the evidence that our faith is real (James 1:2-4). NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

SPORTS ROUNDUP The Hempstead Football Varsity Tigers dropped their final game of the season to second seeded powerhouse Oceanside by a score of 35-22. The Tigers played gamely but finished the season 2-6, one point better than last year’s finale. This was a transition season for the Tigers. They had a new coach, Bill Cherry, at the helm and lots of new players they were incorporating into their offense and defensive systems. They will come back even stronger next year. The Tigers say a sad goodbye to talented seniors Darius Meadors, Malik Howard, Shamar Jack, Ra’nard Broyles, Ronald Louiscau and JoecephusVanable. They played with such drive and heart and poured so much of themselves into the game. They bleed Tiger blue and white…The high school football season on Long Island will soon wrap up and attention will be turned to basketball, one of the most exciting and popular sports on the high school circuit. Soon first quarter report cards go out and it’s reminder that while high school sports are fun and exciting, these students are “student-athletes” and “student” comes first in that equation. Unfortunately some students will find themselves unable to play basketball when their season begins because they may have failed a few courses. Once they return to good academic standing, they may be returned to the team. But these are lessons our students need to learn, and the sooner the better. You may be the best player on the team but if you aren’t’ carrying the academic load, as well, then you will be on the sidelines for a time and that experience should incentivize you to pick up your academic game. These issues don’t’ affect football athletes as much because reports don’t generally come out until the season ends, but for basketball the report card definitely comes into play. For Hempstead, this will be the first basketball season in 30-something years without Ted Adams on the bench holding the clipboard and running the team. Adams has amassed an unbelievable legacy in Hempstead and is in the HS basketball Hall of Fame. His will be a very tough act to follow…the A.B.G.S. Middle School football team finished their season 6-0, topping such teams as Oceanside, Kellenberg, Uniondale and Freeport. Their success may be a harbinger for the future…-B.J. Robinson PAGE 46


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Basketball Legend, Dr. J, Reveals Intimate Details On Conceiving His Daughter Revered as one of the greatest basketball players of alltime, fans will now get an up close glimpse into the life Julius “The Doctor” Erving in his forthcoming autobiography “Dr. J.” The candid memoir, which is set to hit stores

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on Nov. 5, has already drawn buzz surrounding the good doctor’s extramarital affairs and the birth of his lovechild-tennis pro, Alexandra Stevenson. According to an earlier excerpt obtained by the New York Post, the 63-year-old Hall of Famer detailed his then-intimate relationship with sports journalist, Samantha Stevenson and revealed how his 32-year-old daughter was conceived when her mother was unable to perform oral sex due to braces. “She becomes someone who helps me unwind if I’m feeling highstrung or stressed. I can drive over and spend a relaxing evening that might even include oral sex,” Erving writes. “I can only remember one time that we actually had intercourse, and that was because she had just gotten this new orthodontia to straighten her teeth. With wire and gleaming metal bristling in her mouth, oral sex was not an option.” Prior to his most recent account, Erving initially announced that he was Stevenson’s father during her 1999 appearance at Wimbledon. "I acknowledge a relationship with her mother in 1980," he told The Associated Press. "My wife, who has known from the beginning, and children are aware of this situation. "All matters concerning Alexandra since her birth have been handled privately through counsel. I am pleased to see Alexandra, at 18, doing so well and I applaud her mother's efforts and courage."

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Allen Iverson Retires with Less Money than a Five Year Old by Dr. Boyce Watkins A great Vh-1 biopic in 15 years might be the called “The Rise and Fall of Mr. Allen Iverson.” Iverson has been deemed by the biggest names in sports to be the greatest NBA player of all time for those under 6’2” tall. He was lightning fast, could jump out of the gym, and made more money in a year than most of us earn in a lifetime. Iverson’s recent retirement was only a surprise to those who either a) thought he’d retired three years ago, or b) thought he would never get old. The man was amazing on the court, but an absolute mess off of it. Iverson earned nearly $200 million during his NBA career, and had an endorsement deal with Reebok worth $50 million. But his commitment to excessive spending cost him big, as well as his need to feed an insatiable appetite for gambling. He once spent over $1 million in one day at an Atlantic City casino and ended up paying $1.2 million to his ex-wife Tawanna for alimony. The battle for alimony and child support still continues and Allen keeps falling behind. There is a part of me that loved Allen Iverson so much. He was one of the fiercest athletes to ever step on a basketball court, and he could have been just as great at football, tennis, baseball, track or any other sport. The man was a freak of nature. There is another part of me that feels sorry for Iverson. He rose out of dire poverty and didn’t have the kinds of role models he needed in order to learn how to make good decisions with his life. He was a walking billboard for everything that can possibly go wrong in the life of a black man in America, where even the empowerment of hip-hop culture has turned into a corrosive force that destroys the souls of millions of men before they even reach adulthood. We now somehow think it’s NORMAL to hit the liquor and weed all day, run from woman-to-woman, to not take care of our kids and to walk away from education. The weirdest thing about our society is that there are some people who think I’m weird for pointing all this out. But when our future husbands and fathers are so often encouraged to destroy their lives by commercial entities like BET and Clear Channel, it’s like living in a world where outside forces are sprinkling rat poison onto our brains. The current state of our culture doesn’t grow heart surgeons and lawyers, it creates wannabe thugs and alcoholics. Iverson’s net worth now officially stands at no greater than negative one million dollars, but it’s even worse, according to some reports. He has $30 million in a rainy day fund created by Reebok, but he can’t touch that money until he’s 55-years old (so, he has almost no money now, even if he’s going to have money as an old man). Also, the creditors will surely be lined up to take that $30 million dollar payment too, and right now, it appears that his monthly income is far outweighed by his debts. So, rather than being the great gladiator that he once was, Iverson now roams the earth as a shadow of himself, so sad and downtrodden that you want to buy him a cheeseburger for good luck. We can get into the semantics for those who somehow believe that this $30 million dollar payoff 17 years from now is going to save NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Allen’s finances – too many of us are accustomed to measuring our financial condition or ignoring bad financial decisions based on a paycheck or tax refund set to arrive in the future. But take it from a Finance Professor….that money is likely already spent; the courts aren’t going to let him collect a large sum of money while there are so many people and companies that he owes. My late grandmother (and first finance teacher) explained that if you don’t change who you are on the inside, then your life will always reflect the state of your internal condition. In other words, Iverson will have to adjust his approach to spending if he is to ever have a chance at a normal existence. The truth is that Allen Iverson is a great man, both mentally and physically. His neurons fired at a rate faster than any of us, which is what made him so amazing on the court. But like a lot of athletes, he thought that the money train would not end. Spending another $10,000 here and $50,000 there seems easy when you’ve got a $70

million dollar contract on the way and don’t feel that you’re ever going to grow old. All black men need to observe the tragedy called Allen Iverson and admit to ourselves that this sad scenario is replicated all around us. This kind of train wreck of a life is what we get when we allow our brains to be flooded with arrogance, and are duped into believing that we can never be caught and never go down. If your life is filled with weed, liquor, gambling and one woman after another, you soon find yourself to be a broken, disease-ridden, incarcerated, depressed, substance-addicted, financially-devastated soul who is so pathetic that even your own son can’t look you in the eye. A real man doesn’t let himself go out like that. I have tremendous love for Allen Iverson and his accomplishments. We should also have sympathy for what he went through and where he came from. But we should also learn from every tragedy and the best words that Allen Iverson can use toward young black boys for the next 40 years are, “Don’t do what I did.” When we don’t honestly share stories like this one as valuable learning points for our children, we only find millions of other young black men repeating the Allen Iverson routine without the cushion of a $70 million dollar contract. My older brother/uncle lived this way until he died, and quite frankly, I’m just sick of it. We should all take a note from the choices of Mr. Iverson. There is a lot for us to learn.

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BETHEA ON NATIONAL LEAGUE COMMENTARY FOR THE CHEAP SEATS

Hello Sports Fans, the NBA season has begun and the Knicks are looking for answers to this unexpected 1 and 3 start to the 2013/14 season. Most Knicks fans are looking for energy and efficiency on both ends of the floor and it appears as if the team needs more practice. Coach Woodson has always been a defensive teacher of the game of basketball and his team looks extremely easy to score points against. Maybe I’m not giving the teams that the Knicks have faced any credit, because the Minnesota Timberwolves have a true all-star scorer in Kevin Love. The all-star center Love poured in 34 points and double figure rebounds at Madison Square Garden and looked unstoppable while shooting from three point distance and offensive rebound put-backs that simply destroyed the Knicks interior defense. The North Carolina Bobcats played the Knicks at the Garden on Tuesday with two local talents featured in their team line-up. Kemba Walker is a Bronx native who stared at UCONN and gave his school and the Big East a NCAA championship while auditioning for a job in the NBA. The other young talent is Michael Kidd Gilchrist from Northern New Jersey, which also won a NCAA championship with national power Kentucky and both young future stars put on a show in their homecoming at the Garden. The season is in its early stages, and the Knicks look to find answers to opponents that should not present this challenge on both ends of the court, because on paper the Knick roster is talented enough to win against the teams they have faced so far. Carmelo Anthony has not shot the ball accurately with any consistency this young NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

season. Iman Shumpert has played with energy and focus on defense and has provided Knicks fans with some highflying dunks that have entertained the crowd and has given hope for Knicks fans. Andrea Bargnani has not put together a consistent shooting effort and looks out of sync at times, which is common for a player adapting to a new system and player personnel. Bargnani will eventually find his range and shoot the ball the way he has proved capable of scoring, however most Knicks fans are more concerned about his defense. In his first four games with the team, the seven-foot forward looked slow and not interested in stopping his opponents, which showed the work coach Woodson has before him. The suspension of J.R. Smith is one of the reasons why the offense is looking for answers this early season and Smith has one more game to sacrifice before his much needed return to the line-up. Knicks fans are still waiting for Amar’e Stoudemire to play at the level we were accustom to before all his injury related set-backs that have occurred the past few seasons. Ultimately the lack of success will fall on the team’s superstar Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks will go as far as Melo can take them. In this early season we Knicks fans are hoping for a great year, which obviously will require patience with Tyson Chandler out of the line-up for 4 to 6 weeks due to a Knee injury that doesn’t require surgery. My prediction is for the Knicks to find a way to jump-start a string of wins with Melo leading the team to success with cohesive unity and hard defense.

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Fla. man convicted in killing of Redskins’ Sean Taylor MIAMI (AP) — A 23-year-old man was convicted of seconddegree murder Monday in the 2007 slaying of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor, who was shot outside his own bedroom after witnesses said he confronted young men who had broken into his home looking for money. The jury deliberated about 16 hours over four days before returning the verdict in the trial of Eric Rivera Jr., who admitted in a videotaped confession to police days after Taylor’s death that he fired the fatal shot after kicking in the bedroom door. At the trial, he said on the witness stand that his confession was given only under police pressure and amid purported threats to his family. Rivera was also convicted of armed burglary. Although Rivera did not get the maximum first-degree murder conviction, he still faces a potential life prison sentence. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dennis Murphy did not immediately set a sentencing date but will hold a related hearing on Dec. 10. Rivera sat quietly at the defense table with his lawyers after the verdict was announced, showing no reaction or emotion. The courtroom was packed with Taylor and Rivera family members — and about two dozen security personnel — but there were no outbursts. Neither prosecutors, Taylor’s family nor the family of the football player’s girlfriend would comment after the hearing. Rivera’s parents, sisters, lawyers and friends also left without comment, as did the 12 jurors. In the confession, Rivera said the group of five young men, all from the Fort Myers area, had driven to Taylor’s house planning to steal large amounts of cash he kept inside. They thought Taylor, 24, would be out of town at a game against Tampa Bay, but didn’t realize until it was too late that he was home with a knee injury. Taylor’s then-girlfriend, Jackie Garcia Haley, and their 18-month-old daughter, were also home at the time. They were not hurt. Four other men were also charged in the case and three will be tried later. Venjah Hunte, 25, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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and burglary charges in a deal that calls for a 29-year prison sentence. Testifying in his own defense, Rivera claimed it was Hunte who brought the 9mm handgun and who shot Taylor. Rivera insisted that he was not told about the burglary plot until the group was driving toward Miami, and that he stayed in the car outside Taylor’s house the whole time. The murder weapon was never found. Police say it was stuffed in a sock and thrown into the Everglades. Legal experts said Monday’s verdict appeared to be a compromise, with at least some jurors doubting the confession and questioning whether Rivera, who was 17 at the time, truly pulled the trigger — but not that he played a role in the burglary plot. “They believed that he was part of the burglary and was present when it occurred,” said David S. Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor now in private practice. “There was no eyewitness to put the gun in Rivera’s hand and that is what at least one juror needed to convict him of first-degree murder.” Taylor, a Pro Bowl safety who had starred at the University of Miami, was shot in the upper thigh, damaging his femoral artery and causing massive blood loss. Witnesses say Taylor was shot when he confronted the group with a machete outside his bedroom. A medical examiner said he was essentially dead on arrival at a hospital on Nov. 26, 2007, although doctors did manage to restart his heart for a while. Aside from Rivera’s confession, police found shoe prints outside Taylor’s home that matched sneakers some in the group were wearing that night. Witnesses testified Rivera was seen driving a rented black Toyota Highlander believed used in the crime, and another witness said the group of five had burglary tools when they came to her house after Taylor was shot. Taylor, a first-round Redskins draft pick in 2004, signed an $18 million contract with the team and was becoming one of the NFL’s top defensive players when he was slain. Several witnesses, including Garcia Haley, testified that he liked to keep large amounts of cash around his Miami house. One of the men charged in the slaying, 25-year-old Jason Mitchell, attended a birthday party a few weeks earlier at the house for Taylor’s half-sister, Sasha Johnson — who lived in Fort Myers and knew Rivera. She testified that Taylor gave her a purse containing $10,000 in cash at the party, which was witnessed by all the guests. That event put the wheels in motion for the burglary plot, witnesses said. Rivera himself testified that some in the group thought they would get between $100,000 and $200,000 to split up. Also charged and awaiting trial are Mitchell, Charles Wardlow, 24, and 22-year-old Timothy Brown. PAGE 50


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FANS RULE IN 2014 – HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS GIVE FANS THE POWER TO DECIDE WHICH RULES WILL IMPACT THE GAME IN UNIONDALE ON SATURDAY, FEB. 15, 2014 (PHOENIX, Oct. 8, 2013) – The world famous Harlem Globetrotters will take fan interaction to a new level when the 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour comes to Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. Online voting is now open at harlemglobetrotters.com/rule, where all fans can choose which new gamechanging rules they want to see in their hometown. The Globetrotters were the first organization in sports and entertainment to let fans vote on rules when the team introduced the concept last year. Since the fan response was so overwhelming, the team is doing it again – but with a major twist. The 2014 online ballot includes three never-before-seen revolutionary rules:  Hot Hand Jersey – Both teams will have a “Hot Hand Jersey” they can pass among each other. The player who is wearing this jersey will receive double points on made baskets.  Make or Miss – The quarter begins with only two players on the court for each team. When a team scores, a teammate may enter the game. When they miss, the player missing the shot must leave the court, leaving his or her teammates shorthanded.  Trick Shot Challenge – Via three challenge flags per team, each coach can challenge the other team to make a trick shot. If the team makes the trick shot, they earn five points. If they miss, the other team receives five points. With a roster showcasing stars such as Special K Daley, Big Easy Lofton, Flight Time Lang, Hi-Lite Bruton and Dizzy Grant – plus female stars TNT Maddox, T-Time Brawner and Sweet J Ekworomadu* – the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind family show features mesmerizing ball handling, an assortment of trick shots, high-flying dunks and precise timing – all with an array of comedy guaranteed to entertain the young and the young at heart. After virtually every game, Globetrotter stars remain on the court for autographs and photographs with fans.# Tickets start at $17.00 and are now available at harlemglobetrotters.com, www.ticketmaster.com, the Nassau Coliseum box office or by phone at 631-888-9000 or 800-745-3000. Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at harlemglobetrotters.com. The Globetrotters tipped off the North American leg of their world tour with the first-ever events at the new Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine, on Sept. 20 and 21. The tour recommences on Dec. 26, 2013, with the Globetrotters playing more than 290 games in over 250 cities in 47 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces and Puerto Rico through April 2014. Sponsored by Wonderful Pistachios, Howard Johnson Hotels and Greyhound Lines, the Original Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating their 88th consecutive year, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Throughout their history, the Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents—over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com. ONLINE EDITION

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Morris Chestnut on dark-skinned bias in Hollywood: ‘Wesley Snipes busted the mold open’ Hollywood heartthrob Morris Chestnut is back on the big screen in the much-anticipated Best Man sequel, The Best Man Holiday. Chestnut teams up with his co-stars Nia Long, Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Regina Hall, Harold Perrineau, and Melissa De Sousa after a nearly 15-year hiatus. In an interview with theGrio’s Chris Witherspoon, the 44year-old actor opened up about the challenges he’s faced being a Hollywood actor with a dark skin complexion.

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“When I was coming up it was difficult because when I was first starting out many years ago, the gang genre was in. There was some type of skin issue where they would see the darker skinned actors for the gang members and then the lighter skin actors were always the good guys.” In 1991 Morris Chestnut got his first film role starring in John Singleton’s drama Boyz n the Hood, and later appeared as a regular on TV series Out All Night, V, and American Horror Story. “It wasn’t until Wesley Snipes came and kind of just busted the mold open. He did play the gang member in New Jack City, but when he was in Mo Better Blues and he was on the balcony doing his thing, women started saying, ‘hmm that’s kinda sexy.’ Wesley ushered it in for us.

DMX again arrested in South Carolina GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Rapper DMX has been arrested again in South Carolina. A spokeswoman for the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport says airport police arrested the 42-year-old entertainer, whose real name is Earl Simmons, just after 5 p.m. Monday. Rosylin Weston says officers familiar with Simmons’ previous arrests for driving with a suspended license arrested him after seeing him behind the wheel of a vehicle. Jail records show Simmons was booked on charges of driving under suspension, having an uninsured vehicle and not having a licensed vehicle. Court records list no attorney for him, and Simmons’ spokesman did not immediately return a message. This is Simmons’ fourth arrest in South Carolina this year. His other charges this year include several charges of driving under the influence and simple possession of marijuana. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ONLINE EDITION

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‘Mandela’ to screen for Obama at White House NEW YORK (AP) — The Nelson Mandela biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” will get an audience from President Barack Obama, as well as a screening at the Kennedy Center hosted by Hillary Clinton. The Weinstein Co. tells The Associated Press that Obama will screen the film Thursday at the White House. Mandela’s daughters Zindzi and Zenani Mandela will join, as will the film’s stars, Idris Elba and Naomie Harris. The film will also screen Nov. 20 at the Kennedy Center, with Clinton hosting the gala. Though there have been other films about the former South African president, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” has long had Mandela’s approval and the cooperation of his family. It premiered Sunday in Johannesburg with much of Mandela’s family in attendance. “Mandela” opens in U.S. theaters Nov. 29.

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History network in deal to remake ‘Roots’ NEW YORK (AP) — A remake of the groundbreaking television miniseries “Roots” is in the works at the History network. The network said Tuesday that it had reached a deal with Mark Wolper, whose father, David, made the 1977 “Roots” miniseries, to acquire the rights to remake it. The project is in development, meaning there’s a possibility it won’t be made, but the commitment makes it likely the new series will appear some time in 2015. The first “Roots” series was a television sensation, gripping the country with its story of generations of a slave family. History has been particularly successful with miniseries lately, including “The Bible” and “Hatfields & McCoys.”

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Patti LaBelle silences Oprah Winfrey with just one word on ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’ Patti LaBelle gave a divalicious interview with Oprah Winfrey for her OWN series, Oprah’s Next Chapter, which aired on Sunday. Proving that she may in fact be the greatest diva of all time, both for her talent and her tremendous confidence, LaBelle showed she is one of the few women in the world who can spar verbally with Ms. Winfrey using just one word. The interview, which took place in the world-renouned Apollo Theater in Harlem, was the source of one of the questions that showed LaBelle is not one to be challenged. Winfrey asked the legendary singer, who has performed on that stage, “So you never got booed here?” Ms. Patti merely answered with a curt, “What?” As though even the thought of such an occurrence was totally implausible. Following with a, “Girl, who you talking to?,” that was about all she had to say about that. Juicy dish with a mighty diva The idea of anyone referring to one of the most powerful women in the world as a diminutive ”girl” is juicy enough, but LaBelle did not stop there. When speaking of her Legends ball, at which Oprah has feted great black women who have inspired her, Winfrey asked whether LaBelle — who has been honored at the ball — thought of herself as a legend. ONLINE EDITION

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“Yes, I really do,” Patti said frankly. When Oprah asked if she has truly accepted the title, the “New Attitude” singer again seemed incredulous. “What?” she asked again. It goes on from there. From refusing to speak into strangers’ cell phones, to decrying engaging in social media of any kind, Patti LaBelle truly flexes her queen of power vocal singers in this interview. LaBelle even clears up the details of a long-running feud between herself and yet another bold diva, Diana Ross, and is compared to current pop diva Lady Gaga. It is truly a diva-themed television event. Yet, it is a delight to behold — mainly because no one can dispute that she has earned the title, “diva.” A diva reveals her difficulties Despite her diva status, LaBelle reveals that she, too, has had her low periods. “I’ve been shut down. Run down. Talked about. Dogged out,” LaBelle told Winfrey, choking back tears. “But that never stopped me from being the true me that’s here and will be here. I could never not be happy about my life.” And it’s wonderful that she’s still here. Pattie LaBelle was recently honored by Black Girls Rock! during its annual televised awards show on BET. The 69-year-old also gave a riveting performance of her timeless classic, “You Are My Friend,” bringing the entire audience to its feet, showing she still has her diva powers. Patti LaBelle is unarguably one of the greatest performers of all time. It is wonderful to see her continue to receive accolades and attention for her stunning career and ability to entertain fans for decades.

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‘American Horror Story: Coven’ casts spell with black voodoo narrative Halloween started early for fans of American Horror Story when the third season kicked off October 9. Titled American Horror Story: Coven, this season focuses on witches and has added noticeable color with Angela Bassett playing storied New Orleans voodoo priestess Marie Laveau and Gabourey Sidibe as Queenie, a descendant of Tituba, the woman of color at the center of the infamous Salem witch trials. History comes in all forms these days and AHS: Coven is muddled with it. Creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, who joined forces during Nip/Tuck, which Murphy birthed, are also key players behind Glee and, through these two previous projects, have regularly included African-American characters. But arguably no project from them eclipses the depth of AHS: Coven. Long before many other genres, African-Americans found a place in horror. Perhaps because the origin of the word “zombie” itself is rooted in Haitian Creole, with the very concept tied to Vodou or Voodoo, as it is more popularly written. While popular culture has turned “voodoo” ONLINE EDITION

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into a freak show, it is actually a religion with deep West African roots that is believed to mingle those roots with the Roman Catholicism that was forced upon enslaved Africans from there. In this country, New Orleans is the “voodoo” epicenter, with the practice taking rise in the late 1790s and 1800s as those fleeing Saint Domingue, the one-time French colony, during the tumultuous Haitian Revolution sought refuge there. In AHS: Coven, a correlation between witchcraft and voodoo is clearly made, with the two practices which share similar roots being at war most notably through Bassett’s Laveau and the witch Fiona, played by Jessica Lange, who has appeared in all of the show’s incarnations. Although most Americans are indeed familiar with the Salem witch trials in Massachusetts in the late 17th century, few probably learned about Tituba during history classes. While many historians are unclear if Tituba was an “Indian” or African slave, AHS: Coven kind of takes the view consistent in West Indian culture that acknowledges the influence of the Arawak Indians and the African slaves brought to its many islands. So Tituba’s descendant Queenie, who is a modern-day witch, traces her heritage to both influences. Now, as in American history, things get very complicated when slavery is thrown in the pot. And, with AHS: Coven, slavery, or rather its ghost, is very much one of the season’s anchors. Kathy Bates plays the infamous Madame Delphine LaLaurie, a real life New Orleanian who was well known in the 1800s. Though a socialite, LaLaurie, it was discovered, tortured her slaves, and her Royal Street mansion, restored from fire and briefly owned by the actor Nicholas Cage, still stands today. The 1834 fire, which many believed was started by an enslaved cook whom LaLaurie reportedly chained to the stove, was the catalyst to revealing her house of horrors, which according to English social theorist Harriet Martineau, considered the first female sociologist, recount(Continued on page 32)

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Marijuana Might Be Affecting Your Skin... And Not In The Ways You Thought Weed, grass, Mary Jane, pot... call it whatever you'd like, but marijuana has been around long before 1937's "Reefer Madness" warned of its (arguably overblown) deleterious effects. These days it's more common than ever, thanks in part to its medicinal uses. But are there beauty ramifications that come with the decision to smoke? We decided to find out. Whether or not lighting up is your thing, it doesn't hurt to know exactly what marijuana can do to your skin and appearance. So we spoke to two New York-based dermatologists, Dr. Bobby Buka and Dr. Ariel Osted, and found out some surprising facts about America's most commonly used illicit drug. The THC in marijuana increases your testosterone levels... which could lead to acne. Let's start with the bad news. The most potent ingredient in cannabis, also known as marijuana, is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). When you smoke, vaporize or otherwise ingest it, there's an immediate increase in testosterone levels, says Dr. Osted. As a result, these increased testosterone levels can cause your skin's oil glands to produce more sebum oil, which can lead to breakouts in people predisposed to acne. People who are chronic users of marijuana can also experience hair loss on the scalp or even excess hair growth in other parts of their bodies due to this testosterone jump, Dr. Osted adds. "I have seen acne and hair loss," he says, "not a lot, but I've seen it." However, Dr. Buka says that the testosterone increase -which is in the order of 3 to 5 percent -- is too marginal to cause a flare up of acne or unusual hair growth patterns. "We're talking about buckets and buckets of weed," he ONLINE EDITION

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says. "Nothing any human could smoke." (We'll leave that judgement call to you.) Another thing to watch out for? Packing in sugar-filled snacks while using marijuana. "There is a link between high-glycemic index foods and acne," he says. "So you might draw the conclusion that people who get the munchies are eating more of those foods." Plus, the smoke can make your skin age more rapidly. Something both Dr. Osted and Dr. Buka do agree on? The harmful effects of the marijuana smoke itself, which contains the same carcinogens as cigarette smoke. These hydrocarbons can inhibit cells that are chiefly responsible for making new collagen. Meaning: Exposing your skin to marijuana smoke can make it age more rapidly. The smoke from pot can also worsen skin conditions like psoriasis and rosacea, says Dr. Buka. But THC is also anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant, and it has potential anti-aging properties. Don't make a judgement call just yet -- more and more, people are discovering the upside of getting high. Even though THC may cause an increase in testosterone levels, it's also gaining a reputation as an anti-inflammatory agent and an antioxidant in the medical world. So while the actual smoke from marijuana can suppress collagen production, some studies have shown that the THC itself has anti-aging properties (thanks to those antioxidants, which neutralize the damaging effects of free radical oxygen particles). Dr. Buka even likens moderate weed consumption with drinking a glass of red wine. However, Dr. Buka notes, "The delivery system is really critical." He recommends using a vaporizer if you're deadset on using marijuana and want to enjoy its supposed antiinflammatory benefits, adding, "Even a bong would be preferable [to smoking]." (Remember: There is no fundamental difference between marijuana smoke and cigarette smoke.) Additionally, Dr. Osted points out that we naturally have THC receptors in our brains, which means that cannabinoids, the compounds present in cannabis, aren't foreign to our systems. "Those THC receptors actually can lead to in(Continued on page 34)

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

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“THE GAME OF YOUR LIFE” (Genre: Sci fi) By Minister Larry Montgomery, Sr. Author of the ‘U.S. Marshal Harry Bailey Parables of Life Series’ If you think Video Game Playing is the way of the future then this story is for you. Here we take a hard look at that dream job in the future. In the year 2050, today’s Video Game Playing dream job becomes a real life nightmare since you literally have to risk your life to collect your paycheck. Follow Randy Hatchfield a year 2050 video game quality assurance agent who sets out to collect the biggest paycheck of his career, from an employer who will stop at nothing to keep him from collecting it. Randy like you or I, has followed the rules, put in his hours, and is now ready to get paid. Follow him through the longest 24 hours of his life and see what it costs him to collect the biggest paycheck of his life in the ‘GAME OF YOUR LIFE.’ God Bless... ONLINE EDITION

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Dilemma, The Way Station, The Game of Your Life and 2-1-1 Emergency are all available online at Createspace: https:// www.createspace.com/4444954

Dilemma U.S. Marshal Harry Bailey the case of the Murderous I.D. Thief

Authored by Min Larry Montgomery Sr. ABOUT THIS BOOK Dilemma: di-lem-ma: noun: 1. A situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives, esp. equally undesirable ones. This book is another case in the ongoing series based on the life and times of the fictional character, U.S. Marshal Harry Bailey, entitled: Dilemma--The case of the Murderous Identity Theft. An identity theft steals the identity of a serial killer whose M.O. is to steal the identity of her victims and then kill them when she is ready to move on. The penalty for Identity theft as a Class D Felony is 7 years in prison with restitution and reparations. The Penalty for Murder or conspiracy to murder can be http://www.amazon.com/ dp/B00F8NJH7Q Death or life in prison without the possibility for parole. This story centers around a young African American immigrant who will do anything to live the high life, engage in sex for money, sale and use drugs, anything to be considered a lady of leisure. In furtherance of keeping this lifestyle our villainess preys on married men, steals their wife's identity sleeps with and uses the husband letting him think he is lavishly courting her until the money runs out. Then she blackmails them using theirs or their wife's money to pay her bills. Until one day she stole the identity of a serial killer whose m.o. was to steal identities just as she does but when the money runs out she savagely kills the victim and attaches herself to the victims loved ones until the inheritance has been spent and then she moves on to a new opportunity. Marshal Bailey catches the case of an identity theft victim; a woman whose husband was black mailed by the serial killer after a failed trisk and then wound up dead. The investigation is hampered by the activities of a second identity thief, who by all accounts is a serial liar. Finally the serial killer turns her attention to our lead suspect and it is only a matter of time before the two collide in this deadly game of identity cat and mouse. The serial killer makes two failed attempts to finish off the identity thief but not until the third attempt does Marshal Bailey intervene... The question is does our main suspect survive, or does the serial killer win out? Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General 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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After 22 Years, "A Black Parent's Handbook" Is Still Empowering Black Parents Across America Nationwide (October 15, 2013) -- Back in 1990, after only two years of teaching in Brooklyn, NY and East Orange, NJ respectively, renowned educator, Baruti Kafele had the audacity to write a handbook for Black parents to assist them with educating their children. He entitled the book, A Black Parent's Handbook to Educating Your Children (Outside of the Classroom). He consequently left the classroom temporarily after his first two years of teaching to devote his life to getting A Black Parent's Handbook into the hands of thousands of parents throughout the U.S. In 1992, he returned to the classroom but continued to devote a substantial amount of energy to promoting A Black Parent's Handbook and it eventually became an Essence Magazine number one best seller in 2002. It is now in its 22nd year of empowering a whole new generation of Black parents. Kafele says that the motivation for writing this book was that he was meeting and working with so many wellintentioned parents who wanted to assist their children through the educational process but simply didn't know what to do or where to start. He frowns upon the notion that parents are not involved or don't want to be involved in their children's lives, educationally speaking. He instead asserts that parents absolutely want to be involved but are simply in need of strategies that they can easily and readily implement during the time that their children are at home. A Black Parent's Handbook is comprised of the following topics: * Preparation for Success * Reading for Success * Setting Goals for Success * Studying and Testing for Success * Communicating for Success * Collaborating for Success * Distractions for Success A Black Parent's Handbook is not a long book – it's only 74 pages. It's not a difficult read either. Instead, it is a guide providing strategies and suggestions for parents to utilize toward the educational growth and development of their children and should be referred to regularly. Over the past 22 years, parents have shared with Kafele that they literally raised their children on the contents of this book.

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that addresses reading for success. Kafele has argued for the past 22 years that in education, we can have the best schools, best curriculum, best teachers and best teaching strategies, but if Black children are not being exposed to who they are, both historically and culturally, then we are spinning our wheels at best. He argues that when Black children are exposed to "who they are," we increase the probability exponentially that they will have the will to strive for excellence because by exposing them to "their story," we are essentially helping them to develop a purpose for learning, rooted in the greatness of who they are historically. Kafele says, "I want them to see and understand where they stand along the continuum of history to help them to better understand their roles in life moving forward." About The Author Baruti Kafele, affectionately known as "Principal Kafele," excelled as an urban public school educator in New Jersey for more than 20 years. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, he was selected as the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. As a middle and high school principal, he led the transformation of four different schools, including Newark Tech High School, which went from a lowperforming school in need of improvement to being recognized by U.S. News and World Report three times as one of the best high schools in the United States. He is now a full-time national / international educational consultant. He is also the author of the books, Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success, Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life, and A Handbook for Teachers of African American Children. About The Book A Black Parent's Handbook to Educating Your Children 
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POET AND AUTHOR, CHERRIE AMOUR OPENS UP ABOUT CHILDHOOD ISSUES IN NEW BOOK "FREE TO BE ME" Baltimore Spoken Word Artist Releases First Book of Poetry on Balancing Childhood Issues with Love Relationships Baltimore, MD, (October 17, 2013) – Spoken Word Artist Cherrie Amour has released her first book of poetry, “Free to Be Me: Poems on Life, Love and Relationships”. The book poetically explores Cherrie’s geographical and emotional journey from childhood to adulthood and from the Caribbean to Canada and from Detroit, Michigan to her current hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. In “Free to Be Me” Cherrie takes readers into her journey of dealing with feelings of abandonment, while revealing personal remedies for healing. “Free to Be Me” is available in print and e-book formats on Amazon.com. Cherrie’s soulful poetic verses in “Free to Be Me” tell stories of separating from her parents at just two years old, when they immigrated to England to create a better life for their family. Upon reuniting with her parents at eight years old after living with her grandparents, an implicit relationship void had occurred causing Amour years of bonding issues, challenges with intimacy, and issues in love relationships. “Emotional scars left unhealed after abandonment can lead to dysfunctional relationships throughout life. Channeling feelings through the creative writing process, as Cherrie has done, is one way to start the healing process,” says Dr. K. Carey, Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor specializing in family, and marital relationships. “Free to Be Me” is about turning wounds into wisdom and sharing an intimate journey of trials and triumphs from a poet’s personal perspective. “I was inspired to begin writing this poetic memoir shortly after my mother’s passing. Particularly because we had worked through many of our mother/daughter issues caused by my feelings of abandonment. It took years for me to fully accept my parents’ reasons for making difficult life choices and many more years for me to forgive and heal. I hope my book will give readers a point of reference for their own journeys,” says Cherrie. Amour will read and do a book signing on Saturday, Oct. 19, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Black Writers Guild Bridge to Authors Program, Enoch Pratt Library, Orleans St. ONLINE EDITION

Branch, Baltimore, MD 21231 (Cherrie Amour reads between 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.). About the Author Cherrie Amour has mastered the culture and lifestyle of three unique countries. By day, she is a veteran communications professional, working in the field for over 14 years in both Canada and the United States. By night, Cherrie’s candid, narrative style of poetic verse inspires diverse audiences as she flows about life and love. Cherrie’s spoken word has been recorded on two CD projects “ilovemesomewords” and “Love’s Journey”. Both projects have received reviews byBaltimore City Paper and “ilovemesomewords” by Baltimore Magazine. “Free to Be Me” is Amour’s first book of poetry. To learn more about Cherrie Amour and “Free to Be Me” visit cherrieamour.com Free to Be Me By Cherrie Amour C.A. Woods / Publication date: October 2, 2013 / ISBN 978-0-615-87817-1/ Cost $10 / 60 pages Available on Amazon Available on Create Space https://twitter.com/@LuvCherrieAmour https://www.facebook.com/Cherrie.Amour

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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. ONLINE EDITION

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ing tales she was told by New Orleans resident in her 1838 book, Retrospect of Western Travel, included seven “horribly mutilated” slaves. LaLaurie’s attic contained the dead bodies of slaves whom she tortured. Upon its discovery, LaLaurie and her family were driven out of town. It is rumored that LaLaurie fled to Paris and died there. An epitaph plate discovered at her one-time New Orleans mansion states that LaLaurie died in Paris but was buried in New Orleans, at the home. Hence, the storyline of Marie Laveau using a potion to damn LaLaurie to eternal life, burying her alive on her property as retribution for torturing and mutilating her lover. Fiona’s freeing of LaLaurie ignites war between her and Laveau. Interestingly, though Fiona is not depicted as a racist or even sympathetic to them, she has a connection to LaLaurie who, of course, is horrified to learn that a black man is president. Fiona even brags to LaLaurie about voting for him twice. And, in another twist to the story, Queenie is credited for saving LaLaurie’s life when the beast she created, the lover whom Marie Laveau resurrected, comes for her. Of course, the obvious question is why? In AHS: Coven, Laveau, who really did operate a beauty salon, has also lived for a century or more. And though in real life, Laveau is famously buried in Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1, there were of course sightings of her reported after her death. Adding to that confusion is the fact that her daughter, who was also Marie Laveau, publicly practiced voodoo, which attracted many tourists. Of course there are many who believe the two to be one and the same. These historically-inspired storylines mingling truth and fiction are both entertaining and thought-provoking, troubling even.

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Bassett, who has a long history of playing real-life people, shines in the role which also touches upon the horrors of Jim Crow. In an interesting twist, AHS: Coven includes lynched black men among the zombies. So “the beast,” Laveau’s former lover, can be considered one but the storyline involving a 1960s lynching of the son of one of Laveau’s salon clients is particularly deep. Here these black zombies are out to avenge racial injustice. It’s a good twist that, especially at this moment in time in the aftermath of Trayvon Martin’s death and trial, as well as the case involving the alleged murder of another teen, Jordan Davis, by an older white man, Michael Dunn, who reportedly felt threatened by Davis and his friends’ loud music, speaks volumes. This year has indeed been full of surprises as themes of racial injustice, the impact and horror of slavery and Jim Crow, have penetrated and succeeded at the box office and, now, on the small screen. Marie Laveau in particular may not be the major storyline of AHS: Coven but, like AfricanAmericans in this country who remain a minority group, she leaves a hell of an impression. Her power and force, as portrayed by Bassett, cannot be ignored. And, with AHS: Coven only four episodes into its thirteen-episode run, the rest of the season promises to be a thrilling ride. PAGE 32


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creased production of neurotransmitters that make us feel better, like serotonin," he says. Indeed, neuroscientists who have looked into the connection between cannabis and depression have found that low doses of THC are associated with a drop in depressive symptoms. But it's important to note that too much can actually have the opposite effect. Dr. Buka adds that stress seems to have negative effects on skin conditions across the board -- including acne, eczema and rosacea -- and reducing that stress can be a critical step to clearing up skin. "My pot smokers are by and large a mellower group of patients," he says. Studies have also shown that cannabinoids can be used topically for the treatment of inflammatory skin diseases (though these studies have been done in mice, not people) .So if you're going to smoke... If after weighing the pros and cons, you decide you'd like to reap the benefits of marijuana, choose your method wisely. Like we said, Dr. Buka recommends using a vaporONLINE EDITION

izer to avoid the carcinogenic smoke of a marijuana cigarette. However, if you must smoke it, he suggests making sure your skin is protected as much as possible with a thick moisturizer (he likes the Ultra Repair Cream by First Aid Beauty). The bottom line: There are mixed philosophies when it comes to both the positive and negative effects of marijuana on the skin, so choose wisely -- and be mindful of your local laws. PAGE 34


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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 36


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PLATINUM SELLING ARTIST ANDTHE X FACTOR JUDGE DEMI LOVATO ANNOUNCES THE NEON LIGHTS TOUR SET TO LAUNCH IN FEBRUARY 2014 MARCH 7 – IZOD CENTER MARCH 11 – NASSAU COLISEUM

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DEMI, the 4th album from Demi Lovato on HollyNorth American Tour Features Dates With Little Mix, Cher Lloyd and Fifth Harmony; Will Visit 27 Cities Includ- wood Records, is out now and features the charting New York, Chicago, Vancouver, Toronto, Dallas, Nash- topping, double platinum-certified single, "Heart Attack," and "Neon Lights." The album hit #1 on iTunes in ville 50 countries and debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 Tickets On Sale Starting Saturday, October 5 at 10am, chart in the U.S. "Heart Attack" reached #5 on the Billat LiveNation.com board Top 40 Radio chart and became the 3rd Top 10 New York, NY – September 30, 2013 – Platinum- hit of Demi's career. The video for the song has selling music artist and The X Factor judge Demi Lovato amassed over 100 million views on VEVO, while a reannounced exclusively on a Facebook Q&A yesterday mix of the single also hit #1 on the Billboard Dance that she is launching THE NEON LIGHTS TOUR on Chart. February 9, 2014, in Vancouver, British Columbia, at Demi is also joining the Emmy Award®-winning Pepsi Live At Rogers Arena. Produced and promoted show GLEE for a guest starring role set to start airing by Live Nation, the North American tour will support her on October 3. Earlier this month, she returned for her latest Hollywood Records album, DEMI, and visit 27 second season as a judge and mentor on The X Factor. cities across the United States and Canada, including She will appear on Conan tonight (September 30) and shows in the New York City area, Chicago, Toronto, will perform on both The Tonight Show Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Nashville. “Neon Lights” is with Jay Leno (October 2) and The Ellen DeGeneres the forthcoming single from DEMI and will impact at radio in early November. THE NEON LIGHTS TOUR will Show (October 7). also feature lead special guests, Little Mix, performing THE NEON LIGHTS TOUR DATES on their first U.S. tour, as well as Cher Lloyd who will All dates and venues below subject to change. also perform on select dates. The X Factor finalists Fifth Harmony will perform on all dates below.. turned hit-making girl group, Fifth Harmony, will also join their X Factor mentor on all dates throughout the *Dates with Little Mix tour. **Dates with Cher Lloyd Citi® cardmembers will have access to a pre-sale February 9* Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live @ Rogers tickets beginning Wednesday October 2, at 10:00 AM Arena local time through Citi's Private Pass® Program. For February 11* San Jose, CA SAP Center complete pre-sale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. February 13* Anaheim, CA Honda Center (On sale ONLINE EDITION

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October 12) February 15* Glendale, AZ Jobing.com Arena February 17* Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theater At Grand Prairie February 19* Houston, TX Toyota Center February 21* Atlanta, GA Philips Arena February 23* Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena February 25* Sunrise, FL BB&T Center February 26* Tampa, FL Time Bay Times Forum March 1* Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center March 2* Fairfax, VA Patriot Center March 5* Worcester, MA DCU Center March 7* East Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center March 8* Wallingford, CT Toyota Oakdale Theatre March 11* Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum March 13* Auburn Hills, MI The Palace At Auburn Hills March 14* Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena March 16* Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center March 18* St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center

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Fifth Harmony has quickly become one of the mosttalked about acts in pop music. After debuting "Miss Movin' On" live on The Today Show, the program received more tweets about this concert than any other performance all summer. The music video has surpassed 11 million views mark on VEVO, while the song reached #34 on Top 40 Radio, and is continuing to gain steam. Cumulatively, they have 70 million total YouTube views, nearly half a million Facebook "likes", and over 750,000 Twitter followers. Building on the monumental success of their debut single "Miss Movin' On", Fifth Harmony (5H) are now gearing up to release their first EP, Better Together [Epic Records/Syco Music] on October 22, 2013. For more information on Fifth Harmony, visit www.fifthharmonyofficial.com. Please visit www.DemiLovato.com, www.LiveNation.com and www.Ticketmaster.com for additional ticket and tour information. About Live Nation Entertainment: Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation Management and Live Nation Media/Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors.

March 20** St. Louis, MO Chaifetz Arena March 22** Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena March 23** Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena March 26** Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre March 27** Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena March 29** Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena March 30** Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse Earlier this year Little Mix soared into the top 5 of the Billboard 200 album chart with their debut album DNA, entering the chart at No. 4 and making history as the first ever British girl group to debut in the top 5 with their debut album release. Since then, Little Mix have amassed a dedicated and loyal fan base, having graced the covers of Seventeen and Girls Life magazines and garnering over 150 million cumulative VEVO views, 2.6 million Facebook fans and over 4.3 million Twitter followers. Little Mix have become global superstars selling over 3 million records worldwide and are prepping for the Fall 2013 release of their new album featuring the upcoming single, "Move." With worldwide momentum behind them, the group is now ready to tour the U.S. for the first time as special guests on the Demi Lovato tour. ONLINE EDITION

Nassau, Channel 115 @ 3:30 pm on Thursdays Suffolk, Channel 20 @ 10:30 am on Fridays Please spread the word! Peace, Marcia http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=CkaHbM4Mjxo&feature=youtu.be

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US Airways passengers back Brandon T. Jackson’s claims of racist flight attendant Late last month #ShoppingWhileBlack became a trending hashtag on Twitter, after two African-American shoppers accused the department store Barney’s of racism. On Monday, Tropic Thunder star Brandon T. Jackson took to Twitter alleging that he was escorted off of a US Airways flight and questioned by police after a flight attendant called him the n-word. Maybe the new controversial hashtag should be #FlyingWhileBlack. Jackson, who is best known for his role as Grover in the Percy Jackson movies, says he was on a US Airways flight when a flight attendant named Dee approached him and asked him to sit down. An argument ensued and Jackson claims the flight attendant said, “I don”t care if you’re Obama’s son — get in your seat!” Jackson says the flight attendant also called him the n-word. The Fast & Furious actor took to Twitter to express his outrage mid-flight:

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New film explores fathers raising their kids ‘against the odds’ Twenty-four million children in America are living in homes without their biological fathers present. A new documentary examines this startling statistic by featuring the stories of four fathers in New York City. The young dads encounter various struggles while raising their kids – criminal pasts, gangs, poverty, etc. The film, Daddy Don’t Go, is the work of producer and director Emily Abt, whose previous docs have been featured on PBS, MTV and Showtime. It documents one year in the fathers’ lives. This week, Abt began a Kickstarter campaign to help finance the completion of the documentary. One day into the funding period, backers have already pledged more than $20,000. “I told myself I’m not gonna be no deadbeat father,” one of the fathers, Alex, says in the roughly 3-minute trailer video. “For me to be a deadbeat father, I gotta be dead and somebody gotta beat me up.” The fundraising goal, $80,000, will go towards the film’s ongoing shooting costs as well as the editing process. “Alex, Nelson, Omar and Roy shatter the deadbeat dad stereotype, redefining what it means to be a good father for all men,” Abt writes on the film’s Kickstarter page.

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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 41)

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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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