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VOL. 20 NO. 44

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Michael Dunn testimony in Jordan Davis trial speaks volumes I had not planned to watch a moment of the Michael Dunn murder trial. It has been two years since the death of Trayvon Martin and those images, that pain in Sybrina Fulton’s eyes, left me with a numbness that I cannot not fully describe. Covering the George Zimmerman case was as personal to me as any story I have ever been assigned. With a son who is a few years older, I worried for him and other young men who, by accident of birth, wake up as “suspects” every morning. The news that 17-year-old Jordan Davis had been shot to death by Dunn gave me a confirmation I hoped would never come. Dunn has crafted a story that only makes sense if you accept the inherent criminality of black teenagers. A vote of innocence by this jury gives license to that fear. It would all but ratify it into law. The television was blaring by the time I went for my morning coffee. My 22-year-old son, who is home for a few weeks, was already awake and watching the trial. When Dunn unexpectedly took the witness stand, I forgot my plans for the day. I needed to hear him explain why he killed that child. Dunn, who had been annoyed by the loud “thug music” he heard thumping from a nearby vehicle, made the specious claim that the four young men in the truck that night were in possession of a single-barrel shotgun. No such NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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weapon was ever fired, never found. In fact, not one person could testify to any of the boys ever being in possession of a gun that evening or any other. Forty-seven-year-old Dunn testified that Jordan threatened to kill him. I found his response startling. He rolled down his window and inexplicably asked, “Are you talking about me?” This was no so much as question as it was a direct challenge. Like Zimmerman, the six-foot-four, 250-pound Dunn knew he had a gun—a gun that emboldened him to take on an unknown black teenager. Do we honestly believe that he would have gotten into a beef with a carload of African-Americans boys if he were not armed? George Zimmerman would have never left his truck. We do know that there was an argument, that Jordan said things I would hope my own son would never say to a perfect stranger. However, nothing Jordan said or did that night justified his murder. He never left the car. He was shot while sitting unarmed in the back seat. Dunn let off ten shots, at least four of them fired as the truck was attempting to drive away when it was clear no danger existed. Dunn wasn’t “standing his ground.” He was claiming ground that did not belong to him. Jordan’s three friends are lucky to be alive. The notion that Dunn acted out of fear is far-fetched. What is apparent, however, is that Dunn felt disrespected. After all, hadn’t he first politely asked the boys to turn the music down and thanked them? When the music continued minutes later, Dunn—who has an injury the affects his hearing—was, by his own admission, annoyed. I believe it was much more than that. I think he was livid that a young “thug” would be so disrespectful and he had just the medicine for this loud-mouthed “gangster.” He was so angry that he kept shooting as they drove away. (Continued on page 6)

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At Least 26 Children Or Teens Died In Florida Stand Your Ground Cases Michael Dunn stands trial this week for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Jordan Davis after Dunn complained that Davis was playing loud music. Dunn is expected to raise the defense that gained notoriety after the death of Trayvon Martin, Stand Your Ground. (If Martin were still alive, he would turn 19 Wednesday.) Martin and Davis are two of at least 26 children and teens who have died in Florida Stand Your Ground cases. Stand Your Ground laws that have proliferated in at least 20 states are associated with vigilantism, authorizing violence by individuals who perceive a “reasonable” imminent threat to their life, without any duty to attempt retreat. But they have also taken the lives of a dramatic number of young victims. Out of 134 fatal Florida cases analyzed by the Tampa Bay Times in which the Stand Your Ground defense was raised or played a role, 19 percent saw the deaths of children or teens. Another 14 involved victims were 20 or 21. And another 8 teens were injured in nonfatal cases. The Tampa Bay Times last updated its database last year, and there have likely been more such deaths since. Here are some of the young Florida victims: The youngest was nine-year-old Sherdavia Jenkins, who was killed in the crossfire of a dispute in which the defendant unsuccessfully raised the Stand Your Ground defense.

DiNapoli: 7 Long Island villages financially stressed Originally published: February 7, 2014 2:18 PM Updated: February 7, 2014 9:15 PM By PATRICK WHITTLE patrick.whittle@newsday.com Seven of the 15 most fiscally stressed villages in the state are on Long Island, state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said Friday. Amityville, Manorhaven and Bayville were among the four villages in the state to receive the "significant fiscal stress" warning label. Old Brookville and West Hampton Dunes were listed as having "moderate" stress, and Brightwaters and Garden City were "susceptible" to fiscal stress.

18-year-old Daniel Amore was stabbed to death by his 31-year-old legal guardian Kunta Grant, after Amore punched him during a dispute. Grant was given Stand Your Ground immunity by a judge.

Some village leaders said the listed stress levels failed to reflect the impact of superstorm Sandy, but DiNapoli acknowledged Sandy played a negative role in some villages' finances.

19-year-old Christopher Araujo was shot by Norman Borden, who said “he was walking his dogs when three men in a Jeep shouted threats at him and warned they had bats as weapons. Borden went into his home and came back out armed. He told his friends to leave the area. The Jeep returned, and Borden said they tried to run him down. He pulled a gun and shot five times through the windshield, then nine more times after the Jeep hit a fence post and stopped.” A judge denied the Stand Your Ground motion, but Borden was acquitted by a jury of first-degree murder and other related charges.

He described the report as an "early warning" for communities that could be headed for financial crises.

18-year-old Carlos Mustelier was shot to death, after he and his 16-year-old friend approached Thomas Baker jogging, and one took a swing at him. Thomas responded “You wanna play games? You wanna play games?” and fired eight shots. The surviving teen said they planned to rob Baker, but neither was armed. A Hillsborough County prosecutor opted not to charge Baker. (Continued on page 9)

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"This is really meant to be a way to sound the alarm bells if you're headed in the wrong direction," he said in a phone interview. Villages in financial jeopardy can reach out to the comptroller's office for risk assessment or budget review help, DiNapoli said. He said his office used a "fiscal stress monitoring system" to evaluate 535 villages that had fiscal years ending on May 31, 2013 -- all but a handful of the state's villages. The comptroller's office took financial indicators such as debt and surplus levels into account in formulating the report, which follows similar reports about towns, counties, cities and school districts. The report states that Manorhaven's short-term debt of $485,000 in fiscal 2013 is nearly 11 percent of the village's (Continued on page 11)

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I Can “...With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26, NKJV) TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria When was the last time you declared out loud “I can”? It’s not something people think to do every day. In fact, most people tend to magnify their limitations. They focus on their shortcomings. But scripture makes it plain: all things are possible to those who believe. That’s right! It is possible to see your dreams fulfilled. It is possible to overcome that obstacle. It is possible to climb to new heights. It is possible to embrace your destiny. You may not know how it will all take place. You may not have a plan, but all you have to know is that if God said that you can...you can! Today, why don’t you begin to open yourself up to the possibility in your future by simply declaring this verse, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength?” At the stoplight, when you’re MINISTER waiting in line, anytime you have a second, just LARRY MONTGOMERY, SR. quote this verse to yourself again. Let it sink down deeply into your heart. As you do, His word will PUBLISHER AND CHIEF transform you. Faith will rise up in your heart and COMMUNITY JOURNAL, INC. will boldly embrace the blessings that He has in store for you! A PRAYER FOR TODAY Father, thank You for empowering me by Your spirit to do everything that I’m called to do. Thank You for Your hand of blessing upon me as I submit my ways to You. I declare: I can do all things in Jesus’ name! Amen.  Joel & Victoria Osteen Happy Day After Nor'easter Day and Happy Valentine’s Day

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Dunn’s failure to go to a safe place and call police immediately is as indicting as his conflicting testimony. To go back to his hotel, to order a pizza then sleep through the night without alerting authorities to your participation in a shooting is simply implausible for an innocent man. If he truly believed he was right to open fire, if he believed he was in imminent danger, that his actions were justified, he would have driven to the nearest police or fire station. He would have picked up his cell phone and dialed 911, if he thought for one moment that “local gangsters” were following him. Instead, he was hiding out in a hotel with his girlfriend getting his story together. But for all of that, here is what I find most galling about this case. Dunn has not expressed one scintilla of remorse for taking the life of another human being. “I had the right to self-defense and I took it,” he said on the witness said. He grew dewy-eyed about his sevenmonth-old puppy named Charlie, but spilled no tears over the death of a young black boy. In fact, he rarely called Jordan or his friends by name. For him, they were “thugs,” “gangsters” and his “attacker.” From beginning to end, Dunn exhibited an air of righteous indignation—as if he were the one being persecuted. During the gentle, but effective interrogation, he seemed surprised that police would arrest him at gunpoint. The real threat to society was the boys in the truck, not a guy like him—not with all the “good things” he had going on in his

life. Jordan had good things going on in his life too—a life that, even to this very day, Dunn had no problem ending. Dunn blithely told the prosecutor that he was glad that by reading his jailhouse letters that the district attorney would understand what he went through that night. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

“He killed him and doesn’t give a single f**k about it,” my son said. Twenty-five states have so-called “Stand Your Ground” laws, affording criminal and civil immunity to individuals who are deemed justified in the use of deadly force. Under the law, a person who is in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm has no “duty to retreat.” The impact of these laws on criminal prosecution and communities of color have been immeasurable. White defendants are significantly more likely to receive immunity under the law or be acquitted upon prosecution when the attacker is black, than blacks that defend themselves against a white assailant. So while, yes, this is about Jordan, Trayvon, this is about every other young black and brown boy. Where are their protections? Where are their civil liberties? Do they not have the right to exist in this country without fear of being branded a “thug” or a “gangster” on sight? Based on the music genre they prefer? I almost expected Dunn to say, “They were black. What did you want me to do?” Editor’s Note: This has been a #breakingBLACK column. Goldie Taylor is a featured Grio columnist and her #breakingBlack columns will regularly appear every Monday. Follow Goldie Taylor on Twitter at @GoldieTaylor, and join the discussion at @theGrio with the hashtag #BreakingBlack.

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TEAM ADV-Ance, The Domestic Violence Advocacy Group Of The Dollicia F. Holloway Memorial Foundation, Inc., Receives Community Service Award For Advocating Against Domestic Violence October 28, 2013- TEAM ADV-Ance, The Domestic Violence Advocacy Group and initiative of The Dollicia F. Holloway Memorial Foundation, Inc. were the recipients of The 2013 Community Service Award for Advocating against Domestic Violence at the First Annual Domestic Violence Benefit Banquet, held at the Jericho Terrace in Mineola, New York. The award was presented at the First Annual Domestic Violence Benefit Banquet, held at the Jericho Terrace in Mineola, New York by Pastors Adam and Tshonge Inalegwu of New Creations Ministries International, Inc. of Queens, New York. TEAM ADV-Ance was created in memory of Diane L. Parker, God sister of Keith H. Burgess, Founder/CEO of The Dollicia F. Holloway Memorial Foundation, Inc and The Diane L. Parker Educational Resource Fund. On February 7, 2013, Diane L. Parker was murdered by her estranged husband at her home. Since its inception in April, 2013 and through its “grassroots” approach, TEAM ADV-Ance has successfully helped 5 Domestic Violence Survivors, through obtaining orders of protection, courtroom and hospital advocacy. Atlanya Gerald-Burgess, COO/Deputy Executive Director of The Dollicia F. Holloway Memorial Foundation, Inc. stated, “It was an honor and a privilege to be recognized by the community which we serve. “ TEAM ADV-Ance is an acronym for “Together Everyone Achieves More Against NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

Domestic Violence, Awareness Needs Community Evidence.” The mission of the TEAM ADV-Ance is to prevent and End Domestic Violence and bring awareness through advocacy and intervention to our community and hold every offender ACCOUNTABLE. For more information on TEAM ADV-Ance, please contact our public relations department at dianelparker101870@gmail.com. Visit us online at dianelparker.weebly.com PAGE 7


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PRESIDING OFFICER GREGORY SPONSORS STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST TO RECOGNIZE NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH Amityville, NY – Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory is highlighting African American inventors in a student essay contest in honor of African American History Month. The contest invites students in grades 6, 7 and 8 to write about an African American inventor and discuss how his/her life or invention affects them personally. One student will be selected as an honorary ‘Legislator for a Day’ to spend one day in Suffolk County government with Presiding Officer Gregory. “African American History Month provides an opportunity to focus on the contributions of African Americans,” said Presiding Officer Gregory. “This contest will give students a chance to discover the ingenuity and inventions of African American inventors of today as well as throughout our nation’s history.” The deadline for submissions is February 25. For more information, please contact Presiding Officer Gregory’s district office at 631-854-1111.

Public Service Announcement from the Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence Did you know that you, your relative, neighbor or friend could be a victim of domestic violence? Domestic Violence has no boundaries. Contact the Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence for help. Call the 24-hour hotline 631-666-8833. Trained counselors are always available. For more information visit sccadv.org Domestic violence is a crime. Those suffering are often afraid to report it to the police. The Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic V iolence places trained advocates in all seven Suffolk County Police Precincts to help those in need. For more information please call 631-666-8833 or visit us at www.sccadv.org NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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19-year-old Christopher Cote was killed by his neighbor, after a dispute over walking his dog on his new neighbor’s property. When Cote came back, unarmed, to talk to 62-year-old Jose Tapones about the dispute, Tapones answered the door with a shotgun, stepped outside onto the lawn, and shot Cote twice. A judge declined to grant Tapones Stand Your Ground immunity during his first trial, but was granted a new trial and acquitted the second time around. Some of these defendants were granted immunity; others were not. But the Stand Your Ground law can come into play in a number of ways. First, law enforcement officers sometimes use the Stand Your Ground law as a basis for not charging the shooter to begin with. That was initially the position of police who cited the law in not arresting Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, for more than a month. Second, many defendants who are charged request a special Stand Your Ground hearing and may be granted immunity by a judge before even going to trial. Third, defendants may raise the Stand Your Ground defense during the trial as a basis for acquittal. And fourth, as evidenced by the George Zimmerman case, the language of the Stand Your Ground law may be incorporated into the jury instructions and factor into the jury’s decision, even where the defense is not explicitly raised by the defendant.

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week revealed blatant animus towards African Americans. In part because Stand Your Ground has had a particular impact on the young, mothers have been among the loudest voices to call for repeal of these laws. During a legislative hearing to repeal Florida’s law, Davis’ mother Lucia McBath said, “My grief is unbearable at times. I’m here as a face of the countless victims of gun violence.” The legislative committee nonetheless voted down a repeal bill, and instead advanced another bill to expand it. McBath is the spokeswoman for a gun reform group formed after the Sandy Hook Massacre called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. The group’s founder, Shannon Watts, pointed out that cases like Davis’ — involving a dispute over loud music — show how Stand Your Ground laws attempt to “normalize behavior that isn’t normal.” “A teen who was playing loud music, which is what my teens do. That is sort of the attitude of the teenager,” Watts told ThinkProgress. “You don’t have the right to kill an innocent unarmed teen.” Jury selection continued in Dunn’s case on Tuesday.

In the latest high-profile case, Michael Dunn is expected to use Stand Your Ground language during trial to claim he shot Jordan Davis in self-defense. The case of an older white man shooting a young black teen after a loud music dispute became even more racially charged when letters from Dunn released by the State Attorney’s office this NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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OP-ED FROM THE DESK OF DON DURANT I was asked by a friend who had attended a recent showing of a theater production, I produced at a local church, “How do you go about doing this type of thing, you seem to be having so much fun.” I pointed out to her that if it is not fun, it is not worth doing. I went further to explain how many years ago, I invited The late Rev. Spurgeon Crayton to an OffBroadway Production I was presenting. He came, saw, and fell in love with the concept, with his already complete script in hand. He was seeking someone he could trust, who would be willing to take his work and present it. I had been friends with him from Teen age years and looked forward to working with him. His work: ANOTHER ONE GONE, was a gospel comedy, and it was outstanding. It was difficult getting through each page to read through without falling out laughing. That was exactly the reaction I was most interested in. I agreed to put on his play after the current production, of COMING HOME TO PAPA was complete, and I was anxious to contact him and arrange a start up date. The play was about a young unsaved man, who worked in the City Morgue;

NAN Monthly Meeting on Fri, Feb 14th at 7:30pm Hi All! Just a reminder that the next meeting of the Nassau County Chapter of NAN will be next Friday, Feb 14th at 7:30pm at New Life Christian Ministries, 70 N. Main St., Freeport, NY, 2nd floor. We have invited speakers, who will be sharing with you, updates on issues of concern in our communities. I am also pleased to announce that our keynote guest speaker for the evening will be Risco Mention-Lewis, Suffolk County Deputy Police Commissioner. Ms. MentionLewis is the first woman and first African American to hold the Deputy Commissioner spot in the history of the Suffolk County Police Department. Deputy Commissioner Mention-Lewis began her legal career as a Nassau County assistant district attorney in 1993 prosecuting criminal cases. In 2007, she became chief of Youth Development and NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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married to a sweetly saved woman, and his best friend was a lawyer he had grown up with in the community. He was aware of the many unidentified bodies they found in the course of doing his job, and this fascinated him in an interesting way. It became his plan to falsely become one of those unidentified, and if his lawyer friend would go along with his plan, he would share in the insurance benefits. His wife would be kept in the dark, since she would never agree o such shenanigans. The play became funnier and funnier, as each page turned. It was a tremendous hit in several venues we presented it, and we made the author Rev. Crayton, very proud. A live theater production, is a means of bringing life to a stage. It is quite different from a movie, because, the audience plays an involved part in your efforts. They laugh, cry, and boo, based on your presentation. Immediate gratification is what you seek, and when an audience is sitting and waiting for the next, word, or scene, in anxious approval, it takes the actor to an even higher, and more positive place. To anyone who believes they can act, or have an interest in sharing your best you with an audience, living theater is perhaps the grandest way of identifying inside yourself, that talent, gift, and desire to recreate a character from a page. The test is in audience reaction. Aim high and don’t settle for mediocre. Quality Script, Director, Cast and audience…What more do you need. Redirection, a mentoring program. The next year she created the Council on Thought and Action, a spinoff of District Attorney Kathleen Rice's battle against drug trafficking in the Terrace-Bedell area of Hempstead. The COTA program seeks to help ex-offenders become productive members of the community. COTA meetings occur twice a week. Members share their progress in finding work or overcoming obstacles. Deputy Commissioner Mention-Lewis has devoted several years to developing and implementing effective intervention strategies, working with individuals and communities to change lives and dramatically reduce the rate of recidivism. We are delighted to have her and we hope you come out and join what promises to be an engaging dialogue! Also we had a very successful Book Signing event with Rev Al Sharpton on Jan 29th and if you need a copy of Rev Sharpton's book, "The Rejected Stone" we have extra copies that will be available for sale at the meeting for $20. I look forward to seeing you at the meeting! Regards, Elder Annette Dennis PAGE 10


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*Spirit of Malabo nears completion of tests* Maspalomas, Gran Canaria - The twenty-four foot Brazilian made ocean rowboat christened the Spirit of Malabo nears completion of tests before its maiden transatlantic journey from Gran Canaria, Canary Islands to New York with a resupply in the British Virgin Islands. The vessel is currently docked at Pasito Blanco La Punta Yacht Club. "The VHF, AIS, 24 hour tracking, radar, epirb, navigation lights, rowing seats and solar panels are working. The batteries are sustaining a charge. All emergency gear and dry bags is secured. The hull has no leaks", said Victor Mooney of Queens, New York, rower of the Spirit of Malabo by phone this morning. Professional Satellite Oceanographer Jenifer Clark and professional Meteorologist Dane Clark, both with over 35 years supporting the marine community, are using infrared imagery, satellite altimetry data, and surface isotherm data, oceanographic analyses for Mr. Mooney's five-thousand mile journey. Waypoints will also be provided for taking advantage of favorable currents and for avoiding unfavorable ones. Mr. Mooney will be in communication with his ocean routers by satellite, which is sponsored by Hauppauge, New York based Globecomm Systems. Mr. Mooney's journey is designed to encourage voluntary HIV Testing. This will be the rowers four bid at this transatlantic crossing. "I'm staying in the battlefield in the war against AIDS", Mr. Mooney added. In the Gran Canaria, the project has received support from Nauctical.es, Maersk, Marmedsa, Gran Canaria Office of Tourism, Pasito Blanco La Punta Yacht Club, U.S. Consular Agency, Equatorial Guinea Consulate and the U.S. Embassy in Spain. On the net: http://www.goreechallenge.com, http://www.facebook.com/goreechallenge

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Legislator Abrahams Hosts Tax Grievance Workshops Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams’ (D-LD1) tax grievance workshop scheduled for Jan. 22, 2014 has been rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Uniondale Library, 400 Uniondale Ave., Uniondale. The legislator’s workshops, entitled “How to file a Property Tax Grievance,” focus on the process of property valuation and how to file an appeal of the assessed value of your property if you disagree with your most recent assessment. The workshops offer FREE assistance in preparing your own tax grievance application, and provide information on other property tax exemption programs. All materials are provided and applications are available. A Q&A period is also included. For additional information, please call Legislator Abrahams’ office at (516) 5716201 or contact the Assessment Review Commission at (516) 571-3214.

Giovanna Giunta, the village's mayor, said the report does not account for Sandy's impact on village finances. More than 80 percent of those expenses will be reimbursed to the village, she said.

Please feel free to attend any of the other workshops that are taking place on:

Old Brookville Mayor Bernard Ryba said his village's finances were taxed by Sandy, which forced $718,000 in emergency cleanup costs. About 90 percent of those expenses were reimbursed after the fiscal year, he said.

Thursday, Feb. 13th, 6 – 8:45 p.m. at Roosevelt Library, 27 W. Fulton Ave, Roosevelt;

West Hampton Dunes Mayor Gary Vegliante said he had not seen the report but the village is "not in any distress at all." Bayville Mayor Douglas Watson said the report doesn't take into account increases to health insurance and pension payments that villages must fund.

Monday, Feb. 3rd, 6 – 8:30 p.m. at Hempstead Public Library, 115 Nichols Ct, Hempstead;

Friday, Feb. 21st, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Uniondale Library, 400 Uniondale Ave., Uniondale; Tuesday, Feb. 25th, 7 – 8:45 p.m. at East Meadow Public Library, 1886 Front St, East Meadow. The deadline to file a grievance is Monday, Mar. 3, 2014.

"They bog us down with mandates, they squeeze the life out of us," Watson said. Amityville Mayor James Wandell said he is "well aware of the village's financial condition, which is not good," and the village is working to enact new fiscal controls. Attempts to contact officials in the other villages were not successful. Freeport, Long Island's second-largest village, was listed as "inconclusive" in the report because not all of its financial information was available, a DiNapoli spokesman said. Hempstead, Long Island's largest village, was listed as having "no designation," meaning it was not found to be in a state of distress NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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LI Future Business Leaders Competition The Long Island Future Business Leaders of America held a competition hosted by Molloy College in Rockville Centre. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby served as a judge at the event and congratulated Derny Fleurinma,from Elmont Memorial H.S. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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The LI NAACP hosted their 10th Annual Awards Luncheon at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented Certificates of Recognition to each of this year's honorees and congratulated Pres. Bea Bayley and board members.

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One Scholarship Endless Opportunities Receive up to $21,000 for college 2014 Horatio Alger National scholarship recipients have been selected. A full listing can  be found here. State scholarship recipients will be announced by late January.  The Idaho, Louisiana, and Montana scholarship application has re­opened until April 15, 2014. Click  here to read more about the requirements to be considered for these scholarships 

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that drug use is an illness and we must try to connect them with treatment and rehabilitation. A recent Newsday article maintained that Long Island does not have a sufficient amount of drug-treatment facilities. That is simply unacceptable. We as a community would not tolerate insufficient hospitals; we should not stand for a lack of drug treatment facilities. Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death hit hard for so many because he was an accomplished individual who was recognized from many movies. But there are countless others who suffer from the same disease, but who aren’t famous or internationally renowned. They are our friends and neighbors, coworkers and family members. Their deaths are tragic, too, even if they aren’t covered in the media. It’s time to put more resources into drug treatment and into educating our children about the dangers of getting started in drug use. Just ‘Saying No,” is not a solution. Focusing solely on locking up the drug dealers is not enough. We’ve got to do more to put an end to drug use and to the many tragic and unnecessary drug-related deaths. To learn more about what is going on in the Village of Hempstead, including information about local organizations that serve youth and families, visit www.villageofhempstead.org. To report any non-emergency issues around the Village, remember to use the VillageLine at 516-478-6333.

Early on Super Bowl Sunday, as our country was preoccupied with the big game, we received news that Philip Seymour Hoffman, a revered Oscar-winning actor, had passed away at the age of 46. Shock, sadness and disbelief coursed through his peers in the Hollywood community. A great actor in the prime of his career was suddenly gone; a beloved son, father, brother and partner had been taken from his loved ones. As the actions that led to Mr. Hoffman’s death began leaking to the media, the true tragedy of his passing came to light: Mr. Hoffman had overdosed on heroin. Sincerely, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death registered with many who’ve experienced the unexpected loss of family members. It resonated with those who’ve lost loved ones to the drug Mayor Wayne J. Hall scourge. But the fact that it happened to an individual who many believe lived a privileged life brought home the ugly truth that drug addiction does not discriminate. The fact that Mr. Hoffman seemingly had all the reHEMPSTEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY sources—money, access to treatment—that should have made it possible for him to get treatment for his disease, ADULT WORKSHOP heightened the tragedy and highlighted the fact that drug addiction is an illness, and that it is not always easy for those USING SOCIAL MEDIA IN who are ill to admit they have the disease, nor are there enough facilities to treat those who are in need. YOUR JOB SEARCH The sad reality is that many in our communities are batWednesday, March 26, 2014 tling drug addiction. Too often we only think of drugs when we hear of drug dealers being arrested. We think then of the 6:30pm – 8:30pm plague of young men getting involved in the underground For immediate release* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * economy, selling drugs to make money. Less rarely do we think of the drug users, and of the families who are suffering advance Registration needed * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * because their loved ones have gotten involved in the drug Contact: Reference* * * * * * * * * * * * *481-6990 trade on either side of the equation: as user or dealer. A resume is no longer enough. Today’s job seekers must Mr. Hoffman’s death sounds the alert that perhaps this have a LinkedIn Profile and know how to use other social drug is taking hold in more communities than previously recmedia for a well-rounded job search strategy. Participants ognized. Here on Long Island there have been reports that will learn how to build their LinkedIn Profile and how Twitheroin use is on the rise, and we know also that addiction to ter and Facebook can add value to a 21st Century job search. prescription pills is becoming an increasing problem. This is an informative presentation and handouts will be made available to all who attend. This free program will be All of us, parents, siblings, friends and neighbors, must held in the Community Room of the library. re-assert the dangers of drug use to our loved ones. For those who are already battling addiction we must recognize Registration is required.

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CVS Caremark plans to stop tobacco products sales CVS Caremark, America’s second-largest drugstore chain, is quitting selling tobacco products at its more than 7,600 U.S. drugstores as it focuses more on providing health care. The Massachusetts-based company said Wednesday that it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by Oct. 1, a move that will cost about $2 billion in annual revenue but won’t affect its 2014 earnings forecast. CVS Caremark leaders say removing tobacco will help them grow the company’s business of working with doctors, hospitals and other care providers to improve customers’ health.

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CVS Caremark Corp. and other major drugstore chains have been adding clinics to their stores and expanding their health care focus for several years now. They’ve been preparing, in part, for an aging U.S. population that will need more care and for the millions of people who are expected to gain health insurance coverage under the federal health care overhaul. Their pharmacists deliver flu shots and other immunizations, and their clinics also have been expanding the scope of care they deliver. They now help people manage chronic illnesses like high blood pressure and diabetes in addition to treating minor illnesses like sinus infections.

CVS Caremark competitor Walgreen Co., the largest U.S. drugstore chain, sells tobacco, as does the world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which also operates pharmacies in its stores. But Target Corp., another major retailer with pharmacies in its stores, does not. Tobacco is responsible for about 480,000 deaths a year in the U.S., according to the Food and Drug Administration, which gained the authority to regulate tobacco products in 2009. The federal government has renewed efforts to reduce the death and disease caused by tobacco use on the heels of the 50th anniversary of the landmark 1964 surgeon general’s report that launched the anti-smoking movement. A new 980-page report issued last month by acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak also urged new resolve to make the next generation a smoke-free generation. Most independent pharmacies also do not sell tobacco, according to the National Community Pharmacists Association. Several cities, including San Francisco and Boston, have considered or passed bans on tobacco sales in stores with pharmacies. Other places like New York City have sought to curb retail displays and promotions and raise the legal age someone can buy tobacco products. CVS notches about $1.5 billion annually in tobacco sales, but it expects the $2 billion drop in revenue from phasing out tobacco because smokers often buy other products when they visit their stores. The company brought in more than $123 billion in revenue in 2012 and ranks 13th NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

CEO Larry Merlo noted that conditions like those are made worse by smoking. “We’ve come to the conclusion that cigarettes have no place in a setting where health care is being delivered,” he said. The company declined to say what will take tobacco’s prominent shelf place behind cash registers at the front of its stores. CVS Caremark will test some items and may expand smoking cessation products that are already sold near cigarettes. Its drugstores do not sell electronic cigarettes, devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution and create a water vapor that users inhale. CVS Caremark has been working to team up with hospital groups and doctor practices to help deliver and monitor patient care, and the presence of tobacco in its stores has made for some awkward conversations, CVS Chief Medical (Continued on page 25)

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Hempstead apartment fire leaves eight injured Originally published: February 10, 2014 4:21 PM Updated: February 10, 2014 9:45 PM By ELLEN YAN AND SID CASSESE ellen.yan@newsday.com,sid.cassese@newsday.com A Hempstead Village apartment fire trapped a man on his balcony and prompted his adult son to jump to safety Monday in a fire that left at least four apartments uninhabitable, authorities said. The two men and six others were taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and evaluation after an electrical fire started in a bedroom, village and fire officials said. Flames were reported at 3:54 p.m. at 251 Jackson Ave., a six-floor apartment building across from village hall, officials said. Residents recalled the lights going out just before the fire, said village Mayor Wayne Hall Sr. "They went to turn on the circuit breaker and it popped, and the fire started," said Hall, who added that he had lived there when he moved to the village in 1978. Village officials, including Deputy Mayor Waylyn Hobbs, raced from their offices to the building, reaching it in advance of fire trucks. Hobb said a father and his son were on their balcony, NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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feet from the flames that had started in their second-floor bedroom and were shooting out a window. "The flames were definitely right on their backs," said Hobbs, also a Hempstead volunteer firefighter. "They were getting ready to jump. We convinced them not to jump, that the fire trucks were on their way." The father, who appeared to be in his 50s, stayed on his balcony, but his son, who appeared to be in his 20s, soon climbed onto an adjacent balcony, Hobbs said. "He just hung there from the edge of the balcony," he said. In less than two minutes, a Hempstead Village fire truck arrived and a 20-foot ladder was propped up against the building to rescue the father, the deputy mayor said. He said he and the village parks superintendent, George Sanders, climbed up to help the father down. But before a second ladder could be propped up, the man's son "dropped down into the arms of the police that were there," Hobbs recounted. "They broke his fall." Hempstead police chief Scott Clark said the fire was under control some time before 5 p.m. and residents were allowed into the building again. Eight people were taken to Winthrop-University Hospital and Nassau University Medical Center with minor injuries, officials said. Clark said four were civilians, two were Hempstead Village police officers and two were Hempstead Village firefighters. All were expected to be released. PAGE 19


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ASK LISA-ANNE How Do I Protect My Child From Sexual Abuse? Q. My neighbor told me recently that one of the teachers at her son’s school was fired for allegedly having sexual contact with a student. Who would ever think that you couldn’t trust a teacher? How often does this happen? A. These are good questions! Nothing angers me more than when adults who are charged to protect and nurture children, betray them in this way. There is no amount of jail time that would make that child feel whole again. Remember that child predators went to the countries destroyed by the tsunami, a few years back, in search of children to steal and place in the sex trade business because they knew there was chaos there. With child pornography on the rise and the ability to reach children like never before via computers, child sexual abuse is rising. Unfortunately, a small but dangerous contingent of sexual predators lurks among the dedicated teachers in our nation's classrooms. Sexual misconduct by educators is a volatile, sensitive subject that's been whispered about in school hallways and behind closed office doors as long as there have been schools. However, a lack of public acknowledgment has helped the problem to spread and the bad teachers to circulate. The Post-Gazette examined 727 cases across the U.S. in which an educator has lost his or her license for sex offenses during the past five years, and has found some disturbing trends. Among them: The number of teachers who have lost their licenses because of sex offenses has increased nearly 80 percent since 1994. Several of those who lost their licenses were caught only after they had been molesting students for many years. Offending teachers sometimes get help landing another teaching job from a unexpected source -- their former bosses. The practice is so well-known among educators that they refer to it by name. They call it "passing the trash." Individual states' aggressiveness in detecting and removing predators from the classroom varies widely, and some states do no background checks on teacher applicants at all. There is a private, national clearinghouse that tracks problem teachers but its director admits that states' reporting can be spotty, leaving everyone vulnerable to the so-called "mobile molester." Even when caught, offending teachers can launch appeals that allow them to retain their teaching certificate for two to three more years. In some cases, those teachers have moved to another state and used that certificate to get a new teaching job until their appeals run out. Weak communication between the education and criminal branches of state governments means that education officials NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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don't always find out if a teacher has been arrested for sex crimes or other offenses. In one case, Missouri education officials had to send a license-revocation order to a Kansas man who had already begun serving a 90-year sentence for raping a teen-aged girl. Visit www.Post-Gazette.com for more information. Signs of abuse include: venereal disease, pregnancy, blood in bedding or clothes, or scratches, itching, bruises, rashes, or cuts in the genital area. There are many emotional signs that your child has been abuse, including but not limited to, aggressive behavior especially towards younger children, fear of a certain person, fear of a certain place, a sudden interest in sex, an unusual interest in sex, a highly developed knowledge of sex, any artwork having to do with sex, any stories written about sex, insomnia, nightmares, seductive behavior towards adults, sexual behavior towards other children, dressing too old for their age, changes in eating behaviors like binging or not eating enough, problems at school either disciplinary or grades, wetting the bed or other behavior that is younger than their age, secretive behavior, sexual play (such as making dolls do sexual acts), excessive masturbation, having unexplained gifts or money, self-deprecating statements about themselves or their body, cutting or self-mutilating behavior, depression or extreme emotional behavior, defiance or rebelling in a child that is not usually that way, threatening or attempting suicide, using drugs and alcohol, promiscuous behavior, being to uptight sexually, not thinking of themselves as sexual if it is appropriate at their age, running away, setting fires, lying, stealing, being obsessed with death, or dropping friends. That’s a long list but if parents see changes in their children, they should perk up and pay attention. Don’t brush if off as a phase. Parents must also have open and honest communication with their children. Parents should not question young children themselves. Seek out a child psychologist or licensed social worker who specializes in sexual abuse if you suspect any injury to your child. Visit www.associatedcontent.com for more information. 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 book, They Say I Have ADHD, I Say Life Sucks! Thoughts From Nicholas available at www.Amazon.com. You may contact her at speechlrb@yahoo.com or by visiting her website at www.AskLisaAnne.com.

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Roosevelt HS Career Day Roosevelt HS hosted their Annual Career Day at the school. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby was pleased to address students and was impressed with how motivated they were in discussing their future plans. Councilwoman Goosby with Capt. Robert L. & Margaret Olden Sr., Tuskegee Airman and students: Vanessa Viera, Ruth Perez, Gigi Larius, Stephanie Turcios, and Jennifer Veliz

Turtle Hook Career Day Turtle Hook Middle School in Uniondale hosted their Annual Career Day at the school. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby was pleased to address students and was impressed with how bright and inquisitive they were. Photo: Councilwoman Goosby with Ms. Olamide Akanmu's 8th grade Math Class NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Columbus, OH (BlackNews.com) -- February is here again, and Black History month is being celebrated all around the world. Many television channels have launched special programming for the month, companies have launched special advertising campaigns, and many of their foundations have launched scholarship programs. Below are the top 10 Black history month scholarships with deadlines in February 2014: #1 - The Frito-Lay “Create to Celebrate� Black History Month Art Contest encourages applicants to submit online an original piece of art created in any medium (video, song, photo, sculpture, painting, etc) that celebrates African American achievement. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2014/01/ frito-lay-create-to-celebrate-black-history-month-artcontest.html #2 - The Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Scholarship Program offers scholarship awards and once-in-a-lifetime apprenticeship experiences to African American youth looking to pave the way for their futures. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2014/01/ coca-cola-pay-it-forward-scholarship-program.html #3 - The RBC Black History Month Student Essay Competition is offered by the Royal Bank of Canada for Canadian students. The essay consists of writing in 750 words or less on how black Canadians have contributed toward the heritage of Canada. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2014/01/ rbc-black-history-month-student-essay.html #4 - The 100 Black Men of America Future Leader Scholarship Program is open to high school seniors as well as college freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. The scholarship is based on academic achievement and community service. L e a r n m o r e a t www.scholarshipsonline.org/2013/12/100-black-men-ofamerica-future-leader.html #5 - The Jerry Bartow Scholarship Fund, offered by the Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP), awards three scholarships each year for undergraduate students who are attending historically black colleges and universities (HBCU). Students must major in business, engineering, technology, or education. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2013/02/ black-executive-exchange-program-jerry.html NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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#6 - The Kroger "I Can Make History" Contest will award more than $71,000 in prizes in the categories of art, essay, music and poetry. Celebrating Black History month, Kroger, the largest grocery chain in the country, is using the contest to recognize the contributions of African Americans in the past and in the future. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2014/01/ kroger-i-can-make-history-contest.html #7 - The GEICO Achievement Award Program helps current college students who are sophomores and juniors earn scholarship money to complete their education. Eligible students must be enrolled in a business, computer science, or mathematics program. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2013/01/ geico-achievement-award-program.html #8 - The Regions Riding Forward Black History Month Scholarship is awarded each year to high school students and college students. Interested students may apply by writing an essay about African-Americans who have inspired them. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2014/01/ regions-riding-forward-black-history.html #9 - LAGRANT Foundation Scholarships are targeted toward minority undergraduate and graduate students, offering scholarships for students interested in careers in advertising, marketing or public relations. Students must be American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, Black (non-Hispanic) or Hispanic. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2013/02/ lagrant-foundation-scholarships.html #10 - The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation General Mills Health Scholarship Program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who plan to major in health-related studies. Academic achievement, leadership qualities and service to the community are required. Learn more at www.scholarshipsonline.org/2013/02/ congressional-black-caucus-general-mills-healthscholarship.html To search hundreds of more 2014 scholarships, visit www.ScholarshipsOnline.org

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PRESIDING OFFICER GREGORY SPONSORS WALGREENSLIAAC NATIONAL BLACK AIDS/HIV AWARENESS DAY EVENT Amityville, NY – Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory would like to thank Long Island Association for AIDS Care Inc. and Walgreens for recently hosting a National Black AIDS/HIV awareness event. Free HIV testing along with flu shots, blood pressure checks and other health screenings were offered to the community at Amityville Walgreens as part of a community outreach program for National Black AIDS/HIV Awareness Day on February 7. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has designated several annual AIDS awareness days throughout the year. For details, visit http://aids.gov/news-and-events/ awareness-days/ Pictured from left: Walgreens District Pharmacy Supervisor Louis Morandi and representative Stephanie Monroy; Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory; Walgreens Manager Ryan Tarello and representatives Louis D’Introno and Ravi Shah.

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REGENTS ADJUST COMMON CORE IMPLEMENTATION Full Implementation Delayed until 2022 Teachers, Students Protected from Impact of Assessment Transition in Bloom Delayed The State Board of Regents P-12 Education and Higher Education Committees today adopted several measures presented in a report from a Regents’ work group to adjust the implementation of the new Common Core Standards. The full Board is expected to act on the Committee reports tomorrow (Tuesday, February 11th). Included are changes that will delay the impact of Common Core-related state assessments on educators and students, and reduce the level of local school district testing associated with the new teacher evaluation law and higher standards for teaching and learning. “We have listened to the concerns of parents and teachers,” Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch said. “We’ve heard the concerns expressed at the hearings and forums, and we regret that the urgency of our work, and the unevenness of implementation, have caused frustration and anxiety for some of our educators, students, and their families. This report is designed to make significant and timely changes to improve our shared goal of implementing the Common Core. We have heard strong support for higher standards, but we have also heard a desire for more time. The Regents work group put together a series of strong adjustments that will help improve implementation without sacrificing the high standards we’ve set for our students. These changes will help give principals, teachers, parents and students the time to adjust to the new standards without stopping our progress toward the goal we all share: college and career readiness for every student.” “Any major shift – especially one involving 700 school districts, more than 4500 schools, and millions of students— is going to require adjustments and course corrections along the way,” Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. said. “The implementation of the higher standards has been uneven, and these changes will help strengthen the important work happening in schools throughout the state. As challeng(Continued on page 24)

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ing as implementation has been, we have to remember one important fact: the old standards were not adequate. Every year, despite our state’s many excellent districts and schools, 140,000 students leave high school without the skills they need for college and career success. We have to stay focused on giving all of our students the preparation they need to succeed after high school.” Rochester area Regent Wade Norwood chaired the work group. “When the Board approved the shift to the Common Core four years ago, we knew we would have to make adjustments as the standards rolled out,” Norwood said. “The work group balanced the concerns all of us have heard with the progress we’ve made toward raising the bar for our students. The changes we’ve made protect teachers and students from unforeseen and unintended consequences of the implementation without damaging the foundation we’ve built to help our students succeed in the 21st century.” Under the changes, the requirement to pass Common Core-based Regents exams at the college and career ready level will be extended. The class of 2022 will be the first to face the new higher graduation requirements, 12 years after the adoption of the standards in 2010. To ensure that students are not unfairly penalized by the transition to higher standards, the requirements for Academic Intervention Services (mandatory tutoring for struggling students) will be adjusted and guidance will be issued to districts making clear that the State Education Department (SED) neither requires nor encourages districts to make promotion or placement decisions using student performance on state assessments in grades 3-8, but if districts choose to do so, they should make adjustments to ensure students are not negatively impacted by the Common Core transition and should use multiple measures – not grades 3-8 state assessment results alone. The State has not created any additional tests as part of Common Core implementation. All required state tests other than two high school social studies Regents exams – including all grades 3-8 assessments and high school exams in English, Math, and Science – are required by federal law. However, King noted, the Board recognized that a variety of pressures at the state and local level may have resulted in students in some districts being tested more than needed or rote standardized test preparation that crowds out quality instruction. The measures approved by the two committees today will reduce local testing by:

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than 1% of instructional time.) In addition, the Board and SED will support reducing standardized testing by local school districts through “Teaching is the Core” grants that require districts to review their local assessments and eliminate any unnecessary or duplicative assessments. King noted that New York’s participation in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) will be limited to field testing only during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. Although only 1 percent of teachers were rated ineffective in the first year of statewide teacher evaluations, the measure approved by the committees today will provide added protection for educators by approving an emergency regulation to protect teachers and principals from unfair termination based on 2012-13 and 2013-14 assessment results in districts that did not timely implement the Common Core by providing adequate professional development, guidance on curriculum, or other necessary supports. King also announced the State has delayed the launch of the data dashboards related to inBloom to allow SED to work with legislators to address concerns about data security and third party providers used by the State and districts. The P-12 committee also approved SED applying to the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) to renew the State’s waiver from No Child Left Behind (the Elementary and Secondary Education Act). As part of the waiver renewal, SED will ask USDOE to allow students with severe disabilities who are not eligible for alternate assessments to be tested at their instructional level rather than their chronological age level, and allow English Language Learners to be tested in their native language for their first two years of assessments. In addition, the work group reaffirmed the Board’s request to the legislature to fund a three year, $525 million Core Instructional Development Fund aimed at providing increased professional development for Common Core implementation, and to provide increased funding to reduce field testing, allow for the release of more test items, and support the development of native language arts assessments for English Language Learners. Earlier this year, USDOE approved the request for a waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) requirement that students who take Regents exams in mathematics when they are in seventh or eighth grade to also take the state mathematics assessment. The waiver will effectively end the “double-testing” of approximately 50,000 students, beginning with the spring 2014 assessments

Increasing flexibility for districts to reduce local testing used to inform teacher evaluation Creating an expedited review process for districts that propose to amend their teacher evaluation plans to reduce local testing Eliminating local traditional standardized tests for K2 used to inform teacher evaluations (The State does not administer traditional standardized tests in K-2.) Capping at 1% the instructional time that can be used for local assessments used to inform teacher evaluations (The federally required State assessments in grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics account for less NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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NCDA: Case Update (Michael Barletta sentencing) Michael Barletta, 47, of North Massapequa, was sentenced today by Nassau County Court Judge Angelo Delligatti. He was classified as a Level 1 sex offender, will wear an electronic monitoring bracelet for at least 6 months and be on 10 years’ supervised probation. He was also sentenced to six months in jail, which he has already served. Barletta pleaded guilty in December 2012 to Promoting a Sexual Performance By a Child (a D felony) and Possessing a Sexual Performance By a Child (an E felony) for possessing and disseminating child pornography via the Internet in his North Massapequa home. Assistant District Attorney Anne Donnelly, deputy chief of DA Rice’s Organized Crime and Rackets Bureau, is prosecuting the case. Barletta is represented by Eric Sacks, Esq.

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Officer Dr. Troyen A. Brennan said. Walgreen spokesman Michael Polzin said in an email his company has been evaluating tobacco products “for some time to balance the choices our customers expect from us, with their ongoing health needs.” He said the company will continue to do this while also providing smoking cessation products. On the flip side, discounters such as Family Dollar have started selling tobacco over the last couple years. They note that smokers make more frequent stops at retailers in order to buy tobacco, and their customers are more likely to be tobacco users. While CVS Caremark trails only Walgreen in terms of number of drugstores, it actually draws most of its revenue from its pharmacy benefits management, or PBM, business. PBMs run prescription drug plans for employers, insurers and other customers. They process mail-order prescriptions and handle bills for prescriptions filled at retail pharmacies. CVS Caremark shares slipped 55 cents to $65.56 Wednesday more than an hour before markets opened and after the company made its announcement. U.S. retail sales of tobacco, which is comprised largely of cigarettes, were about $107.7 billion in 2012, according to market researcher Euromonitor International. Less than 4 percent of retail cigarette sales come from drugstores like CVS and Walgreens.

Missed a call? 'One-ring' cell phone scam could cost you money

The share of Americans who smoke has fallen dramatically since 1970, from nearly 40 percent to about 18 percent. But the rate has stalled since about 2004, with about 44 million adults in the U.S. smoking cigarettes. It’s unclear why it hasn’t budged, but some market watchers have cited tobacco company discount coupons on cigarettes and a lack of funding for programs to discourage smoking or to help smokers quit.

Tobacco companies also have increasingly relied on their packaging and displays at retailers to build brand loyIf you pick up your phone and see a missed call from a number you alty and grab consumers because it is one of the few advertising levers left to them after the government curbed their don't recognize, you may want to think twice about calling back. You could be a potential victim of the growing "one-ring phone presence in magazines, billboards and TV. scam," which the Better Business Bureau (BBB) warned consumers about last week. As in most phone-based scams, the perpetrators use auto-dialing computer programs to call phones all over the country. In this case, the scammers let the phone ring once — just enough to cause a missed call message to pop up on victims' phones — and then hang up. Victims who call the number back are connected to a paid "adult entertainment service" located overseas. Those unlucky callers are generally charged a $19.95 international call fee up front, plus $9 or more per minute for the unwanted "service." (In some cases the scammers charge only a few bucks to the victim's bill to avoid suspicion.) The BBB said the scam calls usually come from outside the United States, including from numbers with area codes 268, 809, 876, 284 and 473. The BBB recommended that consumers ignore incoming or missed calls from out-of-state phone numbers that they don't recognize, and carefully check cell phone bills. If you're really tempted to call back that number, at least pop the digits into Google first. Sites like whocalled.us track complaints and questions about calls from specific numbers, while other online directories can tell in which town and state the phone number is registered. Julianne Pepitone is a senior technology writer for NBC News Digital. Previously she was a staff writer at CNNMoney, where she covered large tech companies including Apple and Google, as well as the intersection of tech and media. Follow Julianne on Twitter at @julpepitone or email her at julianne.pepitone@nbcuni.com. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Atlantic Beach Bookkeeper Sentenced for Stealing More Than 250K from Employer Goucher, 63, forged employer’s signature on over 100 checks to pay for personal credit cards, home equity loan, personal shopping and travel MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that an Atlantic Beach bookkeeper has been sentenced today for stealing over $250,000 from her employer, which she used for personal shopping and travel. Doreen Goucher, 63, pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the 2nd Degree (a C felony) in November 2013. Nassau County Court Judge Susan Kluewer sentenced Goucher today to 1-1/2 to 4-1/2 years in prison, with a civil judgment of restitution of $258,731. “Workplace theft is a problem not just for employers, but for the honest workers and hard-working consumers who suffer from the increase in costs and higher prices that can be the result of these crimes,” DA Rice said. “My office will continue to work with businesses to ensure that these workplace thieves are brought to justice.”

2011, Goucher used her position as bookkeeper for a local architect to withdraw $258,731 from company accounts without permission or authority from her employer. Her position gave her unrestricted and unsupervised access to the firm’s bank accounts. Goucher forged her employer’s signature on approximately 116 checks and then used those checks to pay off her personal credit cards and a home equity loan.

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She also used the money to travel to the island of Saint Martin in the Caribbean and open an account at Peter Luger Steakhouse, among other purchases. Goucher disguised the thefts by creating unauthorized personal credit and loan accounts that appeared to be legitimate company accounts. The theft was discovered when an internal audit of the company’s finances was performed and discrepancies were discovered, and then turned over to DA Rice’s office for further investigation in January 2012. Boucher worked for the company for 14 years before being terminated in December 2011. DA investigators arrested Goucher in February 2013. Assistant District Attorney William Jorgenson of DA Rice’s Government & Consumer Frauds Bureau is prosecuting the case. Goucher is represented by Gerard Marrone, Esq.

DA Rice said that between June 2006 and December

Miami-Dade Police Kendall Squad Caught Ignoring Emergency Calls, Shopping On Camera An entire Miami-Dade Police squad in Kendall has been disciplined -- several of the officers, fired -- after what CBS Miami reports is one of the worst dereliction of duty cases in the department's history. One officer, Dario Socarras, was filmed drinking coffee for nine minutes while allegedly ignoring emergency dispatch orders on a call for an unconscious 5-month-old baby, Local10 reports. His supervisor, Sgt. Jennifer Gonzalez, was sitting at the cafe with Socarras -- and was also recorded shopping while on duty at stores like Target and Lowes, brushing off work to rendezvous with her boyfriend, and visiting her parents in Cutler Ridge when she should have been on the job, according to CBS. Socarras was also filmed twice kissing and spending NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

time with a girlfriend in the parking lot of the Dadeland mall, allegedly while ignoring calls for armed robbery and burglary -- forcing officers from other units to respond from greater distances. The squad was surveilled by Internal Affairs investigators, who used video cameras and GPS vehicle trackers to document what members were doing while they should have been responding to calls. "We're talking about falsification of records, we're talking about stealing time that doesn't belong to you, because they are supposed to be available for service or duty and they're not,” said former Miami Police Chief Ken Harms. Altogether, five officers and Sgt. Gonzalez were allegedly caught ignoring dispatch calls, according to media reports. NBC6 confirms Socarras, Gonzalez, and Officer Jose Huerta have been fired, according to MDPD internal affairs documents, and others have been disciplined. PAGE 26


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New Jersey Man Arrested for Stealing Over $20K in Tips from Parking Attendants at Roosevelt Field Mall Benevento, as parking manager, required payments from valets for each shift worked during the week MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that a New Jersey man was arrested late Friday and arraigned today for requiring valets who parked cars at two restaurants at Roosevelt Field Mall to turn over a certain amount of their tips to him every week or lose their jobs. John Benevento, 32, of East Rutherford, NJ, was arrested on Feb. 7 and arraigned today on the charge of Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree (an E felony). Judge Rhonda Fischer set bail at $20,000 cash or bond. If convicted, Benevento faces a maximum possible sentence of 1-1/3 to 4 years in prison. He's due back in Part 9 of Nassau District Court, in Mineola, on Feb. 11. “Giving workers a choice between keeping their job and handing over their hard-earned tips is really no choice at all,” DA Rice said. “Most of the valets in this case are attending local colleges and need the money to help pay expenses. Forcing workers to pay a fee to keep their jobs will not be allowed to be business as usual.” DA Rice said Benevento stole a total of $23,541 in tip money from valets who parked cars for the Capital Grille and Seasons 52 restaurants located at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City. The two restaurants contract out parking duties to One Way Valet, an Orlando-based company that employs Benevento as a manager for various accounts in the Northeast. The two restaurants are not implicated for any wrongdoing in this case. The scheme was discovered when workers made complaints to DA Rice's office. DA investigators found that as manager for One Way Valet, Benevento required valets to turn money over to him when he made weekly visits to Long Island. Benevento created a schedule of payments requiring that the valets place a certain amount of their tip money in an envelope for him for each shift that they worked during the week, totaling over $400 per week. These shift envelopes were then placed in a lock box and picked up by Benevento every Friday. Assistant District Attorney Richard Balletta, chief of DA Rice’s Labor Unit, is prosecuting the case. Benevento is represented by Rovshan Sharifov, Esq. The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Judge Who Ordered Black Boy’s Name Changed From Messiah to Martin Is Fired Tennessee Judge Lu Ann Ballew had claimed that a black family couldn’t name their son “Messiah” because that name was reserved for Jesus Christ. Tennessee judge who ordered that a black couple change their son's name from Messiah because that name was reserved for Jesus Christ has been fired, New York's Daily News reports. Last August, Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew of Cocke County in eastern Tennessee ordered that the boy's first name be changed to Martin, even though the par-

ents objected and were only in front of the court seeking to settle other issues. According to court documents seen by the Daily News, Ballew was terminated effective last Friday. Although there was no specific reason given for her firing, the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct had cited her for an inappropriate religious bias. The child's mother, Jaleesa Martin, and father, Jawaan McCullough, had gone to court because each of them wanted their son to carry their own last name. Instead, Ballew threw out the child's first name, even though neither parent wanted it changed, and ordered the boy renamed Martin DeShawn McCullough, the Daily News reports. "The word 'messiah' is a title, and it's a title that has only been earned by one person, and that one person is Jesus Christ," the magistrate told Tennessee television station WBIR. The parents appealed, and another judge found that Ballew's ruling was unconstitutional. Ballew could not be reached for comment by the Daily News, which reports that a hearing is scheduled for March 3.

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Abortion rate lowest since Roe v. Wade The abortion rate and the number of abortions has fallen 13%, with just 1.1 million abortions in 2011, according to a new study by the Guttmacher Institute. Just 16.9 per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44 got an abortion in 2011. It’s the lowest rate since the year the Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide, 1973. Guttmacher has been periodically surveying abortion providers since the 1970s and surveyed four years for the current study, looking at abortion from 2008 to 2011. But the study’s authors say it’s not because of the hundreds of restrictive laws states have implemented in recent years. “While most of the new laws were enacted in states in the Midwest and the South, abortion incidence declined in all regions,” the study said, adding that in states that support abortion, the rate was also down—or even greater— than the national decline. They did note that the regulations did not increase the number. “Some of the new regulations undoubtedly made it more difficult, and costly, for facilities to continue to provide services and for women to access them,” the study’s authors conceded. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Obamacare success overlooked after failures over-covered You can say what you want about Obamacare, but you can’t call it a failure. It is turning into a political and practical success story, and it is gaining momentum every day. So much had been focused in the media on the shortcomings, failures and setbacks in the initial implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Now granted, the rollout was rocky, and the website, Healthcare.gov, suffered from flaws so many glitches and shutdowns that critics dismissed it as an abysmal failure. And yet, take a look at the successes: Obamacare has hit 3 million enrollments, a sign the administration has turned the corner on the healthcare reform law. And the White House has a fighting chance of meeting its initial goal of 7 million enrolled by the end of March. Further, with the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, more than 6.3 million Americans are now eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP. As many as 4 million new people signed up for Medicaid since October 1. With millions of people who did not have access to healthcare or who could (Continued on page 32)

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not otherwise afford it now having it, now that is what you call progress. Meanwhile, with 60 days left for open enrollment in Obamacare, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds more people are becoming comfortable with the health care law. Negative perceptions of the rollout have decreased from 76 percent in December to 66 percent today. And while 71 percent of people encountered problems on the health care website, those experiencing successes soared from 24 percent in December to 40 percent today. According to a poll from the National Association for Business Economics, the vast majority of businesses—75 percent— said that the Affordable Care Act will have no impact on their business conditions, while 85 percent said it would not change their hiring plans.

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tatingly vote against it.” “[Y]ou demand the continuation of our free enterprise system. You and I can do this. The only way we can do it is by writing to our congressmen even we believe that he is on our side to begin with,” Reagan added, urging the public to act. “If you don’t, this program I promise you, will pass just as surely as the sun will come up tomorrow and behind it will come other government programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known it in this country until one day as Normal Thomas said we will wake to find that we have socialism, and if you don’t do this and I don’t do this,

For a concept fraught with such partisan division as Obamacare, the Republican criticism was made to order. And why not? This is politics. The GOP had a vested interest in the failure of the President’s ambitious initiative. They knew if he succeeded, and apparently he has, the Democrats could solidify their support among voters, with millions of happy customers. There is no other way to explain the doomsday scenario by the Tea Party, with their cries of government intrusion, and their prediction of death panels, socialism, fascism, and any number of isms designed to scare people into rejecting Obamacare. The country has been down this road before. Let us not forget that in the 1930s under President Roosevelt, critics of Social Security labeled the program as socialism and prohibitively expansive government control. One Republican lawmaker at the time predicted “The lash of the dictator will be felt, and 25 million free American citizens will for the first time submit themselves to a fingerprint test.” In 1961, Ronald Reagan, acting as hired help for the American Medical Association, warned of the perils of the Democratic initiative later known as Medicare. “One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project, most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can’t afford it,” Reagan said in a recorded speech. “Now, the American people, if you put it to them about socialized medicine and gave them a chance to choose, would unhesiNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

one of these days we are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children, what it once was like in America when men were free.” Contrary to the naysayers, the sky did not fall, and Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid made America better. In fact, these programs enriched our lives. They evolved and expanded along the way, just as Obamacare undoubtedly will evolve. And yet, there are valid criticisms of Obamacare, which was a political compromise made in a Washington, DC sausage factory, providing what some regard as a universal right within the constraints of the for-profit, free market system. For example, progressives preferred a public option, or a government run, single-payer system, or simply Medicare for all. For now, after the public was bombarded with nonstop coverage of the Obamacare website failure, now things are operating smoothly and there is relative silence. Meanwhile, three Republican senators— Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Orrin Hatch (RUtah)— have proposed an alternative to Obamacare. You can hear crickets chirp. Good luck with that. PAGE 32


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Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita The Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita was held at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby congratulated those in attendance and members of the church.

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Resist Fear TODAY’S SCRIPTURE “Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset — rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined]...” (1 Peter 5:9, AMP) TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria The very moment you first feel fear, you have to resist it. In other words, you have to act against it. If you make the mistake of dwelling on your fears and start thinking about all the reasons why you can’t do what God is telling you to do, then it won’t be long before you develop a negative mindset that will keep you stuck where you are. In the Bible, when God told David to go fight Goliath, it says that David moved quickly toward the battlefield. In other words, he didn’t think about it. He didn’t allow fear to grip his heart and talk him out of it. He just did what God wanted him to do. So many people today are just sitting on the sidelines of life. They have tremendous potential on the inside, but they keep letting the enemy talk them out of doing what God wants them to do. Every time they get a vision of victory for their life, the enemy brings fear; and they just swallow his lies hook, line and sinker. Don’t let that be you! Instead, obey quickly. Resist fear and boldly embrace every blessing the Lord has in store for you! A PRAYER FOR TODAY Father, today I choose to resist fear. I choose Your Word. I choose Your love. I believe that with You, all things are possible. I choose to obey quickly and boldly embrace the victory and blessing You have for me in Jesus’ name. Amen. — Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Question: "Do faith in God and science contradict?" Answer: Science is defined as "the observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of phenomena." Science is a method that mankind can use to gain a greater understanding of the natural universe. It is a search for knowledge through observation. Advances in science demonstrate the reach of human logic and imagination. However, a Christian's belief in science should never be like our belief in God. A Christian can have faith in God and respect for science, as long as we remember which is perfect and which is not. Our belief in God is a belief of faith. We have faith in His Son for salvation, faith in His Word for instruction, and faith in His Holy Spirit for guidance. Our faith in God should be absolute, since when we put our faith in God, we depend on a perfect, omnipotent, omniscient Creator. Our belief in science should be intellectual and nothing more. We can count on science to do many great things, but we can also count on science to make mistakes. If we put faith in science, we depend on imperfect, sinful, limited, mortal men. Science throughout history has been wrong about many things, such as the shape of the earth, powered flight, vaccines, blood transfusions, and even reproduction. God is never wrong. Truth is nothing to fear, so there is no reason for a Christian to fear good science. Learning more about the way God constructed our universe helps all of mankind appreciate the wonder of creation. Expanding our knowledge helps us to combat disease, ignorance, and misunderstanding. However, there is danger when scientists hold their faith in human logic above faith in our Creator. These persons are no different from anyone devoted to a religion; they have chosen faith in man and will find facts to defend that faith. Still, the most rational scientists, even those who refuse to believe in God, admit to a lack of completeness in our understanding of the universe. They will admit that neither God nor the Bible can be proved or disproved by science, just as many of their favorite theories ultimately cannot be proved or disproved. Science is meant to be a truly neutral discipline, seeking only the truth, not furtherance of an agenda. Much of science supports the existence and work of God. Psalm 19:1 says, "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands." As modern science discovers more about the universe, we find more evidence of creation. The amazing complexity and replication of DNA, NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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the intricate and interlocking laws of physics, and the absolute harmony of conditions and chemistry here on earth all serve to support the message of the Bible. A Christian should embrace science that seeks the truth, but reject the "priests of science" who put human knowledge above God. Question: "What does it mean that Satan is prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2)?" Answer: “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:1–2, emphasis added). In this text the apostle Paul describes Satan first as a “prince” with power, because he has authentic power in the world (1 John 5:19). This power has been given him by God (Luke 4:6). Satan has power over some illnesses (Luke 13:16; see also 2 Corinthians 12:7— it’s unknown if Paul’s “thorn” was an illness or something else). In some sense, Satan has power over death (Hebrew 2:14). The reason Satan is called a prince rather than a king is because there is only one King—Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 6:15). Satan also has power over some people. The “sons of disobedience” referred to in Ephesians 2:2 are those who have not trusted Christ as Lord and Savior (cf. Acts 26:18; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 13:12). The demons are also under the rule of Satan (Matthew 12:24), and one of his titles is “prince of demons” (Matthew 9:34). Satan has a kingdom (Matthew 12:26) and a throne (Revelation 2:13). Satan is called a prince because he is a ruler and possesses power to manifest evil in the world through influencing people and commanding demons. “The air” in Ephesians 2:2 may refer to the invisible realm above the earth where Satan and his demons move and exist. This space, of course, is the location of the earth’s atmosphere or “air.” In Ephesians 6:12, Paul writes, “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” This evil realm called the “air” could be an actual locality, but it could also be synonymous with the “world” of John 12:31. This whole world is Satan’s domain (Matthew 4:8–9). Although Satan has power and authority in the current (Continued on page 37)

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Nassau BOCES to start engineering program at Doshi STEM Program The Doshi STEM Program at Nassau BOCES will launch an engineering strand – Project Lead the Way – for the 2014-15 school year. Open to 10th grade students from throughout Long Island as well as currently enrolled Doshi STEM Program students, this curriculum will introduce students interested in becoming engineers to content that is hands-on and relevant. They will also interact with engineers from industry leaders. The students will engage in open-ended problem solving, learn and apply the engineering design process and use the same industry-leading technology and software as are used in the world’s top companies. This is a three-year program that is recognized throughout the country by many top college and university engineering programs. Students will take a sequence of Project Lead the Way courses that might include Intro to Engineering Design, Applied Engineering 1, Civil Engineering and Biomedical Science, as well as honors or AP science and math courses. The Doshi STEM Program, which launched in 2013 is located at Nassau BOCES’ Long Island High School for the Arts in Syosset, NY. Students attend the program for a half day session and take the rest of their course work at their home district high school. About Doshi STEM Program This innovative new program is designed for students who excel in math and science. Through our interdisciplinary curriculum, students will learn from Nassau BOCES teachers working in collaboration with professors and scientists from strategic partners such as Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Units of study focus on current issues in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Using real life experiences, students build their background knowledge in the core New York State and/or AP curricula and participate in a variety of projects. About Nassau BOCES The Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Nassau County (Nassau BOCES) is a public agency that serves the 56 school districts of Nassau County. It provides costeffective shared services, including career training for high school students and adults, special education, alternative schools, technology education and teacher training, as well as dozens of programs to expand educational opportunities and help districts operate more efficiently. Visit www.nassauboces.org for news, information and educational updates and like Nassau BOCES on Facebook, www.facebook.com/nassauboces.

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HEMPSTEAD BOYS CLOSE SEASON WITH BACK TO BACK WINS Hempstead Boys Basketball Tigers have struggled all season, finishing with a 5-7 overall record and a 3-9 conference stat. However, the Tigers stepped up and concluded their season this week with two wins, against Oceanside and Syosset, respectively. On senior night, the Tigers came out on top in a close contest against Oceanside on February 7. Final score: 51-48. The Tigers were led by Kahlik Watts who scored 17 points, John Blocker’s 16 points and Andre Morse with 10 points and 21 rebounds. For Oceanside this was their 10th conference loss. Then, three days later, Hempstead closed out the season with a rousing 64-62 victory over Syosset (5-7). In this season finale, four Tigers finished in double figures, led by Jaylin Henderson’s 17 points. He was joined by John Blocker, Khalik Watts and Andre Morse, with 15, 14 and 14 points, respectively. Morse also hauled down 18 rebounds and had 6 blocked shots. Winning their final two AA-1 conference games gave the Tigers a positive way to end what had been a season of challenges, of learning, growth and of perseverance, despite the numbers in the win-loss column. The Tigers fielded a young team so several players, now battle tested, will return next year with the goal of building on a foundation and returning Hempstead to a team that will be right there in the playoff mix at season’s end. Meantime, the players have the off season to work on their skills and prepare themselves for what lies ahead next year. And the rookie coach now has put his first varsity season has a head coach in to the books and has gained many lessons along the way from the season, from his players and from what’s it’s like to coach in a community that is passionate about its high school sports. B.J. Robinson (Continued from page 36)

world system in which we exist, his power is limited, always under the sovereign control of God (Job 1:12), and it is temporary (Romans 16:20). God has not revealed all of the why’s and when’s concerning Satan’s rule, but He has made it clear that there is only one way to escape the power of Satan’s dominion, and that is through His Son, Jesus (Acts 26:18; Colossians 1:13–14). It is Jesus who, speaking of the impending cross, declared victory: “Now the prince of this world will be driven out” (John 12:31).

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Yankees star Derek Jeter to retire after 2014 season NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter says he will retire after this season, ending one of the greatest careers in the history of baseball’s most storied franchise. The 39-year-old captain posted a long letter on his Facebook page Wednesday saying that 2014 will be his final year. A 13-time All-Star who has led the Yankees to five World Series championships, Jeter was limited to 17 games last season while trying to recover from a broken left ankle sustained in the 2012 playoffs. “I know it in my heart. The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball,” he wrote.

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things that always came easily to me and were always fun had started to become a struggle,” Jeter wrote. “The one thing I always said to myself was that when baseball started to feel more like a job, it would be time to move forward.” “So really it was months ago when I realized that this season would likely be my last. As I came to this conclusion and shared it with my friends and family, they all told me to hold off saying anything until I was absolutely 100 percent sure,” he wrote. “And the thing is, I could not be more sure,” he wrote. His agent, Casey Close, said Jeter wanted to declare his intentions before the Yankees start spring training later this week so that his future status wouldn’t be a distraction. Jeter is the Yankees’ career hits leader with 3,316. He is a lifetime .312 hitter in 19 seasons, with 256 home runs and 1,261 RBIs. Jeter has scored 1,876 runs and stolen 348 bases. He also is a five-time Gold Glove winner. Last season, Jeter hit just .190 with one homer and seven RBIs. Jeter has said he’s fully ready for spring training this year and set to play. Jeter worked out at the Yankees’ spring training complex on Wednesday and left around noon, giving no hint that he was about to announce his plans.

Jeter was the last link to the powerful Yankees teams that won three straight World Series crowns from 1998-2000. Longtime teammates Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte retired after last year. “Last year was a tough one for me. As I suffered through a bunch of injuries, I realized that some of the NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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BETHEA ON NATIONAL LEAGUE COMMENTARY FOR THE CHEAP SEATS

Hello Sports Fans, the NBA season has reached its allstar break and the N.Y. teams are falling well short of fans expectation for our local teams. The New York Knicks are truly disappointing at 20 wins and 31 loses, the Brooklyn Nets are 23 wins and 26 loses, but the Nets have shown some life in the win column lately. The NBA all-star break represents the first half of the season, which typically ends most trade, and movement of player personnel. Obviously coaches can be fired whenever management chooses to make changes, however the word from the “cheap seats” says coach Woodson of the Knicks should stay until a capable replacement is considered. The Knick roster has terrific balance with a legitimate scorer and all-star in Carmelo Anthony (Melo). However the supporting cast of Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler has not supplied the help needed to gain in the win column. The injuries to both players have proven to be critical in the Knick line-up because in their absence the team experienced losing streaks and left a void that back-up players were unable to fill. The point guard play of Ray Felton has been inconsistent and lacking a defensive presence to guide his team and make good decisions on the floor. The point guard position is so critical for a team with decent talent that most teams are not successful without a true floor leader at the point position. The injuries Felton suffered early in the season may be the reason and may be his injures have not completely healed. This overall view has the Garden chanting fire the coach, but Knicks Management must consider the right replacement before unloading Woodson and he NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

may deserve an opportunity to turn the team around. The Brooklyn Nets are playing with a new purpose after starting the season well below .500 and have begun to resemble the potential most Nets fans hoped for at the beginning of the season. The Nets have a great line-up with future Hall of Famers in Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce adding experience and guidance to point guard Deron Williams and center Brook Lopez. Again injuries play a big role in a New York team and the lack of success from the Nets team that most NBA fans consider underachievers. Brook Lopez was an all-star last year for the first time in his NBA career and he has missed the majority of this season due to a broken foot. His absence has proven to be important in team chemistry and his length at 7’ creates match-up problems for opposing defenses throughout the league. Coach Jason Kidd has his Brooklyn Nets looking focused without the services of all-star center Lopez and playing exceptional on both defense and offense as a cohesive unit that finally resembles a team built for instant success. The Nets roster is loaded with standout young players and a good mix of veterans to balance the team chemistry. Joe Johnson deserves to be recognized for his steady and talented display of sharp shooting and professionalism on and off the court, which most young players should emulate. The NBA season after the all-star break should be fun for Brooklyn Nets fans because they have provided fans with a terrific brand of basketball, but the New York Knicks need to get healthy and play with a since of urgency and desire to win we NBA fans expect. PAGE 39


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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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Nike releases Kanye’s Air Yeezy 2; sells out immediately Kanye West may have secured a new sneaker deal with Adidas, complete with royalties, but his old partners, Nike, may have had the last laugh over the weekend. If you were carefully scanning Nike’s site this past Sunday, you were in for a surprise. The Air Yeezy II, the last shoe Ye designed for the sneaker giant before switching teams, were available for purchase. Once word began to spread via social media it was already too late, and the Red Octobers sold out. If the sneakerhead in you feels jaded because you missed its soft release, have no fear. Pairs are being auctioned online ranging from $500, to $10,000. Yeezus wept.

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"Your Father's Arms Are Waiting" Stage Production The Best Western Hotel in Rockville Centre hosted a stage production of “Your Father’s Arms Are Waiting”, followed by an awards presentation. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented a Certificate of Recognition to Larry Montgomery, Publisher of the Community Journal and congratulated Don Durant, Blogtalkradio (above) and Phil Andrews (below).. ON THIS PAST WEEK WE SHARED WITH THE WORLD AN ORIGINAL PLAY WRITTEN BY THE LATE HERBERT CAMPBELL, AND DIRECTED BY DON DURANT…AN OVERFLOW AUDIENCE OF SUPPORTERS WERE PRESENT TO ENJOY THE PLAY AND RECOGNIZE THE COMMUNITY SERVICE OF MANY OF OUR COMMUNITY LEADERS… Professor Ali Al-Rahman,Ph.D, Professor Marcia McNair, Mr. Larry Montgomery, Mr. Phil Andrews, Elder Tim Butler, Hempstead Trustee Perry Pettus, Ms. Katherine Garry, Rev. Phillip McDowell, Rev. David Walker, Bishop ONLINE EDITION

Charles Norris Jr., and an audience of strong supporters… On the 7TH of February, we were blessed to put on an original dramatic play, written by the Late Herbert Campbell. To those who came out to enjoy this work, I want to take this time to thank you for participating in our Special Production of “Your Father’s Arms Are Waiting” at the Best Western Hotel, on February 7, 2014. At this occasion we along with Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, recognized the community service of a few. It was a joy and an honor to take the time to recognize your efforts and to encourage you to continue. The race is won by those who continue to run to the end. Your presence made our evening a gala occasion, and I stand available to respond in kind to any of your efforts.

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Cooking Channel star Darryl Robinson found dead in NYC apartment E Online – Darryl Robinson, host of Cooking Channel’s Drink Up program, was found dead in his New York City apartment Wednesday. The mixologist, who was an expert at concocting specialty cocktails, was 50 years old. PerNY1 and the New York Post, police responded to a friend’s concerned call about Robinson and found no immediate signs of forced entry or trauma. There were no drugs or drug paraphernalia found in the apartment, police said, and the investigation is still ongoing. A medical examiner will determine Robinson’s cause of death. No foul play is expected at this time. The Cooking Channel released a statement: “Upon learning of this morning’s sad news, our thoughts go out to Darryl’s family & friends.” His show, Drink Up, aired on the channel in 2010 and repeats still in reruns. According to his Cooking Channel bio, Robinson moved to NYC after graduating college in order to pursue an acting career. In 2005, he landed a job tending bar at the Hudson Hotel "and earned recognition in the industry with his unique and flavorful combinations evident in each and every one of his cocktail creations." In addition to Drink Up, he made appearances on Access Hollywood, The Wendy Williams Show and Today. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. ONLINE EDITION

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Village Life Is a publication of Emerging Business Group, Inc. Š2012 New York all rights reserved Village Life Magazine is a weekly publication, based in Baldwin, New York, dedicated to sharing business, cultural, entertainment and religious information among minority residents which will enable positive action - economically, socially and politically - for the betterment of all. Village Life is a footprint of the Community Journal newspaper which premiered on July 1, 1993, since then we have grown to be the leading African heritage news and information sources on Long Island. As a community - based publication, we intend to expand our presence and to encourage greater participation from all members of the community in forging our shared destiny. We are a "for-profit" business and hope to extend that spirit of economic empowerment to many other businesses in our community. We are published each week unless otherwise indicated and are distributed through newsstands, independent sales agents, and subscriptions.

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great black artists; also posters saluting black abolitionists, scientists, educators, horticulturists and ecologists, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays Feb. 1-28, in the Visitors Center, Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, 1395 Planting Fields Rd., free, plantingfields.org, 516-922-8600.

Black History Month events on LI Here's a list of some events occurring this month on Long Island in honor of Black History Month. THROUGHOUT FEBRUARY BRENTWOOD BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION. Students from the Brentwood School District display their artwork during regular hours Feb. 1-28, Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave., free, brentwoodnylibrary.org, 631-273-7883, ext. 346. BRIGHTWATERS FEBRUARY SHOWCASE. A celebration of Black History Month with a display by resident and library board secretary Frances Bell; also features the artwork of Flora Allen, viewable during library hours Feb. 1-28, Bay ShoreBrightwaters Library, 1 South Country Rd., free, bayshore.suffolk.lib.ny.us, 631-665-4350. CENTRAL ISLIP GALLERY EXHIBIT: TINA ANDREWS. Artist, actress and writer Tina Andrews displays her artwork during library hours Feb. 1-28, Central Islip Public Library, 33 Hawthorne Ave., free, centralisliplibrary.org, 631-234-9333. ELMONT THE DANCING QUILTER. The signature use of earth tones and unique Afrocentric designs by Marilyn Hamilton Jackson, on display during regular library hours Feb. 1March 31, Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke., free, elmontlibrary.org, 516-354-5280. FREEPORT MONUMENTAL PORTRAITS OF EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE. Staten Island resident Warren Lyons shares his portraits of historical figures, on display during library hours Feb. 3-27, Freeport Library, 144 W. Merrick Rd., freeportlibrary.info, 516-379-3274, ext. 224. OYSTER BAY ART ON DISPLAY. Paintings from some of America's ONLINE EDITION

ROCKVILLE CENTRE FAITH RINGGOLD: BLACK HISTORY MONTH EXHIBITION. In-depth study of "Tar Beach" and "The Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles," two works by this African-American artist best known for her painted story quilts, many focusing on racial conflicts; also prints, biographical information, articles, awards and books, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays Feb. 1-28, Frank and Gertrude Kaiser Art Gallery at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., free, bit.ly/1hM0qCh, 516-323-3196. SOUTHAMPTON 'FROM AFRICA TO ABSTRACT: JOURNEY OF A PEOPLE THROUGH ART AND IMAGE.' Art exhibition celebrating Black History Month, curated by Tina Andrews, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Jan. 29-March 3, reception 4 p.m. Feb. 1, Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane, free, scc-arts.org, 631-287-4377. 'CORETTA: PROMISE TO THE DREAM.' New play, written and directed by Tina Andrews, dramatizing the determination of Coretta Scott King as she promises to avenge the death of her husband, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., at a 1999 civil trial, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturday, Feb. 7-23, Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane; tickets $12-$22; scc-arts.org, 631-2874377. WANTAGH ART ON DISPLAY. Paintings from some of America's great black artists; also posters, newspaper clippings and prints by Tom McKinney, BJ Smith and Justin Bua, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily Feb. 1-28, in the central mall park information office, Jones Beach State Park, 2400 Ocean Pkwy., free, nysparks.com/parks, 516-785-1600. JAN. 24-FEB. 2 GARDEN CITY 'STICK FLY.' Play by Lydia R. Diamond about what happens when two brothers from an affluent African-American family bring their girlfriends to the family's summer home on Martha's Vineyard to meet their parents, 3 p.m. Jan. 26 and Feb. 2, 8 p.m. Jan. 29-Feb. 1, Mainstage Theatre, Nassau Community College, 1 Education Dr., $9, $7 seniors, ncc.edu, 516-572-7676. SATURDAY, FEB. 1 ELMONT HARLEM RENAISSANCE. Mini-musical production exploring the lives of great African-American artists, musicians and poets from the 1920s to the 1940s, 2 p.m., Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke., free, elmontlibrary.org, 516-354-5280. (Continued on page 14)

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HEMPSTEAD 'AGAINST ALL ODDS: ARTISTS OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE.' Retrospective of the men and women artists of the Harlem Renaissance, 2 p.m., Hempstead Library, 115 Nichols Ct., free, hempsteadlibrary.info, 516481-6990. FILM: 'WHAT BLACK MEN THINK.' Documentary examines effects of stereotypes and misrepresentations in black relationships, and how the symbiotic relationship between media and black leadership perpetuates misinformation and marginalizes black men’s role in society, discussion afterward led by Johan Powell, esq, 5:30 p.m., African American Museum of Nassau County, 110 N. Franklin St.; $5; 516-435-6029. HUNTINGTON AFRICAN DRUM CIRCLE. Join for hands-on drumming with local drum sensation Jerome Liggon, 1 p.m., Huntington Library, 338 Main St., register, free, myhpl.org, 631-427-5165. ROCKVILLE CENTRE HISTORY OF AMERICAN ROCK AND ROLL. Featuring Jay Siegel's Tokens, The Crystals and The Coasters, 8 p.m., Madison Theatre at Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., $30-$55, madisontheatreny.org, 516-323-4444. ROSLYN HEIGHTS BLACK HISTORY LUNCHEON: A LEGACY OF FAITH, LOVE AND HOPE. Event honors Robyn Cadet, Gloria Dingwall and Johnnie M. Walker and features vendors and entertainment, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., The Royalton at Roslyn Country Club, 33 Club Dr., $80, theroyaltonmansion.com, 516-625-9101. SUNDAY, FEB. 2 ELMONT BENEFIT CONCERT. Performance by the Truth Urban Theater Group, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Elmont Memorial High School, 555 Ridge Rd., $20 preferred seating, $15 general seating, highlightingsuccess.org, 516-986-0746. ELMONT 'DON'T NEED NO TICKET . . . JUST GET ON BOARD!' Eddie and the Starlights perform the music of Curtis Mayfield, Tony Williams, Gamble and Huff, Smokey Robinson and others, 2 p.m., in the theater, Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke., free, elmontlibrary.org, 516-354-5280. GLEN COVE LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING. Celebration of Black History Month with classic tunes of jazz, swing, rhythm and blues with vocalist Richard Lanham, 2 p.m., Glen Cove Library, 4 Glen Cove Ave., free, glencovelibrary.org, 516-676-2130. HOLBROOK A SALUTE TO BLACK MUSIC. Pianist Levi Barcourt ONLINE EDITION

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performs highlights from the jazz repertoire including the Duke Ellington classics as well as songs made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Miles Davis and more, 2 p.m., Sachem Library, 150 Holbrook Rd., free, sachemlibrary.org, 631-588-5024. HUNTINGTON MOSTLY MOTOWN. Performance of rhythm and blues and soul music from the 1960s and 1970s, 3 p.m., Huntington Library, 338 Main St., free, reserve, thehuntingtonlibrary.org, 631-427-5165. WESTBURY AFRICAN-AMERICAN READ-IN. Students read works written by African-Americans, 2:30 p.m., Westbury Library, 445 Jefferson St., free, westburylibrary.org, 516333-0176. MONDAY, FEB. 3 BRENTWOOD I HAVE A DREAM! AFRICAN AMERICAN STORIES IN ART. Discover art by famous African-American artists, then create a collage using quotes and images that show what you dream and envision for your life, teens 5:45-6:45 p.m., ages 8-14 7-8 p.m. Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave., free, register, brentwoodnylibrary.org, 631273-7883. HUNTINGTON STATION FILM: 'FRUITVALE STATION.' Biography and drama starring Michael B. Jordan, 1:25, rated R, 2:30 p.m., South Huntington Library, 145 Pidgeon Hill Rd., free, shpl.info, 631-549-4411. ROCKVILLE CENTRE READ-IN CHAIN. Program is held across the country through February, participants hear and reflect on the voices of black American poets, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., free, molloy.edu, 516-3234500. THURSDAY, FEB. 6 HUNTINGTON FILM: 'BOB MARLEY, THE MAKING OF A LEGEND.' Biographical documentary, 1:30, not rated, starring Esther Anderson, Aston Barrett and Carlton Barrett, with a Skype interview with directors Esther Anderson and Gian Godoy and reception, 7:30 p.m., Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., $15, cinemaartscentre.org, 631-423-7611. FRIDAY, FEB. 7 DIX HILLS VARIETY OF PERFORMANCES. Includes a tribute to Stevie Wonder, plus performances by jazz pianist-organist TW Sample, tap dancer Maurice Chestnut, and friends, 7:30 p.m., Dix Hills Performing Arts Center at Five Towns College, 305 N. Service Rd., $20, dhpac.org, 631-6562148. ELMONT RHYTHMS OF A FAITHFUL JOURNEY. Recitation (Continued on page 31)

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How To Recognize Red Flags While Dating By Georgia Woodbine Looking back on past relationships, we sometimes wonder: why didn’t we see the red flags? Sometimes our judgment is clouded and we fail to recognize warning signs that were always apparent. Learning how to identify the warning signs in the beginning of a relationship can help prevent unnecessary heartache and pain. There are general warning signs that you shouldn’t ignore before investing your time and heart, so that you can sever your ties before the attachment grows stronger and you get hurt. Determine what your main requirements are and stick to them. It’s important not to lower your standards and settle for anything less than you deserve. Here are the relationship red flags you need to remember: Not Available on the Weekends If the person you are falling for is only available to see you on weekdays or late at night, chances are there is another love interest already occupying their time. Texting Rather Than Calling When a person prefers to text you all the time rather than call, this is a clue that they are too busy or involved with someone else; If someone really wants to get to know you, they will call you and hunt you down like a predator hunts prey to prove their desire to be with you. Wanting Intimacy To Soon If the person you’re dating tells you how much they love you and want you after the first date, they are obviously playing mind games. Developing a friendship and romance takes time to progress. Allow them to ask you out a few more times before intimacy occurs. You’re worth it! Not Looking for a Commitment Avoid people who take you on an emotional rollercoaster. If the person that you are seeing has told you that they are not looking for a serious relationship, they have clearly decided from the very beginning that they do not want to become emotionally involved with you. Treat Others Badly How a person treats their family members and friends is definitely a sign of how they will treat you, especially if you get on their bad side. If they treat othONLINE EDITION

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ers poorly or they talk back to friends or family chances are they’ll treat you just as poorly. A One- Sided Relationship If you’re the only one trying to keep the relationship going, you are already working too hard. Relationships are two way streets; both parties need to be involved. If you get the impression you’re investing more than he is pump the breaks and move on! For more information on Georgia Woodbine Products That Move You visit http://georgiawoodbine.net/shop/ About Georgia Woodbine Sparking an inspirational phenomenon wherever she goes, bestselling author/speaker/life coach Georgia Woodbine shares her secrets and strategies to success. She is one of the world’s leading authorities in personal and professional development. She is widely known as a dynamic and entertaining speaker and a highly sought after trainer, who has helped to motivate and inspire an entire generation. She has authored several books including How To Attract the Right Man into Your Life, How To Make Big Bucks Without Selling Your Soul, How To Choose Your Career Path, audio program Make it Happen as well as other cutting-edge motivational/ informational products. www.georgiawoodbine.net Georgia Woodbine “Products That Move You” Georgia Woodbine “Products That Move You” Author/Speaker/Coach VIDEO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGSrRJhG4y8 WEBSITE http://georgiawoodbine.net/shop/ LINKEDIN www.linkedin.com/pub/georgia-woodbine/29/412/5/Edit FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/georgia.woodbine?ref=tn_tnmn TWITTER https://twitter.com/GWNetwork Georgia Woodbine “Products That Move You” Author/Speaker/Coach http://georgiawoodbine.net/shop/ Georgia Woodbine is the author of How to Attract the Right Man "No More Settling"

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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

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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 
 / Price: $5.00 / ISBN: 0-9629369-0-1 / 74 pgs. / paperback / Baruti Publishing. For more details, visit www.principalkafele.com Social Media www.facebook.com/principalkafele www.twitter.com/principalkafele

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"Your Father's Arms Are Waiting" Stage Production The Best Western Hotel in Rockville Centre hosted a stage production of “Your Father’s Arms Are Waiting”, followed by an awards presentation. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented a Certificate of Recognition to Prof. Ali-Al-Rahman, Ph.D, Rev. Timothy Butler, Rev. Sedwick Easley, Ms. Katherine Garry, Mayor Andrew Hardwick, Prof. Marcia McNair, Bishop Charles Norris, Jr., Trustee Perry Pettus, Rev. David Walker, and Rev. Phillip McDowell. ONLINE EDITION

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of poetry accompanied by African-American quilts that depict history from slavery to presidency, 12:30 p.m., Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke., free, elmontlibrary.org, 516-354-5280. HUNTINGTON BRYAN CARROTT, MALLET PERCUSSIONIST. Jazz lecture / performance, inspired by the museum's "Rabble-Rousers" exhibition, 7 p.m., Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave. at Route 25A, free, heckscher.org, 631-351-3250. SOUTHAMPTON 'CORETTA: PROMISE TO THE DREAM.' New play, written and directed by Tina Andrews, dramatizing the determination of Coretta Scott King as she promises to avenge the death of her husband, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., at a 1999 civil trial in Memphis, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturday, Feb. 7-23, Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane, $22, $12 students under age 21, $20 seniors on Fridays, scc-arts.org, 631-287-4377. SATURDAY, FEB. 8 AMITYVILLE MOSTLY MOTOWN. A review of classic rhythm and blues and soul songs of the 1960s-70s, 2-3 p.m., Amityville Library, Oak and John streets, free, 631-264-0567. BRENTWOOD HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR. Gospel music in the African-American tradition, 8 p.m., Van Nostrand Theatre, Suffolk County Community College, Crooked Hill Road, $20, $18 seniors and students, sunysuffolk.edu, 631-665-4350. PORT WASHINGTON RUTHIE FOSTER AND ERIC BIBB: THANKS FOR THE JOY. American roots music (vocals and guitar), 8 p.m., Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., $47-$52, landmarkonmainstreet.org, 516-767-6444. ROCKVILLE CENTRE ANNIVERSARY MASS OF THANKSGIVING. The feast of St. Josephine Bakhita with Rev. Robert J. Brennan, in honor of Black History Month, 2 p.m., St. Agnes Cathedral, 29 Quealy Place, free, stagnescathedral.org, 516-7660205. SUNDAY, FEB. 9 CENTRAL ISLIP EVOLUTION OF RHYTHM AND BLUES. Performance by local artist and WBAI producer Ahmad Ali and his band, playing jazz classics, 2-4 p.m., Central Islip Public Library, 33 Hawthorne Ave., free, centralisliplibrary.org, 631-234-9333. FREEPORT AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND TRADITIONS OF THEIR PAST. Learn about African-Americans' past and traditions, includes poetry, gospel songs, African drumming and more, presented by Center for Culture and ComONLINE EDITION

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munity Enrichment, 2:30 p.m., Freeport Library, 144 W. Merrick Rd., free, freeportlibrary.info, 516-379-3274. HEMPSTEAD 'UP SOUTH: THE GREAT MIGRATION IN SOUND AND MOVEMENT.' Music and dance celebrating the northward migration of African-Americans over the first half of the 20th century; with Hofstra Chamber Choir, Hofstra Jazz Ensemble, Hofstra student dancers, and choral ensembles from Hempstead High School and Uniondale High School, 5 p.m., John Cranford Adams Playhouse, Hofstra University, Hempstead Turnpike, $10, $8 seniors and nonHofstra students, hofstra.edu, 516-463-6644. HOLBROOK 'RUNNING SCARED, RUNNING FREE.' Theatrical presentation highlights the connection between freeing slaves, abolitionists and Native Americans in Setauket, as well as their use of codes in quilt patterns as a means of communication, 2 p.m., Sachem Library, 150 Holbrook Rd., free, sachemlibrary.org, 631-588-5024. NORTH BABYLON AFRICAN DRUM EXPERIENCE. Cross- generational musical workshop, learn to play the African drums or sit back and enjoy the rhythms, for all ages, 2-3:30 p.m., North Babylon Library, 815 Deer Park Ave., free, northbabylonpl.org, 631-669-4020. OYSTER BAY THE OTHER SIDE: AN ARTIST TALK BY XIOMARO. Xiomaro discusses his photographic series devoted to the slaves' burial ground at the William Floyd Estate, 2-3 p.m. Oyster Bay Historical Society, 20 Summit St., free, oysterbayhistorical.org, 516-922-5032. PATCHOGUE FROM JAZZ TO SOUL. Performance by Rhonda Denet and her Silver Fox Songs Duo featuring jazz standards and soul classics featuring the songs and music of Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and more, 2:30 p.m., Patchogue-Medford Library, 54-60 E. Main St., free, pmlib.org, 631-654-4700. STONY BROOK THE MANOR. Mac Griswold tells the story of Shelter Island's Sylvester Manor, book signing follows, 2-4 p.m., Ward Melville Heritage Organization Educational and Cultural Center, Stony Brook Village Center, Main Street, free, wmho.org, 631-689-5888. MONDAY, FEB. 10 HUNTINGTON STATION FILM: 'LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER.' Biography and drama, PG-13, 2:12, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, 2:30 p.m., South Huntington Library, 145 Pidgeon Hill Rd., free, shpl.info, 631-549-4411. TUESDAY, FEB. 11 HUNTINGTON FILM: 'MOTHER OF GEORGE.' Drama starring Isaach (Continued on page 34)

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Run or Dye, the world’s most colorful 5K, will debut in Long Island on April 12, 2014 What happens when you combine thousands runners and walkers with a blast of color, a heap of happiness, a pinch of passion and a splash of spontaneity? Say hello to Run or Dye, the world’s most colorful 5K. This weekend, Run or Dye Long Island will draw thousands of participants to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to celebrate the vibrancy of being alive – all while being blasted with more than five tons of color dye powder during a 5K run/walk. Culminating with a “Color Festival” at the end of the race, there will be no shortage of fun – or color – throughout the day.

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De Bankolé, Danai Gurira and Yaya Alafia, rated R, 1:47, reception with screenwriter Darci Picoult, 7:30 p.m., Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., $15, cinemaartscentre.org, 631-423-7611. PORT JEFFERSON TRADITIONAL AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE ON LONG ISLAND. Nancy Solomon, executive director of Long Island Traditions, discusses the social history of slaves and free blacks on Long Island, 7-8:30 p.m., Port Jefferson Library, 100 Thompson St., free, register, portjefflibrary.org, 631-473-0022. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12 CENTRAL ISLIP WHEN COLOR FADES. Celebration with guest speaker, acclaimed poet and author Deborah La'Sassier, 7:30-9 p.m., Central Islip Public Library, 33 Hawthorne Ave., free, centralisliplibrary.org, 631-234-9333. HEMPSTEAD THE ART OF JACOB LAWRENCE AND ROMARE BEARDEN. Make a personal work of art based on the styles of Lawrence and Bearden after learning more about these two African-American artists, 7 p.m., Hempstead Library, 115 Nichols Ct., free, hempsteadlibrary.info, 516481-6990. BLACK HISTORY MONTH RECEPTION. Celebrate with the Hofstra community, refreshments served, 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Hofstra University Student Center, Hempstead Turnpike, free, 516-463-6796. SATURDAY, FEB. 15 GARDEN CITY BLACK HISTORY CELEBRATION AWARD CEREMONY AND DINNER. Ceremony and dinner features the presentation of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson award, 5:308:30 p.m., Adelphi University, 1 South Ave., $10, register, highlighting success.org, 516-986-0746. HEMPSTEAD BLACK CINEMA: SILENCE TO SOUND. Explore the Golden Age of Hollywood through the lenses of America's African-American filmmakers, 2 p.m., Hempstead Library, 115 Nichols Ct., free, hempstead library.info, 516-4816990. PORT JEFFERSON FROM JAZZ TO SOUL. Jazz singer Rhonda Denet performs a collection of jazz standards and soul classics of Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson, Etta James and others, 2-3:30 p.m., Port Jefferson Library, 100 Thompson St., free, portjefflibrary.org, 631473-0022. ROCKVILLE CENTRE PERFORMANCE. Afternoon with actress and songstress and local resident Kecia Lewis, 2-3:30 p.m., Lakeview Library, 1120 Woodfield Rd., register, nassaulibrary.org/lakeview, 516-536-3071. ONLINE EDITION

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UNIONDALE TALKING DRUMS FAMILY SHOW. World-class drummer Kobla Dente discusses the instruments of Africa; children count, spell and jump to the beat of the African drum, 11 a.m., Uniondale Library, 400 Uniondale Ave., free, uniondalelibrary.org, 516-489-2220. SUNDAY, FEB. 16 DIX HILLS CELEBRATION. Sing, dance, listen to poetry and music, learn about the heritage about past pioneers, present leaders and their contribution to our country, 2-4 p.m., Half Hollow Hills Community Library, Dix Hills Branch, 55 Vanderbilt Pkwy., free, hhhlibrary.org, 631-421-4530. FREEPORT AFRICAN CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE BUILDING OF A NATION. Carol A. Gordon discusses the 1600s and presents a collection of historical artifacts, 2:30 p.m., Freeport Library, 144 W. Merrick Rd., free, freeportlibrary.info, 516-379-3274. WEST HEMPSTEAD CONCERT: FROM AFRICA WITH LOVE. A celebration with a performance by Cay Fatima and her trio, 2-3:30 p.m., West Hempstead Library, 500 Hempstead Ave., free, whplibrary.org, 516-481-6591. WESTBURY HIGH TIDE'S REGGAE AND CALYPSO. The High Tide Band performs reggae, calypso and a mix of music, 2:30 p.m., Westbury Library, 445 Jefferson St., free, westburylibrary.org, 516-333-0176. MONDAY, FEB. 17 GARDEN CITY 'CELEBRATE.' Celebrate the roots of popular American music and dance with performers of Aspiring Young Artists, music and dance styles that celebrate roots in Africa, open to ages 5 and older, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., $5 with museum admission, $10 theater only, licm.org, 516-224-5800. TUESDAY, FEB. 18 HUNTINGTON ANYTHING BUT SILENT: THE FLYING ACE. “The Flying Ace” (1926), 1:05, a crime adventure starring Laurence Criner, Kathryn Boyd and Boise De Legge, with live organ accompaniment by Ben Model, 7:30 p.m., Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., $14, $7 younger than 12, cinemaartscentre.org, 631-423-7611. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19 AMITYVILLE BOOK DISCUSSION: THE LIONS OF LITTLE ROCK. Discussion of “The Lions of Little Rock” by Kristin Levine, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Amityville Library, Oak and John streets, free, 631-264-0567. COMMACK CLASSICAL BLACK SINGERS — THE LONG (Continued on page 36)

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ROAD TO THE METROPOLITAN OPERA 1845-1955. Cantor Don Goldberg discusses the black presence in the classical and operatic music scene and the struggle it took for blacks to perform at the Met, 2-3 p.m., Smithtown Library, Commack Branch, 3 Indian Head Rd., free, register, smithlib.org, 631-360-2480. ELMONT NEW ORLEANS JAZZ. Learn the history of New Orleans Jazz, where it originated and the major musicians who revived the music originally played from 1900-1920, 1 p.m., Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke., elmontlibrary.org, 516-354-5280. THURSDAY, FEB. 20 UNIONDALE BLACK HISTORY CELEBRATION. Celebrate the contributions of African-Americans in American history and culture, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Uniondale Library, 400 Uniondale Ave., free, uniondalelibrary.org, 516-489-2220. FRIDAY, FEB. 21 STONY BROOK 'RUNNING SCARED, RUNNING FREE: ESCAPE TO THE PROMISED LAND.' Interactive theatrical performance, based on oral history, involving the Civil War, slavery, the Underground Railroad, secret codes hidden in quilts and the struggle for freedom, 7 p.m., Ward Melville Heritage Organization Educational and Cultural Center, Stony Brook Village Center, Main Street, $15, wmho.org, 631-751-2244. SATURDAY, FEB. 22 HEMPSTEAD FILM: 'LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER.' Film screening at 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, in the student center theater, Hofstra University Student Center, Hempstead Turnpike, free, 516-463-5669. ROCKVILLE CENTRE CENTRAL PARK FIVE WITH ALAN NEWTON. Listen to the stories the group has to share, 1-3 p.m., Lakeview Library, 1120 Woodfield Rd., register, nassaulibrary.org/ lakeview, 516-536-3071. SUNDAY, FEB. 23 HUNTINGTON STATION PERFORMANCE: NINE ET CETERA. Nine Et Cetera performs gospel songs of Sam Cooke, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Al Green and others, 2 p.m., South Huntington Library, 145 Pidgeon Hill Rd., free, shpl.info, 631-549-4411. NORTH BABYLON THE QUILT SPEAKS TO ME. Vignette on the role of African-American women quilters on the Underground Railroad, 2-3 p.m., North Babylon Library, 815 Deer Park Ave., free, northbabylonpl.org, 631-669-4020. MONDAY, FEB. 24 WESTBURY (Continued on page 37)

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MONTFORD POINT MARINE. The Marines of Montford Point were a group of black men who fought in World War II but went unrecognized due to racial discrimination; learn about the experience by one of the Marines, 7 p.m., Westbury Library, 445 Jefferson St., free, westburylibrary.org, 516-333-0176. TUESDAY, FEB. 25 HEMPSTEAD FREEDOM QUILTS. Celebrate Black History Month by making a replica of a freedom quilt, 4 p.m., Hempstead Library, 115 Nichols Ct., 50-cent materials fee, hempsteadlibrary.info, 516-481-6990. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26 BRENTWOOD FREEDOM QUILTS. Discover the stories that quilts told in the days of the Underground Railroad; learn to “read” the various quilt codes, 7-8 p.m., Brentwood Library, 34 Second Ave., registration begins Feb. 3, free, brentwoodnylibrary.org, 631-273-7883. I HAVE A DREAM. Dramatization of the life and times of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., a legendary leader who battled against racial injustice, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Van Nostrand Theatre, Suffolk County Community College, Crooked Hill Road, $8, $7 seniors, www.sunysuffolk.edu/ spotlight, 631-851-6589. GARDEN CITY AFRICAN-AMERICAN READ-IN. Afternoon spent reading the literary works of black writers aloud, 4-7 p.m., Ruth S. Harley University Center, Adelphi University, 1 South Ave., free, refreshments served, registration required for readers, adelphi.edu, 516-877-4979. THURSDAY, FEB. 27 AMITYVILLE TRADITIONAL AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE ON LONG ISLAND. Illustrated talk exploring the social history of slaves and free blacks on Long Island, 78:45 p.m., Amityville Library, Oak and John streets, free, 631-264-0567. UNIONDALE STEEL DRUM CARNIVAL. Join for a story, sing songs, dance and take turns playing a steel drum, for children in kindergarten through grade 5, 7 p.m., Uniondale Library, 400 Uniondale Ave., free, register, uniondalelibrary.org, 516-489-2220. FRIDAY, FEB. 28 HUNTINGTON STATION '20 FEET FROM STARDOM.' Documentary and history starring Darlene Love, (2013), 1:31, rated PG-13, 7 p.m., South Huntington Library, 145 Pidgeon Hill Rd., free, shpl.info, 631-549-4411.

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DUE TO WINTER STORM PAX BRAD PAISLEY’S UNIONDALE CONCERT SCHEDULED FOR TONIGHT IS POSTPONED TO SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Uniondale, New York- (February 13, 2014) -- Tonight’s Brad Paisley concert in Uniondale, New York at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is being postponed due to inclement weather caused by Winter Storm Pax. The concert will now play on Sunday, February 16. Special guests include Chris Young and Danielle Bradbery. For the safety of the fans, the decision to reschedule the show was made this morning due to the strong impact the storm is having in the area and widely across the northeast. All previously purchased tickets for the Uniondale, New York concert will be honored for the rescheduled date of Sunday, February 16. For further information please visit w w w. n a s s a u c o l i s e u m . c o m or www.bradpaisley.com .

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GOSPEL SOUL ICON MAVIS STAPLES: SHE'LL TAKE YOU THERE! Gospel/Soul classics "I'll Take You There" and "Respect Yourself" were among the songs that propelled Mavis Staples into the forefront of American popular culture. Mavis' voice is one of the most iconic of the sixties, seventies - and even today- as she continues her inspiring work with recent collaborations with artists such as Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, and more. This is an opportunity to hear what true soul, true gospel, and true R&B is all about. There is only one Mavis Staples, and she's coming to The Suffolk! We promise "she'll take you there!"

COMEDIAN NICK DIPAOLO PROVES THAT WORDS CAN NEVER HURT YOU! Nick DiPaolo's comedy is not gentle. It is not easygoing. But Nick DiPaolo's comedy is honest, smart and most importantly, FUNNY! Known for his numerous appearances on the Comedy Central Roasts (Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson, Dennis Leary, Jeff Foxworthy, and Larry the Cable Guy), as well as his appearances on the Howard Stern Show, Louis, and his own Nick and Artie Show, which he cohosted from 2011-2012 with Artie Lange. An emmy winner for his writing on the Chris Rock Show, and a writer for the 77th Academy Awards and the MTV Music Awards, Nick DiPaolo is the real thing - and he's coming to The Suffolk Theater! ONLINE EDITION

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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

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GLOBAL SUPERSTAR MILEY CYRUS TO LAUNCH BANGERZ TOUR ON VALENTINES DAY 2014 Highly Anticipated Tour Includes 38 Dates throughout the United States and Canada th April 24 – Nassau Coliseum Tickets on Sale November 16 at 10am November 6, 2013 (New York, NY) – Global superstar Miley Cyrus announced today the details behind her BANGERZ TOUR. The highly anticipated tour, produced and promoted by Live Nation, kicks off on Valentine's Day February 14, 2014 in Vancouver, BC at Pepsi Live @ Rogers Arena and will visit 38 cities throughout the United States and Canada including New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chicago, Washington DC and Miami. Tickets go on sale starting Saturday, November 16 at www.livenation.com. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, November 12 at 10 AM local time through Friday, November 15 at 10 PM local time. Fans will have additional opportunities to purchase tickets early by signing up for a Facebook RSVP at http://bit.ly/ _MileyRSVP. Tickets for the general public go on sale Saturday, November 16. Additional details are available at www.livenation.com. Details for Miley’s BANGERZ TOUR follow her surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live where she announced to fans that she would be launching a tour soon. The announcement on Saturday Night Live comes on the heels of her well-received appearance ONLINE EDITION

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on the show (re-airing November 9) as both host and musical performer on October 5 that was part of a series of headline-making appearances that supported the release of her new album, Bangerz, on RCA Records. Bangerz debuted at #1 on both the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and the Digital Album Charts with over 270,000 albums sold. Additionally, during release week, Bangerz hit #1 on iTunes in over 70 countries. Both singles, “Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t Stop”, off Bangerz have already sold 4.3 million copies in the U.S. alone. “Wrecking Ball” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for two weeks. It became Miley’s first Billboard Hot 100 #1 and her fastest-flying top 10 on Radio Songs. “Wrecking Ball” also hit #1 on Spotify where it reached the highest streams ever for any track in the U.S. beating the next highest week by nearly 500,000 plays. This exciting news came just two days after her music video for "Wrecking Ball" became the fastest music video ever to reach CERTIFIED status, VEVO's milestone for videos delivering 100 million views in only 6 days. Cyrus shattered the previous record which she held for “We Can’t Stop,” which was

CERTIFIED by VEVO just 37 days after it premiered. Bangerz has been getting rave reviews including Entertainment Weekly calling it “…utterly fresh, a pop blitz from a hip-hop blueprint, and proof that Miley won't settle for just shocking us.” US Weekly declared it “the year's most titillating pop explosion” awarding the album “4 stars (out of 4).”

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VALENTINE’S DAY WEEKEND 70’s SOUL JAM BRINGS THE STYLISTICS, THE DRAMATICS & MORE TO THE NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY ON FEBRUARY 16 Westbury, NY – Live Nation is association with Marquee Concerts presents a Valentine’s Day Weekend 70’s SOUL JAM at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Sunday, February 16 at 7 p.m. starring The Stylistics, The Dramatics, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Blue Magic and New Birth. The 70’s Soul Jam will be filled with love songs and your favorite R&B grooves. Tickets are $59.50, $39.50 and $29.50 and are available online at www.ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Westbury box office. Event, date and time are subject to change. Tickets are subject to applicable service charges. For further information, please visit www.thetheatreatwestbury.com.

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include “Betcha By Golly Wow,” “I’m Stone In Love With You,” “Break Up to Make Up” and “You Make Me Feel Brand New” to name just a few. Hailing from Detroit, THE DRAMATICS topped the charts with “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get,” “In the Rain,” “Me and Mrs. Jones” and numerous others. HAROLD MELVIN’S BLUE NOTES continue to perform the music made popular by Harold Melvin including the classic soul hits “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” “Bad Luck,” and “Don’t Leave Me This Way.” Another outfit from Philadelphia, BLUE MAGIC will perform the hits “Sideshow,” and “Three Ring Circus.” Funk and R&B Group, NEW BIRTH started off as the The Nite-liters, and joined together with the band Love, Peace and Happiness to form The New Birth. Their biggest hit, “Dream Merchant,” topped the charts in 1975. About Live Nation Entertainment: Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster.com, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation Management and Live Nation Media/ Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors.

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WAYNE BRADY Born in 1997 in Columbus, Georgia, Wayne Brady auditioned for the British comedy series Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and he was cast in several episodes and later starred in the American version as well. In 2001, The Wayne Brady Show first aired, and although the show earned two Daytime Emmys, it was canceled in 2004. Brady returned to host 2007's FOX network game show Don't Forget the Lyrics. Wayne Brady was born on June 2, 1972, in Columbus, Georgia. Raised primarily by his paternal grandmother, Valerie Petersen, Brady had a pronounced stutter and shied away from public interaction. At home, Brady proved to be intelligent and creative. By age three his grandmother had taught him to read, and by age six he began to create his own plays, commercials, songs and interviews, basing them on models drawn from television. As he embraced his theatrical side, young Brady was inspired by 1950s- and '60s-era music and television, and admired celebrities like Danny Kaye, Sid Caesar and Gene Kelly. Brady attended Dr. Phillips High School, where he excelled in his studies. At 16, he joined the ROTC, which provided both discipline and self-confidence. He intended to join the military, but after appearing in a high school play (and enjoying the resulting rave reviews), Brady altered his plans. Upon his graduation in 1989, Brady made a deal with his grandmother: If he could earn a living as an actor within six months, he would forgo the military. Brady was soon cast in a theme park show at Universal Studios, and immersed himself in the local theater scene. He appeared in classics including A Chorus Line, Jesus Christ Superstar, and A Raisin in the Sun. A regular at Orlando's SAK Theater Comedy Lab, a haven for improv and sketch comedy, Brady earned his comedic chops performing in multiple shows a night. By 1992, the SAK honored him as "Rookie of the Year for Theater Sports/Improv." That same year, Brady moved to Las Vegas to dance, sing and act in a musical revue. He soon discovered a talent for mimicking musical genres and performing seamless impressions of rock 'n' roll greats including Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard. In 1996, after performing in showcases across the country, Brady was hired to work in a musical revue based in Oahu, Hawaii. It was there that he met Mandie Taketa, a ONLINE EDITION

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dancer in the show. The two began dating and, after the revue closed, the couple moved to Los Angeles. Rise to Fame In California Brady began earning television parts, including guest-starring roles in In the Heat of the Night and I'll Fly Away. Around the same time, several former compatriots from the SAK relocated to the West Coast. Along with Brady, they formed the critically lauded improv group, "Houseful of Honkeys," which still performs regularly at the Acme Comedy Theatre. In 1997, Brady auditioned for the established British comedy series, Whose Line Is It Anyway? The improvbased show featured a rotating quartet of comedians performing lightning-speed comedy games and improvised songs in front of a live audience. The content closely mirrored Brady's skill set, and his audition made a huge impact on the producers. He was subsequently cast in several episodes. When the same company, Hat Trick Productions, brought the show stateside in 1998, Brady auditioned once again. After a grueling six-hour tryout, he was cast as a series regular. The following April, he wed Taketa. As a result of his work on Whose Line, Brady's career skyrocketed. His good looks, easy appeal, and triple-threat virtuosity not only made him an audience favorite and an Emmy winner, but they also gave him the leverage to start his own television show. In 2001, ABC debuted The Wayne Brady Show, a weekly variety revue featuring a mix of music and comedy. A year later, the network revised the format and added a talk show element to the program. The show thrived for several years, during which time Brady became a father. His daughter, Maile, was born in 2003. Although The Wayne Brady Show earned two Daytime Emmys, it was canceled in 2004. Brady hit Broadway the same year to star as Billy Flynn in the revival of Chicago. He also appeared in a notable role on Chappelle's Show, hilariously skewering his "nice guy" image. After touring with his own live show, Brady returned to the small screen to host 2007's FOX network game show Don't Forget The Lyrics. That same year he and Taketa divorced. Brady has since made appearances in multiple television series including 30 Rock, How I Met Your Mother, and Everybody Hates Chris. In 2008 he released the Grammy-nominated album, A Long Time Coming.

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Essence to honor AfricanAmerican men in cinema LOS ANGELES (AP) — Essence is known for honoring black women, but during Oscar week, it’ll also be lauding the accomplishments of African-American men in film. The magazine is launching its first “Black Men in Hollywood” dinner, an intimate affair that will salute the work of Spike Lee, Lee Daniels, Malcolm Lee, and filmmaker Tyler Perry, who will host the event.

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The California Endowment’s “Sons and Brothers” campaign, which acknowledges role models for young men of color, will also be recognized. Honorees will gather on Feb. 26 in Los Angeles on the eve of Essence’s annual Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, which returns to Beverly Hills to recognize best supporting actress nominee Lupita Nyong’o for “12 Years a Slave,” Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and writer-director Ava DuVernay.

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Shirley Temple and Bill Robinson broke some racial barriers while upholding others Child star Shirley Temple Black’s life may have taken different turns in adulthood, including ambassador stints to Czechoslovakia and Ghana, but, in death, her on-screen relationship with tap dance master Bill “Bojangles” Robinson is one of her most enduring. Numerous obituaries never fail to mention the two, although of the more than thirty feature films she appeared in, only four were with Robinson. Their first, The Little Colonel in 1935, and their second teaming for The Littlest Rebel, also in the same year, stand out as the most memorable.

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during Virgie’s party when she asks Uncle Billy, who is also serving her and her friends, to dance for them. After the dance, which, by all accounts is great because Robinson, even in his advanced age, commanded a stage, Uncle Billy returns to his young mistress side to continue in his servant role. Bogle even notes that, in the film, little old ladies comment, “My, isn’t he a sweet colored man.” During his real life, Robinson was much different than the subservient characters he played in film. For instance, he was notorious for refusing to allow restaurants to not serve him. He contributed to numerous black causes and was a founding member of the Negro Actors Guild of America in addition to co-founding the Negro Leagues Baseball team, the New York Black Yankees. On top of that, he was a member of New York’s famed 369th Infantry, better known as the Harlem Hellfighters, during World War I. Interestingly, Robinson played to majority black audiences until he advanced in age. Throughout his career, he conquered vaudeville and Broadway and was a well-known dance icon even to Fred Astaire prior to his film appear-

The pairing of the elderly Robinson with schoolgirl Temple was a Hollywood milestone. In her 2012 Huffington Post piece “Shall We Dance? Shirley Temple and Bill Robinson: Hollywood’s First Interracial Couple,” Constance Valis Hill, author of Tap Dancing America, A Cultural History, referencing the staircase tap dancing scene in The Little Colonel: “She took his hand and learned his steps, and they danced their way into cinema history as the first interracial tap-dancing couple, albeit a 6-year-old white girl and 57-year-old black man.”

ances. It is this Robinson that Gregory Hines strived to portray in his 2001 film homage Bojangles.

Donald Bogle, in his classic book, Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies & Bucks: An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films, writes, “Theirs was the perfect interracial love match. For surely nothing would come of it. Indeed audiences so readily accepted them as a pair that in their biggest hit together, The Littlest Rebel, Robinson played her guardian, certainly the first time in the history of motion pictures that a black servant was made responsible for a white life.” Bogle goes on to call Robinson’s role as “Uncle Billy” in The Littlest Rebel, “the perfect—perhaps the quintessential—tom role.”

On the one hand, even today, the sheer joy the two entertainers enjoyed in each other’s presence is undeniable and so are both of their considerable talents. But, on the other, it is hard to escape the botched script Hollywood has contributed to race relations in presenting a young white woman as the superior of an elderly black man.

And it is plenty disturbing. Temple plays Virgie Cary, the daughter of a Confederate captain and Uncle Billy is his and essentially her slave. Along with the other slaves, Uncle Billy holds the Yankees or Union soldiers in disdain and even uses his masterful dancing to raise money for Virgie to travel to Washington D.C. and ask Lincoln to pardon her father. One of the most disturbing scenes in the film occurs ONLINE EDITION

Although Shirley Temple was generally deemed to be a nice woman and contributed much good in her lifetime, her on-screen roles with Robinson remain bittersweet.

That Robinson comes across as a toy to Temple’s characters, only there to entertain and delight them, is a huge disservice and perpetuates the myth that black people are happiest when serving whites and, thus, are incapable of having feelings and thoughts beyond that purpose. Therefore, as the world hails Temple for her film legacy as a pioneering child star, it is highly unfortunate that her crowning achievement comes, as many things have in the United States, at the expense of showing the humanity of black people. PAGE 47


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What Men Really Want in a Partner By Georgia Woodbine Even though most of us women think men are difficult, the truth is they’re pretty simple. They want just as much love, respect and appreciation as women do, and they want a woman to be direct and honest about what she wants and how she feels. When women understand how to harness their power, grace, sensitivity and learn how to emotionally connect with a man they will never have to chase a man again, they’ll be getting chased. How to Attract the Right Man To catch his attention and build a wonderful relationship requires you being aware that you already have everything you need to happy. Men love a woman who is confident and who can influence him positively. A woman that has balance makes a man feel safe. It’s all about how you feel about yourself and how you make him feel in the relationship. When you bring good energy out of a man, it will make him want to continue spending time with you. Be His Best Friend What men are really looking for is a best friend, girlfriend and wife all wrapped up into one. They want someone that knows how to have fun and not take life too seriously. It’s important for most men to be able to let their guards down and relate to women because men usually don’t like for anyone to see their sensitive side. Be His #1 Supporter Men need a lot of emotional support which they usually depend on woman to provide. They want someone to loves them unconditionally and lift them up when they’re the self-confidence is low. Make Him Feel like the Man Men also like to feel like they are your knight and shining armor, provider and protector. They want to feel good about themselves and not have to worry about someone making them feel unwanted or inadequate. Allow a man to be himself without being too judgmental or predictable in your response to his every move. The love Georgia Woodbine “Products That Move You” Author/Speaker/Coach you show a man can either make him feel as strong as a grizzly bear or as fragile as an egg. http://georgiawoodbine.net/shop/ Georgia Woodbine is the author of How to Attract the Right Through a long process of interviewing many Man "No More Settling" men, I discovered that men want the same things women want in a relationship. Men want to have a woman who knows how to keep their relationship exciting mentally, physically and emotionally. He wants attention and to feel appreciated and loved He wants you to let him be the man in the relationship He wants you to ask him about his feelings and for you to really care about how he feels He wants to feel good about himself in the relationship Men may not tell you this, but they really want a woman who can communicate with them without being too demanding or critical. Men want women to be a part of their life without trying to consume all of it For more information on Georgia Woodbine Products That Move You visit http://georgiawoodbine.net/shop/ About Georgia Woodbine Sparking an inspirational phenomenon wherever she goes, bestselling author/speaker/life coach Georgia Woodbine shares her secrets and strategies to success. She is one of the world’s leading authorities in personal and professional development. She is widely known as a dynamic and entertaining speaker and a highly sought after trainer, who has helped to motivate and inspire an entire generation. She has authored several books including How To Attract the Right Man into Your Life, How To Make Big Bucks Without Selling Your Soul, How To Choose Your Career Path, audio program Make it Happen as well as other cutting-edge motivational/informational products. www.georgiawoodbine.net Georgia Woodbine “Products That Move You” Georgia Woodbine “Products That Move You” Author/Speaker/Coach VIDEO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGSrRJhG4y8 WEBSITE http://georgiawoodbine.net/shop/ LINKEDIN www.linkedin.com/pub/georgia-woodbine/29/412/5/Edit FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/georgia.woodbine?ref=tn_tnmn TWITTER https://twitter.com/GWNetwork ONLINE EDITION

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Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom Should Have Become Friends First By Georgia Woodbine Building a strong foundation in a relationship can only be established during the period of dating, courtship and really spending time with someone. It comes as no surprise to me why Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom’s marriage has been surrounded by so much negative drama and marital problems. Khloe Kardashian famously married Lamar Odom within a month of meeting him. Do you really think you can get to know a person after only 30 days? A good friendship can develop into love, if you allow the process to happen. Friendship is very important to establishing any type of solid foundation. The emotional foundation of love is trust. Without complete trust, you can’t build love. When friendship is established, a natural connection takes place and there is a stronger sense of commitment, loyalty and respect for individuality. A strong friendship will always be able to endure both good and challenging times. Here are five things they should have asked themselves before they were married: Is there a mutual respect for both of you? Respect is a crucial factor in a relationship with the person we marry. When you respect someone, you are honest and upfront about your feelings. One of the most important principles of marriage is: If it’s important to you, it’s important to me. How firm is our commitment to marriage? When you make the commitment to get married, you should also be making to the commitment to communicate with this person. You never know what will happen, but when you are willing to communicate to work through the disagreements, there is always room for growth. Is my partner mature and emotionally stable? Maturity plays a major role in a person’s ability to accept responsibility for his or her own thoughts, feelings and behaviors. The person you are marrying should be able to open to you emotionally, and be vulnerable around you. Does my potential mate exhibit personal integrity? Does he/she lie or cheat when they feel they can get away with it? Does he/she exhibit ethical behavior in business and social settings? How does the person treat their family and friends? Are we compatible? You should have similar interests that you both can share so you can keep your relationship going. Essentially compatibility is the similarities between lifestyles and values that make the relationship work. A lifetime commitment should never be based on a short courtship. Having passion for each other is important, but is not enough fuel to keep the bond running. It takes patience, security, maturity, timing, independence and self-love. A true friend is consistently willing to put your happiness before your friendship. Friendship with the person you love will contribute to you having a successful relationship. For more information on Georgia Woodbine Products That Move You visit http://georgiawoodbine.net/shop/ About Georgia Woodbine Sparking an inspirational phenomenon wherever she goes, bestselling author/speaker/life coach Georgia Woodbine shares her secrets and strategies to success. She is one of the world’s leading authorities in personal and professional development. She is widely known as a dynamic and ONLINE EDITION

entertaining speaker and a highly sought after trainer, who has helped to motivate and inspire an entire generation. She has authored several books including How To Attract the Right Man into Your Life, How To Make Big Bucks Without Selling Your Soul, How To Choose Your Career Path, audio program Make it Happen as well as other cuttingedge motivational/informational products. www.georgiawoodbine.net Georgia Woodbine “Products That Move You” Georgia Woodbine “Products That Move You” Author/Speaker/Coach VIDEO http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=BGSrRJhG4y8 WEBSITE http://georgiawoodbine.net/shop/ LINKEDIN www.linkedin.com/pub/georgiawoodbine/29/412/5/Edit FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/ georgia.woodbine?ref=tn_tnmn TWITTER https://twitter.com/GWNetwork Georgia Woodbine “Products That Move You” Author/Speaker/Coach http://georgiawoodbine.net/shop/ Georgia Woodbine is the author of How to Attract the Right Man "No More Settling"

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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 53)

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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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ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA By William Shakespeare Edited & Directed by Tarell Alvin McCraney In an exciting international collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company and GableStage, Miami, The Public welcomes back writer/director Tarell Alvin McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays) as its new artist in residence with ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA. At the fringes of a war-torn empire, a man and a woman have fallen desperately, passionately in love. But for a soldier set to enforce the imperial will and the queen intent on throwing off the yoke of the empire, there is no place for personal desire.

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and transports us to 18th century, sun-soaked Saint-Domingue on the eve of revolution. Presented by The Public Theater, Miami's GableStage, and the Royal Shakespeare Company in collaboration with The Ohio State University Use code CAESAR for $25* tickets! (Reg. $67) Publictheater.org 212.967.7555 (noon - 8pm daily) *Discount valid for preview performances 2/18-3/4 only. Offer expires 3/4. Listed price includes a $2 facility fee. Phone and Web orders are subject to a $5 per ticket service fee. Regular price $67. Subject to availability and prior sale. Cannot be combined with other discounts or offers. Some blackout dates may apply. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. This offer may be revoked at any time; no refunds or exchanges.

McCraney creates a stripped down new version of Shakespeare's gripping story of romance set against a world of imperial politics and power play ONLINE EDITION

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VILLAGE LIFE MAGAZINE

ONLINE EDITION

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2014

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Publishervol 20 44 small complete  

ANOTHER STAND YOUR GROUND CASE

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