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VOL. 21 NO. 01

APRIL 18, 2014—NASSAU EDITION

Serving Nassau County’s African American Community


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NYPD Accused of Rendering Brooklyn Teen Quadriplegic Deion Fludd, who eventually succumbed to his injuries, described his account of the night he was stopped by officers to his mother before he died. Brooklyn, N.Y., mother has filed a lawsuit against the New York City Police Department, the Metropolitan Transit Authority and four officers, demanding answers as to how her 17-year-old son ended up paralyzed and eventually dead, DNAinfo New York reports. Karen Fludd says she has gotten very little information about what happened last May when her son, Deion, wound up a quadriplegic. Fludd, who filed the suit on March 26 in Brooklyn Supreme Court, says that before her son died a little over a month after the incident, he told her his side of the story. According to the NYPD, four officers saw the young man with his girlfriend on May 5 "fare beating," squeezing their way through a turnstile with only one MetroCard swipe, DNAinfo notes. Officers say that when they stopped the couple, asking for ID and beginning to make an arrest, Deion ran onto the tracks. Police say that’s when a train nicked him, fracturing his skull and two parts of his spine. Fludd, however, says that Deion was never hit by a train. “We asked him if he got hit by a train. He immediately said, ‘No,’” his mother told the news site. “He was very adamant that he did not get hit by a train.” Deion did admit to running from the officers when they tried to arrest him but said that one of the officers caught him and hit him on the back of the head with a flashlight. He told his mother that the officers held him down, putting their feet on his back. “They said, ‘Oh, you gonna be running? We are going to make sure your ass don’t run again,’” Deion allegedly told his mother while he was being treated at Kings County Hospital. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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While fading in and out of consciousness, Deion also remembered the officers taking him back to the tracks. His mother believes that the officers took him there in an attempt to cover up an assault. “I just want the truth. Everyone needs to know how these officers conducted themselves,” Fludd says. “If these officers acted badly, then the public needs to know this.” Fludd’s lawyer is arguing that there was no way Deion was hit by a train, given his injuries. “If a subway hits you, you get more than a fracture of the skull,” Paul Fino Jr. said, according to DNAinfo. He had no other injuries other than the fracture and damage to his spine. MTA records, however, do point to someone being hit by a train at that place

and time. Still, even if the train did hit him, Fino is questioning why the officers did not call for subway traffic to be stopped until the pursuit was over. Deion had gotten in trouble for fare beating before, according to DNAinfo. But his mother says that was not his intent at the time of his fatal encounter. She says the boy’s girlfriend, Hesha Sanchez, squeezed through the turnstile with him to keep him company while he waited for his train home. “[His girlfriend] wasn’t gonna go with him,” Fludd says. “[The officers] never bothered to ask him that. Deion was upset. That’s why he ran.” PAGE 3


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Does Beyoncé Really Have Her Own Church? — It Appears So (well, sort of) 

“Beyism”, “Mother Bey”, and even the “Beyble” all seem to be real components of the National Church of “Bey” – 

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Atlanta, GA — The rumors are true. The National Church of Bey, an organization that recently formed the new religion Beyism (based on pop star Beyoncé Knowles), is a real organization based in Atlanta, Georgia. Although Beyoncé herself is not believed to be a part of it, she is the foundation of it and has so far not made a statement denouncing it.

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The church’s founder, Pauline John An- COMMUNITY JOURNAL, INC. drews, recently stated, “We are very disappointed in the failure of the public to recognize the existence of a divine Deity walking among them. Deity’s often walk the Earth in their flesh form. Beyoncé will transcend back to the spirit once her work here on Mother Earth has been completed.” They believe that Beyonce “sits among the throne of Gods” He continued, “As our congregation continues to swell, we ask that you consider what is more real; an invisible spirit on high, or a walking, talking, breathing Goddess who shows you her true form daily? Beyoncé’s spirit is entrancing. We know that she was sent to this place to spread love, peace, and joy. While we do not believe Beyoncé to be the Creator, we recognize that she still sits among the throne of Gods. There is a lot of false information being spread about our beliefs, but we will correct all of the vicious lie-tellers. As Beyoncé spreads her gospel through song and dance, her message provides uplifting, loving, and many times real-life happenings. We humbly ask you to respect our beliefs, just as you want those to respect yours. Open your mind to new possibilities and you will see, just as we did, that Bey is a true higher power. Surfbort!”

They have their own version of the Bible — the Beyble He adds, “We have published the Beyble and it will soon be available for free to the public. Donations have poured in and we will soon have enough to build a temple in honor of Mother Bey. We will invite her to speak to her flock, once the doors are open.” Reportedly, The National Church Of Bey is also looking to expand outside of the Atlanta area. According to them, they already have parishes popping up all over the United States, Canada, and England. Their official web site can be found on Tumbler at http://national-church-of-bey.tumblr.com 

Can you believe it? Can this really be happening?

Community Journal Commentary: Some people will do anything for publicity. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Revealed: Rev. Al Sharpton Bankrolled by GOP, Accused of Spying on Black Activists Tweet By Andrew Scot Bolsinger The Rev. Al Sharpton – no stranger to controversy – has been called a lot of things over his threedecadeSHARPTON WYCLEF HAITI long career in the public eye and few seemed to bother him much. But that could be changing as new revelations of Sharpton’s role as NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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an FBI informant have renewed criticism of his coziness behind closed doors with the Republican Party. Never perhaps has the dichotomy between Sharpton’s public persona and private dealings been so readily in the public eye as when President Barack Obama spoke at Sharpton’s annual National Action Network civil rights conference last week. The President focused on Republican efforts to block voter rights. The attαcking speech stood in contrast to Obama’s host, who had been plagued all week for his role as a government informant during Republican Ronald Reagan’s Administration. The look into Sharpton’s past has also renewed criticism from Sharpton’s failed 2004 presidential campaign when he worked closely with a GOP operative who played a central role in blocking the vote count of Florida during the historic 2000 presidential election. It seems the more past events rise up, the more Sharpton’s complicated dealings with both parties raise questions and concerns among his otherwise loyal base. As Daily Beast writer Wayne Barrett noted in 2011 about Sharpton’s then strident critique of the Republican Party’s effort to block votes, “as right as his message may be, there couldn’t be a more flawed messenger.” All of this stirred up again in early April when Smoking Gun reported that Sharpton had served as an FBI informant (Continued on page 7)

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OP-ED FROM THE DESK OF DON DURANT Morris Dees is a name that may not jump to mind. He is the author of “A LAWYER’S JOURNEY” which is the inspiring story of his life as a white southern lawyer. His humble beginnings, and his dedicated life to the pursuit of justice and compassion for the powerless. He is one of the most dedicated and effective Civil Rights lawyers in U.S. History. The recent killing of three people in Kansas, brings to mind Morris Dees. It was many years ago that he stood up against hate, racism, and intolerance of this same murderer. He was moved to sue powerful hate groups through his organization, The Southern Poverty Law Center, after the Ku Klux Klan fire bombed his office. Many members and leaders of Radical Religious Right groups, are endorsing a new brand of intolerance, masquerading as morality. They are putting pressure on schools to abandon much needed tolerance education programs. They have even attacked a Tolerance Pledge Morris and his staff created. The pledge simply says, we should have “Respect for people whose abilities, beliefs, culture, race, sexual identity, or identities are different from our own. Author Toni Morrison, points out that “Our nation is now facing an ugly backlash of racism and intolerance; especially since the election of Barack Obama-and also a frightening rebirth of anti-Semitism, homophobia and other crippling prejudices. Morris Dees and the SPLC led the legal team that won a $2.5 million jury verdict against members of the Imperial Klans of America for eth vicious beating of a 16 year old Latino boy. He also sued the United Klans of America for the Lynching death of an African American teen. The historic $7 million dollar verdict bankrupted this group, and Morris continues to bankrupt one hate group after another. It was Justice Indeed, when the mother of the Lynched teenager, was awarded the deed to the Klan’s National Headquarters. Needless to say, Morris’ life is constantly in jeopardy fighting for you and I. He is a child of the 60’s in Alabama. His parents were small Alabama cotton farmers. He could have become a Klansman. Our major fights were in the south, but out of it all came leaders like Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and Morris Dees, among others. Coretta Scott King called him: “One of the most dedicated and effective Civil Rights Attorneys in History.” Toni Morrison wrote to me and stated: “I encourage you to do everything in your power to help Morris and the Southern Poverty Law Center to succeed in their noble mission. I know you share my abhorrence of the Klan and other hate groups. I know also, that you value courage in defense of freedom and equality.” Toni…Indeed I do, and my sleeves are rolled up. Racism in America is taught to our children and spread like a virus across our communities by people with hate in their hearts. But people are not born to hate. I am determined to reach children, and my own grandchildren in school and out of school, with a message of love, tolerance and understanding, before anyone can put hate in their hearts. And remember: “A Lawyer’s Journey” this gripping study of man’s inhumanity to man and the struggle against injustice. He has put his life on the line, again, and again to win for strangers, in courts of law-Constitutional Rights. (Continued from page 6)

during the 1980s, the exact time that he was building his reputation for speaking out to those in power. Sharpton dismissed claims of his involvement other than to say he helped the FBI by his own choice because of threαts from the mob. But since those revelations became public, former associates of Sharpton’s have come forward with a different version of events. A drug trafficker named Bob Curington who worked for Al Sharpton in the 1980s, said that despite the preacher’s denials, Sharpton wanted to profit from a lucrative drug deal captured on FBI surveillance video. “Sharpton moved on it, and they sprung the trap on him right away. They got him. Al told me himself. He bit and took the bait,” Curington told the New York Post. He had no choice but to wear a wire or go to prison, Curington said. “Because they had him. Either he worked for them or they put that news out there that he was into coke.” NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

Curington served two years in prison in the late 1970s on drug charges. He served as an executive at Sharpton’s National Youth Movement in the 1980s. “Bob Curington is blatantly wrong,” said Sharpton, adding that if it were true, he could have claimed entrapment by the government. Curington isn’t alone in questioning Sharpton’s believability and his ties to the very government he publicaly assailed. In a report by the New York Daily News, Ahmed Obafemi shared his suspicions about Sharpton from decades ago now ring true. Obafemi told about sitdown he had with Sharpton at a lower Manhattan restaurant in 1983. He said Sharpton carried a briefcase and strangely made sure it was situated just so during their meeting. “It was the way he sat it down,” Obafemi recalled. Sharpton, according to Obafemi, set up the meeting to seek information because he thought Obafemi, an activist with ties to black revolutionaries, might be able to help, Obafemi said. PAGE 7


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Loving Hands "Knit and Crochet" For Charity Loving Hands hosted a “Knit and Crochet for Charity” demonstration at the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City. Children had the opportunity learn basic stitches used in the art of knitting and crocheting. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented a Certificate of Recognition to President and Founder Lillianne Sabia and congratulated all of the group members. The process of making yarn and wool spinning is also demonstrated at the Bethpage Village Restoration. L-R- Standing Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby Lillianne Sabia, President and Founder of Loving Hands, Roosevelt, Ellen Rosenberg, Loving Hands member, Plainview, Sitting L-R Sophia Valentine, Woodbury, Joyce Fox, Loving Hands member, Bellmore

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Freeport Memorial Library hosted a Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting and Celebration for the new West Wing of the library. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented a Certificate of Recognition to President Russell Birdsall and Director Ken Bellafiore, congratulating them on providing the community with this welcome improvement. Trustee Jorge Martinez, Trustee Carmen Piñeyro, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, President Russell Birdsall, Director Ken Bellafiore, George Boulukos, Finance Officer, Assemblywoman Brian Curran PAGE 8


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Union Baptist Church in Hempstead was host to the Hampton University Concert Choir. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented a Certificate of Recognition to Conductor and Artistic Director Omar Dickenson and congratulated all of the choir members. The Councilwoman thoroughly enjoyed the fabulous concert.

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Hon. Wayne J. Hall Sr., Mayor Members of the Board of Trustees Village of Hempstead 99 Nichols Court Hempstead, New York 11550 Report Number: B7-14-4

Dear Mayor Hall and Members of the Board: Chapter 646 of the Laws of 2006 authorized the Village of Hempstead (Village) to issue debt totaling $4.2 million to liquidate the accumulated deficit in the Village’s general and water funds as of May 31, 2005. Local Finance Law Section 10.10 requires all local governments that have been authorized to issue obligations to fund operating deficits to submit to the State Comptroller each year, starting with the fiscal year during which the local government is authorized to issue obligations and for each subsequent fiscal year during which the deficit obligations are outstanding, their proposed budget for the next succeeding fiscal year. The budget must be submitted no later than 30 days before the date scheduled for the governing board’s vote on its

adoption or the last date on which the budget may be finally adopted, whichever is earlier. The State Comptroller must examine the proposed budget and make recommendations for any changes that are needed to bring the proposed budget into balance. Such recommendations are made after the examination into the estimates of revenues and expenditures of the Village. The Village Board, no later than five days prior to the adoption of the budget, must review all recommendations made by the State Comptroller and may make adjustments to its proposed budget consistent with those recommendations contained in this report. All recommendations that the governing board rejects must be explained in writing to our Office. Our Office has recently completed a review of the Village’s budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The objective of the review was to provide an independent evaluation of the proposed budget. Our review addressed the following question related to the Village budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year: Are the significant revenue and expenditure projections in the Village’s proposed budget reasonable? To accomplish our objectives in this review, we requested your proposed budget, salary schedules, debt payment schedules and other pertinent information. We identified and examined significant estimated revenues and expenditures for NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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reasonableness with emphasis on significant and/or unrealistic increases or decreases. We analyzed, verified and/or corroborated trend data and estimates, where appropriate. We identified any significant new or unusually high revenue or expenditure estimates, made appropriate inquiries and reviewed supporting documentation to determine the nature of the items and to assess whether the estimate was realistic and reasonable. We also evaluated the amount of fund balance appropriated in the proposed budget to be used as a financing source and determined if the amount of fund balance was available and sufficient for that purpose. The scope of our review does not constitute an audit under generally accepted government auditing standards (GAGAS). We do not offer comments or make specific recommendations on public policy decisions, such as the type and level of services under consideration to be provided. The proposed budget package submitted for review for the 2014-15 fiscal year consisted of the following: 2014-15 Proposed Budget Supplementary Information

The proposed budget submitted to our Office is summarized as follows: Based on the results of our review, we found that the significant revenue and expenditure projections in the proposed budget are reasonable. Tax Cap Compliance The State Legislature and the Governor enacted Chapter 97 of the Laws of 2011 (Law) that established a tax levy limit on all local governments, which was effective beginning in the Village’s 2012-13 fiscal year. The Law precludes local governments from adopting a budget that requires a tax levy that exceeds the prior year tax levy by more than 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less, unless the governing board adopts a local law to override the tax levy limitation. The Village’s proposed budget includes a tax levy of $59,372,974, which exceeds the allowable tax levy limit. Therefore, to comply with the Law, the Board must adopt a local law overriding the tax levy limit before they adopt the proposed budget. We request that you provide us with a copy of the adopted budget. We hope this information is helpful to you as you adopt the upcoming budget for the Village. If you have any questions on the scope of our work, please contract Mr. Ira McCracken, Chief Examiner of our Hauppauge Office at (631) 952-6534. Sincerely, PAGE 10


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From the Desk of Mayor Hall Gun violence is a public health issue, this according to a recent survey of the American College of Physicians. In the past, we’ve looked at gun violence as a problem that was a priority issue for certain communities, specifically low-income communities of color. Increasingly it has become apparent that gun violence, and violence in general, affects all of us. Witness:

 The shooting by a former Ku Klux Klan leader this past weekend at two Jewish community centers in Kansas  The attack at Fort Hood a week ago that killed three soldiers, plus the gunman himself  Four killed, 33 wounded this past weekend in shootings in Chicago  The shooting at a Florida movie theater over the use of a cell phone  The shooting at the Washington Navy Yard last year  The stabbing of 22 at Franklin Regional H.S. in Pittsburgh  Trayvon Martin As these incidents show, violence can, and does, happen in every community. It is no respecter of persons and increasingly it is less discriminate. The results of the American College of Physicians survey shows that although a majority of doctors consider violence a public health issue, many feel it is one that they, and the larger society, are ill-equipped to deal with. I contend that violence is not only a public health issue − it is a national security issue. And until these increasing acts of violence are addressed with a comprehensive national response that acknowledges the risk to public safety, we may well see many more such incidents. With each new incident we see that schools, churches, movie theaters, senior centers, subways, homes, streets are all unsafe. Our society, and indeed our government from the federal level on down, must begin to give this issue more attention and resources if we are to have any chance of eradicating it. We must begin to question what makes violence an attractive option to so many in our nation; and how do we lessen an individual’s tendency to react with violence. In other news, this week will mark the launch of the Hempstead Pennysaver. This will be the first time in the publication’s forty-plus years on Long Island that it will be published in our Village. As incredible as it is to believe, it took some doing to get it here. I am pleased to have worked with Pennysaver representative, Lawrence Smith, and Dennis Jones, president of the Hempstead Chamber of Commerce, to make it a reality. Lawrence was a strong advocate, pressing the case that Hempstead’s residents and business owners can benefit from the publication’s presence. I welcome the Pennysaver to our Village and recommend that you take advantage of their many coupons. On a final note, we are now in the midst of two of the most important religious holidays in the world: the Christian Easter and the Jewish Passover. I’d like to wish all those who are celebrating those holidays, the blessings of peace, joy and family. In our annual tradition, the village will hold a Easter Hunt for grades pre-k through 4, at Kennedy Park on Friday, April 18th, beginning at 10am. (Don’t say that I told you, but an Easter Bunny is expected.) As we celebrate our religious traditions, we should consider what steps we can take in our individual families, communities and neighborhoods to help stem violence. As well, on behalf of the Village and our Board of Trustees, I extend my condolences to the victims of that atrocious Kansas hate crime, and to all those NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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who have lost their lives or been injured because of violence. We must all work together to make violence a thing of the past, a response that is as outdated and foreign as a horse and carriage is to transportation. 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.

Sincerely,

Wayne Mayor Wayne J. Hall

Renowned educational leader and executive member of Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association honored as Nassau BOCES Education Partner at Annual Awards Gala GARDEN CITY, N.Y., April 17, 2014 — Former Oceanside Board of Education Trustee and current member of the executive board of the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Maryanne Lehrer was honored by more than 350 of Long Island’s most ardent public education supporters recently, as one of 16 honorees to receive the 2014 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award at the Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation’s annual gala earlier this month. The distinction is bestowed on those individuals or organizations that have made a substantial impact on public education in Nassau County. A strategic education partner with school districts since 1967, Nassau BOCES created the awards program to recognize those who share its mission of ensuring a successful, challenging, caring and safe environment that enables students of all ages and abilities to achieve their maximum potential. These outstanding individuals and organizations have made strides to accomplishing key educational goals embraced by Nassau BOCES, such as ensuring student success. The Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation is an independent non-profit organization that raises funds for innovative educational programs that fall outside of the agency’s budget. PAGE 11


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New Urban League ‘State of Black America’ report puts focus back on jobs This week the National Urban League released its 2013 State of Black America report, a comprehensive, datadriven assessment of where black and Latino Americans stand in relation to their white counterparts in the US. The report documents extraordinary gains in education even as it underscores inequities in employment that continue to be reflected in the income gaps that underwrite so many social factors, effectively detailed in the Equality Index, the National Urban League’s comprehensive model that accounts for education, health, civic engagement, social justice, and economics across race, taking into account age, region, and other factors. The report cites important gains in educational attainment in the last 50 years spurred by Civil Rights activism and legislation as well as Affirmative Action policies. For example, in 2013 there are 3-4 times as many black students enrolled in college as there were in 1963. Marc Morial provides clarification While this kind of educational progress is important, the NUL’s president, Marc Morial, spoke to theGrio, to provide some clarification and qualification of this data. “It is important to note that (educational) gains have been made overall in America,” said Morial. “There are more high school and college graduates overall because the economy demands a better educated worker.” This progress in the college enrollment data should not obscure the persistent unemployment gaps between whites and blacks. According to the report, “progress in closing the college enrollment gap is 5 times the progress in closing the unemployment rate gap.” Key factors for fight for equality Morial sees several factors that account for this pronounced inequality in the progress towards equality: “1.) The recession of 2008 made a tough problem even NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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worse – spikes in the black IN THE BLACK unemployment rate were greater than the national rates. 2.) We have to acknowledge the existence of employment discrimination – its tougher for blacks (even with college degrees) to get a job. And 3.) African Americans tend to be more predominantly at the bottom end of the economic pool. There is a higher percentage of (black) people with less education.” The NUL plans on addressing some of these challenges via the “Jobs Rebuild America” initiative which will funnel $70 million dollars (public and private) into America’s cities targeting existing and emerging grassroots organizations that provide critical job training and placement for undereducated and longterm unemployed people. Although NUL’s focus is on closing the persistent unemployment gaps, Morial acknowledges that the fight for racial equality still requires emphases on education. He is “excited about the president’s proposal for the largest expansion of federal support for early child hood education.” According to Morial, “We need to do a lot more in urban communities to support those medical assistant classes online – they need more resources.” TheGrio also reached out to Congressman Chaka Fattah for comments. He declined but directed us to a press release that details new legislation that he and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand plan on introducing. The Urban Jobs Act will connect “at-risk city youth with job opportunities.” Again, this effort targets the most critical demographic for long term unemployment, and with the summer right around the corner, the timing of this legislation suggests the now common knowledge that summertime and youth unemployment can have disastrous effects in inner city America. This report, like so much of the data that we have about inequality in this era of black exceptionalism, reminds us that black success can sometimes render invisible black suffering. According to Morial: “We have a long way to go and a lot of work to do.”

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Long-standing special education center honored as Nassau BOCES Education Partner at Annual Awards Gala

needs children on Long Island for more than 60 years, with an annual enrollment of 250. Students with moderate to severe disabilities from the ages 1-21 are served by a devoted faculty consisting of more than 200 educators, clinicians, support staff and administrators. Each year, approximately 45 preschool students graduate from the center and return to their home districts. Students receive special education and therapeutic services in a state-of-the-art educational setting that includes a smartboard in every classroom, music and art therapy, and numerous exracurriculars including clubs, field trips and special events. Among the activities available to students are Boy and Girl Scouts, chorus, cheerleading, dance team, and a trio of ballet clubs that have performed at the Tilles Center. They enjoy special events such as concerts and plays, Homecoming and Prom, and embark on field trips including overnight camping trips, attendance at Broadway plays and museum sleepovers.

GARDEN CITY, N.Y., April 16, 2014 — Diane Berger, principal of the Children’s Learning Center at United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc., (CLCUCP) was honored by more 350 of Long Island’s most ardent public education supporters recently, as one of 16 honorees to receive the 2014 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award at the Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation’s annual gala in April. The distinction is bestowed on those individuals or organizations that have made a substantial impact on public education in Nassau County. Photo caption: Diane Berger, principal of the Children’s Berger represented the CLC- Learning Center at United Cerebral Palsy Association of UCP, which was lauded as Nassau County, Inc., (center) is presented with the Nassau one of the most devoted insti- BOCES Education Partner award by (left to right) Nassau tutions in support of public BOCES District Clerk Susan Bergtraum and Nassau BOeducation on Long Island. CES Trustee Ronald Ellerbe. A strategic education partner with school districts since 1967, Nassau BOCES created the awards program to recognize those who share its mission of ensuring a successful, challenging, caring and safe environment that enables students of all ages and abilities to achieve their maximum potential. These outstanding individuals and organizations have made strides to accomplishing key educational goals embraced by Nassau BOCES, such as ensuring student success. The Foundation is an independent non-profit organization that raises funds for innovative educational programs that fall outside of the agency’s budget. “The philosophy that drives our school is that each of our students deserve the best of what their peers in public school receive, and we are determined to give that to them,” said Principal Diane Berger. “We believe that CLC makes a major impact on public education by being a partner in caring about students and directly providing the foundation they need to succeed. CLC is a special education school with an emphasis on the word ‘special.’” The Children’s Learning Center has been serving special NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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The center’s mission is “to provide the highest quality services to the children and adults,” and a large contributing factor to the success of that mission is the CLC’s long-standing, mutually supportive relationships with Long Island school districts. CLC faculty works closely with district staff to assess student progress and plan for the future. But the partnership goes beyond educators and curriculum — the students get involved as well.

The Roosevelt High School championship football team, cheerleaders and marching band take part in the center’s Homecoming Parade each year. The Carle Place and West Islip high school bands and orchestras perform regularly at CLC assemblies. And for the past 15 years, the Wheatley School has sponsored a student carnival for the center and annually invites CLC classes to join them for Wheatley’s Intercultural Unity Day. For additional information about the Nassau BOCES Education Partner awards, including profiles of prior year honorees, please visit www.nassauboces.org/ educationpartner. About Nassau BOCES

A vital regional resource, Nassau BOCES offers state-of-the-art programs for learners of all ages and abilities as well as cost-effective services for school districts and municipalities. We empower students to achieve their maximum potential in alternative, artistic, outdoor, special education, virtual, and career and technical environments. We offer adult education and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs that are vital to improving the Long Island regional economy. In addition, our technology services form the backbone of many school districts’ infrastructure. As the county’s educational leader in implementing the state’s reform efforts, we are helping to shape the future of education. To learn more, visit www.nassauboces.org and like us at www.facebook.com/nassauboces. PAGE 13


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ASK LISA-ANNE Greetings Readers! The weather is warming and we are all looking forward to enjoy time outside barbequing, swimming and having fun. Summer time is fun for youngsters too and a time for lots of family fun, too. While having fun, we must teach and observe safety rules with our kids! We can’t expect excited children to remember and to observe all of the safety rules we have taught them: we need to be nearby and diligently watch over them. Here are a few safety concerns to review: SUN SAFETY Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside, and use sunscreen even on cloudy days. The SPF should be at least 15 for children, however 30-45 is even better, and should protect against UVA and UVB rays.  The first, and best, line of defense against the sun is covering up. Wear a hat with a three-inch brim or a bill facing forward, sunglasses (look for sunglasses that block 99-100% of ultraviolet rays), and cotton clothing with a tight weave.  Stay in the shade whenever possible, and limit sun exposure during the peak intensity hours - between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater. Be sure to apply enough sunscreen - about one ounce per sitting for a young adult.  Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.  Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand as they reflect UV rays and may result in sunburn more.  Don’t let a mild temperature make you think sun damage can not happen, it can. POOL SAFETY  Install a fence at least four-feet high around all four sides of the pool. The fence should not have openings or protrusions that a young child could use to get over, under, or through.

 Avoid inflatable swimming aids such as "floaties." They are not a substitute for approved life vests and can give children a false sense of security.  Children may not be developmentally ready for swim lessons until after their fourth birthday. Swim programs for children under 4 should not be seen as a way to decrease the risk of drowning.  Whenever infants or toddlers are in or around water, an adult should be within arm's length, providing "touch supervision."  If you have a pool cover, remove it completely before using the pool. A partially covered pool can trap a child.

 Make sure pool gates open out from the pool, and selfclose and self-latch at a height children can't reach.

 Don't leave chairs or tables near fences that a small child could stand on to climb over.

 Never leave children alone in or near the pool, even for a moment.

 Remove toys from pools so kids won't be tempted to reach in to retrieve them.

 Keep rescue equipment (a shepherd's hook - a long pole with a hook on the end - and life preserver) and a portable telephone near the pool. Choose a shepherd’s hook and other rescue equipment made of fiberglass or other materials that do not conduct electricity.

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Uniondale HS Show Choir The Uniondale High School Show Choir presented A Benefit Concert, “Rhythm of the Knight”, to raise funds to compete in a National Show Choir Competition in Chicago. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented a Certificate of Recognition to Director Lynnette Carr-Hicks, President Michael Walker and the entire Show Choir.

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Ticks Ticks are small, eight-legged bugs, usually brown or black in color. They are the second leading carrier of diseases to humans, second only to mosquitoes. Warm summer weather makes ticks more active, so it is important to be extra vigilant when spending time outdoors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers these tips to avoid picking up any of these nasty buggers, and the best way to remove a tick if you or your child h a p p e n s t o p i c k o n e u p . Read more on FamilyEducation: http:// life.familyeducation.com/slideshow/avoiding-tickbites/70907.html#ixzz1vhuWJXRw Remember to watch kids closely while they play on outdoor equipment. Protect them from stinging or biting insects. Make sure they wear a helmet while riding bikes and skate boarding and don’t let them go to other kids’ homes when you don’t know the parents. Remind kids about NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

stranger dangers, too. Visit http://life.familyeducation.com/ summer/safety/33585.html for a full list of dangers to children. Keep safe! Lisa-Anne Ray-Byers is a licensed and certified speechlanguage pathologist who has worked in education for over two decades. She holds graduate degrees in speechlanguage pathology and multicultural education. She also holds certification in educational administration. She is the author of the children’s books, They Say I Have ADHD, I Say Life Sucks! Thoughts From Nicholas and They S S Say I’m a StStStutterer, But I S S Say Nothing! Meet Kelly and co-author of 365 Ways to Succeed With ADHD all available by contacting her. She is the Education Editor of the Community Journal newspaper in Long Island, New York and a member of the National Education Writers Association. She is currently employed in the Hempstead School District. You may contact her at speechlrb@yahoo.com or by visiting her website at www.AskLisaAnne.com.

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Promoting, Fairness, Integrity, and Transparency in HEMPSTEAD SCHOOL District Budget Development, Financing, Revenue, & Spending Whereas NYS Commissioner of Education regulation requires school boards in New York State to append to their proposed budgets (1) an administrative salaries statement; (2) the New York State School report card; and (3) a property tax report card to inform residents and voters about the school district's fiscal obligations and responsibilities. in order to increase transparency and accountability in school fiscal operations; and

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cities. towns. villages and school districts to attach to their tentative/preliminary budgets an exemption report to provide taxpayers. policy makers. media and the general public with greater transparency on property tax exemptions and their effect on overall property taxes. And Whereas the NYS Office of Real Property Tax Services acknowledges that "property tax exemptions in general may serve a valid public purpose, they also erode the tax base and shift the tax burden to other property owners within the taxing district. The extent of this impact was largely hidden from view because. Until now. no systematic reporting was done at the local level.

Whereas Real Property Tax Law ยง485-b from the Laws of New York State requires and allows local school districts to take steps to protect the property tax base that supports its schools. And

Therefore1 while each individual exemption may seem reasonable, the overall impact of all exemptions can often lead to unexpectedly high taxes for the remaining taxpayers who must shoulder the burden."

Whereas Chapter 258 of the Laws of 2008 added Section 495 to the Real Property Tax Law requiring counties.

Further. this unintended consequence is more burdensome when the exemption is for residential apartment build-

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ings rather than other business development because the apartment building purposes directly increase the local demand for services commercial development does not. And whereas a result of these legal requirements is that Hempstead residents and voters are aware of local and regional practices that resulted in nearly 90 percent of the larger multi-family dwellings (Le. Apartment buildings) in the school district approximately 30 apartment buildings pay reduced or no school taxes. And further that these school tax exemptions have the effect of transferring a basic cost of "doing business" for these apartment building owners to Hempstead school district residents and small business owners. And whereas. four new large apartment buildings are built and almost ready for occupants without any plan for the education of these additional families nor input from the private developers of these buildings contributing to a solution. nor awareness of any property tax breaks and reductions promised or given to these developers; Therefore be it resolved that the undersigned Hempstead School District residents and voters support the GOOD NEIGHBOR REFERENDUM: Promoting Transparency. Integrity. and Fairness in Hempstead School Budget Development. Revenue. and Spending by requiring the district to: 1. By resolution. reduce the per centum of exemption otherwise allowed pursuant to real property tax law; provided. however. that a project in course of construction and exemptions existing prior in time to passage of any such local law or resolution shall not be subject to any such reduction so effected; ~. Further that the school board adopt reasonable regulations for the use of its buildings and grounds including a schedule of fees for the costs of maintaining district facilities and providing instruction and instructional support for the resident children living in apartment buildings of owners of properties granted exemptions and reductions prior to this referendum;

Specifically: In addition to the number of properties with tax exemptions report: • the address of each apartment building with an exemption and or a reduction • the name of the owner of the property • the number of dwellings in the building • the number of residents • the number of children enrolled or eligible for enrollment in Hempstead School District and the percentage of school district students this comprises • residency history of tenants in the exempt buildings • the government entity granting the exemption are type of exemption • the date of the first exemption and date it expires • the amount of the PILOT and/or reduction and the amount of the full assessment 1. • the amount of loss revenue annually • the total loss revenue for the life of said reduction and exemptions, and • the number of families protected by McKinney Vento law liv,ing in these properties Further, in addition to the administrative salaries statement that details the total compensation of the superintendent and assistant superintendents and lists administrators earning more than $101,000 annually report the number of teachers earning more the $99,000 per year and the total percent of the administrative, teaching, and total staff this comprises: Further, report the median, top, and lowest salary each collective bargaining unit and the number members in each unit. Report the per pupil expenditure for the current school term and projected by the proposed budget: and

3. Further that exemptions granted for reasons of economic development" be challenged and repealed if not meeting tangible economic development goals and;

Finally calculate and report the difference in the local tax levy without the exemptions and reductions these apartment buildings

~. Investigate if the practice of granting these exemptions undermine or further fair housing mandates. increase concentrations of poverty and increase concentrations of segregation in the Town of Hempstead and in Nassau County

TAKEN TOGETHER THESE ELEMENTS COMPRISE THESE 2014 GOOD NEIGHBOR REFERENDUM Promoting: Fairness X Integrity X Transparency in Hempstead School District Budget Development, Financing, Revenue Spending

Further. in order to do this fairly. the district will report

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Career Day Shows Freeport Students Pathways to Success Students at John W. Dodd Middle School in Freeport were given the chance to consider future job prospects when local professionals visited the school during the annual Career Day. The visiting volunteers presented their firsthand knowledge in a range of career paths including publishing, law enforcement, fire safety, politics, information technology, banking, sales, film and television production, humanitarian services, medicine, crafts and mechanical repair. The volunteers explained the finer points of their jobs to students, and answered questions about their career choices. Job-specific equipment of all shapes and sizes helped the visitors descriptively share the interesting things they do. Many spoke anecdotally about their professional experiences and how their strengths in the common core subjects were the foundations of their career choices and advancements. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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St. Anthony's HS expels four students for flag, blackface incidents Originally published: April 16, 2014 2:41 PM Updated: April 16, 2014 10:27 PM By BART JONES bart.jones@newsday.com St. Anthony's High School has expelled four students in separate incidents that the principal called racially offensive -- display of a Confederate battle flag at a school sports event, and posting of a photograph in blackface along with incendiary language on social media. Brother Gary Cregan, principal of the South Huntington school, said Wednesday he expelled two seniors, both boys, who on April 9 walked into a European handball event in the gymnasium with the flag, which teachers immediately confiscated. He earlier had suspended the two for 10 days. He also expelled two girls, both sophomores, after they posted on social media a photograph of one of them in blackface and the racially inflammatory language. School officials said they were unaware if anything specific prompted the students to bring the flag to the school.

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They did not know of students being expelled for such reasons in the past. St. Anthony's, founded in 1933 by the Franciscan brothers, has about 2,450 students in grades 9-12. Cregan said about 1,800 of its students are white, 138 black, 215 of Asian ethnicity, about 200 of Hispanic ethnicity, six American Indian and about four of Pacific Island ethnicity. Another 46 are of mixed race, he said. The principal, who sent a letter to parents Friday after the flag incident, said Wednesday that he decided stronger action was needed against the seniors than the boys' suspension. He had hoped to encourage them to learn a lesson from the incident, he said, but decided that course was untenable -- partly because of remaining tensions in the school. The two girls posted the photograph on social media on Friday night, Cregan said. In the letter to parents, the principal instructed them to carefully monitor their children's online communications and "terminate and remove all inflammatory and destructive posts which are sadly part of teenage online activity in our current technological environment." On Wednesday, Cregan deplored both incidents. "I cannot comprehend that in this day and age people would think this type of racial insensitivity is acceptable," he said.

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"I am trying to clearly indicate St. Anthony's High School's disgust with racial intolerance, and the message I am trying to really express to everyone is that we're in America in 2014 and that this is not the way we should be living as American citizens and not the way we should be living as people in America," he said. A photograph taken inside a school hallway on April 9 shows a group of youths around the flag. School officials confirmed that the picture was taken inside St. Anthony's.

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his letter Friday to parents, wrote, "The use of any symbol, either historic or current, which carries a meaning designed to revive past injustices or to inflame discrimination or racial intolerance, is completely unacceptable and profoundly offensive. "As a Catholic and Franciscan school, Saint Anthony's will always demand acceptance and respect for all races, religions and cultures," he wrote.

No action is expected against others who are in the photo with the two seniors, officials said. Cregan said he decided to expel the boys in part because they had brought disrepute upon the school, in violation of its handbook. "I really feel that these students have really tarnished the school's reputation," Cregan said. The principal said he had hoped for a different resolution. "I had hoped, perhaps naively, that we would be able at a given point to reasonably sit down, but the emotions are still very high," he said. "You can feel the mood in the building. The mood is not a pleasant mood. It's a tense mood. "For school safety at this point, I don't want to be bringing anybody in the building, and I do believe that the school's reputation has been damaged from this," Cregan said. The school was open Monday and Tuesday and is closed the rest of the week in observance of Holy Week.Cregan, in NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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When AMERICA runs out of VICTIMS like these who do you think MURDERERS like those will come after next? Let JUSTICE prevail... NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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New York Knicks sign Lamar Odom NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks have signed former NBA champion Lamar Odom, who was out of the league this season. The move gives new president Phil Jackson an offseason to look at the versatile forward who thrived in his system. Odom helped the Los Angeles Lakers win NBA titles in 2009 and 2010, and was the Sixth Man of the Year in 2011, Jackson’s final season as coach. But Odom has never captured that success again. He last played in the NBA with the Clippers in 2012-13, averaging 4.0 points in about 20 minutes per game, and appeared in two games for a team in Spain this season.

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Federal jury awards $18 million each to 2 men exonerated in '84 killing, rape Originally published: April 17, 2014 5:03 PM Updated: April 17, 2014 5:27 PM By ROBERT E. KESSLER robert.kessler@newsday.com

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Restivo also displayed a band he has been wearing on his right wrist that said: "Exoneree -- Freedom is not free." The other plaintiff in the case, Dennis Halstead, 59, was not in the federal courtroom in Central Islip when the six-woman, three-man jury came back with a verdict after only two hours of deliberations, which included a lunch break. Relatives said he had returned to his home in Florida after testifying at the trial on Wednesday.

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The jurors declined to comment on the verdict, with one only saying, "It's done." Last week the jurors had decided that now-deceased Nassau County detective Joseph Volpe had violated Restivo and Halstead's civil rights by planting evidence or withholding evidence in the investigation that led to the men's convictions. Since Monday they had been hearing testimony and arguments by attorneys for Restivo, Halstead and the county over whether the two men were entitled to damages. The attorney for Nassau County, Louis Freeman, declined to comment on the verdict. Restivo's and Halstead's lead attorney, Nick Brustin, said after the verdict: "We're just so happy for John and Dennis. It's been a long time in coming. The jury recognized what Nassau County and the Nassau County Police Department had failed to recognize. That not only were John and Dennis innocentc but that the county and the police were responsible for the worst kind of intentional misconduct." A third man convicted in the Lynbrook crime, John Kogut, also later exonerated, was not a part of this civil rights trial.

A federal jury Thursday awarded $18 million each to two men who spent almost 18 years in prison before they were exonerated in the 1984 murder and rape of a Lynbrook teenager. "I woke up today on the other side of the wall," said one of the two men, John Restivo, 56, referring to his trial testimony in which he talked of his fright the first time he saw the towering walls of the state prison in Attica, where he was incarcerated. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Venerated special needs program lauded as Nassau BOCES Education Partner at Annual Awards Gala GARDEN CITY, N.Y., April 17, 2014 — Joseph Lentini, director of The Town of Hempstead ANCHOR Program, will represent the special needs program as it was honored by more than 350 of Long Island’s most ardent public education supporters recently, as one of 16 honorees to receive the 2014 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award at the Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation’s annual gala earlier this month. The distinction is bestowed on those individuals or organizations that have made a substantial impact on public education in Nassau County. A strategic education partner with school districts since 1967, Nassau BOCES created the awards program to recognize those who share its mission of ensuring a successful, challenging, caring and safe environment that enables students of all ages and abilities to achieve their maximum potential. These outstanding individuals and organizations have made strides to accomplishing key educational goals embraced by Nassau BOCES, such as ensuring student success. The Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation is an independent non-profit organization that raises funds for innovative educational programs that fall outside of the agency’s budget. “Everyone loses when certain parts of a community are excluded, because each of us has something of value to give and share,” wrote the camp’s award nominator. “Camp ANCHOR continues to work hard at bringing down the barriers of exclusion and to open the doors of inclusion for all disabled persons. The camp provides a safe environment where individuals build strong relationships and trust. It is an extension of a special needs education with consistent reinforcement, direction and understanding.” The Town of Hempstead ANCHOR Program has been an essential fixture in Long Island’s special needs community for more than 40 years. The camp offers a year-round therapeutic recreational program for children and adults with special needs, but it is best known for its comprehensive six-week summer program. The results of therapeutic recreation have been well documented and include physiological benefits, such as an increased healthy and active lifestyle, as well as improved gross and fine motor skills. There are also psychological benefits including stronger social skills, reduced anxiety, improved confidence and self-esteem, increased independence, better quality of life, and self-control. With a staff of nearly 300 (many of which are volunteers), ANCHOR serves approximately 1,200 individuals with varying disabilities each year. The use of volunteers isn’t simply cost-effective — it’s a fundamental component of the camp’s philosophy. Volunteers increase community awareness and promote inclusion, and at Camp ANCHOR, these are the building blocks of a better future. For additional information about the Nassau BOCES Education Partner awards, including profiles of prior year honorees, please visit www.nassauboces.org/ educationpartner. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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NCDA: Case update (Dina Lohan DWI plea) Dina Lohan, 51, of Merrick, pleaded guilty today before Nassau District Court Judge Andrew Engel to Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated (an A misdemeanor) and Speeding (a traffic infraction). Lohan is expected to be sentenced by Judge Engel to a conditional discharge, 100 hours of community service, driver’s license revocation and installation of an interlock device for a period of one year, participation in a Drinking Driver Program and Victims Impact Panel, a fine of $2,600, and a $483 surcharge. She is due back in District Court for sentencing on June 3. Lohan was pulled over on Sept. 12, 2013 at 11 p.m. by members of the New York State Police Department after traveling at 77 miles per hour in a 55 mile-per-hour speed zone along the Northern State Parkway in Oyster Bay. She was arrested by police later that night for speeding and for having a blood-alcohol level of .20 percent. Assistant District Attorney Brendan Ahern, deputy chief of DA Rice’s District Court Bureau, is prosecuting the case. Lohan is represented by Mark Heller, Esq.

NCDA: Case update (New charges in Freeport dogfighting case) Anthony Reddick, 53, of Freeport, was arraigned today before Nassau County Court Judge David Sullivan on a grand jury indictment stemming from a residential garage fire that revealed 13 dead pit bills and paraphernalia used for the breeding and training of dogs for fighting. Three more pit bulls were found alive at the scene. Reddick was arraigned today on three additional counts of misdemeanor animal fighting charges for the possession of dogfighting paraphernalia, including a motor-powered treadmill, a “slat-mill” utilizing muscle power, and a spring pole used to train dogs to fight. Bail of $20,000 cash or bond was continued. Reddick is due back in court on May 7. Reddick was arraigned on March 2 on one count of felony animal fighting for training the dogs, one count of felony animal fighting for breeding the dogs, and 16 counts of misdemeanor animal fighting charges – one for each dog found. If convicted of the top charge, he faces a maximum sentence of 1-1/3 to 4 years in prison. Assistant District Attorney Brandon Sloane of DA Rice’s Animal Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case. Reddick is represented by Legal Aid Society. The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty.

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NCDA: Case update (Cement truck driver verdict) Raymond Ragen, 45, of Mineola, was convicted today in a jury trial before Nassau County Court Judge William Donnino of Manslaughter in the 2nd Degree (a C felony) and Assault in the 2nd Degree (a D felony) for crashing his cement truck into an overpass and a school bus in Matinecock in July 2012, killing the bus driver, seriously injuring an attendant, and injuring four children. Ragen faces a maximum sentence of 5 to 15 years in prison on his conviction of the top charge. He is due back in court on May 23, on which date a sentencing date may be determined. Ragen was acquitted of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Vehicular Manslaughter in the 2nd Degree, and one count of Assault in the 2nd Degree. The jury deliberated for approximately three hours in a trial that lasted 3-1/2 weeks. Assistant District Attorneys Brendan Ahern and Stephanie Dellinger of DA Rice’s Vehicular Crimes Bureau are prosecuting the case. Ragen is represented by David Besso, Esq.

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Wisconsin Republicans To Vote On Secession Wisconsin Republicans will vote next month on whether they support allowing the state to secede from the United States of America. Last month, one of the Republican caucuses in the state passed a resolution asserting the state's right to secede. According to Daniel Bice at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, many top officials had hoped that resolution would be killed at the party's Resolutions Committee meeting on April 5. Instead, the committee adopted it, meaning it will now get an up-or-down vote at the Wisconsin GOP convention, which is taking place in Milwaukee May 2-4. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) distanced himself from the resolution last week, telling reporters, "I don't think that one aligns with where most Republican officials are in the state of Wisconsin -- certainly not with me." Last week, Joe Fadness, executive director of the state Republican Party, also told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the state party does not support secession. Ian Millhiser of ThinkProgress noted the strange turn the conservative movement has taken with these calls for secession, with "no shortage of irony to the Party of Lincoln now morphing into the Party of Secession." A 2012 HuffPost/YouGov poll found that the majority of Americans don't want their state to cut ties with the rest of the country. PAGE 26


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Kids health: There’s an app for that Class is back in session and kids are donning the latest fashions, tweeting about classes, and trying to stay a download ahead of the latest technology trends. But, before the juggle of homework, exams and pep rallies blur each school day, tech-loving students, and their parents, can tap or click their way to health and fitness success. Research by University of Illinois researchers suggests that physical activity boosts academic performance, so if kids want to stay at the head of the class and keep health and fitness a top priority, there is an app for that. Guessing Game: Smash Your Food The Smash Your Food app makes a guessing game of learning caloric content of foods. Kids watch a HD video of high-calories foods being smashed, guess the amount of sugar, sodium and oil, and then pull a lever to reveal the right answers. The app, the brain child of Marta De Wulf, a privatepractice nutritionist in Seattle, was a winner in first lady Michelle Obama’s Apps for Healthy Kids contest in 2010. “The objective is for children to learn nutrition by leveraging the latest technology, and to empower them to make healthy decisions for the right reason, not because they’re told to,” De Wulf says. Kids watch as individual foods, such as fries and doughnuts, and whole meals, such aS hamburgers, fries and soda are smashed. They can then advance to different levels by NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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earning points based on their game play. An android app is in development. “It’s been interesting to see the behavior changes children are making,” De Wulf says. Everybody say, “Ohm”: I Am Love Kids’ Yoga Journey Who said yoga is only for adults? The I Am Love Kids’ Yoga Journey is a hand-drawn app that allows children to tap into their inner yogi and strike a pose. The interactive yoga app features 13 poses featuring children. Kids can also press the “Press the Breath” button to hear an affirmation. The “Guess What?” feature teaches children a new fact each time they press the button. The product description says the app was developed to “help kids feel great about themselves and helps them experience increased concentration in a noncompetitive environment.” The I am Love Kids’ Yoga Journey app is available at kidsyogajourney.com. Yeah, I Can: fitsmi.com© and fitsmi2go© The fitsmi.com© and fitsmi2go©apps were developed for teen girls who struggle with weight and self-image issues. The site is designed to target America’s “seven million teen girls,” Linda Frankenbach, the app developer, says, “because that group will tell you they are concerned about their weight, and we knew that we could best reach teen girls on the Internet.” Frankenbach’s own weight struggles as a teen prompted the idea for fitsmi.com. The site provides an online community where teen girls who struggle with weight issues can find a refuge and sup(Continued on page 28)

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Teenage marijuana use linked to lower IQ as adults Use of cannabis, also known as marijuana, during teenage years is linked to lowered intelligence later in life, according to a new study out Monday. “[We think] that because the brain is undergoing certain maturational changes that make the brain more efficient, when adolescents use cannabis it may disrupt these processes,” says lead researcher Madeline Meier, PhD, of Duke University. Meier and her team found that those with more persistent use of cannabis had a bigger drop in IQ score — a standardized measure of intelligence — between childhood and adulthood. “If you start in adulthood, persistent use doesn’t seem to have a big impact on mental ability,” Meier says. In addition to the IQ scores, friends and relatives of the persistent cannabis users reported more attention and memory problems in everyday life, such as losing focus or forgetting errands and tasks. The study was performed in New Zealand, where 1,037 children were followed from birth to adulthood. IQ was tested at age 13, before cannabis use began, and again at age 38. New Zealand was selected because cannabis use is more prevalent there than other countries, including the United States, according to Meier. When the persistent cannabis users stopped, however, the damage to the IQ scores did not reverse. But, Meier says the earlier the teen stops using, the better. “Our data shows that if you stop, you can prevent further damage from occurring,” she says. Meier also agrees that further studies need to be done for several reasons. It is unknown whether these findings would correlate to cannabis use in the United States. Also, the adolescents reported their own cannabis use without any testing to confirm that the information was truthful. Lastly, the researchers are unclear as to how much use actually causes the damage. However, at this point, Meier says the take home is clear. “Adolescents need to be informed that because their brains are still developing, they are risk of IQ decline [by using cannabis],” she says. “They should delay onset of use until adulthood, and those who began in adolescence should quit.” NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

port, receive educational information and set goals to stay on track. FitsmiForMoms.com, a companion site to fitsmi.com, is a Web community for parents of children struggling with being overweight. Dr. Marilyn McPherson Corder is a pediatrician in Washington, D.C. Last summer, Dr. Corder and her daughter Adrienne Corder, who is a fitness specialist, ran a six-week boot camp designed to teach children about healthy eating and exercise options. The average weight loss was 16 pounds among the 30 camp participants. Dr. Corder says summer months are a great time to change children’s eating and fitness behaviors. “Kids have a whole different mind-set if we reach them during the summer, and begin to turn the tide and help them embrace lifestyle changes — it takes a village, but it certainly takes the family unit,” Corder says. Clicking for Your Child’s Health: HealthyChildren.org Engaging children in health and fitness may be a struggle for some moms and dads, but there are also tools crafted for these hesitant parents. HealthyChildren.org, the official American Academy of Pediatrics website for parents, launched the Healthy Children app for Apple and Android devices in August 2012. The organization’s Healthy Children former print magazine is now offered as an e-zine that can be accessed through the new app. “So many people have smart phones and tablets, it’s great to access this information this way; Portable information is much better than having pages and pages of content on a website,” says Dr. Jennifer Shu, an Atlanta pediatrician in private practice, and medical editor of HealthyChildren.org. Shu says the app provides parents and teens access to information such as alcohol, drugs, fitness, nutrition and safety. “These are good ways to start conversations,” Shu says. Parents can search age-by-age health information for their children, check immunization schedules, access firstaid how-to information and other resources. The app also includes a Find-A-Pediatrician tool and the Ask the Pediatrician advice column. The Eat-and-Move-o-Matic is an educational tool that allows children to see how many calories are in their favorite foods and shows the amount of time it will take to work those calories off. So plug in a bean and cheese burrito and Eat-and-MoveO-Matic will show that there are 379 calories in the burrito, and that it will take one hour and 48 minutes of mediumimpact exercise to work off those calories. Apps are great way to engage kids about their health because, Dr. Corder says, “they are fun, and they allow the kids to monitor and pace themselves, so there is an accountability factor.”

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PRESIDING OFFICER GREGORY HOSTS COMMUNITY MEETING WITH NY RISING DIRECTOR JON KAIMAN Amityville, NY – Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory and Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg gave residents and business owners recuperating from Superstorm Sandy the opportunity to meet with NY Rising Disaster Recovery Program Director Jon Kaiman to discuss their pending claims. The event included presentations by Mr. Kaiman and architect Mario R. Vergara, MVA Architects. Support organizations LI Cares, Vision Long Island and others were also available to provide information about their services. More than 75 people attended; and most met one-on-one with Kaiman, Vergara and NY Rising representatives after the presentations to discuss the particular circumstances of their cases. Mario R. Vergara, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, MVA Architects said, “MVA Architects appreciated the opportunity to be a party to the presentation at Amityville High School. It was a perfect example of the value of a private entity teaming with public officials to disseminate information to homeowners damaged by Sandy.” “I commend Mr. Kaiman for coming to Amityville and listening to the plight of our residents who are trying to navigate the complexities and evolving policies of storm recovery assistance,” said Presiding Officer Gregory. “The NY Rising Program will disperse millions of dollars to get people back into their home and restore their lives to normalcy.” April 11 is the last day to file an application with NY Rising. For further assistance with storm recovery, please contact NY Rising Housing Recovery Program, 500 BiCounty Blvd., Farmingdale, N.Y. 631-465-9380 or to file an application, visit http://stormrecovery.ny.gov/

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LI COUNCIL OF CHURCHES April 2014 Long Island Council of Churches’ newsletter, The Prelude These items do not appear in the printed, snail-mailed edition of this newsletter: March 11 Dialogue at the New Apostolic Church April 27 CROP Walk in Massapequa UPDATE ON NEW DOLLARS/NEW PARTNERS BISHOP ZGLEJSZEWSKI ON THE CHOICES WE MAKE OFFERED: PLAYER PIANO, FREE LEGAL CONSULTATIONS PASSIONTIDE PROGRAM APRIL 12 IN WOODBURY FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: WHY IS IT SO HARD TO TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES? For many years, the Long Island Council of Churches has helped our neighbors with prescription assistance whenever we have the funds to do so, has helped educate health care professionals about how to understand their increasingly diverse patients, and has supported health care reform. Recently, with so many Long Islanders uninsured or underinsured, we have begun regularly sending out information on where people could turn for free and inexpensive health care. The Apostle Paul reminded the young church in Corinth, “Don’t you know that your body is a temple of the NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Holy Spirit, which you have from God? So give glory to God in your body.” It is not easy, though, for many of us to take care of the temple. As I write this column I am taking advantage myself of one such option. Each year New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn offers weeklong stays at no cost to United Methodist clergy and their spouses. As the health plan for parsons requires higher deductibles, greater co-payments, and more burdensome “co-insurance fees” (the latter having absolutely nothing to do with co-insurance and everything to do with HMOs shifting costs to customers) the exams, tests, and consultations offered by New York Methodist Hospital would otherwise cost each of us thousands of dollars. And given the tendency of clergy to care for others better than we take care of ourselves, many of us would never get around to many routine health screenings. We also get a chance to tour the pediatric emergency room, learn about good nutrition, and talk with chaplains about the important ministry they do. These Clergy Clinics are a wonderful program, the staff at New York Methodist Hospital were terrific, and I am deeply grateful to the hospital. It is a pity that more of my colleagues to not sign up. You might encourage those you know to do so and to generally take care of themselves: the next clinic for UM clergy and spouses is Oct. 27-31, and if you know anything like this offered by other denominations and their health care institutions, I’d be glad to pass the word. CREDO and Planning for Tomorrow, for example, are similar services offered by the Episcopal Church to its lay and ordained employees. As one pastor said at our Clergy Clinic, “I realized today that if I am cheerful and healthy it helps the church to (Continued on page 39)

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Question: "What is true religion?" Answer: Religion can be defined as “belief in God or gods to be worshipped, usually expressed in conduct and ritual” or “any specific system of belief, worship, etc., often involving a code of ethics.” Well over 90% of the world’s population adheres to some form of religion. The problem is that there are so many different religions. What is the right religion? What is true religion? The two most common ingredients in religions are rules and rituals. Some religions are essentially nothing more than a list of rules, do’s and don’t's, that a person must observe in order to be considered a faithful adherent of that religion, and thereby, right with the God of that religion. Two examples of rules-based religions are Islam and Judaism. Islam has its five pillars that must be observed. Judaism has hundreds of commands and traditions that are to be observed. Both religions, to a certain degree, claim that by obeying the rules of the religion, a person will be considered right with God. Other religions focus more on observing rituals instead of obeying a list of rules. By offering this sacrifice, performing this task, participating in this service, consuming this meal, etc., a person is made right with God. The most prominent example of a ritual-based religion is Roman Catholicism. Roman Catholicism holds that by being water baptized as an infant, by partaking in the Mass, by confessing sin to a priest, by offering prayers to saints in Heaven, by being anointed by a priest before death, etc., etc., God will accept such a person into Heaven after death. Buddhism and Hinduism are also primarily ritual-based religions, but can also to a lesser degree be considered rules-based. True religion is neither rules-based nor ritual-based. True religion is a relationship with God. Two things that all religions hold are that humanity is somehow separated from God and needs to be reconciled to Him. False religion seeks to solve this problem by observing rules and rituals. True religion solves the problem by recognizing that only God could rectify the separation, and that He has done so. True religion recognizes the following: 1. We have all sinned and are therefore separated from God (Romans 3:23). NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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2. If not rectified, the just penalty for sin is death and eternal separation from God after death (Romans 6:23). 3. God came to us in the Person of Jesus Christ and died in our place, taking the punishment that we deserve, and rose from the dead to demonstrate that His death was a sufficient sacrifice (Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21). 4. If we receive Jesus as the Savior, trusting His death as the full payment for our sins, we are forgiven, saved, redeemed, reconciled, and justified with God (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9). True religion does have rules and rituals, but there is a crucial difference. In true religion, the rules and rituals are observed out of gratitude for the salvation God has provided – NOT in an effort to obtain that salvation. True religion, which is Biblical Christianity, has rules to obey (do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not lie, etc.) and rituals to observe (water baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper / Communion). Observance of these rules and rituals is not what makes a person right with God. Rather, these rules and rituals are the RESULT of the relationship with God, by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone as the Savior. False religion is doing things (rules and rituals) in order to try to earn God’s favor. True religion is receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and thereby having a right relationship with God – and then doing things (rules and rituals) out of love for God and desire to grow closer to Him. Have you made a decision for Christ because of what you have read here? If so, please go to http:// www.gotquestions.org/true-religion.html, scroll to the bottom of the article and then click on the "I have accepted Christ today" button.

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building, including a church building. Even a generation ago, when men commonly wore hats, the headgear was removed indoors, or even outdoors in the presence of a woman. In contrast, women’s hats have long been a standard part of a stylish or formal outfit, and wearing a hat indoors is acceptable for a woman. This cultural tradition most likely has its roots in the Bible itself. The apostle Paul talks to the Corinthian church about this matter, saying, “A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God” (1 Corinthians 11:7). A few verses later, he says, “Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him?” (1 Corinthians 11:14). In verse 14 Paul is speaking specifically of “long hair,” rather than hats, but both are considered a “covering” for the head. Most modern churches today would not consider long hair on a man to be disrespectful; nevertheless, this passage calls it a disgrace because long hair is inherently feminine. Since “long” is a relative description, we applyapply this according to the culture in which one lives. In the Corinthian culture, for men to wear any kind of head covering in church was for them to take on the role of the women, which is not the order God

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designed for spiritual headship (1 Corinthians 11:3). Women have worn hats in church for centuries and still do so without it being considered disrespectful. Again, this goes back to the biblical idea of head coverings (probably veils) being used as an outward, cultural symbol of an inward attitude. However, nowhere in the Bible does it say women must wear hats or veils or kapps in church. The passages in 1 Corinthians 11 that seem to suggest women ought to have a head covering in church are better interpreted as a mandate for women to follow cultural norms, to show respect for one’s husband, and to maintain a distinctly feminine appearance. Many Bible scholars believe the only required covering for the woman is her hair (1 Corinthians 11:15). In either case, it’s difficult to be dogmatic about this passage. Some scholars say this passage is one of the most difficult in the whole New Testament to thoroughly understand. What is important is that we are communicating Christian principles within the culture in which we live. It is traditional in Western culture for a man to take off his hat when entering a building or saluting the flag. Christians living in Western cultures should be aware of that tradition and show due respect in the customary way. During the playing of “The Star(Continued on page 40)

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His Abundance TODAY’S SCRIPTURE “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap...” (Luke 6:38, NIV) TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria Our God is a God of abundance! He wants to pour out His abundance on you until you are so full that you are running over! But, notice how today’s verse starts. It says, “Give and it will be given to you.” That’s because your giving sets the blessing of God into motion in your life. When you give, you plant a seed. If you were to plant an apple seed, you wouldn’t just grow one single fruit. No, that one seed grows into a tree that produces an abundance of apples! That’s what happens when you obey God in your giving. You get an abundant harvest in return. You reap so much that you have to give it away, and the cycle just keeps repeating itself! Is there something the Lord is telling you to give today? What do you have in your hand that you can bless someone else with? It can be financial or material, but take a step of faith today and open the door to His abundance in every area of your life! A PRAYER FOR TODAY Father, I receive Your Word into my heart today. Thank You for choosing to bless me so that I can be a blessing to others. Show me where I can give to others and teach me to receive all You have for me in Jesus’ name. Amen. — Joel & Victoria Osteen

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be cheerful and healthy.” It is sad that an institution affiliated with my denomination needs to fill the yawning gaps in the insurance provided by my denomination to those who have committed their lives to its service. Even worse, many people who work in the health care industry have no coverage at all. As the car mechanic in that old ad for air filters put it, “You can pay me now, or you can pay me later.” Why don’t all HMOs pay for preventative care that in the long run saves us all much money and heartache? Why should home health care aides or nursery school teachers or pastors have to worry about whether or not they can afford the a test their physician wants them to have? Do we really want the people who care for the elderly, those who teach the young, and the cleric who serves you the sacraments to be sick? Do we want them to spread germs they caught from the kids, the elderly, or their parishioners to new people because they haven’t met their deductible yet and consequently fear the expense of seeing a doctor? Do we want NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

them to delay diagnosis and treatment end up far worse, suddenly leaving our parents, our children, and our congregations in the lurch? As you may have heard me say before—and I’ll try not to rant—I am no fan of the Affordable Care Act enacted by Congress, which somehow came to be called “ObamaCare” even though they pretty much copied what Mitt Romney did in Massachusetts. Yes, the ACA guarantees some coverage of preventative care and is making insurance affordable to many Americans, but it does little to contain medical costs and is making coverage less affordable for many people. Yours truly wishes that the President and Congress had copied Canada’s plan—or Hawaii’s, or Britain’s, or France’s, or Germany’s or almost anyone other than Romney’s. I might even have preferred a libertarian approach to making insurance affordable by addressing the ways in which government actions make health care more expensive--instead to give away the store, and our tax dollars, to special interests. PAGE 39


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COMMON CORE MATH EXPLAINED AT PARENT WORKSHOP On Wed., April 9, ABGS Middle School and the Hempstead Adult Education program combined to present a second Parent Workshop aimed at helping parents and guardians better understand the New York State assessments. This time the focus was the forthcoming Common Core State Math Assessment which will be administered in all schools in New York State April 30-May 2, 2014. Dozens of parents and students attended the dinner-workshop in the ABGS Middle School Media Center. Dozens of parents and guardians of children in grades 3-8 attended the workshop-dinner. They learned how this Math test is different from previous tests and how teachers have been preparing the students for the test since September. They were shownsample test questions and learned which tools their children are allowed to use on the test, depending on their grade. Following the presentation, parents were able to ask questions and talk about their concerns regarding the assessment. Afterwards, parents expressed how helpful they felt these workshops have been and they hope to see more of them in the future. This math workshop comes on the heels of the Common Core ELA workshop which ABGS Middle School and Hempstead Adult Education presented on March 20, 2014. The workshops were jointed coordinated by the staffs of both educational venues; the goal was to partner in an effort to assist parents. The principal of the ABGS Middle School is Mr. Hank Williams; SusanThompson is the coordinator of the Hempstead Adult Education program. The math workshop presenter was Dr. (Continued from page 38)

Spangled Banner,” taking off one’s hat communicates respect (to the flag); during a church service, it communicates respect (to God). Similarly, in Eastern cultures, it is respectful to take off one’s shoes when entering a home or place of worship; Christians living in Eastern cultures should follow that custom, even if there is nothing in the Bible that specifically commands it. Taking off one’s hat during in church is simply a cultural way for a man to show respect and honor to God. Rather than bucking tradition and “doing our own thing,” we should usually follow the cultural rules, being careful to communicate respect for God in every way possible. It is certain that God is much more interested in the posture of the heart than any outward appearance (1 Samuel 16:7). Any woman is capable of wearing elaborate head covNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Marion Hutchinson, a 7th grade math teacher at ABGS Middle School. She was supported by Mr. Williams, ABGS Middle School’s Assistant Principal Karen Fairclough and guidance counselor Susan Lener, along with Martha Alsina of the Adult Education department. The workshop presentation was translated by Marcela Moran, an employee of the Hempstead School District….SPORTS ROUNDUP…While many teachers and students are relaxing during this spring break week, many student athletes are out there in the cool spring air competing and working out in baseball and lacrosse fields across Long Island and Hempstead student-athletes are right there in the mix. The Hempstead High School baseball team, still in search of their first win in two years, fell to Roosevelt 12-2 on Monday, 4/14. They next play at Roosevelt (4:30) on Thurs., 4/17 and host West Hempstead Mon., 4/21. The girl’s softball team, going after win #2 fell to Farmingdale 1-13 on Monday. Their next game is at Uniondale, 4/25 at 4:30. The boys and girls lacrosse teams are idle until next week when the boys host East Meadow (4/22) and the girls host Valley Stream (4/23). A recent win was notched by the Girls badmitten team when they upended Division 6-1 last week. The badmitten girls (2-6) will be back in action 4/25 home against Westbury, 4:30pm. The ABGS Middle School sports season gets underway in about 10 days. (photos by V. Culbreath) -B.J. Robinson

erings without having any genuine reverence for God’s established orderorder of authority. But godly women who recognize that submission toward their husbands is as submission to the Lord (Ephesians 5:22) are the women God is pleased with. Whatever we do, motive is important. Whether or not a woman chooses to wear a head covering, let it be done with a genuine spirit of thanks to God in the name of the Lord Jesus (Colossians 3:17). Of course, it is possible for a man to wear a baseball cap in church and yet have a heart full of reverence and awe for the Lord. And it is also possible for a man to remove his hat in church yet disdain God in his soul. God sees the heart. But the issue, sometimes, is what our actions communicate to others; people cannot see our hearts, so we must often show them our respect by what we do. PAGE 40


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BETHEA ON NATIONAL LEAGUE COMMENTARY FOR THE CHEAP SEATS

Hello Sports Fans, the New York Knicks have concluded the season (2013/14) and look forward to beginning next season with the positive hope that new president of basketball operations Phil Jackson will put a nucleus of players together that can contend for a NBA championship. All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony (Melo) will be a free agent this summer and most Knick fans from the “cheap seats” believe Melo will return to Madison Square Garden as a member on the Knick roster. The debate related to the best fit for Melo to win a NBA ring has some Knicks fans concerned because many NBA fans believe the Chicago Bulls may be a more attractive offer. Melo has made public his desire to play for the New York Knicks and win a championship in his original hometown of New York City (before his family moved to Maryland early in his childhood). However if the great Phil Jackson cannot work magic and surround the gifted forward with the right players to win, Knicks fans may see Melo look elsewhere for employment. The current Knick roster includes some decent players such as Tyson Chandler and Amar e’ Stoudemire but neither player performed up to their career potential which includes all-star appearances and general success in the win column of their respective past teams. The obvious response from the players named is that injuries played a significant role in their lack of production, which is why most Knicks fans are willing to give the truly talented center and forward an opportunity to produce next season. Both NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

Chandler and Stoudemire have signed contracts to play through next season, which allows Phil Jackson to concentrate on efforts to change other important positions. Most Knick loyalist views the point guard position on the Knick roster a great concern. Current starting point guard Ray Felton averaged 9 points and 5 assist per game, which puts the veteran point guard well below the top floor generals in the league. In the trade that brought Melo to the Knicks, many forget the NBA champion Chauncey Billups was included in the exchange, and just how terrific the Knicks looked with Billups directing the team. Perhaps Jackson will concentrate on the point guard position, which appears to be the catalyst that drives the top teams in the NBA to success. In Ray Felton’s defense, the injuries he sustained through the season slowed his efforts to produce the guidance he displayed throughout his career and lead the Knicks to a better season. The overall task Jackson faces is should he let Melo leave or convince the allstar to remain with the Knicks and allow him time to turn the club into a championship caliber team. The Knicks are not in position to benefit from this year’s draft due to past trades including packages that included draft picks. The most notable is the Toronto Raptors trade that sent sharp shooter Novak to Raptors for Andrea Bargnani, which included Knicks first round draft pick. Knicks fans are looking forward to Phil Jackson turning the team around and providing the franchise with stability and hope for a winner Knicks fans deserve. PAGE 41


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Inaugural Jamaica Open New York Championship Set To Tee-off Monday June 9, 2014 at Marine Park Golf Course in Brooklyn BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – April 3, 2014. The inaugural Jamaica Open NY is set to tee off on June 9, 2014 at the Robert Trent Jones designed Marine Park Golf Course in Brooklyn. The brainchild of celebrity golf ambassador Chris Arceneaux, Founder/CEO of the Darby Foundation and Manhattan-based finance executive Alsion Roach, President and CEO of The Alsion Roach Group, the event forms part of June’s Caribbean Heritage celebrations in New York City. The one day medal play tournament is expected to attract over 200 of the Metropolitan area’s top professional and amateur golfers. Roach and Arceneaux wanted to ensure they also took the opportunity to incorporate Caribbean culture and will be staging 'Reggae on the Green' on Sunday, June 8 the day before the golf tournament. Reggae on The Green will embrace both golf and Caribbean culture in a day for the family that includes live music, networking, a beginner's golf clinic, putting contest and a Caribbean cuisine dinner. The funfilled day will run from 12pm to 7pm. On her reasons for underwriting the event, Roach said "It provides a welcome opportunity for our company to support an excellent Caribbean/American initiative. The Jamaica Open NY and Reggae on the Green will provide a high quality golf event at an outstanding golf course and a chance to celebrate and showcase Caribbean food and heritage for the entire family at Reggae on the Green. Chris is a highly respected member of the golf community and I had no hesitation in teaming up with him to support this initiative." A number of dignitaries have already come out in support of the event and include Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Representative Yvette Clarke, Jamaican Ambassador Audrey Marks and former Prime Minister of Jamaica the Hon. Andrew Holness all of whom will be honored at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday June 9. The event has already attracted the attention of a number of sponsors and partners, already confirming luxury fashion and lifestyle publication, OCEAN Style, as one of their partners. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

The entry fee is $250 for professionals and $150 for amateurs with a handicap of 10 or less. Deadline to enter is May 31. For more information and to register visit www.jamaicaopenny.com About Marine Park Golf Course: Marine Park Golf Course is an 18-hole Championship Course open to the public year-round and is a member of New York City Parks. Located in southern Brooklyn, this links-style course was designed in 1964 by world renowned architect, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. It boasts panoramic water views, country club quality greens and fairways, a beautifully manicured driving range and prevailing winds off Jamaica Bay. It measures 6,866 yards from the Blue tees, 6,609 yards from the White tees, 5,793 from the Gold tees and 5,323 from the Red tees. Since 2008 Marine Park Golf Course has been under ownership of father-son team Michael and Adam Giordano. Since the Giordanos took over, golfers at Marine Park have welcomed the addition of a driving range and learning center, renovations to the clubhouse and grille and currently a course restoration project under the guidance of golf course architect Stephen Kay. About The Alsion Roach Business Group, Inc (ARBG): The Alsion Roach Business Group, In, was formed to do anything entertainment related. The Alsion Roach Group, LLC (ARG) We target and address the significant capital raising needs of emerging markets businesses and projects. We offer consulting and advisory services to emerging markets companies and entrepreneurs seeking to access global cross-border capital markets. We leverage our extensive international capital markets experience and relationships to match businesses seeking to raise capital to available sources of capital or financing.

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The Freeport Little League, Inc. held their Opening Day Parade and Ceremony at the Carolyn G. Atkinson School in Freeport. Little Leaguers, coaches, parents, and elected officials met in the field at the school for a pep rally and address by League President Mike Aviles. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby was on hand to congratulate the players and wish everyone a successful and fun filled season. Photo: Manager Ron Land-Wheatley, Coach Robert Llompart, Red Team Majors Division, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby

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Marlon Wayans still Diddy set on Richard Pryor commencement speech biopic: ‘I’ve been at Howard University prepping for that role’ stirs debate Marlon Wayans is undeniably one of the funniest men in Hollywood. He comes from comic royalty, as the youngest of ten siblings, many of whom are celebrities in their own right. Some of Wayans’ most memorable roles were in comedies like White Chicks, Scary Movie, and the unforgettable TV series In Living Color. In 2000 Wayans appeared in Requiem for a Dream, his most dramatic role to date, which earned him critical acclaim. The 41-year-old actor will next star in the sequel to his wildly successful spoof comedy, A Haunted House 2, but hopes to soon take on another dramatic role in a biopic about his “hero,” legendary comedian Richard Pryor. According to the Hollywood Reporter a biopic about the life of Pryor, to be produced and distributed by The Weinstein Company, has been in the works for several years. Wayans, Michael B. Jordan and Eddie Murphy are among the actors being eyed for the film, which is rumored to potentially be directed by Lee Daniels. Wayans’ screen test for the role is said to have wowed Harvey Weinstein. In an interview with theGrio, Wayans opened up about the possibility of bringing Pryor’s story to life, and says that he’s been “preparing for the role.” “I would love to play Pryor in a biopic,” Wayans said. “I’ve been on the circuit for three and a half years prepping for it…gathering the skill set to one day play that role. I hope it happens, but if it doesn’t I believe completely in the journey and whatever happens is supposed to have happened… whether I get Pryor or not.” “Pryor brought me to the stage. I started doing stand-up. I’m better now. I’m smarter and more articulate. I work harder now. I know how to make people laugh because I know how to make people listen. I started out wanted to play a great, and now I’ve fell in love with stand-up and I just want to be a great.” ONLINE EDITION

While Diddy never graduated from Howard University when he was a student there back in 1989, the Revolt TV executive will be delivering the 2014 Commencement speech at his alma mater this Spring. Howard University confirmed Diddy’s involvement from their official account Monday and reactions have been decidedly mixed. While some have praised the HBCU for giving the mogul the opportunity to share his insights with its senior class, others believe the honor should have gone to someone who was an actual college graduate.

Michael Strahan reaches new heights for pro athletes in retirement Michael Strahan is moving up, to ABC’s Good Morning America. The retired New York Giants star and current co-host of Live! with Kelly and Michael announced yesterday that he would soon be joining the team at GMA. Strahan seems to be effortlessly getting into the groove of his second career (dubbed “The Fifth Quarter” by the New York Times) with great results. A man once known for his relentless pursuit of quarterbacks has successfully shown the world that he’s also a sparkling media presence, evidenced by the wacky gags on Live! and his incisive analysis on Fox (Continued on page 11)

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Morgan Freeman recalls iconic roles in ‘Lean on Me’ and ‘Glory’ 25 years later Morgan Freeman is starring in a new sci-fi thriller that gives viewers a glimpse into the future. The film, Transcendence, hits theaters Friday and it explores the endless — and wild — possibilities of what could happen when a terminally ill scientist (played by Johnny Depp) uploads his mind to a computer. In an interview with theGrio, Freeman shared his own thoughts on what the future may hold. Meanwhile, he also reflected on his past work in Hollywood, as this year marks the 25-year anniversary of two of his iconic films: Glory and Lean On Me. For many people, the prolific, 76-yearold actor will forever be associated with his role of real-life principal Joe Clark from 1989′s Lean on Me — a film about the struggles of an inner-city school and its troubled student population. Many of the conflicts the movie portrayed are still relevant today and Freeman shared with his own assessment of young black America today with theGrio. “We don’t have one young black America, we have two or three young black Americas,” Freeman said. “There is one where kids are doing quite well but there are not that many and not quite enough. There’s another where kids are struggling and trying to stay in school — and another where they’re hopeless.” Glory, which was also released in 1989, paired Freeman alongside fellow A-lister Denzel Washington. Both actors portrayed soldiers in the legendary 54th Massachusetts InONLINE EDITION

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fantry Regiment, which was the first American military unit composed of black men in the Civil War. “Very few people knew about the 54th [Massachusetts] infantry or any black involvement in the Civil War. It was one of the best things I did,” Freeman told theGrio. “That information was totally hidden from the world at large.” The film was one of the most iconic in both Freeman and Washington’s early careers. And Washington won a best supporting actor Academy Award for his role. When asked whether he knew at the time that both he and Washington would become two of the most bankable actors in Hollywood, Freeman said: “No but I considered Denzel well on his way. As for me, I thought I was, too.” Now, Freeman is starring in another likely blockbuster with Transcendence. The fictional film sheds light on the scientific theory that the world’s computers could one day pose a threat to society. Yet, while this idea may seem a bit outlandish, Transcendence shows that the concept may not be so farfetched. Freeman talks about how the movie deals with the danger of the world’s growing dependence and integration with technology – and shares a few futuristic theories of his own. “Most people in modern society have a cell phone and have almost total dependency on that technology. Imagine what would happen if for some reason satellite communication was snubbed and that it would end the Internet. [It would] end life as life,” Freeman told theGrio. “I don’t have any idea. My fantasy is we may face opposition from the planet itself; there is talk or questions about whether the ocean is a living thing. Let’s for a moment imagine that it is and we are doing great, great damage to it — if it’s a living thing, will it recognize that we are its enemy and if so, what would it do?” Transcendence hits theaters nationwide this Friday. PAGE 3


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‘Soul Train’ may boogie onto Broadway NEW YORK (AP) — The groundbreaking song-anddance show “Soul Train” is chugging toward Broadway. Stage and film producer Matthew Weaver, who helped create “Rock of Ages,” has acquired the theatrical stage rights to the TV show and said Tuesday he’s hoping to repeat his success by turning “Soul Train” into a show that attracts both die-hard Broadway fans and those who usually avoid Times Square. “I’m nervous and I’m humbled and I’m excited,” said Weaver, who heads the production company MediaWeaver Entertainment. “I do think we’re the right people to do it because I think it’s got to have that spirit of ‘Rock of Ages,’ which is part old-fashioned musical but also part party.” “Soul Train,” with its trademark animated train opening, provided a national, weekly showcase for R&B artists, black culture and fashion, and gave advertisers an entree to the black consumer market. It later had to compete with video shows on BET that broadcast black artists, and eventually MTV and VH-1. The TV show, a sort of black version of “American Bandstand,” featured such acts as James Brown, Al Green, Ike and Tina Turner, Hall & Oates, Donna Summer, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Prince, Run D.M.C. and Destiny’s Child during its 35-year run. Moves that “Soul Train” dancers developed spread nationwide.

Brenda Blackmon is one of the most recognizable and talented journalists in the nation’s number one television market, New York. She joined the news team at WWORTV in 1990 and became a multi-Emmy award winning reporter and role model for her community. She has won numerous awards for journalism and has received community citations and notable honors. The Urban/Black Entertainment Report says, “She has such a warm, engaging and effervescent personality you can’t help but like her instantly.” The Network Journal recognized her as one of the “25 Most Influential Black Women in Business”, redefining excellence. Her hometown of Columbus, Georgia honored her as “One of the Century’s Most Influential.” She was influential indeed, making history as the city’s first African American News Anchor. Brenda has done it all: reporter, film editor, film photographer, talk show host for television and radio, show producer, writer, and TV anchorwoman for decades. Brenda graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University and has received two honorary doctorates. She is now working on her MBA. Brenda says, “I believe as it is written in Isaiah 56:1, Be just and fair to all. Do what’s right and good.

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NFL Sunday. And while plenty of former NFL stars move on to careers in broadcasting, Strahan’s success is a remarkable story, one that even amazes some of his contemporaries. Before becoming a television darling, Strahan spent fifteen years with the Giants, setting the record for number of sacks in the 2001 season and snagging a Super Bowl trophy in 2007, just before his retirement. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this year. As for his media career, Strahan has had a couple of misses (anyone remember his Fox sitcom Brothers?) but mostly hits, between landing a plum daytime-TV gig and appearing in commercials for Subway, Vaseline and other brands. His affable personality and big smile have made him a bankable personality, and has been credited with helping Live! achieve its highest ratings since Regis Philbin left the show in 2011. Strahan, in fact, is so popular that daytime fans became ONLINE EDITION

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anxious that he’d leave Live! for his new gig at GMA. He put those worries to ease yesterday, assuring fans that Live! was his first priority, and that he’d only appear on GMA a few times a week. But the fact that Strahan has to put fans at ease illustrates how remarkable his career has been. It’s not like we haven’t seen a playerturned-personality before; in fact, television is littered with them. Terry Bradshaw made regular appearances on The Tonight Show to trade barbs with Jay Leno; Charles Barkley is known for his humorous and sometimes bizarre quips on Inside the NBA; Shannon Sharpe, Bill Cowher, Howie Long and a host of others have traded helmets for microphones. But Strahan’s approach to his off-the-field career has been a bit more unique. Strahan’s gambit was that he pursued a demographic completely antithetical to NFL’s generally-male, generally(Continued on page 22)

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

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After 22 Years, "A Black Parent's Handbook" Is Still Empowering Black Parents Across America Nationwide (October 15, 2013) -- Back in 1990, after only two years of teaching in Brooklyn, NY and East Orange, NJ respectively, renowned educator, Baruti Kafele had the audacity to write a handbook for Black parents to assist them with educating their children. He entitled the book, A Black Parent's Handbook to Educating Your Children (Outside of the Classroom). He consequently left the classroom temporarily after his first two years of teaching to devote his life to getting A Black Parent's Handbook into the hands of thousands of parents throughout the U.S. In 1992, he returned to the classroom but continued to devote a substantial amount of energy to promoting A Black Parent's Handbook and it eventually became an Essence Magazine number one best seller in 2002. It is now in its 22nd year of empowering a whole new generation of Black parents. Kafele says that the motivation for writing this book was that he was meeting and working with so many wellintentioned parents who wanted to assist their children through the educational process but simply didn't know what to do or where to start. He frowns upon the notion that parents are not involved or don't want to be involved in their children's lives, educationally speaking. He instead asserts that parents absolutely want to be involved but are simply in need of strategies that they can easily and readily implement during the time that their children are at home. A Black Parent's Handbook is comprised of the following topics: * Preparation for Success * Reading for Success * Setting Goals for Success * Studying and Testing for Success * Communicating for Success * Collaborating for Success * Distractions for Success A Black Parent's Handbook is not a long book – it's only 74 pages. It's not a difficult read either. Instead, it is a guide providing strategies and suggestions for parents to utilize toward the educational growth and development of their children and should be referred to regularly. Over the past 22 years, parents have shared with Kafele that they literally raised their children on the contents of this book.

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that addresses reading for success. Kafele has argued for the past 22 years that in education, we can have the best schools, best curriculum, best teachers and best teaching strategies, but if Black children are not being exposed to who they are, both historically and culturally, then we are spinning our wheels at best. He argues that when Black children are exposed to "who they are," we increase the probability exponentially that they will have the will to strive for excellence because by exposing them to "their story," we are essentially helping them to develop a purpose for learning, rooted in the greatness of who they are historically. Kafele says, "I want them to see and understand where they stand along the continuum of history to help them to better understand their roles in life moving forward." About The Author Baruti Kafele, affectionately known as "Principal Kafele," excelled as an urban public school educator in New Jersey for more than 20 years. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, he was selected as the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. As a middle and high school principal, he led the transformation of four different schools, including Newark Tech High School, which went from a lowperforming school in need of improvement to being recognized by U.S. News and World Report three times as one of the best high schools in the United States. He is now a full-time national / international educational consultant. He is also the author of the books, Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success, Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life, and A Handbook for Teachers of African American Children. About The Book A Black Parent's Handbook to Educating Your Children 
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Judge: Michael Jackson’s mom should pay $800,000 in trial costs LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson’s mother should pay more than $800,000 in trial costs to a concert promoter that she targeted in a failed negligent hiring lawsuit involving the death of her son, a judge said Monday. Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos issued the tentative ruling calling on the Jackson family matriarch to pay AEG Live LLC after it won the case. The five-month trial ended in October with a jury determining that AEG Live did not negligently hire the doctor convicted of causing Michael Jackson’s death in 2009 as he prepared for a comeback tour. The ruling is expected to be finalized after AEG Live submits an amended list of its costs for items such as court filing fees, court reporters and travel. Attorneys for the company and Katherine Jackson agreed not to argue Palazuelos’ tentative ruling, but it might be appealed. Katherine Jackson’s attorney Kevin Boyle said a decision on appealing the order would be made after reviewing its final language. The verdict and rulings in the case are currently being appealed. AEG Live initially sought more than $1.2 million to cover its costs. Katherine Jackson’s lawyers claimed only about a quarter of that amount was justified. AEG Live attorney Marvin Putnam said the court did the right thing “by ordering Katherine Jackson to pay nearly $1 million spent in having to defend a matter that she should have never brought in the first place.” A motion filed by her lawyers last week stated that the costs would be borne by her and the singer’s three children, all of whom are supported by his estate. The estate has earned hundreds of millions of dollars since the singer’s death and paid off his debts. It also covers schooling, housing and other costs for his children and mother. Jackson died in June 2009 after receiving an overdose of the anesthetic propofol, which former cardiologist Conrad Murray was giving the superstar as a sleep aid during prepaLink rations for his planned “This Is It” shows. Murray was found http://www.prlog.org/11933857 guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

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younger fanbase — the older, female, daytime television audience. It’s a demographic Tiki Barber tried to crack when he signed on with NBC’s Today Show in 2007. That venture turned out to be ill-fated — partly because of Barber’s failure to connect with producers and viewers, but mostly because of Barber’s alleged affair with a 23-year-old NBC intern during his wife’s pregnancy. Strahan, on the other hand, has managed to dodge the glare of controversy (most of his personal crises happened while he was still on the field), and win the hearts of the 25to-54-year-old female demographic of Live! with Kelly and Michael. Now his audience is likely to grow even more once he joins the team at Good Morning America. Strahan’s career also serves as an exceptional case study on players navigating life after the game. The ESPN 30 For 30 documentary “Broke” highlights that an astounding 78 percent of NFL players file for bankruptcy or experience financial uncertainty within two years of retirement — a fact Strahan knows well. “There are a lot of broke athletes out there — I know plenty,” he told the New York Times, “and I didn’t want to end up as one.” Strahan wasn’t rolling the dice when he decided to venture into TV — he was playing chess. And in addition to his television gigs, Strahan also runs a management company set up to help players strategize for their post-NFL careers. So what can we expect from Michael Strahan on the set of Good Morning America? Certainly more of his charisma, maybe a bit of his mischief and a lot more of that trademark smile. The show may also provide the perfect platform for him to combine his talk-show wit with his pro-sports savvy. Whatever the outcome, Strahan’s latest move is just about guaranteed to be a winning one. ONLINE EDITION

Flavor Flav taking plea deal in Vegas battery case LAS VEGAS (AP) — Entertainer Flavor Flav is poised to take a plea deal that would avoid trial in a Las Vegas domestic violence case. A prosecutor and defense attorneys say the 55-year-old former rapper and reality TV star, whose real name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr., is scheduled to enter a plea Monday in Clark County District Court. Neither side provided details of the deal. He is accused of chasing and threatening his longtime girlfriend’s 17-year-old son with a butcher knife during an October 2012 argument. He was facing trial April 28 on felony assault and child endangerment with a weapon charges that carry the possibility of up to 12 years in prison. Flavor Flav was inducted last year with the rap group Public Enemy into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Karyn Washington remembered: Heartfelt video honors life of ‘For Brown Girls’ founder Fans and friends of Karyn Washington — the dynamic founder of the uplifting blog For Brown Girls — were devastated last week after news broke of Washington’s passing. Washington, 22, died from an apparent suicide Tuesday after it was reported that she struggled with depression following the recent death of her mother. Over the years, Washington inspired others through her admirable activism and her journey to encourage all women to embrace their beauty and exude confidence. She created the blog to pursue this very mission and in doing so, proved that she was an outstanding woman of class, poise and wisdom. The news of Washington’s passing has shattered the hearts of many – meanwhile, some have used this time not to judge Washington for her actions but to celebrate the endless contributions she made to young black girls. In doing so, close friend and jewelry designer Yumanah Najah created a heartfelt video as a way to help others cope with Washington’s passing and to honor the legacy she left behind While Washington’s death certainly sheds light on the issue of mental health and depression in the black community, it also highlights the importance of compassion, friendship and support - all of which Washington provided for hundreds of women. “[Karyn] had so much love and light and she loved herself because she knew that she was created beautiful and she had tapped into that understanding that no matter what anybody else said about her, no matter who validated her beauty or who didn’t, she knew she was beautiful because of her soul,” Najah said. “She taught me what beauty is really all about and I am ONLINE EDITION

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always going to be grateful.” Watch the video above and share Najah’s message in effort to honor Washington and the life she lived. (Continued from page 4)

Don Cornelius started the music and dance show in 1970 in Chicago and served as its host until 1993. It aired in syndication from 1971 until 2006 and spun off an awards show that is still aired. Cornelius killed himself in 2012. Weaver recalled growing up in New York and making sure to watch “Soul Train” every Saturday morning, mesmerized by the dance, fashion and music. He plans to next hire a writer and get music rights. His only timeframe for the stage is “when the story’s right.” “‘Rock of Ages’ is an awesome show, but it’s not just because we have ‘Sister Christian’ and ‘Don’t Stop Believin” and serve liquor in the aisles that that show is still running five years later. It’s still running because we have a great story and great characters,” said Weaver. “To me, that’s the heart of ‘Soul Train’ — a great story and great characters. The music will be great, the fashion will be great, the ambiance, the vibe. But if you don’t have a good story, none of that means anything.” Weaver, who produced such films as “We’re the Millers” and “The Heartbreak Kid,” has grown “Rock of Ages” into an international brand, with a film version, three national tours and productions of the show in Las Vegas, London, Australia, Toronto, Japan and South Korea. With 35 years of music on “Soul Train,” Weaver has plenty of song possibilities, depending on what the final story is. But he’s hopeful he can build a powerful score. “We had a lot of luck on ‘Rock,’ so hopefully we have the same karma here,” he said. PAGE 25


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Arsenio jokes: ‘Letterman wants me to replace him’ Late night host Arsenio Hall generated a little bit of chatter with a tweet following the announcement that Stephen Colbert would be replacing the retiring David Letterman on CBS. Hall, who recently relaunched his own late night career with a syndicated talk show of his own, tweeted: “‘Even though David Letterman wants me to replace him, CBS wants Steven Colbert. Oh well! You go Steven Colbert congratz.” After many questioned the veracity of his statement, Hall double down during his monologue on his own show. “The tweet blew up. I got a lot of retweets and people kept asking me if it’s really true…and it is. Dave asked me personally,” he said. Hall then played a clip of an appearance he made on Letterman’s CBS show that was dubbed to make it look like the legendary host was offering him the job. “Stephen Colbert is a wonderful, talented guy who will do a great job and don’t you feel weird Stephen, being Dave’s second choice,” Hall said. “Y’all are blinking that sarcasm sign, right?”

Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman on late show NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Colbert is replacing David Letterman as CBS’ late-night host. CBS announced Thursday that “The Colbert Report” host will replace Letterman when he retires next year. Colbert is signed for five years. Letterman has hosted “Late Show with David Letterman” since 1993. He turns 67 Saturday. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead,” Colbert said in a statement: Comedy Central’s Emmy-winning “The Colbert Report” has been a hit since its launch in 2005. Last week, Letterman announced his plans to exit his show and end an unmatched wee-hours run that began in 1992 when he launched “Late Night” on NBC. He jumped to CBS when Jay Leno, not he, won NBC’s “The Tonight Show” upon Johnny Carson’s retirement. Leno stepped down from “Tonight” in February, replaced by Jimmy Fallon. The new late-night faceoff at 11:35 p.m. will consist of Fallon, CBS’ Colbert and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel.

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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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For nearly two decades now, Kirk Franklin has been a multi-platinum-selling purveyor of majestic fusions of gospel and contemporary music, and a mirror of Christian humanity boldly reflecting what one faith walking man can accomplish when he focuses on God and taps deep into the gifts He gives. Franklin is a pioneer in gap-bridging musicianship, uniting audiences across gospel, hip hop, pop and R&B. His irresistible rhythms and rhapsodies have resulted in albums that consistently top both Billboard's Gospel and Christian charts, as well as ascend triumphantly into the Top 10 of the R&B/Hip Hop chart. His unprecedented penetration into the mainstream has fortified him to also become a New York Times bestseller author for The Blueprint: A Plan for Living Above Life’s Storms (Gotham/ Penguin). Franklin is also the host and executive producer of the gospel talent show "Sunday Best," the highest-rated gospel program in BETBET network history now heading into its fourth season. To date, the musical trendsetter has garnered nine GRAMMY® Awards; an American Music Award; 39 Stellar Awards (gospel); 16 Dove Awards (CCM); eight NAACP Image Awards; two BETBET Music Awards, a Soul Train Award and numerous others. And yet, with all of his success and acclaim - his overflow of awards and accolades - Kirk Franklin remains, at heart, a man who comes from shaky circumstances that could have paralyzed his spiritual growth within his humble familial beginnings. He is never far from that frightened and forlorn young man who didn't always know which way to turn, which is what makes Franklin one of the most relatable and respected messengers in his field. It is in that humble spirit that he presents his timely 12th album, Hello Fear, (in stores March 22, 2011, on FoYo Soul Entertainment/Verity Records). Hello Fear (produced by Kirk Franklin with incomparable longtime friend and co-producer Shaun Martin) is a 15song stylistic tour de force that Franklin is delivering to a society reeling from toxic levels of unprecedented pain. It is a time of seasonal natural disasters, global financial distress and American mortgagemortgage collapse. It is a time of international civil uprising and community educational system failings and domestic violence has escalated into the most horrific incidents of parental manslaughter ever to splatter across the evening news. Franklin recognizes these soul-trying times as "moments" to seek God and ONLINE EDITION

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go inward to excise the cancer of trepidation. "As a kid," Kirk witnesses, "I struggled with always feeling as if I was living under a cloud of fear. I was often displaced by my family and never feeling settled...always harboring a sense of uncertainty. This album is my emancipation proclamation." The title track, "Hello Fear," is a brilliant confessional composition that opens with the intimate scenario of a man so joined with fear it is as if he has embraced it in his heart. However, Franklin is having a heart-to-heart with pain this blessed day, invoking a dismissal of life-altering proportions the moment he decides to start his morning with the words "Hello Grace." The second half of the chorus definitively pins fear to the mat to declare, "Never again will I trust you/I’m tired of fighting it’s been way too long/ No longer your prisoner—today I remember/ Who I was then now is gone (they’re gone)." It represents a long road taken to reach this divine arrival yet a hard-earned liberation that Franklin believes is possible for every hurting soul on the planet because it came to him from a very personalvery personal place. "One day I was in the middle of a very bad situation," he shares. "I was walking through the front of my house with this problem weighing heavy on my spirit when God literally just dropped the first lines of this song, along with a melody, on my heart. I sat down at the piano and out came, 'Hello fear/Before you sit down there's something I'd like to explain.’ That's all I had for a couple of months. What's funny, though, is that from just that idea, I knew I wanted to call my next album Hello Fear." In Kirk Franklin's singular manifestation of music ministry, the album unfolds from that epic and penetrating prelude into a deliciously eclectic buffet of pieces that moves from the rope-a-dope cadences of the spoken word piece "The Story of Fear" to the angelic vocalizations of The Texas Boys Choir on the Heavenly interlude "Never Alone;" from the infectious D.C. Go-Go groove of "Before I Die" to the heartwarming, cello-kissed missive of blessed reassurance "But the Blood." From the “Glee” like energy of "Today," to the bouncy feel-good soul minuet "No God Like You," all the way to the purifying and unifying "Everybody Hurts." The fourth verse of the latter states, "Everyone hurts - but not for long / That weight you bare will make you strong / Your guilty stains - can be erased / The final price - paid by His life - Amazing Grace PAGE 29


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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 31)

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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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Porsha Williams: ‘RHOA’ Star Charged With Assault After Brawl With Kenya The drama on ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ is usually just harmless fun, but after things got a little out of hand and Porsha allegedly attacked her fellow castmate, Kenya Moore, on the reunion show, Kenya decided to file a police report. Now there’s a warrant out for Porsha’s arrest!

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We wonder who will win this legal battle! Porsha Allegedly Attacks Kenya On The ‘RHOA’ Reunion As HollywoodLife.com previously reported, Kenya and Porsha got into a huge brawl when they got together with their fellow castmates to film a reunion special on March 27. The altercation even escalated to the point where security on set had to step in to break things up. Finally things got so out of hand that Kenya called the cops! “They were just pushing each other’s buttons from the beggining,” a source told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “Kenya is just really good with her words.”

Should they call it Real Inmates of Atlanta? RHOA star Porsha Williams is wanted by the Atlanta police after she got into a huge fight with her co-star Kenya Moore during the show’s reunion taping on March 27. Porsha filed a police report alleging that Kenya attacked her, and considering the show has raw footage of the brawl, cops were able to charge Porsha with misdemeanor battery. ‘RHOA’: Porsha Charged With Assault — Kenya Presses Charges After Reunion Brawl Porsha’s lawyer, Joe Habachy, tells TMZ that she’s planning to surrender on April 17. ‘RHOA’ Cast: Kenya Broke Girl ‘Code’ By Pressing Charges Against Porsha Mimi Faust Sex Tape With Nikko Smith Haters Get... Mimi Faust sex tape with 'Love and Hip Hop' star Nikko Smith has her responding to haters. Plus, Porsha Stewart hot mug shot after fight with... 'Love & Hip Hop' Mimi Faust & Nikko Smith Sex Tape 'Love & Hip Hop' star Mimi Faust sex tape comes out with boyfriend Nikko Smith. Starring Mimi Faust Starring Nikko Smith Are you on Team Kenya or Team Porsha? Team KenyaTeam Porsha But Porsha is definitely not one to take things laying down. She’s reportedly going to ask the D.A. to file felony aggravated assault charges against Kenya, according to TMZ. ONLINE EDITION

So HollywoodLifers, are you on Team Kenya or Team Porsha? Do you think Porsha deserves to be arrested for allegedly attacking Kenya? Let us know! – Tierney McAfee

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GRAMMY AWARD WINNER, FOLK & FEMINIST ICON ANI DIFRANCO TO PERFORM AT THE HISTORIC SUFFOLK THEATER IN RIVERHEAD, NY Riverhead, NY - Folk singer, feminist icon, and musical trailblazer Ani DiFranco will perform with her trio at the Historic Suffolk Theater on Sunday, May 4 at 7:30 PM. Ani DiFranco's music is unique. While DiFranco defines herself proudly as a folk singer, few folk singers could count among their collaborators artists as diverse as Pete Seger, Prince, Chuck D (ofPublic Enemy), Bruce Springsteen, the Buffalo Philharmonic, Cyndy Lauper, and Gillian Welch. Ani's songs such as “Not a Pretty Girl” and “Untouchable Face” incorporate powerful – often brutally honest lyrics with a highly original acoustic guitar style that few in the world can emulate. Ani's unique style, outspoken lyrics, and style have made her one of the most iconic artists of her generation. Ani has been honored with Grammy awards and multiple nominations, as well as awards from the Gay/Lesbian American Music Awards, the Planned Parenthood Award for Media Excellence, the Gibson Guitar Award for Best Acoustic Performance, The National Organization of Women Woman of Courage Award, the Woody Guthrie Awards, and others.

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AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! 2014 TOUR

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COMING TO NASSAU COLISEUM FRIDAY JULY 11TH, 2014 Tickets On Sale Nationwide Beginning Friday, May 9, at AmericanIdol.com/tour $1 From Every Ticket Donated To The Melanoma Research Alliance LOS ANGELES, April 16, 2014 – No other show in TV history has proven to be a force like AMERICAN IDOL®. Fans of the hit series can see this season’s talented Top Ten Finalists live when the AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! tour returns this summer. 19 Entertainment announced today the 41show concert tour launches Tuesday, June 24, in Binghamton, NY, and stops in major cities, including New York and Los Angeles, before wrapping in Redmond, WA, on Saturday, August 23. Tickets go on sale beginning Friday, May 9, via www.AmericanIdol.com/tour. Once again, AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! has partnered with The Melanoma Research Alliance (www.curemelanoma.org). For every ticket purchased for the tour, AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! will donate $1 to The Melanoma Research Alliance to help cure melanoma. ®

AMERICAN IDOL LIVE! gives fans the unique opportunity to be up close and personal with Season 13 Finalists C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf. The AMERICAN IDOL XIII Season Finale will air Tuesday, May 20, (8:00-9:00 PM live ET/tape-delayed PT) and Wednesday, May 21, (8:0010:00 PM live ET/tape-delayed PT) on FOX, before this season’s Top Ten finalists continue on to the 2014 Live! tour this summer. Past tours have featured stars such as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Adam Lambert, Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips, Candice Glover and many more.

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AMERICAN IDOL XIII is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. About 19 Entertainment/CORE Media Group Inc. 19 Entertainment is a division of CORE Media Group Inc. and home to iconic and enduring properties like AMERICAN IDOL and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. CORE Media Group Inc. launched in May 2012 as a newly-branded version of the company formerly known as CKx. For more information about CORE Media Group Inc. and 19 Entertainment, visit www.coremediagroup.com.

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