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Henry 'Russell' Hood, 73, dies; was former aide to Hempstead village mayor Henry "Russell" Hood, 73, top aide to James Garner for almost the last 14 of his 16 years as Hempstead Village mayor, died of heart-related issues Thursday at WinthropUniversity Hospital in Mineola. He lived in Hempstead. "There were very few decisions I made as village mayor that Russell was not involved in. I relied on him for advice. He was my go-to person in so many areas," said Garner,...Long Island's first black mayor, who left office in March 2005. Jeri Barrows, a former deputy village treasurer, said of Hood: "If he was your friend, it was to the end." Hood, a native of Mineral Springs, N.C., served four years in the Army and was honorably discharged in 1964. He then moved to Hempstead, where he met and married Callie Jones, with whom he had two children before they divorced. He attended City College of New York in Manhattan and Adelphi University in Garden City but did not graduate. He was a longtime Republican who worked in several posts for Nassau County from 1968 to 1992, the last and longest as community service director at its Roosevelt-Freeport Health Clinic. Billy Sammon was co-leader, with Garner, of village Re-

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publicans. Hood, "a committeeman for years, was a guiding voice in party activity," Sammon said. Village School Board president Betty Cross called Hood "a major community asset." Mayor Wayne Hall, a Democratic trustee under Garner, said he and Hood "always sought the best for the village." Mel Jackson, who heads the Leadership Training Institute in Hempstead, on whose board Hood sat for the past five years, said "Russell fought the good fight for the community." Hood retired from the village in 2004, after Garner lost a bid for Congress. Hood was an active member of Jackson Memorial AME Zion Church in Hempstead and a dozen community groups, including The 100 Black Men of Long Island and Long Island Catholic Charities. He is survived by a son, Deric, of Dallas; a daughter, Charmelle, of Queens Village; three brothers, Bobby of Matthews and Raymond of Monroe, N.C., and Joseph of Spartanburg, S.C.; a sister, Pamela Neely of Gastonia, N.C.; three grandchildren; and five greatgrandchildren. A viewing will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Jackson Memorial, immediately followed by a service. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Long Island National Cemetery, Pinelawn.

Women Prisoners Sterilized To Cut Welfare Costs In California

argue it is money well-spent.

Well, this is a story I never thought I’d be reading.

Although such procedures may seem harsh, they are not illegal. The Supreme Court ruled in 1927 that women can be forcibly sterilized in jail in Buck vs Bell. Writing for the majority, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. said, “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”

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Dr. James Heinrich, an OB-GYN at Valley State Prison for Women, said, “Over a 10-year period, that isn’t a huge amount of money compared to what you save in welfare paying for these unwanted children – as they procreated more.”

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A Bloody Holiday Weekend: 45 People Shot In Chicago on “Easter” Weekend – 9 Were Killed, 6 Were Children Chicago, IL — The city of Chicago had a very bloody holiday weekend this past Easter that saw at least 45 people shot. Of the 45, 9 were actually killed and 6 were children. Among those killed were two men who were slain in the South Lawndale neighborhood. They reportedly were sitting in a Lincoln Navigator when an orange Hummer blocked their path, two people wearing masks and armed with guns came out, and sprayed the Navigator with nearly a dozen bullets. And it all happened right near a police “blue light” camera. The Hummer of course then fled.

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public welfare may call upon the best citizens for their lives. It would be strange if it could not call upon those who already sap the strength of the state for these lesser sacrifices, often not felt to be such by those concerned, in order to prevent our being swamped with incompetence.” In the California prisons, the jailed women are not being forced to be sterilized. But the women say they get pressured by the doctors to make the decision. One inmate said, “I figured that’s just what happens in prison – that that’s the best kind of doctor you’re going get.” There is a regulation in California that requires state approval for each sterilization procedure. Doctors at the prison were able to get around that, however. The prison medical manager said she signed off on the sterilizations since Heinrich listed them as a “medical emergency.” Do you think these sterilizations are wrong? On one hand, the very idea is somewhat disturbing. On the other hand, however, it likely does prevent more generations of (expensive) children exposed to drug and crime filled lives.

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Roosevelt group renews 10-year push for civic center

Originally published: April 21, 2014 7:10 PM Updated: April 21, 2014 9:28 PM By AISHA AL-MUSLIM aisha.al-muslim@newsday.com A nonprofit community group is trying to renew a longstalled vision for a civic center in Roosevelt, rallying support from residents and other community leaders. The Roosevelt Community Revitalization Group for years has been pushing the Town of Hempstead to build an 8,600-square-foot multipurpose facility that would include shared space for nonprofits, and offer commercial and office space to help sustain the operation of the building. "It's a way to build change here," said group chairman NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Jacob Dixon, who presented the plan last week to 120 residents at the Roosevelt Fire Department headquarters. "It is a place we could call our own and get together as a people." The one-story building would offer about 5,000 square feet for offices, conference rooms, work cubicles and a reception and lobby area that could be used by educational, cultural, social and civic nonprofits. The other 3,600 square feet would be available for one large or as many as three small retailers. "They don't have a recreation center" in Roosevelt, where "there is a need for a place where nonprofits and businesses could come together to provide services to the community," said Erin Thoresen, director of programs for Sustainable Long Island in Farmingdale.

The revitalization group identified a quarter-acre vacant parcel on Nassau Road and Whitehouse Avenue as the potential location for the center. The town-owned land has an appraised value of $335,000, town officials said. "Our ultimate goal is to get site control," Dixon said. "We're not looking for dollars from the town." The center was reduced from its original three-story plan to one floor after funds from the Port Washingtonbased Amy and Horace Hagedorn Foundation dwindled. The foundation set aside $3.5 million in 2007 to launch the project, but after losses attributed to the weak economy, $900,000 is left and the foundation plans to close by 2018. "We're still very committed to the project," said Liz Axelrod, grants manager for the Hagedorn Foundation. "We (Continued on page 7)

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OP-ED FROM THE DESK OF DON DURANT The right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Is gearing up for their Annual Convention. They have been instrumental in many far right agenda items to take away the rights of the People. Right now we have to be concerned about the demand for The Keystone Pipeline and Fracking privileges demanded by ALEC and sent to Congress who will act as usual right away.! For more than four decades, ALEC has been a front group for the Radical Right and corporate special interests, writing and promoting many of the anti-environment, anti-worker and anti-voter bills, and anti Civil Rights, championed by far-right state legislators and members of Congress. Next week, ALEC members are convening their annual conference in Kansas City … Our so-called legislators should be demanded to ditch ALEC and its reckless right-wing agenda. It is more significant than ever, for each voter, and each concerned citizen to take note of the supporting brands, allowing ALEC to write our laws and regulations. Past efforts to pressure sponsoring companies to break ties with ALEC. Consumer brands like McDonald’s, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Proctor & Gamble, Amazon, Blue Cross, Kraft and many more officially ceased their support of and involvement with the group. We need to keep up that pressure and get ALEC’s legislator members to do the same -- to cut ties with ALEC, and stop pushing their radical pro-corporate agenda. The insidious influence of ALEC in state legislatures and the corporate special interests that are manipulating the legislative process via ALEC have dramatically changed the landscape of our quality of life, our communities, jobs and income. ALEC has been instrumental in promoting notorious right-wing state legislation like Florida’s “shoot first/stand your ground” law, Arizona’s infamous “show me your papers” immigration bill and Voter ID laws aimed at disenfranchising minority and young voters in many states. Membership in and support of ALEC must carry a cost … and that cost should be particularly high for the politicians who are actually on the front lines enacting ALEC’s dangerous, ideological agenda. When we see the demand for Regulations allowing The Keystone Pipeline, and Fracking, we can only stop and be concerned about the health of our citizens. One thing about fracking, is that gas infused water wells have been linked to explosive tap water. More frightening is what could happen to you when you drink it. Chemical cocktails get pumped down into wells, such as hydrochloric acid, and ethylene glycol (a.k.a. antifreeze). These same wells release hazardous gases like methane and benzene, into the atmosphere. Explosions and earthquakes stem from this same process. The forced gas and chemicals far below ground, separate the earth, rocks and sand causing an underground movement across miles. We just celebrated Earth Day, and that should bring to mind for each of us the importance of taking care of those things that mean the most to us and our family.

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took a hit like everyone else." Sustainable Long Island, the Town of Hempstead and Nassau County in 2002 held community meetings about a visioning plan for Roosevelt, and residents indicated what they wanted most was a community center. More than a decade later, local leaders and residents say they feel the town hasn't responded to their need for a community space.

want what they want, but we are not breaking the law," Goosby said, adding town representatives have met with the group to discuss their idea

"The town is dragging its feet," said Barbara Carlisle, a revitalization group board member, who has lived in Roosevelt for more than 40 years. "Everything they have asked for to be submitted has been submitted." But Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby said the town has not received a formal proposal for the project. She added that under town code, a request-for-proposals process is required since the project involves public land. Dixon said two separate plans have been given to Goosby. "I know they are making a lot of noise because they NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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CONGRATULATIONS NATHANIEL AND CHRIS-ANN: Hempstead Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad (right) recently performed the wedding ceremony of Roosevelt residents, Nathaniel Carlton Wallace, and the former, Chris-Ann Latrece Anderson, in the wedding chapel located in the Marriage License Section of the Town Clerk’s Office at Town Hall in Hempstead. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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From the Desk of Mayor Hall

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plication process and with the evaluation of foreign-received degrees and certifications; financial education workshops will also be offered. The program is a partnership with the NYS Office of New Americans in partnership with Citi Community Development, the Village of Hempstead, CARECEN, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, NYS Dept. of Labor, and United Way, LI. Come learn how to get assistance and pre-register! For more information, contact my office at 516-489-3400, ext. 324.

On a sad note, I’d like to offer my sincere condolences to the family of Henry 'Russell' Hood. Mr. Hood, who passed away last week at the age of 73, is a looming figure in the history of Hempstead Village politics. For 14 years, Mr. Hood served as a top aide to former Village Mayor James Garner. I served as a trustee under Mayor Garner’s tenure, and Mr. Hood was always a cooperative and eager political partner. Even though we did not always agree, we were uniYears ago, when we first starting putting together the fied by a common goal: the betterment of our community. blueprint for our landmark Downtown Revitalization Plan, His presence will be hard to replace. we envisioned a large-scale transformation for our Village. To learn more about what is going on in the Village of Today, as our date to break ground draws near, nothing has changed. We are as confident as ever that our plan marks the Hempstead, including information about local organizations serve youth and families, visit dawn of a new beginning in Hempstead Village. There will t h a t be more jobs and affordable housing specifically for Village www.villageofhempstead.org. To report any non-emergency residents. There will be a revamped and refurbished down- issues around the Village, remember to use the VillageLine town area, one that will encourage residents and visitors at 516-478-6333. alike to visit our community. Sincerely, Throughout this process, the union between Hempstead Village and Renaissance Downtowns, our developers, has been a model public-private partnership, a partnership that we believe other communities will replicate when undertaking similar projects. And it’s a partnership that is already reaping benefits for our Village; the process resulted in the State committing $5 million to address sewer issues. This is a huge win for our community, and we would never have received that grant without the promise of an economic development to follow. The Downtown Revitalization Plan has also resulted in a state-of-the-art solar panel instillation at Kennedy Park. These solar panels resulted in the Village winning the coveted the ACEC (American Council of Engineering Companies) Engineering Excellence Award (EEA). The EEA is a national award that recognizes the year’s most outstanding engineering accomplishments. Only 24 projects from across the country win the award each year. Perhaps most importantly, the Downtown Revitalization Plan fulfills the promise of our Community Benefits Agreement. After all, the whole purpose of this ambitious project is to improve the experience of living in Hempstead Village for our residents. It’s why we do everything that we do. This plan will provide significant job creation and economic development in an area that truly deserves it. In other news, join Secretary of the State of New York, Cesar Perales, and myself on Tuesday April 29th at 11am at Kennedy Park (335 Greenwich Street, Hempstead) to kickoff the Pathway to Citizenship Program on Long Island. This program will assist immigrants in their citizenship apNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

Wayne Mayor Wayne J. Hall

NAN Updates and Our 1st Legal Night Hi All! Hope this email finds you well. Just wanted to give you a quick update on recent NAN activities and cases we have been working on: Syaleek Anderson – was released on bail last week. We will continue to maintain hyper-vigilance as his case progresses. Academy Gardens, Great Neck – the Planning Board meets tomorrow, Thursday, 4/24/14 at 7:30pm at 60 Baker Hill Rd, Great Neck. The developer has submitted a proposal from their “chosen firm” to conduct a socioeconomic analysis which is not a disparate impact analysis as described by the Fair Housing Act. They have also filed an Article 78 challenging the Village’s position that they need to do an environmental study. We need to show up in large numbers tomorrow and demand that the experts that I have submitted to the Board be considered to do the disparate im(Continued on page 24)

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Jesse Jackson to take on tech’s lack of diversity Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson plans to lead a delegation to the Hewlett-Packard annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday to bring attention to Silicon Valley’s poor record of including blacks and Latinos in hiring, board appointments and startup funding. Jackson’s strategy borrows from the traditional civil rights era playbook of shaming companies to prod them into transformation. Now he is bringing it to the age of so-

cial media and a booming tech industry known for its disruptive innovation. “We’re talking about a sector that responds to future trends,” says Ronald C. Parker, president and CEO of the Executive Leadership Council, a group of current and former African-American Fortune 500 executives who work to increase diversity at the top levels of American business. “He’s speaking at one organization. I’m sure the people at Hewlett-Packard have and will continue to put some focus on it. Whether it will accelerate is to be seen. But it’s a start.” Earl “Butch” Graves Jr., president and CEO of Black Enterprise magazine, says Jackson is shining a light on the NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

fact that technology companies don’t come close to hiring or spending what is commensurate with the demographics of their customers.

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“Hopefully, what Rev. Jackson is doing will bring attention to the 800-pound gorilla in the room that nobody wants to talk about. It’s high time that gets addressed,” Graves says. It’s widely recognized that the tech industry lacks diversity: About one in 14 tech workers is black or Latino both in Silicon Valley and nationally. Blacks and Hispanics make

up 13.1 and 16.9 percent of the U.S. population, respectively, according to the most recent census data. “Technology is supposed to be about inclusion, but sadly, patterns of exclusion remains the order of the day,” Jackson wrote in a letter released Monday to Apple Inc., Twitter Inc., Facebook Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Google Inc. and others. Jackson said Tuesday that he isn’t singling HP out, he’s just using the company’s annual meeting to highlight the broader issue. “This is not exclusive to Hewlett-Packard,” he said. As recently as 2011, Allstate, in alliance with Jackson’s RainbowPUSH organization, recognized HP for its commitment to diversity. (Continued on page 11)

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“While we certainly agree that diversity is an important issue in corporate America, we’re puzzled by Rev. Jackson’s sudden interest in HP,” said HP executive vice president Henry Gomez in a statement emailed to The Associated Press. “Today, HP is the largest company in the world with both a female CEO and CFO and nearly half of our leadership team and Board of Directors are women and minorities. Additionally, nearly 50 years ago, HP established the first Minority Business Program in the United States.” Gomez also points out that in 2013, HP spent nearly $1 billion with almost 500 minority business enterprises in the U.S. and an additional $500 million with businesses owned by women. “We look forward to seeing Rev. Jackson at our shareholder meeting,” Gomez says.

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“Jesse Jackson wouldn’t be heading to Hewlett-Packard or any of the other big tech companies if they had done their job and accomplished diversity,” she says. “He’s shining a spotlight on one aspect of the growing inequality of this country.” In the past, Jackson’s critics have accused him of profiting from similar protest actions. These critics say that after Jackson targeted companies over diversity issues in the financial sector and other industries, some have ended up donating large sums to Jackson’s organizations. In other cases, the targeted companies gave contracts to minorityowned firms that paid Jackson for referrals. Graves, of Black Enterprise, dismisses such concerns. “That’s just the fear factor coming from when they see him,” Graves says, “because they know he’s not going to go away.”

Apple and Google declined to comment on Jackson’s grievances. Facebook and Twitter didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Of course, the technology industry isn’t without a handful of high-profile black executives. Microsoft named John Thompson, an African-American, as chairman of its board last month after he led a search that culminated in the appointment of Satya Nadella as the software maker’s new CEO. Thompson, the former CEO of security software maker Symantec Corp., joined Microsoft’s board in 2012. Another African-American, Denise Young-Smith, runs Apple’s human resources department, which oversees the personnel policies governing the iPhone maker’s nearly 85,000 employees and contractors. She reports directly to Apple CEO Tim Cook. And Google’s chief legal officer, David Drummond is an African-American who has been one of the company’s top executives for the past 12 years. During a recent speech at Stanford University, Jackson cited the dearth of black and Latino leaders in the tech sector. This got sophomore computer science major Rotimi Opeke, a leader at the school’s Society of Black Scientists and Engineers, wondering about his own opportunities.

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“I’ve been thinking that if I can code well and produce good products, I can be successful, but to rise up through the Amityville, NY – Suffolk County Legislature Preranks is going to be a challenge,” he says. “There’s just not a DuWayne Gregory will meet with constituents lot of people of color in high levels of tech leadership which siding Officer th is where, eventually, I’d like to be. I’m hopeful that it’s not of the 15 Legislative District at Copiague Memorial Public impossible to get there, but I do feel it would take an extraor- Library Tuesday, May 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. dinary level of leadership skills to navigate.” “I am holding evening office hours at the library for Freada Kapor Klein started the Level Playing Field Insti- all residents, particularly those who cannot visit my district tute 13 years ago to teach and mentor black and Latino stu- office during business hours,” said Presiding Officer Gregdents in science and math. Along with her husband Mitch ory. “Many families work during the day, so my staff and I Kapor, she also invests in startups with founders who are will be available off hours for residents to stop by and discuss women and people of color from an underrepresented back- their concerns.” ground through Kapor Capital, a venture capital firm. The 15th Legislative District includes Wheatley The Kapors recently wooed Ben Jealous, the former presi- Heights, Wyandanch, North Amityville, Amityville Village, dent of the NAACP, a leading civil rights group, to Kapor Copiague, the Suffolk County portion of Farmingdale and part of North Lindenhurst, West Babylon and North Babylon. Capital to help boost their social impact investing. Kapor Klein says she and her husband share Jackson’s goals and vision of what Silicon Valley should look like, but they choose to employ different tactics to get there. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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ASK LISA-ANNE Q. I am a high school teacher and I know that many of my students drink alcohol. I’ve spoken to them about it and they don’t seem to be concerned as long as they don’t drink and drive. I’ve even heard them say that their parents know about it. Can you alert teens and parents to the dangers of alcohol? A. Yes, it is amazing that we have so much information about the damage alcohol can cause yet our teens continue to drink it. The teen years are challenging ones because teens think that they are invincible, they have little life experience, and they think that adults are out to ruin their fun. I will provide some information here that you can share creatively with your students and parents to open the discussion. Information gathered from the www.kidshealth.org website reveals the following. Just about everyone knows that the legal drinking age throughout the United States is 21. But according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, almost 80% of high school students have tried alcohol. What Is Alcohol? Alcohol is created when grains, fruits, or vegetables are fermented. Fermentation is a process that uses yeast or bacteria to change the sugars in the food into alcohol. Fermentation is used to produce many necessary items — everything from cheese to medications. Alcohol has different forms and can be used as a cleaner, an antiseptic, or a sedative. So if alcohol is a natural product, why do teens need to be concerned about drinking it? When people drink alcohol, it's absorbed into their bloodstream. From there, it affects the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), which controls virtually all body functions. Because experts now know that the human brain is still developing during our teens, scientists are researching the effects drinking alcohol can have on the teen brain. Teens may not want to have their brains, thinking processes, intelligence and other neurological skills damaged before they even enter college and their life careers. How Does It Affect the Body? Alcohol is a depressant, which means it slows the function of the central nervous system. Alcohol actually blocks some of the messages trying to get to the brain. This alters a person's perceptions, emotions, movement, vision, and hearing. In very small amounts, alcohol can help a person feel more relaxed or less anxious. More alcohol causes greater changes in the brain, resulting in intoxication. People who have overused alcohol may stagger, lose their coordination, and slur their speech. They will probably be confused and disoriented. Depending on the person, intoxication can make someone very friendly and talkative or very aggressive and angry. Reaction times are slowed dramatically — which is why people are told not to drink and drive. People NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

who are intoxicated may think they're moving properly when they're not. They may act totally out of character. When large amounts of alcohol are consumed in a short period of time, alcohol poisoning can result. Alcohol poisoning is exactly what it sounds like — the body has become poisoned by large amounts of alcohol. Violent vomiting is usually the first symptom of alcohol poisoning. Extreme sleepiness, unconsciousness, difficulty breathing, dangerously low blood sugar, seizures, and even death may result. Why Do Teens Drink? Experimentation with alcohol during the teen years is common. Some reasons that teens use alcohol and other drugs are: 1. curiosity 2. to feel good, reduce stress, and relax 3. to fit in 4. to feel older From a very young age, kids see advertising messages showing beautiful people enjoying life — and alcohol. Many parents and other adults use alcohol socially — having beer or wine with dinner, for example — alcohol seems harmless to many teens. Parents who use alcohol when there are stressful situations teach their children that alco(Continued on page 13)

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hol is good when things are bad. Why Shouldn't They Drink? Although it's illegal to buy alcohol in the United States until the age of 21, most teens can get access to it. It's therefore up to you to make a decision about drinking. In addition to the possibility of becoming addicted, there are some downsides to drinking: The punishment is severe. Teens who drink put themselves at risk for obvious problems with the law (it's illegal; you can get arrested). Teens who drink are also more likely to get into fights and commit crimes than those who don't. People who drink alcohol regularly often have problems with school. Drinking can damage a student's ability to study well and get decent grades, as well as affect sports performance (the coordination thing). They can look really stupid. The impression is that drinking is cool, but the nervous system changes that come from drinking alcohol can make people do stupid or embarrassing things, like throwing up or peeing on themselves. Drinking also gives people bad breath, and no one enjoys a hangover. Alcohol puts your health at risk. Teens who drink are more likely to be sexually active and to have unsafe, unprotected sex. This can result in unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases can change — or even end — lives. The risk of injuring yourself, maybe even fatally, is higher when you're under the influence, too. One half of all drowning deaths among teen guys are related to alcohol use. Use of alcohol greatly increases the chance that a teen will be involved in a car crash, homicide, or suicide. Who wants to gain weight? Teen drinkers are more likely to get fat or have health problems, too. One study by the University of Washington found that people who regularly had five or more drinks in a row starting at age 13 were much more likely to be overweight or have high blood pressure by age 24 than their non drinking peers. People who continue drinking heavily well into adulthood risk damaging their organs, such as the liver, heart, and brain. How Can They Avoid Drinking? If all their friends drink and they don't want to, it can be hard to say "no, thanks." No one wants to risk feeling rejected or left out. Different strategies for turning down alcohol work for different people. Some people find it helps to say no without giving an explanation, others think offering their reasons works better ("I'm not into drinking," "I have a game tomorrow," or "my uncle died from drinking," for example). If saying no to alcohol makes them feel uncomfortable in front of people they know, teach them to blame their parents or another adult for their refusal. Saying, "My parents are coming to pick me up soon," "I already got in major trouble for drinking once, I can't do it again," or "my coach would kill me," can make saying no a bit easier for some. If their going to a party and they know there will be alcohol, teach them to plan their strategy in advance. They and their friends can develop a signal for when it's time to NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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leave, for example. They can also make sure that they have plans to do something besides just hanging out in someone's basement drinking beer all night. Plan a trip to the movies, the mall, a concert, or a sports event. They might also organize their friends into a volleyball, bowling, or softball team — any activity that gets them moving. Girls or guys who have strong self-esteem are less likely to become problem drinkers than people with low selfesteem! What Can Parents Do? First the facts! A wide gap exists between parents' perceptions of their teens' drinking habits and those habits reported by teens themselves. The largest gap is between 15to 16-year olds and their parents. Only 31 percent of parents of teens in this group say that their teen probably or definitely has consumed an alcoholic beverage in the last year, as compared with 60 percent of teens in this age group who report having done this. Parents perceive alcohol ads as having a serious effect on teen drinking habits, and they see alcohol companies as falling far short in dealing responsibly with the impact of their advertising on young people. Fully two-thirds (66 percent) of parents say that seeing and hearing alcohol ads makes teens more likely to drink alcohol than they otherwise would be. Minority parents are substantially more likely than are parents overall to think alcohol ads make teens more likely to drink, with 76 percent of African-American parents and 73 percent of Hispanic parents agreeing that this is the case. Almost three-quarters of parents fault alcohol companies for the amount of ads that teens see and hear. Girls Targeted More! In 2002, underage youth saw more alcohol advertising than adults in magazines, and underage girls were even more exposed to this advertising than boys, according to a study in the July 2004 issue of The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/ Archives journals: Parents Must: 1. Educate themselves. Sign up for The Anti-Drug Parenting Tips Newsletter or www.Freevibe.com. Call 1-800-788-2800; Spanish: 1-877746-3764.(24 hours, 7 days a week). Or visit their Web site at http://www.health.org. 2. Have The Talk — Let Them Know You Know .3. Be Specific About Your Concerns 4. Don’t Make Excuses 5. Try to Remain Calm and Connect With Him/Her Good Luck! Some information gathered from the www.about.com and www.dontserveteens.gov/dangers.html websites. Lisa-Anne Ray-Byers is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist who has worked in education for over two decades. She holds graduate degrees in speech-language pathology and multicultural education. She also holds certification in educational administration. She is the author of the books, They Say I Have ADHD, I Say Life Sucks! Thoughts From Nicholas, They S S Say I’m a St St Stutterer, But I S S Say Nothing! Meet Kelly and co-author of 365 Ways to Succeed With ADHD and 365+1 Ways to Succeed With ADHD available at www.Amazon.com. She is the education editor for The Community Journal Newspaper in Long Island, NY and a member of the National Education Writers Association. You may contact her at speechlrb@yahoo.com or by visiting her website at www.AskLisaAnne.com. PAGE 13


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Freeport Graduate Continues Hard Work to Benefit Others Freeport High School class of 2013 alumnus Alexander Lewis earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boys Scouts of America last August just prior to his departure for Norwich University in Vermont. He hopes to become a U.S. naval officer after he completes his undergraduate degree. Lewis, who flourished in the JROTC program at Freeport High School, was back in uniform at the school in December at the invitation of Maj. Donald Moore for the annual inspection of the NJROTC. He was also invited by the guidance department to speak to the current Freeport High School seniors about his experiences in college as part of the College Student Network program. For Alexander’s Eagle Scout project, he collected necessities such as clothes, shoes and toiletries for families in need. These items were sent to the Maxfield Park Children’s Home in Kingston, Jamaica. Photos: (From left) Freeport Board of Education President Debra Mulé, Freeport High School alumnus and Eagle Scout Alexander Lewis, Superintendent of schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham, and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Gerard W. Poole. Photos provided by Freeport Schools NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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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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New black and brown dolls bring diversity to stores, proves to kids they are ‘Positively Perfect’ Blonde-haired, blue-eyed Barbie dolls once took over the aisles of toy stores as the only plastic playmates offered to young girls. Now, those same aisles are gradually adding diversity with the inclusion of dolls that reflect deeper-skin tones and ethnic hair. Dr. Lisa Williams is one woman who has put great effort into executing this mission to celebrate the diversity in multicultural children. William’s is the founder and creator of Positively Perfect Dolls — a unique line of baby dolls that represent and reflect the beautiful features found in young African-American girls. The dolls come in a variety of specific skin tones — including vanilla, caramel, pecan and mocha. The skin colors are even custom-blended to perfect the right shade, glow and undertone that ultimately resemble realistic results. “It’s very meticulous chemistry but I do to actually come up with the right skin tone,” Williams told theGrio in a phone interview. “That is not done with the dolls in the general marketplace.” Most dolls offered in stores fail to accurately reflect the changing demographic of America. Minority populations continue to expand and yet, the changing face of consumers is not being accurately reflected in the dolls manufacturing companies make. “The features do not represent our features,” Williams said. “I start from scratch, I sketch them out. I know how those lips should look, I know how the brown of their eyes should be. I know about the fullness of the lips, the shape of the face, I know that because it’s in my heart and in my vision and that’s what differentiates our dolls from anyone else. So when people see them they see and feel that difference.” Williams has a stellar record of making history — she graduated with her doctorate from Ohio University and in doing so became the first African-American to receive a PhD from the university’s College of Business. “I received my doctorate in 1992 and so the idea that there had not been a person of color to receive a doctorate NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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until then, it’s a bittersweet accomplishment,” Williams said. “I’m proud but not happy that I was the first.” She then went on to become a professor at a number of school institutions across the nation, including Kent State where she was the first African-American woman to earn tenure. After some soul-searching, Williams decided to leave the academy and started doing keynotes, executive training and authored her first book, which gave insight on business and leadership skills. Walmart soon sold the book in its stores and after witnessing a high level of success, store executives asked Williams to launch a line of children’s books. “I wanted to make sure that they were 1. inspiring and 2. representative,” Williams said, going on to share that she and her team published 15 books over the course of three years. It was through this initiative that Williams was approached to create a line of dolls with the same image and likeness as the characters of her books. “I’ll tell you at that point, I actually said no because I knew nothing about dolls and said this was really outside of my core area of expertise,” Williams admitted. That lasted until she saw a segment on CNN that explored a study showing young black girls and their reactions to various white and brown-colored dolls. “One little [black] girl broke my heart, she looked at the brown doll and said the doll was ugly. I cried, it broke my heart,” Williams said. “For her to say something like that it shows you how deep those sentiments are in our culture.” Williams then made it her mission to manufacture dolls that minority girls would soon come to admire and love. “What I’m trying to do with these dolls is to give parents a tool to show their kids just how beautiful they are,” Williams said. “What I didn’t have in doll manufacturing expertise, I had in passion and love and commitment for our children.” When the line first launched, only two dolls were sold in only a few hundred Wal Mart location. Now, the Positively Perfect Dolls are sold in every Walmart store across the nation. The collection has even recently released The Latina D.I.V.A.H (Dignified, Intelligent, Vivacious, Attractive, and Humanitarian) in Walmart stores nationwide. Most of the dolls price around $10 with some specialty dolls that don’t run over $20. “I’m creating these dolls from my heart,” Williams said. “The most rewarding part is seeing the children with their girls dolls and they’re so excited and they’re saying mommy, she looks just like me!” PAGE 18


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Justice Sonia Sotomayor: Affirmative Action ‘Opened Doors in My Life’ In a heartfelt dissent to today’s Supreme Court ruling upholding Michigan’s voter-approved ban on race=-based admission programs in its public colleges, Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks from experience about the complex impact of such affirmative action programs on her own life. Sotomayor, who is joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, dedicates 58 pages to the dissent and highlights one central theme: Race matters. It’s the first time she has ever read a dissent from the bench, though she just recently told the Yale Law Journal that such readings are “like entertainment for the press” and “I really wish it didn’t happen at all.” But, she added, “it’s become a signal of how fiercely someone believes that the Court is wrong, and I understand some of that value.” In her dissent, she notes that voters in Michigan could have used other means to eliminate the use of race-sensitive admissions policies. “They could have persuaded existing board members to change their minds through individual or grassroots lobbying efforts, or through general public awareness campaigns,” she says. “Or they could have mobilized efforts to vote uncooperative board members out of office,

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replacing them with members who would share their desire to abolish race-sensitive admissions policies.” But instead she invokes the “political process doctrine” and says: “A majority of the Michigan electorate changed the basic rules of the political process” and “uniquely disadvantaged racial minorities.” Here’s her reasoning, which tracks with the lower court that struck down the ban: “A citizen who is a University of Michigan alumnus, for instance, can advocate for an admissions policy that considers an applicant’s legacy status by meeting individually with members of the Board of Regents to convince them of her views, by joining with other legacy parents to lobby the board, or by voting for and supporting Board candidates who share her position.” She says those options are available to citizens who want the board to adopt policies that might consider athleticism, geography and area of study. But she goes on: “The one and only policy a Michigan citizen may not seek through this long-established process is a race-sensitive admissions policy that considered race in an individualized manner when it is clear that race-neutral alternatives are not adequate to achieve diversity.” She says the voter initiative “restructures the political process” in Michigan to place unique burdens on racial minorities. Sotomayor writes, “While our Constitution does not guarantee minority groups victory in the political process, it does guarantee them meaningful and equal access to that process.” “It guarantees that the majority may not win by stacking the political process against minority groups permanently, forcing the minority alone to surmount unique obstacles in pursuit of its goals–here, educational diversity.” (Continued on page 29)

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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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Bayville Man Sentenced for Sexual Intercourse with Teenager in Glen Cove Ruiz-Hernandez met his victim on Facebook MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that Tereso Ruiz-Hernandez, 25, of Bayville, was sentenced today by Nassau County Court Judge Angelo Delligatti to one year in jail for having sexual intercourse in July 2013 with a 13-year-old girl in Glen Cove. Upon his release, Ruiz-Hernandez will be registered as a Level 2 Sex Offender. Judge Delligatti also issued a Stay-Away Order of Protection in the case.

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lice Department in August 2013 for engaging in sexual acts in July 2013 with a girl he met on Facebook. He pleaded guilty in March 2014 to Rape in the 2nd Degree (a D felony) and Criminal Sexual Act in the 2nd Degree (a D felony). “Social networks can offer a positive experience but this case illustrates the potential dangers of using them, as well,” said DA Rice, who’s office’s Stop Then Send presentations teach parents and young people about online safety issues like sexual predators and bullying. “Predators often target their victims from behind the cloak of the Internet but my office will continue to do both preventative education and vigorous prosecutions to protect the public.” Assistant District Attorney Melissa Scannell of DA Rice’s Special Victims Bureau is prosecuting the case. Ruiz-Hernandez is represented by Greg Madey, Esq.

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Massapequa Man Who Faked His Own Death for Insurance Money Sentenced to Prison Raymond Roth, 49, also sentenced for pretending to be a police officer while demanding that a woman get into his vehicle MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced the sentencing today of a Massapequa man for his involvement in a scheme to defraud a life insurance company by faking his own death in the ocean off Jones Beach in July 2012. The man was also sentenced today in an unrelated case of police impersonation in Freeport. Raymond Roth, 49, was sentenced by Nassau County Court Judge Tammy Robbins to 2-1/3 to 7 years in prison. Roth was convicted in March 2014 in a bench trial before Judge Robbins of Attempted Burglary in the 3rd Degree (an E felony), Criminal Impersonation in the 1st Degree (an E felony), Attempted Unlawful Imprisonment in the 2nd Degree (an A misdemeanor), and Criminal Impersonation in the 2nd Degree (an A misdemeanor) for the incident in Freeport. Roth pleaded guilty in March 2013 to Conspiracy in the 4th Degree (an E felony) for his involvement in the insurance fraud scheme. His son, Jonathan Roth, 24, of Massapequa, was sentenced on March 4 by Judge Robbins to one year in jail for helping his father in the insurance scheme. “Due to the criminal acts committed by this defendant, first responders were diverted from their life-saving duties to be unwilling players in a scheme to defraud an insurance company of thousands of dollars,” DA Rice said. “Then on the same day he pleaded guilty to this crime, he went back out into the community and threatened a woman with arrest, followed her, and attempted to break into her place of business. With today’s sentence, Mr. Roth will finally be held accountable for his utter disregard for the law and public safety.” DA Rice said that on July 28, 2012, Jonathan Roth called 911 and reported his father missing in the waters off Jones Beach. The Nassau County Police Department dispatched its Bureau of Special Operations, its marine unit, and a helicopter. They were joined in their rescue efforts by resources from as far away as Boston, Bay Constables from the towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay, and the New NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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York State Park Police. The search continued into the night and lasted several days. During the search, however, Raymond Roth was actually alive and well and on his way to his timeshare in Orlando. Roth believed that by faking his death, his son and wife would be able to collect at least $410,000 in life insurance benefits, and that he could make a new life for himself in Florida.

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On August 1, 2012, Raymond Roth’s wife discovered emails between her husband and stepson, Jonathan Roth, discussing details of Raymond Roth’s plan to fake his own death. New York State Park Police were then notified of these emails. Raymond Roth was pulled over by police in South Carolina on Aug. 2, 2012. Roth was identified by his driver’s license, which he had removed from his wallet before disappearing from Jones Beach on July 28 and had used to check into the Orlando timeshare. Jonathan Roth was arrested Aug. 6, 2012. In a separate case, Roth approached a woman in Freeport on March 21, 2013 and while pretending to be a police officer, demanded she get into his vehicle or be arrested. When she refused, Roth followed her to a check cashing establishment where he tried to gain access to a locked back door. Roth was arrested by the Nassau County Police Department on March 27, 2013. Roth was convicted in a bench trial by Judge Robbins on March 7, 2014. Assistant District Attorney Everett Witherell of DA Rice’s Major Offense Bureau is prosecuting the case. Raymond Roth is represented by Brian Davis, Esq. Jonathan Roth is represented by Joey Jackson, Esq.

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Queens Man Sentenced for Poisoning Child in Lawrence Khemchan Sulaiman, 48, sentenced for 2011 attempted murder MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced the sentencing today of a Queens man in the 2011 poisoning of a child in a vehicle parked in Lawrence. Khemchan Sulaiman, 48, of Jamaica, was sentenced by Nassau County Court Judge Christopher Quinn to 16 years in prison. In March 2014, Sulaiman pleaded guilty to the entire Grand Jury indictment against him. The charges in the indictment are Attempted Murder in the 2nd Degree (a B felony), Assault in the 1st Degree (a B felony), two counts of Assault in the 2nd Degree (a D felony), two counts of Aggravated Criminal Contempt (a D felony), two counts of Criminal Contempt in the 1st Degree (an E felony), and Endangering the Welfare of a Child (an A misdemeanor). “The crimes in this case are shocking – especially given that the victim was a young child that was completely unable to protect itself,” DA Rice said. “This sentence ensures that this defendant will be in prison for a long time, where he will no longer be a danger to innocents.” DA Rice said that on Oct. 3, 2011, Sulaiman and a small child were found by passersby to be unconscious inside a parked vehicle in Lawrence. Members of the Nassau County Police Department responded to the scene, finding Sulaiman and the child in respiratory distress. Sulaiman and the child were transported in critical condition to a local hospital for treatment. The child later recovered. An investigation by police revealed that the toddler’s bottle recovered from the vehicle contained ammonium chloride, a toxic chemical commonly found in fire extinguishers. A pesticide known as “Sevin” was also found on a car seat. Police arrested Sulaiman the following day. Assistant District Attorney Amanda Burke of DA Rice’s Special Victims Bureau is prosecuting the case. Sulaiman is represented by Kenneth St. Bernard, Esq.

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Former LIRR Employee Sentenced for Stealing Copper from Railroad Eric Axelson, 52, stole copper wire and sold it for scrap MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced the sentencing today of a Suffolk County man for stealing thousands of dollars’ worth of copper wire belonging the Long Island Rail Road, selling it to a scrap yard and keeping the cash. Eric Axelson, 52, of East Patchogue, was sentenced today by Nassau County Court Judge Angelo Delligatti to one year in jail. Axelson pleaded guilty in August 2013 to two counts of Conspiracy in the 5th Degree (an A misdemeanor), and paid restitution of $20,000 to LIRR. “This employee not only stole from his employer, but from taxpayers and paying customers as well,” DA Rice said. “Riders who rely on train service to get to work, home, (Continued on page 25)

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pact analysis. NAN and it’s sister organization, Education for a Better America (EBA) headed by Dominique Sharpton conducted 2 educational forums at Hempstead High School on April 22 on Conflict Resolution and College Preparedness. The keynote speaker was Nassau County, DA Kathleen Rice. The event was attended by approximately 550 Hempstead HS students and was a great success. At our next NAN meeting we will be having “Legal Night”. There will be a panel of attorneys and the public will have the opportunity to ask questions about any personal legal issues. Afterwards you will be able to meet one on one with any of these attorneys if you so choose. These attorneys have volunteered their time to be there on Legal Night to answer questions in their areas of expertise including real estate, landlord-tenant, criminal matters, employment discrimination, housing discrimination, consumer fraud, juvenile delinquency, education, immigration, personal injury, accidents and more. Legal Night will be held at our regular time and location: New Life Christian Ministries, 70 N. Main St, Freeport, 2nd floor on Friday, May 9th at 7:30pm. Looking forward to seeing you there and please spread the word about Legal Night as this is a great community service! Regards, Elder Annette Dennis Nassau County NAN Chapter President

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DA Rice on ‘Swatting’: ‘We Will Hold Any Perpetrators Accountable’ MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice issued the following statement on Tuesday’s “swatting” incident in Long Beach: “Incidents like this are a dangerous and outrageous waste of law enforcement resources and taxpayer dollars. Through a collaboration with our law enforcement partners, we will use every tool we have to track down whoever threatens public safety like this. ‘Swatting’ is a serious crime that endangers first responders and those in legitimate need of their help. We will hold any perpetrators accountable and seek restitution for the tax dollars wasted.” NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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and school deserve far better from employees paid to serve them.” “The LIRR does not tolerate employees who steal from their employer and from the taxpayers who support our operation,” LIRR President Helena E. Williams said. “We are grateful to the MTA Inspector General’s Office and the Nassau District Attorney’s Office for vigorously pursuing these cases.” DA Rice said that between Jan. 1, 2010 and Jan. 10, 2013, Axelson conspired to steal copper wire from the LIRR as an employee of Work Gang 30 in the railroad’s communications department in charge of maintaining railroad yard signal systems. An investigation by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Inspector General revealed that Axelson, along with other LIRR employees, would steal new and used copper wire stored in railroad yards, often while on duty, and use LIRR trucks to transport the wire to their own personal vehicles. From there, they sold the stolen wire to Two Brother’s Scrap Metal in Farmingdale for a total of $253,694. The defendants used the drivers’ license of a non-employee for the majority of sales to the scrap yard, and divided proceeds among others on their work gang.

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Top fashion moms design collection to fight infant AIDS The fashion industry’s top designers have teamed up with a charity fighting to wipe out AIDS among infants in South Africa. Born Free, an organization fighting the mother-to-child transmission of HIV, on Wednesday began selling an exclusive collection of items ranging from Alexander McQueen baby blankets to matching mother-and-child skirts by Prada. All proceeds from items sold will go toward Born Free. Ethiopian model Liya Kebede, who created a foundation dedicated to maternal health in her native country, designed several pieces for the collection, including the dress she wore Wednesday on TODAY. "We're ensuring that every child is born free of HIV, meaning aiming to end mother-to-child transmission of AIDs by 2015," she said. Vogue magazine featured the fashion-charity collaboration in its May issue and helped spearhead the collection. On Wednesday, TODAY showcased several pieces from NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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the Born Free collection, including pleated print skirts by Prada ($220 for women; $140 for girls) and a $190 Isabel Marant women’s peasant blouse and a $98 J. Crew child’s skirt. The collection also includes clothing and accessories created by 22 fashion designers who are mothers, including Diane von Furstenberg, Tory Burch, Donatella Versace, Carolina Herrera, Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham. All the items, designed for both women and children and based on the work of Kenyan artist Wangechi Muti, are being sold on Shopbop.com, a fashion site by Amazon. More than 700 infants are born each day in sub-Saharan Africa with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Half of all HIV-positive children who fail to receive proper treatment will die before they turn two, according to Born Free, which had no problem getting designers involved in their project. “This kind of thing I am happily roped into,” McCartney says in the Vogue article. Her contributions to the collection include onesies, T-shirts, and dresses for children. “It’s a great way to balance fashion with something incredibly vital. I love the idea of pulling out working mothers in the industry and giving us something important to tackle for a change."

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Yogurt added to WIC food packages April is National Minority Health Month,a time to raise awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect African Americans. This year’s theme, Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity emphasizes the critical role of prevention in reducing health disparities and presents an opportune time to highlight the recent changes to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Earlier this year the U. S. Department of Agriculture announced changes to the WIC program that will benefit the almost 2 million African-American low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants and young children who participate in WIC. The changes – which increase access to fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy – are based on the latest nutrition science reflected in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Along with a more than 30 percent increase in the dollar amount for children’s fruits and vegetables purchases, the changes also: expand whole grain options available to participants, provide yogurt as a partial milk substitute for children and women, allow parents of older infants to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables instead of jarred infant NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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food if they choose, and; give states and local WIC agencies more flexibility to meet the nutritional and cultural needs of WIC participants. Consuming a balanced diet such as the food groups of MyPlate are key to improving health disparities, and preventing chronic disease, but despite best intentions, the dietary guidelines can be culturally challenging. Many AfricanAmericans avoid milk and dairy products because they believe they are lactose intolerant. In fact, research shows over 20 percent of African-Americans consider themselves to be lactose intolerant. There is an emerging body of evidence that links yogurt and other dairy products to a reduced risk of heart disease, hypertension, obesity and type 2 diabetes – diseases that affect African Americans at disproportionate rates. For example, as an important contributor of calcium, potassium and magnesium to the diet, African Americans who avoid dairy foods may increase their risk of type 2 diabetes and hypertension. Moreover, the National Medical Association – the nation’s oldest and largest organization of African-American physicians – recommends in their updated 2013 consensus statement on lactose intolerance, African Americans consume 3 – 4 servings of low-fat dairy every day. The good news is yogurt can help you meet your dairy requirement and obtain calcium, potassium and magnesium. Because of the presence of lactase-producing yogurt cultures and because on average it contains less lactose per serving than milk, yogurt is a more easily digestible alternative to milk. (Continued on page 30)

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And then she gets into the issue of race. “My colleagues,” she says, “are of the view that we should leave race out of the picture entirely and let the voters sort it out.” She takes a dig at Chief Justice John Roberts who wrote once, “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discrimination on the basis of race.” Sotomayor says: “It is a sentiment out of touch with reality.” Sotomayor says, “Race matters. Race matters in part because of the long history of racial minorities’ being denied access to the political process.” “Race matters to a young man’s view of society when he spends his teenage years watching others tense up as he passes, no matter what neighborhood he grew up. Race matters to a young woman’s sense of self when she states her hometown, and then is pressed, ‘No, where are you really from?’” Sotomayor says, “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race, and to apply the Constitution with eyes open to the unfortunate effects of centuries of racial discrimination.” After citing what she perceives as the negative impact of Michigan’s ban on diversity, Sotomayor says she “cannot ignore the unfortunate outcome of today’s decision.” “The Constitution does not protect racial minorities from political defeat. But neither does it give the majority free rein to erect selective barriers against racial minorities.” At oral arguments Sotomayor was the most vocal opponent of the ban. In fact, at one point, she asked a lawyer for Michigan a line of questions regarding its impact. When she was finished Chief Justice John Roberts pointedly said to the lawyer, “You have been asked several questions that refer to the ending or termination of affirmative action. That’s not what is at issue here, is it?” In her recent memoir, My Beloved World, Sotomayor writes about the impact of affirmative action in her life. She details her time at Princeton: “The Daily Princetonian routinely published letters to the editor lamenting the presence on campus of “affirmative action students,” each one of whom had presumably displaced a far more deserving affluent white male and could rightly be expected to crash into the gutter built of her own unrealistic aspirations. There were vultures circling, ready to dive when we stumbled. The pressure to succeed was relentless, even if self-imposed out of fear and insecurity.” Later she tells a story about an experience at a recruiting dinner hosted by a well-respected Washington firm. One partner told her the “problem” with affirmative action is that “you have to wait to see if people are qualified or not. Do you think you would have been admitted to Yale Law School if you were not Puerto Rican?” “It probably didn’t hurt,” a stunned Sotomayor said, “but I imagine that graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton had something to do with it too.” Sotomayor, 59, writes that “much has changed” in the thinking about affirmative action “since those early days when it opened doors in my life. But one thing has not changed: to doubt the worth of minority students’ achievement when they succeed is really only to present another face of the prejudice that would deny them a chance even to try.”

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Parishioners at Calvary Baptist Church in Roosevelt call on Pastor Arthur Kindle to step down ROOSEVELT - Parishioners of a Roosevelt church are calling on their pastor to step down, accusing him of mishandling funds and dividing the church. Church leaders at Calvary Baptist Church say they've suspended Pastor Arthur Kindle because his parishioners have lost faith in him. Kindle is accused of misappropriating church funds, removing and replacing several church officials and changing church by-laws without a vote. "He has hurt a lot of people," says Deacon Al Reshard. READ MORE: Long Island Top Stories When they asked Kindle to step down, church leaders claim he changed the locks on the church doors. Church leaders plan to meet again on April 28 to vote to evict Kindle from the church's premises.

To take full advantage of the WIC food voucher participants will want to learn all they can about yogurt’s nutritional quality, how to use it in meals and snacks, purchasing and handling and how to use yogurt in recipes. Here are a few tips to get you started. Meals and Snacks Add 1 cup Greek yogurt to 2 lbs. mashed potatoes in place of 4 Tbsp. butter. Replace Greek yogurt for sour cream, cup for cup, in your favorite muffin or coffee cake recipes. Use the same amount of Greek nonfat yogurt in place of oil in marinades for chicken, fish or pork before grilling for a tangy flavor. Use 1 Tbsp. Greek nonfat yogurt per serving instead of 1 Tbsp. sour cream to garnish bean soups or chili. Have you tried Greek in place of butter on bagels or muffins yet? Try it! Replace mayo with Greek nonfat yogurt in your chicken salad. Indulge your sweet tooth with this wonderful Pumpkin Chocolate Yogurt. For more delicious recipes and great tips on handling and cooking with yogurt, click here. To learn more about WIC and the implementation of the expanded food package click here.

When reached for comment, Kindle's daughter Renee spoke for him, saying her father has done nothing but help build up the church.

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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: "Why is the resurrection of Jesus Christ important?" Answer: The resurrection of Jesus is important for several reasons. First, it witnesses to the immense power of God Himself. To believe in the resurrection is to believe in God. If God exists, and if He created the universe and has power over it, He has power to raise the dead. If He does not have such power, He is not a God worthy of our faith and worship. Only He who created life can resurrect it after death, only He can reverse the hideousness that is death itself, and only He can remove the sting that is death and the victory that is the grave’s (1 Corinthians 15:54-55). In resurrecting Jesus from the grave, God reminds us of His absolute sovereignty over life and death. Second, the resurrection of Jesus is a testimony to the resurrection of human beings, which is a basic tenet of the Christian faith. Unlike all other religions, Christianity alone possesses a founder who transcends death and who promises that His followers will do the same. All other religions were founded by men and prophets whose end was the grave. As Christians, we take comfort in the fact that our God became man, died for our sins, and was resurrected the third day. The grave could not hold Him. He lives, and He sits today at the right hand of God the Father in heaven. In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul explains in detail the importance of the resurrection of Christ. Some in Corinth did not believe in the resurrection of the dead, and in this chapter Paul gives six disastrous consequences if there were no resurrection: 1) preaching Christ would be senseless (v. 14); 2) faith in Christ would be useless (v. 14); 3) all the witnesses and preachers of the resurrection would be liars (v. 15); 4) no one would be redeemed from sin (v. 17); 5) all former believers would have perished (v.18); and 6) Christians would be the most pitiable people on the earth (v. 19). But Christ indeed has risen from the dead and “has become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep” (v. 20), assuring that we will follow Him in resurrection. The inspired Word of God guarantees the believer's resurrection at the coming of Jesus Christ for His Body (the Church) at the Rapture. Such hope and assurance results in a great song of triumph as Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:55, NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” How do these concluding verses relate to the importance of the resurrection? Paul answers, “...you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (v. 58). He reminds us that because we know we will be resurrected to new life, we can suffer persecution and danger for Christ’s sake (vv. 29-31), just as He did. We can follow the example of the thousands of martyrs through history who gladly traded their earthly lives for everlasting life via the resurrection. The resurrection is the triumphant and glorious victory for every believer. Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose the third day according to the Scripture. And, He is coming again! The dead in Christ will be raised up, and those who remain and are alive at His coming will be changed and receive new, glorified bodies (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Why is the resurrection of Jesus Christ important to salvation? It demonstrated that God accepted Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf. It proves that God has the power to raise us from the dead. It guarantees that those who believe in Christ will not remain dead, but will be resurrected unto eternal life. That is our blessed hope!

What are the promises of God? promises of God Question: "What are the promises of God?" Answer: God has made many, many promises in Scripture. In each promise, God pledges that something will (or will not) be done or given or come to pass. These are not flippant, casual promises such as we often make; these are rock-solid, unequivocal commitments made by God Himself. Because God is faithful, the recipients of the divine promises can have full assurance that what God has pledged will indeed be realized (Numbers 23:19). Here are just a few of the promises that God has made: God’s promises in the Old Testament. God promised to bless Abraham and, through his descendants, the whole world (Genesis 12:2–3). This promise, called the Abrahamic Covenant, pointed to the coming Mes(Continued on page 38)

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siah for whom Abraham looked (John 8:56). God promised Israel to be their God and make them His people (Leviticus 26:12–13). Old Testament history is teeming with examples of God fulfilling this promise. God promised that if we search for Him we will find Him (Deuteronomy 4:29). He is not playing hard-to-get. “Our God is near us whenever we pray to him” (Deuteronomy 4:7). God promised protection for His children (Psalm 121). He was the vigilant watchman over all Israel. God promised that His love will never fail (1 Chronicles 16:34). He is faithful in every way. God promised Israel that their sin could be forgiven, their prosperity restored, and their nation healed (2 Chronicles 7:14). Repentance opened the road to fellowship and blessing. God, under the terms of the Mosaic Covenant, promised prosperity to Israel for obedience and destruction for disobedience (Deuteronomy 30:15–18). Unfortunately, Israel eventually chose to disobey, and the nation was destroyed NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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by Assyria and Babylon. God promised blessing for all who will delight themselves in His Word (Psalm 1:1–3). Simple faith has its rewards. God’s promises in the New Testament. God promised salvation to all who believe in His Son (Romans 1:16–17). There is no greater blessing than the free gift of God’s salvation. God promised that all things will work out for good for His children (Romans 8:28). This is the broader picture that keeps us from being dismayed by present circumstances. God promised comfort in our trials (2 Corinthians 1:3–4). He has a plan, and one day we will be able to share the comfort we receive. God promised new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Salvation is the beginning of a brand-new existence. God promised every spiritual blessing in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). Whereas, in the Old Testament, Israel had the promise of physical blessing, the church today has been promised spiritual blessings “in the heavenly realms.” Our inheritance is reserved for us (1 Peter 1:4). (Continued on page 40)

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Favor Awareness TODAY’S SCRIPTURE “...his favor lasts a lifetime.” (Psalm 30:5, NIV) TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria People promote awareness of all kinds of things in this world, but one of the most important things you should be aware of is the favor of God! Every day before you leave the house, you should say, “Father, thank You that I have Your favor.” As you drive to work or go about your day, meditate on His favor. Be aware of His goodness. Expect doors to open for you that may not open for somebody else. Remember, favor means you have an advantage. There is something special about you because Almighty God has His hand on you. And I’m not talking about being arrogant and thinking that you’re better than somebody else. I’m talking about living with boldness — not because of who you are, but because of Whose you are! You are a child of the Most High God. Your Father created the whole universe. You can expect preferential treatment from Him! A PRAYER FOR TODAY Father, thank You for Your favor, grace and mercy. I choose to be aware of Your goodness and many blessings. I choose to meditate on Your love and look for Your hand at work in every area of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen. — Joel & Victoria Osteen (Continued from page 36)

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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GROOMING FUTURE WRESTLERS You don’t often hear young African American or Hispanic American students say, “I can’t wait to try out for the wrestling team,” or “I’m looking forward to wrestling season.” But you hear them made these statements in reference to basketball, football, and nowadays, even lacrosse, which has become a recent hot sport and soccer which is known as “football” in other countries. The ABGS Middle School, whose principal is Hank Williams, is always looking to be innovative, decided to change this script. With volunteer veteran high school wrestling Coach Ray Mills at the helm, the school launched an intramural wrestling club this school year. The goal, according to Mr. Mills, is to educate the student athletes about scholastic wrestling. Along with teaching the boys basic wrestling skill, Mills also taught them the importance of good character, how to balance sports and academics, leadership skills and encouraged them to focus on their academic studies. Too often, students think that WWE is authentic wrestling when it is not; it’s primarily entertainment. Real wrestling is a unique sport. Wrestling is defined as a combat sport involving grappling type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds. The feeling is that if interest can be generated in the sport in Middle School, then maybe those students will want to participate when they get to high school. At least they will have had some exposure to it. The wrestling intramural club team met regularly during the winter months and little by learn the boys learned different wresting moves, how to pin an opponent, how to get in shape for the sport and a little about Coach Mills remarkable history as one of Long Island ‘s premier high school wrestling coaches. Another positive effect of the program is that for many students who sometimes get into mischief after school, those students instead had a place to (Continued from page 38)

God promised to finish the work He started in us (Philippians 1:6). God does nothing in half measures. He started the work in us, and He will be sure to complete it. God promised peace when we pray (Philippians 4:6–7). His peace is protection. It will “guard your hearts and your minds in Christ.” God promised to supply our needs (Matthew 6:33; Philippians 4:19). Not that we get everything we want, but our needs will be taken care of. We are more valuable than the birds, and our Heavenly Father feeds them (Matthew 6:26). Jesus’ promises in the Gospels. Jesus promised rest (Matthew 11:28–30). Burdens are lifted at Calvary. Jesus promised abundant life to those who follow Him (John 10:10). Following Jesus brings us more spiritual fulNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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go, get a workout and learn a sport. The volunteer endeavor was something that Mills enjoyed doing. “Of course it was a challenge,” he said, “But, at the same time, it was well worth the effort. The boys worked hard on both their wrestling skills and their overall conduct.” He was teaching the boys how to conduct themselves as student-athletes, how to work together to become a “team,” how to get into shape for a sport and how to put forth one’s best effort day in and day out. And if a few of those boys go out for the Hempstead High wrestling team in the fall, then another important goal of the program will have been met. Forty-three boys participated in the intramural program during the winter months. The program wrapped up late March. Those who participated in the program include Edwin Bonilla, Kahleeq Campbell, Tommy Yanes, Ronnnie Scott, Jose Torres, Luis Tejada, Julian Dezil, Josue Canales, Lloyd McKinley, Joseph Whittaker, Savone Kirk Romain, Henry Mestanza, Da-Shaun Jenkins and Jose Manzanez, a Joydan Narcisse, Albert Manzanares, Maurico Rodriguez, Carlos Saravia, Jeffrey Jimenez and Quadrell Brown. The program is supported by the Nassau County D.A.’s office, a long-time partner for youth programs in the Hempstead school district. The D.A.’s office presented a gift of a wrestling mat to ABGS Middle School a few years ago.–B.J. Robinson fillment than we could have anticipated. We leave boring behind. Jesus promised eternal life to those who trust Him (John 4:14). The Good Shepherd also promised to hold us securely: “No one will snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:28). Jesus promised His disciples power from on high (Acts 1:8). In this power, they “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6, ESV). Jesus promised that He will return for us (John 14:2–3). From then on, we will be with Him always. There are many more promises that could be listed. All of them find their ultimate fulfillment in Jesus Christ, “the radiance of God’s glory” (Hebrews 1:3). “No matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:2 PAGE 40


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African American or Hispanic American students say, “I can’t wait to try out for the ABGS Middle School, intramural wrestling club. Wrestling is defined as a combat sport involving grappling type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds. Forty-three boys participated in the intramural program during the winter months. The program wrapped up late March. Those who participated in the program include Edwin Bonilla, Kahleeq Campbell, Tommy Yanes, Ronnnie Scott, Jose Torres, Luis Tejada, Julian Dezil, Josue Canales, Lloyd McKinley, Joseph Whittaker, Savone Kirk Romain, Henry Mestanza, Da-Shaun Jenkins and Jose Manzanez, a Joydan Narcisse, Albert Manzanares, Maurico Rodriguez, Carlos Saravia, Jeffrey Jimenez and Quadrell Brown. The program is supported by the Nassau County D.A.’s office, a long-time partner for youth programs in the Hempstead school district. The D.A.’s office presented a gift of a wrestling mat to ABGS Middle School a few years ago.–B.J. Robinson

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Hello Sports Fans, Alberto Pujols has just entered the elite 500-career home run (HR) club and the word from the “cheap seats” says he may blast his way to the most home runs in Major League Baseball (MLB) history. Alberto Pujols signed an Amateur contract with the St Louis Cardinals in 1999 at the age of 21, and since his arrival in MLB the talented slugger has earned the nickname “The Machine”. The Cardinals enjoyed the steady progress of Pujols, and the machine didn’t disappoint the Cardinal fans or the owners of the franchise. Pujols won the rookie of the year award in 2001, which introduced MLB fans to this quiet leader that just simply produces hits which also comes with power and excitement for MLB fans. The Cardinals won two MLB championships behind the power and leadership of Pujols, and the quiet all-star performer represented the team and St Louis with class and professionalism. The accolades continue with the machine earning 3 National League MVP honors (2005, 08, and 09) with the Cardinals and the first baseman owns one Golden Glove award (2006). After Pujols hit number 500 homeruns and paced around the bases the typically in control athlete admitted publically later that he felt emotional about the achievement. Many sports enthusiast believe Pujols deserves to be mentioned in the same conversation with some of the greatest hitters of all time such as Yankee great Yogi Berra, San Francisco great Barry Bonds, and the great Mickey Mantle of the Yankees. The machine earned his nick name in St Louis and most Cardinal fans were truly sadden NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

when he left for more money to a franchise that was willing to pay an unmatchable salary to the one of the greatest hitters of all time. However the machine is currently ranked 43 on the all time list with a .321 average in 13 seasons, which allows time to improve on hitting and move up to higher rankings. The number one hit man is Ty Cobb with a .366 average and the followers are close in point percentage. After 11 seasons with the St Louis Cardinals, Pujols joined the California Angels (2012) and after a slow start has gained momentum with his club and currently leads the MLB with 8 HR (April 23, 2014). Pujols spent a lifetime with the Cardinals but made history with Los Angels as the Angels faced the Washington Nationals on Tuesday (April 23, 2014), and the machine blasted HR 499 and 500 in a 7 to 2 victory. After the game the machine made his heart felt confession that the achievement was great but the most important aspect was the Angels won the game. National’s pitcher Taylor Jordan allowed Pujols to blast number 500 HR, and the three run gem made him the 26th MLB player to reach this rare accomplishment. Pujols is the third youngest MLB player to reach 500 HR behind Alex Rodriguez (32 years old) and Mel Ott in 1945. Pujols is 34 years old and is truly a great player that performs his job with class and discipline that most MLB fans believe are unlimited in potential. The machine appears to have found the magic touch he possessed before his arrival in Los Angeles and Angel fans are looking forward to great production from their team, while enjoying a little history along the way. PAGE 42


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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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Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, wrongfully convicted legendary boxer, dead at 76 TORONTO (AP) — Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76. John Artis, a longtime friend and caregiver, said Carter died in his sleep Sunday. Carter had been stricken with prostate cancer in Toronto, the New Jersey native’s adopted home. Carter spent 19 years in prison for three murders at a tavern in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1966. He was convicted alongside Artis in 1967 and again in a new trial in 1976. Carter was freed in November 1985 when his convictions were set aside after years of appeals and public advocacy. His ordeal and the alleged racial motivations behind it were publicized in Bob Dylan’s 1975 song “Hurricane,” several books and a 1999 film starring Denzel Washington, who received an Academy Award nomination for playing the boxer turned prisoner. Carter’s murder convictions abruptly ended the boxing career of a former petty criminal who became an undersized middleweight contender largely on ferocity and punching power. Although never a world champion, Carter went 27-12-1 with 19 knockouts, memorably stopping two-division champ Emile Griffith in the first round in 1963. He also fought for a middleweight title in December 1964, losing a unanimous decision to Joey Giardello. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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In June 1966, three white people were shot by two black men at the Lafayette Bar and Grill in Paterson. Carter and Artis were convicted by an all-white jury largely on the testimony of two thieves who later recanted their stories. Carter was granted a new trial and briefly freed in 1976, but sent back for nine more years after being convicted in a second trial. “I wouldn’t give up,” Carter said in an interview on PBS in 2011. “No matter that they sentenced me to three life terms in prison. I wouldn’t give up. Just because a jury of 12 misinformed people … found me guilty did not make me guilty. And because I was not guilty, I refused to act like a guilty person.” Dylan became aware of Carter’s plight after reading the boxer’s autobiography. He met Carter and co-wrote “Hurricane,” which he performed on his Rolling Thunder Revue tour in 1975. Muhammad Ali also spoke out on Carter’s behalf, while advertising art director George Lois and other celebrities also worked toward Carter’s release. With a network of friends and volunteers also advocating for him, Carter eventually won his release from U.S. District Judge H. Lee Sarokin, who wrote that Carter’s prosecution had been “predicated upon an appeal to racism rather than reason, and concealment rather than disclosure.” Born on May 6, 1937, into a family of seven children, Carter struggled with a hereditary speech impediment and was sent to a juvenile reform center at 12 after an assault. He escaped and joined the Army in 1954, experiencing racial segregation and learning to box while in West Germany. Carter then committed a series of muggings after returning home, spending four years in various state prisons. He began his pro boxing career in 1961 after his release, winning 20 of his first 24 fights mostly by stoppage. (Continued on page 45)

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Steve Kerr expects to talk to Phil Jackson about Knicks' coaching job Originally published: April 21, 2014 10:07 AM Updated: April 21, 2014 10:33 By AL IANNAZZONE al.iannazzone@newsday.com Phil Jackson made his first major move as Knicks president on Monday, firing Mike Woodson and his entire staff. Steve Kerr, the leading candidate to succeed Woodson, is waiting for Jackson's call. "When the time comes, I'll be interested," Kerr told ESPN Chicago radio Monday. Jackson is expected to hire someone who has a complete understanding of the triangle offense, which helped him win 11 titles as a coach. Kerr, a current TNT analyst and former Suns general manager, won three championships playing under Jackson with the Bulls and wants to get into coaching. The two have remained close. Kerr said he attended the wedding of Jackson's daughter a few years ago. "I do anticipate talking with Phil Jackson at some point," he said on Sirius XM NBA Radio. "I feel bad for Mike. I think he's done an excellent job in New York, but between the struggles of the team this year and the new regime with Phil Jackson, I think this was -- and I don't think I'm the only one saying this -- I think the writing was sort of on the wall the last couple of months. And now here we are." Other candidates who could join the team in some capacity include Ron Harper, Kurt Rambis, Jim Cleamons, Frank Hamblen, Derek Fisher and Bill Cartwright. All played or coached under Jackson. Citing a need for change, Jackson made the move five days after the Knicks finished 37-45 and missed the playoffs for the first time in four years. Woodson, who brought a 72-34 record as Knicks coach into this season, was 109-79 in two-plus seasons. His .580 winning percentage is third in club history behind Pat Riley (.680) and Jeff Van Gundy (.590). "I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mike Woodson and his entire staff," Jackson said in a statement. "The coaches and players on this team had an extremely difficult 2013-14 season, and blame should not be put on one individual. But the time has come for change throughout the franchise as we start the journey to assess and build this team for next season and beyond." The Knicks went 54-28 in 2012-13, took the division title for the first time since 1994 and won a playoff series for the first time in 13 years. Woodson's option for 2014-15 was picked up in September, but he faced a difficult situation this season. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Carter was fairly short for a middleweight at 5-foot-8, but his aggression and high punch volume made him effective. His shaved head and menacing glower gave him an imposing ring presence, but also contributed to a menacing aura outside the ring. He was also quoted as joking about killing police officers in a 1964 story in the Saturday Evening Post which was later cited by Carter as a cause of his troubles with police. Carter boxed regularly on television at Madison Square Garden and overseas in London, Paris and Johannesburg. Although his career appeared to be on a downswing before he was implicated in the murders, Carter was hoping for a second middleweight title shot. Carter and Artis were questioned after being spotted in the area of the murders in Carter’s white car, which vaguely matched witnesses’ descriptions. Both cited alibis and were released, but were arrested months later. A case relying largely on the testimony of thieves Alfred Bello and Arthur Bradley resulted in a conviction in June 1967. Carter defied his prison guards from the first day of his incarceration, spending time in solitary confinement because of it. “When I walked into prison, I refused to wear their stripes,” Carter said. “I refused to eat their food. I refused to work their jobs, and I would have refused to breathe the prison’s air if I could have done so.” Carter eventually wrote and spoke eloquently about his plight, publishing his autobiography, “The Sixteenth Round,” in 1974. Benefit concerts were held for his legal defense. After his release, Carter moved to Toronto, where he served as the executive director of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted from 1993 to 2005. He received two honorary doctorates for his work. Director Norman Jewison made Carter’s story into a well-reviewed biographical film, with Washington working closely alongside Carter to capture the boxer’s transformation and redemption. Washington won a Golden Globe for the role. “This man right here is love,” Washington said while onstage with Carter at the Golden Globes ceremony in early 2000. “He’s all love. He lost about 7,300 days of his life, and he’s love. He’s all love.” But the makers of “The Hurricane” were widely criticized for factual inaccuracies and glossing over other parts of Carter’s story, including his criminal past and a reputation for a violent temper. Giardello sued the film’s producers for its depiction of a racist fix in his victory over Carter, who acknowledged Giardello deserved the win. Carter’s weight and activity dwindled during his final months, but he still advocated for prisoners he believed to be wrongfully convicted. Carter wrote an opinion essay for the New York Daily News in February, arguing vehemently for the release of David McCallum, convicted of a kidnapping and murder in 1985. Carter also briefly mentioned his health, saying he was “quite literally on my deathbed.” “Now I’m looking death straight in the eye,” Carter wrote. “He’s got me on the ropes, but I won’t back down.” PAGE 45


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Michael Jordan's House Basketball legend Michael Jordan is selling his 56,000 square foot Highland Park estate at auction. Let's take a look at MJ's private residence, courtesy of Concierge Auctions.

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Kenya Moore says she may not return to ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ ATLANTA (AP) — Kenya Moore says she’s seriously considering leaving “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” after her televised brawl with co-star Porsha Williams. “We all agree that we don’t condone violence,” Moore said in an interview on Monday. “We’ve become angry with each other, we’ve threatened each other and gone to the edge. But at the end of the day, we know there’s a line. If there are no consequences, then where does it end?” Williams surrendered last week to authorities and was charged with a misdemeanor charge of battery for the fight, which was televised as part of the Bravo show’s reunion special on Sunday. Williams and Moore have had friction during the entire season, so it wasn’t surprising that the two began to argue and trade ugly accusations during the reunion special. But then things got physical. Both women stood up and Williams grabbed Moore’s hair, pulling her down and dragging ONLINE EDITION

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her across the floor. On the show, Williams said she “blacked out” but was regretful about the fight. “I think Porsha was in a position to provoke me,” Moore said on Monday. Moore said Williams should have been better prepared for the reunion show, which typically brings up past feuds and confrontations between cast members from previous episodes. The show also stars NeNe Leakes, Kandi Burruss, Phaedra Parks and Cynthia Bailey. “If anyone is capable of blacking out and not taking responsibility for their actions, they should not be in this type of environment,” she said. “They do not need a stage such as this.” Moore, an actress and former Miss USA, said the decision is up to the producers on whether Williams returns to the show. Bravo has not commented on the incident and has not addressed who will be back for the next season. Williams’ attorney, Joe Habachy, said in an emailed statement last week that the battery claim against his client is unfounded and that Williams looks forward to clearing her name. Habachy said Williams plans to contest the charge and file aggravated assault charges against Moore. A rep for Williams did not return a request for comment on Monday. Moore said she still hasn’t spoken with Williams since the incident. “She is a granddaughter of a civil rights leader,” Moore said of Williams, whose grandfather was the late Hosea Williams. “She does not have the tools to navigate this process. It’s just very unfortunate and sad. If I was in her position, the first thing I would do is apologize.”

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Kenya Moore Releases Statement on Reunion Attack — Read It Here! Porsha Williams may have had Kenya Moore by the hair on Sunday night’s “Reunion, Part 1” of Real Housewives of Atlanta, but it looks like Kenya beat her to the punch — figuratively speaking. Immediately after the ep aired, the former Miss USA released a statement (how formal!), in which she had a lot to say. We will let the below statement speak for itself, but let’s just touch on a few of the standout moments in the twirling diva’s lengthy diatribe. 1. She was a victim of domestic abuse. Is this the first we’re hearing of her abusive teen relationship? Why drop that info right now? Though we’re definitely not trying to belittle such a serious subject. 2. She’s Israeli military-trained. Say what?! Anybody who looks at the stallion booty-flaunting gal can tell she’s in kick ass shape, but if this is true, that’s some intimidating stuff right there. Throw in the weapons training and ONLINE EDITION

3. The obligatory Miss USA reference. You didn’t think she’d miss the chance to slip in that she’s a former crown holder, did you? Don’t forget: she was the second African American woman to hold that honor! (You probably didn’t/ couldn’t.) Read on for the complete statement: “During the taping of the Reunion Episode for the Real Housewives of Atlanta, I was violently attacked by Porsha Williams. The episode, which aired tonight, Sunday, April 20, 2014, was taped in front of an audience of over 50 people, which included cast, crew, guests and executives, who served as witnesses. I called 911 to report the incident. The Atlanta police conducted an independent investigation, which included viewing the raw footage of the incident. As a result, Porsha Williams was charged with battery. The authorities will decide her fate, not me. There are many inflammatory statements made by cast members to and about each other particularly during the reunion tapings. Many have made untrue, denigrating, disparaging, and inflammatory statements against me in an attempt to provoke me, but I have never reacted in a violent way. My intellect and my brain are my most powerful weapons—not my fists. If people get so angry that they lose control and admittedly “black out” and resort to violence, those persons must be held responsible for their actions. Being a cast member on a reality show does not ab(Continued on page 11)

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solve people of their rights. After being repeatedly attacked by an abusive boyfriend at the age of 17, if someone puts their hands on me, I will not just let it go. With that said, I sought self-defense training developed for the Israeli military. I’ve also been trained in weapons. I can take someone down in three moves. It took discipline for me not to respond in kind. As violent responses escalate, they can quickly result in severe injury or even death. Being the second Black woman to be crowned Miss USA, there are little girls who look up to me. I would never want those girls, my nieces, or my future children to see me fighting anyone. That’s the lesson we should all want to send, especially to young people—that no matter how angry someone makes you feel by what they say to or about you, violence is never an option. #stoptheviolence.” Fair ‘nuff. What do you think of Kenya’s press release? Tell us in the comments below. Source: Huffington Post

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Kenya Moore Says She May Not Return to Real Housewives of Atlanta After Reunion Brawl With Porsha Williams Kenya cares enough to walk away. Real Housewives of Atlanta firebrand Kenya Moore says in a new interview that she's considering leaving the Bravo reality show after her reunion brawl with castmate Porsha Williams was televised Sunday, April 20. "We all agree that we don't condone violence," Moore told the Associated Press of Williams (formerly Porsha Stewart) on Monday. "We've become angry with each other, we've threatened each other and gone to the edge. But at the end of the day, we know there's a line. If there are no consequences, then where does it end?" (Continued on page 27)

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

Authored by Min Larry Montgomery Sr. ABOUT THIS BOOK Dilemma: di-lem-ma: noun: 1. A situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives, esp. equally undesirable ones. This book is another case in the ongoing series based on the life and times of the fictional character, U.S. Marshal Harry Bailey, entitled: Dilemma--The case of the Murderous Identity Theft. An identity theft steals the identity of a serial killer whose M.O. is to steal the identity of her victims and then kill them when she is ready to move on. The penalty for Identity theft as a Class D Felony is 7 years in prison with restitution and reparations. The Penalty for Murder or conspiracy to murder can be http://www.amazon.com/ dp/B00F8NJH7Q Death or life in prison without the possibility for parole. This story centers around a young African American immigrant who will do anything to live the high life, engage in sex for money, sale and use drugs, anything to be considered a lady of leisure. In furtherance of keeping this lifestyle our villainess preys on married men, steals their wife's identity sleeps with and uses the husband letting him think he is lavishly courting her until the money runs out. Then she blackmails them using theirs or their wife's money to pay her bills. Until one day she stole the identity of a serial killer whose m.o. was to steal identities just as she does but when the money runs out she savagely kills the victim and attaches herself to the victims loved ones until the inheritance has been spent and then she moves on to a new opportunity. Marshal Bailey catches the case of an identity theft victim; a woman whose husband was black mailed by the serial killer after a failed trisk and then wound up dead. The investigation is hampered by the activities of a second identity thief, who by all accounts is a serial liar. Finally the serial killer turns her attention to our lead suspect and it is only a matter of time before the two collide in this deadly game of identity cat and mouse. The serial killer makes two failed attempts to finish off the identity thief but not until the third attempt does Marshal Bailey intervene... The question is does our main suspect survive, or does the serial killer win out? Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General ONLINE EDITION

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‘Hurricane’ Carter went to the mat for the wrongfully accused With the death of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, we have lost a great fighter in the ring and a powerful advocate for the wrongfully convicted. In many ways, he helped open the eyes of many to the injustices of a system that far too often throws innocent people behind bars. Carter knew firsthand about the plight of the wrongly accused because he had spent 19 years behind bars for crimes he did not commit. He and co-defendant John Artis were charged with a triple murder at the Lafayette Grill in Paterson, New Jersey in 1966. There was little physical evidence in the case, and the so-called eyewitnesses who testified against them were two convicted felons. And Carter and Artis maintained their innocence and passed a lie detector test. However, an all-white jury found them guilty. Carter was sentenced to three life sentences. A victim of an unfair trial with corrupt prosecutors who originally sought the death penalty, Hurricane Carter was released after two decades in prison, including time in solitary confinement. A federal judge found that the prosecution of his case was “predicated upon an appeal to racism rather than reason, and concealment rather than disclosure.” Specifically, “the jury was permitted to draw inferences of guilt based solely upon the race” of the defendants, according to the judge. I first met Mr. Carter in 1999 in New York, when I was working as a human rights activist. What struck me most about the man was the power of his spirit and the positivity he exuded, despite all that had had happened in his life. Moreover, he was part of the solution to a systemic problem. At the time he was the executive director of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC), a nonprofit organization based in Toronto. We were at the United Nations for a special screening of his biopic The Hurricane, which starred Denzel Washington— who was nominated for an Oscar and was also present at the event. The film was inspired by the 1975 autobiography ONLINE EDITION

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Carter had written while on lockdown, The Sixteenth Round: From Number 1 Contender to #45472. Back then, the issue of the wrongfully convicted was not on the radar screen for many Americans, including the black community. Too often, we assume the prisons are filled with “those bad people” and everyone is guilty of the crimes for which they were convicted. The criminal justice system is there to protect us, we have always assumed. Lock ‘em up and throw away the key, with no questions asked by society. This is business as usual in America, the world’s largest jailer. And yet, Carter has helped to give innocence a human face, and make the public realize that he was not an aberration, and that the problem of sending the innocent to prison is real and far more widespread than people have cared to believe or to understand. The National Registry of Exonerations lists every known exoneration in the U.S. since 1989, which stands at around 1,351 cases. Not surprisingly, the majority of those exonerated are people of color, including 46 percent black, 11 percent Latino, and 2 percent Native American or Asian. This means 41 percent of exonerated Americans are white. According to the National Registry, the contributing factors leading to wrongful convictions include perjury and false accusation (56 percent of cases), official misconduct (46 percent), mistaken witness identification (37 percent), false or misleading forensic evidence (22 percent) and false confessions (12 percent). Thanks to the work of the Innocence Project, the Innocence Network and others, innocent men and women are being released from prison, including 314 through DNA testing. To the end, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter fought for the wrongfully convicted as he had once fought in the ring, with the type of passion that earned him his boxing nickname. In February, Carter wrote an op-ed in the New York Daily News with his dying wish: He asked the new Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, also a black man, to release David McCallum, a man who has been in prison for murder charges since 1985, the year Carter became a free man. Thank you, Hurricane, for opening our eyes. Raised in this country to believe the system works for everyone, and accepting it without question, we simply did not know any better. PAGE 24


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The RHOA's reunion taping took place on March 27. During part one of the Bravo series' always-combative reunion special, the two arch-nemeses are seen hurling insults at each other. As the altercation escalates, Williams hovers over Moore, yanks her hair, and drags her across the floor. Andy Cohen later recalled the melee on an episode of Ask Andy and described it as "gross." The Bravo host said, ""To me, it came out of nowhere. The other women felt like Kenya provoked [Porsha] a bit...I was so shocked and surprised. I don't want that to happen." Williams, for her part, turned herself in to the Fulton County Sheriff last Wednesday, after a warrant was issued WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Brown’s trial on an asfor her role in the attack. Primped and ready for her mugshot, sault charge in Washington has been delayed for months. Williams was booked and released on a simple battery misdeLawyers returned to court Wednesday for what had meanor charge. Before the reunion special was taped in late March, Williams stopped by Us Weekly's NYC headquarters been set as the start of Brown’s trial. But prosecutors have and said, "Kenya has been jealous of me from the beginning told a judge they won’t grant Brown bodyguard and even now." "I think Porsha was in a position to provoke me," Moore Christopher Hollosy immunity to testify at his boss’s told the AP on Monday. "If anyone is capable of blacking out and not taking re- trial. sponsibility for their actions, they should not be in this type Hollosy was convicted of environment," Moore added of Williams' claim that she Monday as part of the same had "blacked out" during the brawl. "They do not need a October incident in which stage such as this." both men are accused of The former Miss USA said that it is ultimately up to pro- punching someone outside a hotel. Hollosy had said he ducers of the smash series to decide on Williams' fate on the wouldn’t testify unless granted immunity or until his apHousewives of Atlanta. "She is a granddaughter of a civil peal is concluded, which will take months. rights leader," Moore said of Porsha, whose grandfather was Brown is in custody as a result of a case in California. activist Hosea Williams. "She does not have the tools to navi- He will be returned there by U.S. Marshals. A hearing in gate this process." that case is set for Wednesday. Moore added, "It's just very unfortunate and sad. If I was A judge scheduled a June status hearing in Brown’s in her position, the first thing I would do is apologize." Washington case.

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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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Page 33 Northeast Region, Inc., Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated to Host Annual Conference and Educational Workshop The 62nd Northeast Regional Conference and Educational Workshop will take place April 23– April 27, 2014 at the Long Island Marriott Hotel, 101 James Doolittle Boulevard in Uniondale, New York. The conference theme is “Developing Healthy Communities Through Advocacy, Collaboration, Education, Leadership, Research and Service.” We are expecting over 400 registered nurses, nurse practitioners, nursing students, and other health care professionals to attend. Kappa Eta Chapter, Inc. of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated which was chartered on September 27, 1986 at Hofstra University will be this year’s support chapter for the conference. The President of Kappa Eta Chapter, Inc. is Karen Lockworth, BSN, RN who serves as the Director of Women & Children’s Division, Department of Nursing at Elmhurst Hospital in Elmhurst, NY. The annual conference serves as a venue that allows the Northeast Region to carry out the business of the organization as well as a means to assess the current trends of the nursing profession and health care. During the conference, the following events will take place: business sessions, workshops, member recognition, charitable contributions to external organizations, memorial service, along with a fundraiser to support the numerous outreach efforts of Kappa Eta Chapter, Inc. Dr. Deborah C. Stamps, Director of the Northeast Region, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated, a published, influential and dynamic leader in health care will preside over the conference. The opening ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 24th at 7:45pm. The keynote address will be given by Dr. C. Alicia Georges, President, National Black Nurses Foundation, Inc. focusing on: “Nurses: Having Our Say Through Advocacy.”The educational workshops planned for the conference are the highest quality and feature innovative and creative solutions to challenging healthcare issues. The Region’s Conference will kick-off with a wine tasting by Chef Caroline Onwuemeli-Peters & Donald Peters of Comfort Tastings as theypresent on:“Hearthealthy wine tasting.” This event is open to the public and will take place on April 23, 2014 from 4pm-6pm; ticket purchase is required to attend. On Thursday, April 24th, our Keynote Speaker will be Richard Parks, Welshman and former member of its national rugby team. He is the creator of the 737 Challenge consisting of climbing the 7 highest mountains on each of the world’s continents including the South Pole, the North Pole and Everest in less than seven months. His topic will focus on: “Conquering the World: Lessons in Perseverance for Nurses.” The next presenter will be Priscilla Murphy, National First Vice-President, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. who plans to discuss: “Programs and Projects for Developing Healthy Communities.” A panel discussion by the Virginia Chapter President’s will focus on: “Leadership Best Practices in Collaboration.” Dr. Alvenia R. Albright, Owner, Presidentand CEO of Dr. Alvenia Rhea Albright and Associates, LLC will present on: “Not-for-Profit Organizations: It’s Greater Than You.” Dr. Rita Strickland, Independent Hospital & Healthcare Consultant will close out the educational workshop and discuss: “Mentoring in Nursing.” During the conference, Kappa Eta Chapter will celebrate their 28th Anniversary of providing community service in Long Island. This event will take place on Saturday, April 26th from 8pm- 12 midnight at the Long Island Marriott Hotel. The “Carnival Extravaganza”will feature fine dining, and dance music to the Sounds of the Caribbean.The attire is Caribbean/tropical and donations are $ 75 per person. Other activities include an Awards Luncheon titled: “Celebrating Nurses: The Treasures of Healthcare” on April 25th from 1:30pm-4:30pm. Come to this spectacular event of “Island Paradise” as we celebrate outstanding achievements of nurses and nursing students. Zumba Fitness classes will be available April 24th- 26th, and special workshops for undergraduate members. The 62nd Regional Conference will close on Sunday with an Inspirational Breakfast. The Northeast Region Board and members of Kappa Eta Chapter, Inc. have prepared for the members and the public an exciting conference. The Northeast Region of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated is the largest region in the country and includes Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, PAGE 33 and Virginia.


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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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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.

8/6/14 Coliseum sort

8/16/14 Indio, CA Events Center 8/17/14

San Jose, CA

City National Civic

8/20/14

Jacksonville, OR

Britt Pavilion

8/21/14 Portland, OR The Moda Center 8/23/14

Redmond, WA

For the latest tour and ticketing information please visit:

DATE

CITY

VENUE

www.facebook.com/idolslivetour

6/24/14

Binghamton, NY

Broome County Arena

6/25/14

Albany, NY

Times Union Center

6/27/14

Windsor, ON

The Colosseum at Caesars

Orillia, ON

Casino Rama Entertainment

6/29/14

Syracuse, NY

Oncenter Complex

7/1/14

Highland Park, IL

Ravinia Festival

7/3/14

Cincinnati, OH

Horseshoe Cincinnati

7/5/14

Mashantucket, CT

Foxwoods Resort Casino

7/6/14

Vienna, VA

Wolf Trap

West Long Branch, NJ

The MAC at Monmouth Uni-

Boston, MA

Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

7/11/14 Coliseum

Uniondale, NY

Nassau Veterans Memorial

7/12/14 Center

Bethlehem, PA

Sands Bethlehem Event

7/13/14 Center

Durham, NC

Durham Performing Arts

7/9/14

Marymoor Park

Event time and date subject to change.

www.americanidol.com/tour

7/8/14 versity

Theater Of The Clouds at

Tickets are subject to applicable service charges.

AMERICAN IDOL LIVE! 2014 Tour Dates:

6/28/14 Centre

Fantasy Springs Special

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.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Natasha Desai, PMK*BNC 310-854-4831 Natasha.Desai@pmkbnc.com

Meghan Prophet, PMK*BNC 310-967-7246

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Prince & Warner Bros. Records Unveil New Partnership

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Bros Records is delighted to be working with Prince once again: he is one of the world’s biggest stars and a truly unique talent” said Cameron Strang, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. Records. “We are also very excited about the release of new and re-mastered music from one of his greatest masterpieces.”

By newyorktrend newyorktrend on Apr 18, 2014 in Entertainment, Featured, Music prince-headshotPrince and Warner Bros. Records have announced a new agreement that will see the release of longawaited, previously unheard music, while giving the artist ownership of the master recordings of his classic, global hits. At the same time, the deal extends Prince’s relationship with Warner Bros. Records, through an exclusive global licensing partnership that covers every album released from 1978 into the nineties. The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. For Prince fans worldwide, the new partnership will open a veritable goldmine. The surprise announcement comes just in time for this summer’s 30th Anniversary celebrations of the artist’s breakthrough album and film, Purple Rain, which were released in 1984. For the first time, Prince will be releasing a digitally re-mastered, deluxe version of this classic album. Other planned projects will follow. Prince said, “A brandnew studio album is on the way and both Warner Bros. Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship.” “Everyone at Warner ONLINE EDITION

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