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VOL. 18 NO. 39

Serving Nassau County’s

FEBRUARY 10, 2012—NASSAU EDITION

African American Community

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CNN had no choice but to suspend Roland Martin Roland Martin should've known better than to "joke" that you ought to "smack the ish" out of any guy at your Super Bowl party that's "hyped about David Beckham's H&M underwear ad." If not because the comment itself was distasteful, than because a political commentator ought to know better than anyone how quickly an off-the-cuff remark can be your undoing. One wonders why a person paid to offer analysis on the current political and social climate would even tempt fate with that kind of tweet, especially at a time when anti-gay violence has become a pervasive trend. It's no coincidence that Martin's suspension was announced the same day that 20-year-old Brandon White, the victim of a violent homophobia-fueled beating, made headlines on the very network Martin is employed by. Mind you, these attacks also took place in the same city CNN is based in -- Atlanta. Frankly, I'm not entirely sure if CNN's suspension of the political pundit will do much in the grand scheme of things. I do, however, know one thing is for certain: I don't share the sentiments of individuals like author and Grio contributor Sophia A. Nelson who referred to Martin's punishment as a "high-tech lynching" of an "uppity brother." He's not the victim, people like White who fall victim to the sort of hostile environments people like Martin create, are. It's unfortunate that a number of straight black men think their gay brethren can't be "real bruhs." Not to mention, while most of his peers seem to think of Roland as a kind-hearted guy, he has a history of doling out comments that largely perceived to be homophobic. GLAAD, the gay rights group that held CNN's feet to the fire on

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the controversy, has maintained a list of said comments and has long protested his employment at the cable news network. Martin's latest folly merely gave the organization the ammo it needed to get their desired outcome. Martin did himself no favors by initially offering a half-hearted non-apology that only further angered the already upset. He ultimately left CNN with no choice but to take disciplinary action. I do agree with those who highlight the double standard in other CNN contributors -- namely Erik Erickson and Dana Loesch -- who has boasted about being thrilled over Occupy protesters getting struck by tasers or urinating on dead Taliban soldiers without repercussions. It's certainly not fair, but the lesson in each instance is that minority groups need to rally together to produce the same kind of muscle that GLAAD has. Didn't Big Mama from Soul Food say "the family got to be that fist?" There's a power in that. See Rich Sanchez's firing from CNN after making controversial comments about Jews on a radio show in 2010. And yes, it is interesting to note that GLAAD pushed for CNN to fire Martin but didn't ask anything from TV One where he hosts his own show. Nevertheless, don't cry for Roland. You needn't cry for Christianity either. Another consistent defense from Martin sympathizers I have noticed is this notion that the big bad "gay power structure" is assailing poor defenseless Christians. Hooey. Like every other prejudice originally excused by religious citation, this is nothing but another instance of changing attitudes bypassing archaic beliefs. Bigots hiding behind bastardized dogma can whine all they want, but Western societal norms are still largely derived from Judeo-Christian values, not liberals. If anything, these kind of groups gaining power can be partially attributed to many of the faithful opening up their minds to understand a different point-of-view. Have we have collectively become overly sensitive? In varying ways, I believe so. Still, nothing has changed in that everyone -- including Roland Martin -- is free to say whatever we feel on any given subject. However, there are consequences to our words, and in the end, we all have to face them. Martin is now facing the music for his history of homophobia. Ideally, he'll become a little more tolerant because of it. At the very least, he'll learn to keep his "jokes" offline.

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NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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The County Comptrollers Audit of the Nassau County Police Departments handling of its Petty Cash Fund seems to reveal a lack of concern or even respect for taxpayer dollars.

Police Department Did Not Send Monthly Bank Reconciliations to the Treasurer’s Office.

The Nassau County Police Departments Petty Cash Fund for 2011 broke down as follows: Petty Cash $127,500, Narcotics Bureau $60,000, Misc. Petty Cash less than $100 was $5,000, E-Z Pass $5,500 and $2,000 for Other for a total of $200,000.

Reimbursement of Excess Cash Advances and Submission of Reimbursement Documentation Were not Timely and Violated the County Travel Policy.

The Department’s Petty Cash Fund expenditures for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2010 totaled $481,119, and the period January 2011 through October 2011 totaled $263,498.

Bank Deposits Were Not Made Timely.

Total Narcotics Bureau expenditures for the 22 month period was $245,131 verses 24 month allocation of $120,000 or more than twice as much.

Bank Reconciliations Were Untimely and Lacked Supervisory Review.

Total All Travel and Training $458,917 for the 22 month period verses $11,000 for E-Z Pass expenses.

Miscellaneous Petty Cash Reimbursements were made without Proper Documentation.

Total Expenditures for the 22 month period were $744,617 verses the 24 month allocation of $400,000 or a 54% over budget. Summary of Audit Findings : “Our review found that the department was behind in submitting bank records to the County Treasurer for review as required...As a result of our review, the custodian informed us that copies of the bank reconciliations for the period July 2009 through December 2010 were to be sent to the Treasurer…”

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Kamala Harris, black homeowners could benefit from foreclosure deal A settlement between major banks, the Obama administration and state attorneys general announced Thursday could benefit both black homeowners and Kamala Harris, the African-American attorney general in California who was a major force in the agreement. Under the deal, a group of five banks have agreed to pay $25 billion to current and former homeowners and states as restitution for fraudulent foreclosure practices that included use of "robo-signed" affidavits, failures to offer non-foreclosure alternatives and filing improper documentation in federal bankruptcy court, according to the Department of Justice About one million people will have debt on their home reduced or be able to refinance at lower rates, while another 750,000 whose homes were already foreclosed would receive checks for $2,000, according to the New York Times. It's not known exactly how many African-Americans will be among the nearly two million who get aid, but it's likely thousands of blacks will benefit. The mortgage companies in the agreement include Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and Ally Financial. The settlement is part of a broader Obama administration push to resolve the housing crisis, which has become a drag on the broader economy as well as reducing the assets of millions of Americans. Harris, who was elected in 2010, has been one of the major forces in the agreement, pushing the Obama administration to both toughen the agreement on the banks and make sure that states can still file their own suits against banks as well, which the final settlement does allow. Her role could be a boon for the rising star in California politics.

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Clint Eastwood: I am not 'politically affiliated with Mr. Obama' After a Chrysler Super Bowl ad starring Clint Eastwood became something of a political football, the Oscar-winning star decided to weigh in on its significance. Eastwood, a Republican, insisted that he is not "politically affiliated with Mr. Obama" but also added, "If Obama or any other politician wants to run with the spirit of that ad, go for it." Huffington Post reports: After a day filled with chatter about the political implications of his "Halftime in America" Super Bowl commercial for Chrysler, acting legend Clint Eastwood moved to quell any speculation that he was making a pitch for President Obama's economic policy. "l am certainly not politically affiliated with Mr. Obama. It was meant to be a message about job growth and the spirit of America," Eastwood, a libertarian and longtime Republican voter, said Monday evening on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" about the ad, which features him extolling the virtues of a revitalized Detroit. Chrysler was one of the companies saved in President Obama's 2009 auto bailout, which Eastwood has publicly op-

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posed. "I think all politicians will agree with it," he continued. "I thought the spirit was OK." Eastwood, who said he was "not supporting any politician at this time," also gave his blessing for either party to reference the spot, or at least its message. "If Obama or any other politician wants to run with the spirit of that ad, go for it," he said. Earlier in the day, Fox News contributor Karl Rove criticized the ad for being "a sign of what happens when you have Chicago-style politics, and the President of the United States and his political minions are, in essence, using our tax dollars to buy corporate advertising." In response, Eastwood's longtime manager Leonard Hirshan told NY Magazine that the ad was never intended to be political. "I think that Rove and everybody, if they're sensible, would wonder why a longtime Republican and Libertarian would do that," he said. "Just think about that, how silly that is: It's not like [the ad] was done by a left-winger, like Paul Newman in his day. It was done by a Republican, and he was doing it about America. There's not anything political to do with it whatsoever. I don't want him to do commercials, and as far as I'm concerned, it's a PSA [public service announcement]. Period."

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50 Cent visits famine victims in Somalia, Kenya NAIROBI, Kenya — Rapper 50 Cent is teaming up with the World Food Program to see firsthand the effects of hunger in Somalia and Kenya. The rap star flew to Dolo, Somalia, on Wednesday. Tens of thousands of women and children have fled there over the last year to flee a devastating famine that killed tens of thousands of people across Somalia. WFP said the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, has committed to provide 1 billion meals for the hungry, and is donating to WFP 10 cents from every sale of a new energy drink called Street King that he is promoting. The U.N. last week declared an end to Somalia's sixmonth famine, though it said tens of thousands of people still need food aid to survive. The British government estimates that between 50,000 and 100,000 people died from the famine's effects.

UN: Somali famine over but 2.3 million still at risk Nearly 10 million people across East Africa still in need of help in 'humanitarian emergency' NAIROBI, Kenya — The United Nations said Friday that conditions in Somalia have improved enough to downgrade the country's (Continued on page 7)

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famine, but the world body's Food and Agricultural Organization warned that continued assistance is needed to stop the region from slipping back. The world body moved the crisis from the top step of a five-point scale — based on the death rate — to the fourth step, formally reducing it from a "famine" to a "humanitarian emergency". However, the U.N. said that 2.3 million people remain in a food crisis situation in Somalia and still need assistance. That represents 31 percent of the country's population. Across the Horn of Africa region the total is 9.5 million who need help. The international body declared famine in Somalia last July after successive failed rains. Hundreds of thousands of Somalis fled to refugee camps in Kenya, Ethiopia and the Somali capital Mogadishu in search of food. The famine was exacerbated by the Somali militant group al-Shabab, which has let few aid agencies into the area it controls in south-central Mogadishu. Jose Graziano da Silva, the director general of the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization, warned that without assistance in the region over the next three months "those people will not survive." "The Horn of Africa will be for FAO the most important region and we'll be doing our best here to improve food security," he said. "We do believe it is possible to have a Horn of Africa free of hunger." Mark Bowden, the U.N.'s humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, said that a massive increase in assistance last year helped lift Somalia out of famine conditions. But he said the international community needed to keep helping. "The gains are considerable but they are also very fragile and one of the things I want to highlight is we have a temporary respite in terms of addressing the crisis in Somalia," Bowden said. He later added: "The years of conflict and poor rains have left millions of Somalis vulnerable. The mortality rates in southern Somalia are still among the highest in the world." Al-Shabab this week banned the international Red Cross from operating in southern Somalia. Bowden said any reduction in assistance "is of critical concern to us," and he urged all sides of the conflict not to impede humanitarian aid. The U.N. does not have a death toll from Somalia's famine and will say only that it knows tens of thousands of people died, mostly between April and September last year. A study will be commissioned to look at the death toll in more detail, one U.N. official said Friday. Senait Gebregziabher, the head of Oxfam in Somalia, lauded the gains against hunger but said that Somalia "is still in the throes of its worst humanitarian crisis in decades" and said that insecurity is disrupting aid supplies, warning the world not to turn its back on the crisis. "We are seriously concerned that if people do not have the security to tend their crops and animals, or the freedom to access clean water and food in the markets, the humanitarian situation will deteriorate once again," Gebregziabher said. After months without rainfall across the region, the U.N. on July 20 declared several parts of Somalia a famine zone. Exhausted, rail-thin women were stumbling into refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia with dead babies and bleeding feet. The journeys sometimes took weeks, and weaker family members — children and the elderly — were left behind on the way to die alone. The U.N. expanded Somalia's famine zone a couple weeks later, defined as when two adults or four children per 10,000 people die of hunger each day and a third of children are acutely malnourished. Aid groups quickly sent in planes and boats full of food, though a critical report written by two prominent aid agencies has found that government and aid groups were much too slow to respond despite early warnings of impending disaster. The crisis was the worse since 1991-92, when hundreds of thousands of Somalis starved to death. This time, the British government estimates that between 50,000 and 100,000 people died, most of them children. Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti were all badly affected, but the famine hit hardest in areas of Somalia suffering from a toxic mixture of drought, war, high taxes levied by armed groups, and rising food prices.

Obama, Romney look towards general election President Obama and Mitt Romney are sounding more and more like they are already in the midst of the general election against one another, even as three other GOP candidates continue running for the party's nomination. After an easy win in the Nevada caucuses on Saturday, Romney ignored his GOP rivals and instead tried to rebut the positive news for Obama of the day before, when the federal government announced unemployment had dropped to 8.3 percent. "This week he's been trying to take a bow for 8.3 percent unemployment. Not so fast, Mr. President. This is the 36th straight month with unemployment above the red line your own administration drew," Romney said in his victory speech in Las Vegas, referring to the administration's claim in 2009 that unemployment would stay below 8 percent if the 2009 stimulus package were passed. "And if you take into account all the people who are struggling for work or who have just stopped looking, the real unemployment rate is over 15 percent." Obama, in an interview NBC's Matt Lauer on Sunday, pointedly declared "I deserve a second term." And while not attacking Romney, saying he wanted to wait till the GOP nomination process is over, he strongly defended his record on the economy. "We've created 3.7 million jobs over the last 23 months," he said. "We've created the most jobs since 2005, the most manufacturing jobs since 1990." That debate comes amid signs Obama is gaining strength. A Washington Post/ABC News poll released Monday showed Obama with a clear lead over Romney in a head-to-head match-up, after months of results that showed them either effectively tied or the former Massachusetts governor ahead. The economy is likely to be the dividing line in a race between the president and Romney. The president is making the case that while he acknowledges challenges, the economy is showing steady improvement that is proof his policies are succeeding. The Post/ABC poll suggested that argument is working, which is why Romney in trying to undermine it by pointing out the struggles many Americans are still enduring. This debate is likely to continue for nine months.

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Obama leads Romney nationally in new Washington Post/ABC poll According to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, President Obama is beginning to open up a lead nationally in general election polls against his most likely Republican rival. Obama now leads Romney 51 to 45 percent, and he also beats Gingrich 54 to 43 percent. The Washington Post reports: Boosted by improved public confidence in his economic stewardship, President Obama for the first time holds a clear edge over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a hypothetical general-election matchup, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Romney, who notched his second consecutive victory Saturday by easily winning the Nevada caucuses, contin-

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ues to solidify his position as the front-runner in the race for the GOP nomination. But as the contest has grown more negative, public impressions of the top Republican contenders have soured, as has the former Massachusetts governor's standing as a general-election candidate. Obama remains a polarizing figure, with Americans closely divided on whether he deserves reelection as well as on many aspects of his performance in office. Although better than they were a few months ago, his ratings on handling the economy and job creation remain negative, with intensity continuing to run against him. The poll results underscore how important framing the contest could be to the outcome. If the fall campaign becomes largely a referendum on Obama’s tenure in office, as Republicans hope it will, he could struggle to win a second term — barring an economic recovery that vastly outperforms expectations. If, however, it becomes a choice between the incumbent and the challenger, as Obama advisers predict it will, the president’s prospects would be brighter. The survey was conducted Wednesday through Saturday. During that time, the president and the Republican candidates were in the spotlight: Obama had just completed his State of the Union address and held campaign-style rallies in battle(Continued on page 9)

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ground states, and the Republicans were in the middle of a series of primaries and caucuses. Overall, 55 percent of those who are closely following the campaign say they disapprove of what the GOP candidates have been saying. By better than 2 to 1, Americans say the more they learn about Romney, the less they like him. Even among Republicans, as many offer negative as positive assessments of him on this question. Judgments about former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who denounced Romney on Saturday night in Nevada, are about 3 to 1 negative. Meanwhile, the president’s recent remarks are better reviewed. Among the roughly 6 in 10 Americans who heard or read about the president’s State of the Union address, 57 percent say they approve of most of what he laid out. Obama’s overall approval rating stands at 50 percent, the highest in a Post-ABC News poll since a brief run above 50 percent immediately after Osama bin Laden was killed in early May. Still, nearly as many — 46 percent — disapprove. Among registered voters, 49 percent say Obama’s performance warrants a second term; exactly as many say it doesn’t. Among political independents, who are likely to determine the outcome of the election, 47 percent approve and 50 percent disapprove of the way he is handling his job. The president’s approval rating among independents had dipped as low as 34 percent in the fall, and just a month ago, he faced a 10-point deficit here. The 50 percent mark is widely considered a critical threshold for an incumbent seeking reelection, with a president’s chances greatly diminished at levels below that mark. In a general-election test, Obama leads Romney 52 to 43 percent among all Americans; more narrowly, 51 to 45 percent, among registered voters. Among all adults, it’s Obama’s first time topping 50 percent in a head-to-head matchup with Romney since July; it’s his first time ever above that point among registered voters. Obama’s momentum since mid-January has evened the score with Romney among political independents. Among independent voters in the last Post-ABC poll, Romney held a 12-point edge; now these voters split 48 percent for Obama, 47 percent for Romney. The new survey also tested Obama against Gingrich. In that matchup, the president is ahead by 15 points overall and 11 among registered voters, both similar to the numbers from January. The fault lines in the coming election, should Obama be pitted against Romney, are clear from the survey. Romney has argued throughout his campaign that his business background gives him superior experience to turn around the economy and boost job creation. His pedigree is widely considered a positive and, among registered voters, he has a narrow edge over Obama on handling the economy in general. The former governor also leads on handling the federal deficit, an area where the president’s ratings remain stuck in solidly negative territory. But when it comes to job creation — which has been the subject of fierce debate in the GOP contest — Romney and Obama are dead even in voters’ minds. They are also closely matched when it comes to handling taxes — another likely flash point in the coming campaign.

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And in other areas, Obama has big leads, including on the question of who would better protect the middle class, handle foreign policy and fight terrorism. Romney has been criticized as being out of touch with average Americans, a view that has been reinforced by several verbal gaffes he made on the campaign trail, including remarks about “the very poor” that were perceived as dismissive. At this point, the impression has stuck: Fifty-two percent of voters say Obama better understands the economic problems people are having, while 37 percent say Romney does. The latest employment report, which showed 243,000 new jobs created in January and the unemployment rate ticking down to 8.3 percent, gave Obama a psychological boost, but he is far from out of the woods on the issue that continues to dominate the contest. About nine in 10 people still rate the economy negatively, and among independents, 50 percent view this as a big strike against Obama’s reelection bid; far fewer, 33 percent, say it is a good reason to back his candidacy. In contrast, by nearly 5 to 1, independents are more apt to view Romney’s business experience as a reason to support rather than oppose him. However, his private-equity experience is a mixed blessing for him. The poll suggests that he has considerable work left to do to turn his business biography into a clear asset. One indicator: Thirty-three percent of all independents say Romney’s work in private business helped create jobs, 34 percent say it did more to eliminate jobs and 33 percent expressed no opinion. Romney’s wealth also divides the public. Among all Americans, 43 percent see his fortune — estimated at $250 million — as a “positive” because it suggests that he has achieved the American dream. But just as many, 44 percent, consider his wealth a “negative” because it suggests that he benefited from opportunities that are not available to most people. Romney is vulnerable on the issue of personal taxes. The former governor released his tax returns two weeks ago, showing that he paid an effective tax rate of about 14 percent. Two-thirds of all Americans say they do not think he is paying his fair share. Romney has fought back, arguing that attacks on his or anyone’s financial success represent class warfare and criticism of the capitalist system that he said has made the United States the strongest and most innovative economy in the world. He has said repeatedly that Obama has a poor record on the economy because he doesn’t understand what makes the free-enterprise system tick. Obama has sought to make economic fairness, particularly for the middle class, a centerpiece of his economic message. The poll underscores that Obama has remained on the high ground here. Fully 68 percent view the federal tax system as stacked in favor of the wealthy, not the middle class. More than seven in 10 support increasing the taxes of those earning more than $1 million a year — an idea the president has long pushed. The poll was conducted by telephone Wednesday to Saturday among a random national sample of 1,000 adults. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points. Polling manager Peyton M. Craighill and polling analyst Scott Clement contributed to this report. PAGE 9


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For the week of January 30 - February 5, 2012 Comptroller DiNapoli on NBC New York New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli will appear on NBC New York to discuss fire districts. The Comptroller's interview will air this Sunday, February 5 (Ch. 4 NYC) immediately following the Super Bowl. New York State’s Economic Recovery May Be Losing Steam While New York State has regained 46 percent of the jobs it lost during the recession, in recent months the state has seen a decline in jobs while the nation has been adding them, according to a new report on economic trends released Thursday by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. DiNapoli: Actions of Ramapo Town Officials Highlight Need for LDC Reform Ramapo town officials took a risky approach to financing a minor league stadium through the Ramapo Local Development Corporation, according to an audit released Wednesday by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. As a result, taxpayers may be liable for up to $60 million. DiNapoli Warns of Lottery Scam Using Fake Checks New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli Friday warned of a lottery scam involving mail containing fraudulent checks that appear to have been issued by New York State. “An offer of easy money is usually too good to be true and that is the case here.” DiNapoli said. DiNapoli: Kickoff Superbowl XLVI With Financial Football As the Giants and Patriots get set to kickoff Super Bowl XLVI this weekend, New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli reminds New York State students to tackle their financial future and play Financial Football. DiNapoli’s Office Releases Audits New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s office this week released the following audits: the Town of Avon; the Village of Granville; the Village of Hamilton; the Village of Monticello; the Village of Port Jefferson; and, the Clifton–Fine Central School District. Reminder: Property Tax Cap Filing Requirements New York State’s property tax cap, effective for local fiscal years beginning in 2012 and for the 2012-13 school year limits annual increases in the total amount of property taxes local governments and school districts can levy to either 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less, with some limited exceptions. For assistance, please visit www.osc.state.ny.us and click the “Real Property Tax Cap Information” link, or call our office at (518) 473-0006.

McCarthy: It’s Outrageous that FAA Bill Does Not Help Reduce Airplane Noise Over Long Island Votes Against FAA Funding Bill for Lack of Environmental Review and Labor Protections WASHINGTON, DC (Jan. 3, 2012) – Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY4), whose Nassau County district is facing increases in airplane traffic due to changes in flight patterns at JFK and LaGuardia Airports, voted against an FAA funding bill in Congress today because it fails to combat the noise and pollution that seem to be growing and adversely affecting Long Island’s communities. The FAA bill does not require a formal environmental review called an “environmental impact statement” (EIS), considered to be the most thorough way to examine both noise and air pollution. An EIS regarding the new “Next-Gen” system put in place under the FAA bill would help enormously in determining how much and to what extent Long Island would be affected under the new system. For Rep. McCarthy, the bill’s lack of an EIS requirement, as well as provisions that make it harder for aviation and railroad workers to unionize, were enough to warrant her opposition to the bill. “I admire the enormous efforts of the professionals in our aviation and railroad systems and am deeply concerned about noise and pollution in my district,” Rep. McCarthy said. “I refuse to support a bill that weakens these workers’ labor rights, and I refuse to look past the notion that my constituents have been suffering ever-increasing amounts of noise and pollution due to traffic changes at JFK and LaGuardia. Nothing short of a full and formal environmental review of the NextGen system will do. I will continue to fight for something simple: making sure that we’re doing everything possible to protect the health and safety of both our transportation workers and the people living in communities around our local airports.” Rep. McCarthy also recently called upon the FAA and Port Authority to work together to create a joint toll-free hotline that they would use to address airplane noise heard by residents of Nassau County. Last spring, Rep. McCarthy voted for an amendment to stop a new flight plan that would require westbound flights from JFK to start by flying east over Nassau County during the noisy takeoff procedure. Rep. McCarthy also introduced the Noise Reduction Act, which would have provided a tax credit for the installment of noise abatement technologies for individuals who wish to soundproof their homes. PAGE 10


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Rep. McCarthy Co-Sponsors & Helps Pass Bill to Prohibit Insider Trading in Washington WASHINGTON, DC (February 9, 2012) – Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY4), a co-sponsor of the STOCK Act legislation to prohibit insider trading by government and elected officials in Washington, voted to help pass the measure in the House of Representatives today. “I went to Congress as a citizen activist and an outsider to politics, and to this day I have zero tolerance for politicians abusing their power in government,” said Rep. McCarthy, a lifelong nurse before being elected to Congress. “It’s important that the public have trust in their government officials so we can tackle pressing business like improving the economy and protecting our national security. No government worker or elected official should use their jobs to get a personal financial advantage over anybody else – that’s why I’m proud to cosponsor the STOCK Act and to have helped it pass.” Rep. McCarthy also urged Congressional leaders to work together in order to send a final bill to President Barack Obama for passage into law right away. A widely supported version of the STOCK Act passed in the Senate last week, but House Republicans amended the Senate version before bringing it to the floor, forcing the House and Senate to now have to negotiate a unified bill to send to the president for signing. “Let’s put the political games aside and come together to do what’s right for the country,” Rep. McCarthy said. The STOCK Act has a broad base of support from organizations dedicated to government reform, including Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Common Cause, Democracy 21, Public Citizen and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.

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Maragos: Audit Finds Petty Cash Policy Not Being Enforced in Nassau County Police Department Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released his audit of the Nassau County Police Department’s Petty Cash Accounts and found inadequate control of access and usage of petty cash accounts. Major findings included the Police Department not sending reconciliations to the Treasurer’s Office for over a year, individual police officers not returning excess petty cash from their travel expenses in a timely manner, and providing improper documentation for miscellaneous petty cash. “While the overall sum of money the Police Department has failed to return is minor the lack of discipline to follow the County’s petty cash policy is concerning,” Comptroller Maragos said. “I am glad the Department has agreed with most of our recommendations and will begin to have strict oversight over the use of petty cash.” Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano stated, "I directed Nassau's new police commissioner to review Comptroller Maragos' audit and to implement his recommendations." The audit found improper use and a lack of supporting documentation of Miscellaneous Petty Cash. Three vouchers were found totaling $274 that had been split to stay below the $100 threshold limit, twenty four vouchers totaling $1,756 were not supported by original receipts and six vouchers totaling $448 that were not supported by receipts at all, but only packing slips with no dollar amounts listed. One senior officer’s excess cash advance of $166 had not been returned and was 358 days overdue but recouped by the Petty Cash custodian from his reimbursement from a subsequent trip. Excess cash is supposed to be returned within ten working days after the completion of travel. Failure to do so violates the County-wide Procedure Travel Policy, the New York State General Municipal Law and the Internal Revenue Service Business Expenses guidelines. These regulations and policies require that where any employee fails to return such excess cash advance at the time of submitting the travel voucher, the municipality shall deduct the amount of the unreturned excess advance from the salary of the employee, or added to the employees W-2. Additionally, we determined that petty cash monthly bank reconciliations had not been sent to the County Treasurer for the period July 2009 to December 2010. The custodian informed us that copies of the missing reconciliations would be sent. The Comptroller’s Office made a series of recommendations to strengthen petty cash controls, including: Immediately implement compliance with Department and County Travel Policy guidelines and the General Municipal Law. Immediately comply with the Comptroller’s and Treasurer’s Policies and Procedures by submitting, on a timely basis, monthly certified bank reconciliations to the Treasurer for review. Establish single disbursement dollar limits on training and emergency expenses. The full report is available on our website http:// www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Comptroller/index.html Connect with Nassau County Comptroller Maragos Online: http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Comptroller/index.html

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Dems Object to Mangano’s Lump Sum Request to Borrow $102m Money Has Been Available to Pay 70% of Homeowners Refunds Members of the Finance Committee in the Nassau County Legislature, led by Ranking Member David Denenberg (D – Merrick) strongly objected to a lump sum proposal by County Executive Ed Mangano to borrow $102 million to settle tax certiorari cases. During the hearing, Democrats questioned why the Administration has waited over a year to pay the refunds to residential homeowners when they currently have funding from a previous authorization available to pay these refunds now. “I don’t understand why Ed Mangano has sat on these funds for over a year when he could have paid almost seventy percent of the residential refunds”, said Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport ).

Dear Neighbor, I refuse to play politics with public safety. I understand why the PBA opposes my plan that reduces costly police overtime and eliminates unnecessary administrative positions, saving residents millions in higher taxes. I don’t understand why a few legislators are opposing saving residents up to $20 million. One has to question whether the PBA's $600,000 in political contributions has something to do with their fear mongering approach to the issue. I had a choice. I could raise property taxes 19% or I could cut spending, including a long overdue reorganization of the police department. I chose to cut spending because I will not raise property taxes in this economy. The police reorganization plan takes cops from behind desks and reassigns them to community policing while keeping the same number of patrol cars on our streets. Residents should not be fooled by the PBA's scare tactics. When you dial 911, the call goes to a 911 Call Center in New Cassel, then to the police car in your neighborhood. That will not change under this plan as all 177 patrol cars remain in their current neighborhoods. The three dozen six-figure salary police officers that staff administrative desk jobs in the back office of the police precinct will move. These officers are restricted by contractual rules from leaving their position to assist the public. They must man these positions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and do not have police cars at their disposal. This plan consolidates these administrative desk positions within four precincts while keeping all 8 current buildings open - four as precincts and four as C o m m u n i t y P o l i c i n g C e n t e r s .

The $102 million borrowing request would cover 23,000 cases and is a dramatic departure from past practice where each settlement over $100,000 would come to the Legislature individually for a complete and thorough review. Members of the Legislature are now being asked to rubberstamp a lump sum of all settlements with absolutely no backup or supporting documentation detailing why the settlement makes sense. Some of these settlements are upwards of $6 million. “This is an attempt to push through costly, egregious and questionable settlements without the legislative ability to review these cases. The Democratic Minority is wholly opposed to this process, especially when we are asked to borrow huge sums of money that our grandkids will be paying off”, said Legislator Denenberg. Although Republican members of the Finance Committee expressed some concerns about the change in process and lack of backup information, the item was passed 4-3 on a party line vote. Chairman Richard Nicollelo (R- New Hyde Park) did instruct County Attorney John Ciampoli to provide the Legislature more information on the settlements at the next meeting on February 27th or warned that his side would also have an issue with the lack of detail.

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100 BLACK MEN OF LONG ISLAND, INC. WILL HOLD ITS 38TH 2012 ANNUAL SCHOLORSHIP GALA & SUSAN L. TAYLOR SET THE MOBLIZE MENTORS AT THE 100 GALA SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2012 AT CREST HOLLOW COUNTRY CLUB, WOODBURY N.Y. The 100 Black Men of Long Island Inc. will be presenting its 38th Annual Scholarship Gala Benefit event which will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 7:00 PM-12:00 AM. The 100 Black Men organization was founded 49 years ago, and the Long Island chapter was shortly founded there after in 1974. This year’s Gala theme for the event is celebrating Education; Mentoring & Leadership and the theme of the program will be spoken by it’s distinguished by guest speaker Ms. Susan L. Taylor who is the Editor-in-Chief emeritus of Essence Magazine and the Founder of National Cares Mentoring Movement. Mr. Dominic Carter, who is the RNN—TV Political Commentator and Author of No Mama’s Boys will serves as Master of Ceremonies and the 2012 distinguished honorees are Mr. Lionel J. Chitty who is the President of Hicksville Chambers of Commerce; Bishop Lionel Harvey presiding Pastor of First Baptist Cathedral of Westbury; Ms. Juanita Holmes, Deputy Inspector, Commanding Officer of the 81st Precinct- Bedford Stuyvesant, NYC Police Department; Mr. William T. Rolack, Sr. who is the Director, Global/ Marketplace Diversity & Inclusion for Adecco Group North America/Chairman of the Board of the Urban League of Long Island, and State Farm. The event will be held at the Crest Hollow Country Club located at 83-25 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury New York, 11797. The Crest Hollow Country Club is Long Island’s premier venue for events, providing immaculate service to the guest. Ticket price for the event is $175 per person and its $95 tax deductible. The price you’re paying is for deserving African American young men to not say “We cannot afford to go to college”. The purchase of your ticket will allow the young men of this great country we call the land of opportunities to go to a college/university that will prepare them for the world after graduation, which leads them to living their “American dream”. For over 38 years the 100 Black Men of Long Island has chosen mentorship as the path to nurture and grow our people. As community mentors our goals are to promote intentional learning, which includes aptitude building through methods such as instructing, coaching, providing experiences, modeling and role modeling. The primary focus of 100 Black Men of Long Island Inc. is to prepare young people who may be at risk for the future by assisting in the enhancement of their academic skills and increasing their educational opportunities. The programs that directly address the focus are: Dollar & Sense Financial Literacy program, Mentoring, Scholarship, Achievement Awards, African-American History Bowl, Job Training, and Health & Wellness. For ticket information call 516-538-6318 today or email us @ ohbmli@live.com. For more information on programs, activities, or membership opportunities you may write us at 100 Black Men of Long Island Inc. 9 Centre Street; Hempstead NY, 11550

Susan L. Taylor Editor-in-Chief emeritus of Essence Magazine

The Cold, Hard Facts New York State and Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs received this email. He would like to share the truth about the successes of President Barack Obama through this message from Patrick Gaspard, Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee. Please send this to everyone YOU know, so they too can see what is REALLY going on: On Friday, the new jobs numbers came out. We've hit our 23rd consecutive month of job growth, and seen 3.7 million private-sector jobs created during that time. The economy still has a long way to go to recover, and this is just a snapshot in time. But stats like this shouldn't be missed -- or dis(Continued on page 16)

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Culture Celebration at The Executive BuildingFrom: Stanley Boucaud Jr. Thank you to all who participated in the Black History Month Celebration on Wednesday, February 8th at the County Executive building in Mineola. There was a large turnout for the night's event, which involved some commentary, a poem, dancing, letter reading, and a few speeches. One speech was by County Executive Ed Mangano, who arrived late, causing the format of the program to be altered. The performances had already taken place by the time he had arrived. His deputy, Dr. Philip Elliot spoke for a few minutes, ending the speech precisely as Mangano walked in. Mayor Andrew Hardwick of Freeport spoke some inspirational words to the audience, specifically to the children. One statement that concerned some was that he “personally communicates with the Holy Ghost” before his legislative meetings. He was pandering to the largely Christian audience, who's members “testified” openly throughout the entire program at times of inspiration. Much of the program had a religious overtone to it. No substantive discussion of the facts of “Black” history were offered. It is not expected within a less than two hour program to have a complete presentation of all of the outstanding heroes in “Black history”. What was lacking, however, was the mention of any names of “Black” heroes altogether, with the exception of Martin Luther King Jr. being briefly mentioned by County Executive Mangano, and a letter of M.L.K.'s being read by a young relative of the recipient. Those who performed and aided in the production all did very well and deserve recognition for their efforts. The poem recitation of “Still I Rise” and dance performances were great. The readings were inspirational and entertaining. Yet, it seemed more of a “Cultural” celebration than a “Historical” celebration. The program in and of itself worked for the purposes of bringing people together to acknowledge and celebrate. What the program didn't do was actually acknowledge any particular moment or person in “Black” history related to the current day struggle of African Americans. There are lessons to be learned from the past, from both wins and defeats. Ultimately, the intention and efforts were honorable and appreciated. The substance, however, didn't exist. Several basic elements of “African Culture” were put together on a very basic level. Introductory drumming, the infamous Maya Angelou poem, expressionist dances; all staples in “Black” cultural celebrations. Yet, virtually no heroes were mentioned during this black history month celebration at the County Executive building. It is important to acknowledge that the Christian faith has played a large part in the advancement and strength of African Americans since their painful beginnings on this continent. It serves a positive purpose, and is a major belief system of millions globally. Conversely, one must acknowledge that there are many within the diaspora who are not part of the Christian faith. There is no shame in including Christian dogma into celebrations of these type. However, it being a public event, the religious vibrations in a sense took away from the purpose and importance of specific individuals and actions that changed American or World history for that matter. More time and energy could have been put into honoring specific individuals for their contributions. Most adults do know the outstanding ones, but the children need that type of information outside of the home in a grandiose way. When heroes are honored openly and publicly, a greater importance is placed on their legacy.

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George Alcorn Inventor of the Imaging X-ray Spectrometer Not many inventors have resumes as impressive as George Edward Alcorn's. Among his credits, the African-American inventor received a B.A. in physics, a master's degree in nuclear physics and a Ph.D in atomic and molecular physics. On top of that, Alcorn worked for the likes of Philco-Ford, Perkin-Elmer, IBM and NASA, created over 20 different inventions and was granted eight patents. Despite such impressive credentials, Alcorn is probably most famous for his innovation of the imaging x-ray spectrometer – a device that helps scientists better understand what materials are composed of when they cannot be broken down. Receiving a patent for his method in 1984, Alcorn's inclusion of the thermomigration of aluminum in the spectrometer was regarded as a major innovation by experts in the field. The invention led to Alcorn's reception of the NASA Inventor of the Year Award. And that wasn't the only award George Edward Alcorn received. Along with being awarded a NASA medal for his work in recruiting minority scientists and engineers, he also won the Government Executives Magazine's prestigious Technology Leadership Award for the Airborne Lidar Topographical Mapping System. And, in 2001, Alcorn was awarded special congressional recognition for his efforts in helping Virgin Islands businesses through application of NASA technology and technology programs. George Alcorn's work as an educator should not be overlooked either. He held positions at both Howard University and the University of the District of Columbia, where he taught courses in electrical engineering. He also was an organizer and mentor for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County's (UMBC's) Myerhoff Program, which works to promote minority Ph.Ds in science and mathematics.

Dr. Mark Dean Computer Inventions As a child, Mark Dean excelled in math. In elementary school, he took advanced level math courses and, in high school, Dean even built his own computer, radio, and amplifier. Dean continued his interests and went on to obtain a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee, a masters degree in electrical engineering from Florida Atlantic University and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford. He is one of the most prominent black inventors in the field of computers. Dr. Mark Dean started working at IBM in 1980 and was instrumental in the invention of the Personal Computer (PC). He holds three of IBM's original nine PC patents and currently holds more than 20 total patents. The famous African-American inventor never thought the work he was doing would end up being so useful to the world, but he has helped IBM make instrumental changes in areas ranging from the research and application of systems technology circuits to operating environments. One of his most recent computer inventions occurred while leading the team that produced the 1-Gigahertz chip, which contains one million transistors and has nearly limitless potential.

Dr. Shirley Jackson Telecommunications Inventions Dr. Shirley Jackson, a theoretical physicist and famous black inventor, has been credited with making many advances in science. She first developed an interest in science and mathematics during her childhood and conducted experiments and studies, such as those on the eating habits of honeybees. She followed this interest to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she received a bachelors, masters, and doctoral degree, all in the field of physics. In doing so she became the first African-American woman to acquire a Ph.D. from MIT. Jackson started to conduct successful experiments in theoretical physics and then started to use her knowledge in physics to start making advances in telecommunications while working at Bell Laboratories. These inventions include developments in the portable fax, touch tone telephone, solar cell, and the fiber optic cables used to provide clarity in overseas telephone calls. She has also helped make possible Caller ID and Call Waiting.

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Dr. Patricia Bath

George Washington Carver

Fight for the Right to Sight

Inventor of Over 300 Peanut Products

Imagine living in a world ranging from hazy, clouded vision to that of total darkness for 30 years. Before 1985, that was the plight of those with cataracts who did not want to risk surgery with a mechanical grinder. Now imagine sitting in a doctor's office without being able to see her as she explains that it may be possible to restore your vision. You can't tell by studying body language whether to trust this person or if they're pulling your leg. All you have to go by is the sound of the voice assuring you that this procedure is safe, more accurate and more comfortable than traditional cataract surgery. As a noted Opthamologist and famous black inventor, Dr. Patricia Bath has dedicated her life to the treatment and prevention of visual impairments. Her personal belief that everyone has the "Right to Sight" led to her invention in 1985 of a specialized tool and procedure for the removal of cataracts. With the Laserphaco Probe and procedure, Dr. Bath increased the accuracy and results of cataract surgery, which had previously been performed manually with a mechanical grinder.

Benjamin Banneker Invented America's First Clock In the Stevie Wonder song "Black Man," the Motown marvel sings of Benjamin Banneker: "first clock to be made in America was created by a black man." Though the song is a fitting salute to a great inventor (and African Americans in general), it only touches on the genius of Benjamin Banneker and the many hats he wore – as a farmer, mathematician, astronomer, author and land surveyor. Like a lot of early inventors, Benjamin Banneker was primarily selftaught. The son of former slaves, Benjamin worked on the family tobacco farm and received some early education from a Quaker school. But most of his advanced knowledge came from reading, reading and more reading. At 15 he took over the farm and invented an irrigation system to control water flow to the crops from nearby springs. As a result of Banneker's innovation, the farm flourished – even during droughts. But it was his clock invention that really propelled the reputation of Benjamin Banneker. Sometime in the early 1750s, Benjamin borrowed a pocket watch from a wealthy acquaintance, took the watch apart and studied its components. After returning the watch, he created a fully functioning clock entirely out of carved wooden pieces. The clock was amazingly precise, and would keep on ticking for decades. As the result of the attention his self-made clock received, Banneker was able to start up his own watch and clock repair business. And Benjamin Banneker's accomplishments didn't end there. Borrowing books on astronomy and mathematics from a friend, Benjamin engorged himself in the subjects. Putting his newfound knowledge to use, Banneker accurately predicted a 1789 solar eclipse. In the early 1790s, Banneker added another job title to his resume – author. Benjamin compiled and published his Almanac and Ephemeris of Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland (he would publish the journal annually for over a decade), and even sent a copy to secretary of state Thomas Jefferson along with a letter urging the abolition of slavery. Impressed by his abilities, Jefferson recommended Banneker to be a part of a surveying team to lay out Washington, D.C. Appointed to the three-man team by president George Washington, Banneker wound up saving the project when the lead architect quit in a fury – taking all the plans with him. Using his meticulous memory, Banneker was able to recreate the plans. Wielding knowledge like a sword, Benjamin Banneker was many things – inventor, scientist, anti-slavery proponent – and, as a result, his legacy lives on to this day.

Otis Boykin Invented an improved electrical resistor Few inventors have had the lasting impact of Otis Boykin. Look around the house today and you'll see a variety of devices that utilize components made by Boykin – including computers, radios and TV sets. Boykin's inventions are all the more impressive when one considers he was an African American in a time of segregation and the field of electronics was not as well-established as it is today. Though he attended the Illinois Institute of Technology for a time, Otis Boykin never made it to graduation because he couldn't afford tuition. Instead, Boykin went to work as an inventor. He received his first patent in 1959 for a wire resistor that allowed a precise amount of electricity to flow to a component. Two year later, he created an even better resistor that could be manufactured inexpensively and withstand extreme temperature changes and shock. A low-cost product that was more reliable, the invention brought Otis Boykin to the forefront of American electronics. Consumer electronics manufacturers, the United States military and IBM all placed orders for the resistor. It would come to be used in household appliances, computers and guided missiles – and is still used in many of those devices to this very day. But, perhaps most importantly, a version of his resistor was used in the invention of the pacemaker. That device, which keeps the heart beating regularly through electronic pulses, has helped to extend the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals. And Otis Boykin's accomplishments didn't stop there. He continued to invent throughout the duration of his life (which ended in 1982), working as a consultant for firms in America and Europe. All in all, he earned 11 patents and invented 28 different electronic devices. Some of his lesser known inventions include a burglar-proof cash register and a chemical air filter – both of which were never produced.

Generally, when people think of famous African-American inventors, one of the first names that springs to mind is George Washington Carver. Perhaps most famously, Carver's inventions included the discovery of over 300 different uses for peanuts – such as making cooking oil, axle grease and printer's ink. But despite his penchant for inventing, Carver was never interested in money or prestige so much as helping his fellow man. Born at the end of the civil war, George Washington Carver displayed a strong desire for knowledge from an early age and took particular interest in plants. As a young boy, Carver became known as the "plant doctor" and was regularly called upon by neighbors to "cure" ailing plants. But it wasn't until late in his twenties that Carver had the opportunity to study plants more thoroughly. While initially enrolled at Simpson College to study art and piano, Carver transferred to Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (now known simply as Iowa State University) to follow his passion. Though he was the first African-American student accepted to Iowa State, George Washington Carver quickly became a campus leader and, excelling in botany and horticulture, went on to become the university's first African-American faculty member. After finishing his education, George Washington Carver was convinced by Booker T. Washington to serve as the director of agriculture at the upstart Tuskegee Institute. Though the job offered very little in terms of pay, Carver took the position and ran with it. It was there he devised his method of crop rotation, whereby farmers would rotate cotton (which depleted the soil of nutrients) with peanuts (which replenished them) from year to year. Through the system, crops flourished – but a large surplus of peanuts also developed. This led George Washington Carver to develop alternate uses for the peanut. When he later determined that sweet potatoes and pecans also could help replenish soil, he invented over a hundred different uses for them too. Despite the positive impact George Washington Carver's inventions had on the South, the inventor never sought out glory. Instead, he continued to invent, discover and teach in order to make the world a better place. Inscribed on his tombstone is the epitaph: "He could have added fortune to fame, but caring for neither, he found happiness and honor in being helpful to the world."

Dr. James E. West Electret Microphone Inventor Ninety percent of microphones used today are based on the ingenuity of James Edward West, an African-American inventor born in 1931 in Prince Edwards County, VA. If you’ve ever talked on the telephone, you’ve probably used his invention. Dr. James E. West and a colleague, Gerhard Sessler, developed the mic (officially known as the Electroacoustic Transducer Electret Microphone) while with Bell Laboratories, and they received a patent for it in 1962. The acoustical technologies employed became widely used for many reasons including high performance, acoustical accuracy and reliability. It is also small, lightweight and cost effective. West started at Bell labs as an intern and joined them full-time in 1957 after graduating from Temple University. As the inventor of the microphone, James West has received numerous awards and honors including a Fellow of IEEE, Industrial Research Institute's 1998 Achievement Award, 1995 Inventor of the Year from the State of New Jersey and induction in the Inventors Hall of Fame in 1999. James E. West holds 47 US patents and more than 200 foreign patents from his 40-year career with Bell Laboratories. During his career, West also involved himself with programs designed to encourage minorities to take more of a role in the sciences. In the 1970's, he was a member of the Association of Black Laboratories Employees (ABLE) at Bell Labs that influenced management to fund the Summer Research Program (SRP) and Cooperate Research Fellowship Program (CRFP) – programs that helped more than 500 non-white students graduate with degrees in science, engineering and mathematics. James Edward West now works with Johns Hopkins University as a research professor.

John Henry Thompson Computer Programming and Software Inventions Even in high school, John Henry Thompson was interested in computer programming languages. He taught himself several programming languages such as FORTRAN, PLI, COBOL and JCL while working in a New York research facility. Thompson's goal was to absorb as much knowledge as possible so he could invent his own computer language. After graduating from High School, he attended MIT where he obtained a degree in Computer Science and a minor in Visual Arts. By combining these two seemingly disparate disciplines, Thompson wanted to bridge the gap between art and technology. Four years later as a chief scientist at Macromedia™, he was able to make progress towards this goal. He developed a number of products, many of them based on his most famous invention, Lingo programming: a scripting language that helps render visuals in computer programs. Thompson used Lingo in one of his better-known computer inventions, Macromedia™ Director. Macromedia™ Director is able to incorporate different graphic formats (such as BMP, AVI, JPEG, QuickTime, PNG, RealVideo and vector graphics) to create multi-media content and applications, thus combining computer programming language with visual art. AND THERE ARE MANY, MANY, MANY MORE...

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torted by the other side. The folks over at the Obama campaign put together a jobs chart, which lays out the past four years of monthly jobs numbers, from under President Bush in December 2007 up until this past month. We need every Democrat to get this out there. So we've put together an easy-to-share page where you can Facebook it, tweet it, or even send it on a postcard. Check out the chart and spread the word: President Obama's Record on Job Creation. You probably know that one of the GOP's go-to lies is bashing President Obama's jobs record. Mitt Romney's called him a job destroyer, claiming that the President "has not created any new jobs." Newt Gingrich's taken it a step further, saying, "the President has now spent three years proving that he kills jobs in energy, he kills jobs in manufacturing, he kills jobs in virtually every part of American life." We've had about enough of that. And that's why we're pushing back. Tens of thousands of supporters have already shared this chart online -- and now we're ready to take it to the offline world, too. Check out the new jobs chart, then pass along the cold, hard facts to everyone who should know: http://my.democrats.org/Jobs-Chart Thanks,

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MANGANO ANNOUNCES MOVIE DISCOUNT FOR FAMILY-FUN WEEK AT MUSEUM ROW Cradle of Aviation Offers $5 February Fest Mineola, New York – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced the County and the Cradle of Aviation Museum will host “$5 February Fest” from Monday, February 20th through Friday, February 24th. During “$5 February Fest,” movie tickets for any film and any showing at the Cradle of Aviation’s IMAX Giant Screen Dome Theater will only be $5 for children ages 2-12. The movies showing that week will be: Tornado Alley, Sharks, and Lewis and Clark. “At a time when children are off from school for the week, this $5 February Fest opportunity provides families a wonderful opportunity to enjoy educational films at an affordable price,” said County Executive Mangano. “This Cradle of Aviation movie discount provides residents with five affordable family-fun days at Museum Row.” Tornado Alley: Traversing the “severe weather capital of the world,” Tornado Alley documents two unprecedented missions seeking to encounter one of Earth's most awe-inspiring events – the birth of a tornado. Filmmaker Sean Casey's personal quest to capture the birth of a tornado with a 70mm camera takes viewers on a breathtaking journey into the heart of the storm. A team of equally driven scientists, the VORTEX2 researchers, experience the relentless strength of nature's elemental forces as they literally surround tornadoes and the super cell storms that form them, gathering the most comprehensive severe weather data ever collected. This science adventure reveals the beauty and the power of some of our planet's most extreme -- and least understood -- weather phenomena. (Continued on page 17)

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Sharks: Presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau, Sharks is a breathtaking new IMAX theatre film experience that offers audiences an astonishing up-close encounter with the Lions and Tigers of the Ocean. Come face-to-face with a multitude of shark species, including the Great White, Hammerhead, and Whale Shark. Witness them as they really are: not wicked man-eating creatures, but wild, fascinating and endangered animals that have been in existence since a million years before dinosaurs roamed the earth. Join the expert team of ocean explorers that brought you Ocean Wonderland and Dolphins & Whales on this unique round-the-globe expedition documenting the life of the ultimate predator. Lewis and Clark: With careful research and meticulous recreations, National Geographic Films brings the amazing story of adventure, danger and the exploration of the unmapped West to the large screen in Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West. Narrated by Jeff Bridges. The Leroy R. & Rose W. Grumman Giant Screen Dome Theater at the Cradle of Aviation Museum provides a unique experience of motion, sound and sight. The theater is specially designed to give everyone the best seat in the house, and bring you films that take you to places you've only dreamt of going. The box office can be reached during show times at: (516) 572-4012. The Leroy R. & Rose W. Grumman Giant Screen Dome Theater is located on Charles Lindbergh Boulevard in Garden City.

Statement from Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano on Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman Securing $136 Million for Struggling New York Homeowners in Mortgage Servicing Settlement: “Over 36,000 homeowners in Nassau County are at risk of foreclosure. They need help now, and they want to see justice done. I commend Attorney General Schneiderman for his leadership in obtaining substantial relief for Nassau homeowners who are struggling now, and for ensuring that he can continue to investigate and hold wrongdoers accountable after this settlement.”

MANGANO DESERVES SUPPORT Published: February 8, 2012 Last week, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano announced that he would close four of Nassau County’s eight police precincts in an effort to help reduce Nassau’s budget gap. The uproar from Nassau’s police unions was deafening; however, outside of some support from other public service unions and some members of the Democratic Party, who were recipients of union political campaign contributions, little public support can be found for their remaining open. Mangano stated, “I refuse to play politics with public safety. I understand why the PBA opposes my plan that reduces costly police overtime and eliminates unnecessary administrative positions, saving residents millions in higher taxes. I don’t understand why a few legislators are opposing saving residents up to $20 million. One has to question whether the PBA’s $600,000 in political contributions has something to do with their fear-mongering approach to the issue.” We agree with Mangano’s assessment. Furthermore, in today’s world of instant communication, the space needed for information storage has diminished, rendering extensive precinct space redundant. The personnel needed to process information, likewise, should be pared with the resulting reduction in payroll and taxation to support it. Presently, the Nassau County Police consume approximately one quarter of Nassau’s $3 billion County budget. The wage disparity between the public service union members and private industry employees has grown to the point where nationally public sector employees earn an average five percent more than their private sector counterparts. This disparity coupled with very generous public pensions is totally unsustainable. This fiscally-appropriate move by Mangano will save the County $20 million annually, and will eliminate 108 positions consisting of 95 police officers and 13 civilian personnel, still leaving the department with 2,300 people, which is more than enough, according to Mangano, to insure the safety of our County residents. In these poor economic times with declining tax revenue, such cuts are clearly necessary, and political pandering by politicians to secure the favor of union leadership who can shower them with contributions and election manpower, are going to have to face the music, when an informed electorate vote on their misguided stewardship. We applaud Mangano for making the tough, but necessary, decision to close four of Nassau’s police precincts and reduce police department personnel, thereby saving the County taxpayers $20 million annually. PAGE 17


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STATEMENT FROM NASSAU COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH MEMBER DR. PAUL PIPIA ON THE COUNTY DEMOCRATS REFUSAL TO ACCEPT STATE FUNDS “On Monday, February 6, 2012, County Legislators Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Dave Denenberg, Judy Jacobs, Judi Bosworth, Kevan Abrahams and Wayne Wink played politics with public health in legislative meetings by refusing to provide the votes necessary to accept New York State funds for mandated essential public health functions. To be precise The State of New York wants to give Nassau County $542,096 to run several State mandated programs that protect the health of the citizens of this county. To receive this money the Nassau County Legislature needs a super majority vote. The Democrats would not provide the votes needed and the matter was tabled. As a result, the following Nassau County Department of Health programs are jeopardized: Tuberculosis Prevention and Control Program that provides for 5.5 full time employees.  Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia Treatment Programs in the high risk inmate population at the Nassau County Correctional Center.  Rabies prevention and control services program throughout Nassau County. These Democrat legislators are hijacking public health by not accepting these state funds. At this point the vote appears to be stalled because of a laid off lab director. The County’s acceptance of these funds has no bearing on the Laboratory Director position and a loss of state funding will require the County to make up the difference from Nassau taxpayers as these programs are mandated by the State. The Department of Health will not play games with public health. At my confirmation hearing I was asked by the Democrat Delegation if I would put all things aside and do my very best to protect the health of the residents of Nassau County. I am doing that by my statement. I now ask that they do the same. Take the funding! At a time when Nassau County taxpayers are concerned about their tax bill, our elected officials should be fighting to obtain every dime they can. The state is giving you funding for these programs, accept the money. I call on these legislators to vote yes on February 27th and end the political games that jeopardize public health.”

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MANGANO ANNOUNCES “TEEN INTERVENE” TRAINING PROGRAM FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS Mineola, New York – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that, in light of the opioid abuse epidemic, Nassau County will be offering behavioral health professionals and school officials a full-day training workshop in an evidenced based counseling program known as Teen Intervene, on Friday, February 10th, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., at the Nassau County Department of Social Services, located at 60 Charles Lindbergh Boulevard in Uniondale. “This is one of a multi-pronged approach to address the problems associated with drug abuse. We will continue to make a difference, in this instance, by training professionals to work with our youngsters to thwart the progression of drug use to abuse, and to avert the devastating consequences of addiction,” said County Executive Mangano. “Through education, awareness and prevention, we will win this war.” Through Teen Intervene, behavioral health professionals in Nassau County will be trained to work with young people who are abusing substances in the midmoderate range but are not yet dependent. Felicia Schneberg, the educator for the Nassau County Office of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities Services, is a certified OASAS trainer, and she will lead the full-day training workshop. The Teen Intervene approach will enable practitioners to provide an evidence-based, brief intervention that takes place over three one-hour-long sessions. Parents are included in this process as studies have shown that the program is most effective when coupled with parent or guardian involvement, and a strong at-home support system. The curriculum was written by Dr. Ken Winters, a researcher at the University of Minnesota, and Ms. Schneberg noted that the program focuses on harm reduction, in the short term, with abstinence as a long term goal. The Teen Intervene program does not expect that all patients will stop cold turkey, and it recognizes all of their achievements, both large and small, on the road to help and recovery. Along these lines, the program emphasizes finding positive alternative that will take the focus away from substance abuse. It also uses motivational enhancement techniques which allows for a less confrontational therapeutic environment, and greater participation by the youngster in the treatment process.

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National Council of Negro Women Black History Luncheon NCNW, the Long Island Cross County Section of the National Council of Negro Women, hosted their Annual Black History Luncheon at the Garden City Hotel. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby was pleased to present a Certificate of Recognition to this year’s honorees: Tyree Curry, Hildyne Bowens and NYS Assemblyman Albert Vann. The Councilwoman also congratulated President Victoria Hill, MC Betty Ford, 1st VP Betty Huyghue and Correspondence Secretary Mamie Ashley.

India Republic Day Celebration An India Republic Day Celebration was held at Hempstead Town Hall. Town of Hempstead Councilman Tony Santino, Councilwoman Angie Cullin, Town Clerk Mark Bonilla and Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented a Certificate of Recognition to the Krishna Dancers and Guru Bharti Desai of Wantagh.

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Uniondale PTA Legislative Forum The Uniondale Council of Parent Teacher Associations held a Legislative Forum at Uniondale High School. During the forum, held each year, representatives from local government form a panel to answer questions posed by the community and students. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Leg. Kevan Abrahams, Deputy Speaker Earlene Hooper, Leg. Robert Troiano, Mayor Wayne Hall, Sen. Kemp Hannon and Assemblyman Tom McKevitt formed the panel moderated by Addie Blanco, PTA 1st VP. Pictured (L to R): Leg. Kevan Abrahams, Deputy Speaker Earlene Hooper, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Leg. Robert Troiano, Mayor Wayne Hall, Sen. Kemp Hannon, Assemblyman Tom McKevitt

Uniondale Boy Scout Troop 390 Visits Hempstead Town Hall Boy Scout Troop 390, Grace Lutheran Church, Uniondale, paid a visit to Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby at Hempstead Town Hall. Several of the Scouts are working on the Citizenship in the Community merit badge and wanted to speak with the Councilwoman about her responsibilities and role in government. Scoutmaster Ricky Ford and Troop 390 attended the Town Board meeting following their interview with the Councilwoman.

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From the Desk of Mayor Hall Hempstead Village residents have much to look forward to as we work together to enhance the quality of life for every individual. The benefits, of course, are greatest when our community members are informed, and for that reason I urge you to read on, and to take advantage of the opportunities to improve your own life and the lives of your loved ones. Last week, homeowners facing foreclosure gathered with neighbors and elected officials to march through the Village in a show of solidarity. Marchers called on banks to work with homeowners to modify their loans, instead of forcing them out. The nationwide housing crisis has hit Hempstead Village particularly hard. The foreclosure rate in the Village is three times greater than in Nassau County as a whole, and six times greater than it is statewide. Foreclosure affects everyone – not just those directly impacted. Vacant homes drive down property values and diminish the livelihood of our community. Last year, the Village closed its account with JP Morgan Chase as part of a statewide effort led by New York Communities for Change, which has called on the bank to improve its lending and loan-modification policies. Recently, the company has shown greater willingness to help homeowners. We are making progress -- but so long as there are families in the Village struggling to stay in their homes, I intend to keep up the fight. We are making great strides on other fronts as well. Nassau County recently awarded the Village over $1 million in grant funding that will help us improve our streets and sidewalks in the downtown and residential areas. The grant will also help fund the Village’s Safe Routes to School program, a New York State Department of Transportation initiative that helps children adopt a healthy and active lifestyle by promoting transportation alternatives and implementing projects that enhance traffic safety. The revitalization of our downtown, including the Main Street area around the train station and Rosa Parks Bus Terminal, represents tremendous opportunity for our community. The redevelopment is expected to create 3,500 permanent jobs, along with 10,000 construction jobs – many of which will go to local residents. Job creation for Hempstead residents has been an issue for all of us, and I have heard the concerns of the community loud and clear, which is why we are working with Renaissance Downtowns-UrbanAmerica (RDUA) to produce a community-benefits agreement that will ensure local job creation. As more information becomes available on this issue, you will hear about it from me here in this column and elsewhere. However, job creation is only one of the many benefits of the revitalization project. Currently, one-third of our properties are off the tax roles, and the Village has an overabundance of parking lots. Through the public-private partnership between the Village and RDUA, our downtown will be transformed into a vibrant, walkable neighborhood with a range of locally owned businesses, restaurants, entertainment options and cultural amenities. You can have a say in determining what this mix of uses will be. I implore you to visit www.renewhempstead.com, where you can upload and vote for ideas, stores, amenities and other uses that YOU want to see downtown. This is a fantastic opportunity for our residents to help shape their own future. Public participation and transparency has been an issue that I have pushed from the outset with the redevelopment of our downtown. I am proud to say that we have worked with RDUA to ensure that they meet with anyone within the community who wants to be involved. RDUA has conducted dozens and dozens of meetings with thousands of people over the past year, providing the opportunity for community members to ask questions and offer input into the redevelopment effort. By joining www.renewhempstead.com, you will have YOUR VOICE HEARD to help ensure that a revitalized Hempstead represents the wants and desires of OUR community. So log on, participate, and have a say in the future of our Village!

Sincerely,

Wayne Wayne J. Hall Sr. Mayor of the Incorporated Village of Hempstead

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Community Development The Incorporated Village of Hempstead Community Development Agency “(CDA)" is a public benefit corporation established in 1964 pursuant to Title 16 Sec 585 to address problems of urban decay. Originally known as the Urban Renewal Agency, the name was changed to Community Development Agency by State Law in 1980. The Agency is led by it's own Board of Directors which is chaired by the Village Mayor. The selection of the Directors is ratified by the Village B o a r d o f T r u s t e e s . The Community Development Agency's function is to plan and implement programs involving the rehabilitation of both the residential and commercial sectors of the village, foster economic growth, provide assistance to public service organizations, eliminate blight and improve opportunities for low & moderate income citizens. The CDA's major programs include:  Special Economic Development  Construction of Affordable Housing  Homeowner's Assistance Program  Small Business Revolving Loan Fund  Commercial Rehabilitation Loan Program  Facade Improvement Program  Public Facilities and Improvement  Micro-Enterprise Incubator Program Claude Gooding, Commissioner (516) 485-5737 50 Clinton Street, Hempstead, N.Y. 11550

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Justice unit to probe mortgagebacked securities WASHINGTON (AP) -Federal and state law enforcement officials announced Friday they have launched a fraudfighting unit, starting with 55 prosecutors and investigators, to root out wrongdoing in the market for residential mortgage-backed securities. Attorney General Eric Holder told a news conference the team will benefit from existing probes and disclosed that investigators have issued civil subpoenas to 11 financial insti-

tutions in recent days, with the prospect that "more will follow." He said bringing full enforcement resources to bear will help expose abuses and hold violators accountable.

ing between federal and state investigators will produce more far-reaching results. He pointed out that New York state securities law is more flexible than federal securities law, which can make it easier to assemble cases.

Residential mortgagebacked securities are the huge investment packages of what turned out to be near-worthless mortgages that bankrupted many investors and contributed to the nation's financial crisis.

As for those who engaged in misconduct in the financial industry, "we know what they did, they know what they did and, we know they know we know what they did," said Schneiderman.

Appearing with Holder, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a co-chair of the initiative, held out the prospect that information shar-

"Mortgage products were in many ways ground zero for the financial crisis," said Robert Khuzami, director of the enforcement division at the U.S. Securi-

ties and Exchange Commission. The collapse in value of mortgage-backed securities resulted in unprecedented losses, and "all of us" in law enforcement are dedicated to holding accountable financial institutions that lied and cheated and misled investors, said Khuzami. President Barack Obama disclosed the new effort in his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

J.C. Penney is permanently marking down all of its merchandise NEW YORK (AP) -- J.C. Penney is permanently marking down all of its merchandise by at least 40 percent so shoppers no longer have to wait for sales to get bargains. Penney said Wednesday that it is getting rid of the hundreds of (Continued on page 27)

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sales it offers each year in favor of a simpler approach to pricing. Starting on Feb. 1, the retailer is rolling out an "Every Day" pricing strategy with much fewer sales throughout the year. The plan, the first major move by Apple executive Ron Johnson since he became Penney's CEO in November, is different from Wal-Mart's iconic everyday low pricing. Unlike Wal-Mart, Penney's goal isn't to undercut competitors, but rather to offer customers more predictable pricing. "Pricing is actually a pretty simple and straightforward thing," Johnson told the Associated Press during an interview ahead of the announcement at the company's Plano, Tex. headquarters. "Customers will not pay literally a penny more than the true value of the product." Penney's plan comes as stores are struggling to wean Americans off of the profit-busting bargains that they have come to expect in the weak economy. The move is risky, though, because shoppers who love to bargain-hunt may be turned off by the absence of sales. "The big question on investors' minds will be: 'How customers will react to a single price point versus a perceived discount under the old strategy?'" says Citi Investment Research analyst Deborah L. Weinswig. Here's how Penney's pricing strategy will work: -- Sale prices become everyday prices. The company will use sales data from last year to slash prices on all merchandise at least 40 percent or lower than the previous year's prices. So, a woman's St. John's Bay blouse regularly priced at $14.99 could have the "Every Day" price of $7. -- Fewer sales. The retailer will pick items to go on sale each month for a "Month-Long Value." For instance, jewelry and Valentine's Day gifts would go on sale in February, while Christmas decorations would be discounted in November. Items that don't sell well would go on clearance during the first and third Friday of every month when many Americans get paid. Those items will be tagged "Best Prices," signaling to customers that's the cheapest price. -- New tags. The retailer used to pile stickers on price tags to indicate each time an item was marked down. But now each time an item gets a new price, it gets a new tag too. A red tag indicates an "Every Day" price, a white tag a "Month-Long Value" and a blue tag a "Best Price." -- Simpler pricing. Penney will use whole figures when pricing items. In other words, you won't see jeans with a price tag of $19.99, but rather $19 or $20. -- New advertising. Ads began airing Wednesday with a shopper screaming "No" to discounts as they look in their mailboxes, a pile of coupons and big sales signs. The company also has a new spokeswoman (talk show host Ellen DeGeneres) and logo (a red outline of a box that features JCP in the corner.) And a 96-page catalog will be mailed each month to 14 million customers, along with other promotional efforts. The strategy, unveiled at Penney's investor meeting on Wednesday, comes as the retailer tries to turn around its business. Heavy discounting has hurt department stores like Penney. The group generates an average of about $200 per square foot, less than half the $550 or $600 stores like Victoria's Secret and Lululemon make per square foot, according to John Bemis, head of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.'s retail leasing team. But Penney has been a laggard even among department stores as its core middle-class customers have been among the hardest

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hit by the weak economy. It's also failed to attract younger customers even though its added hip brands like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's teen clothing collection called Olsenboye. The stores also have been by Johnson himself describes as "tired." For the 11 months through December, Penney's revenue at stores opened at least a year -- an indicator of a retailer's health - rose 0.7 percent, while competitors like Macy's Inc. rose 5.4 percent, and Kohl's was up 1.1 percent. Penney posted a loss in the third quarter and cut its fourth-quarter earnings outlook after a disappointing holiday season when it had to heavily discount to attract consumers. The new pricing caps months of speculation about what Penney's future might look like under the leadership of Johnson, a former Target Corp executive and the mastermind behind the success at Apple Inc.'s stores. Johnson, who joined the company's board in August, already has put his stamp on the retailer. He has tapped former colleagues at Apple and Target to join him at Penney. That includes Target's top marketing executive Michael Francis to be Penney's president. Johnson also is borrowing from the playbook of Apple, which shuns discounting and focuses on selling products and offering services. In December, Penney said it will have homemaker doyenne Martha Stewart develop mini-shops starting next year. And during Wednesday's meeting, Penney executives outlined plans to in the next two years add Main Street, a series of 80 to 100 brand shops in stores similar to the Martha Stewart ones. It also plans to open areas in all stores called Town Square, a place that will offer services and expert advice, similar to Apple's Genius bars. Perhaps the biggest challenge for Penney is to sell shoppers on its new pricing. For years, Penney, like many other stores, has propped up price. The intent: to make it look like shoppers are getting great discounts when items go on sale. Penney has been an especially big promoter. Last year, the company, which offered 590 sales events last year, nearly threequarters of its revenue come from merchandise that was discounted by 50 percent or more. That's more than double the retail industry average. According to an estimate by management consultant firm A.T. Kearney, a typical retailer sells between 40 and 45 percent of its inventory at a promotional price, up from 15 to 20 percent a decade ago. The increased discounting has been a vicious cycle that only feeds into shoppers' insatiable appetite for bigger and better discounts. In fact, whereas it took 38 percent off to get shoppers to buy 10 years ago, it now takes discounts of 60 percent, Johnson says. At Penney, the regular price on an item that costs $10 to make rose 43 percent, from $28 in 2002 to $40 in 2011. But because of all of its sales and other promotions, what it actually ended up selling for rose only 15 cents, from $15.80 to $15.95 during that same period. "I have been struck by the extraordinary amount of promotional activity, which to me, didn't feel like it was appropriate for a department store," Johnson says. "Once you start to promote, the only way to beat a promotion was to make it bigger." Walter Loeb, a New York-based retail consultant, says Penney's new pricing is "visionary" and revolutionary." But Charles Grom, a retail analyst at Deutsche Bank, says it will be difficult for Johnson to change shoppers' buying habits. Macy's, for example, cut back on coupons a few years ago, only to reverse courses after sales fell. PAGE 27


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Do I Look Fat? By Dr. Lindamichelle Baron I have almost lived as long as my father lived. I knew he died at a relatively young age, but I had no idea how young he had been at the time of his death until I started approaching the same number. During my lifetime many of my acquaintances, friends and family who are still here are sick from a myriad of medical issues. People all around me have lost their jobs and some are at risk of loosing their home’s. World hunger has worsened. Children in American cities are killing each other and being killed by others. There are wars and rumors of wars. The world was to have come to an end at least twice in the last few years. Yet in the midst of all of society’s ills and upheavals, most of which I don’t have the time to mention, I take the time to ask a person I trust or even the lady I don’t know who is next to me in the fitting room, the question, “Do I look fat in this outfit?” Obviously, the question itself denotes a self- centered world-view. Instead of “we are the world” “I am” the world. Deep thought and contemplation is replaced by shallow requests for someone to tell a lie just to make me feel better. Or tell the truth that it is not the outfit but the butt and boobs that make me look fat, and risk being expelled from my list of valued friends. The real problem is that I am not alone. Too many women, usually, fall prey to this form of validation. The question could be considered an insult to God. We’re considered overweight because we’ve had the blessing of having food. And what do our children discern from this question. My concern returns to those who watch us, and who don’t do what we say, but do what they see us do. Yes, our children. They are the recipients of our misdirected interests in what we teach them by our actions. What we show them is important in life is how we look and what we have. The irony is that even as we focus on how we look we’ve stopped looking at ourselves honestly. Back in the day women were girdled up. No shaking of body parts, no cellulite in sight, no cleavage. Depending on the era there was not so much too tight, or too short dresses and pants just because it was the style. But as our values loosened our clothes tightened and heightened. We used to go to a full- length mirror, and look front and back…turn around and look to see if we were “out of order.” I’ve seen bodies exposed in public that don’t seem to have ever been reviewed by a mirror. Or the mirror was made of some type of corrective lenses that created a false look at the man/woman in the mirror. As much as I don’t think we should be caught up in what others think of us and whether we look fat or not, I do believe we need to consider if we are appropriately attired for the bodies we have. Love our bodies. Treat our bodies with respect. Display them in the best light. I will say, that in writing this piece I’ve decided to let my mirror do the talking. I’m going to practice a different form of don’t ask don’t tell. I’m going to love the me God has made, and not let everybody see every nook and cranny of his creation. So, I won’t have to ask

Dr. Lindamichelle Baron and no one will need to tell me if it’s fat or not. I ‘m going to look as good as I can with whatever it is I have or don’t have. And I’m going to carry my “stuff” with honor and respect.

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Remembering The 60s by Khayyam E. Ali As we celebrate African American History Month, what I remember most is the 60s. A decade of struggle for civil rights, equality, and acceptance. A decade which was marked by the blood and sweat of a generation that sacrificed its well being to be recognized as Americans. People who demonstrated and protested on all levels for the children of future generations. But as a little boy, what I remember most is the tears. Tears my mother cried! Growing up in my parents restaurant on 116th street in Harlem (which at that time had become the center of awareness for Black people), I remember my mother (a member of the NAACP) screaming from the kitchen where she was watching a very small black and white television. The day was June 12, 1963 (one day after John F. Kennedy's speech on national television in support of civil rights), legendary newscaster Walter Cronkite announced the assassination of Medgar Evers. Evers, a civil rights leader and field secretary for the NAACP was shot in the back in his driveway as he emerged from his car wearing a T-shirt that read "Jim Crow Must Go." And my mother cried! It took 31 years before his killer, Byron De La Beckwith (a member of the White Citizen's Council and the notorious Ku Klux Klan) was convicted of the murder. Five months later on No-

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vember 22, 1963, I remember seeing all the teachers at my first elementary school, P.S. 60-located in the Bronx, embracing each other in tears. My mother and many other parents came rushing to the school to pick up their children. President John F. Kennedy had just been killed. Kennedy, a man who championed the political struggle for civil rights for Black people like no other president before him, had just been assassinated. And my mother cried! This was a time period of bitter hatred and racism towards Black people in this country, who were trying to elevate themselves to the level America has risen to on the backs of their labor. These quests for equality heightened an already existing disconnect between whites and blacks, and so I was amazed to see the love so many Black people had for this white man, who represented (in large part) the hopes and aspirations of their struggles. Less than two years later on February 21, 1965 I remember seeing hundreds of Black people running up and down 116th Street across from Muslim Mosque No. 7 screaming and yelling, "Malcolm gone, They've killed Malcolm. They've killed Malcolm! And my mother cried! While starting to address a rally at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El Shabazz) was gunned down by three assassins. Malcolm brought an awareness to Black people about what it meant to be a black person in Amer-

ica. To many, he represented a man who had no fear of telling it like it is to Black America and White America. For so many, it gave them a sense of dignity, a sense of pride. He believed in non-violence, but he also believed in selfdefense. Another champion taken far too soon! Three years later, on April 4, 1968, once again from the restaurant I could see hundreds of people running up and down 116th Street adjacent to the First Canaan Baptist Church headed by Reverend Wyatt T. Walker, screaming and yelling, "They just killed Dr. King. They've killed Dr. King" And my mother cried! Man, did she cry! Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was her champion, the one who lead us out of the bondage of hatred, both from "others" and from "self." The man who would lead the United States away from violence and toward the God Given Gift of Universal LOVE.

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But that was taken away, along with Dr. King, and we haven't seen it since. Two months later, on June 5, 1968 Senator Robert F. Kennedy was shot three times after winning California's Democratic Primary for the presidency. To many Black people, he was the last inspiration of hope for the change we so desperately needed in this country. Twenty-six hours later on June 6, he was pronounced dead. And once again my mother cried! There were many other lives that were taken from (Continued on page 31)

Woody Jenkins comments: Thank You, Mr. Ali to letting the community know that there are many good teachers who get a bad rap for a few. We should not be the scapegoats for administrative failures. Soh Lee comments: Mr. Ali Your article covered all and said it all: Countries exceeds standards do not play blaming games, S Korea, Japan, Finland (supposedly #1 now. Why do not we need every dept chairs and assistant superintendent of curriculum as well? Michelle Thomas comments: Thank you, Mr .Ali for writing last week's piece. We all need to ask ourselves where would we be as a people were it not for good teachers? Henry Adams comments: Excellent piece on the forgotten ones in education, Good Teachers! Oh yeah, they exist and we should be dam. grateful that they do. Yes, I certainly agree, many teachers are indeed their students shepherds. PAGE 30


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Dedicated to Maideline Sanchez

Having Faith Stephen R. Acevedo

Today I heard news that my girlfriend Maideline Sanchez was accepted into vet school, and even better, to the one she hoped for. I have been with her for six years, and have seen the struggles she had to go through in order to reach this pinnacle point. I remember the days early out of high school when she would post pictures of all the things she wanted to achieve on the wall. Ross University was amongst the first images thumb tacked. But what I remember most was the look in her eye as she described her wishes to be that

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us in the 60s, but these are the five champions most thought of when reflecting on the time period. What all of these great men had in common was their passion for justice and equality for all people. They sacrificed their families and their lives, not for themselves, but for the children of the future. We owe it to their legacy to honor and fulfill their dreams. And yet, our children are in peril. Many have given up on the aspirations of just being "somebody." Many don't see themselves capable of accomplishing anything as many children can't conceive living long enough to reach the age of adulthood. It is for them that I offer a few words from Dr. King's speech, titled. What is Your Life's Blueprint? "Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great essayist, said in a lecture in 1871, "If a man can write a better book or preach a better sermon or make a better mousetrap than his neighbor, even if he builds his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door.'" "This hasn't always been true — but it will become increasingly true, and so I would urge you to study hard, to burn the midnight oil; I would say to you, don't drop out of school. I understand all the sociological reasons, but I urge you that in spite of your economic plight, in spite of the situation that you're forced to live in — stay in school. "And when you discover what you will be in your life, set out to do it as if God Almighty called you at this particular moment in history to do it. don't just set out to do a good job. Set out to do such a good job that the living, the dead or the unborn couldn't do it any better.

woman in the picture, holding the clip board, wearing that scrub. However, through time, that dream hid behind financial stresses and college hurdles, and soon, it was more of a fantasy than a dream. It has taken me a few years, but it was today that I discovered how life works, and much like contrary belief, it is like a game of poker. You can spend an eternity waiting for the right hand, for the right cards to present themselves. There’ll be times where your pot has run so low you’ll feel like walking out, but in time, regardless of how many folds, there will be at least one good hand that shows up, and that’s when your knowledge

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of the cards keeps you in the game. My girlfriend has always been good in poker, and even through all the ugly hands, she never lost sight of what she was playing for. Although at times she questioned her path, even almost giving up on everything, there still lingered in her that dreaming teen, the one who believed that everything was possible, the one that was tripped and kick by life’s brutal foot, but the same one that reminded me that having faith pays off, that dreams are as close to reality as anything else.

"If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well. If you can't be a pine at the top of the hill, be a shrub in the valley. Be the best little shrub on the side of the hill. "Be a bush if you can't be a tree. If you can't be a highway, just be a trail. If you can't be a sun, be a star. For it isn't by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are." — From the estate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Khayyam E. Ali has been an educator over the last three decades, is author of a children's historical fiction book, titled, "The Wormhole Kids...Visit President Kennedy," and is the editor of two compilations of children's books called, Ten Girls on the Write Way to College, and Doing the Write Thing. He is also a subject of biographical sketch in Who's Who in the World.)

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ASK LISA-ANNE Greetings Readers! Although we should celebrate our heritage all year round, we can still enjoy the festivities of Black History Month. This week I would like to share some resources and websites that parents and teachers may find interesting and educational for their students. We should encourage our students to become explorers of African American Heritage on their own. As student activists, they can take time to educate themselves about other cultures. Below are a few websites with exceptional resources for Black History Month. You can play a few games, locate a couple of good books to read, or research the history of someone's life or an event. 1. At PBS Kids African American World, you can play games, send e-cards, meet Ruby Bridges, listen to musical recordings or take a civil rights www.pbskids.org/aaworld 2. AFRO-America's Black History Kids Zone includes a "Discover Africa" page, read along stories, Black History Quiz, games and more. www.afro.com/children/ children.html?

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1. The Civil Rights Memorial Center honors the achievements and memory of those who lost their lives during the Civil Rights Movement. Visit this site to learn more about the 40 martyrs - men, women, and children - who gave their lives for freedom between 1954 and 1968. Southern Poverty Law Center www.splcenter.org also visit www.splcenter.org/crm/ wall.jsp to learn about the Wall of Tolerance. 2. Take a virtual tour of the Civil Rights Museum, live from the balcony of the historic Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated 40 years ago. Learn about the events and meet the people who were involved in landmark events such as the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, the Montgomery bus boycott, the march on Washington, the Selma-Montgomery march, and more. www.civilrightsmuseum.or g 3. Encyclopedia Britannica's Guide to Black History represents an effort to trace the

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4. Writing Our Hope Student editors at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School in Montgomery, Alabama are now accepting creative nonfiction submissions on the themes of hope, tolerance, and equality from any high school student, grades 9-12, in the United States, Canada, or Mexico. They are also accepting submissions of lesson plans and activity guides on literary-based and writingbased tolerance or diversity lessons from educators. The deadline is March 30, 2008. This web project follows the August 2007 publication of Our Hope: Writings and Photographs on Tolerance and Equality by students at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School. Visit www.writingourhope.org New York love Black History Month! Visit this website for events and places to visit during black history month! http://thebeat.iloveny.com/ new-york-state-celebratesblack-history-month-2229.html Some information gathered f r o m t h e M i x i tUp@newsletter.tolerance.org website. 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 book, They Say I Have ADHD, I Say Life Sucks! Thoughts From Nicholas and co-author of the book 365 Ways to Succeed With ADHD both available at www. Amazon.com. She is a member of the National Education Writers Association and the Education Editor of the Community Journal newspaper in Long Island, New York. She is currently employed in the Hempstead School District. You may cont a c t h e r a t speechlrb@yahoo.com or by visiting her website at www.AskLisaAnne.com.

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Freeport Schools Honors Community Leaders and Staff at Board Meeting The Freeport Public Schools opened a recent board meeting with a salute to those diligent community members whose contributions to the school system otherwise go largely unrecognized. These are the people usually referred to as “unsung heroes.” The first person honored was Danielle Clukies, the current Columbus Avenue School PTA treasurer. “Wherever good things are happening for our children, Danielle can be found nearby,” said School Principal Peggy Miller. School board member Mike Pomerico then introduced Freeport police detective Patrick Franzone. Detective Franzone spearheads the Toys for Freeport Tots initiative, the arm of the Freeport PBA that collects donations and, working with the school district’s social workers, ensures that every child in Freeport has a joyful - and toy full - holiday in December. “If I have a toy, you’re going to get a toy,” were the words Franzone used to describe his passion for giving to those in need. Recognition was paid to both The United Way of Long Island Vice President of Education Initiatives Sandra A. Mahoney and JP Morgan Chase Vice President of Community Affairs Vinford A. Mentar. “I want to thank Dr. Kuncham for letting us into the schools. We’re here for the long haul,” said Mr. Mentar. Mahoney and Mentar worked together to establish a new and multi-faceted afterschool educational program for Freeport students. Newly-appointed president and CEO of United Way of Long Island Theresa Regnante was also honored, although she was not present. A brief musical interlude featured a performance by Columbus Avenue School students, who saluted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by singing “We Appreciate You.” This lively song, punctuated by the children pointing to the audience as they sang “We appreciate you, you, you!”seemed to honor those being recognized at the gathering as well as Dr. King. The meeting continued with the acknowledgment of a long, diverse and distinguished roster of employees who have attained twenty years of service to Freeport Schools. This group included teachers, teaching assistants, administrative, lunchroom and maintenance staff, and athletic coaches, among others. “We collectively honor over 300 years of service tonight,” an appreciative Dr. Kuncham said in testimony to the combined longevity of those who have given so much to the school system over the last two decades. Honorees (l-r) Sandra A. Mahoney and Vinford A. Mentar with Freeport Schools Superintendent Dr. Kishore Kuncham and School Board Vice President Debra Mulé at a recent Board of Education meeting. Ms. Mahoney and Mr. Mentar were recognized for their efforts in launching a new afterschool educational program for Freeport students.

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Freeport Schools Superintendent Dr. Kishore Kuncham, members of the school board, and administrators honored those who have attained twenty years of service to Freeport Schools. This group included teachers, teaching assistants, administrative, lunchroom and maintenance staff, and athletic coaches, among others.

Freeport police detective Patrick Franzone with Freeport Schools Superintendent Dr. Kishore Kuncham and School Board Vice President Debra Mulé at a recent board meeting where Detective Franzone was recognized for his leadership in running the “Toys for Freeport Tots” charitable initiative.

Students from Columbus Avenue School celebrated the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the song “We Appreciate You” at a recent Freeport Board of Education meeting.

J.W. Dodd Principal John O’Mard pays recognition to teaching assistant Yolanda Boncana for her twenty years of service to Freeport Schools.

Freeport Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham congratulates Freeport High School health education teacher Joseph Chetti for attaining twenty years of service to the school district.

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Hempstead Students Remember the Inspirational Words of MLK Students recite excerpts of speeches to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In honor of the life, work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Barack Obama and Jackson Main Elementary Schools in the Hempstead School District hosted oratorical contests in January. Barack Obama School students in the Hempstead School DisThe Barack Obama School hosted a Power of Love Assembly on January 26, which featured musical performances, trict were all smiles on January 26 after competing in the MLK trivia questions and greetings from Hempstead Board of school’s MLK Oratorical Contest. Standing with the winners Education Vice President JoAnn Simmons, Village of Hemp- is Principal Helisse Palmore. stead Mayor Wayne Hall and Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby. During the contest, 15 students recited excerpts from King’s speech “Loving Your Enemies,” which emphasizes the importance of love, forgiveness and respect for others. These talented Hempstead first through fifth graders also competed in the contest as three oratorical teams. After the judges selected a first, second and third place winner from each grade, the school’s Principal Helisse Palmore and Dr. Martin Luther King Committee Chairwoman LaTisha Elliott presented the students with trophies for their wonderful recitation. Palmore and Elliott also awarded a gold, silver or bronze medal to the three teams for their overall group performance. At the Jackson Main School contest on January 27, students recited excerpts from King’s “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint,” “I Have a Dream” and Noble Peace Prize award acceptance speeches. Jackson Main School Principal Dr. Rodney Gilmore then presented the participants with a first, secJackson Main School students and Principal Dr. Rodney Gilond or third-place trophy for their outstanding recitation. The more were all smiles after celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin program, which also featured musical selections and poem Luther, King Jr. on January 27 during the school’s MLK Orareadings, concluded with the students singing R&B artist Ste- torical Contest. vie Wonder’s version of “Happy Birthday” in celebration of King’s birthday. The Hempstead Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia Garcia congratulate both schools for hosting such informative and successful MLK celebrations.

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Jay-Z reportedly only gave 6K to charity in 2010 after earning $63 mil Hip-hop legend Jay-Z is in the spotlight again but not for being a doting father. The multimillionaire rapper is under scrutiny following reports he donated a tiny fraction of his earnings to charity. The music mogul earned a whopping $63 million in 2010 and made a contribution of just $6,431 to his own charity that year, according to an examination of tax records for the Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund by The Daily. His bootylicious wife, BeyoncĂŠ, isn't off the hook. The new mom earned an estimated $87 million in 2010 according to Forbes -- but she did not give a dime back to her husband's foundation. "Jay, along with his family, provided office support, overhead support, [mother] Mrs. Gloria Carter's 100 percent effort and time, computers, FedEx expenses, accounting, and treasury function support," Jay Z's representative, Jana Fleishman, said in an email to The Daily. "This was at no cost to the charity." Tax records, though, show the charity paid a relatively paltry amount to oversee the office: $1,209 for office expenses, $1,401 for telephone and $4,696 in other expenses in 2010. The Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation, received three donations in 2010, totaling $218,849, The Daily noted. Jay-Z's cash contribution was the smallest of the three. The revelations come as the veteran rapper, formerly known as Shawn Carter, performed a two-day benefit concert at New York City's Carnegie Hall. Most tickets cost several hundred dollars and the shows are expected to raise millions for Jay-Z's scholarship foundation and the United Way of New (Continued on page 40)

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Rihanna and Chris Brown reunion: Would it kill their careers? Rihanna and Chris Brown are both scheduled to perform on the 54th annual Grammy Awards this Sunday. This will be the first time the pop stars attend the prestigious award ceremony together since Brown violently assaulted Rihanna three years ago today. Over the past few months there have been rumors that the pop stars have been secretly seeing each other, which might lead some people to ask, what if Rihanna and Chris Brown got back together? Would it kill their careers? After the February 8, 2009 incident, Brown was charged with two felonies and sentenced to five years probation and six months of community service. During an exclusive interview in November 2009 for 20/20 with Diane Sawyer, Rihanna was candid about her turbulent romance with Brown. "He was definitely my first big love," she told Sawyer. "The more in love we became, the more dangerous we became for each other.The thing that men don't realize, when they hit a woman, it's... the face, the broken arm, the black eye, it's going to heal. That's not... (Continued on page 42)

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Madonna mad at M.I.A. over Super Bowl middle finger Madonna is not a fan of M.I.A.'s middle finger. The pop star's Super Bowl halftime show was ultimately upstaged by the radical rapper's obscene gesture. Stuff.co reports on the bad blood between the two performers: The day's top showbiz news and headlines including Madonna and M.I.A. make Super Bowl headlines, the 2012 Oscar nominees gather for an annual lunch, and Zsa Zsa Gabor celebrates 95 years. Madonna "wasn't impressed" with M.I.A's obscene Super Bowl stage stunt. The Queen of Pop was joined by the British star and Nicki Minaj during her 12-minute medley at this year's half-time show. The trio performed new track Give Me All Your Luvin' on stage, where M.I.A got a little overzealous with her hand gestures and flicked up her

MASTERS OF ILLUSION LIVE! .AT THE NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY! TWO HOUR MAGIC SPECTACULAR - SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12 at 3 PM Westbury, NY - Live Nation is pleased to present MASTERS OF ILLUSION - LIVE! at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Sunday, February 12 at 3 p.m. The Masters of Illusion is a touring magic show based on the award winning television series. Over half a dozen renowned performers will perform eye-popping illusions. The performers scheduled to appear at Westbury include Kalin & Jinger, Farrell Dillon, Ayala & Tanya, Aaron Radatz, Arthur Trace and the return to Westbury by native Long Island magician Darren Romeo. Tickets are $69.50, $39.50 and $19.50 and are available online at www.livenation.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 and at the Westbury box office. Event, date and time are subject to change. For membership information, visit www.westburymembership.com. For more information visit www.thetheatreatwestbury.com. Witness amazing feats by the aforementioned World Famous names in magic for a pulsating, non-stop magical mystery ride! Everything you could possibly imagine and performances that you never dreamed possible are in this live extravaganza! Exotic animals, escapology, hilarious comedy, and quick change artistry that will amaze and astound you! You will believe the impossible! This performance marks the return of Long Island magician Darren Romeo to the Westbury stage. Darren's show-business career began at the young age of 9, when he started to perform magic for friends and family. Darren had first became inspired to learn magic soon after he saw his first live magic show — the touring show of Harry Blackstone, Jr., whom he saw at Westbury Music Fair near his home in Long Island, NY. After the show,

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middle finger during the show. Her obscenity caused outrage among organisers and audiences alike, and now sources claim Madonna is furious at the star's stage antics. "Madonna wasn't impressed. She prides herself on professionalism," a source told British newspaper The Sun. "M.I.A did nothing similar in rehearsals. Nobody knew she was going to pull this stunt. "Madonna wanted to put on a worldbeating performance. But everyone ended up talking about this girl's middle finger." Brian McCarthy, spokesperson for the NFL, issued a statement yesterday apologising for the incident. "The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing and we apologise to our fans," he said. A source close to M.I.A says the star's stage gesture was a result of "adrenaline". "She wasn't thinking. She was caught in the moment and she's incredibly sorry," the source said. Meanwhile, in the wake of M.I.A's Super Bowl controversy, it has been reported that she has split from Benjamin Bronfman - her long-time fiancé and the father of her son. An insider told the New York Daily News that the 36-year-old is spending "most of her time" in her native London while Benjamin is taking care of their three-year-old son in New York.

Darren got the chance to meet Blackstone and express his interest in the art. The meeting led to Blackstone giving Darren his first trained dove, which Darren worked to incorporate into a magic routine. The resulting dove act led to numerous performances within the Tri-State areas around his home — Darren gained his first experiences at private functions and public events, then decided to enter competitions. At the age of 14, Darren won First Place Stage Magic with his bird act at the Tannen's Magic Camp, the only magic camp of its kind. Having won several awards, Darren soon found himself performing all over the US within the magic convention circuit. Before Darren began to merge his love of magic with his love of music, he received awards from his peers in the field for his bird act. In 1996, The Society of American Magicians presented him with the Milbourne Christopher Award for Notable Contributions to the Art of Magic. Lo and behold, in 1996 fate would have it that Darren was given the opportunity to perform at Westbury Music Fair… the place it had all started years earlier with Blackstone. Since Harry Blackstone Jr.'s death in 1997, Darren has worked to carry on the Blackstone legacy, at one point working with the family on a show to be called "Blackstone Presents…", featuring the famed magician's classic illusions. While the show was never fully developed, Darren does incorporate a tribute to the Blackstone legacy in his new show, as he performs the famous "Floating Light Bulb" illusion. For More information on the Masters of Illusion, please visit www.mastersofillusionlive.com. About Live Nation Entertainment: Live Nation Entertainment is the world’s leading live entertainment and eCommerce company, comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster.com, Live Nation Concerts, Front Line Management Group and Live Nation Network. Ticketmaster.com is the global event ticketing leader and one of the world’s top five eCommerce sites, with over 26 million monthly unique visitors. Live Nation Concerts produces over 20,000 shows annually for more than 2,000 artists globally. Front Line is the world’s top artist management company, representing over 250 artists. These businesses power Live Nation Network, the leading provider of entertainment marketing solutions, enabling over 800 advertisers to tap into the 200 million consumers Live Nation delivers annually through its live event and digital platforms. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors

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York City. Jodie Blum, who is co-founder and former executive director of hip-hop artist Common's charitable foundation, says she "commends Jay-Z for hosting the concert" to raise funds for the underprivileged because there will "always be a demographic willing to spend that kind of money." Tracey Webb, founder of BlackGivesBack.com, an online blog that chronicles black philanthropy and also publishes an annual survey of the top ten African-American celeb philanthropists, says a celebrity's approach to giving can be somewhat different than mainstream. "They tend to use their 'celebrity' to give back, instead of giving from their own pocket -- such as using their name to promote awareness of a cause or to raise funds for their own nonprofit by using their time and talent," says Webb. "They count on their fan base to drive their charitable efforts." Indeed, Jay-Z's just made his inaugural appearance on the 2011 BlackGivesBack.com top 10 celebrity philanthropist list. He came in at number 10 not for digging deep in his pockets but for the benevolent efforts of his charity, the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. In 2011, for instance, a Jay-Z fundraiser helped raise $1.25 million at a carnival-themed benefit in New York to support the foundation, which financially assists individuals seeking higher education. Indeed, there are many ways, other than cash donations, that celebs can give something back, from lending their names to charitable efforts to raising awareness to causes that need support. Still, Blum, who has designed and implemented the charitable efforts and foundations for a host of high profile personalities, says, "if celebs are going to start their own charity it's their responsibility to write their own check. It's not credible to ask other people to donate if they are not."

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She says, despite best intentions, many celebs "do not have the expertise to guide them through the best business practices of setting up a philanthropist organization" and at their worst are motivated by "good PR" rather than altruistic concerns. Blum, however, adds there are a "handful of celebs" such as "Alicia Keys" who are passionate about giving something back and are "doing it right." "Our strategy requires our members [which include the likes of Russell Simmons, Steve Harvey, Eva Longoria and Allan Wade Houston] to give a monitory donations, it is an important component of philanthropy," says Sherrie Deans, Executive Director of the Admiral Center, which works with celebrities to create a philanthropic strategy. "So for instance, our newest members are committed to giving at least $100,000 each year for three years." It has only been months since Jay-Z received flak for attempting to cash in on the Occupy Wall Street protests by creating "Occupy All Streets" T-shirts for his Rocawear clothing line, without giving any of the proceeds to the movement, which is taking a stand against corporate greed and corruption. At the time the 42-year-old music mogul and entrepreneur was accused of missing a sensitivity chip. This time round the tax records may well expose that it is now time for Jay-Z to give from his own pocket to support the communities he benefits from. Forbes estimated Jay-Z's net worth is $420 million.

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History in the Making It is that time again when the celebrities get dressed in their Sunday best. It’s Oscar time! In line with Black History Month this particular Oscar show will have two lovely African-American actresses nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress category’s for the same film, “The Help.” Viola Davis is nominated for the Best Actress slot this year and has already won a SAG award for the same film in the same category. In 2009 Davis garnered much deserved attention after her Academy Award nomination in “Doubt.” Her role although minimal resonated with audiences and critics alike. Her recognition grew when she was awarded the Tony Award for her performance alongside Denzel Washington in the Broadway production of August Wilson’s “Fences”. In her interview with LA Times Magazine she talks about the affect the industry has had on Black actresses and her intentions to change the game. “I am doing this out of necessity,” she says. “If I am not the instrument of change, I can meander through this business and be the black woman who always has two or three scenes but with fabulous actors around her.” Davis’ co-star Octavia Spencer has already won both a Golden Globe and a SAG award for Best Supporting Actress nomination’s. Spencer is arguably an unknown actress despite the fact that she has appeared in over ninety films and television shows. It is an unwritten rule that if you win the Golden Globe and/or the SAG award it is a high indicator that the individual will walk way away with the golden statue at the end of the night. If this unwritten rule holds true on February 26th then history will be made. It will be the first year that two African-American women will win an Academy Award in the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories for the same film on the same night.

COMEDIAN BILL BURR AT THE NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18

Westbury, NY - Live Nation presents stand up comedian Bill Burr at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Saturday, February 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39.50 and $29.50 and are available online at www.livenation.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Westbury box office. Event, date and time are subject to change. For membership information, visit www.westburymembership.com. For more information, visit www.thetheatreatwestbury.com. Bill Burr is a stand up comedian, actor and radio host. His credits include appearances on "Chappelle's Show" along with appearances on the Conan O'Brien and David Letterman shows, HBO's One Night Stand, and Comedy Central Presents. An expanded edition of his 2003 debut comedy album, "Emotionally Unavailable" was re-issued in 2007. He hosts "The Monday Morning Podcast" and has two hour-long stand-up specials ("Why Do I This?" and "Let It Go") with a thrid special planned for this year. His acting credits include the film Date Night and appearances on two episodes of "Breaking Bad" in 2011. Bill Burr's comedy is observational (for mature audiences) and his topics touch on dating, sex, politics, sports and daily life.

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the problem. It's the scar inside." When asked if she would ever reunite with Brown, Rihanna said, "I can't answer that question right now, 'cause you never know what the future holds. I don't have a desire at all to be with him. I don't see how we could get back together. But I'm not God, so I can't predict the future." In February, 2011, a court order that prevented Brown and Rihanna from coming into close contact was lifted, allowing Brown to speak to Rihanna without "harassing or annoying her." NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY 2012 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS February 4

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In a 2011 interview with Rolling Stone, Rihanna defended her decision to lift her restraining order against Brown, "I just didn't want to make it more difficult for him professionally. What he did was a personal thing -- it had nothing to do with his career. Saying he has to be a hundred feet away from me, he can't perform at awards shows -- that definitely made it difficult for him." That Spring, Rihanna and Brown reconnected on Twitter. Their Twitter reunion sparked plenty of Internet chatter and some insisted that the former lovers were sending coded messages to each other through their public tweets. In January 2012 US Weekly reported that Rihanna and Chris Brown have been secretly dating and hooking up for nearly a year. "She comes to see him anytime she's in L.A.," a Brown Insider told US Weekly. And according to a music industry source, "they just can't get enough of each other." Today Show contributor and columnist for Naughty But Nice, Rob Shuter, says that he thinks that if Chris Brown and Rihanna began publicly dating again it would help both of their careers. "Both of these artists are known for their bad boy and bad girl image. They are not squeaky clean Disney stars. They have a similar edge with the way they walk, they talk and they dress. If they got back together it would be an explosion of publicity. The general public would disapprove, but the young people that buy their records would love it." Rihanna arguably has more to lose from a public romance with Brown. The "We Found Love" singer is not only the biggest selling digital artist of all time, but also the face of Armani Underwear, and well known for her many CoverGirl and Nivea commercials. But advertisers might look at a Rihanna-Brown romance as a liability. "Older adults would look down on a Chris Brown and Rihanna reunion, and corporate America would probably drop Rihanna from many of her profitable product endorsements. But the young people that are their true fans are much more forgiving and would view this more as a tragic love story with a hopefully happy ending," says Shuter. Last month she tweeted and image of her newest tattoo: "Thug Life" inked in pale pink across her knuckles to accompany the 11 tattoos she already has. Aside from her new "Thug Life" image Rihanna releases a steady stream of crude rants and taboo photos via her Twitter feed. Jose Martinez, Media Director and VP of Brandlink Communications, believes that Rihanna will not damage her celebrity brand if she re-kindles her romance with Brown, "I don't think it will hurt her career. She's got talent and loyal fans and I don't think much these days will hurt a person's career -- especially because the fans love to forgive and they both have a fan base -- people will snicker at first, but I think she can get through it if she chooses to date him again," Martinez said. Rihanna and Brown's fans have been the deciding factor in both of their careers. Who would have guessed that only three years after his assault on Rihanna, Brown would be nominated for three Grammys, including best R&B album? Brown's performance at the Grammys might be the end of his very rocky road to redemption and possibly the beginning of a new chapter in his relationship with Rihanna. PAGE 42


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The musical trio that accompanies Renee consists of Mario Sprouse on keyboards as well as the evening’s musical director; Paul Bauman on guitar and Sal Carolei on blues harp.

Reneesance Dreams and Spotlight On Festivals presents A special performance of

FROM THE FRONT PORCH To benefit the Homeless Outreach and Advocacy Program of Jan Hus Presbyterian Church and Neighborhood Renee Flemings takes us back to the Alabama of her youth with her one woman show and promises “ice cold RC cola, canned sliced peaches....love life....rhythm and blues......From the Front Porch” all to benefit the Jan Hus Homeless Outreach Program. This musical memoir has had successful runs at the Triad Theatre as well as the Greenwich Street Playhouse and has g a r n e r e d r a v e s : “Breathtaking….inspiring” Stage Pages; “Amazing” Theatrescene.com and Producer Frank Calo adds “Renee Flemings can not only make each and every character she plays distinct and riveting but her choice of songs and amazing blues vocals make you wonder when this woman will be snatched up and skyrocketed to fame!” Renee' Flemings' previous plays include Strange Weather (readings @ Roundabout Theater Company; Centenary Stage, NJ; Run of the Mill, Baltimore and New Professional Theater Company), The Jam (Genesis Play Festival @ Crossroads Theater, NJ). Her other plays have been produced @ Manhattan Theater Source, Spotlight On and HERE to mention a few. As an actor most recent credits include: Law & Order: SVU; Macbeth and Sonny's Blues. As a member of the blues/rock band, Renee' and the Derelicts she has performed at Terra Blues, Harlem Tavern and Dinosaur BBQ.

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Musical Director Mario E. Sprouse has a distinquished career as musical arranger/conductor and producer for over 30 jazz and pop records for jazz legends such as Carmen McRae and Grover Washington, Jr. He was also the Musical Assistant for late, legendary, modern Renaissance man Gordon Parks for 20 years as well as being the Music supervisor for three Parks films and producing his first CD of original classical music to accompany his new book “A Star for Noon.” Sal Carolei [blues harp] has played with legendary Mississippi blues man, Floyd Lee; Detroit rock diva Eliza Neals as well as playing with Renee' Flemings the the NYC based blues band, Renee' and the Derelicts. Paul Bauman [guitar] is a veteran of the NY music scene having performed in countless venues and toured the U.S. and U.K. He is currently taking part in the Battle of The Boroughs: Manhattan. Spotlight On Festivals has been producing festival and theatrical events since 1997 in NY, NJ as well as Paris. About our charity: Jan Hus’ Homeless Outreach and Advocacy Program offers those with limited or no housing and low-income status emergency assistance, referrals, food pantry, and meals. Jan Hus works with sister organizations and homeless people to bring about reforms in public policy toward homelessness and poverty issues in New York City. When: February 29, 2012 – 8p Where: Jan Hus Theatre – 351 East 74th St. [btwn 1st and 2nd ave.] Tickets: General seating: $20; VIP seating with wine and cake $30 [$5 off the ticket price with a donated bag of clothing – use code: clothing and don’t forget to bring your bag of clothes to the show!] www.theatremania.com/ Direct link: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/ pr/906885

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GOOSBY APPLAUDS VALENTINES FOR VETS PUPILS: Hempstead Town Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby (right, back row) commends 1st grade students from Robyn Clark’s class at Centennial Avenue School in Roosevelt for making beautiful and colorful handmade cards for the 2012 Valentines for Vets program. Through this program, which the Town instituted in 2001, students create valentines to send to veterans at local VA hospitals. Many of these men and women don’t have families and it means so much to them to know that the young children appreciate them for the sacrifices they made for our nation.

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Hempstead School District Students Get the Gift of Literacy Hempstead/Uniondale Rotary Club distributes free dictionaries to elementary school students To help Hempstead School District students prepare for the district’s Benchmark Assessment in March, the New York State English Language Arts Assessment in April, and other important exams, the Hempstead/Uniondale Rotary Club distributed free dictionaries to third grade students districtwide in January. The donation was a part of the club's Dictionary Project educational initiative.

Jackson Main School students in the Hempstead School District were all smiles after looking through their new dictionaries, which were donated by the Hempstead/Uniondale Rotary Club. Standing with the students are Jackson Main School Principal Dr. Rodney Gilmore, left, District Music and Fine Arts Director Angel Perez, second from left, Hempstead Board of Education President Charles Renfroe, fourth from left, and members of the Hempstead/Uniondale Rotary Club

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Jackson Main Students Learn How to Take a Stance Against Bullying Hempstead students participate in assembly with the Village of Hempstead Police Department

With leadership from the Village of Hempstead Police Department and Principal Dr. Rodney Gilmore, Jackson Main School students recently became more informed about the dangers of bullying, and how they can become stronger peacemakers. During an anti-bullying assembly on January 30, Hempstead Police Department Detective Troy Wright held a presentation that discussed verbal, physical and cyber bullying, and more in an effort to educate the students about how they can detect and properly address bullying. In addition, students were able to participate in a short role-playing exercise, and a question and answer session, which gave them the opportunity to explain in detail how they will peacefully combat bullying in the future. The program was a part of the Jackson Main School’s ongoing efforts to teach students about the importance of safety, tolerance and citizenship. The school, which is in the Hempstead School District, serves students in third through fifth grade. Jackson Main School Photo: Caption: Jackson Main School students in the Hempstead School District learned how to become stronger peacemakers on January 30 during an anti-bullying assembly. Standing with the students, from left, are Jackson Main School psychologist Ashley Mendez, Hempstead Police Detective Troy Wright and Jackson Main School Principal Dr. Rodney Gilmore. PAGE 46


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CULLIN APPLAUDS VALENTINES FOR VETS PUPILS Hempstead Town Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby (left, back row) commends first grade students from Vanessa Miles’ class at Centennial Avenue School in Roosevelt for making beautiful and colorful handmade cards for the 2012 Valentines for Vets program. Through this program, which the Town instituted in 2001, students create valentines to send to veterans at local VA hospitals. Many of these men and women don’t have families and it means so much to them to know that the young children appreciate them for the sacrifices they made for our nation.

“HARLEM COMEDY RENAISSANCE” Comics Louis Ramey, Leighann Lord & Josh Homer @ Borough of Manhattan Community College - NYC Friday, February 10, 2012 – 8:00PM NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 2012 -- Comedians Louis Ramey (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC's “Last Comic Standing,” Showtime at the Apollo) Leighann Lord (Fox News “Strategy Room,” The Huffington Post) and Josh Homer (Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” New York Underground Comedy Festival) will be the featured performers at the Harlem Comedy Renaissance show on Friday, February 10th @ the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). Presented by Hubris Comedy Entertainment, the event is part of the Tribeca Spotlight “The Next Voice You Hear” series at BMCC / Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers Street, Manhattan. Subways: #1, #2, #3, #A or #C to Chambers Street. 8:00 PM. General admission tickets are $15.00. Contact (212) 220-1460 or go to: www.tribecapac.org/

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Hi All, I am so excited and proud that I am a co-author of a new book that was written just for you! On October 11, 2011 , 365 ways to succeed with ADHD, a book I co-authored, along with 80 other ADHD experts and professionals from around the world, becomes available! In 365 ways to succeed with ADHD, you will learn from me and 80 other ADHD experts including doctors, psychologist, nurses, researchers, teachers, special education teachers, OTs, PTs and more, what you need to succeed with ADHD in a friendly format. There is a full year of tips and strategies to succeed with ADHD, written for parents, children, adults and college students in mind. There is something for everybody! Within its pages is that tip or strategy you have been looking for. I don’t want you to miss out www.theadhdawarenessbookproject.com Look out for some amazing bonus gifts from the co-authors themselves, including: Your own personal Time Management Guide and Workbook, Complimentary ADHD Coaching Sessions The 5-step Mindset Program for Success MP3 recordings of the one hour Tele classes: “Time Management Strategies for Adults with ADD / ADHD”, “How to overcome Procrastination” and “Connect with Your Teen”. The Seven Step Guide to Getting Control of Your Day… and Maybe Your Life! Chapter’s from popular ADHD books and author’s, such as "Fidget to Focus", a perennial favorite on using natural strategies and techniques for managing the symptoms of ADHD by Sarah Wright and Roland Rotz. Invitation to a live upcoming Tele classes to answer your ADHD questions Don't miss out on Tuesday's book launch and bonuses! Lisa-Anne Ray-Byers PAGE 48


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“REASONABLE THINKING” Recently, people realized that I've lost over 45 pounds and couldn't believe the change in my looks. Although always a handsome dude, somehow I appeared healthier, more robust, younger-looking, and almost sexier, if that's at all possible! Some folks asked me if I had lap band surgery (the first time I heard that term, I though they said "lap-dance" procedure! And, that was from the CEO of South Nassau Communities Hospital, so you can imagine his chagrin when I asked him in front of an entire room of almost 150 spectators, what a lap-dance procedure was!!! LOL Needless to say, I immediately became disillusioned with the procedure once he gave me the proper terminology. MY term seemed so much more appealing and exciting. Oh well, what can I say? So, what did I do to lose all this weight? Once, during a monthlong diet, I lost 30 days! BA-DA-BOOM! Another time, I lost over 100 pounds . . . . in a British Casino (It was pre-EURO, of course.) BA-DA-BING!!! I've seen people lose and gain weight like a Yo-Yo, up and down, up and down, risking their health by doing this. I've heard and seen people on the FAD diets -- bananas, grapefruit, powdered substances, substances that quicken your metabolic rate, and so on and so forth. Some of these products later proved to be VERY bad for you, even life-threatening. Well, because I love all of you, I will share my deepest weightloss secrets with you AT ABSOLUTELY NO COST TO YOU (and, you can bet the PUBLISHER, a/k/a "Mister Generosity" ain't paying me a dime for this info, either!). As I describe it, PATIENCE, DISCIPLINE, DETERMINATION, LIFE-STYLE CHANGES, and PORTION-CONTROL are what will make a difference in tackling this "weighty" problem. Remember, Rome was not built in a day and neither will your weight dissipate like your pension monies did with our latest economic collapse a few years ago where 401k's suddenly became 201k's. You need to be sane and patient. No crazy ideas or diet gimmics. DISCIPLINE -- Set up a sensible plan for yourself. Do some research as to what will be a healthful plan for you to follow, AND follow it. Do not RUSH it. Of course, also check with your doctor to see what he can charge you, I mean, guide you with respect to your diet or weight-loss program. DETERMINATION -- Do not be discouraged if the weight isn't immediately melting away from you. Stick to your plan and continue to follow it through FAT and THIN. Do not give up in utter disgust. LIFE-STYLE CHANGES -- My premise is that in order to make a change in your life, you have to change your life habits. Make the right choices as to what to eat. What foods are healthier, contain less calories, burn more calories, and will not make you discouraged from continuing with your weight-loss program? For example, is beef or chicken or fish better for you? Why? Is a fruit cup, fruit, or a banana cream pie better for dessert? Is soup or salad, or some other food better for you as an appetizer? These are all things you need to think about and you need to make decisions. PORTION-CONTROL -- Instead of eating a huge 32-ounce steak, what will it take to make you satisfied with eating smaller portions, like 20, 16, 10 or 6-ounce portions? How about those three dishes of pasta I used to eat, where now, I'm lucky if I can finish a side-dish of it. Studies have shown that we can be satisfied with a spoonful of

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pudding, ice cream, pie, etc., and we don't really have to have full portions of anything to feel fulfilled. Less is definitely better. So, after 2-1/2 years of being on this diet, I've lost at least 45 pounds, feel better, look younger, appear sexy-looking, eat less and save money by doing so because I order more, AND, I always seem to have leftovers for the next day, or can feed my kids a light snack instead of having to buy them another meal. One of the biggest benefits is that my friend, the Publisher, is now willing to invite me over to his house for dinner since he now knows that I will not eat him out of house and home, lowering his business profits from the newspaper operation. Obviously, he would invite me over for a BUSINESS dinner rather than a personal one since it can be written off! One of the other things BIG LARRY realizes is that during the years 1984-1987, I actually was President or held higher office in International, National and State organizations and could attend 3 or 4 dinners in one evening and EAT at every single one. Now, since my habits and choices have changed, he can give a sigh of relief in the knowledge that I will not really be putting on the feedbag. So, my friends, there you have it. A healthy, effective way to lose weight while saving money, looking better, younger, more sexy (if possible), and getting noticed and admired by the rest of our world. VOILA! INTRODUCING JAMES REED James W. Reed is a master communicator and a friend to hundreds of organizations from local community groups to the United Nations. For more than 25 years, Mr. Reed has used his extraordinary network of connections to help others. Through both his role as Deputy Commissioner of the Nassau County Office of Consumer Affairs and his work with civic and charitable organizations, it is easy to see that education, combined with a happy and healthy life, is his priority. Professionally, Mr. Reed was the Former Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Consumer Affairs for Nassau County. He was also a Founding Member of the Nassau County Police Explorers Board of Directors which helps youth, ages 14 to 20, succeed and excel in career opportunities, life skills, character development and leadership roles. Additionally, Mr. Reed has served as a Super-Distinguished Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis, a member of the Freeport Salvation Army Corps Advisory Board, a member of the Board of Directors at the Nassau County Salvation Army, and a Government Liaison Chair for the Long Island Chapter of ASIS International. He believes strongly in public education and information, giving as many as 300 speeches a year. His assistance to diverse communities has been recognized and appreciated by those groups that have benefited from Mr. Reed’s life-long commitment to make life better for all. Much of Mr. Reed's service to underserved communities has been in Long Beach, Westbury/Carle Place, Freeport, Uniondale, Roosevelt, Hempstead, Roslyn, Great Neck, and to international communities, such as the Philippines and Russia. Mr. Reed has received the Community Leadership and Everyday Hero awards from Newsday, the Liberty Bell Award from the Nassau Bar Association, the School-to-Business Award from BOCES, the Long Island Latino Award from La Fiesta Radio, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award from Nassau County, among 100s of other prestigious awards for his efforts on behalf of others. Mr. Reed has solicited, obtained and distributed over $52 millions in in-kind donations to not-for-profit agencies locally, nationally and across the world. James W. Reed is responsible for the permanent Kiwanis International “Young Children: Priority One” program and for their Iodine Deficiency Disorder international program to virtually eliminate IDD, the major cause of severe mental retardation in the world. Mr. Reed has an extensive writing history, dating to writing newsletters and press releases for many of the organizations he belongs to, writing for his College (CCNY) newspaper (an advice column for the lovelorn using a female pen name), a writer for LATIN LONG ISLAND Magazine, and preparing press releases for the Nassau County Office of Consumer Affairs, where he affectionately earned the title of "MEDIA MOGUL" and he assisted other County agencies and organizations with their media exposure. He is well-known to television networks and cable stations, print media outlets and to numerous radio groups. Mr. Reed resides in Oceanside, Long Island and has three accomplished daughters. From what he has learned from the daily challenges as a single parent, he is better prepared for even greater issues in his public and private life. His exceptional job experience, vast volunteer efforts and unprecedented dedication to helping others has resulted in Mr. Reed being known in the community as “The Everyday Hero”. James W. Reed Phone: 516-315-3437

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GARDEN CITY, N.Y., Jan. 30, 2012 — What do you get when you bring together a group of outstanding educators, administrators, board members, community and business leaders, nonprofit organization executives and volunteers? You get the most influential people for public education in Nassau County. As Nassau BOCES celebrates its 45th anniversary it presents 11 Education Partner awards. Honorees will receive the awards during a special ceremony on Thursday, May 10. The Nassau BOCES Education Partner award recognizes those whose impact on public education in Nassau County can be measured in a very tangible way. A strategic education partner with local school districts since 1967, Nassau BOCES created this program to pay tribute to those who share its commitment to providing the best possible education for learners of all ages and abilities. “Response to our Education Partner awards program continues to be extraordinary,” says Dr. Thomas Rogers, Nassau BOCES district superintendent. “Through this innovative program, everyone who has ever been influenced by public education has an opportunity to show appreciation by nominating outstanding candidates for the award.” The agency received dozens of nominations for the 2012 award. “Our honorees come from all walks of life and reflect the diversity that is Nassau BOCES,” continues Rogers. “Their work encourages the development of lifelong learners and global citizens, which mirrors our goals as we build the BOCES of the future.” The 11 Education Partner awards are being presented to: Valerie Angelillo, Principal, H. Frank Carey High School, Sewanhaka CHSD Patricia A. Chow, Vice-Chairperson, Chinese Center of Long Island Inc. Francis A. De Mita, Chairman Emeritus, Nassau Educators Federal Credit Union and Retired, Assistant Professor, CUNY Dana E. Friedman, Ed.D., President, The Early Years Institute Katie Haug, Teacher, Seaford Manor School, Seaford UFSD Patricia Lally, Teacher Aide, George W. Hewlett High School, HewlettWoodmere UFSD Brian Mannix, Teacher, Great Neck South Middle School, Great Neck UFSD Brian O'Flaherty, Board Trustee, East Meadow UFSD Vicki Payne, Manager, Corporate Citizenship, Northrop-Grumman Corporation, Military Aircraft Systems Joe Satriano, Trustee/Author, Susan Satriano Foundation/"In Sickness and in Health: A Memoir of Love" John Theissen, Executive Director, John Theissen Children's Foundation For additional information about the Nassau BOCES Education Partner awards, please visit www.nassauboces.org/educationpartner — which includes profiles of each year’s honorees and photos from last year’s awards event.

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CARIBBEAN COLUMN By Dr. Dudley Davenport

Food Production Minister Vasant Bharath said receipt of this latest grant was a result of the Government having successfully satisfied all the stringent performance indicators required by the EU. Since 2003, the restructuring program for the former sugar workers has included $82 million to more than 3,000 cane farmers as traditional support; leases for agricultural land to former Caroni workers; compensation to 9000 former employees of Caroni (1975) Ltd; and construction of access roads for 17 agricultural estates. PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD GOVERNMENT GETS HELP FROM EU

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THE European Union (EU) handed over a check for 16.585 million euros (TT$134.2 million) to the Government yesterday to aid in restructuring the country's sugar industry. The State-controlled sugar industry was disbanded in 2007 with the closure of Caroni (1975) Ltd and the then PNM administration approached the EU to help facilitate a National Adaptation Strategy for former sugar workers to promote life after sugar. To date, the total contribution from the EU has totaled 31.9 million euros (TT$276.1 million). The Government will decide how the money is used to revamp the industry. Newly appointed chargé d'affairs for the EU Daniela Tramacere said that despite the recent economic problems among member states, the EU remained committed to the development of a sustainable agricultural sector in Trinidad and Tobago. She was speaking yesterday during a press conference at the International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain. The Food Production, Land and Marine Affairs and Planning ministries will be responsible for the disbursement of the funds.

A HAITIAN judge's decision last week to exonerate former President Jean-Claude Duvalier from facing trial for mass crimes committed under his dictatorial rule, has revived controversial claims against the current President Michel Martelly's previous links with the rotten political culture of "duvalierism" in that Caribbean Community member state. Such a political connection had surfaced during Haiti's last presidential election campaign that was won by the 50-year old former popular music pop star. And late last month, he was to raise new concerns following a report by the news agency Associated Press (AP) that he was favoring a presidential pardon in the interest of national "political reconciliation" instead of a court trial for crimes against humanity. However, when he was interviewed in a radio program earlier this month during an official visit to Ireland, President Martelly backed away from the idea of a "presidential pardon", claiming that his comment was "misunderstood" by the AP report.. But other media reports did not buy into his expressed sentiment in favor of "reconciliation" instead of a long court trial for

Duvalier's claimed crimes against humanity during his 15 years rule that ended with a popular uprising and forced him into exile. The Los Angeles Times, for one, was to editorialize on February 6 why Duvalier should be prosecuted for atrocities committed during his dictatorial rule. In its argument the Times reflected the thinking of human rights organizations in the world, including those in Haiti, that the ex-dictator should face justice for his crimes against humanity. Rejecting the Haitian judge's position that the statute of limitations for a court trial on human rights abuses had expired, the Times argued that "there are plenty of victims willing to recount the beatings, arbitrary arrest and prolonged detentions they suffered… Further, that there is a trove of evidence detailing how Duvalier's "army and shadowy secret police force, the Tontons Macoutes, killed and tortured untold number of civilians…And the fact that there are international conventions, to which Haiti is a signatory, that require it to investigate and prosecute crimes committed by Duvalier and his government…" Conscious that such an argument would resonate with human rights agencies and organizations regionally and internationally, the Times pointed out that Human Rights Watch, the United Nations as well as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, are on record as having urged Haiti's courts to respect its international obligations that "when it comes to crimes against humanity, there can be no statute of limitations". The Caricom Secretariat has an obligation to carefully monitor this development given its implications for the rest of our Caribbean Community, and its support for the International Criminal Court (ICC) which continues to deal with crimes against humanity by political tyrants. Ever since President Martelly had signaled his intention to re-establish a Haitian army and former political thugs in uniforms have been viewed among others training for poten-

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tial recruitment for the proposed "new army", there has been growing uneasiness of a likely return to a grim political culture with which the army had been associated KINGSTON, JAMAICA US SUPPORTS NONLETHAL WEAPONS FOR COPS The United States has responded positively to a proposal from National Security Minister Peter Bunting for the police to be equipped with more non-lethal weapons. Less that one week ago, Bunting declared that he would be looking to develop the necessary policy on the use of nonlethal weapons for the security forces as part of efforts to reduce the incidents of policelinked fatalities. But with no money allocated in the Budget to purchase these non-lethal weapons it appeared Bunting was whistling in the dark. However, US ambassador to Jamaica, Pamela Bridgewater, provided a lifeline to Bunting yesterday with a welcome announcement. "In order to support you, Minister, under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative ... we will be providing equipment that will consist of batons, handcuffs, pepper spray and equipment belts for JCF (Jamaica Constabulary Force) front-line officers," said Bridgewater. "Approximately 6,500 officers (will benefit) over the course of the next three years," added Bridgewater. She said the JCF would begin to receive the equipment this year. According to Bridgewater: "To complement this equipment for non-lethal use, the embassy will work with the JCF ... and we will provide extensive training ... on how to use the equipment and, just as importantly, how and when to use that equipment under the JCF's application of force policy." The US ambassador to Jamaica was speaking during a function at the Office of the Police Commissioner yesterday (Continued on page 56)

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where she handed over 20 vehicles, 500 climate appropriate ballistic vests and 500 tactical uniforms to the force. The donation, valued at J$64 million, forms part of efforts by the US to assist the local police to improve their operational efficiency KINGSTON, JAMAICA NO MORE DEBT EXCHANGE Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips yesterday underscored the Government's determination not to enter another debt exchange, despite the debilitating impact the debt burden is having on the country. Phillips also reaffirmed his party's pre-election promise that there would be no wholesale job cuts in the public sector. "The country and the various elements of the community - pensioners, investors, ordinary citizens - ... have already undertaken great sacrifice in the initial debt swap," Phillips told journalists yesterday. "We don't think, at this point, that there is any basis for going and asking further sacrifice from the same people." He was responding to questions about whether the Government would consider a debt swap similar to the Jamaica Debt Exchange (JDX), which was entered into by the Bruce Golding administration in 2010. That JDX extended the maturity of some domestic instruments and returned lower interest rates. "I think what we really need to do is to examine ... ways in which we can eliminate waste (and) ways in which we can structure reductions in the Budget which would ... help induce greater levels of growth," said Phillips as he ruled out a JDX2. He noted that one way to reduce the debt-to-GDP ratio would be to grow the economy, and added that this was one strategy of the Government. In the meantime, Phillips said any widespread layoff of publicsector workers would not be feasible. The finance minister pointed to the fact that close to 80 per cent of the public-sector employees are in the critical areas of education, health and national security, with no scope for mass dismissals. "These sectors are essential to the maintenance and, indeed, the improvement of the quality of life of the Jamaican people, and any sharp reduction in employment would involve cutting in those sectors which already have service-delivery deficits," said Phillips. The finance minister said the Government was discussing options with the public-sector workers and their unions to address the problem of the high wage bill.

U.S. SENATOR KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND VISITS AGC NYS TO DISCUSS STATE'S INFRASTRUCTURE As part of her Capital Region tour, United States Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand (center) visited the Albany office of the Associated General Contractors of New York State on Monday, Feb. 6. During her visit, the Senator discussed her plan for future economic growth, which includes building new transportation infrastructure across the State of New York. The AGC of New York State represents over 600 Members, 250 of which are general contractors engaged in public and private construction throughout New York State, and is the New York Chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America. The AGC of America represents over 7,000 general contractors nationwide. Visit the AGC NYS at www.agcnys.org. Pictured from left to right is: AGC NYS Chairman Mike Benson, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and AGC NYS President and CEO Mike Elmendorf.

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Museum Mission Statement The mission of the African American Museum of Nassau County [AAM] is to provide programming and events that foster the intellectual development of community members and visitors with an interest in African-American art, history and culture. A primary goal is to disseminate the history of AfricanAmericans on Long Island and the AfricanAmerican contribution to the social and cultural development of American society through material and visual culture. The AAM, located in Hempstead, New York, opened in 1970, at the height of the black power movement, as the Black History Exhibit Center. It is the only African American history museum on Long Island, and is located to serve Nassau County’s largest African-American population. The museum is a multi-disciplinary cultural institution that provides art installations, historical exhibitions, film programs, community service events, and educational programming. This 6,000-square-foot facility, offers a rotating series of exhibits showcasing local and national African American artists. The African American Museum also houses the African Atlantic Genealogy Society.

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Museums in or near Long Island downtowns: Garvies Point Museum and Preserve 50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove The Museum is a center for research on Long Island geology and a valued resource in the study of the Island's Native American archaeology. To arrange a visit, call 516571-8011 and for information and brochures, visit their website Fine Arts Museums of Long Island 295 Fulton Ave, Hempstead The museum features many contemporary exhibits that have traveled internationally. For information, visit their website or call 516-4815700 Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor A history museum with a 30 ft. whaleboat, scrimshaw, ship models, hands-on marine mammal bone display, and a permanent exhibit featuring the history of Long Island's whaling industry. For information, visit their website or call 631-367-3418 East Hampton Historical Society 101 Main Street, East Hampton Historic farm house with 18th century English style barn and several other historic outer buildings. For information, visit their website or call 631-324-6850 Heckscher Museum 2 Prime Avenue, Huntington Museum found in Heckscher Park with a permanent collections of European and American paintings and many other exhibitions that change bimonthly. Programs for both children and adults can be found. For information, visit their website or call 631-351-3250 Hicksville-Gregory Museum Intersection of Heitz Place and Bay Avenue, Hicksville This museum includes history exhibits of Courthouse jail and also has an Earth Science collection of fossils, minerals, zeolite and fluorescent displays. For information, visit their website or call 516-822-7505 Islip Art Museum 50 Irish Lane, East Islip This museum is the leading exhibition space for contemporary art on Long Island. Exhibitions reflect issues and concerns in the current art world. For information, visit their website or call 631-224-5402 Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House 28 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre This museum features a parlor with furnishings, and a collection of original Victorian clothing worn in Rockville Centre in the 19th century. For information, visit their website or call 516-766-0300 Oyster Bay Historical Society 20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay

This organization provides workshops and individual research instruction in family genealogy. The museum has installed a new E-Learning Program that offers an innovative pedagogical approach, using subject headings relative to Americans of African descent, for conducting research on the internet. The AAM is currently working on methods to expand the community’s understanding of knowledge organization methods, literary warrant, and information retrieval and how these relate to African-American social history.

African American Museum and Center of Education and Applied Arts 110 North Franklin Street Hempstead, New York 11550 516-572-0730 fax: 516-572-032 Mr. David Byer-Tyre, Museum Director/ Curator Email: aamnc@yahoo.com Website: www.theaam.org Hours of Operation Monday: by appointment, Tuesday-Friday: 12-8, Saturday: 10-5, Sunday: Closed PAGE 57


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available for purchase at the LICM Box Office on a first come, first serve basis.

Intergalactic Adventure Concludes Busy Week of Theater Programs Tall Stories Theatre Company will make their only Long Island stop on their US tour at the Long Island Children’s Museum Theater for a three day stint during the busy February break week. The group which hails from London, England will present “ T w i n k l e Twonkle” which brings audience members on a magical adventure as Stella and her younger brother Ryan travel through the galaxy using well known Mother Goose nursery rhymes as their guide. The show weaves together science, lessons in sibling sensitivity and plenty of audience participation for an experience the whole family can enjoy together. Following the 50minute show audience members will be invited up on stage to work together and create their own collaborative constellation and then name it. A pr e- and postperformance activity guide will be available to enhance audience members’ appreciation of the performance. The guide which can be downloaded from www.licm.org/theater.php will offer suggestions for conversations and activities to prepare children for the

themes that are explored in the show, as well as followup activities that will further their interest in literacy and science themes. Tall Stories uses a physical story telling style combined with original music to create a lively theatrical experience that embraces its

audience. The show has received rave reviews as it traveled around the world since debuting in 2010. “Twinkle Twonkle is an absolute joy to watch and is children’s theatre at its best,” commented BroadwayBaby.com Performances will take place on Thursday, February 23, Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25 at 1 and 3 p.m. The cost is $6 with museum admission ($4 for LICM members) or $10 for theater only. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling (516) 224-5801 until 4 p.m. the day before the performance. Day of performance tickets are only

These theater performances are made possible through grants received from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The Presidents’ break week will also feature theater performances by

WonderSpark Puppets on February 19-20 and the Bari Koral Family Rock Band on February 21-22. All activities will be held at the Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Museum admission: $11 for adults and children over 1 year old. Under 1 year old FREE. $10 seniors. Additional fees for theater and special programs may apply. For additional information, contact 516-2245800 or visit www.licm.org

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The Long Island Children’s Museum (LICM) is a learning laboratory where hands-on exhibits invite visitors to experiment, examine and play. Through lively interdisciplinary activities, children and adults can share in the excitement of the learning process as they explore the world in which we live. The museum is designed for infants through 12 and their grownups. LICM is a not-for-profit institution chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. For more information, visit http:// www.licm.org/. About Tall Stories Theatre Company Tall Stories was founded in 1997 by joint artistic directors Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell. The company has grown to become a highly acclaimed, internationally touring company. They present old, new and timeless stories in a physical, visual style, always acknowledging the presence of the audience. The company tours to theatres, community venues and schools in the UK, Europe, North America and Asia. Tall Stories productions are created in a collaborative style and link original music with movement and lots of laughs. Tall Stories production of “Twinkle Twonkle” is funded by Arts Council England and John Lyon’s Charity.

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Three Postal Employees Charged With Using Their Position to Steal Cash Defendants worked at post offices in Massapequa Park, Hicksville, and Uniondale

LONG ISLAND CHILDREN’S MUSEUM CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY ON MUSEUM ROW Since its move to Museum Row in February of 2002 the Long Island Children’s Museum has been entertaining families from near and far with interactive exhibits, exciting programs and dynamic theater performances. What started as a small demonstration site on Stewart Avenue in 1993 has grown into a 40,000 square foot nationally recognized and ever changing destination for families. When thinking how to celebrate 10 years on Museum Row, LICM knew it wanted something interactive like the Museum itself. The answer is a fun collaborative workshop during the February break week to help celebrate this momentous occasion. Titled “Tin for Ten” the workshop will take place Monday February 20 through Friday, February 24 from 1-4 p.m. and is open to all ages and is free with museum admission. Using the tradition of giving tin or aluminum gifts for a tenth anniversary as inspiration, visitors will be invited to use an exciting array of tin, aluminum and other shiny materials to add to a growing collaborative sculpture. LICM will also be partnering with Long Island Cares – The Harry Chapin Food Bank for a “Birthday in a Bag” Drive. Visitors will be encouraged to bring items such as birthday cake mix, frosting, cake pans and other birthday party necessities that will be donated to families in need. Donations must be new and unopened and can be dropped in bins in the Outer Lobby of the museum February 18-26. Museum admission is not required to drop off the donation. “People tend to think about donating to food banks during the fall holiday season but often

forget that the need is a yearround one,” notes LICM President Suzanne LeBlanc. “And when we prepare donation items, how many of us have ever thought to include birthday candles or cake mix so that a struggling family could provide their child with a simple birthday celebration.” The decision for the Museum to host this food drive was a natural, Le Blanc notes. “We see so many birthdays spent here at LICM so we thought this would be a great opportunity to teach children about ways to give back and also celebrate our ‘10th Birthday on the Block’.” February break week is one of the museum’s busiest times of year. Workshops and theater performances are planned for each day of the week of February 20-24. Visit www.licm.org for a complete list of programs. All activities will be held at the Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Museum admission: $11 for adults and children over 1 year old. Under 1 year old FREE. $10 seniors. Additional fees for theater and special programs may apply. About Long Island Children’s Museum The Long Island Children’s Museum (LICM) is a learning laboratory where hands-on exhibits invite visitors to experiment, examine and play. Through lively interdisciplinary activities, children and adults can share in the excitement of the learning process as they explore the world in which we live. The museum is designed for infants through 12 and their grownups. LICM is a not-forprofit institution chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. For more information, visit http://www.licm.org/.

MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that three United States postal workers have been arrested and charged with stealing more than $4,000 in separate incidents in post offices in Massapequa Park, Hicksville, and Uniondale. This morning, DA Investigators arrested Harold Gutierrez, 49, of Uniondale; Rita Haynes, 56, of Roosevelt; and Lisa Jimenez, 45, of the Bronx and charged them with Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree and Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree. Gutierrez was also charged with misdemeanor Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fifth Degree. Each defendant faces up to four years in prison if convicted and is scheduled to be arraigned later today in First District Court, Hempstead. The investigation of these cases was conducted by the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General, and referred to the DA’s Office for prosecution. Rice said that between July 2010 and September 2011, Gutierrez stole $1,471 from the Massapequa Park Post Office by improperly ringing up customers. Gutierrez would falsely enter customer transactions or omit retail customer transactions entirely, keeping the cash for himself. Gutierrez used the cash to pay for personal living expenses, and admitted to investigators that he had also stolen DVDs from Netflix and Blockbuster mailings. In a separate incident, Rice said that between November 2009 and February 2011, Haynes stole $1,542 from the Hicksville Post Office by failing to scan or enter retail customer transactions and short-ringing customers’ stamp purchases, a process where Haynes would charge a customer less than their actual purchase was worth and then keeping the difference. In another separate incident, Rice said that November 2009, Jimenez, working at the Uniondale Post Office, sold money orders for $500 and $1,000 to two different customers. Jimenez then voided the money orders, unbeknownst to the customers, and then fraudulently created two money orders in the same amounts made payable to two of her family members. “These three defendants violated the trust placed in them by their employers and the innocent customers they were hired to serve,” Rice said. “Corruption at any level of government is unacceptable and I will continue to collaborate with other law enforcement agencies to root out waste, fraud, and abuse.” Deputy Chief William Wallace of the Government & Consumer Frauds Bureau is prosecuting the cases for the DA’s Office. Gutierrez is represented by Daniel Russo, Esq. Jimenez is represented by Eric Sachs, Esq. Attorney information is unavailable for Haynes. The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Long Beach City Councilman Charged With Stealing More Than $14K in Unemployment Benefits Grand jury indicts Fagen for never reporting his government job to Labor Department MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a Long Beach City councilman has been indicted by a grand jury after stealing more than $14,000 in unemployment compensation by concealing his employment as an elected city official from the state labor department.

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In a grand jury indictment handed up yesterday, Michael Fagen, 55, of Long Beach, has been charged with Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, 38 counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, and one count of Petit Larceny. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted and will be arraigned at a later date. Rice said that Fagen began receiving $405 per week in Unemployment Insurance Benefits from the New York State Department of Labor (DOL) on September 24, 2009. In November 2009, Fagen was elected to a four-year term as a city councilman and began receiving a yearly salary of $19,828 upon his inauguration in January 2010. Fagen failed to disclose his government employment to the DOL, as well as his employment as a salesman for a hotel membership benefits company,

David Laffer victim's kin to sue doctor The family of one of four people killed during a Medford pharmacy holdup said it will file a lawsuit Thursday against a doctor who allegedly prescribed painkillers to David Laffer, the convicted murderer, the family's attorney said. John Ray, the attorney for the family of Jaime Taccetta, told Newsday the suit also names the Suffolk County Police Department and at least one pharmaceutical manufacturer that markets oxycodone. Ray said the suit will be filed in State Supreme Court in Suffolk -- and said he will provide more details of the lawsuit at a news conference at noon Thursday. "We're taking kind of an unusual approach here," Ray said of filing suit against pharmaceutical companies, some named in the filing only as "John Doe" Nos. 1-6. Ray said the manufacturers "have a duty to watch who they're selling it [their products] to," noting it was "a willfully blind neglect" if those companies failed to note a specific doctor or pharmacy was selling "an inordinate amount" of prescription medications for that area. Ray told Newsday that Dr. Stan Li, who practices in Flushing,

and continued to receive undeserved unemployment benefits totaling more than $14,000. After his inauguration, he falsely certified that he was unemployed to the DOL every week. “The voters of Long Beach trusted Michael Fagen to represent their interests and uphold their community’s values,” Rice said. “Mr. Fagen violated that trust with every unemployment check he cashed and every dollar he stole from the taxpayers of this state.” The investigation of this case was jointly conducted by the District Attorney’s Office and the New York State Department of Labor’s Office of Special Investigations following notification by the City of Long Beach. Assistant District Attorney Megan Gallagher of the Government & Consumer Frauds Bureau is prosecuting the case under the supervision of Bu-

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Queens, is the doctor named in the lawsuit. Li's attorney, Raymond Belair of Manhattan, was traveling Thursday and could not immediately be reached for comment. And a Suffolk County police spokesman told Newsday the department generally doesn't comment on pending litigation. On Father's Day, Laffer pulled a .45-caliber pistol from a black knapsack and executed the pharmacist, a 17-year-old cashier and two customers -- one of them Taccetta -- before fleeing with more than 10,000 painkillers, police said. Laffer and his wife, Melinda Brady, both were described by Suffolk police at the time as pain pill abusers. The couple filled prescriptions for almost 12,000 pain pills from dozens of doctors in the four years before the massacre, according to state records. New York State has barred Li, a doctor who those records show was a primary supplier of prescription pain drugs to Laffer, from practicing medicine. The state Department of Health order charges Li, 57, with violations that include gross negligence, gross incompetence and moral unfitness in connection with care of five unidentified patients between November 2008 and last summer. The state alleges that Li, who operated a pain clinic in Flushing, (Continued on page 61)

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Memo: Different account of Capano shooting Originally published: February 8, 2012 4:29 PM Updated: February 8, 2012 10:37 PM By ANN GIVENS AND MATTHEW CHAYES ann.givens@newsday.com,matthew.chayes@newsday.com A pharmacist at the Seaford drugstore where off-duty ATF agent John Capano was fatally shot trying to stop a robber on New Year's Eve gave investigators a dramatic witness account of the shooting, according to a confidential internal memorandum from the Nassau County district attorney's office. The pharmacist's account differed from that offered by a lawyer for retired Nassau police Lt. Christopher Geraghty, who mistakenly shot Capano, on some aspects of the sequence of events immediately before and after the shooting.

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Geraghty's lawyer, Brian J. Davis, said, "In the heat of battle, people see different things in different ways."

failed to address signs of addiction in the patients, appropriately discontinue their use of drugs, or maintain records that accurately reflected the treatment he provided to them.

A law enforcement source said Wednesday that one part of the pharmacist's account -- that Capano was shot in the back -- differs from what the autopsy report showed, which was that Capano was killed by a shot to the right side of his chest, tearing into his aorta. The source said the shot came from a .38-caliber revolver, the same caliber gun Geraghty was carrying that day.

In late November, Li was arrested and charged with multiple counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and reckless endangerment in connection with his care of a Queens man who died last year of an overdose, three months after he got his last prescription from Li.

According to the memorandum, the pharmacist said he also drew a pistol during the pursuit of the robber, intending "to assist Capano." The three-page document is based on a Jan. 10 interview by prosecutors and detectives with the pharmacist who was on duty at the time. It was accidentally posted on the DA's website, according to a spokesman.

Li has pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges. A committee of the State Board for Professional Medical Conduct was to hold a hearing on the health department's charges against Li on Feb. 2, but, Belair said an email last week, that meeting was rescheduled. Li's license could be revoked or he could be found innocent and allowed to practice.

"A confidential internal memorandum from an ongoing investigation was mislabeled and placed on the district attorney's website in error," John Byrne, a spokesman for District Attorney Kathleen Rice, said in a statement Wednesday. "This interview represents just one of many perspectives of the Seaford tragedy and no conclusions should be drawn from it.

The hearing is not open to the public. The state health department declined to comment on the status of the hearing.

"The district attorney's office is reviewing our electronic security procedures to prevent such accidental disclosures in the future."

Laffer, 34, pleaded guilty to the murders in November, was sentenced to five life terms in prison without parole for the four murders and a count of multiple murders. Brady, 30, who helped plan the robbery and drove the getaway car, was sentenced to the maximum of 25 years in prison for robbery.

The document has been removed from the website. One of many accounts Byrne said prosecutors have interviewed 13 witnesses in the case so far, with only a few interviews outstanding. He said the pharmacist's account was one of many related to prosecutors, and that witnesses' statements and perspectives vary.

Newsday has reported that, between October 2009 and June 11, Laffer got over 2,500 pain pills from Li, according to state records. Eight days after getting his last prescription from Li, Laffer executed the four people at Haven Drugs.

The family of Taccetta, 33, filed a claim of negligence against Suffolk County and its police department in September.

The pharmacist confirmed Wednesday that he spoke to prosecutors but declined to discuss all the details.

The plaintiffs listed on the claim are the estate of Jaime Taccetta and her former husband James Malone, on behalf of his and the murdered woman's two children, Miranda Malone, 16, and Kaitlyn Malone, 6.

Capano, 51, of Massapequa, had gone to the drugstore to pick up prescriptions. He came into the store from a rear entrance as the robbery was in the progress, and then followed and confronted the escaping suspect, James McGoey, 43, of Hampton Bays, according to the pharmacist's account.

The notice of claim states Taccetta was "wrongfully killed" during the robbery committed by Laffer and that the weapon used was a legally licensed firearm owned and registered to Laffer, "who prior to the incident was known to the Suffolk County Police Department to be a prescription drug abuser."

McGoey, who had prior convictions for drugstore and other robberies, was carrying a silver pellet gun that looked like an actual .45caliber pistol, police have said.

The notice alleges the department "was negligent in its duty to remove" the license and weapon.

The pharmacist headed out the rear of Charlie's Family Pharmacy, turned into an alley toward the front of the store, and drew a loaded 9-

A county spokesman at the time said, "We are defending our position vigorously."

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millimeter gun from his ankle holster, according to the memorandum. Byrne said the weapon was licensed. The document described the pharmacist's account of the fatal sequence of events:

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SEATTLE (AP) -A woman has won When he reached the sidewalk in front of the store, the pharmacist $975,000 in a federal "observed Capano and McGoey chest to chest in a struggle," with Ca- jury trial, 14 years after pano on top and McGoey on his back on the ground. The pharmacist giving birth in a jail cell in Washington state. knew Capano was an ATF agent, the memorandum said. A jury agreed Friday The pharmacist heard a voice he presumed to be McGoey's say, on nine of 10 counts in "I've got your gun, I've got your gun, I'm going to shoot you," the Imka Pope's civil rights case against King document said. County. Pope says jail The pharmacist "had his weapon drawn and pointed at both Capano nurses and corrections officers violated her civil and McGoey," it said. rights in 1997 by dis"[The pharmacist] called out to Capano several times, 'John, what missing her claims that she was pregnant. do I do?' " but got no response, the memorandum said. She had been arThen, the pharmacist told investigators, he saw Geraghty, 54, who rested for sleeping on a was working at the nearby Seaford Deli, "jump on top of the pile, on bench at a Metro bus top of Capano," according to the memorandum. "Chris works at the stop. In the lawsuit she deli a few doors down from the pharmacy, and [the pharmacist] had filed in 2007, Pope said jail health officials met Chris before." locked her in a cell and The pharmacist told investigators he saw Geraghty display "a re- ignored her for six days. got help after a volver type handgun in his right hand. [The pharmacist] observed She guard heard a baby cryChris take the revolver, put it to the back of Capano, and fire one ing. round," the memorandum said. Her mental illness has delayed the case. It went to trial once previously, but at that time Pope was involuntarily committed to Harborview Medical Center. The account continued, "[The pharmacist] did not hear Chris say A call to the King County prosecutor's office seeking comment on the case was anything." not immediately returned late Friday afternoon.

The pharmacist "immediately told Chris that he had shot the wrong man by stating to Chris 'no Chris, wrong guy.' Chris responded by turning his head and looking at [the pharmacist], and asking [the pharmacist], 'who is the bad guy?' [The pharmacist] pointed at McGoey and said 'no, that guy.' Chris again looked back and said 'which guy?' and [the pharmacist] continued to point at McGoey and say 'that guy,' " the document said. McGoey was shot dead by an off-duty New York police officer who also came to the scene from the deli, according to law enforcement sources. The pharmacist, who had briefly retreated down the alley, said that when he returned to the sidewalk, Geraghty asked him to hold his gun. He did, and then saw Geraghty "trying to perform first aid on Capano," the DA's document said. The shooter's story Law enforcement officials have not made public a detailed account of the shooting. But five days after the tragedy, Geraghty's lawyer Davis gave his client's account, which he stood by Wednesday. Davis said Geraghty was working behind the counter of a Merrick Road delicatessen when he learned there was a robbery in progress at the pharmacy. He said Geraghty and off-duty NYPD Officer Joseph Arbia, 29, ran from the deli in an attempt to apprehend the assailant. "There's Capano and McGoey on the ground, chest-to-chest, with the gun between them, wrestling," Davis said. "He's screaming, 'Who's the good guy? Who's the good guy?' " Davis said of Geraghty. He said Geraghty and Arbia also repeatedly shouted "Police!" and "Put the gun down!" As Geraghty, Capano and McGoey battled for Capano's gun, Davis said, it went off, sending a shot whizzing past the retired Nassau cop. "Now it's turned back directly on my client," Davis said. "It goes off inches from his face." Davis said Geraghty thought Capano was the robber and was trying to shoot him.

"He immediately fires," Davis said. The pharmacist told investigators the he did not hear any gunshots before the one that Geraghty fired at Capano, the memorandum said. Davis said Capano never identified himself as a law enforcement officer and that his client realized that Capano was "the good guy" only after he'd shot him. Standing by his statement After he was shown the DA's internal memorandum Wednesday, Davis said last month's account he gave remains the same. "Nothing that [the pharmacist] said is going to change the statement that you [Newsday] reported on Jan. 6," Davis said. He added, "You can have 20 people, and 20 people can see things 20 different ways." He said he found it puzzling that the pharmacist told investigators, according to the memorandum, that "he had no recollection of anyone coming past him in the alleyway" -- the route that Geraghty and Arbia took to the scene. Geraghty has been interviewed by police detectives and at some point will give a statement to the DA's office, Davis said. Davis told Newsday last month that Geraghty was "distraught" over the shooting and "his life will never be the same." Davis said Wednesday that Geraghty has gone back to work three days a week to help his family, but "this is not something that he's going to put behind him very easily." Davis said it was "a shame" that the document surfaced. "It's unfortunate that it happened. I wish it hadn't for the security of the investigation," Davis said. PAGE 62


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Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 4 to 12 Years in Prison for Stealing $5.3M in Mortgage Proceeds from Nassau Lenders Goldberger stole from Jericho and Great Neck lenders; used dead attorney’s signature for closing MINEOLA, NY – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a Brooklyn man has been sentenced to four to 12 years in prison for stealing $5.3 million in mortgage proceeds from two different Nassau County financial lenders by using fake documents, a dead attorney’s signature, and forged mortgage satisfactions that showed previous mortgages were paid off. Mayer Goldberger, 47, of Sunset Park, Brooklyn, had pleaded guilty to two counts of Grand Larceny in the First Degree. Rice said that in 2002 and 2003, Goldberger obtained loans on properties located in Hartford, Connecticut from lenders in New York totaling $1.4 million. Goldberger owned these properties under his company’s name, Hartford LLC. In 2005 and 2006, forged documents were filed stating the $1.4 million had been paid off. Goldberger then used those forged documents to obtain a $3 million loan from the New York Community Bank in Jericho in 2007. In reality, Goldberger still owed the entire original $1.4 million. Using the same forged mortgage satisfactions he used in 2007 to obtain the New York Community Bank loan, Goldberger received another loan for $2.3 million from BRT Realty Trust in Great Neck in 2008. In addition to the forged satisfactions, Goldberger furthered his criminal scheme by preparing his own title report through a company he owned called Speedy Title Services LLC, a conflict of interest of which BRT had no knowledge. That report failed to disclose the existence of the $3 million loan and omitted mentioning the $1.4 million in mortgages that he knew were not paid off. It did, however, include a bogus 2007 mortgage supposedly issued by Hartford LLC to Hartford & York LLC, another company solely owned by Goldberger. This led BRT Realty Trust to believe that once the Hartford & York LLC loan was paid off, BRT would have the first lien on the Connecticut properties. But this was not the case.

  In  addition,  Goldberger  misrepresented  that  Speedy  Title  Services  was acting as an authorized agent of First American Title Insurance Com‐ pany. In doing so he caused a forged certificate of title and policy of title  insurance to be delivered to BRT Realty Trust. These documents not only  misrepresented that Speedy Title Services was acting on behalf of Ameri‐ can Title Insurance Company, but also contained the forged signature of a  deceased attorney. With the deal completed on July 14, 2008, the entire $2.3 million was  paid by BRT, including $2 million to Hartford & York, at Goldberger’s direc‐ tion. However, the mortgage issued by Hartford LLC to BRT was never re‐ corded and the loan went into default in January 2009 leaving the entire  $2.3 million principal balance unpaid. “This defendant used every trick in the book to bilk local lenders out  of  millions  of  dollars,  including  the  use  of  a  dead  man’s  signature,”  Rice  said. “Mr. Goldberger thought only of his own wallet when he committed  these crimes, and today’s sentence is the inevitable result of his greed.”  Chief Marshall Trager of the Government & Consumer Frauds Bureau is prosecuting the case for the DA’s Office. Goldberger is represented by Robert McDonald, Esq.

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MANGANO ANNOUNCES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMPACT FOR THE NPD GROUP THAT CREATES 60 NEW JOBS Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) approved an economic development compact that will allow The NPD Group to undertake an $8 million renovation of its Port Washington headquarters. The action is expected to result in the creation of 50 new construction jobs and an additional 10 high-paying permanent full-time jobs in Nassau County within three years. “The NPD Group is one of Nassau County’s premier businesses and the kind of company we hope to keep and attract to Nassau County,” said Nassau County Executive Mangano. “Long Island has lost too many jobs to other states. My administration and the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency are working tirelessly to retain employers and keep jobs in Nassau County.” “NPD is a marquee company that is expanding rapidly, but it’s outgrown its current space and the ability to efficiently service its clients,” said Joseph Kearney, executive director of the Nassau IDA. “Our participation in this project ensures that new jobs created by NPD will be located in Nassau County and not at one of the company’s other locations in the United States or in Ireland, where costs are lower.” NPD, one of the nation’s leading market research firms, has proposed alterations to its 117,000-square-foot headquarters at 900 W. Shore Rd, Port Washington, that include a new entrance and expansion of the company’s information technology center. NPD currently has 545 full-time-equivalent employees. The project is expected to be completed by September 2013. About the Nassau County IDA The Nassau County Industrial Development Agency consists of a team of professionals whose mission is to promote the economic welfare and prosperity of Nassau County. It is a resource for businesses in Nassau County and those considering relocation. The IDA provides assistance to business interested in relocating, expanding and financing new investments. It has provided assistance to a wide range of companies, from Arizona Iced Tea and Sleepy’s Mattress to Cold Spring Harbor Labs and Grumman Studios. For more information, please visit www.nassauida.org or call 516-571-1945. PAGE 63


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ness and care. Love is an attribute of God; it is the power that joins people together. Love is everywhere. We see it through the beauty of nature; love brings joy, happiness. We know we are loved when we feel it. It makes us do silly things, and love keeps us young. Love will improve our lives on all levels health, wealth, relationship…

Sweet Valentine

This year I challenge you to find someone that could use a little love and send them a card, it could be your neighbor across the street, a family member that

The month of February is the shortest month in the calendar year but it lacks not in things to celebrate. It is the month during which we celebrate African American History. It is also the month we celebrate Valentine’s Day! To men, it is a lot more than all of that. February is a time to renew our spirit. Valentine’s Day is recognized all over the world. Customarily, people express their love for each other by sending each other flowers, greeting cards or going out to eat, let’s not forget all of the chocolate and candy! This year you can make a love connection in a healthy way. You do not have to avoid the holiday because you are following a healthy lifestyle. Romance can be healthy, delicious and full of flavor. Before I share some recipes with you, let’s take a look at LOVE. Love can have a variety of meanings and be expressed with strong emotion, affection, passion, compassion, kind-

finely shredded coconut 9 medjul dates 15 drops vanilla extract

you haven’t spoken to in a long time; I will do the same. May your Valentine’s Day be filled with love! Here are some recipes for you to enjoy. These recipes are vegan and gluten free, for those who are intolerant to dairy and gluten, but still want something delicious and treat to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Macaroons Ingredients 3

cups

unsweetened

Preparation Place all ingredients in food processor, blend until it starts to stick together, scoop with a spoon, use hands to shape like small balls, add raw cocoa or carob to make chocolate macaroons. Enjoy these delicious health smart macaroons. Makes: about 25 depend on size Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse

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was soaked in. 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil 1teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup raw cocoa powder or carob powder 1 pinch sea salt Preparation Place all ingredients into either a blender or food processor except cocoa or carob, blend until smooth and creamy. Add cacao or carob powder and blend until mixed evenly. Garnish with sliced kiwi or strawberry, mint leaves, or cacao nibs, be creative. Pour in a fancy cocktail glass, place in refrigerator for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy this delicious health smart dairy free chocolate mousse. Your feedback and questions are welcome. For specific personal coaching, you can email Immacula Oligario directly at info@yesicandoit2.com or visit us online @ www.yesicandoit2.com Watch us on Cable Vision channel 20 on Thursday morning

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Black women donate breast tissue for cancer research at higher rate Healthy breast tissue was donated by almost 700 women for research on breast cancer. Of the 700, 36 percent were AfricanAmerican. The last time these donations were made only 3.5 percent of the donors were African American. The Washington Examiner reports that the drive also raised more than 1.5 million dollars for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank: Nearly 700 women have donated healthy breast tissue to the nation's only facility to collect, catalog and analyze tissue for breast cancer research. The women donated their tissue Jan. 28-29 during Indy's Super Cure, sponsored by the Super Bowl Host Committee and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at Indiana University's Simon Cancer Center in downtown Indianapolis.

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Nearly 700 women donate breast tissue for research Nearly 700 women have donated healthy breast tissue to the nation's only facility to collect, catalog and analyze tissue for breast cancer research. The women donated their tissue Jan. 28-29 during Indy's Super Cure, sponsored by the Super Bowl Host Committee and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at Indiana University's Simon Cancer Center in downtown Indianapolis. The IU School of Medicine says the drive had increased participation from minorities. African-Americans represented 36 percent of donors, Hispanics 7 percent and other minorities 3 percent. In past drives, black women represented only 3.5 percent, while Hispanics represented less than 1 percent. The drive also raised more than $1.5 million for the tissue bank.

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And now, I had to face the truth.. My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it was. I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light.

As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls.

An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes.

Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles; an angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life.

Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes, creating an image, the face of Christ. Then our Lord stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes. He said, 'Every time you gave over your life to Me, it became My life, My hardships, and My struggles. Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let Me shine through, until there was more of Me than there was of you.'

But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. They were filled with giant holes. Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in every day life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all. I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares. Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and the bright hues of worldly fortune. I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened. My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air. Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the light, the scrutiny of truth. The others rose; each in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had been. My angel looked upon me and nodded for me to rise. My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn't had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my life and laughter. But there had also been trials of illness and wealth, and false accusations that took from me my world, as I knew it. I had to start over many times. I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin again. I spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life.. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully, each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who unfairly judged me.

May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through! God determines who walks into your life...it's up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay and who you refuse to let go.' I need this back. If you'll do this for me, I'll do it for you. When there is nothing left but God, that is when you find out that God is all you need. Take 60 seconds and give this a shot! All you do is simply say the following small prayer for the person who sent you this. Father, bless all my family and friends in whatever it is that you know they may need this day! And may their life be full of your peace, prosperity and power as he/she seeks to have a closer relationship with you. Amen. Send this on to five other people, including the one who sent it to you.. Within hours you caused a multitude of people to pray for other people. Then sit back and watch the power of God work in your life. I chose more than five...you can too FROM: Christopher Kurten

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Telephone Number

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Lutheran Church of the Epiphany, 35 Fulton Avenue, Hempstead is interested in being included in the Village of Hempstead Church Directory. Please include the following information: Lutheran Church of the Epiphany, 35 Fulton Avenue (between Mead and Hilbert Streets), The Rev. Clifford A. Lewis, Interim Pastor, Phone: 516-4819344 email: info@epiphanyhempstead.org. Sunday worship with Holy Communion 9:15am (English) and 11:00am (Spanish).

1. Antioch Baptist Church of Hempstead

(516) 485-1499

2. Antioch Citadel of Hope

(516) 485-6071

3. Apostolic Faith Church

(516) 538-6058

4. Assembly of God Church of Hempstead

(516) 489-7337

5. Adonai Christian Center

(516) 489-8105

48. La Iglesia de Dios Monte Sion

(516) 565-1190

6. Believing Gods Word Church

(516) 505-3501

49. Living Faith Church

(516) 307-8803

7. Calvary Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church

(516) 292-3685

50. Long Island Council of Churches

(516) 565-0290

8. Cham Sarang Korean Methodist Church

(516) 485-2103

51. Long Island Family Church

(516) 481-7322

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52. Macedonia Church of the 7 Day Adventist

(516) 483-8532

53. Mt Zion Beth-El Holiness Church Inc.

(516) 538-7456

54. Miracle Christian Center

(516) 505-2595

55. Mack World of Gospel

(516) 565-4863

56. Ministries Holy Ghost

(516) 481-5777

(516) 489-1818

57. Ministry Escrito ESTA

(516) 342-9077

14. Congregational Church of South Hempstead

(516) 489-3610

58. Mt Calvary Church of God Christ

(516) 465-8881

15. Curtis Riley Ministries

(516) 486-3026

59. New Horizons Ministries Inc.

(516) 481-5769

16. Christian Fellowship Center

(516) 280-3125

60. New Life Ministries

(516) 414-0357

17. Church of God

(516) 292-9348

61. New Generation Church

(516) 214-6358

18. Church of the Redeemer

(718) 435-4914

62. Our lady of Loretto Roman Catholic Church

(516) 489-3675

63. One Offering

(516) 833-7473

19. Centro Espiritual Los Pastors

(516) 538-0237

64. Pilgrim Tabernacle Seventh Day Adventist Church

(516) 481-0306

20. Changing Lives Church

(516) 481-9371

65. Progressive Holiness Church (Apostolic)

(516) 486-9621

21. DRC Christian Fellowship

(516) 292-4008

66. Perfecting Praise Ministries

(516) 481-2250

22. Eglise Evangelique

(516) 543-4380

67. Pentecostar Iglesia

(516) 750-5392

23. Faith Baptist Church of Hempstead

(516) 538-3335

68. Pentecostal Church of Hempstead

(516) 292-1780

24. Faith Fellowship Christian Center

(516) 565-1480

69. Pilgrim Tabernacle-Seventh

(516) 481-0306

25. Faith, Hope and Charity Church of God Inc.

(516) 483-1063

70. Rehoboth Fellowship

(516) 505-0514

71. RCCG Chapel

(516) 279-6280

9. Christ’s First Presbyterian Church

(516) 292-1644

10. Church of Christ

(516) 505-2160

11. Church of God of Prophecy

(516) 486-7010

12. Church of the Four Leaf Clover

(631) 588-6802

13. Congregation Beth Israel (Conservative)

Family Federation for World Peace and Unification Long Island Chapter

(516) 481-7322

72. St. George’s Episcopal Church

(516) 483-2771

27. First Baptist Church of Hempstead

(516) 483-6330

73. St. John’s Episcopal Church

(516) 538-4750

28. First Hempstead AME Church

(516) 485-5550

74. St. Ladislaus Roman Catholic Church

(516) 489-0368

29. Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Paul

(516) 483-5700

30. God’s Miracle Temple

(516) 292-7647

75. St. Vladimir’s Ukranian Catholic Church of the Eastern Rite (516) 481-771

31. Greater True Deliverance Evangelists Ministry

(516) 292-1025

32. Gospel of Peace International

(516) 414-6810

33. Good News Faith Tabernacle

(516) 795-1985

34. Hempstead Seventh day Adventist Church

(516) 481-3252

35. Hempstead Spanish Seventh Day Adventist Church

(516) 292-8807

36. Iglesia Pentecostal Roca de Salvacion, Inc.

(516) 489-4530

37. Iglesia La Luz Delmundo

(516) 414-2594

38. Iglesia Apostoles Y Profetas

(516) 485-1776

39. Iglesia Presbiterian Hispana

(516) 564-0201

40. Iglesia de Dios Ministerial de Jesus Cristo International

(516) 292-1063

41. Jackson Memorial AME Zion Church

(516) 483-2724

42. Joyful Heart Baptist Church

(516) 485-1631

43. Judea United Baptist Church

(516) 485-5770

44. Kings Chapel of Hempstead Holiness Apostolic Church PAW

76. Salvation Army Church

(516) 485-4900

77. South Hempstead Baptist Church

(516) 481-7090

78. Stand Up Ministry

(516) 564-0058

79. Seventh Day Adventist Church

(516) 481-3252

80. SHRI Vishnu Sai Inc.

(516) 833-5022

81. The Temple of the Living God Inc. Harvest Time

(516) 485-4544

82. Union Baptist Church

(516) 483-3088

83. United Methodist Church of Hempstead

(516) 485-6363

84. Unity Church of Hempstead

(516) 481-2300

85. Universal Tabernacle of Love, Peace & Joy

(516) 481-2555

86. Union Baptist Church Parsonage

(516) 483-1317

87. Union Christian Church

(516) 489-2316

88. Victory Christian Tabernacle

(516) 538-3604

89. Worldwide Revival Ministries

(516) 486-4590

90. Whole Truth Prayer Tower

(516) 483-0511

(516) 483-2452

45. Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses

(516) 292-0932

46. Korean Church of the World Crusade

(516) 485-2102

47. Lutheran Church of the Epiphany

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7:30-7:45 a.m. Life in The Word/Joyce Meyers 7:45-8:00 a.m. Sid Roth's Messianic Visions 8:00-8:30 a.m. Valley Stream Baptist Church Monday

8:30-8:45 a.m. Miracle Revival Hour/Pastor David Paul

7:30-7:45 a.m. Life in The Word/Joyce Meyers

9:00-10:00 a.m. Invite Health Radio Show

7:45-8:00 a.m. Sid Roth's Messianic Visions

10:00-11:00 a.m. Overcomer Ministries - Bro. Stair

8:00-8:30 a.m. Valley Stream Baptist Church

12:00-12:15 p.m. Quest for Truth Elder. Eric Scott

8:30-8:45 a.m. Miracle Revival Hour/Pastor David Paul

1:00-2:00 p.m. W.A.M. Seretta Mcknight

9:00-10:00 a.m. Invite Health Radio Show

2:00-2:15 p.m. Life in The Word/Joyce Meyer

10:00-11:00 a.m. Overcomer Ministries - Bro. Stair

2:15-2:30 p.m. Sid Roth's Messianic Visions

2:00-2:15p.m. Life in The Word/Joyce Meyers

2:30-3:00 p.m. Christian Car Connection - Bobby Banks

2:15-2:30 p.m. Sid Roth's Messianic Visions

3:00-3:05 p.m. Time to Laugh

3:00-3:05 p.m. Time to Laugh

Saturday

Tuesday

7:30-8:00 a.m. Freewill Baptist Church

7:30-7:45 a.m. Life in The Word/Joyce Meyers

8:00 -8:30 a.m. The Glorious Word of Life/Greater Refuge Ministries

7:45-8:00 a.m. Sid Roth's Messianic Visions

8:30 -9:30 a.m. Heavenly Communications/ Bishop Basil Anderson

8:00-8:30 a.m. Valley Stream Baptist Church

9:30-10:30 a.m. Inspirational Soul Gospel Ministries - Deacon Wil-

8:30-8:45 a.m. Miracle Revival Hour/Pastor David Paul 9:00-10:00 a.m. Invite Health Radio Show 10:00-11:00 a.m. Overcomer Ministries - Bro. Stair 11:30-12:00 p.m. Intimate Connection with Pastor Larry Davidson 2:00-2:15 p.m. Life in The Word/Joyce Meyers 2:15-2:30 p.m. Sid Roth's Messianic Visions 3:00-3:05 p.m. Time to Laugh

liam Adams 10:30-11:00 am First Baptist Church of Westbury/Pastor Harvey 11:00-1:00 p.m. Genesis Productions/Cornelius Robinson 2:45-3:15 p.m. Holy Ghost Time/Rev. Foster 3:15-3:30 p.m. Wisdom, Power & Honesty -Charlene Ward 3:30-4:00 p.m. Glorious Gospel of JESUS CHRIST - Apostle E.

Alston

Wednesday

Sunday

7:30-7:45 a.m. Life in The Word/Joyce Meyers

8:00-8:30 a.m. With God You Will Succeed/Tom Leding Ministries

7:45-8:00 a.m. Sid Roth's Messianic Visions

9:00-9:30 a.m. Univ. Tab. Love, Peace, Joy/Pastor Dunbar

8:00-8:30 a.m. Valley Stream Baptist Church

9:30-10:00 a.m. The Voice of Bethel/Pastor John Boyd

8:30-8:45 a.m. Miracle Revival Hour/Pastor David Paul

10:00-10:30 a.m. Merrick Park Baptist Church

9:00-10:00 a.m. Invite Health Radio Show

11:30-12:00 p.m. Bible Church of Christ Bishop Roy Bryant

10:00-11:00 a.m. Overcomer Ministries - Bro. Stair

12:00-3:00 p.m. Overcomer Ministries - Bro. Stair

2:00-2:15 p.m. Life in The Word/Joyce Meyers

3:30-4:00 p.m. Front Page Jerusalem

2:15-2:30 p.m. Sid Roth's Messianic Visions 2:30-2:35 p.m. Time to Laugh 3:30-4:00 p.m. Gospel Artist Spotlight 4:15-4:30 p.m. Hempstead Happenings 4:30-4:45 p.m. Inside Freeport Thursday 7:30-7:45 a.m. Life in The Word/Joyce Meyers 7:45-8:00 a.m. Sid Roth's Messianic Visions 8:00-8:30 a.m. Valley Stream Baptist Church 8:30-8:45 a.m. Miracle Revival Hour/Pastor David Paul 9:00-10:00 a.m. Invite Health Radio Show 10:00-11:00 a.m. Overcomer Ministries - Bro. Stair 11:30-12:00 p.m. Kingdom Cars Unlimited - Cynthia Boone 12:00-12:15 p.m. Gospel of Deliverance/ Rev. Ward 1:00-2:00 p.m. Pastors United/Dean, Thomas & Watson 2:15-2:30 p.m. Sid Roth's Messianic Visions Friday PAGE 70


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THE RELIGION PAGE By Dr. Dudley D. Davenport

ROOSEVELT, NEW YORK THE BATTLE IS NOW ON Presiding Bishop and HOD President Face off over TEC Budget Litigation costs are forcing church's hand in how it will spend money now and in the future A power struggle and simmering rivalry which has been going on for a number of years between Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori and House of Deputies president Bonnie Anderson erupted this past week when the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church met in Maryland where the two parties offered different visions of the mission of

the church. Executive Council received two different budget proposals from its Executive Committee with one setting the diocesan asking at the current level of 19 percent, and requiring cuts of almost $6 million from the $140 million 2010-2012 budget adopted by the General Convention. This is the position favored by PB Jefferts Schori. The other lowers the diocesan asking to 15 percent and requires cuts of almost $21 million from the current budget. HOD President Anderson favors the 15 percent asking. Both budgets were ultimately scuttled and a third budget was sent to Program, Budget & Finance. "We have created something different and unique. There are increased funds for justice ministry in this budget that we will present to PB&F," Said Jefferts Schori at a press conference. Anderson ripped the national church's current spending habits, "Let's reduce the amount that we ask dioceses to send to the Church Center. Let's study the best use of the building at 815 Second Avenue with an eye to freeing up for mission the $7.7 million dollars that is earmarked for facilities cost and debt repayment during the next triennium. Let's expect that dioceses and their networks know best how to build up God's church and support ministry where it is most effective. And as we change the budget, let's acknowledge that we also need to change our models of

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Abundant Life through Jesus Christ John 10:10 King James Version (KJV) “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Many Christians forget the role and purpose of the devil our adversary. However what is even scarier Apostle than that is many Christians truly forgot why Jesus came. Jesus came not Dr. Karen Deadwyler only to set you free from this world’s systems, and Satan’s tricks and schemes but also to deposit in your mind and spirit that you can have life and have it more abundantly. When Jesus said that you may have life “What exactly did He mean?” Well when you look up the word life it means “the sum of the distinguishing phenomena of organisms, especially metabolism, growth, reproduction, and adaptation to environment. Mainly what God is saying here is that He has come that we can 1) move and live and have our being in Him, 2) grow in the things of God as you work your way to becoming a mature Christian eating meat and no longer drinking the milk of the word; 3) reproducing good fruit for Kingdom building and 4) finally adapting to not only the natural environment but also learning to move and have your being in the spiritual and supernatural environment. When you walk in all of this you will find that you are living the abundant life through Christ and miracles, signs and wonders are indeed possible… Dr. Karen Deadwyler is the Visionary and Executive Pastor of Glory Temple Ministries and Willing Women of Worship Fellowship located in North Massapequa, New York. Among Dr. Karen’s many achievements she is an: Inspirational & Empowerment Speaker, Health Awareness Speaker (Nurse), Writer, Columnist, Associate Editor and Author of two books and currently working on her next book. To contact her, inquire about her books or to send comments: email her at kaynrony@yahoo.com or visit her websites: www.godlypleasures.org or http:// glorytempleministriesinc.ning.com

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One Door Closes. Another Opens Revelations 3:8 When God leads you to the edge of the cliff, trust Him fully and let go, only 1 of 2 things will happen, either He ' ll catch you when you fall, or He ' ll teach you how to fly! ‘The power of one sentence! God is going to shift things around for you today and let things work in your favor. God closes doors no man can open & God opens doors no man can close. If you need God to open, some doors for you...send this to ten people. Have a blessed day and remember to be a blessing...

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IF YOU DESIRE TO BOOK DR. KAREN DEADWYLER FOR A SEMINAR, SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT OR BOOK SIGNING EMAIL(KAYNRONY@YAHOO.COM) OR CALL HER AT 516 884-0094 http://glorytempleministriesinc.ning.com

Rev. Baker Birthday Celebration A Black Tie Birthday Celebration was held in honor of Rev. Donnie Baker at the El Elyon Fellowship Hall in Hempstead. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented a Certificate of Recognition to Rev. Baker and wished him heartfelt happy birthday wishes. PAGE 74


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accountability and responsibility to be mutual and respectful of the entire people of God, not just those with ecclesial power." Reporter Mary Ann Mueller confronted the Presiding Bishop with this charge at a press conference following to which Jefferts Schori retorted, "I believe that all members of The Episcopal Church have ecclesial power meant to be used in service of God's mission." Behind Anderson's charges are the horrendous millions of dollars being spent on lawsuits to reclaim churches that have fled TEC's grip. TEC mortgaged 815 2nd Ave., for $60 million to continue the lawsuits and now must earmark millions for repayments. The reason for all this goes back to the consecration of the libidinous homosexual Bishop of New Hampshire Gene Robinson whose behavior brought about the tear in the Episcopal Church resulting in the formation of the Anglican Church in North America. Sin has consequences and it is catching up with The Episcopal Church big time. Aspects of mission are being downgraded for payments that MUST be made. Banks offer no mercy. Chief Operating Office Bishop Stacy Sauls commented, "This meeting, as you might imagine, is the source of no small amount of anxiety for the staff as we consider the budget... Managers and team leaders are engaged in conversations about how to take whatever budget comes from General Convention and dream, create, adapt, and act. But I do ask you to be sensitive to their legitimate needs in this time." He also asked for "a serious discussion of far-reaching structural reform leaving nothing off the table and no question unasked." INTERPRETATION: The money is not coming in to cover all the crazy stuff TEC wants to pass and sponsor which the world and most of the laity in the Episcopal Church ignore. Canon lawyer A. S. Haley noted those challenges calling them "significant and substantial." Kirk Hadaway, the church official in charge of congregational research, and Matthew Price of the Church Pension Fund raised the alarm saying that 72% of Episcopal congregations were in financial stress as of 2010 (compared to 58% of other denominations for the same year) -- the highest level in the past decade, by far... The question is how long will it be before the other 28% succumb and find they can barely raise enough funds to keep the doors open and salaries paid. In order to get her way, Jefferts Schori blindsided the HOD president by going directly to the House of Deputies through the House of Bishops with a video of her plans and her take on the budget. This so incensed Anderson that she fired back a public letter in which she said that the Office of Communications email sent to all the bishops had mischaracterized her response to the video's release and asked the bishops to forward the video message to their diocese's deputies. She noted angrily, "In my nearly 25 years as a deputy, I don't ever recall the Presiding Bishop speaking directly to the House of Deputies outside of a joint session or without giving the House due notice,

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while at General Convention. I don't ever recall a Presiding Bishop corresponding directly with deputies outside of the General Convention, without the knowledge of, or in collaboration with the President. "I was surprised because I thought that the Presiding Bishop, her staff, and I had worked through some important issues of internal communications last fall. I had talked with both Bishop Sauls and the Presiding Bishop and asked that we proceed in a more collegial and cooperative manner. I thought we had agreed to do so. "But while the General Convention Office was holding the video, it was released by the Office of Communications to the whole church just hours before the Presiding Bishop and I were scheduled to arrive in Baltimore where we could have resolved the situation in person. "I told her that I am concerned about the use of church wide resources to lobby General Convention on only one side of a legislative issue. "Despite this productive conversation, upon direction from the Presiding Bishop, the Office of Communications sent the second email, this time to bishops, that mischaracterized my request that the video be

held, thus putting me in a difficult position and making it necessary to spell all of this out." Canon lawyer and former Eau Claire bishop William Wantland told the press that Jefferts Schori's actions were "sneaky but legal." There is no limitation on a Diocesan Bishop speaking to the Diocesan Deputies, he said. In the end money, or the lack of it, will determine the course of action TEC will take. The two women, who both share a liberal theological worldview will find that whatever they decide, events will overtake them and determine the course of TEC's long spiral downward.

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TIGERS KEEP ROARING High school playoffs are around the bend so now each game means a bundle to the teams in the running for a playoff spot. The Hempstead Tigers, currently in 4th place in conference AA-1, may have a shot so they were hoping

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for back to back victories against Syosset and Manhasset on Feb 3rd and 7, respectfully. Syosset, with no conference wins this year was a breeze as expected. Led by Steven Gray’s 17 points and Tidell Pierre’s 13 points and 18 monster rebounds, the Tigers stomped Syosset by a score of 59-33. They were also hoping to put away Massapequa, which had a 1-8 conference record, but Massapequa had other ideas in mind. Massapequa junior Bill Schlich had a career-high 33 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in leading his team to a 62-49 victory over the Tigers. Going down the stretch, the Tigers would love to win the last two games against Farmingdale and Uniondale. This will be no easy task, as Farmingdale is #2 in the AA-1 standings while Uniondale is #1 and undefeated. The annual end of the season game between Hempstead and Uniondale, long time rivals, is always competitive and exciting to watch. This could really be a signature game for the Hempstead Ti-

gers because a win would not only help the Tigers toward a shot at the playoffs, it would also mean knocking off the undefeated Knights. Before tipping off at home against Uniondale on Monday, February 13, the Tigers travel to Oceanside February 10. Their regular season wraps up on the 13th. Soon we’ll know if the Tigers will make their usual post season appearance in the conference playoffs. –B.J. Robinson

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Molloy Picked to Make it Back-to-Back ECC Championships in 2012 Hagenah and Stavola Capture Preseason Honors Central Islip, N.Y. – After earning their first ECC Championship since 1995 last season, the Molloy College softball team has been named the coaches’ pick to take home another title in 2012. The Lions grabbed two first place votes to finish with 58 points in the preseason poll. Sophomore Nicole Hagenah (Commack, N.Y.) of C.W. Post was voted as the Preseason Player of the Year, while senior pitcher from Dowling, Jessie Stavola (Montauk, N.Y.), takes home the Preseason Pitcher of the Year honor. The Lions have eight starters returning to a squad that finished 42‐14 and swept through the ECC Softball Championship. Among the top returners for Molloy are All‐American Jeana Frey, ECC Player of the Year Carla Campagna, and All‐ Region selection Megan Butterworth. Second in the poll is Dowling College. The Golden Lions had the most first place votes in the poll (four) to finish two points behind Molloy with 56. Last season, Dowling made the NCAA tournament after taking home the ECC regular season championship and finished with a record of 42‐8.

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Preseason Pitcher of the Year: Jessie Stavola, Sr., Dowling

Molloy Chosen as Preseason Favorite in ECC Baseball Schlitter and Fontana Earn Preseason Honors Central Islip, N.Y. ‐ With two first place votes and 43 total points, the Molloy College Lions have been selected as the ECC baseball preseason favorite in 2012. Senior first baseman Eric Schlitter (Guilford, Conn.) of the University of Bridgeport is the Preseason Player of the Year, while senior Chuck Fontana (Staten Island, N.Y.) from Molloy has earned the coaches’ pick as the Preseason Pitcher of the Year. The Lions return six starting position players and their top three starting pitchers from last season’s squad that put together the program’s second straight 30 win season. Molloy also took home the 2011 ECC regular season championship with a 22‐8 mark in conference play. Dowling grabbed two first place votes and St. Thomas Aquinas also received one to amass 34 points to tie for the No. 2 spot on the poll. Last season, Dowling won the ECC Championship and advanced to their fourth NCAA East Regional in six years. St. Thomas Aquinas finished 2011 with a 26‐25‐1 record to make their fourth straight appearance in the ECC

C.W. Post, who captured last season’s NCAA East Region Championship and appeared in the NCAA Division II World

Baseball Championship. Last season’s ECC runner‐up, the University of Bridgeport, received the final two first place

Series, comes in at No. 3 in the poll with two first place votes and 53 points. The Pioneers are also currently a nationally

votes to come in just behind Dowling and St. Thomas Aquinas in fourth place with 33 points.

ranked squad, coming in at No. 10 in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Preseason Top 25 poll.

Bridgeport senior first baseman Eric Schlitter has been selected as the 2012 Preseason Player of the Year. A ECC All‐

C.W. Post sophomore Nicole Hagenah has been tabbed as the 2012 Preseason Player of the Year. Hagenah had one of the

Conference Second Team selection in 2011, Schlitter is coming off a season in which he hit .344 and finished second in the

most memorable season’s in C.W. Post history as a freshman, finishing in the top three in the conference in batting

conference with 40 RBI. He also finished in the top five in the ECC in doubles (13), total bases (73), on‐base percentage

average (.452), hits (75), runs (42), RBI (61), home runs (14), walks (27), on‐base percentage (.526), slugging percentage (.777) and total bases (129). Hagenah earned numerous honors for her outstanding campaign including being named an NFCA First Team All‐American in addition to the ECC Rookie of the Year award. Senior Jessie Stavola of Dowling has been selected as the 2012 Preseason Pitcher of the Year after earning the post‐season award in both 2010 and 2011. In 2011, Stavola made 27 appearances and totaled 140.0 innings pitched to finish with a record of 18‐4. She boasted an ECC leading 1.10 ERA while compiling 309 strikeouts. Her strikeout total led all of Division II in strikeouts per seven innings (15.5). In addition to being named the conference’s top pitcher, Stavola also earned a spot on the Daktronics All‐America Third Team as well as the NFCA and Daktronics All‐Region First Teams.

(.453), and slugging percentage (.474). Chuck Fontana of Molloy has been tabbed the Preseason Pitcher of the Year. Fontana put together an outstanding campaign in 2011 that saw him earn the ECC Pitcher of the Year award. In 12 appearances, all starts, he posted a 9‐1 record with a 1.69 earned run average. He also struck out 108 batters across 85.0 innings to lead the conference in both categories. He also ranked tenth nationally in strikeouts per game and thirteenth in total strikeouts. His outstanding season saw him earn many accolades including being named to the Daktronics All‐America Third Team as well as the NCBWA, Daktronics, and ABCA/Rawlings All‐Region squads. 2012 East Coast Conference Preseason Poll School Points 1. Molloy (2) 43

2012 East Coast Conference Preseason Poll

2. Dowling (2) 34

School Points

2. St. Thomas Aquinas (1) 34

1. Molloy (2) 58

4. Bridgeport (1) 33

2. Dowling (4) 56

5. C.W. Post 26

3. C.W. Post (2) 53

6. Mercy 16

4. Mercy 37

7. Queens 10

5. Queens 30

() ‐ First place votes received

6. NYIT 20

Preseason Player of the Year: Eric Schlitter, Sr., 1B, Bridgeport

7. St. Thomas Aquinas 19

Preseason Pitcher of the Year: Chuck Fontana, Sr., Molloy

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C.W. Post Tops ECC Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Poll Witkowski and Donaldson Tabbed Preseason Players of the Year Central Islip, N.Y. ‐ The C.W. Post Pioneers women’s lacrosse team has been selected to take home the East Coast Conference title in 2012 in a vote by the conference’s coaches. Dowling senior Brooke Witkowski (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) has been named the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while C.W. Post senior Chelsea Donaldson (Bay Shore, N.Y.) takes home the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year honor. With seven first place votes and 79 total points, C.W. Post claims the top spot on the 2012 poll. Last season, the Pioneers run of five straight appearances in the Division II Final Four came to an end despite finishing with a 13‐4 record overall. With nine starters back that include four IWLCA All‐Americans and eight ECC All‐Conference selections, C.W. Post begins the season ranked No. 5 in the IWLCA Preseason National Poll. Dowling, last season’s ECC Champions who are fresh off their first ever berth in the NCAA Tournament, garnered the final two first place votes to come in second in the poll. Dowling finished their 2011 campaign with an overall record of 15‐3. Molloy, who compiled a record of 11‐5 a season ago, rounds out the top three.

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Defending National Champion Mercyhurst Picked to Capture ECC Title Plompen and DiCarlo Earn Preseason Accolades Central Islip, N.Y. – The defending National Champion, Mercyhust Lakers, have been tabbed as the 2012 preseason favorite in East Coast Conference men’s lacrosse. Senior Eddie Plompen (West Islip, N.Y.) of C.W. Post has been named the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while junior goalkeeper T.J. DiCarlo (Farmingdale, N.Y.) of Mercy has been named the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Mercyhurst accumulated 118 total points with eight first place votes to take the top spot in the preseason poll. The Lakers are coming off a season in which they finished 14‐2 (8‐2 in ECC play). Their final win, a 9‐8 victory over Adelphi, gave the team the first National Championship in program history. Four starters and 25 players return for Mercyhurst in their quest to capture the ECC title and defend their national title. C.W. Post, last season’s ECC champion and one of four teams to make an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2011, had two place votes to come in second in the preseason poll. Dowling rounds out the top three with the final first place vote and 97 points.

The Preseason Offensive Player of the Year award goes to Dowling’s Brooke Witkowski. Witkowski was an offensive

The 2012 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year has been awarded to senior Eddie Plompen from C.W. Post. Plompen is

force in helping to lead the Golden Lions to their first ever ECC title a season ago. In 18 games, she compiled 120 points

coming off a standout year in which he led the Pioneers in goals (54) and assists (18). He finished in the top six nationally

on 42 goals and 78 assists. Her point and assist totals ranked second in all of Division II and her point total was the

in both points per game and assists per game as well. His efforts on the season earned him spots on the USILA All‐

seventh highest recorded in Division II women’s lacrosse history. For her efforts, Witkowski earned numerous honors

America and ECC All‐Conference First Teams. Prior to the 2012 season, Plompen has also been named a USILA Preseason

including spots on the IWLCA All‐America and ECC All‐Conference First Teams. Senior Chelsea Donaldson of C.W. Post has been named the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. Donaldson didn’t disappoint after earning the preseason honor a year ago, posting a team‐leading 21 caused turnovers. She also finished second on the squad with 38 ground balls. Donaldson saw plenty of accolades come her way after an outstanding season, including being named to the IWLCA, USACollegeLacrosse.com, and Synapse Sports All‐America teams, in addition to earning a spot on the ECC All ‐Conference First Team for the second straight year. 2012 East Coast Conference Preseason Poll School Points 1. C.W. Post (7) 79 2. Dowling (2) 74 3. Molloy 61 4. Mercy 51 5. Queens 45 6. Seton Hill 38 7. St. Thomas Aquinas 25 8. Lake Erie 19 9. Bridgeport 13 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Brooke Witkowski, Sr., ATT, Dowling Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Chelsea Donaldson, Sr., DEF, C.W. Post

Second Team All‐American. Mercy goalkeeper T.J. DiCarlo has been named the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. DiCarlo was last season’s ECC Goalkeeper of the Year after posting an 11‐3 record between the pipes to go along with a conference leading .636 save percentage. He also finished second in the conference in saves per game at 12.86. DiCarlo’s play was recognized on a national level in addition to the ECC, as he earned a spot on the USILA All‐America First Team and was named the USILA Goalkeeper of the Year. 2012 East Coast Conference Preseason Poll School Points 1. Mercyhurst (8) 118 2. C.W. Post (2) 110 3. Dowling (1) 97 4. NYIT 90 5. Mercy 77 6. Seton Hill 56 7. Chestnut Hill 48 8. Lake Erie 47 9. Molloy 45 10. Wheeling Jesuit 22 11. Dominican 16 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Eddie Plompen, Sr., ATT., C.W. Post Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: T.J. DiCarlo, Jr., GK, Mercy

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"It's really a great honor for him and his family," O'Neal said. O'Neal says playing with Bryant made up "the best eight years of my life," contrary to their often fiery relationship as teammates. O'Neal described it as "marketing." "You know we pushed each other," O'Neal said. "A lot of people thought we really had problems, but the problems I created were just for everyone to look at us, to notice us." O'Neal said the media often took it further. "A lot of those guys don't really have personality and to get people to look at their paper they added onto it a little bit," he said. NEW YORK (AP) -- Shaquille O'Neal says he's satisfied being the "It was like a non-TV reality show. People are still talking about it, so most dominant Los Angeles Lakers player, and has no problem with for- obviously I did my job as a marketer." mer teammate Kobe Bryant passing him on the NBA's career scoring Later this month, O'Neal will host the second annual Hall of Game list. Awards. The high-energy, multi-platform experience lets viewers vote "He's still playing; I'm not playing, so it was good," O'Neal said of for their favorite sports stars and sports moments of the year. It airs Bryant moving into fifth place in NBA scoring during Monday's loss to Feb. 20 on Cartoon Network. the Philadelphia 76ers. "I never wanted to be the best Laker," O'Neal added, "I wanted to be LOOKING FOR PART TIME WORK the most dominant. I was that." The comments were a follow-up to a message O'Neal sent Monday CALL EMAIL US night congratulating Bryant. O'Neal offered his congratulations on Twitter: "Congrats to Kobe for GO TO OUR WEB-SITE being the greatest laker ever thanks for making us the greatest laker one two punch ever and congrats on passin me up 2." AND E-MAIL US The 33-year-old Bryant is the NBA's leading scorer, averaging 29.4 points. He has 28,601 career points and trails Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, www.communityjournal.info Karl Malone, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain.

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land 6, Brady dropped to pass in the end zone and had time. With everyone covered and Giants defensive end Justin Tuck finally coming free to provide pressure, Brady heaved the ball downfield while still in the pocket. But no Patriots receivers were anywhere near the pass and the Giants were awarded a safety for Brady's grounding in the end zone. Manning, meanwhile, couldn't have been more on target early, hitting six receivers in the first period, completing his first nine throws, a Super Bowl record. New England made another critical mistake by having 12 men on the field on a third-and-3 on which the Giants fumbled. Instead, New York got a first down at the 6, and two plays later Victor Cruz beat James Ihedigbo on a slant to make it 9-0, prompting Cruz to break into his signature salsa move celebration. Manning's first incompletion didn't come until 1:19 into the second quarter.

Giants beat Patriots 21-17 to win the Super Bowl INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Eli Manning and the Giants scored a last-minute touchdown to beat the New England Patriots 21-17 Sunday night for New York's fourth Super Bowl title. It was a rematch of the 2008 NFL championship, when Manning led New York past New England to ruin the Patriots' bid for a perfect season. This was the first Super Bowl with two starting quarterbacks who previously won the NFL championship game's Most Valuable Player award -- and they took turns being brilliant. Manning became the first quarterback to open a Super Bowl with nine consecutive completions. Later, New England's Tom Brady put together a run of 16 completions in a row, breaking another Super Bowl mark. But in the end, it was Manning who directed the nine-play, 88-yard drive that put New York ahead. Ahmad Bradshaw capped the winning drive with a 6-yard run up the middle. He wanted to stop at the 1-yard line but fell backward into the end zone. Less than a minute later it came down to one last play, when Brady's long heave into the end zone fell incomplete among a maze of players. New England had the ball for all of one play in the first 11 1/2 minutes, and that play was an utter failure, a rare poor decision by Brady. After Steve Weatherford's punt was downed at the New Eng-

At that point, it was 9-3 after Stephen Gostkowski's 29-yard field goal. The Patriots got to the Giants' 11, but All-Pro DE Jason PierrePaul blocked a third-down pass. Soon after, when the Patriots had a three-and-out and Pierre-Paul blocked another throw, Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien had a quick discussion. Then O'Brien went over to the struggling Brady. The talk must have helped. On the final series of the opening half, Brady was masterful. Starting at his 4, and ignoring the last time the Patriots began a series in the shadow of the end zone, he was vintage Brady. With New York's vaunted pass rush disappearing, Brady went 10-for-10 for 98 yards, capping the drive that included two Patriots penalties with Woodhead's 4-yard TD reception with 8 seconds to go in the half. Hernandez and Woodhead each had four catches on the drive that, stunningly, put New England ahead despite being outplayed for so much of the first 30 minutes. Brady kept firing -- and hitting -- in the third quarter, with five more completions. The Giants didn't come within shouting distance of the record-setting quarterback. He capped a 79-yard drive to open the second half with a 12-yard TD to Hernandez, but then the game turned. Again. Consecutive field goals by Lawrence Tynes of 38 and 33 yards brought New York within 17-15. Brady then threw deep for his tight end after weaving away from two pass rushers. His throw was short, and Chase Blackburn picked it off early in the fourth quarter. Although the Giants moved into New England territory again, as they did on every drive to that point, they bogged down and punted.

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