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Community Journal

VOL. 18 NO. 42


Serving Nassau County’s African American Community

T.D. Jakes' 'TORI' initiative helps ex-offenders rebuild their lives

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“CLASS PROJECT…” By Khayyam Ali

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“New Study Dispels Myths about Why African Americans Live in Segregated Communities…” see page 2



New Study Dispels Myths about Why African Americans Live in Segregated Communities and Brings Attention to Several Challenges Facing the Region -ERASE Racism conducts telephone survey of black Long Islanders about housing related issues ERASE Racism’s new poll of African Americans on Long Island brings several regional concerns into the spotlight. The telephone survey posed questions about housing related issues and found that a majority of black Long Islanders are not living in neighborhoods that possess the qualities that they consider to be the most important. The study also reported on experiences with housing discrimination and demographic changes in their neighborhoods. The findings call attention to regional issues that Long Island must address in order to improve the economy and the quality of life for all of its residents. Westchester case: In 2009, Westchester County was ordered to remove structural impediments to furthering fair housing, such as exclusionary zoning, and create hundreds of housing units for moderate-income people in overwhelmingly white communities and to aggressively market them to nonwhites in Westchester and New York City. This came out of the settlement of a case in which the county was charged with fraudulently receiving tens of millions of federal housing dollars by falsely claiming that it was “affirmatively furthering fair housing.” Many in Westchester, including its County Executive, Robert Astorino, have made inaccurate statements to resist the creation of affordable housing in majority white communities. They have asserted that the county is diverse since there has been growth in the black and Latino populations. Similar claims have been made on Long Island in response to ERASE Racism’s previous reports that show high levels of segregation. People have reasoned that blacks actually ‘don’t want to live in racially integrated communities’; that they ‘prefer to live with their own kind’; and that they value living ‘close to family and friends’ who provide much-needed assistance. ERASE Racism’s new housing survey proves that these claims are false. The survey, which polled black Long Islanders, found that 99% of respondents would ideally like to live in racially mixed neighborhoods, with a majority, 69%, choosing an even racial mix of 50% black and 50% white. Only 1% of respondents said that they would like to live in a neighborhood that is all black. The study found that blacks on Long Island considered a low crime rate, landlords/homeowners who take care of their property, high quality public schools and good local services as the most important neighborhood characteristics. Conversely, when asked about their ideal neighborhood, very few black respondents, 28%, considered “living close to family and friends” as one of the most important neighborhood qualities and a majority, 64% or almost two-thirds, said that they received a little or no assistance from their neighbors in finding jobs, babysitting, and carpooling. These findings discredit the common myth that African Americans choose to live in the same community because they value social ties and being able to rely on one another more highly than other factors. As in Westchester, the levels of segregation on Long Island have remained high throughout the past thirty years, despite increases in the minority population. Using the Dissimilarity Index as a measure of the level of segregation, with 100 being total segregation, Long Island continues to be one of the most racially segregated regions in the nation. In 1980, the Dissimilarity Index for blacks in relation to whites was 76.9, which is considered a very high level of segregation. Thirty years later, in 2010, the black-white level of segregation was 69.2, still very high and

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representing just a slight decrease (dropping barely 1 percentage point every five years). While Long Island also tends to be segregated by income, the report shows that income disparities cannot explain the high level of segregation experienced by blacks in the region. Given ERASE Racism’s finding that blacks clearly prefer integrated communities, this pattern of racial segregation, regardless of income, suggests that other factors, such as housing discrimination rather than black selfsegregation, are contributing to the high levels of racial segregation. Lack of affordable housing: The Long Island Association’s recent study of housing costs, the Long Island Index’s 2012 profile report that highlights regional challenges, and the Strategic Plan from the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council (Elaine Gross, president of ERASE Racism is a member of the Council) that calls for more affordable rental housing all warn that the lack of affordable housing on Long Island is hurting the region’s economy and is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life for many residents. ERASE Racism’s new study not only confirms the need for affordable housing on Long Island but, in addition, it calls attention to racial barriers – such as housing discrimination, that have severely limited the housing choices for African Americans in the region. The struggle against racism and segregation is an essential element of the provision of affordable housing on Long Island. Housing that is not available to individuals and their families because of their race or ethnicity is not affordable at any price. According to the survey, African Americans perceive housing discrimination as pervasive on Long Island: 33% of respondents reported having experienced housing discrimination first-hand or within their immediate family; 22% of respondents said that the discrimination involved a real estate agent who would not show, sell, or rent them homes in mostly white areas, when they could, in fact, have afforded those homes. The survey also suggests that Latinos may be experiencing increased housing discrimination. Forty-five percent of blacks on Long Island said that the number of African Americans had decreased in their neighborhood in the last 10 years; of these respondents, 80% said that Latinos had largely replaced blacks in their area. The Latino population is the fastest growing demographic on Long Island; however, according to 2010 Census data, they are now experiencing higher levels of segregation than ever before. In relation to non-Hispanic whites on Long Island, the level of segregation for Latinos in 1980 was 37.1; by 2010, the level had risen to 48.5. The increase in segregation for Latinos indicates the possibility of housing discrimination that is limiting their housing choices to majority minority neighborhoods. ERASE Racism’s previous housing reports, reports by others, and various law suits have documented the ongoing problem of fair housing violations, including racial steering by real estate agents, predatory lending by banks, and discriminatory municipal policies. The most effective way to increase access to affordable housing is to build and enforce a framework of laws, policies, structures and patterns of behavior that make it possible for all existing and new affordable housing, no matter the community, to be fair housing, accessible to all who need it – including African American and Latino families. Improving the quality of education for students in high-need districts- Recently, members of the Alliance for Quality Education and the Long Island Progressive Coalition joined together to demand that New York State legislators equally allocate more than $200 million to more than two dozen high-need school districts, instead of forcing them to compete for aid as Governor Cuomo’s competitive grant program requires. The findings from ERASE Racism’s new survey report indicate that alternatives are needed in addition to increasing funds in order to address low student performance in high-need districts. The survey asked black Long Islanders, a majority of whom live in high-need districts, about the quality of their local public school and found that a majority of respondents are not satisfied with the public school education offered in their district. Only 16% rated their local schools as excellent, while just under half, 40%, rated them as fair or poor. Not surprisingly, this dissatisfaction was most pronounced among respondents who live in high-need school districts; fifty-five percent of those in high-need districts rated their local schools as fair or poor. There is significant evidence that concurs with the perception of the survey respondents that blacks on Long Island do not have access to a high quality public education. According to data from the U.S. Department of Education, in 2008-2009 only 9% of black students on Long Island had access to a high performing public school, compared to 14% of Hispanics and 30% of whites. (Continued on page 10)




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Erase Racism Study dispels Myths which should be out of date: “New Study Dispels Myths about Why African Americans Live in Segregated Communities and Brings Attention to Several Challenges Facing the Region -ERASE Racism conducts telephone survey of black Long Islanders about housing related issues

KEY FINDINGS: Neighborhood Racial Demographics and Housing Discrimination   When asked about the percentage mix that best represents the kind of neighborhood in which they would most  like to live, nearly all respondents (all of whom were black) chose a racially mixed neighborhood, with a large major‐ ity, 69%, who chose an even mix of 50% white and 50% black. Only 1% chose all‐black. “  Without validating the economic, social and cultural profiles of the Erase Racism survey respondents and focus‐ ing specifically on the above finding I am compelled to ask the following question: What does race have to do with  the make up of ones neighborhood. Back in the 1980’s this was a relevant question in my mind but at this point in  time I just don’t get it.  Over the years I have lived in racially mixed, predominately black and now an overwhelmingly white neighbor‐ hood’s. Furthermore I  define neighborhood in the narrowest context; I  consider a neighborhood to be  the area in  which I can walk from one end of my block to the other end of the block and include both sides of the block. The eth‐ nic make up of the families who dwell in that area make up the racial mix of my neighborhood. 


PUBLISHER AND CHIEF Now with that said; at this point in my life I believe the ideal make up of a neighborhood is not based on its eth‐ nicity but the character of its residents. Living among people who have common interest or common values means  COMMUNITY JOURNAL, INC. more than having common or foreign skin color. Inconsiderate people whether Black or White, rich or poor, English  speaking or bi‐lingual impacts your quality of life more than your tax bill.  As for me living in a neighborhood that is within my economic means among people who have common values, offers the highest quality of life on Long  Island  and  now  with  the  advent  of  FSBO,  internet,  multiple  listings  and  a  growing  Buyer  Broker  service  broadens  every  ones  chance  of  finding  the  right  neighborhood to buy a house in without reliance on the assumed risk associated with possible Real Estate Agent biases. 

Men Behind on Child Support Payments Could Lose Their Incomes Next Year By The Associated Press Washington, DC (February 28, 2012) -- Old child support debts could cost thousands of poor men their only income next year because of a policy aimed at reducing the cost to the government of mailing paper checks to pay federal benefits. The Treasury Department will start paying benefits electronically next March. It will stop issuing the paper checks that many people rely on to safeguard a portion of their benefits from states trying to collect back child support. States can freeze the bank accounts of people who owe child support. A separate Treasury Department rule, in place since last May in a preliminary form, guarantees them the power to freeze Social Security, disability and veterans’ benefits that have been deposited into those accounts. Once paper checks are eliminated, about 275,000 people could lose access to all of their income, advocates say. “It’s kind of Orwellian, what’s being set up here for a segment of the population,” says Johnson Tyler, an attorney who represents poor and disabled people collecting federal benefits. “It’s going to be a nightmare in about a year unless something changes.”

ously provided for those children. In some instances, the grown children are supporting their fathers. The rule change illustrates how a politically desirable goal like cracking down on so-called deadbeat dads can have complicated, even counterproductive, effects in practice. “The rule doesn’t look at the fact that the money is mostly interest, the money is going to the state, the kids are usually adults, and it’s leaving the payer with nothing,” says Ashlee Highland, a legal aid attorney who works with the poor of Chicago. Highland says her office has clients in eviction, in foreclosure and unable to pay their bills because of states’ aggressive efforts to collect back child support. Marcial Herrera, 44, has had his bank account frozen repeatedly since 2009, blocking his access to $800 a month in government benefits. Unable to work because of a severe back injury he suffered in 2000, Herrera fell behind on child support. He owes more than $7,000 – not to his 22-year-old son, but to the state of New York, because his son received welfare years earlier. Herrera sought help in court and had his son speak on his behalf, but the judge could not erase the thousands he already owed. “I’m just waiting for them to lock me up,” he says. “I don’t see no other way of me repaying that debt.” A legal aid attorney suggested Herrera collect his benefits by paper check. It costs him $15 to cash the check each month, but at least he can be sure that he will have money to pay his bills. States have had the ability to freeze accounts for years. That’s why people like Herrera rely on paper checks to safeguard part of their income.

In many cases, the bills are decades old and the children long grown. Much of the money owed is interest and fees that add up when men are unable to pay because they are disabled, institutionalized or imprisoned.

Starting next March, that option will disappear. The Treasury Department will deposit federal benefits directly into bank accounts or load them onto prepaid debit cards. Either way, state child support agencies will be able to seize all of it.

Most of the money will go to governmentsnot to the children of the men with child support debts, independent analyses show. States are allowed to keep child support money as repayment for welfare previ-

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Why we need more black male teachers now Throughout history, black men have played pivotal roles in the development of this nation. Despite the legacies of these giants, according to "A Call For Change," a 2010 study released by Council of Great City Schools, only 12 percent of black male students are proficient in reading by fourth grade, and by the eighth grade, their proficiency rate drops to nine percent. Black men make up only five percent of our nation's college students, while they represent 36 percent of our prison population. We must change this grim reality -- the stakes are too high and the consequences too dire. Although many teachers across our country are working hard to ensure their students receive the academic tools necessary to reach their full potential we still need more talented educators doing this vital work. In particular, in our low-income communities where a majority of students are African-American or Latino, we need more outstanding teachers from diverse backgrounds to serve as role models and classroom leaders. This is especially true when it comes to our black boys. Today, only two percent of teachers in this country are black men. As an African-American male working at Teach For America and committed to ensuring educational excellence for our kids growing up in poverty, I frequently think back on my classroom experience. It was during my time as a teacher in Houston's fifth ward that I first understood the scope of the educational inequity that exists between black boys and their wealthier white peers. From the moment I stepped in front of my kids, it was obvious-the gap had nothing to do with their ability or desire to learn. Instead, it was rooted in the extra challenges poverty was throwing in their path, coupled by a tragic lack of educational opportunity. Raised in a mostly single-parent household by my mother in Buffalo, N.Y, I know firsthand what an education can do to make or break a child's future. My mother made it her mission to ensure I had something better than what my zip code offered me as a black boy. With her efforts and the critical help of a handful of incredible teachers and mentors, I got to and through a prestigious college. Too many of my childhood friends weren't as fortunate. And as an adult, I continue to be shocked by the messages we repeatedly heard. Society was telling us loud and clear: black boys from a neighborhood like mine were incapable of academic and life success. For many of my peers, this message permeated their beings and they chose life paths that did not include attaining academic achievement. In my current role, I have the opportunity to see the powerful impact African-American male teachers are having on their kids across the country -- Luqman Abdur Rahman is one such example. Luqman entered the classroom through Teach For America in 2008 and today is teaching 7th grade math at KIPP Ways Academy in Atlanta. As a classroom leader, he is mindful of ways to build long term successful traits and mindsets and open pathways of opportunity for his kids. In

turn, his students recognize that their potential to succeed is limitless and dependent on their work ethic and desire. With each passing day in his classroom, Luqman's students know they have the ability to achieve and have a firm belief that they will attend and succeed in college. This is an issue that should be addressed every day of the year, not just during Black History Month. While it is going to take a relentless, all-hands-on-deck effort, the problem facing our black boys is 100 percent solvable. Our teachers and principals are absolutely critical players in this solution. At Teach For America, we've seen that our most effective educators and school leaders come from all backgrounds, but when such individuals share the background of their students, they have the potential to have a profound additional impact. It is imperative that more of our successful black men, more of our Luqmans, make the challenging and courageous choice to enter the classroom and provide our boys with examples of what is possible. Kwame Griffith, who taught fourth and fifth grade students in Houston, is now a senior vice president of regional operations at Teach For America, overseeing TFA operations in Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina and South Carolina.





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first. People say government military units called the "Abu Tiera," led by Ahmed Harun (also accused by the ICC of crimes against humanity in Darfur), went door to door, targeting only Nuba homes with systematic rape, murder and kidnappings while leaving Arabs untouched. There are no accurate numbers of how many people may have disappeared, but some experts say satellite images are consistent with reports of mass graves. Brigadier General Nimori Morat told us, "We are fighting just to live." The United Nations estimates that in the Nuba Mountains, and in the neighboring states that have also been attacked in the wake of South Sudan’s independence, 585,000 people have been displaced. This seems to be a war over territory and, in one area, over oil, but it appears to have also unleashed ethnic cleansing.

Ann Curry's photographs from Sudan's Nuba Mountains By Ann Curry NBC News anchor Climbing into Sudan's Nuba Mountains I turned and saw her standing above me, in a dress so clean and white it seemed out of place with her surroundings. Something about her seemed at once strong, even heroic and yet achingly vulnerable. She didn't move as I raised my camera to take a picture of her and the sleeping baby she carried: two children among thousands, and perhaps tens of thousands living in caves to survive the relentless bombing. Even small children know to run at the sound of the government's Antonov warplanes. Our news team had just sat down in at the mouth of a cave when the plane's "Whoooo woooooh" sound grew very loud. Suddenly children and adults started scrambling inside, tripping and falling on top of each other in a silent fear. It is odd, I realized, how quiet children are here, uttering not a word even at this moment. All we heard was 89-year-old Cooli Kafi Darbar praying. Cooli is a former school teacher, who has been credited with translating the Bible into Kronga, the language of the Nuba people. His quiet prayer translated, "The God of Isaac and Abraham, thank you for everything, for suffering and for blessings." Hearing this, his 64-year-old daughter Hanna began to stare, seemingly at some memory, before she started to cry. Then she parted her lips and sang, "Why can't I find any comfort in this world," tears rolling down her left cheek and dropping off her chin. It is a good question. The Nuba are being bombed nearly every day now by their own government that seems intent on clearing them from these mountains. When the people of South Sudan fought for independence from the government of President Omar al-Bashir (the same President Bashir who the International Criminal Court has accused of genocide and crimes against humanity in Darfur), the Nuba fought with them. But when territorial lines were drawn, the Nuba were left on what they considered the wrong side of the border.

"They say our skin is like charcoal," the elderly Cooli told us. Another woman who survived an attack said, �They called us dogs and said we are the only people because we are Arabs and you are Nuba." How could a war such as this be largely unknown to the rest of the world? Journalists are not allowed into the Nuba Mountains. It was only because we snuck across the border that we reached the caves, and even then, we were wary of bombs and Sudan military units a few kilometers away. Ultimately we had to leave the same night because it was unsafe, we were told, to stay. Sure enough, some of the places where we had been were attacked at sunrise and there appeared to be an effort to cut off the road into the Nuba Mountains completely. How will the people in the mountains survive this war, and soon, the potential famine that will result from being unable to plant their crops? Humanitarian aid has also been cut off from the mountains. While the international community wonders what, if anything, can be done, we saw a boy in a refugee camp wearing, of all things, an Obama t-shirt. And we heard several people, including children, thank us for taking their picture. If they are going to suffer, and even die, they at least want the world to know what is happening here.

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States may begin drug testing welfare recipients It may be even harder for many Americans to get welfare as 23 states have, or are considering, enforcing stricter laws that would require welfare recipients to take drug tests. Yet, experts say that African-Americans are more likely to be impacted by these laws since they are vulnerable to welfare sanctions and have greater problems with illegal drug use. If the states pass this mandate, officials will force people who they "reasonably" believe are using illegal drugs to take drug tests before receiving their welfare. Some states are already enforcing the mandate in different capacities. For example, Florida law requires drug tests for all welfare applicants, while Arizona and Missouri are only testing people based on their suspicions. Furthermore, Colorado state representative Jerry Sonnenberg is sponsoring a bill that would make those who apply for Colorado's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to pay for and pass a drug test before getting governmental assistance. "If you have enough money to be able to buy drugs, then you don't need the public assistance," he told USA Today. "I don't want tax dollars spent on drugs."

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According to Sonnenberg, those who pass the $8 to $12 test will be reimbursed, however, those who fail it will have to get clean and reapply. Blacks may be particularly negatively impacted by these for several reasons. For example, in 2009, researchers determined how and why race influences sanctioning under welfare reform and found that AfricanAmericans are significantly more likely to be sanctioned by the welfare system than whites. They also found that blacks were more vulnerable to welfare sanctions when they had a history of being sanctioned in the past. In addition to this research, blacks may also be more impacted by these welfare changes since they are more likely to use illegal drugs. In 2010, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that 9.5 percent of black adults were more likely to use illegal drugs, compared to the 7.9-percent national average. Although sponsors and supporters of the drug testing laws believe that they will help stop substance abuse and fraud problems, many oppose the changes and are currently fighting some states that have already passed the mandates. For example, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Florida is currently fighting a law that was passed last year, which made welfare recipients be drug tested. Those who oppose the laws, like attorney Jason Williamson, say that they stigmatize people and may trick the government to even sub(Continued on page 8)




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The right way for people of faith to practice politics Within a one-mile radius of my house, there are more places to pray than there are Starbucks coffee shops. I know this because I tried to count each of them. After an hour's walk around my neighborhood, I lost count of the many churches (in a multitude of denominations), synagogues (no less than five in one two-block stretch), temples, and mosques. That doesn't even include the storefront places that advertise religious services of some sort. There were so many places to receive a blessing that I lost count after several dozen. That's when I turned my attention to finding a cup of joe. It was easy -- there are only three Starbucks locations within walking distance of my house. My failed experiment proved something that our political leaders would do well to understand. Our nation's founders knew what they were doing by not establishing a state religion. A nation as diverse as ours can never settle on a single set of faith principles to cover us all in glory. As a society, America embraces all faith traditions, while as individuals many of us pray in spirit-filled fellowships of the like-minded. Our nation doesn't lack religious faith. What we lack is uniformity of religious expression. There are black Mormons, Latino evangelicals, Asian Protestants, and Muslims of all hues and races. Religion thrives in the fertile diversity of American culture. This is a good thing. Unfortunately, some political and religious leaders fail to understand or appreciate the value in the blooming of faith traditions within a secular government. For them, religion is a one-size-fits-all edict, or a blunt weapon used to bludgeon anyone who disagrees with their narrow and exclusive views. How else can we explain the pretzel-like contortions of Rev. Franklin Graham's recent comments on MSNBC's Morning Joe? Employing logic that smacked more of political opportunism than spiritual conviction, Graham expressed doubts about President Barack Obama's faith, despite the president's repeated declaration that he is a Christian. Yet Graham said he was absolutely convinced that GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum was a Christian. Santorum has also questioned President Obama's faith in the past, but now says he accepts the president's professions of his faith. Still, Santorum's campaign seeks to make religion a centerpiece to his White House run. "I don't believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute," Santorum said last Sunday on ABC's This Week. "The idea that the church should have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical of the objectives and vision of our country." Such an opinion stands in marked contrast to what President John F. Kennedy said during his famous 1960 address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association. "I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute," he said, seeking to overcome the anti-Catholic prejudice of that time and place in our history. President Kennedy, who became the nation's first Roman Catholic president, sought to ease some voters' fears that he would take political orders from the Vatican. Rather, he expressed a vision of America where politics and religion coexist without undue influence upon each other. As he saw it, the United States is a place "where no Catholic prelate would tell the president, should he be Catholic, how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote; and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion dif-

fers from the president who might appoint him or the people who might elect him." President Kennedy's successful campaign shoved back the boundaries of religious intolerance. If proof is needed to convince you that this is the American way of separating church and state, look no further than Santorum, who if elected would be the nation's second Catholic president. Yet after re-reading Kennedy's speech, Santorum said he "almost threw up." Despite the cringe-worthy imagery, Santorum makes a valid argument about setting a place for the faithful in politics. He is right to call upon the religious to state their case in the cacophony of political discourse. But this is a two-way street, one that allows for vigorous and healthy debate across the spectrum of religious faiths and convictions. Given America's rich array of religious views, no single group or theology can claim universal supremacy. Conservative doctrines must be met and challenged by progres(Continued on page 13)

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ject college students, veterans, and contractors to required drug testing or other screenings. "This exemplifies the extent to which folks are willing to scapegoat poor people when it suits political interests," Williamson told USA Today. "Subjecting people who are receiving public benefits to government intrusion, and the singling out of poor people in this country under the guise of saving money is worrisome to us." In addition, he added that that the proposed laws inaccurately suggest that people on welfare use drugs more than others. In Florida, for example, just 2 percent of those receiving state assistance since the drug testing law went into effect tested positive last year, meaning the state had to reimburse the other 98 percent of those taking the tests. A federal judge blocked Florida's law in October 2011, while considering whether the law violates the Fourth Amendment's protections against illegal searches and seizures. Although many of the 23 states have already enforced the laws on drug testing, they may enact other laws to make it even harder for people to receive welfare. For example, Ohio and Tennessee may soon restrict or eliminate eligibility for those convicted of drug felonies, while North Carolina and New Jersey may require people to perform community service in order to receive government help. PAGE 8



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For the week of February 20 - 26, 2012 DiNapoli: Former Welfare Fraud IG Investigator Convicted of Stealing $5,000 A former investigator with the State Welfare Inspector General’s Office pleaded guilty to illegally obtaining unclaimed funds following an investigation launched by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Gabriel Camacho, prosecuted by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, was sentenced on February 21 to community service and ordered to pay restitution. New York State Pension Fund Reaches Agreement with Three California Companies on Political Spending Disclosure New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli Thursday announced agreements with three California companies, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Safeway and Sempra Energy, mandating the disclosure of political spending made with corporate funds. The agreement with PG&E also includes a ground– breaking provision to provide further disclosures of the company’s policies and procedures regarding political lobbying activities. DiNapoli: Modest Growth in Sales Tax Collections in 2011 Local sales tax collections across New York grew by $650 million, or 5 percent, in 2011, a slower rate than the previous year, according to a report released Tuesday by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Sales taxes are an important source of revenue for New York State’s local governments, helping them cope with the rising cost of providing services and mitigating property tax increases. Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Audits New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli this week announced his office completed the following audit: the Department of Agriculture and Markets; the New York State Department of Civil Service; and, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board. DiNapoli’s Office Releases Municipal Audits New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli this week announced his office completed the following audits: the Village of Altamont; the Birdsall Fire Company; the Town of Brookfield; the Village of Delhi; the East Pembroke Fire District; the Town of Elbridge; the Village of Endicott; the Farmersville Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.; the Hammondsport Fire District; the Town of Junius; the Livonia Joint Fire District; the Lysander Fire District; the Town of Minisink; the Protecting Personal, Private, and Sensitive Information When Disposing of or Reusing Electronic Equipment; the Village of Silver Creek; the Town of Springwater; the Village of West Winfield; and, the Town of Yates. DiNapoli’s Office Releases School Audits New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli this week announced his office completed the following audits: the Salamanca City School District; the Springville–Griffith Institute Central School District; and, the Syosset Central School District.

Even when federal and state money is factored in, schools in areas of concentrated poverty have higher levels of unmet needs. Consequently, there are vast disparities in resources for students and in student performance in majority black and black/Latino schools that tend to be in high-need districts, as compared to majority white schools, most of which are in average-need and low-need districts. According to 2010 data from the New York State Department of Education, only 19% of majority minority school districts on Long Island had a graduation rate greater than 85%, compared to 91% of majority white districts. ERASE Racism’s survey report recommends creating new affordable housing in majority white communities with high performing schools, as one way to give black and Latino students access to high quality education. There is no reason why Long Island should have any high-need districts. Affordable housing that is strategically placed in areas with little poverty provides a way to ensure that all schools have sufficient funding to meet the needs of their students. KEY FINDINGS Neighborhood Racial Demographics and Housing Discrimination When asked about the percentage mix that best represents the kind of neighborhood in which they would most like to live, nearly all respondents (all of whom were black) chose a racially mixed neighborhood, with a large majority, 69%, who chose an even mix of 50% white and 50% black. Only 1% chose all-black. Among blacks who said their neighborhoods had become less African American in the last 10 years, 80% said that Latinos had largely replaced blacks in their area. Fifty-eight percent of respondents said they believe that African Americans miss out on housing because real estate agents will not show blacks homes in white areas. Just under half, 44%, believe that African Americans miss out on housing because white homeowners and landlords will not rent or sell to blacks. Altogether, over 80% of respondents said these forms of housing discrimination are somewhat or very likely to affect blacks. Roughly one out of three respondents said that they have, or a family member has, been a victim of housing discrimination. A majority of those respondents explained that the discrimination involved a real estate agent who would not show, sell, or rent them homes in mostly white areas, when they could, in fact, have afforded those homes.

Neighborhood Quality Preferences and Satisfaction with Current Neighborhood A majority of African Americans reported that they consider a low crime rate (89%), landlords/homeowners who take care of their property (81%), high quality public schools (80%) and good local services (78%) as the most important neighborhood characteristics. Only 28% of blacks considered “living close to family and friends” as one of the most important neighborhood qualities and a majority, 64% or almost two-thirds, said that they received a little or no assistance from their neighbors in finding jobs, babysitting, and carpooling. Only 16% rated their local schools as excellent, while nearly half, 40%, rated them as fair or poor. Fifty-five percent of those in high-need districts rated their local schools as fair or poor, compared to 11% in low-need and average-need districts. In addition, only 37% believe that local public schools are a good value compared to the taxes that they pay. Thirty-seven percent of black residents rated their local government services as fair or poor and 43% said that they are not a good value compared to the taxes they pay. Roughly half, 52%, of all blacks said they are somewhat or very likely to leave Long Island in the next five years. Another 27% said that they were somewhat or very likely to move from their current residence to somewhere else on Long Island. When asked why they were thinking of moving to another area on the Island, the most common response, by roughly 40%, was unhappiness with their current neighborhood.





DiNAPOLI LAUNCHES NEW FRAUD DETECTION TRAINING INITIATIVE FOR NOT- FOR- PROFITS New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced a new training program for not-for-profit officials to help them prevent and detect fraud and protect taxpayer dollars. “New York not-for-profits manage billions of dollars. They contract with the state and other local governments to provide crucial services to New York families,” DiNapoli said. “This training course will strengthen their financial management practices and ability to detect and prevent fraud.” The program includes case studies of actual fraud uncovered by state auditors and simple fraud detection tools to assist not-for-profits of all sizes. Taught by state forensic auditors in DiNapoli's office, the program also provides a risk assessment model to help identify the most cost-effective ways to fight waste, fraud and abuse, and meets continuing professional education requirements for eligible accountants. The first training will be held at the Long Island Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Adelphi University in Garden City on March 1st at 8:30 am. A seminar will also be held in Buffalo on March 16 at 8:30am at the Meals on Wheels Community Learning Center in conjunction with the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County. Additional sessions will be scheduled around the state. “Bad things can happen to good organizations,” said Ann Marie Thigpen, Executive Director of the Long Island Center for NFP Leadership. “It is critical to protect, as best we can, our organization's mission and integrity along with our stakeholders' trust. Thanks to the Comptroller's office, we now have a resource for learning how to ensure that systems and practices are in place to minimize the opportunity for those dishonest few who prey on the good work that we do.” DiNapoli’s office is responsible for reviewing and auditing not-for-profit contracts awarded through state agencies. In 2009-2010, DiNapoli met with not-for-profit leaders throughout the state about challenges they were facing in light of the severe national recession. His office also looked at the economic impact of not-for-profits in the state and made recommendations for reforming and modernizing the contracts and payment process. This new training, developed in collaboration with not-for-profit organizations around the state, will help protect limited resources. For more on the Comptroller’s Fraud Detection & Prevention seminars click on the following: ### Follow us on Twitter: @NYSComptroller

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COMPTROLLER DiNAPOLI RELEASES SCHOOL AUDITS New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed audits of the Salamanca City School District, SpringvilleGriffith Institute Central School District and Syosset Central School District. “My office’s audits of school districts and BOCES help schools improve their financial management practices,” DiNapoli said. “These audits are tools for schools to make sure proper policies and procedures are in place to protect taxpayer dollars and provide students with the best possible education.” Salamanca City School District – Energy Reduction (Cattaraugus County) The audit revealed that district officials planned for and included specific items targeted at reducing energy consumption in the project. This effort resulted in net annual savings of approximately $17,000 per year at the middle school/high school complex. The district was able to further save local taxpayers money with state building aid funding of $5.7 million to offset the energy upgrade cost. Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District – Financial Management (Erie County) The district included more realistic estimates of appropriations in the 2010-11 budget than in prior years, and used fund balance and reserves to help fund operations. This resulted in the fund balance being reduced to an amount that was closer to the amount allowed by statute at the end of the 2010-11 fiscal year than in prior years. The 2011-12 budget also included more realistic estimates of appropriations than in prior years, and used fund balance and reserves to help fund operations. Syosset Central School District – Administrative Costs (Nassau County) For 2008-09 and 2009-10, the district’s administrative salary costs were higher – by amounts ranging from $1.2 million to $2.7 million more - than the average costs of administrative salaries at comparable districts in four separate comparisons. During the same two-year period, the district paid almost $420,000 more for fringe benefits for its three top administrators than did the three comparison districts with similar needs and resources that we selected. Further, the district paid about $432,000 more for fringe benefits for its three top administrators than did the comparison districts selected by district officials.




Statement from Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano on the Expansion of Roosevelt Field Mall: "The expansion of Roosevelt Field Mall is great news for our local economy as it will help create thousands of new private-sector jobs and attract visitors and their dollars to Nassau County." SIMON PROPERTY GROUP WELCOMES NEIMAN MARCUS TO ROOSEVELT FIELD AS CENTERPIECE OF MAJOR REDEVELOPMENT GARDEN CITY, NY, MARCH 1, 2012 - Neiman Marcus will make its Long Island debut at Roosevelt Field as the centerpiece of a major redevelopment project announced today by the mall's owner, Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group (NYSE:SPG). "We are very excited to add the premier luxury department store Neiman Marcus to Roosevelt Field, which is already one of the most successful retail shopping destinations in the country," said David Simon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Simon Property Group. "Neiman Marcus will be an impressive complement to our existing roster of more than 270 retailers and will further enhance our ability to provide shoppers with the highest quality and selection of goods that they have come to expect and enjoy at Roosevelt Field." Neiman Marcus will join the mall in a newly constructed, 100,000-squarefoot building which is scheduled to open in 2015. Renovation of the mall is to begin in 2013. "We are very excited about opening our first full line Neiman Marcus store on Long Island as part of Simon Property Group's renovation of the very successful Roosevelt Field Mall. Our entry into Roosevelt Field provides Neiman Marcus with a wonderful alternative to serve our loyal Long Island customer base," stated Wayne Hussey, Senior Vice President of Development for the Neiman Marcus Group. At 2.2 million square feet, Roosevelt Field is the sixth-largest retail shopping mall in the United States. It has become an institution on Long Island since it opened in 1956 on the site from which American aviator Charles Lindbergh took off on his historic non-stop, solo flight from New York to Paris. Today, Roosevelt Field is home to some of the most well-known brands in the country, including Ann Taylor, Apple, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Burberry Brit, Coach, Hugo Boss, J. Crew, lululemon athletica, Michael Kors, Toumeau, Vera Bradley, Williams-Sonoma, Nordstrom, Macy's and Bloomingdale's. According to Richard Sokolov, President and Chief Operating Officer of Simon Property Group, the planned renovation and expansion at Roosevelt Field will be privately funded and financed, and no taxpayer money will be involved. The project is expected to create more than 2,800 construction jobs as well as hundreds of new retail and service positions. Sokolov indicated that in the 12 years that Simon Property Group has owned the property, Roosevelt Field has contributed more than one billion dollars in combined sales and property tax revenues and currently generates ap-

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proximately $110 million in ammal tax revenues that is paid to the State of New York, Nassau County, the Town of Hempstead and the Uniondale and Garden City School Districts. The redevelopment of the mall will only increase those payments, Sokolov added. Highlights of the Roosevelt Field renovation, re-imagination and expansion include: 0/ State-of-the-art interior design, featuring new lighting, flooring and seating, as well as bright and aesthetically pleasing common areas, flooded with natural light from a new glass-domed ceiling and additional skylights. 0/ Enhanced landscaping and signage throughout the exterior of the property. 0/ New subterranean and structural parldng, offering ample spaces and more convenient access to mall entrances. 0/ Improved, access to and from the surrounding roads. 0/ A new Simon VIP Lounge. 0/ A new Food Pavilion to replace the existing food court, featuring a modern dining environment, outdoor seating and a wider range of culinary options for every taste and budget. 0/ Additional dining options, with The Capital Grille, Havana Central, Seasons 52, Bobby's Burger Palace and Skinny Pizza this year joining Grand Lux Cafe and Houston's. The entire area featuring these restaurants will become more patron friendly with reconfigured parking, valet service and enhanced landscaping and streets capes among the new features being added. Simon Property Group Inc. is an S&P 500 company and the largest real estate company in the U.S. The Company currently owns or has an interest in 337 retail real cstatc properties, comprising 245 million square feet of gross leasable area in North America and Asia. Simon Property Group is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, and employs more than 5,000 people worldwide. The Company's common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol SPG. For further information, visit the Simon Property Group website at The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. operations include the Specialty Retail Stores segment and the Direct Marketing segment. The Specialty Retail Stores segment consists primarily of Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman stores. The Direct Marketing segment conducts both print catalog and online operations under the Neiman Marcus, I-Iorchow and Bergdorf Goodman brand names. Information about the Company can be accessed at Celebrating more than 50 years of offering more choices, Roosevelt Field is located at the intersection of Old Country Road and the Meadowbrook Parkway in Garden City. The mall offers unparalleled customer service with amenities including American Express速 I Simon Giftcards, which can be used everywhere American Express cards are welcomed; Ticketmaster at Simon Guest Services; valet parking; complimentary wheelchairs; strollers and a post office. It is anchored by Nordstrom, Macy's, JC Penney, Bloomingdale's and Dick's Sporting Goods. For more information, please go to Roosevelt Field is on Facebook and Twitter. Please check out http://www.facebook.comlRooseveltField for the latest mall events and retailer updates. Follow the mall on Twitter at www.twitter.comlRooseveItField.




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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 @ 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

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sive views, and vice versa. Out of the jumble of competing beliefs, informed and enlightened citizens will be the earthly judges of public policy. (What you believe to come in the next life will, by necessity, remain the exclusive province of faith.) If viewed in this light, free and lively expressions of public faith don't harm our republic. There exists no greater damage to the fabric of American life for a conservative Catholic priest to preach -- or try to persuade the public -- against birth control or abortion than there existed three generations ago for a crusading black Baptist preacher to call on Jesus in the march for black Americans' civil rights. Ditto for the charismatic imam who will surely speak out on matters of public policy in the generations to come. A believer at the pulpit is no different from a politician on the stump, or a merchant in the town square. All must sell their wares to the public. In today's America, where all sorts of people and creeds coexist with greater equality than ever before, the marketplace of ideas is all the more vast, crowded, and competitive. This is precisely what President Obama believes. In a speech delivered at evangelical writer Jim Wallis's "Call to Renewal" conference on June 26, 2006, then-Sen. Obama articulated a vision of how religious views and public policies can -- and should -- face citizen scrutiny. "Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal, rather than religious-specific, values," he said. "Politics depends on our ability to persuade each other of common aims based on a common reality." With respect and tolerance for all faiths, only the best of public debate will prevail and persuade. Or, to put it another way, none of the many places of worship in my neighborhood poses a threat to the believers of the many faiths represented. And the folks at Starbucks won't mind either. PAGE 13



Mangano Awards the Village of Rockville Centre more than $250,000 for Parks Improvements, Youth & Senior Citizen Programs Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today awarded a $255,020 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to the Village of Rockville Centre. The grant will fund a variety of projects in the Village, including improvements to the Reverend Morgan Days Park, the Reverend Martin Luther King Center, the L. Sandel Senior Center, and the Rosa Lee Young Childhood Center. Funds will also go towards providing for tutors and counselors at Confide, R.V.C. Consultation Center, R.V.C. Economic Development Council, and the Hispanic Brotherhood of Rockville Centre, along with providing entry level job training programs at the Youth Employment Program (YET). “The Community Development Block Grant Program is essential to help our communities make critical infrastructure improvements and promote neighborhood development,” said County Executive Mangano. “These funds will greatly assist the Village of Rockville Centre’s efforts to improve the quality of life for residents and provide much-needed funding for worthwhile community organizations programs for children and senior citizens.” Allocations for the Village of Rockville Centre include: · $44,000 for general management, oversight coordination, monitoring and evaluation costs and carrying charges related to planning and execution of community development activities · $35,000 for the continuation of improvements to Rev. Morgan Days Park. Renovations include but are not limited to: provide and install new asphalt pathway for residents to have a safer and easier access to the park, the installation of landscaping irrigation and new signage · $94,520 for interior and exterior renovations at the Rev. Martin Luther King Center including but not limited to the installation of new ceilings, walls, floors, electric and plumbing, and new cabinets, sinks, appliances in the kitchen, as well as the construction of a new storage shed · $12,000 for interior and exterior at the L. Sandel Senior Center that include the installation of an alarm an security surveillance system · $1,000 to the Rosa Lee Young Childhood Center for interior and exterior renovations that include the installation of new floor tiles in four classrooms and hallways · $30,000 to the Youth Employment Training Program (YET) to provide entry-level training and work experience programs for disadvantaged youth · $7,000 to Confide, R.V.C. Consultation Center to provide a salary for a part-time counselor · $8,000 to R.V.C. Economic Development Council to provide the salary for a math tutor in the Council’s after-school program · $22,000 to the Hispanic Brotherhood of Rockville Centre to provide for the salary of an outreach counselor, tutor, and/or maintenance person · $1,500 to the Rev. Martin Luther King Center for the purchase of furnishings, program & recreational equipment, supplies and materials “The Village of Rockville Centre is grateful for Nassau County’s approval of this year’s Community Development Block Grant funding. These funds provide crucial support to our parks, recreation,

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Mangano Appoints Mistron as New Nassau County STOP DWI Coordinator Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced the appointment of Christopher Mistron as Nassau County’s newest STOP DWI Coordinator. As STOP DWI Coordinator, Mistron will coordinate and assist with the DWI program activities for its component agencies including the Nassau County Police Department, District Attorney’s Office, Probation Department, Department of Chemical Dependency and the Traffic Safety Board. “Chris is a long-time County employee who has been helping keep people safe on our roads for many years,” said County Executive Mangano. “His appointment to this position is a tremendous benefit to the residents of Nassau County.” “I am honored to have been given this post,” said Mistron. “Fighting DWI is an incredibly important battle for every person in Nassau County.” Mistron has worked for Nassau County Traffic Safety and STOP DWI for 23 years. During that time, he has been responsible for advancing roadway safety in Nassau County. He has managed grants promoting Driver and Passenger Safety, Child Passenger Safety, Bicycle Safety and Pedestrian Safety. He has been responsible for managing the County BUCKLE UP enforcement, Aggressive Driving enforcement and Distracted Driving programs. Mistron helped secure funds for the implementation of the NCPD in-car ticket writing and accident reporting. This program was successful in providing laptop computers and printers to NCPD patrol cars at no expense to the county. He has also been responsible for maintaining data on all roadway crashes, information of location, injuries and fatalities. In addition, Chris also maintains all information with regard to DWI arrests on a countywide basis as well as all DWI crash information. For several years, Mistron has worked on the DWI program as a liaison between all the police agencies in Nassau County and has assisted in the implementation of the program. “As we continue to battle DWI and educate our residents about its dangers, it is imperative to have dedicated professionals like Chris leading these critical programs,” said Mangano. “I have no doubt he will continue to represent Nassau County with the utmost professionalism and dedication.”

youth and senior programs as well as assisting several community service non-profit organizations. This success was made possible by the resident volunteers on our Community Development Advisory Committee who spent many hours reviewing grant proposals and preparing the successful grant application,” said Village of Rockville Centre Mayor Francis X. Murray. The CDBG Program is a Federal entitlement program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. CDBG funds can be used for a wide range of activities related to housing, economic development, commercial revitalization, public services, infrastructure and public facilities. An estimated 90% of CDBG funds are used annually to benefit very low, low and moderate income individuals. In Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2011, which began on September 1, 2011, the County consortium has received an allocation of $14,136,015 under the CDBG Program for use on eligible projects within the County. FFY 2011 is the 37th year that Nassau County has participated. PAGE 14



MANGANO & SCHUMER ANNOUNCE FUNDS FOR NASSAU FIRST RESPONDERS Floral Park, NY - Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and United States Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that 71 Nassau Fire Departments and 7 Volunteers Ambulance Corps will receive collectively over $650,000 from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for updated radio equipment in order to meet a looming Federal radio mandate set to go into effect January 1, 2013. The mandate requires that all emergency communications equipment operate on a new frequency that current communications equipment does not support. “Nassau County stands in close proximity to the New York City border, where just over 10 years ago we all learned of the importance interoperability communications is for first responders,” said County Executive Mangano. “It is this lesson that has moved us forward in technology and will require all emer-

Mangano Announces Increased Funding for Job Training Programs Program Helps Residents Develop New Marketable Skills and Achieve Greater Opportunities Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today that the Nassau County Department of Social Services (DSS) has been awarded an additional $291,858 in State grants to provide education, training and subsidized job placements for eligible residents involving health care, green jobs and customer service. This latest award brings the total amount that New York State has awarded to Nassau County to $1.856 million, for its employment training and placement initiatives since January 2010. “We recognize that many Nassau County residents continue to be negatively impacted by the economy and find themselves unemployed without the skills to re-train for new job opportunities,” stated County Executive Mangano. “Providing subsidized placements in health care positions, green jobs and customer service can provide individuals with new marketable skills and greater opportunities to

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gency communication to operate on a narrow-band frequency in 2013. This grant demonstrates my administrations’ commitment to enhancing public safety, without further burdening the taxpayer on the volunteer first responder. On behalf of all Nassau residents I thank Senator Schumer for securing the critical funds needed to pay for this otherwise unfunded mandate that would have driven up local costs.” Under the direction of County Executive Mangano, the Nassau County Police Department, which operates the Emergency Ambulance Bureau through local fire department and ambulance corps, applied for this funding to meet the Federal mandate. The award of these funds ensures that these costs will not be passed on to Nassau County taxpayers. In January, Senator Schumer called on Federal officials, including a personal appeal to FEMA Administrator Fugate, to approve the funding request for fire department and ambulance corps to meet costs of massive year-end radio equipment upgrade requirements. “This is a huge victory for Nassau fire departments that were set to get socked with huge fees to meet this federal mandate,” said Schumer. “Now, help is on the way – FEMA has agreed to pick up the tab, and Nassau taxpayers are spared the cost.”

secure employment. Ideally our industry partners will hire the trainees after the subsidy is exhausted which will also further help boost our local economy.” The health care profession offers employment opportunities in skilled nursing, direct patient care, phlebotomy and EKG. The green jobs sector includes retrofitting, weatherization and office positions. In addition to job skills training, trainees will receive additional supportive services to include case management, child care, and job development leading to placement. Social Services Commissioner Dr. John Imhof added, “These subsidized employment and training programs are a wonderful opportunity for individuals to develop new skills in areas where jobs continue to be available. We are grateful to the State for providing additional funding in order that County residents can benefit from this worthwhile program.” Sunita Manjrekar, DSS Director of Employment notes that, “the continuing support by New York State of our employment and training programs in Nassau County is another indication of its confidence in the quality and impact of our programs during these times of continuing economic stress.” For further information about the Subsidized Employment Program please call DSS Director of Employment Sunita Manjrekar at: (516) 227-7970. PAGE 15



STUDENTS FACING THE SAT TESTS THIS SPRING ARE ADVISED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF LIVE STUDY HELP Suffolk County, NY…February 23, 2012 Junior and senior high school students in Suffolk County, NY are advised to turn to Live Study Help — an online resource available to cardholders through their public library’s digital branch at — for free tutoring assistance in preparing for the SAT exams to be given this spring on March 10, May 5 and June 2. At under menu tab Live Study Help, real time tutors provide academic, writing, and test preparation assistance Monday through Sunday from 2 to 11 p.m., excluding some holidays. The certified tutors offer assistance in prepping for PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP and state standardized tests, as well as SAT Subject Tests covering history, science and mathematics. A 24-hour Writing Lab allows students to submit essays and other forms of writing for constructive feedback in as little as one day. Recommendations for using Live Study Help come from students themselves. Brainfuse, the company providing the live tutoring services on behalf of the 56 public libraries of Suffolk County, recently shared an aggregate of comments posted by student users of the site: Best thing ever since the Internet! Tutor was very quick to respond, helpful, and easy to work with. It is really good to have the interactive help and not just have to type it all. I would definitely recommend this to a friend. Although I was transferred to many tutors (because it was a difficult math problem), the tutors were kind enough to help me! I’M ON HONOR ROLL NOW BECAUSE OF THIS WEBSITE THANK YOU !!!! So helpful for questions I don’t get in my ACT or SAT book. Thank you so much for allowing me to do as many problems as I needed to in order to study for a test! When I logged on to this, a whole new world of learning just opened up to me and I am ready to shine my way through this year! Thank you! My grades went from 40 to 98, a 60 to a 96, and a 52 to a 98! In 2011, the 56 libraries of Suffolk County coordinated a Homework Help Day to demonstrate to students and their parents how to access the live tutoring assistance from home or library computers. Librarians continue to be available to assist cardholders. The Suffolk Cooperative Library System has tracked usage of Live Study Help since the program was introduced in 2009. By the end of 2011, public usage of the service had doubled with 40,762 library cardholders making use of the resource. At least half of all students applying for college admission take the SAT twice – in the spring of their junior year and in the fall of their senior year, often improving their score with the second try. The SAT Subject Tests, usually scheduled the same date as a SAT, are most often taken at the end of the junior year or beginning of the senior year. It is recommended that subject tests be taken as soon as possible after completing the course in the subject. SAT scheduling information is available through the student’s school or by logging onto ABOUT LIVE-BRARY.COM: In 2010, the local public libraries of Suffolk County, NY came together to launch the digital branch,, providing the county’s one million patrons a selection of free online resources, including live study help and downloadable eBooks, audio books, movies and music. In 2011, Live-brary For Kids (to age 10) was added.

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Mangano Awards Grant to the Village of Williston Park for Residential Rehabilitation Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that the County has awarded a $15,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to the Village of Williston Park, in order to maintain the stock of affordable housing by the provision of loans and/or grants to low and moderate income homeowners to eliminate code violations and make other needed improvements to their homes. An additional $5,000 has been allocated for the purchase and installation of kiosks in the downtown area in the Village of Williston Park which will contain community information. “It is important that we continue to do all we can to help provide our residents with affordable housing,” stated County Executive Mangano. “The Community Development Block Grant Program is a great example of federal, county and local governments working together to make housing readily available to the hard working residents of Nassau County during these difficult economic times.” “Williston Park has been fortunate to have been able to secure these grants, both of which will be used to benefit of our residents. I fully appreciate the support and guidance provided to the Village by the Nassau County Office of Community Development during the process. Without their help the Village would not have been able to secure these funds,” stated Village of Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar. The CDBG Program is a Federal entitlement program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. CDBG funds can be used for various activities related to housing, economic development, commercial revitalization, public services, infrastructure and public facilities. The Nassau County Office of Community Development annually issues a Notice of Funding Availability and accepts applications from member municipalities and other eligible applicants for CDBG grant funded activities.





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Village of Hempstead Black History Celebration The Village of Hempstead hosted a program in celebration of Black History Month at Kennedy Park in Hempstead. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented a Certificate of Recognition to each of this year’s honorees and congratulated Juanita Hargwood and Michelle Banks, program coordinators from the Village of Hempstead. Photo: Juanita Hargwood, Exec. Dir. Human Relations Ruth M. Robinson, (accepting for Lillian Gourdine, in Memoriam), Frieda Rapelyea, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Della Hudson, Evelyn Harris Tapp, Michelle Banks

Kevin Rafferty of East Meadow Retires TOH Public Safety A retirement celebration was held for Officer Kevin Rafferty (East Meadow) from the Town of Hempstead Department of Public Safety at Umberto’s Restaurant in Wantagh. Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby was on hand to present a Certificate of Recognition to Officer Rafferty and congratulate him for his 38 years of dedicated service to the Town of Hempstead and its citizens. Pat Bentivegna, TOH Public Safety, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Kevin Rafferty, Commissioner Thomas DeMaria, TOH Public Safety




From the Desk of Mayor Hall It’s my responsibility as your Mayor to have a positive vision for the future of our community and to work toward the realization of that vision.One of my aims for the present, as well as for the future of Hempstead, is to see health care needs met, including long-term needs. This, of course, is just one of the many issues we need to address in order to improve the quality of life for everyone in the Village. The best way to begin to make these kinds of improvements, I believe, is to ask you -- my neighbors – so that I can learn what’s on your mind, what your primary concerns are, what’s working well and what needs to change, and where you would like to see our community go. When I think about the future of our community, I see a vibrant Village where adults can find work and housing that enables them to raise their families, where children receive an excellent education and enjoy safe places to learn and grow outside of school, where seniors can find the care and services they require, and where all residents have the opportunity to lead healthy, productive and rewarding lives. With our community’s rich resource of diverse and gifted individuals, there is no acceptable reason that we should not be able to tackle our challenges and become one of the most desirable communities on Long Island in which to live, work, learn and play. When you think about the future of our community, what do you see? The vision of becoming a thriving community with wonderful benefits for all residents isnot beyond our grasp.Think how far we’ve already come: innovative community policing initiatives have helped bring about a 7 percent drop in overall incidents of crime between last year and the year prior, and we continue to strengthen the partnerships with county and community organizations that are making our streets safer. My administration is fighting on behalf of homeowners who deserve a fair chance to lift themselves out of the foreclosure crisis. And because there is no question that education is thepathway to success, the Village leadership isworkingwith public, private and nonprofit entities in an effort to enhance the educational experience forall Hempstead kids and to provide real and valuable alternatives for atrisk young people.

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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

As we move forward together, the diversity of our community is a great advantage to us. Diversity means many different kinds of talents, perspectives, experiences and ideas – and when we bring those qualities together, I am convinced, we can do anything we desire. Speaking of diversity, it’s my pleasure to report to you that the Village recently appointed Patricia Perez to the position of Village clerk. Ms. Perez, who previously served as deputy clerk, is our community’s first Hispanic member to serve in this important role. Her appointment is a victory not only for the Hispanic community, but for all of Hempstead, because it represents positive change – and that is what we all look forward to. As we welcome Ms. Perez, we bid adieu to Mary Ellen Hillman, our current Village clerk who has served the Village for 19 years. On behalf of the Board and our Village residents, I thank her for the outstanding service she has rendered to the Village, and wish her all the best in her future endeavors. Last – but certainly not least –I remind you to please go and make your voice heard regarding the types of shops and amenities you want to see built in our revitalized downtown. The website was featured this past week in Newsday, and we are thankful to be working with a developer in Renaissance Downtowns UrbanAmerica that truly wants to hear from, and work with, the community in this endeavor. Sign up and get involved in the future of our downtown! To stay on top of what’s happening in the Village, please join our electronic mailing list by sending your name and email address to




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Will the Real Trustee Robert Kennedy Please Stand Up? I’m confused with Trustee Robert Kennedy’s stance on the NYS Comptroller’s Audit Report. Trustee Kennedy attended the last meeting of the Freeport Democratic Club and stated to the audience that the former Glacken administration was rife with waste and mismanagement. He then went on to talk about some wasteful contracts where the Village was overcharged for services, unrealistic rental rates that the Village was collecting and a number of other irregularities. What I can’t understand is…if he knew all this about the previous administration then why did he support White and Martinez for Trustee? At the Feb 15th Village Board meeting when I asked him whose side is he on, he stated that he is on the side of the people. As a resident that’s the response that I want to hear from an elected official. The only problem is, his actions don’t line up with his words! If you really are for the people then why support the candidates of an administration that you said was rife with waste and mismanagement? Why would you want to return them to office if their oversight of Village funds was so poor? Do you want more of the same mismanagement that has now given us the distinction of being the Village with the highest debt in NYS? In my opinion Trustee Kennedy is sitting on both sides of the fence. On one hand he supports the Mayor regarding the Brooklyn Waterworks settlement and agrees that the Glacken administration did a poor job of handling Village finances… yet on the other hand he publicly supported the two Trustees (White and Martinez) who were part of the same Glacken administration for re-election. It just doesn’t make sense unless of course there’s some sort of deal in place…hmmm…enquiring minds would like to know. Annette Dennis

Mangano Awards Grant to the Village of Westbury for Infrastructure Improvements and Senior Programs Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that the County has awarded a $200,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to the Village of Westbury in order to improve the environment for the residents of the Village. The funds allocated are to be used for the provision of new and improved public facilities and infrastructure enhancements including drainage and street improvements. An additional $25,000 has been allocated to the Village to assist with the costs of running the programs that are offered at the Westbury Senior Center including adult day care, health education and physical fitness classes as well as recreation programs. “This is a great example of how government can work together to effectively use grant funds to improve our neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life for residents,” said County Executive Mangano. “In addition to improving the local infrastructure which in turn will help attract customers, create jobs and improve the local economy in the Village of Westbury, the funds will assist in providing much needed services for senior citizens.”

Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro stated, “The Village of Westbury is pleased to be the recipient of a CDBG block grant that will assist us in our efforts to upgrade village facilities and infrastructure. Westbury has been a participant in the County’s CDGB consortium from the beginning. We are grateful that County Executive Mangano recognizes the needs of our residents, and supports our infrastructure improvement program. It is particularly important, in these difficult economic times, for his commitment to providing needed support for the exemplary senior citizen programs offered at the Westbury Senior Center, including the daily lunch program that is open to all county seniors.” The CDBG Program is a Federal entitlement program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. CDBG funds can be used for a wide range of activities related to housing, economic development, commercial revitalization, public services, infrastructure and public facilities. The Nassau County Office of Community Development annually issues a Notice of Funding Availability and accepts applications from member municipalities and other eligible applicants for CDBG grant funded activities.




Mangano Awards Grant Funds to the Village of Freeport for Youth & Senior Citizen Programs, Downtown Revitalization, and Residential & Commercial Rehabilitation Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today awarded a $651,080 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to the Village of Freeport. The grant will fund a variety of projects in the Village including improvements in the Central Business District and residential and commercial rehabilitation. The grant will also help fund a variety of youth programs, including the Summer Youth Employment Program, Girl Scouts of Nassau County, The Cedarmore Corp., and Freeport Little League. “Part of the foundation for great communities is basic infrastructure, including road improvements and the rehabilitation of community buildings as well as providing services for our youth,” stated County Executive Mangano. “The CDBG program does just that and also encourages housing rehabilitation and homeownership, making it an extremely versatile tool in revitalizing villages like Freeport.” “The residents of Freeport greatly appreciate the assistance from Nassau County. Without the County’s continued assistance in providing CDBG funding, and more, Freeport’s social programming would not be able to assist the residents in need. These are challenging times for many residents, organizations and businesses so it is imperative that this type of funding be maintained. Any cuts to funding could harm the Village,” said Freeport Mayor Andrew Hardwick. “I would like to thank County Executive Edward P. Mangano for his continued help in working with me and helping Freeport continue to be a great place to live, work, and play.” Allocations for the Village of Freeport include:  $232,080 for Commercial Rehabilitation including improvements to commercial building facades in the Central Business District, North Main Street and other areas determined to be in need of renovation to improve business opportunities;  $180,000 for Residential Rehabilitation including maintaining the stock of affordable housing for low & moderate income homeowners to eliminate code violations and make other needed improvements;  $116,000 for General program management, oversight and monitoring of the CDBG Program;  $19,000 to Long Island Cares, Inc. for staff and operational costs for the emergency outreach food program;  $16,000 to the Summer Youth Employment Program to provide programs and services to address the needs of youth via a summer youth employment program;  $13,000 to Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN) to provide programs and services to address the needs of senior citizens, youth and other extremely low, low and moderate income persons, as well as operational costs, rent, supplies, food and other necessities for the soup kitchen;  $10,000 for Liberty Park for the provisions of new and improved public facilities and infrastructure improvements to improve the environment for households in the Liberty Park Apartment Complex;

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 $8,000 to Refuge Apostolic Church for staff, operating, supplies and other costs associated with the food pantry;  $7,000 to EOC Inc. for staff, operating, equipment and vehicle rental, and other costs associated with the After-School Basketball Program;  $5,000 for the acquisition of blighted and substandard structures in the Central Business District and village-wide. Sites to be determined in accordance with the design plan for downtown revitalization, the North Main Street Revitalization Plan and existing conditions report;  $5,000 to Hi Hello Child Center for the provisions of new and improved public facilities and infrastructure improvements to improve the existing buildings at 134 S. Ocean Ave., and 212 S. Ocean Ave.;  $5,000 to Our Holy Redeemer Parish Outreach to provide programs and services to address the needs of senior citizens, youth and other extremely low, low & moderate income persons, as well as for staff and supply costs for outreach and emergency services;  $5,000 Eager to Serve (ETS) for staff, operating and supply costs for a program for over 30 homeless women;  $5,000 to The Cedarmore Corp., for staff, operating, supplies and related costs for after school and tutorial programs, as well as the Big Brothers Youth Program;  $4,000 to the Freeport Historical Society for exterior and interior building improvements consistent with maintaining the integrity of the building and the society’s archive collection;  $4,000 to the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence to provide programs and services to address the needs of senior citizens, youth and other extremely low, low & moderate income persons, as well as for staff and material costs for the training with the Village of Freeport Police Department;  $3,000 to the Girl Scouts of Nassau County to provide programs and services to address the needs of senior citizens, youth and other extremely low, low & moderate income persons. As well as for staff and operational costs for the expansion of the “Personal Power” program for girls ages 5-7;  $3,000 to Harvest for the World to provide programs and services to address the needs of senior citizens, youth and other extremely low, low & moderate income persons;  $2,500 to the Freeport Little League for staff, operating, supplies and other costs for the baseball and softball programs;  $2,500 to the Potters Association to provide programs and services to address the needs of at risk youth and families;  $2,000 for legal and other soft costs related to the development of sites;  $2,000 to Island Harvest for operational, staff, equipment and other costs for the soup kitchen; and  $2,000 to the Salvation Army for staff, operating, supplies and other costs for the heating assistance program and Hygiene Kit Program. The CDBG Program is a Federal entitlement program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. CDBG funds can be used for a wide range of activities related to housing, economic development, commercial revitalization, public services, infrastructure and public facilities. An estimated 90% of CDBG funds are used annually to benefit very low, low and moderate income individuals. PAGE 20



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Dow closes above 13,000, first time since crisis The Dow Jones industrial average on Tuesday finally reclaimed the ground it held before the carnage of the Great Recession -- bailouts, bank failures, layoffs by the million and a stock market panic that cut retirement savings in half. The Dow closed above 13,000 for the first time since May 19, 2008, almost four months before the fall of the Lehman Brothers investment bank triggered the worst of the financial crisis. According to preliminary calculations, the Dow finished at 13,005.12, up 23.61 points for the day. "People can see that the markets bounce back and are resilient over time," said Marc Scudillo, managing officer at EisnerAmper, a financial advice company in Bridgewater, N.J. "That's a powerful message." The average first pierced 13,000 last Tuesday, then floated above the milestone again on Friday and Monday, but it could not hold the mark. A 6 percent rally in the Dow this year has stalled as worries build on Wall Street about

climbing prices for oil and gasoline. On Tuesday, the Dow got the final push from a report that consumer confidence jumped in February to its highest level in a year. Improved perceptions of the job market made the difference. The report, which came out at 10 a.m., lifted the Dow over 13,000, and it stayed there for most of the day. "Two months ago, we were talking about a double-dip recession. Now consumer confidence is growing," said Ryan Detrick, senior technical strategist for Schaffer's Investment Research. "A major milestone like 13,000 wakes up a lot of investors who have missed a lot of this rally." The breaking of the 13,000 barrier continues a remarkable run for stocks this year. The Dow started with its best January since 1997 and has added to the gains. The index is up 6.5 percent for the young year. Other averages have fared even better: The Standard & Poor's 500 is up 9 percent, the Russell 2000 index of smaller stocks is up 11 percent, and the

Nasdaq composite index, dominated by technology stocks, is up 14 percent. The other major indexes sit at multi-year highs as well. The S&P closed Tuesday at its highest level since June 2008, and the Nasdaq has not traded so high since December 2000, during the bursting of the bubble in technology stocks. Just last August, the Dow dropped 2,000 points in three frightening weeks. Investors were worried about the European debt crisis, gridlock in Washington over the federal borrowing limit, a downgrade of the U.S. credit rating and the threat of another recession. After Labor Day, the recession fears melted away. Since then, the stock market has been engaged in a tug-of-war between optimism over the improving American economy and fear that crisis in Europe would derail the U.S. recovery. The optimists have been winning. The Dow cruised to 13,000 the old-fashioned way, riding the economy higher. The unemployment rate has come down five months in a row, the first time that has happened since 1994.

The economy added 243,000 jobs in January, among the three best months since 2006. Gains were surprisingly robust in industries across the economy, including the strongest hiring in manufacturing in a year. And while the housing market remains weak, the economy did grow faster every quarter of last year. In the stock market, the improving economy has translated to slow, steady gains -- about 20 points a day for the Dow, averaged over the eight weeks. The index has gained more than 100 points on only three days, and it has not fallen 100 points on any day. Seven of the 10 industry groups within the S&P 500 index were higher, with information technology and consumer discretionary stocks leading the way. Utility stocks, traditionally solid investments in a weak economy, were lower. The Dow first cracked 13,000 on April 25, 2007, when the unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, far below today's 8.3 percent, and the economy was growing at a relatively healthy (Continued on page 25)




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Class Project: What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up? by Khayyam E. Ali "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Remember being asked that question when you were a child? Almost every student has been asked this question at some point during their school years. Children often respond by saying that they want to be a doctor, lawyer, teacher, police officer, basketball player, rapper... When asked how they plan to do this, most students will respond by saying the things they have been conditioned to say, "I will go to school, study hard and get a good education, so I can go to college and get a good JOB." But is it merely enough to ask the question without requiring more details in the response? Several weeks ago I wrote, "Student Loans: Altering The Dream," where I pointed out the damaging effects student loan debts have caused thousands of college students and their families. The question was then posed to me, "So, what should students do...Not Go To College?" Of course not! However, there are some startling facts that students and their families should be aware of before deciding on college. According to the United States Census Bureau report of 2007: thirty four percent of Americans hold col-


lege degrees; merely 8 percent of Americans have an Associate's Degree (two-year college program); while only 17.5 percent have received a Bachelor's Degree (four-year college program); and about 8.5 percent of Americans have earned a post graduate (Masters, Professional, or Doctoral) degree. Now if you exclude those who have earned a post graduate degree (8.5 percent), you are left with about 25 percent who have earned an undergraduate college degree--the initial degree(s) which most high school graduates are in pursuit of. Statistically this means that only 1 out of 4 people successfully complete college by earning an Associate or Bachelor's degree. On the other hand, data taken from the same survey does indicate that: the earning potential of college graduates can be twice as high as that of high school graduates; lifetime income may be as high as $1 million more than a high school graduate; unemployment rates are less than half that of those who did not receive a high school diploma; those with a college degree are more likely to have a career as opposed to a job; and those with a college degree are more likely to have adequate health insurance. All of this is critical information that prospective college students and their families should be conscious of as they weigh whether or not they should pursue higher education. College is an investment. It may be the biggest investment one makes in life. Given the price of matriculating at some colleges, it may cost more than buying a house, and may prevent one from having the credit-to-debt ratio necessary to qualify for a mortgage needed to purchase a home or to finance a car. Therefore, there are many questions that need to be answered before making such an important decision as this. Am I mature enough to understand the commitment that is necessary to attain a college degree? Do I have what it takes to be in the 25% who earns an undergraduate degree? How do I know?

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(The following is a class project that I will be administering to my middle school students as part of their Social Studies curriculum.) What do you want to be when you grow up? That is the name of this quarter's project. It will be require you to do research and answer a series of questions. First ask yourself, "Is there a demand for the field I wish to work in?" If so, what is the projection for that demand in the future? Be specific, if you wish to become an engineer, then what type of engineer do you wish to become (aerospace, architectural, biomedical, computer, electrical, industrial, etc.)? Ask yourself do I need a college degree to fulfill my dream? If so, what colleges or universities offer areas of concentrations in my desired field? Should I attend a local school or one in another state? How much does each school charge? What level of college must I complete (Associate's

Degree, Bachelor's Degree, Master's, Doctoral or all of the above)? If I need a college degree, approximately how long will it take to complete the necessary degree requirements? How much are the total costs? Will I be able to afford it? Does the college I wish to attend offer student grants or scholarships (Continued on page 25)

Michael Levins comments: I have been studying African American history for over 30 years and have never heard of Elizabeth Jennings. Once again I have to depend on a community newspaper to provide me with this very important piece of history, especially for New Yorkers. Excellent job K.A.!!! Sheila Davis comments: Outstanding story about Elizabeth Jennings Graham. The history revealed is remarkable. Never learned about her in grade school or in my Black History courses in college. What's the deal with that? Great job. Francine Harrelson comments: Excellent article on Elizabeth Jennings. Nice to know that a bit of New York African American history is being shared by the paper. I agree wholeheartedly with your perspective Mr. Ali-get involved with your community. It is the only way we will prosper. Fatima Abdul comments: Nice African American history piece about Liz Jennings Graham. Would have thought that since she was from New York that I would have heard about her in my African American history courses. Never did. Thanks! Sandra Catsby comments: Inspiring reporting on Liz Jennings Graham. Never learned about her in school. Thanks for educating us. Pam Grayson comments: Article on New York's Elizabeth Jennings was amazing piece of little known information. Never knew we had our own Rosa Parks 100 years earlier until I read it here. Great job!

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Roles Stephen R. Acevedo Oscar night recently passed and celebrities sported out the red carpet in fashion and style. Actor’s from all genres and genders coming together for a night of celebration, however, throughout the entire event there was one thought on my mind… diversity, diversity, diversity.

Lack of Hispanic Leading

In many of my conversations with friends about actors in Hollywood, I often joke that the only leading Hispanics actors we have are Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, and Penelope Cruz. The frightening part is that aside from the joke, that might arguably be the case. The amount of Hispanic leading actors can be counted on one hand, and the number of them that have one Oscars is most likely

none, which is a problem in itself. Not only do we have a lack of leading Hispanic actors in American films, but we also have some that do not necessarily make their race known. For instance, Cameron Diaz, though she is not fully Hispanic, she has it in her blood, and if she were ever to win an Oscar, that fact would be overlooked, but in reality it should be looked at as a great achievement for the Hispanic population.

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If that is true, then there is a serious problem.

As for the reason for the lack of leading Hispanic roles in Hollywood, I blame the industry, mainly producers and screen writers. Maybe the lack of Hispanic positions in the acting business is one main reason for their lack of strength in films, but then again, many Hispanic actors are being forced into roles that present them as a stereotype, and with that, I If you look at African encourage Hispanic actors to deny American Actors, whether half, a such roles. quarter, or full, they support their In order to improve the race and make it known, espe- situation in the film industry, we cially if receiving a high honor. must start by having more HisAlicia Keyes, Mariah Carey, Halle panic writers, directors, and proBerry, are just a few mixed race ducers. We must have more HisAfrican Americans who have panics in the industry; which taken pride in that side of them- means we must have more Hispanselves. Hispanic actors should do ics going to college, especially in the same. I believe Jessica Alba for arts. It is there that change will even once stated that Cameron start. Since Hollywood is not going Diaz was more Hispanic than her. to change for us, then we’ll change it for ourselves. (Continued from page 22)

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(grants and scholarships do not have to be paid back)? Does my school have work-study programs which help to pay for college while I attend classes, or will I have to take out student loans? If I need to take out a student loan, what lending institutions will finance my student loan (government-FAFSA, commercial banks, etc.)? Will I need a co-signer for my loan? How many loans will I need? What will my monthly payments be when I begin repaying the loan(s)? What will the interest rate on my loan be? How long will it take to repay the loan? Will my loan be subsidized? When do I begin repaying my loan? What happens to me (and my co-signer) if I default on my loan? Can my loan be deferred? If so, for how long? Perhaps most importantly, you must find out, "What percentage of college graduates in your anticipated field of study are presently gainfully employed?" Once you know all of this information, again ask yourself, will I be able to afford it? If the answer is remotely yes, and you have already satisfied the questions of being committed and mature enough to take this major step, begin determining and planning right now which schools are best suited for you and how you will go about paying for college. Perhaps this will motivate you to get all A's in your present classes, so that you can earn a college scholarship and very possibly not have to pay for college at all!!! And if you wish to be a professional rapper (one who gets paid) or a professional athlete, ask yourself would it be beneficial to pursue a course of study in business or financial management (so that you can learn how to handle all the riches you believe these fields will lead to)? ---Or makes it possible for you to work in another dynamic aspect of the entertainment or sports world if your first goal is impeded. You will have 4 weeks to complete this project and the rest of your grade school lives' (and beyond) to use your research as a re-

clip. From there, it was a quick ride to the Dow's all-time high. The average crossed 14,000 in July 2007, then peaked at 14,164.53 on Oct. 9, 2007. Concerns about weak corporate earnings and tighter credit were already haunting the market, though. The trip back down to 13,000 was less pleasant. It took little more than a month. Ten months later came the fall of Lehman Brothers investment bank and the financial meltdown. The Dow hit bottom on March 9, 2009, at 6,547.05. Analysts say the stock market has grown accustomed to lingering threats this year, including a debt crisis in Europe and an economic recovery in the United States that is still not as strong as economists would like. The price of gasoline has emerged as the latest worry. A gallon of regular costs $3.72 on average. The price has risen 21 days in a row. Economists worry about whether gas will climb high enough to cut into consumer spending in the rest of the economy. John Manley, chief equity strategist for Wells Fargo's funds group, said investors haven't forgotten the "black swans" surrounding the market -- a term traders use for events outside of what is normally predicted. "We know that profits eventually have to come down, we know that something will happen in the Middle East, we know that Greece isn't going to do everything it says it's going to do. We're seeing black swans everywhere," Manley said. He added: "But these issues have been around for a while."


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What About the Teacher, and What About Us? by Lindamichellebaron What about the teacher who touched our lives? What about the teacher who deserves high fives? What about the teacher who’d never say, “I’m gonna to get paid, anyway!”

What about the teacher who won’t let us fail? The one who refuses to lose us—to caskets or jail? The gifted educator forced to teach from a script,

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They believe that everything that counts can be counted. If it can’t be captured by multiple choice, it’s thrown out and discounted. They don’t see us or know us, so they can’t see our soul, body or mind. They claim to have all the answers, yet they keep leaving us behind.

Emotionally whipped and labeled “less than equipped”… The one who knows from whence we started… Given no respect even if the Red Sea had been parted?

What about the teacher who touched our lives?

What about the teacher who touched our lives?

What about the teacher who deserves high fives?

What about the teacher who deserves high fives? What about the teacher who’d never say, “I’m gonna to get paid, anyway!”

What about the teacher who’d never say, “I’m gonna to get paid, anyway!”

Our teachers and principals are being abused.

Dr. Lindamichelle Baron

Treated like stuff on the bottom of shoes.

This isn’t business as planned, schools aren’t traveling unmanned.

Excuses for shutting our schools abound,

We must think outside the box, so that our schools can rock.

Even when the school and our lives have turned around. They open and close schools like musical chairs, And the soundtrack they play is stuck on “nobody cares.”

Politicians remain clueless about teaching for lifelong success.

Somehow in following the rules, it’s like we forgot about the children in our schools. We have to give our teachers what they need, so they can care for the souls they have to feed.

Copyright © 2012 by Lindamichelle Baron. All rights reserved.

They only value the learning measured on standardized tests.




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ASK LISA-ANNE Q. My nephew was playing football in high school and was hit in his head. He seemed fine and went home but later became ill and was rushed to the hospital. Doctors said he had a concussion. How can parents tell if their child has a concussion and what is it? A. Concussions and brain injuries are very serious and must be monitored by a doctor! Your brain is well protected from most damage. It sits inside a hard, bony skull. Layers of membranes and fluid provide even more padding. But even with all of this natural protection, the brain can still get injured. Damage to it can affect everything you do, from thinking to moving. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is any blow to the head that's hard enough to affect the brain's function. A hard blow to the head can shake the brain inside the skull, resulting in bruising, broken blood vessels, or nerve damage to the brain. When you take a hard hit to the head but there's no outward bleeding or opening in the skull, it could result in a closed brain injury. An open brain injury is when an object penetrates the skull and goes into the brain. A TBI can be mild or severe. A concussion is a mild TBI and is caused by a jolt that shakes your brain back and forth inside your skull. Any hard hit to


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the head or body -- whether it's from a football tackle or a car accident -- can lead to a concussion. Although a concussion is considered a mild brain injury, it can leave lasting damage if you don't rest long enough to let your brain fully heal afterward. Not everyone with a concussion loses conciousness! Signs of a concussion include: * Dizziness * nausea * vomiting * blurry vision * headache * trouble thinking clearly * memory problems * judgment problems * poor reflexes * speech problems * balance and coordination problems * interuption of sleep patterns * Seeing flashing lights * Feeling like you have "lost time" * Muscle weakness on one or both sides * Unequal pupils * Unusual eye movements Head injuries that result in concussion are often associated with injury to the neck and spine. Take particular care when moving patients who have had a head injury. While recovering from a concussion, you may: *Be withdrawn, easily upset, or confused *Have a hard time with tasks that require remembering or concentrating *Have mild headaches *Be less tolerant of noise Treatment for a concussion may include: *Acetaminophen (Tylenol) for a headache. Do NOT use aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil), naproxen, or similar drugs. *Eating a light diet. *Avoiding exercise, weight lifting, or heavy


RESUME and COVER LETTER WRITING WORKSHOP Wednesday, March 28, 2012 6:30pm – 8:00pm FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ADVANCE REGISTRATION NEEDED CONTACT: REFERENCE 481-6990 This workshop is a MUST for anyone who needs a job and wants to get one quickly! Resumes and cover letters are a crucial component of the job search process. While there are many resources and services out there for consumers and job seekers, this workshop will teach participants how to effectively utilize software to generate professional looking documents that will stand out above the crowd. While computer knowledge is helpful, it is not required to get started. The program will be held in the Community Room. Registration is required for this free program.

activities. Light activity around the home is okay. *You do not need to stay in bed. An adult should stay with a child for the first 12 - 24 hours after the concussion. Going to sleep is okay. However, someone should wake them up every 2 or 3 hours for the at least the first 12 hours. You can ask a simple question, such as their name, and then look for any changes in the way they look or act. I suggest to all parents that if your child has receives a blow or jolt to the head you should take them to the doctor to be sure! Many high school football teams have created tests to see if a student who had a concussion is ready to return to the game. Many make sure students rest a period of time from the game so the brain can heal. Yes, sports is important but it's not worth your child's life! Make sure your football or other sports program has safety procedures in place and that they protect the students as well! Information gathered from the

and websites. Lisa-Anne Ray-Byers is a licensed and certified speechlanguage pathologist who has worked in education for over two decades. She holds graduate degrees in speech-language pathology and multicultural education. She also holds certification in educational administration. She is the author of the book, They Say I Have ADHD, I Say Life Sucks! Thought From Nicholas and co-author of 365 Ways to Succeed With ADHD both available at She is the education editor of the Community Journal newspaper in Long Island, NY and a member of the National Education Writers Association. You may c o n t a c t h e r a t or by visiting her website at




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Uniondale High School Show Choir Uniondale , NY [03/01/12] – Uniondale High School Show Choir will perform at Lincoln Center on March 17 ,2012 at the FAME Events Show Choir Competition at 4:00pm. On March 26, 2012 the Show Choir will be on MSG Varsity Talent Competition, they were chosen out of 50 choirs on Long Island and were selected as one of the top 8. In April they will be televised all over Long Island & online streaming, you can cast your votes like an American Idol Style, and support your community. The Uniondale High School Show Choir consists of students at the Uniondale High school who have come together to display their music talents and compete with other choirs throughout the local and tri-state area. We have worked hard and long to produce a choir that represents the best that the school and community have to offer. The show choir has performed for both the school community, and the New York area. The choir was featured on Good Day NY Fox 5 Glee Segment twice this year. We are the only group that is representing New York Tri-State area. .

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source when the time comes for you (or someone you know) to make a wise and informed decision about attending college. ****************** If as educators our charge is to prepare students for college and/or the work of work, then we should also prepare them for the financial responsibilities of attending college. We should point out the possible pitfalls of attending college and cease from presenting college as the only measure for success. It is not! Many college graduates are presently out of work or underemployed. Even more are working in fields outside of their degree areas, and are therefore repaying student loans which they might not have incurred had they been better prepared to answer these questions before they took their uninformed (or misinformed) leaps into higher education. For many of these students their lives have been altered before they ever got started as they may be in debt for a major portion of their lives. We must remember to inform our students that only 1 out of 4 people ever obtain an undergraduate college degree so that they are fully aware of the odds. Hopefully this will enable them to better understand the seriousness and the commitment that this journey into higher education requires. We should indeed encourage them to do their best in grade school so that they may have a chance at being in

that 25 percent, but we must stop sending the silent message to the other 75 percent that they are failures. They are not! For they too can have successful careers or better yet become successful in business, where instead of merely being seekers of jobs-they will become providers of jobs! To that end there will be a career day at the Alverta B. Gray Shultz (A.B.G.S.) Middle School in Hempstead on May 22, 2012. The school will be seeking individuals from a variety of professions, companies, and business people (with college degrees or not) to participate in this affair and share with students the career possibilities that exist within their respective fields. All those who are interested in taking part in this needed event should contact the school's principal, Mr. Hank Williams at Motto: Prepare Them While Their Young! (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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Read Across America at Franklin Elementary School Franklin Elementary School in Hempstead hosted a Read Across America Day at the school. The event celebrates the birthday of Dr. Seuss and is an annual reading motivation and awareness program geared toward bringing the love of reading to children. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby read “The Lorax” to Ms. Jones-Herring’s 4th grade class.

Baldwin PTA Legislative Forum The Baldwin Council of PTA’s held their Annual Legislative Forum at Baldwin H.S. The Forum provided residents an opportunity to dialogue with elected representatives. The area of most concern was the allocation of NYS educational funds for Nassau County. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby and Councilman Tony Santino (not pictured) joined other elected officials in congratulating members of the Baldwin Council of PTA’s for hosting the forum. Photo: Rev. Phillip Elliot, Assemblyman Brian Curran, Dr. James D. Mapes, Superintendent, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Colette Carrion, Pres. Baldwin PTA, Carl Magnus, 2nd Vice President, Baldwin PTA, Mary Jo O’Hagan, President Board of Education, Leg. Joe Scannell




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government about $1 to mail a check, compared with about 10 cents for an electronic transfer. The Treasury Department understands that forcing people into direct deposit could deprive them of all of their income, say officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the rule-writing process. States can garnish only 65 percent of benefits before the federal government sends them out. But the limit does not apply once the money is in an account and states ask banks to freeze it, according to a Treasury Department memo obtained by The Associated Press. A Treasury spokesman declined to discuss the policy. The officials who spoke on condition of anonymity say they believe the policy is legally unavoidable. They described a dilemma: Restrain states trying to collect child-support debts or risk depriving thousands of people of their only income. Treasury’s legal justification assumes that receiving a paper check is still an option, says Tyler, the Brooklyn attorney. Letting state agencies seize the money contradicts the public stance of the Department of Health and Human Services, the federal agency in charge of child support collections. The department does not want states to collect child support so aggressively that poor people lose their only income, spokesman Ken Wolfe says. “Child support enforcement – getting that money and passing it on to parents and children – is a measure to fight poverty, and it doesn’t make sense to accomplish that by impoverishing somebody else,” he says. Wolfe said HHS is developing guidelines for states to “make sure we’re not putting someone into deep poverty as a result of an automatic collection.” He declined to provide details of those plans. Lawyers from HHS agreed with Treasury’s decision to let states seize benefits, according to the Treasury memo. An early version of the Treasury department rule protected people from having their federal benefits frozen by debt collectors – including private collection agencies and states seeking back child support. State child support agencies replied in public comments on the proposed rule that blocking their access to people’s benefits would cause great harm to parents and children receiving child support. HHS research suggests the policy could deepen the hardship for people who collect benefits as well. People who owe large amounts of child support are almost universally poor. Among those owing $30,000 or more, threefourths had no reported income or income of less than $10,000, HHS says. Many had their earnings interrupted by disability or jail time and are unlikely to repay the child support debt, the government-sponsored research says. The usual methods of collecting back child support often don’t work with the poor. States typically start by garnishing wages. If that doesn’t work, they can suspend driver’s licenses, revoke passports and take away professional credentials. Those measures have little effect on poor people without jobs who rely on federal benefits. They have no wages to garnish and no passports. Many can’t afford a car and do not need a driver’s license. State child support agencies echo the HHS view that child support enforcement should not be so draconian that people end up with nothing. “You don’t want the noncustodial parent to go out and be living on the streets. You’re not going to collect anything at (Continued on page 49)




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Bobby Brown's sister: 'Whitney Houston's death was not an accident' Bobby Brown's sister, Leolah Brown, came to his defense during an interview that aired last night on Access Hollywood. For the first time since Whitney Houston's death, Leolah Brown, talked about her sister-in-law. Leolah says that she does not think the Grammy Award-winning singer's death was an accident. "I believe Whitney's death was not accidental. No. It's very important to know that she did not just pass away like that, and if it's the last thing I do, I am going to find out what truly happened to my sister." Leolah also expressed concern for her niece, Bobby Kristina. There have been several reports since Houston's passing that Bobby Kristina is emotionally unstable, and Leolah believes that her niece is in danger. "I am concerned about my niece, Bobbi Kristina. Krissy is not safe right now. I want to say to Krissy that it's very, very, very important that she does not trust anybody at this time. Anybody except her father, her grandmother Cissy, and myself. And I mean that. Leolah and her attorney, Reginald Mason, did not specify who may try to harm Bobbi Kristina. "There are persons that possibly would want to take advantage of Bobbi Kristina's fragile state of mind," Mason claimed. She also said that her brother Bobby is not doing well, and claims the "My Prerogative" singer is not to blame for Whitney's demise. "Bobby had nothing to do with Whitney doing drugs in the past or whatever, Bobby never had anything to do with that."

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Chicago street named after comedian Bernie Mac CHICAGO (AP) -- A sign bearing the name of the late comedian Bernie Mac has been raised over a street in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood. About 200 people, including his widow Rhoda McCullough, daughter Je'Niece McCullough and civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, gathered Tuesday on a corner near the home where he grew up Je'Niece McCullough says she hopes renaming the street Bernie Mac Street reminds people "they can do whatever they want to do in life." Mac, born Bernard McCullough, died in August 2008 at age 50 from pneumonia complications, after suffering from sarcoidosis, an autoimmune disease. The comedian is best known for his stand-up performance in the Original Kings of Comedy, a tour that showcased several popular contemporary black comedians, and the hit comedy series "The Bernie Mac Show."




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ASHA CRITIC AT LARGE Tracee Ellis Ross Covers Uptown, Talks Fashion, Growing Up Shy, & Taking Risks Thursday Mar 1, 2012 – by Britni Danielle One of our favorite Clutchettes, Tracee Ellis Ross, snagged the cover of newest issue of Uptown magazine, and as usual, she looks absolutely divine! The actress, best known for her role as Joan Clayton on Girlfriends, is back on TV in BET’s newest sitcom, Reed Between the Lines. Because of this she’s covering Uptown’s ”Hollywood Issue” and showing off her amazing fashion sense and ability to ham it up for the camera. In the feature, Ross talks about overcoming her shyness, taking

risks, her love life, and her unlikely friendship with Kanye West. Check out an excerpt from the interview. On coming out of her shell: “I was shy, but it came out in a big personality. My turning point was when I let my hair go naturally and I got contact lenses. I am really blind, by the way. I have these big eyes that don’t work!” On Diana Ross paving her way:

“My mom’s career gave me the benefit of a great life and influenced my style and who I am as a person. I felt afraid about that early on in my career, [but] I am comfortable enough in my own skin now. And Hollywood does not work like that. They will unlock the door, but they sit back and wait to see how you are going to walk through the door.” On the difference between Carla Reed and Joan Clayton: “I enjoyed playing a different role. Carla is so different from Joan. And I am at a different point in my life. Joan and Carla are pieces of me. But I am much more than both of them. Joan

was a very specific piece of me. She was neurotic, faithless, and afraid, which lends itself to some really good humor. Carla is the evolved version of Joan. She has the love that Joan was looking for, so it creates humor from a different place.” On taking risks: “As a younger person, my philosophy was jump off a cliff. I realize now that there are stairs and elevators. I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me. I can even ask for help! Not feeling that I have to know everything, and that’s where the growth comes in, in the not knowing.” PAGE 35



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ASHA CRITIC AT LARGE On her “lily pad moment”: “It’s the time when you come above water and you are aware of your surroundings. I was thinking: Oh my! This is my life? How did I get here? And better yet, what am I going to do with it?” On her friendship with Kanye West: “Kanye and I are neighbors [in L.A.], so we would see each other. Then we were introduced by a mutual friend, and he asked me to be in the video for his song ‘The New Workout Plan’. We can talk for hours about fashion. His closet is ridiculous. I will see him, and he will look

PAULA POUNDSTONE MARCH 2ND down and ask, ‘Azzedine Alaia?’ and I am like, ‘Yeah.’ When I showed him the clip of me in the Thierry Mugler show, he was like, ‘Shut the fuck up! I am obsessed with those two seasons of Mugler.’ We are good friends.” On her romantic relationship: “I am not going to hide my relationship, but I am not talking about it. When you do that, you invite other people and their opinions and issues in. You can’t discover the person on your own.”

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NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY 2012 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS February 18 Bill Burr February 19 Aaron Lewis of Staind, Solo Acoustic March




Paula Poundstone National Dance Company of Ireland presents Rhythm of the Dance


10 Spring Doo Wop Extravaganza


24 The Fresh Beat Band


1 Jamie Hyneman & Adam Savage - MythBustersBehind The Myths Tour





14 & 15 The Moody Blues




19 Sid Jacobson JCC presents Dee Snider’s Jam for Autism



Liza Minnelli (Rescheduled Date)



Greg Lake, the legendary voice of King Crimson & ELP






Bob Weir Solo Acoustic



Imagination Movers



Gordon Lightfoot



Engelbert Humperdinck



John Tesh – Big Band Live!



Joan Rivers & Brad Garrett



Michael Amante Special guest Ric Mango

Tower of Power & War

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FRIDAY March 9th, 2012 At 8:00 PM Senior Pops Orchestra of Long Island Presents Inter-Generational Concert at Huntington High School Concert to Feature Students and Seniors Playing a Variety of Classical and Pops Favorites Melville, NY, February 28, 2012. The Senior Pops Orchestra of Long Island, under the direction of conductor Stephen Michael Smith, will be featuring an inter-generational concert with members of the Huntington High School Orchestra playing side-by-side with members of the Senior Pops Orchestra of Long Island. Repertoire will include a variety of classical and pops favorites, including Carmen by Georges Bizet, My Funny Valentine by Richard Rodgers and Brazil by Ary Barroso, as well as some popular Irish folk tunes. Concert will take place on Sunday, March 18, at 2:00 PM at Huntington High School, 188 Oakwood Road, Huntington, NY. For additional information or driving directions, visit or call 516 414-1831.




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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 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 39



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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 thereafter 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 its distinguished by guest speaker Ms. Susan L. Taylor who is the Editor-inChief 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 serve 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 81stPrecinct- Bedford Stuyvesant, NYC Police Department; Mr. William T.

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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. For ticket information call 516-538-6318 today or email us @ 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. Visit PLEASE KEEP THE COMMENTS COMING AND IF YOU LIKE WHAT WE ARE DOING SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FINANCIALLY CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEB-SITE Subscribe Today for only $9.95 for six months PAGE 42



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“REASONABLE THINKING” There are times in a person's life when it seems that darkness envelopes our every move, our every situation, our everything. We ask ourselves, "How much worse can it get?" not really wanting to find out, since our lives are plagued with enough grief and immeasurable pain! Sometimes, it is for a short period of time. At other times, it seems like our "bad luck" just goes on forever. We ask, "When will it end, Lord? When will it end? How much can we bear? Why me, Lord?" And, it always seems like bad prevails over good. Why? We perform good acts, we do out best at our jobs, we are attentive family members, we worship the Almighty, we are kind, caring, generous, and everything else that should qualify us to "catch a break" but NO, it just doesn't seem to happen! Our perseverance can't go on forever, can it? How long can we last without despairing? When will it change for the better? Why are we being challenged so much in our life? If we could only receive a sign, a word, a hint, a clue, then perhaps, life wouldn't seem so bleak. I believe what we need to do is concentrate on the good in our life, and abandon the other aspects that are troubling us. We have a spouse, a job, a believe in the Almighty, clothes on our back, food in our belly. Yes, that's a much better way of looking at life. A more positive view of our existance. It's a good start. Prayer helps, also. When we pray, we are more in oneness with the Supreme Being, who made all things, and has all the answers as to WHY, WHY, WHY. Some say that we should do our best, and leave the rest . . . . to the Lord. What we can't handle, the Lord can, because HE will not abandon us. I'm good with the GOODNESS of the Lord because it certainly makes my life easier and relieves my troubled mind from all the uncertainties, challenges, trials and tribulations that confront us on a daily basis. When people say, "Keep the Faith, Baby" I believe it to be very good advice. If we despair, we are lost. If we say we can't, we won't. Hey, I'm not a minister, but I know the power of prayer and keeping the faith, in believing in ourselves, in believing in the goodness of others, and in out ability to work everything out, with thought, belief and a firm resolve to continue WITH the assistance if our MAKER. Think about it. Then, think about others who are worse off that we are. Now, aren't we lucky? C'mon, admit it, don't we have a life that is better than someone else's? Then, let's work on making our lives be even better by remaining positive and not giving up.

Greetings! It is my opinion that the quality of life in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and surrounding areas has greatly improved, culturally, with the construction and opening of Molloy College's $28 million state-of-the-art Madison Theatre, where Broadwayquality performances are bering presented on a regular basis, closer to our homes and at a great savings, compared to The Great White Way's ticket prices. Molloy College is located in Rockville Centre, NY. Stars from stage, film and TV perform at the Madison Theatre under the direction of Angelo Fraboni, a well-respected Broadway performer who has produced many off-Broadway shows.. Visit for a full line-up of shows and information about their theatre summer camps, as well. I commend Molloy College and the Madison Theatre for bringing class entertainment to us here on Long Island. Let's support their efforts as they make our lives better. James W. Reed, Former Deputy Commissioner

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Nassau County Office of Consumer Affairs [I may be contacted at 516-315-3437 for verification of this Letter to the Editor.]

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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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: Website: Hours of Operation Monday: by appointment, Tuesday-Friday: 12-8, Saturday: 10-5, Sunday: Closed PAGE 46



CARIBBEAN COLUMN By Dr. Dudley Davenport

ROSEHALL, BERBICE, GUYANA PRISONER DEAD IN CUSTODY The police say they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Ryan Singh, 27 years of Campbell Street, Williamsburg, Corentyne, who was a prisoner in the lock-ups at the Rose Hall Police Outpost, and was found hanging in his cell at about 1530h today. Police say that investigations revealed that at about 1130h today Singh was arrested by members of the Rose Hall Town Council following a report of larceny of a bicycle from a teenager earlier. The police say that he was found in possession of the bicycle and was handed over to the police at the Rose Hall Police Outpost where he was taken into custody and placed in the lock-ups. During a visit to the lock-ups by the police at 1530h, Singh, who was the only prisoner in the lock-ups, was found hanging from the inner grilled ceiling by his jersey, which the police said he had stripped into pieces and joined together, and tied around his neck. He was pronounced DOA at the Port Mourant Hospital, police said.


Haitian Prime Minister Garry Conille offered his surprise resignation after just four months in office, amid tension between the premier and government ministers over issues of dual nationality.

The resignation opens a new chapter in Haiti's political turmoil as it struggles to recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake. Conille resigned after clashes over an investigation launched by lawmakers concerning foreign passports held by senior government officials, including President Michel Martelly. Haiti does not recognize dual nationality. Martelly said in an address to the nation late Friday that he had accepted the resignation, but that he regretted the moving coming "at a time when the country is taking off." Martelly vowed to "rapidly" nominate a successor, and said he had assured "our partners of the international community" that he had taken measures "to allow the state to operate normally." Conille had publicly supported the lawmaker's investigation into the nationalities issue against the advice of his ministers, who lined up behind the president and refused to answer inquiries. The investigation was launched by Senator JeanCharles Moses, a fierce Martelly opponent who claims the president has US and Italian nationalities. Disagreements over the probe led to a marked deterioration in relations within the administration, and Conille grew increasingly isolated in his position. The move brings back political turmoil to Haiti as Martelly's administration struggles to ramp up stalled reconstruction efforts following the massive earthquake two years ago that leveled much of the capital Port-au-Prince. In Haiti, the prime minister is appointed by the president and mainly serves as cabinet chief. Haiti's parliament approved Conille's appointment in October, temporarily ending months of political crisis. He had been Martelly's third choice for prime minister since the president took office

last May, but the first approved by parliament. Conille had previously served as chief of staff in Haiti to former US president Bill Clinton, who serves as co-chair of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission that oversees billions of dollars in post-quake aid to the country. The US embassy in Haiti seemed unhappy with the move, and issued a statement urging the swift appointment of a new premier. Washington "has welcomed" Conille's "effort, insight and energy" over the past four months, the statement read. "We regret that Haiti will lose his service." The embassy urged Martelly and Parliament "to work together swiftly to identify and confirm a new Prime Minister. "We continue to believe that political stability in Haiti is critical to its ability to attract the domestic and foreign investments needed to increase economic development and create jobs in Haiti," the statement read. Officials with MINUSTAH, the UN stabilization mission in Haiti, also seemed unhappy. The head of the UN mission, Mariano Fernandez, expressed his "deep concern" over the resignation, decrying that political divisions are being prioritized "to the detriment of the country" while Haitians are waiting for developments "which will lead towards reconstruction, economic growth and institutional strengthening of the rule of law." Canada also "deeply regrets" Conille's resignation, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said in a statement, describing the ex-premier as "a capable leader, a friend of Canada and a man who inspired a great deal of hope." Canada calls on Martelly and Haiti’s parliamentarians "to fulfill their responsibilities to the Haitian people and act expeditiously to install a successor," Baird said. "Haitian leaders need to demonstrate a firm and unwavering commitment to democratic principles and the rule of law," he said.

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The process of appointing a new prime minister and forming a government could take months, as Martelly does not have a majority in parliament. Conille, a physician by trade, was educated in Haiti and received graduate training in health administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Fulbright scholar. He has also worked as the United Nations Development Program's resident representative for Niger. PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD TOP COP ON THE BRINK

The Police Service Commission (PSC) yesterday gave Police Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs a damning report.

PSC chairman Dr Ramesh Deosaran told the Joint Select Committee (JSC) meeting of Parliament, at Tower D of the Waterfront Centre in Port of Spain, that Gibbs's leadership skills had been found to be "terribly lacking"; that he was "disrespectful" in terms of his responses to the "legitimate enquiries" of the commission; that his level of enthusiasm was "far from satisfactory"; that he was relying on public relations and paid advertisement rather than substantive results; and that he was warned in a meeting two weeks ago that he was "close to the brink".

The PSC members and other staff appeared before the committee, the body appointed to enquire into their operations.

The members of the JSC are Independent Senators Subhas Ramkhelawan (chairman) and Elton Prescott, SC; National Security Minister Brig John Sandy, Government Senators Devant Maharaj, David Abdulah; Opposition Senator Shamfa Cudjoe; and MPs Vernella Alleyne-Toppin, Prakash Ramadhar, Chandresh Sharma, Rodger Samuel, Joanne Thomas and Marlene McDonald (who was absent).

Deosaran's statements caused Prescott to note that the language being used suggested that Gibbs was "sailing perilously close to being in breach of his contract of employment... And if we were on a one-onone basis, I would have asked, 'Why haven't you fired him yet?'" (Continued on page 48)



Sharma was more blunt, saying: "From your submission, you are close to arriving at something and you are delaying it... which seems to suggest that you want to go there but you 'fraid to go."


He added: "And we found that disrespectful and that tendency seems to be growing on the part of the Commissioner... That tendency of disrespect seems to be increasing and we as a commission would have to tame that direction in the near future."

Deosaran replied: "At our last meeting with Mr. Gibbs and Mr. (Deputy Commissioner Jack) Ewatksi, the commission forcefully indicated that he was close to the brink. But in an exercise like ours, we prefer to err on the side of caution... to construct an appraisal and the accompanying decision that can stand higher scrutiny, especially in a matter of judicial review.

Deosaran said he had asked the commission secretary Ann Marie Andrews and member Jacqueline Cheesman at the last meeting to compile a list on the status and quality of responses of the Commissioner to the legitimate enquiries made of him by the commission, adding that "as of now, the situation is far from satisfactory and growingly so".

"We told him one week ago about certain conditionalities he had to satisfy, otherwise our decision (on his performance) would be of a different nature. We wanted to bring him up-to-date about our concerns and the possibility of what kind of action we would take, so he cannot say he wasn't properly warned or advised."

Sandy asked whether any attention was paid to leadership skills or abilities in the appraisal. Deosaran replied that the information the commission got in terms of policy execution, which is an indication of leadership which came from the Ministry of National Security signed by the Permanent Secretary, was that Gibbs was satisfactory.

He said Gibbs's responses to enquiries on the status of investigations on critical matters of public interest (such as the investigations into Calder Hart ) have been "unsatisfactory, dilatory and obscure... And rather than him answering, he kept asking what we want that (information) for".

"You might recall that I sent back that report because I found it not all grounded... I don't want to create unease but I thought I had to mention the report from your Ministry, which I thought didn't help us much.

"So we went further and did our own enquiries through interviews and through a scientifically designed survey of how his men felt about him

because a manifestation of his leadership would be within the proper judgment of the men and women he leads, and we found by that measure he is terribly lacking. And that is coming up under the current appraisal which we are undertaking," Deosaran said.

PSC deputy chairman Addison Khan said the term "passing grade" was a phrase used by the press.

Cheesman said the commission's assessment of the Commissioner was fair, "which is just on the benchmark". The rating scale goes as follows: poor, unsatisfactory, fair, satisfactory, good, very good and excellent. Ewatski also received a fair grade, while Deputy Commissioner Stephen Williams's performance was rated as satisfactory. Ramadhar said the most outstanding example of law enforcement failure was the arrest of people during the State of Emergency under a law which, was not yet in existence, and asked whether steps have been taken to deal with that "stunning failure".

Deosaran said arresting people without evidence and legal basis was a very serious issue. He promised instructions would be given once again that the issue should receive higher priority.

Cheesman said the State of Emergency was only there for two

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weeks of the appraisal period and therefore did not factor in the appraisal report. The appraisal report of Gibbs's first year covered up to September 2011.

Abdulah asked about Gibbs's enthusiasm, and Deosaran said he did not want to give an answer on that forum because of the public consequences.

He said results of the scientific survey (which incorporated the issue of enthusiasm and other aspects of performance) and public opinion survey showed that the level of satisfaction, including enthusiasm and passion for the job, was "far from satisfactory". Referring to the issues of the light aircraft and the acquisition of new uniforms, three committee members—Maharaj, Cudjoe, Ramkhelawan—said they could not understand why financial management was not assessed.

Khan said commission members received a report about the light sport aircraft from Gibbs, were not satisfied with it, nor with Gibbs's explanations, and were asking for more information.

He added that the commission also observed in the public domain, the issue of the award of contracts for uniforms, "so we are asking him

Actress / Comedian Leighann Lord Promotes the “Harlem Comedy Renaissance” Showcase @ Harlem Arts Alliance Meeting NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 2012 – Comedian / pundit / blogger Leighann Lord promoted the recent Harlem Comedy Renaissance standup showcase during the February general meeting of the Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA) at Riverside Church in Manhattan. The performer’s credits include appearances on national and cable television shows such as “The View,” Fox News “Strategy Room” and opening for comedy notables Franklyn Ajaye, Dick Gregory and Chris Rock. Leighann who was twice named the official comedian for Harlem Week and winner of the of the NYC Black Comedy Award for The “Most Thought Provoking Black Female Comic” has also entertained US troops stationed across the globe in such locations as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Haiti. Lord, who performed in the 2011 HAA-sponsored Artz Rootz and Rhythm Festival, promoted the Feb 10th “Renaissance” show which featured fellow comics Louis Ramey and Josh Homer at the Borough of Manhattan Community College’s Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City. She is scheduled to appear at the “No Name Comedy Variety” Women’s History Month show on Friday, March 16 at Otto’s in Manhattan. For additional Leighann information, go to:

PHOTO: Comedian / pundit / blogger Leighann Lord (left) is greeted by Harlem Arts Alliance Chairman Voza Rivers (right) following her appearance at the organization’s monthly meeting where she promoted her participation in the recent Harlem Comedy Renaissance standup showcase @ the Borough of Manhattan Community College. The Queens, NY-native has written for The Huffington Post and has a weekly humor blog “The Urban Erma” which can be found at:




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Beyoncé to give comedy a whirl in 'One Hit Wonders' Beyoncé will be returning to big screen comedy for the first time since she co-starred alongside Mike Myers in the third (and so far) last Austin Powers film. Loop21 reports that the pop star and new mom is join(Continued from page 32) ing her pal Gwenyth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz in that point,” says Tom Shanahan, spokesman for the Idaho DepartOne Hit Wonders: ment of Health and Welfare. The Idaho department requires people who owe child support to Looks like Beyonce is about to wrap up her maternity leave. Deadline show good faith by paying a minimum amount and seeking jobs reports that the new mommy has signed on to star in the upcoming musical comedy "One Hit Wonders." when they are out of work, Shanahan says. The White House is reviewing the final version of the rule. Its impact so far has been limited, legal-aid lawyers say, because people can still use paper checks. A White House spokeswoman did not respond a request for comment. In a letter sent last week, the National Consumer Law Center and dozens of other groups called on the head of the Social Security Administration to withdraw his support for the rule. “While both current and past due child support orders should be paid,” the letter said, it should not result “in the complete impoverishment of recipients” of federal benefits. The issue has failed to raise alarm in part because most people feel little in common with men labeled deadbeat dads, says John Vail, an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Litigation who provided legal services for the poor for decades. “There’s not a lot of sympathy for deadbeat dads, and justly so,” Vail says. “But everybody’s got limits, and I think people who have never walked a mile in some of those old, worn-out shoes are a little quick to rush to judgment about what that life might be like.”

The film follows Bey's best friend Gwyneth Paltrow, along with Reese Witherspoon and Cameron Diaz as 3 has-been pop singers who decide to make a comeback on the music scene as a girl group. Beyonce's role hasn't been divulged, but I'm guessing she will either be the girls' rival or will appear in a celebrity cameo as herself. The project came out of a brainstorm between Glee creator Ryan Murphy, Diaz, Paltrow, and Witherspoon over dinner at the Soho House. Murphy then pitched the idea to Sony Pictures' head honcho Amy Pascal who optioned the idea within 10 minutes of their meeting. Beyonce is still attached to the A Star Is Born remake, being directed by Clint Eastwood, but the project doesn't seem to have any traction as they haven't cast the male lead yet. A-listers like Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe have been approached, but no one has accepted the role. "One Hit Wonder" could be a good way for Bey to kill some time until then.




Ages: 3 and up. Fee: $4 with museum admission ($3 LICM members), $10 theater only New Traveling Exhibit!

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mission. Community Gallery (Feb. 1 -29) Stop by the Community Gallery and enjoy the mixed media art

Maya life dating as far back as the year 2500 B.C. Learn about the archaeological process as you go on a simulated dig, collect data and piece together a Maya "artifact." Ages: 5 and up. Fee: $3 with muLICM Hosts "Read Across Amer- seum admission ($2 LICM Members) ica" Celebration


"You're never too busy, too cool, or too hot; to pick up a book and share what you've got." Those words will help kick off LICM's "Read Across America" Celebration. The story-filled afternoon is designed to inspire a love of reading in all visitors. Program and Performance Schedule - February 27- March 4

Read Across America Celebration at LICM Sunday, March 4 from noon to 4 p.m. Join us as we celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with a day devoted to the importance of reading! Design your own Dr. Seuss hat and have fun with other Dr. Seuss-inspired activities. Meet Curious George and then use your imagination to write an adventure story. Meet Max the Bunny and create a reading chart to use at home. Enjoy hearing a story with your favorite character. This program is made possible by NEFCU. All ages. Free with museum admission.

Lots of Love Sun Catchers Tuesday, February 28 and Wednesday, February 29 from 2:30-4 p.m. Add a little love and sunshine to your home this winter as you create a special heart-filled decoration. Brighten your window dur- The Okee Dokee Brothers ing the frosty winter days or give it as a gift to someone special! All ages. Free with museum admission.

"In Like a Lion and Out Like a Lamb" Door Hangers Thursday, March 1 and Friday, March 2 from 2:30-4 p.m. Join us in the Inner Lobby during the month of March as we decorate our very own door hangers. Use a variety of materials as you create a two-sided wooden door hanger to reflect the two sides of this month's changing weathercoming in roaring like a lion then Sunday, March 4 at 1 and 3 p.m. going out gently like a lamb. Inspired by their own backyard All ages. Free with museum adadventures, The Okee Dokee mission. Brothers perform original music Ancient Artifacts-The Mayan Me- (bluegrass, rock) that reminds audiences of their own "makedallion series believes" and "treehouseSaturday, March 3 at 3 p.m. pretendings". The Okee Dokee Archaeologists use their knowlBrothers believe that music should edge of science and history to study ancient peoples. In Central be an energetic, interactive and fun America, a city called Cuello was experience where kids can enjoy dancing, singing and playing inone of the earliest discoveries of struments with their families.

The Mystery of the Mayan Medallion Through May 6 An archaeological team has mysteriously disappeared, along with a priceless jade medallion buried among ancient Maya ruins - will you be the one to uncover the mystery and find the priceless treasure? Get a taste of what it's like to be an archaeologist as you join in the treasure quest and immerse yourself in the beauty and intrigue of Maya culture. Watch the video left behind by the missing archaeological team, then piece together their clues to find the jade medallion. This highly interactive exhibit has visitors translating ancient Mayan glyphs, examining an excavated skeleton, investigating the deadliness of tomb-dwelling spiders, and more as you search for the elusive medallion. The Mystery of the Mayan Medallion has been developed by The Arkansas Discovery Network, through a grant funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. All ages. Free with museum ad-

work created by the students from North Babylon Schools. All ages. Free with museum admission. KaleidoZone - 'Walkin' After Midnight' February 1 through April 30 Using her childhood as inspiration artist Danielle O'Malley has created an interactive exhibit where visitors can move through a miniature neighborhood with the help of small dolls and folk stories. All ages. Free with museum admission. Early Childhood Programs stART (Story + Art): Tuesday to Friday from 12:30-1 p.m. ? Music and Movement: Wednesday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m. ? Messy Afternoons: Saturday,Sunday, from 3:30-5 p.m. Fee: $3 with museum admission ($2 LICM members). PAGE 50


Three Nassau County Police Officials Indicted on Charges That They Provided Special Treatment for Police Donor Officials deliberately inhibited the arrest of wealthy benefactor’s son MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that three recently retired members of the Nassau County Police Department have been indicted by a grand jury on charges that they conspired to and intentionally prevented the arrest of a teenager whose father was a financial benefactor of the police.


Hunter, 59, of Oyster Bay. Hunter is charged with two counts of Official Misconduct and Conspiracy in the Sixth Degree. He faces up to one year in jail if convicted. His annual salary as of December 31, 2011 was $177,874. Hunter submitted his resignation on February 29, 2012.

investigation that began following Shelly Feuer Domash’s article in the Long Island Press entitled “Membership has its Privileges: Is NCPD selling preferential treatment to private citizens?” The investigation found no criminality on the part of the Nassau County Police Department Foundation.

Detective Sergeant Alan Sharpe, 54, of Huntington Station. Sharpe is charged with Offering a False Instrument For Filing in the Second Degree, two counts of Official Misconduct, and Conspiracy in the Sixth Degree. He faces up to two years in jail if convicted and sentenced consecutively. His annual salary

“This is a sad day for law enforcement in Nassau County,” said Rice. “These defendants violated their oath and the law when they prevented a suspect’s arrest and took investigative direction from the suspect’s father. The people of Nassau County deserve equal and fair justice, and they deserve public officials who will

as of December 31, 2011 was $138,776. Sharpe retired on January 5, 2012.

perform their duties free from undue influence.”

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Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice

Charged in the indictment are: Second Deputy Commissioner William Flanagan, 54, of Islip. Flanagan is charged with Receiving Reward for Official Misconduct, a Class E felony, two counts of Official Misconduct, and Conspiracy in the Sixth Degree. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted. His annual salary as of December 31, 2011 was $224,929. Flanagan submitted his resignation on February 29, 2012. Deputy Chief Inspector John

Details of the allegations can be found in the attached grand jury indictment. The charges stem from an

Chief Stephen Antignani and Deputy Chief Bernadette Ford of the Public Corruption Bureau are prosecuting the cases for the District Attorney’s office. Flanagan is represented by Bruce Barket,

Esq. Hunter is represented by William Petrillo, Esq. and Sharpe is represented by Anthony Grandinette, Esq. The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.




Suffolk County Man Charged With Stealing More Than $240K from Hospice Care Network Healthcare network provided end-of-life care for patients suffering from terminal illnesses MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a Suffolk County man has been arrested and charged with grand larceny after stealing more than $230,000 from his employer, a healthcare network that provides palliative care for patients with terminal illnesses. Jeffrey Mohamed, 36, of Medford, was arrested this morning and charged with Grand Larceny in the Second Degree and Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted, and is scheduled to be arraigned later today in First District Court, Hempstead. Rice said that from January 2003 to March 2011, Mohamed, who was employed as the Chief of Information Technology for the Hospice Care Network, embezzled more than $243,000 from his employer. He did so by making unauthorized purchases of computers, televisions, and other electronic equipment through his employer’s accounts, and then returning the items for a credit to his personal account or by selling the equipment and keeping the proceeds. Senior management officials at Hospice Care Network discovered the theft during a review of open orders for IT equipment from a vendor. The discovery took place after Mohamed was terminated from the company for unrelated reasons. Hospice Care Network filed a complaint with the New York State Police, who then referred the case to the DA’s Office for additional investigation. Hospice Care Network, which has its principle office in Woodbury, also has locations in Queens, Valley Stream, Bay Shore, and Melville, and provides care within private homes as well. “Every dollar this defendant stole was a dollar that should have gone into alleviating the pain and suffering of very sick people in their final days,” Rice said. “Mr. Mohamed will now have to answer for victimizing one of our community’s most vulnerable populations.” Deputy Chief William Wallace of the Government & Consumer Frauds Bureau is prosecuting the case for the DA’s Office. Mohamed is represented by Emrah Artukmac, Esq. The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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District Attorney Rice Releases Report on the Investigation Into the Deaths of Anthony DiGeronimo and Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf A PDF of the report is attached. Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen M. Rice said: “Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf was a dedicated police officer who honorably served his community, and his death in a friendly fire shooting on March 12, 2011 was a tragedy. With the assistance of the Nassau County Police Department and the New York State Police, my office conducted a thorough review of the incidents that led to the deaths of Officer Breitkopf and Anthony DiGeronimo and conclude that no criminal charges are warranted. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with those who lost a loved one in this tragedy.”

SUMMARY OF THE INCIDENTS A. The Shooting of Anthony DiGeronimo The Nassau County District Attorney’s Office reviewed 911 calls related to the incidents of March 12, 2011. On that day, at approximately 8:10 p.m., a woman, identifying herself as Terray, called 911 and said that she was a patron of Johnny McGrory’s Bar on Front Street in Massapequa Park.3 In the 911 recording, Terray reported seeing a white man, dressed in black clothing, walking around “with a bunch of knives hanging off of him.” She reported that this man was headed east and that he was “scratching cars.” Approximately three minutes later, Terray made a second 911 call and, in a frantic tone, provided an update on the man’s location. Terray said that she called because she did not “know what this guy’s gonna’ do.” Police Officer Paul Lewis4 of the NCPD’s 7th Precinct was dispatched to Front Street in response to these 911 calls. At approximately 8:14 p.m., prior to Officer Lewis’ arrival at the scene, a 71-year-old woman, who will be identified herein simply by her first initial, T,5 was pulling her car out of a driveway in very close proximity to Johnny McGrory’s Bar. As she did so, she was confronted by a knife-wielding man, later determined to be DiGeronimo. In a recorded 911 call, T reported that the man repeatedly hit her car window and put a knife to the window. T added that he “scared the living shit out of me. I’m shaking. He has a knife in his hand, and he’s walking down the street.” T stayed on the phone for approximately two minutes until she observed the arrival of Officer Paul Lewis.6 Officer Lewis arrived at the intersection of Front Street and Fourth Avenue at approximately 8:15 p.m. He saw T’s car and was approached by her. T told him that DiGeronimo7 was wearing a mask, carrying a knife, and walking up Fourth Avenue. Driving a short distance, Lewis saw DiGeronimo, masked, with two large knives8 in his hands and additional knives hanging from his person. According to Officer Lewis, he got out of his vehicle and repeatedly ordered DiGeronimo to drop his weapons, but DiGeronimo did not comply. Officer Lewis used his hand-held radio to request a clear channel and to make a broadcast indicating that he had a serious situation. Officer Lewis then drew his weapon and pointed it at DiGeronimo. Officer Lewis said that once he drew his weapon, DiGeronimo, while clutching his knife, with the knife’s blade pointing upward, charged at him. DiGeronimo then stopped suddenly, turned, and walked up Fourth Avenue. Officer Lewis followed DiGeronimo on foot and repeatedly instructed DiGeronimo to drop his weapons. Again, DiGeronimo did not comply and did not stop. (Continued on page 53)




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As these events were unfolding, Officer Lewis noticed an older white man approach and, according to Officer Lewis, “bark” orders at DiGeronimo. This man was retired New York City Police Department Sergeant John Cafarella.9 Cafarella was driving with his wife on Front Street in Massapequa when he saw Officer Lewis10 drive quickly to the intersection of Front Street and Fourth Avenue, stop, and exit his marked police vehicle. Cafarella observed that Officer Lewis was responding to a man holding a knife. Cafarella recalled getting out of his car and telling DiGeronimo11 to listen to the police. According to Officer Lewis, he heard Cafarella12 say about three sentences, but he could only specifically recall the words “Why don’t you drop the knives.” Officer Lewis had no other recollection of Cafarella’s actions that night. Officer Lewis said that DiGeronimo did not stop or respond, but, while still masked and with a knife in his hand, entered a singlefamily home located on Fourth Avenue. According to Officer Lewis, the door of the house was open and an older man at the doorway put his arm around DiGeronimo’s shoulders as DiGeronimo went through the door. Officer Lewis later learned that this was DiGeronimo’s house and that the man was DiGeronimo’s father. Officer Lewis recalled that, as he approached the house, DiGeronimo’s father said, “He’s okay, he’s not a problem. He has emotional issues.” DiGeronimo’s mother, Joanne, was also present when DiGeronimo arrived home. She saw him walk down the hallway toward the back of the house and enter his bedroom. She followed DiGeronimo to his room and asked him if he was okay. She saw two knives in sheaths on DiGeronimo’s chest. She tried, unsuccessfully, to take the knives out of the sheaths. DiGeronimo’s mother left DiGeronimo alone in the bedroom because she needed to control her barking dogs. Officer Lewis recalled entering the house and seeing a woman restraining two dogs. DiGeronimo’s mother let one dog out of the house through the side door. She said that several police officers outside her house told her that her son had to come out. She recalled that she replied, “You’re not coming in here, I have another dog.” According to DiGeronimo’s mother, her husband said that he would get DiGeronimo out of the room. She let the second dog out before additional officers entered the house. Officer Richard McDonald, of the NCPD’s 7th Precinct, arrived at the scene and observed Officer Lewis standing on the front lawn of the house. According to McDonald, Officer Lewis informed him that a male had confronted him with a knife. Through the glass of the front doorway of the DiGeronimo home, Officer McDonald could see a male with knives hanging off his person. Officer McDonald’s recollection is that he was the first officer to enter the house, with Officer Lewis right behind him. As he was entering, Officer McDonald heard an older man tell him, “He’s not going to hurt anyone, let me talk to him.” According to DiGeronimo’s father, while DiGeronimo’s mother was controlling the dogs, he went to DiGeronimo’s bedroom and told DiGeronimo to compose himself and come out of the room. After he left the bedroom, DiGeronimo’s father saw several police officers enter the house with their firearms drawn; he asked them not to hurt his son. According to Officer Lewis, DiGeronimo’s father exited the left rear bedroom in a “hurried” and “desperate” manner. Lewis noted that the father’s shirt was pulled up and revealed his bare stomach. Based on these observations, Officer Lewis believed that DiGeronimo’s father had possibly been stabbed or otherwise injured while in the bedroom with DiGeronimo. Officer Lewis recalled that DiGeronimo then opened the bedroom door and displayed a large knife, but remained in the bedroom. There were seven officers, all from the 7th Precinct, now present in the house: Stephen Parry, Shawn Warta, Richard McDonald, Paul

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Lewis, Keith Jaklitsch, Michael Tedesco, and Vincent Neglia. Officers remained at the opposite end of the hallway from the bedroom or in the immediately adjacent kitchen. Some of them drew their weapons, and shouted for DiGeronimo to drop his knives and not come out of the room. By the account of all the police officers, DiGeronimo did not comply. Various officers, including specifically the two officers (Lewis and McDonald) who ultimately fired upon DiGeronimo, recall DiGeronimo opening and closing the bedroom door repeatedly. When DiGeronimo would open the door, the officers could see that DiGeronimo still had knives that were hanging on his sides, and he was wearing a face mask. One officer, Parry, described it as a gas mask. DiGeronimo then abruptly emerged from the room and marched aggressively toward the police, with his arms raised to his head while clutching a knife with the tip pointing upward. According to Officers Lewis, McDonald, Neglia, Jaklitsch, and Parry, DiGeronimo showed no signs of surrendering, despite their ordering him (again) to drop the knife and to “get on the ground.” (Officer Warta had his back to the hallway as he was escorting DiGeronimo’s parents into the kitchen, but he heard several officers shout, several times, to drop the knife. Officer Tedesco was half in the kitchen and half in the hallway, and did not have a good or consistent view of the hallway. Immediately before the shooting, he heard “fast” footsteps and commands to put the knife down.) As DiGeronimo came towards Officers Lewis and McDonald, they each fired several shots. DiGeronimo fell to the floor. Lewis, Neglia, McDonald, and Warta recalled DiGeronimo struggling momentarily and unsuccessfully to get up again. Officer Tedesco recalled seeing a knife with a twelve-inch blade in the prostrate DiGeronimo’s hand.13 Officer McDonald approached DiGeronimo and removed the knives from his person, including the knife he had to “pry” out of DiGeronimo’s hand. Officer Warta characterized it as a “Rambo” style knife. Officer McDonald checked DiGeronimo for a pulse but did not recall detecting one. Nonetheless, he and Sergeant O’Brien of the 7th Precinct handcuffed DiGeronimo. Officer Tedesco recalled DiGeronimo moving slightly at the time the handcuffs were being placed on him. At 8:32 p.m., EMT McCauley pronounced DiGeronimo dead at the scene. Both Officer Lewis and Officer McDonald stated that Officer McDonald was the first to fire at DiGeronimo, and all their shots were fired in rapid succession. Based on an examination of their firearms, Officer Lewis fired four shots and Officer McDonald fired three shots. A comparison and examination of the bullets subsequently removed from DiGeronimo during the autopsy revealed that bullets fired by both officers struck DiGeronimo. DiGeronimo’s father and mother were present during the shooting. After the shots, Officer Jaklitsch escorted David out of the house almost immediately, and Joanne exited by herself within about a minute. Banging on a side door, she tried to reenter the house; she said she wanted to speak with her other son, but she was prevented from doing so. According to DiGeronimo’s mother, she saw DiGeronimo exit the bedroom but could not recall if he was wearing a mask or holding any knives. DiGeronimo’s father recalled that about thirty seconds after he left his son’s room, DiGeronimo exited the bedroom. David DiGeronimo did not know if his son then had a knife. DiGeronimo’s father said that he heard police officers repeatedly shouting “get on the ground” before firing their weapons. He neither observed DiGeronimo drop anything nor saw DiGeronimo stop walking toward the officers before the officers fired their weapons. Officer Neglia recalled that later in the day of the shooting, while he was staying with DiGeronimo’s parents at a neighbor’s home, DiGeronimo’s mother confided to him that she thought her son had indicated to her earlier in the day that he was going to kill himself. She explained to Neglia that DiGeronimo’s uncle had died approximately one year earlier, and before leaving the house DiGeronimo (Continued on page 54)




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change. Specially if we have a new car and the likelihood for a new car to breakdown is zero; however we take good care because our dealer tells us in order to get the best mileage out of our car we need to service it frequently. Now a day technology is the cutting edge, a maintenance reminder is built into the brain of our vehicle a wrench symbol will appear on the dash board to remind us to take the car in for service. Why don't we give our body the same attention and prioritize it's over all check-ups?

The Liver a Vital Organ The air we breathe, the water we drink, our vegetables and fruits are sprayed with toxic chemicals. Animals are injected with hormones and antibiotics. Eating has never been as burdensome to our liver as it is today. In the 21st century speed is everything. Convenience is more available today than ever before, we find it in many forms fast food, processed, refined, canned and frozen food; we also have to be mindful of genetically engineered food. The liver has a vital importance to cleanse and filter the blood. Everything we ingest even over the counter and prescription medication is processed by the liver, and does its best to detoxify the blood of foreign substances. Often times it has to work overtime to help detoxify our body, you now have an idea how hard the liver works to keep the body healthy. Our amazing liver is the largest internal organ and probably one of the busiest. Cleansing our liver has many benefits: cleaning and detoxification of the blood, weight control, better immune function, and energy level increased, better efficiency in metabolizing fat. Every one of us can benefit from a liver gallbladder flush as we cleanse our liver we heal our body. I cannot help but to constantly compare our bodies to our cars. We would never let our cars go 10, 20, 50 or 75 years without getting an overall check up or oil

teaches us valuable lesson. I was recover I was still passing stones on the second day about 200 to 300 up for the next lesson and did not hundred stones. Once again I feel even know it I got busy with life running 3 businesses caring for my great I know it is up to me to maintain this feeling. I just did another 85 year old father (it is like caring cleanse 2 weeks ago, to date I have for a 2 ½ years old. I do not beOur amazing liver is the largest lieve in terrible 2's so I would completed close to one dozen liver internal organ and probably one of rather say he is demanding) totally cleanse and will continue doing the busiest. Cleansing our liver forgot to care for myself. Was I in them as long as I am alive. Next has many benefits: cleaning and week I will give you a recipe for a for a surprise! I began to experidetoxification of the blood, weight ence the same symptoms as I did in simple liver flush. control, better immune function, 2005. This time size 0 was too big Disclaimer: This article is inand energy level increased, better for me, I listen to full size women tended to provide general educaefficiency in metabolizing fat. talk about not finding clothes, I do tional information. This informaEvery one of us can benefit from a understand it now size 00 is also tion is not an attempt to practice liver gallbladder flush as we hard to find. I had to go deeper in medicine or provide specific medicleanse our liver we heal our search for the answers. I got it cal advice, and should not be used body. now. I say it often but do not prac- to make a diagnosis or to replace On September 23, 2007 I did tice it enough "put your oxygen or overrule a qualified health care mask on first before helping some- provider's judgment. No action or a liver gallbladder for the first one else." that is self preservation. inaction should be taken based time cleanse and boy was I in for solely on the contents of this inforI began to feel these sympa spin. I did not know what to extoms since November of 2008 yet I mation; instead, readers should pect. I was shocked how many consult appropriate health profesignored them hoping they will go gallstones I expelled, I must have away on their own. Life is happen- sionals on any matter relating to passed over 200 to 400 stones ing. No time to stop. Again I want their health and well-being. ranging from pea, grape to walnut to remind you and myself how imYour feedback and questions portant it is to practice prevention. in size. It took me 2 days to reI just completed another liver gall- are welcome. For specific personal cover. This was the first time in coaching, you can email Immacula almost 51 years I was flushing my bladder cleanse not as hard as the Oligario directly at first one not as easy as the one in beloved liver and gallbladder. 2007. The results are astonishing or visit us Again on 7/5-7/6/2008 I did anand relief is immediate 2 days to online other liver gallbladder flush to my surprise the experience was more (Continued from page 53) pleasant. I waited almost 1 year had told her, “Mom, I got your brother right here.” She also said she because my first experience was could not recall the last time DiGeronimo had left the house. so uncomfortable. After this last CONCLUSION experience I am committing to The Nassau County District Attorney’s Office recognizes the imcleansing 2 times a year as recomportance of conducting a fair and impartial investigation into incidents mended by most experts. in which a police officer discharges his or her weapon. With respect to I can't believe this much time the shooting deaths of Anthony DiGeronimo and Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf, the issue in question is whether the deadly physical force went by before I actually did anthat was used fell within the parameters of the justification defense or, other liver gallbladder cleanse. more precisely, whether the People could prove beyond a reasonable Time to clean up my act, walk my doubt that it did not. In both these cases, the police officers reasonably talk and keep myself accountable. I am a great coach and I do a good perceived threats of deadly force against themselves or others, and they acted accordingly. Although the results were unquestionably job helping others providing them tragic, criminal charges under these circumstances would be legally information to support, honor unsustainable. their body and keep their temple cleanse. When it comes to me I tend to neglect myself even though I know that the primary cause of sickness is neglect. Life PAGE 54



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90th Birthday Celebration for Rev. Clinton C. Boone A 90th Birthday Celebration was held for Rev. Clinton C. Boone at the Woodmere Rehab and Health Care in Woodmere. Rev. Boone is the former pastor of the Union Baptist Church in Hempstead. Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby was joined by Rev. Boone's family and church family members to wish him a very Happy Birthday.




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Malcolm X His Life and Legacy at Islamic Center of Long Island The Islamic Center of Long Island, ICLI, hosted a Black History Month program, “Malcolm X-His Life and Legacy”, at the center in Westbury. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, one of the guest speakers, spoke about how Malcolm X affected her life. The Councilwoman presented a Certificate of Recognition to Chairman Habeeb Ahmed and Past President Dr. Farouque Khan. The Councilwoman congratulated the first African American President of ICLI, Eric Hamza Byas. To hear Councilwoman Goosby's presentation go to: http:// Photo: Assemblyman Charles Lavine, Glen Cove, Dr. Robert Hylton, Westbury, Councilwoman Viviana Russell, Town of North Hempstead, Rev. Reginald Tuggle, Leg. Carrie Solages, Elmont, Pres. Erick Hamza Byas, ICLI, Leg. Robert Troiano, Westbury

United Methodist Church of Uniondale Black History Celebration The United Methodist Church of Uniondale hosted their Annual Black History Month celebration, “Let Us Remember Our History”, at the church on Uniondale Avenue. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby addressed the congregation on the Goosby v. Town of Hempstead landmark lawsuit, and congratulated Fred Brewington, Esq. who was the guest speaker. The Councilwoman presented a Certificate of Recognition to Rev. Dr. Esther Amartey-Amarh, Pastor, and Kene Erike, Lay Leader. Charles B. Powell, Baldwin, Rev. Dr. Esther Amartey-Amarh, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby Frederick K. Brewington, Esq. Kene Erike




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Name of Church


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: 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


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



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.




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 60



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Continued from page 1 Dallas, Texas - More than 100 graduates walked the 'stage' of a Dallas church this week. For some it was for the first time. This particular group of graduates completed a year-long program called "Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative" or T.O.R.I. -- it is a signature project of Bishop T.D. Jakes and his church, The Potter's House. The church has more than 30,000 members and has hosted the initiative since 2004. More than 7,000 individuals have benefited from 'T.O.R.I.' which focuses on guiding recently released offenders back to productive lives. The program focuses on areas such as spiritual guidance, housing, education and employment. Bishop Jakes says the program is about giving people purpose again - and reconnecting them with their families. "You can't put a price on that," Jakes said. "My job is to work in the trenches. I'm not supposed to be collecting the goodie two-shoe people."




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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 than that is many Christians truly forgot why Jesus came. Jesus came not 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 or visit her websites: or http://

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THE RELIGION PAGE By Dr. Dudley D. Davenport


Kenyan Archbishop and Episcopal Presiding Bishop Clash over Lenten Message "We need to be discerning about the values behind these visions (MDGs)," says Wabukala Kenyan Archbishop Eliud Wabukala has issued a strong rebuke to US Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori's understanding of Lent. The Presiding Bishop has called on Episcopalians to focus on the Millennium Development Goals for Lent 2012. "I invite you to use the Millennium Development Goals as your focus for Lenten study and discipline and prayer and fasting this year. I'm going to remind you that the Millennium Development Goals are about healing the worst of the world's hunger. They're about seeing that all children get access to primary education. They're about empowering women. They're about attending to issues of maternal health and child mortality. They're about attending to issues of communicable disease like AIDS and malaria and tuberculosis. They're about environmentally sustainable development, seeing that people have access to clean water and sanitation and that the conditions in slums are alleviated. And finally, they are about aid, foreign aid. They're about trade relationships, and they're about building partnerships for sustainable development in this world. The Millennium Development Goals are truly reflective of several of the Five Marks of Mission." Archbishop Wabukala took issue with the Presiding Bishop saying the Millennium Development Goals have grown out of a secularized Western culture that is pushing Christianity to the margins and using the language of human rights and equality to promote irresponsibility in social life and diminish personal responsibility. What the Bible says, more often than anything else, is to tend to the needs of the widows and orphans, those without. Jesus himself says, "Care for the least of these." I invite you to consider your almsgiving discipline this Lent and remember those in the developing world who go without, said Jefferts Schori.

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pare for general elections, which will test the cohesiveness of our civil society, Christians need to model what it means to live in peace, practicing tolerance and forgiveness, with a new sense of urgency. Moreover, the foundation of our civic life is the family so it is vital that the love of Christ deeply infuses family relationships and that the shameful violence being reported in the media, not only of husbands towards wives but now even of wives towards husbands, is replaced by the kindness and gentleness of Christ." Wabukala explained that our Christian faith can also have an impact on the scourge of unemployment; although the immediate causes often lie with economic forces beyond our control, the Christian values of hard work, thrift, enterprise and honesty have the capacity to bring long term prosperity. "These things are not easy. They call for the spiritual depth, which comes from a real and growing awareness of Christ's presence in our personal lives. Otherwise, the good works God calls us to do will simply feel like burdens and we will not sustain them under pressure. During this Lenten season, whatever particular disciplines we adopt, our first aim should be to draw near to God in prayer and through his Word, beseeching him to make in us new and contrite hearts, hearts that will desire the things of his heart. "Without this joyful discipline, we will be vulnerable to taking short cuts that lead us away from the truth of the gospel. Some church leaders seem to think that the transformation of society will simply come through commitment to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, and at home in Kenya, the Vision 2030 initiative and the new constitution. While it is obvious that such good things as feeding the hungry, fighting disease, improving education and national prosperity are to be desired by all, by themselves any human dream can become a substitute gospel which renders repentance and the cross of Christ irrelevant. "So this Lent, let us seek to experience a renewed walk with Christ in those good works that God has prepared. The good news of the gospel is that transformation begins with ordinary men, women and children, however sinful or insignificant we may feel. It is not a responsibility we can leave to governments and agencies, but a challenge to fulfill the purposes of Almighty God in our place for our time."

In his pastoral letter, the archbishop said his mission, as the Anglican Church of Kenya, is "to equip God's people to transform society with the gospel. This is an holistic transformation much deeper and more lasting than any government or international agency can bring because it addresses our deepest need, that of a restored relationship with the God in whose image we are made and whose workmanship we are." The clashing worldviews reflect the growing distance between the evangelical Global South and the sociologically driven, panentheist and increasingly pansexual world of Western Anglicanism. "The disciplines of Lent are not intended to be burdensome, but to open our lives more fully to the transforming power of the gospel. The glorious truth of the gospel is that we are justified freely by God's grace alone, but far from making us complacent about doing good, the abundant grace and full forgiveness we have through the blood of Christ should be a great spur to Christ-like living, to walking in those good works 'which God prepared beforehand'," stated the African Evangelical Primate. "Imagine the transformation if our nation heeded this call. As we prePAGE 63



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Black History Celebration at Hempstead United Methodist Church The United Methodist Church of Hempstead hosted their Annual Black History Month program, “Celebrating Contributions From the Field of Education”, at the church on Washington Street. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented a Certificate of Recognition to guest speaker Dr. William R. Smith and congratulated Rev. Barbara Mungin, Pastor. Photo: Rev. Barbara Mungin, Dr. & Mrs. William R. Smith, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Rev. Dr. Lynn Collins PAGE 65



Mormon church condemns its own racist past after controversial BYU professor comments After a BYU religion professor caused a firestorm by defending racist positions held by the Mormon church in the past, LDS was quick to condemn his statements and distance itself from its history on race. Some think negative publicity about the church and race could reflect badly on Mitt Romney's candidacy for the White House. The Desert News has more: PROVO -- It began as a Washington Post politics story about Mitt Romney's run for president and his faith's former ban on giving black men the priesthood. The story included comments by a popular BYU religion professor that some considered racist. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints responded Wednesday afternoon with a statement condemning racism, "including any and all past racism by individuals both inside and outside the church." "The church's position is clear," LDS Church spokesman Michael Purdy said. "We believe all people are God's children and are equal in His eyes and in the church. We do not tolerate racism in any form." "For a time in the church there was a restriction on the priesthood for male members of African descent," Purdy said. "It is not known precisely why, how or when this restriction began in the church but what is

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clear is that it ended decades ago. Some have attempted to explain the reason for this restriction but these attempts should be viewed as speculation and opinion, not doctrine. The church is not bound by speculation or opinions given with limited understanding." Purdy referred specifically to the positions attributed to Bott in the Post article and said those positions "absolutely do not represent the teachings and doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." "BYU faculty members do not speak for the church," Purdy said. "It is unfortunate that the church was not given a chance to respond to what others said." The controversy Bott said in a class Wednesday that he was misquoted, according to students, but he could not be reached for comment. The Post article said that Bott explained a "possible theological underpinning of the (priesthood) ban. According to Mormon scriptures, the descendants of Cain, who killed his brother, Abel, 'were black.' One of Cain's descendants was Egyptus, a woman Mormons believe was the namesake of Egypt. She married Ham, whose descendants were themselves cursed and, in the view of many Mormons, barred from the priesthood by his father, Noah. Bott points to the Mormon holy text the Book of Abraham as suggesting that all of the descendants of Ham and Egyptus were thus black and barred from the priesthood." At one point in the Post story it notes that "Bott compares blacks with a young child prematurely asking for the keys to her father's car, and explains that similarly until 1978, the Lord determined that blacks were not yet ready for the priesthood." PAGE 66



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FRIENDS TO COMPETE FOR NASSAU AA CROWN With the Hempstead Tigers Boys team having bowed out of the post season with a disappointing 52-48 loss to Great Neck South, there’s naturally a little feeling of letdown, but when you are an avid fan of high school hoops, you still keep up with the local action. While the Tigers are sidelined until next fall, other local teams are still out there on the courts, extending their season, knowing that each game gets tougher and more competitive and the steaks are higher. Two top teams that are commanding attention are Uniondale and Baldwin who will face off Saturday at Hofstra in a battle for Nassau AA supremacy. From this viewpoint, either team could take the trophy. Baldwin soundly defeated Elmont 60-44 to get to the title game and Uniondale upended Farmingdale 59-51 to claim their spot in the championship game. What makes this matchup even more intriguing is that both teams are anchored by experienced veteran, highly respected senior point guards who are also good friends. Brandon Williams of Baldwin and Shaq Mosley of Uniondale have been playing on the same AAU team alongside one another in the backcourt for years. Both have done a fine job of leading their squads this important senior year and both are excited to take the next step. Both players expressed confidence that this is their team’s year. As talented as these two guards are, in the end, it won’t be so much about the two of them on Saturday as it will be about their teams. Team work always trumps individual accomplishments and on Saturday, it will be the best “Team’ that takes the Nassau crown, not the best player. Brandon and Shaq will play their hearts out, bringing their usual work ethic and focus and dedication to the game they love, but the team that pulls it all together offensively, defensively and in their hearts

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The 15 best dunkers in NBA history NBA All-Star Weekend is upon us again, and memories light the corners of my mind. Memories not only of slam dunk contests and spectacularly riveting plays gone by, but simply thoughts of the best to ever perfect the art of basketball. Feel free to paint your own portrait, but here at theGrio we've selected our squad of history's best dunkers. Now, the ball's in your court.

for 32 minutes will be the victor. That’s what will make the difference. No matter the outcome, at least one sparkling high school career will come to a close on Hofstra’s shiny court in front of an enthusiastic crowd of fans and supporters and lovers of high school sports. But as the curtain falls on their high school playing days, they will move on to playing at a higher level and making new inroads into the sport they love. But first, on Championship Saturday, Williams and Mosley and their teammates will gut this one out. The fans who come out to see this highly anticipated contest will likely not leave disappointed. –B.J. Robinson




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NBA All-Star Weekend: The end of Dwight Howard in Orlando? For the first time in 20 years, the NBA's All-Star Weekend is in Orlando. While the best players in the NBA -- as well as countless celebrities -- will be in the Magic Kingdom, Dwight Howard, the biggest star in the city not named Mickey Mouse, could be playing his final game representing the Magic in Orlando. The last time the game came to the central Florida in 1992, controversy surrounded the return of one of the game's all-time great players, Magic Johnson. Magic, who just four months earlier had announced that he was HIV positive and retired from the NBA, was voted onto that year's Western Conference All-Star team by the fans. His selection was met with trepidation, as there was still fear among some players about Johnson's condition. Despite the fact that Johnson was deemed safe to play in the game, certain players, including teammates remained scared. "Everyone was on edge for that game, given Magic's situation after contracting the HIV," said Brian Schmitz, a columnist for the Orlando Sentinel who covered the 1992 All-Star Game. "Some players, like Karl Malone, didn't want him to play, fearing they'd come down with the disease, which was folly. But there wasn't a lot of information out there about HIV then and everyone was apprehensive. Magic told me everybody settled down once Dennis Rod-

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man started bumping him on defense." Amid the fear surrounding Johnson's HIV, the Hall of Fame point guard turned in an MVP performance. Magic finished with 25 points, nine assists, and five rebounds in the 153-113 West victory, including an iconic 3-pointer over longtime rival and former friend Isiah Thomas to cap the victory. "I remember how warm the people in Orlando were to him and the situation," said Brad Daugherty, who played in the 1992 game and is currently a NASCAR analyst for ESPN. "It's almost like we didn't have a game. It was more of a time to embrace Magic and what he was preparing to deal with. The folks in Orlando handled that with class and dignity." However, 20 years later, there's a different controversy swirling around Orlando that Magic fans and certain players feel is not being handled with class. Like Carmelo Anthony last season, All-Star center Dwight Howard is in his final year of his contract with the Magic, and he has made it clear that he wants to be traded. With Howard's status with the team unclear, the Magic struggled for most of the first half of the season. Point guard Jameer Nelson voiced his displeasure with Howard on Jan. 20 after a 92-80 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Howard had previously talked openly about playing with guards Deron Williams (of the New Jersey Nets) and Chris Paul (of the Los Angeles Clippers), angering Nelson. "I'm here to play basketball and I can't worry about what anybody says," Nelson said. "I'm here because I'm a winner and they want me (Continued on page 73)




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here. I know if they didn't want me, I wouldn't be here." The team has recovered recently -- winning 10 of their last 13 games -- and moved into third place in the Eastern Conference behind Miami and Chicago. The question has changed to whether the Magic will keep Howard and make a trade in advance of the March 15 trade deadline to make one more run at a championship. "They are circling March 1 as the date where they want a definitive answer from Dwight," Schmitz said. "That's a significant date because all free agents who signed this off-season are eligible to be traded. Dwight's teammates could go in a trade to fetch some more talent or they could go with him in a big package. The Magic might keep him all season and let him go to free agency. It's a risk, but it might be better than taking a bad trade for a player or players you don't want." Howard, who is averaging 20.4 points and a career-best 15.4 rebounds per game, was voted a starter for the Eastern Conference AllStars (his sixth All-Star selection), along with Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and NBA MVP Derrick Rose. With the Orlando's first game after the All-Star break being on the road against the Wizards, Sunday could potentially be Howard's final "home" game in Orlando. Howard is not the only big name that has been mentioned in trade talks that will be on the floor for Sunday night's All-Star Game. Boston point guard Rajon Rondo, and Lakers center Andrew Bynum are also being bandied about as trade bait to other teams. Bynum's name has been connected with Howard, as a potential Lakers-Magic deal could send Howard to Los Angeles. "I still say they should get some compensation for him if he will re-sign with the team he's dealt to --- and that's the key," said Schmitz, who has covered the Magic since the team entered the league in 1988. "If the Magic could get Bynum for him, I'd take it, but Dwight would have to commit to staying with the Lakers. He holds the hammer." During last year's All-Star weekend in Los Angeles, Anthony was the talk of the NBA, having demanded to be traded from the Denver Nuggets to the New York Knicks. Howard knows that he will be the focal point of questions throughout the weekend and the way he has handled it has rubbed other current and former players the wrong way. "Keep your mouth shut and play basketball," NBA legend Oscar Robertson said Wednesday night on an Orlando radio show. "If he wants to be traded, he's going to be traded. Go and talk to the owners and say, 'I want to be traded' and keep it a secret." Robertson, a Hall of Fame point guard and the only player to average a triple-double for an entire season, filed a lawsuit against the league in 1970 that eventually led to the NBA introducing free agency in 1976. He added that Howard is in a no-win situation either way. "Every time they get beat, they're going to blame Dwight Howard and it's totally unfair because it's not all his fault," he said. "I don't think management has done a great job in keeping certain players on the team. They had a nucleus of players that got them to the Finals (in 2009) and then, all of the sudden, it's gone downhill." Fans have created a website -- -- that is campaigning for Howard to remain in Orlando "where he belongs." The site features "Stay Dwight" t-shirts, billboards, and a video from Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer thanking Howard for his community work and making a plea for him to stay. The site even urges visitors to donate to Howard's D12 Foundation.

Robert Griffin III clocked at 4.38 in 40-yard dash INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III has run the fastest 40-yard dash by a quarterback at this year's NFL scouting combine. Griffin ran the sprint twice Sunday and was unofficially clocked with a two-run average of 4.38 seconds. Andrew Luck, the Heisman runner-up and favorite to be the No. 1 pick, later ran twice, getting clocked at 4.66 and 4.59. Griffin's early time was ranked in the top five at midmorning. The best overall time Sunday was a 4.30, turned in by Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill. Miami's Travis Benjamin (4.32), North Carolina State's T.J. Graham (4.35) and Wake Forest's Chris Givens (4.37) all ran faster times than Griffin, but all three are receivers. More than 300 draft hopefuls are working out in Indianapolis. Drills will run all day Sunday.

"Bringing a new arena, bringing players around him, I think that's where Cleveland failed (with LeBron James). There's only so much one person can carry." The Magic continue to work to convince Howard to stay in Orlando, with a five-year, $110 million extension on the table. The franchise has been down this road before, losing Shaquille O'Neal to the Lakers when he hit free agency in 1996. The Magic did not advance past the first round of the playoffs again until 2008. Totka told the Sentinel that the city suffered through 10 years of bad basketball after Shaquille O'Neal left Orlando. The city suffered when the Magic, the city's only professional sports team, fell on hard times. Events such as All-Star weekend, the team's new arena, and the consistent sellouts have been made possible due to Howard's success and his departure could spell the same trouble for Orlando the way LeBron's departure affected the Cavaliers. "Ultimately, it's not just the sports thing and fan thing," Totka said. "It's more of an economy thing. It just shows how one person can affect an entire economy."

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Why some 'Linsanity' misses the mark Linsanity has overtaken almost everyone I've spoken with during the past week. In the incredible case you've escaped it, Linsanity refers to the global obsession or craze with Jeremy Lin, the professional basketball player whose play for the erstwhile forlorn New York Knicks has set everyone atwitter with his out-ofnowhere story. He was the star of his state-champion high school team in Palo Alto, California, but wasn't highly recruited to play college ball. Instead of accepting a walk-on role, he enrolled at Harvard, a school better known for brains than brawn. He excelled in the classroom and on the court, but after graduation was overlooked by NBA scouts.

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classic SNL sketch. But haven't we progressed to more meaningful interracial discourse since then? Why is that when the conversation turns to race, harsh and crude humor - satire, included - becomes the vernacular of choice? I suspect it's because we're chafing in our color-coded skins. The subtle (and not-so-subtle) racial nature of our chatter reveals less about Lin's hoop dreams and so much more about our discomfiture with the changing diversity of our nation. The outbreak of racial

Surprisingly, to me, I'm no exception to the Linsanity madness. I love college basketball, but generally yawn when it comes to the professional game. But I'll admit that I've succumbed and can't get enough of the guy. Or his amazing story. Unfortunately, all this celebrity carries a racial edge to it, which is the part that fascinates me most. Lin is an American whose parents emigrated from Taiwan to the United States in the mid-1970s. He's one of the few Asian Americans to ever play in the National Basketball Association and the first of Taiwanese heritage. After posting a 7-15 record to begin this strike-shortened NBA season, the Knicks have gone 8-2 in the two weeks since Lin became the starting point guard. After Lin scored 38 points against the Los Angeles Lakers on February 10 and fired the last-second game winner over the Toronto Raptors on Valentine's Day, his star glowed brighter than all the lights on Broadway. Everybody is talking about Lin, from grizzled sports writers to Bible-toting Baptists to even (here's an odd-fellows political tie-in) the president, a Tea Party activist, and a former GOP vice presidential nominee. All cheered their support.

puns and sophomoric humor is a shiny mirror that reflects what many Americans may feel but know better than to say out loud. So, instead of expressing candid fears and emotions, some folks make racist jokes, utter insensitive wisecracks and pretend to be astonished when called to task for boorish behavior. Those of us who embrace racial differences as a societal benefit aren't amused. Rather, we're sincerely offended.

But that hasn't stopped the nasty boo-birds. Lin's success brought out the racist stereotypes and ugly words from folks who should know better. Boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. tweeted that the media is making too much of him because he's an Asian-American. Nationally syndicated sports columnist Jason Whitlock apologized for making a crude joke at Lin's expense. And an offensive headline popped up on ESPN's website that forced the sports outlet to fire a writer, suspend an anchor, and apologize profusely to Lin and the entire AsianAmerican community. Perhaps the racial insanity reached its zenith with a tasteless Saturday Night Live opening sketch. Sure, I got the satiric point. But trading in racial stereotypes might have been fresh, oh, a generation ago when Chevy Chase and Richard Pryor played the dozens in a PAGE 74



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