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Community Journal TOP STORIES Uniondale Public Library a haven for 2 Sue Simmons dropped by WNBC after 32 years on the 3 Obama boosted by another strong jobs report 5 Web star born: Kony video gets millions of 7 Rep. Donald Payne dead: First black Congressman to represent New Jersey dies at 8 Eric Holder disturbed by reports on NYPD Muslim 9 100 BLACK MEN OF LONG ISLAND, INC. 38TH ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP 13 Arthur Katz, owner of ‘Knockout’ Pest Control, Inc. in

Uniondale., was congratulated and acknowledged at county headquarters for his outstanding 14 Having Our Voices Heard: A Conference For AfricanAmericans Who 15 Carolyn Simpkins Receives Pathfinders 17 3 North Carolina kids survive tornado pulling them from home 17 Harlem churches see gospel tourist boom on 18 Lenders increasingly allow the foreclosed to 21 Sleeping Mexican mural proposal in South Texas draws 25 Princeton Minority Youth Leadership

Academy Focuses on 35 INTERVIEW: Kerry Washington Talks "A Thousand Words" About Her Newest Film With Eddie 37 Apollo to induct Etta James, Lionel Richie into Hall of 40 Jury Convicts Brooklyn Man of Robbery for Attacking a Valley Stream Couple in Their 55 New Cassel Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Cousin in Drunk Driving 55 Roosevelt Man Sentenced to 4 to 12 Years in Prison for Killing Motorcyclist in Wrong-Way Drunk

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Driving Crash 55 Study shows that African-Americans die up to 8 years sooner in certain 58 Long Beach Christian Light Missionary Baptist Church Black History Youth 60 81-year-old Rhode Island woman wins $336 million Powerball 65 76-year-old 'Prayin' Lady' fights New Orleans crime with 69 Wilt Chamberlain's 100 point game: Have sports fans forgotten 'The Big Dipper'? 73 Mike Tyson to debut one-man show in Vegas 74

Serving Nassau County’s African American Community



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LETTER TO THE EDITOR First of  all  I  would  like  to  request  that  my  identity  re‐ main  anonymous.  I  am  one  of  many  of  the  employees  of  color  who  has  been  retaliated  on  because  of  the  corruption  that  goes  on  in  the  Nassau  County  libraries.  We  believe  that  the  Director  is  bias  and  The  Board  of  Trustees  goes  along  with  everything  that  she  says  like  they  don’t  have  a  mind  of  their  own  or  maybe  they do and they choose to go  along  with  everything  .  I  work  in  a  place  where  the  environ‐ ment  is  so  thick  that  you  can  cut it with a knife. Tension is at  an all time high. The board con‐ tinues  to  spend  the  taxpayer’s  money  on  security  (maybe  be‐ cause  one  of  the  members  is  close  friends  with  the  head  of  the  security  company)  in  a  building that has one floor and  they  have  three  securities  on 

ANOTHER LETTER TO THE EDITOR I request that my identity be kept private. Uniondale Public Library may warrant your scrutiny. Please read below, all information is a matter of public record. Possible discriminatory hiring practices at Uniondale Public Library: The Director is African NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

duty at all times; all this just for  our  youths.  What  kind  of  mes‐ sage  is  this  telling  our  commu‐ nity?  They  say  the  library  is  a  public  building  and  yet  people  are  banned  from  the  library.  In  this  economy  everyone  needs  somewhere  to  go  and  to  get  themselves together. The Board  of Trustees tells everyone this is  their  library  and  they  are  doing  their  jobs  and  looking  for  the  taxpayers  money.  Our  Director  has received a pay raise in 2010  of  $10,000  and  another  pay  raise of $12,000 in 2011 and the  staff  have  been  on  increments  of  maybe  $500  to  $1,000.  Yet,  the Board says that they have to  preserve  the  taxpayer’s  money.  When  the  slight  few  taxpayers  ask questions, they are told that  they  have  to  foil  everything  if  they  want  any  information.  When does it stop? When does  the  hierarchy  have  to  answer 

American but her hiring and promotion practices seem to indicate a bias against African Americans. 1. In a Predominantly Black and Latino community there has never been an African American promoted from an entry level Librarian I to a Librarian II at Uniondale. 2. There is only 1 full time African American Librarian on staff (appointed in 2004), who works in the Youth Service’s department. The school district is 1% Caucasian but the Li-

for the  wrongs  they  do?  When  do the people have to stop suf‐ fering because of the select few  who  perceives  themselves  above the law? When do we get  our  chance  to  stand  up  and  be  noticed?  Here’s  one  for  the  books; One of the employees of  the  library  of  10  years  or  more  is  being  charged  with  the  “Section  75”  and  one  of  the  charges  is  drinking  water  in  June  of  2011  at  the  desk.  Does  this  sound  like  someone  that  should  be  running  a  library  in  our  community  or  making  deci‐ sions  where  our  children  come  to  learn  and  be  educated  out‐ side  of  their  school?  It  would  seem  that  this  library  is  being  run  like  it's  someone  play‐ ground.  As  was  stated  before,  we  are  in  a  community  of  1% Caucasianan and yet our people  of  color  have  not  received  any  recognition  for  the  good  works 

they do  in  their  community.  We  have  a  YA  Librarian  witex‐ emplaryry  awards  and  yet  she  has not been acknowledged for  all  of  her  good  works  for  our  young  adults.  Our  kind  is  con‐ stantly  being  put  down  by  this  Director. What are we suppose  to do? There is no one to help  us.  How  do  we  make  a  differ‐ ence  if  there  are  not  people  out  there  who  are  willing  to  stand  behind  us  in  our  time  of  need?  But  the  Caucasian  em‐ ployees  do  reap  the  benefits  for  not  even  bringing  any  grants  into  the  community.  I  guess we know where our bias  Director  loyalty  lies.  As  for  our  board we do have to wonder if  they  even  have  a  backbone,  unless it is telling the select few  staff  member  that  they  hire  and  they  can  fire.  Our  own  is  persecuting us now. I ask again;  when will it all stop? 

brarians who serve them are almost all Caucasian. The African American Librarian has won awards for her young adult programs. She’s won grants to fund much needed programs for the community’s teen population. She’s been published by the American Library Association and Scarecrow Press. This librarian shared Karl Kampe’s (head of Nassau County Civil Service) words with the Director and the Board, that if a Librarian is doing the work

of a II then they should be promoted to a II. The Director and the Board chose not to respond or submit the paperwork to make this Librarian’s position a II. 3. A clerk and Union organizer with 10 years at UPL, received section 75 charges is also African American. She's fighting these charges. 4. Another Black Caribbean clerk and Union organizer complained about unfair scheduling in her department, and questioned (Continued on page 5)



Sue Simmons dropped by WNBC after 32 years on the air For 32 years, Sue Simmons has been an institution as the anchor of the New York City NBC affiliate. However, this year her contract was not renewed and her legendary pairing with co-anchor Chuck Scarborough appears to be coming to an end. Huffington Post reports: Local news anchor and WNBC veteran Sue Simmons has been given the axe by television executives after an NASSAU COUNTY EDITION


epic 32 years on air. The New York Post delivers the sad news that Simmons' contract will be up in June, ending the longest-running anchor team that is the legendary Sue Simmons and co-anchor Chuck Scarborough duo. Scarborough will remain for at least three more years. Simmons began her career at Channel 4 in 1980 and as is the highest paid anchorwoman for local stations in the country. Her more than three decades of airtime saw

some classic television moments, most notably and hilariously including her FBomb wielding remark to Scarborough in 2008. The Awl eulogizes her career at WNBC quite perfectly: Sue Simmons has been the face of local news here in New York for literally as long as I can remember. A hardcharging, sweardropping, beforebroadcast-drinking, poker-playing, funloving broad, she has been exactly what this city needs as a news anchor. Plus, there's that great urban legend about her mugging

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down with some gal at Shakespeare in the Park. For three decades now, Sue Simmons has been synonymous with the New York broadcast. I can't even imagine what local news will look like without her. In 2009, Simmons admitted to anchoring under the influence of a few cocktails back in the 80's. She eventually stopped the pre-show imbibing when she noticed her tired, red eyes were getting the best of her. Simmons reassured, however, she was never "loaded" on television.




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Obama boosted by another strong jobs report The unemployment rate held steady at 8.3 percent and the U.S. gained more than 227,000 jobs in February, both positive economic indicators, though the black unemployment rate ticked up slightly, and is again above 14 percent. The numbers in the Labor Department report indicated that the economic momentum seen over the past few months is continuing. Some analysts had expected the jobless rate to go back up, in part because, as the economy improves, more unemployed people start looking for jobs. (A person is only classified as unemployed if they are actively searching for a job.) The continued job growth (Continued from page 2)

if it was retaliation for her Union activity. 5. This same clerk was hired as a Senior Clerk, another Senior Clerk (Caucasian) was hired after her and received a salary of almost $20,000 more. 6. The African American full time librarian was reprimanded for not following the Director's order to help the security guard remove rowdy teens from teen space. The two Caucasian librarians on the reference desk who should have been responsible for reporting the rowdy behavior but ignored it, were not reprimanded. The AA Librarian later found a negative memo written by the Director in her personnel file. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION


and steady unemployment rate are good news for President Obama, who is increasingly framing his re-election on the argument that he lifted the American economy out of a recession. The unemployment rate is now almost a full point below what it was in August 2011, al-

January, a dramatic drop that had puzzled experts who were surprised to see the rate go down so quickly. The Labor Department, in releasing its data, noted the 14.1 percent jobless rate for blacks is not a dramatic change from 13.6 percent. The data suggests black unemployment overall is dropping, like unemployment overall, as the economy improves. Black unemployment was 15.4 percent last February. Reaction to the jobs numbers diverged along predictable partisan lines.

though it remains higher than when the president took office. The number of unemployed persons, at 12.8 million, is about the same as it was in January. African-American unemployment dipped from 15.8 percent in December to 13.6 in

The memo was added without her knowledge. Cronyism (please note that in 2009 some p/t staff had their salaries capped, and the step increment system was ended for full time employees; the reason was to save money for the tax payers): 1. The Director and Board gave an almost $7,000 salary adjustment in 2009 to a Librarian I (Caucasian) who is a known favorite of the Director. This Librarian does not have two Masters, nor has she won any honors, or created new original programming for the children of Uniondale. Staff and even other Directors and Board Trustees from outside libraries are

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"Today's report provides some encouragement for millions of families and small businesses who continue to struggle in this economy, but unemployment remains far too high," said House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio.). "It is a testament to the hard work and entrepreneurship of the American people that they are creating any jobs in the midst of the onslaught of anti-business policies coming

from this administration."

baffled by the large increase in salary. 2. The Director received a $12, 000 salary adjustment in 2011, bringing her salary to on around $120,000. 3. The step increment system was replaced with a longevity and merit increase system. The merit increase system had no criteria, but favored staff members were given merit raises. The African American Librarian requested to be considered for

a merit raise in 2010 and she was told that the merit increases were tabled. Community needs not being met: 1. Lack of diversity in professional staff. 2. There are plans to build a cafĂŠ at Uniondale Public Library. The community needs a job center not a cafĂŠ. Some residents have started questioning and requesting copies of the budget.

But Roger Hickey, head of the liberal group Campaign for America's Future, said, "today's 227,000 increase in net new jobs in February announced by the Labor Department is a good sign that the economy is starting to produce private sector employment." C.J. COMMENTARY Is our President doing a great job or what?




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Dr. Lindamichelle Baron LATINO PERSPECTIVE

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The Liver a Vital Organ: Mild Liver 57

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Dr. Dudley Davenport Dr. Karen Deadwyler LOCAL SPORTS: Beverly Robinson


Dr. Karen: Learning by Afflictions 67 TU TRUE 72




Web star born: Kony video gets millions of views KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- If Joseph Kony lived in relative anonymity before this week, he's an Internet star now. A video about the atrocities carried out by Kony's Lord's Resistance Army has become viral, racking up millions more views seemingly by the hour. The marketing campaign is an effort by the advocacy group Invisible Children to vastly increase awareness about a jungle militia leader who is wanted for atrocities by the International Criminal Court and is being hunted by 100 U.S. Special Forces advisers and local troops in four Central African countries. The group's 30-minute video, which was released Monday, had more than 21 million views on YouTube by Thursday. The movie is part of an effort called KONY 2012 that targets Kony and the LRA. "Kony is a monster. He deserves to be prosecuted and hanged," said Col. Felix Kulayigye, the spokesman for Uganda's military. But Kulayigye said that Kony's forces -- once thousands strong -- have been so degraded that he no longer considers him a threat to the region. Because of the intensified hunt for Kony, his forces split into smaller groups that can travel the jungle more easily. Experts estimate that the LRA now has only about 250 fighters. Still, the militia abducts children, forcing them to serve as soldiers or sex slaves, and even to kill their parents or each other to survive. Uganda, Invisible Children and (hash)stopkony were among the top 10 trending terms on Twitter among both the worldwide and U.S. audience on NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Wednesday night, ranking higher than New iPad or Peyton Manning. Twitter's top trends more commonly include celebrities than fugitive militants. Ben Keesey, Invisible Children's 28-year-old chief executive officer, said the viral success shows their message resonates and that viewers feel empowered to force change. It was released on the website, "The core message is just to show that there are few times where problems are black and white. There's lots of complicated stuff in the world, but Joseph Kony and what he's doing is black and white," Keesey said Wednesday. The burst of attention has also brought with it some criticism of Invisible Children's work on Internet sites, including the ratio of the group's spending on direct aid, its rating by the site Charity Navigator, and a 2008 photo of three Invisible Children members holding guns alongside troops from the country now known as South Sudan. Invisible Children posted rebuttals to the criticism on its website. Kony's Ugandan rebel group is blamed for tens of thousands of mutilations and killings over the last 26 years. Last year, Invisible Children began installing high frequency radios in Africa's remotest jungle to help track militia attacks in Congo, Central African Republic and South Sudan. People in areas without phones can report attacks on the radios to people who put them on a website called the LRA Crisis Tracker. Invisible Children's efforts to recruit support from U.S. political leaders appears to have paid off. Last year the State Department called the group's Crisis Tracker "a really innovative tool" for information sharing. A U.S. military spokesman said the U.S. military is also aware of the Crisis Tracker.




Rep. Donald Payne dead: First black Congressman to represent New Jersey dies at 77 U.S. Congressman Donald M. Payne, described as a true and dedicated native son of Newark, New Jersey, and the first AfricanAmerican elected to Congress from that state, has died. The news comes only weeks after Payne vowed to continue to represent his constituents and his country during his ongoing battle with colon cancer. Payne's political career was built on step-by-step challenges and on a solid foundation of hard-earned respect in the arena of Newark politics. At the same time, with steady success, he would climb the business ladder in his home state. Eventually harnessing a combination of the two, Payne would be elected to the U.S. Congress in 1988 and would rise through the ranks of politics, serving as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus from 1995 to 1997; one of his many achievements in a distinguished career that spanned decades. Payne did much to bring attention and influence to both African American and African affairs on a global scale. Education was the first stepping stone for Payne, who started out as a teacher in the Newark Public Schools. His commitment to education and youth remained a life-long undertaking. One of the first of many indicators of this was his appointment as the first black president of the National Council of YMCAs. He went on to become NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Chairman of the World Y.M.C.A. Refugee and Rehabilitation Committee, forging his commitment as an African American to humanitarian and global causes, of which Payne was in a unique position to advance and support. Payne called himself a "longtime advocate for human rights," earning credential with his involvement in the civil rights movement. As the representative from New Jersey's 10th District and as Chairman of the Subcommittee on African and Global Health on the Committee for Foreign Affairs, he stayed current on humanitarian issues. Newark Star-Ledger: U.S. Representative Donald Payne dead at 77 Even as the seriousness of his illness was making national headlines, Payne spoke out, both globally and domestically, to express his concerns about activities that he flagged as ignoring recognized systems of civil rights and international justice. On the website, ! enough, Payne wrote, "The project to end genocide and crimes against humanity." His message was a reminder to people that representatives, at the end of the day, side with constituents; "Members listen to constituents and will side with them over lobbyists if they assert themselves and hold their representatives accountable. Church groups and advocacy organizations can be particularly effective." His message could be direct and hard hitting, as was the case with Payne's reaction to the New York Police Department, investigation of Muslins in Newark. Again, when he had only days to live, he called into question the New York City police covert investigations, saying (Continued on page 9)




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that they were "without the establishment of reasonable suspicion." He then issued a statement: "In my district, African-Americans make up the majority of the population, including those that practice the religion of Islam....The contribution of these Americans in government, education and the military has enriched the city and strengthened the fabric of our nation." He ended his statement with a phrase that described his commitment to his community and to his country, using words that the people of Newark would recognize from his time as their local councilor and then representative. "I hope our security and intelligence forces refrain from infringing upon the civil liberties of the very innocent men, women and children we are seeking to protect," Congressman Payne stated.

Eric Holder disturbed by reports on NYPD Muslim spying WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress on Thursday he's disturbed by what he's read about the New York Police Department conducting surveillance of mosques and Islamic student organizations in New Jersey. Holder's brief comments represented the most extensive public discussion of the topic to date by anyone in the Obama administration. The administration has repeatedly refused to endorse or repudiate the NYPD's tactics, which include cataloging mosques and Muslim-owned businesses, recording the license plates of worshippers at mosques, infiltrating student groups and eavesdropping in Muslim neighborhoods. The NYPD conducted some of those operations outside its jurisdiction in New Jersey, prompting criticism from politicians and from the FBI, which said the surveillance has damaged relations with Muslims and weakened national security. Holder's remarks, at a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee, followed questions by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., who asked how one law enforcement agency could spy on another state's residents without notifying authorities. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Cory Booker were apparently "unaware of this large-scale investigation," Lautenberg said. "I don't know," Holder replied. "We are in the process of reviewing the letters that have come in expressing concerns about those matters." "At least what I've read publicly, and again, just what I've read in the newspapers, is disturbing," Holder said. "And these are things that are under review at the Justice Department." Holder did not elaborate on whether he was disturbed by the tactics or the fact that they were done outside of New York. Three dozen members of Congress have asked for a Justice Department investigation. Federal prosecutors have used civil rights laws to crack down on police abuses such as racial profiling and unnecessary uses of force. But in the decade since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, the Justice Department has not publicly investigated a police department for its counterterrorism efforts. Holder's comments followed unusually strong criticism of the NYPD by the top FBI agent in New Jersey, who said the police surveillance had made Muslims more distrustful of law enforcement and made it harder to fight terrorism. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg continued to defend his department Thursday. "We have the best police department in the world, and I think they show that every single day, and we have stopped 14 attacks since 9/11, fortunately without anybody dying," he said at a mayors conference in Chicago. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

Payne, who was 77 at the time of his death, established loyalty and respect both in and around his hometown of Newark and also in Washington, where the Congressional Black Caucus immediately asked colleagues "for their thoughts and prayers" after the 24-year veteran of Capitol Hill's illness was announced. Payne will be remembered not only for his steadfast devotion to his humanitarian causes, but for risking his life on a 2009-factfinding mission to Somalia, where his plane was fired upon by Islamic militants. The congressman, who spoke out against repressive regimes in Africa, was optimistic about Somalia's potential despite the attack. "I believe that a stable Somalia is really a key to a stable Africa," Payne was quoted as saying. Late last month, dignitaries described as "foreign policy heavyweights," including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, met in London to discuss establishing a functional government in Somalia. Whether or not Payne's single-handed efforts in Somalia are acknowledged in the future, he will be remembered as a man who managed, for much of his life, to actively care about humanity; whether it was confronting the NYPD or making international headlines as his aircraft escaped mortar shells. All that besides being elected as the first African-American Congressman from the state of New Jersey. Bloomberg and others frequently cite the decade without successful terrorist attacks as proof that the NYPD's programs work, and polls show the department enjoys strong support among New Yorkers. The list of 14 plots, however, includes efforts that the NYPD had nothing to do with thwarting. And one, the nearly successful car bombing in Times Square, failed only because of a design flaw. The NYPD has repeatedly said that all its tactics are legal. And while some civil rights lawyers disagree, most of the questions raised about the spying programs have been questions of public policy, not law. The NYPD's intelligence unit operates with nearly no outside oversight. The City Council is not told about its spying programs and does not review them. Neither Congress nor the Homeland Security Department conducts oversight of the intelligence programs. And the White House, whose grants have helped pay for equipment used in the spying, has said it cannot control how the money is used. Also Thursday, the head of Newark's Roman Catholic archdiocese and other religious leaders joined with New Jersey Muslims in demanding reassurance from state authorities that no one is being spied on because of religion. "Just as it is paramount for our people and institutions in authority to secure our safety, it is equally paramount for people and institutions in authority in our free society to protect and secure every one of our basic liberties, especially our liberty to express our faith," Archbishop John J. Myers said. "To do otherwise is to invite fear, hatred and oppression into our lives." PAGE 9




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For the week of February 27 - March 4, 2012 Wall Street Bonuses Declined in 2011 Cash bonuses paid to New York City securities industry employees are forecast to decline by 14 percent to $19.7 billion during this year’s bonus season, according to an estimate released Thursday by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Click here to view a video of Comptroller DiNapoli discussing this year’s Wall Street bonus report. DiNapoli: OFT Officials Abused Positions for Personal Gain and Wasted Taxpayer Dollars State Office for Technology (OFT) officials ignored state finance law and procurement guidelines in awarding business to favored companies, and in some cases did so for personal gain, according to an audit released Wednesday by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The actions of OFT officials cost taxpayers millions and may have violated the state Public Officers Law. DiNapoli has referred the findings of the audit to the Joint Commission on Public Ethics. DiNapoli: Elevator Maintenance Falls Short at State Colleges

Rep. McCarthy Helps Pass Tax Cut for Over 1 Million Long Islanders Friday February 17, 2012

Elevators are not receiving the preventive maintenance and inspections that companies are being paid more than $17 million to provide at several state colleges, according to recent audits issued by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. DiNapoli Launches New Fraud Detection Training Initiative for Not–for–Profits

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY4), a vocal critic of the partisanship and gridlock that has delayed the passage of a payroll tax cut for middle class workers, voted today for a bipartisan bill to extend the tax cut through the end of 20 < Read more > Rep. McCarthy on Shootings of NYPD Detective & Officer: Congress Should Pass Fix Gun Checks Act Wednesday February 15, 2012

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli Wednesday announced a new training program for not–for–profit officials to help them prevent and detect fraud and protect taxpayer dollars.

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY4), sponsor of the Fix Gun Checks Act and the representative for both members of the NYPD who were shot recently, said today that Congress should pass her legislation in order to cut down on gun violence. < Read more >

DiNapoli’s Office Releases Municipal Audits

Rep. McCarthy Passes House Bill to Rename East Rockaway Post Office After Longtime Letter Carrier John J. Cook

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced his office this week completed the following audits: the Bolton Fire District; the Town of Ellicottville; the City of Peekskill; the Town of Providence; and, the Village of Orchard Park. Comptroller DiNapoli Releases School Audit New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced his office completed the audit of the the Croton–Harmon Union Free School District.

Wednesday February 15, 2012 WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed Rep. Carolyn McCarthy's (D-NY4) bill to rename the East Rockaway, New York Post Office after a letter carrier and local resident who worked there for over 60 years. < Read more > Rep. McCarthy Co-Sponsors & Helps Pass Bill to Prohibit Insider Trading in Washington Thursday February 09, 2012 WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY4), a co-sponsor of the STOCK Act legislation to prohibit insider trading by government and elected officials in Washington, voted to help pass the measure in the House of Representatives today. < Read more > Rep. McCarthy on Hamas-Fatah Partnership: A ‘Nightmare Come True' Tuesday February 07, 2012 WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY4), a strong supporter of Israel who has supported many bipartisan efforts to strengthen American support for Israel and its security, made the following statement today in response to news that Fatah and < Read more > showallitems McCarthy: It's Outrageous that FAA Bill Does Not Help Reduce Airplane Noise Over Long Island





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Statement from County Executive Edward P. Mangano on the Legislature's Approval of Nassau's New Community Policing Plan "I commend the County Legislature for approving this public safety plan that adds more police officers to our community and protects residents from a property tax hike. Residents should know that Nassau's new Community Policing Plan keeps all 177 patrol cars in their current neighborhoods, adds 48 additional police officers to our community to fight crime, transforms four precincts into Policing Centers for public access and saves residents up to $20 million annually. This is a win-win for residents as it results in more safety and not more taxes."

Statement from County Executive Edward P. Mangano on the Confirmation of Thomas V. Dale as Nassau County Police Commissioner “I am pleased the County Legislature confirmed my appointment of Tom Dale as Commissioner of the Nassau County Police Department. Having served as a three-star New York City Police Chief, Tom Dale’s 42 years of experience in police matters will truly benefit the people of Nassau County. Commissioner Dale is undertaking a critical review of departmental operations and will provide distinguished leadership within the department. I congratulate Tom on today’s confirmation.”


Mangano Reminds Residents to Change batteries in Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today reminded Nassau County residents to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors during Daylight Savings Time which occurs this Sunday, March 11th at 2:00 a.m. “Residents should always make sure their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working, and the spring and fall time changes are the perfect reminders to test the equipment and change the batteries,” said County Executive Mangano. “Properly working smoke alarms and CO detectors could ultimately be the difference between life and death.” In addition to changing batteries in smoke and CO alarms this weekend, County Executive Mangano reminded residents to: · Test alarms monthly by pressing the test button on the face of the alarm cover. · Install a smoke alarm on every level of their home. · Replace smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old. · Replace CO alarms every 5 years. · Plan and practice a home escape in the event of an emergency-designate a safe meeting place outside. “It is important to raise awareness of the vital role that smoke alarms and CO detectors play in fire safety,” added Mangano. “CO detectors and smoke alarms are basic safety devices that cost very little and using Daylight Saving Time is a great way to remind ourselves to change the batteries in your CO detectors and smoke alarms.” The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates there was a yearly average of 386,300 residential fires resulting in nearly 2,400 deaths between 2006 and 2008. Two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes where there are no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. That is why it is important to replace batteries at least once every year and to test your alarms every month to make sure they work. CPSC recommends consumers have smoke alarms on every level of their home, outside and inside each bedroom. CPSC estimates there was an annual average of 183 unintentional nonfire CO poisoning deaths associated with consumer products between 2006 and 2008. CO is called the “invisible killer,” because it is a colorless, odorless and poisonous gas. Because of this, people may not know they are being poisoned. Carbon monoxide is produced by the incomplete burning of fuel in various products, including furnaces, portable generators, fireplaces, cars and charcoal grills. That is why it is important to have working CO alarms in the home, on each level and outside each sleeping area. PAGE 12



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100 BLACK MEN OF LONG ISLAND, INC. WILL HOLD ITS 38TH 2012 ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP 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

Susan L. Taylor Editor-in-Chief emeritus of Essence Magazine Dear Neighbor, In Case You Missed It (ICYMI), on March 6th Newsday published an editorial entitled “Positive Step for Nassau, cops”. The Editorial is pasted below for your reading pleasure.

Newsday: Positive step for Nassau, cops The Nassau County Legislature wisely agreed to reduce the number of police precincts in the county from eight to four Monday, with all 10 Republicans voting to go ahead with the move and all nine Democrats voting against it. The "closures" aren't really closures at all, just changing four precincts into "community policing centers." Approving these changes was the responsible thing to do. Fighting them with fearmongering wasn't. These locations will no longer be (Continued on page 14)





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Minority Leader Abrahams Commends Local Business Owner on Excellent Business Model Arthur Katz, owner of ‘Knockout’ Pest Control, Inc. in Uniondale., was congratulated and acknowledged at county headquarters for his outstanding work On Thursday, Mar. 1, Nassau County Legislative Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) presented Plainview resident Arthur Katz with a cutout plaque of a Newsday article written about his business, ‘Knockout’ Pest Control, Inc., which is located in Uniondale. Newsday ran the article on Monday, Feb. 29, which described Katz’s excellent business model, which includes customer service as a priority and an employee handbook. Katz is also very generous to the Uniondale community, according to Legis. Abrahams. (CAPTION) - In the above photo, Katz and Nassau Minority Leader Abrahams are in Mineola at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative building. (Continued from page 13)

used to process or house suspects, but the original plan seems to be expanding beyond keeping two officers at each center 24 hours a day. It's likely detectives and desk lieutenants will work out of each of the buildings, which is fine. In truth, the argument has always been about the word "precinct," and the fact that, because minimum staffing of each shift is tied to the precinct assignments of officers, significant overtime costs were created by keeping cops from crossing precinct lines. Fewer precincts means larger staffs in each precinct, more options for staffing and NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

less overtime, one big reason the unions fought the plan. Changing that should create savings in addition to the $20 million per year Nassau Executive Edward Mangano says can be reaped by eliminating about 100 administrative positions in this move. New Police Commissioner Thomas Dale, whose appointment was confirmed at Monday's meeting, said of the exact details, "This is still a work in progress." Meetings between county administrators and the various police unions continued throughout the day, but the heads of (Continued on page 15)




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Having Our Voices Heard: A Conference For African-Americans Who Stutter -- To be held April 27-28, 2012 at State University of New York, Empire State College, Metropolitan Center -New York, NY (March 6, 2012) -- Having Our Voices Heard: A Conference For African-Americans Who Stutter is a national groundbreaking conference - the first of its kind - focusing on how stuttering impacts the overall quality of life of African-American men and women who are effected by this speech dis-fluency. This conference is an important part of the African-American Women Who Stutter Project, affording it the opportunity to provide a platform to bring together the African-American community to dialogue about this often misunderstood speech disorder, breaking the silence. About The African-American Women Who Stutter Project This project, an initiative of The Clara Cantrell Clemmons Assistance Center, Inc. was formed in 2008 to bring national awareness to the effects of stuttering on the overall quality of life of African-American women who stutter. The project will encompass the gathering, documenting, and disseminating of information on African-American women who stutter. About Stuttering Stuttering, also known as stammering, is a speech disorder (impediment) in which the flow of speech is disrupted by involuntary repetitions and prolongations of sounds, syllables, words or phrases, and involuntary silent pauses or blocks in which the stutterer is unable to produce sounds. Stuttering covers a wide spectrum of severity: it may encompass individuals with barely perceptible impediments, for whom the disorder is largely cosmetic, as well as others with extremely severe symptoms, for whom the problem can effectively prevent most oral communication. There is no cure for this disorder. About The Clara Cantrell Clemmons Assistance, Inc. The Clara Cantrell Clemmons Assistance Center, Inc. established in 1993 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of African-Americans, with a special focus on AfricanAmerican women. Since its inception the center has provided a variety of services to men, women and children. The founder and CEO is an African-American woman who stutters. Who Should Attend This Conference - African-American men and women who stutter - Clergy - College Students - Educators - Healthcare Providers - Human Service Providers - Journalists - Psychologists - Social Workers - Sociologists - Speech Pathologists - Others who desire to attend Conference Particulars Date: April 27-28, 2012 (Friday & Saturday) Location: State University of New York - Empire State College - Metropolitan Center 325 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013 Registration Fee: $100.00 * One Day: $75.00 - Deadline April 12, 2012 After April 12, 2012 and on site: $125.00 * One Day: $95.00 For additional information, discount hotel and airfare accommodations, and registration forms, visit the conference website at: https:// For online registration and donations, visit: PRESS CONTACT: Eloise Tyler The Clara Cantrell Clemmons Assistance Center, Inc. 718-777-4397 (phone) 347-543-7775 (cell) NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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the three unions, each of whom said their only concern is the safety of residents, could not persuade legislators to table the matter for a week.

The vote came at a long meeting of the legislature that featured county residents who were wrongly convinced that the safest large metropolitan area in the nation will be besieged by crime. They spoke about the dangers of the changes, and catcalled legislators who disagreed with them. But these speakers, and the Democrats who opposed the closures, didn't offer much of a plan for how to erase a deficit that's projected to be $300 million this year, or how to avoid so much red ink in the future. The fear most expressed by the audience and Democratic legislators was that this is the first step in reducing the number of patrols in the county dramatically, something Mangano and Dale say is not true. Whether 177 is the appropriate number of patrols needs to be decided based on efficiency and best practices, though, not simply on tradition. This is the first step to a victory for Mangano and Dale. The executive still must persuade legislators to pass an incentive to get highly paid cops to retire, then get a supermajority to approve the bonding to pay for the buyouts. Dale, though, may have even bigger challenges. The new commissioner must ensure that the precinct closures really don't erode public safety. He will likely have to find even more savings in his agency. And he has to restore the culture of a department besieged by allegations of improprieties by higher-ups and the disaster that was the now-closed crime lab. Progress was made Monday, but there's plenty left to do.




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Guest Choice Pantry Opens at The INN The Mary Brennan INN in Hempstead hosted a ribbon cutting celebration for the new “guest choice” pantry that will allow guests to choose their own grocery items. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby commended Jean Kelly, Director, and The INN for providing much needed services to thousands in need in a dignified and respectful manner. John Imhof, Commissioner DSS, Barbara Grosmark, Unitarian Universalist Congregation Manhasset, sponsor, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby Jean Kelly, Director

Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Mark DeFilippis of West Hempstead An Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held for 17 year old Mark DeFilippis II of West Hempstead’s Troop 240. Mark’s Eagle project involved building a coral and shelter for two rescued miniature ponies that Tanglewood Park and Preserve recently adopted. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented a Certificate of Recognition to Mark, congratulated his parents, Susan Norton DeFilippis and Mark J. DeFilippis, Jr., grandparents, Rosalie & Tom Norton. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION




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Carolyn Simpkins Receives Pathfinders Award Carolyn Simpkins of Freeport was honored by the Town of Hempstead at their annual Women's History Month Pathfinders Award Ceremony at Town Hall. Mrs. Simpkins was chosen for the "Health Services" award.

3 North Carolina kids survive tornado pulling them from home CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina family says three children were ripped from their beds by a tornado, throwing one about 100 feet away along a fence lining a highway. All have been released from hospitals and are back with relatives. Latonya Stevens says her 7-year-old son Jamal was sucked from his room as a tornado tore apart the family home's second floor where he slept. It was one of nearly 200 homes damaged by the storm in the Charlotte area. A neighbor found Jamal about 100 feet away, tossed to the far side of a fence along Interstate 485. His 3-year-old sister Amber and 4year-old Ayanna were released from a hospital on Sunday. Amber was found in her home's yard under some debris. Ayanna landed in a neighbor's yard. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION




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I SUPPORT ROOSEVELT YOUTH CENTER AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM Hempstead Town Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby (standing, center) recently attended the official grand opening of the I Support Roosevelt Youth Center Volunteer After-School Program held at the center in Roosevelt. The Volunteer After-School Program includes tutoring, self-defense classes, computer lab, and crisis counseling. Also pictured are Freeport Village Mayor Andrew Hardwick, Mount Sinai Baptist Church Cathedral Trustee Board Chairman and Advisory Board Member Jim Hodges, Deacon Board Chairman and Advisory Board Member Aaron Scott, Jr., Trustee and Advisory Board Member Leonard Yates, Board Member Deacon David Alves, Tutoring Supervisor Evangelist Sandra Gales, Veteran Social Studies teacher Dianne Robinson, Florence Simmons, Terry De Mendonca, Carol Gordon, Fred Simmons, Crisis Counseling Center Supervisor Brett Scudder, the Ferguson brothers and many more volunteers and supporters of the program.

Harlem churches see gospel tourist boom on Sundays NEW YORK (AP) -- The stern warning issued from the pulpit was directed at the tourists -- most of whom had arrived late -- a sea of white faces with guidebooks in hand. They outnumbered the congregation itself: a handful of elderly black men and women wearing suits and dresses and old-fashioned pillbox hats. "We're hoping that you will remain in place during the preaching of the Gospel," a church member said over the microphone at this Harlem church on a recent Sunday morning. "But if you have to go, go now. Go before the preacher stands to preach." No one left then. But halfway through the sermon, a group of French girls made their way toward the velvet ropes that blocked the exit. An usher shook his head firmly, but they ignored him and walked out. The clash between tourists and congregants plays out every Sunday at Mother African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, the oldest black church in New York state. It's one of many Harlem churches that have become tourist attractions for visitors from all over the world who want to listen to soulful gospel music at a black church service. With a record number of tourists descending upon New York City last year, the crowds of foreigners are becoming a source of irritation among faithful churchgoers. To preserve the sanctity of the service, pastors struggle to enforce NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

strict rules of conduct. But the reality is that these visitors are often filling church pews that would otherwise remain empty -- and filling the collection basket with precious dollar bills. "Our building is in need of repair," church member Paul Henderson said after the service. "We need assistance. They're helping to sustain us." The rules are simple enough: No photography, no flip-flops, no exiting during the sermon. They are printed on pamphlets and multilingual signs and announced at the start of every service. But they are often ignored. Ushers roamed the pews like security guards, stopping more than one person from filming on digital cameras. "I understand that you're visiting and you want to have a memory of it," said Carlos Smith-Ramsay, who joined the church several years ago. "But when we ask you to stop and you continue to do so after the fact, that's disrespectful." Some pastors quietly manage the crowds by requiring a written confirmation of guests from tour operators, refusing walk-in visitors. Some churches provide assigned seating for tourists, while others demand a list specifying which countries the tourists are from and whether they speak English. And still more forbid the tour companies from advertising which churches are on the tour in hopes of curbing the number of unwanted visitors. The Rev. Gregory Robeson Smith, Mother AME Zion's pastor, (Continued on page 71)




From the Desk of Mayor Hall This time of year, I often find myself counting down the days before spring arrives. Meanwhile, the considerably less appealing time of year known as tax season is well upon us. But it need not be a season of discontent. The IRS provides a safe and fast way to file your taxes on the internet using e-file. Taxpayers who earned $57,000 or less in 2011 qualify for Free File, offering brand name tax software at no charge. Visit for more information. You will find a wide range of free tax-help services designed to help you navigate the filing process with ease. The filing season deadline for 2012 is Tuesday, April 17. If you haven’t filed already, I urge you to do so as soon as possible. By filing early you can avoid the stresses that result from rushing at the last minute, and it may mean an early refund if you are due money back. Putting it off, on the other hand, can increase your risk of making an error and incurring a late filing or payment penalty. In your haste, you may also overlook potential sources of tax savings. If you opt to have your taxes prepared by a professional, beware of offers that promise an instant refund. It’s certainly nice to get your money back quickly, but a refund anticipation loan only speeds up the refund process by a few days. It also entitles a tax preparer to a portion of the money you’ve worked hard for. These short-term loans often carry exorbitant interest rates and are aggressively marketed to low-income families. Under my administration, the Village passed a law aimed at protecting residents from deceptive tax preparation practices. The law requires tax preparation professionals to provide full and clear disclosure regarding refund anticipation loans. The Village law goes further than a similar law passed by Nassau County, in that it mandates Village tax preparers to advertise fees in both English and Spanish. Tax preparers who fail to comply will face stiff fines.

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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

If you have any questions about your return, help is available on the IRS website ( and via its toll-free assistance line at (800) 829-1040. Paying taxes helps ensure that vital services are delivered efficiently, thus helping to maintain and improve the well-being of our community. Community wellbeing – that is, the safety, health and prosperity of every resident – is an area toward which we continue to devote significant energy and attention. As a follow up to my previous columns highlighting the progress we have made regarding the revitalization of downtown Hempstead, it is clear that one of the priorities of our community is the assurance of job and career opportunities for local Hempstead residents. A number of individuals voiced this concern at the recent public hearing that resulted in the unanimous approval of the Master Development Agreement with Renaissance Downtowns-UrbanAmerica. I agree wholeheartedly that the redevelopment of our Village must include significant job creation for Village residents. Renaissance team members and I are working together to create a Community Benefits Agreement that will ensure local job creation. The development team has been very willing to work with Village Hall and community members to make sure this promise becomes a reality. 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


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






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than 644,458 properties were lingering in bank ownership at the end of January, but even more — some 710,725 — were coming down the foreclosure pipeline, according to RealtyTrac, a real estate and foreclosure analysis firm. In addition, states and municipalities have grown more aggressive in the last few months in trying to force banks to maintain foreclosed properties, which have become blights on neighborhoods from coast to coast. Last month, lawmakers in Florida and courts in New York considered new ways to require lenders to alter loans to keep people in their

When the housing bubble burst almost six years ago, millions of Americans were forced to vacate their homes within months of defaulting, in a system that worked like an eviction mill, often resulting in vandalized properties and bitter feelings between banks and borrowers. Since then, the average time it takes to complete a foreclosure has nearly tripled nationwide, from four months in 2007 to about a year at the end of 2011, according to RealtyTrac, with the slowdown most evident in some of the hardesthit states, including California, Florida and Illinois. Homeown-

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payment in 40 months. American Home Mortgage Servicing, the loan processor, has not taken steps to evict her and is working on a third attempt at a loan modification. The company is also paying insurance on her little house with the blue aluminum siding near downtown Orlando. They talk every week. “Our whole philosophy is that it’s beneficial to keep people in their homes — better for the consumer, the investors, and for us,” said Philippa Brown, the vice president for corporate communications at American Home Mortgage Servicing. “Our job is to work

Lenders increasingly allow the foreclosed to stay No payment, no problem as time and money required to evict owners increases ORLANDO, Fla. — Forced by the harsh realities of the real estate market, lenders are increasingly likely to allow defaulting owners to remain in their homes — a change in attitude and strategy that is helping to buoy some neighborhoods while further slowing the nation’s foreclosure process. Some lenders are now willing to make deals with owners to let them stay after defaulting, offering to pay home insurance, for example, while the resident pays for utilities. Other lenders simply look the other way, quietly putting off foreclosure sale dates, knowing that the costs of the ordeal probably exceed the diminishing value of the properties. The evolution in thinking was perhaps inevitable, experts say. Across the country, more NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

homes or complete foreclosures more quickly. “Under normal circumstances, the banks would be able to cover the cost of maintenance, upkeep and property taxes by just reselling the property, but these are desperate times, and banks are resorting to somewhat desperate measures in some cases,” said Daren Blomquist, a vice president at RealtyTrac, a real estate analysis firm. “It is more of a factor now because property values have come down and will not cover all these costs when the banks resell the property, if they can resell the property.”

ers in Florida who default can now expect to wait more than two years in legal limbo, the one big upside being the opportunity to remain at home without paying for it. As a result, the relationship between many borrowers and lenders is softening from outright animosity to something that more resembles a détente. Michelle Murray-Clark is one of the beneficiaries — or so she calls herself on a good day. A grocery clerk who found work last month after three years of unemployment, Ms. MurrayClark has not made a mortgage

with homeowners who are experiencing hardship and find ways that will keep them in their homes. We’re open to new ways of doing things.” Guy D. Cecala, the publisher of Inside Mortgage Finance, an industry newsletter, explained: “Are you better off leaving a defaulted borrower in there if they’re at least maintaining the property? A lot of times, the answer is yes.” Many wonder why it has taken the banks and loan servicers so long to adapt. Andrae Bailey, executive director of the Community Food and Out(Continued on page 24)





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Use Voter Aggression Against Voter Suppression by Khayyam E. Ali

Voter suppression is sweeping the country. In a desperate attempt to hoodwink the presidency away from President Obama, 31 states in Republican dominated legislatures have introduced legislation which will prohibit the voting rights of American citizens by implementing new voter ID laws. Frantic over the embarrassing assemblage of Republican candidates for the 2012 presidential election, Conservatives have created a hysteria over the potential of imaginary "voter fraud." So far Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Kansas, Michigan, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin have enacted voter ID laws which will require government approved photo identification as well as doing away with same day registration and shortening early voting periods. The remaining states are aggressively pursuing changes in voting laws to go into effect just in time for NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

the 2012 election.



The new laws are intended to destabilize the voting process by limiting many citizens' right to vote. The new measures could make it immensely difficult for 5 million eligible voters to register to vote unless they have the resources to purchase government issued photo identification. Those most af-

fected by these measures will be: African Americans and other people of color; low-income earners from all backgrounds; the unemployed (14 million); the underemployed; those with disabilities; senior citizens; and students. Obtaining government issued ID cost money and requires taking time off from work or other responsibilities. Clearly this is an attack on the poor as well as those who have historically

shed their blood, sweat, and tears for the right to vote and is intended to disenfranchise them from the political process. Instead of pushing for laws which will encourage and enable all citizens the ability to exercise their hard earned suffrage (right to vote), Republicans are seeking to enforce a backlash against the historical efforts of enfran-

chisement. In 1965, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led several historical marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama which resulted in Congress passing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Almost a half-century later, motivated by his moral sense of justice, the Reverend Al Sharpton has reconstructed those marches as he leads protesters from Selma to Montgomery against this modern day

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attempt to recoil history through voter suppression. It should be noted that no voting changes were made in the year 2000 following the presidential election controversy in Florida (or should I say thievery) when the United States Supreme Court stopped a justifiable recount of votes due to political fraud and the evident deprivation of voters' rights. They then declared George Bush the winner in Florida, accordingly giving (or giftwrapping) the presidency to him resulting in the worst 8 years this country has seen since the Great Depression of 1929. Sharpton responded to this by saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothing was done then because a Black man didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get in office. The 2008 election brought out all kinds of people and all races. The right simply wants to prevent that from (Continued on page 56)




smuhammad comments: Mr. Ali you've done it again! Another fact filled, gem of an article! I had no clue about this sister! We only learned about Ms. Rosa Parks and there was never any hint to anyone else! Thanks for this great article! Lisa Pagan comments: The story about the Class Project was very informative and presented a well balanced view about preparing students at an early age for college. That is what our schools should be doing, preparing students by middle school for the cost and course of upper education. Larry James comments: Excellent atrticle about the class project. Sure wish my teachers gave me a project like this before I made the wrong decisions about which college to attend. Donna Jenkins comments: Very courageous of you Mr. Ali to write a piece pointing out the pitfuls going to college can lead to if one is not careful. Good info that is very much needed. Henry Adams comments: Stunning research and perspective in the article, What do you want to be when you grow up. College is a good option, but not the only option. And you are so right, my brother, if only 1 out of 4 people have a degree, the other 3 people are NOT FAILURES! Thank you. Mustafa Shabazz comments: I went to college and have 2 degrees (BA & MA) and after 10 years working in a major corporation, I realized that college conditioned me only to work for someone else. It was then that I went into business (over 15 years). Just writing to say to Mr. Ali thank you for this piece. It's about time someone wrote it. Wallace Garrision comments: First time reader. Was told to read an article called, Class Project... Wish this was written when I was a student. I have a Bachelor's Degree in political science. But I work with the MTA, because there were few jobs in my field and MTA pays much more. I'm still paying for student loans 16 years later. Had I read this before majoring in the WRONG Field I would not had to take over &70,000 in student loans and would not still be in debt. College is good, but students need this kind of information before making a decision. Can't wait till next week's piece. Sam Wasserman comments: You call yourself an educator. What kind of educator tells students that college is not their only option. It is educators like you, Mr Ali who cause your people to fail and your students to continue to be dropouts who end up on the streets committing crimes that destroy this country for the Good Folks! Carmen Rogers comments: You should not be pointing out the bad statistics about going to college, Mr. Ali. Your article though well written will give many students the excuses they seek for not going to college. We have struggled to long for the opportuniy to go to college, and I believe all students must go to college to be successful. Rahim Isaac comments: The truth speaks again. Brotha Ali, your Class Project article speaks the truth. That's just what our children near to hear. Not just the parts adults want to give them, but the whole truth. Thanks, Brotha for giving all of us just that.


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Terrence Allen comments: Very timely piece on the class project, Brother Ali. All students and parents should take note and do this project while their children are young. (Continued from page 21)

reach Center in Orlando, said, “We are seeing lenders start to work with families in a way that would have made sense in 2008.” But he worries that because so many neighborhoods have already deteriorated, “it’s too little too late.” These days, some banks announce their willingness to compromise to keep houses occupied. Vickee Adams, a spokeswoman in the home mortgage division of Wells Fargo, said, “To the point of folks remaining in their homes, there is a benefit to keeping a community active with residents.” Other lenders are often reluctant to discuss such arrangements because of questions of fairness that are inevitably raised: why should defaulting homeowners get a break? The slowing of a process that was widely seen as out of control has been a welcome relief to many borrowers who are likely to be in economic distress as a result of long-term unemployment or underemployment, experts say. But interviews with several homeowners who have had lengthy stays in their homes after defaulting show that the impact on their lives is both a blessing and a curse. “Sometimes I wake up in a foul mood,” said Ms. Murray-Clark, 52. “The mortgage company, they say, ‘We’re going to work with you,’ so I stop packing. Then they say, ‘Sorry, it didn’t work,’ and I start packing. Then they say, ‘Let’s try again!’ And I stop packing.” “I know that this is way long for anybody to be in their house,” she said. But every day, questions nag: Should she save her first paycheck to pay for movers, or should she make repairs to the roof? If the latest attempt at a loan modification comes through, how will she pay for the accumulated interest and penalties? “It’s very tense, because I don’t know what’s going to happen,” she said. Judith Fox, a law professor who directs the Economic Justice Project at the Notre Dame Law Center in South Bend, Ind., has changed the advice she gives defaulting clients. “Three or four years ago, I would always tell clients, ‘You have three or four months to get yourself together,’ ” she said. “Now I tell folks, even if they’ve been foreclosed, ‘Just stay put, because it could be years before anything happens.’ ” One of Ms. Fox’s clients is Nicholas Cline, 35, a construction worker who fell behind on his mortgage payments in 2009. (He thought he had modified his loan, but the company he was working with has since pleaded guilty to criminal fraud.) The bank that holds Mr. Cline’s mortgage has left him alone, he said. No letters, no calls, no hassles. “But now that it’s going on three years, what do you do?” Mr. Cline said. “I am living in my house. But the stress of this, not knowing what’s going to happen or when, it’s an unbelievable burden on your mind.” In New York, the time to complete a foreclosure has almost quadrupled, from 263 days in 2007 to 1,019 days in 2011. Abraham Kleinman, a lawyer in Uniondale who represents homeowners fighting foreclosure, said he counseled a client who felt guilty about remaining in his home so long after defaulting. “He says to himself, ‘I’m sitting here rent free, it can’t go on forever,’ ” Mr. Kleinman said. “But the plaintiff has not been aggressive. As near as I can tell, they’ve put this to the side.” PAGE 24



Stephen R. Acevedo It has been a few years since iconic artist Mos Def called out hip-hop titans Lil Wayne and Jay Z to a group battle – a challenge that has yet to be answered. The event, described by Def in his interview with Angie Martinez of HOT.97, was sure to shock the hip-hop world. Unfortunately however, Def’s proposal fell on deaf ears and soon was forgotten altogether. As an avid listener of hiphop, this event can only seem to bring benefit to the genre of music that has lately been criticized by listeners and artists alike. Hip-hop is without a doubt standing on a graveyard of quicksand, and even with young talented rising artists such as J. Cole, the genre could use a rope.

Mos Definitely a Good Idea 'Sleeping Mexican' mural proposal in South Texas draws protests

Def’s proposal is just the major influence hip-hop needs to get itself off the rocky road. According to Def, the event would have taken place in New Orleans on December 30th or 31st, and would have wagered a pot for ten million big ones, with half of the proceeds going towards charity. The hip-hop spectacle would have consisted of five segments: Battle of the Marching Bands, Battle of the DJ’s, Battle of the Break Dancers, Battle of the Beats, and finally, a five man team rap battle, each with its own captain. Def insisted he be his team’s captain, and recommended his crew consist of Black Thought, MF Doom, Jay Electronica, and Nas (um… where’s Talib Kweli?). Either Jay or Wayne could be

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the opposing team’s captain, Def suggested. For whatever caused Def’s beef, the idea behind it is one to consider. An event of this stature would hopefully pull hip-hop out from its negative stigma, and bring a bit of old school flavor back to the game. All while raising money towards the damage done by Hurricane Katrina. If I were an influential name in hip-hop, young or old, I would definitely consider an event of this magnitude. Rap artists need to move past their differences and need to direct their motivational presence to a larger cause, specifically in preserving the music that has moved and revolutionized modern society.

By NBC News and news services SAN ANTONIO, Texas - A proposed mural of a sleeping, sombrero-topped Mexican man has created a cultural minefield in South Texas, where supporters say it's a tribute to a classic image and opponents say it's offensive. The image of a man sleeping with his back against a wall, knees against his chest and hat covering his face, has been floated as part of a proposed mural honoring San Antonio's first drive-in theater. "Latinos are not asleep. We are on the march," said Gabriel Velasquez, a former member of the city's arts advisory board who was removed after pointing out the images earlier this week. "We must be portrayed as awake and active and leaders, not as being asleep at noon every day." The effort in one of the state's largest cities, which is more than 60 percent Hispanic, demonstrates a growing clash in the United States between efforts to preserve and record history and the fight against honoring racist imagery. In San Antonio, the issue has degenerated into allegations of racism and cultural insensitivity over the images, which appeared on the wall of the theater when it was built in 1947. "You have got to be kidding me," prominent San Antonio artist Jesse Trevino said when he was invited to submit a bid to help create the mural. "I have been fighting this all my life by trying my best to portray the positive images of Mexican Americans." Also on the walls of the original Mission Drive-In Theater was an image of a Mexican man wearing a sombrero and leading a burro, which some artists say is outdated and should also be ignored. "Mexican-American children around here have never seen a NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

burro," Velasquez said. "They don't know what a burro is." At a protest Monday, Trevino said the images might have been acceptable back when the mural was painted, but to recreate it would not depict the community today, NBC station WOAI reported. “It presents a negative image and stigma of the South Side community,” T.C. Calvert, who opposes recreation of the mural told WOAI. City officials sent out the photograph of the original theater in its request for artist proposals, but say they haven't decided or directed anyone to paint the "Sleeping Mexican" or the burro into the mural. They say they are trying to balance a 21st century sensibility with the need for historic preservation and an accurate portrayal of historically valuable images. But they stress that the photograph distributed to artists is only an example, and the final mural won't include those two images if the public doesn't want them. (Continued on page 36)





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Worthy of Our Dreams by Lindamichellebaron

I am a poet. That has been my definition of who I am. My poetry has been called many things, some positive, some negative: songlike, lyrical, pedantic, jingoist, dogmatic or fun, among other terms. I don’t care my poetry is called. I am a poet. Not only do I define myself as a poet, I bring my world into focus through my poetry. I will not let those who devalue my self-expression, my creativity, my art form, determine its value. Poetry brings me too much joy. It embodies too much of me to throw it away. I choose to listen to those who love what I do and let the others become background noise, but not distractions. It is my belief in it, it is my love of it and my belief that I deserved to do, embrace and be embraced by what I love, that keeps me going. I believe I am worth having, doing and being what I love. Sounds convoluted, but many of us don’t believe we deserve joy, light and sunshine. When the sun shines, we insist that it is shining today only to prepare for tomorrow’s rainstorm. Well, in my world, the sun is on! We give away our power to an assortment of others. We give our power to others who love us and also to some who don’t. Sometimes love wants to protect us, to “euphemize” us and in doing so, love creates euphemisms that present a false reality. Those who love us and we ourselves honestly don’t look at the woman—or the man—in the mirror. So, instead of looking at who we are honestly Dr. Lindamichelle Baron and embracing that person through self-exploration and spiritual and emotional awareness, we hide behind softer, less abrasive visions of ourselves. As an example I’d like to point to my complicated relationship with my hair. My hair became my nemesis as a child, but it also became my reality check. In a world where light complexioned with straight hair (so-called “good hair”) back in the day had value and privilege, I was able to keep it real. My hair grounded me into my “coloredness.” So, now, no matter how I wear my hair, images and reflections, references and notations about my hair at every stage of my life are woven into my poems: “Hair Prayer,” “Hair Tears,” “Brownish Sandy Cotton Candy,” among others. I once said: Pay attention to our lives. Think, reflect and visualize what our dreams really are. Envision what route we will choose to travel to achieve our dreams. Aim towards achieving clarity and to know that clarity changes with time and experience. In short, become conscious and aware livers of our lives. Part of that quote isn’t true…”to envision what route we will choose to travel to achieve our dreams.” The truth is that sometimes our dreams find us. They take us all over the place. We have to take what we can, as we travel through the maize, so that the journey begins to inform our dreams. Then, when our dreams reveal themselves, we have to find ourselves worthy of our dreams.





· Adjust Your Bicycle to Fit. Stand over your bicycle. There should be 1 to 2 inches between you and the top tube Q. My son was knocked (bar). The seat should be level off of his bike last summer by front to back. The seat height a distracted driver. He was wearing his helmet but still bumped his head and scraped the skin off of his legs. I thought he was safe. Please warn parents of the dangers of bike riding and how to be safe! My son was lucky that the car was not going fast!


A. As the weather warms up, we will see more and more children riding their bikes. I always cringe when I see kids riding fast and weaving through traffic without helmets or knee pads. Parents need to be diligent about watching their kids while they ride bikes. According to the experts at website, every year, about 300,000 kids go to the emergency department because of bike injuries, and at least 10,000 kids have injuries that require a few days in the hospital. Some of these injuries are so serious that children die, usually from head injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at cautions: Bicycle riding is fun, healthy, and a great way to be independent. But it is important to remember that a bicycle is not a toy; it’s a vehicle! They make the following recommendations: · Wear a Properly Fitted Bicycle Helmet. Protect your brain, save your life. Fasten the straps and make sure it fits! Keep helmet in good condition! Elbow guards and knee pads are essential for little children. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

that reflects light, such as reflective tape or markings, or flashing lights. Remember, just because you can see a driver doesn’t mean the driver can see you.

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allow young children to ride at night! If you have to ride at night, make sure you have reflectors on the front and rear of your bicycle. · Restrict Where Your Children Ride! Young children need supervision and limits. Don’t allow them to just roam the neighborhood out of your sight. Make them stay on your street where you can monitor their behaviors on their bikes. Many bicycle-related crashes resulting in injury or death are associated with the bicyclist’s behavior, including such things as not riding into a street without stopping, turning left or swerving into traffic that is coming from behind, running a stop sign, and riding the wrong way in traffic. For more information about bike safety, visit http:// out/bike_safety.html#. Be Safe!

should be adjusted to allow a slight bend at the knee when the leg is fully extended. The handlebar height should be at the same level with the seat. · Check Your Equipment. Before riding, inflate tires properly, check that your brakes work, check that your chains are working and nothing is loose.

· Control Your Bicycle. Always ride with at least one hand on the handlebars. Carry books and other items in a bicycle carrier or backpack.

· Watch for and Avoid Road Hazards. Be on the lookout for hazards such as potholes, broken glass, gravel, puddles, leaves, and dogs. All these hazards can cause a crash. If you are riding with · See and Be Seen. friends and you are in the lead, Whether daytime or at night, yell out and point to the hazard you need to be seen by others. to alert the riders behind you. Wearing white has not been shown to make you more visi· Avoid Riding at Night. ble. Rather, always wear neon, It is far more dangerous to ride fluorescent, or other bright at night than during the day colors when riding day or because you are harder for othnight. Also wear something ers to see. Parents should not

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 children’s book, They Say I Have ADHD I Say Life Sucks! Thoughts From Nicholas and co-author of the book 365 Ways to Succeed With ADHD both available at 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 contact her at or by visiting her website at PAGE 29



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FREEPORT'S MODULE FAIR A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS Over 60 teachers and educational administrators from across Long Island attended the March 3 Module Fair at Freeport High School to discuss and share ideas regarding the new Common Core Learning Standards developed by the state. The Common Core Standards emphasize the increased use of reading, writing and media, and suggest that education professionals utilize pre-AP style questions that require higher level thinking skills and a deeper understanding of a unit of study, rather than the "short answer" test assessments used in the past. According to the Common Core State Standards, students who meet the standards readily undertake the close, attentive reading that is at the heart of understanding and enjoying complex works of literature. "They habitually perform the critical reading necessary to pick carefully through the staggering amount of information available today in print and digitally," the Core Standards guide explains. "They actively seek the wide, deep, and thoughtful engagement with high-quality literary and informational texts that builds knowledge, enlarges experience, and broadens worldviews."

(Levittown) MacArthur High School social studies teacher Kerry Schaefer attended the Freeport Module Fair on March 3.

"I personally am very excited about the Common Core," said Dr. Wafa Westervelt, Freeport's Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum. "I feel and believe that we're going to go back to teaching the way it was more than 15 years ago, and that is having a more comprehensive viewpoint of what it is that we need to teach children and how we go about teaching it."

Freeport English Dept. Chair Andrea Kane discusses Common Core State Standards with guests on hand.

Freeport student Symantha Wilson welcomes guests to the Freeport Module Fair.





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Freeport Students Stage Black History Month Variety Revue Freeport students from every school in the district staged a variety program in the high school auditorium as part of their unified culmination of Black History Month. This multifaceted evening revue, called “Celebrating the African American Impact on Our World,” showcased the scope of their talent and the measure of their in-school training. After the formal introductions, the grass-skirted Archer Street Dance Team was first to perform. Bayview Avenue followed with a series of biographical sketches called “Still Life in Action,” which paid tribute to the deeds of world-changing African Americans. One highlight of these interstitial portraits was a surprise guest vocal solo by District Coordinator of the Arts Anne-Marie Hudley Simmons, who portrayed contralto Marian Anderson. High school student Isaac Zellner’s tribute to Alvin Ailey was another showstopper.

Freeport student Isaac Zellner paid homage to Alvin Ailey during the “Celebrating the African American Impact on Our World” con-

Columbus Avenue School students performed via pre-recorded DVD, followed by lively musical numbers from third graders of New Visions and Leo F. Giblyn Schools. The Select Chorale from J.W. Dodd Middle School then sweetly serenaded the audience, after which the Atkinson School’s 21st Century Dance Class rocked the house with a lively mix. The show reached its apex with the pitchperfect harmony of the Freeport High School Senior Select Chorale singing the spiritual “Soon Ah Will Be Done.”

cert. The Freeport High School Senior Select Chorale, directed by Monique Retzlaff, performed the finale of a districtwide concert celebrating Black History Month.

The Archer Street School Dance Team performed in a districtwide concert celebrating Black History Month in Freeport.


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Hempstead High School Campus Students Scout Professions Students learn about a host of careers during their school’s Career Week High school students in the Hempstead School District were given the opportunity to learn about a host of career opportunities in February during their school’s Career Week. At the College Preparatory Academy for Business and Law, Celebrity Chef Nilka Hendricks, Village of Hempstead Police Department detectives, and medical practitioners Dr. John “The Rapping Doctor” Clarke and Dr. Michele Reed visited teacher Vanessa Senior’s class to discuss their background and occupation with students. Along with networking with the professionals, the Hempstead teens were also able to participate in a question and answer session with each speaker. The visits were also part of an annual Career Project in the school’s Read 180 Program curriculum, which requires students to conduct research about different careers, and write a report about their discoveries. At the Helping Youth Pursue Excellence (HYPE) Academy, guest speakers including lawyers, investment bankers, and teachers visited teacher Mishka Fox’s class to speak with students about the educational and career opportunities that are available to them after they complete their high school education. The weeklong program culminated with a special Men’s Breakfast, where students networked with the professionals, as well as learned how to properly tie a necktie.

Caption: Hempstead High School Campus student Celita Sandoval became more knowledgeable about healthy foods after she prepared a whole wheat spinach panini with Celebrity Chef Nilka Hendricks.

Caption: Hempstead High School Campus students participated in a question and answer session with Dr. John “The Rapping Doctor” Clarke during Career Week. Clarke uses rap lyrics to educate students about health awareness.

Caption: Hempstead High School Campus student Tyesha Richardson prepared a fruit smoothie with Celebrity Chef Nilka Hendricks during Career Week.

Caption: Helping Youth Pursue Excellence (HYPE) Academy in Hempstead hosted Career Week in February. Guest speakers including real estate investor Chad Murray, right, spoke to students about their educational backgrounds and careers.





Hempstead High School Campus Students Attend Governor’s Address Senior Academy students attend Governor’s Executive Budget and Reform Plan presentation Hempstead High School Campus students were able to expand their knowledge about the upcoming government, education and financial plans for the state on February 2, 2012 as special guests during Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2012-2013 Executive Budget and Reform Plan presentation.
 During the event, which was held in the Madison Theatre at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, 19 Senior Academy students sat in the front section alongside many Nassau County elected officials, and listened to the governor outline his proposal to, among other things, cut wasteful spending, create jobs, rebuild infrastructure, and implement education reform statewide to ensure that students are top priority.
 The field trip gave the students the opportunity to learn about the many ways they can remained informed about the future of the state, as well as the ways they can help to improve the quality of life for all New York residents. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia Garcia, Senior Academy Interim Principal Dr. Johnetta Hill and Senior Academy history teacher Mrs. Taylor attended the presentation with the students. To help inform the Hempstead community about what they learned during this unique field trip, Class of 2012 Valedictorian Jocelyn SolisMoreira, Salutatorian Jacqueline Fleuriscar and President Patonia Guerra discussed highlights from the governor’s presentation during the Hempstead Board of Education’s monthly meeting on February 16, 2012. The Hempstead Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia Garcia commend these Senior Academy students for representing the Hempstead School District with such distinction during this important government event.

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Cuomo’s 2012-2013 Executive Budget and Reform Plan presentation at Molloy College in Rockville Centre in February. Standing with the students is Senior Academy Interim Principal Dr. Johnetta Hill, right, and Senior Academy history teacher Mrs. Taylor, second from left. Caption: Hempstead High School Campus Senior Academy Interim Principal Dr. Johnetta Hill, Hempstead School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia Garcia, second from left, Hempstead High School Campus Class of 2012 Salutatorian Jacqueline Fleuriscar and Valedictorian Jocelyn Solis-Moreira, right, were all smiles while attending Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2012-2013 Executive Budget and Reform Plan presentation. Caption: Hempstead High School Campus Class of 2012 Valedictorian Jocelyn SolisMoreira, center, Salutatorian Jacqueline Fleuriscar and President Patonia Guerra, right, discussed important highlights from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 20122013 Executive Budget and Reform Plan presentation during the Hempstead Board of Education’s meeting on February 16, 2012.

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Hempstead Schools Celebrate Black History Month Students honor the life, work and legacy of prominent African-Americans Students in the Hempstead School District paid tribute to the life, work and important contributions of prominent African-Americans in February as part of the district’s recognition of Black History Month. The celebrations, which gave each student the opportunity to complete a research project about a notable figure in African-American history, featured musical, dance and theatrical performances, as well as motivational speakers. The district’s recognition of Black History Month will continue throughout March. Alverta B. Gray Schultz Middle School Photo:

Hempstead Pre-K School Photo: Caption: In celebration of Black History Month, Hempstead Pre-Kindergarten School students paid tribute to the life and work of President Barack Obama.

Caption: Alverta B. Gray Schutlz Middle School in Hempstead students were all smiles while watching the musical “Rosa’s Ride,” which told the story of AfricanAmerican civil rights activist Rosa Parks. The school hosted a presentation of the musical in celebration of Black History Month.

Jackson Main School Photo: Caption: With help from professional musician Napoleon Revels-Bey, center, Jackson Main School in Hempstead students learned how to play percussion instruments during the school’s Black History Month Assembly.

Fulton School Photo: Caption: Led by members of Nubian Gents and Feminine Fire, Fulton School in Hempstead students participated in a Black History Month Assembly that featured stepping, dancing, singing and inspirational messages.


Marshall School Photo: Caption: Marshall School in Hempstead students learned how to play a steel drum and other instruments, as well as learned about the importance of racial harmony, respect for the earth, and teamwork during the school’s “One Love” Pajama Party. The event was held in celebration of Black History Month. PAGE 34



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Jackson Annex Read Across America Day Jackson Annex 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 Cat in the Hat Comes back” to Darlene Homere’s and Andrea Aniskewicz’s 3rd grade class.

Princeton Minority Youth Leadership Academy Focuses on Achievement -- This year's At the Well Young Women's Leadership Academy will be held on August 12-24, 2012 at the Carl Field Center at Princeton University -New York, NY (March 7, 2012) -- One of the only Ivy League summer leadership academies for minority students is set on improving SAT test and math scores during the At the Well Young Women's Leadership Academy at Princeton University. The academic achievement gap between minority teen students and their white counterparts prompted Jacqueline B. Glass, founder of the academy through her non-profit organization, At the Well Conferences, Inc., to create the twoweek program. According to Glass, "The U. S. Department of Education statistics state African Americans account for about 13% of the entire college enrollment. The low performance of African-American students in math and on SAT scores is alarming. Our program addresses these issues headon." The Academy held its first session in 2011 and included speakers NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

from Johnson & Johnson, Goldman Sachs, and St. John's University to name a few. Instructors feature Princeton University faculty along with leaders from the business community. The program is geared towards minority girls in underserved communities entering the tenth, eleventh or twelfth grades of high school. It features overnight boarding and focuses on critical thinking, problem solving, self-confidence, personal growth, essay writing, math, and SAT test prep courses. The onsite environment offers the opportunity for students to experience a college setting. For many of the participants who attend, it is their first visit to an Ivy League campus. Many of the attendees originate from backgrounds where finances are scare; therefore, scholarships are made available to students through generous donations and sponsorships. More than 90% of the students in 2011 required some form of financial aid. Gabrielle DeAnna Robinson, a 2011 graduate praised the experience. She states, "The Academy was an amazing experience! I have learned so much about leadership and entrepreneurship. The classes taught me how to be a better writer and test taker." This year's event will be held (Continued on page 36)




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"We are not articulating what actual components of the mural need to be applied," said Felix Padron, the city's Director of Arts and Cultural Affairs. "We will engage the community in a dialogue to see what would be appropriate to apply as to the content of the mural." The two images were removed from the building in the 1960s, around the time the Raza Chicano movement began to build steam and protest the negative portrayal of Mexican Americans. Padron said the image released by the city of the original theater, which was torn down in 2008, included the two images because the city wanted to hire artists who could recreate the art deco feel and color of the original theater. The mission was a landmark for decades on the almost entirely Hispanic south side of this city, which was once the capital of the Mexican province of Tejas y Coahuila and still prominently touts its Mexican culture and history in tourism promotions. The struggle to balance history with modern day sensitivities is an increasingly difficult one, says Lisa Wade, a professor of sociology at Occidental University in California and an expert on the evolution of images. Once a common sight on roadside souvenir stands The so-called "Sleeping Mexican" image was created for 1940s era travel brochures and billboards, to promote a then-sparsely populated southwestern United States which included ethnic groups and cultures that were foreign and exotic to many Americans. It was a common sight on advertisements and roadside souvenir stands through the sixties until changing sensitivities in the 1970s raised awareness of its unflattering portrayal of Mexicans as being lazy. The same issue arose recently on an episode of Hispanic comedian George Lopez' television show, in his neighbor had erected a "Sleeping Mexican" statue in his yard. Wade says it's an issue America is dealing with more and more, from the discovery of long-forgotten "Whites only" drinking fountains in southern buildings to advertising that was commonplace in the days of "Mad Men," but is offensive today. "Even if the images themselves seem historical, the stereotype that Mexicans are lazy is still a very strong stereotype in the United States," Wade said. "It in fact contributes to the idea that they don't work hard as immigrants."

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on August 12-24, 2012 at the Carl Field Center. According to Princeton University, this unique building provides training, social and cultural programs, and educational opportunities that prepare students and others to succeed in a diverse and ever-changing world. The building's four pillars stand for Empowerment, Understanding, Social Justice, and Leadership. The At the Well Young Women's Leadership Academy has found the perfect setting for success. "The Academy seeks to empower young women locally to become effective leaders globally. By promoting excellence in education, these young women will transform their communities," states Ms. Glass. At the Well Conferences, Inc. has been empowering teens through conferences and events since 2009. The Academy is now accepting applications for the 2012 class. For more information,





INTERVIEW: Kerry Washington Talks "A Thousand Words" About Her Newest Film With Eddie Murphy Nationwide (March 4, 2012) -- Born in the Bronx on January 31, 1977, Kerry Washington attended the Spence School and graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from George Washington University. After making an impressive film debut in Our Song in 2000, she went on to win the NAACP Image Award just five years later for playing Ray Charles' wife, Della, opposite Jamie Foxx in Ray. She will again be paired with Jamie as his spouse in Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino's revenge flick about slavery in the ante bellum South. Over the course of her meteoric rise in Hollywood, Kerry has proved to be a versatile thespian by virtue of an impressive list of credits that includes memorable performances in Mother and Child, Night Catches Us, For Colored Girls, The Last King of Scotland, The Dead Girl and Lakeview Terrace. She has also co-starred in Fantastic Four and its sequel, Rise of the Silver Surfer, Miracle at St. Anna, I Think I Love My Wife, Little Man, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, She Hate Me, Against the Ropes, The Human Stain and Save the Last Dance. On the small screen, Kerry is set to play the lead role of Olivia Pope on Scandal, a dramatic TV-series premiering on ABC in April. Here, she talks about her latest film, A Thousand Words, a comedy costarring Eddie Murphy. Kam Williams: Hi Kerry, thanks for the interview. Kerry Washington: Thank you, Kam. How are you? KW: Great! And you? NASSAU COUNTY EDITION


Kerry: Fine, thanks.

Kerry: Oh, fun!

KW: What was it like working with Eddie?

KW: Larry Greenberg says: The name of your character in A Thousand Words seems to be double top secret. I can't find it anywhere at the usual online sources. You're just credited everywhere as "Jack McCall's wife." Will you tell us her name?

Kerry: It was great! It was particularly fun for me because I had worked with so many people who looked up to Eddie who had been inspired to go into the business by him, from Chris

Kerry: Oh, that's weird. I have no idea why that is. Her name is Caroline. I hope the studio didn't have a reason for concealing it because I just let the cat out of the bag.

KW: What interested you in A Thousand Words? Kerry: I really liked the message of the film, as well as the opportunity to work with Eddie Murphy.

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vent the kind of tragedy we all witnessed recently when we mourned the passing of Whitney Houston? Kerry: I'm reluctant to comment about preventing that specifically, since we don't yet know all the details, and because I didn't know Whitney well enough. So, I can't say how we can avoid repeating that particular tragedy. But I will say that, for me, it is important to have friends and family around that I love and trust and who love and trust me. And having a great therapist also helps. KW: Children's book author Irene Smalls asks: What is the next challenge you're taking on in life and as an artist? Kerry: Well, right now, I'm shooting a feature with Quentin Tarantino which is very challenging. KW: Speaking of Django Unchained, Marcia Evans says: Continue making us proud, Sister Kerry. I can't wait to see you in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming film. What can you tell us about the production at this point? Kerry: Unfortunately, I'm not really at liberty to talk about it much. But I will say that it's great to be working with Jamie again.

Rock to Jamie Foxx to the Wayans Brothers. So, it was like finally going to the source. KW: Did you every have trouble keeping a straight face on the set? Kerry: Yeah, he's very funny. But he's also incredibly focused, and takes comedy very seriously, if that makes any sense. [Chuckles] KW: Of course it does. What message do you think people will take away from the movie? Kerry: It's kind of about valuing your words, understanding that what you say has consequences, and that you can't just B.S. your way through life. KW: I have a lot of questions for you from fans.

KW: Attorney Bernadette Beekman asks: if you could go back in time and give yourself at 18 a piece of advice, what would that be? Kerry: It would be: Relax and enjoy the ride. It gets easier. KW: Bernadette also asks: What is your favorite charity? Kerry: Well, I'm on the board of V-Day, which is a global movement to end violence against women. I'm very passionate about that. We have a new campaign called one billion rising. KW: Harriet Pakula Teweles asks: How can our stars and idols avoid the pressure that celebrity brings in order to pre-

KW: Marcia also says: I loved you in Mother and Child and I enjoyed the cover story about you in the March issue of Essence Magazine in which you discuss your future acting projects. Do you have an interest in playing any heroic ancestors, such as Harriet Tubman? Kerry: I do, eventually, although I haven't settled on any specific people yet. There are so many untold stories when it comes to great women of color. Harriet Tubman's definitely a shero, for sure. And I just heard that Regina King is doing Shirley Chisholm, perfect casting, which is another story that has to be told. KW: What would be your dream role? Kerry: Right now my dream role would be to have another (Continued on page 38)




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season on Scandal, which will be debuting on ABC on April 5th, because that has just been a tremendously fulfilling experience, artistically, which I'd love to be able to continue. It's been phenomenal to work with quality of writers I've been exposed to on that project. KW: Marcia is wondering, whether you would consider organizing a legends luncheon, like Oprah did, so elders can share their life lessons with aspiring young sisters? Kerry: I'm not sure that organizing such a function is my role in the community right now, but I'm always happy to participate when somebody else can. [Chuckles] If others weren't already doing it, I might feel the need to fill the void. But, today, for example, I'll be attending Essence Magazine's fantastic "Women in Hollywood" event. I look forward to that every year. And Alfre Woodard hosts a big dinner every year during awards season. So, there are already a number of gatherings centered around women of color who are doing inspiring work. KW: The Sanaa Lathan question: What excites you? Kerry: Sunshine, swimming and home-cooked meals. I'm going to tell Sanaa you asked me her excellent question when I see her later today KW: Can you come up with a good generic question I can use in future interviews? I'll call it the Kerry Washington question. Kerry: Oh, what fun! I love that! How about: If you were an animal, what animal would you be? [Laughs] KW: That's great. That'll be the Kerry Washington question. Now, the Melissa Harris-Perry question: How did your first big heartbreak impact who you are as a person? Kerry: Oh, I love Mel. She's such a smart woman. I think my first big heartbreak made me more compassionate about other people's heartaches. It enabled me to feel more for others when they are in moments of pain. KW: The Judyth Piazza question: What key quality do you believe all successful people share? Kerry: I really don't know whether there is only one, actually. There are many different types of success, so, I don't think the formula can be reduced to just one key quality. KW: Let me finish with four questions from Pastor Alex Kendrick: When do you feel the most content? Kerry: When I'm taking care of myself physically, emotionally and spiritually. KW: What do you wish other people would note about you? Kerry: Nothing. [LOL] KW: What motivates you? Kerry: Wanting to be of service. Not wanting to waste this life that I've been blessed to have. KW: What defines who you are? Kerry: Oh, that changes all the time. KW: Well, thanks again for the time, Kerry, and best of luck with A Thousand Words and with the new TV show. Kerry: It's been nice speaking with you again, Kam.


AUTHOR MICHELE CARLO TO HOST “NO NAME” STORYTELLING SHOWCASE AT WORD UP COMMUNITY BOOKSHOP ON TUESDAY, MARCH 20TH NEW YORK, NY – March 2012 - Author / storyteller Michele Carlo hosts the ” No Name @ Word Up” storytelling showcase at WordUp Community Bookshop in Washington Heights on Tuesday, March 20th beginning at 7:00pm. Carlo, whose acclaimed memoir “Fish Out of Agua: My Life on Neither Side of the (Subway) Tracks” was published by Citadel / Kensington, will be joined by “No Name” host / producer Eric Vetter for the evening which is themed “NEW." Scheduled presenters get eight minutes to “tell” an original story and there will then be a “Magic Hat" where audience members can tell their own three minute new story. WordUp Community Bookshop is located at 4157 Broadway @176th Street. Take the A train to 175th Street. Admission is free and or more information, contact: For “No Name," info, contact (347) 885-3466 /




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ASHA CRITIC AT LARGE Watch: Dr. Boyce Watkins & Dr. Michael Eric Dyson Discuss Accountability in Hip Hop, Who’s At Fault? Thursday Mar 8, 2012 – by Britni Danielle

It’s been nearly 40 years since hip hop burst on the scene and took over the music world to become one of the most popular genre’s in the world. Despite its humble beginnings, the culture has gone global. Although it began as party music and a way for urban youths to share their perspective on the world, it has since become a billion-dollar industry that has had serious affects on young people around the world. While many see hip hop as just art, a means of expression, others see it as a force that has had both very positive and very negative affects on our communities. Recently, Dr. Boyce Watkins and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson debated artist accountability in hip hop. The pair often took opposing views on the matter with Dr. Watkins calling out rappers for their lyrics, and Dr. Dyson defending them.


In his opening, Dr. Watkins that he admits he hates Lil Wayne. He says, “I hate him, because I love him. I hate him because his music is so good, that you can’t help but to like it.” Dr. Watkins goes on to say, “Lil Wayne is possibly the most powerful mega-pastor in America. He’s just preaching the gospel of hatred and self-destruction and kids are just eating it up.” Dr. Dyson, on the other hand, has a different view. Instead of blaming rappers, he’d rather look at the system that continues to cause the problems reflected in hip hop. He told the crowd, “I think we can speak about accountability in very serious, while acknowledging all of the critiques that Professor Watkins expressed here today, and still not throw the baby out with the bath water.”


Westbury, NY - Live Nation is pleased to present Dick Fox's Spring Doo Wop Extravaganza at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Saturday, March 10 at 8 p.m. starring Kenny Vance & The Planotones, Buddy Holly's Original Crickets, The Tymes, Lenny Coco & The Chimes, The Excellents and The Original Brooklyn Reunion featuring the Mystics, The Passions and Emil Stucchio & The Classics. Tickets are $59.50, $49.50 and $39.50. Tickets are also available in a discounted package with the Fall Doo Wop show on Saturday, September 29 at 7 p.m. The discounted package tickets are $37.50 (25% off the reserved $49.50 tickets). Tickets are available online at, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or at t h e W e s t bu r y b o x o f f i c e . F o r mo r e i n f o r ma t i o n , v i s i t For membership visit Kenny Vance & The Planotones will be performing their signature hit, "Looking for an Echo," along with many other Doo Wop classics. A long time member of Jay & The Americans, Kenny Vance first appeared in the film, American Hot Wax, with his fictional band Kenny Vance & The Planotones. In 1992, after leaving Jay & The Americans, Kenny formed the band for real and started touring and performing songs of the 1950s and 1960s as well as their original material. In a career that has spanned nearly five decades and millions of records, The Crickets are unquestionably The American Rock and Roll band. Since the group’s founding in 1957 they have influenced virtually every major rock performer in the United States and abroad – from Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan to the Rolling Stones and the Beatles (whose name was even Crickets-inspired). Their hits “That’ll Be The day,” Peggy Sue,” “Oh Boy,” “Not Fade Away,” “Maybe Baby,” “It’s So Easy,” “I Fought The Law“ and “More Than I Can Say” are bona fide rock classics and considered primary lessons in how rock music should be written, played and enjoyed. As Paul McCartney once put it, “If it wasn’t for the Crickets, there wouldn’t be any Beatles.” PAGE 39



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Apollo to induct Etta James, Lionel Richie into Hall of Fame NEW YORK (AP) -- Singer-songwriter Lionel Richie and the late Etta James will be inducted into the Apollo Theater's hall of fame. The ceremony will be held at the historic Harlem theater on June 4. Richie is a multi-award winning artist who performed with The Commodores at the Apollo in the 1970s. His hits include "Stuck on You" and "Endless Love." James' versatile style included blues, soul, jazz, R&B and rock. She's known for ballads such as "At Last" and "Trust in Me." She performed at the Apollo in 1957 and again in the 1960s. Her last album, "The Dreamer," was released just three months before her death on Jan. 20. She was 73. Past Apollo Legends Hall of Fame inductees include Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin and Patti Labelle.


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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 42



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This announcement of the formation of the Health Initiative Campaign and an ongoing partnership of New Life Magazine Inc., 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc., the Whitney Johnson Foundation, Urologist Doctor Erol Mallett & Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. is to present a platform to improve the quality of health for Long Islanders and encourage early prevention, education, and health care initiatives. “The health disparity gap can be turn around through education, screening, mentoring, training, access, and leadership. Favorable health outcomes are possible utilizing best practices and the joint collaboration of health professionals as well as community resources. Together we can make this happen!” Gloria Gantt RN, BSN, MS “It is important for organizations on Long Island to collaborate to raise awareness and combat at health issues that are prevalent on Long Island. This great milestone is for all organizations on Long Island that are concerned with health care issues”. Phil Andrews, President, 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc. “On November 7th, 2011 the 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc. appointed me to serve as Health & Wellness Chairman to raise awareness of activities that citizens can pursue which lead to healthier lives and combat health disparities. “Health awareness poses a significant challenge for African Americans and all other ethnic cultures of Long Island. This appointment as Health & Wellness Chairman for the 100 is a significant step which is timely and needed to reverse the trends of lack of adequate information which leads to health disparities The 100 Black Men of Long Island is the 2nd oldest chapter of 100 Black Men of America, Inc., and was established in 1974). My advocacy will cover both Nassau & Suffolk Counties. The purpose of the 100 Black Men of Long Island is to improve the quality of life for all people on Long Island, particularly those of African-American heritage; achieve 100 percent equality in all aspects of community life, including the elimination of bigotry and discrimination; defend human and civil rights; and give assistance to members in honorable endeavors". I would like to give special thanks to Phil Andrews the President of the 100 Black Men of Long Island, Award Winning Actor Kevin Byrd” Kevin Byrd 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc. Chairman of Health & Wellness “As an organization of registered professional nurses and nursing students, whose mission is grounded in public service, the Kappa Eta Chapter, Inc. of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. is excited to partner with the 100 Black Men of Long Island and other community groups in order to eliminate healthcare disparities and NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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improve the health outcomes of the citizens of Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Nurses are an invaluable asset with regards to community outreach because our practice includes giving people reliable, useful information about how to protect their health. In presentations at schools, community groups, senior centers, and other venues, we teach proper nutrition, demonstrate effective safety practices, promote early detection of common diseases, provide education on how to care for disabled or ill family members, and inform individuals about other important health issues. Our goal is to make health information easy to understand, so people can take greater control over their well being. As a result of participating in this collaborative effort, Kappa Eta Chapter will continue its legacy of providing meaningful public service to develop healthy Long Island communities”. Angela R. Jourdain MSN, RN, CCRN President, Kappa Eta Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. About: New Life Magazine. New Life Magazine is a holistic health magazine catering to the total fulfillment of health from a biblical perspective. We endorse health initiatives that promote better health of one’s physical, spiritual, social, emotional and economic wellbeing to produce to favorable health outcomes. Our focus is to decrease the health disparity gap in underserved and at risk populations by providing information and community outreach venues such as Health and Wellness Conferences. The Founding Editor and Publisher Gloria Gantt is a Registered Nurse with 23 years experience in community health. About: 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc. Our goal is improving the quality of life on Long Island, and focuses on the Future – Education, Mentoring, Health & Wellness & Economic Empowerment. Health & Wellness is a part of our signature programs. “Adequate healthcare and access to critical information surrounding healthcare issues is an urgent matter and ensures an overall health benefit to the community” Phil Andrews, President – 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc. About: Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. is an organization of registered professional nurses was founded on October 16, 1932 by Aliene C. Ewell with the assistance of eleven registered nurses. For further information on the Health and Wellness Conference and partnership with New Life Magazine Inc., 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc., the Whitney Johnson Foundation, Urologist Doctor Erol Mallett & Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. call 646.243.7771 or by email at Join in collaboration of the Health Initiative Campaign to decrease the health disparity gap in at risk communities on Long Island. PAGE 45



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. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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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 46




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serves immigrants applying for permanent residence, permanent residents applying for citizenship, family reunification, asylum seekers fleeing persecution, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), NACARA visa applications and renewals. For more information, visit their website: FREE TAX PREPARATION at Bethpage Federal Credit Union, IF you earned less than $49,000 during 2011. Several branches have This whirlwind of a wondrous world continues to fly by with the bilingual assistance. Call 1-800-628-7070 for locations. greatest of speed! It seems that I'm thinking of doing something NEXT The Knights of Pythias is holding a benefit 50s, 60s, 70s concert week, and, POOF, next week is here in what seems no time at all. on Saturday, March 24th, 7:30pm at Temple Emanuel in Long Beach I attended a wonderful event celebrating Women's History Month at to help RONALD McDONALD HOUSE OF LONG ISLAND (New the Town of Hempstead where Supervisor Kate Murray and her staff Hyde Park). $35 includes a dinner catered by Lido Kosher Deli, Desput on a most marvelous program honoring NINE very special women serts from Steinberg's Bakery, and more -- pickles, potato salad, cole who have made a positive difference in their communities, and the slaw. Checks, payable to: Kings for Tolerance Foundation may be WORLD! sent to Ken Rappaport, 49 Oxford Road, East Rockaway, NY 11518m People like Mary Ann Cali, Taniella Jo Harrison, Camille Leone, or call Ken at 516-816-3045 for more details. Dancing in the aisles, Leeann Graziose,Carolyn L. Simpkins, Kayla Babbush, Nancy Howsinging along, and having fun is all allowed at this fundraiser. ard, Dorothy Criscuolo and Sheila Dausher. All wonderful ladies, doSome things to Ponder: ing wonderful things. The youngest was high school senior, Kayla Bab- 1. Seek Solutions. Placing the blame is not the answer, but, for some, bush, and I'm smart enough not even to mention who was the oldest! it's a start. LOL 2. WORRY does not solve problems, but it can exacerbate them! The Keynote Speaker was Christine Conniff Sheahan, Founder and 3. BOING, BOING, BOING -- Change those clocks on Sunday. Publisher of NETWORKING MAGAZINE which celebrates the acSPRING AHEAD! complishments of women, and, once a year in January, presents their DAVID AWARDS to . . . . MEN! Strange how that happens. Even INTRODUCING JAMES REED stranger, I don't believe I've ever been nominated. I may not fit the criJames W. Reed is a master communicator and a friend to hundreds of organiteria, but that's okay, because I've received almost 400 awards during zations from local community groups to the United Nations. For more than 25 my short lifespan! years, Mr. Reed has used his extraordinary network of connections to help others. Something I just received, was a notice regarding a fundraiser for a Through both his role as Deputy Commissioner of the Nassau County Office of not-for-profit called "Belief for Relief" ( which 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. attempts to assist middle class families to make sure they don't fall into Professionally, Mr. Reed was the Former Deputy Commissioner of the Office of the terrible abyss called debt, debt that can devastate your lfie. They are Consumer Affairs for Nassau County. He was also a Founding Member of the Naspartnering with FRIENDLY'S in Baldwin on Tuesday, March 20th, sau County Police Explorers Board of Directors which helps from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. A portion of the proceeds during that time youth, ages 14 to 20, succeed and frame will be donated to the cause. All you have to do is mention that excel in career opportunities, life you are there to support BELIEF FOR RELIEF. skills, character development and i've eaten at that particular Friendly's since it first opened and I've leadership roles. Additionally, Mr. personally commended them on their food selection, low prices, and Reed has served as a SuperDistinguished Lieutenant Goverfamily-friendly business. My three daughters, although in their 20s, nor of Kiwanis, a member of the STILL go there to eat because they like it so much. Did anyone menFreeport Salvation Army Corps tion CHICKEN FINGERS??? Fribble or ice cream? Advisory Board, a member of the "NEW YORK YOUTH WORKS" will provide thousands of young Board of Directors at the Nassau people with work readiness skills, occupational training, and digital County Salvation Army, and a Government Liaison Chair for the literacy instruction to help build a foundation for future success. Long Island Chapter of ASIS InAt the same time, employers who help put these young people to work ternational. He believes strongly in public education and information, giving as will be eligible for a $4,000 wage subsidy, per worker, in the form of many as 300 speeches a year. His assistance to diverse communities has been recogtax credita. Visit: NY Youth Works at: nized and appreciated by those groups that have benefited from Mr. Reed’s life-long careersservices/youth-tax-credit.shtm for all the details. The sooner, the 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, better! Call Barbara Kruczkowska (just ask for Barbara, so you don't hurt your tongue trying to pronounce her last name!) at 631-687-4858. Roosevelt, Hempstead, Roslyn, Great Neck, and to international communities, such as the Philippines and Russia. This weather has me scratching my head, risking splinters, because Mr. Reed has received the Community Leadership and Everyday Hero awards it has been so mild this winter, compared to last winter, and, actually, from Newsday, the Liberty Bell Award from the Nassau Bar Association, the all year, where we didn't seem to catch a break -- 26-inches of Snow at School-to-Business Award from BOCES, the Long Island Latino Award from La Fiesta Radio, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award from Nassau one time, and so much more after that; Torrential Rains for what seemed like a month, Floods, Hail, tornadoes, hurricane weather, bitter 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 donacold, and, what did I forget? tions to not-for-profit agencies locally, nationally and across the world. James W. So far, a smattering of snow in our area, hardly visible; yes, we've Reed is responsible for the permanent Kiwanis International “Young Children: had rains, but much better than a snow storm; stiff winds, blustery and Priority One” program and for their Iodine Deficiency Disorder international program to virtually eliminate IDD, the major cause of severe mental retardation in the cold. BUT, all is all, a gentle and mild winter, and an early Spring. world. Speaking of Spring, REMEMBER that at 2:00am this Sunday, Mr. Reed has an extensive writing history, dating to writing newsletters and March 11th, we have to SPRING AHEAD and push our clocks ahead press releases for many of the organizations he belongs to, writing for his College so that we will enjoy more daylight in our life. Lucky me, I only have (CCNY) newspaper (an advice column for the lovelorn using a female pen name), a ONE clock and it's on my cell phone, SO, I don't have to do a thing, it's writer for LATIN LONG ISLAND Magazine, and preparing press releases for the Nassau County Office of Consumer Affairs, where he affectionately earned the title automatic! YAAY! Enjoy the early sunsets, too! TOYOTA MOTOR SALES, USA Inc. has announced it is recalling of "MEDIA MOGUL" and he assisted other County agencies and organizations with their media exposure. He is well-known to television networks and cable stanearly 700,000 TACOMA Trucks made during 2005 through 2009 tions, print media outlets and to numerous radio groups. model years that need to have their steering wheel spiral cable assemMr. Reed resides in Oceanside, Long Island and has three accomplished blies replaced. 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 excepAnother resource for our immigrant populations --- IMMIGRAtional job experience, vast volunteer efforts and unprecedented dedication to helpTION LEGAL SERVICE OF LONG ISLAND (ILS), a non-profit oring others has resulted in Mr. Reed being known in the community as “The Everyganization, is providing immigration assistance and deportation deday Hero”. fense services to detained and non-detained immigrants. ILS also James W. Reed Phone: 516-315-3437






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CARIBBEAN COLUMN By Dr. Dudley Davenport


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 lockups 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 preNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

mier 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 Jean-Charles 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 expremier as "a capable leader, a friend of Canada and a man who inspired a great deal of hope." Canada calls on Martelly and Haitiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. 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

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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?'" 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." 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. "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-todate 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." He said Gibbs's responses to enquiries on the status of investigations (Continued on page 51)




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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". 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 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". 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. "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 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.

Presented by Debt Counseling Corporation Wednesday, April 25, 2012 7:00PM – 8:00PM ***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** Join us for part one of a two-part financial literacy seminar presented by Debt Counseling Corporation. This program will address the essentials of budgeting your money and the options available to you when in debt. Please register at the Reference Desk.

HEMPSTEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY ADULT WORKSHOP FINDING A JOB WHEN YOU ARE OVER 55 Thursday, April 19th, 2012 2:00pm – 4:00pm For immediate release* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * advance Registration needed * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Contact: Reference* * * * * * * * * * * * *481-6990 Are you over 55 and looking for a job? Do you want to re-enter the job market? Do you need extra income? Would you like to be more active? Are you finding it difficult to find employment? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you should come to this workshop. Finding a job when you’re trying to re-enter the job market or want to change careers only gets tougher when you are over 55. Learn how to develop a resume, interview with potential employers and dress for success from Ms. Sari Flesch, Employment Coordinator for the Nassau County Department of the Aging. This program will be held in the Community Room. Registration is required for this free program.

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 for information on that" and "we intend to act expeditiously on these matters". Cheesman said the performance tool for the first year appraisal rated four areas as follows: law enforcement—40 per cent; public trust and confidence—25 per cent; human management—20 per cent; strategic management—15 per cent. She said the investigations with respect to the uniforms and aircraft are still ongoing. She said Gibbs was not measured on his management of the budget in his first appraisal. However, in the next cycle appraisal, which would be next four months, the commission would be more robust, she added



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. PAGE 51



HEMPSTEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY ADULT WORKSHOP Magical Moroccan Design Presented by Carrie Malandrino Saturday, April 14, 2012 2:00PM – 3:00PM Show your flair for the exotic by making beautiful decorative art based on Moroccan design motifs. Originally used as a decorative architectural element in the 1930's, this Moorish influenced design translates easily into wearable art. Space is limited, please register at the Reference Desk. HEMPSTEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY ADULT WORKSHOP Wine Glass Painting Presented by Irene Marchese Wednesday, April 4, 2012 7:00PM – 8:00PM Join us for a craft program perfect for springtime! Each attendee will paint a set of wine glasses with a floral design. Visiting someone for Easter? This makes a lovely gift for your host! A $15.00 materials fee includes the glasses, paints, decorative supplies, and gift bags. Space is limited, please register at the Reference Desk. HEMPSTEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY ADULT WORKSHOP Cooking Heart Healthy and Sugar Free! Presented by Linda Lee Murtha Saturday, May 26, 2012 2:00PM – 3:00PM Chef Linda Lee Murtha of Best Ever Low Carb Cakes will provide you with the tips and recipes needed for healthy cooking to ensure a healthy heart. This program is also perfect for seniors and people with diabetes! Please register at the Reference Desk.


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HEMPSTEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY ADULT WORKSHOP Homebuying & Homeowning 101 Presented by Debt Counseling Corporation Wednesday, May 30, 2012 7:00PM – 8:00PM Our financial literacy seminar concludes with a program geared toward homebuyers and homeowners. Representatives from Debt Counseling Corporation will provide information and advice on protecting your assets! Please register at the Reference Desk.

HEMPSTEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY ADULT WORKSHOP Flavors of the Islands Presented by the Vegetarian Gourmet Saturday, June 9, 2012 2:00PM – 3:30PM June is Caribbean American Heritage Month! The Vegetarian Gourmet will present an afternoon of healthy cooking inspired by the foods and flavors of the Caribbean. DayO! Please register at the Reference Desk.

HEMPSTEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY ADULT WORKSHOP Anger Management and Communication Styles Presented by Eileen Lichtenstein, MS. Ed. Wednesday, June 13, 2012 7:00PM – 8:00PM Explore the relationship between communication and anger while learning techniques of coping and relaxation to prevent explosive incidents. Summer is approaching…learn how to stay cool under pressure! Please register at the Reference Desk. PAGE 52



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 Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 NASSAU COUNTY EDITION



AWARD-WINNING PUPPET THEATER GROUP TO PERFORM IN THE LICM THEATER Watch classic stories come to life in the LICM Theater when Crabgrass Puppet Theatre returns with tales from around the world that will inspire and enthrall the entire family. Don’t forget to take part in LICM’s Healthy Kids Club program, “Get Up & Go!, this weekend. Program and Performance

Schedule – March 19-25 “In Like a Lion and Out Like a Lamb” Door Hangers Tuesday, March 20 through Friday, March 23 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 weather– coming in roaring like a lion then going out gently like a lamb. All ages. Free with museum admission. Crabgrass Puppet Theatre presents “The Lion and The Mouse and Other Tales: Smart and Small Conquers All” NASSAU COUNTY EDITION


Saturday, March 24 at 1and 3 p.m. Can a tortoise win a tug of war with an enormous elephant? Can a tiny mouse help a powerful lion? Can a jackal outwit a terrifying tiger twice his size? Using beautiful puppets and humor, the awardwinning Crabgrass Puppet Theatre returns to the LICM Theater with tales from around the world that will inspire and enthrall the entire family. Ages: 3 and up. Fee: $4 with museum admission ($3 LICM

bles in a variety of colors to get the best health benefits. Come taste a rainbow of fruits as you make a healthy parfait of your own. Then, make a special ribbon streamer with similar color patterns as a reminder to have a balanced diet. This program is made possible by a grant from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York. All ages. Free with museum admission. Traveling Exhibit - 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

members), $10 theater only Perfect Patterns – Get up & G o S e r i e s

– will you be the one to uncover the mystery and find the priceless treasure?

Sunday, March 25 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. "Parfait," the French word for “perfect,” is a special type of dessert made with layers of cream, nuts and berries. Nutritionists recommend eating fruits and vegeta-

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.

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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). All activities will be held at the Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Museum admission: $11 for adults and children over 1 year old, $10 seniors, FREE to museum members and children under 1 year old. Additional fees for theater and special programs may apply. For additional information, contact 516-2245800.



Jury Convicts Brooklyn Man of Robbery for Attacking a Valley Stream Couple in Their Driveway Wahhab was arrested in December 2010 after he was featured on America’s Most Wanted; faces up to 15 years in prison MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a jury has convicted a Brooklyn man of robbery charges after he and an accomplice attacked and robbed a couple in their Valley Stream driveway in July 2009. It took a jury less than two hours to convict Sadiq Abdul Wahhab, 47, of two counts of Robbery in the Second Degree. He faces up to 15 years in prison at his April 18 sentencing. Rice said that at approximately 12:20 a.m. on July 3, 2009, Wahhab and an accomplice, hiding in the bushes of a Marc Drive home in Valley Stream, attacked a married couple after they pulled into their driveway. Wahhab punched the male victim multiple times before he and his accomplice were able to get away with the victim’s bracelet, worth $9,000. During the struggle with the male victim, Wahhab’s New York Yankees hat was knocked from his head and left at the scene. Detectives were able to secure a DNA sample from the hat and identify Wahhab. A tip, NASSAU COUNTY EDITION


received after Wahhab was featured on America’s Most Wanted, led to his arrest in Brooklyn by United States Marshals on December 15, 2010. The jury rejected the defense’s claims that Wahhab was at the scene, but didn’t participate in the robbery. He was found not guilty of Robbery in the First Degree. His accomplice is still at large. “Mr. Wahhab learned the inevitable lesson that you can run from the law, but you can’t hide,” Rice said. “Excellent police work, a strong prosecution, and cooperation between multiple law enforcement agencies combined on this case to track down a very dangerous criminal and bring him to justice.” Assistant District Attorneys Kristin Pohmer and Kimberly Stevenson of the County Court Trial Bureau are prosecuting the case for the District Attorney’s Office. Wahhab is represented by the Arshad Majid, Esq.

New Cassel Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Cousin in Drunk Driving Crash Ramirez-Mendoza had a BAC of .18% more than an hour after the February 2011 crash MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a New Cassel man has pleaded guilty to drunk driving and manslaughter charges after he killed his cousin in a drunk driving crash. Hugo Ramirez-Mendoza, 38, of New Cassel, pleaded guilty yesterday to Aggravated Vehicular Homicide and Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated

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in exchange for a promised sentence of two to six years in prison. The DA’s Office recommended a sentence of five to 15 years in prison. RamirezMendoza will be sentenced April 4. Rice said that at approximately 4 a.m. on February 19, 2011, Ramirez-Mendoza was driving a 2000 Chevrolet pick-up truck northbound on Urban Avenue in New Cassel when he crashed into the rear of a box truck parked on the right side of the road. Ramirez-Mendoza’s front-seat passenger, Brian Torres, 32, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., suffered a nearly severed right arm and massive head injuries. He died hours later. Ramirez-Mendoza’s bloodalcohol content was .18% more than an hour after the crash. “The victim’s tragic death is only compounded by the fact that it occurred as the result of his own cousin’s decision to drink and drive,” Rice said. “Mr. Ramirez-Mendoza will have to continue living with that fact long after his prison sentence is complete. I hope that everyone looks at this case and recognizes just how devastating drunk driving can be.” Assistant District Attorney Everett Witherell of the Vehicular Crimes Bureau is prosecuting the case for the District Attorney’s Office. Ramirez-Mendoza is represented by the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County.

Roosevelt Man Sentenced to 4 to 12 Years in Prison for Killing Motorcyclist in Wrong-Way Drunk Driving Crash McBride had a BAC of .14 four hours after the crash MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a Roosevelt man has been sentenced to four to 12 years in prison by a Nassau County Judge after he pleaded guilty to driving

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice the wrong way on a Hempstead street while drunk and high on drugs, and crashing into and killing a motorcyclist. Trevor McBride, 36, pleaded guilty last December to Aggravated Vehicular Homicide and Driving While Impaired by Combined Influence of Drugs and Alcohol. Rice said that at approximately 12:35 a.m. on July 12, 2011, McBride was driving his 1964 Chevrolet northbound in the southbound lanes of Greenwich Street in Hempstead when he crashed head-on into a motorcycle being driven by William Escobar, 34, Hempstead. Escobar, who was thrown off his motorcycle by the impact, was pronounced dead at the scene. McBride’s bloodalcohol content was .14% four hours after the crash. McBride also had marijuana in his system. “This tragedy only reinforces the extreme violence and loss that is possible when people recklessly choose to get behind the wheel while intoxicated or high,” Rice said. “If Mr. McBride had called a cab, he wouldn’t be headed to prison and an innocent man would still be alive.” Assistant District Attorney Everett Witherell of the Vehicular Crimes Bureau is prosecuting the case for the District Attorney’s Office. McBride is represented by Felice Muraca, Esq.




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Washington, D.C. – A landmark class action settlement for African Americans who experienced farm loan discrimination by the USDA is entering its final phase. African Americans who farmed or attempted to farm (or their heirs) may be eligible for a sizeable cash payment or loan forgiveness from this $1.25 billion class action settlement. This final phase of the Black Farmers Discrimination Settlement (sometimes called “Pigford II”) is only for people who tried to file a late claim in the original Pigford case. The absolute, final deadline for filing a claim is May 11, 2012. This is the last chance for those eligible to get payments and loan forgiveness from the Black Farmers Discrimination Settlement. Lawyers appointed by the court are holding meetings around the country to provide those who are included in the settlement with free help filing claims. Completing a claim may take some time, so those who think they are included should get more information now. For more information, including about how to file a claim and meeting locations: call toll-free 1- 877-810-8110 or visit

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happening again this time. This is really meant to stop a certain person who looks a certain way from voting.’’ Sharpton also noted, “Anger is not where it should be on this situation, because many don’t understand what’s at stake. Many aren’t aware that this is a very real attempt to set back the gains made during the civil rights movement.’’ I applaud Reverend Sharpton's efforts and those of the protesters in Alabama as well as others around the country. However, the protests resemble a reunion of those who led similar struggles 47 years ago. While there are some young adults involved with this movement, there are not nearly enough of them taking up this charge. This minimal level of participation on behalf of our young affects the continued advancement of all progressive Americans. It is frightening to think that if this were to occur 40 years from now (when most of these protesters will be deceased) there would be few with the state of mind to actively address this issue. ****************************** It is time to use voter aggression against this present voter suppression that is transparently occurring across the country. In Alabama there have only been 3 cases of voters fraud out of 9 million eligible voters. Similar ratios exist among the other 31 states NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

attempting to "turn back time". Voter aggression should come in the form of aggressively registering new voters and assisting those in need acquire the needed documentations necessary to avoid another catastrophe like the one that occurred in 2000. A movement which will also provide transportation, funds, and other essentials necessary to obtain photo IDs for eligible voters who will find it difficult or impossible to do so. The best way to fight an enemy is to take away the means with which he attacks. Certainly we have the means and resources to do this. Through the use of talk radio, social media and the strength of our most powerful institutionsChurches-we should be able to ensure that every individual who needs a government accepted photo ID gets one. This should not be viewed as giving in to injustice but rather taking away the possibility of injustice. The elections (Presidential and Congressional) are quickly approaching. History reveals that somewhere along the way standstill tactics will be implemented by those who miscarry justice thereby prolonging the injustice. Bear in mind that these new voter laws only have to last until after the 2012 elections to be effective. If we wait till then for this fight to be won we may find ourselves winning this battle but ultimately losing the war for the presi(Continued on page 59)



The Liver a Vital Organ Mild Liver Flush The process If you happen to feel sick during a liver flush remember it is only a short time of discomfort. Surgery and its recovery could take weeks or months. I was told the pain of surgery is unbearable and the complication from surgery could lead to suffering for the rest of your life. The sudden rush of the gallstones into the colon, bile forcing oil back into the



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stomach and stones obstructing the liver bile ducts will likely make you feel sick. My personal feeling waste out nutrition in, support the body with what it needs and it will work hard to defend, keep you healthy and disease free. The body is a miraculous self healing machine armed with infinite intelligence and wisdom, it can never be duplicated. Sometimes organs are bypassed to bring relief, however I presume it functions better as a whole. When doing a flush inform yourself read and ask many questions before you start. Simple Liver Flush 1 - 3 tbsp. olive oil 3 times as much lime or lemon juice Blend or stir and drink. Follow with 2 cups of hot water 1 lime or lemon juiced Source: Marcia Madhuri Acciardo

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Study shows that AfricanAmericans die up to 8 years sooner in certain states A new study shows that white Americans are outliving black Americans by up to 8 years. The study was conducted by UCLA researchers, and results showed that, though the gap is narrowing, the difference in death expectancy between the two races remains large, and varies by state. African-Americans in Washington DC showed the least life expectancy, as they die up to 13 years sooner than Caucasians. The Baltimore Sun reports that income and education are partially, but not entirely, to blame. In every state across the country, white men and women are outliving blacks, in some cases by a margin as wide as eight years, says a new life-expectancy study from theUniversity of California, Los Angeles. In America, a white male born today has a life expectancy of 74.8 years, while black males are expected to live to 67.7, creating a seven-year disparity. Meanwhile, white women can expect to live to 79.8, while their black counterparts have a life expectancy five years shorter, at 74.6 years, said the UCLA report. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Overall, the life-expectancy gap nationwide seems to be narrowing slightly, according to researchers, but it continues to vary widely by state. In Florida, the longevity gap for women is among the widest of any state, at seven years. The life expectancy here for black women is 74, while it's 80.9 for white women, said the study, which appeared in this month's issue of Health Services Research. Life expectancy is defined as how long a person born today is expected to live. That gap is mostly because white women live longer than average in the Sunshine State, said Dr. Nazleen Bharmal, the study's lead researcher and a clinical instructor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The gap for Florida men is in line with the national average: 75.2 years for white males and 67.8 for black males. Washington, D.C., had the largest disparity between blacks and whites. at 13.8 years for men and 8.6 for women, said the researchers, who studied national death-certificate data from nearly 18 million non-Hispanic blacks and non-Hispanic whites who died from 1997 to 2004. New Mexico had the smallest disparity between blacks and whites, at 3.8 years for men and 2.5 for women. Bharmal warns, however, that although closing the gap is a worthy public-health goal, that shouldn't be the focus. (Continued on page 59)




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Health Seminar Hosted by Hempstead NAACP

The Hempstead Branch of the NAACP hosted a Health Seminar led by Dr. Joel Fuhrman at the Union Baptist Church in Hempstead. Dr. Fuhrman specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutrition and natural methods. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman (Continued from page 58) Dorothy Goosby congratulated Ed Tolver, NAACP President for Where small disparities in life expectancy exist, that happens because the white populations are doing as poorly as black populations, bringing this important seminar to the community. she said. "The goal," said Bharmal, "is not just to eliminate the disparity, but also to help both groups reach optimal life expectancy."

Seated: Sean Johnson, 1190 WLIB Patize Richards, Standing: Pres. Ed Tolver II Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby (Continued from page 56)

Florida effect Because Florida has such a large population of non-Hispanic blacks, closing the gap here would have the greatest impact on national life-span statistics than if any other state erased its disparity. "If you took Florida out of the equation, the gap would fall from 7.1 to 6.6 for men, and from 5.2 to 4.7 for women," Bharmal said. According to U.S. census figures, Florida has the fourth-largest population of black men after Georgia, New York and Texas, and the third-largest population of black women behind Georgia and Texas. Though examining differences between races is important to find and fix disparities, diversity experts say the race gap only tells part of the story. "If you stratified for other categories like income, education or whether the person lived in a rural area or an urban environment, you would find that rates between the races get more equal," said Michael Rovito, instructor of health sciences and director of the men's-health initiative at the University of Central Florida. "In my opinion, it's all about money and education," Rovito said. Bharmal said her group plans to look at the effect of socioeconomic factors next. "Preliminary data indicate that if income and education were factored in, the racial gap would shrink, but it wouldn't go away," she said. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

dency will be lost. And yes, there is indeed an internal war predicated on politics that is permeating our nation. If we want President Obama to remain in office for 4 more years and just as importantly take back control of the Senate from the Republican and Tea Party in this year's Congressional elections, then we must fight back on all levels available. WE CAN LEAVE NOTHING TO CHANCE! One last point: an associate of mine vehemently disagreed with me on this issue pointing out that we cannot accept this injustice and must fiercely fight fire with fire. I told him that I agreed with the injustice part and that the protest must go on. I then said to him, " BUT I'D RATHER FIGHT FIRE WITH WATER! (Khayyam E. Ali has been an educator over the past three decades, is author of a children's book, titled, The Wormhole Kids-Visit President Kennedy, and editor of two compilations of children's books, Ten Girls on the Write way to College, and Doing the Write Thing. He is also a subject of a biographical sketch in Who's Who in the World.) PAGE 59



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Long Beach Christian Light Missionary Baptist Church Black History Youth Banquet The Black History Department of the Christian Light Missionary Baptist Church, Long Beach, in collaboration with Project Excellence in Motion hosted their Annual Black History Youth Banquet at Middle Bay Country Club in Oceanside. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby and Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg congratulated the honorees and Louise Graham, Chairperson of the event. Councilwoman Goosby had the opportunity to present a Certificate of Recognition to each honoree. Seated: Regine Perry, Louise Graham, Tatiana Summers, Standing: Leary Wade, Councilman Len Torres, Runnie Myles, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Cherisse Pemberton, Michael Zapson, Esq., Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg NASSAU COUNTY EDITION





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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

(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

(516) 481-9344


76. Salvation Army Church




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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 NASSAU COUNTY EDITION




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81-year-old Rhode Island woman wins $336 million Powerball jackpot , R.I. (AP) -- An 81-year-old woman from Newport won last month's $336.4 million Powerball jackpot, sleeping with the winning ticket in her Bible until coming forward to claim the sixth-largest U.S. prize on Tuesday, a family representative said. At a news conference at state lottery headquarters in Cranston, Louise White said little, calling herself "very happy" and "very proud." Her attorneys said she was a regular lottery player who bought the winning ticket at a Stop & Shop supermarket in Newport where she had stopped for rainbow sherbet. The ticket is being claimed in the name of the Rainbow Sherbet Trust. White kept the winning ticket in a Bible after she realized she won. The winning ticket was among three tickets with random numbers purchased on a $9 wager, officials said. "It was unbelievable," White said in a statement released Tuesday by her attorneys. "None of us can believe it yet. We're excited, very blessed and will determine in the coming months how we'll spend the money but we know we'll always have rainbow sherbet." White said she wrote down the numbers when they were read on television after the drawing, but missed a few -- so she waited 10 minutes to hear them again. She didn't check her ticket immediately. When she did, each of the numbers was the same. "Is anybody awake -- I want you to come look at something," she yelled. Not believing she was the winner, she said, she checked the numbers online. Still the same. "We still didn't believe it, so we turned off the computer and turned it back on and went back to the website and my numbers were still there," White said in the statement. "We hugged each other and jumped up and down screaming!! ... We hid the ticket in the Bible and went for breakfast on Sunday since we couldn't do anything with it." White will take a lump sum payment of $210 million, the highest ever for Powerball, officials said. The jackpot was the third largest in Powerball history and the largest ever won in Rhode Island, officials said. The top lottery jackpot in U.S. history was a $390 million Mega Millions prize won in March 2007. The Powerball jackpot win is the first since the ticket price increased from $1 to $2 in January. Rising sales nearly doubled the jackpot from $173.5 million on Feb. 1. There is no bonus for the supermarket for selling the winning ticket, officials said. Instead of paying out a bonus, Powerball retailers in Rhode Island get eight cents on the dollar for every ticket sold. Rhode Island will get about $14.7 million in taxes on the prize in a lump-sum payment, lottery officials said Tuesday. Powerball is played in 42 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The chance of matching all five numbers and the Powerball number is about 1 in 175 million. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION





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 alms-giving discipline this Lent and remember those in the developing world who go without, said Jefferts Schori. 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 NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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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 prepare 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."




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Learning by Afflictions (Psalms 119:71 KJV) It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. All this time I have been writing about afflictions and how it changes your life but today I want to deal with how afflictions also change your thoughts. See when you have been afflicted or hurt sometimes it makes you think negative. This takes a toll on your emotions, and even sometimes your mental status. When your emotions become out of control your behavior follows. See if you’re angry you respond incorrectly and maybe to abruptly and if you’re oppressed you may not respond at all. Whichever way you lean in your thinking it will make the difference in how you see things and how quick you heal. However thanks be to God that He has the power to change your mind and bring you back into right standing and thinking. For when you read the word of God, The Lord says, “It is good that we have been afflicted” but how in the world can we comprehend that it is good? See when we look back over our lives and think about all that the Lord Jesus has brought us through and to; we can then understand His kind of thinking. For if we had not been afflicted we would have never learned who He is. We would have never known He was Jehovah Rapha our healer if we never got sick and we would never have learned that He is Jehovah Jireh our provider if we never were broke. So although we never want to face sickness, diseases, sufferings, hardships and calamity throughout life we must understand that when we do there is reason for these things and it is to learn thy statures. So I close out this topic with this thought…For if Jesus had not been afflicted where would we be…. Prophetess Karen Deadwyler is a new author inspired by God. Her first book titled “His Miraculous Way” speaks of her victory through Jesus Christ. This book can be purchased at her website She is the Visionary and Co-founder along with her husband Ronnie Deadwyler of Glory Temple Ministries.

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76-year-old 'Prayin' Lady' fights New Orleans crime with Jesus The murder rate in New Orleans is ten times the national average, and instead of staying at home and mumbling that those criminals "need Jesus," 76-year-old Millie Campbell is on the scene praying that the crime will stop. She claims that Jesus called her to her mission to "pray the crime away" by organizing groups of women to drive through New Orleans' worst neighborhoods and ask the Lord for help (while also providing a neighborhood watch function that has to reduce crime at least a little bit). NASSAU COUNTY EDITION





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refuses to work with tour operators. He doesn't even like to use the word "tourist," preferring instead to call them part of his "international congregation." And he won't turn anyone away. "I refuse to commercialize the church worship experience," he said. "You don't pay people to experience the Lord, to come and pray. I think that's unconscionable." Yet the tourists' presence is undeniable. At Mother AME Zion, there were nearly 200 of them, overwhelming the congregation by at least 5 to 1. "They want to see what they've seen on television," said Larcelia Kebe, president of Harlem Your Way! Tours Unlimited. "They want to see what they've seen in the movies." The gospel tour industry has exploded since it was born in the early 1980s. On a busy summer Sunday, Harlem Spirituals, one of the oldest and largest tour operators, might run 15 full buses, said Erika Elisabeth, a company vice president. Ticket prices but can cost up to $55. Most churches get a cut of the profit. Others, like Mother AME Zion, make money by encouraging visitors to drop a suggested donation into the collection basket. "Some of the tour operators really have made this whole thing about money," Kebe said. "It's created a problem. Because many of them are getting a lot of money from the tourists in order to get into a church. And there may be people in the church who are making a little money on the side." During his sermon, Smith appealed to the congregation to help pay for repairs to the church's aging organ. "We've got about $1,200 worth of work that needs to be done," he said. "I need 12 people to give me $100." Without the tourists' wallets, the organ might never get fixed. Mother AME Zion's congregation is dying off, and there are very few young people left to fill the generation gap. That's not the case everywhere. Just around the corner is the thriving Abyssinian Baptist Church, arguably the neighborhood's most popular tourist magnet, where visitors are often turned away because the pews are too full. Celeste Lejeune, 16, from Paris, didn't know anything about Mother AME Zion's history as a stop on the Underground Railroad, or that its congregants once included Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. "I would like to just hear voices of people who live in Harlem, and see the atmosphere," she said. "We don't have music like this in France." That is precisely the sort of outlook that disheartens the congregation, who would like to believe the tourists have come to listen to the word of God, to be transformed by the power of Scripture. "Within this site that's meant to be sacred, you have, maybe to some of the members, this invasion of the secular and profane," said Margarita Simon Guillory, an assistant professor of religion at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. "You're going to have a certain amount of tension in that space." Longtime congregation member Dabney Montgomery, 88, a Tuskegee Airman during World War II and a civil rights activist, believes the tourists walk away richer for the experience. "In listening to the Gospel, they get something out that they didn't expect," he said. "The word of God." But most of them are there to see a show -- and a show they got. The pastor gave a dramatic sermon filled with historical and political overtones, his voice slowing to a low growl and then rising back up, cracking with the effort. The choir sang hymn after joyful hymn as the congregation clapped in time with the music. One woman gave a beautiful soprano solo. If nothing else, the tourists got to step back in time for an hour or two. A time when ladies wore dresses and stockings to church and ushers with immaculate white gloves guided people to their seats. A time when the church was the center of social life, the place to see and be seen. At least with the tourists around, the place feels a little less empty on Sunday mornings. "They're not tourists," Smith said. "They're people of faith. In Christ, there is no East, no West." NASSAU COUNTY EDITION




TU TRUE! B.J. Robinson

Sometimes we see a college athlete but we have no idea what the athlete is really like -- away from the court. Take Tu Holloway of Xavier College. I have known Tu for years – but mostly from a distance. My son was on JV in Hempstead when Tu was a senior, the year he showcased his remarkable skills and led Hempstead to the 2007 Long Island Class AA championship. I also saw him work his hoops magic many times at Hempstead's popular Kennedy Park during summer evenings. And it's been a pleasure following this young man's tenure at Xavier. We’ve witnessed his maturation from freshman where he averaged 5.5 points and 2.2 assists to senior year where he’s averaging 16.7 points a game and 5.4 assists, while cementing his spot as one of the most exciting point guards in the college game. His ascendance has been a sight to behold. When I chatted briefly with Tu when he visited his mom at her job in security at ABGS Middle School in Hempstead last summer, he came across as shy and quiet -- you would not know that he was on eve of having one of the most thrilling seasons in the Division I ball landscape or that he would endure a year that might knock the wind out of some players but seems to have emboldened him, positioning his team for entry into the NCAA’s Big March Dance....Has it been an easy year? No....Has this young athlete been tested? Yes....Has he come through it all a stronger, more seasoned and experienced young man? Yes. But still, though I’ve been a fan from a distance, I haven’t really felt I knew him until spending time chatting with his mom recently. The proud mother who beamed as she, her husband, Terrell, and her mother escorted Tu down the court during Xavier Senior Day before a sell out crowd, took a moment to share a few things about her son. He's quiet and shy unless he knows you well. He's passionate about basketball and has been since he was a little first he planned to attend Indiana (imagine that!) but once the then-Indiana Coach was fired, circumstances found Tu moving from his prep school in Ohio to the campus at Xavier. In hindsight, he’s glad he made that choice. Tu has thrived at Xavier which has been like a home away from home for him and the facts speak for themselves – he has led them to their current 19-11 record, despite a season of challenges. Tu, an All-American, leads his team in scoring at 16.7 and assists (5.4). He is the only Atlantic Coast Conference player in the top five in the league in both scoring and assists. He is third on Xavier’s all-time assist list with 535 assists and has dished off 100 or more assists and led the team in three straight seasons. In addition, he is 10th on Xavier’s all-time scoring list with 1,706 points. But then there are the little things that only a mother would how he improved his fitness and conditioning so that now he comes in third (rather than last) when the team runs a mile....about how he has connected well with the elderly nun who tutors the team and who was able to get him to put the ball down and pick up the books when it was necessary to nudge him....and he obliged....and how he always has a special place in his heart for disabled and handicapped youth -- happily taking the time to sign autographs and pose for pictures with them after games any time he is asked to....these moments bring a smile to his shy, focused face. This is a young man who is a role model for other youngsters....He has come from a town where sometimes our young people get off on the wrong track, some of our youngsters gets on a campus and get lost and end up coming home after a semester or at the end of a school year never to return. Sometimes they can't handle the pressure of athletics and academics or they get in with the wrong crowd and disappoint themselves as well as those who supported them over the years. Tu doesn't present himself as perfect. He took responsibility for his team's so called "brawl" in December. He admitted his error and he kept his team focused on moving forward. Young people make's how they learn to rebound and move forward that matters. This young man is moving forward and bringing his fellow Musketeers with him. #52 goes forward with love and support from his Hempstead family and each time we him on TV with a ball in his hand getting ready to work his own brand of magic, the whole Hempstead community swells with pride. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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AFRICAN AMERICAN GOLFER'S DIGEST ANNOUNCES ITS 2012 OUTSTANDING LEADERS IN GOLF AWARD RECIPIENTS A Roster Of Distinguished Honorees Slated To Receive Awards During Masters Week in Augusta, Georgia New York, NY (March 6, 2012) --The African American Golfer’s Digest, the nations leading print magazine and online portal for avid black golfers and a PGA of America Diverse Supplier, will hold its 2nd annual Augusta GolfFEST in Augusta, Ga., on April 5. Augusta GolfFEST celebrates family, history, fitness, and golf and is designed to galvanize camaraderie among all. Included in the festivities is its “Outstanding Leaders in Golf” 3rd annual awards program that honors esteemed individuals and organizations for their success and exemplary roles in opening doors and extending opportunities in the game and throughout the industry for African Americans. “Each individual and organization being honored this year has made a substantial impact on the game, and the golf industry, as it relates to the African American community in particular. I am happy

to salute their contributions with this award and I am pleased to introduce each of them to you personally through our publication,” said Debert Cook, CMP, publisher of the national quarterly magazine that is in its ninth year of publication. The honorees were selected from among dozens of nominations that arrived over the fall 2011 season from the magazine’s Executive Advisory Board members and winners were personally selected by Ms. Cook for their commitment to professional excellence and dedication in growing the sport, business, careers and participation of golf among African Americans. “Our 2012 honorees are exceptional individuals whose endeavors are opening doors and extending opportunities in the game throughout the industry to African Americans. Their efforts, foresight, courage and devotion are very deserving of this prized honor,” said Cook. To commemorate this special tribute, honorees will be included in an editorial profile featured in the Summer/July 2012 edition of the African American Golfer’s Digest. Honorees will also be officially recognized at a special awards dinner on Thursday, April 5, from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at the Goshen Plantation Golf Course, owned by former PGA Tour Player Spike Kelly and located at 1601 Goshen Clubhouse Dr., Augusta, Georgia 30906. Augusta GolfFEST suitably coincides with The Masters golf tournament, the first of the majors to be played each year, since 1940, at Augusta National Golf Club. During this time millions of visitors from around the world throng the city to enjoy the week-long competitive action, social functions and great golf networking. Augusta GolfFEST will play host to educational and fun activities for the entire family in partnership with the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of African American History including an exhibition of Black golf legends with a focus on Black caddies, a children’s golf camp, a historic walking tour, and more. For a full schedule of events or information to purchase tickets for the golf tournament and awards dinner for Augusta GolfFEST visit PAGE 72



Wilt Chamberlain's 100 point game: Have sports fans forgotten 'The Big Dipper'? The term "larger than life" was, and continues to be, inspired by the career and life of Wilt Chamberlain. If we went over the complete span of Chamberlain's life with a fine-toothed comb, we would see that his unprecedented contributions to culture and society are as lengthy as the NBA records he holds, nearly 40 years after his retirement. As the NBA has evolved in the decades that followed Wilt Chamberlain's retirement, it seemed as if his shortcomings outweighed his complete dominance of a sport that instituted rules and altered its dimensions because of him. These changes seemed to have rendered his accomplishments as mere gimmicks, rather than sheer greatness. While the feats of baseball's Babe Ruth continue to be celebrated, even as his numbers slowly fade from the record books, the same cannot be same for Wilt -- raising the question if the NBA has done enough to sustain the Big Dipper's legacy. Even in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of his 100-point performance, the greatest individual performance in the history of sports, many will choose to remember the number 20,000 -- the number of women that Chamberlain claimed to have had encountered over the NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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course of his life. This isn't fair. After leaving the University of Kansas after his junior season, Chamberlain joined the Harlem Globertrotters because the NBA would not allow players to enter the league without finishing their final season of studies. His contract with the Globetrotters was for a then-unheard of $50,000, doubling the salary of Bob Cousy, who was the NBA's highest paid player at $25,000. The team made history by playing sold out games in Moscow, in front of Russian General Secretary Nikita Krushchev. Chamberlain fell the lap of his hometown Philadelphia Warriors after Warriors owner Eddie Gottlieb argued that there was no team in the Kansas area at the time and that Chamberlain should be allowed to play his hometown team. The argument was accepted, making Chamberlain the first "territorial pick" selected on his pre-collegiate roots. Chamberlain's rookie season would be unlike any that the NBA had seen before, or since, averaging 37 points and 27 rebounds. In that season, an epic rivalry formed between Chamberlain and the Boston Celtics Bill Russell that would become a painful footnote in Wilt's career. Although they were fierce competitors on the court, once the clock struck zero, the two men became life-long friends. (Continued on page 74)




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Mike Tyson to debut one-man show in Vegas Boxer Mike Tyson is set to premiere a six-night, one-man show to run next month at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Tyson's wife Kiki co-wrote and will co-direct "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth -Live on Stage," along with L.A. playwright Randy Johnson. Tyson's often-troubled life was also captured in the critically well-received 2009 documentary, Tyson. The Los Angeles Times report: Video and live music will augment the evening. "It's a theater piece, not a lecture, but a real one-man show," Johnson said, along the lines of stage monologue evenings such as Carrie Fisher's "Wishful Drinking" and William Shatner's "Shatner's World: We All Just Live In It." After the Las Vegas run, Johnson said, "we'll review what happened, look at the next steps, and move forward. The hopes for this are to tour the world -- the fan base is staggering." Don't look for any onstage shadowboxing, the director said. "Mimicking boxing would be very cheesy. We're keeping this authentic."

Pasadena Playhouse in "Blues for an Alabama Sky," giving a well-

For Culture Monster readers who haven't brushed up on their pugilism,Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion at age 20 in 1986, spent the next three years as one of the most feared and devastating forces ever to step in the ring, then was knocked out in early 1990 by Buster Douglas, a 40-1 underdog. Next came a 1991-92 arrest and conviction for rape, followed by three years in prison. Tyson's post-release comeback attempt turned into a pathetic joke in 1997 when, losing a bout to Evander Holyfield, he bit off a chunk of his foe's ear. Lately he's been making celebrity rounds in a Comedy Central roast of Charlie Sheen and an Animal Planet show based on one of his childhood passions, raising pigeons.That gives the stageperformer-to-be something in common with Marlon Brando, whose character in "On the Waterfront" was another beaten pug from Brooklyn who took solace in his pigeons. The MGM Grand, by the way, is the scene of one of Tyson's most infamous moments -- it was at the resort's arena that he bit off that chunk of Holyfield's ear.

received performance as a down-and-out singer in Depression-era Harlem.

If Tyson wants stage-acting tips, we suspect they probably won't be coming from his ex, Robin Givens, who recently starred at the (Continued from page 73)

Bill Russell's dealings with the racial tension in Boston while a member of the Celtics is well documented, and although Chamberlain is criticized in some circles for not being as outspoken as other athletes of the day during the Civil Rights Movement, he did privately offer his support of Russell and others that encountered similar situations. Chamberlain, through no fault of his own, was unable to enjoy the on-court success that Russell did. The reason is simple; Russell had a better supporting cast full of future hall-of-famers. If Chamberlain had played in Boston, the Celtics would still have won titles -but Chamberlain, not Jerry West, would be the logo of the NBA. The love affair with Russell and the Celtic mystique was none more evident than in the 1961-62 season, when Russell was named NBA MVP, despite Chamberlain leading the league in scoring (50.4) and rebounding (25.7), and was second in field goal percentage (.506), including his 100-point performance, which capped off, withNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

out question, the single greatest season in NBA history. Evan as Chamberlain entered retirement, and other big men came along, they were all compared to Wilt - not in terms of numbers, but in terms of dominance. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, Artis Gilmore, Ralph Sampson, Hakeem Olajuwan, Patrick Ewing and finally Shaquille O'Neal have all at some point been measured to Chamberlain, only to come up short. Chamberlain enjoyed just as profitable a life after basketball, investing in volleyball and track and field teams. Twice, he even flirted with the idea of rejoining the NBA in the 1980s. Maybe it's the ESPN highlight age that we live in, or the fact that many of Wilt's games had to be seen live to be appreciated, that the younger generation doesn't know who Wilt Chamberlain really is. The name Wilt Chamberlain is just as important to the game of basketball as Babe Ruth is to baseball, and Jim Brown to football. Somewhere along the way that was forgotten. PAGE 74




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