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George Zimmerman booked into Seminole County jail We are seeing the first images of George Zimmerman in the custody of state authorities, after the neighborhood watch volunteer surrendered, having been charged with the second degree murder of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman surrendered to authorities Wednesday, after the special prosecutor investigating Martin's death filed second-degree murder charges. The arrest capped a dramatic 48 hours, which saw Zimmerman's attorneys withdraw from the case, saying they had lost contact with him, followed by t h e a n n o u n c e me n t Wednesday by State Attorney Angela Corey that criminal charges would be filed. Zimmerman's new lawyer, Orlando based family and criminal attorney Mark O'Mara, held a news conference about an hour after Corey's announcement, saying he had advised his client to "stay calm and listen to my advice." O'Mara told MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell he planned to meet with Zimmerman in person Wednesday night -something Zimmerman's previous attorneys never did. Zimmerman was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional facility a around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, after surrendering to Florida Department of Law Enforcement officers earlier in the evening. He is believed to have been out of state, in hiding, but returned upon learning of the charges being filed against him. Zimmerman was driven by SUV from Jacksonville to Seminole County, where he is expected to make his first court appearance Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Zimmerman was released hours after the February 26 shooting, after Sanford police and prosecutors from the Semiole County state attorney's office determined he could not be charged. Forty-five days later, following massive demonstrations and protests that stretched across the U.S. and even to Europe, Martin's parents said they felt a measure of relief.

NAACP reacts to second degree murder charge of George Zimmerman At a press conference held at six pm on Wednesday, Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey announced that George Zimmerman will be charged with second degree murder for killing Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen, on February 26. theGrio: Prosecutor charges Zimmerman with second-degree murder President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Ben Jealous, said in reaction to NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

this decision in an official statement: Forty-five days after Trayvon Martin's life came to a violent end, the wheels of justice have finally begun to turn. This is an important first step toward bringing justice for Trayvon and his family. As we have seen, the system does not always work perfectly. But we have shown that when we stand together as a nation we can compel it to work. For the NAACP, this case has always been about the rule of law. We are encouraged by today's charges, but we know that this is just the beginning. We anticipate and expect a thorough federal investigation of the Sanford Police Department and their role in exacerbating this tragedy. Trayvon's case moved the nation because it underscored the twin tragedies that affect so many of our young people: Trayvon was profiled because of his race -- looked upon as a threat rather than the loving son he was. And then, once he became a victim, he was neglected by the very police department tasked with protecting our communities and families. As a nation, we've got to address the issues of racial profiling and the valuation of black mens' lives by law enforcement. In the months... the NAACP and our allies in the civil rights community will continue to take these issues on as well as the urgent need to repeal stand your ground laws. Tonight our thoughts and prayers are with Trayvon's family. We are grateful for the courage and tenacity of Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin that continue to help shape a national movement for justice for their son and for all of America's children. The death of Trayvon Martin has caused a firestorm of controversy leading to heated debates regarding issues such as racial profiling and other biases in law enforcement. Many believe that Zimmerman shot Martin, and that Zimmerman was not initially charged, due to racial bias on the part of Zimmerman and the Sanford police department that initially investigated the case. Zimmerman was released after killing Trayvon Martin with a registered handgun in Sanford, Fla. after claiming he shot the youth in self-defense. Special prosecutor Corey shot down claims that racism motivated any arm of Florida law enforcement in this case. "We only know one category... that's 'V' for victim," she replied to reporters about how the race of Trayvon Martin might have impacted initial inquiries into his demise. Corey stated that seeking justice for victims is in her experience the sole motivation of law enforcement officials. (Continued on page 4)





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"We do not prosecute by public pressure or petition," she added about the intense scrutiny the case has received in the press. Corey stressed that the decision to charge Zimmerman with second degree murder was made based on the facts and the laws of the state of Florida alone. Her highest aim is to seek the truth for both the victim, and "the person responsible for his death, George Zimmerman," the state attorney said. theGrio: Zimmerman has been taken into custody Zimmerman is now in police custody in Flordia, but Corey would not disclose where he is in the state for the sake of his safety. Corey also said that as a member of law enforcement, she cannot discuss any evidence in the case, and regrets that so many details have been leaked. Corey arrived at her decision to charge Zimmerman with second degree murder last week, but took additional time to make sure that all the legal requirements were in place to make the charge appropriately. Corey and her team have been reviewing evidence regarding Martin's death for approximately three weeks. Life in prison is the maximum sentence for a second degree murder conviction in the state of Florida. Zimmerman might be released on bond, but in Seminole county his lawyers must request a bond hearing to secure one. Corey does not know if the trial will be held in Seminole county. It is the court of jurisdiction for the crime, but the case might not be tried there. The tainting of the jury pool by media reporting has been cited as one reason for this possibility. "We have to protect this case and this prosecution for Trayvon," Corey said, and "for George Zimmerman, and that's what we are going to do."

Prosecutor charges Zimmerman with second-degree murder George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed Miami teenager Trayvon Martin, has been charged with second-degree murder. State attorney Angela Corey, who took over the case after the state attorney of record, Norman Wolfiinger, recused himself from the case last month, made the announcement Wednesday, and confirmed that Zimmerman is in custody. "We do not charge on public pressure," Corey said before announcing the charges, saying the case, which has received international attention, should not be tried in the public arena. Zimmerman is represented by a new attorney, Max O'Mara. Corey would not disclose his whereabouts, but under Florida law, he would be tried in Seminole County. Corey said she would not disclose Zimmerman's location, for his own safety. "I can tell you he is in the custody of law enforcement officers here in the state of Florida," Corey said of Zimmerman. Corey said she was not sure Wolfimger's office had completed their investigation at the time he recused himself from the case and Florida Gov. Rick Scott assigned the case to her. The case has driven fault lines among racial and poltical lines. However Corey said her office cares only about seeking justice for Trayvon Martin's family. "Those of us who work in law enforcement are committed to NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

justice for all our victims of every race, every gender," Corey said. "The only category we know is V, and that's for victim." She acknowledged that Zimmerman reached out to her office but not to her personally - before his lawyers quit the case. In her closing remarks, Corey spoke about her first meeting with the parents of the slain teen. "After meeting with Trayvon's parents that first Monday night after we were appointed, the first thing we did was pray with them," Corey said. "We opened our meeting with prayer. We didn't promise them anything. ... In fact, we said to them, if we do not bring charges, what can we do to help make sure your son's death was not in vain?" U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, who represents the district in Miami where Martin lived with his parents, issued the following statement: "Trayvon Martin's parents endured a loss that no one should have to endure. Parents should not have to bury their child. It took 45 days, but finally, second-degree murder charges have been filed against the man who killed their son. That George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin is not in dispute. But letting him enjoy his freedom for 45 days was unconscionable. We've stood up for Trayvon for 45 days. We've stood up for justice for 45 days. "I've been praying for Trayvon's family. Thankfully, the special prosecutor announced today that second-degree murder charges have been filed against Mr. Zimmerman. Now, the American justice system will take its course. While this chapter in the Trayvon Martin case may be over, we still need to have an honest and open discussion of the hard truths that led to this tragedy. Trayvon's death must not be in vain. Racial profiling still exists in our country. There's a level of distrust between law enforcement and Black men. These are difficult conversations to have, but we must have them so that there will be no more tragedies like Trayvon's." Trayvon Martin's parents made a few short statements to the press following Corey's announcement she intends to pursue second-degree murder chargers for Zimmerman. "I just want to thank God," Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon's mother, said. "We simply wanted an arrest, nothing more and nothing less and we got it...thank you Lord. I want to say love has no color." Tracy Martin, Trayvon's father also made a few brief remarks. "When we started marching, I said I will walk by faith," Martin said. "We will continue to walk - white, black and Latino. We will continue to march until the right thing is done." PAGE 4



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Team Obama opposes anti-gay marriage initiative in Minnesota The Obama campaign announced Monday it would oppose an anti-gay marriage initiative in Minnesota, further illustrating a shift in the president's views on this controversial issue. In his 2008 campaign, thenSen. Barack Obama said marriage should be between a man and a woman. But since 2010, Obama has hinted he could change that view and support same-sex marriage in the near future. And he appears to be taking a step in that direction by opposing state gay marriage bans. Last month, the campaign opposed it


would oppose a gay marriage ban in North Carolina. The Tar Heel state will vote on that provision on May 8th, while Minnesota's is on the ballot in November While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the record is clear that the president has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same sex couples. That's what the Minnesota ballot initiative would do -- it would single out and discriminate against committed gay and lesbian couples -- and that's why the president does not support it," an Obama campaign spokesperson told the MinnPost in a statement. Some Democratic activists are now pressing Obama to support gay marriage before the election, a move he may not make as it could

Mike Wallace dead, spokesman says Originally published: April 8, 2012 10:36 AM Updated: April 8, 2012 10:49 AM By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CBS newsman Mike Wallace, the dogged, merciless reporter and interviewer who took on politicians, celebrities and other public figures in a 60-year career highlighted by the on-air confrontations that helped make "60 Minutes" the most successful prime-time television news program ever, has died. He was 93. Wallace died Saturday night, CBS spokesman Kevin Tedesco

said. On CBS' "Face the Nation," host Bob Schieffer said Wallace died at a care facility in New Haven, Conn., where he had lived in NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

offend some more sociallyconservative voters. These Democrats also want to make support of gay marriage part of the official Democratic platform, a move Obama campaign officials have not yet embraced. C. J. COMMENTARY This is not the land of the Free, the Brave and the Gay. While certain states have recognized the issue of gay marriage, including the state of New York. The elephant in the election booth is going to tell the real story. It is disheartening that President Obama has moved towards this view. If we are about in God We Trust then our position is clear if not? Then our position is still clear. And so is mine. What you do behind closed doors is between you and God. This issue has gotten way out of hand. The Bible is clear on it.

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recent years. Until he was slowed by heart surgery as he neared his 90th God is about to release a birthday in 2008, Wallace contin- 7 FOLD BLESSING. He is ued making news, doing "60 Min- doing something new. SO utes" interviews with such subjects as Jack Kevorkian and WATCH AND PRAY. Roger Clemens. He had promised God Bless. to still do occasional reports when he announced his retirement as a regular correspondent in March 2006. Wallace said then that he had long vowed to retire "when my toes turn up" and "they're just beginning to curl a trifle. ... It's become ap-

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Among his later contributions, after bowing out as a regular, was a May 2007 profile of GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, and an interview with Kevorkian, the assisted suicide doctor released from prison in June 2007 who died June 3, 2011, at age 83. In December 2007, Wallace landed the first interview with Clemens after the star pitcher was implicated in the Mitchell report on performance enhancing drugs in baseball. The interview, in which Clemens maintained his innocence, was broadcast in early January 2008. Wallace was the first man hired when late CBS news producer Don Hewitt put together the staff of "60 Minutes" at its inception in 1968. The show wasn't a hit at first,

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but it worked its way up to the top 10 in the 1977-78 season and remained there, season after season, with Wallace as one of its mainstays. Among other things, it proved there could be big profits in TV journalism. The top 10 streak was broken in 2001, in part due to the onset of huge-drawing rated reality shows. But "60 Minutes" remained in the top 25 in recent years, ranking 15th in viewers in the 2010-11 season. The show pioneered the use of "ambush interviews," with reporter and camera crew corralling alleged wrongdoers in parking lots, hallways, wherever a comment — or at least a stricken expression — might be harvested from someone dodging the reporters' phone calls. Such tactics were phased out over time — Wallace said they provided drama but not much good information. And his style never was all about surprise, anyway. Wallace was a master of the skeptical follow-up question, coaxing his prey with a "forgive me, but ..." or a simple, "come on." He was known as one who did his homework, spending hours preparing for interviews, and alongside the exposes, "60 Minutes" featured insightful talks with celebrities and world leaders. He was equally tough on public and private behavior. In 1973, with the Watergate scandal growing, he sat with top Nixon aide John Ehrlichman and read a long list of alleged crimes, from money laundering to obstructing justice. "All of this, Wallace noted, "by the law and order administration of Richard Nixon." The surly Ehrlichman could only respond: "Is there a question in there somewhere?" In the early 1990s, Wallace reduced Barbra Streisand to tears as he scolded her for being "totally self-absorbed" when she was young and mocked her decades of psychoanalysis. "What is it she is trying to find out that takes 20 years?" Wallace said he wondered. "I'm a slow learner," Streisand told him. His late colleague Harry Reasoner once said, "There is one thing that Mike can do better than anybody else: With an angelic smile, he can ask a question that would get anyone else smashed in the face." Wallace said he didn't think he had an unfair advantage over his interview subjects: (Continued on page 10)





NBC News: Zimmerman has been taken into custody George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin to death in February is in custody, a law enforcement source has confirmed to NBC News. NBC's Kerry Sanders said the source confirmed that Zimmerman, 28, who will be charged criminally for the shooting by Florida state attorney Angela Corey, was picked up by authorities, but the source did not say where or at what time. Corey will make an announcement about the charges at 6pm EST. NBC News can also confirm that Zimmerman has a new attorney, Mark O'Mara. O'Mara is an Orlando criminal and family law attorney who like Zimmerman's former attorney, Hal Uhrig, was a local TV analyst during the Casey Anthony trial. Uhrig and Zimmerman's original lawyer, Craig Sonner, withdrew from the case on Tuesday, saying they had lost contact with their client. TheGrio will have updates on this story as they develop.

How the Trayvon Martin case has divided America The killing of Trayvon Martin has brought many people together, but has exposed the various divisions along racial, political and media lines as well. As America awaits the possible arrest of George Zimmerman for killing the 17-year-old black man, the chasm widens. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Trayvon's death may not have created these divisions, but rather -like the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, the O.J. Simpson trial and the execution of Troy Davis -- it reminds us that these divisions stubbornly refuse to disappear. TheGrio: Zimmerman to be charged by special prosecutor in Trayvon Martin case The polls bear out the reality. For example, a new Washington Post-ABC poll found that 55 percent of whites believe blacks and other minority groups are not treated the same as whites in the criminal justice system. However, over 80 percent of blacks feel that they and others are getting a raw deal in the courts compared to whites. Other major polls have framed the divide in terms of black and non-black attitudes about the case, and in doing so have ignored the views of Latinos, the nation's largest and fastest growing "minority" group. And when this rather important demographic is not ignored outright, Hispanics are lumped together with white Americans and rendered white. For example, according to a Gallup poll, most blacks think Zimmerman is guilty of a criminal act, and three-quarters believe racial bias was a factor. Meanwhile, only 11 percent of non-blacks say Zimmerman is definitely guilty, and most said they had no opinion or were unclear. The polls mirror the racial divide in 1995 following the O.J. Simpson verdict, when Gallup reported that 78 percent of blacks thought the jury was correct to find Simpson not guilty of murder, as opposed to only 42 percent of whites. Race is an inextricable part of the Trayvon Martin shooting and its aftermath. An unarmed black teen was shot to death and the police (Continued on page 9)




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refused to arrest, and the prosecutor refused to indict, Zimmerman, who has claimed self-defense under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law. The shooter appears to have used a racial epithet in the 911 call to police the night of the incident. Further, voices in the black community are reasonable to conclude that a black murder suspect under similar circumstances would have been arrested immediately and thrown under the jail. Moreover, Sanford, Florida, where Martin was killed, has a long history with racism that it cannot shake off. Years ago, Jackie Robinson, the first black player in major league baseball, once fled Sanford on two occasions, including after he was threatened with violence by a mob of 100 angry locals. However, this recent case is not merely understood in terms of black and white. After all, George Zimmerman has a Peruvian mother and a white father, and presumably identifies as Hispanic. The media have identified him as white, Latino, "Hispanic" and "white Hispanic." As ethnic, and not racial, designations, the terms Latino and Hispanic include diverse people of various racial backgrounds, including black, white, indigenous, Asian or any combination of the above. Meanwhile, referring to Zimmerman and others as white Hispanic reflects a lack of understanding of the Latino community. This also ignores the African roots of Latin America, and the African influence on Spain, for that matter. Fox News host Geraldo Rivera created a firestorm by claiming a hoodie was as much a factor in Martin's death as the shooter. Some Latino groups accused Geraldo and others in the media of using the Hispanic card and dividing blacks and Latinos. "George Zimmerman is half Latino, but his mentality appears to be completely white supremacist. We suspect that Geraldo Rivera's mentality is not far from Zimmerman's," wrote New York-based community activists called Latinos for Trayvon Martin. The group called for Zimmerman's arrest at a recent press conference at Hostos Community College in the Bronx. In a nation where just about everything becomes a political partisan issue, especially in an election year, Trayvon Martin is no exception. President Obama angered conservatives when he said "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon." Zimmerman's family has accused the black U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder of racism for refusing to arrest the New Black Panther Party for hate crimes. The militant group has offered a $10,000 reward for Zimmerman's capture. Zimmerman's now-former attorney Hal Uhrig accused MSNBC Politics Nation host Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson of turning the case "into a racial event when it never was one." And Zimmerman's father accused civil rights groups, black political leaders and the president himself of spreading racial hatred. "I never foresaw so much hate coming from the president, the Congressional Black Caucus, the NAACP," Robert Zimmerman declared in an interview with WOFL last month. "Every organization imaginable is trying to get notoriety or profit from this in some way, but there's so much hate. I've never been involved in hate and George hasn't. ... I just hope at one point everyone will go beyond the hate that they have." Emboldened by a black president and hardwired to attack every position he takes, conservative voices have doubled down on their support for George Zimmerman and their narrative of black criminality. Sean Hannity of Fox News and Tucker Carlson of the Daily NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Caller have called those who seek justice for Trayvon "race-baiters." And although his lawyers could not reach him and are now no longer representing him, Zimmerman is now speaking to Hannity and apparently seeking refuge in the right wing echo chamber. Uhrig said in a press conference that his client had "called Sean Hannity of Fox News directly, not through us," adding that, "we believe that he spoke directly with Sean off the record and he's not even willing to tell us what our client told him." In a troubling alliance between right wing media and hate groups, the Daily Caller published information on Martin's email and Facebook accounts that were purportedly hacked by a white supremacist. The hacker and conservative media have sought to demonize the deceased victim and paint him as a dangerous black teenager who deserved to die. In addition, the Fox News Orlando affiliate called the neo-Nazi group patrolling Sanford a "civil rights organization." "The wheels are in motion for a complete character assassination of Trayvon Martin," said MSNBC host Ed Schultz. "They are also making the case that Zimmerman was justified in pulling the trigger because the kid had a tattoo and posted a picture of himself flipping off the camera," he added. Perhaps one of the most striking example of the racial viciousness played out in the media is the column written by John Derbyshire. "Avoid concentrations of blacks not all known to you personally ... Stay out of heavily black neighborhoods ... If planning a trip to a beach or amusement park at some date, find out whether it is likely to be swamped with blacks ... Do not attend events likely to draw a lot of blacks ... If you are at some public event at which the number of blacks suddenly swells, leave as quickly as possible," Derbyshire wrote. "Do not settle in a district or municipality run by black politicians ... Before voting for a black politician, scrutinize his/her character much more carefully than you would a white ... Do not act the Good Samaritan to blacks in apparent distress, e.g., on the highway," he added. Derbyshire was subsequently fired. In death, Trayvon Martin has revealed the fault lines of race in this troubled nation. Denial is abundant, as is outright racial animosity, and the failure to come to terms with the inequities black people face in the courts. If people take a side, they should side with justice.





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"The person I'm interviewing has not been subpoenaed. He's in charge of himself, and he lives with his subject matter every day. All I'm armed with is research." Wallace himself became a dramatic character in several projects, from the stage version of "Frost/Nixon," when he was played by Stephen Rowe, to the 1999 film "The Insider," based in part on a 1995 "60 Minutes" story about tobacco industry whistle-blower Jeffrey Wigand, who accused Brown & Williamson of intentionally adding nicotine to cigarettes. Christopher Plummer starred as Wallace and Russell Crowe as Wigand. Wallace was unhappy with the film, in which he was portrayed as caving to pressure to kill a story about Wigand. Operating on a tip, The New York Times reported that "60 Min-

utes" planned to excise Wigand's interview from its tobacco expose. CBS said Wigand had signed a nondisclosure agreement with his former company, and the network feared that by airing what he had to say, "60 Minutes" could be sued along with him. The day the Times story appeared, Wallace downplayed the gutted story as "a momentary setback." He soon sharpened his tone. Leading into the revised report when it aired, he made no bones that "we cannot broadcast what critical information about tobacco, addiction and public health (Wigand) might be able to offer." Then, in a "personal note," he told viewers that he and his "60 Minutes" colleagues were "dismayed that the management at CBS had seen fit to give in to perceived threats of legal action." The full report eventually was broadcast. Wallace maintained a hectic pace after CBS waived its longNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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standing rule requiring broadcasters to retire at 65. In early 1999, at age 80, he added another line to his resume by appearing on the network's spinoff, "60 Minutes II." (A similar concession was granted Wallace's longtime colleague, Don Hewitt, who in 2004, at age 81, relinquished his reins as executive producer; he died in 2009.) Wallace amassed 21 Emmy awards during his career, as well as five DuPont-Columbia journalism and five Peabody awards. In all, his television career spanned six decades, much of it spent at CBS. In 1949, he appeared as Myron Wallace in a show called "Majority Rules." In the early 1950s, he was an announcer and game show host for programs such as "What's in a Word?" He also found time to act in a 1954 Broadway play, "Reclining Figure," directed by Abe Burrows. In the mid-1950s came his smoke-wreathed "Night Beat," a series of one-on-one interviews with everyone from an elderly Frank Lloyd Wright to a young Henry Kissinger that began on local TV in New York and then appeared on the ABC network. It was the show that first brought Wallace fame as a hardboiled interviewer, a "Mike Malice" who rarely gave his subjects any slack. Wrote Coronet magazine in 1957: "Wallace's interrogation had the intensity of a third degree, often the candor of a psychoanalytic session. Nothing like it had ever been known on TV. ... To Wallace, no guest is sacred, and he frankly dotes on controversy." Sample "Night Beat" exchange, with colorful restaurateur Toots Shor. Wallace: "Toots, why do people call you a slob?" Shor: "Me? Jiminy crickets, they 'musta' been talking about Jackie Gleason." In those days, Wallace said, "interviews by and large were virtual minuets. ... Nobody dogged, nobody pushed." He said that was why "Night Beat" ''got attention that hadn't been given to interview broadcasts before." It was also around then that Wallace did a bit as a TV newsman in the 1957 Hollywood drama "A Face in the Crowd," which starred Andy Griffith as a smalltown Southerner who becomes a political phenomenon through his folksy television appearances. Two years later, Wallace helped create "The Hate That Hate Produced," a highly charged program about the Nation of Islam that helped make a national celebrity out of Malcolm X and was later criticized as biased and inflammatory. After holding a variety of other news and entertainment jobs, including serving as advertising pitchman for a cigarette brand, Wallace became a full-time newsman for CBS in 1963. He said it was the death of his 19-year-old son, Peter, in an accident in 1962 that made him decide to stick to serious journalism from then on. (Another son, Chris, followed his father and became a broadcast journalist, most recently as a Fox News Channel anchor.) Wallace had a short stint reporting from Vietnam, and took a sock in the jaw while covering the tumultuous 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago. But he didn't fit the stereotype of the Eastern liberal journalist. He was a close friend of the Reagans and was once offered the job of Richard Nixon's press secretary. He called his politics moderate. One "Night Beat" interview resulted in a libel suit, filed by a police official angry over remarks about him by mobster Mickey Cohen. Wallace said ABC settled the lawsuit for $44,000, and called it the only PAGE 10



COMPTROLLER DiNAPOLI RELEASES MUNICIPAL AUDITS New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed the audits of the Village of Amityville, Village of Bloomingburg, Carle Place Garbage District, Town of Copake, Town of Galway and the Massapequa Fire District. "My office's audits of local governments improve their financial management practices," DiNapoli said. "These audits are tools for local officials to make sure proper policies and procedures are in place to protect taxpayer dollars and provide the best possible service these taxpayer dollars can deliver." Village of Amityville – Internal Controls Over Selected Financial Operations (Suffolk County) The board has not adopted realistic budgets, does not routinely monitor the budget, and has not taken appropriate actions to maintain the village’s financial stability. For the 2008-09 and 2009-10 fiscal years, the village overspent appropriations resulting in a decline in the general fund balance from $1,880,880 at May 31, 2008 to a deficit of $603,888 at May 31, 2010. In addition, the board did not properly authorize or monitor capital projects and did not ensure that each project’s financial records contain sufficient information to detect and prevent cost overruns. Consequently, the village borrowed more than $450,000 from the general fund to finance various projects and the expenditures for four projects exceeded contract amounts by $122,420. Finally, internal controls over purchasing are not appropriately designed or operating effectively to safeguard village assets. Village of Bloomingburg – Clerk-Treasurer’s Duties (Sullivan County) The mayor and trustees did not provide adequate oversight over the clerktreasurer. They did not ensure that the clerk-treasurer verified the billing and payroll work performed by third parties. The clerk-treasurer also performed all the financial duties with little oversight. Finally, the board did not provide for an annual audit of her records and reports as required by law. As a result, one employee was underpaid by $500, the village may have failed to bill and collect sewer rents, and there is an increased risk that mistakes or misdeeds could occur without detection. Carle Place Garbage District – Board Oversight (Nassau County) The board has not ensured that the district maintained a reasonable level of fund balance or that cash flow was sufficient to meet current obligations. Further, the board has not adopted a fund balance policy to provide guidance on how much fund balance to maintain or how fund balance will be used while also maintaining sufficient cash flow to fund operations. As a result, available fund balance has declined significantly, to the point that it will negatively impact the district’s ability to fund operations in the first two months of 2012. In addition, the board has not adopted a procurement policy, an investment policy, and a code of ethics, as required by law. Town of Copake – Financial Oversight and Information Technology (Columbia County) The board has not developed written policies and procedures for online banking or entered into an adequate agreement with its financial institution, and there is an inadequate segregation of duties with online transfer capability. The board does not conduct an adequate audit of claims, payroll registers were not certified, and the town’s payroll processing company keeps an electronic copy of the supervisor’s signature, which it uses to sign the payroll checks. In addition, the board has not adopted policies and procedures for data backup, developed a formal disaster recovery plan, or instituted breach notification procedures. Several town employees have access to areas of the financial software that are not consistent with their job responsibilities. In addition, the support staff of the town’s financial software vendor and two members of the town’s CPA firm also have full access to the financial software. Town of Galway – Financial Operations (Saratoga County) The board did not properly allocate sales tax revenue and adopt structurally balanced budgets. Instead, the town routinely relied heavily on appropriating unreserved fund balance to finance operations in its general and highway funds. As a result, three operating funds incurred budgetary deficits for various years. Massapequa Fire District – Internal Controls Over Claims Processing, Competitive Quotations, and Information Technology (Nassau County) The board is not auditing all claims to ensure that they are accurate, complete, and for legitimate district purchases. Although the chairman of the board or, in his absence, the vice-chairman generally reviews and approves the abstracts, all 25 of the claims tested, were not audited and approved by each member of the board, as required by law. In addition, although the NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Dear Friend, In this economy, many families are struggling to make ends meet. Homeowners facing foreclosure should know there is help. I would like to inform you that foreclosure prevention specialists will be available to meet with homeowners , this Thursday, April 12, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Home Depot Shopping Center located at 150 Fulton Ave. in Hempstead. The New York State Department of Financial Services will have trained specialists on-site to speak with homeowners one-on-one about programs and services that are available to them to help them stay in their homes. This is an open program to assist and advise those with troubled mortgages, and DFS foreclosure prevention specialists will come to our area to help homeowners assess where they are in the preforeclosure or foreclosure process and provide:  Information to homeowners about specific loan modification programs which may be available to them;  Guidance to homeowners on how they can file complaints with the Department so that cases of lender or mortgage servicer abuses, such as predatory lending practices, can be investigated. The foreclosure prevention specialists will meet with homeowners inside the Department’s Mobile Command Center, a 36-foot long vehicle. Homeowners should bring with them any documents relevant to their individual situations, such as records of mortgage payments or letters to them from lenders or mortgage servicers. Homeowners may also file complaints using the Department website, Also, information may be obtained by calling the Department’s toll-free foreclosure hotline, 1-800-269-0990 or 518-457-1654, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you have any questions with this, or with any other matters, please do not hesitate to contact my Community Office at 516-739-1700 or visit my website, Sincerely, KEMP HANNON district has adopted a procurement policy that contains specific guidelines for procuring goods and services not subject to competitive bidding, there were no procedures to ensure officers and employees complied with the policy. The board does not have a remote access policy and has not entered into remote access agreements with external parties. Finally, the district has no disaster recovery plan, and although there are back-up files that are stored offsite, they have never been used to ensure the process works.




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ARE YOUR TREES ADDING VALUE OR A LIABILITY? Westbury, NY-April 4, 2012-- Spring is the right time for homeowners on Long Island to look at the outside of their homes and evaluate what, if anything, needs to be done. When it comes to landscape and trees, it is the time to determine if certain aspects are adding value or unnecessary risks. Clearly, a well-manicured yard with curb appeal can deliver significant profit when it comes to selling your home. Conversely, a sick or dead tree or an unkempt landscape can reduce the value of your single largest asset and pose a danger to you, your family and neighbors. According to the USDA Forest Service, "Healthy, mature trees add an average of 10% to a property's value." In addition, a Money Magazine study ranks recovery value of landscaping "First" among all home improvements, bringing as much as a 200% return on investment. "Trees provide significant value to homeowners, communities, the environment and landscapes," commented Paul Grilli, President of Walsh Brothers Tree Service in Westbury, N.Y. "However, we have seen that they can be extreme liabilities when they become weak or diseased. Proper care to trees is essential and should be viewed like any other necessary home improvement to maintain and increase your property value. Clearly, proper care is essential to prolong a tree's life and in turn increase the benefits it provides."

Mangano Announces 2012 Long Island Liver Life Walk East Meadow, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that the American Liver Foundation Long Island Liver Life Walk will take place on Saturday, May 12th at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the walk will begin at 10:00 a.m. “I encourage all residents to come out and participate in the 2012 American Liver Foundation Long Island Liver Life Walk at Eisenhower Park,” said County Executive Mangano. “Together, we can save the lives of our family, friends and neighbors.” Every year millions of Americans combat more than 100 different types of liver disease. On May 12th, those participating in the Long Island Liver Life Walk will be joining more than 15,000 people nationwide for the national fundraising event of the America Liver Foundation. The mission is to “move forward” towards a future free of liver disease and provide funding for medical research, public education and patient support services. Those interested in participating in the Long Island Liver Life Walk at Eisenhower Park can register online at: http://, or call: (212) 943-1059. About the Long Island Liver Life Walk 2012 The Liver Life Walk® is the national fundraising walk of the American Liver Foundation®. As the largest event dedicated to liver awareness, people from all walks of life come together to help raise critical funds to support research, education and advocacy related to liver disease and wellness. Every step you take and every dollar you raise will help us get close to a day free of liver disease. Eisenhower Park, the jewel of Nassau County’s park system provides over 930 acres of activities. The park offers a swimming pool and fitness center at the world-class Nassau County Aquatic Center; three 18-hole golf courses and a driving range; athletic fields; playgrounds; a 2-mile fitness trail; basketball and tennis courts; and summer entertainment at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre. In addition, the Park includes large and beautiful Memorials to the Nation’s veterans, as well as to the Nassau County Firefighters and County residents who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks. For more information about Eisenhower Park and all Nassau County Parks, please visit: or call: (516) 572-0200.

Unhealthy trees can have severe consequences, costing homeowners when it comes to real estate values and property loss. As seen in recent storms that have passed through Long Island, unhealthy trees blew over in record numbers, causing substantial property damage, injuries, power outages and costly repairs. Homeowners should be on the lookout for signs regularly that your tree could be at risk for failure. Walsh Brothers Tree Service trained Arborists suggest homeowners should lookout for the following:  Do you have large dead branches in the tree or have any branches recently fallen?  Are there detached branches hanging in the trees?  Does the tree have cavities or rotten wood along the trunk or major branches?  Are there cracks or splits in the trunk?  Are there mushrooms present at the base of the tree?  Have any adjacent trees fallen over and died?  Has the trunk developed a strong lean?  Have the roots been broken or damaged by installing pavement, lowering the soil level or digging trenches? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you are not only putting the value of your home on the line, but the safety of your family and neighbors as well. "It's important for homeowners to recognize that pruning is extremely important to a tree's health and their function in your landscape," continued Grilli. "Each cut into a tree can change the growth of the tree and shorten its life." Spring presents the best time for pruning allowing experts to easily spot diseased areas. When pruning for structure, young trees can be aided in developing a strong structure and desirable form. Pruning for aesthetics can increase the form and beauty of the tree while enhancing the structure of limbs and canopy. Finally, pruning for safety removes the chances of falling limbs and costly property damage and injury. (Continued on page 20)






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Mangano Announces Girl Scouts of Nassau County “Girls Go the Distance” Walkathon & Activity Fair Walking Toward a More Healthy Lifestyle Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that the Girl Scouts of Nassau County will be holding their Girls Go the Distance Walkathon and Activity Fair on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22nd at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the Walkathon begins at 11:30 a.m. Program vendors from all over the area will have hands on activities to engage participants in learning about a variety of ways to live healthy! The fair will run from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. In addition, there will be a barbeque provided by The Meat House. “Health education is an important focus for young women and I am pleased to support the Girl Scouts of Nassau County in bringing such an important issue to light at this year’s Walkathon and Activity Fair,” said County Executive Mangano. “The leadership of women in healthcare, business and government is growing and this event is something I am honored to formally recognize during the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary celebrations.” The Girls Go the Distance Walkathon and Activity Fair is a fun and interactive two mile walk and activity fair centered on the theme of Healthy Living. Everyone will be able to participate in exciting games, activities and projects on Walk Day. Registered Girl Scout Troops will have the opportunity to earn a “give back” for their own Healthy Living projects. Some of the exciting activities and vendors include: Long Island Children's Museum, Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, NASSAU COUNTY EDITION


Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site, Femcho*, Garden City Lanes/AMF Bowling, Zumba by Tracy, American Guitar Museum, Oh My Girls!, The Tiny Artist, Old Westbury Gardens, Cabot Creamery, Lil Chefs, Training Station Athletic Club, Hula Hooping with Ramona, Face Painting, Martial Arts, and Flower Making for Volunteer Appreciation Day. All funds generated from Girls Go the Distance benefit Girl Scouts of Nassau County’s Healthy Living Initiatives program. Healthy Living Initiatives brings a unique perspective to keeping girls healthy. Girls today define health in their own terms, placing as much emphasis on emotional and social well-being as physical health, nutrition and physical fitness. In addition to healthy eating and physical fitness, the Healthy Living Initiatives also focuses on increasing girls’ self-esteem and developing healthy relationships. These programs provide girls with the courage, confidence, and character to not only make the world a better place, but their own lives more healthful and b a l a n c e d Funding is needed to help GSNC develop and provide engaging activities that inspire girls to learn how to integrate all aspects of healthy living into their daily lives. Examples of Healthy Living programming include the Seal Watch Walk, My Best Self, Critical Issues, “Girl Speak” Survival Challenge, The Girl Scout Garden and much more. All Healthy Living Programs are marked with the Healthy Living Symbol on In order for girls to live healthy, they first have to learn how, and have fun doing it. GSNC is making a commitment to our girls’ health, but it is your help that makes it possible. About Old Bethpage Village Restoration Old Bethpage Village Restoration provides visitors with a unique and wonderful opportunity to step back in time and experience life in a recreated mid-19th-century American

village. The 209-acre village includes an assortment of homes, farms and businesses. Each fall, the village hosts the Long Island Fair, a traditional county agricultural fair that draws tens of thousands of visitors, and through most of the year the village supports a steady series of family-friendly events and exhibits, including old-time “baseball” tournaments. Old Bethpage Village Restoration (OBVR) came into existence in 1963, when Nassau County acquired the Powell property, a 165-acre farm located on the Nassau-Suffolk border. The acquisition of the land and the plan to develop a historic restoration were timely, as rapid post-World War II development on Long Island had taken a toll on the area's landmarks.

Mangano Implements Program to Improve Access to Behavioral Health Care for Nassau’s Most Vulnerable Population Mineola, NY – In an effort to further serve Nassau’s most vulnerable population, County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced the establishment of an Assessment and Referral Center (ARC) to assure that those in need of assistance receive easy access to mental health, chemical dependency and physical health services in an outpatient setting as an alternative to seeking help through emergency room or hospital visits. The program, coordinated by the Office of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities Services in partnership with the Department of Social Services (DSS), identifies DSS clients who will benefit from receiving outpatient behavioral health care. “Nassau County is now the leader in New York State when it comes to implementing innovative approaches to behavioral health care,” said County Executive Mangano. “This program is just another example of

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how government can work smarter and harder to improve the quality of life of those we serve while reducing costs for taxpayers.” The newly established ARC program will be staffed with mental health and chemical dependency professionals who will conduct assessments, as needed, and when appropriate, connect individuals to Health Home providers who will assure that the client’s behavioral health and physical health care needs are effectively addressed on an outpatient basis. “The co-location of mental health and chemical dependency operations with the Department of Social Services is a great opportunity to provide a health care intervention that prevents the development of a health crisis that would have resulted in a hospitalization,” added Lisa Murphy, Commissioner of Human Services. Dr. John Imhof, Commissioner of the Department of Social Services added, “We are pleased to partner in this important endeavor, as it is certain to facilitate access to needed behavioral health care for individuals who have oftentimes fallen through the cracks in our health care system.” The Director of the Office of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities, Dr. James Dolan, stated, “That during the course of one’s visit to the Nassau County DSS, the person will not only be able to receive DSS services, but during the same span of time, the individual will also have access to behavioral health care.” In addition to making referrals to Health Homes, when indicated, staff will be directly involved in assuring that the client is connected to a community based behavioral health provider. It is also planned that the staffing pattern of the ARC will include Peer Specialists and Family Advocates. Other partners in this project include the lead Health Home agencies in Nassau County, which began the agency FEGS, and North Shore/LIJ Health Systems. PAGE 17



LETTER TO THE EDITOR Dear Constituents: As you know by now, County finances are in a very difficult way. Sadly, this is the fate many local governments have experienced in the wake on the Great Recession and slow recovery. While each municipality’s circumstances differ slightly, the precipitants of our collective dilemmas is very similar. An increase in demand in services— from those still affected the most by the recession—and the ever increasing cost of providing those (and all) services. While both those reasons are not caused by the County, we nonetheless must find a way to mitigate them. To clarify though there does not exist a five-hundred million dollar deficit for this year. That figure is a combined projection for the next three years. And while the number is accurate—it is by no means inevitable. It only exists if we do absolutely nothing over the next three years to eliminate it. Deficits are nothing new to the County. Unlike the federal government, we can’t just print money or leave the budget unbalanced. Every year, the cost of providing services goes up and every year, we in County government do our best to spare you from having to pay for those increases. We actually created a Rainy Day Fund to mitigate future deficits and back in 2009, we started tapping that reservoir rather than let residents feel the pinch in their pocketbooks. While we had beefed up the reserves of the rainy day fund to impressive levels, not even our best analysts could have predicted the Recession would be as profound and long-lasting as it has been. Now those reserves have dwindled. So while an economic rebound is slowly underway, the filling effects on County coffers can no longer be waited on. Going forward, over the next several weeks, months— and even years—that means County government will have to totally transform itself and the role it plays in the lives of citizens. Rest assured that I, my colleagues in the Legislature and the County Executive are focusing all our combined energies on the task of creating this new reality. Our charge represents a fundamental sea change that governments at all levels will have to undergo in the future. There is virtually no department or employee that will not be affected by the changes ahead or that will not be asked to make a sacrifice. Despite our best efforts, you too will likely begin noticing these changes. So to begin preparing you, I thought I’d start by telling you my guiding philosophy in undertaking this Herculean task and then share with you some of the first steps we will be taking. The cost savings and revenue generated by these measures will not only ease our current financial crunch, but in the coming years, will make and save more than one-hundred million dollars. Here’s what we cannot do, simply undertake a wholesale cut in services and then just raise revenues to a corresponding amount to zero us out. We must be strategic in reconceptualizing what County government is and how it operates. To fully embrace that means embarking on nothing less than a course of what I have termed “Compassionate Efficiency”. Compassionate Efficiency means completely rethinking how we NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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can continue to provide the services that are the most critical to the largest number of County residents, while at the same time realizing that government cannot—nor should it ever even try—to be all things to all people. Understanding Compassionate Efficiency means coming to terms with who we are first before we try to evolve into something different. It means figuring out how to overcome the difference between our long-engrained psychological views of society and the realities of our evolving world. That means coming to terms with our technological disconnect dilemma. We live in an age where the answers to all the questions we have are just a broad-band away. Our microwave mentalities have grown accustomed to immediate answers. While 3 and 4G can almost instantaneously tell us “who”, “what” or “where” something is, even Wi-Fi can rarely answer the huge question of “why” or the infinitely harder question—how do we deal with it. That’s because despite our technological advances, governments are still like the great dinosaurs, plodding along, trying to respond swiftly to the growing and ever-faster moving dilemmas they are charged with overcoming. Even with all the power of all the combined computing power of all the micro-chips in the world, steering society is not like piloting a supersonic stealth jet, but rather like navigating the course of a great ship. We use our ever evolving technology to look further and further out on the horizon for icebergs and other obstacles. But once spotted, all the captains can do is to try to agree on a course of action to trim our collective direction in time from turning into a dangerous and destructive path. A detailed listing of everything being planned would likely fill this entire edition of this paper. Most of our actions are very technical but some are painfully straight forward. There are some services we are mandated (by federal and state law) to provide. And while we can do little but beseech Washington and Albany for relief from some of those requirements, we do have self-imposed mandates that we can lift. We will try to maximize revenues in a way that allows us to minimize how much each person will feel it. We will seek to keep more County dollars here in Suffolk instead of sending them to Albany. Our “Stage One Mitigation Plan”, set to be released and begin being enacted this month, will save taxpayers more than $160 million over the next 3 years. Just one of the more straight-forward ways it does that is to create our own Traffic and Violations Bureau. Know this—the intention is not to increase the number of tickets given out. Currently, when you get an infraction for a motor vehicle violation more than 70 PERCENT of your ticket price gets sent to Albany— only 25% stays here in Suffolk. A local traffic bureau will reverse that equation and make sure that violators’ fines go towards funding traffic and safety measures here on the Island, not upstate. The mitigation plan has many other components as well. Will implementing them be easy? Probably not—but what in life of real value is ever truly easy. What I want you to know is this, I and my colleagues at the Legislature will do everything necessary not just to put the County back on a sound financial footing, but to reconceive County government itself. When we do, I’m confident that this County we call home will be stronger, wiser and even better equipped to handle the challenges that lie even further down the road. Sincerely, DuWayne Gregory Suffolk County Legislative Majority Leader 15th District Legislator PAGE 18




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Mangano Announces West Shore Road Project to Move Forward Reconstruction Makes Communities Safer, Puts People Back to Work

An audit spurred by anonymous tips revealed fake bids for construction contracts and other procurement problems at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Findings of the audit have been referred to the Joint Commission on Public Ethics. “The systemic breakdown in oversight found at SUNY Downstate Medical Center allowed for questionable practices that may have undermined the integrity of the purchasing process and raises concerns about whether the best price was obtained,” DiNapoli said. “Officials must take action to change how business is done and put necessary safeguards in place to protect public dollars from this kind of fraud and abuse.” The Comptroller’s office received three anonymous letters alleging fraudulent activity relating to procurement activities at SUNY Downstate. A team of fraud and forensic auditors and investigators found efforts to circumvent the bidding process with fake bids, improper relationships between staff and vendors, and problems with software implementation. A review of payment information from January 1996 to October 2010, totaling $1.2 million, found that one company, Eagle Two Construction, was affiliated with several other companies that had submitted competing bids in six separate procurements. Eagle Two Construction and these other companies are all located at 294 20th Street in Brooklyn. DiNapoli’s auditors and investigators found that some bids submitted by Eagle Two were forged. Auditors found that in six cases involving a total of $92,090 in contracts, bid documents for the fake and affiliated companies of Eagle Two made similar errors and had incorrect phone numbers and mailing addresses. Auditors found that whenever one of these affiliated companies bid against Eagle Two, Eagle Two won the project. On three additional projects, auditors found evidence that payments of $49,890 to Eagle Two and an affiliated company, JIT, were done to avoid change orders to existing contracts. When auditors attempted to interview the owner of Eagle Two Construction about work with SUNY Downstate, the owner, Roxanne Tzitzikalakis, asserted her Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination. SUNY Downstate staff in charge of reviewing these bids admitted to auditors that they should not have accepted the alleged competing company bids from Eagle Two. SUNY Downstate staff was also aware that Demitrios Tzitzikalakis, the father of Eagle Two’s owner, was involved in the company’s daily operations. Mr. Tzitzikalakis had been convicted of various felonies in connection with a previous company with which he submitted falsified and inflated invoices to the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services. Auditors also identified that a former employee of Technical Systems Integration Group (TSIG), who became a project manager at SUNY Downstate in 2007, improperly oversaw and approved work by the company on several occasions. State ethics laws dictate that an employee who enters state service from the private sector must consider recusal from any matter concerning a former employer within the prior two years. Additionally, auditors found that from February 2007 through May 2011, SUNY Downstate paid approximately $2 million to implement a new business operations system. As of July 2011, only 10 of more than 200 departments within SUNY Downstate were using the software and responsibility for implementation has changed at least once. The Comptroller recommended that SUNY Downstate: Recoup the $49,890 in funds paid for work that should have been covered under previous contracts; Establish an environment at SUNY Downstate that supports internal controls and compliance with applicable laws and strengthen procurement oversight to detect future instances of waste, fraud and abuse; Assess the integrity of vendors and monitor purchases to assure they are necessary and being used to prevent waste of SUNY Downstate resources; And, cooperate with any Joint Commission on Public Ethics review that may occur as a result of this audit. SUNY Downstate did not agree that improper relationships with vendors existed. Its full response is included in the audit. To see a copy of the complete audit go to: audits/allaudits/093012/10s45.pdf DiNapoli encourages the public to help fight against fraud and abuse. New Yorkers can report allegations of fraud, corruption and abuse of taxpayer money by: calling the Comptroller’s toll-free fraud hotline at 1-888672-4555; filing a complaint online at; or mailing a complaint to: Office of the State Comptroller Investigations Unit, 110 State Street, 14th Floor, Albany, NY 12236.

Mineola, NY - Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that the Army Corps of Engineers has issued a draft permit that will help Nassau County’s largest highway project in two decades get underway within the next year. Approximately two miles of West Shore Road, which runs along Nassau’s North Shore through Oyster Bay, Bayville and the Village of Mill Neck, will see extensive reconstruction in three phases that will improve safety and address important environmental concerns that have faced the community for generations.


“This project has been argued and debated since the 1970’s, and now it is a closer reality,” said County Executive Mangano. “For too long, West Shore Road has been ignored and my administration has successfully advanced this project to a point in which we can break ground within the next 12 months. This massive project will address safety and the environment head on – all while putting people back to work on its construction.” First conceived in 1978, the West Shore Road project has always faced pressure from municipalities, environmentalists, the community and funding concerns. The road, which is bordered by Oyster Bay Harbor, has been pummeled through the years by storms and heavy traffic. The entire project, which will be done in three phases, is expected to cost $30 million. Phase One will cover a 2,000 sq. ft. stretch from Cleft Road towards the Bayville Bridge in Bayville. In addition to difficult road conditions, many environmentalists have claimed that the storm water runoff has never been properly managed, spilling contaminants into the precious waters. The project aims to address that situation. In each phase, an underground pretreatment system will be installed. “This project is critical to the long-term health of Oyster Bay Harbor,” added Mangano. “Our plans take every aspect of improvement into consideration.” In addition, the seawall along West Shore Road will be replaced, as will the entire road bed. During the project, power and cable lines will be buried under the roadway, eliminating hanging wires and utility poles that often fall during storms, hampering evacuation from the waterfront community. That work will be done in each phase and the project is underway. Once a final permit is received from the Army Corps of Engineers, which is expected within two weeks, the project will go to the bidding process. The construction contract must be approved by the County Legislature and the Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA). Construction duration is expected to last approximately 18 months. “This is a great leap forward for Oyster Bay, Bayville and Mill Neck,” concluded Mangano. “The West Shore Road symbolizes a new era of progress in Nassau. My administration is committed ensuring the County’s well-being for generations to come.”

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Walsh Brothers Tree Service and Contracting has been an established business with more than 25 years experience with a reputation for service, reliability and low cost. Their Certified Arborists, highly trained workers,and state-of-the-art equipment continue to deliver the high quality service that clients have come to appreciate and expect. Speacilizing in tree removal, pruning, land clearing and much more, Walsh Brothers has become the tree service of choice on Long Island. Homeowners are encouraged to contact Walsh Brothers for a free assessment to see if pruning is necessary. For further information or questions, please call (516)-333-TREE (8733).




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Happy Birthday Emma Gunter A gala 50th birthday celebration was held for Emma Gunter of Lakeview at the Coral House in Baldwin. Daughters, Sarah Naar and Stella Fequiere, threw the surprise party in their mother’s honor. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby was proud to present a Certificate of Recognition to Ms. Gunter and wish her heartfelt happy birthday wishes. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION




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Mayor Hall Speaks at Build Hempstead, Buy Hempstead’s ‘Showcase Jamaica’ Mayor Wayne J. Hall, Sr. recently delivered a speech at the Build Hempstead, Buy Hempstead event showcasing the arts and culture of Jamaica. The event took place that the Calvary Tabernacle Auditorium in Hempstead. ‘Showcase Jamaica’, a celebration of Jamaica’s 50th year of independence, served as the kick-off event for the Build Hempstead, Buy Hempstead initiative. This community development initiative aims to encourage investment in the village through incentives for residents and business owners. The evening featured performances by virtuoso classical pianist and violinist Paulette Bellamy, Jazz/Gospel pianist Jon Williams and R&B/ Jazz/Gospel pianist Alex Martin-Blanken. The award-winning artists were joined by the Greater Jamaica Chorale Ensemble and singer/guitarist Teddy Crawford.

Happy Birthday Dorothy Freeman A gala 85th birthday celebration was held in honor of Dorothy Freeman, wife of Tuskegee Airman Julius Freeman, at Thomasina in Jamaica, NY. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby was proud to present a Certificate of Recognition to Mrs. Freeman and wish her heartfelt happy birthday wishes.





MAYOR WAYNE HALL AND THE VILLAGE OF HEMPSTEAD, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CITI AND THE NYS SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER, LAUNCH SIX-WEEK EXCELLENCE IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM Hempstead, NY, April 5, 2012—Mayor Wayne J. Hall, Sr. and the Village Board of Trustees today announced that the Village of Hempstead is launching a six-week Excellence in Entrepreneurship Program (EEP) in partnership with Citi and the New York State (NYS) Small Business Development Center at Farmingdale State College. This collaborative, high-demand venture aims to enhance the skills of new or aspiring entrepreneurs through a series of free business workshops. Classes will take place once a week from 6-9 p.m., beginning Monday, April 23rd and ending Thursday, May 31st. They will be held at the Hempstead Public Library, located at 115 Nichols Court, and are open to all Hempstead Village residents. Attendees who complete the program, attend all six workshops and write a viable business plan will qualify for a drawing of a laptop computer. “The Village is proud to make this workshop available free of charge to all of our residents.” said Mayor Hall. “We commend Citi and the NYS Small Business Development Center for their vision in developing the program and for their outstanding commitment to community.” Calling the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Program “a must-do for new and aspiring business owners,” the mayor said it will provide new entrepreneurs with a blueprint for starting and maintaining a suc-


ADULT WORKSHOP WRITING A BUSINESS PLAN FOR A SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP WEDNESDAY, May 9th,2012 7:00P.M. –8:30P.M. For immediate release* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * advance Registration needed * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Contact: Reference* * * * * * * * * * * * *481-6990 Successful retired executives from SCORE, a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration will be presenting a workshop on Writing a Business Plan for a Small Business. This workshop is intended for all Small Business owners or people interested in starting a business. The workshop will include: 1) What needs to be included in a Business Plan. 2) Preparing budgets and cash flow projections. 3) Tax considerations. 4) How to use a business plan to get a loan. The program will be held in the Community Room. Registration is required for this free program.


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cessful business. Program sponsors said the EEP was developed because there is a high interest in entrepreneurship in the village, but many of the small business owners have no formal business background, often leading to numerous and costly missteps. Hempstead is home to several hundred small businesses. With the impending $2 billion downtown revitalization project, workshop organizers anticipate that even more residents will be opening new ventures. Pat Edwards, the Vice President of Citi Community Development Long Island, noted that EEP is a part of a larger company initiative across the country that “builds on Citi’s nationwide efforts to expand opportunities for underserved small business owners.” “Collaborative, innovative programs like this one provide the training and guidance that entrepreneurs need to succeed, create jobs, and help revitalize our communities,” Edwards added. Lucille Wesnofske, Regional Director of the NYS Small Business Development Center at Farmingdale State College, said “The program has met with great success in other communities on Long Island. It provides the information needed to properly plan a small business and dispels the many myths associated with starting and operating one.” Designed by business experts from Citi and the NYS Small Business Development Center, the Excellence in Entrepreneurship sessions include: Start-UP: Creating a Launch Pad; Overview and Marketing; Operations and Management; Business Finances; Keys to Success; and the New Age of Marketing and the Role of Market Research. Registration is now available online or by phone. Visit and click on “workshop” on the top menu, or call 631-420-2765. Class size is limited and qualifying participants will be chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis, so register now. Workshop attendees should use the Washington Street entrance of the Hempstead Public Library.

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From the Desk of Mayor Hall Two teenagers, aged 19 and 17, were standing on Martin Luther King Drive at the Park Lake residences on the afternoon of Sunday April 1st, when they were shot and wounded in a drive-by assault. The victims were taken to Winthrop University Hospital for treatment. My heart goes out to their parents, who heard the kind of news every parent most dreads. Thankfully, both young men are expected to recover. Police are investigating the incident. I urge anyone with information to come forward and contact our Police Department; if you prefer, you may do so without identifying yourself. If you know or saw something related to this crime or others, please call the Village Police Department at 516-483-6200. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS. This program, funded by private donations, offers anonymity and cash rewards to anyone who gives information leading to the arrest of an offender. Appalling acts of violence like this are clearly unacceptable. The highest responsibility of civic leadership is to protect the people we serve. The Village has added 25 new police officers in the past two years. Several strategic policing initiatives implemented last year are helping us bring about a reduction in both violent crime and overall crime. Incidents such as this one, however, remind us that our work is never done, our vigilance must never waver, and we must continue to make every effort to keep our streets safe. Most gun violence occurs with the use of an illegal firearm. As we strive to hold those who commit gun violence accountable for their crimes, we must also fight to hold accountable the irresponsible firearms dealers who circumvent the law to provide easy access to deadly weapons. I’m proud to work with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition of more than 600 mayors across the country who are sharing best practices, developing innovative policies, and supporting legislation at every level that will help law enforcement target illegal guns.

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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

Congress also needs to do its part to strengthen federal gun laws that make it far too easy for criminals to bring guns into our state that are obtained from states with lax regulations. For too long, gun control has been considered the “third rail” of national politics – too hot, too dangerous a topic to bring up, so politicians simply leave it alone. But more and more Americans are becoming educated on the issue and are refusing to settle for the status quo, which has resulted in 30,000 Americans dying from gun violence every year. The coalition I work with is not calling for a repeal of the Second Amendment. We support the right of law-abiding citizens to own a licensed gun. But we are calling for some common sense. Which means strict laws and regulations to keep criminals from illegally obtaining guns and using them. We’re not shying away from the issue. Here in the Village we will continue to fight for the removal of illegal guns from our streets, to partner with community organizations, and to work with troubled youth to help them find positive alternatives to violence. 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 Sincerely,



Wayne J. Hall Sr. Mayor of the Incorporated Village of Hempstead NASSAU COUNTY EDITION





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BET has partnered with NetSpend (NTSP) to endorse their Control Card that promotes the following perks. No credit check No overdraft or other surprise fees No interest or late fees No standing in line to pay bills A $10 Purchase Cushion A 5 percent APY Savings Account Life Benefits

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time money had been paid to a plaintiff in a suit in which he was involved. The most publicized lawsuit against him was by retired Gen. William C. Westmoreland, who sought $120 million for a 1982 "CBS Reports" documentary, "The Uncounted Enemy: A Vietnam Deception." Westmoreland dropped the libel suit in February 1985 after a long trial. Lawyers for each side later said legal costs of the suit totaled $12 million, of which $9 million was paid by CBS. Wallace once said the case brought on depression that put him in the hospital for more than a week. "Imagine sitting day after day in the courtroom hearing yourself called every vile name imaginable," he said. In 1996, he appeared before the Senate's Special Committee on Aging to urge more federal funds for depression research, saying that he had felt "lower, lower, lower than a snake's belly" but had recov-

That sounds pretty good to the naked eye, but as I have done with many prepaid cards before, let's take a look at each "perk" to see if they are really benefits.

BET joins the prepaid card bandwagon for worse, not better What do Russell Simmons, Kim Kardashian, Lil Wayne, Tom Joyner, Suze Orman, George Lopez, and now BET have in common? They all have their own or have endorsed a prepaid debit card. Yes...they have all jumped into the prolific market which targets working class and low income families promising to give them all the luxurious privilege of spending money to use their own money. BET has joined the ranks of those who expect people spend their money using a "glorified gift card" as they are called by John Ulzheimer, President of Consumer Education at The prepaid card is one that doesn't help anyone establish credit, costs far too much for those who have limited budgets, and, because they allow those who use them to remain outside the banking system, too often insert the user into a permanent underclass of society, unable to progress economically. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

No credit check: This is a prepaid debit card which is the same as using cash. You will never have a credit check to use your cash so you will never have a credit check to use a prepaid debit card. No overdraft or other surprise fees: I wouldn't know about that because I couldn't see what all the fees were unless I purchased the card...surprise! To see a complete list of the fees I could find, see the end of this article. No interest or late fees: These cards are not extending you a line of credit. Hence, they are not helping you establish credit. Therefore, there is no need to charge you an interest rate or charge a late fee since you are only using your own money and not borrowing any money. No standing in line to pay bills: Is this any different from any other free form of online payment? A $10 purchase cushion: If you take the time to read the fine print in this "perk" they make it very clear this is a "non-contractual courtesy exercised in our sole discretion, by which we may approve transactions that the Control Card cardholder requests from time to time." Translation -- they are under no obligation to give you this cushion if they choose not to, so if any user finds themselves having to use this cush-

ered through psychiatry and antidepressant drugs. He later disclosed that he once tried to commit suicide during that dark period. Wallace, columnist Art Buchwald and author William Styron were friends who commiserated often enough about depression to call themselves "The Blues Brothers," according to a 2011 memoir by Styron's daughter, Alexandra. Wallace called his 1984 book, written with Gary Paul Gates, "Close Encounters." He described it as "one mostly lucky man's encounters with growing up professionally." In 2005, he brought out his memoir, "Between You and Me." Among those interviewing him about the book was son Chris, for "Fox News Sunday." His son asked: Does he understand why people feel a disaffection from the mainstream media? "They think they're wide-eyed commies. Liberals," the elder Wallace replied, a notion he dismissed as "damned foolishness." Wallace was born Myron Wallace on May 9, 1918, in Brookline, Mass. He began his news career in Chicago in the 1940s, first as radio news writer for the Chicago Sun and then as reporter for WMAQ. He started at CBS in 1951. He was married four times. In 1986, he wed Mary Yates Wallace, the widow of his close friend and colleague, Ted Yates, who had died in 1967. Besides his wife, Wallace is survived by his son, Chris, a stepdaughter, Pauline Dora, and stepson Eames Yates. His wife declined to comment Sunday.


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smuhammad comments: FINALLY! I was sooo pleased to see the reply you received from Mr. Tyler Perry! I was disgusted, but not surprised to hear his story!

FACT SHEET Information for Businesses NY Youth Works Program Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the NY Youth Works Program into law on December 9, 2011 to encourage businesses to hire unemployed, disadvantaged youth.The program will support job training and employment for eligible youth ages 16 to 24, who live in these areas of New York State: - New York City - Town of Hempstead - Buffalo - Rochester - Syracuse - New Rochelle - Mount Vernon - Yonkers

smuhammad comments: This article left no rock unturned! The facts are clear! I agree totally with you Ali! All those who participated in this cover up need to be prosecuted as well as Zimmerman! I believe payback will be sweet! Lisa Pagan comments: To the Hispanic Community-We better wake up! In the letter from Tyler Perry, shared by Mr. Ali last week, one of the people abducted by a policeman in Florida was named Felipe Santos.So this is not just an African American issus, it is also an attack on Hispanics. Thomas Howard comments: If racial profiling could happen to Tyler Perry, then it could happen to any of us. Thanks for sharing the letter, Bro. Ali.

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Hector Sanchez comments: You know the letter from Tyler Perry published last week is as scary as the stand your ground laws.

- Town of Brookhaven To qualify for the tax credit, businesses must first be certi-fied by the NYS Department of Labor. The Department must receive their applications for certification between January 1 and June 1, 2012. The tax credit only applies to hiring employees, ages 16 to 24, who are certified to participate in the program. There is a separate certification process for youth. The businesses must hire those certified youth between January 1 and July 1, 2012. Businesses may earn tax credits equal to the following amounts. Furthermore, if the amount of credit exceeds your tax liability, you may receive the excess as a refund. If the youth is hired for a full-time position (35 hours or more per week), maximum tax credit $4,000:

Abdul Mustafa comments: Yes, yes, yes, Bro. Zimmerman has been arrested, but will he go to jail? We must not rest until justice is completely served! Rahim Isaac comments: Brotha Ali, prayers have been answered. Though it is just the first step George Zimmerman has finally been arrested. It is because of journalists like you and this paper (CJ) that continued to breathe life into the murder of Trayvon Martin that we have come to this point. Thank you my Brotha and keep on bringing The Truth!

- $500 per month, for a maximum of six months ($3,000 maximum) and - $1,000 if the youth is retained for six months beyond the first six months of employment (employed one full year)

- Deemed a priority for the area's Regional Economic Development Council

If the youth is hired for a part-time position (20-34 hours per week), maximum tax credit $2,000:

Apply for Certification

- $250 per month, for a maximum of six months ($1,500 maximum) and

- $500 if the youth is retained for six months beyond the first six months of employment (employed one full year) Eligibility To qualify for certification, a business must be: - In good legal standing - Located within a reasonable commuting distance for youth who live in the areas listed - Filling job openings that meet one of the following conditions: - Considered in-demand occupations

Businesses may apply for certification online at The NYS Department of Labor must receive all applications between January 1 and June 1, 2012. Businesses can choose to receive written notice of certification via e-mail or the U.S. Postal Service. PROTECT all Workers ASSIST the Unemployed CONNECT Employers and Workers

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Teacher Fired For Supporting "The Power" Of Youth" As Students Stand Their Ground Against Injustice by Khayyam E. Ali

On Wednesday, April 11, 2012 after weeks of protests from millions of Americans, Florida prosecutors were compelled to do


P.M. special appointed prosecutor, State Attorney Angela Corey, announced the arrest of Zimmerman to the nation. Zimmerman is in police custody awaiting a bond hearing to determine if he will be released until a trial date (if any) is set. The next phase in this case will be what is called an Immunity Hearing. During

self-defense using the "Stand Your Ground Law" which allows a person to kill another person by merely stating that they believed that their life was in danger. Be cautiously prepared as this defense has successfully been used in previous cases in Florida and could result in Zimmerman being set free without ever going to trial.

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is a competent and fair prosecutor. However, it was public pressure that

Ms. Brooke Harris, fired middle school teacher. the right thing and brought second degree murder charges against George Zimmerman, admitted killer of Trayvon Martin. At 6:00 NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

this hearing defense attorneys will appear before the court and attempt to persuade a judge to dismiss this case on the grounds of

Make no mistake about it, State Attorney Angela Corey did not allow public pressure to influence her decision to arrest Zimmerman. She

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More English at Home for Latino Youth Stephen R. Acevedo


I often jokingly blame my mother for my loss in ability to understand and speak the Spanish language; however, it is for this same reason that I thank her. People who know me now may find it hard to believe, but I grew up only knowing and speaking Spanish, and it wasn’t until about after Kindergarten that I began picking up the English language. I owe my quick grasp of the language to many things, but mainly television and home support. Now, I find myself trying to re-learn the language I originally communicated with. Currently, with schools so heavily populated with Latino students, we are finding ESL and Bilingual departments overwhelmed, and are even finding some of their educators struggling as well. Integrating a child to a language foreign and strange to them is no easy task, especially when you have the pressures of state exams constantly over you. This is where Latino parents need to crank up their part.

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ion frequently, they can deny you! A 5 percent APY savings account: To have access to this feature, you must have deposited at least $500 in one calendar month. This seems like a high interest rate until you remember you are being charged at least 10 percent monthly on a deposit of $500 just to earn 5 percent yearly. That doesn't make much sense, and is a great deal for the bank. By the way, if you are one of those who had the brilliant idea of putting a large sum of money into this account and using it as a high yield savings account just to get access to the 5 percent return that is offered, there is a clause in the fine print that states "a cap may be placed on the maximum amount of funds on maintained in the account." It also states the cap can change, which means in no uncertain terms, in my opinion, would they allow someone to put an excessive amount of funds into the account to earn an exorbitant amount of interest on their funds. I am sure they are not too concerned about having to implement this cap because those who use these types of cards are typically in the low income category; however, this clause hidden in the fine print I am sure was inserted to protect their interests. Life Benefits: This is extremely misleading considering you might think you are getting life insurance from the name but are only getting extremely limited "Accidental Death and Dismemberment" coverage. Trust me...the amount of money they earn from this card will far surpass any policy payouts they have to provide from this "perk". Here are a few of the limitations on this coverage inserted to ensure it remains extremely profitable to provide this service:

I was at an event the other day where I saw a parent speaking fluent English, then, when the parent turned over to speak with their child, they switched to Spanish. This truly nipped at the back of my mind. If you are a Latino parent who speaks perfect English, why not utilize that skill at home? English is the foundation of this country, it is what gives us a voice, and if Latinos are deprived of it, we are voiceless within our own home. I understand that there are many reasons why a Latino parent may choose not to speak Spanish at home. For instance, one reason, and I believe it is the most common, is because Latino parents fear that their child will forget the Spanish language, similar to my situation. However, if this is the case, try to use tactical measures – possibly speak English with the child on week days and Spanish on the weekends. As for the parents who do

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not speak English, or who do not know it fluently, again, I urge you to use creative strategies; which can only benefit you and your child together – instead of simply accepting the language barrier, attempt to overcome it with the aid and cooperation of your child. Have your child guide you towards learning the new language, make it a fun partnership. This will not only give your child practice and reinforcement at home, but will also give them a sense of pride and achievement, not to mention also strengthening your knowledge of the language and your bond with your child. The children of this generation more than ever, need some type of English buffer at home, and as much as educators can enforce their support in the classrooms and also extend it to their students at home, the spark starts with the parents.

Coverage is not automatic. Coverage is only available to those enrolled in direct deposit. Coverage is limited for a monthly benefit for only 12 months based upon the amount direct deposited during the preceding 35 day period. So if you direct deposited $8,000 in June, 0 in July, 0 in August, and have an accidental injury in September you will have zero coverage! Coverage is limited to $8,000 because your direct deposit was before the 35 day period. Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance has a tremendous number of limitations itself even without those imposed by the Control Card. I urge you to go here to read about its limits. The larger point that I want to emphasize is that as long as we continue to use these financial predators, the more they will feel they can market to our communities. We continue to feed the beast simply because there are those who want to capitalize on what we don't know. I have personally assisted those who would have been deemed to be "unbankable" -- homeless, bad credit, and formerly incarcerated; I have taken them to a credit union to open a free bank account and get access to the precious debit card with no fees. The only problem with this solution I have implemented through my nonprofit is there is a limited profit in it for those who want to make a profit for themselves outside of feeling good for helping someone. Suze Orman, before her prolific deal to introduce her Approved Card, gave good advice when she spoke out heavily against these cards saying the following: "I don't think prepaid cards are a viable option..." The Money

This coverage is not available in all states. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Young Life by Lindamichellebaron I was seventeen years old and walking a busy street with my tall, handsome, bronze, basketball-playing, intelligent, seventeen-year-old boyfriend when we encountered a slight altercation that could have, even back then, ended in tragedy. A white police officer approached us. There was enough room for him to pass without incident. Instead, he intentionally knocked into my boyfriend. My boyfriend, the young man I was to eventually marry, stopped immediately to confront the law enforcer turned perpetrator. The policeman, hand on his gun, knew that the law and his weapon would support any choice he made at that moment. He could arrest or shot “my man” with impunity, and yet, I could see fear in his face. That fear frightened me. I knew, even back then, that fear and a gun are a bad combination. My job was to save my boyfriend, even as my boyfriend’s ego required him to “save face.” I had to convince my anger-filled man that it wasn’t worth it. I don’t remember the specifics of what followed, but only that, somehow—we moved on. Throughout our relationship, there were altercations with others. Most often, they were with young black males. And I often felt it was my responsibility to keep him safe, even though I knew that I couldn’t. In those days, even with some gang activity, or socio-economic rifts, such confrontations were usually not life threatening. When I heard that Trayvon’s girlfriend was on the phone with him at the time he was being followed by a person who believed himself to be “watching the neighborhood,” my heart went out to her as well. I know that feeling, that rush of fear for the young man you love, your desire to save him, protect him from the bad guys, even those who wear the armor or facade of a protector. Today, there are so few safe havens. Every activity is laced with the possibility of an altercation that could easily lead to death for our young black and Hispanic boys. Guns, laced with pernicious hopelessness, were not in the equation when my boyfriend and I walked through our community. Now, the possibility of death attends every ordinary activity: walking down the street, eating in a fast food establishment, or even relaxing in your home. And death by someone who looks just like the possible victim has increased exponentially. Young women of color are maligned and abused today, while young men of color are killed. Life is depreciated, devalued in the communities where our young people live. It has become so easy to not just put your hand on the handle of a gun, but to draw and shot. “Why not?” society says. “They kill each other. They are the problem.” And society feels compelled to remove them—killing those it doesn’t incarcerate or allowing them to kill each other. Trayvon’s mother is correct. He is our child. What are we going to do about the society that devalues our own young dark, males? It is time we fight (Continued from page 30)

Book for the Young Fabulous and Broke © 2005 "If you can't qualify for a credit card, I want you to start with what is known as a secured card. A secured card is a steppingstone to getting a regular credit card." Women and Money © 2010 " could simply pay with cash and avoid the fee charged for the use of the card. Better to look into a secured credit card." The Road to Wealth © 2010 To read other solutions I have provided, you can click here. Let's get smart, build credit the old fashioned way, and steer clear of these cards. The more we use them, the more we will depend upon them. The more we depend upon them, the further away we will be as a community from those true wealth building principles which will lead us towards true empowerment! CONTROL CARD FEES There are two plans -- the basic plan and the discount fee plan. To become a discount plan member you must deposit $500 in one month: Monthly Fee Basic Plan: $7.95 Monthly Fee Discount Fee Plan: $5.00 Domestic ATM Cash Withdrawal Fee: $2.50 per withdrawal NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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for our young men. They are our sons. Yes, fight for all our sons, even that are not clean cut, those without strong family ties, and even for those with a background of illegal activity. We have to fight for those who have made destructive choices during the perfect storm of disaffection. We have left them unloved, and unprotected, while we have been taking care of our own personal business. So, many of them believe they need guns or gangs to protect them. What are we going to do now? We must make them our business, not just when a policeman or someone else decides to “stand his ground.” It is time that we reclaim our children. First, we have to make it clear to the world and to ourselves that we love our children. We have to love our children more than our name brands and weekly hairdressing appointments. We have to love them when they look ridiculous or when they look frightening. We have to stop fearing them and start loving them enough to confront them when they are wrong and protect them until they get right. Yes, we must confront the racism and hatred that kills unarmed young men at the hands of those charged and paid to protect them and us. But what about the young men, our young men, being killed by other young men every day? We must get the cavalry to our communities. But cavalry can only save our children if we have surrounded them with our love and filled them with positive self-empowerment—an empowerment based on the knowledge of who we are and from whence we have come. Otherwise the cavalry will might come to kill and not to save our boys. We shouldn’t let society off the hook, but we have to create answers in the only cavalry that we can hold responsible to us. We have to refocus our churches and our social and fraternal organizations to be tenacious and unrelenting in the fight to protect and save our children. Copyright © 2012 by Lindamichelle Baron

Dr. Lindamichelle Baron

PLUS ATM owner fees. (The ATM owner fee is waived at AllPoint ATMs but good look in finding one of these.) They were kind enough to give you a few tips on how to avoid ATM fees in this section. One tip was to request getting cash back at retailers. The two problems I have with this tip are: Retailers provide a limited amount of cash that you can receive for cash back and Many retailers are now charging a fee for cash back. Bank Transfer Fee: $1.95 for an instant bank transfer of $100.00 or less Cardholder-to-Cardholder Transfer: $4.95 to use the agent Customer Service Number Balance Inquiry: $.50 to use the Toll-Free Customer Service Number each time you call Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Card Replacement Fee: $4.95 each Addition Card Fee: $4.95 per card Custom Card: $4.95 per custom card The fees listed above are only the most common costs associated with the Control Card. There is a complete list of fees but apparently one must purchase the card to see them. I tried to navigate through the site to find the complete list of fees but all roads lead to a dead end unless I purchased the card. It makes no sense to me to purchase a card before knowing exactly what I was getting into.





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ASK LISA-ANNE Q. My son is 8 years old. He wets the bed every night. I don’t know what to do. I’m so tired of it. Do you have any suggestions? A. You are not alone. Millions of kids and teenagers from every part of the world wet the bed every single night. It's so common! The fancy name for bedwetting, or sleep wetting, is nocturnal (nighttime) enuresis (en-yooree-sus). Enuresis runs in families. The most important thing to remember is that no one wets the bed on purpose. It doesn't mean that he’s lazy or a slob. It's something he can't help doing. For some reason, kids who wet the bed are not able to feel that their bladders are full and don't wake up to use the toilet. Sometimes a kid who wets the bed will have a realistic dream that he or she is in the bathroom - only to wake up later and discover he or she i s a l l w e t . Many kids who wet the bed are very deep sleepers. Is he hard to wake up? Some kids who wet the bed do it every single night. Others wet some nights and are dry on others. A lot of kids say that they seem to be drier when they sleep at a friend's or a relative's house. That's because kids who are anxious about wetting the bed, may not sleep much or only v e r y l i g h t l y . Most doctors consider a bedwetting child to be any girl older than age four and any boy over age five who wet the bed. Bedwetting generally declines with age. About 10% of all six year olds and about 3% of all 14 year olds wet the bed. In a very small number of cases, bedwetting can continue into adulthood. Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, emotional trauma or allergies seem NASSAU COUNTY EDITION


to be more likely to be bedwetters than children in the general population. By the first grade, most children are embarrassed by their bed-wetting condition. They tend to withdraw from social activities that require sleeping outside of their home. They also often suffer from low self-image. Parents can help their children reduce negative feelings about their bed-wetting condition and speed up the process of overcoming it, by offering positive support, understanding and encouragement. Make it no b i g d e a l ! The good news is that almost all kids who wet the bed eventually stop. So if he wets every night, don't be discouraged. Some kids who have other problems, like constipation, daytime wetting, or urine infections, may need to see their doctor for some extra t e s t s . Since he wets the bed, there are some things he can do to decrease the amount and occurrence somewhat: 1. Tell him to try not to drink anything after dinner and remember to go to the bathroom before going to bed. 2. If he does wet the bed, he can help with the cleanup by pulling off the sheets and putting them in the laundry. This is not meant to be a punishment because he can’t help it. It just makes it easier to clean the bed and put his sheets and bedding in the laundry. Keep a fresh pair of sheets in his room so he can change the bed during the night without waking you. 3. A lot of doctors think that the best treatment for enuresis is a program that retrains his brain to do one of two things: wake him up so you can go to the bathroom and/or stay asleep and hold it until morning. This program includes doing bladder exercises, such as waiting a little longer to urinate during the day, reading

about and imagining staying dry, or even using a tiny alarm. The alarm is connected to a pad placed in his underwear at night. If he starts to urinate, the pad senses the moisture and sets off the alarm. Different alarms buzz, vibrate, or do both, but they're all easy to use and can help wake even t h e d e e p e s t sleeper. 4. There are also two medications that some parents choose. One is an anti-depressant and one is an anti-diuretic. Since this condition corrects itself, I do not recommend using medications. Bedwetting does not warrant the side effects of these medications. Good luck! Lisa-Anne Ray-Byers is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist who has worked in education for over two decades. She holds graduate degrees in speech-language pathology and multicultural education. She also holds certification in educational administration. She is the author of the books, They Say I Have ADHD, I Say Life Sucks! Thoughts From

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Nicholas and They SSSay I’m a St St Stutterer, But I SSSay Nothing! Meet Kelly and coauthor of 365 Ways to Succeed With ADHD. She is the Education Editor of the Community Journal newspaper in Long Island, New York and a member of the National Education Writers Association. She is currently employed in the Hempstead School District. You may cont a c t h e r a t or by visiting her website at




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an arrest ever being made. In large part that public pressure was brought on by "The Power Of Youth." In a massive display of civic responsibility and participation thousands of students across the country conducted peaceful rallies and demonstrations protesting the non-arrest of George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin. Many students clearly understand that Trayvon Martin could have easily been one of them and decided to do something about it. It is a learning and teaching moment that should be held in high regard and applauded: one which we should support and encourage as it potentially awakens a "sleeping giant," that being, "The Power of Youth" to effectuate a difference in the country and communities in which they reside. Which is precisely what Brooke Harris, a 26 year-old middle school teacher at the Pontiac Academy of Excellence in Michigan tried to do. For her efforts she was rewarded by being fired by the school district's apprehensive superintendent, Jacqueline Cassell. Why Was Schoolteacher Brooke Harris Fired?

Come to an Open House on April 21 at Long Island’s #1 Arts School, Long Island High School for the Arts GARDEN CITY, N.Y., April 2, 2012 — Voted #1 Arts School by the Long Island Press for the second consecutive year, the Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA) is where careers in the arts begin. Find our more at an Open House on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the school located at 239 Cold Spring Road in Syosset. Find out if LIHSA is the right place for you by sampling some of the professional-level classes that are taught by recognized artists and experienced master teachers. Sketch from a live model, sit in on a jazz jam or take a dance class. Join the theatre ‘techies’ in creating special effects, participate in an improv class, join in a film NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

shoot on location, watch a student performance, take an art class and then be dazzled by the artwork on display in the student art gallery. “Whether it’s making movies, performing at Carnegie Hall, dancing professionally, acting or directing films or plays — this is the place to start making your dream of a career in the arts a reality,” says LIHSA Principal Ava Favara. Explore the school’s theatre, art and dance studios, “high tech” Digital Music and Media Production Lab and rehearsal rooms. Tour the entire state-ofthe-art facility and talk with staff, professional artists, alumni and parents of students. Hear about LIHSA’s outstanding programs, from its half- and full-day high school studies to its Summer Arts Academy, After School program for middle schoolers and Arts for Adults. LIHSA students receive professional-level training in art, dance, drama, theatre technology, instrumental or vocal music, musical theatre, film or

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Ms. Harris encouraged students to raise money for the family of Trayvon Martin and supported students' efforts to plan a wear-a-hoodie-to-school day. However, the official charge was insubordination and unprofessional behavior. The Examiner News (Wash. D.C) reported that according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a national civil rights group calling for the teacher's reinstatement, Harris' eighth-grade journalism students asked her about the death of Martin. Harris gave the students an editorial-writing assignment on the shooting. But the students wanted to raise money for Martin's family and asked the school's administrators if they could each pay $1 to wear hoodies instead of school uniforms for a day, the group said. They said the school regularly has fundraisers in which students are allowed to "dress down." The Examiner also reported that the 26-year-old English teacher said she approached school administrators "through the chain of command" but that Superintendent Jacqueline Cassell said the project could not go forward. Harris said she was in the (Continued on page 37)

playwriting each day as a supplement to their regular courses of study. The school’s alumni have landed starring roles on Broadway and in national touring companies. They also can be found working as technicians for Cirque de Soleil and at Lincoln Center. Last year’s graduates earned more than $8 million in scholarships and grants to continue their educations at some of the nation’s most highly esteemed colleges and conservatories. For details on the open house call 516-622-5678 or visit and like us on Facebook LIHSArts. Long Island High School for the Arts has been offering intensive training in the visual and performing arts for more than 40 years. Students from both Nassau and Suffolk counties can attend either for half the school day, taking academic courses at their home high schools, or can enroll full time and take all of their academic courses for high school graduation at LIHSA. More than 90

percent of the graduates go on to colleges or conservatories, including the Juilliard School, Boston Conservatory, Cooper Union and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (just to name a few). About Nassau BOCES Celebrating its 45th year, the Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Nassau County (Nassau BOCES) is a public agency that serves the 56 school districts of Nassau County. It provides costeffective shared services, including career training for high school students and adults, special education, alternative schools, technology education and teacher training, as well as dozens of programs to expand educational opportunities and help districts operate more effic i e n t l y . V i s i t for news, information and educational updates and like Nassau BOCES on Facebook, nassauboces.




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process of explaining this decision to the students when she was called for a meeting with Cassell. The superintendent suspended Harris for encouraging the students and then fired her after she showed up at the school to drop off prizes for students when she had been told to stay away, the SPLC said. "I didn't tell the kids, 'Let's go and do it anyway.'" Harris said. "I was actually, literally, in the process of talking to my kids about what we could do instead when (Cassell) requested the meeting with me and told me that I needed to let it go." Superintendent Cassell said she couldn't discuss personnel matters but that she wanted students to focus on learning, not activism. "I'm a child of the civil rights movement. But this is not the time in the school year to distract students from academics. In every situation, there are work rules. When rules are violated, there are consequences." Harris said her teaching record was clean and that Cassell "wouldn't let me defend myself." Harris said she still wants someone from the school to provide more details on why she was fired. "I just want a reason," Harris said. "She's got my phone number, and I'd appreciate if she'd tell me what I did wrong." Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the Academy's decision was a "travesty" that would only hurt students. "It taught the students who tried to organize and tried to raise their voice in terms of social justice that they will be repressed. Instead of empowering our children ... the Pontiac Academy is actually teaching children to internalize oppression and internalize racism." Walid made his comments at a news conference and at King Solomon Baptist Church that held a rally in support of Harris at the Detroit church. (Examiner News) This is a fundamental issue which all people should support and one which should be amplified by educators. This can be done by going to and signing a petition for the reinstatement of Brooke Harris to her teaching position. She understood the significance of giving students opportunities to bring real-world experiences into the classroom and seized the teachable moment. Dawud Walid is correct when he states that suppressing students who attempt to organize and raise their voices against social injustice only serves to teach them to internalize oppression and racism. AcNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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cording to the new Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) for teachers and administrators derived from President Obama's Education Reform Initiative-getting students involved with real-world situations is a major objective of the education process. So how can children respect anyone who teaches them to remain silent in the echoes of injustice? Unfortunately nothing can bring Trayvon Martin back to his family and loved ones. But the rest of us can use this as a "grand moment" to expand this movement by galvanizing students to become more socially and politically aware and involved with issues that affect their lives as well as those in their community and on a national level. Brooke Harris did just that and should be commended for doing so. We need more educators like her. This is also a splendid opportunity to organize the largest voter registration drive amongst young people since Barack Obama became president. There are presently Stand Your Ground laws in more than two dozen states across the country. We should use this series of events to educate our young as to how they can use their power of youth to vote and repeal these deadly laws which are not intended to protect them. As we continue the fight against voter suppression, and as the November elections are quickly approaching, I can think of no better occasion to do so. As for Superintendent Cassell, she is wrong when she says that now is not the time to distract students away from academics. To her I say, "When is the time to 'Stand Your Ground' Against Injustice?" The time is always now! If not now, then when? When George Zimmerman goes free? When perhaps he or someone like him kills another skittles carrying, iced tea towing black teenager? What the superintendent fails to understand as she drives in the "safe lane" she's riding in, is that these students see themselves as the Trayvon Martins of the world and that there are few safe lanes in that world. Like many school officials, maybe it is time she steps out of her world and into theirs! (Khayyam E. Ali has been an educator for 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 the subject of biographical sketch in Who's Who in the World.) PAGE 37



Nassau BOCES Adult Learning Center Named One of the Highest Rated Programs in New York State Levittown, N.Y. (April 11, 2012) – The Nassau BOCES Adult Learning Center has been named one of the highest-rated adult education programs of its kind in New York State. The center received a “highly proficient” rating on the Adult Career and Continuing Education Services (ACCES) Report Card for the 2010-11 year. The rating, from the New York State Education Department (NYSED), distinguishes the Nassau BOCES Adult Learning Center as the only center on Long Island with an enrollment of 1,700 students to receive the honored status. “Thanks to our Adult Learning Center, thousands of students are now ready for a better life in the United States and Nassau County, as are their families,” said Ms. Gene Silverman, executive director, Nassau BOCES Department of Regional Schools and Instructional Programs. “It is a tremendous impression for the future of the students and for Nassau BOCES.” The prestigious rating comes as the result of a three-year plan that is the brainchild of Nassau BOCES’ Adult Learning Center Principal Dr. Marc A. Bertrand, who along with Assistant Principal April E. Perry, implemented a Total Quality Management Operational System. The Total Quality Management Operational System is a management philosophy geared toward continuously enhancing the quality of products (instructional methodologies) and processes (student learning) consisting of eight elements to maximize the potential of any educational organization.

Mangano Announces Grand Re-Opening of Tackapausha Museum and Preserve Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that the Tackapausha Museum and Preserve will be re-opening on Saturday, April 21 at 12:00 p.m., after being closed to the public for renovations. Located at 225 Washington Avenue in Seaford, the newly renovated Tackapausha Museum and Preserve includes an innovative Hands-On Discovery Center with reptiles, birds of prey, owls and squirrels, along with crafts and guided nature tours. In addition to serving the public and local school groups, the Museum and Preserve will now also be available for Scout programs and birthday parties. “I am pleased to announce that the historic Tackapausha Museum and Preserve is once again open to the public,” said County Executive Mangano. “Restoring the Tackapausha Museum and Preserve was important to our community as it showcases the ecology and animals that are native to Long Island in a fun and exciting atmosphere.” In the middle of densely populated Seaford on the South Shore, is an historic and beautiful 84-acre sanctuary of oak forests, ponds and streams, small mammals and scores of bird species, all of which can NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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“The entire program underwent a significant redesign and we are overwhelmed with the positive results,” said Bertrand. “The faculty and staff were supportive, especially after seeing a rise in our student success rates. More importantly, they understand we must continue to excel.” Course work is now more closely aligned with the Nassau BOCES Adult Evening Program, which offers career and technical education training for adults. Many students can move from basic adult education towards a set career path, which has a direct correlation to the increased student retention. The annual report card evaluates adult education programs throughout the state in the following four areas: educational gains, follow-up outcomes, goal setting, and survey response rate. NYSED and ACCES assess these categories based on statewide performance averages of adult education programs. The educational gains evaluation component, which is the primary indicator for receiving a “highly proficient” rating, is where the Adult Learning Center scored a 61% passing rate which is 15% higher than the NYSED benchmark of 46%. The Nassau BOCES Adult Learning Center serves 1,700 students each year, and offers course in GED, ESL, United States citizenship test preparation, computer literacy through computer-assisted learning, English reading comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, grammar and math and job-readiness skills. Visit for a complete list of courses, or call 516-622-5623 for more information. Celebrating its 45th year, the Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Nassau County (Nassau BOCES) is a public agency that serves the 56 school districts of Nassau County. It provides costeffective shared services, including career training for high school students and adults, special education, alternative schools, technology education and teacher training, as well as dozens of programs to expand educational opportunities and help districts operate more efficiently. for news, information and educational updates and like Nassau BOCES on Facebook, viewed via five miles of clearly marked trails. The Tackapausha Museum and Preserve, the first tract of preserve land acquired by Nassau County (in 1938 and originally for drainage purposes), is one of the most popular preserves on the South Shore. Bordered by Merrick Road on the south and Jerusalem Avenue on the north, it provides residents with the opportunity to enjoy a physically and spiritually invigorating hike in a convenient and accessible location. In addition, the preserve incorporates a 3,000-square-foot museum with displays about the ecology of Long Island, as well as animal exhibits and shows and interactive activities for children. The preserve itself consists of three sections divided by major roads, with trails that meander through each part. In the southern section, between Merrick Road and Sunrise Highway, the preserve is host to the largest Atlantic White Cedar “stand,” or grouping of trees, in Nassau County, located in a swamp just north of Tackapausha Pond, near Merrick Road. In the central section, between Sunrise Highway and Clark Avenue, a small, secluded pond draws waterfowl and amphibians. The northern section, between Clark and Jerusalem avenues, includes a small wetland near Clark. Tackapausha Museum and Preserve will be open Thursday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Admission is as follows: $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for children over 5 and Senior Citizens. For further information please call: (516) 571-7443 or visit the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums at:




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Hempstead Superintendent of Schools Feted with Unsung Sheroe Award Sisters in the Struggle in 3D honors Dr. Patricia Garcia for her educational leadership Hempstead School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia Garcia was recognized as an Unsung Sheroe on March 30 during the Sisters in the Struggle 3D's 15th Annual Salute to Unsung Sheroes Awards Dinner and Dance. The theme of this year's celebration — which was held at the Long Island Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Uniondale — was entitled, An Evening of Denim, Diamonds and Dancing. During the event, which also celebrated National Women's History Month, the organization honored Dr. Garcia for working diligently throughout her life to make a difference in the lives of women and children as an educator, as well as for her educational leadership as the Hempstead School District's Superintendent of Schools. “Like many women of today, I stand on the shoulders of the female giants. The giants are those very special women who broke down barriers and worked tirelessly to overcome challenges throughout history in order to open doors for me and women all over the world. I thank them for having the continuous courage to utilize their talents and intelligence to make this world a better place,” Dr. Garcia stated during her remarks. “That same courage and commitment to hard work and helping others is what I try to emulate each day as the Hempstead School District Superintendent of Schools. Educating our children — who are our future, who are our next generation of leaders — is a responsibility that I take very seriously, and the Hempstead Board of Education and I will continue to do all that we can to help the Hempstead School District become one of academic and operational excellence.” Members of the Hempstead Board of Education, and many district administrators, teachers and staff members attended the celebration on behalf of the entire school district to commend Dr. Garcia for becoming a recipient of such a prestigious award.

Hempstead School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia Garcia, second from left, was named as an Unsung Sheroe award recipient on March 30 during the Sisters in the Struggle in 3D's 15th Annual Salute to Unsung Sheroes Awards Dinner and Dance. Members of the Hempstead Board of Education congratulated Dr. Garcia during the event. Standing with Dr. Garcia, from left, are Hempstead Board of Education President Charles Renfroe, Vice President JoAnn Simmons, Trustee Gladys Rivera and Trustee Brandon Ray. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION




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Hempstead Students Learn Life Lessons from Former Tigers Former NFL players Reggie Terry and Tim Terry share words of wisdom with Hempstead High School students March 29, 2012 was undoubtedly a Thursday to remember for a group of Hempstead High School students. As part of a special assembly, 30 Senior Academy students were able to hear important words of wisdom from former National Football League players and Hempstead High School alumni Reggie Terry and Tim Terry. The former Hempstead Tigers, who are brothers, gave a motivational speech to the teens to encourage them to work diligently at bringing their life goals to fruition. Tim, a former linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals and Seattle Seahawks, discussed the importance of being a successful student-athlete with the high schoolers, because both academics and athletics, he explained, can help them to accomplish great feats in their lives. The Hempstead High School Class of 1992 graduate is now the Assistant Director of Pro Personnel for the Green Bay Packers. Reggie, a former linebacker for the St. Louis Rams, reminded the students that the road to making their dreams come true will not be an easy one, but with hard work and perseverance, they can become successful and productive young achievers. The Hempstead High School Class of 1989 graduate also urged the students to take pride in being a member of the Hempstead community, and to dedicate time each day to listen to their parents, teachers, coaches and other adults in their lives who have inspirational messages to share. Reggie is now the Football Administration Director for the Arizona Cardinals. Hempstead Board of Education President Charles Renfroe and former Hempstead High School teacher and coach Alan Hodish also shared greetings during the assembly. In addition, television news coverage from this wonderful Hempstead Tiger event was featured on Verizon FiOS1 News later that evening. Hempstead High School students were all smiles on March 29 after listening to a motivational speech given by former NFL players Reggie Terry, fifth from right, and Tim Terry, seventh from right. Standing with the students are Hempstead Board of Education President Charles Renfroe, third from left, former Hempstead High School coach Alan Hodish, left, and Hempstead High School Senior Academy Interim Principal Dr. Johnetta Hill, fifth from left.

Hempstead High School Football Left Caption: Hempstead High School alumnus Tim Terry, a former NFL linebacker, discussed the importance of being a successful student-athlete with Hempstead High School Senior Academy students on March 29.

Hempstead High School Football Right Caption: Hempstead High School alumnus Reggie Terry, a former NFL linebacker, encouraged Hempstead High School Senior Academy students to always be a proud member of the Hempstead community during a special assembly on March 29.





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10 Interesting Things You May Not Know About Sanford & Son 1) Sanford and Son was a spinoff of the British TV show, “Steptoe and Son.” 2) Aunt Esther (Lawanda Page) was the second try at a feisty aunt for the series. The first was Aunt Ethel (Beah Richards) 3) The ratings for the show were so strong that it forced The Brady Bunch off the air in 1974 4) In the 1973-74 season, Redd Foxx left the set in a contract dispute and was written out of the show for the entire season. NBC sued Foxx and he later came back. 5) Using the name Sanford for the show was ironic, since Foxx’s birth name was John Elroy Sanford 6) Foxx avoided the draft in World War II by eating half a bar of soap, which gave him heart palpitations 7) Foxx tried to bring the show back in 1980 with a series called “Sanford,” which took out the word “son” because Demond Wilson, who played Lamont, refused to come back to the show. 8) Foxx died on the set of a new show called “The Royal Family,” ironically while doing his famous heart attack scene, “Elizabeth, I’m coming to join you honey!” Believe it or not, the working title of the show was called “Chest Pains,” a 1991 sitcom under development with Della Reese. As Foxx fell to the floor, it took several minutes for cast members to realize that he was actually having real heart attack. 9) Malcolm X worked with Redd Foxx in the 1940s, referring to him as “Chicago Red, the funniest dishwasher on this earth.” 10) When Redd Foxx died in 1991, he was $3.6 million in debt to the IRS. He claimed that the IRS “took my necklace and the ID bracelet off my wrist and the money out of my pocket . . . I was treated like I wasn’t human” We love you Redd Foxx – you were one of the great ones.





'Django Unchained': First poster for Quentin Tarantino's slaverythemed revenge film revealed The poster for Quentin Tarantino's highly anticipated and sure-tobe-controversial upcoming slavery revenge thriller Django Unchained has been unveiled. Despite boasting an all-star cast which includes Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington and Leonardo DiCaprio, Tarantino decided to go with a sparse, retro feel for this first piece of promotion. The Huffington Post reports: "Django Unchained" has its first poster, and fans of "Mad Men" and/or those hipster-y minimalist revisions on classic movie artwork will be delighted. Everyone else may scratch their heads wondering what the movie is actually called. Starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington and a host of other famous faces, the latest film from director Quentin Tarantino tells the story of a slave (Foxx) seeking revenge against the evil plantation owner (DiCaprio) who kidnapped his wife. "Django Unchained" has previously been described as a "Southern" -- which, in Tarantino speak, is another way of saying its a Spaghetti Western set in the South. Tarantino is taking full advantage of the film's Western roots. He NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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shot "Django" at the famed Melody Ranch in Santa Clarita, Calif., the same place where "Deadwood" film. "It's a blast shooting here," Tarantino said to the Los Angeles Times earlier this year. "Most other western towns look like dollhouses. This has the complete look. It's fantastic." While the poster doesn't give away anything -- not even the name "Django Unchained" is written -- it does feature two men walking across an open landscape. Foxx and Waltz? Heading for revenge? Or two other guys? Good questions! Whatever the case, here's hoping Jim Croce's "I Got a Name" is playing on their internal soundtracks; the Times reported that QT used the song on set, and it's kinda awesome in general. Check out the poster below. "Django Unchained" arrives in theaters on Christmas day. PAGE 42



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ASHA CRITIC AT LARGE ABC has picked up another hit television show from the creative mind of Shonda Rhimes. Shondaland her production company has two hit series under its belt, Grey’ Anatomy and Private Practice. Scandal, is officially the third addition. The new series written and produced by Rhimes is a show that focuses on the main character, played by actress Kerry Washington, who is the head of or her own crisis management firm, the show is loosely based on real life crisis management connoisseur Judy Smith. The first episode is automatically intriguing when Pope and her team of “gladiators-in-suits” tackle a murder case involving a conservative war hero whose fiancee is murdered. The twist believe it or not does not lie in the murder but in the accused. We learn that the war hero who is a Republicans dream is also a closeted homosexual which is the very alibi that leads to his freedom. However, the process is far from simple. Pope has to work her crisis management skills and encourage the accused to choose truth over prison. From the very beginning it is made clear to the audience as well as the firm’s newest recruit that the “gladiator in suits” are not concerned with solving the crime just with the helping the client. I myself had to accept this truth because I am used to watching how solving a crime unfolds on shows like CSI (you pick the city). It was easy to accept this because the story was strong, entertaining, riveting, and fast paced. This may also be attributed to the fact that there were two highly scandalous issues occurring simultaneously.

"No Name Comedy / Variety” Schedules April 13th & 20th Shows at Otto’s In Manhattan NEW YORK, NY –APRIL 2012 -- “No Name... & A Bag O' Chips" Comedy / Variety show producer, Eric Vetter recently announced two April shows at Otto’s in Manhattan with comedians Ophira Eisenberg (Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad), Adrienne Iapalucci (NBC's "Last Comic Standing")and illusionist Lee Allen Barrett scheduled to appear on Friday, April 13th. The festivities will continue on Friday, April 20th with performers including comic Chris Griggs (New York Underground Comedy Festival) and both shows - which start at 7:00PM - will feature the funky sounds of The Summer Replacements” including Carl (BabyFreak) Fortunato. No Cover, No minimum and Otto's is located at 538 E 14th St (Cross Street: Between Avenue A and Avenue B) "L" subway train to First Avenue. For more info, call (212) 228-2240 or go to:; Performers subject to change, for more "No Name," info, contact (347) 885-3466 /

The second is a scandal birthed out a familiar story line. “Leader of the free world has an affair with frumpy White house intern” it is far from original but it makes for good television. In this Monica Lewinsky-esque story line the President has the luxury of calling on his former White House Aide aka ride-or-die chick Olivia Pope. We learn that she and the President had their own scandalous affair. This soap opera like story line admittedly adds to the intrigue and entices the viewer to tune in for this week’s episode. Hopefully, Rhimes strikes gold again with Kerry Washington playing a strong lead character in Scandal. *Tune in Thursdays on Abc  at 10pm to watch 





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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





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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 48




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eBay Store Closed

As Publisher of the Community Journal I highly recommend reading this book, especially if you have children living in Nassau County...


My eBay store, The Quality Corner 1, is now closed. After much deliberation, I decided to close it last month. It was not an easy decision, but it is the best course right now. I opened the store back in 2008 and it was my pride and joy. I worked very hard to grow my eBay business. In 2009, I expanded to selling books and audiobooks worldwide. In 2010, I became a Power Seller and an eBay Top Rated Seller. I felt good about my accomplishments at that time. In 2011, eBay made several changes to the fee structure and seller requirements. During the entire time I've sold on eBay, they have continued to make policy changes. However, the most recent changes caused me to reconsider my eBay business. I decided to keep the store open through the busiest season of the year. After a slow holiday season, I became discouraged. After reviewing my profits, I made the final decision to close the store in February. As the saying goes, "if it doesn't make dollars, it doesn't make sense." Even though my eBay store is closed, The Quality Corner is still open. I maintain my relationship with a very large book distributor, therefore, I still have access to over 2 million titles in print and audio. I will continue to take special requests and ship books directly to my customers. I have several local customers, including the Columbus City School district. I am very thankful for my loyal customers and I look forward to continually providing quality products and quality service in the future. The online segment of my business is continuing to grow. I am now selling ebooks, music and entertainment on my blog. You can view my selection here. Also, I am an affiliate for Barnes & Noble, so I will be promoting their products and passing on savings to my readers. You can read more about that here. I intend to focus more on my book review service as well. To learn more about book promotion through reviews, trailers and press releases, view my website at





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“REASONABLE THINKING” Being that it's FRIDAY THE 13TH, does anyone have any  particular fears about this day? Why? Share your thoughts  at Thanks.  Does  anybody  keep  track  of  their  balances  on  their  Dunkin  Donuts  or  similar  gift  cards  to  make  sure  the  deductions  are  accu‐ rate? Since the cards all seem to look alike, I would suggest you take  a Sharpie or permanent marker and place your initials or an identi‐ fying  mark  so  you’ll  know  if  someone  makes  a  switch  on  you.  Ya  Gotta Watch! LIIFE ‐‐ 15th Annual LONG ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM EXPO ‐‐ July  13th‐19th,  Long  Island  Films,  Filmmakers,  panels  Celebrities,  Networking, Parties., or e‐mail: longisland‐,  or  call  516‐571‐3168.  Movies  to  be  shown  at  Bell‐ more Movies, 222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY 100s of independent  films from around the world! Don't Miss it! Freeport's  IMPERIAL  DINER  has  reopened  and  the  PRICES  are  LOW!  The  Dessert  Display  looks  rather  YUMMY,  and  there  is  so  much more space for seating! It’s Beautiful! Immigrants who are taking the final steps to become American  citizens can receive some free assistance through the Nassau County  Bar  Association’s  seminar,  “US  Citizenship  Interview  Demonstra‐ tion,” on Tuesday, April 24, 5:30 at NCBA’s headquarters in Mineola.  An  Immigration  Officer  from  the  Garden  City  Office  of  the  US  Citi‐ zenship  and  Immigration  Services  will  be  on  hand  to  discuss  the  naturalization process and demonstrate a US Citizenship interview.  Attorneys from the NCBA Immigration Law Committee will provide  free consultations about specific issues and answer questions. Seat‐ ing for “US Citizenship Interview Demonstration” is limited, and res‐ ervations  are  required.  Those  interested  in  attending  are  asked  to  call NCBA at 516‐747‐4070 to guarantee a seat at the program. US‐ CIS  material  will  be  provided  and  light  refreshments  will  be  avail‐ able. For more information, visit Molloy Summer Music Institute ‐‐July 2‐27 (No class on 7/4) for  Grades 7‐12; This is an enrichment program for students who play at  NYSSMA Level III and above. Tuition $395; Applications due by Fri‐ day, May 4th; Classes are FIVE days a week, 9am‐Noon; one hour of  ensemble  rehearsal, one  hour  of  small  group  instruction,  one  hour  of elective instruction (Piano/Music, Theory, Guitar, Percussion, Im‐ provisation and Dance Electives Available. Concert Finale on Friday,  July 27th. 516‐678‐5000, x6483 MARRIED  TO  A  TRIAL  LIAR  authors  Marianne  Rosner  and  Bar‐ bara Shields will donate a portion of their sales at a book signing on  Sun,  4/29,  at  the  Book  Revue  in  Huntington,  NY,  to  the  Nassau  County  Coalition  Against  Domestic  Violence.  The  novel,  chronicles  the rags‐to‐riches struggle of a woman who battles her way out of  deprivation  +  abuse,  is  dedicated  to  "women  who  have been  hurt,  abused +have triumphed over it." DANIELLE REED, my eldest daughter, will once again sing at the  Veterans  Memorial  Service  at  Oceanside  High  School  following  the  Oceanside  Memorial  Day  Parade.  This  young  lady  sings  in  18  lan‐ guages  and  plays  over  20  instruments.  She  is  now  learning  how  to  play  Korean  instruments,  as  if  Oboe,  French  Horn,  Bassoon,  Violin,  Piano, etc. aren’t enough! She gives private music lessons and espe‐ cially prides herself on assisting her students with NYSSMA prepara‐ tion  on  all  levels.  She’d  make  an  excellent  music  teacher in  one  of  our school districts! HELLLOOO! School Districts, are you listening???

is right around the corner. I will be receiving their Community Ser‐ vice  Award  and  will  share  part  of  the  limelight  with  my  good  friend, Robert (BOB) Scott, President of Adelphi University, and a  couple of other very deserving individuals. If you'd like to attend,  and  you  have  CASH  in  your  pocket,  please  let  me  know,  or  call  Mark Eklund at 631‐619‐6100 for reservations. Thanks. 100 Years ago, on April 14th, 1912, the TITANIC sank. Do any of  you  have  personal  stories  to  tell?  You  can  e‐mail  me  at  jim‐ Also, Civil War and American Revolution sto‐ ries are welcome! SENIOR TROUBLESHOOTER ‐‐ One of my first jobs was at a Bro‐ kerage  House  in  NYC.  I  went  from  Department  to  Department  to  observe operations, make suggestions and solve problems. Maybe  Nassau  County  Government  should  consider  having  a  trouble‐ shooter  to  do  the  same.  What  do  you  think?  Tell  me  what  you  think – Thanks. Soundview Cinemas, which has been closed for a few years, is  to  reopen  in  Port  Washington  by  owners,  Jordan  +  Dara  Desner,  maybe by the end of May. PLEASE PASS THE POPCORN, and, QUIET  PLEASE IN THE LAST ROW!!!! My friend, Lyn Dobrin is managing the Adelphi NYS Breast Can‐ cer Hotline’s Facebook page. Could you LIKE this wonderful page? Thanks, A  PERSONAL  THOUGHT  ‐‐  Love  may  be  difficult  to  describe  in  words, but in your heart it is very plain to see. Nassau  County  will  sponsor  a  private  sector  job  fair  on  Tues‐ day,  May  1,  10am‐2pm,  at  the  Cradle  of  Aviation  Museum,  in  an  effort  to  help  put  people  back  to  work.  Employers  from  across  Long  Island  will  be  seeking  candidates  for  all  positions,  including  entry  and  management  level,  licensed  professionals,  and  techni‐ cians. There is no charge for admission and parking is free. Senator Dean Skelos is hosting his third annual NYS Senate Ca‐ reer Fair on Friday, April 27, 2012  at the Rockville Centre Recrea‐ tion  Centre  from  9am‐1pm.  This  event  will  once  again  bring  em‐ ployees  and  potential  employers  together  and  will  be  geared  to‐ wards assisting individuals seeking employment in identifying busi‐ nesses and organizations that are hiring. Nassau  County  Police  Department  ANNUAL  OPEN  HOUSE  at  POLICE  Headquarters.  1490  FRANKLIN  AVE.  MINEOLA,  N.Y.  WEDNESDAY, MAY 16th 2012 THRU FRIDAY, MAY 18th 2012 FROM  9:30 A.M. ‐ 2:30 P.M. ‐‐ It can be very interesting, and a lot of fun!  ****PARENTS,  YOU  MIGHT  EVEN  BE  ABLE  TO  LEAVE  YOUR  CHIL‐ DREN BEHIND FOR A FEW DAYS, FOR SAFEKEEPING!!! LOL

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A burglar broke into a house one night. He shined his flashlight around, looking... for valuables when a voice in the dark said, 'Jesus knows you're here.' He nearly jumped out of his skin, clicked his flashlight off, and froze. When he heard nothing more, he shook his head and continued. Just as he pulled the stereo out so he could disconnect the wires, clear as a bell he heard 'Jesus is watching you.' Startled, he shined his light around frantically, looking for the source of the voice. Finally, in the corner of the room, his flashlight beam came to rest on a parrot. 'Did you say that?' he hissed at the parrot. 'Yes', the parrot confessed, then squawked, 'I'm just trying to warn you that he's watching you.' The burglar relaxed. 'Warn me, huh? Who in the world are you?' 'Moses,' replied the bird. 'Moses?' the burglar laughed. 'What kind of people would name a bird Moses?' 'The kind of people who would name a Rottweiler Jesus.'See More By: Larry Bowen's Reader's Corner NASSAU COUNTY EDITION




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INTRODUCING JAMES REED James W. Reed is a master communicator and a friend to hundreds of organizations from local community groups to the United Nations. For more than 25 years, Mr. Reed has used his extraordinary network of connections to help others. Through both his role as Deputy Commissioner of the Nassau County Office of Consumer Affairs and his work with civic and charitable organizations, it is easy to see that education, combined with a happy and healthy life, is his priority. Professionally, Mr. Reed was the Former Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Consumer Affairs for Nassau County. He was also a Founding Member of the Nassau County Police Explorers Board of Directors which helps youth, ages 14 to 20, succeed and excel in career opportunities, life skills, character development and leadership roles. Additionally, Mr. Reed has served as a Super-Distinguished Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis, a member of the Freeport Salvation Army Corps Advisory Board, a member of the Board of Directors at the Nassau County Salvation Army, and a Government Liaison Chair for the Long Island Chapter of ASIS International. He believes strongly in public education and information, giving as many as 300 speeches a year. His assistance to diverse communities has been recognized and apNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

Job Opportunities with the Obama Campaign Hello Friends, Happy New Year. I am excited to share the news that the Obama Campaign is hiring in great number. They are very interested in getting qualified people of color in various positions. Here's a link to all of the positions and descriptions currently available: http:// Folks should feel free to apply through this link, but should also e-mail their resumes to and cc: Nico Probst( We want to make sure there's a strong African American presence in the field in 2012. Please distribute the links to your constituency far and wide.

preciated by those groups that have benefited from Mr. Reed’s life-long commitment to make life better for all. Much of Mr. Reed's service to underserved communities has been in Long Beach, Westbury/Carle Place, Freeport, Uniondale, Roosevelt, Hempstead, Roslyn, Great Neck, and to international communities, such as the Philippines and Russia. Mr. Reed has received the Community Leadership and Everyday Hero awards from Newsday, the Liberty Bell Award from the Nassau Bar Association, the School-to-Business Award from BOCES, the Long Island Latino Award from La Fiesta Radio, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award from Nassau County, among 100s of other prestigious awards for his efforts on behalf of others. Mr. Reed has solicited, obtained and distributed over $52 millions in in-kind donations to not-for-profit agencies locally, nationally and across the world. James W. Reed is responsible for the permanent Kiwanis International “Young Children: Priority One” program and for their Iodine Deficiency Disorder international program to virtually eliminate IDD, the major cause of severe mental retardation in the world. Mr. Reed has an extensive writing history, dating to writing newsletters and press releases for many of the organizations he belongs to, writing for his College (CCNY) newspaper (an advice column for the lovelorn using a female pen name), a writer for LATIN LONG ISLAND Magazine, and preparing press releases for the Nassau County Office of Consumer Affairs, where he affectionately earned the title of "MEDIA MOGUL" and he assisted other County agencies and organizations with their media exposure. He is well-known to television networks and cable stations, print media outlets and to numerous radio groups. Mr. Reed resides in Oceanside, Long Island and has three accomplished daughters. From what he has learned from the daily challenges as a single parent, he is better prepared for even greater issues in his public and private life. His exceptional job experience, vast volunteer efforts and unprecedented dedication to helping others has resulted in Mr. Reed being known in the community as “The Everyday Hero”. James W. Reed Phone: 516-315-3437 PAGE 55



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Mangano Welcomes Afghanistan Veteran Back Home to Nassau County Garden City, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Nassau County Veterans Services Agency Director Joseph Pascarella today welcomed Lieutenant Colonel Neil Murphy back home to Garden City following his tour of duty in Afghanistan. “I thank Lieutenant Colonel Murphy for his service to our country during not only his most recent tour in Afghanistan but also for his two other tours in Iraq. I am pleased and honored to welcome him safely back home to Nassau County,” said County Executive Mangano. Lieutenant Colonel Murphy spent 13 months of service in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province with II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) as the Military Assistant to the Commanding General, Regional Command Southwest at Camp Leatherneck. He was previously deployed twice to Iraq. During “Operation Iraqi Freedom” in 2003, he served with I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) on the initial invasion and again in Fallujah with II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) in 2005-06. The Murphy Family, which includes Lt. Col. Murphy’s wife Alicia, their 14-year old son Jacob and 10year old daughter Shaelin, have lived in Garden City for 2 ½ years. The family lives in one of 18 homes at Mitchel Field that County Executive Mangano reserved for activeduty military personnel. The County took ownership of the property on April 1, 2011 from the United States Navy and began the process of renovating the homes and locating veterans and their families to occupy the homes, which are two-story, three bedroom duplex units. Nassau County works closely with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Community Development Corporation of Long Island to secure veterans eligible for the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program that provides Housing Choice Vouchers for qualified veterans. The County works with local military bases as well as the Automated Housing Referral Network (AHRN), the official housing referral system used by military housing offices, in order to locate occupants for these homes.


HEMPSTEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY ADULT WORKSHOP Budgeting and Debt Options 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. PAGE 56



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.

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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 STARTING AND GROWING YOUR OWN BUSINESS WORKSHOP WEDNESDAY, MAY 2nd, 2012 7:00P.M. –8:30P.M. For immediate release* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * advance Registration needed * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Contact: Reference* * * * * * * * * * * * *481-6990 Successful retired executives from SCORE, a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration will be presenting a workshop on Starting Your Own Small Business. This workshop is intended for people who want to start their own businesses, as well as existing business owners .The workshop will include: 1) Basics of setting up your business – choosing a product or service, selecting a name, skill requirements. 2) Legal and tax requirements, including legal entity structures (Corporations, partnerships, etc.). 3) Marketing your product or service – research, finding target customers and advertising. 4) Business Plan basics and financing. 5) Learn about free one –on-one counseling services from SCORE.

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.

The program will be held in the Community Room. Registration is required for this free program.

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. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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 57



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 African-American contribution to the social and cultural development of American society through material and visual culture. The AAM, located in Hempstead, New York, opened in 1970, at the

height of the black power movement, as the Black History Exhibit Center. It is the only African American history museum on Long Island, and is located to serve Nassau County’s largest African-American population. The museum is a multi-disciplinary cultural institution that provides art installations, historical exhibitions, film programs, community service events, and educational programming. This 6,000-square-foot facility, offers a rotating series of exhibits showcasing local and national African American artists. The African American Museum also houses the African Atlantic Genealogy Society. This organization provides workshops and individual research instruction in family genealogy. The museum has installed a new E-Learning Program that offers an innovative pedagogical approach, using subject headings relative to Americans of African descent, for conducting research on the internet. The AAM is currently working on methods to expand the community’s understanding of knowledge organization methods, literary warrant, and information retrieval and how these relate to African-American social history.

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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

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




SPRING BREAK WEEK AT long island children’s museum

cally written for glass instruments. Come experience this one of a kind music.

Enjoy a Fiesta, International Performers and NonStop Fun

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

It’s Spring Break and the Long island Children’s Museum is ready to offer fun for the whole family. Join us for Fiesta Maya: A Celebration of Culture and Cuisine. Learn about the Maya people, culture and events through fun hands-on activities, food and storytelling. Spin the globe and learn about another Russian culture, when Crystal Trio presents a unique musical performance .

Fiesta Maya: A Celebration of Culture and Cuisine

Bonus Day: The Children’s Museum will be open on Monday, April 9! Program and Performance Schedule – April 9-15 A Picnic of Pellets

with a priceless jade medallion buried among ancient Maya ruins – will you be the one to uncover the mystery and find the priceless treasure?

All ages. Free with museum admission.

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 Ma-

Stop by the Community Gallery to view a mixed media exhibition featuring the artwork of elementary school students from Elmont School District.

Thursday, April 12 from 12 4 p.m.

This event is made possible with the support of the New York Council for the Humanities.

What do owls eat? How do they hunt? What do they use to ingest food? Inspired by our Feasts for Beasts gallery, we will explore the fascinating digestive process of owls and discover the answers to these questions. Watch a live dissection of owl pellets by an animal expert and examine your own!

All ages. Free with museum admission. Traveling Exhibit - The Mystery of the Mayan Medal-


An archaeological team has mysteriously disappeared, along

KaleidoZone Gallery “Walkin' After Midnight”

Through April 30



stART (Story + Tuesday to Friday 12:30-1 p.m. †

Art): from

Music and Movement: Wednesday and Friday from 11:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. † yan glyphs, examining an excavated skeleton, investigating the deadliness of tomb-dwelling spiders, and more as you search for the elusive medallion. The Mys-

Tuesday, April 10 at 1 and 3 p.m.

Through May 6

All ages. Free with museum admission

Early grams*

Crystal Trio


Through April 30

All ages. Free with museum admission.

Ages: 5 and up. Fee: $4 with museum admission ($3 LICM Members)

Coming from far away in Siberia, Russia, Crystal Trio is a unique musical group that performs using special glass instruments including the glass harp, verrophone and glass pan flute bass. The trio continues to develop the tradition of musical glass by playing well-known classical and popular modern works, as well as tunes specifi-

Community Gallery

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.

Join us as we celebrate the mystery and intrigue of the Maya empire in a unique and interesting way in honor of our visiting exhibit The Mystery of the Mayan Medallion. Discover the fascinating contributions made by the Maya civilization in math, science, art and history. Learn about the Maya people, culture and events through fun hands-on activities, food and storytelling. Meet archaeologists and learn about their fieldwork. Tour The Mystery of the Mayan Medallion exhibit.

Monday, April 9, Wednesday, April 11 and Friday, April 13 at 11a.m. and 2 p.m.

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tery of the Mayan Medallion has been developed by The Arkansas Discovery Network, through a grant funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

Messy Afternoons: Saturday,-Sunday, from 3:30-5 p.m. †Fee: $3 with museum admission ($2 LICM members). *Break Week Schedule: Messy Afternoons will be offered daily April 5-13 (Except April 7 and 8) from 1-3 p.m. no other early childhood programs will be offered during this time. 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 516-224-5800.





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plea to all of the charges. Rice said that at about 9:40 a.m. on April 20, 2010 on a straight road in good weather, Gerdes was driving a van southbound on Cathedral Avenue when she swerved onto the front lawn of a residence, striking and killing 69-year-old Dr. Rebecca Twine-Wright. TwineWright was struck while mowing her lawn and pinned underneath the front axle of the van and up against the foundation of her home at 121 Cathedral Avenue.

Judge agrees to sentence Gerdes to 3-to-9 years in prison in exchange for guilty plea

Kayla Gerdes, 20, pleaded guilty to Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Operating a Motor Vehicle While Impaired by Drugs, Operating a Motor Vehicle While Impaired by the Combined Use of Drugs, Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree, four counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, four counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, four counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, six counts of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fifth Degree, three counts of Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, Criminal Possession of Forgery Devices, Reckless Driving, Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree, and Operating a Motor Vehicle Without a License.

MINEOLA, NY - Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a Freeport woman has pleaded guilty to driving while high on drugs, jumping a curb, and running over and killing a Hempstead doctor who was mowing her front lawn at the time of the

The District Attorney’s office recommended the maximum allowable sentence of five to 15 years in prison, but Nassau County Judge John L. Kase agreed to sentence Gerdes to three to nine years in prison on July 10, over the DA’s objection, in exchange for her guilty

Freeport Woman Pleads Guilty to Drugged Driving Crash That Killed Retired Doctor Mowing Her Lawn

Hempstead Schools Groundskeeper Arrested for Stealing Playgrounds from Schools Tyson scrapped metal for cash causing at least $50k in damage MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kath(Continued on page 62)

In addition to the charges related to the crash, Gerdes was also found to be in possession of a stolen doctor’s prescription pad and a pill bottle containing 22 Oxycodone pills and 29 Xanax pills. “Kayla Gerdes took the wheel when she was high on drugs, recklessly took the life of an innocent woman, and cruelly showed no remorse,” Rice said. “This case illustrates the tragic consequences of drugged driving, and my heart goes out to Dr. Twine-Wright’s family as they continue to cope with this senseless loss.” Assistant District Attorneys Brendan Ahern and Michael Bushwack of the DA’s Vehicu-

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Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice lar Crimes Bureau are prosecuting the case for the DA’s office. Gerdes is represented by John Lewis, Esq.

Roosevelt Man Sentenced to 20 Years to Life in Prison for His Role in a December 2010 Murder in Hempstead Henry acted as getaway driver in gas station murder MINEOLA, NY – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a Roosevelt man has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for acting as the getaway driver after a December 2010 shooting that left a teenager dead. A jury convicted Bryan Henry, 22, of Murder in the Second Degree, Criminal Pos(Continued on page 62)





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leen Rice announced today that a Hempstead man has been arrested and charged with criminal mischief and petit larceny for stealing metal from the Hempstead schools where he worked as supervising groundskeeper. Johnie Tyson, 52, surrendered this morning to DA Investigators and was charged with two counts of Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, a class D felony, Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, and five counts of Petit Larceny. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted, and is scheduled to be arraigned later today in First District Court, Hempstead. Rice said that in the late summer and early fall of 2011, Tyson removed playground installations, iron gates, chain link fencing, and other materials from several schools in the Hempstead School District. He gathered the metal while on duty, with the assistance of his grounds crew staff and school equipment. He later took the material to a recycling yard where he scrapped the metal for cash, estimated at no more than $500. The elementary schools from which the two playgrounds were stolen were closed at the time, but one is reopening, and officials have estimated the damage at more than $50,000. Other materials have been reported as missing and additional charges may be added later. The Hempstead School District learned of Tyson’s conduct, investigated internally, and referred the case to the District Attorney’s office in December. “It was Johnie Tyson’s job to keep the Hempstead school grounds safe and attractive for students, and instead he stole their playgrounds for profit,” said Rice. “Stealing from kids for personal gain is especially detestable and I thank the Hempstead School District for bringing this case to ensure that this defendant can be held accountable for his crimes.” Assistant District Attorney Jed Painter of the District Attorney’s Public Corruption Bureau is prosecuting the case for the District Attorney’s office. The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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session of a Weapon in the Second Degree, and Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the Fifth Degree in August 2011. Rice said that at approximately 6:20 p.m. on December 15, 2010, James McClenic, 19, of Roosevelt, was sitting in the front passenger seat of a Mercedes-Benz SUV parked at the Citgo gas station on Fulton Avenue in Hempstead when a man with a mask and a gun tapped on his window. When McClenic turned to face him, the man fired multiple shots at McClenic, hitting him once in the right side of the neck and killing him.

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FINAL CLAIMS DEADLINE NEARS FOR BLACK FARMERS IN HISTORIC $1.25 BILLION SETTLEMENT Claims due May 11, 2012 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- 877-8108110 or visit

The shooter then ran to a Hyundai Sonata waiting half a block away on Fairview Boulevard which Henry was driving. The two men then fled the scene. Henry was arrested eight days later on December 23. The investigation into the identity of the shooter is ongoing. “While Bryan Henry did not pull the trigger, he was an essential accomplice to this brutal murder,” Rice said. “This sentence sends a strong message that senseless violence will not be tolerated in our communities.” Assistant District Attorney Jessica Cepriano of the Major Offense Bureau is prosecuting the case for the DA’s Office. Henry is represented by Michael Biniakewitz, Esq.





Spring Time doesn’t Always Have to Equal Allergy Season continued part II According to (AAFA) Asthma Allergy Foundation of America an estimated 50 million Americans suffer from all types of allergies (1 in 5 Americans) suffer from pollen allergies, also known as hay fever. Pollen allergy symptoms    Stuffy or runny nose  Itchy watery eyes  Itchy ears or throat  Plugged ears  Uncontrollable sneezes  Sniffles  Headache  Sinus pressure  Trouble breathing  Feeling fatigue  Postnasal drip  Swelling of nasal membranes that can also lead to sinus infections, or sinusitis Allergy symptoms caused by pollen can also trigger or worsen an asthma attack. People suffering with NASSAU COUNTY EDITION


asthma are more prone to develop hay fever. Because dairy and sweets are mucus forming, it is a good idea to avoid them when the first symptoms appear. To boost the immune system, natural remedies can be effective against pollen allergies without side effects.  Vitamin C  X-clear nasal spray  Elderberry  Saline spray  Peppermint tea  Grape seed fruit extract  Olive leaf What to do to avoid getting worst  Keep windows closed  Check pollen levels daily  Remove carpet  Avoid eating certain foods like dairy, sugar and bleached flour  Stay hydrated  Avoid using window fan to pull air from outside  Stay inside on high pollen count days Tips to prevent and care for allergies naturally  Get an air filter  Use a cool-mist humidifier  Supplement with Omega 3  X-Clear nasal spray or saline spray  Use butterbur supplementation  Change to a natural cleanser  Identify food sensitivity  Get a few sessions of acupuncture  Explore Reiki treatment  Reflexology

 Aromatherapy  Homeopathic medicine  Rest to allow immune system to restore health  Steam inhalation with three drops each eucalyptus essential oil, rosemary essential oil, and tea tree essential oil  Honey and fresh squeezed lime or lemon juice To be continued next week. Wishing you all a wonderful  Easter.  Disclaimer: This article is in‐ tended to provide general  educational information. In‐ formation provided should  not be construed as medical  advice or instruction. No ac‐ tion or inaction should be  taken based solely on the  contents of this information;  instead, you should consult  appropriate health profes‐ sionals on any matter relat‐ ing to their health and well‐ being.   This article is not an at‐ tempt to practice medicine  or provide specific medical  advice, and should  not be used to  make a diagnosis  or to replace or  overrule a qualified  health care pro‐ vider's judgment.  Nor should readers  rely upon my infor‐ mation if they  might need emergency  medical treatment. I  strongly encourage readers  to consult with a qualified 

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Teen pregnancy rates now lower than ever recorded before A new study from the National Center for Health Statistics shows that the rate of teen pregnancy is down the lowest level in almost 70 years. The study was conducted with data from 2010 and examined the phenomenon across ethnic groups. The group wrote that "strong pregnancy prevention messages" and says contraceptive use "may have contributed" to the decline. USA Today reports: The analysis comes at a time when contraception is a hot political debate, from a congressional investigation of whether federal money pays for abortions to concern among some church leaders over an Obama administration mandate that all health insurance cover birth control. The new numbers elaborate on federal data released in November that found the teen birthrate dropped 9% from 2009 to 2010, to a historic low of 34.3 births per 1,000 teens. That's down 44% from 61.8 in 1991. The all-time high was 96.3 during the Baby Boom year of 1957. The new analysis, based on 2010 preliminary data, shows a range in birthrates among racial and ethnic groups, from 10.9 for Asians to 23.5 for whites, 51.5 for blacks and 55.7 for Hispanics. "The fact that states with high Hispanic populations still show declines speaks to the more general pattern of increasing contracepNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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tive use and declining teen births," says Laura Lindberg, a senior research associate with the non-profit Guttmacher Institute in New York. Her analysis of federal data for a report in December found no change in the percentage of sexually active teen girls but significant increases in use of contraception, which suggests contraception is driving the numbers. Contraceptive use the first time a girl has sex "has gone up dramatically," she says, noting that the elimination of pelvic exams before receiving prescriptions for hormonal methods, as well as use of long-acting methods such as IUDs, suggest teens are taking contraception seriously. That December report also noted a decline in the percentage of teenage girls "who said they wanted to get pregnant. It's a very small percent, but I do think it speaks to an underlying shift in attitudes," Lindberg says. Her analysis also found that those who had ever used the "morning-after" emergency contraception (12%-15%) didn't change from 2006-08 to 2008-10. Lindberg says Guttmacher's latest data on abortions are from 2006, but the "general pattern over time has been declining abortion rates paralleling declining pregnancy and birth" rates. Brown says a variety of societal and cultural factors may play a role in teens' behavior shifts, as diverse as the recession and reality TV shows on teen mothers. But all seem to lead teens to the message "postpone your families until you're through school and a little more grown up." PAGE 64



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Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center opens its doors to bring enhanced health care to central Brooklyn This week, the Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center (BSFHC) opened its new location in the heart of Brooklyn, located at 1456 Fulton Street in New York City. The sparkling new primary care facility was christened across the thoroughfare from its previous storefront office space, which had housed the community institution for 22 years. BSFHC's new home took six years to develop, but the wide building encompassing multiple floors is a testament to the virtue of patience. The large windows and expansive spaces of the facility are so airy and pleasant, the ultramodern BSFHC doesn't seem like a clinic. More of an oasis, the updated building will house a variety of care units, ranging from obstetrics to dentistry, bringing an enhanced level of medical attention to its Bedford Stuyvesant community.

sion. That's not a reputation that you can gain overnight," Vann said. "This is something that happened over a period of years, decades even.

The Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center is a free-standing, non-profit primary care organization that has served Brooklyn for over 30 years. Insurance is not required to receive care, which is provided at affordable rates. The brain child of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, America's first community development body, the new health care facility will serve 20,000 residents.

"There are a lot of facilities where you can go and get some treatment and it's okay, but the people that come into Bed Sty Family, it's as if they are coming home," Vann said affectionately.

Patricia Hernandez, CEO of BSFHC, welcomed a crowd of wellwishers on the center's inaugural day on Monday, which included members of the neighborhood, state officials, and members of the private sector. At a joyous press conference, Hernandez thanked them all for contributing to the development of what she called a "state of the art facility." A parade to celebrate the opening down Fulton Street preceded the procession of speakers inside the structure.

"To the partners in this, I just want to say thank you to all of you," Robinson continued. "And make sure you come, and bring your family members, so we can make sure this is the number one facility in the nation," she asked the community members at hand.

Dignitaries who spoke included Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Steve Capas, President of NBC News, and Dr. Nirav R. Shah, the Commissioner of the New York State Health Department. Jean Castro Black, the chair of the board for BSFHC had kind words of welcome for the esteemed guests. "A warm welcome is extended to all our supporters (and there are many), friends and family who had to endure the anguish and uncertainty of getting to this glorious day," Black said. She also thanked the current and former board leaders for their vision and commitment regarding the project. Commissioner Shah said of the center, "This is the best part of the job, to open a primary care [facility] and share in your success. This is really an incredibly day, and it builds on a long history of the services you've provided to this community. "Gov. Cuomo and I are dedicated to transforming the health care delivery system of New York State to make it more efficient, affordable, equitable and highly accessible," Dr. Shah continued. "This center will help us do all of that. With this new facility, the family health center strengthens its committment to increasing medical, dental, mental and other services... which means more than 20,000 people in central Brooklyn will be able to receive high-quality care." The commissioner also praised the center for meriting the highest National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) certification level that a primary health care facility can receive. Brooklyn City Council member Albert Vann spoke of the new structure as a perfect match for the quality of service provided by BSFHC. "Bed Stuy Family Health really deserved this facility. You have developed a reputation of providing quality care with compasNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

State Assemblywoman Annette Robinson also praised the leadership of BSFHC at the news conference, noting that she and her extended family are longstanding patients.

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz took the occassion to praise the BSFHC staff. "[T]o all the staff members, you're the best," he told the energetic crowd. "You're the ones who do the work! You know the saying in Brooklyn -- the best way to describe this is, 'How sweet it is!'" Markowitz also expressed his hope that the center will use the enhanced operations provided by the new building to tackle the issue of obesity in Brooklyn, particularly for young people. Markowitz then declared it Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center Grand Opening Celebration Day in Brooklyn, before wishing everyone good health. The Brooklyn borough president also heartily thanked Steve Capus, President of NBC News, for covering the opening -- and Brooklyn in general -- before the executive came to the podium. "I know NBC has New York City in it's heart," Markowitz affirmed. Capus expressed gratitude to Fernandez and her staff for their excellent work in designing and constructing BSFHC's improved home. He also explained the special place the organization has in the hearts of NBC News employees. "I'm honored to be here with everyone today, to be with such a dedicated group of individuals who are dedicated to this great community and to this facility," Capus said. "It is a true honor to stand here on behalf of NBC. For three decades, this health center has been a cornerstone here in Brooklyn. "It was two years ago when GE enlisted NBCUniversal employees to volunteer to step forward to help the health center. Our news division immediately became invested and vested in this clinic," Capus explained. "We were eager to help in every way that we could. As a news division, we are dedicated to sharing compelling stories with our viewers. As individuals and people who work at NBC, we're committed to lending a hand whenever possible. And this was an opportunity PAGE 65



to do both." Over the previous weekend, almost 100 volunteers from NBC News had worked to help the BSFHC staff move from their old headquarters to the new building, which boasts 38,000 square feet of space. The previous facility had been about 10,000 square feet. With almost four times the space, the Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center will be able to serve a greater number of patients with an even wider array of services. The center's Medical Director Dr. Pascale Kersaint then described how residents of central Brooklyn have faced great barriers to receiving quality care. In 2006, Bedford Stuyvesant ranked below 41 other central Brooklyn neighborhoods in relation to heart health, cancer screening, and the births of healthy babies, she said. There were more diabetes diagnoses, and higher hospitalizations rates for asthma. This made the death rate in central Brooklyn 30 percent higher than in New York City overall.

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Janet Jackson releases new Nutrisystem ad, shows off body From Clutch Magazine: Janet Jackson is showing off her new Nutrisystem body to America in an effort to continue promoting the weight loss system. The new commercial features the "after" results of Janet's adherence to the diet, which consists of pre-packaged meals and fresh foods added in by its followers.

"[T]his health center was needed," Dr. Kersaint said, "to address these disparities and provide quality health care to all those in need." BSFHC had been addressing those disparities for years, but the limitations of the previous space placed restrictions on improving care. Now situated in a pristine building cheerfully decorated with mosaics, BSFHC will provide advanced pediatrics, gynecological care, and internal medicine assistance to those in Brooklyn who need it most. Family medicine, dental care, a cardiology department, and more will also be offered, in addition to surgical consultations. Even a dermatology practice is planned for the near future. Through these means, the Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center will become a hub for more people to receive access to the latest treatments, while receiving life-saving and enhancing preventative care. This level and variety of treatment was just not possible within the cramped quarters of the storefront where BSFHC had been housed. Ronda Kotelchuck, CEO of the Primary Care Development Corporation, described how the expanded Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center, which was funded with over $26 million in loans and grants, will be a boon to this community by empowering its staff to do more. "Now at last you have a facility that is commensurate with the role you play in this community, the importance you play in this community, and the quality of care that you deliver in this community," Kotelchuck said to the jubilant BSFHC employees in attendance. "And you have a facility that will allow you to expand, and add services, and bring in new people, and better serve this community." The revamped BSFHC will also create 120 new jobs, "feeding the growing Bed Sty economic engine," according to the organization's CEO.

The campaign, which began late last year, featured Janet admitting that she'd failed at maintaining her famous figure. At the time she claimed that Nutrisystem helped keep her on track to losing ten pounds so far and would help her lose the rest. Now, many months later, she's noticeably thinner and is, of course, crediting the plan for her progress. From USA Today: "I'm not viewing this as a diet," she told USA Today's Nanci Hellmich at the time. "I'm not putting a number on it. I don't look at the scale. I'm going about it in a different way this time." She doesn't need to lose "a great amount," she said, adding that she would stop "when I feel good about it." But Is anyone convinced that Janet is actually using Nutrisystem to lose weight? Not to be a total cynic, but it's hard to believe that anyone that wealthy who has had such a public struggle with her weight would do anything but hire professionals to give her the one-on-one attention that we all dream of when it comes to the battle of the bulge. Nutrisystem may work just fine, but does her endorsement ring true? Take a look at the new commercial and weigh in:

Hernandez ended the press conference with utterances of gratitude for the ideal health care environment BSFHC now has, which grew from the collaboration of numerous government agencies, foundations, government officials, neighboring health centers, and other benefactors. Reflecting the happiness of her workers, BSFHC board members, and all the other center supporters, Hernandez said: "I want to thank each and every one of you. I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you! I want to give you a collective thank you! Thank you, thank you everybody!"





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Nassau Legislator Carrié Solages Hosts Community Meeting on Sewer Privatization Outlines Why Residents Will Pay More Under New Sewer Fee (Valley Stream, NY) – On Thursday, April 12, 2012, Nassau County Legislator Carrié Solages (D-Elmont) hosted a community meeting in Valley Stream to discuss County Executive Ed Mangano’s proposal to privatize the county’s sewer system. About 75 people attended the meeting, held at the American Legion Post 854, and listened to presentations by Legislators Solages, Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) and Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D-Glen Cove). The lawmakers discussed how the privatization of our sewage treatment plants is the wrong decision for Nassau County and will ultimately result in residents paying a higher sewer rate. Private companies are in business to make a profit and in order to recoup their investment they will need to significantly raise rates. Currently, residents pay approximately $200 per year for sewer service, but under a private company these rates could increase by ten times that amount. The Legislators are concerned about placing a public necessity in the hands of a private monopoly that will not be subject to as much oversight as public entity. Southern Nassau County residents who are serviced by Aqua Water – a private company – pay some of the highest water rates in the entire country, almost four times more than Nassau residents serviced by a public water utility. On Monday April 16, 2012, the Republican majority of the Rules Committee of the Nassau County Legislature is expected to approve a contract with Wall Street firm Morgan Stanley to advise the County as they pursue the sewer deal. If the sale is completed, Morgan Stanley could potentially reap upwards of $7million in fees from the County. Regarding ongoing county sewer discussions that leave Democrats “in the dark,” Solages said: “Keep the sewer system underground, not the negotiations.”






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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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Life Changing Words When God Says “Yes” Mat 19:26 KJV “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” When God says “Yes” there is nothing anyone can do or say to stop what He has ordained. For when God speaks surely it has to come to pass in the natural. So whatever God has promised you in this year or in the future don’t be dismayed if you have not seen the manifestations of your promises yet. For God have an appointed time and the appointed day to show up and show out. What we must learn how to do is wait on God and have patience. Though God never does it like you expect Him to He will always keep His word. As a Christian I have truly learned His ways are not my ways neither are His thoughts my thoughts but surely God has a different way of doing things. Most of the time until full manifestation is completed it never makes sense to our natural or carnal mind. Just when you think you have figured God out (smile) He makes a u-turn and does something completely the opposite of what you thought. That’s why as Christians we have to learn to trust God and lean not on our own understanding but acknowledge Him in all our ways and He shall direct our path. Gods’ path of righteousness is definitely a path that we as believers want to say yes to. His path for our life is so much greater than the path we could ever take or imagine for ourselves. Not only do we want God to say Yes but we must also surrender and say yes to Gods will. That is when God can do the miraculous in our life; for to surrender to God is to open the door to the impossible. In these days of uncertainty with the world we all ought to be absolutely certain of God. Meaning that there is nothing impossible or too hard for God. So whatever you need from God is available through His Son all you have to do is ask for it. Just because you don’t have enough money, knowledge, connections, or confidence to do what God called you to do, doesn’t mean God can’t do it. So don’t give up or be dismayed but be encouraged and trust God. That is what faith is all about trusting God when you can’t see, or understand but your hope is in the Almighty One. So as you make your future plans to prosper never forget to leave the door open for God to bless your visions, hopes, and dreams. Why should you leave the door open? Because “Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” Apostle Karen Deadwyler is a new author inspired by God. Her first book titled “His Miraculous Way” speaks of her victory through Jesus Christ. For Apostle Karen is truly a miracle writing about miracles. She is the Visionary of a women’s ministry called Willing Women of Worship Fellowship and the Pastor of Glory Temple Ministries. To contact her, inquire about her book or to send comments email her at or visit her website:

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Mangano Announces Upcoming Events at the Nassau County Aquatic Center

SPORTS ROUNDUP This unusually warm winter is over and spring has sprung which means baseball is in the air. Baseball is a game that doesn’t come easy for some high school athletes and you never know how the season will go. Just like in the pros. Few expected the Boston Red Sox, with new manager Bobby Valentine, to start off their season 1-5, or who could predict that the Mets would start their season 4-2 while the Yankees go 2-3. The Hempstead High School Tigers baseball season is also off to a difficult 0-6 start, dropping series contests to Uniondale and Elmont. On a positive note, in every game, Hempstead was able to put points on the board and they have 12 more games left in the baseball season. Roosevelt also is off to a 0-6 start. Upcoming Hempstead will face Westbury (4/16, 18, 19), Roosevelt (4/30, 5/1, 5/3), Great Neck South (5/7, 8, 9) and Sewanhaka (5/14, 15, 16) in three game series sets. The baseball Tigers could use some family and community support during home games (4:30pm) on April 18, 30, May 3, 9, 14, 16…. The Hempstead High Boys lacrosse Tigers are off to an 1-5 overall start and 0-3 in the conference. They, too, have not been shut out and are making some noise on the Lacrosse field, especially when they secured their first win, April 10, a non-conference 6-5 victory over St. Joseph by the Sea. Shane McKay scored 4 goals for Hempstead and Reyes and Laws each added a goal to help with the win. Goalie Stewart had 18 saves for the Tigers. Lacrosse is one of the most exciting sports for athletes to compete in these days and one of the sports where players have a good shot at securing a partial college scholarship. Lacrosse upcoming 5pm home games are: 4/17 v. Uniondale, 4/20 v. Oceanside, 5/4 v. Hicksville and 5/8 v. Port Washington. Come out to the fields in Hempstead and support these hardworking high school athletes! -B.J. Robinson B.J. Robinson is an educator, youth sports advocate, community volunteer and author of LeBron James: King of the Court.


East Meadow, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today released a calendar of events for the Nassau County Aquatic Center, located in Eisenhower Park for the months of April through July. The event schedule is as follows: April 2012: Sunday, April 22, 2012: Mini Mighty Man Triathlon from 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (pool use from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.) Regular Operating Hours. Parking and/or pool space may be limited. Saturday, April 28, 2012: L.I. Swimming Meet from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Regular Operating Hours. Parking and/or pool space may be limited. Sunday, April 29, 2012: L.I. Swimming Meet from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Regular Operating Hours. Parking and/or pool space may be limited. May 2012: Saturday, May 5, 2012: Cinco de Mayo Dive Meet from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Regular Operating Hours. Parking and/or pool space may be limited. Sunday, May 6, 2012: L.I. Marathon Day, facility opens at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 12, 2012: L.I. Swimming Meet from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Regular Operating Hours. Parking and/or pool space may be limited. Sunday, May 13, 2012: L.I. Swimming Meet from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Regular Operating Hours. Parking and/or pool space may be limited. Saturday, May 26, 2012: Empire State Memorial Dive Meet from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Regular Operating Hours. Parking and/or pool space may be limited. Sunday, May 27, 2012: Empire State Memorial Dive Meet from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Regular Operating Hours. Parking and/or pool space may be limited. Monday, May 28, 2012: Memorial Day, facility closes at 7:00 p.m. June 2012: Saturday, June 2, 2012: L.I. Swimming Meet 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Regular Operating Hours. Parking and/or pool space may be limited. Sunday, June 3, 2012: L.I. Swimming Meet 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Regular Operating Hours. Parking and/or pool space may be limited. Saturday, June 23, 2012: L.I. Swimming Meet 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Regular Operating Hours. Parking and/or pool space may be limited. Sunday, June 24, 2012: L.I. Swimming Meet 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Regular Operating Hours. Parking and/or pool space may be limited. Wednesday, June 27, 2012: L.I. Swimming Meet from 4:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Regular Operating Hours. Parking and/or pool space may be limited. Saturday, June 30, 2012: Eisenhower Park Firework Show, facility closes at 4:00 p.m. July 2012: Wednesday, July 4, 2012: Fourth of July, facility closes at 5:00 p.m. Centrally located in Eisenhower Park on Merrick Avenue in East Meadow, the Nassau County Aquatic Center is one of the premier swimming facilities in the country. Built in 1998 for the Goodwill Games, it serves the general public as well as competitive swimmers. The Aquatic Center regularly hosts college and local high school competitive swimming and diving meets and has hosted scores of Olympians, including Michael Phelps. For further information about the Nassau County Aquatic Center please call: (516) 572-0501. PAGE 74



Mangano and Rechler Announce the 2012 RXR Long Island Marathon Weekend Uniondale, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today joined RXR Realty Chief Executive Officer Scott Rechler, Nancy Mariano, Regional Director of Friends of Karen and Long Island Marathon runner Brian Ihm, who has been running with the Friends of Karen team for 4 years, inside the winter garden at RXR Plaza in Uniondale, to announce the 2012 RXR Long Island Marathon Weekend, which will be held Friday, May 4th through Sunday, May 6th. The Long Island Marathon has grown to include a full and half marathon, 10k, 5k, 1-mile run, and Kids Fun Run. “I am pleased to team up with RXR and the community of runners, for the 2012 Long Island Marathon,” said County Executive Mangano. “This is one of Long Island’s most exciting events and I encourage as many people as possible to participate in this year’s marathon and use this opportunity to become physically active, whether they choose to train for the 5K race or the full marathon.” “We are very happy to continue our longstanding role of RXR Realty as the title sponsor of the Long Island Marathon. Being an active participant in the community and giving back are part of our core values. These ideals are ingrained as part of the corporate culture at RXR. We work here, we live here and we want to contribute in any way we can,” noted RXR CEO Scott Rechler. “We are so appreciative of our partnership with the Long Island Marathon which affords Friends of Karen the opportunity to share our mission and vital services with the Long Island and New York communities,” said Nancy Mariano, Regional Director of Friends of Karen. “Our team has grown from our initial 25 runners to 227 participants who cross the finish line in support of our precious children diagnosed with cancer or another life threatening illness and their families. Last year Friends of Karen helped 1308 children.” Brian Ihm, of Lindenhurst, has run the Long Island Marathon for the last four years to give back to Friends of Karen, the charity who has given him so much. Brian’s daughter Gwendolyn was diagnosed with leukemia when she was just 2 months old. Brian’s family was overwhelmed with worry and fear. During one of Gwendolyn’s long hospital stays, the family met Marla, a social worker from Friends of Karen. Friends of Karen has been there for Brian’s family through Gwendolyn’s entire treatment, providing gifts during the holidays for the family, helping with the grocery bills and gas. In turn, Brian wanted to do what he could to give back to Friends of Karen, so he started running the Long Island Marathon with the Friends of Karen team. Now he has brought in friends and family members to grow the team and fundraise.

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girl. She loves to dance, specifically tap and jazz, and is also a Girl Scout. After her bone marrow transplant in 2007, she has been in remission and is celebrating her 5 year anniversary this October. The festivities begin on Friday, May 4th at 3:00 p.m. with a vendor expo at Mitchel Athletic Complex, followed by a Pasta Party at 6:30 p.m. courtesy of the Main Event Restaurant and Sports Bar. The races begin on Saturday, May 5th, with the 1-mile run starting at 8:00 a.m. Shortly thereafter, the 5k commences at 8:30 a.m. Both the 1mile and the 5K races start on Charles Lindbergh Blvd. and finish at Mitchel Athletic Complex. The last race of the day, The Kids Fun Run, will begin at 10:30 a.m. on the Mitchel track. On Sunday, May 6th the marathon, half marathon and 10k will take place. All participants will assemble at the starting line on Charles Lindbergh Blvd. for an 8:00 a.m. start. The races all offer the competitors a course with varying scenery and the opportunity to see prominent Nassau County buildings such as RXR’s Omni Building, Museum Row, the Mitchel Athletic Complex & home to the New York Islanders, the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Unlimited spectator viewing areas throughout the course give family and friends the chance to offer moral support during the run. Starting at 10:00 a.m., there will be live music at the finish line, located across from parking field 5 in Eisenhower Park. Once crossing the finish line, all participants will receive a participant gift bag, finisher medal, and other finisher mementos. The sponsors for the 2012 RXR LI Marathon are: Newsday, Equinox Fitness, Long Island McDonalds Operators, Michelob Ultra, Snapple, PM Pediatrics, Cabot Cheese, and The Main Event Restaurant. Registration for the 2012 RXR Long Island Marathon Weekend is available online until April 20th. Costs are as follows: Full Marathon $65; Half Marathon $55; 10k $35; 5k $30; 1-mile $18. Late registration will be accepted on May 4th and 5th at the Marathon Expo for an additional $10 charge. For any additional information or to register, please visit:, or call: (516) 986-5537. About RXR RXR Realty LLC (“RXR”) is a vertically integrated private real estate company with expertise in investment management, property management, development, design, construction, leasing and financing. RXR’s core growth strategy is focused on New York City and the surrounding tri-state area markets. RXR is one of the largest owners, managers, and developers in the New York Tri-State area with interests in approximately $4.7 billion of assets, comprised of 106 operating properties containing approximately 18.0 million square feet. For information about RXR, visit: About Friends of Karen Friends of Karen, which provides emotional, financial, and advocacy support for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, won “The Run for Charity Challenge” for the most participants registered on its team for the weekend’s Festival of Races at the 2011 LI Marathon. The charity also won the inaugural challenge in 2010. According to Regional Director Nancy Mariano, more than 225 runners raised more than $100,000 for the organization last year, which helps families pay for medical expenses, mortgages, transportation and the like. As a result, the Charity Challenge trophy was once again proudly displayed in the Friends of Karen’s Port Jefferson office.

Gwendolyn, now 6, is in 1st grade and is your typical 6 year old NASSAU COUNTY EDITION




Isiah Thomas fired by FIU after 3 seasons

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salary for his first season and agreeing to a deal where he would receive nearly half of any gross revenues from ticket sales, commissions collected on food and beverage concessions and sponsorships. But FIU never generated the buzz that both it and Thomas envisioned. The Panthers averaged 1,071 fans at home this season, nearly four times that many on the road. "We just needed a break here or a break there, and it's not happening for us," Thomas said last month, shortly after FIU's 8-21 season ended with a loss to eventual Sun Belt tournament champion Western Kentucky. "I know we're getting there. We've had so many close games. If we keep working, good things will happen."

MIAMI (AP) -- Florida International has fired men's basketball coach Isiah Thomas, after the Hall of Fame player went 26-65 in three seasons.

A month later, FIU made the call to go another way. Garcia and Thomas met Friday morning, and the coach was told of the school's decision.

Thomas took over at FIU in a surprising move in 2009, one that gave the former New York Knicks coach and president a chance to restore the reputation he tarnished through a series of embarrassments in New York.

Thomas helped the Detroit Pistons win two NBA championships as one of the all-time great point guards, then coached the Indiana Pacers before taking over in New York, where he found hard times both on and off the court -- he endured legal and personal troubles off the court, and "Fire Isiah" chants were common at Madison Square Garden.

Under Thomas, FIU never won more than 11 games in a season. Thomas did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In a statement released by the university, FIU director of sports and entertainment Pete Garcia said the school has "decided to take the program in a different direction." Thomas signed a five-year deal with FIU, taking nothing in base NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

The Knicks never won a playoff game in his tenure as president or coach, but he saw FIU as a chance to turn his fortunes around. "I've had my ups and downs," Thomas said when FIU hired him in 2009. "But don't expect me to just stay down, because that's not happening." PAGE 76



Alex Rodriguez ties Ken Griffey Jr. for 5th on MLB home run list Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey Jr. are back together again. In the record books at least. Rodriguez slammed a 92-mph first-pitch fastball from the Angels' Ervin Santana over the centerfield wall of Yankee Stadium in the third inning for his 630th career home run on Friday, tying him with Griffey, his former Seattle teammate, for fifth place on baseball’s alltime list. It was Rodriguez’s 69th home run against the Angels which ranks No. 1 on his career opponent list. It was his 43rd blast at the new Yankee Stadium since it opened in 2009, No. 4 on A-Rod's stadium list. Rodriguez is only the third player in Major League Baseball history to hit 100 or more home runs for three different teams. The other two are Reggie Jackson (Athletics, Yankees, Angels) and Darrell Evans (Braves, Giants, Tigers). Rodriguez hit 189 home runs as a Seattle Mariner, 156 as a Texas Ranger and 285 as a Yankee. After hitting his 600th career home run in 2010, a plateau only seven other players have reached, Rodriguez slumped to just 16 homers amid injuries last season. It was his lowest total since 1995. Home run No. 629 came on Sept. 17, 2011, and he didn't hit another in the Yankees' final 12 games. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Rodriguez and Griffey were teammates on the Mariners teams of the mid-to-late 1990s, normally batting second and third in the order, respectively. But trades and free agency separated the two sluggers as they continued to climb the career home run list. Griffey's final home run came on Oct. 3, 2009, against Texas' Tommy Hunter. Rodriguez's count sat at 581 that day, but the Yankee slugger hit two home runs the following afternoon against the Rays to begin his march toward Griffey. Learn more about every home run Rodriguez has hit in Newsday’s database at MLB All-Time Home Run List 1. Barry Bonds, 762 2. Hank Aaron, 755 3. Babe Ruth, 714 4. Willie Mays, 660 5t. Alex Rodriguez*, 630 5t. Ken Griffey Jr., 630 7. Sammy Sosa, 609 8. Jim Thome*, 604 9. Frank Robinson, 586 10. Mark McGwire, 583





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The New Community Journal  

News and Opinions from Long Island's African American Community

The New Community Journal  

News and Opinions from Long Island's African American Community