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Spring Issue 2012

Reinventing Hempstead Village with You in Mind! in this issue Sure Fire Ways to Become

Debt Free • Key Food Celebrates Grand Opening Quilla’s Catering gets Remixed • The Truth about Sickle Cell Anemia



Community Development Fresh Farms

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9 Key Food Celebrates Grand Opening

04 Letter from Mayor Wayne J. Hall, Sr.

The popular food chain opens in Hempstead and hires ­neighborhood residents.

20 Sure Fire Ways to Become Debt Free Lynnette Khalfani Cox once had $100,000 in credit card debt and now she is debt free and sharing tips to a debt free life.

06 Publisher’s Note 07 Letter from Editor 09 Village Beat 12 Happenings 17 Local Flavor 24 Community Development 30 In The Mix

21 Quilla’s Catering gets Remixed Acquilla Bailey suffered traumatic blows in 2007 and fought back to reinvent her business with a strategic makeover.

23 The Truth about Sickle Cell Anemia One woman’s crusade to educate families on living healthy with Sickle Cell Anemia. | spring 2012


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Healthfirst Grand Opening

letter from the chairman

Reinventing Hempstead Village: Progress Continues


hen I began my first term of office in 2005, a bold vision—a plan I have continued to foster since my re-election in 2009. Under my leadership, the Village has seen significant growth and improvement and I look to the future with confidence that Hempstead is on its way to returning to a vibrant center of attraction for residents and visitors alike. Among the enhancements that have already benefited the Village are; steppedup code enforcement and police programs aimed at preventing crime and increasing safety. Crime has continued to decrease each year. In 2011, overall crime in the Village went down 7 percent from 2010. Violent crimes decreased by 10 percent while property crimes dropped by 4 percent overall. Crime on Terrace Avenue Apartments has fallen precipitously by 87 percent over the past four years and the Police Department has credited this success to our commitment to new crime-fighting methods and their recent addition of 25 new officers. We have just announced the launch of a new online crime reporting tool that will facilitate community support with law enforcement. The Crime Reports service gives Hempstead residents constant access to an online crime map, while the accompanying TipSoft program allows them to provide anonymous tips to the police at a moment’s notice. Other successful initiatives include expanded affordable housing, rehabilitated roads (450 sidewalks repaired and 81 roads repaved), beautification projects, a revolving loan program to support small business growth, and youth mentoring programs. The financial picture for Hempstead Village has also brightened. In 2011 Standard and Poor’s assigned an “A-“ long-term rating with a stable outlook, reflecting the expectation that Village finances will continue to strengthen. The proposed downtown revitalization project will take these achievements even further. To date, the Village has been awarded $5 million in State aid to fund the development. In addition to new housing that will cater to all income groups, the plan calls for a hotel, shops, open spaces, parking and entertainment. For more information visit our official website, or or send your emails to Sincerely, Wayne J. Hall, Sr. Mayor of the Incorporated Village of Hempstead

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letters from the readers

Publisher Incorporated Village of Hempstead Community Development Agency Commissioner Claude Gooding

We Love Your Energy! Connect and send us an email at and share your suggestions for the magazine. Here are your letters from the winter 2011 issue:

Editor-In-Chief Karen Taylor Bass TaylorMade Media Creative Design & Layout Andrew Bass Straight Design, Contributors Latasha Conyers Sherina Gonzales Claude Gooding Rody Jean-Louis Deidre Johnson Aaron Kearney Sarian Parker Laura Vialva Dulce Zapata Photography Tyree Curry Aaron Kearney Richard Richardson Cover Credits iStockphoto/ Photo illustration by Andrew Bass Hempstead Living is a free publication provided to the general public by the Hempstead Community Development Agency. The Incorporated Village of Hempstead Community Development Agency 50 Clinton Street Suite 504 Hempstead, New York 11550 Phone: (516) 485-5737 Fax: (516) 485-1667 CDA Board of Directors Mayor Wayne J. Hall, Sr., Chairman Mr. Inocencio Perdomo, Secretary Rev. Keith Harris, Member Ms. Della Hudson, Member Dan Oppenheimer, Member Claude Gooding, Commissioner

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publisher’s note

CDA Received Support from State


011 came to a close and I could not help but wonder where the time went? I reflect on that eventful year and ponder our accomplishments in the face of such a lack luster economic backdrop. Nonetheless, it seems that our Village continued to thrive in other areas and, the work of the CDA on behalf of the Village has resonated with a mighty crescendo, winning the support of the Long Island Regional Economic Council and $5 million in funding from the State of New York to improve our sewer infrastructure. Many would agree that bar none, sewers are our number one concern and is arguably the most significant hindrance to our downtown redevelopment. Additionally, we received notice from the State that we were awarded an additional $250,000 to address vacant land and abandoned properties under the Brownfield Opportunity Areas Grant. These grants are vital and assist the local community in offsetting costs associated with planning for its future. It goes without saying that we are grateful to our State Leaders for their commitment and support in making this possible…and a Dept. of State grant for $254,000 to plan for vacant parcels. As we bid farewell to Rachel Breton, who I must thank for her hard work and dedication in helping us realize the vision of the Hempstead Living ­magazine, we welcome our guest editor, Karen Taylor Bass. Ms. Bass is a public relations expert and has written for publications such as Black Enterprise among others. She is an expert on personal life skills and renewal. We look forward to her expert touch in realizing the vision for Hempstead Living. We look forward to 2012 with renewed vigor and bold ambition in our pursuit of our downtown revitalization. On behalf of the Board and Staff, I wish us all every success in 2012. Best, Claude Gooding, AICP Commissioner

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guest editor’s note

Reinvention! Hello, I am Karen Taylor Bass, an award-winning PR Expert and mommy commentator and your guest editor for this ­exciting issue on reclaiming your life, finances, health, business and c­ ommunity. The theme for the issue is REINVENTION! Four years ago, I was overweight with high blood pressure after having a daughter at 40 years old. It was my mission to reinvent my life and lose the weight, pursue a new career as a ‘Mommy Expert’ and now I bring to you an issue all about jumpstarting your life at any age to live and reinvent the best way possible. Reinvention is getting and picking up after everything has fallen apart; and, learning new skills to do the same thing. When you reinvent/change your thoughts it will also bring about CHANGE in your ‘business, health, career, finance, lifestyle, relationships and community. How do you reinvent? By doing what you are called to do: be a catalyst for change and empower others in a similar situation. Reinvention can be a slow process, which requires a daily commitment to find your true authentic voice and ultimately act upon it. The great thing about reinvention is that it can happen at any age. In this issue you will learn about the exciting revitalization plans for downtown Hempstead; and, get to know outstanding individuals committed to reinvention and renewal. n Meet Acquilla Bailey, a caterer, who decided to attend a culinary conference in Las Vegas to reinvigorate her business with new strategies, clientele and delights. n Learn why Sickle Cell Anemia is impacting our children and community and why Nikki Williams is leading the crusade to educate parents and the community on living a healthy life. n Also, there is Lynnette Khalfani Cox, The Money Coach, who was once $100,000 in debt; she fought back with a real consistent financial plan to get her finances back on track and now we can follow her tips and do the same. I would love to know what steps you’ve taken to reinvent. Here’s to Reinvention! Best, Karen Taylor Bass Twitter: @PRExpert

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Heart Surgeon You don’t have to be a heart surgeon to cure heart disease—just a parent with a new reason to deliver a lifesaving message. American Heart Association advocates are part of a nationwide network of people dedicated to finding a cure for heart disease. They contact legislators to ask for more funding for medical innovations, paving the way for lifesaving medical advances like new drugs to control high blood pressure and lower cholesterol, and advances in surgery to treat congenital heart disease. Join us and you too can save lives from the nation’s No. 1 killer—heart disease.

Heart Disease. You’re the Cure.

Key Food Offers Jobs & A New Place to Shop | spring 2012


The popular grocery food chain, Key Food, has finally come to Hempstead - located along the South Franklin street corridor into Rockville Centre. Key Food opened its doors on a warm winter day in February and residents were anxious to peruse the food aisles, scout for savings and a ‘brand’ new place to shop. Julio Reyes, store owner, said, “ My commitment is to hire young people from the immediate surrounding neighborhood to give them a chance of empowerment and hope which will add to the success of the supermarket.” Only the residents can benefit when there is so much to choose from. — Aaron Kearney

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100 black woman ball raised $100k The National Coalition of 100 Black Women of Long Island recently raised $100,000 at its annual Black & White Candlelight Ball in Garden City honoring outstanding individuals. Julie Dade Howard, President, says, “We provide African American women with the necessary tools to achieve their dreams of a college education through our Biennial Scholarship awards and are appreciative of the support from the community at-large.”

The CDA Celebrates Holiday Cheer with Music, Cocktail The Hempstead Community Development Agency (CDA) celebrated its 6th Annual Holiday Concert and cocktail reception at the Circulo De La Hispanidad on Peninsula Boulevard. The event was free of charge and hosted by Carolyn Harding (Harding Music Group), performances by the Hempstead Select Chorale/Voices of Virtue featuring, Arthur Lai (Operatic Tenor), Melanie Galeano, Isaiah Liriano and Ekele Ukegbu.

(Pictured): Trustee Livio A. Rosario; Trustee Don Ryan; Trustee Perry Pettus; Jason Castro; Rowhyda Ramsarran; Deputy Mayor Henry Conyers; Diana Martinez; Kawaljit Chandi; Denil Oonnittan; Angel Fuentes; Jakeem Worley; Commissioner Claude Gooding; Della Hudson, CDA Board Member; Dan Oppenheimer, CDA Board Member; Inocencio Perdomo, CDA Board Secretary; Rev. Keith Harris, CDA Board Member.

Joyce M. Shackley

The event also recognized unsung local leader, Joyce M. Shackley, from Nassau County with the “Shero Award” for her path breaking achievements. The NCBW’s 100 LI members remain committed to investing our time and energy to “Inform, Engage and Act” as advocates on behalf of women and the Long Island community. To get involved with the 100 Black Women of Long Island visit,

Each year the Incorporated Village of Hempstead Community Development Agency (CDA) recognizes dynamic members of the community who display outstanding leadership, achievement and commitment to the village in sectors such as business, economic development, aesthetics and more. Awards were also given in honor of the Safe Routes To School Poetry Contest, recognizing students affiliated with the grant issued National Safe Routes To School program. This contest required each participant to write a poem on pedestrian safety. Safe Routes to School poetry winners: Fulton Elementary School

Jackson Main Elementary School

1st Place: Rowhyda Ramsarran 2nd Place: Jaylin Monroe 3rd Place: Charles Williams

1st Place: Diana Martinez 2nd Place: Miracle Wright 3rd Place Jason Castro

Alverta B. Gray Schultz Middle School 1st Place: Jason Williams

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2nd Place: Jahkeem Worley

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3rd Place: Denil Oonnittan

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EOC Scholarship Dinner Salutes Future Leaders and a Civil Rights Icon Recently, the Economic Opportunity Commission (EOC) of Nassau County presented its annual Martin Luther King Jr., Scholarship Dinner to salute high school seniors along with outstanding EOC staff members committed to uplifting the community-at-large. The EOC is a designated anti-poverty agency in Nassau County. Iris A. Johnson, CEO, says, “We are an innovative community action agency devoted to facilitating and strengthening basic social relationships between individuals, families and social organizations and the scholarship dinners motivates families to dream big.” The EOC believes the best way to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is to encourage younger and future generations to elevate themselves by dreaming big and empowering one another to attain the impossible. The Economic Opportunity Commission of Nassau County promotes such values through their academic focused youth and award programs.


ealthfirst, a not-forprofit managed care organization providing affordable health insurance to eligible residents of the New York metropolitan area and New Jersey, opened its doors in Hempstead, Long Island at 50 Clinton Street. The new community office was inaugurated with a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by over 150 guests, including local elected officials.

The proceeds raised from the annual scholarship dinner allows high school seniors to attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) while preserving the dream of empowerment championed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — Aaron Kearney

Healthfirst Grand Opening

(Pictured, l. to r.): María Guillén and Patricia Mahecha, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Queens; Phil Hirschhorn, American Dental; Commissioner Claude Gooding, Village of Hempstead; Barry Ekstein, Stone Edge Management; Trustee Don Ryan, Village of Hempstead; Sylvia Kallich, Uniondale School District; Carrie Solages, Nassau County Legislator; Marybeth Tita, Healthfirst; Trustee Livio A. Rosario, Village of Hempstead; Luis Montes, Deputy County Executive, Suffolk; Arthur Cusak, NuHealth; Keith Gordon, Healthfirst.

This is the fifth Healthfirst community office to open in the New York City area, with other locations in the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens.

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The office currently serves almost 30,000 members in the Nassau County region. For more information, please visit —Laura Vialva

(Pictured left to right): Phil Andrews, President, 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc.; Maurice N. Perkins, 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc. and Robert Bullock, TD Bank Branch Manager.

100 Black Men of Long Island

The 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc. celebrated a well-

attended Black History Month program with TD Bank in a collaborative effort to strengthen economic ties in the surrounding areas of Hempstead. The mission of the 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc. includes–Mentoring, Education, Health & Wellness, and Economic Development. Honorees included: Sharon Davis, CEO of SJ Edwards, Inc.; Maurice N. Perkins, 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc.; Henry Holley, 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc.; and, Robert Bullock, TD Branch Manager.

Sharon Davis, CEO of SJ Edwards, Inc.

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Henry Holley, 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc.

In our Village, fun lasts throughout the year! Browse through our calendar of events and be sure to note all of the upcoming activities and programs.

Village of Hempstead Community Events

Village Board Meeting Tuesday April 17, 2012 - 6:30 pm TD Bank Home Owners Education Workshop Thursday May 3, 2012 – 6 pm Is it time to refinance? Learn when it is the best time to refinance your mortgage. HEALTHY Hempstead Health Fair & 5K Walk/Run Saturday June 16, 2012

Hempstead Public Library 115 Nichols Court Hempstead, NY 11550 Phone: (516) 481- 6990 Wine Glass Painting Wednesday April, 4 2012 - 7 pm Join us for a craft program perfect for springtime. Live Animals Thursday April 12, 2012 - 3 pm Live animals from the Center for Science Teaching and Learning at Tanglewood Preserve. Finding A Job When You Are Over 55 Thursday April 19, 2012 - 2 pm Are you over 55 and looking for a job? Register for this free program. Kaplan Aspire Saturday April 28, 2012 - 10 am This three part program will help make the college admission process easier. Open to high school girls. Space is limited for this FREE program. Sign up in the Children’s Room.

Black Women Enterprises 730 Fulton Avenue • Hempstead, NY 11550 Phone: (516) 485- 5900 • Entrepreneurial Workshop Series at Hempstead Public Library Thursday April 12, 2012 - 10 am Entrepreneurial Workshop Series at Hempstead Public Library Thursday May 10, 2012 - 10 am

African-American Museum 110 North Franklin Street • Hempstead, NY 11550 Phone: (516) 572-0730 • Tea By Tiffany Tuesday April 24, 2012 - 2 pm A festive way to teach young people social etiquette and manners. For children 5-12 years-old. Seeing With Photography Exhibit Through June 2012 From visually-impaired and blind photographers from the Long Island Center for Photography.

Hofstra University Dutch Festival Sunday May 6, 2012- 11 am Hofstra will celebrate on the South Campus with swinging jazz music, thousands of tulips in bloom, face-painting, craft vendors, and authentic Dutch food and beverages. Zig Zag Quartet Saturday May 12, 2012- 8 pm This innovative chamber group zigzags through countries, time periods and stylized dances: from classical to flamenco, 1950s Brazilian sambas, modern day Argentine tangos to jazz ­classics, and world music as well as commissioned works written for the quartet.

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BWE Salutes Hofstra Awardees takes ‘A Ride on the Underground Railroad’ with Black Rose

Hofstra University’s Department of Music invited their audience to ­experience A Ride on the Underground Railroad. The production featured a brilliant collaboration between students from Hempstead High School, the Hofstra Symphony Orchestra, combined with professional musicians and singers. The performance celebrated the history of a people in bondage; the diary of their escape to freedom told through songs, hymns and music. Featuring the songs of Harriet Tubman along with excerpts from the original opera Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line To Freedom, composed by Hofstra Music Professor, Dr. Nkeiru Okoye. My goal is to introduce the audience

to the amazing contributions of historical icons as it relates to American history. The more you know, the more you understand” says, Dr. Okoye. The opening songs, ‘Wade in the Water,’ and ‘Gospel Train,’ featured contralto Nichole Mitchell who presented dark, spirited-soulful arrangements, which gave way to bright undertones of promise. Also, the talented tenor, Robert Mack’s rendition of ‘Runagate, Runagate’ was simply thrilling. A Ride on the Underground Railroad was brilliantly awesome, detailing the perilous journey of slaves trudging along yearning for freedom. — Aaron Kearney

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The New York State Association of Black Women Owned Enterprises, Inc. (BWE) and fellow business leaders honored successful businesswomen at the Black Rose Entrepreneurial Awards Luncheon and Annual Meeting at the swank Garden City Hotel. “The Black Rose is a rare flower and was selected as the perfect token to salute enterprising women contributing to the nation’s economy and society,” says Gina Parker Slater.

The mission of BWE is to identify and remove the barriers that impede the success of black women business owners from participating in government and private sector procurement, promote equal access to capital, educate, advocate and reverse industry trends that foster business failure. To learn more about BWE, visit


Safe Routes to School Program Update

Lieutenant Matthews of the Hempstead Police Dept. stands with a crossing guard and neighborhood aide as they speak to the students about pedestrian safety.

Last year, enhancing pedestrian safety in Hempstead Village seemed to be an uphill task at the launch of the Safe Routes To School Program (SRTS) in three pilot schools – ABGS Middle School; Fulton; and, Jackson Main Elementary Schools—but not now. Every student wanted to win the coveted monthly S.T.A.R. (Safety Tolerance Awareness Respect) Breakfast Award, promoting the four elements of pedestrian safety building skills. The Carolyn Harding Music program disseminated safety building skills information through open discussions, dance and role-play. Commissioner Claude Gooding said, “More students have become aware of the real time dangers of using

their cell phones in the street; texting on the road; and, jaywalking.” The talented students and future engineers mapped out safety routes for the engineering company, RBA Group Inc. The suggestions included: improving the sidewalks; timing of traffic lights; painting existing crosswalks and adding more crosswalks. In a collaborative effort, the Hempstead Boys and Girls Club is working with students of Fulton Elementary and Jackson Main School to ensure a successful program. Congratulations to all who participated in the Safe Routes To School Poetry Contest. Congratulations to Rowhdya Ramsarran of Fulton Elementary School for the best entry.

More students have become aware of the real time dangers of using their cell phones in the street; texting on the road; and jaywalking.”

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Smacking Soul Food

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Loli’s Soul Food is the hottest spot in town paying homage to traditional Southern cuisine while tantalizing one’s taste buds with its affordable menu peppered with momma’s down-home recipes.

The food is absolutely tasty with a low sodium credo offering ‘melt-in-your-mouth’ barbecue chicken; tender oxtails cooked to perfection; colorful vegetarian plates, and, superb desserts from the smooth banana pudding to the super moist red velvet cake. Loli’s is no ordinary soul food restaurant. “We take it back to the basics, I think we lost that; for instance, the greens take six and a half hours to prepare, we clean them three times, cut them down and stem them slow to perfection,” says Chef Anthony Cruz. Leron Parker, co-owner, says, “Food is supposed to be savored and enjoyed since it’s made with love. We want our customers to return and don’t want to raise their blood pressure so everything is prepared fresh daily.” Loli’s Soul Food is the perfect ambiance for gatherings –from a family dinner to a corporate event. Give yourself a day off from cooking and visit Loli’s Soul Food, 143 N. Franklin Avenue, 516-280-7485.

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Pavon deli serves delicious healthy spanish food

Pavon Deli Restaurant is a recent addition to the streetscape across from Old Navy and Stop & Shop shopping center; this intimate eatery features some savory cuisine celebrating the fine staples of Central America and most meals are under ten dollars. Rosa McDermoth, co-owner says, “Everything is fresh and nothing is ever frozen. Our mission is to keep up the same service from start to finish; chatting with customers and making them feel welcome; and, if they want to eat something they don’t see, or something from the home country, we’ll go make it in the kitchen.”

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A visit to Pavon Deli Restaurant will quench your taste buds for tortillas, pupusas, tamales and curtido; also an array of grilled fish and chicken, peppered beef, stewed sausage and vegetables to choose from the menu. Did I mention the rice and beans are seasoned with love and tons of salads to choose to keep the calories away? Pavon Deli Restaurant is family-owned, clean and spacious enough to seat a corporate group. Make a commitment to support local business and visit Pavon Deli Restaurant, 131 Fulton Avenue.

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3 Sure-Fire Ways to Reinvent your Finances: Tips from Lynnette Khalfani Cox, The Money Coach Lynnette Khalfani Cox wants everyone to live a stress and debt free life one step at time with practical tips and a new attitude. Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach®, is a personal finance expert, television and radio personality, and the author of numerous books, including the New York Times best-seller Zero Debt: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Freedom. Lynnette once had $100,000 in credit card debt, before paying it all off in three years and turning her financial life around, here’s how you can reinvent your finances with her practical tips.

3 Sure-Fire Ways to Stick to Your Financial New Year’s Resolution Most people will be making at least one money-related resolution. But we all know that sticking to your resolution can be hard! That’s one reason most people only last about 30 days. 1. Join a financial boot camp If you’re really serious about fixing your finances in 2012, join a 4-week personal finance boot camp like It’s online, takes just 20 minutes a few times a week and best of all - it’s FREE! 2. Create financial goals poster board Visual imagery is one powerful way to stay motivated and to stick to your goals. Try creating a financial poster board which includes images of what you want to accomplish and why. For example, if you want to save for your four year old’s college education, put photos of him on the board, along

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with a cap and gown or diploma—symbolizing his graduation or successful acceptance into college. Or maybe you want to save money for a new home, get pictures of your ideal house and put it on your poster board. The idea is to have constant visual reminders of why you’re being “good” financially.

3. Use the “Think-Do” method for 30-days This strategy is all about overcoming laziness and procrastination. And let’s admit it: we’re all guilty of putting off financial tasks from time to time. So with this technique, whenever you think of something you know you should do, or need to do, you’ll go ahead and tackle that task immediately. Think-Do. For instance, if you’ve been too scared to check your credit report, you can order it online today from Done. If you’ve neglected to buy much-needed life insurance, you can get life insurance quotes today from Done. Or if you’ve put off organizing your tax records, you can start gathering your receipts and financial paperwork today. Done. Exactly what you do isn’t as important as doing something—and doing so today. If you put the “Think-Do” strategy into practice for 30 days, you’ll be amazed at how much gets accomplished. By taking just one small, but powerful action step you push past the inertia and inaction that cripples many people financially. Instead of procrastinating over important financial goals month after month, you’ll be addressing many of those issues in just 30 days flat. Learn more at

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Quilla’s Catering Gets a New Heart and Second Chance By Karen Taylor Bass Acquilla Bailey is from Hempstead and proud. Her passion is to make each client’s tummy satisfied upon sampling a plate of her tasty Caribbean and soul fusion fare. As an entrepreneur, life is not always easy and Bailey has the scars to prove it. Bailey’s business was progressing steadily until the recession hit in 2007 and everything started to unfold. She was left scrambling for clients and battling to stay healthy. Bailey had open-heart surgery a few years ago. It was that moment she knew that her life had to be approached differently and a new plan was executed. “God gave me the opportunity to live and I couldn’t waste time doing the same things which were not working,” says Bailey. She graduated from NY Restaurant School in 1990; however, with the explosion of top chefs and the culinary industry gone primetime, Bailey was in need of a lifeline, mentor and reinvention. Her clientele had included churches, schools, groups, individuals, non-profits and entrepreneurs but now everyone was feeling the wrath of the recession. “Where was the money coming from for me to reinvent my business?” I could not afford to go back to school much less attend a conference in California. I got on my knees and prayed for the opportunity to attend the ­conference, secure the finance and attract clients with budgets,” pleads Bailey. Bailey said God answered her prayers with the phone ringing from old clients one by one and a grant from the Community Development Association (CDA)

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was presented to attend the CaterSource Conference and Trade Show in Las Vegas. “I know for certain the conference will provide the necessary tips to grow my business; understand the statistics to run a fiscally lean catering outfit; incorporate new and creative concept for food presentation; and, most importantly, network ­strategically to win,” says Bailey. Bailey laughs, “My dream client is now high profile who would attract major publicity and pay me my worth.”

Now, with a fresh shot of adrenaline, she is ready to go out and take her game to the next level. Acquilla Bailey’s Tips for seeking Reinvention: — Believe in self at every moment — Have faith and refuse to worry — Have the desire and know it will come — Make certain to do the work for a favorable outcome — Don’t be afraid to reinvent and start over To learn more about Quilla’s Catering visit her on Facebook or call (516) 481-9362.

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mouth Dr. Janet Williams heads Ace Dental Care, P.C., her popular dental practice that she’s run over the past seven years in Hempstead. The majority of her client base is from the village. It’s always been about providing the best quality care for her patients as the equipment in her office is on the cutting edge of new dental technologies. She keeps the best interests of the patients at heart; even going as far as to provide discounted services for those in need. Dr. Williams is originally from Nigeria and she immigrated to the United States over twenty years ago. She had come to fulfill a passion and desire to practice dentistry - an achievement that would prove to be very significant as there had once been fewer than 10 Nigerian dentists in all the world that were female. “Rehabilitating many broken mouths in the community” is what she feels has been her role all along. It pains her to see the lack of good oral hygiene being practiced by many individuals who set foot in her office. Neglect is the worst; and, particularly because there is not enough emphasis placed on the importance of taking care of self. So, Dr. Williams has given us 5 of her top tips to maintaining a healthy mouth: Get regular cleaning. At minimum, visit your general dentist twice a year. Brushing and rinsing at

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home regularly will never do the job right in the long run. Get rid of the stuff that your brush cannot. Brush after every meal. By not allowing bacteria to grow in your mouth, you will help to protect your teeth. Acid produced by the breakdown of food can do an enormous amount of damage in the mouth. It would also be a good idea to rinse your mouth also, using copious amounts of water. Floss Daily. Cleaning in between the teeth is paramount in good oral hygiene. The gaps between teeth account for 40 percent of the mouth. Doing a more thorough job means flossing after meals and spending enough time to removing the tartar from those areas is recommended. Have good nutrition. Remember that you are what you eat, right? Fruits and vegetables are good. Drink lots of water as well; and for two reasons: it washes away debris and it rehydrates your oral tissues. You can never have enough water. Don’t smoke. Avoid smoking because it not only stains the teeth but it puts you at risk for body illnesses. Smokers are not only moreat-risk to develop lung cancer but oral cancer and poor gum health as well. Follow these simple, everyday suggestions and you’ll be sure to have a healthy mouth. Visit Ace Dental Care,

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Living with Sickle Cell Anemia: What You Need to Know Too often, people living with sickle-cell disease are unaware they have it. You’re attending your son’s football game when suddenly one of the athletes collapse and begins to suffer shortness of breath. This is sometimes a sad and painful reality for many people. Neither the child nor parents knew that he carried the trait for sickle-cell anemia and with heavy physical exertion; sickle-cell can trigger a number of bodily crises - one being respiratory failure. The nature of sickle-cell anemia is that the red blood cells, which carry oxygen through the blood stream, are oddly shaped and can cause blockage in the blood vessels very easily. Baldwin-resident, Nikki Gooden-Williams, whose young-adult son is living with the disease, established an organization called S.Y.N.C. Now - which aims to serve those impacted by sickle-cell anemia, by forming a support community. “I feel there is a failure of the healthcare profession in properly educating patients and caring for them, especially those in the minority communities,” says Gooden-Williams. When body tissues lack a sufficient supply of oxygenated blood they are damaged—and if left without it, they die. For the sake of preventing recurring episodes of ­sickness, a person that has sickle-cell anemia might live a sheltered life due to the many variants that could trigger

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an attack—external factors like temperature extremes. Although there are no visible wounds, they suffer an ­internal pain that others can’t see. A common misconception is that the sickle-cell disease is exclusive to the African American community. The truth is it affects everyone—there is no discrimination. In fact, Hispanics are the second most impacted by the sickle-cell disease. An estimated three million people in America have

the disease. Testing for sickle-cell anemia begins with a test called hemoglobin electrophoresis, which tests the blood, and it’s almost always conducted when a child is born in the hospital. Usually, physicians encourage parents to take steps that ensure their child’s well being in the future. One of those suggestions is to avoid strenuous exercise. How can someone with sickle-cell disease live a normal life? Williams says, “Taking the proper treatment and watching your physical activity and recognize that sickle-cell is not a one size fits all disease. There are many effective treatments to manage the disease—even ­procedures such as bone marrow transplants have cured the illness in children.” Gooden-Williams hopes to garner more support and advocacy for those impacted. S.Y.N.C. Now: Sickle-cell Youth Network & Connect is membership-based and is seeking youth and volunteers to join them on their website:

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Preliminary rendering of stores exterior: RGA Architects; Inset box: 42 Main Street exterior today.

Community Development Fresh Farm Options

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Hempstead is on the rise!

Welcoming the return of a food market back to the downtown business district. Farmer’s Best Market is making its new home at 42 Main Street – a section of Main Street where many small businesses have already begun to occupy the once vibrant segment between Fulton Avenue and Front Street. The building was once home to F.W. Woolworth and Hempstead Shoppers Mart. This location has seen businesses come and go. However, the recent influx of new restaurants, retailers and boutique shops has brought with them an outlook full of promise for the years to come. RCGA Architects – Interior Designers is providing architectural services for the project. They are based in Jamaica, NY and have extensive experience as it relates to design and construction of building facades. Farmer’s Best Market slated to open fall 2012.

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signs of resurgence for the village of hemsptead

Those who frequent Main Street in the Village of

Hempstead’s Downtown Business District will soon witness major revitalization in that area. The Incorporated Village of Hempstead Community Development Agency (CDA) is planning a major construction project to improve upon the conditions of Main Street, relative to pedestrian access and safety. The initiative comes as part of their efforts to restore vibrancy to the neighborhood and attract a diverse set of consumers to patronize the local shops. The initiative comes as part of the village’s efforts to make sidewalks more pedestrian-friendly and revitalize the neighborhood to attract customers to local shops and encourage economic growth agency Commissioner

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Claude Gooding said in Newsday. The Hempstead CDA has partnered with Gedeon GRC Consulting to redevelop the area. The Syossetbased firm brings a team of professionals with a wealth of expertise in engineering roadway design. The work area for redevelopment is bounded at the North end by the Centre Street and Nichols Court intersection and on the South end by Front Street. The renovated section of Main Street will feature: decorative sidewalks, additional pedestrian crossings, street furniture, tree-plantings with decorative grates, and street lamps for better lighting. Many government and community officials are hoping the strategy continues to bring resurgence to Hempstead and offer the economic growth to a village in need.

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Downtown Redevelopment Plan— An Update

The Downtown Redevelopment Plan between the

Incorporated Village of Hempstead, Renaissance Downtowns and UrbanAmerica to revitalize the Main Street area is moving forward with great anticipation. After a public hearing on February 7, 2012, the Village Board approved the agreement that states that The Main Street Project will create thousands of construction jobs and permanent employment opportunities, with priority given to Hempstead residents. As a result of this plan, more retail and office positions, as well as entrepreneurial opportunities will be available to community members. It anticipates that Hempstead Youth will be provided with career advancement opportunities, as well as creating a variety of amenities, including public squares, entertainment venues and cultural offerings. Hempstead Mayor Wayne Hall has advocated successfully for a $5 million grant to be used in the revitalization of the downtown Hempstead area. Mayor Hall stated, “I am proud to say this funding will enable us to begin replacement of the antiquated sewer system and move forward with our redevelopment plan to bring more ­business, jobs and affordable housing to the Village.” The grant will aid infrastructure upgrades in the Village, that affect not just downtown, but many local neighborhoods.

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Some Hempstead residents had great concern of the validity of promises made by the developers, Renaissance Downtowns Urban America. Their greatest concern was that Hempstead residents would be assured job placement and training for employment opportunities as promised by the developers. To combat this concern, Donald Monti, chief executive of Plainview-based Renaissance Downtowns, who is working on the project with UrbanAmerica, stated, “Before a shovel hits the ground, in writing you will have a community benefits agreement.” This agreement as well as the actual contract between the Village of Hempstead and the developers will assure job priority and placement to Hempstead residents. The Incorporated Village of Hempstead is confident that the Hempstead Main Street redevelopment project has far reaching benefits for economic growth. By implementing this improvement plan, Hempstead Village will gain a significant advantage in attracting additional federal funding. The long term goal is to ensure that the residents of Hempstead will benefit from the Downtown Redevelopment Plan by providing affordable living, economic growth, aesthetic improvements, safety and health that prospers the Hempstead Village and it’s community for years to come. — Deidre Johnson

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Movin’ on up: Housing update The Twin Oaks Apartments are now open. The 94-unit apartment community is a wonderful space for renters seeking affordable family living in the Village of Hempstead. All units have individually controlled thermostats and wall-to-wall Berber carpet. Twin Oaks offers many upscale amenities including an exercise room, a computer lab, a community room, a laundry facility, and more. Also, construction is well underway for the Alexan on Main. Once completed, the 5-story podium style building will have four residential levels over garage parking and will include 166 market-rate apartment homes.

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Milestones Join us in congratulating the following Hempstead church on reaching a significant milestone:

Calvary Tabernacle Church Celebrates 20th Anniversary

in memoriam We remember those who have recently passed away. Thank you all for your years of commitment, service and dedication to the Village of Hempstead.

Dale Anthony Edmonston Sarah Lucinda “Nettie” Bush Williams (102 yr. old) Phebean M. Parker Muriel Elaine “Nonnie” Bishop

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Safe Routes to School Students and teachers working towards our safety Always trying to ensure this, with our five days a week journey following and observing the road rules very carefully ensuring drivers and pedestrians that safety is indeed our priority road routes are made to be followed and understood our lives will be much safer without taking short cut through the woods understanding that this is my respected aim teaching other children that safety is really not a game everlasting this can surely be Staying safe is what my poem intend for you kids to see take heed of your surrounding while walking to school obstacles like gameboy, headphones and texting is really not good Safety should always be measured with rules and regulations champions are derived from such good actions hold on to this for it is the safest way oh do not deprive any child and let them go astray over and over we will sing your praise let us never forget our sweet and safe school days Written by: Rowhyda Ramsarran Fulton Elemen tary School Teacher: Ms. Davis

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Key Food Grand Opening Store managers Julio and Jose Reyes cut the ribbon to officially open the new Key Food supermarket on South Franklin Street.

(Pictured): Janice Pugliese; Stacy Peart; Catherine Stehle; Alycia Brown

One satisfied shopper holds his bag because after becoming the first customer.

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Black History Month Celebration Law enforcement officials address students at Jackson Main school on pedestrian safety. Members of the children’s choir sing at the United Methodist Church.

Two residents pose for a photo after the ceremonies.

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Hope lies within the youth of today who will become the leaders of tomorrow. By increasing their awareness of this disease and its impact, we will make a difference today that will improve the futures of many who bear the weight of this disease tomorrow.


GET CONNECTED…STAY CONNECTED SYNC-NOW a community based 501c (3) Not-For- Profit organization dedicated to proving an array of support services and resources to those families and individuals impacted by Sickle Cell Disease seeks to continue to increase awareness and expand their presence within the community through collaborative partnerships such as the one with Steven and Alexandra Cohen C ­ hildren’s Medical Center of New York; identified as having the 2nd largest pediatric comprehensive sickle cell program in the NY metropolitan region. GOALS (2012-2013) • Offer a scholarship program, awarding various grants to college trade school bound youth impacted by SCD to assist with the cost of books and tuition. • Host a fashion show (BYDESIGN 2012) with a focus on increased community awareness and fundraising efforts to support the multiple services and resources being offered. ›› • Launch a community outreach program for children and young adults living with Sickle Cell Disease at a local (Children’s Miracle Network) hospital in Nassau County. • Conduct advocacy and awareness workshops as well as participate in local health/ education events. • Assist/educate the youth and young adults living with SCD on how to become more self-sufficient, promoting self-advocacy by participating in the development of a transitional care model

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