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Former American Idol Star Jerome Bell, Teen Actress Colby Set To Highlight Diabetes Health & Wellness Academy of N.Y.C. Benefit Gala

Colby Christina Jerome Bell Former American Idol Season 10 SemiFinalist star Jerome Bell will perform at the Annual Diabetes Health & Wellness Academy of N.Y.C. 2014 Annual Gala Benefit to be held on March 14, 2014 at Verdi's of Westbury, located at 680 Old Country Road, Westbury, New York, 11590 from 7:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. Also appearing and expected to give a stunning performance is child star, professional dancer Colby Christina. The red-carpet fund-raiser gala event, themed "Creating a Unique Learning Environment through Health and Education Learning Initiatives, will recognize individuals whose efforts have contributed to diabetes and health awareness. Among some of those being honored are Dr. Gerald W. Deas, Professorship in Preventive Medicine, Visionary, Writer, Educator, Poet and Philanthropist, Angela Banks Jourdain, Critical Care Nursing Education specialist at North Shore Long Island Jewish Health Systems, Preston King, C.P.A., Chairman of New York Citi Works , Georgette D. Brown, Assistant Director of Athletics, Adelphi University, Samuel L. Dunston, Founder/President of National Allotment Insurance Agency, LTD, Nancy Davidson, CEO of Qivana Health Sys-

tems Business, Dr. Okechukwu Echezona, Founder/CEO of Strong Movement, Arnie Joseph: Founder/President of Chroma Health Solutions, Hon. William B. Wise, Trustee of Westbury, New York, Mr. Leo Gardner, President of Strong Movement, and Chuck Madu, Pharm.D, owner of Freeport Medical Supply and Xtra Care Pharmacy. The Diabetes Health and Wellness Academy of NYC is a brainchild of Sabrina Gardner who, as a mother of a diabetic child, is trying to raise awareness and to find a cure for the plaque. The Diabetes Health and Wellness Academy of N.Y.C., the first of its kind in the U.S. cater to the direct needs of students and their families who struggle with diabetes and other medical health issues. The academy is incorporated by The University of The State of New York Board of Regents and The New York State Education Department. founder of the Diabetes Health and Wellness Academy of N.Y.C. Tickets, donations, sponsorship or advertising to the gala is available online @ https://

2014 Diabetes Health & Wellness Academy of N.Y.C. Benefit Gala Honorees

Inside this issue Editor’s Notes, 2 Letter to the Editor, 2 News, 3 Lisa-Anne’s Column, 8

Dr. Gerard Deas

Leo Gardner

Dr. Samuel Echezona

Preston King, Jr

Georgette Brown

Kam’s Kapsules, 9

Chuck Madu

Congratulations to all the Honorees

Legal, 15 Business Advice, 10, 12, 14 MarketPlace, 15 Hon. William Wise

Nancy Davidson

Angela Jourdain

Arnie Joseph

Samuel Dunston

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Quote of the Week: — “Be the change you want to see in the world.” —Mahatma Ghandi Letters to the Editor Looking for a relative

Hats Off to Sabrina Gardner!

Elseah Chea, Editor

Mailing Address P. O. Box 1113 Baldwin, NY 11510 Tel: (516) 292-1263 Editorial Staff Managing Publisher/Editor Elseah Chea Alibert Davies, Deputy Editor & co-publisher

In one of his many speeches, the late human rights activist Mahatma Ghandi said: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” This week, consistent with our objective—highlighting the positive—we take our “hats off” to Sabrina Gardner for her initiative in living Ghandi’s wisdom, in seeing a problem and doing something rather than complaining about it, waiting for others to do it. A case in point is that Ms. Gardner’s daughter, now in college, was diagnosed with a Type 1 Diabetes since infancy. Her son has the disease as well. Furthermore, Ms. Gardner admits that her mother and 12 other family members are living with diabetes. Determined to heighten the awareness and possibly a cure to this debilitating disease, Sabrina Gardner founded Diabetes Health & Wellness Academy of New York City in March 2012. She has been working since, partnering with schools and other organizations to bring awareness of the disease. On Saturday, March 14, Sabrina will hold her first gala to raise much-needed funds to help her in her fight against the disease. The event will honor a few people, mainly health professionals with whom Sabrina consults regularly as she continues her push to heighten diabetes awareness in New York City. “As the parent of a child with diabetes, one of my greatest daily worries is whether she’ll survive outside of my direct care. We need a continuum of innovative health and educational services blended with support systems where students spend the vast majority of their day,” says Sabrina. Hooray to Ms. Sabrina Gardner!

Elseah Chea

Dear Editor: My name is Arne K. Larsen, living in Norway. I am retired, after many years working in a Company as a Manager in Communication and Public Affairs. For 11 years I have tried to locate a lost relative. Just a few days ago, I managed to obtain some information that related to Uniondale, New York On Internet I found your newspaper, I now have the audacity to approach you. The story that might emerge from my research related to my relative, could be a “human touch” one. It starts with a young woman, my aunt Gerda Larsen, leaving Norway in 1919, not knowing she was pregnant, arriving in New York and giving birth to a son. Gerda died shortly after giving birth, and my grandfather’s sister Josephine Lee, nee Larsen, adopted the baby. The last place I believe Josephine lived was somewhere in Uniondale in the late fifties. Josephine was born in Norway 30th December 1875, and was married to William H Lee. I presume they are both buried in the same grave/ place/cemetery. Is it possible to have someone from your staff help me? Would there be an obituary in your paper related to her death? Yours in anticipation Arne K. Larsen *********************** To the Editor, During the Super Bowl something extraordinary happen. No, not the rout of the Broncos by the Seahawks. We witnessed something far more rare -- an act of charity by a multi-billion dollar corporation. Bank of America partnered with the rock band U2 to raise BIG money for the Global Fund. BofA promised to donate $1 for every person who dowloaded U2's new track, 'Invisible' for free. In 36 hours, over 3 million people downloaded the track. (The song is no longer free but if you purchase it on iTunes, the proceeds will go to the Global Fund.)

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With this money the Global Fund provides anti-retroviral drugs to those who would not otherwise be able to get them. And because they do so, we may see the first AIDS-free generation by 2015. That's right, no child born with AIDS by 2015, anywhere.

Photography Rodney Seymour Thomas Humphreys Rich Richardson

For those who ask why we should help others when we have problems here, you should know that thanks to effective programs like the Global Fund over 7.5 million people living in Africa today have access to lifesaving AIDS medications, up from a mere 50,000 in 2002.

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If we keep it up, we can see the beginning of the end of AIDS. And that is thanks to all of us Americans who care, and believe it or not, to bipartisan members Congress who have continually done the right thing in this regard by funding life-saving programs like the Global Fund and PEPFAR. Just another reason that I'm proud of my extraordinary country. Sincerely, Lenore Pringle ONE member ————————————————————

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“It is with a great deal of excitement that I announce my candidacy for the United States House of Representatives,” said Abrahams. “I am ready and able to serve my country at a time when the working families of this district Abrahams will fight for the middle class when need their government the most. This district needs a Congressman who will stand up for elected to Congress the middle class and society’s most vulnerable. This district needs a voice in Washington who has a proven record of advocacy for all residents.” In his capacity as the Democratic Leader of the Legislature, Legislator Abrahams has advocated on behalf of many constituents of the 4th Congressional District. At the centerpiece of Abrahams’ campaign will be a focus on taxes, income inequality, education and assisting Nassau County’s economic growth and development. “In order for Nassau County to thrive as it once did, it needs a partner in Washington who believes the best way to move forward is to push a progressive agenda that includes raising the federal minimum wage, rebuilding our infrastructure, and reimagining this region for future generations,” said Abrahams. Abrahams also plans to continue the legacy left by Congresswoman McCarthy and will continue to champion common sense gun control laws that will protect families from gun violence. “Having represented some of Nassau County- Kevan Abrahams (DLong Island’s poorest areas for more than a Freeport), the Democratic Leader of the Nasdecade, I am acutely aware of the pressing sau County Legislature, formally announced need to improve public safety by instituting his candidacy for the United States House of measures such as universal background checks th Representatives, 4 District. Abrahams made and assault weapons bans. I will proudly his formal announcement via a series of televi- honor the legacy of Congresswoman sion and radio interviews airing today. McCarthy and continue the crusade she began Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, who two decades ago,” said Abrahams. announced her retirement in January, is vacatIf elected, Abrahams will be the first African ing her seat after nine terms of service. Abra-American ever elected to represent a district hams, who has been actively fundraising into wholly located on Long Island. an exploratory committee for the seat since Abrahams, 39, was first elected to the then, has chosen to move forward and enter County Legislature in 2002, and has served as the June 24th Democratic Primary. Democratic Leader since 2012. He lives in

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Legislator Kevan Abrahams Announces Congressional Candidacy

Pic’d-r) Ronald J. Walsh (Deputy Inspector & Commanding Officer of NCPD Civilian Police Academy), Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter, County Executive Edward P. Mangano, Legislator Rose Marie Walker, and Detective Sgt. Pat Ryder.

MANGANO COMMENDS CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMY PARTICIPANTS Nassau County Executive Mangano on March 5th, joined by officials at the Nassau County Police Department’s Civilian Police Academy, commended trainees for their dedication to serving the people of Nassau County. “We are very grateful for the support of the Nassau County Police Department Foundation in helping us to continue this important program that builds upon the Nassau County Police Department’s intelligence-led policing model,” said County Executive Mangano. “This program is extremely beneficial in helping officers better understand the community they serve.” The Civilian Police Academy, started in 1995, offers a 14 week training program for participants to learn ways in which they can assist police and improve the quality of life within Nassau County. Historically, civilians have been working within the police department since 1929. A donation from the Nassau County Police Department Foundation has helped to support the Civilian Police Academy program.

Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC), in partnership with Nassau County Legislature Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams, Legislator Siela Bynoe, Legislator Laura Curran, and The Health and Welfare Council of Long Island will be holding an Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment drive on Sunday, March 9 from 1-7PM at the Iglesia Restauracion, 221 Jerusalem Avenue in Hempstead. The drive is part of a national effort to provide eligible, uninsured members of the community with the information and support they need to enroll in new, affordable health insurance plans. This event is free and open to the public: attendees will have the opportunity to ask health coverage questions, sit down with a trained bilingual navigator to get enrolled, or to set up an appointment for a later date. For additional information about this event or to access enrollment services please call 516750-2560. Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) is one of 68 affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and operates 3 health centers in Hempstead, Glen Cove and Massapequa. In 2013, PPNC provided preventive health services to more than 13,000 patients during more than 26,300 visits. We conducted education workshops, street outreach and prevention programs to over 32,500 community members, and mobilized close to 9,000 advocates to protect reproductive health care rights. PPNC has served the community for 81 years, and is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals to make responsible choices regarding their sexuality and sexual health. For more information about PPNC’s services and programs, visit

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State Senator Kemp Hannon Seeking Job Creators for His Upcoming “2014 JOB FAIR” “I’m looking for employers seeking qualified applicants for my upcoming 2014 Job Fair,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). “If you are looking for eager, highly-motivated job seekers, then this event is for you.” 2014 Job Fair Wednesday, August 13, 2014. “The event is open to the public and there is no charge to employers or potential employees,” said Hannon. “It’s a great way for those with open positions to meet with a large pool of qualified applicants in one day. I urge any employers who have immediate positions to fill to be a part of this fantastic networking event.” The 2014 Job Fair will be held in at Adelphi University in Garden City, and the event itself will take place between 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm. Open positions are filling up fast, so if you would like to reserve space, please contact Senator Hannon’s Community Office at 516-739-1700. All employers participating will be featured in promotional materials and media outreach, so this is a great opportunity to let the community know you have available positions to be filled.

Girls PRIDE Project Presents 2014 Women's HERstory Month Celebration For Women's History Month Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 @ Elmont Memorial Public Library 700 Hempstead Turnpike Elmont, NY 11003 11:00am-4:00pm Real Women Creative Expressions Contest Winners Presentation (Essay, Poetry, & Dance)

Women LEAP Panel Discussion (Q&A) The celebration will be filled with various activities including poetry, dance, music, health & wellness, and an empowering panel discussion. Host Committee: NYS Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages Women of Integrity (WOI) Innocence Stolen Innocent Still Foundation (ISIS)

Elmont Senior Cardinals Cheerleaders Women LEAP Lynn B. Stranger from WBLS To register your daughter, your sister or your group for this event, please contact Tammie Williams, Girls PRIDE Project Director @ (516) 945-5230 or via email at

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The Nassau County Courts Black History Committee and the Amistad Black Bar Association hosted their ninth annual Black History Month celebration at the Nassau County Supreme Court on March 5. Nassau County Administrative Judge Thomas A. Adams presided over the special event which featured prominent guest speakers, an art display by the Long Island Black Artists Association, and musical performances

Pic’d L-R: Hon. Jerald S. Carter, Hon. Norman St. George, recipient of the Alfred S. Robbins Award; Hon. Valerie Alexander, Hon. Michele M. Woodard, Hon. Thomas A. Adams, Administrative Judge of Nassau County, Hon. Anthony Marano, recipient of the Presidential Award for Diversity in the Courts; and Hon. Thomas A. Adams, Administrative Judge of Nassau County.

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by Voices of Virtue Choir of Hempstead. This year’s recipients were Ms. Claire Brown, Senior Court Clerk for the NY State Unified Court System, recipient of the prestigious Longevity and Endurance Award, which was presented to her by District Court Judge Hon. Tricia Ferrell and Hon. Norman St. George, recipient of the Alfred S. Robbins Award, which was presented to him by Hon. Valerie Alexander.

Pic’d L-R: Hon. Michele M. Woodard, Hon. Tricia Ferrell, Claire Brown, recipient of the Longevity and Endurance Award; Hon. Thomas A. Adams, Administrative Judge of Nassau County and Hon. Jerald S. Carter.

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Teens and Marijuana: Is it harmless? Q. Many of my high school students smoke marijuana. I keep telling them that they are damaging their brains but they don’t believe me. Some say they smoke along with their parents. Can you inform parents about the dangers of marijuana? A.

Yes, many teens and some parents believe marijuana is harmless or at least less dangerous than cocaine or heroin. They are so wrong! Marijuana is a green, brown, or gray mixture of dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of the hemp plant. All forms of marijuana are mind-altering. In other words, they change how the brain works. They all contain THC (delta-9tetrahydrocannabinol), the main active chemical in marijuana. They also contain more than 400 other chemicals. Marijuana's effects on the user depend on the strength or potency of the THC it contains. The potency of marijuana has increased since the 1970s but has been about the same since the mid-1980s.

How many teens are using marijuana? Some people mistakenly believe that “everybody Is doing it” and use that as an excuse to start using marijuana themselves. Well, they need to check the facts, because that's just not true. According to NIDA's 2012 Monitoring the Future study, about 6.5 percent of 8th graders, 17.0 percent of 10th graders, and 22.9 percent of 12th graders had used marijuana in the month before the survey. In fact, marijuana use declined from the late 1990s through about 2007. Unfortunately, this trend appears to be reversing. Since 2007, annual, monthly, and daily marijuana use increased among 10th and 12th graders while daily use increased among 8th graders. In 2012, 6.5 percent of 12th graders reported using marijuana daily, compared to 5.1 percent in 2007. Teachers and parents can inform their teens that not everyone is doing marijuana! What are the effects of marijuana? According to a survey of adolescents, ages 12 to 17, taken by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, teens who admitted to using marijuana in the past year self-reported the following behaviors: * Teens who use marijuana weekly are 9 times more likely than non-users to experiment with illegal drugs or alcohol. * Adolescents who use marijuana weekly are 6 times more likely than non-users to run away from home. * Adolescents who use marijuana weekly are 5 times more likely than non-users to steal. * Adolescents who use marijuana weekly are nearly 4 times more likely than non-users to engage in violence. * Adolescents who use marijuana weekly are 3 times more likely to have thoughts about committing suicide.

* Adolescents who use marijuana are more prone than non-users to be involved in the destruction of property. * Adolescents who use marijuana are more prone than non-users to physically attack other teens. * Adolescents who use marijuana also reported more social withdrawal, physical complaints, anxiety and depression and attention problems. With all of these side effects, it is easily understandable that teens who smoke marijuana do not do well in school! Teens who use marijuana are more likely to engage in unplanned sex, also. Medically, THC is rapidly absorbed after smoking pot. Within minutes, THC and the other substances in marijuana smoke cause short-term medical effects. Signs of using marijuana include: • Rapid heart rate • Increased blood pressure • Increased rate of breathing • Red eyes • Dry mouth • Increased appetite, or "the munchies" • Slowed reaction time **These effects are reduced after three or four hours. However, marijuana hangs around in your system for as long as a month after smoking. The lingering effects mean you're impaired for several days to weeks after the high wears off. Psychological Effects of Marijuana According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the main effects of marijuana on mood vary and may include euphoria, calmness, anxiety, or paranoia. Getting high or "stoned" is the reason most pot smokers use marijuana. Other short-term psychological effects of pot include: Distorted sense of time • Paranoia • Magical or "random" thinking

What Are Parents To Do? 1. Parents of teens should be aware of the warning signs of teen drug use. 2. Parents are the biggest reason teens chose not to get involved with marijuana. They don’t want to lose their respect. 3. Parents should know the terms teens use to talk about marijuana. Parents should also know that 420 is a popular drug term for smoking marijuana. 4. Marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug among youth today according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. 5. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, studies of high school students and their patterns of drug use show that very few young people use other drugs without first trying marijuana. 6. Teens who use drugs are five times more likely to have sex than teens who do not use drugs, according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. 7. Poorer grades are linked to the use of marijuana. A teen with a "D" average is four times more likely to have used marijuana than a teen with an "A" average based on data from the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse. 8. A British study shows that using marijuana can in fact worsen depression and lead to more serious mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia, anxiety and even suicide. 9. According to a report from the NSDUH, first use of marijuana among recent new users was highest during June (11%) and July (11%) and lowest during November (7%) and December (6%). Warning Signs Include:

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loss of interest in family activities disrespect for family rules withdrawal from responsibilities verbally or physically abusive

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sudden increase or decrease in appetite disappearance of valuable items or money not coming home on time not telling you where they are going constant excuses for behavior spending a lot of time in their rooms lies about activities finding the following: cigarette rolling papers, pipes, roach clips, small glass vials, plastic baggies, remnants of drugs (seeds, etc.)

Are Black Teens at a Higher Risk? No! In May, 2012, The Partnership at and MetLife Foundation released results of a National Study and found that marijuana use – particularly heavy use – has increased significantly among U.S. high school students since 2008. According to the new data, half of Hispanic teens (50 percent) report that they have used marijuana in the past year (versus 40 percent for African Americans and 35 percent for Caucasians). This means Hispanic teens are nearly twice as likely (43 percent) as Caucasian teens to have smoked marijuana in the past year (50 percent vs. 35 percent) and 25 percent more likely than African-American teens. Duke Medicine News and Communications 2011 reports a new analysis of teenage drug abuse finds widespread problems among Whites, Native Americans, Hispanics, and youngsters of multiple races, with less severe abuse among Asian and African American teens. Beware of the Synthetic Marijuana, also. It’s just as dangerous! Some information gathered from http://,,, and http:// ———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 Nicholas and They SSSay I’m a StStStutterer, But I SSSay Nothing! Meet Kelly and co-author of 365 Ways to Succeed With ADHD! She is the Education Editor of the Community Journal newspaper in Baldwin, NY and a member of the National Education Writers Association. You may contact her at or by visiting her website at

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Celebrity Interview . Book/Movie Reviews age. In some ways it did parallel the journey of to fill. I can only take that as a compliment. ultimate appreciation that we see in the movie Thanks, Bernadette. That gives me something of me towards my son and my son towards me. to live towards, because it’s a lot.

Kam Williams Forest Whitaker “The Butler” Interview with Kam Williams

KW: How did you prepare for the role of Cecil Gaines? Forest: I trained with a butler coach for quite some time. And I studied the history and, of course, tried to make that a part of my own emotional understanding of the time period and the presidency. In terms of the aging process, I particularly had to work on movement and mannerisms. I also tried to understand the dialect and speech patterns. And I worked on how I could communicate my thoughts more clearly without words. I wanted to fill myself up enough so that you would be able to feel my thoughts, even in scenes where I would say nothing.

Kam Williams: Hi Forest, I’m honored to have this opportunity. Forest Whitaker: Oh, no, it’s a pleasure just to talk to you, Kam. KW: What interested you in The Butler? Forest: It’s an amazing story. And the script was beautiful in the way it followed this man who served eight presidents and portrayed his love for his family, as well as the love between him and his son. So, I saw it as offering a great challenge and opportunity. And I thought that Lee [director Lee Daniels] would do a wonderful job with the script as a filmmaker, so that was an attraction as well. And I had wanted to work with Oprah, so all of that came together to afford me this tremendous opportunity. KW: Did the film’s father-son relationship resonate with you when you reflected upon your relationship with your own dad? Forest: Yes, it’s hard to always understand and appreciate your father when you’re coming up, especially since my dad had three jobs when we moved to L.A. So, he was always working. Plus, coming from the South, from Texas, he had a certain way of disciplining that made it hard for me to appreciate, at the time. You don’t fully appreciate the reasons why or the sacrifices that were being made until a later

KW: Editor/Legist Patricia Turnier says: You are a great director, in addition to of course being an excellent actor. Personally, I love biopics, like where you played Charlie Parker in Bird. Is there a story about an icon that you would like to direct and star in? Forest: Yes, there’s a film I’ve been developing about Louie Armstrong that I’d like to direct and star in. I wrote the script and really believe in it. I think it’s something I’ll probably do next year, although I haven’t made a final decision about whether I should direct it or not. It’s a really special story.

KW: The Gabby Douglas question: If you had to choose another profession, what would that be? Forest: I’d either be a natural healer or a teacher.

KW: The Judyth Piazza question: What key quality do you believe all successful people share? Forest: Passion! KW: Harriet also asks: With so many classic films being redone, is there a remake you'd like to star in? Forest: The Audrey Hepburn-Albert Finney film, Two for the Road.

KW: That hard work paid off. I cried about a half-dozen times during the film. Forest: It’s very moving because it deals with so many primal issues: loss, degradation, even joy. Lee painted a picture that allows you to get in touch with many different emotions. KW: True. Attorney Bernadette Beekman asks: What was it like acting opposite Oprah? Forest: Oprah just really committed completely to the movie. She was startling, at times, in how deeply she was into the authenticity of the scenes. For instance, there was a big emotional moment that wasn’t shown completely in the film where she screamed and fell to the ground, letting out a piercing wail that went through my bones. It had me trying to figure out how to comfort her, because it’s hard to find the proper emotion to respond to pain that overwhelms.

you choose? Forest: I’d be a spreader of love.

KW: The bookworm Troy Johnson question: What was the last book you read? Forest: Solutions Focus. http:// ASIN/1904838065/ref=nosim/thslfofire-20

This Forest’s on Fire! Forest Whitaker is a distinguished artist and humanist. He is the founder of PeaceEarth Foundation, co-founder and chair of the International Institute for Peace, and the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation. A versatile talent, Forest is one of Hollywood’s most accomplished performers, receiving such prestigious honors as a Best Actor Academy Award for his performance in The Last King of Scotland, as well as a Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival for Bird. Over the past decade, he has dedicated most of his time to extensive humanitarian work, feeling compelled by his social awareness to seek ways of using the film medium as a means of raising peoples’ consciousness. To that end, he produced the awardwinning documentary Kassim the Dream, which tells the touching story of a Ugandan child soldier turned world champion boxer; Rising from Ashes, which profiles Rwandan genocide survivors’ attempt to qualify for the Olympics riding wooden bicycles; Serving Life, which focuses on hospice care for prisoners at Louisiana’s Angola Prison; and the Peabody Award-winning Brick City, which offers an unvarnished peek at inner-city life in Newark, New Jersey. Whitaker was the 2007 recipient of the Cinema for Peace Award, and he currently sits on the board of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. In addition, he serves as a Senior Research Scholar at Rutgers University, and as a Visiting Professor at Ringling College of Art and Design, too. Besides the aforementioned films, Forest’s impressive resume’ includes The Great Debaters, The Crying Game, Panic Room, Platoon, Ghost Dog, Mr. Holland’s Opus and Good Morning Vietnam. Here, he talks about his latest outing as the title character in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, a decades-spanning sage chronicling the life and career of an AfricanAmerican who served eight presidents in the White House.

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KW: What advice do you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps? Forest: Always tell yourself that you want to continue to grow, and you’ll be more connected to growth. KW: Director Rel Dowdell, who has made two low-budget films, including Changing the Game last year, would like to know how he can pitch you about a project. Forest: I have my company, Significant Productions, in Los Angeles. And I also have a company called JuntoBox Films Select, a crowd-sourcing film site which we produce movies out of. We just finished one with a first -time filmmaker, called Sacrifice. And we’re about to do another one in a month or so. Rel can reach out to either one of those companies. KW: Is there any question no one ever asks you, that you wish someone would? Forest: [Chuckles] I can’t think of one.

KW: The Jamie Foxx question: If you only had 24 hours to live, how would you spend that time? Forest: With my family. KW: Thanks again for the time, Forest, and best of luck with The Butler, and I hope to talk to you about your upcoming independent project. Forest: Sure, Kam, and thanks again for supporting Rising from Ashes. To see a trailer for Lee Daniels’ The Butler, visit: video_popup.php?id=108 Or: v=omJedbKwzLg

KW: The Sanaa Lathan question: What excites you? Forest: Two things: The success of my children, and the work for social justice that I do with my foundation.

KW: When you look in the mirror, what do you see? KW: Leah Fletcher asks: How did it feel, when Forest: I see someone who is continuing to try to build his connection with the rest of the you were just breaking into the industry, to receive such a glowing acknowledgment from world. a seasoned and respected actor such as Sean KW: If you could have one wish instantly Connery for your work in The Crying Game? Forest: Leah, I didn’t even know ‘til now that granted, what would that be for? Sean Connery had commented about my work Forest: That everyone could recognize themin The Crying Game. A lot of Brits believe that selves in the face of the other people that they I was British for quite some time after that see. film. So, I can see how Sean Connery might KW: The Kerry Washington question: If you have said something. That’s nice. were an animal, what animal would you be? Forest: Either a leopard or an eagle. KW: Harriet Pakula-Teweles says: You produced the extraordinary Fruitvale Station. Is KW: The Ling-Ju Yen question: What is your this a new role you see for yourself? earliest childhood memory? Forest: The truth is, I produce one or two movies every year, both independent and stu- Forest: My dad teaching me to ride a bike at dio films. I’ll continue to produce. In fact, I about 5 or 6. have a documentary that just came out about KW: The Anthony Mackie question: Is there the Rwandan National Cycling team called something that you promised to do if you beRising from Ashes. came famous, that you still haven’t done yet? Forest: No, and my goals have expanded. KW: I loved it! Forest: Oh, you already saw it. Great! KW: The Viola Davis question: What’s the KW: You can check out my review at Rotten difference between you are at home as opposed Tomatoes. Bernadette also says: You are a to the person we see on the red carpet? true Renaissance Man. Besides acting, you Forest: I’m the same person, just with differwrite, direct, narrate and produce. You’re like ent clothes on. I’m the same. a latter-day Oscar Micheaux. KW: The Anthony Anderson question: If you Forest: Oscar Micheaux reshaped the Black could have a superpower, which one would Film Movement. Those are some great shoes

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cholesterol levels. So chow down on your greens to fill up! You can see how dark leafy greens are a great addition to your meal plan. Just don’t be like most Americans and reach for the iceberg, which is mostly water, choose dark leafy greens and other rich green vegetables like the ones listed below: Upcoming Events: Snack and Story Time Tuesday, March 11th 2-3 PM Join Shauna, your in-store dietitian, for a great story followed by a healthy snack keeping with the theme of the book. Kids will get to make their own snacks. ****You must pre -register for this event. Eat Well. Be Happy. Grocery Store Tour Tuesday, March 11th 6-7 PM Check out this FREE healthy grocery store tour. Shauna will be guiding you through the departments to show you how to shop for health.***Must pre-register for this event.

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5 Reasons to Go Green This month we will be celebrating the greenest of American holidays, St. Patrick’s Day! To get in the holiday spirit we will be all about vegetables that is. Need another reason to reach for your green produce? Check out these body boosts you get from adding in more dark leafy greens: Healthy Cells and Blood Leafy greens are an excellent source of the B -Vitamin, folate, necessary for growth of healthy cells and blood. Folate helps prevent neural tube defects in newborns if ingested in the right amount during pregnancy. It is also known to help prevent heart disease by reducing the amount of homocysteine, a compound known to damage our arteries. Glowing Skin and Healthy Hair Everyone wants glowing, smooth skin and healthy hair and eating greens can help you achieve that. Vitamin C, an antioxidant found in dark leafy greens can help prevent free radical damage that could lead to wrinkles and fine lines. It also helps the body produce collagen, a protein which aids the growth of cells and blood vessels giving skin its firmness. Greens like spinach, Swiss chard, and collards, are an excellent source of vitamin A in the form of beta carotene. This antioxidant helps with the growth and repair of your cells. It can even help protect the body from sun damage! Better Vision Luetin and zeaxanthine are important antioxidants that protect the cells in our eyes from age related damage. Dark leafy greens are one of the best sources of these compounds. Strong Bones and Teeth Think the only way to keep your bones strong is by drinking dairy? Think again! Greens like collards, turnip greens, and spinach contain calcium, vitamin K, potassium, and magnesium; all nutrients needed to keep bones and teeth strong and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Fiber Up We all know we need to eat more fiber but do you know why? Fiber helps promote a healthy GI system and keeps things moving along, if you know what I mean! Fiber provides us with a fullness factor which can help maintain weight and it reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. It also works to control blood sugar and

Healthy Cooking Substitutions Wednesday, March 12th 7:30 PM Shauna will be joining Temple Beth Am Sisterhood in Merrick to discuss how to cook healthier without losing out on flavor. If you are interested in having Shauna speak at your next group meeting just email or call!

Dark Green Vegetables

Other Greens

Arugula Beet greens Bok choy Broccoli Butterhead lettuce Chard Collard greens Dark green leafy lettuce Green leaf lettuce Kale Mesclun Mustard greens Radicchio Red leaf lettuce Romaine lettuce Spinach Swiss chard Turnip greens Watercress

Artichokes Asparagus Avocado Brussels Sprouts Cabbage Celery Cucumbers Green Beans Green Peppers

Kids Day Saturday, March 15th 11-3 PM Join Shauna and Louise in the floral department for this month's FREE Kid's Day event. Kids will be making snacks and crafts in honor of St. Patrick's day. In Health, Shauna Del Prete, RD, CDN Retail Dietitian Thompson ShopRite 1121 Jerusalem Avenue Uniondale, NY 11553 (516) 486-0517 Note:

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3. Create a great communicator. Your successor needs top-of-the-line communication skills to influence clients, vendors, employees and others. If you don’t build this skill it’s like the “substitute-teacher” phenomenon: the kids will act up, not listen and accomplish little until either the sub builds confidence, or the “permanent teacher” — you — return to clean up the mess. at least, sell a stake to someone who might eventually buy you out. If you’re thinking about leaving your business behind, or stepping back to work on the strategic rather then tactical side, some careful planning up front can make it a smooth transition that ensures your company thrives after you’re gone. Here are five tips on how to make a graceful exit. 1. Work on a succession plan. What do you want to happen after you leave? Write up a plan that spells out your wishes. If you’re considering passing on or selling the business to a family member or employee, notify them of your intentions. Ensure that your plan answers questions about who will be in charge, how much of a stake they will acquire and at Jack Signorelli what cost. It should also offer a timeline for the transfer of power. 2. Groom a successor. The world of family business is full of sad stories about owners who suddenly decide to retire and drop the business into the lap of a brother or daughter with little training or notice. Start teaching your heir apparent about the business’s operations and finances now, and assume it may take many months or even a year or two to Planning an Exit from Your Small Business pass on all the knowledge. Notice their weak You may be thinking about working “on” your points and either train or hire professionals to business rather than “in” your business. You help. If they have poor customer-service skills, may even be thinking of selling. I’m not one for instance, you want to fix that before you to recommend giving up but for some business hand off the baton. owners, hard times may force you to wonder whether it’s time to cash in and move on — or

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Ever watch the game show Let’s Make A Deal? A costume clad audience member is faced with several prize options 4. Show your faith. If you don’t instill confiand must make an dence in the proposed successor and demoninstant decision as to strate to workers that you trust this person to which to choose. take over and keep the business growing, Curtain #1? Maybe you’re sowing the seeds of future problems. curtain #3? The Make sure everyone knows who your choice is prize choice must be and that you’re excited about how this new made quickly; after leader will approach the business. all, it’s only a 30 minute show! Let them be who they are. Your leader should Some salespeople ask for an instant decision not try to mimic your personal style or your from their customers. With a one-time cusmanagement style. The new leader needs his or her own vision and approach. Leaders with tomer, as with a retail sale, asking for a quick decision is expected. After all, in retail, the their own strong brand will be better able to mall closes at 9, and customers must vacate succeed as they take over the top role. My tip: Think of letting go in stages, if possi- the premises. But when building a long-term relationship with a customer, salespeople ble. Even if you’re selling to an outsider, you might want to rethink the quick sale approach. may want to negotiate for a transitional con“Take it or leave it…right now” might make sulting/training period where you’re still on a potential long-term customer sprint away board. faster than the Road Runner. Build a relation————————Jack Signorelli is a Certified Business ship with a long-term customer by avoiding Coach and former U.S. Marine. His career spanned 27 hard-sell, I-need-a-decision-right-now-oryears in Corporate America culminating as President of Konica Business Technologies, (now Konica-Minolta), a $1 nothing pressure. Instead of demanding an Billion distributer of office products and services. Under instant decision, ask your customer for a time Jack's leadership the company grew revenues more than you can visit or call to get a decision. With a $100 million. Jack owns two small businesses and since 1996 he has been providing practical advice to business returning customer, take the time to build the The return on your patience leaders, in all industry segments, throughout the U.S. Jack relationship. works with a select group of clients who are driven to might just be a life-long client. improve their profits, team performance, and lifestyle. Are there areas in your business that need some adjustments? Call me direct @ 631-757-2936 or email him at

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By Phil Andrews Financial management for AfricanAmericans must be centered around goals. What gets measured in life gets done. a goal is not a goal until it is set and a plan gets underway for its achievement. Time is one of our greatest allies along with faith in God. Now is the best time to start your financial goals. The first goal should be to become financially literate. Knowledge is power. The old saying reinforces this concept, “a fool and his money are soon parted.” The first ritual of wealth is to set a goal of pay yourself first, no matter how small the amount. Financial success is as much about discipline, character, and integrity as it is about large sums of money. In the financial world, small advantages have a way of adding up. How much value would you put on a sound financial education? In the book Rich Dad Poor Dad, it is taught that we much acquire education , experience, and then we will acquire excessive cash.

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Each of us has different goals, and our financial plan should cater to those goals. We should develop a healthy passion for financial goal we set which should be reinforced by our daily actions. Tithing, saving, and investing can be a ritual in our lives. A sense of stewardship over our resources is the highest way of dealing our God-given blessings. Financial goal-setting requires that we give a good accounting of our cash flow. The age -old adage that “As a man thinketh so shall he be” all that he achieves or fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thinking. The cry of all humanity should be higher yet. How many individuals in our community know the power of compound interest, but does that number equate to that number that follow its principles? Financial goal setting requires that we develop a philosophy of success and achievement. A millionaire once said that “Everyday that I find a penny, it is one day that I do not have to work for it”. Do you value the pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollars that flow through your hands? The rich gets richer because respect of the money attracts more money. If you need verification of this fact, just analyze the mentality of a spender verses an investor. The investor say don't spend your last dollar until you know where your next one is coming from, the spender spends everything and then looks around for money. The richest man in “Babylon goal” was to keep a part of all the money he made. Saving a part of all the money you make is said to be a secret because so few people follow its principles but profess to know its premise. Knowing and doing are opposite sides of the coin, but real financial power is gained through action. Remember it's not what you make, it's what you keep. It's not what you know, it's what you do. It is not what you are, it is what you become, what you become

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will determine what you make. Winners are not born, they are made. The top 3% of all financially successful people are goal-setters. a financial plan and goal are the roadmap for an upwardly mobile African-American community. Remember, time is one of your greatest allies. A journey of a thousand mile begins with one step. May you reach all of your

. Page 11 financial, mental, physical, and spiritual goals with God speed. Let's do it! __________ Phil Andrews is President of Power Networking Business Seminar Series Group and he also serves as President of the Long Island African-American Chamber of Commerce.

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Franchising—an expert advice by Neva Alexander Franchisor’s sell their businesses with the concept that you are in business for yourself but not by yourself. Sounds great right? Well I bought it. In 2005, I bought a decorating franchise. It was an exciting moment. I was my own boss at least that was what I believed. I found myself so frustrated. The franchisor required the franchisees to call in every week giving detail of their progress. They did not allow the franchisees to use inexpensive outside suppliers. I was forced to purchase goods even if it was not used at the time of purchase. It was required that $25,000 be made within the first three months of operation. This made me extremely stressed out by the franchisor. Many times, I felt as if I failed, I was incompetent. Efforts were made to promote my business and please the franchisor, but at the end of the day, they were not pleased. At one point, I tried to hire an independent contractor, but the franchisor informed me that I could not hire anyone. The reason they gave for their decision was that I only purchased one unit and I would be violating my contract with them. The franchisor decided to buy back my franchise. They informed me that this would be in my best interest since it was going to get more difficult for me. I sold my unit to the franchisor

at a loss. The non-competitive clause was enforced. I was back to square one with no idea what will be my next move. I wrote this article not to discourage you from buying a franchise but to give another prospective of what can happen. I have a friend that owns a Golden Crust franchise, and he is very happy with his decision. If you are going to purchase a franchises do your research diligently: •

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Speak with other franchisee (not the ones recommended by the franchisor) Request a copy of UFCO when you request information about the franchise. Hire an Attorney to review your documents. Call previous franchise owners; ask them why they no longer own the franchise. Franchises have rules make sure you can adhere to them.

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The FBI had an opening for an assassin. After all the background checks, interviews, and testing were done, there were three finalists; two men and one woman. For the final test, the FBI agents took one of the men to a large metal door and handed him a gun. "We must know that you will follow your instructions no matter what the circumstances. Inside the room you will find your wife sitting in a chair. Kill her! The man said, "You can't be serious, I could never shoot my wife." The agent said, "Then you're not the right man for this job. Take your wife and go home." The second man was given the same instructions. He took the gun and went into the room. All was quiet about 5 minutes. The man came out with tears in his eyes, “I tried, but I can't kill my wife." The agent said, "You don I have what it takes. Take your wife and go home." Finally, it was the woman's turn. She was given the same instructions, to kill her husband. She took the gun and went into the room. Shots were heard, one after another. They heard screaming, crashing, banging on the walls. After a few VI minutes, all was quiet. The door opened slowly and there stood the woman. She wiped the sweat from her brow. "This gun is loaded with blanks" she said. "I had to beat him to death with the chair."

A Priest dies and is waiting in line at the Pearly Gates. Ahead of him is a guy who's dressed in sunglasses, a loud shirt, leather jacket and jeans. Saint Peter addresses him, "Who are you, so that I may know whether or not to admit you into the Kingdom of Heaven ?"The guy replies, "I'm Joe Cohen, taxi driver, from New York ." Saint Peter consults his list. He smiles and says to the taxi driver, "Take this silken robe and golden staff and enter the Kingdom of Heaven ." Now it's the priest's turn. He stands erect and booms out, "I am the Right Reverend Joseph Snow, pastor of Saint Mary's for the last forty-three years." Saint Peter consults his list. He says to the priest, "Take this cotton robe and wooden staff and enter the Kingdom of Heaven." "Just a minute," says the priest. "That man was a taxi driver. Why does he get a silken robe and golden staff?" "Results," shrugged Saint Peter........... "While you preached, people slept. When he drove, people prayed."

Poetic Expression This is why I always say I love You.... In memory of all those who perished this morning; the passengers and the pilots on the United Air and AA flights, the workers in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and all the innocent bystanders Our prayers go out to the friends and families of the deceased. IF I KNEW If I knew it would be the last time that I'd see you fall asleep, I would tuck you in more tightly and pray the Lord, your soul to keep. If I knew it would be the last time that I see you walk out the door, I would give you a hug and kiss and call you back for one more If I knew it would be the last time I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise, I would video tape each action and word, so I could play them back day after day. If I knew it would be the last time, I could spare an extra minute to stop and say "I love you," instead of assuming you would KNOW I do. If I knew it would be the last time I would be there to share your day, Well I'm sure you'll have so many more, so I can let just this one slip away. For surely there's always tomorrow to make up for an oversight, and we always get a second chance to make everything just right. There will l always be another day to say "I love you," And certainly there's another chance to say our "Anything I can do?" But just in case I might be wrong, and today is all I get, I'd like to say how much I love you and I hope we never forget. Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, young or old alike, And today may be the last chance you get to hold your loved one tight. So if you're waiting for tomorrow, why not do it today? For if tomorrow never comes, you'll surely regret the day, That you didn't take that extra time for a smile, a hug, or a kiss and you were too busy to grant someone, what turned out to be their one last wish. So hold your loved ones close today, and whisper in their ear, Tell them how much you love them and that you'll always hold them dear Take time to say "I'm sorry," "Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay." And if tomorrow never comes, you'll have no regrets about today.

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NACC Multicultural Business Expo ONE DAY. ONE LOCATION. ENDLESS OPPORTUNITIES This Expo is the 2014 event that will attract entrepreneurs, decisionmakers and professionals who will be learn about products and services that will be available to help their businesses achieve their goals. It is also an excellent opportunity to network to expand one’s client base. If you are an entrepreneur, professional, decision-maker or executive, then participating at this event is a must! Nowhere else can you speak with so many of your perfect target market, face-toface and make on-the-spot deals! Why exhibit at the NACC Multicultural Business Expo? Gain direct face-to-face contact with business owners & decision-makers Reach a captive audience and generate new customers immediately Make on-the-spot sales Introduce your company to new prospects Reach a very large pool of potential clients within a short period of time Brand your business Have direct access to your target market Introduce new products and services Conduct market research Enjoy direct access to the press Provide live product and service demonstrations Distribute product samples Business MatchMaking

All Shape -Up’s are held at Cantiague Park located Nassau County Executive Edward P. Manon gano on March 4th announced the shape-up schedule for any hockey player who wants to West get in shape for the upcoming tryouts for the John Street 2014-2015 Nassau County Hockey Season. in The shape-up schedule will be as follows:


Mites (birth years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) Tuesday, March 11th: 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Thursday, March 13th: 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Saturday, March 15th: 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Squirts (birth years 2004, 2005) Wednesday, March 12th: 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. 7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Friday, March 14th: Saturday, March 15th: 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Peewees (birth years 2002, 2003) Monday, March 10th: 8:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 12th: 8:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Saturday, March 15th: 3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Bantams (birth years 2000, 2001) Monday, April 7th: 8:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 9th: 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Saturday, April 12th: 3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Midget Minor (birth years 1998, 1999) Tuesday, April 8th: 7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9th: 8:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. Saturday, April 12th: 4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Hicksville. The Nassau County Hockey Program is open to Nassau County Residents only. All players/parents must have a valid Leisure Passport. The fee for each session is $25.00. All fees are payable at the door. About Cantiague Park Cantiague Park, located at 480 West John Street in Hicksville, has been part of the Nassau County Park system since 1961. Cantiague Park was the first County Park offering a swimming pool and an artificial skating rink. Additionally, this 127-acre park offers a renovated 18-hole miniature golf course, 9-hole, par-30 golf course, driving range, five lighted tennis courts, six lighted handball/ paddleball courts, three lighted basketball courts, four lighted softball fields and four multi-sport fields, two of which are lighted. In the summer of 2008, the park opened a new and beautiful artificial turf field to accommodate football, soccer and lacrosse and is also lighted for night play. Cantiague Park also includes a playground, two reserved picnic areas, shuffleboard courts, a bocci court, and tables with inlaid chess and checker boards.

Featured at the NACC Multicultural Business Expo • Exhibitor Floor - There will be a showcase of businesses with products and services to help business owners and start-ups grow their businesses.

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• Educational Seminars - During the day, exhibitors and attendees will learn from experts in their fields.

Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams (DL.D. 1) would like to inform residents that registration for Nassau’s 2014 Summer Recreation Program is underway, and the deadline to register is June 1. The program will run from June 30 – Aug. 7.

• Service/Product Showcase Stage - New products and services will be showcased for attendees with audience participation. • Raffles & Giveaways - Everyone loves these! • VIP Welcome Breakfast - This is an opportunity to start your day right with a great breakfast and listen to and network with top level business speakers • Annual Cocktail Reception & Pillar of Community Awards - In order to recognize the accomplishments and provide visibility for outstanding business owners and professionals, NACC, AAICC, HAICC and NYSCHCC will host an Annual Cocktail Reception & Pillar of Community Awards, which occurs on Juneteenth. The theme will be Economic Deprivation & Its Correlation to Crime. Join us as we celebrate those who are leading the way in innovation and bringing new ideas and services to the marketplace. Call (718) 722-9217 BE AN EARLY BIRD. REGISTER BEFORE APRIL TO GET A DISCOUNT. SAY WhyGeorges REFERS YOU.

The Summer Recreation Program operates in four County Parks: Cantiague Park in Hicksville; Eisenhower Park in East Meadow; Nickerson Beach Park in Lido Beach; and Wantagh Park in Wantagh. The program is designed for children ages 5 to 12, separated in the following categories: early childhood (5-6); juniors (7-8); intermediate (9-10); and seniors (11-12). Parents can choose between two sessions for their children: either 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. or 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fees for the program range from $700 for one child for the shorter session, to $850 for the full -day session, with discounts available for both sessions for additional children from the same family. There is a $25 registration fee for returning campers (from 2013) who register by March 1, 2014, and a $50 registration fee for new campers (regardless of registration date) and returning campers who apply after March 1, 2014. Registration fees are non-refundable. If all final payments are not received by June 1, 2014, your spot in the program may be lost and the registration fee will not be refunded. In addition to 45 minutes of open swim time at three of the parks, other activities include: arts and crafts, board and recreational games, Quick Start Tennis, 1st Tee Golf, and sports such as baseball, basketball, flag football, golf, Kan Jam, soccer, tennis, volleyball and Wiffle ball. For more information about the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums, please call 516-572-0200 or visit the Parks Web site at:

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