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“Prosperity is not without many fears and disasters; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.” ― Francis Bacon

Merry Christmas—oh, what is the “politically” correct thing to say—but pardon my politically incorrectness, please

my faith during this solemn period called Christmas, the day which marked the birth of Jesus Christ whom my faith tells me is the Son of God and the Savior of the world. So, please allow me to say Merry Christmas and please enjoy the solemnity of the season. Elseah W. Chea

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is the season again when one must be “politically” correct about mentioning anything “Christmas” in one’s greetings. So, as canvassed for advertising in the weeks leading to this season, I would greet prospective advertisers and others alike with “Merry Christmas!” While many I have come across responded “Merry Christmas” in kind and didn’t seem to care whether or not it was the “politically” correct thing to say in this day and age, one person, a 35-plus-years-old female especially took offense at being greeted with “Merry Christmas!” She then proceeded to lecture me on the political incorrectness of saying Merry Christmas. Gosh! What kind of society we live in today? When did it ever become an offense, much less a crime to be a Christian? First, they removed prayers from the classroom. Then there is even a movement by certain people to purge “In God We Trust” from U. S. currency, the courts, and any place where the phrase is found. Well, excuse me for being so “old-fashioned” and saying Merry Christmas rather than “Happy Holidays,” which has become so fashionable today. I am a Christian, and I have no qualms about professing what my faith has taught me and continues to teach me. Oh, you are not a Christian and therefore take umbrage at me saying Merry Christmas? Well, it is not my intention to offend anyone. It is my intention, however, as a Christian, to proclaim to celebrate, and to share

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Senator Fuschillo, Mayor Kennedy and NYS Department of Financial Services Bring Foreclosure Prevention Program Freeport Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (RMerrick), along with the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) and Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy on December 11 sponsored a free Foreclosure Prevention Program to assist homeowners facing foreclosure. Senator Fuschillo and Mayor Ken- Photo Senator Fuschillo, Mayor Kennedy, and Tanya Carter of nedy arthe Village of Freeport Staff on ranged to board the Department of Finanhave DFS’ cial Services’ Mobile Foreclosure Mobile Fore- Prevention Center. closure Prevention Center come to Freeport Village Hall and provide services and assistance to homeowners facing pre-foreclosure or foreclosure proceedings. DFS staff members met individually with homeowners, providing them with information about the foreclosure process and specific loan modification programs which may be available to them. They also offered information on how to file complaints with the Department so that suspected cases of lender or mortgage servicer abuses, such as predatory lending practices, can be investigated. Residents who were unable to participate

in the Foreclosure Prevention Program but need assistance can call Senator Fuschillo’s office at 516-882-0630 or call the DFS’s tollfree foreclosure hotline, 1-800-342-3736, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

MANGANO INVITES SENIORS TO ATTEND FREE SUPPORT GROUP PROGRAMS Nassau County Executive Ed P. Mangano on December 16 announced today two free support group programs for those individuals caring for loved ones that will be available to seniors living in Elmont, Floral Park, Franklin Square and West Hempstead this November. The programs, being offered by the N a s s a u County Office for the Aging, will be held at the Elmont Public Library at 700 Hempstead Turnpike and are as follows: On Tuesday, January 14, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. the County Executive Caregiver Edward P. Mangano Support Group will be held for all caregivers. The group, which is led by Sari Flesch, A.A., B.A., from the county’s Office for the Aging, provides an opportunity for participants to share their experi-

ences and help one another. Coffee and cookies will be served. On Friday, January 24, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., The Voice of Grandparents is scheduled. This ongoing support group is also led by Sari Flesch, A.A., B.A., from the county’s Office for the Aging and provides an opportunity for grandparents to share with others who may be experiencing the same issues. Coffee and cookies will be served and all are welcome. Persons interested in attending for the first time or in need of additional information should call (516) 227-8945.

MANGANO ADMINISTRATION RECEIVES $50K AWARD FROM STATE TO ENHANCE CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano on December 18 announced that New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) awarded Child Protective Services (CPS), a program within the Department of Social Services (DSS), a $50,000 grant to enhance service delivery to children and families. This money is being used to acquire mobile technology, which will improve communications between CPS workers and their supervisors and most notably, allow CPS workers to better assist families in locating neighborhood resources. “Children are our most valuable asset and Child Protective Services is in place to protect our children from abuse and neglect,” said County Executive Mangano. “With these grant funds, we will further make certain that children are safe and families’ needs

are being met by using technology to maintain up to the minute information.” In 2013, more than 7,000 reports were called into the State Central Registry requiring CPS to investigate each and every claim. “We are grateful to New York State OCFS for providing our CPS staff with this enhanced funding,” added DSS Commissioner Dr. John E. Imhof. “By using mobile technology, workers will be able to gather up to the minute case information on a family by accessing case records as well as communicate more efficiently with their supervisors while they are making home visits. Workers will also be able to use the technology to help families locate services in their community to best meet their needs.” If you suspect child abuse or maltreatment, please call the New York State Central Registry at 1-800-342-3720.


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“I am only an average man but, by George, I work harder at it than the average man.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

Lisa-Anne Ray-Byers

What Can I Do About My Son’s Bedwetting? Q. My son is 8 years old. He wets the bed every night. I don’t know what to do. I’m so tired of it. Do you have any suggestions? A. You are not alone. Millions of kids and teenagers from every part of the world wet the bed every single night. It's so common! The fancy name for bedwetting, or sleep wetting, is nocturnal (nighttime) enuresis (en-yoo-reesus). Enuresis runs in families. The most important thing to remember is that no one wets the bed on purpose. It doesn't mean that he’s lazy or a slob. It's something he can't help doing. For some reason, kids who wet the bed are not able to feel that their bladders are full and don't wake up to use the toilet. Sometimes a kid who wets the bed will have a realistic dream that he or she is in the bathroom - only to wake up later and discover he or she is all wet. Many kids who wet the bed are very deep sleepers. Is he hard to wake up? Some kids who wet the bed do it every single night. Others wet some nights and are dry on others. A lot of kids say that they seem to be drier when they sleep at a friend's or a relative's house. That's because kids who are anxious about wetting the bed, may not sleep much or only very lightly. Incidence? Most doctors consider a bedwetting child to be any girl older than age four and any boy over age five who wet the bed. Bedwetting generally declines with age. About 10% of all six year olds and about 3% of all 14 year olds wet the bed. In a very small number of cases, bedwetting can continue into adulthood. Bedwetting is considered to be PRIMARY if the child has never been dry at night or only is

occasionally dry at night. SECONDARY enuresis refers to bedwetting episodes that occur after a child has been dry at night for a considerable length of time. Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, emotional trauma or allergies seem to be more likely to be bed-wetters than children in the general population. What Are the Effects of Bedwetting on Children? By the first grade, most children are embarrassed by their bed-wetting condition. They tend to withdraw from social activities that require sleeping outside of their home. They also often suffer from low self-image. These children's feelings can be greatly affected by the attitudes of their parents, who may feel that their efforts to end the bed-wetting have failed. Parents may also feel frustrated, angry and embarrassed about their children's bed-wetting condition. Parents can help their children reduce negative feelings about their bed-wetting condition and speed up the process of overcoming it, by offering positive support, under-

4. This program includes doing bladder exercises, such as waiting a little longer to urinate during the day, reading about and imagining staying dry, or even using a tiny alarm. The alarm is connected to a pad placed in his underwear at night. If he starts to urinate, the pad standing senses the moisture and sets off the alarm. and encouragement. Make it no big deal! Different alarms buzz, vibrate, or do both, but they're all easy to use and can help wake even Good News! the deepest sleeper. The good news is that almost all kids who wet the bed eventually stop. So if he wets What Are Some Other Options? every night, don't be discouraged. Don't worry There are medicines for kids who wet the bed. that he’s not normal, either physically or emoThey might help him temporarily, but they tionally. Sleep wetting is not usually caused by don't cure bedwetting. These medicines work a problem with his body or his feelings. It's best when combined with the alarm or other likely that bedwetting will go away on its own. training programs. It may take some practice In fact, 15 out of 100 kids who wet the bed to retrain his brain, and you'll need to be pawill stop every year without any treatment at tient. Eventually, he will stop wetting the bed. all. It's still a good idea for you to talk to your Two medications include: Imipramine doctor about it. Your doctor will be able to tell (Tofranil) which is a tricyclic antidepressant. It you if it’s a serious case or if he’s ok and will is thought to either improve the child's sleepoutgrow it. The pediatrician will examine him ing pattern to improve the functioning of the and probably ask for a urine sample to test. smooth muscles found in the bladder. This Some kids who have other problems, like conmedication brings some improvement to about stipation, daytime wetting, or urine infections, 30% of the children who have tried it. Often, may need some extra tests. the symptoms return when the medication is discontinued. The drug can cause serious side What can you and your son do? effects and needs to be closely monitored by Since he wets the bed, there are some things the prescribing physician. he can do to decrease the amount and occurDesmpressin acetate is a synthetic form of the rence somewhat: anti-diuretic hormone and is administered as a 1. Tell him to try not to drink anything after nasal spray. It helps the child's body make less dinner and remember to go to the bathroom urine, and thus lessens the risk that the child's before going to bed. bladder will overfill during sleep. The medica2. If he does wet the bed, he can help with the tion often works quickly. However, the condicleanup by pulling off the sheets and putting tion may return after discontinuation of it's them in the laundry. This is not meant to be a use. While this medication is much safer than punishment because he can’t help it. It just Imipramine, it still can cause some side efmakes it easier to clean the bed and put his fects. sheets and bedding in the laundry. Keep a Behavioral treatment is often more effective fresh pair of sheets in his room so he can and certainly is safer than medical treatment. change the bed during the night without wakWhile behavioral treatment may take someing you. what longer to show results, the improvement 3. A lot of doctors think that the best treatment usually continues indefinitely. There are sevfor enuresis is a program that retrains his brain eral methods that may be helpful: to do one of two things: wake him up so you Retention Control Training: The child is asked can go to the bathroom and/or stay asleep and to control urinating during the day by postponhold it until morning. ing it, first by a few minutes and then by

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gradually increased amounts of time. This exercise can extend the capacity of the bladder and strengthen the muscle that holds back urination. Parents should always check with a doctor before asking their child to practice retention control. Night-lifting: This procedure involves waking your child periodically throughout the night, walking your child to the bathroom to urinate, and then returning your child to bed. By teaching your child to awaken and to empty his or her bladder many times during the night, it is hoped that he or she will eventually stay dry. I would strongly recommend that you visit your pediatrician to rule out any physical illness that your son may have. Then relax! Making a big deal about bedwetting will only make your son nervous and more likely to wet the bed. Make it part of his morning routine to put bedding in the laundry room and then no mention of it after. He’s almost to the age that he will stop soon. Good luck! Information gathered from the www. kidshealth.org and www.childdevelopmentinfo.com. uploads/2012/12/WPFP-fall-brief_2012.pdf ———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 speechlanguage 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! Thought From Nicholas and They S S Say I'm a St St Stutterer, But I S S Say Nothing! Meet Kelly and co-author of 365 Ways to Succeed With ADHD available by contacting her. She is the education editor of the Community Journal newspaper in Long Island, NY and a member of the National Education Writers Association. You may contact her at speechlrb@yahoo.com or by visiting her website at www.AskLisaAnne.com.


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Movies . Book Reviews . DVD Reviews . Celebrity Interviews

Kam Williams

Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey Film Review by Kam Williams Eco-Documentary Laments Melting of Himalayan Glaciers 700 Buddhist monks and nuns decided to embark on a 500-mile trek across the Himalayas to bring attention to the ecological devastation being visited upon the region’s glaciers by climate change. That perilous journey across treacherous terrain and at altitudes as high as 17,000 feet is the subject of Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey, an Earthfriendly documentary marking the directorial debut of Wendy J.N. Lee. Ms. Lee, an Asian American, shot the visually-captivating adventure with a solarpowered camera, and subsequently enlisted actress Daryl Hannah to provide the picture’s voiceover. The ascetic march was led by a guru named Ngawang Sodpa, whose devo-

TUTU CHIDES ANC FOR EXCLUDING MINORITY WHITES AT MANDELA SER-

Winnie Mandela and Archbishop Tutu

VICES Dec. 17 (GIN) - Archbishop Desmond Tutu, an activist in the anti-apartheid struggle, said he was dismayed at the “blatant exclusion” of Afrikaners from last week's memorial services for Nelson Mandela. He noted the absence of the Dutch Reformed Church and the limited use of the Afrikaans language at the services. It was a mainly Afrikaner party that introduced white minority rule, which Mr. Mandela opposed. But after becoming South Africa's first black president, Mr. Mandela preached reconciliation with his former enemies. "We were amiss in not being as inclusive as Madiba would certainly have been," Tutu said. "To the extent that I can do so meaning-

tees were quite photogenic, outfitted in brightly-colored robes, as they negotiated narrow paths through the mountains and valleys. Along the way, the hardy band of travelers deal with frigid temperatures, illness, injuries and starvation while periodically stopping at villages to preach about preserving the planet. At one port-of-call, they encounter an obnoxious German tourist intent on purchasing some of a monastery’s ancient artifacts. Wendy’s sister, Carrie, an attorney also making the pilgrimage, informs the European interloper that the priceless spiritual items aren’t for sale. But instead of taking “no” for an answer, the would-be looter asks to speak to the white person in charge. When resolute Carrie insists that the buck stops with her and reiterates her decision, the guy gets so incensed that he starts hitting her with a stick. Otherwise, the well-intentioned Pad Tatra proves to be a peaceful walk effectively warning about global warming from the top of the world. Very Good (3 stars) Unrated In English and Tibetan with subtitles Running time: 72 minutes Distributor: Quad Cinema To see a trailer for Pad Yatra, visit: http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_d6IJW_O9E

fully, I apologize to our sisters and brothers in the Afrikaner Community.” The Archbishop also criticized the prominence of the governing African National Congress during the week of events following Mr Mandela's death on Dec. 5. "It may have sent out a more inclusive message,” he said, “had the program directors at the Memorial and Funeral - both national and State events - not both been senior office-bearers of the ruling party.” Meanwhile, in Ventersdorp, a former Afrikaner stronghold, grieving for the former anti -racist fighter was observed among some Afrikaner whites At the Dutch Reformed Church on Cochrane Street, a BBC reporter said he watched the old and the young stand in silence to remember Mr. Mandela. The pastor, Gerrit Strydom, had served as a soldier patrolling the black townships during the violence of the transition years. “The Dutch Reformed Church provided a religious justification for apartheid,” recalled reporter Fergal Keane. “Its ministers once preached that blacks were inferior beings, the "hewers of wood and drawers of water" of the Book of Joshua in the Old Testament. Pastor Strydom now believes Mr Mandela taught Afrikaners the value of reconciliation. "After all the years we had him in prison, he could have turned around and made South Africa a bad place for our people. But Nelson Mandela was the one guy who brought people together." Anna Johnson, a Black Ventersdorp resident, went further: “What he gave us was beyond what we expected. We were in chains, he freed us. We were blind and he opened our eyes.”

Inside Llewyn Davis Film Review by Kam Williams Coen Bros Musical Chronicles a Week in the Life of Fledgling Folksinger It’s Greenwich Village in the middle of the winter of 1961, and Llewyn Davis (Oscar Issac) is so down on his luck that he can’t afford an overcoat, let alone a place to live. The fledgling folksinger’s fortunes have gone into a tailspin ever since the other half of his musical duo committed suicide in spite of the modest success of their debut album, “If We Had Wings.” Nowadays, Llewyn devotes less time to launching his solo career than looking for the next place to spend the night. For, the feckless freeloader really knows how to wear out his welcome, whether by letting his hosts’ (Ethan Phillips and Robin Bartlett) house cat escape onto the street, or by sleeping with the wife (Carey Mulligan) of a pal (Justin Timberlake) who let him crash on the couch. The plot thickens when Jean let’s Llewyn know she’s pregnant and doesn’t know whether he or her husband is the father. So, while he’s constantly caught up in drama of his own making, other aspiring troubadours, like the young Bob Dylan (Benjamin Pike), are busy making the most of opportunities to impress producers and to cultivate a following at trendy nightclubs. Written and directed by Ethan and Joel Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis is a genrebending adventure that’s impossible to pigeonhole. Part-musical, part-comedy, part bittersweet portrait of a lovable loser, the enigmatic masterpiece unfolds over the

course of a couple of very eventful weeks in the life of a hopeless slacker who can’t seem to get out of his own way. The film features such familiar hallmarks of a Coen Bros production as a profusion of quirky characters, a compelling storyline, humorous asides ranging from subtle non-sequiturs to simplistic slapstick, and an original soundtrack by the incomparable T-Bone Burnett (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) seamlessly sewn into the painstakingly-recreated period piece. Yet, Inside Llewyn Davis is also refreshingly unique, thanks to an endlesslyinventive script which there’s no reason to anticipate. Instead, just sit back and bask in the glow of a nostalgic cinematic treat best served unspoiled. Manhattan ’61 revisited! Excellent (4 stars) R for profanity and some sexual references Running time: 105 minutes Distributor: CBS Films To see a trailer for Inside Llewyn Davis, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-vC6DZJmlw Or: http://www.insidellewyndavis.com/videos

majority are just looking for work and plan to stay in Israel permanently.

AFRICAN MIGRANTS IN LONG MARCH PROTEST ISRAELI DETENTIONS Dec. 17 (GIN) – In a dramatic protest against their detention, some 200 African migrants crossed 60 miles by foot over two days in winter weather to rally at the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem. The marchers, many of them asylum seekers from Darfur, Sudan, carried signs saying “"I didn't choose to be a refugee," "We are in danger, not dangerous" and "You were strangers in the land of Egypt." According to the marchers, their nightly detentions violate a Supreme Court ruling calling for their release from jail. The ruling is the government's latest attempt to push out an estimated 60,000 Eritreans and Sudanese who have crossed from the Sinai Peninsula into Israel over the past eight years. The new law, which also allows illegal migrants to be jailed without trial for a year, replaces previous legislation that allowed three-year jail terms for such migrants. A new “open” detention facility in a remote area of southern Israel allows migrants to leave the facility but they must report back three times a day. The old law, struck down in September by Israel's Supreme Court, was found to have violated constitutional laws protecting human dignity and freedom. Despite claims for asylum from genocidal or repressive governments, the Israeli government has recognized few of the migrants. According to the Israeli government, the vast

Michal Rozin, chair of the Knesset Committee for Foreign Workers and a champion of migrants' rights, took the podium at the protest and told the demonstrators: "You are not criminals, your place is not in jail. Good for you for speaking out, the government is not solving this problem."

Protestors The protesters are asking the State of Israel to consider their asylum requests, to grant them protection, and not to detain them again.


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With adulthood comes a number of exciting changes. Perhaps you have decided to buy a home, get married, or have children. These decisions require careful consideration, as they can irrevocably change your life. One decision that’s easy to delay or overlook is the decision to purchase life insurance. What you may not realize, however, is that delaying the purchase of life insurance can be a costly mistake for you and your loved ones. Waiting just a few years can have a negative impact in several key areas. Whole life offers financial protection and cash value accumulation. In its simplest form, whole life insurance protects the people who depend on you for financial support. Aside from providing money to your beneficiaries to replace your income, should you unexpectedly die, whole life insurance also offers guaranteed cash value accumulation on a tax-deferred basis, as long as the policy remains in force. If available, cash value can be borrowed against to fund a child’s education, supplement your retirement income as the life insurance needs decrease, or meet an emergency cash need. Remember though, that policy loans accrue interest at the current variable loan interest rate and reduce the total cash value and total death benefit by the amount of the outstanding loan plus interest. The effects of waiting. Since a portion of the premiums paid accumulates cash value each year, over the long term this accumulation can be considerable (especially since taxes on the growth are deferred). So the sooner you start paying policy premiums, the faster your cash value may grow. A whole life policy is also eligible to receive dividends, if and when they are declared by the insurance issuer. Unlike cash values, dividends are not guaranteed. As a policyholder, you have several options for dividends usage: you can take dividend distributions in cash, for example, or you can use them to purchase additional paid-up life insurance. Paid-up insurance is also eligible for dividends, has cash value, and requires no additional premiums. So waiting to purchase insurance could cost you the opportunity to increase the cash value of your policy and the benefit paid to your beneficiaries. Perhaps you’re healthy now and you’ve decided to delay the purchase of life insurance for a few years. However, in these few years you may suffer unexpected health problems that could put your insurability in jeopardy. In a worst case scenario, if you were to unexpectedly die, the cost of waiting would be the lack of a death benefit for your loved ones. Remember, purchasing life insurance is a major decision. So it’s important to take the time to gather the necessary information and choose the coverage that best suits your needs. While the decision is ultimately yours, keep in mind that postponing your decision can prove to be costly. This educational third-party article is provided as a courtesy by New York Life Insurance Company. To learn more about the information or topics discussed, please visit: www.newyorklife.com/africanamerican


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“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

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The Power of “Thank You”

Katherine Heaviside

Giving thanks at the Thanksgiving table is usually reserved for the big things in life – health, family togetherness, and the successes of the year. But often it’s the small things that just make life easier that miss our “thank you” list. As we’re driving in stop-and-go traffic on local roads, do we ever silently thank the Department of Transportation employee who first came up with the idea of a turning lane? As we’re lugging twoweeks worth of clothes through the airport, do we bestow a blessing on

the inventor of wheeled luggage? Or how about the engineer who first said, “Let’s put a cup holder in the car.” I imagine each of the people who first came up with these ideas had to convince the corporate bureaucracy that the idea was a good one and then fought long and hard to make sure that it happened. In my fantasies about these unknown people, I imagine their frustration when their ideas were initially scoffed at and admire their doggedness in pursuing their concept until it was accepted. I hope that these intrepid innovators got the proper “thank you.” If not, here’s one from me. Which brings us back to the importance of a “thank you.” What is it? Well, it’s a time when you step outside of yourself and think, “Hey, someone else just made my life a little better.” And, you don’t have to use the words “thank you” to show your gratitude. As you walk into the office in the morning or into a store and see the window washer at work, try telling him how great it is to look out clean windows. To rephrase Clint Eastwood, you will “make his day.”

I’ve seen the power of the “thank you” over and over at Epoch 5 Public Relations. Clients pay us to do the work that we do and they expect us to do it well. We should expect no more than a check in the mail, and we don’t. But for clients who also say “thank you” when we have performed exceptionally well, magic happens. We work harder to be sure to never disappoint and we work extra hours to show that their confidence is well founded. A “thank you” energizes our efforts and breeds more successes. Sometimes the “thank you” is in the form of a quick e-mail, sometimes a letter and sometimes it’s an elaborate bouquet or gift basket. What matters is that it is a sign of appreciation. It probably should be no secret that two clients for over 20 years, King Kullen and Daniel Gale Sotheby’s, say “thank you” often, through email, letters or, yes, even with a bouquet or gift basket. The result: Everyone working on their accounts can be counted on to swim across Long Island Sound in January if it meant improved results for these companies. Well, maybe not January, but you get the idea.

It’s right that we keep a perspective on life when sitting around that dining room table on Thanksgiving and remember the important reasons we are giving thanks. But, let’s extend the giving of thanks to the hundreds and thousands of times all year long that our lives are better because someone else cared enough to do their job exceptionally well. These people are all around us – we just don’t often see them because they haven’t been energized by the power of appreciation. Beyond our families and coworkers, we can spread the positive vibe of better service – and see a lot more smiling checkout cashiers – by remembering those two very powerful words, “Thank You.” And, before I forget, thank you for reading.

—-Katherine Heaviside is president of Epoch 5, a full service public relations firm with specialty areas in real estate, health care, energy, education, and professional services. For more information, visit www.epoch5.com or contact Katherine at kheaviside@epoch5.com.

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New York Black Expo: Set to Inspire, Motivate & Stimulate Black Business Entrepreneurs, Small Business Owners and ‘Experts’ Set to Activate Buying Power on 12/21/13 at Buy Black Holiday Weekend New York – December 10, 2013 … African Americans are spending money and are a vital force to the economy. Black Expo East (http://www.newyorkblackexpo.com) presents the New York Black Expo “Buy Black Holiday Weekend”, Saturday, December 21, 12-9pm, at the spacious Metropolitan Pavilion in the hip Chelsea area. New York Black Expo will focus on empowering the community, business, education and the health of all African Americans. As for entertainment Melba Moore, The Delfonics Review, Marcus Johnson and United Funk Order are scheduled to appear. For celebrity authors we have Sheryl Lee Ralph, Flo Anthony and Karen Taylor Bass just to name a few and many more to be added. This event will host a fashion show featuring designers such as Just Raymona, Ray Vincente and Pharaonic Designs. For comedy scheduled to appear Sherwin XL, Robin Montague and other local comedians. The highlight of the event will be a perfect pitch contest hosted by National Pitch Champion, Precious Williams. There will also be a Tribute to Nelson Mandela and Life Time Achievement Awards will given to local area business owners such as Sofia Davis and Marva Allen just to name a few. This event is open to everyone and will include a business expo, business seminar, old school music concert, comedy show and face painting for children. Admission price is $15 in advance and vendor/sponsorship opportunities are available. Mark Anthony Jenkins, CEO of New York Black Expo Inc. says, “African-American entrepreneurs are smart, strategic and talented. The expo provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs to showcase their products and recycle their dollars within the community.” According to a Nielsen Company study entitled “African-American Consumers: Still Vital, Still Growing,” which was commissioned by the National Newspaper Publishers Association, shows the underrepresented potential and spending power of the African American community. The report’s findings, which will be presented at the June conference of the National Association of Black Accountants Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, found that the African American population is an economic force to be reckoned with, with a projected buying power of $1.1 trillion by 2015. The New York Black Expo "Buy Black Holiday Weekend" offers businesses and organizations numerous ways to connect with consumers during the holiday season. With a goal in mind to educate and uplift our growing, diverse community, the New York Black Expo “Buy Black Holiday Weekend” highlights culture in many different areas. To learn more about the New York Black Expo, vendor/sponsorship opportunities visit http://www.newyorkblackexpo.com, or call 646-470-6727; or contact Karen Taylor Bass, PR Expert at 917-509-3061 or Gail Tweedy at 212-234-3325 to schedule an interview.

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The long island dispatch december 19, 2013