Tom Walsh Veterans Home

August 31, 2010

A few weeks ago Deshundra and I had to cover a Steve Israel Press conference as her cameraman. The Conference involved receiving more federal funding for Long Island V.F.A. Homes. The main aspect that I had to focus on in this story was being able to get steady B-Roll of the V.F.A. Home with the camera on my shoulder, due to limited space. I also, had to be very aware of the changes in light since the amount of was not static through the entire area. I figured out that it was easier for the camera to appear steady if I always kept the lens fully zoomed out.


Tom Walsh Blog

August 31, 2010

The Story I covered this week involved a Puppy Mill rescue at the North Shore Animal League. I encountered a much different predicament on this story that and was able to learn a lot from it. First, was the filming of live animals. When filming hyperactive puppies you have to get them in the perfect moment to establish good B-roll. So we ended up probably shooting twice as much (just in case); with different amounts of iris in a lot of the shots because of the dim lighting. The next was a technical issue with the tape in the camera that showed as, “slack02”. I found out this had something to with the tape being unable to record, and was easily solvable by simply turning the camera off and putting the tape back in. Overall, the story was a great learning experience both about Puppy Mills, and technical issues with the camera.


Animal Abuser Registry

August 30, 2010

As we know, there is a registry for sex offenders and other types of offenders all around the country. But, Suffolk County looks to become the first Municipality in the Nation with a new type of registry for a new kind of offender, Animal Abusers. Jon Cooper of the 18th District SC Legislature says it would be a publicly accessible data base where people can find out the information and lists of their names, photos, and addresses of where these people live. If anyone has committed a crime against an animal, for example, hurt, tortured, or beaten, and was subject to a fine or thrown in jail for any abuse to an animal, they will put on the registry for a minimum of five years and will not be able to purchase or adopt and animal for a long time. This will also allow pet shops on the Island to carry the database to know who they are giving an animal and who is able to purchase one as well. If anyone appears on the registry, they will be turned away. Animals are also apart of a persons family, it is NOT just an animal, it is a member of your family who is always happy to see its owner, no matter who you are, they now that they are protected in more ways than one. This registry will also be able to ensure that animals will never be abused again…

Robert Marzano

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqwEDgf6pF4


Young Scientists

August 26, 2010

These young children in Hempstead are learning how to use recyclable materials to help make the planet greener and safe. It is defiantly a very unique way to teach young children the importance of recycling and keeping this planet clean. Camp Councilor Al Persico said that the kids are learning to create more and more items from these materials to not only show what they are making but putting recycled items to good use. One of the forefronts that helped this program and helped the kids understand these measures was the Exxon Valdez and BP Oil Spills that affect the animal life, the wild life, and the livelihoods of people in those areas. The Children have taken a liking to this idea that the planet is ever so fragile and we need to make it safer for the generations to come. Inventions start with dreams and who better to create dreams than brilliant young minds.

Robert Marzano

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChUdWSmKp4E


Kids Book

August 26, 2010

Benjamin Levin is a 7 year old elementary school student in Locust Valley who has an ever present smile on his face. At the age of 5 however, he was diagnosed with leukemia,  and his parents Michael and Michele wondered if their son would ever be able to to what young children do so much. That hasn’t stopped this brave young man from doing the things he loves like baseball, soccer, and other sports. As his father said, he does it with a smile on his face. He has been the focus of a new children’s book that his fellow classmates and teachers help create for him and other children. Not just any children, but children who are fighting infectious diseases like cancer and leukemia. His former teacher Mindy Spear put a book together entitled “I Spy Our Way”, to help Benjamin through this terrible ordeal, that no child should ever have to face. Now, this book, is to be distributed throughout Winthrop Research Hospital in Mineola. His mother said there is no words to describe the support that the school and the community has given to Ben and they sure know now that this inspiration will help other children in need through these ordeals and bring back the smiles that they dearly show.

Robert Marzano

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iASbplvO1gA


BAT Mobile

August 26, 2010

During the Forth of July weekend, the Nassau County Police Department unveiled a new, high visibility deterrent to crack down on Drunk Driving. They call it the BAT Mobile, or Breath Alcohol Testing Vehicle which has special equipment that gathers evidence more quickly and efficiently to gather the evidence of anyone who has been driving while intoxicated. NC Police Chief Karen O’Callaghan says that the quicker the better evidence is the best evidence. On one side of the vehicle is the images of injuries that have been sustained by motorist involved in Drunk Driving accidents and the other side shows a ghastly image of an accident that made nation wide news. The image of the fatal car accident that killed limousine driver Stanley Rabinowitz and 7-year-old Katie Flynn five years ago on July 2, 2005. The driver, Martin Heidgen was driving at least two miles in the wrong direction when his pick-up crash into the limo. Now, five years later, when this story aired on Friday, July 3, 2010, NC Asst. District Attorney, Maureen McCormick, says she is still personally devastated that people still take this unnecessary and dangerous risk and for the families that have experienced these acts first hand. The message that people should get from this is that you can have fun, have a good time, and party…BUT, you have to think and plan ahead before you even think about getting behind the wheel of a car. Always think before you act and do not drink and drive.

Robert Marzano

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paujEMKDJhI


Technologies Initiative

August 26, 2010

With New York under a constant threat of attack by terrorists and other dangers, in the most recent the Time Square Bomb Plot, Federal funding of $1 million has been approved to create more jobs, help the economy, and another big thing…keeping us safe. Congressman Steve Israel (D), of New York, said that this new technology will help the first responders to the location of a problem more efficiently and effectively. The people receiving these updates will have the evidence more clearly and quickly before a problem escalates. It is a slow process, but in the next few years, we can see new advances in the technology field, and with the economy on the verge of recovery, it it sure to create more jobs in the field of Homeland Security and engineering, and to help keep us on Long Island and New York City safer and more on alert in the wake of a terrorist attack.

Robert Marzano

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUY0_sOheuI