Small Farm Summit

April 26, 2011

I attended a small farm summit conference at SUNY Old Westbury with Andy (camera person). I was astonished to see the amount of people that came out to attend workshops. There is land in Long Island that used to grow crops and fresh food , but now the land is currently vacant…as the summer progresses more planting will take place.

Stephanie Belizaire


Ice Cream Cones

April 25, 2011

Last week I went out on a story about “ice cream cones” at a local Friendly’s restaurant. By the sound of it, one would think, “what kind of news story could there be involving ice cream cones”? Well, the news was that Friendly’s restaurants across Long Isaland were giving out free ice cream cones to any customer who gives a $2 donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. At first, I thought to myself that this was nothing new because stores and charities partner up all the time and run promotions to help bring awareness to certain charities. There’s no doubt in my mind that everyone has gone to a supermarket or drug store and been asked “Would you like to donate a dollar to [enter charity or organization here]?” But how do we measure the success of these promotions? If you have ever doanted money to these causes, was it because you felt pressured? Or did ou really have a sincere interest in the charity or cause? There are so many good causes out there and I think sometimes it gets difficult because I, personally, am the kind of person who would love to help as much as I can- but sometimes feel like it’s impossible for me to give money to every cause. But If I say no, then I feel bad or guilty. I think a successful charity event is one where the donor walks away with a better understanding of the cause…and if they were able to spare a dollar or two, even better- without having felt pressured or guilted. I did feel though as if the employees at this Friendly’s restaurant were really putting their all into educating their customers on the L&L society, and making them really feel good about donating to those less fortuante. When I met with the spokesperson for the L&L society at the story, she was brought to tears just from me practicing my stand-up. She was so grateful and honored that we were helping to bring attention and awareness to something that meant so much to her. And I think that’s what it’s all about. Connecting on that emotional level…reading between the lines and seeing that this is for people who are battling for their lives…So ironically, it was never about ice cream cones…

-Adrienne Hara

Recycling Center

April 22, 2011

We left the newsroom at 9:30 and got to the place at 10:30. There were big machine and big pieces of metal all around. We interveiwed John Abrams about how the company works and runs so smoothly.He first discussed propaine and how you recycle BBQ grills. Then he spoke about overall recycling. We got B-role of all that was going on. Elsa did two different stand ups.

Andronica Jean-Aimee


April 15, 2011

We arrived at the place and was directed upstairs where they were holding a press conference. There was five lovely ladies in front of the room sitting at a table. one of them being the PR person there others were a super attendant of the district. There were also a woman who was an actusally holocaust surviver and the other was a young girl who wrote music to express the pain of the holocaust and how she is trying to stop bulling in today’s society. the holocaust surviver talked about her experiences as a Jewish person during the holcaust and the brutal things she went through.The young girl played the violin.

Andronica Jean-Aimee

Jones Beach

April 15, 2011

It was a raining, cloudy day at Jones beach. We were their because there was a group of children who were putting up signs. They are trying to save a endangered animal called the Piping Plover. The piping plover lays their eggs at the beach and when people come they they step on them and kill the eggs. When people bring their pets they eat the eggs. So the children was their putting up signs to prevent that.

Andronica Jean-Aimee

Small farm summit

April 15, 2011

Stephnie and I first went to Suny Old Westbury where Joel Salatin was holding a press conference. He was talking about farms on Long Island being sold. Over 500 people showed up to see him speak. When he finished speaking he went for his book signing and to meet his fans. We first interviewed his PR person. Then we interview him. We then went to a farm not to for away from the press conference. i got some B-role of the farm, the land, the farm house, and the little bit of crop that was there.

Andronica Jean-Aimee

Helping Our Heroes

April 15, 2011

Recently I attended a press conference where New York State Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood with Long Island First Responders to announce her support for legislation that would upgrade our country’s emergency communication system.  First responders are the firefighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians, and other public safety professionals who save lives on a daily basis and those we expect to respond immediately in any emergency situation.  They are what many can consider everyday heroes and who we as a nation rely on during some of our most dangerous and horrifying situations.  I was surprised to learn that currently, these professionals all communicate on different frequencies and with different systems, hence they cannot respond as effectively, efficiently, and perhaps as quickly to these emergencies, according to Gillibrand’s office.  To me this was mind-blowing that in today’s world where technology rules those who we rely on so heavily to save lives don’t have everything they need to respond as effectively as possible. 

These insufficiencies were reported by the 9/11 Commission, a committee formed to analyze the response to the 9/11 attacks.  Even more mind-blowing is that 9/11 occurred almost 10 years ago, and this legislation is just being addressed now.  Gillibrand announced her support of legislation that would change this all.  The Public Spectrum and Wireless Act would upgrade the emergency communication system by doing the following:

 -Develop a nationwide, interoperable wireless broadband network, which is:

            -10 megahertz of spectrum

            -known as the “D-block”

            -something Obama called for in his winter State of the Union address

While Gillibrand said she feels the bill will pass without opposition, there is one problem that stands in the way.  Currently, she says, the Federal Communications Commission mandates that first responder organizations upgrade their existing communications to newer technology by January 1, 2013 that they feel will make the use of wireless spectrum more efficient.  However, this upgrade will not help the interoperability issue and still does not meet the 9/11 Commission recommendations.  And of course, this upgrade will be very expensive.  Gillibrand urged the FCC chairman to take this into consideration.  Gillibrand claims the Public Spectrum and Wireless Act would provide the necessary funds to develop and deploy the nationwide wireless network, but this FCC mandate will cost public safety entities more money and will not fix all the problems. 

I feel that if more people knew about these insufficiencies they would be really pushing to get this legislation passed.  It seems like a no-brainer that every public safety official would communicate on the same network and in the same manner, but since they don’t, this is something that really needs to change immediately. 

-Elsa Gillis