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

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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


Raising Awareness to Stop Hunger

April 12, 2011

In celebration of Goya’s 75th anniversary, a spokesperson says Goya has partnered with United Way to promote healthy eating in an effort to stop hunger. Aside from donating 75-thousand pounds of food to Long Island organizations that fight hunger, during this time, consumers are encouraged to share their family’s recipes as well as try some of Goya’s favorites.

Black Bean Soup with Rice

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. Goya Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp. Goya Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Goya Minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp. Goya Oregano Leaf
  • 1 packet Sazon Goya Natural and Complete
  •  2 tbsp. Goya Golden Cooking Wine
  • 2 cans (15.5 oz. each) Goya Low-Sodium Black Beans, undrained
  • 2 Goya Bay Leaves
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. Goya White Distilled Vinegar
  • Goya Adobo with Pepper to taste
  • 2 CANILLA Extra Long Grain Rice, cooked according to package directions
  • Finely Chopped white onions
  • Fresh Cilantro leaves (optional)

Directions

  • Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add cumin, garlic, oregano and sazon to pot. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add wine; bring to a boil. Add 1 cup water, beans, bay leaves, brown sugar and vinegar; bring bean mixture to a boil. Reduce to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens and ingredients come together, about 15 mintues.
  • Season soup with adobo; discard bay leaf
  • Divide soup evenly among serving bowls. Garnish with onions and cilantro, if desired. Serve with rice.

Hawaiian Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. Sliced thighs seasoned with:
  • 2 tbsp. Goya Adobo with Pepper
  • 1 tbsp. Goya Garlic chopped
  • ½ tbsp. ginger
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • ¼ cup Goya Corn Oil
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 1 cup green pimiento chopped
  • 1 cup Goya Morron Pimiento
  • 2 tbsp. Goya Garlic chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Goya tomato paste
  • 1 cup Goya pineapple jam
  • 1 cup Goya white wine
  • 2 cups Goya Pineapple in cubes
  • ¼ chopped nuts

Directions

  • Mix chicken and seasoning. Refriderate at least 1 hour.
  • Saute chicken with oil and dry excess oil with a towl. Saute all thighs.
  • In a saucepan, heat oil and sauté onions, pimientos and garlic for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, season to taste and cook 5 more minutes. Add the chicken and simmer 5 minutes. Serve with white rice.

 Recipes Courtesy of Goya

Jodi Goldberg, LI News Tonight


Nearly Spring

March 30, 2011

It was a calm day at Eisenhower Park in East Meadows. The weather was in the high 70s. Everyone took advantage of that day; they decided not to wear coats, jog, play sports like basketball and tennis. Parents decided to bring their kids out to the park to play. The kids were enjoying themselves on the jungle gym , going down the slide and swinging on the swings. It was worth being in that environment.
Stephanie Belizaire


Nearly Spring

March 30, 2011

It was a calm day at Eisenhower Park in East Meadows. The weather was in the high 70s. Everyone took advantage of that day; they decided not to wear coats, jog, play sports like basketball and tennis. Parents decided to bring their kids out to the park to play. The kids were enjoying themselves on the jungle gym , going down the slide and swinging on the swings. It was worth being in that environment.
Stephanie Belizaire


March 28, 2011

Press conference today Sen. Schumer was announcing a request to looking into improving the shoulder areas on the LIE where pulling over cars puts the Officers and drivers at risk.  Earlier this month the NCPD lost PO Califano when he was rendered by a truck. in the past 10 years 20 officers have been rear ended during trafic stops on the highway.  Schumer is requesting that the part of budget allocated for highway safety be used.

It just reminds me of the spot bewteen  the 135 and about 106/107  there’s a few spots were they often pull people over there’s not a whole lot of room before the shoulder drops off steeply because the highway is elevated.  It’s a damn popular area to pull people over.  This is one of the reasons we have that new law that requires cars to move out of the left lane if an Cop car is on the shoulder with it’s lights on.  We did run into a man who normally drives trucks who isn’t a fan of this new law.  It causes traffic and it’s hard for trucks to change lanes when the traffic slows down.  Got a nifty blue rubberband bracelt in memory of  officer  Califano.