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Chelsea Manning To Be Freed; Whistleblower’s Sentence Commuted By Obama

Bradley Manning Trial
Sketch of Chelsea Manning Trial Courtesy of Deb Van Poolen, (www.debvanpoolen.com)

By Christopher Twarowski and Rashed Mian

Chelsea Manning, the U.S. Army whistleblower sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking more than 700,000 classified U.S. State Department and military documents in 2010 regarding the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, is coming home.

In an astonishing announcement Tuesday, President Obama commuted the bulk of Manning’s sentence, stating the former private first class will be released in five months, on May 17.

Related: Who Is Chelsea Manning?

Manning, 29, was convicted on 20 charges, including six under the Espionage Act—a World War I-era law—on Aug. 21, 2012 during a military court martial in Ft. Meade, Maryland, the home of the National Security Agency (NSA), and has since been imprisoned in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. At the time of the leaks and her conviction, she was known as Bradley Manning, having changed her name and announced her identification as a woman the following day.

“I’m relieved and thankful that the president is doing the right thing and commuting Chelsea Manning’s sentence,” Chase Strangio, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT Project representing Manning, said in a statement Tuesday. “Since she was first taken into custody, Chelsea has been subjected to long stretches of solitary confinement—including for attempting suicide—and has been denied access to medically necessary health care. This move could quite literally save Chelsea’s life, and we are all better off knowing that Chelsea Manning will walk out of prison a free woman, dedicated to making the world a better place and fighting for justice for so many.”

“Ms. Manning is the longest serving whistleblower in the history of the United States,” said Nancy Hollander and Vince Ward, Manning’s appellate counselors, in a joint statement. “Her 35-year sentence for disclosing information that served the public interest and never caused harm to the United States was always excessive, and we’re delighted that justice is being served in the form of this commutation.”

The lawyers remarked that the president’s decision came after “an outpouring of support for Manning since her unfair and egregious sentence and the ongoing mistreatment throughout her incarceration,” additionally noting that in December, the ACLU and more than a dozen other LGBT groups sent a letter to President Obama urging him to grant Manning clemency, in addition to an official White House petition with the same request that secured more than 100,000 signatures.

The ACLU has also represented Manning in a lawsuit against the Department of Defense originally filed in 2014 “over the department’s refusal to treat Manning’s well-documented gender dysphoria,” continues the attorneys’ statement.

The Manning disclosures were made to whistleblower site WikiLeaks, and included the cockpit footage of a U.S. Apache helicopter as it massacred more than a dozen unarmed civilians including two Reuters journalists in a video dubbed “Collateral Murder.”

Manning twice attempted suicide while incarcerated, and has been subject to solitary confinement.

The New York Times was the first to break news of Manning’s sentence being commuted by Obama late Tuesday afternoon.

Supporters celebrated across social media sites at the news:

Obama’s decision to commute Manning’s sentence is extraordinary in that throughout his eight years in office, the Obama Justice Department has spearheaded eight Espionage Act prosecutions against whistleblowers, more than all U.S. administrations combined.

Related: Obama’s Legacy: A Historic War On Whistleblowers

Other caught in the crosshairs, besides Manning, include NSA whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Thomas Drake, former CIA employees Jeffrey Sterling and John Kiriakou, former FBI agents Shamai Leibowitz and Donald Sachtleben, and state Department contractor Stephen Kim.

Following the release of “Collateral Murder” was Wikileaks’ publication of the so-called “Afghan War Diaries”—comprised of more than 75,000 US military reports from 2004 to 2010. Next were the “Iraq War Logs,” the largest classified military leak to date, encompassing roughly 400,000 U.S. military reports. In November 2010, WikiLeaks released U.S. diplomatic cables, and in April 2011, the “GITMO Files,” which documented the cases of several hundred Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

Independent journalist Alexa O’Brien, who has been covering Manning’s plight from the very beginning, expressed gratitude upon hearing the news of her commutation.

“I am grateful to the president, not only for, of course, the mercy that he’s shown towards Chelsea Manning but really the wiseness that he’s also shown,” she told the Press. “Executive clemency is very important; it’s an important part of our criminal justice system, and it’s important in national security, too. But specifically in the context of criminal justice, the criminal justice system is infallible, and in terms of national security, our laws are not perfect.

“I think Obama’s decision was the kind of mercy that’s borne of wisdom,” continued O’Brien. “Ultimately, the public trust in the laws, in the rule of law, and the public’s right to information, securing that right…is really critical to national security.”

Speculation about the possibility Obama may commute Manning’s sentence percolated in the days leading up to Tuesday’s announcement, with speculation additionally swirling about whether any presidential leniency would apply to Snowden.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, however, seemed to temper any optimism about the latter last Friday at a press briefing.

“Chelsea Manning is somebody who went through the military criminal justice process, was exposed to due process, was found guilty, was sentenced for her crimes, and she acknowledged wrongdoing,” he said. “Mr. Snowden fled into the arms of an adversary, and has sought refuge in a country that most recently made a concerted effort to undermine confidence in our democracy.

“So I think the situation of these two individuals is quite different,” he continued. “I can’t speculate at this point about to what degree that will have an impact on the President’s consideration of clemency requests. But I know that there’s a temptation because the crimes were relatively similar to lump the two cases together.

“But there are some important differences,” Earnest added, “including the scale of the crimes that were committed and the consequences of their crimes. Obviously, as Chelsea Manning has acknowledged, and as we have said many times, that the release of the information that she provided to WikiLeaks was damaging to national security. But the disclosures by Edward Snowden were far more serious and far more dangerous.”

Obama’s unprecedented crackdown on leakers hasn’t just applied to federal employees, either. Journalists have also been targeted—creating a so-called “chilling effect” among reporters and sources, especially in regards to investigative reporting and national security matters.

The government’s aggressive litigation against Sterling, for example, also included New York Times reporter James Risen, and the Obama Justice Department has also seized phone records from the Associated Press. Also targeted was independent journalist Barrett Brown, who, originally facing more than 100 years in prison for sharing a publicly available hyperlink and threatening an FBI agent, was released in November after serving five years.

Sterling is currently serving 42 months in federal prison. Snowden is relegated to Russia, since his passport has been revoked.

While Manning’s clemency is just one battle in a still-ongoing war against whistleblowers many believe may only intensify under the incoming Trump administration, at least in Manning’s case, there’s some relief and closure that comes from her no longer facing decades in prison for exposing some ugly truths regarding the United State’s covert military actions.

“It’s been six years now, and certainly three years since the trial,” said O’Brien, the independent journalist who’s covered Manning’s case from the very start. “There have been many peaks and valleys through that whole experience. Certainly the weight of a 35-year sentence and that sort of conclusion—you feel it. One of the greatest of difficulties trying to surmount and cover in her trial was the lack of clear public information related to facts about her case and this was even promulgated by people who are her supporters. So I have to say that this decision to me—I’m grateful for it.

“I know there are a lot of people in the criminal justice system who don’t necessarily feel this kind of sense of closure and I don’t want to overlook that, so I’m grateful that I get to feel a sense of closure on the work.”

Introducing News Beat: An Unconventional Podcast Challenging Conventional Wisdom

News Beat
Welcome to News Beat, a short-form educational news podcast from MP Studios that melds the worlds of journalism and music to deliver a powerful, important message.

It’s free verse. It’s spoken word. It’s rap, scat, poetry, rhythms, rhymes, beats and melodies—with a powerful, important message.

Welcome to News Beat, a short-form educational news podcast melding the worlds of journalism and music to elevate storytelling, foster a deeper connection with listeners, and deliver an alternative narrative on some of the most pressing issues, happenings, events and people shaping our world.

Morey Publishing, parent company of Long Island Press, is launching News Beat to continue the mission of truth-telling and journalistic integrity that’s guided the Press for its nearly 15 years of publication. News Beat utilizes verse, beats, and audio to educate, inform, and inspire our readers and listeners—interacting with the public on a whole new level in the process.

News Beat combines all the facets of Morey Publishing—content production, inbound marketing and alternative news perspective—and embodies our ideals and our strengths as a company: collaboration, storytelling, alternative news, history and education.

Podcasting is a logical extension of our brand, and News Beat is a natural progression of the alt-journalism the Press has been crafting since its inception.

With News Beat, you’ll no longer simply read the news; you’ll hear it, and you’ll literally feel it. Most importantly, News Beat presents an alternative take to widely accepted narratives on its featured topics, arming listeners with important knowledge and insights that they likely wouldn’t hear from mainstream media—provoking thought, spurring questions, and challenging long-held beliefs.

No matter the gravity of the topic, News Beat’s musical format is easily digestible. In the day of instantaneous digital gratification, “fake news,” 24/7 kitten memes and deteriorating attention spans, News Beat episodes will clock in at roughly 16 minutes each—far less than the typical podcast length of 30 minutes, and yet long enough to listen to in their entirety during the commute to work.

Think how “Schoolhouse Rock” broke down educational barriers by leveraging an original score in a televised cartoon format, and more recently, how “Hamilton” has brought history to life through hip hop and theater.

While the musical genre may change, each News Beat podcast follows an established story arc rooted in traditional journalism and songwriting. Journalists will recognize the lede, nut graph, body and kicker, while all listeners will hear choruses and verses following a musical structure.

Listeners are presented with a version of a story or topic they’re familiar with. Narration and audio clips reinforce that narrative, before a rhythmic interlude, called “The Breakdown,” well, breaks-it-down.

Wha-whaattt?!

Guest artists fill various roles throughout each podcast—some lending spoken word, some rapping, some even singing. Each episode ends with an “Upshot” encapsulating that presentation’s key takeaways.

News Beat is an MP Studios production, a division of Morey Publishing. Its producer is Manny Faces, hip-hop journalist, producer and lecturer, founder of New York hip-hop publication Birthplace Magazine and hip-hop non-profit The Center for Hip-Hop Advocacy. Its Original Music Supervisor is Eden White. News Beat’s executive editor is Morey Publishing President and Long Island Press Publisher Jed Morey. Its editor-at-large is Christopher Twarowski, Morey Publishing and Long Island Press editor in chief.

News Beat: Martin Luther King, Jr. - Unfinished Business - #MLK #MLKDAYOur inaugural episode is titled “MLK, Jr. – Unfinished Business,” and shares a side of the late, great civil rights pioneer’s legacy not often referenced in the history books. It features Silent Knight, solo rap artist and frontman for The Band Called FUSE and Pastor Roger C. Williams of the First Baptist Church of Glen Cove.

This alternative perspective of the holiday that celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. is designed to make our readers and listeners think differently and more authentically about the legacy of this important American icon. It’s also just the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in delivering meaningful content.

MP Studios will be creating more episodes of News Beat throughout the year, along with a host of other new shows and programs.

We encourage you to send us your feedback and share our debut podcast with others you think might enjoy it.

Check out all MP Studios podcasts at: moreypublishing.com/podcasts

Lil Jon Shows Long Island How to Crunk

Lil Jon

By Ellie Schoeffel

Lil Jon will bring his brand of Dirty South party rap to The Emporium in Patchogue on Saturday night.

The Atlanta native will get the crowd dancing to his long list of club favorites, including “Get Low” featuring the Ying Yang Twins and Grammy-nominated hit 2014 single “Turn Down for What,” for which he won an MTV Music Video Award with collaborator DJ Snake.

“The King of Crunk,” as the bejeweled rapper was dubbed, popularized his style of danceable, bass-heavy electronic hip hop.

The rapper, producer, songwriter and actor whose given name is Jonathan Smith got his start as a nightclub DJ who later formed Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz with rappers Big Sam and Lil Bo 20 years ago. He released his debut solo album Crunk Rock in 2010.

He twice competed on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice when the show was still hosted be President-elect Donald Trump, who hosted a campaign rally in April at the same venue where the rapper will perform this weekend. Lil Jon put the cut-throat business skills he learned on the show to work last year when he reportedly threatened to sue a Hamptons shop that was selling bedazzled flasks that said “Turn Down for What,” unless they agreed to share the sales profits.

During his DJ set, the chalice-carrying collaborative crunkster is likely to spin hits he produced—and lent backing vocals to—for other artists, such as LMFAO’s “Shots” and Usher’s “Yeah!” also featuring Ludacris, which won a Grammy Award in 2005 for best rap collaboration.

Will he tease any tracks from his forthcoming second solo album, Party Animal, which he’s reportedly been working on since 2011? Only one way to find out!

Lil Jon will be performing at The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave. in Patchogue. For more information, visit theemporiumny.com Tickets are $25. Doors open at 10 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14.

Village People Bring Disco Anthems To Suffolk Theater

Village People
Many disco dance legends The Village People will be taking Suffok Theater by storm on Friday, Jan. 13! (Photo: Village People Facebook profile)

By Russo Millien

New York City-based disco legends the Village People, known for their manly costumed personas, dance moves and enduring hits, will take the historic Suffolk Theater in Riverhead by storm on Friday night.

Fans can relive the disco-era as the sextet performs their late-1970s smash hits, such as “Macho Man,” “In The Navy” and “YMCA.” Don’t be surprised if they also play “Fire Island,” a lesser-known locally inspired song about their trips to the LGBT mecca of Cherry Grove and Fire Island Pines.

“The Kings of Disco,” as the group has been crowned, will also perform odes to other popular songs of that genre as well as their own chart-toppers that have rocked parties for decades.

The local performance comes as the Village People near the 40th anniversary of the release of their self-titled debut album featuring the classics “San Francisco” and “In Hollywood (Everyone Is a Star).”

The Village People were formed in ’77 by the late French musical composer Jacques Morali, who was inspired by a demo he received from actor/singer Victor Willis, the band’s original lead singer.

After a few lineup changes over the years, the current members include: Felipe Rose, who dresses as a Native American; Alex Briley, the soldier persona; Ray Simpson, the police officer; Eric Anzalone, the biker; Jim Newman, the cowboy; and Bill Whitefield, the construction worker.

Their first four albums have enjoyed major critical success, but their popularity fell with the resignation of Willis as lead singer and the decline of disco music in the ’80s. They later regrouped and took their show back on the road, performing for countless fans of their infectious hits.

Photo: Many disco dance legends The Village People will be taking Suffok Theater by storm on Friday, Jan. 13! (Photo: Village People Facebook profile)

The Village People will be performing at Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main Street in Riverhead. For more information, visit suffolktheater.com Ticket prices range from $45-$65. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m., Jan. 13.

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Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events January 12 – 18

Long Island Concerts
Lone Bellow vocalist Zach Williams will be performing solo at YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts on Jan. 14! (Photo: Lone Bellow Facebook profile)

Aqua Cherry, Bunktown Falls and Chelsea Takami Band
New York-based riff/reggae band Aqua Cherry is known for their sweet, uplifting, rhythmic music with a rock edge. In the same thread, the reggae-infused rockers Bunktown Falls are infamous for their splash of jam-band style and hit single “Weight of the World.” The Chelsea Takami Band fuses rock, country, pop and reggae with subtle hints of hip hop and R&B to deliver an infectious hybrid of sonic euphoria best experienced live to truly comprehend. Wow. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $10. 8 p.m. Jan. 12.

Michael Carbonaro
This Oakdale native, magician and improv artist known for his hidden camera “Magic Clerk” segments on The Tonight Show, where he tricks unsuspecting convenience store customers, is drop-dead mesmerizing. His mind-bending abilities led to his own TV series, The Carbonaro Effect, as well as appearances on Comedy Central, Law and Order and in several movies. With his bizarre antics, audience interaction, amazing magic, and hilarious video clips, Carbonaro makes everyone who witnesses his talents feel special, and occasionally, like they are on the other side of the camera. Not to be missed. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $49.50-$199.50. 8 p.m. Jan. 12, 6 p.m. Jan. 15.

Orgy / Powerman5000
The metal mayhem of Spider One (Rob Zombie’s lil brother) that is Powerman 5000 (PM5K for short) collides with Orgy, a “death pop” metal band from L.A. Listen in rapt attention as lead singer (and Orgy-founder) Jay Gordon unleashes the vocal mastery you originally heard in their first hit, the incredible remake of “Blue Monday.” Warming up the crowd are Death Valley High, Knee High Fox and Panzie. This gig is bound to be one for the books. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $24, $27 DOS. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13.

The Village People
Known for their masculine-stereotype-inspired on-stage costumes, suggestive lyrics and catchy tunes, American disco group Village People has produced many mirror-ball dance hits including their greatest, “Y.M.C.A.,” along with “Macho Man” and “Go West.” Since their heyday in the late ’70s and early ’80s to the present, the group continues to rock stages and get crowds dancing with their crazy antics and sychopated moves. You simply will not be able to control yourself once this crew of very sexy men unleash their dancing mastery! Dance, dance, dance! Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $45-$65. 8 p.m. Jan. 13.

Dave Clive’s Nawlins Funk Band
His heart is forever enshrined in the Crescent City, but he calls Brooklyn home, and that’s where Dave Clive puts on the funk the New Orleans way, making his part of Coney Island a tasty little Cajun-Creole paradise. This veteran drummer and bandleader has been bringing the back beat of the Big Easy to the Big Apple for years, and then adding his own spices to it and stirring the pot, so to speak, like a juicy jambalaya simmering on a hot stove. Yum-yum yum-yum yum! He’s got the bayou in his blood. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Jan. 13.

Long Island Events

Masters Art Show
William Graf’s evocative painting, “Girl in the Turquoise Dress,” seen here, is just one of the stunning images on display as the Huntington Arts Council holds its opening reception for its Masters Show. The exhibit, which runs until Jan. 28, features a wide range of work done by more than a dozen talented artists who’ve been recognized in the council’s juried shows in 2016 as some of the best around. Whether photography, still life, abstract art or real-life portraits, there’s surely something to delight the eye of everyone who attends. Main Street Gallery, 213 Main Street, Huntington. huntingtonarts.org Free. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Opening Friday, Jan. 13. Runs through Jan. 28.

Jimmy Kenny & The Pirate Beach Band
This tribute band will play the best hits from “Margaritaville” star Jimmy Buffet and country singers Zac Brown and Kenny Chesney during this “Cold Beer on a Friday Night” party! It may be the middle of January, but these groovesters will leave you feeling like it’s one hot summer night! Get ready for an amazing time! Oh, yeahhh! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$35. 8 p.m. Jan. 13.

Carmen Lynch
NYC-based comic Carmen Lynch has appeared on Inside Amy Schumer, Funny As Hell, Premium Blend, The Late Show with David Letterman, and has been a semi-finalist on Last Comic Standing for two seasons. Famous for her strong presence as a Latina, Carmen keeps her hilariously self-aware facial expressions in sync with her off-kilter brand of comedy. Her standup plays with daily experiences like relationships, exercising, online dating, baby showers and her parents through quirky and oddball humor. Be prepared to laugh, uncontrollably. The Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. brokerage.govs.com $17. 8 p.m. Jan. 13.; 7:30 p.m., 10 p.m. Jan. 14.

Zebra
Long Island’s own legendary saviors and purveyors of rock (via Louisiana), The Mighty Zebra will be playing their self-titled 1983 debut album in its entirety while led by the superhuman guitar virtuosity of the beloved Randy Jackson. Also performing will be fellow ’80s glam rockers Vixen. Mulcahy’s Pub & Concert Hall, 3212 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. muls.com/ $35. 8 p.m. Jan. 14.

Zach Williams of The Lone Bellow
Three-piece acoustic indie-folk/country band Lone Bellow, based in Brooklyn, is comprised of vocalist Zach Williams, his old friend and guitarist Brian Elquist, and co-singer and mandolin player Kanene Pipkin. Their sophomore drop and most recent being 2015’s Then Came The Morning, this gig is that rare chance to witness Williams’ powerful, moving vocals and melodies up close and personal. It’s an experience guaranteed to stay with you long afterwards. You’ve likely heard the full band on the best radio station in the universe, WFUV. Discover what all the well-deserved fuss is about. Damn. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $30-$35. 8 p.m. Jan. 14.

Jefferson Starship
Everybody knows that when the Jefferson Airplane shed its wings in the 1970s, the Starship took off into the pop stratosphere with a stellar overdrive fueled by arena rock blasted at full throttle. The ole hippie-dippy psychedelic sound wasn’t quite left behind in the rush from its San Francisco roots, but the band headed in a different direction that had harder metallic edges than ever before. Going further was always the destination of this ship, and what a long strange trip it’s indeed been on—and it’s still going strong despite the loss of one of its key pilots, Paul Kantner. Climb on board and listen to the music of the stars. Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $49-$60. 8 p.m. Jan. 14.

The Wall Live Extravaganza: A Floydian Spectacle
The Wall Live Extravaganza celebrates over 50 years of Pink Floyd with a live theatrical performance of this rock masterpiece. It’ll use elements of the rock opera Pink Floyd: The Wall, which was first performed in 1978, backed by a live band. The show will bring characters from Pink Floyd’s classic album The Wall to life on the stage. “Mother should I trust the government?” is a lyric with amplified significance today, and this extraordinary gig will surely breathe new life, and new immediacy, to such immortal lines as only a multi-media interpretation of this gem can. Whoa. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $29.50-$69.50. 8 p.m. Jan. 14.

Lil Jon
The Atlanta-based rapper, producer and DJ will get crunksters shaking their butts like there’s no tomorrow when he performs his biggest hits, including “Get Low” and his latest, “Turn Down for What.” For the jive-illiterate, that means it’s going to be one hell of a bumpin’ show! Yowzler. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $25. 10 p.m. Jan. 14.

The Lives of Others
When a powerful East German cultural commissar takes a shine to a beautiful actress, he assigns a grim and dedicated agent of the secret police to spy on her lover, an acclaimed playwright, who might be harboring secret doubts about the regime. Filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck tragically died shortly after this Oscar-winning debut, which won Best Foreign Language Film in 2006. Film historian Fred Craden hosts a brunch and discussion about this important but nearly forgotten film that deserves to be seen again. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10-$15. 10 a.m. Jan. 15.

Friends At The Falls
Jake Stam on vocals and guitar, Matt Montgomery on drums, Don Senese on the keys, Daen Walsh on Bass, and Kevin DuBois on lead guitar make up Friends at the Falls from Mahopac, NY. When they’re not “narfing down slices of ZA,” the alt-rockers perform straight-from-the-gut love songs over solid back beats and spacey piano synth riffs. It’s the latest material from their most recent project We Are Friends EP. Also performing are Better By Morning, The Gypsies, Kalene, Robbie Lowe, Criminal Syndicate, Rubber Sun and Maybe Later. Hot damn. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Broadway, Amityville. $12. 6 p.m. Jan. 15.

Isley Brothers
These legendary MoTown Records self-writing and self-produced, gospel and R&B chart-topping legends are continuing, two strong, after releasing more than 20 albums since the ’50s. Active members, Ronald Isley as lead vocalist and Ernie Isley as instrumentalist, have continued to deliver the band’s soulful hits including “Twist and Shout,” “Who’s That Lady” and “Shout.” The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers created their own sound by combining gospel and doo-wop sensibilities with experimental rock, funk and pop sounds. This gig is most definitely a must-see! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. http://venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com/ $54.50-$99.50 7 p.m. Jan. 15.

Steve Jones
The legendary Sex Pistols guitarist will be speaking and signing copies of his new memoir Lonely Boy: Tales of a Sex Pistol. Will he share stories from the early years of punk, causing hell with the likes of Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious, disrupting the Queen’s special jubilee with an impromptu gig on a makeshift raft, and redefining rock for all eternity? What about getting banned from nearly every club in England? Meeting the Ramones and the Clash!? Only one way to find out. Tell Jones: “Zack Tirana sent me! Punk’s not dead! Long live the Sex Pistols!” Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Jan. 18.

Featured Photo: Zach Williams of The Lone Bellow will be performing solo at YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts on Jan. 14! (Lone Bellow Facebook profile)

-Compiled by Ellie Schoeffel, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III

Long Island al Qaeda Sympathizer Gets 13 years in Prison

This photo of Justin Kaliebe (right) and co-conspirator Marcos Alonso Zea (left) was entered into evidence at Kaliebe's pre-sentence hearing last year.

By Rashed Mian and Timothy Bolger

A Long Island man was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in federal prison after he admitted trying to board a plane to Yemen to help al-Qaeda carry out terror attacks against America.

Justin Kaliebe, a resident of both Babylon and Bay Shore, had pleaded guilty in 2013 at Central Islip federal court to two felony counts of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

“This case is a sobering reminder that the call to violent jihad can reach deep into our local communities,” said Robert Capers, U.S Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. “Even when given the opportunity to abandon his plan to join al-Qaeda, this defendant made clear his intentions to commit himself fully to terrorism.”

Prosecutors said Kaliebe was arrested when he tried to board a flight to Yemen to join al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula [AQAP]. The FBI had been monitoring Kaliebe long before he tried to board a plane at John F. Kennedy Airport, where he was arrested. He was a high school senior at the time.

“He may have committed himself to a violent cause, but he’s not a violent man,” said Kaliebe’s attorney Anthony La Pinta, according to the Associated Press. Prior to his client’s sentencing, La Pinta argued that Kaliebe suffered from Asperger’s syndrome and problems at home.

In recorded phone conversations and email correspondences with an undercover officer, Kaliebe explained that for about two years he had been searching for an opportunity to travel internationally to fight alongside AQAP, prosecutors said.

Investigators said Kaliebe referenced and quoted the radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a US drone strike alongside former Westbury resident Samir Khan.

According to one recorded conversation, Kaliebe said that once in Yemen he hoped to fight the “Yemeni army” and “those who are fighting against Sharia of Allah…whether it’s the US drones or…their puppets in the Yemeni army.”

Prosecutors said Kaliebe began saving money for his trip in July 2012. By the end of that year he was pledging loyalty to AQAP’s leaders.

Oblivious to law enforcement’s investigation of his activities, Kaliebe attempted to board a flight to Oman on Jan. 21, 2013 but was arrested by members of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. Kaliebe pleaded guilty the following month for attempting to provide material support to AQAP and attempting to provide material support to terrorists.

Another Long Islander, Marcos Alonso Zea, who prosecutors said assisted Kaliebe in his efforts to join AQAP, previously pleaded guilty to similar charges and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Kaliebe’s sentencing leaves only Bryant Neal Vinas as the only remaining Long Islander with al Qaeda ties waiting to be sentenced. Vinas was arrested in Pakistan in 2008 and has been accused of a plot to attack the Long Island Rail Road. Vinas is believed to be cooperating with authorities.

Ethiopian Coffee, Snacks & Screening of ‘Lamb’ at Cinema Arts

Lamb Ethiopia

H2 Empower, a non-profit organization, and the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington are collaborating on a one-time fundraiser this weekend that will include a film screening, traditional Ethiopian snacks and the opportunity to purchase authentic, handmade jewelry for a good cause.

The event centers around the screening of Director Yared Zeleke’s debut film, Lamb, which appeared at the Cannes Film Festival in France in 2015. The film follows a motherless boy sent away by his father to live with relatives in rural Ethiopia. Things take a turn when the boy’s uncle suggests his beloved sheep be sacrificed, forcing the boy to act in order to save the animal’s life.

Lamb was the first Ethiopian film ever selected at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, according to CNN.

In an interview with the news network when the film debuted, Zeleke said Ethiopia’s non-existent film industry makes it difficult for nascent filmmakers to get projects off the
ground.

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“There are so many difficulties facing young filmmakers in Ethiopia today,” he said. “There aren’t proper support systems in the country. We have to work on that, and I hope Lamb will open the minds and hearts of all Ethiopians to nurture real storytelling and cinema in this country.”

While bringing much-needed attention to the film is one of H2 Empower’s goals, the non-profit is also continuing the work it’s been doing for more than a dozen years in struggling African nations. Proceeds will help the organization provide girls access to high-quality education.

Included in the ticket price is a reception with Ethiopian coffee and snacks, handmade Ethiopian jewelry and scarves, plus a speaker as well as a fundraiser for education for girls in Ethiopia. Come and celebrate this phenomenal film and this magical land and culture! Lamb and Ethiopian coffee?! A no-brainer! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $15-$20. 1:30 p.m. Jan. 8.

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events January 5 – 11

Long Island Concerts
Featured Art: Memphis Crawl rocks Revolution Bar & Music Hall on Jan. 6! (Photo: Memphis Crawl Facebook profile)

Madball
A spinoff of New York Hardcore punk legends Agnostic Front, Madball became a force all their own during the genre’s heyday in the late ’80s and ’90s. Although there’s been a few lineup changes since then, they’re out to prove that they’re still doing what they do best, as proclaimed by the title of their last album, Hardcore Lives. Warming up the crowd are Wisdom In Chains, Brick By Brick and Out Live Death. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $20. 7 p.m. Jan. 5.

Robbie Maxx
Proving hip-hop can come from anywhere, college student athlete dropout Robbie Maxx has reshaped his past into a successful career as a lyricist. With hits like “The Garden State,” “Long Day” and recently released “Pretty Thang,” as well as his work on successful projects like “The Universal Milkyway” and “A Different World,” Maxx shows why his keeping-it-real personality has brought him worldwide recognition. Opening the show are Sarkazm, Wyman, Long Island Sound, Christian Wendt, Tom Adams and Shawd Matrix. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Broadway, Amityville. $12. 7 p.m. Jan. 5.

Tyler Farr
Country music singer/songwriter and former Minnesota farmer Tyler Farr wants to go deeper than today’s superficial surging testosterone country music, and draw upemon his keen observations of the human experience to inspire his song writing. With hits like “Withdrawals,” “I Don’t Even Want This Beer” and “A Guy Walks into A Bar,” Farr demonstrates the emotional depth of his material, conveying what most men barricade up behind their bravado-filled exterior. Also performing are Love And Theft and Russell Dickerson. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $36, $40 DOS. 8 p.m. Jan. 5.

Greg Dybec
This insightful Long Island author and managing editor of Elite Daily will be speaking and signing copies of his new book The Art of Living Other People’s Lives. If you ask him, he’ll gladly hand out free tips on dating, entertainment and politics. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Jan. 6.

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Memphis Crawl
Memphis Crawl started in ’04 in the streets of New York City with the help of a charismatic leader, Matty O’Brien. Shortly after O’Brien formed the group, he found his musical counterparts: guitarist Stevens, bassist Slim Earl, and percussionist Michael Powder. Defined as both “bluesy” and “ballsy,” Memphis Crawl’s unique, powerful sound infused with rock and roll has been nothing short of “convention defying.” “Wildflower Annie,” perhaps their most popular song, touches on themes of loyalty and poisonous love, and is a tune that will likely be embraced as a fan favorite at every gig. Known to bring out “wild behavior” among their fans, each performance is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Opening the show are Mother, Craving Strange, American Ice Age and Dirty Black 7. Not to be missed! Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $13, $16 DOS. 7 p.m. Jan. 6.

David Nardiello's Cartoon Animation Reel (Short Side Story Trailer) 2017 from David Nardiello on Vimeo.

Short Side Story Trailer
From the enigmatic minds of local artistic hellraisers Identity Malien, Mogulman Productions and scriptwriter Jack Ryan comes this imaginative 2.5-minute escapade through the boundless possibilities of what can be accomplished when creative forces focus on the singular mission of literally opening portals to new realms via cartoon animation. Packed with roughly 1,000 hand-drawn pictures portraying unique, colorful characters in a variety of scenes and situations that range from fascinating to bizarre, perplexing, and even borderline disturbing—the storyline a group of kids battling a gang of middle-aged truckers—this animation short possesses depth, a ton of heart, and is full of surprises. The finishing touches recently completed by Long Island cartoon animator David Nardiello, Short Side Story Trailer is a lightning bolt injection of punk rock mayhem infused with a kaleidoscopic barrage of masterfully designed animation that incites and inspires, leaving the viewer with a curiosity and fiendish hunger for more. Wow. To learn more about David Nardiello and other projects, contact dnardiello@gmail.com and check out David Nardiello Cartoon Animation Reel (Short Side Story Trailer) on his Vimeo page here: https://vimeo.com/197657779

The Purple Xperience: A Tribute to Prince
Five-piece Prince tribute band hailing from Minnesota brings the most authentic Prince experience, with vocalist Marshall Charloff channeling the exact vocals and movements of the icon himself, proving why he’s known as one of the country’s top Prince impersonators. The band is led by Dr. Fink (former member of Prince and The Revolution), who won two Grammy Awards for the motion picture soundtrack album for Purple Rain. Opening the show is Don’t Believe in Ghosts. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$40. 8 p.m. Jan. 6.

Brother Dave And The Brave
This guitarist and vocalist truly defies categorization, as his roots in blues music contains a bit of country, rock and jazz. Since a teenager, Brother Dave has been gigging with bands all over the East Coast and rocking all kinds of venues. Currently, he’s touring as both a solo artist and with his band, The Brave. No matter what your taste in music, no matter who you are, or how old you are, Brother Dave and The Brave is definitely an act that cannot be missed! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. Jan. 6.

Josh Gondelman
Writer/Comedian Josh Gondelman uses good-natured storytelling coupled with a sharp wit, taking his experiences teaching preschool to the comedy stage. With a Peabody and Emmy Award nomination for his ongoing work as a writer for Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, a No. 1 comedy album on iTunes charts called Physical Whisper, as well as books and TV series under his wing (he is co-creator and co-author of the show Modern Seinfeld), Gondelman is on the front lines of comedy. Get ready to laugh, uncontrollably. The Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. http://brokerage.govs.com $20. 8 p.m. Jan. 6.

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The Dives
NYC’s premier power pop band The Dives cover ’60s, ’70s and ’80s rock and pop songs coupled with original, high-energy hits such as “Anticipation,” “Take It All” and “She’s a Woman” that keep audiences dancing all night long. Guitarists Evan Stanley and Mike Lefton, vocals/bassist Sergio Ortega and drummer/vocalist Jimmy Meier create a rocking party vibe that will surely have all those in attendance boppin’ and groovin’ the whole gig through. Supporting acts include Punches Pilot, Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, MJT, Bunktown Falls and Space Camp Dropout. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $15. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 7.

O El Amor
One of the most eccentric acts around, these popular and hysterical local phenoms don Lucha Libre masks while they serenade the audience with love songs from every era. Getting the crowd in the mood will be Judas Priestess. Ingenious incognito, indeed! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$35. 8 p.m. Jan. 7.

Lamb
Director Yared Zeleke’s remarkable debut, a coming-of-age drama—the 2015 official selection at the Cannes Film Festival—presents a pastoral look at life in rural Ethiopia where lonely Ephraim struggles against society’s expectations. It tells the story of young Ephraim, who is sent by his father to live among distant relatives after his mother’s death. Ephraim uses his cooking skills to carve out a place among his cousins, but when his uncle decides that his beloved sheep must be sacrificed for the next religious feast, he will do anything to save the animal and return home. Included in the ticket price is a reception with Ethiopian coffee and snacks, handmade Ethiopian jewelry and scarves, plus a speaker as well as a fundraiser for education for girls in Ethiopia. Come and celebrate this phenomenal film and this magical land and culture! Lamb and Ethiopian coffee?! A no-brainer! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $15-$20. 1:30 p.m. Jan. 8.

Great American Ghost
Calling themselves “Boston’s harshest export,” hard metalcore/punk band Great American Ghost presents an angry, poignant, violent-yet-intelligent sound. With its hit album Everyone Leaves called an “intense piece of hatred and crashing chords,” the band communicates anger, frustration and introspection that has made their fans ecstatic. Opening the show are Basilisk, Give Up The Goods, The Haunt and Bottomfed. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Broadway, Amityville. $12. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8.

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Sonny Landreth
Louisiana bluesman Sonny Landreth’s slide guitar skills have earned him the title “King of Slydeco” because he plays with a strong zydeco influence. Called one of the most advanced guitarists in the world by Eric Clapton, Sonny is known for hits such as “Congo Square,” “Broken-Hearted Road” and “Blues Attack.” This artist is extraordinary. It may be cold outside, but he’ll make it sizzle inside once he unleashes his craft. Not to be missed. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 7 p.m. Jan. 8.

Clinton Kelly
Emmy Award-winning co-host of The Chew, Clinton Kelly will be signing copies of his new book, I Hate Everyone, Except You. See, even haters get tired of hating all the time. Prior to meeting Kelly and catching his infectious positivity, read up a lil on just how amazing he truly is: Read Long Island’s Clinton Kelly’s Tips on How to be Ridiculously Happy. Tell him Franchi sent ya! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Jan. 9.

Leonard Cohen – Live at the Isle of Wight 1970
Forty-six summers ago, a young Canadian folksinger named Leonard Cohen delivered the performance of a lifetime at the third annual Isle of Wight music festival. The late, insanely great Cohen, then 35, was awakened from a nap in his trailer and brought onstage to perform with his band. The audience of 600,000 was frenzied after trampling fences, setting fires and stoked by the most incendiary performance of Jimi Hendrix’s career. Onlookers stood in awe as Cohen quietly tamed the crowd. He took them to another place, and for that he became enshrined in music legend, forever. Cohen, who died in November at the age of 82, lives on in concerts like this. Ticket price includes reception with prolific rock documentarian Murray Lerner. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10-$15. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11.

Lord & Taylor Teams Up With Look Good, Feel Better to Help Women with Cancer
Join Star Network Power Women Honorees and other women from across Long Island at Lord & Taylor in Manhasset in a special partnership with Look Good, Feel Better, Helping Women with Cancer, a transformational program supporting women in cancer treatments, to raise awareness and lend much-appreciated support to those battling this disease. Look Good, Feel Better teaches beauty techniques to those with cancer to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. The program also includes lessons on skin and nail care, cosmetics, turbans and wigs, and styling and accessories, helping people with cancer find some normalcy in a life that is by no means normal. Lord & Taylor will be offering light bites and refreshments as well as complimentary makeovers and beauty consultations. Attendees can then shop the store and receive an additional 30% off almost everything in the store, plus 10% off cosmetics. Sarabeth’s Cafe at Lord & Taylor Manhasset, 1440 Northern Blvd., Manhasset. sarabeth.com Please email aamato@starnetwork.com to attend. starnetwork.com 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Jan. 11

Norman Rockwell and Friends: American Illustrations from the Mort Künstler Collection
Featuring illustrations from such masters from the Golden Age of American Illustration as: Dean Cornwell, Howard Chandler Christy, Maxfield Parrish, Charles Dana Gibson, Howard Pyle, Edwin Austin Abbey, Winslow Homer, N.C. Wyeth, J.C. Leyendecker, and of course, Norman Rockwell, among others, this extraordinary exhibit highlights not only dozens of wondrous works, but underscores the significance they played in influencing the minds and shaping the beliefs of an ever-literate public. Think about how omnipresent TV, Facebook, Twitter and digital media are today (to truly grasp an understanding of this, as well as its pitfalls, Read Information Overload: Fake News in The Era of Online Propaganda & Disinformation). These works were as significant, back then. Fascinating. Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington. heckscher.org Check website for price of admission. Through March 5.

Featured Art: Memphis Crawl rocks Revolution Bar & Music Hall on Jan. 6! (Photo: Memphis Crawl Facebook profile)

-Compiled by Ellie Schoeffel, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III

Trump Should Copy U.S. Military Model to Fix American Child Care Crisis

Donald Trump

By Elizabeth Palley

In his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump suggested that he understood that our nation must address the child care crisis facing working- and middle-class families. He’s right that this social problem profoundly needs to be fixed.

Approximately 21 percent of children in the United States live in poverty, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In other words, a family of three survives on $19,000 a year, and a family of four on $24,000. These families have little to no money for child care. In 2013, the average annual cost of care for families with working mothers was approximately $7,400. In some states, it can be as high as $22,000, and in many states, the cost of infant care is more than 50 percent of the median family income.

There are already some federal programs designed to meet the needs of low-income families, but they have never been sufficiently funded. Head Start only provides services to approximately 40 percent of income-eligible children. Families making two times the federal poverty line—$38,000 for a family of three—are not eligible for any federal assistance.

Trump has suggested that he will support funding child care through tax benefits. Heavily influenced by his daughter Ivanka Trump, this plan would allow for standard deductions for child care expenses for the average cost of care—which according to the Trump campaign would be approximately $840 for a family of four earning $70,000. It would also allow the benefit to be included as a rebate for those receiving an Earned Income Tax Credit, enabling the amount to reach up to $1,200 per year per family.

This is only a slight increase over the $1,000 they are currently able to receive. Under this proposal, families earning between $19,000 and $38,000 can expect to receive lower benefits from the tax changes than higher income families, though their child care costs are comparably high. Neither benefit will do enough to offset the actual costs of child care.

These credits would be improvements, but they are unlikely to enable most families to easily shoulder the high cost of child care. In addition to a refundable tax credit of up to $1,000, our tax code already provides greater benefits to higher income families, despite the fact that they must pay the same amount for child care.

Employers can already support dependent care savings accounts, which lets workers contribute up to $5,000 in pre-tax income. Trump has also proposed matching the first $1,000 for low-income families using tax-exempt child care accounts. Given the poverty that many American families already face and their difficulty in meeting basic needs such as food, shelter and electricity, implementing this idea may be very challenging. They simply may not be able to save their first $1,000.

Certainly, child care in the U.S. cannot be improved without ensuring that the caretakers can make a living wage. On average, child care workers earn $10.39 an hour, 40 percent below the median wage. Fifteen percent of them live below the poverty line, and 46 percent receive public benefits themselves. These providers need a raise if they’re going to make a difference in children’s lives.

If we want to improve outcomes for all children, we need to do more than just talk about the importance of high-quality child care: We need to provide adequate financial support for child care and child care providers. A good model is the program designed for the US military, which provides high-quality care to approximately 200,000 children daily. The staff at these centers must meet high standards.

Both the center directors and the curriculum specialists must have at least a B.A. in early childhood education or in a related field. All workers at the centers must have at least a high school diploma or a GED. The parents of the children who attend pay for the care on a sliding scale.

Workers are paid on average $15 an hour including extensive benefits packages. They receive training and further opportunities for advancement. Though it costs $700 million a year, our government has decided that for the children of people in the military, this is a good investment. Why not invest in a program that benefits all American children?

Expanding tax benefits for families with children is definitely a start, but our country should do more, given the dire situation. We need a unitary national child-care policy to ensure that low-income and middle-income families have access to quality care, be it at home with their parents, or with other caregivers, or in center-based care. In a nation where 21 percent of children under 18 live in poverty, and 35 percent are being raised by single working parents, Trump’s child care solutions don’t go far enough.

Elizabeth Palley, a former social worker and public interest lawyer, is a Professor of Social Work at Adelphi University.

Horoscopes by PsychicDeb for January 2017

Horoscopes 2017

By PsychicDeb 

Aries – Uranus in your 1st house – an authority figure is watching you. Follow rules and regulations; don’t attempt to cut corners. Now is the time to enhance your reputation for reliability and efficiency. Leave frills for another time. You’ll be well-rewarded. Number 4 brings luck.

Taurus – Ruling planet in your 11th house – a social event finds your center of attention. Someone who can help with your career is on the scene and will appreciate your quest for learning and ability to laugh at troubles. Dress for success; you’ll be among prestigiuos people. Sagittarius plays an important role.

Gemini – Ruling planet in your 8th house – a message from afar lets you know that a relative is thinking of you. Special honors are coming your way; be sure to give credit to someone who taught you in the past. This month is perfect for family or group involvement, not for going it alone. Your lucky number is 2.

Cancer – Saturn in your 6th house – this month’s emphasis is on love, romance, and new enterprise. Join with a Leo on a creative project; this could lead to something much more exciting than you supposed. People notice you wherever you go this month – dress in bright, bold colors. The luck number is 1.

Leo – Ruling planet in your 6th house – help comes from behind the scenes in business or a financial manner. Someone of great integrity is on your side and will share secrets of success with you. Be willing to take on the extra duties, even if long-range in nature. Watch number 8.

Virgo – Neptune in your 7th house – a mystery can be solved if you dig deep for information. The answers lie within your own heart, not outside yourself. Take time to listen to music and appreciate art and beauty. Someone in your romantic fantasies could knock on your door. Number 7 is your best bet.

Libra – Jupiter in your 1st house – you have the potential to broaden your horizons. Finish off a job that is petty in scope and aim for bigger goals. A communication about healing or emotional problems is on the agenda. You’ll uplift others with your message and good example. The lucky number is 9.

Scorpio – Mars in your 5th house – be ready to change plans mid-stream. An exciting trip is offered to you; the chance to add to your store of learning and expressing yourself is part of the plan. Open lines of communication; say yes before an opportunity vanishes. Romance is involved. Count on number 5.

Sagittarius – Saturn in your 1st house – someone of the opposite sex provides an exciting break from dreary activities. Remain flexible in your desires; you won’t really know what you want until it is suggested. A social event, new friends and much conversation is promised. Spend time with a Gemini.

Capricorn – Pluto in your 1st house – an initial feeling of gloom dissipates as the day progresses. You’ll see new opportunities and can rise above former limitations. A personal appearance is on the agenda; you reach a mass audience. A generous humanitarian gesture pays off. Aries plays a key role.

Aquarius – Saturn in your 11th house – this months accent is on family and community affairs. Be willing to play the role of master diplomat. Lavish entertainment could be spoiled by warring factions unless you step in and settle issues. Taurus wants to dominate, but will listen to reason. Number 6 brings luck.

Pisces – Venus conjunct Neptune in the 1st house – an aura of secrecy surrounds your personal affairs. You’ll be told the inside story of someone close to your heart. Be compassionate, even if details go against your ideals. You can inspire another person now through your insight into problems. A Pisces is helpful.

IF YOU KNOW YOUR RISING SIGN, CONSULT THE HOROSCOPE FOR THAT SIGN AS WELL.
Psychicdeb has been a professional astrologer for over 25 yrs. Self-taught, she began her studies in astrology when she was 8 yrs. old learning what she could from her mother’s astrology magazines. As she got older and learned geometry, she searched for books on Astrology and taught herself how to construct a chart. She teaches Astrology for a nominal fee. Psychicdeb also uses the tarot to do psychic readings channeling her spirit guide Helen. Reiki is one of her obsessions. She is a Reiki Master and loves to teach others the benefits of Reiki. Namaste. Call 516-783-6771 for an appointment in her private office. Or you can find her at the Original Psychic Fairs on Sundays. A listing of the Fair dates can be found on her website at: www.astro-mate.org or join the Facebook page: The Original Long Island Psychic Fair

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