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Dowling College Abruptly Closing, Sparking Sadness, Anger

By Olivia Booth and Timothy Bolger

Dowling College students learned harsh lessons in sadness, anger and mistrust when their 48-year-old alma mater in Oakdale gave three days’ notice that it is closing its classroom doors forever on Friday.

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More than 2,400 graduate and undergraduate students waited hours this week for their transcripts while scrambling to figure out where to transfer their credits—although they were later given until June 8 to get their paperwork. About 400 professors, administrators and other staffers were laid off by the sudden closure of the private liberal arts college, which has another campus in Brookhaven. Rumors leading up to Dowling’s demise did little to prepare the Oakdale campus community for its sudden shuttering.

“I spent the whole day crying when I found out the news,” said Jessica Glaz, a Dowling freshman, as she fought back tears. Glaz, like all others interviewed for this story, was aware of the college’s fiscal woes, but believed the college’s promises that she would be able to graduate. “My mom wants me to go to NYIT, but I just can’t get over it,” she said.

Founded on the site of the William K. Vanderbilt estate overlooking the Connectquot River, Dowling saw enrollment plunge from 6,379 students in 2005 to 2,453 by the fall of 2014 as it struggled to repay $54 million in debt, according to The Associated Press. Other small private colleges nationwide have also folded recently for similar reasons. Briarcliffe College, which has campuses in Bethpage and Patchogue, announced six months ago that it is closing in 2018.

“As painful as this announcement is we want the student body, faculty and alumni to know that we made every effort to form a suitable academic affiliation so that we could keep the college open,” said Albert Inserra, the seventh Dowling president in 12 years, in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

Some Dowling students said they first heard the news that their college was closing from the media, not the administration.

“I feel like this was really shady…I didn’t even receive an e-mail,” said Jordan Beavers, a Dowling senior and physical education major from Levittown. He shook his head furiously. “I feel like the school lied to everybody.”

Questions linger about what will happen to scholarships, sports careers and tuition already paid. Some said Dowling should have stopped accepting applicants.

“They lied to everyone. They should have stopped admitting new students,” said one staffer who asked not to be named. “I always have other options so I’m not that worried, but I feel bad for everyone else.”

To ease the transition, Dowling set up a partnership with Rockville Centre-based Molloy College, which will waive some credits and allow students to continue their studies there. Other colleges and universities on Long Island have also offered to help Dowling students. Suffolk County Community College offered to waive the transfer fee as well as defer immunization and transcript requirements for Dowling freshman and sophomores.

“This is a sad day for all of the members of that college family,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said. “The economic impact is significant and something we’ll be concerned about.”

Matt Smith, a spokesman for the New York State United Teachers, the union that represents the 47 full-time and 78 adjunct professors, said the situation was fluid.

“We’re disappointed with the outcome,” he said, noting that the faculty took pay cuts in 2012 and 2014, as well as other steps to help keep the college open. “We consider this a very sad and tragic outcome for the students, the community and our members.”

Smith added that the professors are doing their best to help the students transfer despite the fact that the professors’ own futures are uncertain. Students confirmed that their professors were being very accommodating, placing blame on the administration. The union refused to point fingers.

“I’m concerned about my students,” said Mary Ellen Friedemann, an adjunct English professor who taught freshman writing classes. “Clearly none of them are graduating.”

Although many of Dowling’s suddenly disenrolled students were distraught by the closure, some are making the best of a bad situation—perhaps the most important lesson of their budding college careers.

“We all saw this coming, but we hoped the school would pull through,” said Aaron Henderson, a second-generation Dowling student who was a sophomore majoring in psychology. “I am going to use this time to get out of my comfort zone, and maybe go to school in Fredonia.”

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events June 2–8

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The Studio Rocks
Founded by Kristen Imperale in 2015, The Studio is a dance studio that promotes and educates local youth talent in hip-hop, tap, and ballet. While emphasizing the importance of technique and rhythm, the studio still respects dance as a form of personal expression. For their first public performance The Studio will be performing a rock-themed dance show. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $25. 6 p.m. June 2.

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Senator Barbara Boxer
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) will be speaking and signing copies of her new memoir The Art of Tough: Fearlessly Facing Politics and Life. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. June 2.

Cowboy Mouth
Hailing from New Orleans, these alt-jam-roots rockers lit up the airwaves in the early ’90s with ear candy “Jenny Says” and have since honed their live performances into what some audience members describe as bordering on “a religious experience.” It’s been long known that rock and roll can most definitely save your soul, and Cowboy Mouth’s unforgettable performances may just transport you home. Damn. With The Grave Jinglers & Quarter Horse. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$35. 8 p.m. June 2.

Peter Cetera
Former Chicago vocalist/bassist Peter Cetera can be credited with writing some of the most recognizable songs in the soft pop and easy listening genre. Following his departure from the band Chicago, Cetera’s hit single “Glory of Love” became No. 1 in the U.S. Billboard charts and was even used in the film The Karate Kid Part II. “Daniel-son!” He has since performed alongside Cher, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, and even Madonna. Imagine all of them on one bill–well, that’s for another day! Here, Cetera be doing what he does best: rocking out and saving your very soul! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$84.50. 8 p.m. June 3.

Victory Challenge: 32nd Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged
More than 1,000 athletes with disabilities, ages 5 through 21, will be participating in this Olympic-style competition that includes track and field, table tennis, swimming and wheelchair basketball. With disabilities ranging from cerebral palsy, deafness and hearing difficulties, blindness and visual impairment, amputations, muscular dystrophy, and others, the athletes spend the weekend greeting friends and enjoying the competition and camaraderie. Come out and cheer these great kids on. Share some love. Spread some hope. Mitchel Athletic Complex, 1 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Uniondale. Nassau Community College, 1 Education Dr., Garden City. Demonstrations activities Friday and Saturday, June 3 & 4 (all day) at Mitchel Athletic Complex. Celebration Dinner Dance at Nassau Community College Field House on Saturday, June 4. Buffet Dinner begins at 5 p.m. (Tickets available at Athlete Registration.) Dance from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Weekend Games video will be shown at 7:30 p.m. For more information about start and finish times and individual competitions, visit www.nassaucountypcgames.com (click on “Athlete Registration” for the Schedule of Events), call 516-903-1139, or email victorychallenge@nassaucountyny.gov. June 2 through June 4.

Richard Thompson
As his army of aficionados knows full well, Richard Thompson is the quintessential musician. Rolling Stone Magazine named him one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time. From his days with Sandy Denny in Fairport Convention to his work with his former wife Linda Thompson on their critically acclaimed album Shoot Out the Lights, this singer-songwriter has a gift that keeps on giving. He’s a balladeer, a social commentator, a master performer, and a pretty witty man. His audience rightly feels passionate about him. But there are limits. After all, he is British. Recently, he put to rest any rumors that his fans had been giving him the Elvis/Tom Jones treatment: flinging their undergarments at him on stage. “Folk rock is, of course, every bit as sexy as anything Elvis came up with,” Thompson explains on his website, “and the fans are routinely driven to sexual frenzy, so I must conclude that my audience just doesn’t wear any. If they were to start doing a ‘Tom Jones’ now, it would be more on the lines of support hose and incontinence wear.” Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $35-$55. 8 p.m. June 3.

Voyage
If you dig Journey, you’re going to love tripping back to the ’80s with Voyage, hailed by the cognoscenti as the best Journey tribute band in the world! And that’s certainly saying something. Both visually and vocally, Hugo is a dead ringer for Steve Perry, Journey’s legendary vocalist. Hugo’s bandmates are at the top of their game, too: Robby Hoffman, Greg Smith, Charlie Zeleney and Al Spinelli. These dedicated musicians all came together to do one thing: Bring the Journey on home to your ear drums with one hit after another. Bon Voyage, guys! Opening the show is Fleetwood Macked, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$35. 8 p.m. June 3.

Gil Parris
This is a rare chance to experience American Grammy Award-nominated guitarist Gil Parris, recognized by many as a killer jazz, rock and bluesman, in an intimate setting, surrounded by your friends and loved ones, enjoying a delicious and refreshing beverage and occasionally, uncontrollably, getting up out your seat, shaking your money maker, and howling “Hell yes!” Wow. Sign us up, please. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. Tremeislip.com Free. 8 p.m. June 3.

Nassau County Strawberry Festival
There’s be rides, arts and crafts, games and yes, fresh strawberries. BOCES School Grounds, 2351 Jerusalem Ave., North Bellmore. $2. 6-11 p.m. June 3, 12-11 p.m. June 4, 12-6 p.m. June 5.

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The Power of 3
Three mediums, three amazing woman, all under one roof. That’s what’s in store at this extraordinary event that features world-renowned Bobbi Allison, Kim Russo and Laura Lynne Jackson coming together for a powerful day of light and connection. They’ll encourage you to see the divine design in your present life, help you learn how to be open, and, as they put it, “embrace the signs and messages that your loved ones send.” They’ll be hosting open gallery readings. Also on hand will be vendors and raffles—and maybe even a miracle or two, if you’re lucky. Upsky Hotel, 110 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge. ThePowerOf3SouledOut.Eventbrite.com $50-$175.  9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 4.

Nautical Mile and Blues Festival
tens of thousands of visitors are expected to flock this weekend to Freeport for the festival’s specialty foods, rides and live music, including performances by Blues musicians and a Steel Drum band. Woodcleft Ave. & Front St., Freeport. 11 a.m. June 4.

Robert Pinsky
This former U.S. Poet Laureate, essayist, literary critic and translator, who’s written 19 books, will host a poetry reading, Q&A, and book signing to promote his latest, Samurai Song. Beforehand, for an additional fee, he will also host an advanced poetry class. Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site, 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station waltwhitman.org $15. 5:30 p.m. June 4.

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Starring Pitbull, The Backstreet Boys, Enrique Iglesias, The Chainsmokers, Mike Posner, Bebe Rexha, and many, many others, this mega-music extravaganza is bound to go down as one of the most memorable jimmy-jimmy-jammy-jams of the summer! Get ready to groove, groove, groove, and dance, dance, dance! Nikon at Joners Beach, Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $25-$199. 7 p.m. June 4.

Judy Collins
A living legend now 76 years old and still hitting the high notes, Judy Collins continues to record and perform with as much energy and passion as she did back in the early days of her storied career. The silver-throated songstress was one of the leading folk singers of the 1960s and `70s, having her first commercial hit in 1967, “Both Sides Now.” From her appearances on The Muppet Show and Sesame Street to published books and activism, there is little this stellar artist has not done. This is a rare chance to witness her up-close and personal. Not to be missed. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amagansett. stephentalkhouse.com $100-$115. 7 p.m. June 4.

Chris Hardwick
The comedian, actor, writer, podcaster, producer and host of way too many shows to list here—@midnight with Chris Hardwick, Singled Out, Wired Science, Talk Soup, and AMC’s Talking Dead, Talking Bad, Talking Saul and Nerdist Podcast, to name but a few—is making this local stop in support of his “ID10T Tour,” and will undoubtedly crack up, and amaze, all those in attendance. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $29.50-$69.50. 8 p.m. June 4.

Saturday Night Summer Fever Concert
Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta, immortalized the disco scene on the big screen. This special night is a reunion show for the movie soundtrack that defined the genre. Re-live the platinum shoe and white leisure suit era with the artists from the original soundtrack, featuring Tavares, The Trammps, Yvonne Elliman and Disco Unlimited. Get ready to boogie! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. June 4.

Remy Ma
This Grammy Award-nominated rapper gained fame from her association with mentor Big Pun and member status in Fat Joe’s “Terror Squad,” featuring in their hit song “Lean Back.” Remy’s albums include Plata o Plomo (with Fat Joe) and There Is Something About Remy, as well as various collaborations with French Montana, Ne-Yo, and Rick Ross, and she also appeared on the reality show Love and Hip-Hop. Come feel the groove! With Funk Flex and Gabrielle Musicaro. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $20-$30. 10 p.m. June 4.

Shadows From My Past
A documentary dealing with the mixed emotions of an American, Jewish woman, Gita Kaufman, returning to Vienna where she had to flee as a child in 1940. Searching for the missing parts to her own past, she also seeks answers to questions of moral ambiguity, individual as opposed to collective guilt and to what degree today’s generation is responsible for the sins of their fathers and grandfathers. Director Gita Kaufman will be in-person, too! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 2 p.m. June 5.

Lynyrd Skynyrd / Peter Frampton
Iconic and legendary American rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd has been popularizing the Southern-rock genre for more than 40 years. Their signature songs “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird,” along with powerhouse performances, have allowed the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers to remain worldwide cultural icons. Lynyrd Skynryd is still standing and keeping the music going, furthering their legacy, retaining the respect and enjoyment among fans, regardless of generation. Opening the show is legendary guitar hero Peter Frampton. Nikon at Joners Beach, Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $25-$125. 7 p.m. June 5.

Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company
Founded by comedic heavyweights Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh, the so-called “UCB4” produced their own sketch show, Upright Citizens Brigade, for three seasons on Comedy Central from 1998 to 2000. Because of its success, UCB opened the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and Improvisational and Sketch Comedy Training Center in New York City. This slap-happy night is a special chance to experience one of the largest and most respected improv schools in the country, in all of its hilariously addictive glory, and laugh your tuckus off in the process! John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $35. 7 p.m. June 5.

Nerds Across The Northeast Tour
Featuring Hadean, Chronologist, and Capture the Sun, this metalfest is bound to leave countless fans across Long Island with sore necks from headbangin’ all night. Some call Hadean a “chamber metal” band because of its prog-metal style accentuated with a horn section (the saxophone is a highlight) and abrasive vocals. Chronologist is a metal/metalcore (mixed with rock) band who hail from Boston and paint soundscapes both dissonant and grungy yet uplifting, evident in their latest single “Sky Garden.” Prog-metal hellraisers Capture the Sun, among other characteristics, are known for mesmerizing guitar skills interwoven with passionate vocals that culminate in sonic fury not quite metal and not quite post-metal. This insane metal fest must be experienced to be believed! Wow. Mr. Beery’s, 4019 Hempstead Tpke., Bethpage. mrbeerys.com $7 (ages 21+, must have ID). 7 p.m. June 6.

Billy Gardell
Following the culmination of his show Mike & Molly, Gardell is once again on the comedic path he embarked before his rise to TV fame. On tour making his third out of 17 stops, this stand-up is sure to make everyone laugh. His jokes are sure to be all-encompassing, as he makes regular appearances on NFL Today and has worked with other comedic geniuses such as Melissa McCarthy, as well as other cast members from his previous TV shows. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $55. 8:30 p.m. June 7.

Let’s Eat! Food on Film
Inhabit is a feature-length documentary detailing permaculture: a design method that offers an ecological lens for solving issues related to agriculture, economics, governance, and on. The film presents a vast array of projects, concepts, and people, and it translates the diversity of permaculture into something that can be understood by an equally diverse audience. Join Slow Food North Shore and filmmaker Costa Boutsikaris for an enlightening evening centered around the practices of permaculture, an ecological design model for solving issues while living in accord with our planet. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. June 7.

Carl Higbie
U.S. Navy SEAL and author Carl Higbie will be speaking and signing copies of his new book Enemies, Foreign and Domestic: A SEAL’s Story. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. June 8.

Pro-Pain
Best described as rap-fueled heavy metal similar to that of Slayer, Pro-Pain’s intense, aggressive sound will satiate the musical thirst of punk and hardcore lovers alike. Formed in 1991 by vocalist/bassist Gary Meskil and drummer Dan Richardson, both former members of Nassau County-based hellraisers Crumbsuckers, and touring in support of their latest drop, 2015’s Voice of Rebellion, Pro-Pain will be headed to Canada and Germany following this local stop, so don’t miss out! With This Life We Live, Out Live Death, & Permanent Scar. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $17, $20 DOS. 7:30 p.m. June 8.

Nick Di Paolo
In this day of watered-down comedy, Nick Di Paolo’s brutally honest performances remind us of what great stand-up should be: funny, socially relevant and a little bit reckless. Nick began his career in his hometown of Boston and two years later, made the jump to New York, where he found his seething, sarcastic style was welcomed with open arms by audiences at such clubs as Catch a Rising Star, Caroline’s, and The Comedy Cellar. It was at clubs like these where he honed his uncompromising point of view, which makes him not only a club favorite, but a true “comic’s comic.” The Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. brokerage.govs.com $25. 8 p.m. June 8.

-Compiled by Kate Nalepinski, Leo Capobianco, Ellie Schoeffel, Luis Droz and Timothy Bolger

Horoscopes by PsychicDeb for June 2016

Horoscopes

Aries – Saturn in your 9th house – the escapist urge predominates. Stay away from money schemes that promise something for nothing. If you have a choice, stay away from mundane routine and enjoy the beauties of nature. Read a book or see a film that provides an uplift. Your lucky number is 7.

Taurus – Saturn in your 8th house – a universal outlook is emphasized – a celebration takes on a special significance because of situations around you in the world. You’ll be particularly concerned about children and young people. A humanitarian gesture adds to your stature. Your lucky number is 9.

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Gemini – Saturn in your 7th house – emphasize originality, new directions, and a bold approach. A loved one plays a key role in adding to satisfaction with life. You’ll take on a special task together that contains meaning for both. Leo and Aquarius figure prominently. Be creative!

Cancer – Saturn in your 6th house – the accent is on chores, pets, dependents and health matters. Be patient with those close to you – don’t insist on precise behavior. You’ll have an intuitive understanding of human nature that will help you be of greater service to others. An older woman makes life easier.

Leo – Saturn in your 5th house – a romantic affair of the heart takes on a new, deeper meaning. You’ll express loyalty, commitment and serious intent. If you’re single, you’ll talk about marriage; if already married, you are concerned about an addition to the family or other new responsibility. Watch a Capricorn.

Virgo – Saturn in your 4th house – welcome input from partners and associates. This routine month will allow you to catch up with many details but a cooperative manner will be required. You’ll be tested by the outside world; the way you react could have a long-range effect.

Libra – Saturn in your 3rd house – the emphasis is on marital status, legalities and public relations. Open lines of communication with one close to you but let the other person do most of the talking. This high-spirited month could bring a proposal, invitation or other exciting event. The lucky number is 5.

Scorpio – Saturn in your 2nd house – you have a glimpse of new possibilities this month. You’ll see how to bring inspiring ideas down to earth in a practical way. Don’t be reluctant to throw your weight around. Others will realize how far you have advanced. A Capricorn is in the picture.

Sagittarius – Saturn in your 1st house – your creative urge is strong. Your personal magnetism rating is higher than expected; now is the time to charm an authority figure. Innovative ideas will help you rise to the top. Throw off your dependence on others; prove your own worth. The lucky number is 1.

Capricorn – Saturn in your 12th house – ask questions and obtain answers. You’ll get to the bottom of a mystery that has bothered you. The romantic feelings of someone else are involved. There could be more going on behind the scenes than meets the eye. Check with a Virgo. Your lucky number is 5.

Aquarius – Saturn in your 11th house – focus on group goals. You’ll help others overcome obstacles by setting a good example. Self-discipline and shrewd thinking are needed. A pal who is merely out for a good time will get in the way, don’t be led astray. Solid citizens are ready to back you.

Pisces – Saturn in your 10th house – your social life accelerates. You’ll enjoy a whirl of activities with people from all walks of life. The accent is on foreign affairs, expansion, intellectual curiosity. Bright, witty dialogue helps establish rapport. Sagittarius and Gemini are involved.

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. You can find her at the Original Psychic Fairs on Sundays. A listing of the Fair dates can be found on her website at: http://www.astro-mate.org/

Lines Will Be Forming Soon for the Trump Presidential Library

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By Arnold Dodge

Given Donald Trump’s inexorable rise, it seems more likely than ever he will not only win the nomination, but he will become the next President of the United States. Predicting eight years of a Trump presidency—and why not two terms, when he has defied all prognostications to date?—one wonders what a lasting tribute to the mark he makes on history would look like. And so with that in mind, what more appropriate location for the story of his life than the presidential library dedicated in his honor?

Let’s imagine the prospect:

Before President Trump gives his approval for the groundbreaking of this monument, he insists that every detail reflect his motto: “There will be no political correctness in this administration.” The architects and designers have their marching orders.

The building, the tallest of the Trump towers, is a 1,000-foot replica of the White House, replete with machine gun turrets and a moat, additions added during Trump’s presidency. The site, located on what was once JFK Airport, boasts 100 acres of manicured grounds and showcases a resplendent 18-hole golf course. The chaos that reigns as air traffic is diverted? A “minor inconvenience,” in the words of the president.

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Visitors enter through the Canyon of Hero, a grand tribute to The Donald, a 10-story, cathedral-inspired space, the centerpiece a 60-foot hologram of the former president wagging his finger and sneering, the signature stance known ’round the world.

One of the most impressive galleries, The Last Laugh, features a massive section of concrete wall, tangled rebar protruding from the sides, testimony to the failed build-a-wall initiative. As they make their way around it, visitors are greeted by a 50-foot billboard, a replica of the one erected at the border: “Mexicans beware: No rapists or drug dealers allowed!” At the official ceremony unveiling the sign the president quipped: “Go f**k yourself, Vicente Fox.” Trump had the last laugh.

The next showcase—Nuke ’em—illuminates the Donald’s dramatic display of US military might. A giant screen runs a continuous CNN video loop of a Wolf Blitzer interview with President Trump. Throughout it, Trump’s forefinger hovers over a large red button. Many regarded his declaration to America’s enemies, “Don’t make me do it,” as lunacy but not his followers; they thought it was brilliant, especially when he incinerated an archipelago off the coast of the Philippines.

Strolling through Misogynist’s Walkway, the visitor follows a path that winds around wax replicas of women publicly insulted by the president. The display was overseen by the president himself. Of the hundreds of women Trump targeted, he selected his favorite adversaries to represent them. The visages of Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Megyn Kelly, Gloria Steinem, Michelle Obama, Angela Merkel and Mother Theresa are presented in unflattering, obsequious poses, Clinton on her knees the most controversial.

As one tours the room, Trump’s voice can be heard in the background, repeating one of his favorite retorts: “If God wanted women to be in charge, he wouldn’t have given them those gorgeous gams.” To anyone offended by the exhibit a prominently displayed quote from Trump reminds them: “Nobody loves women as much as I do.”

The You’re Fired photo gallery is a whimsical look back at the first few months of Trump’s presidency, when he mistakenly thought he could dismiss everybody who disagreed with him. Lining the walls are photos of U.S. Supreme Court justices, the Speaker of the House, the U.S. Senate majority leader, heads of state, the Secretary General of the UN, the Pope, thousands of public school children, college students and many more.

Soon guests enter The Lemmings Chamber where, through the wizardry of advanced laser technology, they witness a reenactment of a watershed moment in the saga of the Trump ascension when the die-hard loyalists, those who stood by The Donald from the beginning, made the ultimate sacrifice. Known in popular culture as the Gang of 50, these true believers jumped to their deaths from the roof of the Trump Hotel Las Vegas. They just could not go on when early returns on Election Night made it appear that Hillary Clinton might best their champion. Trump’s denial notwithstanding, it was said that the president shed a tear when viewing the exhibit for the first time.

The last stop on the tour takes visitors into a plush auditorium executed in the French Baroque style. When the seats are full, the lights dim, the music swells and the inimitable voice of President Trump echoes through the public space. On the large screen at the front of the hall, images appear of a confident, swaggering, defiant commander-in-chief, with banners overhead proclaiming: “Making America Great Again.” And once again the president delivers the opening remarks from his second inaugural address, the speech he calls his “Gettysburg moment:”

“My fellow Americans, the last four years have been amazing. I told you from the beginning that I had an outsize manhood. You saw it in action during my first term. I had the balls—and for those of you politically correct freaks out there, yes, I used the word ‘balls’—to get the job done. How great am I? I’m a billionaire, I’ve got a dynamite-looking wife, I use the best words, and I’m the leader of the free world. Sure, I busted the budget. Sure, I made America the laughing stock of the world. Sure, I didn’t get any legislation passed. Small change compared to my enforcing voter ID laws. Remember, if I wanted to, I could declare myself president for life. But, really, you know me. I’m the humblest person you’re ever going to meet.”

As guests leave, they browse the souvenir shop where they can purchase Trump steaks, Trump shoes, Trump hand towels, Trump garter belts and much more Trump merchandise. They are politely asked to ignore any glue left on the back of the items. (Trump’s people deny that the store clerks have been directed to pull off the “Made in China” stickers.)

(Author’s note: Delete this column if Donald Trump actually becomes the 45th president. That’s no laughing matter.)

Arnold Dodge, PhD, is an associate professor of education at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University, where he serves as the chairperson of the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration. Dr. Dodge is a former teacher, principal and superintendent. In his 45th year in education, he is particularly focused on the effects of high-stakes testing on schools.

Long Island Memorial Day Weekend Events 2016

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer 2016 with a ton of exciting events on Long Island. The holiday weekend isn’t complete without some barbeques, parades, and carnivals. Here are some of the best events to check out this Memorial Day.

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Memorial Day Weekend Carnival
Huntington YMCA, 60 Main St., Huntington. Free. May 26-30.

Memorial Day Weekend Festival
Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown. Free. 12-11 p.m. May 26-30.

Spring Carnival
Polo Grounds, Moore’s Lane, Greenport. One-price ride specials. 5-11 p.m. May 26-30.

Art Show
Ceramics, paintings, outdoor garden, prints and tabletop sculptures. Montauk Green. Free. May 27-29.

Spring Festival
Long Island Rail Road Station, Sunrise Highway, Bedford Avenue, Bellmore. May 28- May 30.

Navy and Marine Helicopter Landing
Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow. Free. 10 a.m. May 28.

Decoration Day
Parade, ceremony, historic craft demonstrations, storytelling and brass band concerts. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage.  $10 adults, $7 seniors and children ages 5-12. Children under 5 free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 28, 29.

New York AutoFest
NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $5 adults, children under 12 free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 28.

Arts in The Plaza
Kennedy Plaza, 1 West Chester St., Long Beach. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 28.

Memorial Day Commemoration and Fireworks
North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 West Shore Rd., Port Washington. Free admission, $10 parking fee. 6 p.m. May 28.

Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach
For the first time the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach will feature a trio of jet teams, including the acclaimed U.S. Navy Blue Angels, which will be making its seventh such appearance at the popular summer kick-off event. This lineup for year’s air show also boasts rookie flight squad, the U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II, as well as legendary aerobatic performer, Sean D. Tucker and his custom-built Oracle Challenger II. Rounding out the rest of the jet team will be the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds and the Breitling Jet Team, a civilian aerobatics team, which will be making its second appearance at the venerable air show. Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. bethpageairshow.com May 28, 29.

20th Annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival
East Main Street, downtown Riverhead. Free. 12 p.m.-5 p.m. May 29.

Big Annual BBQ in the Park
Belmont Lake State Park, 625 Belmont Ave., Babylon.  $25 Pre-paid, $30 Day of. 1-6 p.m. May 29.

Taste The East End
Long Island Aquarium, 431 East Main St., Riverhead. $64.95. 7-10 p.m. May 29.

Memorial Day Parade
Main Street, Montauk. 12 p.m. May 30.

–Compiled by Olivia Booth

Long Island Press 2016 High School Journalism Awards Results & Photos

2016 Long Island Press High School Journalism Awards
Bay Shore High School's Maroon Echo clinched the 2016 Long Island Press High School Journalism Awards Newspaper of the Year Award!

Hundreds of high school journalism students and their advisors, friends, parents and family members packed Hofstra University’s John Cranford Adams Playhouse May 23 for the 2016 Long Island Press High School Journalism Awards Program gala, cheering and applauding fellow classmates as they received honors spanning dozens of categories.

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In its ninth year, the annual high school journalism awards competition and presentation celebration recognizes outstanding journalistic work from students across Nassau and Suffolk counties in print, online, and video, and encompasses reporting and writing, design, illustration, art, and photography.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW WINNERS LIST AND PICTURES FROM THE 2016 LONG ISLAND PRESS HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM AWARDS GALA AT HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY!

Entrants vied for honors across more than 100 categories, spanning: Community Service, Arts Feature, Best Column, Best Education Story, Best Environmental Story, Best Fashion Feature, Food Commentary, Government Story, Best Headline, Best In-Depth Reporting, Best Investigative Story, News Story, Opinion Piece, School Coverage, Sports, Storytelling, Technology, Travel, Cartoon, Layout, Design, Illustration, Photography, and Magazine, among many others. Special awards are also presented for Story of the Year, Student Journalist of the Year, Advisor of the Year and Newspaper of the Year.

Once again, the annual contest and awards show set new records, with more than 2,000 submissions from more than two dozen high schools throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. Its judges, all Long Island Press and Morey Publishing staffers, were likewise once again enormously impressed by the sheer quality of students’ work and their advisors’ dedication to the craft.

“This year’s competition was unprecedented in its scope and quality of submissions,” Morey Publishing/Long Island Press Editor in Chief Christopher Twarowski wrote in a message to students within an awards booklet distributed at the event. “Journalism gives you the license to ask anyone, at any time, the questions that no one else will or dares to ask.”

“Long Island is fortunate to have a tradition of great high schools, and we at Hofstra are happy that we can see many graduates of those schools here in their college years,” wrote dean of Hofstra University’s Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, Evan Cornog, Ph.D, in his message to students contained within the booklet. “We enjoy working with our friends at the Long Island Press and are proud that Hofstra is hosting the event to honor the winning students and their teachers and faculty advisors.”

Morey Publishing/Long Island Press Associate Publisher Beverly Fortune got the night started with a heartfelt introduction that was both moving and motivational, followed by impassioned opening remarks from Press Publisher Jed Morey and an equally powerful keynote address by Cornog, which emphasized the important role that exceptional journalism plays in our society.

A seemingly never-ending procession of high schoolers eagerly ventured across the venue’s stage to accept awards throughout the event’s two-hour duration, excitedly posing for professional photographs with classmates and advisors before returning to their seats.

Award-winning journalist, broadcaster, Society of Professional Journalists Press Club of Long Island Board Member, and longtime Long Island Press High School Awards Program Coordinator David North once again did a memorable job as emcee—enthusiastically announcing the dozens of winners with grace and professionalism, while also jazzing things up with funny quips, amusing anecdotes, and his natural charm. Of course, his unforgettable ear-to-ear smile was on full display yet again, as well.

The popular program and its joyous awards night is made possible by the extraordinary support of chief sponsor Hofstra University and its renowned Lawrence Herbert School of Communication—and Fortune presented Cornog and North special awards at the closing of the ceremony to recognize their dedication and commitment to making the program so outstanding, year after year.

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Long Island Press Managing Editor Timothy Bolger, Press Staff/Education Reporter Jaime Franchi, Press Multimedia Reporter Rashed Mian, Press Senior Editor Spencer Rumsey, New York Financial Press Financial Editor Anthony Orbanic, Morey Publishing Inbound Marketing Coordinator Marisa Giannico, Creative Director Jon Sasala, New Media Director Michael Conforti, and Graphic Designers Jeff Main and Jon Chim all took turns at the podium to introduce and congratulate the talented, award-winning high schoolers.

Chim once again wowed the crowd with moving words, as did veteran presenter Franchi and first-timer Main.

“A good education informs,” explained Franchi while announcing the winners of the Best Education categories. “A great education inspires [students] to never stop learning, never stop dreaming, never close their hearts or minds to new concepts, ideas and beliefs.”

“By striving for excellence in their exceptional journalism on these critical topics and issues, these high schoolers have demonstrated a comprehension of Mother Nature that far surpasses their years,” proclaimed Main during his presentation of the Best Environmental Story.

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Several honors possessed special significance for those in attendance: the Aura Diaz / First Person Award, named after the 16-year old mother from Brentwood, who along with her daughter Natalie, was murdered in 2015; the Andrea Rebello Community Service Award, its 21-year-old namesake a Hofstra student who lost her life in 2013; and the Robert W. Greene Investigative / Enterprise Journalism Award, which honors the memory of legendary, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Bob Greene, who taught at Hofstra University and was instrumental in the founding of its communication and journalism programs.

“As Greene once told a colleague, the First Amendment wasn’t created to ‘publish apple pie recipes,’” Twarowski declared while presenting the latter. “It exists to ensure a healthy and free press, to protect those who seek to print the truth, hold people and corporations accountable, and to foster journalism that has an impact and strives to change things for the better.”

HERE’S THE COMPLETE LIST OF
2016 LONG ISLAND PRESS HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM AWARDS WINNERS:

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REPORTING AND WRITING AWARDS

NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

1. Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
2. New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
3. Massapequa High School, The Chief
Honorable Mention. East Islip High School, The Broadcaster & Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup

STUDENT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

1. Kennedy Rose
Bellport High School, The Clipper
2. Kaylie Felsberg
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
3. Gianna Barberia
Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
Honorable Mention. Vishruth Girish
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot

STORY OF THE YEAR

1. Kennedy Rose & Abigail Veitch
Bellport High School, The Clipper
“Taking Swigs Of Sewage;” “Water Tests Ordered At HS;” “BHS Water Deemed Fine”
2. Lilly Milman
Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
“If You See Something, Say Something”
3. Abir Petiwala & Yahya Sheikh
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“Faith Under Fire”
Honorable Mention. Brook Lewitas
Syosset High School, The Pulse
“Life As A Transgender Student”

2016 Long Island Press High School Journalism Awards
2016 Long Island Press High School Journalism Awards Advisors of the Year award recipients: (L-R, Honorable Mention to First Place) East Islip High School’s Joan Dlouhy, Massapequa High School’s Elyn Coyle, Bay Shore High School’s Walt Fishon, and New Hyde Park Memorial High School’s Mike Stencel!

ADVISOR OF THE YEAR

1. Mike Stencel
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
2. Walt Fishon
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
3. Elyn Coyle
Massapequa High School, The Chief
Honorable Mention. Joan Dlouhy & Jim Connell
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster

ANDREA REBELLO COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
1. Afra Seemab
Bellport High School, The Clipper
“Helping Others Starts With You”
2. Steven Molina
Bellport High School, The Clipper
“Making A Difference In The World, One Child AT A Time”
3. Danielle Anzelone
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“Aerify 3.6: For A Better, Cleaner Earth”

ARTS FEATURE
1. Saumya Sharma
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“Bad Blood Between Taylor And Nicki”
2. Sarah Wang
Syosset High School, The Pulse
“’Master Of None’ Brilliantly Discusses Social Issues In A Digitalized Society”
3. Camryn Garrett
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“Hollywood Trans-Forming”

ARTS REVIEW – THEATER
1. Lauren Peller
Half Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird
“The Ten Dollar Founding Father Without A Father”
2. Gia Tims
Bellport High School, The Clipper
“Remarkable Broadway Performance”
3. Brooke Lewitas
Syosset High School, The Pulse
“ACT’s ‘Dogface’”

ARTS REVIEW – ART
1. Sarah Wang
Syosset High School, The Pulse
“Color The Temple”

ARTS REVIEW – VIDEO GAMES
1. Rob Flaks
Jericho High School, The JerEcho
“Top 5 Video Games Of 2015”
2. Gregory Kothesakis
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“’Fallout’ Out This Fall”
3. Dawn Bauer
Smithtown High School East, The Matador
“Life Is Strange: A Storm Is Coming”

ARTS REVIEW – BOOK REVIEW
1. Meghan Hayfield
Smithtown High School East, The Matador
“A Memoir That Will Bring You To The Desert And Back”
2. Sarah Hillman
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“Perks Of Being A Wallflower”
3. Nicole Humpf
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“Will Grayson, Will Grayson”

ARTS REVIEW – LOCAL MUSIC
1. Elaine Chen
Lynbrook High School, Horizon
“LHS Senior Is ‘Drifting’ From The Norm”
2. Noelia Vazquez
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“Alumni Play With Vitality And Makes It In The Music Industry”
3. Christian Cang Cuesta
East Meadow High School, The Jet Gazette
“EMHS Student Honors Beethoven”

ARTS REVIEW: NATIONAL MUSIC
1. Noelia Vazquez
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“Ziggy’s Star(dust) Extinguished”
2. Kristen Lennon
North Shore High School, Viking View
“Adele Said Hello And The World Answered”
3. Elma Thorarinsson
North Shore High School, Viking View
“How Important Is Image?”

ARTS REVIEW – LIVE PERFORMANCE
1. Rachel Penzer
Half Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird
“Carly Rae Jepsen: Gimme Love Tour Concert Review”
2. Abigail Veitch
Bellport High School, The Clipper
“Decemberists Are Too Portland To Handle”
3. Nia Tucker
Bellport High School, The Clipper
“A Concert Experience, Cut Short”

ARTS REVIEW – ALBUM
1. Elma Thorarinsson
North Shore High School, Viking View
“The BADLANDS Are Not So Bad”
2. Abha Japi
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“Sheppard’s New Album Is The Bomb”
3. Neeva Shafiian
Jericho High School, The JerEcho
“The Weeknd Smashes With ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’”

ARTS REVIEW – FILM
1. Nicholas Lasko
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
2. Shaheer Ilyas
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“‘Left For Dead’ Comes To Life On Screen”
3. Jackie Angelo
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“Pitch Perfect 2: The Barden Bellas Are Back But Blunder”

ARTS REVIEW — TV
1. Cooper Pardo
Bellport High School, The Clipper
“’Daredevil’ Review”
2. Lucas Martinelli
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“New ‘Muppets’ Lacks Old Flair”
3. Kaylie Felsberg
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“’Fuller House’ Is Full Of Garbage”

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
1. Caroline Bak
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“’Making A Murderer’ Or Making A Lie?”
2. Courtney Nigro
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“’Fuller House’”
3. Sarah Wang
Syosset High School, The Pulse
“’Master Of None’ Brilliantly Discusses Social Issues In A Digitalized Society”

AURA DIAZ AWARD / FIRST PERSON
1. Jen Converso
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“Yes, I Have An Eating Disorder”
2. Camila Cabrera Salazar
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“Home Away From Home”
3. Ronnie Schweitzer
Calhoun High School, Hoofbeats
“A Life-Changing Experience”

BUSINESS
1. George Toskos
North Shore High School, Viking View
“’Banking’ On Greece”
2. Nicole Rosenthal
Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
“It’s All Funds And Games”
3. Nicole Rosenthal
Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
“The Love Machine”

COLUMN – SCHOOL
1. Juhi Thomas
Syosset High School, The Pulse
“The Social Design HuB”
2. Cassandra O’Connor
Bellport High School, The Clipper
“Freshman Declassified Survival Guide”
3. Emma Casey
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“Helmets Or Hell, No!”

COLUMN – GENERAL
1. Afra Seemab
Bellport High School, The Clipper
“Helping Others Starts With You”
2. Anna Tobin
Commack High School, The Courant
“All Grown Up?”
3. Meg Tohill
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“Revisiting The Relatives ’Round The Holidays”

DEADLINE / BREAKING NEWS
1. Kennedy Rose
Bellport High School, The Clipper
“Senior Pranks Gone Too Far”
2. Gina Veliz
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“Temperature Drops In Parts Of Building After Boiler Malfunctions”
3. Gianna Barberia
Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
“Love Is Legalized”

EDITORIAL
1. Gianna Barberia
Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
“Enough Is Enough”
2. Kaitlyn Lucey
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“Barbie To Become More Diverse And Body Positive”
3. Mahalia Mathelier
East Meadow High School, The Jet Gazette
“Highway To Hell”

EDITORIAL – NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL
1. Kaitlyn Lucey
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“Does Political Correctness Protect Or Antagonize?”
2. Meg Tohill
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“An Apple (Inc.) A Day Takes Our Safety Away”
3. Emma Boskovski
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“Time To Give Common Core The Heave-Ho, Mr. Cuomo”

EDITORIAL – GENERAL
1. Vishruth Girish
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“Casting Off Krishna – The Hindu Atheist Dilemma”
2. Gregory Kothesakis
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“Alexander The Not-So-Great: Why Greeks Don’t Deserve Their Crisis”
3. Emma Boskovski
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“Time To Give Common Core The Heave-Ho, Mr. Cuomo”

EDITORIAL – ENVIRONMENTAL
1. Zoe Malin
North Shore High School, Viking View
“Putting Our Paws Down On Dissections”
2. Gabrielle Farb
North Shore High School, Viking View
“Not As Cute, But Just As Good?”
3. Aliyha Gill
East Meadow High School, The Jet Gazette
“You Won’t ‘Sea’ Me At Seaworld”

EDUCATION – NATIONAL ISSUES
1. Kaitlyn Lucey
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“Changes To AP United States History Course Raises Questions”
2. Gibran Boyce
Half Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird
“From ABCs to A2+B2=C2: When Academic Pressure Comes To Kindergarten”
3. Alec Israeli
Cold Spring Harbor Jr./Sr. High School, The Harbor View
“High Pressure, High Profits: The Pressure Of Standardized Testing”

EDUCATION – LOCAL ISSUES
1. Samantha Blasco
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“District Considers Reconfiguration Of Middle School In 2017”
2. Julia Albanese
North Shore High School, Viking View
“Change Is Good”
3. Tara O’Donovan
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby… Just Not In School”

ENTERTAINMENT & LIFESTYLE
1. Tim Keuchler
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“#FreeKesha: Explaining The Social Media Phenomenon”
2. Charlotte De Martini
North Shore High School, Viking View
“Post At Your Own Risk”
3. Aliyha Gill
East Meadow High School, The Jet Gazette
“AP: Actively Preparing”

ENVIRONMENTAL STORY
1. Jen Converso
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“Looking Into The History Of The Universe With Gravitational Waves”
2. Carolyn Berghorn
Lynbrook High School, Horizon
“Is Global Warming Affecting The Severity Of Storms?”
3. Gabrielle Farb
North Shore High School, Viking View
“Not As Cute, But Just As Good?”

FASHION FEATURE
1. Rachel Leiner
Calhoun High School, Hoofbeats
“Inspiration From The Past”
2. Ayesha Hussain
Lynbrook High School, Horizon
“Facts On Fashion Week”
3. Emily Glennon
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“Picture Perfect For Prom”

FEATURE – GENERAL
1. Sephora Saint-Armand
Sewanhaka High School, The Chieftain
“Haitian Migration”
2. Shafaq Khan
Sewanhaka High School, The Chieftain
“#PrayForHumanity”
3. Sharon Ahmed
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“The Lowdown On Hookups: Has Romance Become Passe?”

FEATURE – LOCAL
1. Courtney Nigro
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“It’s A Colorful Life”
2. Noelia Vazquez
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“Community Churches Lend A Helping Hand”
3. Rachel Hirschheimer
Jericho High School, The JerEcho
“Making Homework Optional”

FOOD – COMMENTARY
1. Zoe Malin
North Shore High School, Viking View
“To Go Or Not To Go: Gluten Free Eating For All”
2. Jordan Williams
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“Serving Up Change”
3. Isabella Alessandrini
North Shore High School, The Viking View
“But First, Let Me Get A Coffee”

FOOD – RESTAURANT REVIEW
1. Rachel Rosenstein
Half Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird
“Run To Roast; It’s A Rare Find”
2. Chloe Citron
Jericho High School, The JerEcho
“The Jericho Community Welcomes Blaze”
3. Ryan First
Jericho High School, The JerEcho
“Jericho’s New Late Night Hot Spot”

FORMAT BUSTER
1. Katie Burke & The Broadcaster Staff
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“Paris”
2. Nelson Gomez
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“Senior Directory”
3. Katie Burke
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“The Stars In Our Faculty”

FIRST AMENDMENT/FREEDOM OF SPEECH AWARD
1. Gianna Barberia
Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
“Shamed For Shorts: Double Standards And Everyday Sexism In Schools”
2. Gianna Barberia
Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
“One Is Too Many: The Big Picture Tainted By A Minority Brush”
3. Alexandra Doulos & Danielle Anzelone
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“Boys Rule And Girls Drool In MHS Locker Rooms”

GOVERNMENT – NATIONAL
1. Liam Higgins
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“Is The Electoral College Still Effective In Today’s Society?”
2. Nelson Gomez
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“New York Testing Procedures Face Increased Public Scrutiny”
3. Shafaq Khan
Sewanhaka High School, The Chieftain
“’Time’ To Put An End To Islamophobia”

GOVERNMENT – NATIONAL
1. Liam Higgins
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“Is The Electoral College Still Effective In Today’s Society?”
2. Nelson Gomez
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“New York Testing Procedures Face Increased Public Scrutiny”
3. Shafaq Khan
Sewanhaka High School, The Chieftain
“’Time’ To Put An End To Islamophobia”

HEADLINE – ENTERTAINMENT
1. Abigail Veitch
Bellport High School, The Clipper
“Decemberists Are Too Portland To Handle”
2. Katherine Elliot
Commack High School, The Courant
“Ice Ice Baby: Food Review”
3. Katherine Elliot
Commack High School, The Courant
“The Mockingbird Sings No More: RIP Harper Lee”

HEADLINE – EDITORIAL
1. Nicole Nunez
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“Wrestling With Their Weight”
2. Gregory Kothesakis
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“Casting Off Krishna – The Hindu Atheist Dilemma”
3. Tara O’Donovan
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby… Just Not In School”

HEADLINE – NEWS
1. Gregory Kothesakis
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“Casino Plans Are Anything But Floral”
2. Lauren Peller
Half Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird
“’Orange’ You Glad It’s Apple Season?”
3. Alexa Grill
Half Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird
“Go Green, Eat Clean!”

HEADLINE – FEATURE
1. Fiona Kiernan
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“DNA Velcro Creates A Sticky Moral Situation”
2. Abigail Veitch
Bellport High School, The Clipper
“Gun-Shot Wounds And Jaw Surgeries”
3. Megan Konfino
Commack High School, The Courant
“Drifting Dynamics”

HUMOR
1. Kennedy Rose
Bellport High School, The Clipper
“To My Dearest Brookhaven Town Landfill”
2. Gianna Barberia
Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
“Helicopter Landing Pad Built For Parents”
3. Stephanie Zelenetz
North Shore High School, Viking View
“How To Survive”

IN-DEPTH REPORTING
1. Kennedy Rose & Abigail Veitch
Bellport High School, The Clipper
“Taking Swigs Of Sewage;” “Water Tests Ordered At HS;” “BHS Water Deemed Fine”
2. Nelson Gomez
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“New York Testing Procedures Face Increased Public Scrutiny”
3. Zack Abrams & James Oldham
Commack High School, The Courant
“Zika: The International Crisis”

INFORMATIONAL FEATURE
1. Kaitlyn Lucey
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“Changes To AP United States History Course Raises Questions”
2. Nicholas Cristofari
North Shore High School, Viking View
“SATs, ACTs; What’s The Difference?”
3. Kaitlyn Lucey
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“Summer Renovations Kick Off At Long Island State Parks”

ROBERT W. GREENE INVESTIGATIVE/ENTERPRISE JOURNALISM AWARD
1. Kennedy Rose & Abigail Veitch
Bellport High School, The Clipper
“Taking Swigs Of Sewage;” “Water Tests Ordered At HS;” “BHS Water Deemed Fine”
2. Lilly Milman
Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
“If You See Something, Say Something”
3. Alexandra Doulos & Danielle Anzelone
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“Boys Rule And Girls Drool In MHS Locker Rooms”

MEDIA COLUMN
1. Camryn Garrett
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“TV Needs An Expiration Date”
2. Elle Rieger
North Shore High School, Viking View
“Trendy TV”
3. Noelia Vazquez
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“Selfies? Or Self Absorbed”

NEWS STORY
1. Kaitlyn Lucey
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“Changes To AP United States History Course Raises Questions”
2. Tali Zingman
Lynbrook High School, Horizon
“LHS Teachers Stand Up To Common Core”
3. Jordan Williams
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“Serving Up Change”

OPINION – GENERAL
1. Gibran Boyce
Half Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird
“Girls In STEM: When You Criticize Them, They Do Not Cry!”
2. Gregory Kothesakis
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“UNimportant – 10 Reasons Why The United Nations Should Be Abolished”
3. Sonam Delhiwala
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“Amusement Park Or Abusement Park?”

OPINION PIECE – NATIONAL
1. Gibran Boyce
Half Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird
“The Power Of An Image: A Raft, A Boy, And The European Migrant Crisis”
2. Camila Cabrere Salazar
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“Living In America’s Shadow”
3. Tim Keuchler
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“Blue Lives Matter: Why Police Deserve Our Utmost Respect”

OPINION – POP CULTURE
1. Lilly Milman
Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
“White Picket Fence”
2. Tim Keuchler
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“It’s Been Longer Than ‘Four Five Second;’ Where Is Rihanna’s New Album?”
3. Olivia Schatz
North Shore High School, Viking View
“His Name Is Elba. Idris Elba.”

OPINION PIECE – SCHOOL
1. Charlotte DeMartini
North Shore High School, Viking View
“Counting Down Till June!”
2. Alec Israeli
Cold Spring Harbor Jr./Sr. High School, The Harbor View
“Honestly, I Don’t Care If White Gowns Are Pretty”
3. Gianna Barberia
Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
“One Is Too Many: The Big Picture Tainted By A Minority Brush”

POLITICAL – LOCAL FEATURE
1. Andrew Yanover
Half Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird
“A Tale Of Two Rallies”
2. Liam Higgins
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“Is Bernie Sanders The Best Candidate For Millennials?”
3. Kaitlyn Lucey
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“Changes To AP United States History Course Raises Questions”

POLITICAL – NATIONAL FEATURE
1. Maira Khan, Emily Dee, Allison Freese, Declan Graham & Denise Pryor
H. Frank Carey High School, The Carey Clipper
“Immigration: The Struggle To Build A Better Nation”
2. Liam Higgins
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“Is Bernie Sanders The Best Candidate For Millennials?”
3. Anthony Passela
Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
“Clinton And Sanders Square Off In Democratic Debate”

PROFILE
1. Jeffin Kuriakose & Sachin Jacob
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“Ryan’s Return”
2. Tyler Baron & Vishruth Girish
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“The Season Never Ends”
3. Anthony Santos
Central Islip High School, The Rapier
“Humans Of Central Islip”

Q&A
1. Emily Krusos
Cold Spring Harbor Jr./Sr. High School, The Harbor View
“Former CSH Graduate Inducted Into Athletics Hall Of Fame”
2. Nicole Brusic
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“After 10 Years At HS, Asst. Principal Retires”
3. Meg Tohill
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“Seeing Double In Senior Year”

Q&A – SCHOOL
1. Sarah Rush
Cold Spring Harbor Jr./Sr. High School, The Harbor View
“AIDS Awareness With Mr. Homer”
2. Gregory Kothesakis
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“Alumni Chariot Editors-In-Chief: Where Are They Now?”
3. Lauren Peller
Half Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird
“Showcasing Thunderbird Talent: Art Day 2016”

REVIEW/CRITICISM
1. Dave Marques
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“Rethinking Cultural Appropriation In Wake Of Controversy”
2. Sarah Wang
Syosset High School, The Pulse
“’Master Of None’ Brilliantly Discusses Social Issues In A Digitalized Society”
3. Shaheer Ilyas
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“’Left For Dead’ Comes To Life On Screen”

RELIGION/MULTICULTURAL
1. Alyssa Roth
Commack High School, The Courant
“Joselo Lucero: To Forgive The Unforgivable”
2. Natalya Baichan
Shoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause
“Religious Minorities Not Represented”
3. Kimberly Mendez
Valley Stream North High School, North Star
“Turning A Corner In A New World”

SCHOOL – FEATURE
1. Kaitlyn Lucey
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“Changes To AP United States History Course Raises Questions”
2. Nicole Rosenthal
Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
“Hills West Students Serving Our Country”
3. Isabella Alessandrini
North Shore High School, Viking View
“Harmony In Havana”

SCHOOL – NEWS
1. James Oldham
Commack High School, The Courant
“Old News: News Vans”
2. Meg Tohill
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“Broadcaster Wins First Place”
3. Julia Losner
Calhoun High School, Hoofbeats
“Are AP Classes Right For You?”

SCHOOL – FINANCIAL NEWS
1. Anna Tobin
Commack High School, The Courant
“Budget Pass Allows Improvements For Next Year”

SCHOOL CULTURE REPORTING
1. Kaitlyn Lucey
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“The Chief: A Symbol Of Massapequa Pride”
2. Maria Grafas
Jericho High School, The JerEcho
“Daborah Lee, First Asian-American Board Member”
3. Anas Abbas
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“Your Mom’s Sauce Is Ra-Zoo”

SCHOOL SPIRIT
1. Matias Weilmann
Sewanhaka High School, The Chieftain
“The 6th Man Is #1”
2. Brittany McGowan, Sarah Kopp, Shannon Gallagher & McLean Carlin
Cold Spring Harbor Jr./Sr. High School, The Harbor View
“Homecoming 2015”
3. Emma Boskovski
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“Home, Sweet Home”

SCIENCE/HEALTH
1. Nivetha Shanmugarajah & Dona Jin
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“DNA Velcro Creates A Sticky Moral Situation”
2. Tara O’Donovan
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby… Just Not In School”
3. Tabata Valera
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“Study: Use OF The Internet To Self-Diagnose Is On The Rise”

SOCIAL COMMENTARY – SCHOOL
1. Jen Converso
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“Beyond These Brick Walls”
2. Gianna Barberia
Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
“Shamed For Shorts: Double Standards And Everyday Sexism In Schools”
3. Noelia Vazquez
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“When Will We Know Better?”

SOCIAL COMMENTARY – GENERAL
1. Jen Converso
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“Society Under Construction”
2. Abir Petiwala & Yahya Sheikh
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“Faith Under Fire”
3. Lilly Milman
Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
“The Gemini Effect”

SHORT FEATURE
1. Danielle Anzelone
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“Shindig In The Barn: Dance If You C.A.R.E.”
2. Diana Reyes
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“Club Sails To Second In Leagues”
3. Dylan Rogers
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“EI Students Experience Military Training Through USNSCC”

SERIOUS FEATURE
1. Lilly Milman
Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
“If You See Something, Say Something”
2. Tara O’Donovan
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby… Just Not In School”
3. Gianna Barberia
Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
“One Is Too Many: The Big Picture Tainted By A Minority Brush”

SOCIAL MEDIA ANALYSIS
1. Jen Converso
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“Check Your Privilege: Social Media Is A Tool, Not A Weapon”
2. Ray Janis
Commack High School, The Courant
“Twitter Revolutionizes Election 2016”
3. Michelle Wolk
Commack High School, The Courant
“School Spirit Increases With The #mackpics Movement”

SPORTS FEATURE
1. Tyler Baron & Vishruth Girish
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“The Season Never Ends”
2. Vishruth Girish
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“From Bulls To Hounds”
3. Noah Devaney
Bellport High School, The Clipper
“Life At Full-Throttle”

SPORTS – SCHOOL
1. Dustin Mandell
Lynbrook High School, Horizon
“South-Brook Boys’ Varsity Swim Team”
2. Emma Casey
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“Collapsed Lung Doesn’t Stop Athlete From Playing Basketball”
3. Danielle Schwartz & Logan Ward
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“DePaz Strides To States”

SPORTS – NATIONAL
1. Nicole Nunez
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“Wrestling With Their Weight”
2. Tara O’Donovan
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“US Athletes’ Cancer Rates May Be Tied To Turf Fields”
3. Therese Mittleman
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“Is High School Football Safe?”

STORYTELLING
1. Eva Stanganelli
Bellport High School, The Clipper
“A Summer Trip That Changed Lives”
2. Angelina Liu
Jericho High School, The JerEcho
“The New Girl”
3. Sarah Wang
Syosset High School, The Pulse
“March Of The Hipsters”

STUDENT ISSUES
1. Sephora Ferjuste
Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
“Subconscious Self-Segregation In Schools”
2. Jordan Williams
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“Serving Up Change”
3. Emma Casey
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“Gender Inequality On Teens’ Minds When At School”

STUDENT PROFILE
1. Vishruth Girish
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“From Bulls To Hounds”
2. Dave Dodson
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“Yeom ‘Putts’ His Best Foot Forward”
3. Kaitlyn Lucey
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“Spotlight: Joe Gramegna, A Winner On And Off The Ice”

TECHNOLOGY
1. Emma Boskovski, Nicole Brusic & Gina Veliz
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“Student Body Plugging In To Digital Entertainment”
2. Ray Janis
Commack High School, The Courant
“STEM Education Brought To Life Through A Hot Tip”
3. Dave Marques
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“Instagram Allows Users To Create A False Reality With Posts”

TRAVEL
1. Isabella Alessandrini
North Shore High School, Viking View
“Harmony In Havana”
2. Rachel Rosenstein
Half Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird
“A Western Adventure”
3. Steven Molina
Bellport High School, The Clipper
“Making A Difference In The World, One Child At A Time”

NEWSPAPER DESIGN, ILLUSTRATION & PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

CARTOON
1. Kiera Pagano
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“#NoFilter”
2. Chesca Turingan
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“A Guide To DTR”
3. Brian Keach
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“Fan-demonium”

CARTOON – ENTERTAINMENT
1. Rajah Ferrell
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“Star Wars”
2. Matthew Wong
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“Deadpool”
3. Michael Dondero
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“Is Senior Year Half Over?”

CARTOON – POLITICAL
1. Jen Converso
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“The True Cost Of That $10 Dress”
2. Jen Converso
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“Cowspiracy”
3. Nicole Nunez
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“Common Love”

CARTOON / SCHOOL ILLUSTRATION
1. Chesca Turingan
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“A Guide To DTR”
2. Leslie Fiene
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“Once A Chief Always A Chief”
3. Julia Loiaccono
Bellport High School, The Clipper
“Credit Or Debit?”

COMIC STRIP
1. Madison Ugan
Cold Spring Harbor Jr./Sr. High School, The Harbor View
“Valentine’s Day Cookies”
2. Stephen DeRouchis
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“The Notorious Adventures Of Jimmy The Geek”
3. Stephen DeRouchis
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“A Pumpkin’s Horror Story”

FEATURE DESIGN
1. Michelle Zhang
Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
“Game Of Senior Life”
2. Michelle Zhang
Half hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
“Homecoming Court”
3. Katie Burke
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“The Stars In Our Faculty”

LAYOUT/SINGLE PAGE
1. Michelle Zhang
Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
“The Roundup Senior Issue, Page 12”
2. Irma Purisic, Elisabeth DiCarmine & Isljam Purisic
Lynbrook High School, Horizon
“Celebrating The Presidents”
3. Marchella Verdi, Cassidy Latham & Natalya Baichan
Shoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause
“Class Of 2015 – On The Move”

LAYOUT/SECTION
1. Ashley Karlin
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“East Islip Music Broadcaster”
2. Sydney Sirota
Commack High School, The Courant
“Centerspread”
3. Nicole Nunez
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“Pop The Popcorn And Get Ready To Argue Over The DVD”

LAYOUT/FRONT COVER
1. Michelle Zhang & The Roundup Staff
Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
“The Roundup Homecoming Edition”
2. Tyler Morgan, Michelle Zhang & The Roundup Staff
Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
“The Roundup February Edition, Cover Page”
3. Michelle Zhang & The Roundup Staff
Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
“The Tutor Dynasty”

LAYOUT/OVERALL
1. Nicole Nunez & The Maroon Echo Staff
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
2. Michelle Zhang & The Roundup Staff
Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
“The Roundup Homecoming Edition”
3. Michelle Zhang & The Roundup Staff
Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
“The Roundup February Edition”

NEWS DESIGN
1. Lexi Gevisenheit & Michelle Zhang
Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
“The Roundup February Edition: The Fold”
2. Kaylin Wood
East Meadow High School, The Jet Gazette
“Front Page, April 2016”
3. Ashley Karlin
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“News”

NEWS ILLUSTRATION
1. Priyanka Algu
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“Amusement Park Or Abusement Park?”
2. Steven Murello
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“Hope: Paris”
3. Kiera Pagano
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“MHS Continues Tradition, Gives Kids A Safe Halloween”

ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATION
1. Jason Greenberg
Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
“Hot Off The Press”
2. Rajah Ferrell
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“Star Wars”
3. Sydney Sirota
Commack High School, The Courant
“Centerspread”

PHOTO ESSAY
1. Austin Davis
Shoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause
“What’s Your Bad Habit?”
2. Matthew Mirabito
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“A Day At The Bay”
3. Emma Gan & Michelle Lu
Jericho High School, The JerEcho
“Jericho Residents Experience Spring”

PHOTOGRAPHY/SERIES
1. Rachel Leiner
Calhoun High School, Hoofbeats
“Inspiration From The Past”
2. Brianna Pace & Jackson Himonidis
East Meadow High School, The Jet Gazette
“Gameday Gallery”
3. Bela Kirpalani
Jericho High School, The JerEcho
“Meet The Hawks: Girls Varsity Soccer”

LAYOUT/SINGLE PAGE – SCHOOL
1. Bridget Tierney
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“Catch A Wave For Winthrop”
2. Kalleigh Regan
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“Sports Cards”
3. Nicole Nunez
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“Page Two”

LAYOUT/SINGLE PAGE – GENERAL
1. Kaylin Wood
East Meadow High School, The Jet Gazette
“Front Page – April 2016”
2. Maritsa Koutsouras
Calhoun High School, Hoofbeats
“’Tis The Season To Be Trendy”
3. Julia Piazza
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“Spotted”

SINGLE PHOTO
1. Kalleigh Regan
Massapequa High School, The Chief
“Jones Beach”
2. Christina Nicolette
Half Hollow Hills High School, The Roundup
“A Smudge On The Budget”
3. Alexa Orsino
Bellport High School, The Clipper
“Legally Blonde Is Legally Terrific!”

GRAPHIC ART
1. Tyler Morgan
Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
“The Love Machine”
2. Joseph DeNatalie
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“Scandal”
3. Nicole Brusic
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“How Do You Watch TV Shows?”

SPORTS PHOTO
1. Jackson Himonidis
East Meadow High School, The Jet Gazette
“Homecoming”
2. James Treadwell
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“Girls’ Soccer”
3. Ashley Mamys
Division Avenue High School, Dragon Tales
“Basketball”

NEWSPAPER SPECIAL SECTION AWARDS

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
1. Katie Burke & The Broadcaster Staff
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“Paris”
2. Lucas Martinelli & The Maroon Echo Staff
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“My Generation”
3. Kaylin Wood
East Meadow High School, The Jet Gazette
“Poetry Page”

SPORTS
1. Maroon Echo Staff
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“BSHS Sports”
2. The Chariot Staff
New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot
“Chariot Sports”
3. The Horizon Staff
Lynbrook High School, Horizon
“The Horizon Sports”

OPEN CATEGORY
1. Kennedy Rose & The Clipper Staff
Bellport High School, The Clipper
“Graduation 2015 Pullout”
2. Katie Burke & The Broadcaster Staff
East Islip High School, The Broadcaster
“The Stars In Our Faculty”
3. Kaylin Wood, Carmen Saffioti & The Jet Gazette Staff
East Meadow High School, The Jet Gazette
“A Year In Review”

SPECIAL ISSUE – MAGAZINE
1. The Maroon Echo Staff
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“Who We Are”
2. Chloe Citron, Rachel Hirschheimer & The JerEcho Staff
Jericho High School, The JerEcho
“Jeruh-oh”

ONLINE AWARDS

ONLINE – ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
1. Alexa Grill
Half Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird
“2016 Oscars Did Not Disappoint”
2. Emily Disman
Half Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird
“May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor – ‘Mockingjay Part 2’”
3. Lauren Hochheiser
Half Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird
“Why Does Fashion Repeat Itself?”

ONLINE – PHOTO SERIES
1. Maryanne Mahoney
Half Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird
“A Journey Through The Arts: 2015-2016 Edition”
2. Irtaza Razvi
Jericho High School, The JerEcho
“JHS’ New Teachers 2015-2016”
3. Sophia Zarifopoulos & Ryan First
Jericho High School, The JerEcho
“Jericho Spreads Holiday Cheer”

ONLINE – FEATURE
1. Gianna Barberia & Lilly Milman
Half Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup
“Tim Green Grants Half Hollow Hills A Visit”
2. Chloe Citron & Rachel Hirschheimer
Jericho High School, The JerEcho
“Let Them Eat Lunch! (With The Students)”
3. Lauren Peller
Half Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird
“Black Is The New Brown”

ONLINE – EDITORIAL
1. Gibran Boyce
Half Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird
“Justice Antonin Scalia’s Death – A Fork In The Road For The SCOTUS?”
2. Elle Park
Syosset High School, The Pulse
“The Truth Behind Planned Parenthood”
3. Jacob Gordon
Syosset High School, The Pulse
“The Food Is Awful”

ONLINE – NEWS SITE
1. The JerEcho
Jericho High School
2. The Chief Online
Massapequa High School
3. Syosset Pulse Online
Syosset High School

ONLINE – NEWS
1. Gibran Boyce
Half Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird
“We The People Constitution Team Places Second In State Finals”
2. Anish Pisipati
Half Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird
“Gravitational Waves Exist!”
3. Morgan Fishbein & Nicole Shanker
Half Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird
“How Secure Is Too Secure? FBI Vs. Apple”

VIDEO AWARDS

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
1. Noah Devaney, Sarah Dunbar, Steven Molina, Afra Seemab, Gia Tims & Abigail Veitch
Bellport High School, The Clipper
“Break The Surface”

NEWS STORY
1. Tara O’Donovan & Nicole Nunez
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“Black History”
2. Brittany Lewis, Kelsey Devine & Samantha Rothman
Hauppauge High School, Eagle Watch
“Hauppauge History Fair”
3. Lindsay Silverman, Jacki Sands & Gabby Katz
Jericho High School, The JerEcho
“Arrows Losing Their Points”

FEATURE STORY
1. Tara O’Donovan
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“Model United Nations”
2. Julia Palopoli
Hauppauge High School, Eagle Watch
“Kicks For Cancer”
3. Emma Lauria & Jenna DiBartolo
Hauppauge High School, Eagle Watch
“Immigration Day”

SPORTS
1. Bela Kirpalani
Jericho High School, The JerEcho
“Women’s World Cup Review”
2. Ryan Kamber & Nick Albicocco
Jericho High School, The JerEcho
“Football Safety Changes Hit Hard

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
1. Nicole Nunez, Emma Casey & Camryn Garrett
Bay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“Star Wars
2. Rachel Hirschheimer
Jericho High School, The JerEcho
“Binging At The Bacon Bash”

SCHOOL SPIRIT
1. Jenna Di Barton & Emma Lauria
Hauppauge High School, Eagle Watch
“Think Pink”
2. Candice Medina
Hauppauge High School, Eagle Watch
“Hauppauge Middle School Spirit Night”
3. Jaime Sarc & Steph Bacotti
Hauppauge High School, Eagle Watch
“Spirit Week”


PHOTO GALLERY

All Photos By Jonathan Heisler

Do This: Long Island Concert & Events May 26–June 1

US Navy Blue Angels
The U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, fly in formation above Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans. The Blue Angels will perform at the NÕawlins Air Show May 7 and 8. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John P. Curtis)

(Hed) PE
This California-based band’s style is referred to as “G-punk”, a mix of punk rock and rap on full display in their groovy hit single “Bartender.” Warming up the crowd will be The Veer Union, Everybody Panic, Fight Of The Century, One Day Waiting and After Augustine. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $18. 6:30 p.m. May 26

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Raise The Roof
Rivaling the greatest wooden architecture in history, the synagogues of 18th-century Poland inspired artists Rick and Laura Brown of Handshouse Studio to embark on a 10-year pursuit—to reconstruct the elaborate roof and painted ceiling of the Gwozdziec synagogue. Leading over 300 students and professionals from 16 countries, the Browns grapple not just with the echoes of World War II when these buildings were destroyed by the Nazis, but also with warped timbers, tricky paints, and period hand tools. By the end of the project, they have done more than reconstruct a lost synagogue: they have recovered a lost world. The screening includes a discussion with Elisha Katz, a Brandeis University Arts Honors student who participated in this project. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. May 26.

City Alley, Foam & The Fulcrum
City Alley is a trio from Long Island whose music is a mix of many different styles of music and remains true to their roots. Foam is a band that specializes in covering party rock music, and has been a huge draw for the club scene. The Fulcrum is a local alt-rock trio from whose music has been described as emotional and dynamic. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $10. 8 p.m. May 26.

Thoroughly Modern Millie
Taking audiences back to the height of the Jazz Age in New York, this six-time Tony award winning musical is described as a “highly spirited romp.” Capturing the spirit of New York and the hope of finding oneself is a prevalent theme in the story of Millie Dillmount, a Kansas girl who comes to the big city to marry for money at a time where women were starting to enter the workforce. With robbery, white slavery rings, flappers and flirtation, this happily ever after show is full of wild adventures and hijinks. John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $69-$74. May 26-June 10.

Jacqueline Singer
This local author will be speaking and signing her new book, Prohibition on the Gold Coast of Long Island. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. May 27.

Hector Acosta
Dominican singer Hector Acosta got his start as the lead singer for the band Los Toros, but soon went on to gain individual success with the release of his debut album, Sigo Siendo Yo (Still Being Me). Known for his performances of Merengue and Bachata music, many of his singles such as “Me Vio Llorar” (“She Saw Me Crying”) and “Tu Veneno” (“Your Poison”) gained prevalence, and his album Obligame (Obligate Me) received a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Tropical album. His dynamic personality and rhythmic music has made him a central figure in merengue music. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $40. 9:30 p.m. May 27.

Freedom Fair / Music Festival Carnival
Rides, games, food and bands including Upright Man, City Alley, Matt Grabowski, Dave Diamond, Mark Newman, Memphis Crawl, Craving Strange, Zofolk, Youth Be Told Featuring Katie Zimmer and many more as well as attractions and performances for children including contortionists, jugglers, magicians, and huge light shows. Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow. freedomfairs.org 6-10:30 p.m. May 27, 1-10:30 p.m. May 28 and 1-6 p.m. May 29.

William Floyd Estate Reopening
The historic William Floyd Estate reopens for the summer with an exhibit titled “Recollections, Collections and 100 Selections,” featuring 100 never-before-seen a variety of artifacts throughout the Old Mastic House. William Floyd Estate, Park Drive, Mastic Beach. nps.gov/fiis Free. May 27 through Nov. 11.

Robbie Rosen
Long-Island-native Robbie Rosen was a fan favorite on season 10 of American Idol in 2011, after scoring a spot in the Top 16. After Idol, Rosen went on to study music at Hofstra University.  His debut EP, “Just Like a Rose,” shows his growth since his time on the hit TV show, which concluded in April. Rosen’s lush vocals are featured in Lush & Simon and Gazzo’s new album, Wasted Love, released online April 8. Opening the show will be Sarah Barrios, Gianni Paci, Amanda Borell and Monique Reyes. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Broadway, Amityville. $15. 1:30 p.m. May 28.

Jo Koy
Stand-up comedian Jo Koy has appeared on The Tonight Show and has had a special on Comedy Central. In addition, Jo Koy joined Carlos Mencia on tour and has made appearances on shows like VH1 I love the 70’s (plus the 80’s and 90’s) and Tru TV’s World’s Dumbest. The Washington native is also well known for creating the Jo Koy Foundation which hosts a “Hilarity for Charity” show which features Koy himself and a number of surprise comedic acts. The proceeds are donated to The Children’s Hospital of Orange County. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$40. 8 p.m. May 28.

Frank Latorre And The Kingbees
The Kingbees’ bluesy rock-n-roll sound holds true to that of their lead vocalist, Jamie James, recognizable as the late guitarist in Steppenwolf. The Kingbees have represented Long Island 4 times at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Besides being recognized as Gormuart’s “Favorite Long Island Artist” in 2010 for his artwork, Frank Latorre is a 4-time winner of the International Blues Challenge and helped contribute to Johnny Winter’s Grammy-winning album, Step Back. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. Tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. May 28.

Scott Stapp: The Voice Of Creed
Since another Creed reunion appears unlikely, catch the post-grunge rock band’s former frontman who turned his Grammy-winning hit, “With Arms Wide Open,” into a charity. Supporting acts inlcude Seldom, Rockett Queen and Dead Superstar. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $25, $30 DOS. 7 p.m. May 28.

Kiefer Sutherland
Kiefer Sutherland is known for his appearances in movies like The Lost Boys (1987) and the award winning mini-series 24. Recently, the actor has decided to change career paths and pursue music. Sutherland used to play the guitar alone in his trailer while on set and has been practicing for over ten years. It wasn’t until he befriended producer and songwriter Jude Cole that he decided to come out as a musician. The actor turned country artist will be launching his music career with a number of shows on Long Island.  w/ opening act Austin Plaine. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St. Amagansett. stephentalkhouse.com 7 p.m. May 28.

Tracy Morgan
The former Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock star amazingly survived a devastating car crash and has made a miraculous recovery. He made his first public appearance at last year’s Emmy Awards, and is now ready to hit the stage once again. We expect Morgan’s sense of humor hasn’t changed all that much. Definitely only for a mature crowd. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $95-$150. 8 p.m. May 28.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels
U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach
For the first time the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach will feature a trio of jet teams, including the acclaimed U.S. Navy Blue Angels, which will be making its seventh such appearance at the popular summer kick-off event. This lineup for year’s air show also boasts rookie flight squad, the U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II, as well as legendary aerobatic performer, Sean D. Tucker and his custom-built Oracle Challenger II. Rounding out the rest of the jet team will be the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds and the Breitling Jet Team, a civilian aerobatics team, which will be making its second appearance at the venerable air show. Jones Beach State Park, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. bethpageairshow.com May 28, 29.

Adam Ferrara
The stand-up comedian and actor who Entertainment Weekly dubbed “Hilarious” hosts the critically acclaimed BBC sensation, Top Gear US, airing on the History Channel. He has also co-starred alongside Kevin James in the hit movie Paul Blart: Mall Cop and in Definitely Maybe with Ryan Reynolds and Isla Fisher. The Brokerage Comedy Club, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. brokerage.govs.com $14-$32. 7 p.m. May 29.

Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience
Like father, like son, that’s the essence of Jason Bonham’s critically acclaimed tribute to the music his dad, John Bonham, brought to millions as the drummer for The Almighty Led Zeppelin. For two nights, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience will let fans relive some of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll ever made. This show is more than a tribute—it’s a celebration. From their 1969 debut to Zep’s second, fourth, and Physical Graffiti masterpieces, plus a heavy serving of deep cuts and smash hits, this is a must-see, must-listen show. Jason Bonham has won respect as a drummer in his own right, too, earning a Grammy Award for his work on Led Zep’s Celebration Day, and he’s also gotten kudos performing for President Obama at the Kennedy Center. So “ramble on” over there, or take the stairway to you know where!  NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$69.50. 8 p.m. May 31.

New York Jets Town Hall
The New York Jets are back! Well, kind of. Although season doesn’t officially kick off until September, the Jets Town Hall will convene on Tuesday. The 2015 season was a heartbreaker for the club, missing the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. Heading into 2016, team leadership will meet fans, field questions and discuss plans for the upcoming season. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com Free. 7 p.m. June 1.

-Compiled by Kate Nalepinski, Leo Capobianco, Ellie Schoeffel, Olivia Booth, Michael Harris and Timothy Bolger

Featured photo: The U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, fly in formation above Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John P. Curtis)

New Interactive Map Shows Where Long Island Has Multifamily Housing

By Ann Golob and Steven Romalewski

Long Island makes planning decisions locally but competes for business regionally, and it’s currently losing out because it lacks sufficient housing options, especially for young Long Islanders who are leaving the area in dramatic numbers. A key step in tackling the problem is to understand where multifamily housing exists (or is absent), an understanding local officials have never had on an Island-wide basis.

But that information is now available to Long Islanders in the form of an online interactive map. It’s the first time that data on multifamily housing locations have been collected comprehensively, not only for existing housing but for new projects that are “in the pipeline.”

Long Islanders can find answers that were previously unavailable to basic questions about multifamily housing. If you or a member of your family, for instance, wanted to move to an apartment, how far would you have to go and what would your best options be? If you wanted to live in an apartment near a train station, how many choices would you have within a certain distance? If you had a particular train station in mind, what would be your choices?

The map gives Long Islanders an easy-to-use online tool to search for multifamily housing locations—built or underway—in any community in Nassau or Suffolk counties. It not only assists individuals in exploring their own options but allows local planners to understand what’s available in their communities or nearby, and, if they’re interested, broadly view the total multifamily housing stock on Long Island.

It covers every building with three or more attached residential units and includes both rentals and owner-occupied buildings such as co-ops and condominiums. It shows 1,456 rental buildings and 882 co-ops and condos and identifies 113 projects in the pipeline—proposed or under construction.

The map was commissioned by the Long Island Index, a project of the Rauch Foundation, and developed by the Center for Urban Research at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. When searched by village or hamlet, the map reveals the number of multifamily properties and units, plus a list of local developments. For each housing location, it provides such details as the decade in which it was built, the number of units, and whether the property is subsidized or market rate. It also illuminates trends.

One of those trends is that multifamily housing used to be built closer to train stations. It’s now built farther away from downtowns, where it’s easier to find available parcels and get needed zoning approvals.

Before the 1960s as much as 50 percent of rental housing on Long Island was built near train stations, but that number dropped steadily from the 1970s to 2000. Now only 30 percent of Long Island’s existing rental units in apartment buildings are within a half-mile of a train station.

Since 2000, the number of rental units near train stations has increased, but that appears to be a temporary change: the percentage of planned rental units near train stations has fallen again. Only 27 percent of the proposed rental apartments in Long Island’s pipeline are within a half-mile of a station.

The map underscores the need to think regionally about increasing Long Island’s housing options, even as the decisions are made locally. For the first time, Long Islanders have a handy tool that illuminates the needs, the opportunities, and the challenges across both counties. Now every community can consider all their options when it comes to finding affordable housing.

Ann Golob is Director of the Long Island Index; Steven Romalewski is Director of the Mapping Service at the Center for Urban Research at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Do This: Long Island Concert & Events May 19–25

Renowned psychic Kim Russo will be at The Boulton Center in Bay Shore this week.

Cheech Marin
The great comic actor who made up half of the countercultural comedy duo Cheech and Chong has got a lot of spirit. To prove it, he will host a bottle signing to promote his new artisanal Mexican liquor, Tres Papalote Mezcal, distilled from wild agave. His goal, such as it is, is to overthrow “the tyranny of tequila.” As he says himself in a spoofy new promo, “We have moved beyond beer pong!” Bottoms up, compadres! Bottle Bargains, 1033 Fort Salonga Rd., Northport. trespapalotemezcal.com Free with purchase of bottle. 12-2 p.m. May 19.

Julie Lyon and The Jack DeSalvo Trio
This special performance celebrates Lyon’s new album, Moonflower, which follows up on her prior self-titled debut solo album. The sophomore effort features new original songs written by composer Matt Lavelle. Performing with Lyon at this special concert will be The Jack DeSalvo Trio, called “masterful” by Wire magazine. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $10. 8 p.m. May 19.

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All That Remains
Heavy metal band All That Remains combines dual guitar harmonies, crushing riffs, double bass drum patterns, singing, screaming and growling to present themes such as relationships, personal struggles, society and hope. Though their lineup has changed several times, the band remains true to its original vision. Their catchy songs and polished production mingle with an ample supply of aggression and heaviness to gratify all kinds of metal heads. Warming up the crowd will be Patterns Of Decay, As Days Fade and Adiron. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $20, $25 DOS. 7 p.m. May 20.

The Levins
Last year, this contemporary folk duo released their first album, the award-winning Trust, which was ranked in the top 10 on Folk Radio and in the top 20 in the Roots chart. It was also awarded Best CD of 2015 in the Acoustic Ensemble category by the Indie Acoustic Project. The Levins’ hit song, “I Am Here,” has also won many awards, including the 2016 Empower Award at the 2016 Posi Music Guitar Festival. Our Times Coffeehouse, 38 Old Country Rd., Garden City. ourtimescoffeehouse.org $15. 8 p.m. May 20.

Jim Jefferies
This outrageously entertaining Australian actor, writer and stand-up comedian is bringing us his darkest comedy to illuminate our nights and brighten our dreary lives. Jefferies, most recognized from his television show Legit, does not have any boundaries in his stand-up. His brutally honest approach on social issues is refreshing, whether you agree with him or not, and he certainly doesn’t run from the truth. By the way, don’t ask him to sing. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $29.50-$69.50. 8 p.m., 10:30 p.m. May 20.

Rick Ross
Powerhouse Miami rapper Rick Ross, known for his impressive 300-pound heavily tattooed stature, has been in the spotlight in the world of rap ever since the release of his debut single “Hustlin’” in 2006. Before his hit single led to a bidding war between Diddy, Jay-Z and the Inc., Ross grew up in a poor northern suburb of Miami, where he formed the group Carol City Cartel, which had brief stints at record labels and took inspiration from Luther Campbell and Notorious B.I.G. Jay-Z eventually signed Ross into a multi-million dollar deal, and Ross went on to release multiple chart toppers and gold status anthems such as Trilla, Deeper Than Rap, and God Forgives, I Don’t. Ross’s later hits became more star studded, with Jay-Z, Young Jeezy, Future, Chris Brown, and Nas appearing in tracks, affirming his prominent status in the world of rap. Ross’s most recent albums and tracks, Mastermind, Black Dollar, and Black Market will be featured on his tour. He’ll be performing with Funkmaster Flex. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $30, $45 DOS. 10 p.m. May 21.

Sheep Shearing Festival
This unique festival features an educational talk with Tabbithia Haubol of the Long Island Livestock Co., a walk on the nature trail with the Seatuck Environmental Association, tours of the historic Sherwood Jayne house, story time provided by the Emma Clark Library, as well as spinning, quilting, knitting, weaving and felting demonstrations. Don’t be sheepish about going. You’ll have fun and learn something, too. We’re not pulling wool over your eyes. Music by Sampawams Creek. Refreshments will be served. Sherwood Jayne Farm, 55 Old Post Rd., East Setauket. $5. 12:30-3:30 p.m. May 22.

The Zombies & Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals
The Zombies emerged from the UK music scene in the ‘60s with a distinctive psychedelic style that blended classical nuances with jazz touches and progressive rock and roll. They could have rested on their artistic achievements alone—”Time of the Season” for one, “Odessey & Oracle” for another—but they’re out touring, recording new music, and their playing and singing is as good as ever. As the Zombies say, in their breathless way, “She’s not there”—and they should know because “nobody told them about her.” NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $44.50-$124.50. 7 p.m. May 22.

Andrew Dice Clay
The controversial comic from Brooklyn who was once banned from MTV over his infamous “adult nursery rhymes” remains as popular as ever–if not more so–despite his naysayers who just don’t get him and maybe never will. Say what they will, Dice can rightfully claim the title of the first comedian to sell out Madison Square Garden two nights in a row. Die-hard fans recall his starring in the cult classic film The Adventures of Ford Fairlane. New recruits to “The Dice Man” will know his autobiography, The Filthy Truth. Come see why he’s still calling himself the “Undisputed Heavy Weight King of Comedy.” The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $39.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. May 21, May 22.

Kim Russo
The star of The Haunting of… and Long Island native will be speaking and signing her new book, The Happy Medium: Life Lessons from the Other Side. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. May 24.

Colliding Dreams
Recounting the dramatic history of one of the most controversial political ideologies of the modern era that led to the modern State of Israel, “Colliding Dreams” is an urgently relevant new documentary that takes a multi-perspective look at how Zionism has evolved by allowing all sides to talk passionately, freely and honestly. Screening includes a Q&A with director Oren Rudavsky. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. May 24.

The Devassy Project
Trombonist Joey Devassy is the co-director of the Interplay Jazz Orchestra with trumpeter Gary Henderson. The big band has the distinction of being the only large ensemble of its kind on Long Island that still writes and performs original music. Starting as a Hofstra alumni band, the Interplay Jazz Orchestra has performed at many jazz festivals and universities. You can catch the 17-piece IJO for two shows on May 22nd at Treme. Three days later, Devassy returns with his pet project. Like Devassy, the band members can be heard performing with some of the best big bands in the world like The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and The Birdland Big Band. Treme, the Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. Tremeislip.com Free. 8 p.m. May 25.

-Compiled by Leo Capobianco, Ellie Schoeffel, Jonah Loskove and Timothy Bolger

11 Questions With Comic Jim Jefferies

Jim Jefferies (Photo by John Shearer)
Jim Jefferies (Photo by John Shearer)

By Leo Capobianco

Australian comedian Jim Jefferies is internationally known for his funny twist on trending topics, insult style of humor and his short-live TV series, Legit, which lasted two seasons on FX. His seventh comedy special, FreeDumb, is slated to debut on Nextflix July 1 and in the run up to that release, he’s taken his act back on the road, stopping at The Paramount in Huntington Friday, May 20. In advance of that show, Jefferies talked with the Press about why he’ll never sing again, his love of hate mail and how crushed he was when Legit was canceled.

Long Island Press: What is your first memory with comedy?

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Jim Jefferies: Probably with stand-up. Probably with Eddie Murphy’s Delirious was my first movie. But with comedy comedy, I was a big Richard Pryor fan before I even knew he was a stand-up comedian, I used to watch all of his movies. I didn’t even know he did stand up until I was about 18. I used to watch movies like the The Toy and Brewster’s Millions and that type of stuff when I was a kid. Stir Crazy was another big film in my house. But stand-up was the very first thing I watched and that was Eddie Murphy’s Delirious. I was about 5 when I watched delirious, I was very young to be watching all of that stuff.

LIP: When did you decide to pursue comedy? Was there a specific event in your life that made you decide that this is what you want to do for a career?

JJ: I wanted to be a comedian probably since the age of maybe 13 or 14. I was really thinking that’s what I wanted to do. Growing up in Australia, there wasn’t a lot of comedy clubs and there weren’t a lot of comedians. I didn’t even know how to get started. So I went to university and studied musical theater. I was singing a lot at university and I got nodules on my vocal cords and they basically said, “you’ll never sing again.” I was genuinely upset about it but then I figured that this was a good excuse to start my stand-up career. I was about 23, no, 22 when I did that. So I went off and became a stand-up comedian. I’ve gotten some university out of the way to appease my parents. I don’t think I had the freedom to just do that straight out of high school, you know? Or the confidence—I’m not going to blame my parents—the confidence to do that was definitely a thing.

LIP: In your acts you address a lot of hot-button issues like gun-control, personal rights and things of that nature. Has it ever gotten you into trouble?

JJ: Only in the sense that sometimes the things I say up there, like my opinions, can be proven incorrect. There are always statistics that prove each point or each side. But, you can always give a statistic that makes your side sound better than their side. So it hasn’t really backfired in the sense that someone has yelled something out that makes me look stupid or something. But, I get a lot of heckling. I find that the hate mail is good because people are watching and there is a conversation happening and it’s making a lot of people angry. I realized a long time ago in stand-up that you don’t have to have a fan-base, you don’t have to entertain 89 percent of the population. In America you don’t even have a fan-base of one or two percent. Even if you turn on less than one or two percent of the public you can have a very good career. That’s all you need. You don’t want to be a global mess, boring kind of thing. You want a big cult. A cult means you’re playing to people that are like you. You know, I’m not like 89 percent of the population. I’m a one or two percenter myself. I just want to have people like me watching me. People that like to hear what I’ve got to say. So if I’m pissing off say, half the population, the other half don’t really give a shit either way and they don’t really think anything of it, that’s really cool for me.

LIP: What was your best day in comedy? Is there a specific time that you feel was the highlight of your career so far?

JJ: You could say Carnegie Hall was a good day. The day of my first HBO special was a pretty good day. But I think the best day I ever had in comedy was when I played the Beacon Theater last year in New York. It’s only like a 3,000-seat theater. It just felt like it was a really hard theater to get and the audience was so happy when I walked out. I remember that the first ever gig I ever did in America was supporting Denis Leary at the Beacon Theater where I did a bit for five minutes. So as far as theaters go I really admire it. It was an achievement that I actually reached. So that was my best day in comedy.

LIP: So would you say that was the moment where you felt like you’ve “made it?” Like you felt that you finally established yourself as a comedian?

JJ: Well, you never think you’ve made it, you know? But there was one day that I took an extra moment to smell the roses.

LIP: So, what was your worst day?

JJ: Probably when Legit was cancelled. Actually, that was the worst day by a mile. I produced a TV show that I enjoyed, it was a TV show that I really wanted to make. Everything came together just how I envisioned it. Sometimes even when you give it your best it’s still not good enough. Someone in an office somewhere will deem whether something is good enough. I’ll say without a doubt that it was good enough, I did deserve more seasons. I think the people who canceled it were wrong. I think now if you look on any web page, Metacritic, IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, or whatever, you’ll see that it’s a highly rated show. People do like it, it was just never given enough time. It also never was advertised properly. Now that it’s on Netflix people are watching it and enjoying it. When it was cancelled it was heartbreaking. I just put so much work into it.

LIP: Are there any added pressures on your personal life as a result of your work? Is it hard being known as the funny guy?

JJ: The only added pressure on my personal life is the fact that I am constantly on the road. I’m away so much and that puts strain on a relationship of course. And also, I talk about my personal life on stage so you can upset people. To my girlfriend and my kid that I talk so much about on stage I always say to them, “Look, we live in a nice house, we drive nice cars, and the jokes have to come from somewhere and you guys are sitting at home. You just have to put up with it.” They actually reap the benefits. The people I feel sorry for are my parents that I tell jokes about or my brothers and sisters. They don’t get any of the money. I feel bad for them because they get picked on a lot on stage.

LIP: Do you have any advice for young comedians?

JJ: The secret to comedy is to write as much material as possible. Never rest on the 20 minutes that you’ve honed and skilled. There is an old-school theory in comedy that you need to hone and master joking. In my opinion, as soon as you get bored of a joke get rid of it. If you’re just going through the motions, get rid of it. And as soon as your record something, never say it again. That’s the secret, quantity. People want to see new stuff from me all the time. To become prolific don’t rest on the 20 minutes that you’ve written.

LIP: Are there any misperceptions people have about your work that you would like to clear up?

JJ: Yea, I think people think I’m a raving misogynist…I don’t think I am. That’s like someone saying, “People think I’m a racist but I’m not one” and then going into some racist chant. No but, I don’t think I’m really that bad. I don’t think I’m any worse than female comics that make jokes about their husbands or one that standing heavily guarded with a little dick. I don’t think I’m any worse than that. I’d like to think that in my actual life that I’m pretty respectful toward women and I’ve worked with many women. I don’t think I’m a misogynist. Now in saying that maybe I shouldn’t be saying so many misogynistic jokes and that I deserve some of the backlash that I get…For some reason it seems to me that the one people don’t remember is that I’m joking. With anything else people think I’m joking but when it comes to this they think I’m serious.

LIP: Are there any new TV shows/movies/etc in the works that we should be looking out for?

JJ: I got two scripts out at the moment at two different networks. I can’t really say anything about them. But, one is a live-action show where we do interviews and stuff like that. And the other show is a sitcom. Hopefully one of them will get the go-ahead. But I’m on No. five or six script development and only one of them has gone to series. I’m not optimistic. It’s a very hard road to get something going. It’s like winning the lottery five times in a row. You get the script, then you get the pilot, then you get the series, then you got to get the second season. Once you get to the third season, it turns into something that you get entrenched in and you can keep going. But, it’s a long road before any of these projects are being aired. I’d like to say that I’m optimistic but I’m not. But, I’m working on two things I’ll tell you that.

LIP: You talked about how you looked up to Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor earlier. Are there any other people you looked up to?

JJ: George Carlin is my favorite comedian. But I didn’t get into him until I was in my 20s. It wasn’t like here in America where there is HBO specials and of this great stuff. In Australia, my only exposure to George Carlin as a teenager was when he played Rufus in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. If there is anyone I could emulate it’s him and I’ve had to stop watching him because I would copy him if I watched too much. It’s gotten to the stage where I like the guy so much I can’t watch any of him.

Funnyman Jim Jefferies will be cracking up The Paramount in Huntington on Friday, May 20. For tickets and more information, check out paramountny.com!