Library Board Unanimously Exonerates Achille
Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 May 2013 00:00 )
Carl Achille, the Elmont resident and business owner who was assaulted by Joe Smith was absolved of all responsibility for the March 11 incident at the Elmont Public Library.
Some may recall that Joe Smith attacked Achille after the Elmont Coalition for Sustainable Development (ECSD) meeting on March 11, 2013. The coalition is chaired by Smith’s wife and local Republican employee-operative, Sandra Smith.
“This is the only reasoned outcome” said one observer. The board also suspended ECSD for violating library policy.
The board decision overturns the acting director’s recommendation that both Smith and suspension of Achille be suspended from the library.
Coming Out Gives Your Health a Boost
Scientists at the University of Montreal have found that coming out has benefits for the mental and physical health of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) people. In the young people studied, coming out led to lower levels of stress hormones and decreased rates of anxiety, depression, and burnout. Every day, GLBT teens come out of the closet and tell friends and family who they really are. Some receive acceptance and understanding, while others face intolerance. The coming out process is different for every teen, but many young people benefit by not having to hide the truth about themselves.
Nassau Lawmaker cautions the NY Governor
Last Updated ( Friday, 03 May 2013 11:35 )
Nassau Lawmaker cautions the Governor a proposed Belmont Soccer Stadium would create an economic void that harms Elmont and all of western Nassau County
(Mineola, NY) - Nassau County Legislator Carrie' Solages (D-3rd District) today cautioned New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo that plans to create a semi-professional soccer stadium on the grounds of Belmont Park in Elmont do not meet the needs of the surrounding community of hardworking families seeking to protect and strengthen their quality of life.
In a letter to the Governor the lawmaker states, “In an era when Big Sports is about huge profits and franchise deals, Elmont seeks something other than being the gateway to a corporate soccer stadium. The public relations blitz currently assaulting our neighborhoods touting the alleged benefits of a stadium fail to acknowledge the reality that Elmont would receive minimal benefits from a sports arena. A stadium would neither strengthen our real estate values nor generate neighborhood economic growth in Elmont. A stadium would, however, create an economic void where the real benefits are found inside the stadium’s gates and among the absentee investors who would enjoy millions in profits.”
Elmont and Sewanhaka High School Students Participate In International UN Conference
Last Updated ( Monday, 29 April 2013 11:24 )
Six students from Elmont Memorial High School and Sewanhaka High School participated in the Fifth Annual Global Student Videoconference at the United Nations in Manhattan. The conference titled "Forever Free: Celebrating Emancipation" was attended by over 500 students from around the world.
Schools in Senegal, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, France and the United States shared presentations, had discussions and listened to scholars as part of a larger recognition and exploration of how the Trans-Atlantic slave trade still impacts the world today.
"SPIT" For A Chance To Win
Last Updated ( Saturday, 06 April 2013 15:06 )
"Spit" for a chance to win cash prizes and bragging rights. We welcome all styles of poetry, spoken word, hip hop, and manifesto.
Sponsored by: Elmont Online, Highlighting Success Inc., Invest in Elmont, LEAP Women Network, and the African Center for Community Empowerment Girls PRIDE Project
Please note: The kitchen will be open.
Soft Drinks Only Will Be Served
April 1, 2013-The Teen Poetry Slam is inspired by the work of Urban Word NYC. Urban Word NYC uses their writing workshops to build literacy and freedom of expression. After attending a few teen slams, Tammie Williams, Girls (Providing Resources for Improvement Dignity Empowerment) PRIDE Project spoke with Michael Corelli, Executive Director of Urban Word NYC and both agreed to bring the writing workshops to Queens and Long Island. “Some teens have a hard time speaking to adults about what they are going through in life”, says Ms. Williams. “We want teens to be able to put their thoughts down on paper instead of keeping it bottled up inside”. The African Center for Community Empowerment Girls PRIDE ProjectDirector Tammie Williams is proud to bring the inspiring teen poetry slam to Queens and Long Island. –Tammie Williams, Girls PRIDE Project Director.
Joe Smith Arrested
Library Board takes strong action.
Last Updated ( Monday, 08 April 2013 09:35 )
Joe Smith, husband of Sandra Smith who is an aid to Senator Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), was arrested on Friday March 29, 2013. He surrendered with his attorney, Richard Debrosse of the Elmont Youth Soccer Club, and who also is an outspoken supporter of the controversial plan endorsed by Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) to build a minor league soccer stadium in Elmont. Smith was formally charged for his attack on Elmont resident Carl Achille at the March 2013 Coalition for Sustainable Development meeting.
Residents Welcome Development Options
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 March 2013 08:17 )
Developers were in Elmont on Monday March 11th showing their preliminary plans for the development of the 28 acre Belmont Park south parking lot (Parcel B) and the 8 acre portion (Parcel A) of what we will call Belmont Park Proper on the north side of Hempstead Turnpike.
Violence Overshadow ECSD Meeting
Last Updated ( Sunday, 17 March 2013 18:44 )
ELMONT NY - After last night’s Elmont Coalition for Sustainable Development (ECSD) meeting at the Elmont Public Library; Joe Smith, husband of Sandra Smith who chairs the Coalition, shouted anti-gay and racist slurs, at Elmont’s Iraq War veteran Carl Achille. Smith was heard shouting “you uppity nigger”, just before he lunged at Achille.
With Smith’s hands firmly clutching Achille’s neck, he pushed the young man onto one of the tables that formed the U shaped arrangement set in place for the meeting by library staff.
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