FREEPORT

The Freeport Educational Foundation is holding a benefit concert at the high school on Brookside Avenue at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

“The mission of the foundation, founded in 2013, is to better the lives of the children in the Freeport public schools by funding additional innovative educational programs,” said Howard Colton, a foundation board member.

The “Reach for the Stars” concert will highlight past and present Freeport students and community musical groups. Tickets are $25 and $100 for VIP seating.

Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information, call 516-933-4444.

SID CASSESE

HEMPSTEAD

Hempstead Town Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby is to receive the 2016 President’s Award Saturday at the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Long Island Chapter, Inc. gala to be held at Jericho Terrace in Mineola.

The event, the “Black and White Candlelight Ball,’ will begin at 7:30 p.m.

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Trailblazer honorees will be Monique Nelson, chairwoman and CEO of UniWorld Group Inc., a multicultural advertising agency; Dr. Dara Richardson Heron, CEO of YWCA-USA; and Elinor Tatum, publisher and editor in chief of the New York Amsterdam News.

Alisha Laventure, weekend anchor and reporter, News 12 Long Island, will emcee the event.

“The event will also feature a tribute to two unsung ‘sheroes,’ Marian Johnson of Nassau County and Sandra Hawkins Thomas of Suffolk County, for their commitment to their respective communities,” said the news release about the event.

It also said that the ball is “the organization’s signature event, which recognizes outstanding African Americans and has raised more than $150,000 in scholarship dollars for college-bound women of African descent.”

For additional event information, sponsorship opportunities and/or to RSVP, please send an email to info@li100bw.com.

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SID CASSESE

MELVILLE

The Regional Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at SUNY Old Westbury is holding its third annual conference this month in Melville, bringing the latest techniques for dealing with behavioral issues to Long Island families, educators and experts.

The “Teaching to Successful Outcomes” conference will be held 7:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., Friday, Jan. 29 at the Melville Marriott, 1350 Old Walt Whitman Rd. Last year’s conference drew about 150 attendees.

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The event will cover various topics for working with children on the spectrum, including: how to deal with challenging behaviors; increasing verbal interaction; and the transition to adulthood.

The conference is billed as broadly accessible, with information appropriate for families, as well as research and strategies applicable to experts and educators working in the field, said Sanja Cale, director of the center, and associate professor in SUNY Old Westbury’s School of Education.

It’s designed “to be relevant for all attendees regardless of whether the subject is applicable at home or at work,” Cale said in an email. “The resources and practices that we will discuss apply to children and youth – at a variety of ages.”

For the first time the event will offer a presentation in Spanish, which will help non-English-speaking parents learn how to navigate New York’s special education system and advocate for their children’s rights.

The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders was founded in 2013 to connect the latest research with current practices in caring for people and children with autism. It’s the only state university-affiliated autism resource center on Long Island.

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The center is funded by the state Education Department, which allows it to provide free, individualized workshops on Autism Spectrum Disorder to school districts, churches, libraries and other community organizations, Cale said.

The conference is $60, and more information is available at owautism.com.

VALERIE BAUMAN

NASSAU/SUFFOLK

Saturday is law enforcement appreciation day (L.E.A.D.) sponsored nationally by Concerns Of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and locally by a variety of police organizations, including the Nassau and Suffolk counties Police Benevolent Associations.

“Those citizens who appreciate law enforcement and are discouraged about the negative attention being given to law enforcement, are encouraged to take time on January 9, to show their support,” C.O.P.S. says on its website.

Some supportive actions include:

- Wear blue clothing.

- Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency.

- Share a story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media.

- Ask children in your community to write letters supporting law enforcement.

- Proudly display a blue light.

- Organize an event to back your law enforcement officers.

- Advertise support through local media outlets.

- Post the public service announcement supplied by C.O.P.S. to your organization’s webpage or social media pages.

- Thank a police officer.

“We think police officers should be honored every day for the work they do,” said Nassau PBA president James Carver, “and the public should be reminded of the many officers who made the ultimate sacrifice — they should not be forgotten.”

Noel DiGerolamo, president of the Suffolk PBA, said: “Regrettably, people usually think of police officers only in a time of need and don’t recognize what is being done on a daily basis to ensure that bad things don’t happen. Thankfully, on Long Island, most of our communities recognize our sacrifices and respect law enforcement officers.”

SID CASSESE

ROCKVILLE CENTRE

Assemb. Brian Curran (R-Lynbrook) has announced that he will partner with local school officials and Long Island state assemblymen in hosting a Common Core forum titled, “Where do we go from here?”

The forum will take place Thursday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. at South Side Middle School in Rockville Centre. Curran, a staunch opponent of Common Core, said he will be joined by Assemb. Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square); Assemb. David McDonough (R,C,I-Merrick); Rockville Centre Superintendent William Johnson; Valley Stream 13 Superintendent Constance D. Evelyn; Covert School Principal Darren Raymar; Jeanette Brunelle Deutermann from Long Island Opt Out; and retired South Side High School principal Carol Burris.

“This forum is designed as an informational session for discussing where we as a state will go with Common Core and the latest reports from the legislature and governor’s office,” said Curran. “Our children, parents, teachers and school administrators have a right to know how these new items will impact our state’s education policy.”

SID CASSESE