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Four upcoming community events
Immigration reform march tomorrow
Immigrant advocates on Long Island will join a national mobilization effort tomorrow calling for reform to give millions of unauthorized immigrants a chance to earn legal status and citizenship.
Dozens of supporters of immigration reform proposals passed by the U.S. Senate and just introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives are expected to attend a noon Brentwood rally and march that is one of about 170 such events planned across the United States.
Other marches are scheduled to start from the Brooklyn Heights and Bushwick neighborhoods of Brooklyn and from Corona in Queens, then converge with a rally at Cadman Plaza. The larger march will cross the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan.
Although Congress has become mired in budget fights since a multipronged reform bill passed the Senate in June, advocates said they want to keep the issue alive.
“We think this is the moment to apply pressure,” said Karina Claudio-Betancourt, lead organizer with the Long Island office of advocacy group Make the Road New York. “The ball is in Congress’ court ... and even if it looks like an uphill battle we want to send a message to Congress that this is an issue that cannot be tossed aside.”
Organizers said the Brentwood march will start in the hamlet’s Ross Park, near Brentwood Road and First Avenue, and proceed through Brentwood Road to the vicinity of the Brentwood Public Library on Second Avenue.
— Victor Manuel Ramos
Extreme Ride Exhibition tomorrow
Hempstead Rebirth Community Development Corporation will hold its annual Extreme Ride Exhibition tomorrow at the Hempstead Fireman’s Field, 250 Milburn Ave. in Hempstead, from noon to 4 p.m.
The event will feature motorcycle stunts, BMX and skateboarding, and entertainment along with music, food and community information. Three premier riders will also conduct safety clinics for youthful BMXers. The entrance fee is $5.
The event’s goal is to provide a fun-filled event for the entire community while helping Hempstead Rebirth reach its goals, one of which is to use this event to connect youth to life-enhancing programs, organizers said.
Hempstead Rebirth CDC, a faith-based nonprofit community development organization, was created to improve the quality of life of residents and businesses in Hempstead, the Hub and the Long Island region through community and economic development strategies.
For more information, call 516-539-2210 or visit
— Aisha Al-Muslim
Video a tool against teen drug abuse
A new video aimed at preventing teen substance abuse offers messages from nonusers, recovering addicts and families who have lost their children to drugs.
Titled “Impact,” the video intends to help adolescents better understand issues and the importance of making good versus bad decisions, Nassau County officials said.
“I am proud of this video and its ... approach to open the minds of our adolescents to the harmful and dangerous impact substance abuse can have on their lives,” County Executive Edward Mangano said Thursday at police headquarters in Mineola.
“The video is the result of months of interviews with those recovering from drug abuse, those still in the grips of addiction, those who’ve never misused drugs, parents who’ve lost children to drugs [and], substance abuse treatment professionals,” Mangano said amid about a dozen young cast members who volunteered their time for the video.
He noted that it was paid for by Asset Forfeiture Funds and not tax money.
Copies of the 15-minute video will be sent to Nassau schools as a substance-abuse prevention tool and is expected to help teachers generate discussion, thoughts and ideas among students, he added.
“The video will be shown, along with a drug awareness presentation by Det. [Pam] Stark, at the Levittown school district during the evening of Oct. 22,” Mangano said.
For more information or to obtain a copy of the video, contact the Nassau County Police Department Community Affairs Office at 516-573-7360.
Mangano also invited all high schools in Nassau County to join in a contest to create a 30-second public service announcement video on the dangers of abusing drugs. The video will support the county’s new initiative — Families Against Drugs.
For more information on that, call 516-227-7038.
— Sid Cassese
Breast cancer screening event
State Sen. Charles J. Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick) and Assemblyman Brian Curran (R-Lynbrook), in conjunction with NuHealth/Nassau Health Care Corporation, will sponsor a breast cancer screening event Tuesday.
The mammography van will be at the Baldwin Library, 2385 Grand Ave., from 8:45 a.m. to noon.
On-site nurses and technicians will provide a mammography, a clinical breast examination and instructions for self-examination. Patients and their physicians will be notified of the exam results.
The program is open to all Nassau County women. Women covered by insurance, Medicaid or Medicare will have their carrier billed, and must bring their information card and a prescription from their doctor to the screening. Patients will be responsible for any co-pays charged by their carrier. Women 50 and older without health insurance will not pay any out-of-pocket costs.
Appointments are necessary and are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call Fuschillo’s office at 516-882-0630.