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Community events taking place today


Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Office of Minority Affairs today will host a Black History Month celebration of black professionals in health care.

The 6 p.m. event will be in the ceremonial chambers on the second floor of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building, 1550 Franklin Ave. in Mineola.

Among the honorees are Dr. Greta Rainsford, a pediatrician; Dr. Alan Toles, an obstetrician-gynecologist; Dr. Brian Harper, an osteopathic physician, Dr. Michelle Reed, a family medicine doctor; Randy Stith, an emergency medical technician; Carolyn Simpkins, a nurse practitioner; Carolyn McCummings, Public Health director of Social Health Programs and Minority Health at Nassau County Department of Health; and Henry Cunningham, a pharmacist.

The guest hosts will be High school student Phaedra McDowell and middle school student Andrew Culbreath.

The color guard ceremony will be presented by the Nassau County Police Department Junior Explorers. There will be also a drumline from the Zion Cathedral Youth Department and spoken work by the Nassau Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s oratorical contest winners.


Nassau County will host an art and photography exhibit today to promote the work of local female artists as part of its Women’s History Month activities.

The “Women of the World” exhibit will open with a 6 p.m. event at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building, 1550 Franklin Ave. in Mineola.

Fifty artists whose work will be on display will compete for prizes provided by several sponsors, including photography and framing stores, restaurants, salons and garden shops.

Comptroller George Maragos, an event host, said the exhibit is a way to “spur further growth in our local film and art industry.”

Jill Rader Levine, the exhibit curator, said of the participating Long Island artists that “the results of their creativity in expressing the theme of the feminine mystique in the medium of their choice are brilliant.”

Judges who will determine the prize winners include local college professors, museum directors and Newsday photo editor Ken Sawchuk.


Two Nassau County Storm Recovery Resource Fairs for residents and businesses will be held this week in Long Beach and the Five Towns.

The first event is scheduled today from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Lindell Elementary School, at 601 Lindell Blvd. in Long Beach. The second event will be on March 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Lawrence High School, 2 Reilly Rd. in Cedarhurst.

Nassau County Storm Recovery Liaison Mike Raab is hosting the free event. Superstorm Sandy victims are invited to attend the fair to meet with representatives of the agencies committed to storm recovery.

The events will include representatives from state, county and Hempstead Town agencies, health and human service agencies, and others available to help storm victims still navigating the recovery process, organizers said. Licensed contractors and architects will also be available.

For more information, call Raab at 516-572-1395.


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