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POWERFUL UP-IN-COMING DIRECTOR, TRIFON DIMITROPOULOS, IS MAKING MAJOR MOVES AS A NEW JERSEY DIRECTOR

By R. J. NICOLAS

Trifon Dimitropoulos has always been fascinated with film. He graduated from Seton Hall University in 2006 with a degree in Film & Philosophy. From there, Trifon was an assistant editor at As The World Turns, where he coincidentally met his mentor, Bob Mackler, who is a 3 time Emmy award winning editor. Dimitropoulos would begin to start writing his own scripts and in turn, start to direct his own short films. They would range from comedy web series to a few thrillers.

Not until 2013, is when Trifon started plotting his first feature, The Method, a psychological thriller, which was released in 2015. The film was screened privately in Tribeca & Red Bank, NJ & was selected to a few film festivals that gave Trifon momentum that would inspire him towards his next project, The Five In Merseyside, which will begin shooting in late August of 2017.

The Five In Merseyside is a tale of a post apocalyptic world, where a small town does whatever it takes to survive. World War III has just ended and immigrants from England come over state side to create their own “Merseyside” (An actual town in Liverpool). Five babies are born at the same time and grow up together, only to wake up with a virus on their 21st birthdays that in turn has them wreak havoc throughout the beloved makeshift town. Trifon will tell you it is a hybrid between Django Unchained & 28 Days Later. He describes the film as a Sci-Fi / Spaghetti Western.

Watching movies at an early age propelled Dimitropoulos for his passion of film. Growing up watching films directed by Tarantino, Scorsese, Fincher, Kubrick & The Coen Brothers has had such an impact on his vision. Pushing the envelope and provoking human thought are two main reasons why he’s become a filmmaker.

“I thrive on energy and emotion. The decisions I make with my projects are simply coming from the heart. Nothing more. I want the audience to have many emotions as they watch my work. Telling a story, character development, great acting, production value…..these are all essential. However these don’t come to life unless you create vibrations for your crew and talent. Its all about rhythm. And that stems from my heart and the passion I have for my vision….”

 

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THE JERSEY SHORE FILM FESTIVAL BECOMES A BEACON OF LIGHT FOR NEW JERSEY

R. J. NICHOLAS

The state of New Jersey is rich in beauty with so much to offer including a safe atmosphere to raise newly budding families. However, reality shows like MTV’s the Grind, The Jersey Shore, or New Jersey Housewives have threatened to taint viewers perspective of New Jersey and even give it’s residents a negative reputation. Meanwhile, many talented actors, writers, producers, directors, singers and artists were born and raised in New Jersey and are nothing like the image or idol’s Hollywood tries to paint with it’s “reality television” trend and cast of dysfunctional characters.

What most viewers don’t realize is that much of reality television is not real, organic or even true. The majority of reality shows have producers and directors behind the scenes that are putting everyday people in scripted situations that just appear to be “reality.” It’s a hoax, smoke and mirrors as some would like to say, and basically all lies. Do the research. Hollywood grosses millions each year on unsuspecting viewers who think they are watching a real life scenario play out in front of them, when in actuality they are paying millions to be deceived.

Further research exposes that the holly wood is a choice piece of wood that magicians, sorcerers and those who practiced magic, witchcraft and deception would use to cast spells. Centuries ago the holly wood was the main source of wood used in their magic wands. Is it a coincidence that an entire industry based off of fantasy would be named after a magic wand?

History shows that the first movie studio was actually founded in West Orange, New Jersey by Thomas Edison in 1893. Since then, New Jersey has continued to birth many successful movies, television shows, independent feature films, short films, documentaries, theatrical performances and even well respected acting schools like The New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts in Bloomfield, NJ.

New Jersey is a humble state that continues to get a negative wrap and no one is able to see what the state really has to offer. In 2015, 67 Feature Films and 19 Television series were filmed in New Jersey. In 2016, 53 Feature Films and 183 Television series were filmed in New Jersey. Even the amount of Independent Film Festivals in New Jersey have grown exponentially in the past 10 years.

One of the film festivals that has gained a lot of positive press lately is The Jersey Shore Film Festival. It took place from August 3 through August 7, 2017 in Asbury Park, NJ. The festival has been around for a while, but last weekend it gained more attention and popularity then ever before. Filmmakers from New Jersey and beyond showed up at the House of Independents to watch films that were thoughtfully selected. Every film had a message that touched on the human condition and almost every filmmaker posted about the incredible time they had while at the festival. The festival was sold out and maxed to capacity to the point where people are already inquiring about the dates the festival will take place next year.

The festival was originally founded by Stevie Doueck who ran JSFF for about 10 years. This year Doueck did one thing differently then years prior, he appointed a staff of about 9 filmmakers from New Jersey to run the festival. Doueck appointed John Hedlund as the director in charge of The 2017 Jersey Shore Film Festival. Hedlund was born and raised in New Jersey where he started acting in local theater and went on to become the Technical Director and Post Production Supervisor for PopSugar’s live web broadcasts and cable television show. He then partnered with Francesco Nuzzi to form Open Iris Entertainment. They produced, directed, and edited the award winning feature film “Star Crossed Lovers” along with many other short films shot in New Jersey. Hedlund was calm, balanced, and loving toward his entire staff throughout the run of the festival. It is that balanced persona that set the tone for a smooth flowing, light hearted, fun filled festival that people have been raving about days after it’s completion. John Hedlund’s wife, Katie Hedlund, served as a major support to John and the JSFF team by helping everything run smoothly behind the scenes and greeting every attendee with a warm smile as they entered the building.

Francesco Nuzzi assisted Hedlund with running The Jersey Shore Film Festival. Nuzzi was raised in New Jersey and worked as an actor in numerous theater companies before appearing on television in shows like General Hospital, Guiding Light, White Collar and Unforgettable. He recently starred in the feature Rambler and played Mercutio in a films adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Nuzzi’s short film “The Writer” screened at the festival and his comedic performance lightened the mood after some heavy films screened in the prior film block. Nuzzi established a sense of family and camaraderie within the JSFF team and made sure that every member of the team was taken care of from beginning to end.

Hedlund and Nuzzi teamed up with New Jersey raised actress Danielle Nicolette Najarian and appointed her the Host of The Jersey Shore Film Festival’s red carpet. Najarian interviewed each filmmaker that attended the festival and allowed them to shine by highlighting their talents and abilities that would otherwise have gone unnoticed. Danielle Nicolette Najarian holds a degree in Psychology & the Performing Arts from Monmouth University and is a true humanitarian. She seeks to heal others through the roles she brings to life and the stories she’s a part of. She started acting in theater at a very young age. She then became a back up dancer for major stars like Mariah Carey while in college. Later she moved to LA where she trained and worked with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood’s like Will Smith, Christian Slater, Felicity Hoffman, Amy Brenneman, Taye Digs, Tim Daly, Emmy winner Rami Malek and many, many others. She’s had reoccurring appearances on TV shows like ABC’s Private Practice and USA’s Mr. Robot. Danielle appreciates independent films and has completed a number of films and television pilot’s since she’s been on the east coast. She is getting ready to star in a feature film shooting on the Jersey Shore at the end of this month.

Keith Bishop was hired as the main cinematographer of The Jersey Shore Film Festival and was born in Upper Saddle River, NJ. He worked alongside Danielle Nicolette Najarian covering footage of interviews on the red carpet, the Q&A panels after each block and he built up and broke down the step and repeat and red carpet each day of the festival. He directed the film, “3 Minutes to Air” and has worked as a cinematographer on numerous independent films. Melissa O’ Donnell served as the festival’s Program Director where she strategically arranged the films in each block of the festival in a way that conveyed a similar message. Melissa appreciates the deeper aspects of storytelling and how it touches on the human condition. Melissa was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. She is a LaSalle University graduate with a degree in Psychology and a passion for the arts. She has been in over 40 independent films and studio projects and has worked on the board of other independent film festivals in the past.

Greg Jolley was the head photographer of the festival along with his partner Amber Appleberg on second camera. Jolley was raised in New Jersey and is a professional photographer as well as a director, writer, producer and editor at Open Iris Entertainment along with Hedlund and Nuzzi. He produced and directed the independent film Flare that screened at JSFF. Debbie Higgins conducted the Q&A panels at the end of each film block and kept the crowd engaged and interested by appreciating the work that went into each film. She lives in New Jersey where she graduated with a BA in Music from Monmouth University and has served on the staff of JSFF since the beginning.

The Jersey Shore Film Festival took place in an intimate setting under one roof at the House Of Independents in Asbury Park, NJ. Many film festivals, movie screenings and events take place at the House of Independents throughout the year, but one exceptionally talented team made a positive impact on the indie filmmakers who attended and shined brightly on the Jersey Shore this past weekend. John Hedlund, Katie Hedlund, Francesco Nuzzi, Keith Bishop, Greg Jolley, Amber Appleberg, Debbie Higgins, Melissa O’Donnell and actress Danielle Nicolette Najarian were the team that transformed The House of Independents into a home. These 9 young artists came together like a family and brought heart, soul, healing and love back to the Jersey Shore. The warm, welcoming atmosphere that they created along with the heartfelt films that were shown on the big screen is enough to bring New Jersey a new level of respect and a positive reputation in the entertainment industry. So much so, that actor Dash Mihok from NBC’s Ray Donovan, spent the weekend hanging out with this JSFF Crew and even introduced them to his music. ABC’s 20/20 also showed up to cover the festival and a film that screened there titled, “The Twinning Reaction.” In their first year of working together the JSFF Crew have brought the “New” back to the Jersey Shore and have proven what true New Jersey residents are really made of.

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FATHER & STEPSON RESCUE A WOMAN FROM ATTEMPTED RAPE IN WILLIAMSBURG

By JUSTICE CAMPBELL

Today, a 31-year-old man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempting to rape a woman who was walking on a sidewalk in Williamsburg said Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. Another man and his stepson were exiting their car at the same time the attempted rape was taking place. They saw the man on top of the woman and came to her rescue.

“I commend the men who thwarted this horrific attack and helped the police catch this violent defendant. He’s a dangerous person who has now been held accountable for his actions and removed from the streets of Brooklyn” said, Acting District Attorney Gonzalez.

 

The defendant was identified by the Acting District Attorney as Todd Deas, 31, of Porter Street, Brooklyn. Today he appeared before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Dena Douglas and was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 15 years’ post-release supervision. Todd Deas pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted rape on July 18, 2017.

On October 18, 2016, at approximately 12:25 a.m., in the vicinity of White and McKibben Street, according to investigation, the defendant followed a 27-year-old woman as she was walking along McKibben Street. He was trying to talk to her. The victim attempted to walk away from him while at the same time ignoring him but he grabbed her arm. The next thing the victim remembered was waking up in the ambulance.

Two men had just parked their car and when they heard a disturbance. One male was 28 years-old and the other was his 46-year-old stepfather. They saw the defendant repeatedly slamming the woman’s body onto the ground while on top of her. When the men approached, the defendant stood up, tightened his pants and walked away. The older man stayed with the woman, whose pantyhose and underwear had been ripped off of one leg.

The 28 year-old man called 911 while pursuing the defendant on foot. He then flagged down a passing patrol car and canvassed the area with police. With the assistance of these two men the defendant was apprehended on Harrison Place.

The woman had been strangled by the defendant, which left her in and our of consciousness. A bone fracture resulted in her inner neck and she was badly beaten about the face. Her one eye was swollen shut and the other badly bruised, she also suffered numerous cuts and scratches on her face and neck.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Michelle Haddad and Senior Assistant District Attorney Lauren Silver, of the District Attorney’s Special Victims’ Bureau. While under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Miss Gregory, Bureau Chief.

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STEVE NEUHAUS HAS BRIGHTENED ORANGE COUNTY, SEEKS RE-ELECTION

By MITCHEL CLIMENT

When first elected in 2013, Steve Neuhaus became one of the youngest county executives in the country’s history. He is now in the throes of a campaign for a bid to be re-elected to this post in Orange County, New York.

The man has had an impressive career trajectory:

Neuhaus went from a childhood on a working farm to becoming a Monroe-Woodbury graduate, who simultaneously took courses at SUNY Orange during his high school years. He received a BA from Mount Saint Mary’s College and a master’s degree from Marist College in Poughkeepsie.

With post-schooling experience in both the private and public sector – Neuhaus worker in the Newburgh City Manager’s Office and with the Village of Walden, in addition to a job as Vice President of Special Projects for Taylor Recycling in Montgomery – he gained considerable professional experience. Neuhaus began elected public service in 2004, as a councilman in Chester; he held that position until 2007. He then climbed the ranks to Chester Town Supervisor, where he ramped up his efforts in economic development, while holding the line on property taxes for the town’s residents. He remained in this office from 2008 until he assumed the Orange County Executive post in 2014.

After the September 11 attack, Neuhaus voluntarily joined the U.S. military. He enlisted in the Army Guard and later joined the United States Navy Reserves, where he currently serves as a lieutenant. In being assigned to the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, he often is taken to volatile locales, which denotes not only an impressive showing of loyalty to his nation but also inherently encompasses bravery.

Neuhaus was a guardian for the first Hudson Valley Honor Flight to bring World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the new memorial created in their honor. He is also a founding board member and former chairman of the Families of War Veterans Committee, which supports veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

It has been a difficult task for the Democrats to find an opponent suitable to run against this dynamic Republican county executive. If Neuhaus’s professional background isn’t daunting enough to scare off potential adversaries, his service as Orange County Executive surely makes it all that much worse. Since taking office, spending in his county is down – over $25 million down. The tax rate is lower. Unemployment has greatly decreased. Thousands of jobs have been created. And economic development is through the roof. Even union contracts that were expired when Neuhaus took office are now settled.

Democrat Michael Sussman, a well-known Orange County attorney and civil rights activist, considered running against Neuhaus, but decided against it. He admitted his hesitancy to oppose Neuhaus, saying, “How can I be the candidate for the Democratic Party in that context?”

With the deadline fast approaching and no viable candidate at hand, the Democrats finally nominated Pat Davis as their Orange County Executive candidate. While Neuhaus has done a lot to enrich Orange County, the 35-year-old Davis has been busy racking in millions for Price Waterhouse Cooper as a financial service advisor in their New York office.

There’s no telling what each man will bring to Orange County in the months and years to come, but one thing is certain: thus far, Neuhaus did what he set out to do and is preparing to do more. In addition to his spending cuts, job creation, unemployment reduction, etc – he has overseen the slashing of the county tax rate. This has all led to invigorating the private sector. The real estate market is growing and there are significant investments being made in Orange County. The future looks bright for this county’s residents. Keeping Neuhaus at the helm likely will keep it that way, but if the voters want a different, darker path, then, like with most elections, they have an option. It’s Davis versus Neuhaus this November in Orange County, New York.

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COUNTY EXECUTIVE STEVE NEUHAUS BRINGS BRIGHT FUTURE TO ORANGE COUNTY IF RE-ELECTED

By MITCHEL CLIMENT

When first elected in 2013, Steve Neuhaus became one of the youngest county executives in the country’s history. He is now in the throes of a campaign for a bid to be re-elected to this post in Orange County, New York.

The man has had an impressive career trajectory:

Neuhaus went from a childhood on a working farm to becoming a Monroe-Woodbury graduate, who simultaneously took courses at SUNY Orange during his high school years. He received a BA from Mount Saint Mary’s College and a master’s degree from Marist College in Poughkeepsie.

With post-schooling experience in both the private and public sector – Neuhaus worker in the Newburgh City Manager’s Office and with the Village of Walden, in addition to a job as Vice President of Special Projects for Taylor Recycling in Montgomery – he gained considerable professional experience. Neuhaus began elected public service in 2004, as a councilman in Chester; he held that position until 2007. He then climbed the ranks to Chester Town Supervisor, where he ramped up his efforts in economic development, while holding the line on property taxes for the town’s residents. He remained in this office from 2008 until he assumed the Orange County Executive post in 2014.

After the September 11 attack, Neuhaus voluntarily joined the U.S. military. He enlisted in the Army Guard and later joined the United States Navy Reserves, where he currently serves as a lieutenant. In being assigned to the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, he often is taken to volatile locales, which denotes not only an impressive showing of loyalty to his nation but also inherently encompasses bravery.

Neuhaus was a guardian for the first Hudson Valley Honor Flight to bring World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the new memorial created in their honor. He is also a founding board member and former chairman of the Families of War Veterans Committee, which supports veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

It has been a difficult task for the Democrats to find an opponent suitable to run against this dynamic Republican county executive. If Neuhaus’s professional background isn’t daunting enough to scare off potential adversaries, his service as Orange County Executive surely makes it all that much worse. Since taking office, spending in his county is down – over $25 million down. The tax rate is lower. Unemployment has greatly decreased. Thousands of jobs have been created. And economic development is through the roof. Even union contracts that were expired when Neuhaus took office are now settled.

Democrat Michael Sussman, a well-known Orange County attorney and civil rights activist, considered running against Neuhaus, but decided against it. He admitted his hesitancy to oppose Neuhaus, saying, “How can I be the candidate for the Democratic Party in that context?”

With the deadline fast approaching and no viable candidate at hand, the Democrats finally nominated Pat Davis as their Orange County Executive candidate. While Neuhaus has done a lot to enrich Orange County, the 35-year-old Davis has been busy racking in millions for Price Waterhouse Cooper as a financial service advisor in their New York office.

There’s no telling what each man will bring to Orange County in the months and years to come, but one thing is certain: thus far, Neuhaus did what he set out to do and is preparing to do more. In addition to his spending cuts, job creation, unemployment reduction, etc – he has overseen the slashing of the county tax rate. This has all led to invigorating the private sector. The real estate market is growing and there are significant investments being made in Orange County. The future looks bright for this county’s residents. Keeping Neuhaus at the helm likely will keep it that way, but if the voters want a different, darker path, then, like with most elections, they have an option. It’s Davis versus Neuhaus this November in Orange County, New York.

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SEX TRAFFICING OF PHILADELPHIA TEEN

By JUSTICE CAMPBELL

Two East New York men have been variously charged in a 39-count indictment with sex trafficking, promoting prostitution, rape, and other charges for allegedly sex trafficking an 18-year-old girl and promoting the prostitution of eight others, ranging in age from 15 to 21 years old.

“These defendants allegedly preyed on vulnerable young women, luring them to New York City to work as prostitutes – and in several cases drugging and using physical violence against those who refused. I intend to hold them fully accountable for these despicable acts,” said Acting District Attorney Gonzalez.

The defendants have been identified, by the Distract Attorney, as Jonathan Harris, a.k.a., Jayo, 25, of East New York, Brooklyn, and Tariq Washington, a.k.a., Ricky, 23, also of East New York. Yesterday Washington was held on $250,000 bail and arraigned before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Laporte. Harris was held on $250,000 bail and arraigned on Friday, July 21, 2017 before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Michael Brennan. They would have to register as sex offenders and each face up to 25 years in prison, if convicted of the top count. The indictment variously charges them with endangering the welfare of a child and related charges, sex trafficking, second-, third- and fourth-degree promoting prostitution, first-degree rape, and second-degree assault.

According to the investigation, between March 2015 and December 2016, the defendants prostituted nine young women, most of whom were ages 15 and 16, in Brooklyn, after luring most of them to the city from out of state, including Philadelphia, Baltimore and Cleveland, states The Acting District Attorney. It is alleged that the defendants found the women on Backpage.com and they then texted them and invited them to come to New York to be prostituted, sending them bus tickets and then posting their photos on Backpage.com.

It is alleged that the defendants drove the women to various motels in Brooklyn and elsewhere that they rented for them and where men paid to have sex with them.

Furthermore, according to the investigation, it is alleged that the defendants physically assaulted the women and gave the girls drugs if they refused to work as prostitutes.

After the 17-year-old-friend was allegedly contacted by Washinton she brought with her an 18-year-old sex trafficking victim and both were lured to Brooklyn. The younger girl left after a few days and returned to Philadelphia. The 18-year-old, escaped and went to the police for help two months later, after being allegedly beaten and raped by Harris.

Detective David Mills and Detective James Rufle of the Human Trafficking Team in the New York City Police Department investigated the case, under the supervision of Sergeant Faoud Zahirudin, Lieutenant Christopher Sharpe and Captain Thomas Milano, and the overall supervision of Inspector James Klein.

KCDA Digital Forensic Analyst Thomas Woodburn assisted in the investigation.

The Acting District Attorney thanked Special Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore field offices for their assistance in the investigation.

Senior Assistant District Attorney David Weiss, of the District Attorney’s Human Trafficking Unit, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Laura Edidin, Unit Chief, and the overall supervision of Assistant District Attorney Miss Gregory, Chief of the Special Victims Bureau will be prosecuting the case.

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STOLEN ARTWORK FROM PROMINENT NEW YORK COLLECTION IS ILLEGALLY SOLD BY QUEENS MAN

By JUSTICE CAMPBELL

On July 20th, 2017 Queens, New York resident, LEON ZINDER, pled guilty in a Manhattan federal court to the interstate sale of stolen property in connection with his theft and attempted sale of more then a dozen works of art, announced Joon H. Kim, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”),

“As he admitted today, LEON ZINDER stole works of art worth more than $600,000 from his former employer, which he then sought to sell through a flea market in Manhattan.  Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the FBI, nearly all of these works have been recovered, and will be returned to their rightful owner,” said, Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim.

“Today’s plea marks the end of LEON ZINDER’s tall tales of discovering treasured art pieces that were really in fact stolen from his employer with the goal of reselling to profit himself. We applaud the art dealer who brought this case to our attention after realizing ZINDER’s stories behind the art were really too good to be true,” states FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr.

LEON ZINDER was employed as an art handler from approximately July 2010 through April 2012, by a New York-based company that manages an extensive art collection consisting of thousands of individual artworks. The artwork included an extensive collection of Native-American and African ethnographic artwork (the “Company”). ZINDER stole more than 70 works of art from facilities maintained by the Company during his time working there.

ZINDER sold the stolen artwork through a consignment relationship with an art dealer who conducted his business through an outdoor flea market in lower Manhattan (the “Dealer”) beginning in approximately September of 2015 through October 2016. ZINDER falsely claimed he had obtained the works from the elderly widow of a sheriff in Phoenix, Arizona, and from a storage-unit close-out sale, as part of his efforts to sell the stolen artwork.

More than a dozen of these works that ZINDER attempted to sell were worth more than $600,000, through the Dealer. This included at least three items that ZINDER had stolen from the Company’s Greenwich, Connecticut, facility and transported to Manhattan: a Fang Reliquary Guardian Head statue valued at approximately $85,000; a Native-American Mask valued at approximately $75,000; and a Pende mask valued at approximately $5,000.

It’s a good thing that the Dealer was aware that several of the artworks he had helped ZINDER to sell had been reported stolen by the Company.  At that point, the Dealer contacted the FBI and began assisting in the subsequent investigation, including turning over the majority of the stolen works to the FBI.

At the age of 48, LEON ZINDER faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000, or twice the defendant’s gross gain or twice the victim’s gross loss resulting from the defendant’s conduct, whichever is greater. ZINDER will to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kimba M. Wood on a date to be determined. Mr. Kim thanked the FBI’s Art Crime Team for its outstanding work on this matter.

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WILL PROTECTION FROM MOSQUITOES HELP OR HARM LONG ISLAND RESIDENTS?

By JUSTICE CAMPBELL

As part of their ongoing annual efforts to control adult mosquitoes, The Suffolk County Department of Public Works is planning to treat sections of the following communities; weather permitting.

The following treatments are for Vector Control:

On July 19, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. all streets in the communities of Ocean Bay Park, Ocean Beach and Seaview on Fire Island will be treated.

On July 20, 2016, 7:00 p.m. –11:30 p.m. all streets south of Montauk Highway from Bayview Avenue to the Connetquot River, including Heckscher State Park and Timber Point County Park in Great River and East Islip will be treated.

 On July 20, 2016, 7:00 p.m. –11:30 p.m.  all streets South of Montauk Highway from South Ketchum Avenue east to Tanner Park and Baylawn Avenue in Brookhaven Hamlet will be treated.

On July 20, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. all streets within the communities of Fire Island Pines, Water Island, Summer Club and Atlantique on Fire Island. 

On July 21, 2017, 5:00 a.m. – 6:30 a.m. all streets within the communities of The West Sayville County Park and Golf Course will be treated. 

On July 21, 2017, 5:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. all streets in the community of West Gilgo Beach will also be treated.

All of the communities listed will be treated with an Ultra Low Volume Aerosol called, Anvil (sumithrin) that will be applied to the ground.

They claim your chances of experiencing any health effects from spraying are quite low. However, protecting yourself in the following ways will help you reduce possible exposure to pesticides before, during or after spraying.

The steps they are urging residents to take are to remain inside or avoid the area whenever spraying takes place and for about 30 minutes after spraying. Especially children and pregnant women should be careful to avoid exposure when practical. If possible, Close windows and doors and close the vents of window air-conditioning units to circulate indoor air or, before spraying begins, turn them off. Windows and air-conditioning vents can be reopened about 30 minutes after spraying. If you come in direct contact with pesticide spray, protect your eyes. If you get pesticide spray in your eyes, immediately rinse them with water. Wash exposed skin. Wash clothes that come in direct contact with spray separately from other laundry. Consult your health care provider if you think you are experiencing health effects from spraying.

Some steps you may also want to take are by picking homegrown fruits and vegetables you expect to eat soon before spraying takes place. Rinse homegrown fruits and vegetables (in fact all produce) thoroughly with water before cooking or eating. Bring laundry and small toys inside before spraying begins. (Wash with detergent and water if exposed to pesticides during spraying.) Bring pet food and water dishes inside, and cover ornamental fishponds during the spray period to avoid direct exposure. The materials used by Vector Control do not leave significant residues on surfaces, but precautions should always be taken to reduce exposure as much as possible.

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LIIFE IS HAPPENING IN LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK

By R. J. NICHOLAS

LIIFE is currently celebrating it’s 20th year in existence in Bellmore Long Island, NY between July 12 – 20, 2017. Each year LIIFE attracts short and feature-length independent films from around the world, spotlighting films made on Long Island and concluding with a star-studded award celebration happening this evening, July 20th at 5:00PM.

Director of the Nassau County Film Office, Debra Markowitz presides over the Nassau County Film Commission, now known as the Nassau County Film Advisory Board, and chairs as its Executive Director. Ms. Markowitz is also the Vice President of the Long Island Film/TV Foundation, Long Island’s most established and largest not-for-profit agency dedicated to the support and promotion of independent filmmaking. Under her directorship, the Foundation spawned the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE.)

The independent films that screened at this expo the past week were powerful and thought provoking while the cinematography, editing and sound quality of each film was superb. You didn’t realize you were attending an independent film festival until the hosts invited the filmmakers up for a Question and Answer session. Actresses Trish Appello & Danielle Nicolette Najarian brought the stage to LIIFE this week with their upbeat introductions of each film block and their comedic, fun loving personalities that united the audience and filmmakers during the conclusion of each event.

The panels that were held throughout the day in the filmmakers lounge next door were extremely informative and highly educational. They empowered beginning filmmakers and even re-energized the most experienced of Hollywood professionals that were in attendance. Filmmakers were interviewed throughout the day in the filmmakers lounge headed by Director of Photography, John Marean, red carpet host and actress, Danielle Nicolette Najarian and LIIFE’s resident interviewer, Kyra. The filmmakers lounge also housed the opening night gala, a filmmakers breakfast Sunday morning and a beer and wine bar that was open and available to filmmakers throughout the week.

Ms. Markowitz has steadily increased production of movies, television programs and commercials that are shot in Nassau County, logging over 650 production days and over $80M in positive economic impact. Under her auspices, Nassau County currently ranks #2 in New York State for the amount of documented production days, second only to New York City.

Debra Markowitz is also a freelance writer and novelist. The third book in her trilogy (following Naked in the Rain and Sarah and Caleb), Karmic Wind is set for release in 2013. For a complete list of her work, please visit her site, www.debramarkowitz.com.

Ms. Markowitz’s name can be found on the Long Island Press’ Power List, 50 Long Islanders Who Control Our Lives (2003 and 2012); Beverly Fortune’s 52 (2006); as the recipient of the prestigious George M. Estabrook Alumni Award for Distinguished Service (Hofstra University, 2011) and the 2012 Long Island Arts Council honoree as its Outstanding Advocate for the Arts.

Ms. Markowitz has acted as Casting Director, consultant, writer and producer on movie, television and commercial projects individually and with CastingKarma. She is one woman who has surely changed the quality of life for the film industry in Long Island, NY and is also doing a fine job conquering and mastering this experience we all like to call… LIIFE.

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PSEG CREATES A VOLUNTARY AIR CONDITIONING CYCLING PROGRAM FOR LONG ISLAND

By JUSTICE CAMPBELL

Today’s high summer temperatures and high humidity on the east coast will not effect the residents of Long Island, NY. On August, 12th, 2016 PSEG Long Island activated a voluntary Thermostat Energy Conservation Program and Smart Savers program to reduce loading on the system, helping to create savings for customers. Since then about 28 MW were reduced in 2016 during peak times over the summer months. Thus equipping Long Island with enough electric capacity to meet customer demands for today’s high temperatures and high humidity.

 

Michael Voltz, director of energy efficiency and renewable energy for Long Island said, “In order to generate the most savings for our customers the voluntary program needs to be implemented on the highest load day of the summer. Today’s high temperatures and high humidity have the potential to create higher loads with the possibility of being the highest peak load this summer.”

 

The most savings for Long Island customers will occur if implemented on the highest load day of the summer. PSEG Long Island’s load forecasts and state-mandated capacity requirements are based on peak-usage levels from previous years. To lower the amount of power to be purchased in advance for next summer residents must reduce peak usage in the present year.

There are two programs Long Island residents can participate in between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. dependent upon the program they are enrolled in. One will experience a four degree increase in temperature setting or a 30 minute on- and off- cycling of their central AC systems. Air conditioner fans will operate continuously to circulate cool air. So far approximately 35,000 customers have elected to participate.

Today’s projected capacity savings is for approximately 34MW which would equate to about $2.2 million savings in 2018. Activating this program can also allow PSEG Long Island to fully assess the program’s capability to reduce demand in cases of emergency need to help maintain reliability. Scattered heat-related outages are sometimes caused by high temperatures and high electric demands.

Customers who experience an outage should call 1-800- 490-0075.

If you have any questions, please call PSEG Long Island’s Smart Savers Thermostat Program Infoline at 1-866-547-2334 or PSEG Long Island’s Energy Efficiency Infoline at 1-800-692-2626. For more information on the program, visit https://www.psegliny.com/page.cfm/Efficiency/CoolingHeating.

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