Elmont listed as one of America’s Top 10 wealthiest Black neighborhoods

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Click here to read the article:

http://www.theroot.com/photos/2014/04/_10_affluent_black_neighborhoods.html

Here’s the full list, according to median household income:
1. Fort Washington, Maryland – $110,759
2. Mitchelville, Maryland – $109,184
3. Bowie, Maryland – $105,936
4. Friendly, Maryland – $97,598
5. Ladera Heights, California – $97,568
6. Hillcrest, New York – $96,838
7. Kettering, Maryland – $89,577
8. Elmont, New York – $85,040
9. Wheatley Heights, New York – $84,258
10. Olympia Fields, Illinois – $79, 762

Hometown talent joins WNBA

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Elmont, N.Y. native, Ariel Edwards, was recently signed to the Tulsa Shock of the WNBA.  The 22 year-old Edwards was added to the Shock’s training camp roster on Wednesday as a free agent.

Edwards, a forward from Penn State University, averaged 15.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, and shot 45.2 percent from the field during the 2014 season. Edwards was named to the All-Big Ten first team following the 2014 season.

“Ariel has had a great career at Penn State and I look forward to seeing her in camp,” said Fred Williams, Head Coach of the Tulsa Shock. “Ariel had a terrific senior year at Penn State. She’s a powerful presence in the post and can help us in our interior area.”

Congratulations, Ariel, from all of us here at the Excelsior. Wishing you a healthy & successful career. Make Elmont proud!

Update – Rookie free-agent Ariel Edwards was released by the Tulsa Shock May 14, 2014, who finalized their roster at 12 players. Still wishing Ariel the best of luck, perseverance & success!

History (Part 2)

[via franklinsquarehistory.org]:

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Fosters Meadow, Queens County, 1891

 Fosters Meadow was named for two brothers who used the western tip of the Hempstead Plains as a sheep pasture in the 17th Century. In the 18th and first half of the 19th Century it was populated by descendants of Dutch and English immigrants who established a vibrant farming community. But it was in the 1850s when the area received its first German immigrants that the area started to change its ethnic identity.

The area called Fosters Meadow encompassed present day Elmont, Rosedale, Laurelton and North Valley Stream in the Towns of Jamaica and Hempstead. The establishment of two German speaking churches (St Boniface RC Church in 1854 and St Paul’s German Evangelical Church in 1864) encouraged  additional German immigrants to migrate to the area and established Fosters Meadow as the cultural center for German speakers in Valley Stream, Franklin Square, New Hyde Park, Springfield and other nearby communities. By the beginning of the 20th Century the descendants of the German immigrants were the dominant ethnic group in what continued as an active agricultural area serving the large population centers to the west. This continued until the conversion of farms to suburban tracts after the Second World War.

U.S. encourages nationals of Haiti to re-register for TPS by May 2nd deadline

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Click here to read the article:
http://www.caribbeanlifenews.com/stories/2014/4/2014_04_21_nk_tps.html

Click here to find out more information:
http://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status-deferred-enforced-departure/tps-designated-country-haiti

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