#Exit13Challenge Shows Hip Hop’s Power To Unite A Neighborhood

#Exit13Challenge Shows Hip Hop’s Power To Unite A Neighborhood By Karl Valere Nearly one month ago, before the rise of the now popular, #MannequinChallenge and the #UNameItChallenge, Elmont natives circulated a buzz of their own by taking part in the #Exit13Challenge. The viral video challenge featured a bevy of Elmont lyricists hungry to showcase their … Continue reading #Exit13Challenge Shows Hip Hop’s Power To Unite A Neighborhood

Fosters Family: Why Elmont & Rosedale Are Like Brother & Sister

For those of us growing up in Elmont, the lines between Elmont and Queens have always been blurry. This fact endures today -- whether geographically, culturally, socially, or politically -- Elmont and Queens undeniably share a great deal in common. We reached out to Bill Florio -- a Valley Stream resident, historian, and author -- … Continue reading Fosters Family: Why Elmont & Rosedale Are Like Brother & Sister

Public Allies New York alum: ‘I was born to serve, love, and lead’

We Are Elmont Founder and Public Allies New York (’14) alum, Karl Valere, featured in a recent interview:

“Let us not shrink and allow anybody even our own selves to make us feel small. Get big. Dream big. Do good.”

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When Karl Valere was growing up on Long Island, he remembers hearing a lot of anti-Haitian sentiment expressed on TV and across the world. His parents, who were born and raised in Haiti, would say to him: “We’re not what they say we are. We’re more than that. We have dignity. We respect ourselves and this country, and we love living in this country. That’s who we are. That’s why we’re here.”

Despite his parents’ encouragement, when he was about 7 years old, Karl admits that when someone would ask him about his background, he sometimes responded by saying he was Cuban. “I actually sort of bent under the pressure of the stigma that was associated with Haitians,” Karl says. “For me, that was a survival tactic.”

Today, Karl is not only proud of his Haitian heritage, but the 26-year-old young man has committed himself to fighting for Haitian and other Caribbean communities in New York. Karl graduated from Public Allies New York’s…

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Spartans Defeat Byram Hills, Face-Off Against Troy in Class A Final

  Source: Bob Herzog, Newsday GLENS FALLS, N.Y. — Elmont’s historic basketball season almost ended because of a tweet. No, not a social-media post, but rather the shrill sound of an inadvertent whistle that had the crowd and both teams twittering among themselves in the final seconds. Elmont, clinging to a two-point lead with 3.8 … Continue reading Spartans Defeat Byram Hills, Face-Off Against Troy in Class A Final

Elmont Spartans Win Long Island Championship

Source: Tony Bellissimo, Long Island Herald Defense wins championships, especially when you don’t allow any points in the final 11 minutes and 25 seconds as Elmont did Sunday afternoon on the way to beating Harborfields, 41-32, for the Long Island Class A boys’ basketball title before a crowd of 2,750 at LIU Post. The Spartans, … Continue reading Elmont Spartans Win Long Island Championship

Neiman Marcus Luxury Department Store Opens at Roosevelt Field Mall

Source: Aisha Al-Muslim, Newsday Luxury department store chain Neiman Marcus on Friday finally opened its first store on Long Island. Dozens of people lined up outside minutes before the opening of the 106,000-square-foot, two-floor store at Roosevelt Field mall on Friday morning. Shoppers streamed in through the store’s five entrances, where they were greeted with … Continue reading Neiman Marcus Luxury Department Store Opens at Roosevelt Field Mall

Regents Testing Week 2016 at Elmont Memorial High School

    A Message from Elmont Memorial High School Principal Kevin Dougherty  Dear Parent/Guardian: The following days have been designated as district testing days on our school calendar: Tuesday, January 26th, Wednesday, January 27th, Thursday, January 28th and Friday, January 29th. For the first two days of testing, regular classes will not be in session … Continue reading Regents Testing Week 2016 at Elmont Memorial High School

Argo Civic: A Solar Panel Event

Dear Argo Civic Members and Friends, On November 23, 2015, the Argo Civic Association meeting will be devoted to a comprehensive presentation on solar energy.  There will be a number of presenters that will provide information on the following: how solar energy benefits your pocketbook and the environment; leasing/purchasing and installation options; and, available state and … Continue reading Argo Civic: A Solar Panel Event

Elmont Graduate, Sophia Sunshine Vilceus, Becomes a Best-Selling Author

Sophia Sunshine Vilceus, an author from Elmont has released her first Christian book, “The Last Pew: Journeying Back to God’s Will After an Affair.” Sophia graduated from Elmont Memorial High School as her Class President in 2007. She went on to The CUNY City College of New York to pursue her undergraduate studies, then to … Continue reading Elmont Graduate, Sophia Sunshine Vilceus, Becomes a Best-Selling Author

The Scene: Kyron Dupont

You have a dream, go after it. Kyron Dupont is a testament to this mantra. A dream-chaser and a go-getter; he has elevated his music and his brand to among one of the most recognizable on Long Island. After discovering his talent for music at the tender age of 5, Kyron spent years cultivating his … Continue reading The Scene: Kyron Dupont