Elmont Grad, Arielle Pierre, Drops Gems on Film, Family, Freedom, and “Floetic Fridays”

"It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love and support one another. We have nothing to lose but our chains."           Assata Shakur Written by Karl Valere We tend to dismiss the young leaders of today, and often try to minimize … Continue reading Elmont Grad, Arielle Pierre, Drops Gems on Film, Family, Freedom, and “Floetic Fridays”

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Elmont Families, Alumni, and Volunteers Celebrate the 2nd Annual Elmont Family Fun Day

The Elmont Excelsior Inc. was proud to join the 2nd Annual Elmont Family Fun Day community festival on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at Elmont Memorial High School with more than 300 guests in attendance! Organized entirely by Elmont residents and volunteers, the free community event featured live musical performances by Layla's Dance & Drum, Who … Continue reading Elmont Families, Alumni, and Volunteers Celebrate the 2nd Annual Elmont Family Fun Day

Elmont Family Fun Day: Taking Hold of a Sacred Opportunity

What does opportunity mean to you? Most especially as a resident of Elmont? Written by Rachalie Ludree Barthelemy Before I reveal my response to this question, I wanted to share the following with you. My name is Rachalie Ludree Barthelemy, a 25 year-old, Haitian American woman whose passions lie in the vast fields of civic … Continue reading Elmont Family Fun Day: Taking Hold of a Sacred Opportunity

Elmont Grad, Jacqueline Aquino, Speaks Out Against Sexual Abuse, Helps Others Cope with Trauma through Storytelling

Our voices are powerful.  By Karl Valere This isn’t simply true for when we yell at the top of our lungs, but rather each time that we are able to share ideas or stories that are meaningful, we exercise a form of power.  Stories to which others can relate have the power to resonate deeply … Continue reading Elmont Grad, Jacqueline Aquino, Speaks Out Against Sexual Abuse, Helps Others Cope with Trauma through Storytelling

How White Teachers (And MANY Other Factors) Helped Me Achieve Success

Written by Sophia Sunshine Vilceus Re: “How Are These White Teachers At A Long Island School Helping Black Kids Achieve Above- Average Graduation Rates?” (New York School Talk) I, like many of my friends who graduated from Elmont, cringed when I initially read this suggestive title.  Sent by my sister-friend who is a New York … Continue reading How White Teachers (And MANY Other Factors) Helped Me Achieve Success

Bow Tie Cinemas: There Will Be No Movie Theater in Elmont

An official statement from The Elmont Excelsior Inc:

TONIGHT: Elmont Residents Unite for Public Meeting To Determine the Community’s Future

  According to reports, Elmont may soon become home to the New York Islanders professional hockey team. Tonight, July 10th, 2017 at 6 p.m. inside Elmont Memorial Library, residents and community members will have a chance to give testimony about the proposed Belmont Park redevelopment. Because Elmont is a hamlet -- not a town/village -- the community relies heavily on … Continue reading TONIGHT: Elmont Residents Unite for Public Meeting To Determine the Community’s Future

Hockey in Elmont? Residents Propose a Different Set of Plans in New Community Letter

The letter was written on behalf of Elmont, Floral Park, Cambria Heights, and Franklin Square communities, to name a few.  Source: Elmont Online 10 Years is Enough! Counting from the conception of the vision plan in 2007 to the current re-submittal of proposals in 2017 one decade later and not much has been accomplished, well … Continue reading Hockey in Elmont? Residents Propose a Different Set of Plans in New Community Letter

The Elephants in Elmont: What Good Is Diversity?

I prefer to live in a diverse community. Written by Alexandria Harvey* This sentence is intriguing to me—as a writer—because it contains an adverbial prepositional inside of an infinitive phrase that acts as the direct object of the independent clause. This sentence is intriguing to me—as a human being—because it is true. While figures have … Continue reading The Elephants in Elmont: What Good Is Diversity?

Elmont Memorial High School Has Quietly Built an Extraordinary Science Research Program

Written by Karl Valere Two years ago, Elmont Memorial High School Class of 2015 Salutatorian, Harold Ekeh, made national and global news headlines after being accepted into all eight of the country's prestigious Ivy League universities -- for starters. Just one year later, Class of 2016 Valedictorian, Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, too, achieved the elusive Ivy League … Continue reading Elmont Memorial High School Has Quietly Built an Extraordinary Science Research Program