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People In The News - March Is Women's History Month - Elizabeth Arden

Elizabeth Arden (Wikipedia)Florence Nightingale Graham (December 31, 1878 – October 18, 1966), who went by the business name Elizabeth Arden, was a Canadian American businesswoman who founded what is now Elizabeth Arden, Inc., and built a cosmetics empire in the United States. By 1929 she owned 150 upscale salons across the United States and Europe. Her 1000 products were found in the luxury market in 22 countries. She was the sole owner, and at the peak of her career, she was one of the wealthiest women in the world.

Elizabeth Arden was the founder, owner, and operator of Elizabeth Arden, Inc., a cosmetics and beauty corporation. She used modern mass marketing techniques to bring her cosmetic products to the public, committed 

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People In The News - March Is Women's History Month - Dolores Huerta

 Reprint of article at National Women’s History Museum

Co-founder of the United Farm Workers Association, Dolores Clara Fernandez Huerta is one ofDolores Huerta photo by Gage Skidmore Wikipedia the most influential labor activists of the 20th century and a leader of the Chicano civil rights movement.  

Born on April 10, 1930 in Dawson, New Mexico, Huerta was the second of three children of Alicia and Juan Fernandez, a farm worker and miner who became a state legislator in 1938. Her parents divorced when Huerta was three years old, and her mother moved to Stockton, California with her children. Huerta’s grandfather helped raise Huerta and her two brothers while her mother juggled jobs as a waitress and cannery worker until she could buy a small hotel and restaurant. Alicia’s community activism and compassionate treatment of workers greatly influenced her daughter.

Discrimination also helped shape Huerta. A schoolteacher, prejudiced against Hispanics, accused Huerta of cheating because her papers were too well-written. In 1945 at the end of World War II, white men brutally beat her brother for wearing a Zoot-Suit, a popular Latino fashion.  

Huerta received an associate teaching degree from the University of the Pacific’s Delta College. She married Ralph Head while a student and had two daughters, though the couple soon divorced. She subsequently married fellow activist Ventura Huerta with whom she had five children, though that marriage also did not last. Huerta briefly taught school in the 1950s, but seeing so many hungry farm children coming to school, she thought she could do more to help them by organizing farmers and farm workers. 

In 1955 Huerta began her career as an activist when she co-founded the Stockton chapter of the Community Service Organization (CSO), which led voter registration drives and fought for economic improvements for Hispanics. She also founded the Agricultural Workers Association. Through a CSO associate, Huerta met activist César Chávez, with whom she shared an interest in organizing farm workers. In 1962, Huerta and Chávez founded the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA), the predecessor of the United Farm Workers’ Union (UFW), which formed three year later. Huerta served as UFW vice president until 1999. 

Despite ethnic and gender bias, Huerta helped organize the 1965 Delano strike of 5,000 grape workers and was the lead negotiator in the workers’ contract that followed. Throughout her work with the UFW, Huerta organized workers, negotiated contracts, advocated for safer working conditions including the elimination of harmful pesticides. She also fought for unemployment and healthcare benefits for agricultural workers. Huerta was the driving force behind the nationwide table grape boycotts in the late 1960s that led to a successful union contract by 1970. 

In 1973, Huerta led another consumer boycott of grapes that resulted in the ground-breaking California Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975, which allowed farm workers to form unions and bargain for better wages and conditions. Throughout the 1970s and ‘80s, Huerta worked as a lobbyist to improve workers’ legislative representation. During the 1990s and 2000s, she worked to elect more Latinos and women to political office and has championed women’s issues. 

The recipient of many honors, Huerta received the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award in 1998 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012. As of 2015, she was a board member of the Feminist Majority Foundation, the Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus of the United Farm Workers of America, and the President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation.


People In The News - SHSE Graduate John Daniggelis Selected By NY Lizards



Garden City, NY (March 10, 2019) The New York Lizards drafted six new players to its team roster during the 2019 MLL Draft presented by Cascade this past weekend, which was held at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC.

Drafted to the New York Lizards team were:

  • Jack Tigh, Yale, Midfield (Garden City, NY)
  • John Daniggelis, Yale, Midfield (St. James, NY) *
  • Connor Farrell, LIU Post, Faceoff (Holtsville, NY) 
  • Danny Dolan, Maryland, Goalie (Garden City, NY) 
  • Decker Curran, Michigan, Midfield (Greenwich, CT) 
  • Brendan Kearns, Providence, Attack (Wantagh, NY)

We are excited to add six players to our roster that all fit the type of player we were looking to get,” said General Manager Joe Spallina. “These six players check all the boxes, including having a champion pedigree, having great coaches that have turned them into great players and knowing how to win.”

“We are excited to have drafted great players like Jack Tigh and John Daniggelis, even with having to wait to get them until our turn in the draft,” said Head Coach B.J. O’Hara.  “Frankly, if we had picked in the first round, we would have taken them. They know how to turn defense into offense and accomplish a variety of things on the field. We feel very good coming out where we did.”

Five of the six players the Lizards selected in the draft are from Long Island.

“Picking local guys was also a big consideration for us,” said Spallina. “They came up through high school as Lizards fans and know the thrill of playing in front of a hometown audience.”

The draft was broadcasted live on the LSN app.  

The Lizards will begin their 2019 Major League Lacrosse season at home on Friday, May 31, 2019 against the defending MLL champion Denver Outlaws.  Season tickets and four game packs are now available. For more information on season tickets, please click here and for more information on four game packs, please click here

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The New York Lizards of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) were found in 2001 as one of the original six franchises. Formerly the Long Island Lizards, the team won the Steinfeld Cup in its inaugural season, 2001, as well as in 2003, and 2015. The New York Lizards are owned by majority owner Medallion Financial Corp, Vice Chairman, Richard Mack, and other investors. In the 2019 season, the Lizards will play all eight of their home games at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium. For more information or to purchase tickets, please go to www.NYLIZARDS.com.  

About Major League Lacrosse 

Major League Lacrosse ( MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, was founded by Jake Steinfeld and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Major League Lacrosse commenced play in 2001 and is currently playing its nineteenth season. MLL has continued to lead the sport of lacrosse into the mainstream of competitive team sports. The league is made up of nine teams: The Atlanta Blaze, Boston Cannons, Charlotte Hounds, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Dallas Rattlers, Denver Outlaws, Florida Launch, New York Lizards, and the Ohio Machine.  


People In The News - Matt Nartowicz American Community Bank

Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta Congratulates Matt Nartowicz of American Community Bank for his service to the East Northport Chamber

At the East Northport Chamber of Commerce’s March meeting, Legislator Rob Trotta presented longtime Chamber volunteer Matt Nartowicz of East Islip with a proclamation recognizing his 10 years of service on the Board of Directors. Mr. Nartowicz is now the Vice President, Nassau Regional Manager of American Community Bank in Glen Cove. He previously was the Suffolk Regional Manager at the bank in East Northport. While involved with the Chamber, he worked tirelessly on the Chamber’s East Northport Festival and its annual Golf Classic. He is also a past president of the Chamber.

“Matt and the East Northport Chamber do a great job in supporting its members, promoting the benefits of doing business locally, as well as enhancing the East Northport community. His guidance and impact will be missed,” said Legislator Rob Trotta.


Pictured at the meeting at Crossroads Café in East Northport are Suffolk Legislator Rob Trotta (left) and Matt Nartowiz of American Community Bank (right).


People In The News - Women's History Month - Frances Perkins

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Frances PerkinsIn 1933, Roosevelt nominated Perkins as Secretary of Labor. The nomination was met with support from the National League of Women Voters and the Women’s Party.[30] The American Federation of Laborcriticized the selection of Perkins because of a perceived lack of ties to labor.[30] As Secretary, Perkins oversaw the Department of Labor, Perkins went on to hold the position for twelve years, longer than any other Secretary of Labor.[31] She became the first woman to hold a cabinet position in the United States and thus became the first woman to enter the presidential line of succession.[32] The selection of a woman to the cabinet had been rumored in the four previous administrations, with Roosevelt being the first to follow through.[33] Roosevelt had witnessed Perkin’s work first hand during their time in Albany.[33] With few exceptions, President Roosevelt consistently supported the goals and programs of Secretary Perkins.

As Secretary of Labor, Perkins played a key role in the cabinet by writing New Deal legislation, including minimum-wage laws. Her most important contribution, however, came in 1934 as chairwoman of the President’s Committee on Economic Security (CES). In this post, she was involved in all aspects of the reports, including her hand in the creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps and the She-She-She Camps.[10] Perkins also drafted the Social Security Act of 1935. On the day the bill was signed into law, her husband escaped from a mental institution.[21][34]

In 1939, she came under fire from some members of Congress for refusing to deport the communist head of the west coast International Longshore and Warehouse UnionHarry Bridges. Ultimately, however, Bridges was vindicated by the Supreme Court.[35]

With the death of President Roosevelt, Harry Truman ascended to the office on April 12, 1945.[36] Truman chose his own cabinet, including Lewis B. Schwellenbach as Secretary of Labor.[36][37] Perkins’ tenure as Secretary ended on June 30, 1945 with the swearing in of Schwellenbach.[37]

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