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Ruff Ryderz Reunion- Barclays Center, 2017

Brooklyn was on fire just the other week when the Roughriders held their 20th anniversary at the Berkeley Center.

Roughriders were originated in the late 90s with artists including Swiss beats the locks eve drag on and of course the infamous DMX

Although there were some hiccups in DMX’s performance, all of the audience was  undoubtable entertained to say the least.

Not only were we entertained with the members of the Roughriders but they brought out many special guest as well

French Montana surprise us all with his parents and his performance including his new hit single unforgettable

French wasn’t the only one surprise the audience last night. The Iconic duo, of Remi Ma and fat Joe hit the stage and had the whole building shaking

Akon, master p, Cassidy and many more performed as well making This night one to go down in history. If you’re like me, and you’re tired  of the pop hip hop lil yachty nonsense that’s being played today, you DEFINITELY would’ve appreciated this reunion.

Facebook Killer Reported Dead

Steve Stephens, also known b3a227ff-61b6-4859-ae1f-c8b10a7081ab-b3a227ff61b64859ae1fc8b10a7081abrendition_2_stephensas the “Facebook Killer” has been reported dead after committing suicide during arrest.

Stephens gained the name “The Facebook Killer” after he proceeded to pull the trigger and ending a life, live on Facebook. Apparently his victims are random and all recorded as he laughs, mentioning his ex-girlfriend for being the reasons for their deaths.


Although his Facebook was soon deactivated shortly following his first “killing video” the videos managed to get shared throughout the internet at rapid speed. Steve Stephens asked the stranger to repeat his ex girlfriend’s name out loud, and as he spoke the name is when the trigger was pulled.


The killings did not stop there. He admitted on the phone to have murdered 13 people and he was not going to stop. He was begging to be caught. He states that he “snapped” and no one “took his problems seriously.”


Fortunately, Stephens was caught today, while ordering a meal at McDonalds. Authorities approached him cautiously, but they could not stop him before he proceeded to kill himself.
Thankfully, this rampage of murders has come to an end. What has not come to an end is the grief his ex girlfriend is receiving from the public. She is being attacked, being told that this is her fault and accused of harming him, mentally. Whether or not she was a poor girlfriend while they are together she was not personally involved in any of the killings.


Braille Menus- The Newest Idea In The Industry

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Don’t give up on humans just yet! With all of the hate and discrimination going on in the world it is heart warming to hear of someone looking out for the disabled.

Annalicia Herrerra, a blind Ohio resident, has been out to multiple restaurants throughout her life but has never seen a menu. Think about that. How do you know what you’re options are? Just one of the little  things that we, as unimpaired citizens, may never think twice about. Annalicia is an 18 year old who, for the first time ever, was handed a menu in braille while dining, for her birthday, at Red Robin.

Annalicia’s younger sister, Alyssa told the Huffington Post that her sister always orders chicken fingers and fries because they are (almost) always available at all restaurants. But this time was different. Miss Herrerra got to enjoy a chicken teriyaki burger and claimed it was the best thing she has ever eaten!!

Happy Birthday, Annalicia!! And a huge thank you to Red Robin for having such an open mind, we can only hope one day every restaurant will have such amenities available.


The Ketogenic Diet’s effect on the Brain

In the 1920’s the Ketogenic Diet  was developed as a cure for epilepsy. Studies found numerous amounts of success among pediatrics especially. The idea is that the diet adjusts how the brain uses sugar. That being said with its effect on epilepsy, what effect can the ketogenic diet have on other forms of brain damage and diseases?

Two studies were conducted on the diets effect on an aging rat brain in order to see its effects in comparison to a brain with Alzheimer’s and the diets effect on someone with brain damage.

Both studies showed cognitive improvement in the subjects and in the case of the subject with brain damage, existing neurological cells were able to be protected from further damage and new cells were able to rejuvenate.

In relation to Alzheimer’s, a study was conducted to find the cause of it. It revealed that Alzheimer’s develops in part due to the brain’s inability to transport glucose. A  Glucose transporter defect is also the primary cause of a condition known as Glucose transporter type I deficiency syndrome (Glut-1DS). According to the Charlie Foundation website the most effective treatment for Glut-1DS is the Ketogenic Diet.

For more information on the Ketogenic Diet’s effect on diseases of the brain and the body in general visit the Charlie Foundation website.


Molloy College Relay For Life Event

This past Friday, on April 29th, Molloy College had their annual Relay for Life event. Relay for life is an event that is known nation wide to help raise money for all types of cancer. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Foundation and are used directly towards patients and research. Friends Family, and survivors gathered around the Public Square building and walked to celebrate and remember loved ones.

Jessica Holdsworth, a sophomore at Molloy College was the Chair person for the Relay for Life event. When asked why she wanted to be apart of the committee her response was, that she have been doing relay for nine years now, and used to do it at her moms school. About six years ago her brother was diagnosed with a Brain tumor and relay for life really started to hit home. About four years ago Jessica was diagnosed with the same brain tumor. Thankfully both were Benign and they are living healthy lives. Jessica relay’s and is on the committee to make sure we raise money to help others in need who are affected by cancer. “Everyone at least knows one person with cancer and I love being on the committee because I get to be in charge of such a huge event that helps so many people.”

If you would like to donate or sign up for a Relay For Life event near you visit their website for information

32 Pints Crowned Winners of Molloy College Battle of the Bands

Every year, Molloy College in Rockville Centre has an annual Battle of the Bands competition. Each year, bands and performers of every genre from all over Long Island sign up to compete against each other for the title.  This year, Battle of the Bands was hosted by the Molloy Performing Arts Club, the Molloy Gaelic Society, and the Molloy Ultimate Frisbee Club.

The competitors practiced day after day in order to prepare themselves for the competition and when the night finally arrived, they couldn’t wait to take the stage.  Fans poured into the theater awaiting the performance.  32 Pints, a local rock band lead by Chris Prestamo and Jeremiah Titone won over the crowd with their upbeat music and wonderful stage presence.  32 Pints is a familiar name around the Molloy campus due to the fact that they have previously preformed at campus events like Relay for Life, open houses, and end of the semester barbecues.

“I couldn’t be happier!” said Prestamo.  “I was so excited to take the stage and I was honored to have won.”  The night was a huge success and the members of 32 Pints were so grateful for wonderful new fanbase that Molloy has given them.


Local Long Island Little League Baseball Team Seeks Funds For a Trip to Cooperstown

Over the course of the last four to five months, a local little league travel baseball team, called Farmingdale Greenwave, has been fundraising for a trip to a Cooperstown tournament. Over those four to five months the parents, kids, and coaches have all collectively fundraised together.

According to coach Kevin Spillane, “the fundraising has brought not only the team together, but also the team parents which is really important.” The fundraising process has really been a main source for the journey to Cooperstown becoming a reality as they have raised over $12,000.

As the Farmingdale Greenwave journey to Cooperstown becomes more of a reality then a possibility, the team will continue to fundraise in the near future. Parents and coaches plan a paint night on May 19th. For more information go to the Farmingdale Greenwave Facebook page.

Below is video link of a news package on Farmingdale Greenwave fundraising process.

‘Anything Goes’ at the Broadhollow Theatre Company

anything-goes-544This upcoming weekend the Broadhollow Theatre Company will be opening Anything Goes at the Bayway Arts Center in East Islip.

Anything Goes is an amusing story of the age-old tale of Boy-Meets-Girl and the complications which ensue wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s magical scores. Terrific Cole Porter songs include It’s De-Lovely, Friendship, I Get A Kick Out Of You, All Through The Night, Anything Goes, You’re The Top and Blow, Gabriel, Blow. Along a lot of tap dance numbers.

As they have opening weekend for this show, Broadhollow is also closing their show Pirates of Penzance at their Elmont location. The show runs from May 7th until May 22nd. The show will play again at their Elmont location from July 9th through july 24th. For more information and tickets visit

The Ketogenic Diet as a cure for Epilepsy

The Ketogenic Diet, a high fat low carb diet growing in popularity among nutritionists and dieters alike most notably for being used by comedian Gabrielle Iglesias who took a fast food approach to the diet and lost over 100 pounds. However the origin of its creation was not for weight loss but rather to cure epilepsy.

In the 1920’s the Ketogenic Diet was developed to cure Epilepsy, however a lack of understanding by doctors forced the diet into near extinction being kept alive by Johns Hopkins Hospital. The diet works to change the sugar levels in your system and how your body uses sugars and carbs. This effects conditions like Glucose transporter type 1 deficiency syndrome, Myoclonic epilepsi, and Glycogenosis type V all share a common symptom of seizures.

In the 1980’s director Jim Abrahm’s son Charlie began the Ketogenic diet in order to combat his Epilepsy, after about a week into the diet his seizures became less frequent and he was cured two years later. Abrahm’s found the diet doing his own research and when it worked for his son vowed to spread the word of the Ketogenic Diet. For more information on the Ketogenic Diet’s effect on Epilepsy visit the Charlie Foundation’s website.


Keep Calm and Don’t Stress About Finals

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It’s that time of the year once again, the dreaded finals week. For many college students, finals cause a large amount of added stress to their lives. This short term stress can unfortunately do a lot of harm to a person’s health. However, there are a few ways to eliminate some of this added stress and take care of your health over these upcoming weeks. The Huffington Post published an article that gives some tips from fellow college students on how to make it through finals week. Below are a few healthy tips the students shared:

1. Exercise

Exercising is one way to help relieve stress, stay focused, and keep  your body healthy. Taking a short exercise break from studying is a good way to give your body more energy for the many hours of studying and work you are putting in during finals. If you’re too nervous to take a break from studying, bring your reading materials to the gym and read while on the bike or treadmill.


2. Eat Nutritious Meals and Snacks

For some, finals=junk food. Many times, a person’s health will decline during finals because they may feel they just don’t have time to think about making healthy meals and snacks. Eating junk actually negatively effects on your study habits because it actually makes it harder for your mind to concentrate, and can result in a food coma and/or sugar crash. To avoid this, opt for healthier snacks that will give your body more energy, help you concentrate, and also help your memory.

3. Breathe

Finally, just breathe. Simply breathing can relieve a great deal of stress from your body. The article suggests “take a deep breath for four counts, hold it for four counts, and exhale for four counts,” when you begin to feel stress building and overwhelmed.

For more tips on how to stay healthy during finals, check out the full Huffington Post article.