Elmont Man Reported Missing

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Kevin Pierre-PaulUpdate: Kevin Pierre-Paul has been found.Nassau County police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 23-year-old Elmont man who has been reported missing.Police said Kevin Pierre-Paul was last seen leaving his Sterling Road home at 12:40 a.m. Monday.Pierre-Paul was described as 5-feet, 11-inches tall, 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.He was last seen wearing black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. Police noted that he needs medication.Detectives ask anyone with information regarding this missing person to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.last_img

Do This – Long Island Events for March 2014

first_imgAVIVA DRESCHERThis no-holds-barred memoir by perhaps the boldest member of The Real Housewives of New York City, tackles everything from relationships, reality TV and the amputation of her leg to her mother’s alcoholism and how to overcome such personal challenges. Besides signing copies of Leggy Blonde, she’ll also be answering questions—about her life, her legs, and even whether or not she has sex with her prosthetic on or off. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com 7 p.m. March 4TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS: DECONSTRUCTING THE BEATLES’ REVOLVERLed by acclaimed Beatles scholar, composer and producer Scott Freiman, this “Expanded Edition” transports Fab Four fans young and old on a three-hour multimedia escapade back into the studio as the band forge their rock masterpiece, including rare audio and video clips, behind-the-scene stories about the tunes and the groundbreaking innovative production techniques used to create what’s considered by many to be not just the best Beatles album, but the best album of all time, period. He’ll also be deconstructing “Paperback Writer” and “Rain.” Not-to-be missed. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $14 members/$19 public. 7 p.m. March 5LOS LOBOSChicano rock at its most infectious. With The Mastersons. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $40, $50, $65. 8 p.m. March 5ERTICAL HORIZON, TONIC & DISHWALLANineties alt radio-singles superstars. Expect Vertical Horizon’s moody “Everything You Want,” Tonic’s addictive “Lemon Parade” and “If You Could Only See” from Dishwalla’s “Counting Blue Cars.” Also expect a whole lotta flannel worn by audience members. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $24.50, $29.50, $32.50, $44.50. 8 p.m. March 7JIM BREUERUntil you’ve experienced Breuer’s comedy live, until your gut has writhed in such uncontrollable, euphoric swells as deep and as vast as the rippling waves of the ocean and you’ve lost all context of time and space, any worries and pain, laughing so damn hard that somehow, everything—life, love and existence—all makes sense, well, you’ve just never actually lived. Let the former Valley Stream Central High School grad (formerly SNL’s “Goat Boy” and this month’s “Portrait”) take you there. Not-to-be missed. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com 8 p.m. & 11 p.m. March 8WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKSThese Scottish indie rockers have been converting fans across the globe ever since their 2009 debut These Four Walls, which was followed up with 2011’s stellar In the Pit of the Stomach and last month’s E Ray – Live in Philadelphia, recorded in Philly’s Union Transfer. If you dig label mates Frightened Rabbit (which, if you’ve ever heard, you must, since their draw is that infectious), then you will love WWPJ. With Honeyblood. Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St., Manhattan. Websterhall.com $20. 8 p.m. March 8BILL COSBYThe legendary funnyman headlines Gala 2014, a great night of comedy, and his bit will undoubtedly include hilarious observations he’s gleaned from years of making the world laugh—whether through cartoons (Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids), sitcoms (The Cosby Show), albums, or any of his bestselling books (Fatherhood, I Didn’t Ask To Be Born, But I’m Glad I Was, among others). Not-to-be missed. Staller Center for the Arts, SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook. stallercenter.com $75. (Tickets for Gala Supporters start at $500 for two and include preferred seating and an after-party.) 8 p.m. March 8DEMI LOVATOThe 21-year-old pop singer, actress and philanthropist will be blowing the doors off The Old Barn in support of her Neon Lights Tour. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. nassaucoliseum.com $24.50, $44.50, $64.50, $74.50. 7 p.m. March 11DROPKICK MURPHYSBoston punk rock-Irish folk-hardcore chaos that’s always fun and never fails to inspire mosh pits. In support of their St. Patrick’s Day Tour. With Lucero and Skinny Lister. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $30.50, $39.50, $50. 8 p.m. March 11CAT POWERSolo; chameleon-esque collages that bloom amid a field full of vibrant and dying flowers rooted across a spectrometer of musical genres. Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 N. Sixth St., Brooklyn. $40 ADV/$45 DOS. 7 &10 p.m. March 11“MAC” MCANALLYThe acclaimed country singer/songwriter and guitarist will be performing gems plucked from his nearly 40-year career dazzling fans across the globe in this intimate, personal setting. With Ed Travers and Tommy Maxwell. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.com $25, $35, $45, $55, $65. 8 p.m. March 14TRISHA YEARWOODThe Grammy Award-winning singer, actress and two-time New York Times bestselling cookbook author is known for many things, among them, her emotional, heartfelt ballads. Expect multiple hits, a lot of passion, and a performance you’ll surely remember for a long, long time. With Karyn Rochelle. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50, $49.50, $69.50. 8 p.m. March 14ROB SCHNEIDERThe former SNL writer and cast member-turned-Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo cult star, among other films, will be sure to leave you in stitches. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $24.50, $29, $32, $35, $55. 9 p.m. March 15HOW I GOT LEFT AT THE OPERA: A BOY’S JOURNEY INTO POLITICS WITH MOZART, WAGNER & VERDIOff to the side, Sex Pistols, Ramones and Clash! Fred Plotkin, one of the world’s leading opera experts, leads this multimedia discussion about opera’s anti-establishment, rebellious ways, and how it can be a source of inspiration and imagination for those looking to “fight the good fight,” too. Proceeds will benefit Camp Kinderland, a sleep-away camp for children which helps foster ideals of social justice and peace among guests. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $20 members/$30 public. 4 p.m. March 16ROSEANNE CASHThe Man In Black’s daughter continues his musical legacy of transforming darkness into light through song, touring in support of her latest, and perhaps most visceral, “The River and The Thread,” born from a trek through the Deep South that not only brought her closer to her family’s roots (maybe the closest she’s ever been, she confesses), but on a spiritual and musical journey as well, which successfully resulted in the preservation of her father’s childhood home. Yeah. Wow. Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St., Manhattan. The-townhall-nyc.org $35, $50, $75. 8 p.m. March 18[colored_box color=”green”]WOMEN WHO ROCKLoaded to the gills with rare concert footage, rarely seen promo films and TV performances, CAC Rock Legends Live host Bill Shelley highlights the music and significance of the women who’ve turned rock and roll upside-down and begging for mercy, including (but not limited to) The Runaways, Suzi Quatro, Heart and many more—the archival footage transforming CAC into a rock concert of its own. Loud clapping, singing and shouting are always encouraged, since it will be nearly impossible to contain, anyway. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members/$15 public. 7:30 p.m. March 18[/colored_box]CAROLE RADZIWILLThe journalist and Real Housewives of New York City star will be signing copies of her debut novel The Widow’s Guide to Sex and Dating. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com 7 p.m. March 19ANTHONY JESELNIKYes, this is the guy who roasted Donald Trump, Charlie Sheen and Roseanne Barr on Comedy Central, starred in his own Offensive and the mastermind behind comedy album Shakespeare. And yes, he’s absolutely hilarious. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $29, $35. 8 p.m. March 20THE MARSHALL TUCKER BANDThe Southern rock/blues stalwarts have been touring the world and creating new music for more than 40 years, inspiring legions of fans that span several generations and continuously recruiting even more with each city or town they roll into and absolutely crush. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25, $35, $39.50, $49.50, $59.50. 8 p.m. March 21TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUEJazz-R&B-funk-brass band explosions led by trombone and trumpet prodigy Troy Andrews, aka Trombone Shorty. Wow. With London Souls. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $35, $40. 8 p.m. March 21KID CUDIStoner hip-hop at its trippiest. With King Chip. Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. barclayscenter.com $49.50, $75. 8 p.m. March 225TH ANNUAL PATCHOGUE FOLK FESTIVALNot-to-be missed gig, period. Folk songstresses Suzanne Vega, Amy Helm and Bridgehampton’s own Caroline Doctorow will be performing numbers spanning their collective careers, including, surely, Vega’s “Luka” and “Tom’s Diner.” And possibly a few Pete Seeger numbers, in tribute of his recent passing? Only one way to find out. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.com $18, $28, $38, $48, $68. 8 p.m. (With a Free concert featuring various local singer/songwriters at 2 p.m. in the lobby.) March 22ENNIO MORRICONEThe recent Grammy Trustee Award winner, aka “The Maestro,” will be conducting this one-night-only, ultra-rare performance accompanied by the Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra and Choir, revisiting the revered composer’s timeless repertoire in Morricone’s first East Coast appearance since his 2007 debut. Bellissimo! Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. barclayscenter.com $80, $255, $355. $75. 7 p.m. March 22DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM CLASSICAL BALLET PERFORMANCEEighteen racially diverse dance artists from the Dance Theatre of Harlem perform a diverse and demanding classical ballet repertoire that is as graceful as it is moving, as stunning and mesmerizing as it is breathtakingly graceful and gorgeous. Not-to-be missed. Staller Center for the Arts, SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook. stallercenter.com $40. 8 p.m. March 22KINGS PARK: STORIES FROM AN AMERICAN MENTAL INSTITUTIONAward-winning filmmaker and former patient Lucy Winer takes audience members on a powerful, moving, cinematic journey through the history and legacy of the Kings Park Mental Hospital and will be on-hand to answer questions about the film’s creation and her time there, along with other members of the cast and crew. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members/$15 public.1 p.m. March 23SPANK! HARDER: THE SEQUELThe second chapter of the hilariously naughty Fifty Shades of Grey parody is sure to keep audience members writhing in their seats with excitement and laughs—and eagerly anticipating the next. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50. 7 p.m. March 23THE ROBERT CRAY BANDCray is a living blues legend whose guitar work not only remains true to all those who’ve laid the foundation before him but pushes the genre to new possibilities, fans and heights. The multi-Grammy Award winner—who’s been intoxicating audiences around the world with his cascading, ever-inspiring and always-evolving fusion of blues, soul, rock and jazz for 40 years—will undoubtedly be performing hits spanning his 16-album canon, including timeless numbers off 1986 breakthrough Strong Persuader, as well as gems from his latest masterpiece, Nothin’ But Love. With The Blind Boys. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $32.50, $42.50, $49.50, $65. 8 p.m. March 25RALPHIE MAYA larger-than-life comedian dishing out larger-than-life hilarity. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $30, $35, $40, $50. 8 p.m. March 27JANE GREENThe New York Times bestselling author will be signing copies of her latest novel Tempting Fate, an addictive, gripping tale about a 43-year-old happily married woman named Gabby who finds herself in the titillating throes of a relationship with a younger man. How far will she go? Only one way to find out. Wow. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com 7 p.m. March 27JIM BELUSHIThe actor, comedian and musician will leave you in stitches, holding your stomach and gasping for air. (This is a good thing lol.) With The Chicago Board of Comedy. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50. 8 p.m. March 28TAYLOR DAYNELI’s own multi-platinum diva, in all her gorgeous, heart-bending glory. Expect hits “Tell It to My Heart,” “Prove Your Love” and “Every Beat of My Heart.” With Amber Ferrari. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.com $35, $45, $55, $65. 7 p.m. March 29DREAM THEATERA must-not-miss gig, regardless of whether mesmerizing, mind-blowing prog-metal is your cup of tea or not. Hell, forget labels—any music fan will appreciate and be floored by this band. Dream Theater has been pushing the very boundaries of sound going on 30 years, and each performance is a kaleidoscopic, sonic realm of tone and colors, light and darkness, passion and emotion oft-described as transcendental (and amplified by the guitar virtuosity of Kings Park’s legendary shredder John Petrucci, considered by many to be one of the best guitarists in the world). The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $39.50, $49.50, $59.50, $69.50, $89.50. 8 p.m. March 30“WOMEN OF THE WORLD”A continuation of the art and photography exhibition profiled in this month’s “Art & Soul” on P. 36, this includes artwork from more than 50 award-winning LI female artists and photographers asked to express the feminine mystique theme of a moment in the life of a woman—past, present and future—in the medium of their choice. Wow. Hutchins Gallery, CW Post/LIU campus library, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. Liu.edu Free. Tues.-Sat., 2-5 p.m. March 4 through 292ND ANNUAL NYC HOT SAUCE EXPODo you enjoy extra-extra-extra spicy wings? Taste-testing Jalapeño and Ghost Peppers just for fun? Boasting dozens of hot stuff purveyors, unlimited sampling, spicy pizza-, chicken wing- and knish-eating contests and Bloody Mary Mix Down Championship, among many other taste-bud-scorching events, this scalding, fiery-foodie inferno has it all. And as an added sizzler this year, LI’s own firebrand wrestler/actor/author/food critic/comic book hero Brimstone will be setting the CaJohns Fiery Foods booth ablaze signing autographs—so turn it up and sauce it up, flamethrower-style! Penn Plaza Pavilion, 401 Seventh Ave., Manhattan. nychotsauceexpo.com $35, $75, $100. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. March 29 & 30BLACK SABBATHOzzy, Iommi and The Geezler are back, unleashing a barrage of classics mixed with hellfire from their latest, the charts-topping 13, sure to include “God Is Dead?” and “ End of the Beginning.” Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn. barclayscenter.com $59.50, $89.50, $129.50. 7:30 p.m. March 31 Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

James Fisher Ocean Team Wraps Up South China Sea Project for COOEC Subsea

first_imgJames Fisher Ocean Team (JFOT) has completed its first excavation for COOEC Subsea in the South China Sea.The project, undertaken in Zhujiangkou Basin, 170km southwest of Hong Kong, was for post-lay trenching of 7km of subsea cable as part of the oil field’s joint development.Fu Wenzhi, technical manager of COOEC Subsea, said: “We have established the trust in the technology and personnel from JFSE over the years who have once again executed the project within time and budget. Now that the equipment as well as operational and logistical support are based locally in Shenzhen, we are looking forward to further opportunities to work together.”JFOT has two excavation spreads, the Twin R2000 and T8000, positioned permanently in China to support clients in the country’s oil & gas and offshore wind sectors.Sue Sun, operations director of JFOT said: “We are delighted that COOEC Subsea are once again pleased by the results of the fleet which is being managed with a real regional focus locally for the Chinese market.”The subsea excavation equipment services a number of sectors and applications including pipeline and cable trenching, deburial, rock dump dispersal and seabed clearance and preparations.last_img read more

Highlights of the Week

first_imgTwo Damen Cutter Suction Dredgers Shipped to MexicoDamen Shipyards recently delivered two new dredgers to the Mexican Navy, among which is the cutter suction dredger (CSD) 650 ARM Laguna Morelos (ADR-19). Image source: DamenDredging Today brings you an overview of the most popular stories from the past week (February 3-9, 2020). Following the Completion of Berdyansk Gig Dredger Meotida Returns to MariupolThe Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority (USPA) has just announced that the hopper dredger Meotida of their Delta-pilot branch has successfully completed its work on the section of the Berdyansk seaport approach channel, after which the vessel was relocated to Mariupol. DCI Wins Mumbai Dredging ContractDredging Corporation of India Ltd (DCI) has won a Naval Dockyard’s (Mumbai) contract for dredging work at the naval sites in Mumbai area.center_img Crucial Need to Widen the Houston Ship ChannelPort Houston Chairman Ric Campo has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means – Subcommittee on Trade, concerning “Trade Infrastructure for Global Competitiveness”. JV Including DEME Wins Kiel Canal ContractDEME has won a contract as part of a joint venture for the widening of the Kiel Canal in Germany.last_img read more

Sex education may add to 5-year-olds’ confusion

first_imgStuff.co.nz 25 November 2013Five North Island schools are now bravely rolling out a sex education policy apparently tailor-made to be absorbed by ankle-biters as young as 5 years old.In a TV news item, teacher and sexuality educator Kathryn Heape beamingly told a reporter about the policy and how they: “Talk about how the baby grows in the uterus, and talk about how it’s the penis’ job to deliver the sperm to the egg through the vagina”.Good grief, if that isn’t hard enough to comprehend for a 5-year-old, the notion that the penis actually has a job to perform, to, as it were, put on a suit and tie and march off to work to impregnate an eagerly awaiting egg, is both grand and comic.The children are also shown what a condom looks like, which infers the nippers are also told that the penis’ job of impregnating an egg is completely redundant most of the time, that the penis is for most of its life a work-shy ergophobe who goes to extraordinary lengths to shirk the job description of a sperm egg collision while still enjoying the fringe benefits of horsing around in the happy hunting grounds of the vagina.Why a child of such a very young age has to become acquainted with a condom beats me. I tend to agree with the sobbing mother also interviewed in the same TV item who, along with other parents at her children’s school, successfully campaigned against the policy’s introduction. The notion of protection with a capital P seems to have been hijacked by earnest sex educators trying to prevent worst-case scenarios at the cost of a childhood, which by its definition should be allowed a period of grace before signs of biology kick in.http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/columnists/9438637/Sex-education-may-add-to-5-year-olds-confusionlast_img read more

Resilient Fruits Festival added to World Rivers Day celebration

first_img Share FaithLifestyleLocalNews Resilient Fruits Festival added to World Rivers Day celebration by: – May 11, 2018 Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share 275 Views   no discussions Fr Franklyn Cuffy (file photo)News Release {-May 9 2018} –As Catholics observe the third Anniversary of Pope Francis Encyclical “Laudato Si” – care of our common home (Earth) is our responsibility, on 24 May, 2018. Here in Dominica plans are well on the way for the next World Rivers Day.Resilient Fruits Festival will now be one of the major attractions of the 13 Anniversary of World Rivers Day, carded for the last Sunday of September (30), 2018. As designated by the United Nations.Spearheading this Anniversary is The Dominica World Rivers Day Committee, in partnership with the Healthy Islanders, The Discover Dominica, DHTA, City Council, DOWASCO, Forestry Division, The Dominica Fire and Ambulance Division, the Signman, among others.Donmnitjen Fo Roseau River Endurance Competition will be the focus.The day’s event will be begin with a Church celebration at 9:00 am at the Cathedral Chapel, followed with parade of uniform groups to the Roseau Market, where breakfast will be available.A Hula Hoop Endurance competition will also be an attraction for the Youth. And will be coordination by the Girl Guides Movement.In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria this year’s theme is: No Forest, No Water, No RIVER, No Food, No Life!last_img read more

West Ham axe manager Pellegrini after Leicester defeat

first_img “Joint-Chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold, along with the Board and everyone at West Ham United, would like to place on record their thanks to Manuel for his service over the past 18 months.” Read Also: EPL: Calvert-Lewin brace hands Everton win at Newcastle Mr Sullivan said: “It is with great disappointment that we’ve had to make this decision. Manuel is a gentleman and it has been a real pleasure to work with someone of his calibre. “However, it has become clear that that a change is required to get the Club back on track in line with our ambitions this season. We felt it was necessary to act now in order to give the new manager as much time as possible to try and achieve that goal.” David Moyes is the early front-runner with the bookies to return to the Hammers. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 West Ham United have sacked manager Manuel Pellegrini after their home defeat to Leicester . The Hammers went down 2-1 at the London Stadium to a Foxes side who made nine changes from the side that lost 4-0 at Liverpool on Boxing Day. Manuel Pellegrini has been sacked as West Ham United manager The result saw West Ham equal their club record run of four successive home defeats in the Premier League having also lost out to Arsenal , Tottenham and Newcastle in recent weeks. It leaves them 17th in the Premier League table with just one win in five and hovering just a point off the relegation zone. It was enough to prompt club bosses to part with former Premier League title winner Pellegrini after 19 months at the helm. A club statement read: “West Ham United can confirm that Manuel Pellegrini has left the Club with immediate effect.Advertisementcenter_img Loading…last_img read more

Wildcats Tame Tigers In CC

first_imgFranklin County High School Girls Varsity Cross Country beat Lawrenceburg High School 25-30.Although the Lawrenceburg course, combined with the warm temperatures was grueling for some of the Lady Wildcats, they persevered to win against Lawrenceburg. Junior, Lauren Kelley, won the race with a time of 22:21. Senior, Katelyn Meyer, placed 3rd with a time of 24:35. Junior, Josie Selm, had a time of 27:26 and finished in 5th place. Sophomore, Katherine Apsley, came in with a 7th place finish, and Sophomore, Emma Cabezuelo finished 9th with a time of 29:15. The lady cross country runners are hoping to keep the momentum going and keep running stronger and stronger.Franklin County High School Boys Varsity Cross Country beat Lawrenceburg High School 18-43.The Wildcat Boys Cross Country team took 4 of the top 5 spots on the difficult Lawrenceburg course. Junior, Drew Grant, led the Wildcats to the win with his 19:53 first-place finish. Sophomore, Ben Maze, was right behind him with a time of 19:56. Both runners led the race from start to finish. Freshman, Hunter Marshall, finished in 4th place with a time of 21:13. Senior, Harvey Marshall, was 5th, just five seconds behind at 21:18. Senior, Kyle Seibert, is continuing to run strong, with his 21:32 6th place finish. The Wildcats performed well in this challenging race.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Stacey Nobbe.last_img read more

Women’s basketball overcomes “bumps and bruises” to defeat DePaul

first_img Related Stories As seniors lead freshmen, underclassmen return favorGallery: Syracuse beats DePaul 84-80 Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse women’s basketball puts down DePaul 84-8o Tuesday. The Orange hopes to take the momentum into their match-up with No. 3 UConn and continue to stay healthy into the weekend. Commentscenter_img Published on January 16, 2013 at 1:04 amlast_img

Alumna creates video to urge action on homelessness

first_imgNine months pregnant, filmmaker and USC alumna Rachel Fleischer didn’t think that she would be doing so much work during her third trimester. “I think my unborn baby is giving me a lot of inspiration to do more good in the world,” Fleischer said. The good that Fleischer described has to do with her recent work directing a public service announcement supporting Proposition HHH, a bill on the Nov. 8 ballot that aims to end homelessness in Los Angeles.Proposition HHH would provide $1.2 billion to build safe and clean housing in the city and would implement mental health and drug addiction treatment for homeless residents. Fleischer said she did not hear about this proposition until she was invited to speak at a panel on homelessness. “When I heard about it, I came to learn more about what it offered, and how it could help the homeless community,” Fleischer said. “Then I wondered, ‘If I’m a 35-year-old woman and I haven’t heard of it, then my friends definitely haven’t heard of it.’ So I decided to put together a short film.” The one-minute film, which was uploaded to YouTube, features several actors and actresses speaking about the importance of supporting Proposition HHH. One of the actors, Ty White, joined the initiative because of his feeling of personal connection to the issue of homelessness.“It was close to the heart — I have friends and family who have been there,” White said. “Times are hard and life gets hard; and what Rachel did resonates with me because there are people who don’t have friends to help them out when life gets hard.”Actress Madeline Zima said that her friendship with Fleischer was the reason she heard about the project, but that her personal desire to help end homelessness drove her to contribute. “I believe homelessness could happen to anyone,” Zima said. “Many people were just like you and me and had a stroke of bad luck that they just couldn’t turn around. Everyone deserves a second chance at a satisfying life.”Fleischer said she didn’t start out as a documentarian of homelessness — before this PSA, she shot a short film and had made music videos and commercial segments. Instead, she sees herself as a storyteller foremost, and an activist afterwards. “I’m doing a lot of different things as a filmmaker,” Fleischer said. “I tend to not put myself in a box, but rather use my abilities as a filmmaker to satisfy my own impulses but to also bring awareness through my storytelling. What drives me is really the storytelling and helping make an impact.”However, Fleischer said the Proposition HHH PSA is not her first or last experience with tackling homelessness in her work. In 2011, she released a film called Without a Home, which took five years to make. And in the future, Fleischer plans to release several short video segments of actors and actresses voicing their own personal takes on and experiences with homelessness. “I know that homelessness will be an issue that will always touch my heart and drive me to take action,” Fleischer said. “And one way I can do that is filmmaking and storytelling.”last_img read more