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Maureen Rossi Joins Talk Radio As The Non Profit Voice On LI News

Smithtown resident and community activist Maureen Rossi is the new host of The Non Profit Voice on LI News Radio.   103.9 is Long Island’s only all-talk radio station with news, traffic, weather and feature programs.

Found on the FM dial, the Non Profit Voice is produced by Ron Gold of Marketing Works and highlights various non-profits around Long Island every Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m.  

Rossi says she is thrilled to be doing the show.  “I was a guest on The Non Profit Voice several times talking about the Island’s opiate and heroin epidemic,” she explained.  Rossi is a founding member and Chairwoman of Kings Park in the kNOw, a non-profit that works to shine a light on and eradicate the regions youth opiate and heroin epidemic.   “Being a guest was a very positive experience; now I am so happy to be hosting, its enormous fun and I get to learn about all the non-profits that serve this great Island we live on,” she added.

Last Saturday Rossi celebrated National Down Syndrome Month with a provocative interview with the Executive Director of ACDS Michael Smith and a member of his staff, Mary Lynn Dinu.  Dinu is also the mother of a nine year old son who happens to have Down Syndrome.  A lively beautiful child in Spider Man pajamas, Rossi invited him into the studio after the show to play with the equipment; he was able to hear himself on the radio speakers in the airport.   “Is it wrong to have so much fun at work,” she asks laughingly. 

The LI News Radio news department is the largest in Suffolk County, keeping the Island informed locally and state-wide.  Rossi says the website is extremely well done with a news ticker and breaking news.  “It’s a very modern take on news, lots of it, short blips of data, the site is a great news source in addition to the station,” she explained.

Being in the news business for twenty years, she says she is a self-proclaimed news junkie.  “I am a huge fan of the station and listen daily in my home-based office in Kings Park while I work,” shared Rossi.

She said there have been many political guests since the station was launched in December 2013 and she particularly enjoys the political coverage because she has interviewed most of the elected officials as a journalist.  “If you want to have your finger on the pulse of what’s happening on Long Island, LI News Radio is the place to be,” she ended.

Fire Sale: Why Amazon’s Much-Hyped Phone Flopped

(NEW YORK) — Amazon’s much-hyped Fire phone didn’t even create a spark in the smartphone market. Four months after its debut, the device, which featured what Amazon called “breakthrough” technology, is now selling on Amazon for 99 cents with a contract — placing it at about the same price point as a fast food hamburger.

Where Amazon went wrong was creating a device geared toward drawing in new Amazon shoppers, according to Patrick Moorhead, principal technology analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy. He said the smart phone and Amazon were a classic case of a “brand mismatch.”

“I think that Amazon was more interested in monetizing its buyers than actually delivering a compelling experience,” Moorhead told ABC News.

The Fire phone is equipped with a feature that allows users to identify almost any product — from a book to a game or a container of kosher salt. It then directs users to Amazon to make purchases.

The 3-D display, ideal for game play, was touted by Amazon as another breakthrough feature of the phone. From Moorhead’s perspective, it’s one place the company had a chance to shine but executed the technology entirely the wrong way.

“I could imagine on a 10-inch tablet playing some really cool 3-D games, but their display was too small,” he said. “It was the wrong platform.”

Reviews of the Fire phone, which averages about 2-stars on Amazon, range from “extremely sad and dissatisfied” and “I wanted to love you” to “five stars.”

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/26/14

(NEW YORK) – MLB: World Series: San Francisco Giants 5 – Kansas City Royals 0 (Giants Lead Series, 3-2)

NFL Week 8: Detroit Lions 22 (6-2) – Atlanta Falcons 21 (2-6)

Cincinnati Bengals 27 (4-2-1) – Baltimore Ravens 24 (5-3)

Kansas City Chiefs 34 (4-3) – St. Louis Rams 7 (2-5)

Houston Texans 30 (4-4) – Tennessee Titans 16 (2-6)

Seattle Seahawks 13 (4-3) – Carolina Panthers 9 (3-4)

Miami Dolphins 27 (4-3) – Jacksonville Jaguars 13 (1-7)

New England Patriots 51 (6-2) – Chicago Bears 23 (3-5)

Minnesota Vikings 19 (3-5) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13 (1-6) – Overtime

Buffalo Bills 43 (5-3) – New York Jets 23 (1-7)

Cleveland Browns 23 (4-3) – Oakland Raiders 13 (0-7)

Arizona Cardinals 24 (6-1) – Philadelphia Eagles 20 (5-2)

Pittsburgh Steelers 51 (5-3) – Indianapolis Colts 34 (5-3)

New Orleans Saints 44 (3-4) – Green Bay Packers 23 (5-3)

NHL: Winnipeg Jets 2 (3-5-0, 6pts) – Colorado Avalanche 1 (2-4-3, 7pts) – Overtime

Los Angeles Kings 5 (6-1-1, 13pts) – Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (4-4-0, 8pts)

Chicago Blackhawks 2 (5-2-1, 11pts) – Ottawa Senators 1 (4-2-1, 9pts)

San Jose Sharks 4 (5-4-1, 11pts) – Anaheim Ducks 1 (7-2-0, 14pts)

Vancouver Canucks 4 (5-3-0, 10pts) – Washington Capitals 2 (4-2-2, 10pts)

NASCAR: Dale Earnhardt Jr. won at Martinsville Speedway.  Jeff Gordon finished second.

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Horror Film “Ouija” Takes First Place at Weekend Box Office

(LOS ANGELES) — Just in time for Halloween, the horror film Ouija took first place at the box office.

Ouija, which is rated PG-13, brought in over $20 million in its first weekend in theaters. It stars Olivia Cooke, Daren Kagasoff, Douglas Smith, Bianca Santos, and Ana Coto.

In second place was John Wick, which also opened on Friday. The action film, which earned $14.15 million, stars Keanu Reeves as a former hit man who comes out of retirement.

Here are the top ten films of the weekend according to

1. Ouija: $20.006 million
2. John Wick: $14.15 million
3. Fury: $13.0 million
4. Gone Girl: $11.1 million
5. The Book of Life: $9.8 million
6. St. Vincent: $8.06 million
7. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: $7.02 million
8. The Best of Me: $4.7 million
9. The Judge: $4.345 million
10. Dracula Untold: $4.302 million

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Quarantined Nurse Hopes Her ‘Nightmare’ in New Jersey ‘Not in Vain’

(NEW YORK) — A nurse who is fighting being forcibly quarantined in New Jersey after returning from Africa where she treated Ebola patients said Monday that she hopes “this nightmare of mine and the fight that I’ve undertaken is not in vain.”

Kaci Hickox, who has no signs of the lethal virus, has announced that she intends to sue over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s policy of a 21-day mandatory quarantine for health care workers returning from helping Ebola patients in West Africa.

Monday morning, the nurse sent a message to ABC News’ Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser thanking people for taking her side.

“I’m so thankful for the immense attention and support I’ve received. I just hope this nightmare of mine and the fight that I’ve undertaken is not in vain!” Hickox wrote.

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Legendary Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dies at 82

(NEW YORK) — Legendary fashion designer Oscar De La Renta passed away on Monday at the age of 82.

A family member confirmed De La Renta’s passing to ABC News. The designer had been diagnosed with cancer in 2006.

Born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, De La Renta left home at 18 to study painting in Madrid. It was there he developed a love of fashion design and began an apprenticeship with Cristóbal Balenciaga, who became his mentor, and then, landed a job with Lanvin in Paris.

“When I first arrived here in 1963, all the names on clothes were the name of [the store],” he told Gotham magazine last year. “You made your clothes, you sold them to the store, and they quickly removed the label and put the label of the store. If it was a dress at Saks Fifth Avenue, the label was Saks Fifth Avenue. Bergdorf Goodman was Bergdorf Goodman. But it was a time of transition.”

In 1965, the designer launched his own label, and soon caught the eye of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Other first ladies including Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton would follow suit, as well as a bevy of A-list stars, from Amy Adams to Sandra Bullock to Jessica Biel and countless others.

He also launched a successful bridal line, and most recently, designed Amal Clooney’s wedding gown.

“George and I wanted a wedding that was romantic and elegant, and I can’t imagine anyone more able than Oscar to capture this mood in a dress,” she told Vogue last month. “Meeting him made the design process all the more magical, as he is so warm and such a gentleman.”

The fashion designer is survived by his wife, Annette, and a son, Moises, as well as stepchildren and step-grandchildren.

De la Renta, who won a bevy of fashion awards in his lifetime, including two Council of Fashion Designers Designer of the Year Awards, a CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award and two COTY Awards, always appreciated every moment of his high-profile life.

“A huge mistake we make is forgetting that one day we will die. We think that we are going to live forever. I always say life is a little like a garden. There is a time to plant, then a time you have to weed. Just think about people you’ve deeply cared for. And then think of the people you wish you’d spent more time with,” he told Gotham. “I always say this: Live, love and laugh.”

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Coram, NY – Brookhaven Highway Superintendent Daniel P. Losquadro is announcing his traffic safety division has upgraded 121 traffic control devices throughout the town with energy efficient Light Emitting Diodes (LED’s). The cost saving improvement project took place throughout the summer replacing over 1,500 bulbs so far. LED technology saves more than 80 percent in energy consumption than incandescent bulbs and can last 25 times as long.

This project started in the early summer and by the end of this year all Brookhaven Town traffic signals will be LED operated.


“This is another way I am implementing technology to improve highway department operations while simultaneously saving taxpayer dollars,” Superintendent Losquadro said. “These lights will reduce the town’s energy consumption, simultaneously reducing the amount of money spent on maintenance.”


While individual areas vary in how much they cost to operate due to size and the number of traffic lights, some intersection costs have shrunk from about $200 to $35 a month. The project is expected to pay for itself within 12 to 18 months.


“The incandescent light bulb has been in use, almost unchanged, for more than 135 years,” Superintendent Losquadro said. “This change in technology represents a milestone in infrastructure improvement.”

Americans Have No Beef with Getting Their Protein from Meat

(NEW YORK) — One of the health lessons drummed into kids’ heads is that proteins are essential nutrients in building strong bodies while providing an important fuel source.

That lesson sticks with a lot of people well into adulthood given how much Americans consume animal protein.

As it happens, the NPD Group found out in a survey that six in 10 respondents eat some kind of animal protein on a daily basis.

Tops on the list compiled by the NPD Group are beef, followed by chicken, fish, pork, shellfish and lamb.

What’s more, at least one in two adults clamors for more protein than what they’re already getting. However, they’re less inclined to turn to dairy products even though health experts say milk, cheese and yogurt and eggs are good sources of the nutrients, not to mention they’re loaded with calcium and many are fortified with Vitamin D.

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