Comedian Paul Mecurio to perform in Bellmore May 15-16

Comedian Paul Mercurio warms up the crowd at the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Photo: SouthFlorida.com

Comedian Paul Mecurio warms up the crowd at the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Photo: SouthFlorida.com

Paul Mecurio got his start as a Wall Street lawyer but made his way into comedy after a chance encounter with Jay Leno. Now a successful comedian with Emmy and Peabody wins and his own podcast, Mecurio reflects back on how he got to where he is today, and just how he got Sir Paul McCartney to leave a voicemail on his phone.

He brings his stand up act to Governor’s at the Brokerage in Bellmore Friday May 15 and Saturday May 16.

checkout our interview below!

Long Island Opt Out: nearly 80,000 LI kids opt out of state tests

Many desks were empty in this classroom at Valley Stream Memorial Junior High School as students opted out of taking the state's English Language Arts test Thursday, April 16, 2015. Tens of thousands on Long Island are expected to refuse the math tests, too. Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Many desks were empty in this classroom at Valley Stream Memorial Junior High School as students opted out of taking the state’s English Language Arts test Thursday, April 16, 2015. Tens of thousands on Long Island are expected to refuse the math tests, too. Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Today marks the end of two weeks of controversial state testing that has parents across Long Island opting out. As many as 80,000 students did not take the exams, just on the island.

Jeanette Brunelle Deutermann is the leader of the Long Island Opt Out Movement. The Facebook page she started has over 22,000 members. She tells me how parents have started an education revolution, Governor Cuomo, take note.

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NSLIJ Care Connect Insurance Company to help NYers get coverage

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A piggy bank with a ban aid on it and a stethoscope. Courtesy of 401KCalculator.org

A coalition of community organizations are coming together to help everyday New Yorkers enroll in a qualified health insurance plan before the end of the special enrollment period on April 30. The North Shore LIJ Care Connect Insurance Company is one of these organizations. Bob Brown, chief growth officer at Care Connect, explains how the new program to enroll works and how they are helping those who face language barriers while navigating the complicated health care system.

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NPHW event raises youth HIV/AIDS awareness

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Inspirational QUOTES about HIV and AIDS. Reuters

Just 23% of sexually active high school students have ever been tested for HIV. However, youth ages 13 to 24 account for an estimated 26% of all new HIV infections in the U.S.

National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day was April 10th and Hofstra will observe it as part of National Public Health Week with a panel titled “HIV: Isn’t there a Vaccine for That?”

Hofstra professor Dr Anthony Santella talks about trends in behavioral and biomedical prevention strategies and how to engage young people in issues surrounding HIV and AIDS.

Check out what he had to say here:

Hofstra’s National Public Health Week aims to address at-risk communities on Long Island

publichealth-week-2015Public health problems do not stop at the city line. The Long Island suburbs are often thought to struggle less with public health issues, but that is merely the perception, not reality of life in every suburb. Higher income areas are very healthy, but pockets of at-risk communities have very poor access to services.

Hofstra’s celebration of National Public Health Week continues today with the Minority Health Conference, which aims to combat these issues with a three part conference featuring an academic panel with local health department administrators, a documentary film contest for students and a health fair of local service providers.

Check out my interview with Dr Corinne Kyriacou, director of the Master in Public Health Program at Hofstra where she talks about how we can help underserved communities on Long Island.

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Spring Break Safety Tips

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Party goers fill the sand behind Club La Vela and Spinnaker Beach Club during the fourth week of spring break on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Panama City Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/News Herald, Heather Leiphart) MANDATORY CREDIT

It’s every college student’s favorite time of year: spring break. But beware of having too much fun in the sun, some students tend to go overboard with their partying while away from school.

The Office of Student Leadership and Activities at Hofstra University has been prepping the student body with seminars about staying safe on spring break. Graduate Assistant of Programming Ariel Adrian says it’s important that students know their limits.

Check out what else she had to say below

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Poor texting etiquette may be crushing your love life

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Ever hear the complaint that you’re a bad texter? If you have, beware! It may be ruining your love life. A recent Match.com survey paints a clear picture of the biggest texting turn-offs in the dating world. Fox News Magazine Contributor Ashley Papa gives the Morning Wake Up Call the details.

Listen to her tips!