The Phantom Voice
By Julia Johnson
As Christmas approaches, every child is eagerly writing their Christmas lists to Santa Claus. But what are they writing down? Here are some of the most talked about, best selling toys from the 2017 Holiday season.
1.)Fingerlings Interactive Baby Monkey
3.)BB-9E App-Enabled Droid with Droid Trainer
6.)Soggy Doggy Board Game
7.)Paw Patrol – Sea Patrol – Sea Patroller Transforming Vehicle with Lights and Sounds
8.)Pikmi Pops Surprise! Jumbo Dog Plush
9.)Luke Skywalker’s “Landspeeder” Ride-On from Star Wars
10.)Nerf N-Strike Elite Terrascout Remote Control Drone Blaste
By Julia Johnson
On December 5th 2017, King Kullen and the Blue Point - Bayport Lions Club held their annual Supermarket Sweepstakes. One lucky raffle ticket winner was able to run through King Kullen for 4 minutes, grabbing anything they wanted as long as the total price was under 1000 dollars. This year, 90 year old Mabel De Santo of Lake Grove had the winning ticket. Running for her was her niece, Patti Rooney. Rooney raced around the store, collecting items such as seafood, red meats, cleaning products and baking ingredients. After filling up 4 shopping carts, Rooney’s total came out to $999.58-42¢ under the limit! De Santo and Rooney left the Supermarket feeling accomplished.
As the Christmas season is coming closer, most people are rushing to get their things done in time for Christmas, and most wouldn’t stop to help someone. Recently a homeless man named Joel Hartman in Atlanta was looking for food in a trash can when he found a wallet with a woman’s ID in it and didn’t stop until he returned it. Before Hartman could find the woman he went to several hotels to see if she was a guest at their hotel. When Hartman walked into the Omni Hotel and asked the manager Scott Stuckey if she was a guest there and it turns out she was.
After returning the wallet and leaving the hotel with only handing the security guards the wallet, Stuckey went on a mission to find Hartman and reward him for bringing the wallet back. After the hotel staff found Hartman they rewarded him by letting him stay in a luxury room, treated him with room service and gave him $500. Hartman had stated that if he had lost his wallet he would want someone to do the same for him.
Joel Hartman located on the right.
With Hartman’s good deed and being on the news for it, his family, who he hasn’t see him in over 10 years had seen him on the news. After his family saw the news, they travelled to Atlanta to visit him. This was the first time Hartman had a Thanksgiving dinner with his two step brothers. After their first meal together, Hartman had stated that he is hoping he can have a new and happy life with his new family.
Winter had many ways to celebrate it. Either it was to celebrate the middle of winter, The winter Solstice or the Holiday Christmas. They usually had just got a fresh supply of meat, and the wine and beer was finished fermenting.
The First Civilization to celebrate the Holiday was the Ancient Roman Empire With the Emperor Constantine he was the first Christian Roman Emperor. Then couple years later Pope Julius Officially made December 25 Christmas in year 336. It was celebrated by the Romans with feasting, drinking, singing and the street, clapping hands and gambling, making noise in public and by saying Io Saturnalia the same way now people greet each other with Merry Christmas. In their oldest temple, Temple Of Saturn had a huge public feast.
Then in medieval Europe they celebrated christmas with it being at least 12 days from December 25 to January 6 with decorating their house with candles, holly and ivy. Gifts were not giving on the 25th but on New Year's or some time in the season. There would be a lot more carols. For their feasts they would mostly include boar, Richard served beef, venison, partridges, geese, ale and wine. It would also be a time of charity and sharing food, some tents would get bread, bacon, cheese, beef, chicken soup and as much beer they could drink for the day.
In early America christmas celebration of christmas was fined 5 shillings. Christmas was not a federal holiday in America until June 26, 1870. But it was not embraced until the 19th century. The Americans re-invited the holiday and changed it from a raucous holiday into the family centered holiday. Before the civil war issue of Christmas was one of the reasons it divided. The north thought it was a sin to celebrate it and thanksgiving was a lot more acceptable. In the South Christmas was a important piece so the first three states that legalized it is Alabama, louisiana and arkansas all in the South. In the last quarter of the 19th century America eagerly decorated trees, caroled, baked and shopped for the season.
Mrs.Clause for a Cause:
Now that the holidays are near, there are a variety of ways to help make everyone’s Christmas’ merry. “Mrs. Clause for a Cause” helps turns little kids aspirations into reality. With the help of people all around the world, underprivileged children will receive the gifts of their dreams. This Toys for Tots fundraiser will create a new perspective for children all around the world on their view of Christmas.
Mrs. Clause for a Cause is a charity that answers letters to Santa Claus written by unprivileged children living in New York City. All donations will go toward buying gifts for these children and wrapping materials. This event is organized by Commack resident, Jennifer Scully, who wants to build an eventful holiday for as many children as possible. As of now, the charity has raised almost fourteen thousand dollars, giving children the gifts that they deserve. Today, many parents around the world are less fortunate, unable to buy their children the gifts that they aspire of. By answering these less fortunate children’s letters and donating money, you could help turn these kid’s dreams into reality to make their upcoming holidays memorable.
Trees for Troops:
Not only will charities help children, they can also help country’s service men and women. With help from the charity, Trees for Troops, a program of the Christmas Spirit Foundation, helps provide free, farm grown Christmas trees to US armed force members and their families. When you donate a tree to the US armed forces, Fed Ex delivers the trees to the members and their families. The Trees for Troops webpage shows that, “ Since 2005, more than 191,000 free, farm-grown Christmas Trees have been provided to troops and military families in the United States and overseas through Trees for Troops. Thousands of trees are donated by American farm families and the public, and FedEx delivers these trees to more than 63 military bases in the U.S. and overseas”. With help from you, troops from all around the world can enjoy the holidays under a tree sent with kindness.
Make a Wish Foundation:
The Make a Wish Foundation is one of the more popular foundations known. This charity helps children with need of medical attention due to serious illnesses. Although times as a child with a life-threatening illness can be extremely tough, the Make a Wish Foundation is here to support these children and help them enjoy their holidays as much as possible. There are many ways that you can donate to help these individuals through the Make a Wish Foundation. Donations can be collected at many stores including Toys R US, Macys, the Disney Store, etc. By buying a toy or donating money, you can help make children’s wishes a reality.
One thing that gets to me, many might agree on this. So it's a nice Friday afternoon and I'm minding my own business watching TV and my 20 year old brother comes home from college and sits next to me and takes the remote. LIke bruh are you serious right now? At first I didn't mind but 20 seconds later he changed the channel. Like do you have any respect for anything in life? Like how would you feel if I did that to you. Get off my couch get out of my house and leave this country.
When groups of people take up the entire hallway. MOVE!!. I Have to get to class and you people are taking your sweet time. I hope I am not the only person who thinks this is annoying. This drives me crazy! I have gotten detention over this more than once and I will never forgive these people for the rest of my life.
When people say “cool beans.” I really don't know why this bothers me so much but it does I don't have cool beans. FYI I like my beans warm.
Hero, José Andrés, will not allow any mouths to go unfed this holiday season.
José, 48-year-old chef, born in Spain, is the owner of 30 restaurants here in the United States. It is not only the quality of his amazing food for which he is well known, but for the quantity he has been producing and feeding hurricane victims in Puerto Rico with. Earlier this year, hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico leaving hundreds dead, homeless, and without food or electricity.
In José’s opinion, in a disaster of this magnitude, someone needs to take initiative and be in charge of feeding the hungry families. In an interview with Anderson Cooper, Andrés reveals that the lack of food is not truly the problem. “The big food distribution companies had food because they had fuel, they had diesel. They kept their refrigerators and the freezers working.” Fortunately, José and chef Enrique collected food and began cooking for all of the hungry disaster victims.
With help from volunteers, some of which are victims themselves, as well as Homeland Security and the U.S. Coast Guard, José has been giving meals to 100,000 people a day. Unfortunately, José will not be able to continue at this rate without financial assistance from the Federal Government. José is pushing FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to assist them in feeding these mouths.
According to José, by not giving his organization the money they need, FEMA is not honoring its own title. “I didn't put the name emergency in FEMA. I didn't. But somebody's gonna have to tell me the meaning of emergency. To me, when we're talking about food and these -- the little thing I know, is that emergency is that emergency in food means one thing. People are hungry. And when you're hungry it's today.” Puerto Rico’s hero, José see’s the urgency of this situation, and is not willing to leave anyone hungry.
José’s selfless nature is helping and inspiring many. He spent Thanksgiving feeding those in need in Puerto Rico. As the victims of Puerto Rico recover, there is less of a need for José’s service and hot meals, but he is constantly preparing for future disasters to strike and getting ready to help feed any other hungry mouths.
Cooper, Anderson. “Feeding Puerto Rico.” CBS News, CBS Interactive, 26 Nov. 2017, www.cbsnews.com/news/feeding-puerto-rico/.
By Kevin Dean
In Short: SUPER SLIMEY will do little to attract new fans of Future and Young Thug, but will likely entertain old ones despite coming across as painfully familiar.
Before we get into this review, I want to give some backstory. I’m a huge fan of Future. Nothing could compare to his unique and distinct style which never seemed to get repetitive because of the many different ways he would renew himself with every song. Similar to the very thing he named himself after, Future has proven himself to be always unpredictable, but at the same time consistent.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about Future’s newest album donning the title, SUPER SLIMEY. The consistently unpredictable nature is nothing but the same generic stuff that we’ve all heard so many times before. It kills me to rip on Future like this, but this album will likely come of to many as more of the same, generic sounding songs; like an entire album of nothing but padding. Listeners (myself included) might feel themselves waiting for over 40 minutes for that one great song we have all come to expect in every great Future album. Good Dope (now under the name FUTURE) had the unique and introspective Mask Off, EVOL had Low Life which bridged the gap between Hip Hop and Rap, and the definitive DS2 had the locker room hype beats of F*ck Up Some Commas and Where Ya At?.
Personally I think that this album was a bit of missed opportunity between the unique relationship between Young Thug and Future. Both rappers who grew up in Atlanta Georgia less than 20 minutes from one another, The two are almost one in the same, both with heavy use of autotune, spitting bars about their lifestyles of the streets. Similarly to this album, which had very little publication or advertising before its release, these two took charge of the rap game seemingly out of nowhere. Not adhering to any form of previous styles of rap, the two came out fast and loud with their revolutionary styles. After a string of bad blood and at times full out beef, we finally hear them come together here. With this type of a backstory, SUPER SLIMEY could have been a legendary album, one that could have focused more on this fascinating relationship between Future and Young Thug. If it took off, and I mean really became popular, like top-of-the-charts level songs, this album might have been a perfect symbol of the careers of the two rappers: starting off small and largely unknown, but suddenly exploding into relevance and popularity.
I do understand the pressure on artists to top their previous albums, and we all should. It is no easy job of having to meet, and even top the successes of previous albums. It's possible that such a feeling came from the lack of one great song which stands out among the rest, or the feeling of familiarity with most of these songs. Either way, we are left with something that is undeniably disappointing, but not entirely terrible as many have made it out to be. It is definitely a Future album, but one that I would describe as decent.
I give the album SUPER SLIMEY by Future and Young Thug a final verdict of 6 outta 10, earning a slightly above average rating of ‘It’s Aight’, not quite meeting the requirements for “Quality”, but definitely above “Nothing Special”.
21 Savage and Migos’ Offset present to us the second major collab album in the past two months this past Halloween: Without Warning.
In Short: Without Warning will turn heads and change minds with an excellent risk-taking collab between Offset and 21 Savage which never skips a beat or gets stale.
This combination between these two very different rap styles and personalities might make this album seem disconnected; an album destined to fail because of its lack of central direction. One might have thoughts of how the high energy of Offset might clash with the more low key style of 21 Savage rather than blend. I also found myself skeptical upon originally hearing about this combination.
Listening to this album quickly sweeps any hesitations towards this collab away as this album takes a hold of listeners right from the start. An incredible blend between these two styles of rap keep Without Warning from ever becoming repetitive or boring as each persona revives interest of listeners with every song. Rap Saved Me is a great example of this. After the majority of the song goes on with three minutes of 21 Savage’s mumble-like style, Offset comes in perfectly on point, finishing out the song and segwaying perfectly into the incredible Ric Flair Drip.
The album also nods to the Halloween release date, spitting bars about classic movie horrors of Freddy Krueger, also including many sound cues like howling wolves and distant cackling. This gives the album as a whole a nice macabre feel to overshadow the album as a whole.
Personally I could not find very much wrong with this album. It managed to create a stunning combination between Offset and 21 Savage; two guys who could not have less similar between one another stylistic wise. This combination could have gone sour very quickly if the two were not married as well as they were here, and I think it was a great example of a risk that paid off greatly. Its also nice and short, never allowing a single song on this entire album to get stale. It even managed to make me into a 21 Savage fan, me previously not being able to stand his mumbly-rap style.
Without Warning is everything that we could have asked for, which is why Without Warning by 21 Savage and Offset earns a 10 outta 10; a grade easily earning a Deano Seal of Approval™ as our first Straight Fire!
Scale for Deano’s music rating system:
1. Straight Garbage
2. Mad Bad
3. Pretty Beat
5. Completely Average
6. Its Aight
8. Must Hear
9. Mad Good
10. Straight Fire
By Kevin Lessing
Larry Fitzgerald, a wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, has established himself as one of most generous, charitable players in the NFL ensuing his recent charitable acts. Fitzgerald created the First Down Fund, was established by Larry Fitzgerald Jr. to help kids and their families by funding positive activities for kids during the summer and throughout the year, supporting kids and families in crisis, and supporting health-related organizations that work with families. Fitzgerald has worked tirelessly to support charitable activities in the community. He’s made repeated trips to visit the U.S. troops in the Middle East. He’s made several trips to countries in Africa and Asia with Starkey Hearing Foundation to help fit kids with hearing aids. Earlier this year, Larry traveled to Ethiopia with Oxfam America and former teammate Anquan Boldin. They visited projects Oxfam supports in northern Ethiopia including a farm training center where they visited with farmers and helped plant trees, and an irrigation project where they worked alongside local people building retaining walls to capture rainwater and prevent erosion. Also, Fitzgerald created the Carol Fitzgerald Fund in honor of his mother who passed away due to breast cancer. The Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Fund educates the youth in urban areas on issues regarding breast cancer and HIV/AIDS. He has supported this group financially since it was created.
Possibly even more important than donating money, Fitzgerald sees the importance in interacting with the people he is attempting to aid. For example, he stating in a Player’s Tribune interview, “What exactly does it mean to “give” to a nonprofit or charity? Sure, you can send a check through the mail or make a donation online. You can also hold events to raise money for them. But in my experience, nothing means as much as actually interacting with and serving the people that these organizations support.” This portrays how generous Fitzgerald has been, as he enjoys interacting with those less fortunate and sees value in being there in person to help them. His generosity and many acts of kindness has led other Arizona Cardinal players to start their own foundations that aid in making lives easier for those less fortunate. These include safety Tyrann Mathieu creating the Tyrann Mathieu Foundation and quarterback Drew Stanton creating the High 5ive Foundation. The High 5ive Foundation was established to improve the quality of life for all people with varying disabilities, through raising public awareness and inspiring individuals toward achieving personal goals which at one time seemed unattainable. Larry Fitzgerald’s recent donation and activity in charitable acts has had a great influence on the community of Arizona and it really shows how one man can make a significant difference by putting the wellbeing of others before himself.