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"Hurricane Statement" This product covers southeast New York, northeast New Jersey, and southern Connecticut **tropical storm watch remains in effect for Suffolk County, long island** New information --------------- * changes to watches and warnings: - none * current watches and warnings: - a tropical storm watch is in effect for all of Suffolk County. * Storm information: - about 290 miles south-southeast of New York City NY or about 270 miles south of Montauk Point NY - 37.2n 71.3w - storm intensity 75 mph - movement north-northeast or 25 degrees at 8 mph Situation overview ------------------ Hurricane Jose will continue to track slowly north and then northeast later tonight, passing to the southeast of the area. The system will be close enough for potential impacts. The main hazard will be coastal flooding with 1 to 2 feet of inundation expected during the times of high tide tonight into Wednesday. Localized inundation of up to around 2 1/2 feet is possible in the typically more vulnerable locations across Peconic and gardiners bays. Dangerous surf will build to 7 to 13 feet through Wednesday. This will result in widespread dune erosion and washovers. Tropical storm force winds are possible tonight into Wednesday with sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph and gusts up to 50 mph. Potential impacts ----------------- * shoreline hazards: prepare for dangerous surf of 7 to 13 ft causing widespread dune erosion, and localized dune overwashes along the Atlantic beachfront. * Surge: prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible impacts across Suffolk County. Potential impacts in this area include: - localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots. - Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the Road. - Widespread beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. * Wind: prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts. Potential impacts include: - possible tree limbs broken off. Some fences and roadway signs blown over. - A few roads impassable from debris. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. - Scattered power and communications outages. Precautionary/preparedness actions ---------------------------------- If you live in a place that is particularly vulnerable to high wind, such as a Mobile home, a boat, plan to move to safe shelter. Take enough supplies for you and your family for several days. If you live in a place particularly vulnerable to flooding, such as near the ocean, in a low lying or poor drainage area, or near an already swollen river, plan to move to safe shelter on higher ground Closely monitor NOAA Weather Radio or other local news outlets for official storm information. Listen for possible changes to the forecast. * Additional sources of information: - for information on appropriate preparations see ready.Gov - for information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.Org - for additional disaster preparedness information see Redcross.Org Next update ----------- The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather Service in New York NY around 12 am EDT, or sooner if conditions warrant. 541 PM EDT Tue Sep 19 2017 This product covers southeast New York, northeast New Jersey, and southern Connecticut **tropical storm watch remains in effect for Suffolk County, long island** New information --------------- * changes to watches and warnings: - none * current watches and warnings: - a tropical storm watch is in effect for all of Suffolk County. * Storm information: - about 290 miles south-southeast of New York City NY or about 270 miles south of Montauk Point NY - 37.2n 71.3w - storm intensity 75 mph - movement north-northeast or 25 degrees at 8 mph Situation overview ------------------ Hurricane Jose will continue to track slowly north and then northeast later tonight, passing to the southeast of the area. The system will be close enough for potential impacts. The main hazard will be coastal flooding with 1 to 2 feet of inundation expected during the times of high tide tonight into Wednesday. Localized inundation of up to around 2 1/2 feet is possible in the typically more vulnerable locations across Peconic and gardiners bays. Dangerous surf will build to 7 to 13 feet through Wednesday. This will result in widespread dune erosion and washovers. Tropical storm force winds are possible tonight into Wednesday with sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph and gusts up to 50 mph. Potential impacts ----------------- * shoreline hazards: prepare for dangerous surf of 7 to 13 ft causing widespread dune erosion, and localized dune overwashes along the Atlantic beachfront. * Surge: prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible impacts across Suffolk County. Potential impacts in this area include: - localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots. - Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the Road. - Widespread beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. * Wind: prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts. Potential impacts include: - possible tree limbs broken off. Some fences and roadway signs blown over. - A few roads impassable from debris. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. - Scattered power and communications outages. Precautionary/preparedness actions ---------------------------------- If you live in a place that is particularly vulnerable to high wind, such as a Mobile home, a boat, plan to move to safe shelter. Take enough supplies for you and your family for several days. If you live in a place particularly vulnerable to flooding, such as near the ocean, in a low lying or poor drainage area, or near an already swollen river, plan to move to safe shelter on higher ground Closely monitor NOAA Weather Radio or other local news outlets for official storm information. Listen for possible changes to the forecast. * Additional sources of information: - for information on appropriate preparations see ready.Gov - for information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.Org - for additional disaster preparedness information see Redcross.Org Next update ----------- The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather Service in New York NY around 12 am EDT, or sooner if conditions warrant. 541 PM EDT Tue Sep 19 2017 This product covers southeast New York, northeast New Jersey, and southern Connecticut **tropical storm watch remains in effect for Suffolk County, long island** New information --------------- * changes to watches and warnings: - none * current watches and warnings: - a tropical storm watch is in effect for all of Suffolk County. * Storm information: - about 290 miles south-southeast of New York City NY or about 270 miles south of Montauk Point NY - 37.2n 71.3w - storm intensity 75 mph - movement north-northeast or 25 degrees at 8 mph Situation overview ------------------ Hurricane Jose will continue to track slowly north and then northeast later tonight, passing to the southeast of the area. The system will be close enough for potential impacts. The main hazard will be coastal flooding with 1 to 2 feet of inundation expected during the times of high tide tonight into Wednesday. Localized inundation of up to around 2 1/2 feet is possible in the typically more vulnerable locations across Peconic and gardiners bays. Dangerous surf will build to 7 to 13 feet through Wednesday. This will result in widespread dune erosion and washovers. Tropical storm force winds are possible tonight into Wednesday with sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph and gusts up to 50 mph. Potential impacts ----------------- * shoreline hazards: prepare for dangerous surf of 7 to 13 ft causing widespread dune erosion, and localized dune overwashes along the Atlantic beachfront. * Surge: prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible impacts across Suffolk County. Potential impacts in this area include: - localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots. - Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the Road. - Widespread beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. * Wind: prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts. Potential impacts include: - possible tree limbs broken off. Some fences and roadway signs blown over. - A few roads impassable from debris. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. - Scattered power and communications outages. Precautionary/preparedness actions ---------------------------------- If you live in a place that is particularly vulnerable to high wind, such as a Mobile home, a boat, plan to move to safe shelter. Take enough supplies for you and your family for several days. If you live in a place particularly vulnerable to flooding, such as near the ocean, in a low lying or poor drainage area, or near an already swollen river, plan to move to safe shelter on higher ground Closely monitor NOAA Weather Radio or other local news outlets for official storm information. Listen for possible changes to the forecast. * Additional sources of information: - for information on appropriate preparations see ready.Gov - for information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.Org - for additional disaster preparedness information see Redcross.Org Next update ----------- The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather Service in New York NY around 12 am EDT, or sooner if conditions warrant. 541 PM EDT Tue Sep 19 2017 This product covers southeast New York, northeast New Jersey, and southern Connecticut **tropical storm watch remains in effect for Suffolk County, long island** New information --------------- * changes to watches and warnings: - none * current watches and warnings: - a tropical storm watch is in effect for all of Suffolk County. * Storm information: - about 290 miles south-southeast of New York City NY or about 270 miles south of Montauk Point NY - 37.2n 71.3w - storm intensity 75 mph - movement north-northeast or 25 degrees at 8 mph Situation overview ------------------ Hurricane Jose will continue to track slowly north and then northeast later tonight, passing to the southeast of the area. The system will be close enough for potential impacts. The main hazard will be coastal flooding with 1 to 2 feet of inundation expected during the times of high tide tonight into Wednesday. Localized inundation of up to around 2 1/2 feet is possible in the typically more vulnerable locations across Peconic and gardiners bays. Dangerous surf will build to 7 to 13 feet through Wednesday. This will result in widespread dune erosion and washovers. Tropical storm force winds are possible tonight into Wednesday with sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph and gusts up to 50 mph. Potential impacts ----------------- * shoreline hazards: prepare for dangerous surf of 7 to 13 ft causing widespread dune erosion, and localized dune overwashes along the Atlantic beachfront. * Surge: prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible impacts across Suffolk County. Potential impacts in this area include: - localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots. - Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the Road. - Widespread beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. * Wind: prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts. Potential impacts include: - possible tree limbs broken off. Some fences and roadway signs blown over. - A few roads impassable from debris. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. - Scattered power and communications outages. Precautionary/preparedness actions ---------------------------------- If you live in a place that is particularly vulnerable to high wind, such as a Mobile home, a boat, plan to move to safe shelter. Take enough supplies for you and your family for several days. If you live in a place particularly vulnerable to flooding, such as near the ocean, in a low lying or poor drainage area, or near an already swollen river, plan to move to safe shelter on higher ground Closely monitor NOAA Weather Radio or other local news outlets for official storm information. Listen for possible changes to the forecast. * Additional sources of information: - for information on appropriate preparations see ready.Gov - for information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.Org - for additional disaster preparedness information see Redcross.Org Next update ----------- The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather Service in New York NY around 12 am EDT, or sooner if conditions warrant. 526 PM EDT Tue Sep 19 2017 This product covers southeast New York, northeast New Jersey, and southern Connecticut **tropical storm watch remains in effect for Suffolk County, long island** New information --------------- * changes to watches and warnings: - none * current watches and warnings: - a tropical storm watch is in effect for all of Suffolk County. * Storm information: - about 290 miles south-southeast of New York City NY or about 270 miles south of Montauk Point NY - 37.2n 71.3w - storm intensity 75 mph - movement north-northeast or 25 degrees at 8 mph Situation overview ------------------ Hurricane Jose will continue to track slowly north and then northeast later tonight, passing to the southeast of the area. The system will be close enough for potential impacts. The main hazard will be coastal flooding with 1 to 2 feet of inundation expected during the times of high tide tonight into Wednesday. Localized inundation of up to around 2 1/2 feet is possible in the typically more vulnerable locations across Peconic and gardiners bays. Dangerous surf will build to 7 to 13 feet through Wednesday. This will result in widespread dune erosion and washovers. Tropical storm force winds are possible tonight into Wednesday with sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph and gusts up to 50 mph. Potential impacts ----------------- * shoreline hazards: prepare for dangerous surf of 7 to 13 ft causing widespread dune erosion, and localized dune overwashes along the Atlantic beachfront. * Surge: prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible impacts across Suffolk County. Potential impacts in this area include: - localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots. - Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the Road. - Widespread beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. * Wind: prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts. Potential impacts include: - possible tree limbs broken off. Some fences and roadway signs blown over. - A few roads impassable from debris. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. - Scattered power and communications outages. Precautionary/preparedness actions ---------------------------------- If you live in a place that is particularly vulnerable to high wind, such as a Mobile home, a boat, plan to move to safe shelter. Take enough supplies for you and your family for several days. If you live in a place particularly vulnerable to flooding, such as near the ocean, in a low lying or poor drainage area, or near an already swollen river, plan to move to safe shelter on higher ground Closely monitor NOAA Weather Radio or other local news outlets for official storm information. Listen for possible changes to the forecast. * Additional sources of information: - for information on appropriate preparations see ready.Gov - for information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.Org - for additional disaster preparedness information see Redcross.Org Next update ----------- The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather Service in New York NY around 6 PM, or sooner if conditions warrant. 526 PM EDT Tue Sep 19 2017 This product covers southeast New York, northeast New Jersey, and southern Connecticut **tropical storm watch remains in effect for Suffolk County, long island** New information --------------- * changes to watches and warnings: - none * current watches and warnings: - a tropical storm watch is in effect for all of Suffolk County. * Storm information: - about 290 miles south-southeast of New York City NY or about 270 miles south of Montauk Point NY - 37.2n 71.3w - storm intensity 75 mph - movement north-northeast or 25 degrees at 8 mph Situation overview ------------------ Hurricane Jose will continue to track slowly north and then northeast later tonight, passing to the southeast of the area. The system will be close enough for potential impacts. The main hazard will be coastal flooding with 1 to 2 feet of inundation expected during the times of high tide tonight into Wednesday. Localized inundation of up to around 2 1/2 feet is possible in the typically more vulnerable locations across Peconic and gardiners bays. Dangerous surf will build to 7 to 13 feet through Wednesday. This will result in widespread dune erosion and washovers. Tropical storm force winds are possible tonight into Wednesday with sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph and gusts up to 50 mph. Potential impacts ----------------- * shoreline hazards: prepare for dangerous surf of 7 to 13 ft causing widespread dune erosion, and localized dune overwashes along the Atlantic beachfront. * Surge: prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible impacts across Suffolk County. Potential impacts in this area include: - localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots. - Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the Road. - Widespread beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. * Wind: prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts. Potential impacts include: - possible tree limbs broken off. Some fences and roadway signs blown over. - A few roads impassable from debris. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. - Scattered power and communications outages. Precautionary/preparedness actions ---------------------------------- If you live in a place that is particularly vulnerable to high wind, such as a Mobile home, a boat, plan to move to safe shelter. Take enough supplies for you and your family for several days. If you live in a place particularly vulnerable to flooding, such as near the ocean, in a low lying or poor drainage area, or near an already swollen river, plan to move to safe shelter on higher ground Closely monitor NOAA Weather Radio or other local news outlets for official storm information. Listen for possible changes to the forecast. * Additional sources of information: - for information on appropriate preparations see ready.Gov - for information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.Org - for additional disaster preparedness information see Redcross.Org Next update ----------- The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather Service in New York NY around 6 PM, or sooner if conditions warrant. 526 PM EDT Tue Sep 19 2017 This product covers southeast New York, northeast New Jersey, and southern Connecticut **tropical storm watch remains in effect for Suffolk County, long island** New information --------------- * changes to watches and warnings: - none * current watches and warnings: - a tropical storm watch is in effect for all of Suffolk County. * Storm information: - about 290 miles south-southeast of New York City NY or about 270 miles south of Montauk Point NY - 37.2n 71.3w - storm intensity 75 mph - movement north-northeast or 25 degrees at 8 mph Situation overview ------------------ Hurricane Jose will continue to track slowly north and then northeast later tonight, passing to the southeast of the area. The system will be close enough for potential impacts. The main hazard will be coastal flooding with 1 to 2 feet of inundation expected during the times of high tide tonight into Wednesday. Localized inundation of up to around 2 1/2 feet is possible in the typically more vulnerable locations across Peconic and gardiners bays. Dangerous surf will build to 7 to 13 feet through Wednesday. This will result in widespread dune erosion and washovers. Tropical storm force winds are possible tonight into Wednesday with sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph and gusts up to 50 mph. Potential impacts ----------------- * shoreline hazards: prepare for dangerous surf of 7 to 13 ft causing widespread dune erosion, and localized dune overwashes along the Atlantic beachfront. * Surge: prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible impacts across Suffolk County. Potential impacts in this area include: - localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots. - Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the Road. - Widespread beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. * Wind: prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts. Potential impacts include: - possible tree limbs broken off. Some fences and roadway signs blown over. - A few roads impassable from debris. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. - Scattered power and communications outages. Precautionary/preparedness actions ---------------------------------- If you live in a place that is particularly vulnerable to high wind, such as a Mobile home, a boat, plan to move to safe shelter. Take enough supplies for you and your family for several days. If you live in a place particularly vulnerable to flooding, such as near the ocean, in a low lying or poor drainage area, or near an already swollen river, plan to move to safe shelter on higher ground Closely monitor NOAA Weather Radio or other local news outlets for official storm information. Listen for possible changes to the forecast. * Additional sources of information: - for information on appropriate preparations see ready.Gov - for information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.Org - for additional disaster preparedness information see Redcross.Org Next update ----------- The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather Service in New York NY around 6 PM, or sooner if conditions warrant. 526 PM EDT Tue Sep 19 2017 This product covers southeast New York, northeast New Jersey, and southern Connecticut **tropical storm watch remains in effect for Suffolk County, long island** New information --------------- * changes to watches and warnings: - none * current watches and warnings: - a tropical storm watch is in effect for all of Suffolk County. * Storm information: - about 290 miles south-southeast of New York City NY or about 270 miles south of Montauk Point NY - 37.2n 71.3w - storm intensity 75 mph - movement north-northeast or 25 degrees at 8 mph Situation overview ------------------ Hurricane Jose will continue to track slowly north and then northeast later tonight, passing to the southeast of the area. The system will be close enough for potential impacts. The main hazard will be coastal flooding with 1 to 2 feet of inundation expected during the times of high tide tonight into Wednesday. Localized inundation of up to around 2 1/2 feet is possible in the typically more vulnerable locations across Peconic and gardiners bays. Dangerous surf will build to 7 to 13 feet through Wednesday. This will result in widespread dune erosion and washovers. Tropical storm force winds are possible tonight into Wednesday with sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph and gusts up to 50 mph. Potential impacts ----------------- * shoreline hazards: prepare for dangerous surf of 7 to 13 ft causing widespread dune erosion, and localized dune overwashes along the Atlantic beachfront. * Surge: prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible impacts across Suffolk County. Potential impacts in this area include: - localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots. - Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the Road. - Widespread beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. * Wind: prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts. Potential impacts include: - possible tree limbs broken off. Some fences and roadway signs blown over. - A few roads impassable from debris. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. - Scattered power and communications outages. Precautionary/preparedness actions ---------------------------------- If you live in a place that is particularly vulnerable to high wind, such as a Mobile home, a boat, plan to move to safe shelter. Take enough supplies for you and your family for several days. If you live in a place particularly vulnerable to flooding, such as near the ocean, in a low lying or poor drainage area, or near an already swollen river, plan to move to safe shelter on higher ground Closely monitor NOAA Weather Radio or other local news outlets for official storm information. Listen for possible changes to the forecast. * Additional sources of information: - for information on appropriate preparations see ready.Gov - for information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.Org - for additional disaster preparedness information see Redcross.Org Next update ----------- The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather Service in New York NY around 6 PM, or sooner if conditions warrant. , "Coastal Flood Advisory" ...Coastal flood advisory now in effect until 2 PM EDT Wednesday... * locations...vulnerable areas along Long Island Sound. * Tidal departure...1 to 1 1/2 ft above astronomical tides during the late evening and Wednesday morning to midday high tides causing minor coastal flooding. * Coastal flood impacts...shallow flooding is expected in the most vulnerable locations near the Waterfront and shoreline. Expect around 1 to possibly 2 feet of inundation above ground level in low lying, vulnerable areas. Some roads and low lying property including parking lots, Parks, lawns and homes/businesses with basements near the Waterfront will experience shallow flooding. * Shoreline impacts...waves of 2 to 4 ft on top of elevated water levels will cause minor beach erosion and enhance coastal flooding. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal flood advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. Old Field NY MLLW categories - minor 9.2 ft, moderate 10.2 ft, major 12.2 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.9 ft, moderate 2.9 ft, major 4.9 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/12 am 9.0/ 9.5 1.7/ 2.2 1.3/ 1.8 3-5 minor 20/12 PM 8.7/ 9.2 1.4/ 1.9 0.9/ 1.4 3-5 minor 21/12 am 8.6/ 9.1 1.3/ 1.8 1.0/ 1.5 2-3 none : Glen Cove NY MLLW categories - minor 10.1 ft, moderate 11.1 ft, major 13.1 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.2 ft, moderate 3.2 ft, major 5.2 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/12 am 9.6/10.1 1.7/ 2.2 0.9/ 1.4 2-4 minor 20/12 PM 9.5/10.0 1.6/ 2.0 0.7/ 1.1 2-4 minor 21/01 am 9.3/ 9.8 1.4/ 1.9 0.8/ 1.3 1-2 none : Time of high total tides are approximate to the nearest hour. , "Tropical Storm Watch" 1050 PM EDT Tue Sep 19 2017 Attn...WFO...box...okx... 1050 PM EDT Tue Sep 19 2017 -- Tuesday Sep.19 17,11:36 PM

Manhasset Welcomes Rapper/Actor LL Cool J In Support of Jump & Ball Charity

"Mama Said Knock You Out" artist appears at Manhasset retailer in support of "Jump & Ball" charitable fundraiser, which delivers summer camp experience to inner-city youth.

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Rapper/Actor LL Cool J (left) with wife Simone Smith.

Photo by: Chris Boyle

Legendary rapper/actor/entrepreneur LL Cool J was recently on Long Island promoting his long-running Jump & Ball Tournament charity by taking part in a fundraising effort right around the corner from his part-time Manhasset homestead.
 
Joined by his wife of nearly 22 years, Simone Smith, the “Mama Said Knock You Out” performer, 48, made an appearance at trendy Manhasset Americana retailer Hirshleifers on December 3 as part of the store’s Champions for Charity event, which saw 25 percent of all sales made that day donated to Jump & Ball, an annual event put on by LL Cool J in this childhood home of Queens, NY.
 
“Champions for Charity was started about 15 years ago, and it basically designates four days in December where purchases are made and a particular charity is selected, and 25 percent of all purchases made go towards that charity,” said Hirshleifers Vice-President Caryn Hirshleifer. “LL Cool J has a house in Manhasset, and he has always been shopping at the Americana. I've come to know him over the last couple of years through another charity, and I thought it would be a really cool idea to involve ourselves in his charity Jump & Ball.”
 

LL Cool J made an appearance at Manhasset retailer Hirshleifers on December 3 as part of the store’s Champions for Charity event, which saw 25 percent of all sales made that day donated to his annual Jump
 
LL Cool J – real name James Todd Smith – is regarded as one of the most successful rap artists in history, boasting an ongoing career spanning from the 1980’s until the present day. He has also transitioned over to regular film and television work, as well as expanding into business ventures including the launch of record labels and clothing lines.
 
Held annually, the Jump & Ball Tournament is a 5-week program that provides recreational activities to youth between the ages of 8 & 18 in Hollis, NY. Founded by LL and his wife approximately 12 years ago, the event morphed from an older charity called Camp Cool J; the goal, LL noted, was to bring a summer camp-type experience to the Queens community where he was raised.
 
“I was born in Bay Shore, but I was raised in Queens for a good amount of my formative years,” he said. “Jump & Ball really gives these kids an opportunity to stay away from the negativity, away from the problems, and focus their energy on something constructive. I remember being a young boy and not having anything to do, and an idle mind is the devil's workshop. This gives us the opportunity to provide kids with an uplifting and inspiring experience.”
 
The event features a plethora of activities for young people to be involved in, including basketball, Double Dutch jump roping, arts and crafts, video games, and more, in addition to food, an ice cream truck, and tunes provided by a DJ.
 
LL noted that by participating in fundraisers like Champions of Charity at Hirshleifers, the scope of Jump & Ball can be expanded to include even more children and more events.
 
“I know we're going to make a lot of money here today, and we’ll be able to afford to send more kids, have more teams, and they can have an even better experience,” he said. “Opportunity is everything...kids growing up in the suburbs have more options when it comes to summer camp and recreation, and for us this is an opportunity to give other kids something great who might not ordinarily have access to it.”
 
LL Cool J's wife, Simone Smith, was also on hand at the event. A courageous cancer survivor, Smith founded her own jewelry line that donates a portion of each sale to cancer research and aid. Smith was also selling her jewelry at Hirshleifers that day, and noted how important it is for her to help those in need after having undergone her own trials while successfully defeating cancer.
 

The Champions for Charity fundraiser benefiting LL Cool J's Jump & Ball.
 
“I have a line of jewelry called Simone I. Smith Jewelry, and each piece purchased here today will give back to the American Cancer Society,” she said. “I'm very happy that Hirshleifers picked Jump & Ball for their Champions of Charity event, and that they've also allowed me to hold my show here as well.”
 
LL, exhibiting modesty, expressed his satisfaction that over the course of his long and successful career has enabled him, in turn, to be able to give back to the public and make his community a better place to live in.
 
“Each one, teach one,” he said. “I'm grateful, I'm doing the things that I love to do but at the same time I'm not forgetting where I came from. So what's better than that?”