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FANS OF THE LATE BELOVED, FASHION DESIGNER KATE SPADE, RUSH TO BUY OUT HER CURRENT ACCESSORIES COLLECTION, "FRANCES VALENTINE" ON NORDSTROM.COM - SOLD OUT IN MINUTES...

Gina Giordan

 Bebeto Matthews/AP

Bebeto Matthews/AP

Uber successful fashion designer, Kate Spade, reportedly committed suicide this morning at age, 55.  Spade's Housekeeper apparently found Spade hanging by a scarf tied to the doorknob of her bedroom, with a note by her side.  Katherine Noel Frances Valentine Bresnahan is survived by her husband and business partner, Andy Spade and 13 year old daughter, Bea Spade.  

As soon as the horrible news made headlines this morning, fans of Spade immediately hit the internet and snatched up her latest fashion collection, "Frances Valentine."  FrancesValentine.com was so busy the site was shut down.  Nordstrom.com carries the online collection and every piece sold out in minutes.  

In 2016, Spade legally changed her name to "Frances Valentine" to help support her latest business venture.  It is surreal to watch this WSJ interview where Spade explains why she chose to change her name and shared, "I didn't want to confuse the customer with my name."  Spade went onto reveal how getting back into the fashion business after a hiatus to raise her daughter, was not easy, "I forget how hard it was."  

Spade's alleged suicide is a tragic reminder that despite success, fame and fortune anyone can suffer from depression and mental health issues.  WE all need to work towards making it easier for anyone suffering to get help and not feel alone.  The time is now to get rid of the negative stigma on mental health issues and make it easier for anyone to access the necessary care and resources to live a productive life.  

NAMI is a fantastic resource for loved ones in need or anyone suffering from anxiety, depression and mental illness.  

USA Today created a memorable look back at the fashion icon, mother and wife, Kate Spade.  RIP.

WHY YOU NEED AN EMERGENCY "GO BAG" ASAP!

Gina Giordan

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“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin

“I will prepare and some day my chance will come.” ― Abraham Lincoln

"Expect the best, plan for the worst!"  That's my motto to live by.  In today's world, with exploding deadly lava,  wildfires, catastrophic hurricanes, earthquakes, terrorist attacks (the list goes on)  it's a good idea to prepare you and your loved ones for any emergency situation.  

Friday, June 1st, is the official mark of the 2018 Hurricane season.  What if during an emergency you are separated from a loved one?  Do you have a plan?  Does your child know what to do if they are separated from you during a natural disaster?  It's no surprise during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, there were more than 5000 cases of missing children after the storm.  Hurricane Katrina survivor, Marceline, shared her harrowing story with "Save the Children."  She was separated from her 2-year-old daughter for a week.  Would your child have the necessary skills to find their way back to you? 

These days, relying on our cell phones for everything means most of us would have trouble remembering actual contact numbers or addresses without using their cell phone.  Do you know all your loved ones direct contact numbers off the top of your head?  What about the actual address of an emergency evacuation route or bus stop?  Sometimes a nasty Nor'easter doesn't come with a timely warning and can leave you without power and water for days. No power means your local stores and gas stations are closed.  Are you prepared if a violent storm hit tonight leaving you without power for weeks?  Preparing yourself and your loved ones ahead of time, for any emergency is key. 

For starters, make sure you actually have a list of cell phone numbers and addresses of the important people in your life.  That means in addition to loved ones you have contact numbers for care takers, doctors, emergency care, hospitals etc.  We suggest you actually hand write this contact list and make photo copies to keep handy and distribute to the other people on your list.  A written contact list would be crucial in the event both the internet and cell phone service are down.  In addition to having emergency contact information on hand, it is important that you and your family create an emergency location to meet up in case all other communication are cut off.

One of the best ways to prepare you and your family in case of any emergency is, a GO BAG!  A decade ago, the suggestion of a GO BAG may have seemed extreme but, these days being prepared could save you from some serious aggravation or possibly save a life.  Whether you live in a high-rise in the city or a home in the suburbs, you can customize a GO BAG for each person in your household. A suggested list of GO BAG items are posted at this link:   Westchestergov.com and detailed below.  Don't forget to include a copy of emergency contact information in each GO BAG!  

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You can also create an emergency GO BAG specifically for kids!  The options of what to include in your GO BAG are endless.  THE WANNA suggests you include an "In Case of Emergency" or ICE card in your child's GO BAG.  Amazon sells a version for around $10 bucks here.  Ultimately, customizing a bag to fit your specific needs are obviously the best way to go.  But, If you are way too busy to customize a GO BAG, you can buy a pre-packaged "survival" bag or "family emergency"  kit.  This website, Stealthangelsurvival.com has a slew of options to choose from. 

Make a bag. Buy a bag... Whatever you choose, just do it!  It's better to be SAFE than SORRY!

Have a fun, memorable and SAFE summer season 2018!  

xo, THE WANNA

 

*****WHAT TO PACK IN YOUR GO BAG?  Westchestergov.com ******

In the event of an emergency that requires you to evacuate, everyone in your household should have a Go Bag packed and ready to go. Your Go Bag should be a sturdy and easy to carry backpack or duffle bag containing things you would want to have with you if you have to leave in a hurry. Items to consider for your Go Bag include:

  • Bottled water and nonperishable food, such a s granola bars
  • Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, wet wipes, etc)
  • Flashlight, hand-rank or battery-operated AM/FM radio, and extra batteries
  • Portable cell phone charger
  • Notepad, pen/pencil, and marker
  • Local street maps (paper version)
  • Spare home/vehicle keys
  • Whistle or bell
  • First aid kit
  • Dust mask to reduce inhalation of dust and other debris
  • Work gloves
  • A change of clothing (long sleeve shirt/pants, rain gear, sturdy footwear, etc.)
  • Copies of important documents (insurance/medical cards, contact lists, identification, marriage and birth certificates, etc.) in a portable, waterproof container or plastic bag
  • Back-up medical/assistive equipment and supplies
  • A list of the medications you take, why you take them, and the dosages
  • Cash, in small bills
  • Supplies for your service animal or pet

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends assembling a kit of basic supplies to last three days (72 hours), in the event of a disaster. The kit should be checked at least twice per year to ensure that components have not expired. Identify an easily accessible storage location for the kit, and ensure that all family members are aware of this location. This kit should include the following:

  • Water
    • One gallon per day, per person. This provides for both drinking and sanitary uses.
    • Include additional water for pets, as needed
  • Food
    • Non-perishable items
    • Ready-to-eat canned foods, and a manual can opener
    • Ensure adequate supply for each family member
      • Consider special dietary or other needs
  • Include pet food, if applicable
  • Handheld AM/FM radio and NOAA Weather Tone Alert Radio. Appropriate spare batteries.
  • Cellular phone
  • Chargers for portable electronic devices (phone, laptop, tablet, etc.)
  • Flashlight and appropriate spare batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle or bell
  • Dust mask to reduce inhalation of dust and other debris
    • Adequate supply for family members
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to seal windows, doors and other openings, if advised to do so.
  • Pre-moistened wipes, plastic garbage bags and zip ties for toileting.
  • Wrench and/or pliers to shut off utilities
  • Local street maps (paper version)
  • Key documents including insurance documents, contact lists, identification, etc. in a portable, waterproof container
  • Medical information (history, allergies, etc.) for each family member.
  • Personal medical/assistive equipment, as appropriate
  • Prescription medications, including a list the medications you take, why you take them and the dosages
  • Prescription glasses, if needed
  • Diapers and formula, if needed
  • Spare home/vehicle keys
  • Cash (small bills), change for telephones, etc.
  • Sleeping bag/blankets
    • Adequate supply for all family members
  • Changes of clothes for each family member
    • Long sleeved shirt
    • Long pants
    • Sturdy shoes
    • Appropriate personal hygiene supplies for each family member
  • Unscented chlorine bleach
    • For disinfecting purposes: dilute nine parts water to one part bleach
    • For water purification: sixteen drops per gallon of water
  • Fire extinguisher (portable size)
  • Matches and weatherproof container
  • Paper plates, cups, eating utensils, paper towels
  • Age-appropriate books, games, etc. for children (if applicable)

Additional Information and Links

 

WHAT TO PACK INSIDE YOUR "GO BAG" FOR KIDS:  

  • A small backpack 
  • Waterproof flashlight or mini - Lantern
  • Extra batteries
  • Shampoo/Body Wash
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Bandages with Antibiotic Cream
  • Hand wipes
  • Tummy relief (Tummygize Essential Oil)
  • Gauze pads
  • Snacks — granola bars and fruit pouches
  • Bottled water
  • Change of clothes
  • Extra shoes
  • $20 in small bills and change
  • Paper and crayons
  • Activity kits
  • Comfort item — stuffed animal, blanket, etc
  • ICE Contact Card

 

ZEN MUST HAVES FOR MOM'S DAY YOU WANNA BUY NOW!

Gina Giordan

 4RISSA.COM Sitting Shakyamuni Buddha Antique Bronze Finish Large Garden Zen Statue Sculpture $40.00

4RISSA.COM Sitting Shakyamuni Buddha Antique Bronze Finish Large Garden Zen Statue Sculpture $40.00

Let's be honest you, me, us every mom in the world could use a "Zen Moment!" 

Whether you are giving or receiving, this Mom's Day Zen Gift Guide will inspire, invigorate and re-charge her inner spirit!  

This Zen guide is filled with gifts that keep on giving over and over again!  Go ahead and gift your inner spirit too...you can thank yourself later.  

Oh and all these Zen gifts can be rush delivered for this Sunday, May 8th, so treat Mom and order now!

NaMAste...

XO  THE WANNA TEAM

Mom's Day Zen Gift Guide

 

 NEST Fragrances The Citrus Blossom Collection at Bloomingdales

NEST Fragrances The Citrus Blossom Collection at Bloomingdales

Burning a Nest Candle is a transforming experience.  Any Nest fragrance will immediately melt the stress away.  Inject Mom's world with the invigorating aroma of Citrus Blossom or Hearth which is our favorite.  Just light up, breathe in, breathe out and repeat as often as possible.  

ZEN GIFT:    NEST Fragrances The Citrus Blossom Collection

RETAIL:        $16.00 - $64.00

BUY HERE:  BLOOMINGDALES.COM

 Tea Forte Green Tea Assortment Rejuvenation Gift Set

Tea Forte Green Tea Assortment Rejuvenation Gift Set

Afternoon Tea in England is no joke.  It is a tradition that dates back to 1840.  Introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford. The Duchess would become hungry around four o'clock in the afternoon.  The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o'clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner.  In 2016, time is a luxury so sipping tea anytime of the day is a soothing, calming invigorating experience.  Taking time for tea is taking time for me.  Preparing the perfect cup of tea is an art-form.  Tea Forte has mastered the art of making tea extraordinary, soothing and the best part?  Simple!  The Tea Forte Rejuvenation Gift Set is a perfect pick for Mom to create a Zen moment anywhere she pleases.  The cup provides endless solo soothing moments.  Our favorite flavor is the Jasmine Green Tea.  Pure heaven!

ZEN GIFT:     Tea Forte Rejuvenation Gift Set 

RETAIL:         $55.00 

BUY HERE:   TEAFORTE.COM

 

 

 ZEEL.COM

ZEEL.COM

What is better than a massage?  A really good massage...What is better than a really good massage?  A really good massage in the comfort of your own home!  Zeel offers a variety of In-Home massages all over the US.  No need to travel at all.  Just open the door for your personal massage therapist.  Watch them set up while you relax in your robe.  Climb onto the table and experience pure heaven for a minimum of 60 minutes.  The best part post massage?  Zeel packs it all up and quietly leaves without you having to ask.  Schedule any massage service via their app, text or call.  You can gift mom a massage with or without a table for any duration you choose.  We love the Zealot membership which offers annual massages and a free professional massage table that Mom gets keep!

ZEN GIFT:    Zeel In-Home Massages

RETAIL:       $79.00 - $1452.00

BUY HERE:  ZEEL.COM

 

 Kenzo Massage Slide at NeimanMarcus.com

Kenzo Massage Slide at NeimanMarcus.com

 For the Mom on the go, how about a Zen moment with every step she takes?  How about these fashionable patent slides that also double as a foot massage with every step she takes?  We didn't think stylish and zen could go together but Kenzo proved us wrong.  These slides are made for walking! 

ZEN GIFT:    Kenzo Massage Patent Leather Slides

RETAIL:        $400.00

BUY HERE:  NEIMANMARCUS.COM

 

 

For the Mom who is too busy to actually attend a Yoga class?  How about a super zen deck of yoga cards in which Mom can stop and practice a few poses on her own time wherever she is.  Mom can get her OM on, in the office, at home, on the beach, in a hotel room, wherever she desires Mom can whip out a card and whip up a few moments of zen.  We love this set from The Yoga Deck, because the pictures and notes are simple and each pose really works.  We know because we tried them all.  Perfect gift to help Mom inhale and exhale that stress away! 

ZEN GIFT:    The Yoga Deck:  50 Poses & Meditations for Body, Mind, & Spirit

RETAIL:        $14.95

BUY HERE:  BARNESANDNOBLE.COM

 

 Sound of Sleep Machine at Amazon.com

Sound of Sleep Machine at Amazon.com

That dirty word.  Sleep.  Especially for the new Mom, sleep is a luxury.  Sometimes getting to sleep is part of the challenge.  Maybe Mom just wants to drown out the sound of Dad?  Whatever your Mom needs the Sound of Sleep Machines are the best on the market and will create an instant feel of Zen...We love the high quality sounds of the ocean waves, waterfalls and rainforests. Ten realistic sounds to create the most Zen environment wherever Mom desires.

ZEN GIFT:    Sound of Sleep Machine

RETAIL:        $79.99 - $99.99

BUY HERE:  SOUNDOFSLEEP.COM

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SHOW ME THE SHERPA!

Gina Giordan

MID-SEASON WARM AND COZY MUST HAVES YOU WANNA BUY RIGHT NOW!

By Gina Glickman Giordan 

 Sherpa Doggie Onesie By Ugg   

Sherpa Doggie Onesie By Ugg

 

Baby it's COLD outside! 

Post holiday season and we are a few days into the new year, 2018.  

This year the Spring Equinox is on March 20th.  We are barely mid-way through winter.  Some of us still have to endure another 77 days of record breaking cold temps and snow!  Savvy shoppers know right NOW is the perfect time of year to take advantage of some mid-winter season sales on just about everything!  At the moment, we here at THE WANNA can't get enough of that warm and cozy feeling all day long.  Thats why we put together a list of mid-winter must haves that will have you and your fur kids, covered in cozy sherpa from the second you wake-up till the moment you slip into bed.  Sherpa, fleece, shearling, it's all the same to us!  Soft, warm and cozy is the main goal.  Here are some warm and cozy must haves that you wouldn't necessarily expect to be lined in sherpa and they are all absolutely worth investing in right now!  Stay warm and happy hunting! 

THE WANNA XO

 "Soft and Cozy" Plush Sheet Set at HSN.com

"Soft and Cozy" Plush Sheet Set at HSN.com

 

SHERPA SHEET SET -  Get your priorities straight people.  If you can only afford one item on this list, start with a pair of these "SOFT and COZY" brand of life altering bed sheets.  The right sheets can literally change your life.  We all need to sleep and when it's freezing outside there is nothing better than slipping into a cloud of sherpa!  We personally tested out a ton of brands.  The consensus is that they all attract static cling.  So, keep a can of "Static Guard" around this time of year.  The higher priced sets maybe better tailored and slightly thicker but,  any price point on plush sheets and you can't go wrong  HSN sells a brand called "SOFT AND COZY" and the name truly speaks for itself. Splurge away.  You won't regret it!  

 

 VCNY Velvet and Sherpa Comforter Set

VCNY Velvet and Sherpa Comforter Set

 

SHERPA COMFORTER SET - VCNY is known for their well made yet moderately priced bedding sets.  We LOVE the velvet and sherpa / fleece lined reversible comforter set in a slew of bejeweled colors to go with any decor.  Velvet on one side and soft cozy sherpa on the other!  Sherpa-riffic! 

 

 

 PLUSH Luxe Sherpa Neck Warmer at Shopbop.com

PLUSH Luxe Sherpa Neck Warmer at Shopbop.com

SHERPA NECK WARMER -  PLUSH brand designer, Jennifer Kim is one of us.  She obviously has a deep love of everything sherpa, warm and cozy.  The designer took a fresh approach to creating stylish cold weather accessories including:  tights, leggings and this affordable, stylish sherpa neck warmer sold at ShopBop.com.  Peruse the entire PLUSH collection, you will fall in love.

 

 "Luxe Fleece Pom Pom Robe" at Victoria's Secret

"Luxe Fleece Pom Pom Robe" at Victoria's Secret

SHERPA ROBE - Who says sherpa can't be sexy?  Just ask Victoria's Secret.  Their "Luxe Fleece Pom Pom Robe" defines sherpa sexy.  Hurry click the live link, your significant other will thank you.

 

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SHERPA BOOTIES -  Yes, Ugg is the original of everything shearling and sherpa lined.  So, naturally we would suggest the UGG CLASSIC BOOT when it comes to keeping your tootsies warm and cozy outside.  When you are inside (home or office) the sherpa obsession continues with these sherpa lined slippers from Ugg.  No socks required!  

 

 Ugg Sherpa Dog Booties 

Ugg Sherpa Dog Booties 

SHERPA DOGGIE BOOTIES-  Ugg we already LOVE you dearly for creating your world famous boots in all shapes and styles...Now, if that wasn't enough, we can share the love of sherpa with our fur-kids!  Matching sherpa dog booties for your bestie with four legs!  Genius! 

 

 Free People "Fluffy Dolman Jacket"

Free People "Fluffy Dolman Jacket"

SHERPA HOODIE - Not all sherpa hoodies are created equal.  This Free People "Fluffy Dolman Jacket" is like slipping into a cloud of cozy!  Love the sherpa style, neutral colors and the fact that you can layer this under anything.  Splurge worthy and a big hit this winter season!  

 

 J.Crew "Teddy Coat in Plush Fleece" 

J.Crew "Teddy Coat in Plush Fleece" 

SHERPA COAT -  J.Crew is the master of cashmere but, this season they also re-defined sherpa.  The infamous "Teddy Coat" gets a sophisticated makeover from J.Crew this season.  We LOVE the "Plush Fleece" in the "Deep Peri" hue but, the version in black is forever classic.  Talk about huggable for hours and hours.

 

 

 

 Hue Fleece Lined Leggings

Hue Fleece Lined Leggings

SHERPA LEGGINGS - If you are on a post-holiday season budget (like us) and can't afford to splurge on PLUSH brand's version of amazingly stylish fleece lined Moto leggings then you will especially LOVE this affordable, sherpa lined version of leggings from HUE on sale at Macy's right now for under $20 bucks! 

 

 Eddie Bauer "Women's Quest Fleece Gloves"   *Holly Red 

Eddie Bauer "Women's Quest Fleece Gloves"   *Holly Red 

SHERPA GLOVES - If you imagine the perfect pair of cold weather gloves they would be stylish, affordable, touch screen and lined in yep, you guessed it, SHERPA!  Thanks to Eddie Bauer, you don't have to imagine, they really do exist.  A slew of colors and styles and all on sale for under $15 bucks!  You're welcome!  Happy texting! 

 

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SHERPA HAT  - CROWN CAP based in Canada is one of our favorite brands for cold weather accessories.  Their array of impeccably made assorted fur hats are beautiful yet, also practical.  No joke (sorry PETA) but, when it's -10 degrees outside, fur gets the job done.   This pick from CC is vintage leather and lined in sherpa, super stylish and moderately priced so if you leave it in a cab or lose it at the bar, it's not the end of the world...Well maybe.

 

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SHEARLING RUG - When your feet aren't in wrapped in sherpa sheets, slippers or boots any sherpa rug is a great stepping stone to the next warm and cozy destination.  We love this faux - fur version by Mercury Row, on sale at Wayfair.com, which is affordable and machine washable.  Sherpa heaven.

 

SHERPA THROW - Thanks to CARSTENS  your new fav snuggle buddy comes in several colors and styles.  Think Aspen meets a log cabin, moose tracks, bears and pine trees overlooking a tranquil snowy sunset surrounded by sherpa.  The best part is this baby travels.  From the sofa, office, plane to the car, you're covered in stylish sherpa some styles under $25 bucks! 

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IT'S PUMPKIN and APPLE PICKING TIME!

Gina Giordan

THE WANNA SHOW HAS THE WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE ON PUMPKIN PICKING CLOSE TO NYC!  

The Fall season is here!  The season officially changes September, 22.  By mid October, the kids are back and settled into their new school routine.  Those summer work hours are a distant memory and most folks are back in the office working five days a week.  

You may recall, the moment you transitioned from Summer to Fall, as you stepped outside and the brisk chilly air hit you in the face.  Instantly reminding you that it's time to layer up and winter is just around the corner!  

Despite the chill in the air, the transition from summer to the fall season is truly a magical time of the year.  One of our favorites!  The leaves are changing colors and the local farms open their doors to celebrate the harvest!  

If you live in the NYC there are several local farms that are open seven days a week and offer apple, pumpkin picking, food, live music and several seasonal activities for all ages!  

The Wanna curated a list of local NY farms below that offer pumpkin picking, hayrides and so much more! 

Enjoy!

"Ya Know You Wanna!

  

FARM NAME:  HARVEST MOON FARM AND ORCHARD

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DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 70 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION: 130 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem, NY 10560

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:  Apple, Pumpkin picking, Orchard tree walks, Animal watching.

Weekly hours are 9AM – 5PM.  Always check the website directly for exact address, hours of operation and events!

FOOD OPTIONS:  Weekdays the farm store is open to purchase lunch items from the market menu.  On the weekends guests can feast on the festival menu and the best part?  Farm-made hard cider!  

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:  Every Saturday and Sunday the farm turns into an outdoor food and music festival.  Several local food vendors gather and serve the classic favs pizza, fresh seasonal dishes and don't forget that farm-made hard cider!  In addition to the weekly activities the kids festival activities include:  hayrides, face painting, trampolines, inflatable jumping land for all ages and more!  We suggest you review the farm website for the most up to date hours and events! 

WEBSITE:  http://www.harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com/visits.html

 

FARM NAME:  BENNER’S FARM

 Instagram @bennersfarm

Instagram @bennersfarm

DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 110 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  56 Gnarled Hollow Road, Setauket- East Setauket, NY 11733

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:  Their tagline is “Old-fashioned Family Fun,” so you know you’re in for a great day at Benner’s!  They have pumpkin-picking, haunted hayrides, and more.  Make sure to check their event calendar for updated dates and times.

Hours: 12PM — 4PM

SPECIAL EVENTS:  There are a few different fun, educational courses to take part in, including “Mommy and Me,” “Farm Fun,” and “Down on the Farm.”  Check out what they involve here

WEBSITE:  https://www.bennersfarm.com/

 

FARM NAME:  FAIRVIEW FARM

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fairviewfarmatmecox.com

DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 110 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  19 Horsemill Lane, Bridgehampton, NY 11932

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:  On top of pumpkin picking and hayrides, Fairview is famous for it’s giant “Maize”.  They also have a corn cannon, a favorite for both kids and parents.

Hours: ONLY OPEN Thursday – Sunday: 10AM — 6PM

SPECIAL EVENTS:  New this year, a Tractor Trailer full of corn for kids to play in!

WEBSITE:  http://www.fairviewfarmatmecox.com/

 

FARM NAME:  HANKS PUMPKINTOWN

 hankspumpkintown.com

hankspumpkintown.com

DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 1 hour 40 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  240 Montauk Hwy., Watermill, NY 11976

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:  Hank’s boasts a wide range of activities to choose from, including pumpkin picking, apple picking, hayrides, wagon rides, tractor train rides, playgrounds, games and more.  Their new market has tasty treats your kids can munch on, including freshly baked pies, cookies, cupcakes, candy apples and cider donuts.

Hours: 9:30AM—6PM

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES: Get lost in the corn maze park, or get festive with face-painting!  They’re also open on Halloween weekend.

WEBSITE:  http://www.hankspumpkintown.com

 

FARM NAME:  WILKENS FARM

 Courtesy Photo via CBS

Courtesy Photo via CBS

DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 60 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  1335 White Hill Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:   Pumpkin picking, bake shop and hay play area for kids.

Hours are:  Pick-Your-Own: 10AM-4:30PM, Markets: 10AM-5PM

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:  In addition to the weekly activities, Friday, Saturday and Sunday also include hayrides! 

We suggest you review the farm website for the most up to date hours and events! 

WEBSITE:  http://wilkensfarm.com

 

FARM NAME:  SCHMITT FARMS

 schmittfarms.com

schmittfarms.com

DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 80 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  26 Pinelawn Rd., Melville, NY 11747

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:  Daily pumpkin-picking and hayrides.

Hours: 10AM — 5PM

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES: The weekend is the best time to be at Schmitt Farms.  Activities range from pumpkin picking, corn maze, hay rides, playground & inflatables, farm animals, pony rides, and a spooky Haunted House for the older kids to walk through.

SPECIAL EVENTS: “The Haunted Mansion of Melville” was voted Long Island #1 Scariest Haunted House.  Be sure to check out the calendar here for dates and times to check out the terrifying house of horrors!

WEBSITE: http://schmittfarms.com

 

FARM NAME:  ELWOOD PUMPKIN FARM

 elwoodpumpkinfarm.com

elwoodpumpkinfarm.com

DISTANCE FROM NYC:  Approx. 90 minutes from midtown

EXACT ADDRESS AND LOCATION:  1500 E Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY 11743

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:  If you want a super authentic pumpkin harvest feel, Elwood grows pumpkins in their own fields.  Here, you’ll find no admission charge for pumpkin-picking.  You can also enjoy hay rides and a corn maze.

Hours:  Saturdays, Sundays: 10AM to 5PM, Monday – Friday: 3PM to 5PM

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WEEKLY ACTIVITIES & SPECIAL EVENTS:  Enjoy pumpkin-picking and hayrides daily.

Hours: 10AM — 5PM

WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:  Their annual Fall Festival goes from September 24th to October 30th.  Your admission includes entry to sing-a-long hayrides, their famous animal farm, a singin’ chicken show, and so much more.

Hours: 10AM – 4PM

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MALE DIRECTOR TELLS JESSICA CHASTAIN NOT TO TALK ABOUT "WOMEN STUFF" ON SET

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Mike Rosenthal/American Way

Jessica Chastain, a constant advocate for gender equality in Hollywood, recently opened up about a past brush with sexism she faced while speaking to a male director.  Chastain told American Way in a new interview, “I had one male director say to me that I talk too much about all of this ‘women stuff.’  This is a person I love, and maybe he was concerned I would hurt my career.”  She continued, “I’m not attacking anyone.  I’m trying to create more inclusiveness, compassion and empathy, which in turn makes better movies, better art.”

Chastain founded the production company Freckle Films in order to combat Hollywood gender inequality.  When asked about the company, Chastain expressed her frustrations with gender issues today: “I just don’t know why it’s not changing…I’m doing my part to make the change, so why isn’t everyone else?”

Chastain has been outspoken about gender equality in the workplace, and addressed “gender imbalance” in Hollywood before.  Chastain wrote a letter for The Hollywood Reporter, where she addressed the issue of sexism on a film shoot: “When you have both genders represented, then you have a healthier point of view.  The energy is great, you all are working together as a community, and everyone is participating in the exchange of ideas.  You don't feel a hierarchy; you don't have anyone feeling like they are being left out or bullied or humiliated.  Sometimes being the only girl on a set, you can feel like a sexual object.”

Chastain has also spoken about the gender pay gap in Hollywood.  In a 2016 interview with Variety, Chastain said, “We’re supposed to be a mirror that’s held up to society and tells the story of what’s happening around us.  And sometimes the American film industry only tells the stories of a few and I don’t want my story to be erased.  I want to see women out there and I want them to be equally compensated for the work that they do.”

 

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JENNIFER GARNER WANTS TRUMP TO HELP AMERICA’S IMPOVERISHED CHILDREN

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Larry French/Getty Images

Jennifer Garner, a liberal-minded actress who supported Hillary Clinton in the last election, has voiced her desire to work with Donald Trump to help impoverished American children.  Garner has been a longtime early education advocate for poor children in places like the West Virginia community where she was raised.  Garner has been a board member of the Save the Children nonprofit organization for almost a decade, which has brought her to Washington, D.C. on many occasions to advocate for underprivileged rural areas.

This past weekend, Garner went to the White House to continue her efforts.  Garner has decided to put politics aside in favor of asking Trump for help, she told The Washington Post, “If he’s willing to help the poor kids who got him elected, then let’s do it.  They certainly think he’s going to.”  Garner said, “I’m looking forward to helping him make good on what they saw as promises, a mandate from him, that he was going to make their lives better.”

Garner said many politicians she has met claim they will help with childhood funding, but don’t follow through: “Everyone’s nodding and couldn’t agree more, and shaking your hand and want their picture.  But when the vote is cast, nobody’s out there screaming and yelling for poor kids.”  Garner continued, “Send me a ticket to Mar-a-Lago.  I’m ready to go down and have a steak and a good chat.  I really think it’s great, if [Trump]’s willing to help the poor kids who got him elected.”

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Cliff Owen/AP

Garner’s work with Save the Children includes urging Congress and state governments to “fund reading and literacy programs that include all-day kindergarten.”  Garner said, “You just wouldn’t believe the number of kids who have never heard a nursery rhyme.”

The Washington Post reported Garner’s activities in D.C. over the weekend: “The 44-year-old actress spent the weekend lobbying the town’s pillars of power to support early education for poor rural children.  She spent Friday on Capitol Hill meeting dozens of top staff members.  On Saturday, she delivered the keynote address before the annual National Governors Association winter meeting here.”  Garner also had a planned sit-down with Ivanka Trump, but it was canceled due to scheduling conflicts.  The actress looks forward to making the meeting happen sometime in the future.

 

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CELEBRITY BREAKING NEWS: KATY PERRY AND ORLANDO BLOOM BREAK UP!

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David M. Benett/VF17/WireImage

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom made the mutual decision to end their 10-month relationship with an amicable split.  On Tuesday, the duo released a joint statement: “Before rumors or falsifications get out of hand we can confirm that Orlando and Katy are taking respectful, loving space at this time.”

An E! News source revealed, “Katy pulled the plug.  It was a few events that happened over the past few months.  They both still love each other very much, though, and getting back together could happen once they have some space."

Perry and Bloom were photographed smiling together at the Vanity Fair Oscars after party on Sunday night.  An onlooker told People, “Katy didn’t spend much time with Orlando.  They got together for a photo, but that was about it.”  According to the source, Perry had grown close with Bloom’s son, Flynn.  The insider said, “They are still in contact and want to keep everything between them pretty private.  Katy has built a really strong connection with Flynn.  It's sad but it will work out how it's supposed to.”

Recently, Perry has been busy promoting her fourth studio album, while Bloom has been around the world for UNICEF outreach.

 

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OSCAR WINNER CASEY AFFLECK SPEAKS OUT ABOUT 2010 SEXUAL HARASSMENT ACCUSATIONS

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Christopher Polk/Getty Images

On Tuesday, Casey Affleck spoke about his past sexual harassment allegations after he faced backlash for winning Best Actor at the 89th Academy Awards.  Affleck sat down for an interview with the Boston Globe, where he was asked about the widespread criticism of his Oscars win.  Affleck said, “I believe that any kind of mistreatment of anyone for any reason is unacceptable and abhorrent, and everyone deserves to be treated with respect in the workplace and anywhere else.  There’s really nothing I can do about it.  Other than live my life the way I know I live it and to speak to what my own values are and how I try to live by them all the time.”

In 2010, Affleck was sued for sexual harassment by producer Amanda White and cinematographer Magdalena Gorka, who both worked on “I’m Still Here” with him.  The women alleged that Affleck and other male crew members harangued them with unwanted sexual comments, advances and intimidation throughout filming.  Both lawsuits were settled out of court, and Affleck has continued to deny the claims.

After Affleck took home the Best Actor Academy Award on Sunday, many people on Twitter reacted with frustration.  Actor B.J. Novak tweeted:

One Twitter account called Feminist Frequency posted:

Writer and producer Gary Janetti chimed in:

 

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AMANDA SEYFRIED AND OTHER CELEBS REMEMBER THE “AMAZING” BILL PAXTON

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Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

On Saturday, beloved actor and director Bill Paxton passed away at age 61.  A family statement was released: “It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery.  A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker.  Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable.  We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.”

Paxton was known for playing roles in iconic 1980s and 90s films including Aliens, Apollo 13, The Terminator, Twister and Titanic.  More recently, Paxton starred in TV series such as Big Love, Texas Rising and Training Day.

Amanda Seyfried, who played Paxton’s daughter in HBO’s Big Love, released a touching statement on the actor’s passing: “He was an amazing and supportive father-figure to me in my early career.  Incredibly inspired and full of life at every turn, he made you feel like everything was possible.  This is a terrible loss.”

Many of Paxton’s co-stars and other celebs remember him as a “kind” and “talented” actor, who was “one of the nicest people in the industry.”  THE WANNA has gathered some of the most moving tributes to Paxton below.

 

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CELEBS REACT TO “AWKWARD” BEST PICTURE MISTAKE AT 2017 OSCARS

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Reuters

On Sunday night, the 89th Academy Awards were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.  The night was full of memorable moments, from host Jimmy Kimmel’s teasing of Matt Damon, Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali’s important Oscar wins, to several political statements throughout the night.

But perhaps the most unforgettable moment came right at the tail end of the ceremony when “La La Land” was mistakenly named Best Picture instead of the real winner, “Moonlight.”  Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway took the stage to open the Best Picture envelope and read off the film’s name, during which Beatty seemed to pause for comic effect before announcing, “La La Land.”  The “La La Land” crew took the stage to accept the award and even started giving speeches before the mistake was realized.  “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz went up to the mic and said, “You guys, I’m sorry, no.  There’s a mistake.  ‘Moonlight,’ you guys won Best Picture.”  After a few moments, the “Moonlight” cast and crew ascended the stage where they exchanged hugs and words with the “La La Land” team.  Beatty chimed in later: “I want to tell you what happened.  I opened the envelope and it said, ‘Emma Stone, La La Land.’  That’s why I took such a long look at Faye, and at you.  I wasn’t trying to be funny.”

Watch the entire awkward moment below.

Celebrities who tuned in to watch the ceremony reacted with shock and cracked jokes at the Best Picture flub on Twitter.  THE WANNA has gathered the best celeb reactions below.

WHO WILL TAKE HOME AN AWARD AT THE 2017 OSCARS?

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 Oscar.go.com

Oscar.go.com

On Sunday, the 89th Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.  Hollywood’s most elite actors, writers, directors and industry members will show up looking their best on the red carpet before heading in to watch the awards ceremony.  It’s anybody’s guess who will win the Academy Award for each category, but part of the fun is making Oscar win predictions beforehand.  THE WANNA has created our own list of which celebrities and films will take home the biggest prize of the industry on Sunday night.  Check it out below!

•Best Picture: La La Land

•Best Adapted Screenplay: Moonlight

•Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea

•Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman

•Best Director: TIE between Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) and Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

•Best Actress: Emma Stone (La La Land)

•Best Actor: Casey Affleck (Mike's personal pick would be Denzel Washington Fences)

•Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis (Fences)

•Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

 

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HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS GET THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME ON THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW

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 ABC

ABC

On Thursday, students from the high school senior class of Summit Academy Charter School in Brooklyn, NY appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where they received a surprise gift.  The students opened up to Ellen DeGeneres about what Summit Academy meant to them and how it would affect their future.  One student said, “Coming to Summit, it made my dreams and goals more realistic, coming from a single-parent house.”  Summit Academy is located in a neighborhood where only 4 percent of adults attended college.  The senior class will be the school’s first ever graduating class.

At the end of the show, the entire senior class was overcome by emotion when Ellen announced they would each receive a 4-year college scholarship.  The students cried and laughed, while they embraced each other and buried Ellen in a group hug.

The scholarships, made possible by Walmart, will provide the students with tuition for any state university in New York.  Ellen told the students: "Last time you were here, Walmart wanted to give you $25,000.  We've never done anything this big before, we've reached out to the people at Walmart, and they want to give each one of you a four-year scholarship."  Ellen revealed the entire amount is worth $1.6 million.

Ellen posted on Instagram about the amazing moment:

You can watch the full inspiring video below.

 

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CELEBS TWEET IN SUPPORT OF TRANSGENDERS AFTER TRUMP LIFTS BATHROOM PROTECTION LAWS

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Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

On Wednesday, the Donald Trump administration reversed Barack Obama’s federal protection laws that allowed transgender students to use whichever bathroom corresponds to their gender identity.  The White House explained Trump’s decision in a statement: "As President Trump has clearly stated, he believes policy regarding transgender bathrooms should be decided at the state level.  The joint decision made today by the Department of Justice and the Department of Education paves the way for an open and inclusive process to take place at the local level with input from parents, students, teachers and administrators."

The reversal sparked protests and angered several civil rights groups, such as the American Civil Liberties Union.  The LGBT project director for the ACLU, James Esseks, said: "Revoking the guidance shows that the president's promise to protect LGBT rights was just empty rhetoric.  But the bottom line is that this does not undo legal protections for trans students, and school districts can and must continue to protect them and all students from discrimination.  School districts that recognize that should continue doing the right thing; for the rest, we'll see them in court."

Obama’s decision to protect transgender rights in the bathroom had previously been celebrated among civil rights groups, including the ACLU.  The group wrote about Obama’s move: “This is a BIG deal – the federal government just made history and set clear standards to protect transgender people!”

Several celebrities took to Twitter to express their outrage at Trump revoking the protections, and show their support of the transgender community.  THE WANNA has gathered the reaction tweets below.

 

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OSCARS SURVEY REVEALS AMERICANS DON’T WANT POLITICS AT THE ACADEMY AWARDS

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Oscars.org

On Tuesday, Pollfish conducted a survey to find out what Americans think about politics and diversity at the Academy Awards.  The survey asked 1,000 Oscar-watching Americans whether or not they want celebrities at the awards ceremony to share their political opinion.  The results found that 25% of Americans think celebrities at the Oscars should avoid political topics, including any mention of Donald Trump.

Below are the rest of the Pollfish Oscar Sunday Survey results:

MOST AMERICANS DON'T WANT TO HEAR HOLLYWOOD'S POLITICAL OPINIONS

45% of Americans think celebrities should be allowed to voice their opinions at the Oscars. Another 25% say Hollywood shouldn't use its platform to talk politics, 21% think celebrities should completely stay out of politics, and 10% say Hollywood is too liberal. 

1 IN 4 AMERICANS DON'T WANT TO HEAR TRUMP'S NAME AT THE OSCARS

Asked which issues they don't want to hear about at the Oscars, 19% of Americans said they hope celebrities don't talk about Donald Trump. Other topics Americans don't want to hear about are immigration (14%), the refugee situation (12%), and racial inequality (12%). Only 12% of Americans wouldn't mind hearing about political topics during the Oscars.

HALF OF AMERICANS THINK THIS YEAR'S NOMINEES ARE MORE DIVERSE THAN USUAL

Asked whether they think this year's Oscar-nominated films are more diverse than in previous years, 49% of Americans said yes. Another 18% said no, and 13% think the Oscars have always been diverse. 1 in 5 Americans aren't sure.

MEN AND WOMEN DON'T SEE EYE-TO-EYE ON OSCAR DIVERSITY

54% of men and 47% of women think this year's Oscar-nominated movies are more diverse than in years past—a 7% difference.

 

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MUSLIM COMMUNITY RAISES THOUSANDS TO REPAIR VANDALIZED JEWISH CEMETERY

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Robert Cohen/AP

On Tuesday, Muslim American activists Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi launched an online fundraiser to help repair a Jewish cemetery that was vandalized this week in St. Louis, Missouri.  The LaunchGood fundraiser, “Muslims Unite to Repair Jewish Cemetery,” has raised over $80,000 within 24 hours, which is four times the projected goal of $20,000 by the end of March.  The fundraiser page promoted a message of unity: “Through this campaign, we hope to send a united message from the Jewish and Muslim communities that there is no place for this type of hate, desecration, and violence in America.  We pray that this restores a sense of security and peace to the Jewish-American community who has undoubtedly been shaken by this event.”

On Monday morning, St. Louis police responded to a report of the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery being vandalized and found over 170 of the headstones destroyed.  Phillip Weiss, the owner of a monument company helping to fix the cemetery said, "A lot of people are coming out—they're just interested to see, 'Was their loved one's monument affected by this?'”

Police are currently investigating security footage from the cemetery, but have turned up nothing solid yet.

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Robert Cohen/AP

Recently, there have been bomb threats to various Jewish community centers throughout the U.S., for which Muslim Americans have offered aid.  One Muslim American civil rights organization, The Council on American-Islamic Relations, offered a $5,000 reward for any information to help find the people behind the false bomb threats.

The Muslim Americans’ support of the Jewish community is in direct opposition to Rick Santorum’s comments to CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Tuesday: "If you look at the fact, the people who are responsible for a lot of this anti-Semitism that we're seeing, I hate to say it, a lot of it is coming from the pro-Palestinian or Muslim communities."

 

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EVA LONGORIA, DOMINIC THIEM AND MORE FAMOUS FACES WILL SOAK UP THE SUN AT MEXICO TENNIS OPEN

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XSPOSURE via Daily Mail

The annual Albierto Mexicano Telcel, also known as the Mexican Tennis Open, will be held from February 27th to March 4th in Acapulco, Mexico at the Acapulco Princess Mundo Imperial Hotel.

Several celebrities and tennis stars will make their way to Mexico to enjoy the tennis open in the warm weather.  Actress Eva Longoria will attend the event along with her husband Jose Baston, the President of Televisa, Latin America’s largest media company.  Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem (who claimed the Mexico Open title in 2016), and other tennis stars will also join the festivities.

This year players include: Dominic Thiem, Milos Raonic, Marin Cilic, Rafael Nadal, Juan Martin del Potro, David Goffin, John Isner and Alexander Zverev.

Pedro Haces Sordo, President of the Acapulco Destination Marketing Office, announced: “We are excited to host such great tennis icons in what is to be a spectacular tournament in Acapulco.  We will be welcoming visitors from Mexico and from throughout the world who are coming to see many of the top international tennis stars play during the Abierto Mexicano Telcel.  After an action-packed day, the destination’s selection of top-notch hotels, pristine beaches and adventure and culinary experiences create the perfect setting to unwind.”

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Ober Delgado

Acapulco is a huge tourist destination, and the number of tourists making their way to the seaport has risen in 2017.  The city, located on the Pacific coast of Mexico, is known as Mexico’s original beach destination.  Special events and activities throughout the year include: the tennis open, surfing, a French film festival, scuba diving, snorkeling and even cliff-diving performances.

Acapulco is also known for being a Hollywood celebrity hotspot.  Famous faces spotted throughout the city in the past include: Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, Madonna, John Travolta, Antonia Banderas, Salma Hayek, Melanie Griffith, and more.

Go here to find out how to watch the 2017 Albierto Mexicano Telcel live stream.

 

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THREE FORMER U.S. GYMNASTS ACCUSE LONGTIME DOCTOR OF SEXUAL ABUSE

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Robert Killips/AP

On Sunday, three members of the U.S. women’s national gymnastics team, Jamie Dantzscher, Jeannette Antolin and Jessica Howard, accused Dr. Larry Nassar of sexual abuse on 60 Minutes.  The women alleged that starting in the 1990s when they were minors, Nassar, told them he needed to perform medical examinations on them “to improve their health and address their medical problems.”  They said as part of his exams, Nassar would insert ungloved fingers inside their private parts for long periods of time on several occasions.

Dantzscher told 60 Minutes, "He would put his fingers inside of me and move my leg around.  He would tell me I was going to feel a pop.  And that that would put my hips back and help my back pain."

Antolin said, “I remember being uncomfortable because of the area.  But in my mind, I was like, ‘If this helps, I’ll do anything.’  It was treatment.  You don’t complain about treatment.”

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CBS News

The three gymnasts are not the first to make allegations against Nassar.  Many others, including students from Michigan State University where Nassar served as a sports doctor, have accused him of abuse.  However, Nassar has not been charged for the MSU sexual abuse allegations yet.

Along with these accusations, Nassar has been charged with possessing child pornography.  In December 2016, FBI investigators found 37,000 child pornography images and videos at Nassar’s home, some which were found on hard drives he tried to get rid of in the garbage.  The FBI is also in possession of a GoPro video of Nassar apparently molesting young girls in a pool.

Nassar, who is licensed to practice osteopathic medicine in Michigan, served as the USA Gymnastics team doctor from 1996 to 2015 and at MSU from the 1990s to 2015.  Nassar pleaded not guilty to the child pornography charges.  Nassar also insists that the methods he used on the three U.S. gymnasts were the correct medical practice.

 

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SYRIAN REFUGEE, STAR OF OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORT, TAKES A STAND TO PROMOTE PEACE!

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 ITN Productions

ITN Productions

A Syrian refugee, Hala Kamil, who’s family was featured in an Oscar-nominated short plans to attend the awards ceremony to spread a message about the Syrian refugees’ plight.  The short documentary film, “Watani: My Homeland,” follows Kamil and her four children as they escape from Aleppo after her husband, Abu Ali Slaibeh, was captured by Islamic State militants in 2013.  The film, directed by Marcel Mettelsiefen, documents the family’s journey to a Turkish refugee camp and later, Germany.

Kamil was originally unable to attend the Oscars ceremony due to Donald Trump’s travel ban, which is currently halted.  Upon hearing the news that she can now go, Kamil wrote a statement in response.   Kamil stated: “When I heard that I might have the opportunity of attending the Oscars to represent ‘Watani: My Homeland,’ I felt incredibly proud and happy but bittersweet.”  Kamil said she and her husband used to enjoy the Academy Awards together: “Abu Ali and I would stay up late every year to watch the Oscars live on television.  Sipping coffee together as we always did, we’d try to recall the names of all the famous actors and actresses as they graced the red carpet, in complete awe of this huge event.”

Kamil explained that she wants to use her time at the Oscars to help spread a message throughout the world about refugees, especially from Syria.  Kamil wrote:  “I want to tell the world about a small country called Syria, a country that has been burnt alive, its people torn up from the soil they once thrived on.  All this destruction and displacement needs the concerted effort of the whole world working together, to help these people back to their roots, the roots they hold so dear.  We need people to understand that we are not terrorists despite what the media and the politicians might say, all we are is human.”

You can read Kamil’s full statement here, and watch the moving trailer for “Watani: My Homeland” below.

 

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ASHTON KUTCHER SEEKS TO END HUMAN TRAFFICKING WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY

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Getty Images

On Wednesday, Ashton Kutcher spoke in front of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee to seek funding for his anti-human trafficking organization, Thorn.  Thorn, which Kutcher co-founded, seeks to end the sexual exploitation, abuse and trafficking of children through technology.  Kutcher told the committee, “Technology can be used to enable slavery, but technology can also be used to disable slavery.  Can we build the tools that are better than their tools to fight what is happening?”

Kutcher explained how law enforcement agencies are understaffed and unequipped to deal with the sheer number of trafficking cases, but Thorn’s software, “Spotlight” can shorten the amount of time it takes ”from three years to three weeks.”  Spotlight, he said, was able to locate 6,000 victims in just six months.  Kutcher said, “The technology we're building is efficient, nimble, enduring, and it only gets smarter with time.”  He continued, “It's taking the internet, which is largely anonymous, and making it far less anonymous.”

One committee member, Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, brought up Trump’s travel ban and how it might affect human trafficking victims: “Could they have come in under that ban?  When we say we are going to protect these victims, we must look for every possible way to accomplish this goal.”

Kutcher agreed that refugees are the most exposed to traffickers: “When people are left out and not supported and not given love they need to grow, it becomes an incubator for trafficking.”

Kutcher shared a horrific example of human trafficking to hammer the point home: “I've seen video content of a child that's the same age as mine, being raped by an American man who was a sex tourist in Cambodia.  This child was so conditioned by her environment that she thought she was engaging in play.”

Kutcher spoke about his “other day job” of being a father to two children, whom he has with wife Mila Kunis.  Kutcher said, “It is my effort to defend their right to pursue happiness and to assure a society and government that defends it as well.”

Watch Kutcher’s full hearing below, and be sure to check out Thorn’s website as well.

 

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