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Something of Substance- May 2014

Something of Substance airs on Cablevision’s public access channels as follows:

  • Channel 18 Brookhaven at 11:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. every night

  • Channel 18 Islip/Smithtown at 10:00 p.m. every night

  • Channel 118 Riverhead at 10 p.m. Wednesdays

  • Channel 22 East Hampton at 1:30 a.m. Tuesdays; 5:00 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. Wednesdays; 6:30 p.m. Fridays, and 1:00 and 7:00 p.m. Saturdays

Fios 1: Horses help humans overcome disabilities

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Long Island Business News: Horse Therapy

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Long Island Business News/ Nonprofits/ April 4 - 10, 2014/ LIBN.COM

Newsday: LIlife: Serving vets and pets

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Newsday/ LIlife/ Sunday, March 30, 2014/ Brookhaven-South Fork 
Written by: Arielle Brechisci

Pulse Magazine: PLEASE STAND UP: Good People Doing Good Things

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Long Island Pulse Magazine, April 2014: Long Island Spring Preview

Horsepower to help overcome challenges

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Newsday, Long Island Business, Pg. A37, Monday, March 24th, 2014 LI Edition
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Pal-O-Mine Equestrian awarded grant from The Allstate Foundation

(Islandia, NY) Pal-O-Mine Equestrian received a $1,000 grant from The Allstate Agency Hands in the Community grant for operating support and Allstate Agency volunteer program funding. Pal-O-Mine’s volunteer opportunities include property repairs and building or painting structures. Thank you to our favorite Allstate agent Rocco Caprioli and The Allstate Foundation for supporting Pal-O-Mine in so many ways.

About The Allstate Foundation

The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity.

For more than 60 years, The Allstate Foundation has been dedicated to a straightforward purpose: helping people.

Their core goal is to help Americans realize their hopes and dreams by connecting people through innovative programs that drive social change.

About Pal-O-Mine Equestrian, Inc.

Pal-O-Mine Equestrian’s roots date back to 1993 when Founder and Director Lisa Gatti started a therapeutic riding program for individuals with disabilities. Its mission is to provide a comprehensive therapeutic equine program using horses to facilitate growth, learning and healing. Our population includes children and adults with disabilities, those who have been abused or neglected, the military and the economically compromised. Pal-O-Mine operates a full time program, seven days a week, twelve months a year, and supports eighteen program horses on an 8-acre facility serving 300 individuals with disabilities weekly. For more information, visit or call 631-348-1389.


Giving of the Century- 100 Women Who Care About Long Island

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Nonpprofits 34A/ Long Island Business/ News Jan.31-Feb. 6, 2014/
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LI jobs increase 2.1% in December, year to year

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Photo credit: Chris Ware | Special-ed teacher Jen Norton found the perfect fit: a job at Pal-O-Mine in Islandia working with horses and the disabled. (Jan. 23, 2014)


Long Island had 26,500 more jobs in December than a year earlier, the latest sign of the local employment market's continued strength, state data released Thursday show.

The 2.1 percent increase compares with 1.1 percent for the state and 1.6 percent for the nation on a year-over-year basis, the Labor Department said. As of last month, the Island had 1.31 million jobs, up from 1.28 million the year before.

The professional and business-services sector, one of the highest-paying here, continued to lead job increases, with 8,300 more jobs compared with a year ago. The sector, which includes lawyers and accountants, has led gains in five of the last six monthly reports.

That milestone is significant because until recently Long Island's recovery from the recession was largely marked by the rise of lower-wage jobs. But the strength in professional and business services and in other higher-wage categories like construction are helping to turn that tide.

Construction had 4,400 more jobs than a year ago, and the gains represent increased activity beyond superstorm Sandy repairs, said Shital Patel, labor market analyst in the department's Hicksville office. She cited hospital expansions and multifamily-home construction.

"I think there's a lot of foundation to the growth that should continue over several years at least," she said.

John A. Rizzo, chief economist for the Long Island Association, the Island's largest business group, expects job growth overall to continue because of reports showing positive sentiments among local consumers, businesses and government officials. "I think there will be continued job growth on Long Island," he said.

The second-highest job gainer, the private-education and health-services sector, grew by 8,100 jobs.

Central Islip resident Jen Norton found a job last month in that sector. The special-education teacher was hired at Pal-O-Mine Equestrian Inc., an Islandia nonprofit that uses horseback riding to help the developmentally disabled.

Norton, who has a master's degree in special education and a bachelor's in animal science, said the job is a perfect fit for her. She learned about the business when researching jobs that combined her expertise.

She decided on that strategy after moving back to Long Island from North Carolina a year ago and not being able to find a permanent teaching job. "Research what your true passion is," she advises other job seekers. "This is definitely a passion for me, working with kids and working with horses."

Some key sectors lost jobs. For example, manufacturing, a high-wage category, lost the most, down 1,900 jobs, compared with a year ago.

The Labor Department uses year-over-year comparisons because local data aren't adjusted to reflect seasonal fluctuations.

It will release last month's jobless rate on Tuesday. November's rate tumbled 1.7 percentage points from a year ago, to 5.4 percent.

Originally published: January 23, 2014 

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