Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Four 2021 Emmy® Nominations for Islip TV & NVJN

JUNE 30, 2021 — Islip, NY



Islip, NY — The 2021 New York Emmys® nominations were announced and Long Island journalist’s name Waldo Cabrera, the Executive Producer of Islip.TV, came up four times. This achievement is even more remarkable considering the level of talent and competition that Cabrera and Islip.TV were up against — The flagship local stations of every major TV network, PBS Thirteen, stations from every major city in New York State and Northern New Jersey plus powerful publishers like the NY Times, The Daily News and Newsday.


Leading the list of nominations is “Full STEM Ahead Long Island,” a series directed by Waldo Cabrera from Brookhaven National Laboratory and The Long Island STEM Hub. The 10-part series encourages middle school and high school students to pursue careers in STEM and it highlights STEM opportunities on Long Island.


In TEEN SHORT FORM CONTENT category; the story “BIO ENGINEERS BEATING BACK VIRUSES,” aired at the end of 2019. The LI STEM Hub team goes inside Cold Spring Harbor

Laboratory and Brookhaven National Lab to see how vaccines are developed. Soon after this piece aired, the COVID pandemic hit. When Pfizer and Moderna announced their vaccines, the technique used to develop those vaccines were the same that were featured in this story.


The second LI STEM Hub nomination was in the TECHNOLOGY SHORT FORM CONTENT category: “HACKING AWAY AT CAREERS IN CYBER SECURITY.” In this story the LI STEM HUB team featured NYIT tech entrepreneurs and Great Neck based ATLAS Cyber Security. We were treated to a in in-depth demonstration of the techniques used to thwart malicious attacks.


Ten stories were created by the LI STEM Hub team, three were nominated for Emmys®. Cabrera joked, “If we were baseball players, we would make the Hall of Fame with a .300 batting average.”


In the INTERVIEW/DISCUSSION category, an interview with Hollywood director BARRY SONNENFELD got the nod. The Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington invited Mr. Sonnenfeld to speak about his book “Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother.” Before the event he sat down with Waldo Cabrera for a quick talk.


Finally, the fourth nomination was in the CHILDREN/YOUTH LONG FORM CONTENT category for “CUACARACHITA MARTINA’S MUSICAL ADVENTURE.” Waldo directed and animated this short film for The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. The story educates kids about the Pura Belpré, the first Puerto Rican Librarian in the NY Public Library system. It then brings to life a modern version of Pura Belpré’s most famous books “Perez and Martina: A Portorican Folk Tale.”


This modern story was adapted by award winning children’s book author Raquel Ortiz, it features new music by Desmar Guevara, who played for Salsa greats like Celia Cruz. Characters were voiced by Mario Mattei and Alejandra Ramos and the culminating song’s operatic vocals were provided by Elizabeth Perez.


Just as exciting the TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL featured “CUACARACHITA MARTINA’S MUSICAL ADVENTURE.” The film played on a massive outdoor screen in Waldo’s childhood neighborhood in The Bronx.


“This has been a monumental year for Islip.TV,” Cabrera said. “It is the strength of our partnerships that has allowed us to tell these great stories. We thank everyone that has helped us achieve this level of success.”









  • Bio Engineers Beating Back Viruses — Full STEM Ahead Long Island

• Waldo Cabrera, Director 




Hacking Away At Careers In Cyber Security - Full STEM Ahead Long Island 

• Waldo Cabrera, Director 





Conversation With Director Barry Sonnenfeld At The Cinema Arts Centre 

• Waldo Cabrera, Producer 





Cucarachita Martina's Musical Adventure  

• Waldo Cabrera, Director 


ISLIP ART MUSEUM OPEN CALL: Forever Young Online Exhibition

East Islip, NY— Building on the success of 2020’s Art@50+: New Beginnings, Islip Arts Council and AARP Long Island are pleased to announce a new statewide virtual art exhibit embracing the theme Forever Young.

Whether you are a novice or an expert, New York State artists who are 50 years and older are invited to submit their artwork for the upcoming Forever Young virtual exhibition. Submissions in all media will be considered, but previously exhibited work is excluded. Artists will be able to submit their work from May 1 through May 15.

As part of AARP’s effort to Disrupt Aging by dispelling negative stereotypes and bias toward aging, the 2021 exhibit asks New York-based artists to submit pieces that symbolize their vision and ideas to stay Forever Young. Selected artists will be featured in a virtual exhibition sponsored by AARP and shown on the Islip Art Museum website in July and August.

“It’s timely, appropriate, and relevant that Forever Young is our exhibition theme, said artist Holly Gordon, curator of the exhibit. “People 50 and over are society’s greatest asset. It is our ability to look back on our life experiences as we move forward. This patina of time gives depth to our vision, substance to our voices and verve to our creativity. Art is a powerful force that energizes, infuses, incites and inspires.” Forever Young is open to residents of New York state.

Artists can start the submission process  beginning May 1 by registering at: Artists will receive additional instructions to digitally submit artwork following registration. Previously exhibited work is excluded. Artists will be asked to provide a maximum 80-word written statement about their work, as well as a 30-second audio recording of their statement.


Open to artists in New York State

Submission Period: May 1 – May 15, 2021

Exhibition Dates: July 1 – August 15, 2021


For more information, go to the Islip Art Council website click on EVENTS then choose AARP Presents Forever Young, and click there for prospectus. Digital submission only. The body of the email must include these image details (Last name, First name, Title, medium, size, date), Artists Statement, and all artist’s contact information. Contact: Holly Gordon curator for hi-res files and additional information Telephone: 631.666.8841 (t) 631.835.0697 (m) E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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New Yorkers 16 Years of Age and Older Will Be Eligible to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

March 30, 2021

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in New York. Beginning April 6, universal eligibility goes into effect and all New Yorkers 16 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. 

Additionally, the Governor announced more than 2 million total COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered at New York State-run and FEMA-assisted mass vaccination sites. Statewide, more than 9 million total doses have been administered across all vaccination sites. 171,419 doses have been administered across the state's vast distribution network in the last 24 hours, and more than 1.3 million doses have been administered over the past seven days. Delivery of the week 16 allocation begins mid-week.

"Today we take a monumental step forward in the fight to beat COVID. Beginning March 30, all New Yorkers age 30 or older will be able to be vaccinated, and all New Yorkers age 16 or older will be eligible on April 6, well ahead of the May 1 deadline set by the White House," Governor Cuomo said. "As we continue to expand eligibility, New York will double down on making the vaccine accessible for every community to ensure equity, particularly for communities of color who are too often left behind. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but until we get there it is more important than ever for each and every New Yorker to wear a mask, socially distance and follow all safety guidelines."




Beginning March 30, 2021: New Yorkers 30 and over qualify for the vaccine.

Adult New Yorkers of any age with the following conditions qualify for the vaccine:

  • Cancer (current or in remission, including 9/11-related cancers)
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Pulmonary Disease, including but not limited to, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma (moderate-to-severe), pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and 9/11 related pulmonary diseases
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities including Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions, including but not limited to heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, or hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) including but not limited to solid organ transplant or from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, use of other immune weakening medicines, or other causes
  • Severe Obesity (BMI 40 kg/m2), Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease or Thalassemia
  • Type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus 
  • Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
  • Neurologic conditions including but not limited to Alzheimer's Disease or dementia
  • Liver disease


The list is subject to change as additional scientific evidence is published and as New York State obtains and analyzes additional state-specific data.




Phase 1a & Phase 1b  

Eligible New Yorkers in Phase 1a and 1b are:
  • Individuals Age 30 and older who reside in New York
  • First Responder or Support Staff for First Responder Agency
  • Fire
    • State Fire Service, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)
    • Local Fire Service, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)
  • Police and Investigations
    • State Police, including Troopers
    • State Park Police, DEC Police, Forest Rangers
    • SUNY Police
    • Sheriffs' Offices
    • County Police Departments and Police Districts
    • City, Town, and Village Police Departments
    • Transit of other Public Authority Police Departments
    • State Field Investigations, including DMV, SCOC, Justice Center, DFS, IG, Tax, OCFS, SLA
  • Public Safety Communications
    • Emergency Communication and PSAP Personnel, including dispatchers and technicians
  • Other Sworn and Civilian Personnel
    • Court Officer
    • Other Police or Peace Officer
    • Support or Civilian Staff for Any of the Above Services, Agencies, or Facilities
  • Corrections
    • State DOCCS Personnel, including correction and parole officers
    • Local Correctional Facilities, including correction officers
    • Local Probation Departments, including probation officers
    • State Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities
    • Local Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities
  • P-12 Schools
    • P-12 school (public or non-public) or school district faculty or staff (includes all teachers, substitute teachers, student teachers, school administrators, paraprofessional staff, and support staff including bus drivers)
    • Contractor working in a P-12 school or school district (including contracted bus drivers)
    • Licensed, registered, approved or legally exempt group childcare
  • In-person college faculty and instructors
  • Employees or Support Staff of licensed, registered, approved or legally exempt group Childcare Setting
  • Licensed, registered, approved or legally exempt group Childcare Provider
  • Public Transit
    • Airline and airport employee
    • Passenger railroad employee
    • Subway and mass transit employee (i.e., MTA, LIRR, Metro North, NYC Transit, Upstate transit)
    • Ferry employee
    • Port Authority employee
    • Public bus employee
  • Public facing grocery store workers, including convenience store and bodega workers
  • Individual living in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared with individuals and families who are not part of your household
  • Individual working (paid or unpaid) in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared by individuals and families who are not part of the same household, in a position where there is potential for interaction with shelter residents
  • High-risk hospital and FQHC staff, including OMH psychiatric centers
  • Health care or other high-risk essential staff who come into contact with residents/patients working in LTCFs and long-term, congregate settings overseen by OPWDD, OMH, OCFS, OTDA and OASAS, and residents in congregate living situations, overseen or funded by the OPWDD, OMH, OCFS, OTDA and OASAS
  • Certified NYS EMS provider, including but not limited to Certified First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Medical Technician – Critical Care, Paramedic, Ambulance Emergency Vehicle Operator, or Non-Certified Ambulance Assistant
  • County Coroner or Medical Examiner, or employer or contractor thereof who is exposed to infectious material or bodily fluids
  • Licensed funeral director, or owner, operator, employee, or contractor of a funeral firm licensed and registered in New York State, who is exposed to infectious material or bodily fluids
  • Staff of urgent care provider
  • Staff who administer COVID-19 vaccine
  • All Outpatient/Ambulatory front-line, high-risk health care workers of any age who provide direct in-person patient care, or other staff in a position in which they have direct contact with patients (i.e., intake staff)
  • All front-line, high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients, including those conducting COVID-19 tests, handling COVID-19 specimens and COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Home care workers and aides, hospice workers, personal care aides, and consumer-directed personal care workers
  • Staff and residents of nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, and adult care facilities
  • Restaurant workers*
  • Restaurant delivery drivers*
  • For-hire vehicle drivers*
Beginning March 17, the following essential workers are eligible:
  • Public-facing government and public employees
  • Not-for-profit workers who provide public-facing services to New Yorkers in need
  • Essential in-person public-facing building service workers

*Eligible for vaccination at State-operated mass vaccination sites, and, at the option of local health departments (LHDs) at LHD-operated point of distribution sites.