Posted by: David Lerner Family Foundation | Posted on: April 17th, 2012 | 0 Comments
The Heritage Guide to the Constitution is intended to provide a brief and accurate explanation of each clause of the Constitution as envisioned by the framers and as applied in contemporary law. Its particular aim is to provide lawmakers with a means to defend their role and to fulfill their responsibilities in our constitutional order. Yet while the Guide will provide a reliable reference for lawmakers and policy-makers and be especially useful for the trained jurist, it is written to be explanatory and educational, accessible and helpful for informed citizens and students of the Constitution in general.
To create such a unique line-by-line analysis of our supreme law, The Heritage Foundation set about finding an expert to write on each clause identified in the Constitution, from the Preamble to the Twenty-seventh Amendment. Each contributor was asked to write a brief essay on a particular clause with two objectives. First, provide a description of the original understanding of the clause, as far as it can be determined. If within the standard of original understanding there are credible and differing interpretations, they were to be noted and explained. Second, the article was to provide an explanation of the current state of the law regarding the clause and, where appropriate, to give brief explanations of the historical development of current doctrine.
At the end of each essay, the authors have added cross-references to other clauses in the Constitution, suggestions for further research, and a listing of significant cases concerning that clause.
In a time when our Constitution is being trampled on by various people, this project is a very important reminder of our forefathers and their vision for the United States as a Republic. Learn more at www.heritage.org
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Posted by: David Lerner Family Foundation | Posted on: April 16th, 2012 | 0 Comments
Curiosity drew Sam Jones to the Trey Whitfield School. The Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic great had heard tales about what goes on inside the walls of the Brooklyn school that was co-founded by his friend A.B. Whitfield and had constantly received invitations to pay a visit.
For years, he could never find the time. When Jones finally visited the school a few years back to attend a dinner, he was glad he did.
“Once I saw the school, how could I not be involved? I was so impressed with these young people. The manners, how they dressed, how the teachers taught them, how they studied. The hallways were empty during class period. They had their own library. I was so impressed,” said Jones, now 77.
He’s not the only famous athlete who has felt the urge to help the students at the Trey Whitfield School. More than 40 athletes, both retired and active, assist the Trey Whitfield School through financial contributions and time spent with students or at fundraiser events. Their contributions and aid in getting others to support the school help cover the cost of educating the school’s more than 400 students, as it does not receive subsidies. Athletes who have helped the school include NFL stars such as Jim Brown, Dick Lynch and Rosie Brown, and NBA greats such as Earl Monroe, Rick Mahorn, Shaquille O’Neal, Ray Allen and Rasheed Wallace.
Jones is at the school once or twice a week as part of The Amer-I-Can Program, and he praised the school and the level of discipline it instills in its students, which leads to students taking responsibility for their actions.
Precisely one of the reasons David Lerner and the Lois and David Lerner Family Foundation are such avid supporters of this school. “Without accountability, in school or business, you are going to get poor performance,” Mr. Lerner says. “Parents sacrifice to scrape together the yearly tuition to attend the Trey Whitfield School, making the child accountable for every moment of the day.”
Posted by: David Lerner Family Foundation | Posted on: April 15th, 2012 | 0 Comments
The Long Island Philharmonic is proud to announce the winners of the 2012 Young Artist Competition for Piano. The final round of the competition took place on Monday, April 2, at Steinway Piano Gallery in Melville.
Marc Fishman, an 11th grader at Great Neck South High School in Great Neck, was awarded first prize. Marc’s performances, the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major and Liszt’s Concert Etude No. 3 (“Un Sospiro”), earned him the $1,000 Christopher Keene Memorial Scholarship. He will also perform with the Orchestra at the Philharmonic’s 33rd Annual Gala at Oheka Castle on May 3, 2012.
The Long Island Philharmonic’s Young Artist Competition, an integral part of the Orchestra’s commitment to ArtsInEducation, alternately focuses on instruments in one of three disciplines: strings, brass and woodwinds, or piano. The competition offers aspiring young Long Island musicians an opportunity to achieve the recognition of their peers, the public, and the distinguished panel of judges.
The Lois and David Lerner Family Foundation is a proud supporter of The Long Island Philharmonic and its programs.
Posted by: David Lerner Family Foundation | Posted on: April 14th, 2012 | 0 Comments
When Basil was born, everything seemed fine. For his owner, Brent Grove, who drives a bus and raises dogs on his Westminister farm, the German Shepherd was the latest, cutest addition to his pack. Basil nursed like a normal puppy, but when he graduated to solid food, he couldn’t keep any down. Grove knew something was seriously wrong.
The problem was a persistent right aortic arch, a birth defect causing one of the blood vessels coming off of Basil’s heart to pinch his esophagus. With such a narrow opening, Basil could only drink liquids and was at risk of aspirating his food. His prognosis was poor.
Grove didn’t like the risky options presented to him by local vets, so he searched the internet for another opinion. He discovered the University of Pennsylvania’s Ryan Veterinary Hospital and its new minimally invasive surgical suite.
The Buerger Family Minimally Invasive Surgery Suite at Ryan is the first such facility of its kind at a veterinary teaching hospital. After examining Basil, Jeffrey Runge, lecturer of surgery at Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine, thought the puppy was a good candidate to be one of the suite’s first patients.
After a successful procedure, the surgeons were able to reverse Basil’s potentially fatal genetic condition.
Six months after the surgery, Basil shows no sign that he ever had trouble eating; he’s put on more than 70 pounds and plays with the energy characteristic of his breed, much to the relief of his owner and friend.
The Lois and David Lerner Family Foundation is a proud supporter of The University of Pennsylvania.
Posted by: David Lerner Family Foundation | Posted on: April 13th, 2012 | 0 Comments
David Lerner Associates, the Syosset-based investment firm, proudly marked their fifth year of sponsoring the Long Island Philharmonic and its Summer Concert Series, “Music Under the Stars.” last year.
The first in the series was held on July 4th followed by a fireworks display.The rest of the series was held at the Islip Arts Council Salutes Armed Forces of the USA in Heckscher State Park, East Islip.
Other concerts were held in Eisenhower Park, Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, East Meadow; Heckscher Park, Chapin Rainbow Stage, Huntington and Brookhaven Amphitheater Arts & Cultural Center at Bald Hill, Farmingville.
These concerts are free to the public and are presented by the Long Island Philharmonic, proudly supported by the Lois and David Lerner Family Foundation.