Literary festival to celebrate ‘books for everyone’

The Long Island Book Festival International will be held Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. Hundreds of books will be available.
By Jackie Nash

The Long Island Book Festival International, a first-of-its-kind event that was established by the Haitian American Foundation for Educational and Cultural Exchange, in collaboration with public and private institutions, will take place at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.

The impetus behind the event’s creation? Ensuring that “books are for everyone.” According to the HAFECE, the goal of the festival is to unite local residents and authors from throughout the world in order to raise money for books, get more books in the hands of children who need them, and promote worldwide literacy.

On Friday, a Fundraising Gala will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Long Island Marriott Hotel in Uniondale. On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the first day of the festival will be held at Eisenhower Park, including a book fair and book-signings, book-readings and panel discussions about literary works by various published authors, illustrators and poets. Following the event, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., will be a Poetry & Music Night at the Marriott Hotel.

The second day of the festival will take place on Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. A literary brunch will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Jean Refusé, HAFECE’s president, said that currently, about 40 authors — from the United States and Haiti — are planned to participate at the festival. However, authors are permitted to sign up for the event until Sept. 30.

Refusé said that hundreds of books — children’s, adult, fiction and nonfiction books, and several genres such as mysteries, westerns, biographies, memoirs, romance, history and religion — will be available at the event, supplied by authors and independent booksellers.

Founded in 1998, HAFECE is a New York-based, nonprofit organization that is focused on fostering mutual understanding and cooperation between American and Haitians through education, information, volunteerism and development assistance programs.

For more information about the festival, visit or call Refusé at (347)

Florida Haitians Calling For Fair Redistricting As State Setting To Draw New Lines

MIAMI – Local, state and federal governments have all set in place commissions or committees to help their citizens draw new district lines for themselves based on population shifts. This is a process that occurs every decade after the publication of the census results.

Learning from the past, major Haitian-American Civil Society organizations including: the Haitian-American Forum, Sant La, the Haitian-American Grassroots Coalition (HAGC) and other groups have consolidated their resources in order to serve as the collective voice designed to help guide the community’s interests. Serving under the umbrella of the Haitian-American Task-Force on Redistricting, this group is organized “ to inform and engage the Haitian community through participation in all public hearings in order to protect our collective interest”, said Gepsie Metellus, Task-Force Member and long time community advocate. “I am reminded of the damage caused by some policymakers a decade ago, as our community was emerging and attempted to seek fair representation”, said Carmeleau Monestime, a co-Chair of the Task-Force.

The State of Florida Redistricting Commission is holding hearings to hear the public regarding congressional and state redistricting. These hearings will be held this Wednesday, August 17, 2011. The first hearing will be held at the Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus Downtown 300 NE 2 Avenue, Miami, Building 1000, Second Floor 10:00 am-2:00 pm; the second hearing will be held at the Florida International University South Campus at 8 Street SW and 16 Street.

15 Year Old Haitian-Japanese Soccer Phenom Sends Gear to Haiti


BROOKLINE, USA – A 15 year old Haitian-Japanese soccer phenom, Zachary Herivaux, has donated his collection of soccer balls and shoes to less fortunate children in Haiti.

It started with a Facebook status posted by Edjoodelky Louis, director of the Hinche Haiti non-profit group, who requested from his fellow Haitian and American friends to help him collect athletic supplies for the Mayor of the City of Hinche. Many responses were received, one of the first, in particular, was in the first 20 minutes from Pedro Manny who asked Louis to give his son a call.

The arrangement was made over the phone by both parties to meet where Louis could pick up the balls. Edjoodelky was surprised to see that Pedro’s son was not any ordinary 15 year old with a hoard of soccer balls but a soccer player, from Brookline Massachussets one of the top 5 players in the world, under 17, ranked by Soccer Magazine.

Zachary Herivaux decided to give all of his soccer balls along with uniforms collected and cleats to the Haitian youth programs in Hinche.

The young footballer said of the gesture, “sometimes making an impact can really be as easy as giving what I have.”

Zach Herivaux Highlights

The young Herivaux is a 6’0″ freshman at Brookline High School and is plays for the number 2 ranked, Shalrie Joseph Lions, in the Premier League of the state. He is coached by his father Pedro Herivaux and has received honors, such as:

  • being named top 5 in the world by FourFourTwo Europe #1 Soccer Magazine, June 2011
  • winning the Golden Boot Award for most goals scored at the US Region 1 U13 Olympic Development Program (ODP) Identification Camp
  • scouted and discovered by Christiano Ronaldo, where he spent two weeks training with Sporting Club de Portugal
  • offered a spot in the U13 Sporting Academy team, Portugal


Bernard H. Gousse, Designated as Next Prime Minister of Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – President Michel Martelly designated Bernard Honorat Gousse to be the next Prime Minister of Haiti. He communicated his decision to the presidents of both chambers at a final meeting Monday night.

The President of the Chamber of Deputies, Sorel Jacinthe, made the announcement.

Bernard Honorat Gousse was born and raised in Port-au-Prince. He graduated from the Haitian State University School of Law and Economic Science in 1981.

Upon graduating, Mr. Gousse traveled to France where he completed a degree in International Relations in 1983 and attained a Doctorate in Law from the University d’Aix-Marseille III in 1989.

Back in Haiti, Mr. Gousse has been practicing law since his admission to the Haitian Bar in 1991. He is one of the founding members of Pasquet, Gousse et Associés.

Bernard Gousse is also a professor and has taught Family Law, Contract Law, Tort Law and Private International Law at Quisqueya University School of Law where he also served eight years as its first Dean.

The Prime Minister-designate’s practice focused primarily on international business transactions, private-public partnerships and Haitian regulatory law. He is a specialist in Communications law in Haiti and is instrumental in drafting the new Haitian telecommunications laws.

Gousse is also a member of the Presidential Commission on New Information and Communications Technologies.

The Prime Minister-designate has published several works, The Independence of the Judiciary for the Port-au-Prince Bar Association Journal of Law (1999), The Application of the Warsaw Convention in Haitian Courts for Le Nouvelliste (1991), Legal Aspects of Contracts in E-Commerce at the Summit of Haitian Internet in 2001 andChildren’s Rights and Citizenship Law



WEST PALM BEACH — Veteran educator Elcy Moreau Andre was one of two area residents who were honored as “Pillars of the Haitian American Community” when the Democratic Haitian American Caucus of Florida hosted its recent second annual Haitian Heritage Banquet.
The other honoree was medical doctor Joseph Pierre Paul. They were recognized for their achievements and contributions to the community.

Andre, a magnet programs recruiter for the School District of Palm Beach County’s Multicultural Education Department, was hired by the school system in 1985 as a teacher for non-English-speaking students at Lake Worth High School.

At the time, Andre was the first teacher of Haitian descent to be hired by the district.  Since then, she has served in a variety of positions and in all of them she has acted as a bridge by connecting resources in the system and the community to the English language-learning students and families who need them, a school district statement said.

“I feel privileged to have a career where I know I’ve made a positive difference in the lives of students working to build a future for themselves and their families,” Andre said in the statement.

“So often I’m simply a guide, someone who provides information or assures students they can succeed at challenging endeavors,” she said.

Andre and her husband Bernard live in West Palm Beach, where they have raised their four children: Nancy, Bernard Jr., Lionel and Fabrice Marcy.

The banquet took place at the Caribbean Choice Restaurant in West Palm Beach on May 21 during Haitian Heritage Month observances.

The Haitian Heritage Month essay contest winners were also recently announced.

First and second places went to Jacquelyn Kent and Victor Herrera Ramirez, respectively, both 11th graders at John I. Leonard High School.

Third place went to Irvenie Latortue, a 10th grader at Olympic Heights High School.

According to a school district announcement, Jacquelyn “demonstrated outstanding thinking and writing skills in her composition, excelling in content, originality, grammar, and spelling, according to the judging committee members comprised of district administrators and teachers.”

The essay topic was:  “You have been selected to give a speech at the Port-au Prince stadium in Haiti to all high school students. Your goal is to stress the importance of individual/collective creative initiatives and engagement for the reconstruction of Haïti.  Include how to solve the current problems and then how to lay the foundations of sustainable development. Write your speech to mobilize the youth to be part of the nation building.”

Jacquelyn wrote about how youth can contribute to the reconstruction of Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake and help make a positive difference in the process of the nation rebuilding.

The winners were recognized during the Palm Beach County School Board meeting on May 18 at the Fulton-Holland Educational Services Center.

Jacquelyn received an award certificate and a check for $250. Victor received a certificate and $150 and Irvenie received a certificate and $100.

The winners were featured at an author talk event organized by the school district, in collaboration with the Palm Beach County Library System, at the Greenacres Branch Library on May 24.

The essay contest was sponsored by Gaskov Clergé Foundation, a nonprofit and philanthropic organization that promotes health and education in Haiti and in the United States.

Bahamas Telecom Company extends US-Caribbean cable to Haiti

Bahamas Telecom Company (BTC) is going to expand the overall capacity of its submarine cable connecting the Caribbean with the U.S.

The network expansion project has two main goals: increase the revenue potential of the cable and improve connectivity to Haiti.

“We are going to make a significant investment into expanding the capacity of the Miami cable… And we’re looking at investing on expanding the capacity of the Haiti cable,” said BTC’s CEO Geoff Houston in a statement. “We expect to be able to do both of those this year and that will provide new sources of revenue opportunity for the company.”

Although Bahamas Domestic Submarine Network had already been restored following the Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, the Houston believes that the network could be leveraged to provide international links to the area’s wireless operators. In this scenario, BTC would sell capacity to both Haiti-based wireless operators in addition to other service providers looking for a gateway into Haiti.

An upgraded cable would also enable Cable and Wireless Communications, which now owns a 51 percent stake in BTC, a way to connect into its global carrier services business.