Thursday, February 14, 2013

Immigration Reform Seminar | Feb 14, 2013 | TCCLI Deer Park NY

Lawyer Remzi G. Kulen from the Kulen Law Office informed the audience. The topics that have been covered are: For Illegal Immigrants: Waiver Opportunities 2 Year Working and Travel Allowance Immigration Policies For Legal Immigrants: Lates changes for the naturalization process H1 Visa Greencard Special thanks to Mr. Kulen and the Kulen Law Office for the presentation an valuable information that has been shared with our community.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Gandhi Gathering | Jan 30 2012 | Hauppauge NY

Turkish students from the TCCLI community have prayed for the children who had ben killed in Connecticut at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Martin Luther King Day | Jan 21 2013 | Commack JCC NY

TCCLI attended the Martin Luther King Day at Commack JCC. Hamza Kuzu performed the azan. At the end of the event Noah's pudding has been served to the attendees.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Sandy Donation | $10000 to the Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund

TCCLI - Sandy Donation
 TCCLI and the Helping Hands Relief Foundation presented a check in the amount of $10000 to the Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund. Chaplain Kevin M. Smith who is in charge of the Relief Fund indicated that this donation is the largest single donation to date.

 Davut Yilmaz - TCCLI Executive Director, Edward P.Mangano - Nassau County Executive, Sadri Altinok - TCC President , Father Kevin M. Smith - Nassau County Chaplain and member of the Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund, and Nevzat Yilmaz, Ph.D - President of the Helping Hands Relief Foundation.

   County executive Ed Mangano thanked Turkish Cultural Center and Helping Hands Relief Foundation for their generous donation. He also expressed that this is the largest single donation for the Sandy Relief Fund.
   Chaplin Smith who runs the Relief Fund said that there are over 600 families still waiting for help due to Hurricane Sandy and this donation will go a long way. There was an immediate press release regarding the donation and families were notified to apply for aid.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Sandy Relief | Nov, 2012 | Long Island NY

TCCLI - Long Island

   Sandy Relief Efforts Sandy was one of the most destructive hurricanes in the past couple of decades that hit NY very hard. Most of the cities, especially affluent neighborhoods along the seashores in south Long Island were hit.

   The Helping Hands Relief Foundation and the Turkish Cultural Center Long Island have been trying to help with the relief efforts, by serving hot food at shelters where many people had to live and are still living during the past couple of weeks. Volunteers from TCC were working hard to give a hand to whoever needed help. They have been serving food and distributing items at the shelters at Levittown Memorial High School (approximately 300 people), the Welwood district (approximately 300 people and the Nassau Community College Coliseum (over 1000 people).

TCCLI volunteering services after hurricane Sandy:
  • Nov 9 2012: Meals have been served at Levittown Memorial High School shelter on.
  • Nov 10 2012: Meals have been served at Nassau Community College ARC shelter on. Red Cross field Supervisor Zoe Jennings explained that the help given by TCC was timely and very much appreciated.
  • Nov 10 2012: Dinner has been served at Levittown Memorial HS shelter.
  • Nov 11 2012: The TCCLI Women Society served meals and beverages in Lindenhurst
  • Nov 12 2012: Meal and beverages have been served at the Nassau County Community College shelter.

Special thanks to the volunteers: Omer Faruk Atasever, Muhammed Cıtıroğlu, Sinan Travac, Adem Tetik, Murat Soylu, Ertuğrul Dalkıç, Enes Inalkac, Ihsan Kara, Emirhan Yenidunya, Göksel Güven, TCCLI Women and all the others whose names are not listed here.

Friday, October 26, 2012

2nd Annual Turkish Republic Day at Nassau County | Oct 26, 2012 | Nassau County, NY

The TCCLI and Nassau County are proud to announce that the “2nd Turkish Republic Day” has been organized in collaboration by the two institutes. Turkish -Americans in NY have gathered to participate in this historical event for the second time. After the introduction from Nassau County officials participants have been invited for a moment of silence to honor the late P.O. Arthur Lopez and the other victims who have been lost in the past weeks incident. Nassau County official Herb Flores passed on the greetings of the County Executive Ed Mangano. The County Executive was not able to attend the event because of the funeral services for the late police officer. Herb Flores also thanked the Turkish Community for their hard work and contributions to the county. The president of TCC New York Sadri Altinok gave a brief historical background about the Turkish Republic and its building from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire. Its independence war and its great leader “Mustafa Kemal Ataturk”. After the speech of the representative from the Turkish Consulate Vice Consul Muharrem Turgut the elected honorees of the Turkish-American Community from Long Island have been invited one by one to the podium to receive their citations. Below you’ll find some information about the honorees. 2012 - 2nd Turkish Republic Day Honorees Seref Basaran: Mr Basaran is a true entrepreneur who built Basaran Grinding Inc from ground up. Basaran Grinder Corp has become one of the fastest growing grinding machine solution providers. They developed their modular concept working with professionals from MIT. In addition to building machines, Basaran Grinder Corp is one of the finest solution providers delivering turnkey solutions for automated grinding, inspection and data gathering. In additional to the very successful business he runs, Mr Basaran participates in and sponsors many community events and donates his time and expertise for better relations among all sections of the community. Zach Erdem: After moving from Turkey to the United States in 2002, owner Zach Erdem struggled to make a living and planned to move back home after just six months. With only sixty dollars in his pocket—which was loaned to him by a friend—Erdem decided to take a quick trip to the Hamptons two days before his scheduled flight. After arriving at the East End, he ordered lunch at the first restaurant he saw—75 Main. He quickly befriended the General Manager, who offered him a bartending position on the spot. In the years that followed, Erdem traveled all over the country, working in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami and ultimately returning to Southampton to manage Nello Summertimes. In 2011, Erdem was finally able to fulfill his dream of purchasing 75 Main—a dream that was born over 19 years earlier on the beaches of the East End. In February 2012, Zach Erdem took his talents down to South Florida and opened 75 main in Delray Beach, Florida. CTAA is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established under the 501(C3) laws within the United States. CTAA is an independent umbrella organization committed to advancing the interaction among American, Turkish and Turkic people to promote good relationships and understanding through its affiliate organizations regardless of their ethnic origin, religion and other preferences. CTAA brings people together by hosting public programs and private events featuring leaders and experts with diverse views on a wide range of global and regional topics through task forces, executive forums, luncheons, conferences, studies and leadership dialogue. There are 43 non-profit and non-governmental member organizations united under CTAA in the states of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine. TurkishNY Web portal was founded by Ridvan Sezer in 2004. TurkishNY is the most followed Turkish-American web portal in the United States. TurkishNY is headquartered in NY and has representatives throughout the USA where substantial Turkish populations reside. TurkishNY web portal does not limit itself only to news. It has picture and video galleries, stories related to many events held by Turkish American organizations, as well as yellow pages, advertisements sections, an education portal, forums and much more. One of the missions of the TurkishNY portal is to reach Turkish Americans living all over the USA, increase communication among them and create one united voice to lobby on behalf of Turkey.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Assembly Talks Series -1 | Oct 11, 2012 | TCCLI Deer Park NY

TCCLI - Deer Park NY TCCLI had its first Assembly Talk Series where we had the privilege to have Assemblyman Robert K. Sweeney from the 11th district at our Deer Park location. The 11th district includes the cities Lindenhurst, Copiague, Amityville, Wyandanch and West Babylon.
The topic had been "Drug abuse among youth; cause, effect and control". Which is a common problem among all the communities. Assemblyman Sweeney shared his experiences which he has gathered after many years working on related bills. And in close collaboration with the school districts. The event concluded with a QA session where participants had cautious questions and literally concerns for their own children in their households. Of course we had some nice Turkish appetizers :-) ….