Jul 18, 2014
Please congratulate CARE's Family Ambassador, Nicola (+ husband Adam), on becoming a new mom! Olin Thomas Clay has arrived, and is 8lbs - 4oz - 21" of adorable gorgeousness. Please also thank Nicola for helping Lee Lee for the past 8 months —while pregnant no less! She shaved a couple of hours off Lee Lee's crazy busy schedule every week by emailing family restorations, answering questions, phoning Houdini families, writing to VIPs and CARE Package folks. We'll miss her lots and lots...and lots...but wish her much loveliness with her new little family. Hooray!
Jan 8, 2014
CARE for Sandy loves before & after transformations. Here's your chance to nominate a local do-gooder who has given back to Sandy victims, or perhaps to their community in general. Help gift that special someone with an HGTV Cousins Undercover home makeover!
Download HGTV's PDF flyer for distribution to spread the word to others, or head straight for the network's application form. One photo (up to 20MB) may be attached. Be sure to select a CARE for Sandy restoration, if applicable.
Dec 16, 2012
A debut feature supported by the Queens Council for the Arts and the Long Island FIlm Foundation, IN MONTAUK is a tense and powerful drama about an artist torn between an easy path to success, and a more perilous road to self-discovery. Set locally in Queens and Montauk (Long Island), "the story personifies the pull between art and family that many female artists face," says Cummings. "It's a personal story, taken from my own experience of being both a mother and a filmmaker and being constantly faced with difficult choices."
For Cummings, an avid photographer (and unofficial chronicler of her family), the idea of working to restore people's photographs - mementos of happier and cherished times - seemed like an easy choice for once. "It really resonated with me." After the hurricane Cummings traveled to Far Rockaway to help a friend deal with the aftermath of the storm, sifting through the devastated area in hopes of salvaging personal items. It was especially important for this friend to salvage her parents' wedding photo, as her mother had passed away a few years ago.
Working with CARE for Sandy to restore those cherished mementos raised interesting questions about the power of images for Cummings. And her film, set in heavily storm-hit areas of New York, seemed like an apt vehicle for us to explore these emotional ties we have to photographs - their power to express ideas, hopes, and to preserve memories.