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Optimum Community Announces Seventh Annual ‘Hispanic Heritage Month’ Student Essay Contest In Partnership with Olympusat

(Contact: Epoch 5 Public Relations)


Open to Middle-School and High-School Students,
Contest Provides Opportunity to Reflect on the Rich Heritage of Hispanic Americans

Bethpage, NY…For the seventh consecutive year, Cablevision’s Optimum Community and Olympusat, Inc. are proud to sponsor the “Hispanic Heritage Month” essay contest in recognition of the rich heritage of Hispanic Americans. Open to middle-school (grades 6 through 8) and high-school (grades 9 through 12) students, the 2014 contest asks students to “Name a Latino, past or present, with whom you would choose to spend a day and explain why.”

All essays must be submitted in English either through the Optimum Community web site www.optimum.net/community, emailed to edinfo@cablevision.com, or mailed to Cablevision: Attention Optimum Community, 1111 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, NY. Entries will be accepted from September 15 through November 1 and cannot exceed 500 words. Four winners in both the middle- and high-school categories will be selected and announced in December 2014. Prizes include a $2500 cash scholarship (Grand Prize), an Apple iPad (First Prize), a laptop computer (Second Prize) and a Kindle Fire (Third Prize). Olympusat, Inc. is the provider of such Spanish-language channels as CubaPlay and TV Chile, all available on Optimum TV en Español programming service.

“Through Optimum Community, Cablevision is proud to sponsor the ‘Hispanic Heritage Month’ essay contest that encourages students to explore the many accomplishments made by Latinos throughout the years,” said Cablevision Vice President of Public Affairs Jen Ostrager. “Cablevision remains committed to providing educational opportunities to students in the areas we serve.”

“Olympusat is delighted to once again partner with Cablevision on this very special initiative”” said Olympusat Senior Vice President of Distribution Nick Febrizio. “The Optimum Community Hispanic Heritage Month essay contest enables students to celebrate the many contributions of Latinos in America and we look forward to reading many outstanding entries this season.”

About Optimum Community
Optimum Community, a Cablevision initiative formerly known as Power to Learn, connects schools and communities in the company’s footprint with a broad range of services. Cablevision offers thousands of schools and libraries across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut with free access to its popular Optimum-branded cable TV and Internet. Hands-on, educational programs presented by Optimum Community include Internet Smarts, Knicks Summer Reading, Student Lens, and Charity Champions. Optimum Community also keeps Optimum subscribers informed about important events and issues through expanded local programming, including Neighborhood Journal and its signature public affairs show, Meet the Leaders. Additional information and content is available at: www.optimum.net/community.

About Cablevision
Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) is a leading media and telecommunications company, serving millions of households and businesses throughout the greater New York area. Providing quality products that keep customers connected, Cablevision offers Optimum-branded digital cable television, high-speed Internet and voice services as well as Optimum WiFi, the nation’s most robust WiFi network. Cablevision’s Lightpath subsidiary is a premier provider of integrated business communications solutions for larger companies. Through its local media and programming properties – News 12 Networks and Newsday Media Group – Cablevision also delivers news and information created specifically for the communities it serves. Additional information about Cablevision is available at www.cablevision.com.

About Olympusat, Inc.
Olympusat, Inc is one of the largest independent media companies specializing in ownership, distribution, production and technical services. The company has established
itself as a leader in the Hispanic television and media space through its 62 Spanish language television networks, 35 of which are HD. Olympusat’s top networks include Cine Mexicano, FUNimation Channel and the newly introduced Ultra HD Plex. The company also delivers a distinctive Faith & Family and Specialty Suite representing some of the biggest networks in the industry. For more information, please visit www.olympusat.com