Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Over the phone, Theresa Caputo, Long Island’s favorite medium, sounds like someone you might bump into on line at the supermarket: a voice dripping with Lawn Guyland-ese, a friendliness that pervades every turn of phrase, and a quick kinship born of someone who helps people heal for a living. Yet, we all know there’s something that sets her apart: She communicates with the dead.The star of a hit reality show on TLC, Long Island Medium, a New York Times bestselling author of two books, with a tour that takes her around the country channeling the souls of the dearly departed (which stops at NYCB Theatre at Westbury Dec. 17, 18, 19 & 20), not to mention being a wife and the mother to a couple of kids, it’s surprising Caputo has time to chit-chat with those on the other side. But she doesn’t choose when “Spirit” comes, she tells the Press. “Spirit” does the choosing.It could be when she’s out shopping, like just last Friday. She’d been out running some errands with her aunt, when the spirit of the salesman’s father came to her with a message. “Your father’s talking about a money clip,” she’d told him. It turned out that message had a two-pronged purpose. While Caputo conferred with the salesman, her aunt stood by, dumbfounded. “’Do you know that I have grandpa’s money clip?’” she asked.“That’s not really a common thing Spirit usually has me talk about,” Caputo explains. That day was, coincidentally, the anniversary of her grandfather’s death. Caputo’s aunt told her that the upcoming holidays—a tough time for those missing loved ones—will now be easier because of that message. “That one little thing about a money clip is life-changing,” Caputo says. “And that’s the incredible thing.”Caputo has been sensing Spirit from the time she was 4 years old, but didn’t come to learn how to translate what she describes as a sixth sense or strong intuition that serves as the communication mechanism Spirit speaks through. She doesn’t hear distinct voices or see images, rather she intuits signs and symbols that she translates to those who need to hear the message. Those messages could be full of significance that even she doesn’t understand. But that’s not the point—Caputo is the conduit. The messages are for others. Caputo has long understood that the messages she works to convey are only for the healing of those she speaks to. Mostly, they lift burdens from those still living.“The bottom line is that we’ve lost someone that we have to continue our lives without,” she confides. “And it’s sad and it’s hard. And we don’t know how to heal and move forward because we may be too busy beating ourselves up with burdens and guilt and shoulda, coulda, wouldas, and only-ifs. And then they come through and give us messages that we need to heal. To say ‘You know what? It’s okay. I want you to be able to move on.’”The healing that comes from these experiences, Caputo says, is life-changing. And it’s something that continues to amaze her, even after 10 years of being an active medium. “It’s just absolutely incredible,” she says, with her signature booming laugh. “I mean for me, in a theater out of 3,000 people, to stop and just look at someone, and start saying things, is mind-blowing. And it’s so unbelievable that people say, ‘She has to have planted somebody in the audience.’ Because it’s so crazy!”Indeed, searching Caputo online yields about as many fans singing praises as skeptics doubting her abilities—the latter alleging she utilizes vague questioning and “fishing” techniques or even investigates subjects’ social media profiles and records them in the lobbies of her appearances to learn important details about their lives.To them, Caputo gives little credence, though her voice betrays an emotion her words don’t let on.“Listen, people have a right to their own opinions,” she says, “but my gift has helped millions of people. And it has helped the ones to embrace life with happiness and be able to move forward from the loss of a loved one and I’m not asking anyone to believe in what I do. You don’t have to. I tell people all the time. That’s not what this is about. “But the one thing they can’t deny is that it helps people and to me, there’s nothing wrong with that,” she continues. “Why would someone want to destroy that for someone? To me that’s sad. It is what it is, because no matter what it is in life, people are going to have something negative to say about something, about anything. No matter what it is. So why should what I do be any different?”This philosophy could apply to a number of different categories, from religion to self-help. If it makes someone feel better, why question it? The answer to that is as complicated as it is varied. To some, the validation that a message delivered from Caputo is an absolute truth. To others, doubt might creep in, altering an already emotionally charged experience. Whether to believe or not is a highly personal decision. Perhaps a visit to one of her live shows or a personal reading might help to quell some of the desire for confirmation that “Spirit” lives on in the Afterlife.Either way, we’ll surely find out for ourselves in the end. For more amazing gigs and performances at NYCB Theatre at Westbury, check out their page in The Island Ear!NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $59.50 – $96. 8 p.m. Dec. 17, 18, 19 & 20.
Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu has been linked with Man City and Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Caglar Soyuncu has ruled out a move away from Leicester City during the upcoming summer transfer window.The Turkish defender arrived at the King Power Stadium in the summer of 2018 and emerged as Harry Maguire’s replacement after he completed a £80million move to Manchester United last year.Soyuncu had enjoyed a superb spell for Leicester before the 2019-20 season was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, with Brendan Rodgers’ side third in the Premier League.Manchester City expressed interest in signing the 23-year-old in January, while Arsenal have been persistently linked with a move for Soyuncu.ADVERTISEMENTBut the Turkey international told Fotomac: ‘I don’t think it would be right to go somewhere right now.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I’m having a good season. Above all, I still have a lot to learn.‘He [Maguire] is the most expensive defender in the world and your team does not buy another because it trusts you.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘You play instead of someone who transferred for 80 million pounds. We’re going well now, but the important thing is to keep it going.‘I played 30 matches, but it’s important to increase this to three-digit numbers. It is very important to be at the same level throughout your career.’Soyuncu has made 43 appearances for Leicester City since arriving in the Premier League from Freiburg.MORE: Arsenal and Man City in race with Real Madrid and Juventus for Houssem AouarMORE: Daniel James names the three fastest players at Manchester United Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 7 Apr 2020 11:07 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link24Shares Advertisement Comment Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu responds to Man City and Arsenal transfer links Advertisement
AFTER successfully launching his Solid Rock Academy in Kenya, Peter Barry returned to South East London, England and was greeted with great news. He was hired by English Premier League (EPL) side Crystal Palace.According to Barry his position at the club requires scouting players, coaching and preparing the U-15 – U-18 Boys and Girls for entry into Crystal Palace Club at various levels not excluding the Premiership level. Barry was appointed to one of the coaching positions at the U-18 level at the Crystal Palace Foundation.Barry, who was a member of the Santos Football Club before migrating to England said he hopes that in the future, young players from Guyana would be able to benefit from his knowledge and achievements as well as to be channelled into international clubs.When Barry resided in Guyana, he had also shown a great interest in coaching. While he was a teacher at East Ruimveldt Secondary School he taught classes in Business and Accounting Principles. He also taught at Central High School and St. Stanislaus College.At East Ruimveldt Secondary School’s 50th Anniversary celebration, Barry was recognised for his outstanding contributions to the institution.Barry is currently pursuing his PHD in Theology and is still open to one day work with the Guyana Football Federation (GFF).