(Jamaica, NY) The William Wordsworth School-P.S. /I.S. #48 moved into a new building last month. The five story structure boasts a state of the art auditorium, library, science resource room, art studio, science labs, gymnasium and a fully equipped cafeteria/kitchen. Presently, the building services grades Pre-K-5 and is inclusive of District 75.
Bringing awareness to childhood obesity Senator Lanza, in partnership Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera, the Latino Society, the National Hispanic Medical Association and Time Warner Cable, is pleased to present a special webcast on how obesity is dramatically impacting our communities. Challenges and Choices: The Rising Epidemic of Childhood Obesity in the Hispanic Community will be shown on Thursday, October 6 at 1:30 p.m.
On Saturday morning, September 24, Senator Jack M. Martins sponsored a car seat safety day in Wilson Park in Mineola. New York State Troopers were on hand to correctly install car safety seats in the back seats of vehicles and provided ones to those who didn't have them. Over 20 vehicles came to be fitted properly.
"It's so important that we do as much as we can to maximize the safety of children riding in the back seats of motor vehicles. I want to thank the parents and grandparents who came out for this important measure. I also want to thank the State Troopers for their time and exptertise," Senator Martins said. "Anything we can do to promote safety is well worth the time and effort."
On Wednesday, September 21st, Senator Robach joined members of the Greece and Hilton Rotary Clubs to present new dictionaries to third grade students at Quest Elementary School in Hilton. The dictionary project promotes comprehension and literacy and instills at a young age the fun and importance of reading. Dictionaries are presented to 3rd grade students in the Hilton and Greece school districts.
On Tuesday, September 20th, Senator Robach had the privilege to visit with 3rd grade students at Longridge Elementary School in Greece to distribute new dictionaries for the 3rd graders to use this year. Senator Robach was also joined by the new superintendent of the Greece Central School District, Barbara Deane-Williams. The dictionary distribution project continues through next week at schools in both the Greece and Hilton School Districts.
On Saturday, September 17th, Senator Robach had the honor to help kick-off the inaugural Greentopia Festival at High Falls in downtown Rochester. Businesses and organizations showcased products and programs that help restore the planet, promote green living – even save consumers some money. Greentopia is a festival of ideas that empowers everybody to create positive change on the planet we call home. Senator Robach was also proud to sponsor the essay contest, which awarded scholarships to four local students. For more information on the festival, visit http://greentopiafestival.com/.
On Friday, September 16th, Senator Robach had the privilege to join Bishop Matthew Clark of the Diocese of Rochester for the re-opening mass at Holy Cross in Charlotte. The school closed in 2008, but re-opened this September, welcoming back students in grades K through 6. I wish all the best to the students and staff of Holy Cross for a successful school year. Holy Cross is where Senator Robach attended grammar school.
NYS Senator Eric Adams, in partnership with Youth America and HealthFirst, presented the skateboard event of 2011 at Brower Park. Young people from across the district showed off their skills and competed for prizes. Special thanks to Traci Johnson and Culture Skateboards for helping to make this event a success.
Queens Courier wrote about the unveiling of the 'Learning Garden' at P.S. 84:
Senator Michael Gianaris, who attended P.S. 84 as a child, secured funding for the original garden, which was renovated to create the modernized “Learning Garden.”
“This garden is an excellent tool for students to learn in a more hands-on capacity and enhances their understanding of the environment,” said Gianaris, who attended the unveiling. “It is a great example of community members, advocacy groups and government pulling together to make productive use of this space. We are always in need of more avenues to teach children about the environment, how it works and how we can benefit from it.”
Queens, NY, September 19, 2011 -- I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to work with Feed the Children (Wednesday, September 14, in Forest Park) in order to address the growing issue of people living in poverty. At the event, families were given boxes of food, toiletries and Avon products, all totaling approximately $160. The long and lingering effects of the recession have caused families to struggle to put food on the table; they don’t have the purchasing power to help the economy recover.
State Senator Eric Adams recently joined Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, City Councilmember Mathieu Eugene, Jannie Johnson of the Parkside Avenue Block Association and members of the Flatbush community to break ground on the Parkside Playground.The nearly $3 million project includes the installation of new basketball courts and brand new play equipment. The project has been made possible by a generous allocation of $2.45 million from Council Member Mathieu Eugene and $517,000 from Mayor Bloomberg.
On Friday, September 9th, Senator Robach had the privilege to visit with students, their families, and staff at his old grammar school, Holy Cross. The school, which re-opened to students this year held a kick-off event to being the new school year. As a part of the ceremony, the school invited local official, and police, fire, and EMS personnel for a flag raising to remember all those who lost their lives 10 years ago in the terrorist attacks of 2001.
Senator John DeFrancisco attended a memorial ceremony at Most Holy Rosary School in Syracuse on September 9th, where students and staff honored the victims of 9/11 through prayer and song. Students held up American flags, sang "God Bless The USA" and particpated in a moment of silence. There was also a new flag raising.