“Guido,” a term that’s derogatory to many was thrust into the spotlight by MTV’s realty show, “The Jersey Shore.”
To playwright Mario Fratti it represents the sophistication of the main character in Federico Fellini’s film “8 ½,” which he adapted for the Broadway musical and movie “Nine.” “That’s why I kept the name,” Fratti said.
(Albany, NY) The Senate Democratic Majority passed legislation (S2233-A/Montgomery) which will reform foster care agencies’ current policy of instantly terminating parental rights – of specifically mothers – who are incarcerated, allowing them to clean up their act and retain rightful custody of their children.
By RICH CALDER Students at a public elementary school in Coney Island will no longer have to eat lunch and play ball in the same space.
The city broke ground today on a gymnasium to serve the 600 students at Michael E. Berdy Public School 188 on Neptune Avenue. Since the 85-year-old school has never had a gym, its cafeteria has been used for the dual purpose.
The $10.3 million, 7,000-square-foot gym will feature a full-length basketball court and male and female locker rooms and is expected to be done by October 2011.
(Staten Island, NY) In order to prepare parents and students for the start of a new academic year, Senator Diane J. Savino will sponsor a “Back to School Blast”, where parents and students will receive free school supplies, free health screenings, giveaways, safety tips and college-related information. Kids will also be treated to healthy snacks, games and other activities. Representatives from city and state local agencies, including the NYC Public Library System, the FDNY, Project Hospitality, Boy Scouts of America, Richmond University Medical Center and Staten Island University Health Center will also be present. The event is co-sponsored Richmond County Savings Foundation, One Way Youth of First Central Baptist Church and the Downtown Staten Island Council.
State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), State Senator Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) and representatives from the Westchester Italian Cultural Center and the Sons of Italy announced the restoration of the NYS Italian Regents high school exam at a rally on Thursday. Last week the NYS Senate saved the exam from extinction when it passed the final piece of this year’s budget. Attendees rallied in support of this important achievement and to celebrate Italian culture.