Saturday, 19 October 2013 00:00
From The Garden City Police Department
This the final part of the four-part series of articles by the Garden City Police Department addressing back to school safety issues. In the previous three newspaper articles we addressed Safe Driving Practices, School Bus Safety and Pedestrian/Bicyclist Safety. This week’s article will cover Stranger Danger. Parents, grandparents, guardians and teachers are encouraged to use this article to help teach their children about Stranger Danger.
Back to School “Stranger Danger”
• It is very important to explain to children that strangers can look like normal people, not monsters. A stranger is someone that you don’t know very well or don’t know at all.
• Experts recommend that parents or guardians role play with their children about just how someone might approach them such as, offering candy, asking for help, or if they’d like to come and meet their new puppy. You should teach your child to give a firm “NO” and walk away. When you role play with your children, keep it matter of fact and calm so as to not overly frighten them. Part of protecting children is not just pointing out dangers, but also teaching them confidence. This will help them to make good decisions in bad situations.
• Teach your children to trust their own instincts. They should trust that feeling in their gut that tells them if something is safe or not. You can describe it like the feeling in your tummy that gives you butterflies if something isn’t right.
• Never approach a vehicle of someone asking directions, adults don’t need directions from children.
• There is safety in numbers, whenever possible don’t walk alone.
• Carry your cell phone for use in emergencies.
• NEVER accept rides from strangers.
• Parents, develop a secret password that only your family knows. Tell your kids that they should NEVER go with anyone unless they know the secret password. Make sure to tell your children that they should NEVER share this secret password with anyone.
• If you think you are being followed go to the nearest business or residence for help.
• If you are being harassed by occupants of a vehicle, you should turn around and walk in the opposite direction. The driver will have to turn around or back up to follow you.
• When you are approaching your home, have your door key ready so you can enter your house without delay.
• Teach your children that if someone attempts to take them and grabs them, they should fall to the ground and start screaming and kicking, bite if necessary, to do anything it takes. They should make as much noise as possible and create as much diversion as possible so that they draw the attention of other people who may be in the area.
• If you think something is out of the ordinary report it to the police as soon as possible. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Information that the police need is, vehicle license plate number, vehicle make/model and color. Gender and race of subject. Approximate age, weight and height of subject. Subject’s clothing description. Length and color of subject’s hair. Any unusual marks, scars, tattoos, jewelry, hat worn, glasses etc. Last direction of travel of subject, either on foot or traveling by vehicle.
• Strangers often use the Internet to prey on their victims. Home computers should be kept in a busy area of the house. Children should never give out their name, address, phone number or school name. Never arrange a face-to–face meeting with anyone they meet on-line. Never go into chat rooms unless their parents say it’s O.K. Never open emails from someone they don’t know and never go to links they don’t recognize. Children should always tell an adult if they see something on the internet that makes them feel uncomfortable.
The Garden City Police Department encourages everyone to take advantage of these safety tips and the others covered in the previous three articles. If you missed any of the previous articles you can stop by the Garden City Police Department to pick up copies. The police department wishes everyone a safe and healthy school year.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
For some people, giving back provides an inherent reward through the simple satisfaction of helping others. Garden City resident Gregory Burke is one of those people. A known philanthropist and supporter of various important causes, Burke’s gift to Winthrop-University Hospital is no exception to his generosity.
Recently, Burke presented Kevin T. Curran, member of Winthrop’s Board of Directors, with a $25,000 gift in support of the hospital’s new Research and Academic Center. The center, scheduled to be completed in late 2014, will focus on the research of diabetes, obesity and the cardiometabolic complications that arise from those conditions, as well as other pressing national and local health issues, including reducing premature births and treating conditions related to aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Submitted by Garden City Public School District
The Garden City Public School District is aware that parents and residents have questions about the implementation of the new Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) and other recent state mandates. To help explain this initiative, the school district is introducing a new “Question of the Week” feature. The complete listing of the questions and answers will be posted on the district website at http://www.gardencity.k12.ny.us, under “Common Core FAQs.”
We begin this feature below:
What is the Common Core?
The Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) are guidelines for what students should know and be able to do at various points in their school careers. The standards are designed to promote critical thinking, encourage a deep understanding of content, and build skills with the goal of enabling all students to be college-and-career ready by the end of 12th grade. The CCLS were developed by a large, distinguished panel of experts from diverse universities and educators working in the field. They were based upon “some of the best standards covered from States across the country, as well as from other nations and extensive research on what’s needed to succeed in jobs and higher education.” The Common Core has been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The 36th Annual Garden City Turkey Trot was held on a sunny but cold and windy Thanksgiving day. The frigid temperatures were no match for the more than 5,000 runners who ran in Long Island’s largest Thanksgiving day road race. The Turkey Trot consists of three races—a Challenger Division Race for courageous special needs athletes, a 1.4-mile Fun Run and a challenging 5-mile race.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:19
Knowing they were facing off against a very physical team which had made the States for the last two consecutive years, the Garden City Wings Varsity Ice Hockey teammates discussed strategies in the locker room at the Bethpage Ice Arena. Alex Feinstein’s past netminding experiences for the Sailors would prove valuable to them as he drew upon his insight in how to compete against them effectively. Playing with the Garden City Wings team, together they crushed the Oceanside Sailors 7-2, earning their first Varsity win of the season in Nassau County High School Hockey League. Feinsten faced 30 shots while his teammates unloaded 24 on the opposing goalie.