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Glen Head Man Creates Job Website For Youths

When Thomas Cerna and his wife were going on a one-week vacation last summer, they found themselves in a dilemma. Their plants had to be watered, and the girl they usually hired to do the job was also going away that week. After his plants didn’t get water for a week, Cerna had an idea to make sure that never happened again. 

 

The idea was simple: create a website for homeowners to post jobs that need to be done and local youths could respond to job listings.

 

“It would have been a good thing if we could have had a way to reach out to local kids in the community,” Cerna, 54, said. 

 

On Jan. 10, his idea became a reality as Youthire.com officially launched. It is an online job marketplace where users post odd jobs for local young adults. Local youths, or Youthires, sign up and perform the jobs when needed.

 

“You could have a homeowner post a job to the site and a registered job seeker could see those jobs and apply to them,” Cerna said. 

 

To be eligible to work, a Youthire must be between 16 and 26 years old.

 

“It encompasses high school students, college students and after college,” Cerna said.

 

He made the age range because of the high rate of people graduating college without work, and he says this could help lower that rate. 

 

One of the main goals of Youthire.com is to keep the locals together.

 

“We want to keep the community feature so that the homeowner would know that the person that they are hiring is someone within the community,” said Cerna.

 

Instead of paying professionals for mowing lawns or other yard work, Cerna encourages homeowners to look for youths in their neighborhood.

 

“It’s not only kids being able to make money, but it’s also something that could bring the community together,” he said. 

 

Cerna has been on both ends of the spectrum. When he was a teenager at Mamaroneck High School in Westchester, he did odd jobs to earn extra money. At school, he frequently visited the Youth

Employment Services (YES) office to get jobs to keep himself busy.

 

“When you combine that experience in high school with this dilemma that we found ourselves in this past summer, it clicked,” he said. “There seemed to be a supply of jobs when I was in high school with the homeowners calling in jobs; it provided me with income, money in my pocket, and I had money on my weekends so I didn’t have to ask parents for money.” 

 

Now, Cerna is on the hiring end. However, when hiring a Youthire, homeowners have the benefit of seeing a profile of the candidates. All Youthires must register with the site and create a profile, which, as

Cerna says, “acts as a snapshot.” Each Youthire must provide a photo, the school they attend or attended, their age, and background information such as what skills may be useful. 

 

Cerna himself recently hired a Youthire to help build a fence for his backyard: a member of the local football team to assist with the heavy lifting. The profile page made it easy for Cerna to choose the right person, and the work was done in a day. He says about 60 young adults have signed up at the site looking for work, and around 55 homeowners have also signed up to be job providers. 

 

A former branch manager of a brokerage firm, Cerna has now made Youthire.com his full-time job.

 

“When I came up with this idea, I thought this is something that I could really go with and devote all my time, energy and money towards. That’s what I’ve been doing for the last 12 months,” he said. 

 

Cerna’s work has been worth it up to this point, and he expects an increase when schools end for the summer. 

 

For more information, visit Youthire.com 

News

If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.

 

“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”

It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang.  It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.

 

“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.


Sports

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run. 

Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States. 

 

Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.

This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!” 


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PTA Meeting - October 15

Live Music - October 16

Wine Tasting - October 17


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