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Local Women Aid Overseas Mothers

The Zonta Club of Long Island proved that a little work can go a long way. A total of 500 birthing kits for women in Haiti and Nigeria were put together by club and community members at the Martin De

Porres Elementary School in Elmont. Joining them was New Hyde Park resident Elisa Adams.

 

Each kit contained the basic essentials a women would need while giving birth in a rural environment including one piece of plastic, one bar of soap, one pair of surgical gloves, one razor blade, three pieces of string, and three gauze pads.

 

Adams approached her club members with the idea to put together birthing kits last year after discovering the idea online. After a successful first year, the club members decided to make the kits again.

 

“They provide a midwife in a developing country with material that provides a clean environment,” she said. “It’s very basic, but it’s an attempt to help out. It brings the community together. Girl Scouts and residents volunteered to help out. It’s very gratifying to know that we can directly help people.”

 

These kits will be delivered by nuns to associations that help women. Four hundred will be delivered to Haiti and 100 will be delivered to a health team called Project Uplift in Nigeria.

 

“We did this project last year, and it was a huge success,” said Sister Evelyn Lamoureux, president of Zonta. “We have many Sisters in Haiti, and they were so thrilled when they got them.”

 

Zonta International is a organization of business executives working together to enhance the status of women. To contact the club, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information, visit their blog at www.zontaclublongisland.blogspot.com or www.zonta.org


News

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say Sewanhaka High School will receive a camera on Covert Avenue, which spans the eastern stretch of the property. Tulip Avenue runs in front of the high school and was also considered. Cameras could begin operation in September.

The Village of New Hyde Park finished its Operation Main Street project just in time, because the town’s eligibility for federal funds is shrinking, officials announced last week.

“The qualifications revolve around money,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Like how much income is being earned by people in the area. I guess as seniors move on, you can’t buy an [expensive home] and it changed the demographic, shrinking our eligible area.”


Sports

New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d’Arnaud brightened the day for some patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center last week in New Hyde Park, posing for pictures and handing out gifts and autographs. The players hung out with the kids in the afternoon, playing video games and answering questions.

They also found the time to make the rounds, stopping by bedsides to spread some cheer. Mr. Met also joined the tour and was a big hit with the children, who peppered him with questions about everything from his four-fingered hand to the whereabouts of the missing Mrs. Met.

The Sewanhaka Indians football team has a season of change in store.

The Indians have moved up from Conference III to Conference II, due to an increase in enrollment, and are set to face teams that they have never seen before, according to head coach George Kasimatis.

“It is hard to gauge where we will be in this conference,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty as where we fit in.”


Calendar

Library Board Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Herricks School Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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