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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

The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is planning improvements to a district that has already seen much success in recent years. The school year has only just begun and the Board of Ed is already setting its sights on the future. 

 

At the Sept. 8 board of education meeting, Superintendent Robert Katulak’s monthly report outlined the major goals set for the district last month. While approved in August, the three goals were made available to the public this month and each target different areas for improvement throughout the district. 

 

The first goal deals with English Language Learners (ELL) within the student population. ELL students are those that speak a language other than English at home and score below proficient on assessments. 

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.


Sports

Sewanhaka boys soccer coach Peter Burgess wasn’t sure how long his team’s playoff drought was when it was broken last season. 

 

“Somebody said it was 13 years,” said Burgess, whose entering his fourth year coaching varsity. “But I think it was five or six, I don’t know maybe longer.”

 

But one thing’s for certain, he wants to keep last year’s momentum going. 

 

The Indians, who started their season with a 3-0 loss at Hewlett, will aim for their second straight trip to the playoffs this year. 

The Sewanhaka Indians made their Nassau Conference II debut with a bang.  The Indians opened their season at home against the Calhoun Colts, unsure what to expect, as all they had ever seen of the Colts was one tape of a scrimmage. 

 

“It was nerve raking leading up to the game,” said Head Coach George Kasimatis. “We weren’t sure what to expect on offense or defense, you have to guess early on. “

 

But it didn’t take the Indians long to introduce themselves to the conference, as junior, Quarterback, Elijah Tracey broke a 75-yard run taking it the distance to put the Indians up early, which ended in a 27-7 rout of the Colts. 


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

Herricks Meeting - September 18

Bike Safety Day - September 21


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