Written by Stephen Cipot Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00
In celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King—
50th Anniversary, Aug. 28, 1963
An elderly woman nodded off to sleep
resting her head on my shoulder.
We were two strangers
seated next to each other on the subway.
She was black and I white.
Not that that makes a difference.
With open arms I received her delicate ear.
Soft and warm is my shoulder.
We never spoke. I never answered.
I took pains not to stir the entire ride.
Who could object?
I could think of no finer purpose
than to gratify, that she should feel
comforted and undisturbed and rested.
We speak of race as if it means something
revered, of a respected immutable script.
It is an act of mind
beyond which the actor must rise.
We speak of a Black world.
And a White world.
I can only see a Poem.
My poem is black and white.
My charge awoke suddenly upon hearing
her destination and leaped for the exit,
without questioning our arrangement.
Each person’s secret adds to the treasure.
Each to their own sublime vitality,
the ardor that flows from within,
stretching outward, devoted to the divine,
like living a vital Mahalia Jackson song.
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The first-grade classes at Hillside Grade School recently held its Thanksgiving Feast. The students made “apple turkeys,” recited poetry, sang songs, and made butter for their corn muffins. During class, they learned about the first Thanksgiving and how children long ago lived.
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A cold windy day did not stop the Manor Oaks School students from running in the Second Annual Turkey Trot recently. Gym Teacher Ms. Innella coordinated the event. In order to take part in the run, students were asked to bring in canned food. The food was donated to local families in need, so they can enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner.
The kids had fun running the race. Some students dressed up as Pilgrims, Indians and even turkeys for the costume contest.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park recently participated in the studios 33nd Black Belt Graduation.
“Our goal at Charles Water’s Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Grandmaster Charles Water owner and director of the school. “Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The foundation for character building and success starts at home. The schools and role models that impact your child’s life assist in reinforcing the aspirations that you have for your child’s development and future.
Children learn this is Karatatot, a unique program offered by Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. Karatatot is a combination of exercise and karate in a format specifically designed for children ages 4½ and up. In a fun filled and nurturing setting your children learn concentration, discipline, respect, as well as an understanding of self defense at his or her own level. Children learn child safety and stranger training. They are becoming better students at school and better listeners at home.