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‘The Real Story Of Thanksgiving’ Discussed

Just prior to Thanksgiving, fifth-grade students at James H. Vernon School explored the historical accuracy of the first Thanksgiving through a program offered by Cablevision Power to Learn, The Heart of America Foundation and HISTORY. Participating in the event were Congressman Steve Israel and HISTORY Chief Historian Dr. Libby O’Connell.

Following welcoming remarks from Principal Nancy Gaiman and Cablevision host Shawna Ryan, Israel spoke to the students about the holiday of Thanksgiving.  Heart of American Foundation representative Daniel Horgan discussed the book 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving by Catherine O’Neil Grace, copies of which were donated to the school.  Students then participated in a Q&A with HISTORY Chief Historian O’Connell regarding the film The Real Story of Thanksgiving that

they had viewed in preparation for this event.

 

“I’m honored to participate in this engaging program that traces the history of Thanksgiving from its origins in the American colonies to present day,” said Israel. “Providing a forum in which students can discuss the meaning of

Thanksgiving gives them a clearer and more thorough understanding of one of the oldest and most popular American holidays.”

 

“We provide a deeper appreciation of the holiday while making the history lively and compelling,” said HISTORY Chief Historian O’Connell.

 

Cablevision Vice President of Public Affairs Jennifer Ostrager noted, “Power to Learn is excited to bring this opportunity surrounding the first Thanksgiving to students to enhance their learning of historical events.”

 

Power to Learn, Cablevision’s education initiative, is dedicated to integrating technology into education.  Cablevision provides video, high-speed Internet and digital voice-over-cable services to schools for educational use. These services are available free of charge to K-12 schools across the company’s service area. More information is available at www.powertolearn.com.

News

Movie lovers once again have a chance to see first-run films in the theater without having to travel far. Glen Cove Cinemas re-opened last week, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free films offered to celebrate the occasion.

“Thanks to all of the support we have here and all of you, Glen Cove is once again open for business,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello at the ceremony, held outside the theater on Thursday, April 10. “This is going to be so good for Glen Cove and the surrounding communities.”

“I didn’t know I needed my own Teddy Bear,” said a woman after the first annual Teddy’s Taste of the West dinner and fundraiser at Canterbury Ales on March 19.

Members were given an authentic Teddy Bear as a surprise gift at the end of the evening. As they say, membership has its privileges and that includes a June 11 event when Ken Burns will come to share a preview of his new film on three Roosevelts. Burns’ film explores the political and family ties between President Theodore Roosevelt, President Franklin Roosevelt and his wife, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, a Roosevelt in her own right.  


Sports

Muttontown resident and Kellenberg freshman Ceara Ann Conroy has been named an All-League athlete for Girls Winter Track. The title of All-League is awarded to athletes based on a vote of all the coaches in the NSCHSAA League. All of the Girls Winter Track coaches in the league vote based on the athletes performance during the season, and Conroy’s outstanding performance has earned her the title of All League this year.

The Girls Varsity Lacrosse program at Oyster Bay High School is just in its second year and already it is making a difference. Senior defender Danielle Maggi has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Albright College.

Last year Maggi was recognized as the “Most Improved Player,” and this year she is being recruited to play in college.

Maggi said, “We did very well in our first varsity season last year (12-2). This year we are 100 percent going for the conference. I’m excited we finally have a varsity team.”


Calendar

LI Sound Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, April 19

Annual Egg-stravaganza

Saturday, April 19

Palliative Care

Wednesday, April 23 



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