Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe Schenectady County Public Library (SCPL) and Friends of SCPL are iconic institutions in the area’s educational and cultural life. I’m delighted that they are supporting The Reading Is Fun Program (RIF)’s first annual Grand Reading Jamboree, to be held in the historic Proctors Theatre complex, donated for the event, on April 21, noon to 4 p.m. RIF’s many volunteers promote early-childhood literacy by working on foundational reading and conversational skills and vocabulary with especially challenged 4-9-year-olds in pre-K, Kindergarten, and Grades 1-3 in the Schenectady City School District. The Jamboree is keyed to that mission. Friends is funding Nina Crews, a leading children’s-book author of color, to participate in the Jamboree and it’s defraying the cost of two costumed famous children’s-book characters, Cat in the Hat and Thing One and Thing Two. Another outstanding children’s-book author of color, Ty Allan Jackson, is joining Nina Crews at the Jamboree, to resonate with an anticipated large gathering, especially with those from Schenectady’s communities of color SCPL will issue library cards at the Jamboree and organize a book-nook with diverse literacy activities for young children and literacy information for adults.The Jamboree will be for about, and by Schenectady children — about getting and keeping them on the reading track, for all of their lives. In that interest, RIF has arranged for the outstanding Culinary Arts Department at the Steinmetz Career and Learning Academy, an off site part of Schenectady High School, to cater the event, which many children’s books and other items will be gifted to the youngsters.CDTA is donating buses for those needing rides and from the Jamboree.ALVIN MAGIDNiskayunaThe writer is founder and executive director of The Reading Is Fun Program (RIF). He is an emeritus professor of political science at University at Albany/SUNY.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
Spurs head into the weekend third in the Barclays Premier League, just two points behind early pacesetters Arsenal. It is a start to the season that pleased Villas-Boas, who will be even happier if they can collect three points on Sunday. “It has been good, but it will be excellent if we manage to win against West Ham,” he said. “I think 16 points out of 21, and playing Arsenal and Chelsea, would be a good start for us. “I think that game against West Ham will be a decisive game for us, to ensure that we have made a great, great start to the season. “I think if we manage to do this with the fact we are not suffering and we are scoring also a lot, it will be major motivation going forward after the October stop. “Also the October fixtures are a little bit easier for us and there is no difficult trip to a big team so we would like to progress from then on.” The north Londoners won the race for the highly-rated 23-year-old late in the summer transfer window, forking out £8.5million to acquire the centre-back from Steaua Bucharest. Chiriches has impressed in his fleeting appearances for Spurs so far, with fans voting him man of the match in Thursday’s 2-0 Europa League win at Anzhi Makhachkala. Those supporters will, though, have been less than enamoured by comments made by the Romania international’s representative. Victor Becali suggested Chelsea would be willing to pay a large sum for Chiriches if he settles well in England over the next two years, saying Blues boss Jose Mourinho has been aware of the centre-back since his time as Real Madrid coach. Having seen Luka Modric and Gareth Bale exit White Hart Lane in recent times, Villas-Boas was understandably angered by the remarks. “Obviously the comments are completely disproportionate and out of reality,” the Portuguese said. “I have spoken to the player, told the player to speak to the agent and we have acted accordingly. “We consider ourselves a big club. We’re not a stepping stone to anybody. “We don’t expect Becali to retract himself because it is not part of his character, but it was completely out of proportion the comments that he made.” Chiriches is likely to return to the bench when Tottenham’s attention returns to domestic action against West Ham on Sunday. Andre Villas-Boas was incensed by a suggestion from Vlad Chiriches’ representative that the defender only moved to Tottenham with a view to impressing Chelsea, insisting the club are “not a stepping stone to anybody”. Press Association
Former Tipp centre back John McIntyre was happy with Maher’s performance against the Rebels and says he’s got the potential to become a solid No 6 for the Premier county. The Premier County are set to take on our neighbours and rivals in Cusack Park in Ennis on Sunday week with a throw in time of 3.45. Michael Ryan’s men booked their place in the last 8 with a convincing win over Cork at the weekend…Ryan has used several new players to the squad in a number of positions in recent weeks. One of those who is coming in for huge praise in Thurles Sarsfield’s Ronan Maher at centre back…the mid Tipp clubman got his first full start in the league outing against Waterford and impressed once again on Sunday.
It may only be September but it’s Donegal Christmas Shoebox Time again!You too can light up a less well-of child’s face this Christmas.Team Hope are looking support from groups and individuals to fill Christmas shoeboxes for children who may otherwise never receive a gift this Christmas.Schools and pre-schools are being approached by members of the team, however if you are a community group or a business or group of staff that would like to take on a project to make a difference in a child’s life, this Christmas, please consider gift wrapping a shoebox and filling it with things to wash, wear, write with and bring a “wow” smile to a child’s face as they open the box. A certificate of thanks will be issued to any group of whatever age who work together to donate gift-filled shoeboxes to this year’s appeal. Leaflets are now available in shops across the South Donegal region and from Vanessa Purdy, South Donegal Team Hope Coordinator on 074 9737052.Bring your gift-filled shoeboxes by Monday 10th November your participating local school or to drop off points: Mr G’s in Ballyshannon, Eurosaver by the Central Hotel in Donegal Town, the DCL office or Baskins Cafe in Dunkineely and Niall Mor Community Centre in Killybegs, or if your group has 50+ boxes, please call Vanessa to arrange collection.If you don’t want to do a full shoebox, please consider donating items to the processing centre where boxes are checked and filled up where necessary.You might have small soft toys, extra copy books, unused toothbrushes around the house, you might be a knitter and be able to donate us hats, scarves and gloves, or you might just add an extra tube of toothpaste or soap to your weekly shop which would just make a box complete. You can pass these items in alongside your box or instead of a box to your local school or drop off point and ask them to pass them along to the processing centre – the South Donegal Team Hope team would be really grateful.All items donated individually will be made up into boxes and find their way to bring a smile to a needy child’s face this Christmas.DON’T PANIC BUT IT’S TIME FOR THE DONEGAL CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL! was last modified: September 26th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Christmas Shoebox AppealdonegalTeam HopeVanessa Purdy