Blair Kiel, 50, died yesterday at the home of a friend in his home-town of Columbus, IN. Kiel played from 1980 to 1983 at Notre Dame and was the only four-year starter for the Fighting Irish since 1913. Kiel went onto to a seven-year pro career with the Buccaneers, Colts and Packers.
Whatever ups and downs he may have had since his first season as a college quarterback, Blair Kiel is largely responsible for my attending Notre Dame. For that he has my thanks.
I was all set to go to Georgetown when my Dad insisted I first go visit Notre Dame. He took me to the Notre Dame - Michigan game in 1980 with Dan Devine's Irish squad taking on Bo Schembechler's Wolverines. Notre Dame and Michigan are two of the oldest programs in college football with more wins than any other and have had an intense rivalry off the field as well as on.
Notre Dame fans don't like Michigan and Michigan fans don't like Notre Dame. That's just the way it is.Read more
Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) spoke before the Organization of American States (OAS) at a meeting focusing on the upcoming Summit of the Americas. He supported regional efforts to help Haiti and called for a renewed commitment to the Inter-American Democratic Charter and to the OAS. Rep. Engel is the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.
Leaders of Western Hemisphere countries, including U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will attend the April 14-15 Summit which will take place Cartagena, Colombia. Rep. Engel will join a group of members of Congress participating in the Summit. Rep. Engel’s comments are included below:
Rep. Eliot L. Engel
Organization of American States
Special Meeting of the Permanent Council
(Rye, NY) -- Sustainable Playland Inc. (SPI), the community based non-profit organization that seeks to restore Playland’s historic and environmental integrity, will hold a fundraising event, “Public Parks, Vibrant Communities,” from 7 to 9 pm, Friday, April 20 at Coveleigh Club, Rye.
Dan Biederman, internationally renowned for his work in transforming public park spaces and President of Biederman Redevelopment Venture and Bryant Park Corporation, will be the guest speaker. Mr. Biederman is a consultant to SPI.
The cost of the event including cocktails and a buffet is $100 person in advance and $150 at the door. Tickets can be ordered by visiting www.SustainablePlayland.org or mailing a check payable to “Sustainable Playland” to P.O. Box 768, Rye, NY 10580.
Proceeds from the event will help fund SPI’s ongoing efforts to gain support for its plan for restoring and revitalizing the historic park. The plan is one of a number of responses to Requests for Proposal issued by Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. A decision is expected to be announced this summerRead more
(White Plains, NY) -- Westchester County graduate students pursuing careers in social work or public health are invited to apply for scholarship assistance through the Ruth Taylor Award Fund.
The fund was established in tribute to Ruth Taylor upon her retirement as the county’s Commissioner of Public Welfare and in recognition of her nearly four decades of outstanding service. She served from 1933-1949 as commissioner.
The annual awards are sponsored by United Way of Westchester and Putnam, Westchester County government and the Urban League of Westchester County.
Applicants must be residents of Westchester County and enrolled in graduate studies in Social Work or Public Health on a full-time basis. For the 2012-2013 academic year, awards will range between $1,000 and $5,000 for tuition or maintenance, or both.
The application deadline is July 6, 2012.Read more
New Rochelle youth are encouraged to apply for summer positions through the following New Rochelle Youth Bureau’s Summer Employment Programs:
Network Youth Leadership Program: This program attempts to provide youth (contingent upon funding), ages 14 years to 17 years, with job readiness skills training and actual work experience. The program operates for six (6) weeks during July and August. Stipend payments in the amount of $145.00 per week are based on twenty (20) hours a week program participation. Fifty-five percent (55%) of program participants must meet income eligibility guidelines (45% of the program participants are not required to meet any income guidelines). Only one child per family household will be considered.Read more
"When I kill myself, it will be your fault," screamed Hui Altman.
Altman repeated her threat several more times before storming out of City Hall last Thursday, sending school officials scrambling to track her down. Eight police officers responded to City Hall with some scouring the City Hall parking lot and others heading to the two New Rochelle public schools where she was, up until last week, a teacher.
Altman was a probationary Mandarin language teacher at Albert Leonard Middle School and also ran the after-school Mandarin program at Ward Elementary School.
Reza Kolahifar, Assistant to the Superintendent for Human Resources, told police he was meeting with Altman in his office at City Hall when the incident began. He informed Altman that she was terminated due to poor teaching performance, effective June 30 at which point Altman became emotionally upset and threatened to take her own life.Read more
The New York State Education Report Cards were released today. While there is plenty of good news in the report cards -- most schools are doing reasonably well -- the recurring problems with Special Education are certain to attract a good deal of attention from school officials, board members, parents of special needs children and the public.
Albert Leonard Middle School and Isaac E. Young Middle School both failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress ("AYP") for Students with Disabilities in English Language Arts ("ELA"). Davis Elementary School failed to make AYP in Math and ELA for Students with Disabilities. New Rochelle High School also failed to make AYP for Students with Disabilities in Math.
Isaac E. Young Middle School failed to make AYP for English Language Learner ("ELL") students in Math and ELA.Read more
New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli issued a critical report on the Monroe-Woodbury school district, accusing the district of hiding millions of dollars in operating surpluses while increasing the tax levy by over 9 million dollars during the last three years.
As the recent Citizens Advisory Committee on the Budget report has pointed out, New Rochelle has been doing the same thing since Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak took office in 2006.
STATE AUDIT: MONROE-WOODBURY CSD INCREASED TAX LEVY $9.3 MILLION WHILE HOLDING $13.6 MILLION SURPLUS
Financial Shifts Not Fully Disclosed