Sound Shore community news briefs
YMCA cultivates future lawmakers
ALBANY Ten members of the YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester’s Youth and Government program participated in a mock legislative process in the state capital last month, where their bill concerning a lower drinking age passed muster with their peers and is now headed to state legislators.
The national YMCA program offers teens the opportunity to get a first hand look at their state government. It teaches decision making, meeting deadlines and being able to speak with confidence about subject matter for which the students have a passion. Students participate by creating bills to be submitted to the Model Legislature and research and practice court cases.
“This program gives teens the ability to put their passion into action and see what they are really capable of,” said program director Cassandra Martell. “It promotes self esteem and gives them an amazing knowledge of our government.”
The students travel to Albany to present their bills to other teens and debate them. Once a bill is passed through the teen legislation, it ends up in a group of bills that will follow actual pending legislation.
Their bill would essentially lower the drinking age for wine and beer from 21 to 18. New York raised the drinking age for all alcoholic beverages from 18 to 19 in 1982; then to mulberry bags 21 in 1985. Federal law encourages states to set the age at 21.
The 10 local teens, all from White Plains, joined 550 others from around the state at the 78th New York State YMCA Youth and Government Conference in early March. This is one of 38 state conferences which culminates in the YMCA Teen Conference on National Affairs, which picks 20 students per state, and 20 mulberry bags as alternates.
Kristin Sutton of White Plains High School was selected to represent New York at the national conference and her schoolmate, Nina Tucker, was selected as an alternate. The $75 ticket includes a copy of the book. Proceeds benefit Room to Read, a global non profit organization seeking to transform the lives of millions of children in Asia and Africa by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.
“Orphan Train” is the story of a girl in foster care and a woman who, as a young orphan in New York City, was sent by train to the Midwest for adoption. Thousands of orphaned, abandoned and homeless children were sent west during the latter 19th and early 20th centuries.
The public is invited to this afternoon of inspiring stories, a delicious luncheon, and fun filled shopping for a cause at the auction featuring donations from local vendors and residents.
Kids’ Kloset raises fashi mulberry bags on funds
PURCHASE More than 200 guests, models and their parents, and volunteers attended the WJCS Kids’ Kloset first fashion show to raise funds to continue providing free clothing and related items to children in need in Westchester County.
Walking the red carpet were 45 children ranging from age 2 1/2 to 17 who modeled selections from the clothing donations, which is provided free through social workers at human service agencies, schools and other organizations to individual families. The clothes are chosen to match the sizes and tastes of the recipients and packed in “bags of love.”
At the March 23 WJCS Kids’ Kloset fashion show fundraiser in Purchase, Lily Beth Grossman from Riverdale, left, models clothing items donated to children in need in Westchester. She’s escorted by Sarah Barnett of Harrison.(Photo11: Submitted)
Westchester Jewish Community Service’s Kids’ Kloset, a volunteer driven ope mulberry bags ration, has been in existence for four years and has donated more than 5,000 “bags of love” to children. The volunteers have been among the first responders to several fire related tragedies. On a daily basis, Kids’ Kloset is outfitting kids who don’t have winter coats, hats or scarves or those who don’t have sneakers needed for playing basketball or even babies who need strollers or fresh diapers. Donations are collected at the warehouse at 170 E. Post Road in downtown White Plains.
Funds collected at the fashion show, which was held at the Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase on March 23, will be used to replenish supplies.
Fredston is a founding board member of At Home on the Sound, the aging in place organization serving Mamaroneck and Larchmont, and has been instrumental in other local organizations including Friends of the Larchmont Library; Larchmont Mamaroneck Student Aid Fund; Larchmont Mamaroneck Center for Continuing Education; the Sheldrake Conservation Area; and Larchmont Coastal Zone Management Committee.
“We are thrilled to be honoring Ellie at this year’s gala,” said gala Chair Janet O’Connell. “All of us, young and old, benefit from her unwavering dedication to our community, her stewardship of the environment and her focus on education.”
The gala will also include a tribute to At Home on the Sound’s volunteer coordinator, Pat Hachey of Mamaroneck.