Monthly Archives: April 2013

Podcast Monday 04/15/13

WNBZ News 7am Podcast – 041513

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Talk of the Town Monday 04/15/13

Talk of the Town 04-15-13

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Music Therapy for the Premature Baby

CBS – MUSIC THERAPY long 7 min

Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast they say, but what about a premature baby? CBS News Correspondent Sam Litzinger has the answer.

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Getting Testy Over Testing in NY Schools

As standardized testing of third- through eighth-graders on English and math begins in New York’s public schools today, parents and school boards are speaking out about the Common Core standards and what they see as an over-emphasis on testing.  

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The Saratoga School Board voted to tell the state education commissioner the tests negatively affect students – and parents on Long Island are opting to exempt their children from the testing. The head of the state teachers union, Dick Iannuzzi, says students are going to be tested on material they haven’t been taught yet. He said polling commissioned by his union showed 91 percent of parents say students have not had enough time to work with the Common Core learning standards.
“Parents are upset. They really do not want their children being put in a position where they’re being assessed on material that simply has not been presented to them.”

The Department of Education said the assessments are designed to improve classroom instruction and get better results in the graduation rate and college and career readiness.

State Education Commissioner John King said in a video for parents on his department’s website that students living in poverty and English language learners are not achieving at the same level as their peers.

“The Common Core state standards are the answer to this problem. The standards are higher, the standards are fewer and the standards are deeper.”

Iannuzzi said the Education Department has acknowledged that scores will drop – perhaps as much as 30 percent. He does not want them used to promote students, choose students for gifted-and-talented classes, or to receive remedial services.

“No teacher would give a test where they know that students are not going to be in a position to succeed. And no parent would want a teacher to do that. And certainly no child would want to begin a test knowing that they are not expected to do well.”

Iannuzzi also does not want teachers’ performances evaluated on these test results.

“My members will have at least part of their end-of-the-year evaluation based on a score that will be meaningless in terms of reflecting their efforts in their classrooms and the growth of the children in front of them.”

He added, “The State Education Department listens very carefully, but doesn’t hear anything you say.”

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Talk of the Town Friday 04/12/13

Talk of the Town 04-12-13

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Franklin County Legislators Discuss the Possibility of a Bed Tax

AUDIO – 041213 – Franklin County Legislators Hold Bed Tax Public Hearings

Franklin County Legislators Wednesday evening met with the public twice. First in Saranac Lake and again in Tupper Lake. Tupper Lake Mayor Paul Maroun weighs in on a possible outcome.

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Saranac Lake Partnering with Regional Tourism Office

AUDIO – 041213 – ROOST partners with Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce

Essex County ratchets up its marketing efforts. The Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce and local legislators join ROOST in a marketing partnership.

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K&J – Interviews Adirondack Health CEO Chandler Ralph and Dr John Broderick

K&J – 041213 – Adirondack Health Vision For Lake Placid – Chandler Ralph – Dr John Broderick

Adirondack Health President Chandler Ralph and Medical Director Dr John Broderick speak with us about a vision for Emergency Health Care in Lake Placid.

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Staffing Boat Launches with Invasive Species Stewards

AUDIO – 041213 – Boat Launch Invasive Species Stewardship Program

Eric Homeland, a teacher at Paul Smith’s College says Lake Flower and 2nd Pond may not be covered by Stewards defending  from Invasive Species..

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Saranac Lake School Boards Opposes Elementary Testing Schedule

AUDIO – 041113 – Parents Opt Out of Standardized Tests

A School Board Resolution against high stakes testing is headed to Governor Cuomo asking the State to “de-emphasize” testing in our schools and to re-examine Assessment.

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Library Week set for Next Week

The Saranac Lake Free Library is heading into National Library Week..  Peter Benson is the Library’s Director.. He says one of those services includes the advancement of digital technology and free wireless access to the internet.. We spoke with him following their presentation to the Saranac Lake School Board.

AUDIO – 041113 – Saranac Lake Free Library

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Library Director Peter Benson speaks to the School Board with Library President Diane Peterson in the front row of the audience. Behind her are the 4 building principals, Josh Dann, Trish Kenyon, Theresa Lindsay and Bruce Vanweelden

The Library Board is heading into high gear as their fiscal year comes to an end and they begin to look forward to the upcoming budget votes in the village.. The library’s funding is derived from two major sources – one of which is the membership fund drive, We spoke with Diane and Peter following a short budget presentation to the Saranac Lake School Board which represents the library’s second major source of funds.. The Library spends about $300,000 annually.  45 to 47 percent of that budget comes from the line item in the Saranac Lake Central School Budget..

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Talk of the Town Thursday 04/11/13

Talk of the Town 04-11-13

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K&J – Interviews Gerald Goldman and Dan Bower

K&J – 041113 – Saranac Lake Central School Budget – Jerry Goldman and Dan Bower

We’re speaking with Saranac Lake Central School Superintendent Gerald Goldman and Assistant Superintendent and Business Manager Dan Bower about the 2013-2014 School Budget.

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Debating the Bed Tax in Franklin County

AUDIO – 041213 – Franklin County Legislators Hold Bed Tax Public Hearings

Franklin County Legislators Wednesday evening met with the public twice. First in Saranac Lake and again in Tupper Lake. Tupper Lake Mayor Paul Maroun weighs in on a possible outcome.

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Talk of the Town Wednesday 04/10/13

Talk of the Town 04-10-13

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K&J – Interviews North Elba Councilman Jack Favro on Fire Safety

K&J – 041013 – Fire and Safety Codes – Part Two

Part Two: The death of 16 year old Paul Schlitt in a 1995 apartment fire. A Smoke Detector could have saved a life. Plus North Elba Councilman Jack Favro remembers the Lake Placid Club fires.

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Owens Joins Effort to Support Dairy Farmers

With Congress set to begin debating comprehensive immigration reform as early as this week, Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Bill Owens (D-N.Y.) and Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) today introduced legislation to help ensure a stable workforce for Vermont and New York dairy farmers by granting them access to an important visa program. The Congressmen will fight to…

Cuomo Clamps Down on Corruption

Public Trust Act Would Establish a New Class of Public Corruption Crimes, Tough New Penalties on Offenders, Require Public Officials to Report Bribery Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced new legislation, the Public Trust Act, which would create a new class of public corruption crimes and enhance New York prosecutors’ ability to crack down on…

K&J – Interviews Tom Worthington on NY Fire and Safety Codes

K&J – 040913 – Fire and Safety Codes – Part One

In Part one of a focus on fire codes, we speak mostly with Saranac Lake Code Enforcement Officer Tom Worthington about Fire and Safety Codes in New York State.

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K&J – NCCC Inauguration of Dr Steven J Tyrell

K&J – 040713 – NCCC Inauguration of Dr Steven Tyrell

Join us for in depth coverage of the inauguration of Dr Steven J Tyrell as the sixth President of North Country Community College.

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