Ted Morgan

Business Meets Education in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID, NY (April 17) – The Lake Placid Business Association, Lake Placid-Wilmington Connecting Youth and Communities Coalition (CYC) and the Lake Placid Central School District are pleased to announce the launch of an innovative new program - CU2C, Connecting You to the Community - designed to strengthen relationships between our teens and their community.

AUDIO – 041913 – Lake Placid Wilmington CYC – CU2 Program – Mary Deitrich

CYCTree Draft 1 copyThe program, beginning the week of April 25 will integrate High School Juniors and Seniors with local businesses in order for teens to get a sense of how our local economy works. It also provides the business an opportunity to interact with students in order to gain an understanding of what they are looking for in our community.

“We are very excited to introduce our new program CU2C,” said CYC Coordinator Tina Clark. “We hope all Lake Placid and Wilmington Juniors and Seniors will utilize the opportunity to learn more about what makes our community operate.”

The interactive program is also supported through funding from the Stewart’s Foundation/Holiday Match program, which has benefited community youth organizations since 1986.

 

 

Mission
This program is designed to improve the relationship with the teens in our community by directly engage them with local businesses in order to increase the sense of community.  By nurturing this relationship we are planting the seeds for the future; a healthy and vibrant community.

Problem
A recent survey shows a disconnect between the business community and local teens. 79% of students said their community did not notice when they did a good job. 59% of students said they do not feel the community is proud when they do well. 60% of students said their community does not encourage them to do their best. These numbers are from the April 2012 Prevention Needs Assessment survey at the Lake Placid Central School.

Goals
Build teen ambassadors for our community. Help teens discover the uniqueness and all the opportunities of this community for summer jobs, jobs after they graduate/college breaks and to grow roots here. Everyone, (businesses, families, teens) need to better understand the community and nourish it so that it can thrive.  Better understand our teens and what teens are looking for in this community. Receive input from teens on how to improve community.

Schedule
April 25th – Program introduction during school classes

May 2nd – School Auditorium 2 -3 pm (The influence of tourism in our community; Customer service, delivering the experience; Personal Presentation and Sign up for Making the Connection)

May 13-27 – Making the Connection (Teens visit the business they chose to partner with)

May 30th – Wrap up party at Mr. Mike’s Pizza, 5:30 pm. (Pizza party for teens, businesses and parents to celebrate completion of program; Incentive prizes given to each teen participant; and Awarding of Ambassador Award prizes.)

For more information, contact CYC Coordinator Tina Clark at tinateam@roadrunner.comor 518-524-5739.

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K&J – Saranac Lake Parent Teacher Association / Race to Nowhere

K&J – 041913 – SL Parent Teachers Association – Race To Nowhere

The Saranac Lake Parent Faculty Alliance screens a documentary “Race to Nowhere” at Petrova. We hear parents and teachers opinions on the state’s focus on standardized testing.

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Talk of the Town Friday 04/19/13

Talk of the Town 04-19-13

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Podcast Friday 04/19/13

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Talk of the Town Thursday 04/18/13

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K&J – Interviews Village Manager John Sweeney and Treasurer Paul Ellis

K&J – 041813 – Saranac Lake Village Manager John Sweeney and Treasurer Paul Ellis

A 3.81% increase in Saranac Lake’s General Fund allocation. Overall $11.555 per $1,000 of assessed value for all residents. We talk risk and reward in many aspects of today’s K&J show.

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Questions of Beach Feasibility in Tupper Lake? and Planning for Waterfront Revitalization

AUDIO – 041813 – Tupper Lake Waterfront Revitalization Update

Tupper Lake Village Trustee Rick Donah updates progress on waterfront planning, beach feasibility and a park master plan.

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Energy Efficient Improvements at Lake Placid Central Schools

AUDIO – 041813 – Lake Placid School Board – Energy Contract

The Lake Placid School Board considers $731,000 in energy efficient capital projects. The entire project will be paid for with savings following the completion of the upgrades.

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Senate Gun Control Vote Just Short of 60 – Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Weighs in

AUDIO – 041813 – Gun Control Senate – Gillibrand

President Obama says the “gun lobby” “lied” about the bill and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand weighs in on the issue from the Senate floor.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand weighed in with the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted down a number of gun safety measures:

“Today has been one of the most deeply disappointing days of my short time in the U.S. Senate. Families from coast to coast deserved better from this Congress. The Newtown parents who came to Washington to bravely tell their stories deserved better than this body turning their backs on them. The families of Aurora deserved better. The families of the more than 30 people who die at the hands of gun violence every single day in this country deserved better.

 “Today was a missed opportunity to take comprehensive action towards ending senseless, deadly gun violence with truly common sense reforms that do nothing to infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens.

 “When 9 out of 10 Americans urge us to act on expanding background checks, and the majority of Americans urge us to get military style assault weapons and ammunition clips of the streets and we still can’t summon the political will to act, this body is more broken than ever before. When even a measure to end the flow of illegal weapons through gun trafficking rings that’s widely supported by law enforcement gets voted down on the Senate floor you have to wonder where common sense has gone in the Senate.

 “Today was a setback, but we will continue the fight for these common sense laws aimed to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of criminals.”

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Senate Gun Control Vote Just Short of 60 – Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Weighs in

AUDIO – 041813 – Gun Control Senate – Gillibrand

President Obama says the “gun lobby” “lied” about the bill and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand weighs in on the issue from the Senate floor.  Read her Statement Here

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Podcast Thursday 04/18/13

WNBZ News 7am Podcast – 041813

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Local Parent Teacher Alliance to screen “Race to Nowhere”

A group of parents, teachers and school administrators are presenting A groundbreaking documentary on education tonight called “Race to Nowhere” – This film is one of the first to identify and challenge a one-size-fits-all achievement culture in American schools, and to document its impact on students..

The Saranac Lake Parent Faculty Education Alliance is sponsoring the screening of the documentary and plans to lead a discussion Afterwards…  Zoe Smith is a leading organizer of the Alliance..

Smith says The Parent Faculty Alliance is dedicated to improving education in their schools, and they’ve joined together because of a deep concern for the growing impacts of high-stakes standardized testing on our children. The Screening begins at 6:30pm this evening (Thursday, April 18th) in the Petrova School Auditorium.

Race to Nowhere is a film that the group says has sparked a national conversation and is an opportunity for parents, faculty, and community members to join together to discuss the current system of education.

AUDIO – 041813 – Saranac Lake Parent Faculty Education Alliance – Road to Nowehere

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Called a “must-see movie” by The New York Times and “compelling” by Diane Ravitch, former Assistant Secretary of Education, the film has succeeded in exposing how excessive homework, high-stakes testing, and a cyclical trap of busyness and competition have led to an epidemic of anxious, overworked, and unhealthy young people.  The film has been screened in more than 6,000 public and community settings in all 50 states and more than 30 countries since its release in 2010.

“The “Race to Nowhere” is another inconvenient truth. It’s a wake-up call to all of us who care about children, the purpose of schools, and how we define success in American education. And, importantly, it provides viewers with excellent, actionable suggestions of how to begin to address change locally in our schools.” – George Lucas Education Foundation

The film is being sponsored by the SLPFEA, the Saranac Lake Teachers’ Association, and the North Country Community College Massage Club.

To learn more about Saranac Lake Parent Faculty Education Alliance, like them on Facebook.  For more information about the film, www.RacetoNowhere.com

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NCCC Basketball Star Chosen for NJCAA 1st Team All American

Steven Carder has been selected to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) 1st Team All-American in basketball. Steven and his parents will be accompanied to Las Vegas, Nevada in May by NCCC Men’s Head Basketball Coach, Chad LaDue, where he will join 29 other athletes to be recognized for this outstanding achievement.

The Lake Placid School Board Votes to Approve Tentative 2013-2014 Budget

AUDIO – 041713 – Lake Placid School Budget and Standardized Testing

The Lake Placid Central School District has an approved budget and pending public approval of the School Board’s vote of confidence, Lake Placid will spend $17,264,976 in the 2013, 2014 fiscal year. The approval represents an overall increase of 2.65% in the budget. The Levy is expected to increase by 3.01% to just over $14,200,000.  The Estimated Tax Rate assuming no increase in assessment calculates to $6.78 per thousand dollars of assessed value, a 3.10% increase.

State testing begins Tuesday for elementary students in New York State. Superintendent Randy Richards talks about it’s impact on Lake Placid’s Parents and Students.

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K&J – Interviews Saranac Lake Free Library Director Peter Benson

K&J – 041713 – Touring the Saranac Lake Free Linrary with Peter Benson during National Library Week

Peter Benson takes us on a tour of the Saranac Lake Free Library in honor of National Library Week.

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Tupper Lake Asks; Who Should Pave the Road?

AUDIO – 041713 – Tupper Lake Amell Road Issue

The Village of Tupper Lake is considering a request by Roger Amell on the acceptance of Amell Lane as a village road.

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Investigation Continues in Boston

AUDIO – 041713 – Boston Marathon Explosions – Investigation

Investigators looking for the Boston marathon bomber are searching through an enormous amount of evidence … bomb fragments, photos, and tips … trying to find those pieces that could break the case.

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Talk of the Town Wednesday 04/17/13

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Podcast Wednesday 04/17/13

WNBZ News 7am Podcast – 041713

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Talk of the Town Tuesday 04/16/13

Talk of the Town 04-16-13

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