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Sacred Heart vs. White Plains inRound 2 of ‘Te Challenge’
Yonkers NAACP CelebratesUnsung Heroines
School 23 Captures 1st Place at History Day and Prepares for State Competition
Following their rst-round victories, the
cademic teams from Sacred Heart High Schoolrom Yonkers and White Plains High School areoving on to Round 2 of “The Challenge,” ancademic quiz show designed to test students’nowledge in a Jeopardy-style format.The second round match-up between all-tar student scholars from each school will air
n high denition on Wednesday, March 30 at
:30 p.m. on MSG Varsity, Cablevision’s iO TV– Channel 14.Representing Sacred Heart will be (aboveleft, l to r): advisors Florence Caragine andChrista Napolatino, Joseph Mahoney, MichelleMuzzio, host Jared Cotter, Captain Matt Schwal-benberg and Amanda Fernandes.Representing White Plains will be: (above,l to r) advisor Les Roby, Aneesh Bhattacharya,Captain Alec Johnsson, Adam Jaffe and EricSmiley.The Yonkers NAACP will celebrate Wom-n’s History Month on Monday, March 28 at 7.m. at the Nepperhan Community Center, lo-ated at 342 Warburton Ave.
On May 28, 1929, Elvina Denise Whittakerchullere was born to Eustace Delrico Whit-aker and Marguerite St. Elmo Oxley Whittakern Woodbrook, Port-Au-Spain, Trinidad, then aritish colony.Schullere was awarded as Associates degreen Humanities from Elizabeth Seton College and
Certicate of Nutrition Education: Fundamen
-als for Consultants from Fairleigh Dickinsonniversity. In 1984, she earned a Bachelor of rts from Donsbach University and later her MSnd PhD in Clinical Nutrition. In her capacity asnutritionist, Schullere has been a supporter anduest speaker to the Cancer Support Group att. Johns Riverside Hospital from 1992 throughresent.
A Yonkers resident and long-time memberf the NAACP and the African Heritage Com-ittee, Jackson has a strong spiritual backgroundhich guides her through her every day journey.he is always willing to giver of herself to helpthers.
Dwanita Crosby was born in Mt. Vernonnd raised in Yonkers, where she was a long-ime member of Messiah Baptist Church. As aember, she was a part of various church choirsnd the Praise and Worship Team and oftenelped with church banquets. Crosby attendedthe Nepperhan Community Center After SchoolProgram and volunteered in the community withorganizations to increase services and opportuni-ties in the community.Due to her volunteerism, the YWCA of Yon-kers offered her a summer position each year asan Assistant in Day Care and worked one sum-mer with Executive Director Patricia Sadler. In2000, she graduated from Lincoln High Schoolwhere she was a member of the Lincoln HighSchool Gospel Choir.Second time is a charm as seventh grade
students from School 23 took rst place at the
20th Annual Lower Hudson Valley History Dayon March 12.Under the guidance and direction of Dan-ielle Alvarez, history teacher at School 23, stu-
dents captured rst place titles in two categories.
Tayael McCallop’s “Junior Individual Perfor-mance” and Dianna Torres, Katherine Valle andAlejandra Guevara’s “Junior Group Documen-tary” reigned number one in a stiff competition,which included representation from Westchester,Rockland and Orange County schools.Alvarez facilitated countless hours of prep-aration as students collaborated, designed andresearched projects and presentations. McCal-lop’s dramatic performance included retellingthe history of the African Burial Ground in NYCand the “Junior Group Documentary” debated ia memorial should or should not be erected at theAfrican Burial Ground site.Alvarez and History Day participants Mar-garet Morales, Elira Avdiu, Rawan Abualteen,Giselle Toribio, Sabrina Bosch, Salivette Marti-nez, Giselle Ruiz, McCallop, Torres, Valle, Gue-vara and Shannon Rogers are now preparing fortheir 2011 New York State History Day competi-
tion. The State nals are taking place in historic
Cooperstown on Friday, April 29.Join us as we congratulate and celebratestudents and Alvarez, who has “enhanced historyeducation so that every student will be equippedwith a working knowledge of history and devel-op the skills necessary to contribute to the publicgood of our nation.”
Dwanita CrosbyHistory teacher Danielle Alvarez (center) with her History Day winners, Tayael McCallop,Dianna Torres, Katherine Valle and Alejandra GuevaraMary J. Blige Center participants Latonia Johnson, Joarlyn Vega, Diashanany Graham andSharmaine Gaskill and Center Director Michelle Hammett at a Women’s History Monthluncheon at Casa Frela Gallery
At the invitation of Catherine Warren-Bishop of Kitty Rose Lifestyles, severalparticipants of the Mary J. Blige Center andProgram Director Michelle Hammett werehonorary guests at a recent luncheon at CasaFrela Gallery in New York City to celebrate of Women’s History Month.Guest speakers, including talent promoterand AIDS activist Maria Davis, clothing de-signer Latish Daring, writer and CNN contrib-uter Michaela Angela Davis and entrepreneurMichael Walker, shared inspirational storiesduring the event.“The young women of the Center and Ifelt extremely honored to be part of this moti-vational event,” said Hammett.Marthalicia Matarrita, a professional art-ist whose work was displayed at the luncheon,donated an art piece she worked on at the eventto the MJB Center. Additionally, a portion othe proceeds from the luncheon will go to theCenter.Located in Yonkers, The Mary J. BligeCenter for Women is a partnership betweenWJCS (Westchester Jewish Community Ser-vices) and FAWN (Foundation for the Ad-vancement of Women Now). The programaims to provide girls and women with skills,knowledge, resources and supports that willempower them to pursue their personal goals
and become self-sufcient, condent women.
Mary J. Blige ParticipantsHonored on Women’s History Month
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“The Yonkers Public Schools are facing an
nsurmountable decit for the coming school
“A $102.9 million dollar decit is projected
for next year if the State Senate and Assemblybills are passed: $25.4 million cut in federal aid,$21.9 million cut in state support (originallyprojected by the state as $17.6 million), $15.2 inVLT proceeds on top of a $40.5 million increasein expenses.“This loss of funding represents more than
a 20 percent decit to our schools funding and
opens us to the potential of having to lay off 25percent of the staff.“The YCPTA will be outlining what we be-lieve to be the unbearable circumstances underwhich our children will have to attend schoolnext year. YCPTA feels that is imperative thatthe devastating effects to the Yonkers PublicSchools be singled out as, yet again, we are slat-ed to receive less money while our sister districtsacross the state are earmarked to receive more.We cannot stand by and allow this to happen!“YCPTA President AnnMarie Smith be-lieves it is of the utmost importance to makesure the voices of Yonkers parents are heard in
this time of scal crisis.”
The critical budget question facing Yonkersis; where will the funding come from? With stateand federal funds dried up, Yonkers must hopeon a reprieve from Albany, perhaps in the exten-sion of the millionaire’s tax, which could restoresome state education aid for the YPS. The only
other option is more funding from the city — from the taxpayers — which means higher prop
-erty taxes.Mayor Phil Amicone will present his pro-posed budget next month. In the past, Amiconehas held the line on increases to property taxes
to ve percent. A ve percent property tax in
-crease this year will fall far short in closing the
decits on either the city or school budgets,
leaving no alternative but layoffs and/or unionconcessions.Rallies for Education were held this week,with coverage in next week’s edition of
.What is your view on the city’s budget? Areyou willing to pay more in property taxes? Whatcuts should be made? Send your letters to firstname.lastname@example.org.