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Village mourns deaths of Oliver and John

first_imgEmail Twitter Advertisement Facebook Print NewsLocal NewsVillage mourns deaths of Oliver and JohnBy admin – January 13, 2009 753 center_img THE village of Hospital was in mourning this week after a horrific road traffic accident caused the deaths of Oliver Kearney, aged 21, and his friend John Swords (22).It is understood that Mr Swords had earlier attended the christening of his baby daughter.Their Honda Civic hit a wall outside Knocklong parish church.According to reports, both men were on their way to Knocklong to investigate an alleged break-in at Mr Swords home.Mr Kearney, a carpenter, was the only child of Noreen Kearney, whose husband died in 2008.Mr Swords was son of John and Eileen Swords, and is also survived by sister, Stephanie.Gardai said that both men were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, and their bodies were removed to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital. WhatsApp Linkedin Previous articleLimerick manager rings in new year with top awardNext articleTraining centre on way to Moyross adminlast_img read more

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Monica Zenyuh – Founder, Adopt a School

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York We never tire of hearing “Sandy stories” about Long Islanders who have gone above and beyond to help others when the storm struck.  These stories make us feel good and reaffirm our faith in mankind.Since 1996, Monica Zenyuh of Northport has been teaching in the Harborfields Central School district. Besides being a teacher, wife and mother of two children ages 6 and 8, Monica also plays soccer with the Long Island Ladies Soccer League and coaches her daughter’s soccer team. She’s also an adjunct professor at Hofstra University.Like most mothers, Monica has a lot on her plate and thought there wasn’t any time for another commitment.After the storm, like countless others, her neighborhood was without power for more than a week.Once the electricity was restored, Monica sent a mass email to her friends on and off Long Island letting them know that her family had come through the storm unscathed. Then she related stories of what was happening here, especially on the South Shore.When she checked her email the next day, she was surprised at the number of replies she received.“My inbox was jammed with emails from people wanting to help,” Monica says. “The response was huge.”Inspired by their reaction, Monica saw an opportunity for her and her colleagues to help the hardest hit schools by collecting donations for needed supplies.With the support of her husband, Christopher, Monica  emailed the school superintendents from Long Beach, Oceanside and Rockaway and told them about her Adopt a School campaign.When Harborfields schools remained closed for another week, Monica had more time to coordinate the project, creating an Adopt a School letterhead and spreading the word to a broader network.“People started telling me what they needed,” she says. “I became a liaison with school social workers and began raising money and collecting supplies.”Gift cards, box-top donations, clothing, cash, school supplies and books came streaming in and were inventoried for distribution.“It took on a life of its own,” she says.With her mathematical acumen, Monica created a spreadsheet of donors and helpers so she could match them with the recipients’ requests.Her Adopt a School spreadsheet revealed much more than the amount of supplies collected. It showed Brownie troops helping other Brownies, pre-schools supporting other pre-schools, athletes aiding other athletes, and musicians lending other musicians a helping hand.“Everyone knows someone,” Monica says. “That was the neat part about it.”As Monica was making connections around the Island, Harborfields Middle School principal Joanne Giordano asked Monica if she could promote her program on Long Island’s vast school Listserv as well as on Facebook.As the word spread, other schools from as far away as Maine, Rhode Island and Connecticut contacted Monica offering to help. Using her spreadsheets, Monica was quickly able to match donors with recipients. Then she had to figure out the logistics of getting the supplies to Long Island while gasoline was still in short supply and many roads were impassable, making the trip a challenge,  but not one that Monica couldn’t handle.“We brought all their donations home,” she says proudly.When Long Beach schools said they had enough supplies, the Adopt a School group found other areas in need.Monica would spend between four to five hours every evening matching donors and recipients. Dozens of requests for supplies were still coming in every day.After hearing that some students from Lindenhurst needed money to pay for a school trip, she put the word out, and funds were quickly raised.When Monica learned that New York City had a database similar to hers, she found a match between the Harborfields school district and PS 52 on Staten Island and coordinated the Adopt a School program between Long Island and Staten Island.Even now, months after the storm, requests for help are still being fulfilled by Adopt a School and despite its growth and her intention to keep it active year round, Monica says it will remain strictly grassroots.“Everyone just wanted to help people and to know where their donations were going,” she says. “People trusted me to help.”And so the effort continues.“It’s not over if there’s something you need,” she says. Now that Long Island’s school budgets have been voted on and finalized, Monica will begin to contact schools to see what their needs are.The program  was a huge success and impacted thousands of Long Islanders, but as a teacher, Monica also wanted student donors and recipients to learn from the experience.“I wanted it [Adopt A School] to be educational,” she says. Students were asked to do some research on the school that they adopted and in turn, students who received the donations learned about their benefactor.“We found out who the school mascots were,” she says. “We had the kids send stacks of cards and letters, and our kids connected with the other kids.  Some are still pen pals.”By Monica’s estimate, the Adopt a School program has provided supplies to more than 20 schools with the assistance from more than 40 different clubs and organizations.In the weeks immediately after the storm, when the need to match donors and recipients was critical, Monica remembers how it felt to find herself organizing a massive relief effort out of her own home. She had volunteered for numerous fundraisers in the past but never considered the possibility of being at the helm of such a large undertaking herself.“I had always marveled at how  other people do this,” she says, “and when I was in the middle of it, I realized, ‘I am doing it!’”For more information about Adopt a School, to donate or if you need assistance, email: [email protected] every issue of the Long Island Press and our sister publication, Milieu Magazine, the Fortune 52 column brings you stories of dynamic women who have made a significant and unique contribution to Long Island. To acknowledge their success, Beverly hosts tri-annual networking events that are attended by hundreds of LI business professionals, non-profit leaders and entrepreneurs. If you are interested in learning more about the Fortune 52, or know a super woman who deserves good Fortune—and a profile—email Beverly at [email protected]last_img read more

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The Latest: Pro League field hockey season extended

first_img April 24, 2020 Associated Press England will try to reschedule its test series with the West Indies after announcing there will be no professional cricket played in the country until July 1 at the earliest because of the coronavirus pandemic.The inaugural season of The Hundred is due to start on July 17 and has not yet been canceled. The England and Wales Cricket Board has arranged a meeting for next week to discuss whether it can go ahead.No domestic competitions have been scrapped for this year.The ECB says the international season in England will now be played from July to the end of September. The three-test series against the West Indies that was due to start on June 4 has been postponed.ECB chief executive Tom Harrison says his organization is following advice from the government and health experts and that “our plan is to reschedule international matches as late as possible in the season to give the best chance of play.” ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Latest: Pro League field hockey season extended The nine men’s and nine women’s national teams were scheduled to play January-to-June annually.Games in the 2020 season were stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic. Germany has yet to play in the women’s competition while leader Argentina has played eight of its 16 games.The International Hockey Federation says the new time frame gives it the best chance “to deliver on broadcast and commercial partner agreements.”The subsequent season will run from September 2021 to the following June.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The governing body of field hockey says it has extended the international Pro League seasons by one year to run through June 2021.last_img read more

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