Light Up the Sky


Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular would go on as scheduled, with some "social distancing" changes. There will be a series of 5-minute shows in each of the five boroughs starting on Monday, June 29 and continuing throughout the week. "In reimagining this year's show, the idea of bringing elements to many parts of our hometown resonated with our team and partners in the City of New York," said Susan Tercero, executive producer Macy's 4th of July Fireworks. The smaller displays will continue throughout the week and then culminate with a grand finale on July 4. The grand finale will take place atop the Empire State Building where they will honor first responders and health care workers. This year, due to the staggering of the performances throughout the week, crowding shouldn't be as much of an issue. Mayor de Blasio says that the sites of the fireworks would not be announced beforehand in order to avoid the masses from gathering. Nice job by the City of New York to keep the tradition of the Macy's fireworks show intact. Just another sign that we are finally moving back to normalcy. BOOM!!

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Head of the Class


Valedictorian Ashanti Palmer, who recently graduated from Nellie A. Thornton HS in Mount Vernon, has managed to do the almost unthinkable. Not only did this Westchester teen graduate at the top of her class, but she’s also kept perfect school attendance — since pre-K! “There were days when I didn’t feel like going to school, but I know if you missed a day, then you were behind, so I pushed through,” said Palmer. Palmer, who completed school with a GPA of 99.08, was accepted to 18 colleges, and awarded more than $430,000 in scholarships. Thanks to her nearly flawless academic record, Palmer was inducted into the National Honor Society. Her parents must be so proud. The stellar student, who's favorite subject is math, plans to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY this fall. What a great story. Ashanti deserves all of the accolades coming her way as she gets ready for her college journey. She is a true inspiration for the community of Mount Vernon and will be a role model for years to come. Great Job Ashanti and Good Luck at RPI!

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Book Worms Rejoice!


Book worms rejoice!

New York City libraries are beginning to turn the page on the pandemic, getting back to business with limited service in a select number of branches after months of a lockdown due to the corona virus. While the cities libraries have been open for virtual business with e-book loans and online tours, the city’s library branches will begin to reopen 22 facilities for "grab-and-go" service beginning July 13. “We know how important it is to reopen our physical locations,” said New York Public Library President Anthony W. Marx. “We know that our communities need us more than ever as they cope with multiple crises impacting public health, the economy, and social justice. People are hurting. People need help. People need us.” For those of us who are parents this is also a time to rejoice. This gives children another option for summer time fun with many camps, amusement parks, and beaches closed due to the virus. Libraries will also offer all types of classes, read-a-longs, and educational programs geared for children giving them a chance to enhance their learning throughout the summer. It's good to see another sign that we are finally entering stages of normalcy as we move out of the corona virus lockdowns.

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