WESTERN SALISBURY COLULMN PAGE presentation Sept. 27
Welcome to the season of fall, with cooler nights, less daytime hours and the change of foliage. What are you doing now that summer is officially over? My boys and I took the opportunity to spend the first weekend of fall traveling to nearby New York and New Jersey.
After picking up my son Eric from an official college visit, we went into New York City for the afternoon. Since I once lived there and commuted everyday into the World Trade Center towers via the E train, it amazed me how much this area has changed. Not just the obvious fact the towers are forever gone but the area has been transformed. Plus there were police everywhere. We walked for hours through downtown, Greenwich Village, SOHO, Wall Street and Battery Park.
My children saw the New York Stock Exchange and some "Occupy Wall Street" protesters. They sampled a bit of New York's fare, walked passed the homeless and saw the beautiful Statue of Liberty, albeit from afar. The New York skyline was gorgeous from Hoboken, N.J. and the New Jersey skyline was also spectacular from the New York side. Most of all, my sons wanted to see the current 9/11 Memorial. The last time we visited New York was a year or so after September 11, 2001, so the change has been dramatic.
Speaking of fall, you may wonder when we change the clocks back one hour; this year we "fall back" Sunday, Nov. 6.
PAGE is hosting a presentation 7 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Salisbury Middle School library. Kelly Wetherhold will be the facilitator; there will be an open discussion about Gifted IEP development and current gifted research. All are welcome to attend.
Are you registered to vote in this coming election? A new law states that to vote in Pennsylvania you must have a dated photo identification. If you do not have a drivers license but legally registered to vote then PennDOT is offering a free photo ID. According to www.votespa.com, "In Pennsylvania, the deadline to register to vote is 30 days prior to each election. Applications received after that date will be processed for the next primary, special, municipal or general election." This website also offers information on the new voter ID law and how a college student can vote. Tuesday, November 6 is election day. You still have a week or so to register and be eligible to vote.
The Salisbury girls' basketball program is having a fundraiser at Louie's Restaurant on South 31st Street. You may eat-in or take-out; the dates for the fundraiser are Oct. 14 through 18. Twenty percent of your food bill will be donated to the Salisbury girls basketball booster club. A certificate at the time of purchase is needed for the girls basketball booster to receive the 20 percent. Please go to www.stsd.org or speak to a member of the girls basketball team.
The Salisbury varsity swimming and diving team, under their new coaching staff, will begin lifting Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. If your son or daughter is interested in joining the team and participating in the preseason lifting program then speak to Jason Reinhard, head coach, or a member of the current team. See Eric Tatum, Garrett Collins or Danielle Guttman for information.
Sept. 28 is family fun night; this is the evening where the elementary school students are encouraged to attend the varsity home football game, held at Salisbury High School. Sept. 28 is also blue and white day at Harry S Truman Elementary School; photo day at Western Salisbury Elementary School and mid-marking at SMS and SHS.
SMS will hold their book fair Oct. 1 through 5, including evening hours Oct. 3. SMS will have parent visitation day 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Oct. 5. Parents are encouraged to come to school and observe a class or two.
Western's PTA will hold a McDonald's Family Fun Night 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5. Looking ahead - Salisbury schools will be closed Oct. 8 for a professional development day and SMS and SHS will have an early dismissal 12:15 p.m. Oct. 12.
Fire Prevention Week will be recognized in the schools the second week of October.
St. Thomas More School, on Flexer Avenue, is participating in the "earn cash through Giant A+ School Rewards Program." The program started a year ago and runs through March 30, 2013. To find out more information and to help STM School while shopping at Giant Grocery Stores, visit www.stmschoolpa.com.
Sept. 26 is Yom Kippur, the Hebrew day of Atonement, the holiest day of their year. This day is typically spent fasting and in prayer, at a synagogue. Chag Sameach.
Happy Birthday to my forever friend, Lisa Burker Arner. May every day be filled with a new adventure. Thank you for the many years of friendship and for being Eric's godmother. I am looking forward to celebrating many birthdays together!