Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
March 1st was a busy day for me. I started at IHOP for the sixth annual National Pancake Day to support the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Since 2006, IHOP has raised nearly $8 million to support children's hospitals throughout the country. Guests enjoyed a free stack of pancakes and in return were asked to give a donation to the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. This year the goal was to raise $2.3 million. Well, we exceeded that goal and raised $2.5 million!
Friday, March 18, 2011
Nassau County's legislators Judi Bosworth and Judy Jacobs proposed a bill that would ban smoking in cars with children under the age of eighteen riding inside. This ban would also protect against the high risk of secondhand smoke. If caught, offenders would pay a heavy $1,000 fine. This specific bill is being considered to go statewide. However, the fine would be reduced to $100 and involve children under the age of fourteen.
College campuses were not exempt from the smoking bans. It was announced that CUNY (City University of New York) wants to ban smoking on all its campuses by 2012. This tobacco policy will make CUNY the largest smoke-free public university system in the United States. The Board of Trustees voted unanimously to ban smoking on all 23 campuses in the five boroughs. This ban also prohibits the use of tobacco industry promotions and marketing on campus properties as well as tobacco industry sponsorship of athletic events and athletes.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Beside attending the Miss America Pageant, I had a performance opportunity with my dance company. Floorwork Dance Company was selected to perform at COAHSI's Night for Staten Island Artists on January 29th. COAHSI, which stands for Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island, cultivates a sustainable and diverse cultural community for the people of Staten Island by making the arts accessible to every member of the community, supporting and building recognition for artistic achievement, and providing artists, organizations, and arts educators the technical, financial and social resources to encourage cultural production.
COAHSI programs and services are supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York State Council on the Arts; The Carnegie Corporation; JPMorgan Chase Foundation; The Rockefeller Foundation; The Staten Island Foundation; Richmond County Savings Foundation; Time Warner Cable New York; New York Community Trust; Former Congressman Michael McMahon; New York City Councilman James Oddo, New York State Assemblyman Matthew Titone, New York State Senator Diane J. Savino, New York State Senator Andrew J. Lanza, and by COAHSI members.
Cecilia Flores, the Artistic Director of the company, received the DCA Art Fund from COAHSI. This grant funding wil aid her for the State Island Modern/Where Dance is Art event. She will choreograph a new piece entitled "HOPE Keeping Up with Appearances/Sisterhood." We performed Part II of the piece entitled "Sisterhood", a story about allowing ourselves to ask for help and support.
Click HERE to view the performance.
Company Members: Jennifer Cava, Stephanie Accardo, Brianna Soldano, and Kimberly Cantoni
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Miss Staten Island Maria DeSantis Miss District of Columbia Stephanie Williams and she's a fellow Wagner College alumnae!