As the pandemic abruptly turned life upside down around the world, roughly a million public school kids in NYC were thrust into a wildly inconsistent learning environment, with repeated openings and closings of school buildings and systemwide shifts to online learning as COVID-19 rates surge.,While education officials promise to reopen schools this fall for full-time learning again, many New York City parents and students are calling for more than academic recovery, but a reckoning with the disrupted school system’s mental health toll on kids.,A Year Of Anxiety And Turmoil In the short term after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that public school buildings were closing on March 16th, 2020 and students were shifting to remote learning, some kids said they initially celebrated a break from school.,Disparate Impacts For New York City’s public school system, whose enrollment is 41% Latino, 26% Black, 16% Asian and 15% white, the deadly toll of the pandemic has been acutely felt: “During the first five months of the pandemic, an estimated 4,200 of 4 million children in the state lost a parent or caregiver to coronavirus, a rate of more than one out of every 1,000, according to a report by the United Hospital Fund and Boston Consulting Group released at the end of September,” with more than half of those affected children residents of the Bronx, Brooklyn or Queens, according to Gotham Gazette, which reported the pandemic has disportionately taken parents away from Black and Hispanic families: 1 out of every 600 Black children, and 1 out of every 700 Hispanic children have lost a parent or caregiver, compared to 1 out of 1,400 Asian children and 1 out of 1,500 white children in New York.,The public school student population is also primarily low-income, a point which was hammered home last spring when the city Department of Education had to scramble to outfit hundreds of thousands of families with devices for remote learning.

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Nicole de Grano, a third-year political science and women's and gender studies student— running for Students' Council and GFC.,Charles Blondin: I am running for Students' Council because I want to provide a strong and passionate voice for students who may feel that they have no say in their university governance and advocate for better financial support for all university students, as well as seek additional external sources of funding for the Students' Union.,Furthermore, I feel that my previous experience as an open studies councillor and on the Students' Union Council Administration Committee member, along with leadership skills I had developed while serving at Royal Military College of Canada (RMCC), has prepared me for a leadership role within council.,I’ve already done some work in my time in this role, but I believe my work is far from over read more

In 2020, like so many other Summer programs, 125-year-old Camp Courant was forced to hold their activities virtually.,FARMINGTON, Conn. — Camp Courant is the oldest free Summer camp in the country, offering the chance for more than 700 Hartford kids a day to come to enjoy an outdoor experience on more than 30 acres by Batterson Park.,In 2020, like so many other Summer programs, 125-year-old Camp Courant was forced to hold their activities virtually.,“We’re not just thinking about Summer, we are planning for Summer,” said Corrianne Chipello, Camp Courant’s new executive director.,In West Hartford, Steve Boyle, the co-director of 2-4-1 Sports says he plans to have his camps open not just in Connecticut but also with Summer programs happening in the Philadelphia area, Boulder, Colorado, and Vancouver, British Colombia.

Now their hours are back to normal, but customers must wear masks when they’re not eating or drinking, and since tables are spaced out at least six feet apart, the maximum occupancy is about 50 percent at some places.,Right before DeWine’s announcement and the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament in March 2020, Manley had ordered thousands of pounds of chicken wings for all the locations.,He said March typically “makes or breaks” the year financially and while sales are down at Fricker’s for the first two months of the year, Manley hopes business increases enough in March to get sales back on target.,Twin Peaks opened in November 2019 in West Chester so General Manager Chris Wickline said he’s looking forward to the first March when the bar celebrates St. Patrick’s Day and shows NCAA basketball games.,Bob MacKendrick, co-owner and general manager of Berd’s Grill and Bar in Fairfield, said the business will benefit from St. Paddy’s Day, college basketball and the customers’ desire to “get back to normal.”

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TV coverage of the 2021 Genesis Invitational will take place on The Golf Channel on February 18-21.,Live streams are available on fuboTV, Sling, CBS All Access and Hulu + Live TV.,Johnson has been putting on out-of-this-world performances since last summer, but sat out last week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in order to rest and prepared for the Genesis Invitational.,TV coverage of the 2021 Genesis Invitational can be streamed live on fuboTV (7-day free trial), Sling (3-day free trial) and Hulu + Live TV (7-day free trial).,Featured groups in Italics: read more

On the way to finding something fun to share about Valentine’s Day, I kept bumping into articles about kindness.,We collectively cheered for folks performing heartwarming acts of kindness for others.,Scientists believe that universal kindness connects us to each other.,Kindness research has even found its way into traffic jam studies.,In other words, connecting through the kindness of courtesy gets people on their way faster.

They backed it up with a plus-136 run differential (a fairly absurd figure across just 60 games), and then in the postseason went 13-5 en route to winning the World Series for the first time since 1988.,Because of the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, fans weren't permitted to attend MLB games last season until the very last rounds of the playoffs.,The plan right now is for fans to be in attendance at spring training games and regular season games, albeit in limited numbers and in accordance with local guidelines.,Last season, no fans attended any regular season Astros games even as they advanced as far as the ALCS, so they've yet to hear about their transgressions in the typical manner.,Last season, the Padres busted out in a big way, as they won at a .617 clip -- the best win percentage in franchise history -- and returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

Air Force enlisted members’ gripes are very different from those in other branches of the military.,The time of year every enlisted member dreads in the Air Force is when their Enlisted Performance Report is due.,The majority of the time, however, the member has to write their own bullets and send forward a draft, which their supervisor then corrects.,For example, taking out the trash in Air Force EPR bullet form could be written as, “member’s continued responsibility in daily detail work successfully improved overall mission accomplishment by 70%.”,Please, please, please, Air Force; stop it already with the PowerPoint presentations.

Sketch of 8-plex part of Irvine Community Land Trusts Sage Park, a 68-home “affordable” development in Irvine’s Portola Springs neighborhood.,(Courtesy: ICLT)

Sketch of 6-plex part of Irvine Community Land Trusts Sage Park, a 68-home “affordable” development in Irvine’s Portola Springs neighborhood.,(Courtesy: ICLT) read more