The Coalition orchestrates another move to Stop the Williams Pipeline

Queens, NY – Today on July 13, 2019, is the last day for consumers to send a letter to the Department of Environmental Conservation expressing their concerns regarding the Stop the Williams Pipeline.  In the past, DEC already declined the proposal for the pipeline.

Customers were recently sent an email from National Grid stating that the fracked gas from Williams is more energy-efficient and will lower greenhouse gas emissions. Sane Energy Project, one of the organizations against the Williams Pipeline retweeted regarding how National Grid asked customers to help with protesting for fracked gas.

The coalition which consists of Sane Energy Project, Surfrider Foundation, Food & Water Watch, New York Communities for Change, 350BK, Rockaway Beach Civic Association, and 350Org., along with other allied organizations, are helping to Stop the Williams pipeline from being built. This coalition rallies as well as submit letters to local politicians and anyone involved in the decision of stopping this pipeline.

This pipeline will bring in fracked gas which is harmful to the people in various ways. It can be harmful to the health of humans, marine life, climate change and has safety issues, not to mention a very expensive project that will cost millions of customers a lot of money according to the report from the Stop the Williams Pipeline website.

The pipeline will affect communities on the shorefronts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and the Rockaways.

The Stop the Williams Pipeline Coalition, Sane Energy Project, posted on Facebook how the public can participate in stopping the Williams pipeline.  They have to send the letter to stop fracked gas by signing the form and submitting it.

Currently, they need 259 more letters because 541 have been sent already and 800 is what is needed altogether.

Stop the Williams Pipeline has been an ongoing issue since 2014 but the public wasn’t even aware.  Now that more people are finding out they must all come together to stop the pipeline from being built.  The process has already been started but due to the Stop the Williams Pipeline Coalition and all the advocates against the pipeline, it has come to a halt; but the Williams company is not going to stop pushing for the fracked gas.

As this story continues to unfold, more information will be shared with the public.  The concerns of the people have to be put to the forefront, but only the local politicians and people in political power can actually change the narrative to this issue.

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Cover photo courtesy of Sane Energy Project Facebook page

Samaya Clark-Gabriel is Taking Basketball to a New Level

Brooklyn, New York – Samaya Clark-Gabriel a nine-year-old athletic phenom who can dribble two basketballs and do a full split while blindfolded.  Most adults can’t even dribble two basketballs at the same time.

Samaya is a fun, loving and humble little girl who loves helping people.  Aside from her athletic ability, acing her academics in school, Samaya gives back to her community as well as donates her time to raising funds for St. Jude’s Children Hospital.

Samaya’s ultimate goal is to one day become a nurse or a doctor because she wants to help cure children with cancer.

Samaya’s dad, Wayne Gabriel stated, “Samaya always says when she gets older, if it’s not sports, she wants to be a doctor.”

Ultimately, Samaya has some time before choosing her path but right now she is doing many things and the public is excited to see what else she has in store.

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Spoken Word Artist, Distinguish, Helps to Educate Youth

Jamaica, NY –  Sometimes in life you look for the influence of superstars, but in reality, you can look right in your own backyard.  Henry Gray known as Distinguish is an entrepreneur, writer, poet, and advocate for today’s youth.

Henry Gray takes a lot of pride by showcasing an upcoming artist who might not get noticed but gives them a platform to perform.  Henry helps out with both young people as well as the mature.

Henry Gray’s company Disnetwork Inc. is a brand-building company.  It contributes to the showcasing of new talent and seasoned people who might not get the recognition they deserve.

The various brands that are a part of Disnetwork Inc are Tea Time with Distinguish, Bars N the Barbershop, and Dad Hats & Bowties.  These are some of the brands that Henry is the owner of, but it doesn’t stop there.

Currently, the Bars N the Barbershop are going on tour.  They’ve already been through New York, they just got back from Atlanta and the next stop is Miami.  This tour is a showcase for poetic rap artist looking to spread their knowledge on life.

Tea Time with Distinguish is about to go into the fourth season and this time they are going into a different type of audience.  The culture and diversity of the new show will soon be revealed, and the public will be waiting for it.

Henry Gray had this to say, “Let’s just say that, ah, that path is not over yet!”

“We got some stuff in the works, ah so stay tuned!” said Henry Gray.

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**YouTube clip inside the video (https://youtu.be/6gIkazqmG3E)

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Coach Stroud takes Erasmus HS football players to Maryland Football Camp

Brooklyn, NY – When you meet Keith Stroud, you meet a friendly coach who is all about mentoring young athletes to better themselves.

Keith Stroud, offensive coordinator for Erasmus Hall HS took some of his skilled position players to a football camp at the University of Maryland this weekend, on Saturday, June 1, 2019.  It was strong competition with 43 teams from all over.  Erasmus made it to the second round of the finals after winning 5 games in a row.

Stroud takes a lot of pride when coaching and mentoring student athletes.

Stroud’s background in football is very diverse due to the fact he has been playing since youth league days.  His resume list Fort Hamilton HS with two championship wins, along with being recruited by Rutgers Scarlet Knights football and then later on transferring to Bethune-Cookman finishing out his last two seasons of football.  In 2013 Stroud was signed to the NY Jets as an undrafted free agent.

Stroud decided to take his love for the game and his craft and give back to student-athletes.  If you are ready to work and want to advance Stroud is there to support and push, you to the finish line.

Stroud also known as Coach KJ has helped to get nine students recruited for Division I schools and plans to help more this coming season.  He’s been coaching HS students for the last six years.  Stroud started out coaching at Grand Street Campus in Bushwick, Brooklyn and then took the offensive coordinator position at Erasmus Hall HS in 2017.

The athletes look up to Coach KJ Stroud because he is very upfront with them about life, school, and sports.  Stroud looks to his athletes to work hard and understand what it takes to win as a team but to also handle when they lose.

Coach Stroud stated, “The team that makes the most small wins, will be the team that wins.”

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High School Football Athletes and the Coaches that Mentor them

Brooklyn, NY – Student-athletes have the opportunity to showcase their talents on the field at various football combines.  On May 19, 2019, the Future Phenom Showcase was back at the Erasmus High School Football Field.

The purpose of this showcase is to gather all the talented young high school football athletes to give them the opportunity to be recruited by colleges.

The man behind the showcase, Coach Mouse the DB coordinator for Erasmus High School football decided to create a platform for student-athletes who are the best all-around to get exposure in their recruiting process.

Coach Mouse and 30 of his coaches along with high school football media analyst come together to teach the boys, coach the boys and mentor them so they can perform not only on the field but in their academic studies.

All the coaches play a part in the development of these amazing students.  They come from various backgrounds and all over the states.  Coaches from Florida, New Jersey, Long Island, Ohio, you name it came out to help elevate the boys.

Coach Mouse stated,  “2011 we started with 67 kids, some of who are now in the NFL and others who became NCAA All-Americans”.

“This year we have grown to 170 participants, 30 coaches and a list of media that we are so privileged to have,” said Coach Mouse.

The coaches are hard on the athletes but only to help build their self-esteem up with what they practice every day.

The talent is handpicked by Coach Mouse and that is why it is by invite only.

Coach Mouse stated, “these are D1 students who have already received offers from colleges and if they all didn’t receive yet will be noticed by the end of this showcase due to the media analyst that was there”.

For more details about the Future Phenom Showcase, you reach them on Twitter @futurephenomNYC

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NYC are you ready for the H.Y.P.E. Combine?

Bronx, NY – On May 11, 2019, three organizations; Harlem Jets, About UNYC and IMPCT solutions came together to for H.Y.P.E 2019 NYC HBCU Combine Football. HYPE is the acronym for Honing Your Potential and Excellence.  The HYPE was founded by Walter Brock and Courtney Morgan.

The philosophy of HYPE is to show young athletes how to use their learned skills and use them with their academic studies.  HYPE teaches the athletes what it takes to showcase themselves in a professional matter and social standing.

HYPE is the leading principal in showing the student-athletes how to use their skills on the field and in the classroom.

Due to the mission and purposes of all the organizations, they decided to come together and create a combine for NYC high school football talent.  Harlem Jets is a youth football and cheer league that is located in Harlem, NY.  About U NYC collaborates with student-athletes and their parents to teach the fundamentals of being a scholar and athlete at the same time.  IMPCT solutions are behind the HYPE name.

The registration process started at 8 am and closed at 10:30 am at Randall’s Island Park field 70 and 75.  Before the start of the event, the organizers mingled and spoked with some of the parents.  As the players were parting from the parents, Coach Alex who was one of the founders of this event, talked to the parents about the process of their student-athletes when it comes to preparing them for college.  It was explained how the NCAA paperwork must be completed and filed in order for their sons to be qualified.

The purpose of this combine was to showcase talented high school football athletes in NYC while incorporating drills, position skill training, and a 7-7 competition; offensive line vs defensive line on passing and rushing techniques.

There were light refreshments and music in the background as the players moved throughout the training.  At the end of the session athletes that were top performers went home with a trophy.

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Charter Schools, is there a difference?

Rockaway Beach, NY – In today’s society the educational system is very important to the parents.  There are different types of schools that parents can choose from when it comes to their children like private, public and charter schools.

Public charter schools are really public schools that receive special funding and they aren’t governed by the same rules and regulations as a traditional public school.  Charter schools are overseen by a group or organization under a lawmaking contract.  With charter schools, they are exempt from state laws and local rules as long as they abide by the rules sanctioned by the charter schools.

The purpose of public charter schools is to enhance educational reform and allows the parents to have better school choices for their children’s education.

Latoya Griffin parent of Takayren, a freshman in high school, has a different kind of view regarding charter schools.  Latoya had to pull her daughter out of  Pave Academy Charter school.

 

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Yellow bus parked outside PAVE Academy Charter School.

 

According to the data on Pave Academy Charter School, they are doing okay.  Their rating is a bit low in comparison to other schools within District 15, but they are not the worst school.

Griffin stated, “I use to like charter schools until after I had to take my child out!”

“I had to take her out because once I was informed that my child might need additional help in like certain subjects like math and with her reading and speech, she wasn’t getting the help or assistance needed to perform in order to move to the next grade level,” said Griffin.

The school was unavailable for questions just to understand why one of their students weren’t receiving the extra help in order to help the student prepare for the next grade.

Rashaida-PAVE-SE-Photo-webTeacher helping the students.

“My child was not happy anymore, she didn’t want to go to school anymore and so for that reason, I took her out and put her back in public school. She left Pave Academy Charter school and went to the local public elementary school, graduated and went to junior high and now is in high school and she’s doing great” said Griffin.

Because of charter schools, public school attendance has dropped by 0.6 million during the fall of 2005 to the fall of 2015.  Although this one concerned mother, charter schools are still doing a great job where traditional public schools have fallen short.

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