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"Coastal Flood Warning" ...Coastal Flood Warning remains in effect from 7 PM to 11 PM EST this evening... * locations...low lying areas along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...3 1/2 to 4 1/2 ft above astronomical tides in the evening. * Timing...moderate coastal flooding around the times of astronomical high tide...between 7 PM and 11 PM. * Coastal flood impacts...potential for widespread flooding of vulnerable shore roads and adjacent properties due to height of storm tide and wave action. Inundation of 1 to 2 ft in the lowest lying spots. Road closures may be needed. Isolated structural damage may be observed along the immediate shoreline. * Shoreline impacts...elevated water levels in combination with 3 to 5 ft of surf are expected to cause beach erosion and splashover along the shoreline this evening. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal Flood Warning means that flooding is expected or occurring. Coastal residents in the warned area should be alert for rising water...and take appropriate action to protect life and property. ...Western l.I. Sound water levels for this evening... Coastal............time of......forecast total......flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level........category.. ... ................................(mllw/mhhw)................ Kings Point NY.......859 PM....10.6-11.1/2.8-3.3.....Min-mod.. Stamford CT..........821 PM....10.0-10.5/2.2-2.7.....Minor.... Bridgeport CT........818 PM.....9.5-10.0/2.2-2.7.....Minor.... New Haven CT.........817 PM......8.9-9.6/2.2-2.7.....Minor.... Old Field NY.........820 PM......9.3-9.8/2.0-2.5.....Min-mod.. Glen Cove NY.........900 PM....10.2-10.7/2.3-2.8.....Min-mod.. , "High Wind Warning" ...High Wind Warning remains in effect until 1 am EST Tuesday... * winds...northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. * Timing...the strongest winds are expected this afternoon into this evening. * High wind impacts...damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Numerous power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult...especially for high profile vehicles and on elevated roadway and bridges. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage. , "Storm Warning" ...Storm Warning remains in effect until 1 am EST Tuesday... * winds and seas...northeast winds 25 to 35 kt with gusts up to 50 kt. Seas 6 to 9 feet. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Storm Warning means sustained winds or frequent gusts of 48 to 63 kt are expected or occurring. Recreational boaters should remain in port...or take shelter until winds and waves subside. Commercial vessels should prepare for very strong winds and dangerous sea conditions...and consider remaining in port or taking shelter in port until winds and waves subside. -- Monday Jan.23 17,09:24 AM

Usdan Center’s Children’s Arts Education Programming Extends To Professionals As Well

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, the renowned summer arts camp, not only introduces children to the arts, it further trains arts educators to be the most up to date in their fields.

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Wheatley Heights, NY - April 16th, 2013 - Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, the nationally renowned summer arts day camp that has introduced the arts to more than 60,000 children, has also long presented unique summer workshops on the latest techniques for arts educators. Many have enjoyed Usdan’s professional development programs during the summer, engaging with Usdan’s 1,500 young students while sharpening their skills at the same time. The Center presents workshops for school arts educators in the Greater New York area, and these 4 and 5-day programs are designed to provide them with the most current educational tools during the regular school year.

Usdan’s workshops are taught by recognized experts in their fields. Most are experienced clinicians, having taught at regional and national conferences for arts educators and at major universities as well. Usdan is especially proud of its workshop faculty’s public school teachers, as these are professionals who are “on the ground” and working with children every day.

This July, Usdan will present “Finale:  A Vibrant Tool For Today’s Music Educators.” The four-day workshops will take place at the Center’s 200-acre Long Island campus in Wheatley Heights, and they will be taught by certified Finale clinician David Dolgon. The Finale workshops will introduce this notation and composition program, one that is the industry standard in music notation software. Finale allows composers, arrangers, musicians, teachers, students and publishers to create, edit, audition, print and publish musical scores.

Topics to be covered during this summer’s workshop include the use of Finale for music notation entry, techniques for producing score and parts, the use of Finale in creating original arrangements, generating worksheets, and many more topics. (Full information on the workshop is available at  A certificate of completion will be provided to participating teachers at the end for in-service credit.

Dale Lewis, Usdan's Executive Director, recently commented on the Center's new Finale workshop: “Usdan has long been a leader in continuing education for arts educators, having sponsored summer workshops presented by leading clinicians, and by international artists such as Canadian Brass. Finale is an important tool in our professional community and we are pleased to be focusing on its possibilities this year.”

Usdan Center presented the first New York State-wide Music Educator Technology Conference on Long Island.  In addition, previous Usdan workshops have covered “Differentiated Instruction and Rubrics” and “Choral Conducting:  Connecting Music and Literacy,” taught by distinguished vocal music educators; dance workshops, including “Vibrant Curricula and Ballet Technique for Jazz Dance Teachers” taught by Usdan’s Dance Chair and former Joffrey Ballet School head, Maurice Brandon Curry.  Usdan also originated Long Island’s first Canadian Brass summer workshops, hosting two years of 3-day programs attended by music educators from across the country

David Dolgon, a clinician for MakeMusic! (creator of Finale), has taught graduate courses for the College of New Rochelle and at Queens College. He has presented staff development workshops for the Nassau Country chapter of the New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education, and for school districts and county organizations in New York and New Jersey.  He taught band and music theory at Syosset High school, and has been a member of Usdan Center’s clarinet faculty.

For more information on the Finale workshops, visit