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If you must venture outdoors...make sure you wear a hat and gloves. , "Special Statement" ...Dangerously cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall to around zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 405 am EST Fri Feb 12 2016 ...Dangerously cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall to around zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 1127 am EST Thu Feb 11 2016 ...Major outbreak of cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall close to zero in and around New York City...and zero to 5 below across Long Island...interior northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 25 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. 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Occupational Therapy Program Helps Students Achieve Childhood Rite of Passage

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A group of William Floyd teachers, teaching assistants and others, led by William Floyd School District occupational therapist Ed Diaz, have been volunteering to help ...

Mastic Beach, NY, July 30, 2014 – A group of William Floyd teachers, teaching assistants and others, led by William Floyd School District occupational therapist Ed Diaz, have been volunteering to help students with a childhood rite of passage – learning to ride a bicycle.

Each Friday for five weeks throughout the summer, this small but dedicated group of volunteers have been meeting with nine students and their parents in a makeshift bicycle course in between William Floyd High School and William Paca Middle School to teach the skills necessary to ride a bicycle.

“Some students struggle with motor control and riding a bike can be challenging,” said Stacey Scalise, Assistant Director of Special Education for the William Floyd School District. “This is a wonderful opportunity for them to gain confidence and learn in a controlled environment.”

“Over the years, I have come across many of my students who, despite having the basic ability level to ride a bike, never learned,” said Mr. Diaz. “The fact is that most of them are very capable; they just need to work at their own pace and without the feeling of being stressed.”

The students began with training wheels and customized handles attached to the back of the bicycles, which gives the adults the ability to help maintain control and lessen the fear of falling. According to Mr. Diaz, each student first learns how to apply the brakes and come to a complete stop, pedal in a cadence and even go downhill. By the third lesson, a few of the students were able to ride without assistance for the first time.

“Fortunately, I work with amazing special education teachers and volunteers who know the best way to meet our students’ needs, while ensuring everyone has a great time,” said Mr. Diaz. “Every child deserves to learn how to ride a bike. For some kids it just takes a little longer.”

In addition to Mr. Diaz, the volunteers include William Floyd teachers Josh Young, Jen Mayhew, Susan Dubois, Danielle Pallace, Bryan Savage and Alyssa Tepper; teaching assistant Sheri Egert and occupational therapist student volunteer Kristina Galang from SUNY Buffalo.

Mr. Diaz hopes to hold another bike program during the upcoming school year. For additional information, interested William Floyd parents are encouraged to email him at ediaz@wfsd.k12.ny.us.

Above: William Floyd teachers and bicycle program volunteers Danielle Pallace and Josh Young help students learn to ride their bicycles.

Below: William Floyd Occupational Therapist Ed Diaz helps a student ride a bicycle for the first time without training wheels.

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