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"Flash Flood Watch, Coastal Flood Advisory" ...Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until 1 PM EST this afternoon... The Flash Flood Watch continues for * portions of southern Connecticut, northeast New Jersey, and southeast New York, including the following areas, in southern Connecticut, southern Fairfield, southern Middlesex, southern New Haven, and southern New London. In northeast New Jersey, eastern Bergen, eastern Essex, eastern Passaic, eastern Union, Hudson, western Essex, and western Union. In southeast New York, Bronx, Kings (brooklyn), New York (manhattan), northeastern Suffolk, northern Nassau, northern Queens, northwestern Suffolk, Richmond (staten island), southeastern Suffolk, southern Nassau, southern Queens, southern Westchester, and southwestern Suffolk. * Until 1 PM EST this afternoon * moderate to locally heavy rain will continue through early this afternoon. Total amounts of 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches are possible, which may result in flooding of urban areas, and flashy streams. * Any fresh water flooding will be exacerbated by coastal flooding during the Sunday morning high tide. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued. 554 PM EST Sat Jan 19 2019 ...Coastal flood advisory remains in effect from 6 am to 1 PM EST Sunday... * locations...vulnerable coastal locations along Long Island Sound, the East River, Peconic and gardiners bays. * Tidal departure...around 2 ft above astronomical tides. * Coastal flood impacts...shallow flooding is expected in the most vulnerable locations near the Waterfront and shoreline. Expect around 1 to 2 feet of inundation above ground level in low lying, vulnerable areas. Some roads and low lying property including parking lots, Parks, lawns and homes/businesses with basements near the Waterfront will experience shallow flooding. * Shoreline impacts...breaking waves of 2 to 4 ft will result in beach erosion with minor damage possible to dune structures along the Connecticut shoreline. * Timing...around the times of high tide Sunday morning. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal flood advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. Time of high total tides are approximate to the nearest hour. Bridgeport CT MLLW categories - minor 8.9 ft, moderate 10.4 ft, major 11.4 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.6 ft, moderate 3.1 ft, major 4.1 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/10 am 9.8/10.3 2.5/ 3.0 1.8/ 2.2 2-4 min-mod Stamford CT MLLW categories - minor 9.4 ft, moderate 11.0 ft, major 12.4 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.5 ft, moderate 3.1 ft, major 4.5 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/10 am 10.5/11.0 2.6/ 3.1 2.0/ 2.5 2-4 min-mod New Haven CT MLLW categories - minor 8.6 ft, moderate 9.2 ft, major 10.5 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.9 ft, moderate 2.5 ft, major 3.8 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/10 am 9.1/ 9.6 2.3/ 2.8 1.9/ 2.3 2-4 moderate New London CT MLLW categories - minor 5.0 ft, moderate 6.0 ft, major 7.8 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.9 ft, moderate 2.9 ft, major 4.7 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/08 am 5.2/ 5.7 2.1/ 2.6 1.8/ 2.2 2-4 minor Kings Point NY MLLW categories - minor 10.0 ft, moderate 10.5 ft, major 13.0 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.2 ft, moderate 2.7 ft, major 5.2 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/10 am 10.5/11.0 2.7/ 3.2 1.8/ 2.2 1-2 min-mod Piermont NY MLLW categories - minor 6.4 ft, moderate 7.4 ft, major 8.4 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.4 ft, moderate 3.4 ft, major 4.4 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/09 am 5.1/ 5.6 1.1/ 1.6 1.2/ 1.7 0 none Old Field NY MLLW categories - minor 9.2 ft, moderate 10.2 ft, major 12.2 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.9 ft, moderate 2.9 ft, major 4.9 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/10 am 9.7/10.2 2.4/ 2.9 1.8/ 2.3 1-2 minor Glen Cove NY MLLW categories - minor 10.1 ft, moderate 11.1 ft, major 13.1 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.2 ft, moderate 3.2 ft, major 5.2 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/10 am 10.3/10.8 2.3/ 2.8 1.5/ 2.0 1-2 minor Montauk NY MLLW categories - minor 4.5 ft, moderate 5.3 ft, major 7.0 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.0 ft, moderate 2.8 ft, major 4.5 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/08 am 4.7/ 5.2 2.2/ 2.7 1.9/ 2.3 1-2 minor Riverhead NY MLLW categories - minor 5.6 ft, moderate 6.3 ft, major 7.1 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.3 ft, moderate 3.0 ft, major 3.8 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/11 am 5.7/ 6.2 2.5/ 3.0 2.1/ 2.6 0-1 min-mod Orient Point NY MLLW categories - minor 4.7 ft, moderate 5.7 ft, major 6.7 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.9 ft, moderate 2.9 ft, major 3.9 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/09 am 5.1/ 5.6 2.2/ 2.7 1.8/ 2.2 2-4 minor -- Sunday Jan.20 19,08:04 AM

William Paca Middle School Welcomes “Breaking the Cycle” for Assembly on Forgiveness

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Students had the opportunity to hear the powerful testimonies of three speakers.

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Mastic Beach, NY - December 4, 2017 - William Paca Middle School seventh and eighth grade students recently had the opportunity to welcome representatives from “Breaking the Cycle,” an organization of speakers coming together to discuss their real-life experiences while stressing honest communication and forgiveness as a way of conflict resolution and ultimately healing. Students had the opportunity to hear the powerful testimonies of three speakers – Hashim Garrett, Ann Marie D’Aliso and Sergio Argueta.
 
“Breaking the Cycle allowed our students to hear real-life accounts of life-altering experiences,” said Dr. Michele Gode, Principal, William Paca Middle School. “It was evident by their reactions, including their tears, that they were moved by each of the speakers. It is my hope that our students learned that no matter what they have experienced in life, it is never too late to change for the better.”
 
Hashim Garrett recounted to students his personal story of growing up in Brooklyn and witnessing his mother being abused by her boyfriend and how this eventually started to change his demeanor and his anger multiplied. He detailed how he went from being afraid to being the one to fear by joining a gang. Then at 15-years old, he was betrayed by his “friends” and shot six times in a gang-related shooting, causing him to become partially paralyzed from the waist down. He recalled how this experience began to change him and he was eventually willing to forgo revenge for forgiveness. “It is easy for us to love those who love us, but the true challenge is to love those who are unkind to us,” Mr. Garrett said.
 
Ann Marie D’Aliso shared the story of how her 16-year old son, Pat, who seemingly had everything going for him, was suffering from undiagnosed depression and took his own life 13 years ago. She shared the importance of positive communication and being kind to others. “Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem,” she said. “So think before you send that unkind text or comment.” By sharing the painful story of her son’s death, Mrs. D’Aliso hopes that she can help others be saved.
 
Each assembly closed with powerful words from Sergio Argueta, founder and president of S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth, Inc. (Struggling to Reunite Our New Generation), who shared how he lost two friends to gang violence and another to jail during a one-year period when he was 17, which served as a wake-up call to him. Since then he has dedicated much of his time sharing his story and showing others that forgiveness and making good choices is how to break the cycle of violence.
 
Breaking the Cycle also provided a copy of the book, “Why Forgive?” by Johann Christoph Arnold, a book about ordinary people whose lives have been scarred by violence, who refused to let hatred control their lives. The book and the assembly were provided free of charge.