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COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT * WHAT...One to locally two feet of inundation above ground level expected in vulnerable north shore communities of the twin forks of LI, north shore of LI, and north facing LI barrier island communities for today's AM and possibly PM high tides near the waterfront and shoreline. * WHERE...Northwest Suffolk, Northeast Suffolk, Southwest Suffolk, Southeast Suffolk, Northern Nassau and Southern Nassau Counties. * WHEN...Until midnight EST tonight. * COASTAL IMPACTS...Minor to locally moderate flooding is expected in the most vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shoreline. Expect around 1 to locally 2 feet of inundation above ground level in low lying, vulnerable areas. A few to several roads and low lying property including parking lots, parks, lawns and homes/businesses with basements near the waterfront will experience shallow flooding. A few cars may take on water and be damaged if not moved. * SHORELINE IMPACTS...3 to 5 ft surf likely for north shore of LI and north shore of south fork shorefront with Sat AM tides, which will likely cause beach erosion and possibly minor damage to shoreline structures. Along the oceanfront, surf should build to 4 to 8 ft tonight into Sun AM, with scattered dune erosion impacts during those tidal cycles. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Minor to locally moderate coastal impacts are possible for the same north shore communities of the twin forks of LI, north shore of LI, and north facing LI barrier island communities for this evening's high tides as well. There is potential for more widespread minor coastal flooding along the southern and eastern bayfront communities of Long Island with the Sunday morning high tide.

The Ready, Set, Achieve! Fund Announces 2013 Grant Recipients

On Wednesday, December 11th, The Early Years Institute and the Ready, Set, Achieve! Fund Committee distributed over $64,000 in grant awards to community organizations.

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Westbury, NY - January 3rd, 2013 - On Wednesday, December 11th, The Early Years Institute (EYI) and the Ready, Set, Achieve! Fund Committee distributed over $64,000 in grant awards to community organizations whose proposals met the criteria of improving early learning opportunities and experiences for all children ages 0-5 and their families in Westbury

Of the eleven applications received by the Fund Committee, nine grantees were chosen that will reach over 500 children and families in the Westbury community. They are: the Westbury Union Free School District and United Methodist Church for their Parent and Toddler Club (P.A.T. Club); North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center to support their Good Beginnings for Babies program; KMC Academy to provide renovations for the site’s playground; Westbury TLC to expand their program to more Westbury residents; The Life Lutheran Church to support their ESL programs for children and adults; the Child Care Council of Nassau and QualitystarsNY to bring a professional development program to eight child care providers in the area; Westbury Head Start that will create a reading buddies literacy program with the NAACP; the Girl Scouts of Nassau County to support a program that promotes cultural diversity; and St. Brigid’s Church to support a summer workshop series for Latina mothers.

The grant awards ranged from $1,000 to $7,500 for a single organization and $10,000 for organizations that applied in partnership with another group. The grants were made possible by a generous donation from the Rauch Foundation, who has a long history of investing in The Early Years Institute and the Westbury community.  The presentation of grant awards was held at TD Bank in Westbury on December 11, 2013 and was attended by 50 community leaders, service agencies and elected officials.

EYI president Dr. Dana Friedman commented, “This is the kind of collective action that can create sustainable system changes for our children. With groups partnering to reach the diverse families of Westbury, they can help promote the importance of the early years and work to improve children’s readiness for Kindergarten. The Fund also allowed business and government leaders to become more aware of the challenges young children face and the solutions that will address them.”

The co-chairs of the Ready, Set, Achieve! Fund Committee are Frank Frisone of TD Bank and Michele Cacioppo of Sir Speedy, who are also board members of the Westbury-Carle Place Chamber of Commerce. Other business leaders, parents and representatives from the offices of elected officials also serve on the Fund Committee responsible for making funding decisions. Mr. Frisone commented, “Michele and I are grateful to EYI for the opportunity to be part of the Fund Committee and this great cause.  We are looking forward to watching these programs shape the lives of Westbury children!”

For more information, visit or call (516) 304-5480.

The Early Years Institute, a regional non-profit organization based in Plainview, NY, serves as a catalyst for community partnerships that ensure all young children have the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life.   EYI is viewed as a trusted source of information and a thought leader on early childhood education and school readiness.