LISA DOWNEY To the Editor,The decision to “decentralize” the Academy for Fine Arts and Academics at Bayonne High School is one that will negatively impact the district and the city.AFA2 was presented in every city elementary public school and at the BHS Open House as an academy setting and complete package. It was not presented as a list of available courses which is all that remains. Acceptances and scholarships to other schools were declined by many AFA2 students who chose the academy based on what was presented. Without notice, the district changed the terms of the agreement into which it entered. AFA2 was decentralized with less than seven weeks until the start of the school year leaving students with a program upon which they never agreed.Within 19 days of the interim superintendent assuming his position, AFA2 families received notice of the decentralization. Nineteen days is not sufficient time to evaluate the value of AFA2. Savings are projected yet discrepancies arise. Zero period gym was eliminated for underclassmen and savings calculated. The realization of the need for this course led to its being reopened which, undoubtedly, will decrease the anticipated savings. The loss of even a handful of students to other schools means a loss of tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars. Investing time and energy into saving AFA2 would have benefitted the district financially and educationally.While I understand the urgent need for the district to become financially sound, we are sacrificing programs that made this district shine. This system used to play a significant role in keeping families in Bayonne but as we continue to sacrifice quality programs throughout the district, we will lose the families that have been the heart of our district.
Today, SweetWater 420 Fest has announced the first wave of artists on the lineup for their 2019 event, set to take place from Friday, April 19th through Sunday, April 21st, 2019 at Centennial Olympic Park in the heart of Atlanta, GA.The 2019 SweetWater 420 Fest lineup is led by Athens rockers Widespread Panic, who will perform four sets at the festival across two nights. The initial announcement also includes The Avett Brothers, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Rebelution, Moon Taxi, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, John Medeski’s Mad Skillet, Turkuaz, and KNOWER, and promises “boatloads more coming early 2019.”The annual event, which is becoming one of the premiere live music events in the South, has made a habit of booking the best an brightest acts in the jam scene and beyond. The 2018 edition of SweetWater 420 Fest featured performances by The String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sturgill Simpson, Vulfpeck, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Greensky Bluegrass, The Motet, The Record Company, The Infamous Stringdusters, Brandon “TAZ” Niederauer, Marco Benevento, Southern Avenue, and many more.We can’t wait to see what other talented artists will be added to the 2019 SweetWater 420 Fest lineup in the coming months. We’ll keep you updated as the additions begin to roll in.For more information on the 2019 edition of SweetWater 420 Fest, or to purchase your tickets now, head to the festival website here.
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Questions: If undocumented immigrants get a NYS license to drive, can they vote?Is so, can a Canadian driver who comes to NYS and applies for a NYS drivers license, so they can assure us that they can drive safely, can they now also vote?Sorry but I just want to be completely informed. Thank you if you answer my questions. Gabriel López Albarrán / Office of Governor Andrew M. CuomoALBANY – New York’s Governor is continuing to defend the state’s Green Light Law, saying it solves a public safety issue.The law has created tension between President Trump and Governor Andrew Cuomo.In a radio interview this week, Cuomo defended the decision to allow undocumented immigrants in New York State to obtain driver’s licenses.Cuomo says he wants to make sure people who are driving on New York roads pass a driving test. “It’s a public safety issue,” said Cuomo. “So even if you’re not in full compliance with the immigration laws, you can get a driver’s license if you take the test and if you pass the test because we want to make sure if you are driving, you know what you are doing.”Cuomo continued by saying the federal government wants access to the DMV’s database so it can obtain information about illegal immigrants in New York.This month, the federal government banned New Yorkers from applying for the Trusted Travelers Program, which allows vetted travelers to pass through border and airport security more quickly.