Social Events Committee For East Hills


Social Events Committee For East Hills
With a new year underway, the Village of East Hills has formed another committee, one designed to “plan a broad range of activities and programs” for local residents.
The Village of East Hills Social Committee, according to Mayor Michael R. Koblenz, “will plan events for residents, ranging from entertainment and technology workshops, to debates, informational sessions, and guest speakers.”
The committee is co-chaired by Fanny Boneh, Lindsay Giloni, and Rachel Tubian.
“I believe the committee will be a valuable adjunct to the remarkable Kids in the Park program,” the mayor said. “I am very grateful for the three co-chairs for spearheading the effort and to Trustee Clara Pomerantz, who will serve as supervising trustee over the committee.”
The committee hit the ground running earlier this month with a Paint Night, where residents learned the finer techniques of painting to create their own art.
Up to 50 residents and guests attended the successful event. Trustee Clara Pomerantz meticulously planned, organized and held the event.
“From all the committee’s hard work and efforts there is only one conclusion you can draw and that is the event was truly spectacular,” the mayor added.
The subject of the painting was a landscape with relaxing sunset, hypnotic palm trees and restful water. Krafty Hands, a local company, taught the course in painting. The committee is planning a full range of other events including Zumba classes, speakers including a Holocaust survivor, a book club, and many more programs.
The members of the committee thanked Graces Marketplace, Leonettis Bakery, All Fresh Floral, and Amirah Rabah of Sweetlife Bakery for their donations which helped make the event even more special.
In other East Hills news, Eliza Liebowitz, a ninth grade student at Roslyn High School and founder of “Clean Your Closets Out For Children” has begun an emergency medical supply drive at the Village of East Hills to assist those affected by the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.
The collection will run from Friday, Feb. 17 through Friday, March 3. Items may be dropped off in the collection boxes inside Village Hall Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at 209 Harbor Hill Rd.
The earthquakes have captured the world’s attention. Over 30,000 people have lost their lives and many thousands more are in need of urgent medical care. All items collected during the drive will be delivered to the AFYA Foundation warehouse in Yonkers where the items will be sorted and then shipped directly to Turkey and Syria.
According to village officials, AFYA is requesting wound care, rehabilitation and orthopedic supplies to support the tens of thousands estimated to have sustained life-threatening injuries from the earthquakes. Items requested for patients of all ages include: Canes, Commodes, Crutches, Knee Scooters, Raised Toilet Seat Rollators and Toilet Seat Risers, Shower & Bath Chairs, Wheelchairs, Walkers, Abdominal Pads, Antibiotic Cream, Antiseptic Solutions & Wipes, Band Aids (Any Size), CAT Tourniquet, Cold Packs, Elastic Bandage, First Aid Kits, Gauze: sterile rolls/pads (Any Size), Occlusive Gauze, Medical Tape (Any Size), Non-Adherent Pads, Petrolatum Gauze, Plaster Bandages, Silver Wound gel, Steri-Strip, Sterile Suture (Any Size or Material), Suture Removal Kit, Tegaderm (Any size), Undercast Padding, Xeroform, Orthopedic Boot, Abdominal Binder Brace, Arm & Shoulder Brace, Knee Brace, Cervical Collar, Casting Material: Specialist, Plaster Bandage with Extra Fast Setting, Foam Positioning, and Slings.
Wound care items should be new in their original unopened packaging and not expired. Rehabilitation and orthopedic supplies must be new or in very good condition, cleaned/disinfected and without damage.
Eliza Liebowitz has requested that donors remember the children who have been affected by this tragedy by including a box or two of band aids with cute designs and characters on them which she says “just might help put a smile on a child’s face during an otherwise very sad and difficult time.”
AFYA Foundation is a not-for-profit organization based in Yonkers. It was founded in 2007 by Danielle Butin, MPH, OTR after a trip to Tanzania, where she encountered the dire circumstances and severely limited medical resources of their medical clinics. AFYA which means “good health” in Swahili seeks to spread “Good Health Through Giving,” and does so by providing medical supplies, consumables, sustainable equipment, and community outreach supplies to international health clinics.
The foundation customizes shipments to ensure that items are delivered to areas needing them most. This is crucial in medical emergencies when healthcare workers do not have time to sort through items. It works with those already on the ground in impacted regions to identify needs and take immediate action.
Should you have additional questions, Eliza can be reached at 516-458-0390 or via her instagram page: @cleanyourclosetsoutforchildren. For weekend or after hour drop offs, please contact Eliza Liebowitz to make arrangements.
—Submitted by the Village of East Hills

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