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Rockland County’s Accessible Family Fun Day June 23rd Registration Encouraged

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Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Office for People with Disabilities Director Jacki Scott proudly invites the public to the County’s first Accessible Family Fun Day, Sunday, June 23, 2024.

This FREE event will cater to ages 12 and up with special needs featuring adaptive sports for all abilities and an array of interactive arts, music, and other activities.

The goal of the Accessible Family Fun Day is to introduce residents with diverse needs to sports and activities available in the community. Those interested are encouraged to register here. Questions can be directed to the Rockland County Office for People with Disabilities at 845-364-3980. 

When: Sunday June 23rd 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Rockland Community College Eugene Levy Fieldhouse, 145 College Rd, Suffern, NY 10901

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Garner Arts Center Presents “Lure of the Rails” Until July 21st

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Gallery Hours:
Fridays, 2-5 PM Saturdays and Sundays, 1-5 PM, Building 35. Only until July 21st.

“Every artist’s journey begins with a source of inspiration. My creative ventures in art and photography began at age 9 when my Dad gave me my first camera.

The photography on these walls is the result of that “gift” that I was given and a new opportunity to “see” things in a variety of new and exciting ways.

Model trains were in my life from age 2 while living in our families Brooklyn apartment, before moving to Haverstraw, NY in 1964…”

”It is my hope that by viewing my photographs, you may travel along with me to places you’ve never been, experiencing the power, romance and majesty of trains and ultimately, the Lure of the Rails…”

Ken Karlewicz   May 17, 2024

                                          Ken Karlewicz

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Juneteenth Is Our Country’s Second Independence Day

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On the evening of January 1, 1863, enslaved and free African Americans gathered in churches and private homes all across the country awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect. At the stroke of midnight, prayers were answered and all enslaved people in Confederate States were declared legally free. Union soldiers, many of whom were black, marched onto plantations and across cities in the south reading small copies of the Emancipation Proclamation spreading the news of freedom in Confederate States. The Thirteenth Amendment ended slavery throughout the United States.

But not everyone in Confederate territory would immediately be free. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was made effective in 1863, it could not be implemented in places still under Confederate control. As a result, in the westernmost Confederate state of Texas, enslaved people would not be free until much later. Freedom finally came on June 19, 1865, when some 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas. The army announced that the more than 250,000 enslaved black people in the state, were free by executive decree. 

Juneteenth is our country’s second independence day. This occasion has been celebrated by African American communities for over 150 years. Yet some Americans are not aware of this monumental event. On June 17, 2021 a bill was signed making Juneteenth the 11th American federal holiday. Juneteenth is celebrated every year on June 19th. 

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