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Petition to Gregory Franz, Mayor Michael McPartland

Keep Veterans Field's Splash Pad Free for Everyone

Anyone with kids knows what it's like to want to get out of the house to enjoy the sun shine and cool off on a hot day. During the warmer months after school, after sporting events, and when it's just plain hot, I take my four boys (you read that right!) to the Splash Pad at Veteran's Field next to the play areas. It has been a great way for us cool off while meeting our neighbors, making new friends, and exercising. However, the Recreation Advisory Board recently began charging residents and non-residents to use this splash pad. This new fee would end up costing my family a minimum of $100 for our usual summer playtime. While I understand that there are costs associated in maintaining the splash pad, I believe that burdening families with a fee is exclusive and does not represent what our community is all about. It should be a way to encourage our children to exercise (play), while learning to enjoy water and nature, as well as teaching them to take part in their community by making friends and maintaining a clean park. Children learn life skills when they play at Veteran's Field and that helps grow them into contributing members of society. Charging a fee for the splash pad discourages families from coming to the park. It's not just the fee: it's the challenge of keeping their child out of the water and solely on the playground equipment when they are in the same area. It's the several free and larger splash pads nearby that will draw our families away. It's that it discourages hosting a fun playdate at the park in a community where most home and apartments are small and have no greenspace. When other families are visiting our community (think soccer matches or baseball games for example) we now have to say, "stay out or pay!" Those families will take their children and money elsewhere. I feel that it discourages commerce of any kind. All in all, it's poor planning and poor taste to charge for this splash pad. Here's what you can do to help: Firstly, don't pay the fee. Then, sign my petition to keep our splash pad free and email everyone you know in the town of Edgewater and have them sign it too! There is a Recreation Advisory Board and they make the decision to charge (or not charge) for the splash pad. There is no meeting currently scheduled on the city community center's website for the entire summer so we need to get a meeting scheduled. Next, you can email Gregory Franz the Borough Administrator who works with the board. He has expressed that the park, its playground, and its policies are a work-in-progress and seems to be helpful and receptive. He told me personally that he would take our emails to the board. Gregory FranzPh: 201-943-1700 ext. 3131 Also, if you know anyone on the Advisory Board, please reach out to let them know we would like a meeting to discuss our points and/or to reverse their decision to charge for the splash pad. Their names are listed below. Mike ArmstrongChris CarluccioJames D'AnnaLaDon McLamoreDan RackowMary Beth StewartJim TietzRandolph CaryVince Monte, Council Liaison   I love Edgewater and it's children.  I hope with your help we can keep Edgewater a place where all children can come together and play freely.  Please sign my petition if you feel that way too.        

Jessa Martinez
593 supporters
Started 2 days ago

Petition to Thomas McGee, Donna M. Coppola, Brian K. Castellanos, John E. Ford, Jr., Lorraine M. Gately, Jared C. Nicholson, Michael A. Satterwhite, Buzzy Barton, Brian M. Field, Brian P. LaPierre, Hong L. Net

Bring Environmental Education to Lynn

If you've ever taken a walk in Lynn, MA before, you may have noticed the excessive amount of garbage throughout the city. Over the years, the improper disposal of waste has created an extremely apparent issue. Trash, human waste, and even hazardous materials can be found on our school grounds, parks, and ponds, affecting not only the natural wildlife but also the children of Lynn. The issue of littering is deeper than simply appearance. The presence of mismanaged garbage can cause: salmonella tetanus hepatitis A gastroenteritis roundworm (Source) Coming into contact with garbage is putting the children of Lynn at serious risk for life-threatening diseases. But as this trash pollutes these children, it also pollutes the natural habitats that exist within Lynn such as Flax Pond and Lynn Woods. Plastic in particular is known for introducing toxins into the tissues of native organisms, effectively killing them.  Although trash is a problem in many cities, the idea of creating a "zero-waste" city no longer resides outside the realm of possibility as cities across the world and the US strive for this environmental goal. I believe it's time that Lynn also follows in their footsteps. But where would we begin? Obviously an issue of this magnitude could not be cured overnight and treating anything outside of the heart of the issue would prove far too costly.  I believe both the problem and the solution lie in the disregard and disrespect for the environment by the citizens of Lynn. However, respect can be taught through education. Studies have shown that the presence of environmental education for K-12 students not only increased the awareness of the students on environmental issues but also made them more active participants in reducing their environmental impact (Source). An environmental education produces an array of benefits beyond just the health of city grounds. It can: Improve science, math, reading, and writing skills Develop character, team work, and leadership Enhance critical thinking, analytical, and problem solving skills Provide motivation and enthusiasm for learning Thus, I put forth these proposals: Mandatory environmental education for K-8 students including topics such as recycling, composting, littering, waste management and proper disposal, and the impacts of urban development on both the environment and humans Mandatory environmental volunteer hours from 4th-8th grade students involving activities such as clean-ups, trail maintenance on reservations, community gardening, or any work completed with an organization whose purpose is conservation The establishment of a first offense littering fine and an increase in fines for subsequent offenses Environmental community service as the option against jail sentence (in the cases which volunteer work was offered originally) The formation of an Environmental Committee which connects all existing environmentally active groups in Lynn (such as Keeping Lynn Clean, Friends of Flax Pond, Friends of Lynn Woods, etc.), provides assistance in their efforts, pursues the general betterment of the entire city including the health of the water, land, and natural habitats, and seeks to eliminate any hazards to the environment and humans that may arise.  

Meghan Turner
53 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Charles Rivkin, John Fithian

Make tomorrow's kid-rated movies smokefree and save one million lives

#RateSmokingR Why do so many kids still start to smoke? America removed cigarette commercials from TV and radio nearly fifty years ago. But kid-rated movies — especially PG-13 movies — still push smoking at children and teens. In 2017, half of PG-13 movies featured smoking, the highest level in years. Smoking in movies kills in real life. Smoking on screen will recruit six million American kids to smoke in this generation. Two million of those kids will die from cancer and other diseases caused by smoking. Parents and health advocates demand a reasonable solution to this urgent problem. America's #1 killer deserves the R-rating. R-rating future movies with smoking will keep smoking OUT of movies rated G, PG and PG-13 — the movies that kids see most — and cut young audiences' deadly risk in half. The CDC says the R-rating will protect three million kids from tobacco addiction, America's #1 cause of preventable death. Film producers will still be able to include smoking in any movie they want, accepting an R-rating just as they routinely do for other content. Why won't Hollywood act? The major movie studios and movie theater chains run the film ratings. They know the harm done by onscreen smoking. Their leaders could update the R-rating tomorrow but, so far, they've refused. The tobacco industry, far richer than Hollywood, has a long history of exploiting movies to sell smoking, using paid product placement and other tactics. Movies are the last media channel pushing tobacco at kids, completely unrestricted. When it comes to life and death, Hollywood must follow a simple rule: One little letter "R" will save one million lives. Learn more…and educate others:• Smokefree Movies (University of California, San Francisco) • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC fact sheet) ____________________________________________ Follow a lively Twitter stream tracking tobacco on screen: @onbeyondme 

Smokefree Movies
5,889 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Ydanis Rodriguez, Gale Brewer, Shahabuddeen Ally, Steve Banks

Take Back Community Programs at NYC's Fort Washington Armory!

Please sign this Petition for Change and take BACK Community programs to NYC's Fort Washington Armory.  Please help children, youth, adults and families in dire need in Washington Heights/Inwood and Upper Manhattan. By signing this Petition you are helping to advocate for the utilization and public use of New York City's Fort Washington Armory at 168th Street. The Armory Foundation is overcharging nonprofit groups and not utilizing this city building to help create community programs. In the video above you can see a Community Leader speak of the atrocities going on at The Fort Washington Armory by The Armory Foundation and many others. This campaign will help Open Access to community programs and space at NYC Fort Washington Armory.  Norbert Sander, in DNAInfo, past President, states.."It just happens to be in Washington Heights?” (By Lindsay Armstong October 30, 2014). Children have been denied access to programs and non-profit groups are being charged exorbitant fees (see articles below in updates).   Email for more information and The Armory 168's spokesperson will contact you.    Armory 168 recently received the below email/letter from John Doe, (full version below under "petition letter) "What has happened at the Armory is a travesty to the children of Washington Heights and the entire city of New York!" John Doe The letter documents parts of the "travesty" that have taken place at the Fort Washington Armory. To see the full text, look under Petition letter section. Unfortunately, the Armory, “which just happens to be in Washington Heights”, has forgotten about the needs of this community and it has lost sight of its original mission.  A change in leadership and policy is needed immediately and the only way that this will happen is through informed pressure from our community, local politicians and a boycott/protest of the prestigious Millrose Games. As The Armory Foundation, Jon Schindel and Rita Finkel, and company try to rally support at the upcoming community board meeting, it is important that the information in this letter be shared and investigated.  Our children, our student-athletes, our coaches, parents, and residents deserve better." John Doe By signing this Petition you are helping to advocate for utilization of a public space for children, youth, adults and families at the Fort Washington Armory.

Fort Washington
306 supporters