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13 students complete summer internship--student news network to air at sept 12 town bd meeting
Release Date: September 04, 2012

For six weeks, from July 9 to August 17, thirteen (13) local high school and college students formed a news team at Town Hall, “…just like the professionals,” according to Patricia Lang, retired NBC News Director and volunteer consultant to Greenburgh Student News.
tThe summer interns who worked for town and on the SNN project were Elizabeth Alleva, Joseph McKenny-Barshall, Ross Bialowas, Imani Campbell, Sensen Chen, Tom Cunningham, Ilan Filonenko, Seth Hershman, Ernest McFadden, Steven Moskowitz, Anuj Shah, David Schuman and Max Weiss. David Schuman took a week off to fly to California to appear on Jeopardy. His Jeopardy appearance will air nationally on September 25th.
Early in the summer, Town Supervisor, Paul Feiner, and Town Clerk, Judith Beville, decided to launch a summer student news initiative, similar to the one that was successfully introduced at Town Hall during Spring, 2012. Patricia Lang and George Malone, Greenburgh's cable TV Access TV director, introduced the young people to broadcast journalism.They provided the technical expertise, guidance and support to the students, essential to successfully producing final news reports. The motivation: to create, yet another, level of community involvement and community action by introducing and orienting local youth to their local government.
After agreeing to give their summer initiative the name, “Greenburgh Student News,” the student interns took pictures for news credentials and proceeded to brainstorm a list of ideas for possible news stories. While some selected individual topics, others chose to work as partners. Venturing forth to research, collect data and develop stories, weekly workshops and information sessions with Patti introduced students to terminology related to creating news stories and working in a newsroom. In addition to getting to know each other, bonding, respect for individual ideas and input, support and offering helpful “tips” were evident around the long rectangular conference room table. They learned to identify their “slug” or story line, how to write a “storyboard”, the “open” and “close” as well as the “lead-in,””umbrella-lead” or “intro” to their news stories. Interns learned the critical importance of collecting, through research and face-to-face interviews, a substantial amount of information, allowing that a portion would be edited, based on the direction of their story, as well as acquiring a significant amount of “B-roll” (background footage) and conducting a “facts check.” Equally important was developing speaking points that have the effect of capturing and maintaining the attention of their audience. Throughout this process, some interns worked independently while others formed partnerships in the development of their stories.
As the deadline approached, those interns who completed their stories first, offered assistance to those who needed assistance with completing their projects. It was amazing as well as refreshing to hear an intern on one end of the table say, ”I’ll help him with his video piece…” or another call out, “I can help her with her editing…” and yet another shout, “I’ll go with him to hold his camera while he conducts his interview!” This was, without a doubt, team work at its best.
In the end, Elizabeth, interning with Town Historian, Frank Jazzo, produced a story about Greenburgh’s historic Revolutionary War land sites and General George Washington’s meeting with General Conte de Rochambeau. Joseph, interning with the Office of the Assessor, chose to highlight the Department of Parks and Recreation where summer fun can be had by families, youth and the public. Ross, Steven and Max, interns with the Town Supervisor’s office, worked together as a team of reporters to produce a story on mulching, “…a practice that changes yard ‘waste’ into a landscape enhancement,” as described by Sensen Chen, who, along with Tom, produced an informational brochure encouraging mulching and reminding residents of the Town’s new policy to not pickup loose leaves at curbside. This brochure will be used as a mailer by the Greenburgh Nature Center. Steven thoughtfully and generously, compiled notes from the workshops and produced a program syllabus that can be used to help guide the next group of interns. Ilan produced a segment promoting a “Greener Greenburgh” which also includes mulching. Imani Campbell and Ernest McFadden, both interns from the Theodore D. Young Community Center’s (TDYCC) Crossroads Program, interned in the Clerk’s office and Cable Access TV Department. Their stories covered the Greenburgh Police Summer Camp and program highlights at TDYCC, respectively. David’s story represents a slight departure from town specific topics as he takes his viewers into the world of education through interviews with local superintendents on new school-year start-up challenges. David also served as the news anchor who introduced everyone’s stories. During the course of the program, David, an Ardsley resident, travelled to Los Angeles to appear as an invited participant on the game show, Jeopardy, to be aired locally on September 25! Finally, could the stories have congealed so well without the patience and extraordinary editing skills of Seth, an intern in the Cable Access TV Department? During the last week of the program, Seth was constantly in great demand as everyone scampered about to complete their news stories and calling upon his editing charms. As a model team member, he was there. They were all “there” for each other “just like the professionals.”
The Greenburgh Student News video will be aired on September 12, 2012 at the meeting of the Greenburgh Town Board.

We are now accepting applications for student news network fall semester 2012 and for student interns. Please e mail Paul Feiner at pfeiner@greenburghny.com or Judith Beville at townclerk@greenburghny.com if interested. I would like to express my thanks to Judith Beville for devoting many hours to the student internship program.
Supervisor Feiner:
As part of the requirements under the MS4 - Phase II Stormwater Education and Outreach Program, below please find information posted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency concerning practices we all can take to help protect streams, wetlands, lakes, and rivers.
Healthy Household Habits for Clean Water
Vehicle and Garage
· Use a commercial car wash or wash your car on a lawn or other unpaved surface to minimize the amount of dirty, soapy water flowing into the storm drain and eventually into our local water bodies.
· Check your car, boat, motorcycle, and other machinery and equipment for leaks and spills. Make repairs as soon as possible. Clean up spilled fluids with an absorbent material like kitty litter or sand, and do not rinse the spills into a nearby storm drain. Remember to properly dispose of the absorbent material.
· Recycle used oil and other automotive fluids at participating service stations. Do not dump these chemicals down the storm drain or dispose of them in your trash.
Lawn and Garden
· Use pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers sparingly. When use is necessary, use the chemicals in the recommended amounts. Avoid application if the forecast calls for rain; otherwise, chemicals will be washed into our local water bodies.
· Select native plants and grasses that are drought tolerant and pest resistant. Native plants require less water, fertilizer, and pesticides.
· Sweep up yard debris, rather than hosing down areas. Compost or recycle yard waste when possible.
· Do not overwater your lawn. Watering during the cool times of the day (early morning or late evening typically), and do not let water runoff into the storm drain.
· Cover piles of dirt and mulch being used in landscaping projects to prevent any pollutants from blowing or washing off your yard and into local water bodies. Vegetate bare spots in your yard to prevent soil erosion.
Home Repair and Improvement
· Before beginning an outdoor project, locate the nearest storm drains and protect them from debris and other materials.
· Sweep up and properly dispose of construction debris such as concrete, mortar, or sawdust in a timely manner.
· Use hazardous substances like paints, solvents, and cleaners in the smallest amounts possible, and follow the directions on the label. Clean up any spills immediately, and dispose of the waste safely. Store substances properly to avoid leaks and spills.
· Purchase and use nontoxic, biodegradable, recycled and recyclable products whenever possible.
· Clean paint brushes in a sink, not outdoors. Filter and reuse paint thinner when using oil-based paints. Properly dispose of excess paints through a household hazardous waste collection or chemical cleanup day, or donate unused paint to local organizations.
· Reduce the amount of paved area and increase the amount of vegetated (or other pervious) area in your yard. Use native plants in your landscaping to reduce the need for watering during dry periods. Consider directing downspouts away from paved surfaces onto lawns or into rain gardens, and utilize other measures to increase infiltration and reduce polluted runoff.
Pet Care
· When walking your pet, remember to pick up their waste and dispose of properly. Flushing pet waste is the best disposal method. Leaving pet waste on the ground increases public health risks, by allowing harmful bacteria and nutrients to wash into the storm drain and eventually into local water bodies.
Swimming Pool and Spa
· Drain your swimming pool only when a test kit does not detect chlorine levels. Do not drain your pool into local water bodies.
· Whenever possible, have your pool water trucked away, or drain your pool or spa into the sanitary sewer system, not the storm drain in the street.
· Properly store pool and spa chemicals to prevent leaks and spills, preferably in a covered area to avoid exposure to storm water.
Septic System Use and Maintenance
· Have your septic system inspected by a professional at least every 3 years, and have the septic tank pumped as necessary (usually every 3 to 5 years).
· Care for the septic system drainfield by not driving or parking vehicles on it. Plant only grass over and near the drainfield to avoid damage from roots.
· Flush responsibly. Flushing household chemicals like paint, pesticides, oil, and antifreeze can destroy the biological treatment taking place in the system. Other items, such as diapers, paper towels, and cat litter, can clog the septic system and potentially damage its components.
Thank you,
Aaron Schmidt
Environmental Planner/Forestry Officer
ISA Certified Arborist NY-5607A
Department of Community
Development and Conservation
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