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High school’s three R’s
Supporters of the new Millennium High School find themselves preoccupied these days with the three R’s: reading, writing and retrofitting.

Substantial construction work needs to be done to ready the school’s new home, former office space at 75 Broad St., for its projected opening this September. But those close to the project have said that every effort will be made to get it done in time for the new school year.

In his April speech outlining plans for Lower Manhattan, Gov. George Pataki named the Lower Manhattan opening of Millennium High School one of the most important priorities for Downtown. Pataki also pledged up to $3 million in funding from the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. for the school.

Community members said that Pataki’s remarks put a spotlight on the school and increased the pressure to complete the construction work by September.

“The indication is that everybody is determined that nothing will deter the students from taking up residence at 75 Broad St. in September 2003,” said Paul Hovitz, chairperson of the youth and education committee of Community Board 1.

The Department of Education has not yet signed a lease for the space, Hovitz said, since the department needs concrete estimates of construction costs before it can do so.

One of the main aspects of the work involves the installation of an elevator, to be constructed in an old elevator shaft, said Madelyn Wils, chairperson of C.B. 1 and board member of the L.M.D.C. The school will occupy floors 11 to 13 of the building, Wils said, with the 13th floor likely to be the first one completed.

The school opened last fall in a temporary location in the High School for Art and Design building at Second Avenue and E. 57th St.

Downtown baby
Amelia Mar Gregory came into the Downtown world, well the whole world actually, at 6 pounds, 5 ounces, Sunday, May 25. Amelia’s parents are Seaport residents Ellie Gregory and Arthur Gregory. The father owns A & M Roadhouse bar in Tribeca and is a member of Community Board 1 and the Tribeca Organization.

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Hudson Park Day
On June 8, Hudson River Park Day will kick off “Take Me to the River,” a summer-long program of activities and fun in Hudson River Park. Below is a sampling of next Sunday’s events:

At Pier 25, near N. Moore St., from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., spectators will cheer as participants in the 5K and 10K kayak paddle across the finish line. From noon to 5:00 p.m., there will be tours of the Yankee ferryboat, one of the last surviving Ellis Island ferries; beach volleyball; kids-do art; and an alternative fuel car demo. At noon, there will be registration for a mini-golf open.

At nearby Pier 26, from noon to 5:00 p.m., the River Project Open House will feature tours of tanks and exhibits of Hudson River fish and there will be free kayaking provided by Downtown Boathouse. From 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., Arm-of-the-Sea will present the children’s theater piece, “At the Turning of the Tide.”

At Pier 40, near Houston St., at noon, there will be a boat parade beginning at Pier 25 and finishing at Pier 40. From noon to 5:00 p.m. there will be free boat rides, with tickets distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. At 5:00p.m., there will be a Circle Line Sunset Cruise, with tickets on a first-come, first-served basis.

Garden, museum celebration
The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is offering a variety of free events on June 8 in celebration of the Shavuot Jewish holiday, sponsored by the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

The Shavuot is a celebration of the harvest season in Israel that begins at sundown on June 5 and ends on June 7, exactly seven weeks after Passover. In keeping with a legend that illustrates Mt. Sinai bursting into flowers when the Torah was first brought to its summit, Sunday’s events all incorporate Shavuot’s important tradition of flowers and greenery. However, though the events are steeped in Jewish traditions, there will be no religious elements involved.

“All are invited to the program,” says Abby Spilka of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, located at 18 First Place in Battery Park City. “It will be a wonderful day for the entire family.”

The day begins at 2:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Jewish museum, where senior horticulturalist Laura Steger of the Parks Conservancy will begin the walking tour through Wagner Gardens at Robert. F. Wagner Jr. Park. Immediately following, Native American craft artist Angela Friedlander of the Metis Nation from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian will conduct a workshop where participants learn to make paper flowers.

“Children and adults can both participate in the programs, and will enjoy themselves,” says Spilka.

Yard sale
Southbridge Towers residents will hold their spring yard sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 5-7 in the Southbridge courtyard near Fulton and Pearl Sts.

The event, rescheduled from May 22-24 because of rain, is open to the public. Vendors are all Southbridge residents, according to Doreen S. Howard, an organizer of the sale. Another yard sale will be held in September.

The Mitchell-Lama co-op includes nine buildings bounded by Fulton, Pearl and Gold Sts.


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