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The Daily Five: December 2

Translated by Alex Peng, staff reporter

Photo: World Journal

(Ballroom) Dance with Starters at P.S. 1
P.S. 1, located blocks from the Bowery between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, has placed great emphasis on cooperative and inquiry-based learning, as well as on providing special opportunities for English language learners (ELL). With the introduction and outreach from American Ballroom Theater, fifth grade students at P.S. 1 have been learning ballroom dancing in the past thirteen years. They have two classes a week. On December 14th, talented 5th grade dancers from New York City public schools will compete at P.S. 1. Singtao Daily (B2)

Chin Calls on Albany to Retain Funds for Senior Centers
City Councilwoman Margaret Chin joined the New York Coalition for Senior Centers & Services yesterday to call on Governor Andrew Cuomo to exempt funding for New York City’s 256 senior centers – “Title XX” funds – from reductions in the Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Executive Budget. She was joined by members of the New York State Legislature, New York City Council, advocates, and community members, including Brenda Tong, Director of Hamilton-Madison House, and seniors from the Lower East Side and Chinatown. There are six senior centers in the area on the verge of being shut down. She said, “Every year seniors across our City are told their centers are in danger of closing due to budget cuts. And every year, local elected officials have to organize, write letters, and demand that the Governor keep our senior centers open. This year, more seniors in my district wrote to Governor Cuomo than any other Council district. This budget dance has to stop. It is unfair to our seniors and it is unfair to our communities. When I walk into my local senior center and see seniors playing ping pong, mahjong, and exercising, I know that we are doing the right thing. We are providing an invaluable service that allows older members of our population to stay energized and active. I am here today to tell Governor Cuomo to keep his hands off our senior centers. This is a fight we must win, and it is a fight we will win.” Councilwoman Chin was also one of 39 members of the New York City Council who sent a letter to Governor Cuomo today urging him to retain Title XX funding (please see attachment). The past two Executive Budgets have contained proposals to eliminate the local discretionary portion of Title XX funds, putting 105 senior centers at risk of closing. World Journal (C3)

Chinatown BID Votes for Its Interim Board Members
The Chinatown Business Improvement District (BID) Steering Committee announced yesterday afternoon that it has concluded its nomination and review process for a slate of officers serving on the Interim Board. Members from the Chinatown BID Steering Committee also voted for nominees submitted by the Nomination Committee. The Nomination Committee consists of seven dedicated volunteers including David Louie, Patrick Yau, Nolan Cheng, Chung Ka Luk, John Pasquale, Sio-Wai Sang, and William Su. They have successfully conducted an above the call-of-duty and diligent search with care and have gone through an extensive review process. As a result of all the outreach, postings and newspaper ads, an impressive pool of candidates submitted applications to express their interest in serving on the Chinatown BID Interim Board. After extensive discussions, thorough review and comprehensive interview with the candidates, the Nomination Committee was very impressed with the amount of talent and the resulting applicants. Recognizing the need to move forward in order to create a workable Interim Board with a pragmatic approach without being too unwieldy in size or out-of-historic norm, the Nomination Committee proposed a slate of candidates for consideration. In addition, the Committee proposed an additional advisory board to engage all the talent. The slate of the officers was approved this afternoon by the Chinatown BID Steering Committee members and is pending official background checks. The Steering Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all the participants involved in the historic and unprecedented process and especially to our tireless Councilwoman Margaret S. Chin. Singtao Daily (B2)

NASW-NYC Honors Larry Lee and Dr. Teddy Chen
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) – NYC Fifth Annual Emerging Social Work Leaders Award Dinner was held last night at the Jing Fong Restaurant. City Comptroller John C. Liu was invited to give a keynote speech. Larry Lee, Executive Director of the New York Asian Women’s Center, and Dr. Teddy Mouchuan Chen from the “Bridge” team of the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center were honored for their leadership. Singtao Daily (B2)

Still Occupying (Zuccotti) Park

He, Jackson Browne, occupied Zuccotti Park with a guitar yesterday. After Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, fewer crowds were found at park. Passer-bys however, surprisingly sensed melody yesterday afternoon and joyfully echoed the rhythms and swung into the music. World Journal (C4)

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