Officer William Cummings from the Westfield Police Department recently he spoke to the YWCA's Westfield middle and high school Advantage Program students about police work as a career choice and to the elementary students about car safety. He addressed the many changes in laws regarding the use of car seats, booster seats and explained when it is safe to ride in the front seat. Parents were encouraged to attend as well so they are up to date with current New York State law.
Everyone enjoyed the visit and the kids asked some great questions about what they should do if they do not fit in their seat belt properly, and what they should do if they are in a car that has been pulled over by the police for a traffic violation. Officer Cummings swore in the students as sheriffs, deputized them with a Junior Sheriff badge and passed around his handcuffs for everyone to try out.
Officer William Cummings from the Westfield Police Department recently he spoke to the YWCA’s Westfield middle and high school Advantage Program students about police work as a career choice and to the elementary students about car safety. He is pictured with Madison Jaynes and Nathan Miller. Behind them are Bradley Babcock and Megan Baumgarden and teacher Kathy Probst can be seen in the very back.
'One Billion Rising'
The YWCA Westfield is pleased to announce its participation in the "One Billion Rising" movement. This advocacy action is scheduled worldwide for Thursday, Feb. 14. On this day people are encouraged to dance to raise awareness about violence against women. A dance party is set for the YWCA at 7 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 14. There is no cost or obligation. Individuals are encouraged to come to the YWCA gym and join in the dancing. More details and specifics about this can be found on the website www.onebillionrising.com.
Self-defense for women
On Thursday, Feb. 28 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the YWCA Westfield will host a free informational class on self-defense for women. Instructor Albert Ramirez will be leading the class. Ramirez has over 30 years experience teaching self-defense and other martial arts classes. Depending on interest and participation, ongoing instruction classes will be scheduled at the YWCA. There is no fee or cost for the initial class, but space is limited so reservations are requested. Call the YWCA at 326-2011 to make your reservation.
Holiday child care
During the school spring break from Monday, Feb. 18 to Friday, Feb. 22, the YWCA will be offering child care. Prior registration is required. Call the child services office at 326-4012 for more details.
During spring break, the YWCA gym will have limited availability for drop in privileges. Middle and high school students are welcome to use the gym once they have completed membership paperwork and have parents sign off. The schedule for the gym has been posted or students can call the Y at 326-2011 to inquire about hours.
Save the dates
Thursday, Feb. 14 - Dance party for One Billion Rising
Tuesday, Feb. 19 - YWCA Board of Directors meeting
Thursday, Feb. 28 - Free self-defense for women class
Monday, March 18 - Annual spaghetti dinner
Friday, April 26 - Stand Against Racism
Wednesday, May 1 - Spa Day and Women's Expo
Saturday, June 15 - Annual Father Daughter Dance
The YWCA Westfield is a member of the National YWCA, a women's advocacy organization with affiliates worldwide. The mission of the YWCA centers on "empowering women, eliminating racism and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all." Locally the YWCA Westfield is a United Way partner and a member of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce. The mailing address for the YWCA is 58 S. Portage St., Westfield, N.Y. 14787 and the phone number is 326-2011.