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Step Out Walk to Fight Diabetes at MS 142, the Bronx

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Score one for awareness

Score one for awareness

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Celebrating a successful day of educating about a serious disease are (front, from left) UFT District 11 Representative Alice Cooper-Jackson; PS 111 Chapter Leader Dana Falciglia; PS 111 paraprofessional Sharon Anderson; Luz Carty, Sarah Thompson and Gabriella Morel of the American Diabetes Association; Lisa Lau of the union’s Health and Safety Department; and Bronx Borough Representative Jose Vargas and (back, from left) Paraprofessionals Chapter 2nd Vice Chair Hector Ruiz Jr.; UFT Vice President Sterling Roberson; MS 142 Chapter Leader Tollyne Dickerson; Forbes; UFT Bronx Community Liaison Nick Cruz; and Donna Lalwani of the ADA.

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Forbes autographs basketballs.

Denver Nuggets guard Gary Forbes was already an NBA player when he learned he had Type 2 diabetes, a condition that could have ended his pro basketball career had it been left untreated. But with proper diet, medication and the exercise that comes with being an athlete, the 6-foot-7 hoops standout didn’t miss a step. Forbes was on hand at MS 142 in the Bronx on Nov. 28 for its Step Out Walk to Fight Diabetes, part of a national awareness campaign sponsored by the American Diabetes Association.

Longtime district representative retires

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Saying bye to the ‘family’

Saying bye to the ‘family’

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Teacher Gladys Sotomayor (left) of the School for International Studies cuts the rug with Zuckerberg.

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Planning committee members and the night’s emcees Sandy Callahan and Sally Bell, formerly from PS 154 and PS 58, respectively, welcome Zuckerberg into the ranks of retirees.

Former UFT District 15 Representative Bob Zuckerberg asserts he’s had many families over his long career, and friends and family were out in force to honor him at his Nov. 10 retirement party in Brooklyn. In his toast, former chapter leader Neil Friedman praised Zuckerberg’s “tireless commitment and passionate devotion to our schools, the communities they serve, our union and the children.” Zuckerberg began his teaching career in 1969 at Brooklyn’s PS 58. He never left — just expanded his role, first to chapter leader in 1972, then to district representative in 1986.

District 26 coat and cellphone drive

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Lending a helping hand

Lending a helping hand

PS 18 teachers Eileen Bailey (left) and Megan Strohschein — working with Barbara Bell, chapter leader at the Queens Village school — were just two of the many District 26 members collecting coats, sweaters and other winter items. More photos >>

UFTers in Queens District 26 were busy this holiday season doing good by collecting some 1,500 coats and 200 cellphones for needy New Yorkers. The project was very much a group effort, said District Representative Mary Vaccaro, with schools using PS 26 and MS 172 as drop-off points. Kudos also go to MS 172 Principal Jeffrey Slivko, the Council for School Supervisors and Administrators district representative, who sent out notices to all the families in his school, Vaccaro said, as well as the school’s student council, whose members helped pack contributions for shipping.

The president visits: PS 197 and IS 381, Brooklyn

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Grabbing a coffee for the meeting are (from left) Ismeta Music, a paraprofessional at PS 197, with her teacher colleagues Kerri Little and Lisa DeChirico. More photos >>

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Mulgrew speaks to the group.

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Staff at the two schools take in the information.

At an early-morning visit to PS 197 and IS 381 — two schools that share a building in Midwood, Brooklyn — on Dec. 6, UFT President Michael Mulgrew revealed to educators that a new education funding increase was being discussed in Albany. It was announced in the press later that day [see story on page 3], a result of an agreement between the governor and state Legislature to raise taxes on the very rich, while lowering taxes on working and middle-class New Yorkers.

Educators earn speech language pathology degree at Western Kentucky University

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'Master's of their universe'

It was a high point of their lives. On Nov. 29, after three intense years of study, 25 speech teachers earned their master’s degrees — and celebrated that achievement — at a graduation ceremony held at UFT headquarters.

Community Education Council members meet with UFT

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'Count me in!'

Denise Sullivan, the Bronx representative of the Citywide Council of High Schools, spoke for many when calling for a substantial common curriculum at a meeting between parent activists and UFT leaders on Dec. 5 at the union’s Manhattan headquarters.

“The state needs to provide a strong, well-designed curriculum that matches up with the common core standards,” Sullivan said.

UFT President Michael Mulgrew agreed.

Catholic Teachers Association Annual Dinner

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UFTer honored

UFTer honored

McCourt, flanked by Retired Teacher Chapter Leader Tom Murphy (right) and former District 3 Representative George Caulfield, who presented the award. More photos >>

UFT District 3 Representative Michael McCourt received the Neil Shanahan Award at the Catholic Teachers Association Annual Dinner Dance in Queens on Dec. 6. The award is named for the former UFT District 28 representative who passed away several years ago. Past winners include several prominent UFTers, including President Michael Mulgrew and Vice President Carmen Alvarez.

Foreign language teachers’ professional conference

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Wonderful workshops

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The Fun and Focus Workshop has everyone participating in a singing and movement exercise. >> More photos

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Deciding which workshop to attend are (from left) Juliette Beder of John Bowne HS and Francis Lewis HS teachers Vania Sitruk and Khadja Sembene.

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Former New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers director Rosa Riccio-Pietanza (left) of New York University joins association President Irma Evangelista, recipient of the Robert J. Ludwig Award.

More than 330 teachers of foreign languages came out for a daylong conference at UFT headquarters on Oct. 29.

Union sponsors workshops across city

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Election Day professional development

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Chapter leaders fill the conference room at UFT headquarters for a day of professional development on health and safety issues.

UFT Vice President Sterling Roberson talks to teachers at the Center for Automot Bruce Cotler

UFT Vice President Sterling Roberson talks to teachers at the Center for Automotive Education and Training in Whitestone, Queens.

Election Day 2011 provided yet another opportunity for more than a thousand UFT members to receive training at UFT-sponsored sessions.

Nearly 200 chapter leaders attended an all-day workshop organized by the UFT Safety and Health Department at union headquarters that covered gang awareness, larceny and theft prevention, bullying and a safety and environ­mental health overview.

Veterans Day parade and ceremony

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UFTers on the march

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Carrying the UFT banner at the ceremony are (from left) retiree Vera Campbell, UFT Director of Professional Committees George Altomare, retirees Fred Kapp, Richard Baron, Don Nobles and Guy Devaux, Committee Chair John Garvey, David Suker of Bronx Regional HS and retiree Robert Salerni.

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Suker, also a protester with Occupy Wall Street, distributes copies of the protest newspaper.

Members of the UFT Veterans Committee participated in the Veterans Day parade and wreath-laying ceremony in Madison Square Park on Nov. 11. Gen. David Petraeus was among the many speakers. UFT veterans have been participating in the annual event for the past 13 years and the union is among the sponsors of the observance.

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