Fidelis Care Open House coming up

PLATTSBURGH — On Monday, Aug. 19, and Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., fidelis Care will provide a free Health Insurance Open House in the lobby of CVPH Medical Center.

Representatives will provide information and answer questions to discuss options for low-cost or free coverage for those who qualify.

Fidelis offers New York state’s Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus and Medicaid Managed Care programs. Children under the age of 19 will be eligible for Child Health Plus, which may be free or $9 a month per child. Adults between the ages of 19 and 64 are eligible for the low-cost health coverage through Family Health Plus. Eligibility is based on the size of the household and gross monthly income. Regular checkups, preventive care, hospital and emergency care, eye exams, and dental are all covered under Fidelis Care.

To apply for enrollment, bring proof of age, income and address.

Raffle to benefit Port Henry library

PORT HENRY — Tickets are on sale for Sherman Free Library’s Labor Day raffle. 

Items for this year’s raffle include a moose season quilt made by Jackie Viestenz and a vintage high-school desk. Both are on display in the library at 20 Church St.

Tickets are $1 each or three for $2. The winners’ names will be drawn at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, during the library’s Fill-A-Bag book sale, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds benefit the library.

Imaginarium offering weekend of activities

PLATTSBURGH — The Imaginarium Children’s Museum is hosting a yard sale and free clothing swap from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at its 4709 Route 9 location.

Up for grabs are children’s items, toys and household goods. Clothing to swap is optional.

As well, children can learn about insects, reptiles and furry friends at “Creepy Crawlies - Bugs and Animals, Oh My!” from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 per person ages 2 and up, and $4 for members.

For questions, call 324-7426.

Vt. district gets counseling grant

MILTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont school district has received a grant of over $204,000 from the U.S. Department of Education to establish or expand counseling programs.

The district in Milton is one of 35 districts in 17 states to receive a grant. The total amount awarded nationally was $12 million.

Recipients will use funds to support counseling programs in targeted elementary schools. The grants will help schools in hiring qualified mental health professionals to expand counseling services. Parents of participating students will have input in the programs.

Judge refusesto halt Chicago school closings 

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge ruled Thursday that he won’t order a halt to public school closings in Chicago, a decision that followed days of sometimes emotional testimony on the issue last month.

In his 54-page ruling, U.S. District Judge John Lee says parents who requested the injunction failed to prove kids forced to attend new schools “would suffer substantial harm as a result of the school closures.”

On Monday, Lee denied class-action status to the two main civil lawsuits at the center of the dispute that pits parents and the teachers union against Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s third largest school district.

That ruling already ensured nearly all of the around 50 elementary schools slated for closing would stay shuttered as the new school year starts this month.

Thursday’s ruling affected only half a dozen schools.

Last month, both sides presented four days of testimony to Lee, with district officials arguing the closings would free up resources and would help them improve public schools as a whole.

The district has denied allegations by some parents that race played a role, insisting that a looming $1 billion deficit and the underuse of many buildings — not race — drove decisions about which schools to shutter.

And Lee wrote that claims black children were inordinately impacted by the closings ignored that most underused schools are in African-American neighborhoods that have seen the sharpest population declines.

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