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By Nikki Dowling
Byron Smith / The Riverdale Press
P.S. 24 assists David Burg, right, to honor his daughter Abigail during the Abigail Burg garden memorial dedication ceremony on Friday, October 28, 2011.

“She set a great example for all of you because she really was a shining light,” Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz said to the crowd.

After numerous speeches, third through eighth graders is PS 24’s glee club sang about hardship and reaching for the stars.

“I’m gonna keep trying, gonna keep my head held high because there’s always gonna be another mountain,” the students chorused, bobbing up and down and rubbing their hands together to stay warm on the 30-something degree morning.
Then Abby’s uncle, Phil Rosenthal, member of the GRAMMY Award-winning bluegrass band The Seldom Scene, sang a song that he performed at her funeral.
“The song I hear for Abigail. I see her now with her long red hair, her gentle ways and her knowing smile,” he sang gently as he strummed his guitar.

After the music, Mr. Burg took a children’s shovel and dug a small hole in Abby’s meadow. PS 24 students gathered around eagerly, ready to put the delicate purple Aster plant into the soil.

When the planting was over, Chemiere Bannermon, a fifth grader who sang with the glee club, said earnestly that she hopes Abby’s memory will live on.
“I think they did a good job,” she said of the garden. “And I hope it stays there forever.”


MC Halloween

Manhattan College got into the Halloween spirit last week, throwing a party for senior citizens and hosting a trick-or-treating event for local children.

About 20 students from Professor Lisa Rizopoulos’ literacy course and the Lasallian Collegians, a charity group, traveled to the Methodist Home for Nursing & Rehabilitation on Saturday to celebrate Halloween with seniors.

The group decorated cupcakes, read stories, participated in senior Zumba (a workout to International music) and did crossword puzzles. There was also trivia based on Halloween classics such as Bewitched, a TV series that ran from 1964 to 1972. Seniors received prizes, books and calendars.

Manhattan College educational honor society Kappa Delta Pi also hosted its Safe Halloween on Oct. 28. Students donned costumes and opened their dorms up to trick-or-treaters from the neighborhood.

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