American Dirt

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins is the most exciting novel I have read in a long time. For those of us who agree or do not agree with the US treatment of migrants who hope to cross our border for a better life, this story is timely and delivers a powerful message of human struggle. 

-Susan Schmidt

También de este lado hay sueños. On this side, too, there are dreams.

Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.

Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy—two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.

Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia—trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?

American Dirt will leave readers utterly changed. It is a literary achievement filled with poignancy, drama, and humanity on every page. It is one of the most important books for our times.

Already being hailed as “a Grapes of Wrath for our times” and “a new American classic,” Jeanine Cummins’s American Dirt is a rare exploration into the inner hearts of people willing to sacrifice everything for a glimmer of hope.

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“American Dirt (Oprah’s Book Club)”. Southern Adirondack Library System, 2020, https://salon.overdrive.com/media/4681122. Accessed 23 Apr 2020.

4.21 News

What You Need to Know

LAST UPDATED: APRIL 21, 2020 AT 5:30PM
  • Schools and nonessential businesses will stay closed through May 15th.
  • Governor Cuomo issued executive orders 202.17 and 202.18 requiring all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public, including when taking public or private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles.
  • The State Department of Health has begun to conduct statewide antibody testing. Find more information and FAQs.
  • Elective outpatient treatment can resume in counties and hospitals without significant risk of COVID-19 surge starting next week.
  • Governor Cuomo will meet President Trump at the White House on 4/21 to discuss testing.
  • Governor Cuomo announces the State will take a regional approach to re-opening.
  • New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through May 15, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.
  • New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.
  • Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.
  • Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.

Source:

"Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)". Department Of Health, 2020, https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home. Accessed 21 Apr 2020.

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Town of Johnsburg Newsletter

What You Need to Know

LAST UPDATED: APRIL 13, 2020 AT 11:40AM
What You Need to Know
  • Governor Cuomo directed schools and nonessential businesses to stay closed for an additional two weeks through April 29th.
  • An Executive Order will direct employers to provide essential workers with masks free of charge to wear when interacting with the public.
  • A bipartisan effort is being made with Maryland Governor Hogan to call for $500 billion in state aid.
  • Governor Cuomo sent a letter to the US Treasury to ensure that New Yorkers’ stimulus checks do not get frozen or seized by creditors.
  • An additional $200M in emergency food assistance will be available for low-income households enrolled in SNAP.
  • New COVID-19 testing facilities are opening downstate, primarily in minority communities. Find testing site locations and hours or operation.
  • $600 in additional weekly unemployment benefits will be made available to all New Yorkers; and the period covered by unemployment benefits is being extended for another 13 weeks, for total of 39 weeks.
  • New Yorkers who have recovered from COVID-19 are encouraged to donate blood. Here’s information on how to donate.
  • NYS is increasing the maximum fine for violations of the state’s social distancing protocol from $500 to $1,000.
  • New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through May 15, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.
  • New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.
  • Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.
  • Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.

Source:

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

"Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)". Department Of Health, 2020, https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home. Accessed 13 Apr 2020.

COVID-19: 4.2

Please read the letter below explaining Governor Cuomo’s executive order. We do realize that JCS staff, students and their families have been working very hard during this difficult time. Families may need to regroup and take some downtime during the week that would have been Spring Break. Stay healthy and be well.

 

 

April 2, 2020

  • We are headed to the time of year where campgrounds are scheduled to open, and Warren County has dozens of valued private and state campgrounds. But under the governor’s COVID-related executive orders, campgrounds publicly and privately owned are not considered essential services and they can not legally open. State campground openings have been postponed indefinitely. 

(for the full article please visit:<https://www.warrencountyny.gov/covid/news.php>)

 

 

   

 

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the State Department of Health has approved Northwell’s protocol allowing BiPAP machines to be converted into ventilators. The State has purchased 3,000 BiPAP machines from Philips in Pittsburgh, and 750 machines are already in stock and will be distributed to hospitals. The State has already taken a number of extraordinary measures to acquire more ventilators and build the State’s stockpile, including tracking where all the ventilators are located in New York and shifting their locations to meet the highest need and ending elective surgeries. If necessary, hospitals may also use anesthesia machine ventilators or use a “splitting” protocol where one ventilator is used for two patients using separate tubes.

(for the full article visit: www.governor.ny.gov/news/amid-ongoing-covid-19-pandemic-governor-cuomo-announces-state-department-health-has-approved.)

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“Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Announces State Department of Health Has Approved New Protocol to Allow BiPAP Machines to Be Converted Into Ventilators.” Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, 2 Apr. 2020, www.governor.ny.gov/news/amid-ongoing-covid-19-pandemic-governor-cuomo-announces-state-department-health-has-approved.