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Drowned toddler’s family speaks out as part of a call to stop rash of NYC drownings this summer

Family also called for more people to learn to swim, something that the closest non-park pool to the place where Ruhshona died is calling for as well; The Prospect Park YMCA opened its new aquatics center last week. The competition sized pool now joins a smaller pool at the athletic facility on 9th Street in Park Slope in its efforts to promote water safety for the New York community at large. “If you feel that the program would be unattainable for you for financial reasons,” said Meghan Gough, aquatics director for the Prospect Park Y, “we do not turn anyone away.” Read more…

Citi, Mets give back with Citi ThankYou HR program

The designated organizations are City Harvest, United Neighborhood Houses, USO of Metropolitan New York and the YMCA of Greater New York. Entering the A's series, the total stands at $66,000, thanks to 23 long balls by the home team at Citi Field and an initial donation of $20,000 by Citi split evenly among those four rotating benefactors. Read more…