53 • TIMES, THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 2014 Law Requires Coaches To Report Suspected Abusers Looks To Keep Children Safe At Athletic Pgms. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation to better protect children by adding school coaches to the the field of professionals required to report suspected abuse to authorities. This bill (S.4751B/ A.421C) will also require coaches who currently hold or apply for a temporary coaching license or professional coaching certificate to complete two hours of training regarding the identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment. “This legislation is another step forward in New York’s fight against child abuse,” Cuomo said. “With the proper training, and the clear mandate to report suspected instances of abuse, school coaches will play a crucial role in keeping our children safe and out of harm’s way.” The law had previously been unclear on whether individuals in these positions must report suspected cases of abuse. This legislation clarifies that coaches who are paid employees of a school district have a duty to report suspected abuse. As with all mandated reporters, coaches will be protected from civil liability resulting from reports that are proven unfounded. The commissioner of education will prescribe regulations for this new training. Documentation of the completed coursework will be required to obtain and hold a temporary coaching license or professional coaching certificate, effective July 1, 2015. Transit News And Changes the 21st Street-Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island, Lexington Avenue- 63rd Street and 57th Street stations. For service to these stops, take the F train to 47th-50th Streets, then transfer to a Jamaica-bound F train. For service from these stations, take the F train to Roosevelt Avenue, then transfer to a Manhattan-bound F train. It was noted that R train service will be extended to the Jamaica-179th Street F train station all this weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Weekend Disruption On A Line In Oz. Pk. A train service between Rockaway Boulevard and Ozone Park-Lefferts Boulevard will be suspended this weekend, from 11:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, until 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18. During this period, A trains will operate between 207th Street in Manhattan and either Howard Beach- JFK Airport or Mott Avenue-Far Rockaway. Free shuttle buses will provide alternate service in Ozone Park between the 80th Street and Lefferts Boulevard stations. Riders can transfer between the shuttle buses and the A train at 80th Street. The shuttle buses will stop as follows: • 80th Street—on Liberty Avenue at 80th Street; • 88th Street (Manhattan-bound only)—on Liberty Avenue at 88th Street; • Rockaway Boulevard—on 93rd Street at Liberty Avenue (to Lefferts Boulevard) or on Liberty Avenue at 93rd Street (to 80th Street); • 104th Street—on Liberty Avenue at 104th Street; • 111th Street—on Liberty Avenue at 111th Street; and • Lefferts Boulevard—on Lefferts Boulevard at Liberty Avenue. Station Renewal Comes To A Line The Ozone Park/Far Rockawaybound platform at the 88th Street station and the Ozone Park-bound platform at the 104th Street station on the A line remain shut through September as part of an ongoing station renewal project. For service to the 88th Street station, take the A train to Rockaway Boulevard, then transfer to a Manhattan-bound A train. For service to the 101st Street station, take a Lefferts Boulevard/Ozone Parkbound A train to 111th Street, then transfer to a Manhattan-bound A train. For service from these stations, take the A train to either Rockaway Boulevard or 80th Street, then transfer to an Ozone Park-bound or a Far Rockaway-bound A train. Sandy Repairs Close G Train Bet. LIC & Bk. As part of the MTA’s Fix & Fortify Hurricane Sandy repair program, G train service between Court Square and Nassau Avenue is suspended through 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2. During this period, G trains will operate normally between Nassau Avenue and Church Avenue. Free shuttle buses will provide alternate service on two routes. One shuttle bus will run along Manhattan Avenue between Nassau Avenue and Court Square, stopping near the closed G train stations. Another shuttle bus will run along McGuinness Boulevard between Court Square and the Lorimer Street G/L train station, making stops near G train stations. Riders can transfer between the G train and the Manhattan Avenue shuttle bus at Greenpoint Avenue or the McGuiness Boulevard shuttle bus at the corner of Lorimer Street and Metropolitan Avenue. For a complete list of service changes and last-minute updates, visit the MTA’s website at www.mta.info or call 511. -CONTINUED FROM PG. 18- Traffic News And Changes -CONTINUED FROM PG. 18- right lane of Union Turnpike eastbound to be closed at all times between 128th and 134th streets. All existing traffic lanes will remain open and are shifted to the left. Lane Closures On Grand Central Pkwy. One lane of the Grand Central Parkway in each direction will be closed between 82nd and 111th streets on weekdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. on weekdays. Lane closures will also take place from 10 p.m. Fridays to 7 a.m. Saturdays and from 10 p.m. Saturdays to 3 p.m. Sundays. Two lanes of traffic in each direction may be closed on weeknights from 12:01 until 5 a.m., Saturdays from 1 to 6 a.m. and Sundays from 1 to 9 a.m. Additionally, up to two lanes in both directions on the Grand Central Parkway may be closed under 44th Street and 47th Streets weeknights from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. through September to allow for bridge repainting. Exit Ramp Closed Near Whitestone Br. The Third Avenue exit on the northbound approach to the Whitestone Bridge is closed to all traffic as part of a $109 million reconstruction project. Separate car and truck detours will be in place while the exit ramp is closed. Signs will be in place and traffic agents will be on hand when the detours begin. The closure is expected to remain in place for approximately two years. Passenger vehicles driving from the northbound Cross Island Parkway will have to exit at Utopia Parkway (exit 34); those driving from the northbound Whitestone Expressway will need to exit past the 20th Avenue exit and merge onto the Cross Island Parkway. All commercial vehicles must exit .* the Whitestone Expressway at 20th Avenue (exit 15) * * For additional closures, visit the city DOT’s website at www.nyc.gov/dot or call 311.
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