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Officials Warn Against Hot Car Threats

Hot car reminders, flag displays, and GAP programs in this week's TOBAY Notebook.

Town Supervisor John Venditto is warning all residents about the dangers of leaving children and pets in cars during the warmer months.

According to Venditto, 30 children died in 2011 after being left in a hot car in the United States and he doesn't want TOBAY residents to become part of that statistic.

"If the outside temperature is 93 degrees, the temperature inside a car can reach 125 degrees in 20 minutes," he said, reminding parents, grandparents, and caregivers to follow simple steps to protect children and pets.

Leaving children alone in a car is a bad idea, let alone in a hot car in the summer. A child can be accidentally locked in a car or even forgotten by busy caregivers. Pets are also easily forgotten, so Venditto says to leave pets safely at home rather than taking them for a drive and risking their lives.

Residents are advised to call 911 immediately if a child gets locked in a car.

Town Advocates Proper Flag Displaying

Did you know that an American flag hung upside down is a distress signal? Or that the most dignified way to dispose of a flag is to burn it?

TOBAY officials want to make sure your Stars and Stripes wave in the right direction this Memorial Day. Councilman Joe Muscarella announced TOBAY's Veterans' Advisory Council has developed a set of pointers, Displaying the American Flag, on how to properly show and keep your symbol of freedom.

"Flag étiquette can be very confusing," said Muscarella, who said the pamphlet is an easy how-to on everything you need to know about showing your American pride.

Check the PDF of the rules under Photos on the right side of your screen, or head to the Town's official website.

Bowling, Swimming, and Clubbing at GAP

Young TOBAYers with mental, learning, and developmental disabilities are invited to go swimming, bowling, try acting, and hang out with friends at the Town's Group Activities Program. By emphasizing group interaction, GAP allows participants aged five to 21 to develop social skills and relationships with others while having fun.

"Many GAP participants have formed friendships that extend beyond the program," said TOBAY Councilwoman Rebecca Alesia.

Between October and May, GAP participants will gather for after-school programs and Saturday get togethers. The program has everything from a six week day camp program for youngsters to an Over 21 Club for the older crowd.

Check out the full details in the brochure under Photos on the right side of your screen, or head to the Town's official website for more information.

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