David Pinkowitz

Welcome to the June issue of the Tri CYA Newsletter. We are working hard to keep you informed of the MANY activities and programs that are available to you.

Below you can read Debbie's Newsletter Message and short articles about the Brotherhood Brunch event, the updated Web site, a Spotlight on Martine MacDonald, and the Juneteenth Celebration. We hope you enjoy reading them.

For more information, or to send us your comments, contact Debbie Rimler at 631-673-0614 or info@tricya.org

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Table of Contents
-- Director's Message
-- Brotherhood Brunch
-- Updated Web Site
-- Employee Spotlight
-- Juneteenth Celebration
-- Youth Entrepreneur Bazaar

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     Director's Message

By Debbie Rimler

Tri Community and Youth Agency has been very busy in May and June.

On May 2, 2023, our very own Andy Melendez was honored at The Huntington Chamber of Commerce "Thirty under Thirty" Awards Ceremony. Andy has been employed at Tri CYA since June 3, 2019, as a youth and family advocate for the CAST program.

On May 4th Tri CYA celebrated Cinco De Mayo with delicious food -- most of which Miss Lilly prepared -- music and games.

Both the Martone and Pius scholarship award committees met and read the scholarship applications. Recipients were chosen and will find out on the night of senior awards.

The Youth Entrepreneurship Bazaar took place on May 13th. There were 15 youth businesses represented. The weather was beautiful, and a fun time was had by all. Thanks also to Cam's snack cart for providing delicious snacks. Click here to see the event PHOTO ALBUM

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    Brotherhood Brunch
by Cheryl Lynn Blum

The young men of our community were invited to a Brotherhood Brunch on Saturday, April 22nd at The Agency located on Main Street in Huntington, organized by Martine Mac. In addition to our Staff members, several important guest were invited to give inspiration and motivation to the attendees, young men from Elementary School age to High School. The suggested dress code was Business Attire, and everyone agreed they felt special in shirts and ties. Brunch was served by Director Debbie Rimler, Staff, and Mrs. MacDonald, Martine's mother, who dished out the grits, before the program started.

Dr. Kolawole Bamgbelu is a Medical dictionary specializing in Geriatrics and Post Stroke Cardiac Rehabilitation. Originally from Long Island, Dr. Bamgbelu serves patients from Jamaica Queens, primarily Black and Brown people. His goal is to keep them healthy and well.

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     Updated Web Site
by David Pinkowitz

We are pleased to announce that the Tri CYA Web site has been updated. Our goal was to make it easier for you to find the information that you need to take advantage of MANY events, activities and programs that are available to you.

We've added an EVENTS tab to the Main Menu. Clicking this tab will take you to a page with past and future events. For past events you will see the flyer and sometimes a photo album. Click www.tricya.org/events

We've added a PHOTOS tab to the Main Menu. Clicking this tab will take you to a page with access to the Tri CYA Facebook and Instagram accounts -- and a selection of event photo and photo albums. Click www.tricya.org/photos

You can check out all the updates by clicking and browsing www.tricya.org

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   Employee Spotlight
Martine MacDonald

Martine William MacDonald Jr. holds many titles: community leader, mentor, and advocate. He exemplifies what an entrepreneur and a social worker are.

At a young age, Martine knew he wanted to create his own pathway. He opened and found success in owning several businesses. Martine started a janitorial service company, Durable Medical Equipment Company, a courier service, a barber shop and he also worked in real estate. While running his courier service the idea of starting a party rental business came to him and Martine started Mac Bounce Party Rentals. Martine not only has a passion for entrepreneurship, but he also has a passion for helping others. For many youth and adults, Mac Bounce has been their first step into the world of work.

Martine has overcome many roadblocks and obstacles through hard work and dedication. From a young age, he has been representing, advocating, and protecting people who could not advocate for themselves. It is only fitting that he pursued a career that came naturally to him.

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    Juneteenth Celebration
by Juneteenth Committee

Huntington's annual Juneteenth celebration will be held at Heckscher Park on Sat Jun 17 between 1 PM and 7 PM. There will be fabulous vendors, delicious food trucks, music, artists, painting, art exhibitions, Double Dutch contests, musical selections and more. This awesome Juneteenth Celebration will include many contributions from our rich heritage of African American History -- made right here in Huntington. You won't want to miss this! We will put our unity on full display and show why we love to call Huntington our home! All are welcome. Pleaes join us!

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    Youth Entrepreneur Bazaar
by David Pinkowitz

On Saturday May 13 between 1 PM and 4 PM, Tri CYA held its Youth Entrepreneur Bazaar at its facility at 809 New York Ave Huntington.

The event featured youth vendor exhibits, entertainment, food and much more. Throughout the afternoon there was continuous traffic of teens, children, adults, dignitaries and town officials.

Everyone enjoyed the experience very much!

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