Daily News from New York, New York on February 1, 2000 · 297
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Daily News from New York, New York · 297

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Tuesday, February 1, 2000
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School News page 2 High School Sports page 73 HABEl lm Guilty plea in cybersex sting case WESTCHESTER A Manhattan 1 man snagged in a cybersex sting by the Westchester district attorney's office pleaded guilty yesterday. Norman Segel, 42, thought he was chatting with an underage male when he engaged in a series of sexually explicit cyberconversa-tions and E-mail messages in July and August with what turned out to be an undercover investigator from District Attorney Jeanine Pirro's high-technology-crime bureau. Pirro said Segel also E-mailed "images of nude and partially clothed males" to the undercover investigator. Segel, of 211 Avenue A, pleaded guilty in White Plains to attempted dissemination of indecent material to a minor, a felony. He faces up to four years in prison when he is sentenced April 11, Pirro said. Country Club Local residents will see a special city ambulance restored to the midnight tour, beginning this month, thanks to the intervention of their local city councilwoman. Councilwoman Madeline Proven-zano D-East Bronx) said yesterday that Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen told her an advanced life-support unit that was eliminated last year will be assigned to cover the area from midnight to 8 a.m. The unit is geared to "provide dramatic lifesaving services in the first crucial moments following trauma," she said. Chelsea Manhattan Community Board 4 will hold its regular monthly meeting tomorrow night. The board, which also covers Clinton, will meet at 7 p.m. at the Hudson Guild-Fulton Center, 119 Ninth Ave. near W. 17th St. Call (212) 736-4536. Harlem Manhattan Community Board 10, which covers central Harlem, will hold its regular monthly meeting tomorrow night. The board will meet at 6 p.m. in , the second-floor art gallery of the : State Office Building at 163 W. ; 125th St., near Seventh Ave. Call ! (212) 749-3105. liSnrainnilbirDniM boons z..- i T M 2 ! - i ft ' -"1 s . I . , A 4. ft t l'r h i - 7 i JP ft . I : Xl 1 1 v St I t: y.fj -'V- l 1 -V! ' " ? V MICHAEL SCHWARTZ Sharon Robinson, daughter of the late Jackie Robinson, is joined by Anthony Bland, 5, from Modern School, during playground ceremony yesterday. Harlem fetes late ballplayer in park revival By MICHAEL SMITH SPECIAL TO THE NEWS Harlem celebrated what would have been Jackie Robinson's 81st birthday yesterday with the dedication of a restored playground in a local park bearing the baseball legend's name. Robinson's daughter Sharon joined local and city officials in Jackie Robinson Park to officially open the newly renovated 149th St. Playground, which besides a paint job in Brooklyn Dodger blue and white, features new play sets, safety surfacing around the play areas, new benches and fences. "It is truly a special day for me," said Sharon Robinson, "because it is my father's birthday and I can celebrate his legacy with you." "Jackie Robinson wasn't merely a great baseball player," added local City Councilman Stanley Michels, "but a great American." Parks Commissioner Henry Stern said he thought that officially reopening the renovated playground was a great way to celebrate Robinson's birthday. Providing musical entertainment was the famous Brooklyn Dodgers Sym-Phony Band, which has been playing since 1936, even though the Dodgers left Ebbets Field in 1958. Born long after Robinson's death in 1972, more than 100 youngsters from three public schools joined in the dedication and "field-tested" the new playground equipment. The kids also joined in to help Stern recite a poem entitled "Trees." After the speeches. Stern, Robinson and Michels cut a ribbon and the youngsters scrambled all over the junglegym. Copeland's Restaurant on W 145th St. did the catering honors with, what else? Ball Park franks. Covering 10 blocks between 145th and 155th Sts., and Edgecombe and Bradhurst Aves., Jackie Robinson Park, formerly known a? Colonial Park, was built between 1894 and 1899, because the steep hilly terrain could not be developed. The playground was built in 1911 and renovated in the 1 930s by the Works Progress Administration. The park was named after the celebrated Robinson in 1978. The $1.3 million total renovation cost for the playground and surrounding sidewalk was funded through an $847,000 appropriation from Michels, and an additional $500,000 from Manhattan Borough President Virginia Fields. Robinson, born in 1919, became the first African-American to play on a major league team in 1947. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. Robinson's daughter said yesterday that her father "was not just a man who broke the color barrier. He was a man of character. It began on the diamond, but it also went much deeper than that. "We need greenery and parks to remind us that our roots are in this earth," she said, adding that she was glad her father's name and the park were helping to rejuvenate Harlem. Paraphrasing a line from the "Black National Anthem," she concluded, "We have a long way to go, but 'we are marching toward victory.' " m o o o -rNEWSjBUREAU (718) 822-1174 FAX (718) 822-1562 HOME DELIVERY 1-800-692-NEWS - : .1 I - V -i m-m'S S

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