Citizens Bank and City Market partnered with the Burlington Free Press for the fourth consecutive year in a food drive at participating schools known as Kids CAN Help. The food drive was designed to help raise awareness among school children that hunger is a year-round struggle for many families in our communities, especially with rising food and fuel prices.The campaign running Oct. 12-16, encourages children at 26 participating schools to compete to collect the most food. The school that collects the most non-perishable items will be thanked in a special ceremony at the school. Last year, students at the Robinson School in Starksboro were the winner, collecting 1,014 lbs. of food, which averaged over 7 lbs. of food per student! The total amount of food collected from all the schools, Citizens Bank branches, City Market and the Burlington Free Press was 8,894 lbs.“Citizens Bank is proud of the Kids Can Help program and the awareness it brings to local school children and their parents,” said Cathy Schmidt, president, Citizens Bank, Vermont. “We thank our customers and the public in advance for supporting this worthwhile cause that benefits so many in need.” “We think Kids CAN Help is a pretty special program that can bring hope to those in need, said Brad Robertson, president and publisher, Burlington Free Press. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Citizens Bank and City Market, for what we hope will be another record breaking year in donations. “HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP…Starting Oct. 12-16, please drop off non-perishable food items at your local Citizens Bank branch location or at The Burlington Free Press, or at the participating schools listed below.Weybridge Elementary School, Robinson Elementary School, Ferrisburgh Central School, Burlington High School Interact Club, Lawrence Barnes Elementary School Sustainability Academy, Rock Point School, St. Joseph School, Mt. Abraham Union High School, Albert D. Lawton School, Thomas Fleming School, Jericho Elementary School, Allen Brook School, Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg Community School, Williston Central School, Malletts Bay School, Richford Elementary School, Sheldon Elementary School, Cambridge Elementary School, Morristown Elementary School, People’s Academy Middle Level, People’s Academy Upper Level, Milton Elementary School, Milton Jr / Sr High School, Twinfield Union School and Winooski Middle School.About Citizens BankCitizens Bank is a division of RBS Citizens, N.A., operating its seven-state branch network in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. It has 23 branches and 23 ATMs in Vermont.RBS Citizens, N.A. is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $153 billion commercial bank holding company headquartered in Providence, R.I. CFG’s two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 12-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. CFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in about 40 states. It is one of the 10 largest commercial banking companies in the United States ranked by assets as of March 30, 2009. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). CFG’s Web site is citizensbank.com. About City Market, Onion River Co-opThe Onion River Co-op is a consumer cooperative, with 2,800+ members, selling wholesome food and other products while building a vibrant, empowered community and a healthier world, all in a sustainable manner. Located in downtown Burlington, City Market provides a large selection of local, natural and conventional foods, and thousands of Vermont-made products. Visit City Market, Onion River Co-op online at www.CityMarket.coop(link is external) or call 802-861-9700.About The Burlington Free PressAt The Burlington Free Press our mission is to provide Vermonters must-have news and information on demand across many print and digital channels, ever mindful of our journalistic responsibilities. Since 1827, Burlington Free Press has grown to be Vermont’s most trusted and most read newspaper. Over the years, the population growth of Chittenden County has led to expansion of coverage of local news and information with burlingtonfreepress.com the No. 1 news and information Web site in Vermont reaching 300,000 unique visitors. www.burlingtonfreepress.com(link is external).
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hundreds of Doctor Who fans packed the Clarion Hotel in Ronkonkoma for the second annual sold out convention on Long Island dedicated to the long-running British sci-fi hit TV show this weekend.Growing pains were evident this year with the convention filling all three floors and all meeting rooms in the hotel on Veteran Memorial Highway. The convention even expanded beyond hotel grounds, with some events held in heated outdoor tents. And fans are already eagerly awaiting the third installment next year—tickets for which go on sale this month.“Looking forward to #LIWho 3,” Gallifreyan Gazette, a New England-based sci-fi blog website specializing in Doctor Who, said in a post on Twitter. “Bought tickets before I left the convention and now the long wait till next year.”Dr. Who, has aired on the BBC since 1963, taking a break only between 1989 and 2005. Over the years the main character, Dr. Who, a time traveling alien whose personal mission is to protect the human race, has been portrayed by a total of 13 different actors.Fans of British hit sci-fi TV show Doctor Who dress up as their favorite characters at the second annual Long Island Dr. Who Con at the Clarion Hotel in Ronkonkoma Nov. 7-9, 2014 (Photos by Joe Nuzzo)Fans of the series crowded into rooms to hear featured guests such as Colin Baker, the shows sixth doctor, joke around and share stories with his former costar, Nicola Bryant. Also on hand was Dr. Who’s eighth doctor, Paul McGann, along with many other notable guests.Once again, fans of the show engaged in cosplay—short for costume play—by dressing up as their favorite heroes and villains from Dr. Who. The cosplayers were happy to stop to take pictures, act out scenes with one another and prepare for the various costume contests held over the three-day convention.Of course, no convention would be complete without a vendor floor filled with Dr. Who and other sci-fi genre merchandise. However, the longest line seemed to be the line for the pre-sale of tickets to next year’s show.The Long Island Dr. Who convention is scheduled to return Nov. 13-15, 2015. The show is also moving to a larger venue, the Hyatt Regency in Hauppauge. Tickets go on sale online Nov. 23 via the convention website, longislanddoctorwho.com.