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PORT WASHINGTON – The use of artificial turf fields at Long Island schools is growing, yet the jury is still out on whether they put children at risk. Synthetic turf fields, like the 150 Landtech has sold to schools on the Island, are made with rubber from recycled tires. Grassroots Environmental Education’s Doug Wood and other experts claim the used tires contain toxic metals and carcinogenic chemicals, and therefore so do the fields. "Tires are so full of toxic chemicals they have to be disposed of in a special landfill," Wood said. "So why would you grind them up and put them on a field where kids are going to play?" Ken Marlborough, athletic director for Port Washington schools, said Landtech assured him the artificial turf it installed was safe. Marlborough said the appeal of the $750,000 surface is its convenience. "The real benefit I think is that [it] is truly an all-weather surface," he said. "Even in a heavy downpour with[in] a matter of minutes, the field drains and can be ready to play on almost immediately." Landtech, which declined to speak on camera, said through a spokesperson that studies show the tire crumbs are not harmful. News 12 Long Island decided to test the claims, taking a sample from the Port Washington field for lab studies. The content levels of heavy metals were within government limits. However, some cancer-causing chemicals were well in excess of state safety levels. Chrysene, for one, was present in amounts more than 1,250 times the safe limits. Dr. David Carpenter, of Environmental Health and Toxicology, said the state Department of Health should impose a moratorium on the installation of artificial turf fields until enough research proves they are safe. A prominent New York toxicologist is conducting a study and promises to release her results in the near future.
No. 17] Doctor urges caution on fake turf
Lisa Chamoff, The Advocate [Stamford, Connecticut], October 16, 2007
Italian East Harlem " href="http://www.nmcah.org/exhibitions/italian.htm">Pleasant Avenue (Manhattan) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Pleasant Avenue is a north-south street in the East Harlem neighborhood of the New York City borough of Manhattan. It begins at E. 114th Street and ends at E. 120th Street. Pleasant Avenue was the heart of Italian Harlem from the late 1890s to the 1970s. The small remaining Italian population resides on Pleasant Avenue. Both in real life and in the movies, Pleasant Avenue has long been associated with the Mafia. The street was the northernmost section of Avenue A, which stretched from Alphabet City northward, and were added to the grid wherever space allowed between First Avenue and the East River. This stretch was renamed Pleasant Avenue in 1879.  References ^ Kilgannon, Corey; and Mallozzi, Vincent M. "On Pleasant Avenue, a Mobbed-Up History Is Hard to Live Down", The New York Times, January 5, 2004. Accessed January 1, 2008. ^ Pollak, Michael. F.Y.I. – They Hear Dead People", The New York Times, December 12, 2004. Accessed January 1, 2008. ^ De-Classified 4-A, Forgotten NY. Accessed January 1, 2008. [hide]v • d • eStreets and avenues of Manhattan <p> </p> <p> <a href="http://www.nmcah.org/exhibitions/italian.htm">Italian East Harlem</a> </p>