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On this day in history in The Citizen: April 22, 2013

2013-04-22T03:00:00Z On this day in history in The Citizen: April 22, 2013The Citizen staff Auburn Citizen
April 22, 2013 3:00 am  • 

April 22, 1938

ALBANY — Nurses applying for state licenses under the new Nurses Practice Act were warned today to apply directly to the State Education Department.

Licenses cannot be secured from private organizations and it is "unnecessary to join any association," Emily J. Hicks, executive secretary of the State Nurses Association, said.

Penalties for practicing nursing without a license will not be in force until July 1, 1940, although the law is effective July 1.

April 22, 1953

Aaron Aroneck and Mrs. Robert Hollingsworth were top scorers Sunday night in B'Nai Israel contract bridge club play at the Synagogue. Tied for second place were Rabbi Hyman Cohen and Mrs. Raymond Steinborn and Richard E. Clapp and Charles C. Swaringen. Others who participated were Miss Teresa M. Boyle and Mrs. Charles C. Swaringen, Raymond T. Donovan and Leo S. Flynn, Mrs. Edgar P. Hutchings and Mrs. Frances Shippey, Howard Foering and Mrs. Victor Maurer, Mrs. Kenneth Potts and Robert Hollingsworth, Mr. and Mrs. John C. Friedman, Mr. and Mrs. William Cook, and Mrs. Helen Fitzsimmons and Charles Davis.

April 22, 2003

AUBURN — The city may donate three acres of wooded land behind the Harriet Tubman Home that, officials say, will help with the overall redevelopment of the historic landmark.

The City Council is expected to approve the property transfer to the operators of the Home for the Aged  Thursday. The property is needed as Tubman officials continue to plan for a $3.65 million project to restore the home and the underground railroad leader's longtime residence on South Street, said executive director Ward DeWitt.

It also comes at a time when the National Park Service is studying whether the Tubman property should be turned into a national park. The property is owned by the national AME Zion Church. Tubman, who belonged to the local congregation, deeded the home and residence to the church in 1903. The city's donation of land is  an important milestone 100 years after Tubman's gift, DeWitt said. 

Tubman officials want to use the property, although just a small piece of land, as a buffer and green space between the 32-acre Tubman complex and residential property along Kearney Avenue, DeWitt said. It will also provide an emergency back entrance to the property.

The more than three acres is assessed at $25,000. Tubman officials approached the city about a year ago about the possible donation. They're completing a comprehensive report in May on how to proceed with the restoration project and need to know now if the city is willing to give up the land, said City Planner Mike Long.

So far, $1.5 million has been secured for the restoration project. They're still waiting to hear about a $912,500 state grant earmarked for renovations. The group also hopes to reapply for a $1.25 million grant, from the U.S. Department of Education. 

April 22, 2008

The Cayuga County Sheriff's Department welcomed three new graduates to its ranks after they completed a six-month course.

Robert Brown, 31, a former military police officer, Mike Beck, 21, a former football player and accounting student at St. John Fisher College, and Rob Franklin, 28, a former Marine and farmer, all graduated from the Central New York Police Academy at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse.

All three men came from different backgrounds and experiences but were united by their common desire to serve the citizens of Cayuga County.

"I couldn't see myself behind a desk all my life," said Beck, who spent two years at St. John Fisher before changing career paths. "I wanted to help people and change the world and an opportunity presented itself with the sheriff's department to step up and help the people without a voice."

While Beck said the academy was not much different than studying at college and practicing for football, Franklin found the academy was a new challenge.

"I had a good foundation of physical work and self-discipline from the Marines," Franklin said. "But the books were the biggest obstacle. With criminal procedure law, penal law and traffic law there was so much to absorb. I did all right though."

Franklin was modest about his achievements while attending the academy saying they were only a sign he was going in the right direction, not that he had already arrived at his goal.

Franklin won the Top Gun award for the highest shooting score, the Emergency Vehicle Operation Course award and was the class valedictorian.

 — Compiled by Jean Bennett

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