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Grant for Handicapped Accessible Playground Equipment, Traveling 9/11 Exhibit, Watson to Become Doctor's Assistant and More

Here are five things you need to know today, Aug. 18.

1. $48,750 Grant for Handicapped Accessible Playground Equipment

The town of Yorktown has received a $48,750 grant from The Gilbert Beaver Farm, Inc. to purchase handicapped accessible playground equipment that canbe used by all children.

"The Farm has been a mainstay of the Yorktown community for at least 100 years and, in addition to its worldwide charitable initiatives, it has always been involved in improving the quality of life for Yorktown residents," Supervisor Susan Siegel said. 

This one time memorial contribution is made in the names of Gilbert and Jean Beaver, former Yorktown residents and philanthropists.

2. Traveling 9/11 Exhibit Announced

Gov. Cuomo, the New York State Museum, and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum has announced the locations for 30 "New York Remembers" exhibitions that are being organized as part of a statewide recognition of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The from the collections of the State Museum and National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Locally, the exhibits will open in nearby Mahopac and White Plains on Aug. 29.

3. Veterans Registration Day

Veterans who have not yet registered can get a new identification card, sign up for medical services and arrange a wellness exam. An annual physical exam maintains current eligibility and ensures active patient status at local facilties. If you know a veteran who hasn't previously used the VA,  for more information.

4. Media Arts Lab Tour: Activity for Older Kids and Teens?

Here's another idea for kids to do something interesting with their summer afternoon: The Jacob Burns Film Center invites the public on the third Thursday of the month (that's today!) to learn about their eco-friendly building and state-of-the-art film production facilities. Visit the editing suites, recording studio, sound stage with green screen, 60-seat screening room, animation studio, workshops, and exhibition spaces. Tours are free and last about 30 minutes, and no pre-registration is required.  for details. 

5. Watson to Become Doctor's Assistant

According to this report from Abc news, "medicine is one of the first practical applications IBM sees for Watson, named after IBM's first president, Thomas J. Watson Sr. IBM's Watson experts recently met with the Twin Cities medical community in Minnesota to solicit their help in turning Watson into an expert physician's assistant." According to the report, Watson is in the early stages of development for use in medicine, but IBM officials say it could help doctors zero in on the correct diagnosis and treatment of illnesses.

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