Sunset Park-based non-profit the Center for Family Life has a new initiative called The Cosmetology School Project. Targeted at low-income individuals, the program hopes to provide a path to full-time employment for New Yorkers currently un- or underemployed.
Training will begin at one of two four-week training sessions, the first in February and another in April. Participants then enroll in an eight month cosmetology program. Applicants must be 17 or older, and hold a high school diploma, GED or demonstrate math and reading skills at an 8th grade level.
The program is completely free of charge. To find out more, you may visit the website or call 718-633-4823.
This is a little off the Sunset Park track, but with Obama in China and Flushing only a “dollar van” ride away I thought I’d pass this along:
Want to put a finger on the pulse of the economy? Look to the price of gold.
The metal hit a new high of $1119 per ounce on Wednesday as wary investors ran to sink their savings into a stock even their grandmothers could love. Gold often becomes a hot commodity when confidence in the market thins, and while the dollar has fallen, the price of gold has risen 26 percent since last November.
In Sunset Park, however, it’s the dip in gold purchases that tells of tough times.
On August 12th of this year, Charlie’s Pizzeria celebrated 45 years in Sunset Park. Owner Joseph Vieni, who inherited the shop from his father, says it’s the worst year he’s ever had.
Joseph Vieni’s is one voice from the recession.