Magazine editor's efforts for school are award-winning

In the mid-1990s, Washington Irving High School was racked by violence and believed to be a staging ground for gang activity. Area business proprietors wanted to close the school down, and Robert Walsh, then head of the 14th St.-Union Square Business Improvement District -- today known as the Union Square Partnership -- came looking for volunteers to tackle the problem. He knocked on the door of Jane Chesnutt, editor in chief of Woman's Day magazine, and found a willing partner.

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