My office released a report which found many troubling demographic trends. The study found that the Nassau County population has remained stagnant since 2000 and will decline by 3 percent over the next 10 years, while the ages 60 and over population will be increasing from about 22 percent of the total population today to more than 27 percent. More worrisome is that our young adults between the ages of 10- to 19 years-old and our children between 0 to 9 years are declining at alarming rates. This highlights that about 11 percent of our young adults go off to college and do not return for local careers, and our 0- to 9-year-old school-age children population will decline by more than 60,000 by 2024 compared to 2000. These trends will have serious negative consequences on our local economy, our schools, property taxes and housing values.
As November ends, the weekly Saturday Artisan Craft Fair & Sunday Farmers Market are winding down, and Farmingdale Village has several community events planned. The annual Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce Holiday Parade and visit with Santa will be held on Saturday Nov. 22 at noon. The Holiday Parade assembles at Northside School and proceeds south down Main Street, ending at the Village Green with Santa giving out Candy canes and photo ops for the kids. Plus bring an unwrapped gift as there will be a collection for Marine
Toys for Tots. The Village thanks the Chamber of Commerce for their efforts planning this fun community event.
Journalism is about gathering important information and preparing it for public dissemination. It should be interesting and unique, but sometimes it involves events like the shopping stampede known as Black Friday.
The Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability (Choice) Act required VA hospitals to start implementation of Choice Program by Nov. 5, 2014. Today veterans who live 40 or more miles away from a Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility will have the opportunity to choose whether to receive their health care at VA or in their community. Veterans who live within 40 miles of a VA medical facility, but who are unable to obtain an appointment within 30 days, will begin receiving their cards later this month. VA hospitals have begun issuing Veterans Choice Cards and expect all veterans who were enrolled in the VA health care system on Aug. 1, 2014, will receive their cards by January 2015.
As the Thanksgiving grocery list nears completion and turkeys are reserved at farms and food stores, a lumbering giant casts a large, round shadow over that Thursday of food, family, football and forty winks.
With rosey cheeks, long white beard and an overweight man’s gait, Santa Claus continues his annual mission: to crowd the national consciousness as soon as the calendar flips from October to November, completely eclipsing Thanksgiving in the process. Many folks talk about a “war on Christmas,” arguing that the phrase “happy holidays” robs them of their Yule
Tide pride. But the real national travesty can be seen on television daily—an endless parade of the red and green horror show that is Christmas consumerism.
I am not celebrating this mid-term election. What it means to me is set backs! “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.”
Inequity and inequality will expand. There will be more unfair voting restrictions, more low wages for women and men, lack of affordable birth control and child care, and no concern for our planet. Fossil fuels will boom under corporations as they continue to pollute and destroy air, water and our food system. Renewable energy will be on the back burners along with good education and immigration reform for those who need and deserve it. The global corporations and their investors will rule. I believe the American dream is vanishing and an America run by the elite is rising.
On Oct. 30, at approximately 3:00 p.m., a Farmingdale High School student, after exiting the school bus, reported that a man in a dark-colored four-door SUV crossover-type car was parked near the corner of Secatogue Avenue and Hallock Street. The car pulled up next to the student, whistled and called to the student. The student did not recognize the driver, so the student continued home. The police were notified.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, it was hard to avoid the story of Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old Portland woman who ended her own life under Oregon’s “Death with Dignity Act.”
Maynard quickly became the face of the hot-button topic when her stage four diagnosis of glioblastoma (a type of brain tumor) became public and announced that she was an advocate for the right to die.
I read with interest Fred Steinberg’s piece “Long Island’s Saltwater Fountain of Youth”(The Weekend, Sept. 17-23).
I also experienced, to my delight, a similar “seniors are free” encounter. Fifteen to 20 years ago, when I was 55 or 60 years old, I went to renew my pass to the parks of Nassau County.
(I’d previously paid $30 for the pass that was renewable in three years.)
West Africa has an ebola outbreak. It has become global. Hysteria abounds. It is not theirs alone. It is now humanity’s outbreak which has no borders. However, in fact, everything in the world today transcends borders: from the Internet to capitalism to climate change to wars.
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