Traditionally a time of celebration, the holidays may be exceptionally hard for families who have endured the devastating effect of a drunk-driving crash. Their coping skills may be tested and the need for additional support is crucial.
It’s holiday time, your hands will be very busy, so many tasks; is one of them plans for a party? Will those same hands hold an alcoholic drink? Will you drink it—and a few more? Then will the same hands reach for the keys to your car? They are no longer the hands of life! It’s just that simple. Why not reach out to the hands of a sober person—the hands of life. Make a plan before the party starts, not halfway through it. Your loved ones need you alive; the party may not be the only thing to come to an end. The choice is yours.
Family and Children’s Association, the human service network for Long Island, provides a coordinated system of more than 40 individual programs carefully designed to help babies, children, adults, senior citizens, and families lead more self-sufficient lives. Family and Children’s protects and nurtures abused and neglected babies and children; shelters homeless and abandoned teenagers, teaching them to trust in themselves; helps and supports families in crisis; treats and rehabilitates people of all ages with mental health and substance abuse problems; and safeguards senior citizens, helping them to live the lives they wish for themselves.
The Social Service Volunteers of Nassau Inc. is a not-for-profit, charitable organization as defined under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The volunteers work in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Social Services to provide assistance for families and children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
Food plays such an important role in the holiday traditions of so many families. As we come off Thanksgiving and celebrate the start of the holiday season, I think about how more Long Islanders than ever are seeking assistance for basic necessities, including access to food.
I would like to thank the wonderful residents of Nassau County for their support on Election Day. I am honored and privileged to have been re-elected to serve as your Nassau County Clerk.
I would also like to thank the many volunteers, colleagues, neighbors and friends who gave so much of their time and efforts in support of my re-election.
We hope everyone has been enjoying the fall weather as the holiday season quickly approaches. We’re doing our part to ‘Be Green’ and conserve wherever possible. And you can do your part during the winter months. South Farmingdale Water District offers several suggestions to help promote water conservation and specific green initiatives within our homes and community.
More than five years ago the Farmingdale community welcomed me with open arms as the editor of their local newspaper. I greeted the community with my Sept. 24, 2004 editorial and I must bid farewell in the same manner.
The countless individuals I have met on my journey as editor have helped shape my journalism career. I have truly enjoyed telling your stories and reporting your news.
As I move on, you can rest assured I am leaving the paper in capable hands. Please give my successor, Rachel Shapiro, a warm Daler welcome!
As of this writing there has been a major change in the county legislature and the race for the county executive is still in doubt. We feel a key ingredient in these results is the public’s disenchantment with the privatization and misuse of the county park system. Are there other factors at work? Of course, but few issues strike with as much impact as open space, parks and preserves.
By going to the polls this past Election Day, our community helped ensure that the American Dream is alive and well. Though I was just four years old when I came to the U.S. from India, after completing my education in science, economics and law, I imagined that one day the skills I acquired would be beneficial to the community, which had provided me with these gifts.
I began my career in public service as an assistant district attorney and my nomination as the Democratic and Working Families Parties candidate for the Nassau County Legislature’s 17th Legislative District was not only a continuation of my personal commitment to serving our community, but it was also the continuation of my American dream.
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