Office party etiquette, conducting yourself appropriately at office or workplace social gatherings such as parties, and dinners, can be a perfect opportunity to improve relationships with your co-workers and management. Although some companies arrange for offseason gatherings, November and December are some of the more popular months for companies to hold social events for their employees and associates.
The outside protesters and inside speakers at recent local hearings featuring State Education Commissioner John King didn’t rail against his test-intensive approach to schooling in vain. Soon after the raucous event at Mineola High School, the Board of Regents announced that 20 minutes would be trimmed off the upcoming state math test. Ten minutes off the English exam.
Of course, in context, it’s not much. Our kids still can expect to sit through nearly three hours of testing in April.
I am a big fan of reading. It’s a bond I’ve had with my kids going back to when they were little. I remember reading Good Night Moon to them every night before they went to sleep at night and it was even better during the holidays when we’d read The Night Before Christmas in front of the tree. So imagine my delight when I heard about Moey’s Fairytale Adventure, which is set to debut on the first weekend of December at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center.
David M. Daly has stepped into the biggest mess on Long Island. And he’s smiling, using the word “excited” again and again.
Daly is the newly named president/COO of PSEG Long Island, which on January 1 takes over the electric utility Frankenstein monster born of the mash-up of LILCO, LIPA and National Grid. It is the kind of assignment that would have many executives clutching the rip cord of their golden parachute. Daly, however, expects to succeed and stick around for every moment and then some of the company’s 12-year contract to run the utility.
Recently, I was asked by the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Education to speak at a hearing in Manhattan regarding school reform, testing and the Common Core curriculum.
The bureaucrats on hand assured the lawmakers that everyone was overreacting to the problems with the state’s remuddling of public education. Several parents spoke passionately about how their kids were being used as guinea pigs for testing companies and a State Education Department that seems more enthralled with corporate interests than those of taxpayers.
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