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Around the Town - October 22, 2010

Friday, 22 October 2010 00:00

Halloween Safety Tips

With witches, goblins and super-heroes descending on neighborhoods across Hempstead Town, I would like to offer parents some safety tips to help prepare your children for a safe and enjoyable Halloween.

 

Around the Town - October 15, 2010

Written by Kate Murray, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Friday, 15 October 2010 00:00

Fall Cleanup

As we look around us we see the leaves start to change color and notice the temperature getting cooler. It is the time of year for residents to get ready to tackle the annual chore of autumn yard clean up.

 

Phil-osophically Speaking - October 15, 2010

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 15 October 2010 00:00

The Magnificence Of the Village of Lake George

With my suitcases packed, gas tank full and cell phones charged, I looked at my checklist and made a call to my good friend, Dominick Longobardi, a frequent visitor to Lake George, and a gourmand whose exquisite palate is an impeccable guide to restaurants whose fare comprises the most delectable victuals. Now one more look at the map and we’re off.

 

Around the Town - October 8, 2010

Written by Kate Murray, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Friday, 08 October 2010 00:00

Rock Hall Country Fair

Come enjoy bushels of fun at the 25th Annual Rock Hall Country Fair on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23 and 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. With an abundance of activities and attractions, there’s something sure to please everyone in your family.

 

Phil-osophically Speaking - October 8, 2010

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 08 October 2010 00:00

Science and Religion: When Worlds Collide

It rocked the foundations of Western Civilization; cast a shadow over sacred truths and instigated an eternal enmity between those devoted to enlarging the frontiers of human understanding and those championing the unique dignity of the human race. Some 400 years ago, two worlds clashed on a moral battleground whose cannonading has grown ever louder.

 

Phil-osophically Speaking - October 1, 2010

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 01 October 2010 00:00

Political Resurrection And the Perils Of the Economy

The libertarian author, social critic and theorist Albert J. Nock once postulated that no viable idea ever vanishes because there are echoes that reverberate through the canyons of time to be received and repackaged through the prism of other thinkers.

 

Around the Town - September 24, 2010

Written by Kate Murray, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Friday, 24 September 2010 00:00

Family Festival by the Sea

Ride the wave of fun and excitement into beautiful Lido Beach Town Park for the Town of Hempstead’s 28th annual Family Festival by the Sea at Lido Beach Town Park on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25 and 26 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mariners and landlubbers alike will enjoy concert bands, delicious food, craft and novelty vendors, sand sculptures and an array of games and contests.

 

Phil-osophically Speaking - September 24, 2010

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 24 September 2010 00:00

When Does Taxation Do More Harm Than Good?

Taxes — we shudder at the very sound of the word. In fact, we do more than shudder: We complain about it, we dread it; we vow to throw out the bums in elected office who copiously impose them on us. We also argue amongst ourselves about them: Do we keep the Bush tax cuts or do we dispose of them like last night’s trash? Taxation, like marriage, is for better or worse, we live with it, as we do with the shadow of death, the only other guarantee in life, according to Ben Franklin.

 

From the Desk of Senator Craig Johnson - September 17, 2010

Friday, 17 September 2010 00:00

Johnson Announces Anti-Bullying Legislation

Legislation to help ensure that all students have a safe, harassment-free and discrimination-free environment to learn was signed into law this week, Senator Craig Johnson announced.

The “Dignity for all Students Act” is designed to provide all students with a safe and nurturing school environment conducive to learning by putting an end to harassment and discrimination based on, but not limited to, race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex.

“Intimidation and persecution are lessons that no child should have to learn in school,” Senator Johnson said. “As the father of three young children, I am proud to have helped sponsor this legislation to create strong statewide protections for all students.”

In order to foster a safer, more constructive school environment, the law:

Prohibits harassment or discrimination against students by employees or students while on school property or on school grounds;

Defines “harassment” as the creation of a hostile environment by conduct, verbal threats, intimidation, or abuse that has or would unreasonably interfere with educational performance, opportunities, benefits, or physical or emotional well-being, or cause fear for physical safety;

Prohibits discrimination based on an individual’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex.

Senator Johnson sees this victory as a great first step, but still believes strong legislation to address cyber-bullying or Internet-based bullying is necessary to truly make an impact in today’s technology driven world.

“We must continue to fight for a strong, comprehensive piece of legislation that will protect our children on the Internet,” said Senator Johnson, who in 2007 created a cyber-bullying education program for schools within his district. “The Internet has provided bullies an entirely new playground.”

 

 

Phil-osophically Speaking - September 17, 2010

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 17 September 2010 00:00

Reflections on American Democracy

Primaries are bruising events, often more contentious than general elections because they are intra-party affairs which tend to result in family fights. This year’s primaries provide an opportunity to reflect on the grandest of all spectacles: American democracy.

 

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