“I applaud First Lady Michelle Obama for her efforts in raising national public awareness and tackling the epidemic of childhood obesity. I thank President Obama for establishing a Task Force on Childhood Obesity.
As a longtime nurse and the chairwoman of the Healthy Families and Communities Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over the child nutrition programs, I believe it is important that we examine practices which can help increase access to child nutrition programs and to more healthy foods for our children in schools. Given the current harsh financial realities for many families in my district and throughout the nation, many schools have an increasingly important role to play since they provide students with more than half of their food and nutrient intake on school days.
The New York State Senate last week passed important legislation that would allow municipalities to offer health services and insurance to volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers, Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), announced.
“Our volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers deal with dangerous situations day in and day out in order to help their neighbors and keep their neighborhoods safe,” Johnson said. “I am proud to have voted to allow these brave men and women this option to access to affordable health care.”
With the observation of February as National Spay/Neuter Month, Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the North Hempstead Town Board took the opportunity to announce a two-day low-cost spay and neuter clinic at the town’s animal shelter Feb. 27-28. Helping Promote Animal Welfare Inc., (PAW) a not-for profit animal welfare organization dedicated to ending animal overpopulation, will perform the spay/neuter procedures.
The following are trustee reports from the Feb. 2 Floral Park village board meeting.
On motion by Trustee Rhatigan, seconded by Trustee Longobardi and carried unanimously, the board approved the request of the Floral Park Fire Department to use the Pool and Recreation Center for its annual department picnic on Saturday, Aug. 7 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
What motivates people to action, to make changes for the better? There’s the annual New Year’s resolution. There are tragedies and scares. There are new ideas and innovations. And there is the power of a movement, like-minded people joining together to make change.
“I am pleased to announce the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded the Floral Park Fire Department a grant for $142,500. The grant is administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.
“For the last year, I have been working with my colleagues in Congress and the Administration to avert drastic school safety cuts the president proposed in his 2010 budget. Sadly, a few weeks ago, it was officially reported that Long Island schools will lose more than $1.5 million next year because of the elimination of the state grants portion of the Safe and Drug-Free School (SDFS) program. I am greatly concerned by these cuts and have formally asked the Administration to provide an explanation for the cuts and what they plan to do to assist our schools to provide a safe zone for our children.
The following are trustee reports from the Jan. 19 Floral Park village board meeting.
Prior to the start of the meeting, Mayor Kevin Greene swore in the newest members of the Floral Park Police Department, Police Officer Christopher Timm, Police Officer Michael Vigorito and Police Officer Matthew Viscusi in the presence of their families, friends and members of the Floral Park Police Department. Police Officers Timm and Vigorito are both former members of the New York City Police Department and will begin employment immediately in the village. Police Officer Viscusi will be attending the Nassau County Police Academy for training.
The Town of Hempstead will be hosting its 7th Annual India Republic Day commemoration on Wednesday, Jan. 27.
The searing images of suffering and loss in Haiti have saddened the world. The monster quake, which has shaken the impoverished nation to its foundations, has entombed thousands under mountains of rubble while pulverizing airports, roads and communication systems. Assistance crawls at a snail’s pace and the fear that thirst, hunger and disease could ignite another human catastrophe becomes more ominous with every passing hour.
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