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.
Once again, the nation marked Labor Day with a sense of foreboding as unemployment numbers continue to menacingly hover around the double digit mark. Washington’s $850 billion stimulus was supposed to put people to work but it has had, if anything, a deadening effect on economic growth.
In the wake of the saddest moment in our nation’s history, members of Long Island’s family came to the beach at Point Lookout and gazed to the west in shock and disbelief. The weeks following the attacks of September 11th witnessed neighbors returning to the waters of the Atlantic in deep reflection. The soothing waves cresting the shore, the infinite horizon of the ocean and the warm sparkling sands has drawn so many of us back on an annual pilgrimage to this location on the anniversary of 9-11.
A plan to build a new skyscraper near the Empire State Building has antagonized urban esthetes who view the construction as graceless, unnecessary and out of place.
The following are trustee reports from the Aug. 17 Floral Park Village board meeting.
Trustee Tweedy reported that during the month of July the Building Department issued 13 building permits, one amended permit, seven plumbing permits, 16 electrical permits, six fence permits and nine miscellaneous permits. The Architectural Review Board heard six new cases and one sign application. There were no cases heard by the Zoning Board of Appeals during the month of July.
On Tuesday, Sept. 7, the Sewanhaka Central High School District will open its doors to approximately 8,500 students. This marks the 82nd opening of school in the district, which has received national recognition for the quality of its educational programs.
Oscar Wilde, the celebrated satirist, once wrote “the only duty we have to history is to rewrite it.” I note this little jibe among the criticisms, fast and furious, being directed by some of our political leaders at the benighted rabble (their constituents) who have dared to raise objections about building a 15-story high mosque/Islamic center just 600 feet from where the rubble of the Twin Towers had lain.
We are in the midst of hurricane season, which runs from June to November, and with the change in climate, experts have cautioned that Long Island has an increased potential to be hit by a major hurricane this year. It is important for everyone to be prepared, especially residents in the Town of Hempstead.
The Town of Hempstead is not only a great place to live and work, but it is also a terrific place to visit. Our Office of Tourism is available to provide information and assistance to residents and the many tourists who visit each year.
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