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.
Is there anything left to be said on the 65th anniversary of dropping the atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Surprisingly, the answer is ‘yes.’ Not because there are any new, relevant facts that have surfaced, but because each generation, in the context of their own life experience, looks at the event through their own prism rather than the time in which decisions were made.
Earlier this week, Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Eric K. Shinseki announced a critical step toward easing the process for veterans seeking health care and disability compensation for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The new rules will make it easier for veterans – including those who may have been denied benefits in the past – to receive the care and benefits they need and deserve.
Recently, hundreds of people locally went to Madison Square Garden to watch the WNBA’s Liberty take on the San Antonio Silver Stars. The game was truly terrific and everybody had a great time. The circumstances revolving around this game, however, are much more important.
Last weekend, relief finally arrived with more balmy temperatures giving us respite from the merciless heat. It was the second hottest July on record and I’m happy to say that, with the ushering in of August, the weather is something we can, once again, enjoy rather then endure. The month of August, however, wasn’t so pleasant 114 years ago as New York was cooked by the most brutal and sensational heat wave in its history.
Every summer, the Town of Hempstead’s Summer Concert Series, hosted by the Department of Parks and Recreation, brings talented musicians to perform at the town’s neighborhood parks. Our lineup this year features an exciting range of musical genres, from the smooth sounds of Sinatra and classic rock to the Doo-Wop hits of the 1960s and the hip-swinging hits of Elvis.
I hope everyone is enjoying the summer.
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