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Phil-osophically Speaking: March 26, 2010

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 26 March 2010 09:03

Our Relationship With the Animal Kingdom

My wife, Sonia, and I are animal lovers. Growing up on a farm, Sonia has lived with animals in a richer and more intimate way than most. As Whittaker Chambers movingly noted in the prologue of his great book, Witness, nothing more reflects the struggle for life and the certainty of death then life on a farm. If the local laws governing livestock allowed farm animals in our village, we would surely have had our own little menagerie. My neighbors, I’m certain, are eternally grateful for the existence of such laws.


Letter: ‘Stop the Destruction’ In Centennial Gardens

Friday, 19 March 2010 00:00
Floral Park is a great place to live. According to most of us who live here, it is a small, safe community. Unfortunately, situations have occurred that are making it clear that we have to take action to stop the destruction that is going on while most of us are sleeping. Recent events in Centennial Gardens need attention. Early Sunday morning, Feb. 28, after the heavy snowstorm on Feb. 26, Centennial Gardens had numerous footprints along the bridge path, on the stones by the bridge, and across the west basin from the dead end street. The hill near Raff Avenue had no snow left from sledding, and an aluminum post was removed from the fence on the bend by Raff Avenue and Floral Parkway. One week later on Sunday morning, March 7, the doll house in the Children’s Garden was found to be broken into, windows broken, statues stored inside taken out and broken, a picnic table propped on the roof, a chair on the roof, fence spindles on the porch of the house broken, and beer cans were strewn all over the lawn. There were about 10 or more 24 can-size beer cartons all over the lower basin. It was clear that many people had been in the lower basin. There have been past incidents in the gardens that have been reported and sadly, they have escalated. Every time there is a situation, the police are informed. The problem continues.

Phil-osophically Speaking - March 19, 2010

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 19 March 2010 00:00

The Elusive Goal of Eternal Youth

The heart of the famous Spanish explorer, Ponce de Leon, was wedded to the sea. He sailed with Columbus on his second voyage to the Americas and he was the first Westerner to reach Florida. After finding gold in what is now Puerto Rico, he became intrigued over tales told by the natives of a wonderfully sumptuous island north of Cuba. These legends, interestingly enough, had nothing to do with gold or land. No, these whisperings told of something, perhaps the only thing he ever lusted for more than riches and fame.


Around the Town - March 12, 2010

Written by Kate Murray, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Friday, 12 March 2010 00:00

Hazardous Waste Collection Schedule

With spring quickly approaching, the Town of Hempstead is preparing for another year of S.T.O.P (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) Programs, which will be brought to communities throughout the township. Last year, we introduced a new mercury collection initiative in partnership with Covanta Energy. The mercury program diverts a dangerous toxin from our regional waste stream while adding an environmental safeguard to our water quality and air supply.


Phil-osophically Speaking - March 12, 2010

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 12 March 2010 00:00

Reevaluating America’s Commercial Culture in the World

Marching triumphantly into Nate Bennett Pavilion Hall, they swept into Hempstead Town like a crisp breeze of fresh air. Young, bright-eyed, bristling with intellectual curiosity, the world seemed to belong to them or, at least, its future. They were among America’s best and brightest — the spiritual descendents of Edison, Einstein, Salk, Crick and Watson and a host of other scientific luminaries.


Around the Town - March 5, 2010

Friday, 05 March 2010 00:00

Town of Hempstead to Hold ‘E-Cycling Day’

Keeping our planet healthy takes a joint effort. That’s why I am proud to announce that the Town of Hempstead will hold an “E-Cycling” Day on Saturday, March 13 in Levittown from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. This is your chance to get rid of your unwanted computers, televisions, DVD players and VCRs and help the environment at the same time. The event will take place in the Town of Hempstead municipal parking lot area, located just off Division Avenue behind the Tri-County Market (Hempstead Turnpike) in Levittown.


Phil-osophically Speaking - March 5, 2010

Written by Phil Guarnieri Thursday, 04 March 2010 11:31

“Standing on the Shoulder of Giants”

As I raced breathlessly up the stairs, I could hear the 1:25 poised to leave Floral Park for Penn Station. I was running late, as usual, and barely leapt into the train car just before the doors shut tight. Unfortunately, in my haste, I neglected to bring something to read. So I busied myself reading those monotonous billboards that vie with each other in grabbing your attention.


Around the Town - February 26, 2010

Written by Kate Murray, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Friday, 26 February 2010 00:00

Women’s History Month

March is designated as Women’s History Month and every year during this time, the Town of Hempstead takes the time to reflect upon the many accomplishments that women have achieved. As the first woman to be elected supervisor of the Town of Hempstead, National Women’s History Month is very important to me. Women’s History Month is dedicated to recognizing the advancement and outstanding accomplishments of women. Through the years, women have successfully achieved well-deserved positions of leadership within our community, reaching to their fullest potential as they continue to progress professionally. The role of women in our community and the numerous contributions they have made deserve our highest praise.


Phil-osophically Speaking - February 26, 2010

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 26 February 2010 00:00

English Grammar: A Forbidding and Formidable Subject

Do you know what the greatest conversation stopper in the world is? Pay attention, this could come in handy when encountering a bore at a cocktail party. When the bore asks what you do for a living, arch your eyebrows and inform them in your most professorial tone of voice that you teach English grammar. Watch carefully as a wave of self-consciousness stymies the nuisance into a tongue-tied wreck. Soon, the bore will grasp at any poor excuse to beg leave from the present company, enabling you to enjoy the rest of your evening in peace and serenity.


From the Desk of Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy

Written by Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy Friday, 19 February 2010 00:00
Congresswoman McCarthy Joins with First Lady Obama Expressing Concern About Childhood Obesity

“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.


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