Anton’s “Collaborative Excellence” editorial rightly and generously offers “hearty congratulations to all (42) of the teachers throughout Long Island” who have been designated by New York State as “Master Teachers.” You explained that these 42 teachers “show excellence...in subject matter and teaching...by cultivating thorough understanding of the students...(and) involve family and community.” But you also noted that “because it is so new, many people may not be aware of this program.”
Mother’s Day came and went last Sunday, with many a bouquet and breakfast in bed (even if some dishes may not have been cooked for quite exactly the right length of time).
Cards were made or bought—some sweet and sentimental, some goofy and comical—and many hugs and kisses were both given and received.
The asterisk has had a nasty reputation ever since they put one next to Roger Maris’s single season home run mark, signifying he really didn’t break Babe Ruth’s record because he played in a longer season. That little bugger caused an uproar the size of Yankee Stadium. So I need to be careful when I propose that April’s relatively robust jobs numbers also come with an asterisk. There is no gainsaying that the employment news is good, with the private economy creating 273,000 jobs. But before we solemnize this moment, we must also consider that the size of the labor market is the lowest it’s been in 35 years. The workforce has shrunk by 806,000. Nor can we pay homage to Keynesian economics for the drop in unemployment to 6.3 percent, since the votaries of that school have been lamenting that jobs would not be created without another stimulus to jolt demand. But indeed they have — the American economy is full of wonders.
A new law is set to put up hundreds of robots monitoring motorists in school zones. Speeders will be fined at the rate of $50 per violation, with tickets mailed to recipients, arriving long after the fact. Not a dime of the money will come to Floral Park; it’s all for Nassau County.
Some are for it, saying it’s all about safety for children. Pedestrian fatalities among children have fallen 41 percent since 2002, to just 230 nationwide in 2011—although each one is heartbreaking.
This letter is in support of the upcoming reduced bond referendum on May 20, 2014. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage more votes in the community. Based on the past results in the surrounding communities – we want to be sure this does not affect what happens in Floral Park. The first bond vote did pass here, which is encouraging, but we have to show a much stronger force to make sure that this does pass overall.
The reasons why this needs to pass are many:
On May 20, 2014, our community will have an opportunity to not only invest in the future of our children, but to invest in the future of our community by voting yes for the Board Referendum and the 2014-15 school budget. As we learned last December, every vote counts. While Floral Park-Bellerose passed the bond, the other towns voted it down. Do not leave it up to your neighbors to get out and vote yes.
As the recent US News and World Report rankings demonstrate, Floral Park Memorial ranks in the top 2.5 percent of all high schools across the nation and ranks in the top 5 percent in New York State. Additionally, Memorial earned the distinction of a Gold Medal School. Without a strong school district the children suffer, the community suffers and our property values will suffer.
Thank you to the Floral Park Dispatch for providing the public with as much information/facts as possible regarding the Sewanhaka Central High School District bond proposal. There is still important information, however, that has not been made available to the voters. They need to have access to this information so that they can be aware of the financial impact the bond will have on them during the next 20 years.
There are three major questions that the board needs to answer:
For years, catering companies on Long Island withheld tips that were meant for waiters and other workers. When it was ruled illegal in 2008, workers filed suit for millions of dollars in lost pay dating back to 2004. State Senator Jack Martins, who had not previously received contributions from the catering industry, took $56,000 and sponsored legislation to grant caterers immunity from lawsuits that had already been filed.
On April 2, Norman Gersman wrote a response in which he accused me of corrupting the election process. He complained that, if catering companies, such as Leonard’s of Great Neck, were forced to repay money that had been illegally withheld from their employees, it would hurt their bottom line. Boo Hoo! He had not one word of sympathy for the workers who were cheated, but he shed tears for the caterers that illegally profited off their labor.
Nassau County’s animal protection agency just launched a new website feature that offers another way to report animal cruelty, and at the same time announced cash rewards of up to $5,000 for folks who turn in abusers. Officials were joined at a press conference by Miss Harper, a rescued pup whose ears and a leg had been cut off.
The Nassau SPCA has never offered rewards before, in part due to a perennial shortage of funding. But the county has seen a disturbing rise in animal cruelty, officials said, and the outrage sparked by incidents such as the death of 13 dogs in a garage fire in February opened a floodgate of donations—some $15,000 so far.
I ask any parent reading this column to read it all the way through.
Don’t put it down and think it doesn’t pertain to you, because it does. And if it makes you uncomfortable, that’s great. If we’re lucky, a little discomfort now will spare you a lot of heartache in the future.
We Long Islanders have an immense problem on our hands which, if it hasn’t already, will make its way onto your personal radar soon. The problem is heroin and all indicators point to Long Island being the regional epicenter of a growing epidemic. So much so that experts have unofficially dubbed the Long Island Expressway the “Heroin Highway.”
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