Since 1919 Hicksville American Legion Post 421 has paused on Memorial Day to remember our fallen war heroes. On Sunday, May 30 we will form up at 8:30 a.m. with our comrades from the United Veterans of Hicksville at Plainlawn Cemetery on Old Country Road for a Memorial Day service. After that, legionnaires and auxiliary members will proceed to Charles Wagner’s gravesite in Westbury for a memorial service. We will also pause at the gravesite of our comrade Neil McInnis that is nearby. Then on Sunday we join our comrades again for the Annual Hicksville Memorial Day Parade and Service. Formation is at 8 a.m. in Sears parking lot. After the parade the annual Memorial Day Service will be at the Hicksville Middle School War Memorials.
Congressman Pete King is reminding residents that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest loans for physical damage and economic injury which occurred during the storms and flooding between March 12 – March 30, 2010.
New York State Assemblyman Michael A. Montesano (R, I, C-Glen Head) joined local dignitaries at Westbury Manor April 29 for the Columbian Lawyers’ Association of Nassau County’s monthly dinner. Featured speaker Lou Carnesecca, Basketball Hall of Fame head coach for St. John’s University, was welcomed by the lawyers, judges and legal experts assembled for the event.
Important legislation that will allow municipalities to extend health services and insurance to volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers has been signed into law, Senator Craig M. Johnson (D-Nassau) announced.
“This is good legislation that will help the brave men and women who help keep our neighborhoods safe,” Johnson said. “This bill will help give many first responders the peace of mind to continue with this dangerous and selfless work.”
Teachers and parents – in fact, everyone in this community – should share a common goal: the best education possible for children.
Our school board has carefully crafted a budget with that goal in mind, while staying fiscally responsible. The proposed budget continues to provide this community’s children with strong academic programs and a wide range of extracurricular activities, while spending tax dollars prudently on only those programs that are absolutely necessary.
Hicksville residents have a chance on May 18 to vote for the biggest bargain in Hicksville, in Proposition 3 for the Hicksville Gregory Museum. For a mere $3.50 per family per year we have a state-chartered museum that focuses on serving the educational needs of our Hicksville school district free of charge, while serving 40 other school districts who pay.
New York State Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau) announced legislation (S.6823A/A9960A) to end the double victimization caused by public pension system members who use their positions to steal taxpayer money, yet are still able to collect their taxpayer-funded pensions.
New York State Assemblyman Michael A. Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head) voted yes on legislation, which would put an end to the Legislature’s practice of approving measures without describing the law’s potential financial impact.
On April 30, Charles Wagner Post 421 will host its Annual Awards Night. It will take place at 7 p.m. at the Hicksville VFW where the Post 421 annually honors Nassau County Police Officers and Hicksville Fire Department members through its Law and Order program. A Post Everlasting Ceremony honoring legionnaires who recently passed away will also be held and Legion membership awards will be given out.
The most insane aspect of the manner in which education is financed is that it’s an investment that, from a strictly financial point of view, has a return that’s paltry at best. High taxes (to pay for things like public schools), depressed wages and unaffordable housing are driving the young off Long Island.
Honestly, what percentage of the Class of 2010 will be living and/or working in the district in which they attended school 10 years from now? Just go on an alumni website and see how many of your classmates still live anywhere near their high school.
To address the issue of school budgets without addressing the issues of jobs, housing, wages, immigration and other taxes is akin to a doctor ignoring a severed limb as he attempts to determine why his patient’s blood pressure is rapidly falling. Still, until we can address these concerns, students in the classroom need to be educated. We can’t put them in some kind of suspended animation deep freeze.
The basic curriculum and enrichment programs (like field trips) need to be sustained, otherwise in 2020 our graduates will be young adults who are less educated than their parents looking at the prospect of having kids who will be even less educated.
If local school districts can’t obtain aid from a New York State facing bankruptcy, and a federal government heading in the same direction, perhaps they should consider loans from overseas banks and governments.
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