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From The Desk Of NY State Senator Jack Martins

Celebrating Moms 

When I became a new dad many years ago, I asked a friend whom I admired how to be a good father.  Without missing a beat, he responded simply, “Love their mother.”    

As husband to a mom of four and son to a mom of five, I live (you can already guess) in a mom-centric zone, and over time that lesson has become abundantly clear to me.  So I thought I’d take a break this week from the usual legislative topics and instead reflect upon the powerful love we celebrate in the middle of May each year.   

One need only look around to see that family life is changing fast but even so, I’d say moms are the rock upon which stable families are built, often at great personal sacrifice.  And family life is microcosm of how we treat one another in general. 

My friend was right then and he’s right now, so in the aftermath of Mother’s Day, we might consider some ways to help moms wherever and whenever we can throughout the year, every day.   

In that light, I wanted to bring your attention to two special Long Island programs you might not know about: Momma’s House, with several locations around the island, and Catholic Charities’ Regina Residence in Merrick.  These two homegrown residential programs are dedicated to meeting the needs of young, unwed mothers and mothers-to be who unfortunately do not have the support systems necessary to raise their children.  This is especially stressful on Long Island with its notoriously high cost of living, where rent or child-care eats up entire paychecks.     

Going it alone is simply not an option for these young families.  That’s why these programs, supported by people like you, step in to see to the physical, social and emotional well being of both the moms and their babies.  They provide structured living environments with scheduled meal times, shared chores, and even study times.  They also provide counseling and childcare so the women can finish their educations and find meaningful work.  There are even mentoring programs that match the young ladies with successful working women in their communities who become personally involved in their development.  It’s in homes like these that the skills for successful family life are learned and over the years, these combined programs have literally sent thousands of young women into the world as confident, independent and loving mothers.

 

The creativity and dedication shown by Long Islanders in programs like these are perfect examples of the type of citizenship that makes Long Island thrive.  That the young women there remain motivated to keep growing and learning in the face of adversity is a testament to the unique power of motherhood.  

 

So maybe this year, now that the flowers have faded and the chocolate’s gone (you probably ate it anyway), you might consider celebrating your own mother or grandmother by volunteering at or supporting the work of these two special Long Island Institutions.  You can visit Momma’s House online at www.mommashouse.org or Regina Residence at www.catholiccharities.cc to learn more. 

 

Thank God that “mother” is also a verb, not just a noun. To all the moms reading this column, thank you for the love that is uniquely yours to give and may you know that love and respect for all you do extends well beyond your own children. 

News

The Village of New Hyde Park finished its Operation Main Street project just in time, because the town’s eligibility for federal funds is shrinking, officials announced last week.

“The qualifications revolve around money,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Like how much income is being earned by people in the area. I guess as seniors move on, you can’t buy an [expensive home] and it changed the demographic, shrinking our eligible area.”

The Village of New Hyde Park will soon hear Manhattan businessman Sam Chan’s proposal to open a 84-seat hibachi-style restaurant at 1215 Jericho Tpke. in New Hyde Park, the former spot of the maligned Empire Billiards Hall. The hearing is set for Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

“The board will be hearing the case for restaurant usage,” Mayor Robert Lofaro said. “This will also have to go before the zoning board. They will likely hear the case.”


Sports

New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d’Arnaud brightened the day for some patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center last week in New Hyde Park, posing for pictures and handing out gifts and autographs. The players hung out with the kids in the afternoon, playing video games and answering questions.

They also found the time to make the rounds, stopping by bedsides to spread some cheer. Mr. Met also joined the tour and was a big hit with the children, who peppered him with questions about everything from his four-fingered hand to the whereabouts of the missing Mrs. Met.

The Sewanhaka Indians football team has a season of change in store.

The Indians have moved up from Conference III to Conference II, due to an increase in enrollment, and are set to face teams that they have never seen before, according to head coach George Kasimatis.

“It is hard to gauge where we will be in this conference,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty as where we fit in.”


Calendar

Library Board Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Herricks School Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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