The Long Island Youth Safety Coalition, in association with the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, held its first Internet Safety and Bullying Prevention Conference on Dec. 2 at Hofstra University. Several educators from the county’s school districts and other community organizations attended the event which focused on addressing both bullying that happens in schools and online. Registration for the conference was so popular that it was eventually capped to 320, with a waitlist that exceeded 100.
A conference on bullying was first proposed last year by members of the Nassau County Executive’s Youth Council. This Council is composed of student representatives from throughout the county.
The conference featured keynote speaker John Halligan, whose son Ryan Patrick committed suicide in 2003 due to bullying at his Vermont middle school and online. He gave a motivational talk that encouraged attendees to properly address bullying schools. Halligan, a Farmingdale native, has shared Ryan’s story over 900 times to nearly 450 schools throughout the United States and Canada.
In the first real cold snap of the season, last Saturday and Sunday, both the New Hyde Park Village and the Village of Williston Park held tree lighting ceremonies on their front lawns to herald the start of the Christmas holidays.
The Village of New Hyde Park started off their ceremonies, under the direction of Lisa Miranda, the head of the Cultural Commission with a visit from magician The Magic of Amore. He thoroughly delighted the children with all of his many tricks as he pulled things from his sleeve and behind his ear. The children loved every minute of it.
At first considered a long-shot, he won by a nose hair.
After all the counts, recounts, deliberations and court sessions, the 7th Senate District has a new senator. Mineola Mayor Jack Martins was declared the victor over incumbent Craig Johnson in the aftermath of the conundrum that was the 7th Senate District race last Saturday morning.
Judge Ira Warshawsky certified the vote on Saturday, Dec. 4, 12 days before the New York State deadline to come to a decision. The Republicans will attain the majority in the New York State Senate, 32-30, barring a successful appeal by Johnson when the Senate reconvenes on Jan. 5, 2011. Martins led by 451 votes.
The Village of Williston Park holds an essay contest every year for all the students in the 4th grade, in all of the schools in the Williston Park district including: St. Aidan’s, Cross Street School and Center Street School.
Out of all the essays, the best are chosen and then those winners are appointed as mayor and trustees of the Village of Williston Park for the day.
This year the program was held on Saturday to enable the students to enjoy the event with their parents and friends and not to worry about having to get home after an evening meeting to do homework.
At the last Town of North Hempstead Meeting the subject of fence height was still very much in the forefront of the discussion, held over from a hearing on Oct. 5.
Councilman Fred Pollack, who originally proposed the 6-foot fence height said, “This hearing was actually held on Oct. 5. We closed the hearing and reserved decision until tonight. I received a large number of emails and I actually got two or three real letters, which is very interesting. We have had a variety of discussions and as a result I am going to make some amendments.
Heard of Four Loko? Popular drinks such as Four Loko and Joose contain as much as 2-3 coffee cups worth of caffeine and twice the amount of alcohol as a bottle of beer per container – a potent, dangerous mix that can be extremely hazardous for teens and adults alike.
In July, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the FDA to investigate the safety of these drinks. In his letter to the State Liquor Authority Nov. 10, Schumer noted that the FDA has never approved or determined that caffeine in alcoholic beverages like Four Loko is “generally recognized as safe,” which therefore allows the New York State Liquor Authority to implement a state ban on their sale. While the FDA continues its review, Schumer said the state must act now and immediately ban these drinks in New York, and on Nov. 10 he called on the New York State Liquor Authority to immediately ban caffeinated alcoholic beverages, including the drink Four Loko, from being sold in New York State.
The Village of New Hyde Park never forgets its veterans and this Veterans Day was no exception. The front yard of Village hall was filled with veterans from all theaters of war as everyone took time out to honor those who sacrificed so much to keep our country free.
New Hyde Park Mayor Daniel Petruccio gave the following stirring keynote address:
“For most of us who were spared the hardship of war there is no way to sufficiently grasp the sacrifices made by those young men that went off to fight on foreign shores.
At the beginning of the last New Hyde Park/Garden City Park School Board meeting Superintendent Robert Katulak said that the administration has begun its budget-building for next year.
He said, “We begin with what is called zero-based budgeting where we start with no increases to budget lines and every request needs to be stated and explained. This year more than ever, we are faced with what we are calling “a perfect storm.”
Therefore, on Jan. 3, 2011 the New Hyde Park Board of Education will hold a public budget workshop for community input at 8 p.m. at the Garden City Park School.
At the last Herricks board meeting teachers were on hand to give an update on the program Response to Intervention (RTI) instituted last year in the district.
The main speaker for the group was Mel Haley, who is the principal of the Denton Avenue School, and she said that the group is especially thrilled this year because they could see the positive results from this extensive intervention program and also on Fundations Correspondence.
Each individual teacher was bursting with pride as they told of the examples of their students who had been in the program and they gave the positive results of the program.
The program is introduced in kindergarten and it doesn’t take very long before the students can sound out letters to the point of being able to actually spell simple words like “mat” and “cat” by sounding out the letters, even in the kindergarten.
The 7th State Senate District ballot recount and absentee ballot count has begun. The counts are reportedly going to conclude sometime Friday. While Mineola Mayor Jack Martins has already claimed victory, Democrats feel the race for incumbent Sen. Craig Johnson’s seat is a race far from over.
As of last Wednesday, Johnson is down by 415 votes. Martins tallied in at 41,041 votes while Johnson concluded at 40,626.
Concerning the broad spectrum of the senate races, Democrats must win all three remaining undecided races to keep the majority they captured in 2008, while Republicans need to win two, according to the Board of Elections. In the 62-seat chamber, a majority requires 32 and Republicans have won 30 seats to Democrats 29.
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