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Editorial: Taxes Are Us

Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00

Last week, the Nassau District Attorney made several arrests for tax evasion, with the defendants collectively owing almost $1 million. One alleged scammer seems to be a lotto junkie who doesn’t declare his winnings. Three others are charged with not reporting business income.   

 

Vocabulary Studies Are Crucial

Written by Robert Katulak Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00

Over the past three years, various research studies have been conducted across our country regarding the effect that academic vocabulary plays in a student’s comprehension and understanding of content across the disciplines. Additional studies done by researcher

Robert Marzano, involving 50 studies over the past five years, point to the fact that every school has a responsibility for selecting and teaching students specific vocabulary to help them understand content and questions on everyday teacher made and standardized tests.

 

He has provided educators with a six step strategy for us to work with our students in the acquisition of that academic vocabulary. Each of our principals continues to decide with his/her teachers how to select the vocabulary words and use Marzano’s Six Step

Strategy listed below. As an entire community let’s all build our vocabulary to enrich the conversations and learning taking place in our schools, jobs, libraries and home by following these six steps.

 

Letter: Vanishing Mailboxes In New Hyde Park

Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00

Have you gone to your local mailbox recently to mail a letter only to find it gone? I have. I went to three other known mailbox sites only to find them gone too.

I called the post office and was told they were removed because people were injured. Really? Unless they tried to climb into the mailbox, I don’t think the mailbox assaulted them.

 

From The Desk Of Senator Jack Martins

Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00

It’s The Same Old Song

Can you hear it? Listen closely and you’ll recognize the harmony of thousands of voices woefully singing, “It’s the Same Old Song” by the Four Tops. They’re parents from Buffalo to Montauk singing because the New York City-led state assembly voted to return three of the four Board of Regents members to their positions this past week. And the fourth one was only replaced because he resigned. That just about locks him in as the smartest member as far as I’m concerned, because he realized he was in over his head.

 

The Board of Regents is New York’s 17-member board that dictates education policy to school districts across the state as well as shapes procedures at universities, adult education programs and even manages the licensing of professionals like architects and dentists.

This tone-deaf crowd is also responsible for the disastrous Common Core rollout that has become the bane of parents, educators and students.  That’s why I voted ‘no’ to reappointing all the incumbent Board of Regents members who were seeking another term.

 

Road Improvement Contract Approved

Written by Michael Scro Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00

The Village of New Hyde Park board of trustees voted last week to accept a $1.45 million bid from Ridge, NY-based Laser Industries Inc. for the 2014 roadway and drainage improvement project. Laser came recommended by engineering firm Dvirka and Bartilucci.

 

The other bids received were Tri-State Paving, LLC for $1.49 million, Roadwork Ahead, Inc., for $1.56 million (used for the road plan in 2012), John McGowan & Sons, Inc. for $1.56 million and Pratt Brothers for $1.65 million.

 

According to Village Mayor Robert Lofaro, Dvirka and Bartilucci anticipated the bids to come in at around $1.7 million. Lofaro also noted a difference of slightly under $200,000 between the lowest and highest bidder, stating, “that gives us a little bit of comfort.”

 

Letter: Curriculum Is Not The Classroom

Thursday, 03 April 2014 00:00

I am certain John Owens can respond to the recent critical letter faulting is opposition to the imposition of the new core curriculum in New York State schools. I support Owens’ position. The writer assumes Owens opposes excellence because he describes the psychological factors present in every learning environment. Intelligence, and the willingness to apply it are individual endowments. They need the proper atmosphere. A teacher’s job is to provide those conditions favorable to learning. Owens’ insight in this regard is commendable. Excellence cannot be imposed, least of all by bureaucratic fiat nor corporate competition.

 

It’s The Same Old Song

Written by Senator Jack Martins Thursday, 03 April 2014 00:00

Can you hear it? Listen closely and you’ll recognize the harmony of thousands of voices woefully singing, “It’s the Same Old Song” by the Four Tops. They’re parents from Buffalo to Montauk singing because the New York City-led state assembly voted to return three of the four Board of Regents members to their positions this past week. And the fourth one was only replaced because he resigned. That just about locks him in as the smartest member as far as I’m concerned, because he realized he was in over his head.

 

The Board of Regents is New York’s 17-member board that dictates education policy to school districts across the state as well as shapes procedures at universities, adult education programs and even manages the licensing of professionals like architects and dentists.

This tone-deaf crowd is also responsible for the disastrous Common Core rollout that has become the bane of parents, educators and students.  That’s why I voted ‘no’ to reappointing all the incumbent Board of Regents members who were seeking another term.

 

From The Desk Of Senator Jack Martins

Thursday, 27 March 2014 00:00

Putting Our House In Order

I want to take a moment to clear some things up. There’s been speculation in the New York and Washington media the last few weeks that I would be running for Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy’s congressional seat here on Long Island, as she is retiring after nearly two decades of service. While I am honored by the outpouring of support encouraging me to do so, I will be continuing my work with the New York State Senate.

 

I admit that I am tempted to try to bring some common sense to the three-ring circus that’s set up tent in Washington. You may recall that I ran against the incumbent Ms. McCarthy for that very seat six years ago and since that time, Congress’ inability to get anything done seems to have only gotten worse. But it wasn’t that long ago that Albany suffered the same malady. Thankfully we’re turning that around but the bi-partisan progress we’ve made in our state capitol is in no way safe.

 

Editorial: Spring In Our Step

Thursday, 27 March 2014 00:00

The thermometer has cracked the 50-degree mark. Our clocks have sprung forward. A new type of snowdrop—tiny white flowers—is poking out of the lingering snowmelt. Soon we’ll be seeing early bloomers like witch hazel and daffodil. Then the roadside forsythia will explode in tiny yellow blossoms, a rainbow of azaleas will burst forth, and the floral season will be in full swing. 

 

Phil-osophically Speaking

Written by Phil Guarnieri Thursday, 20 March 2014 00:00

Cold War Redux

Toward the close of WWII, Winston Churchill advised that the Allies should shake hands with the Russians as far to the east of the Elbe River as possible. The problem was that the Red Army was occupying Eastern Europe in large numbers. These were hardened troops; four out of five German soldiers who died in WWII were killed on the Eastern front. 

 

As a result, and despite the agreement at Yalta, where the U.S., Russia and Britain agreed that governments of liberated Eastern European countries would be self-determined, the gravitational pull of the Soviet military kept these countries locked in Russia’s orbit. 

 

Having lost several hundred thousand U.S. personnel and Japan still full of fight, neither FDR nor Truman was going to risk a holocaust of bloodshed to liberate these countries from their new oppressor. Instead, through a system of regional alliance and economic assistance to Western Europe, the U.S. committed itself to a policy of long-term containment of the Soviets. 

 

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