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Letter: Martins Is A Visionary

Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00

As our soldiers fight to retain our freedoms, many Americans have become disenchanted with our government leaders and do not participate in our democratic process.  What a tragedy!   Without our individual attention and focus, the ability to influence our direction can be easily manipulated. 


For me as a woman, this is particularly true of the reprehensible lies and smear campaign being waged against our State Senator Jack Martins.  Not only is he a son, husband, father to four girls, and brother to two sisters, he has supported pay equity for women, stronger protections for domestic violence victims, and legislation to protect our children—very important women’s issues.


Editorial: Patience Is A Virtue

Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00

Impatience is rampant these days, with harried drivers blaring horns to speed up traffic. The car horn was designed to alert other automobile drivers to potential hazards, i.e. swerving into oncoming traffic, drifting into the next lane.


Recently, I observed the impatient driver of a beautiful white Mercedes sedan waiting to turn onto Mineola Boulevard at a traffic light. When the light turned green, traffic proceeded slowly due to pedestrians crossing westward toward the hospital. This driver honked his horn abrasively and then barreled through the intersection once he had the chance

Perhaps the driver had been late for something. But that doesn’t mean you can speed off and be a danger to other drivers  

Traffic can be a pain, use prudence. Take a bit of extra time for getting to your destination.


Letter: Sports Musings

Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00

Some sports stories amuse me, while some anger me. Following are my musings about some recent sports section articles.

Medford’s own Marcus Stroman currently has a winning record for a Canadian team in the American League. So why didn’t the Mets sign this good young pitcher first?


I was very surprised when Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, expressed such glee over A-Rod’s drug dealer finally facing a possible prison sentence; but then I remembered that

Anthony Bosch had forced A-Rod to inject all those steroids at gunpoint.  Or have I misremembered that?


Opinion: Censorship: It’s Real And A Real Threat

Written by Donald Parker Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn, ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom.                                                                                   


— Alfred Griswold Whitney


The week of Sept. 21-28 has been designated Banned Books Week by the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. During this time, libraries and schools around the country hold programs and readings to celebrate the “right to read.”


Think censorship and banning books are ancient history, or at least not problems we face here on Long Island? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. In fact, there are many myths and misconceptions about censorship that should be challenged. Here are four:


Letter: The Kids Aren’t Alright

Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

While perusing the new fare that is being offered in entertainment, I was prompted to reflect on morals. Where have they gone? I seem to recall growing up in the 1950s with a solid sense of right from wrong.


The Start Of School In New Hyde Park

Written by NHP-GCP Superintendent Robert Katulak Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

September always signals the start of a new school year and the beginning of the fall season. The school year and fall are always alive with color and a sense of crispness in the air.

We begin the new academic year with enthusiasm and hope that all students will succeed towards excellence. As a school community we work as a team to meet the needs of the whole child. School has certainly changed from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s with the advent of increased technology and extensive changes in curriculum offerings. Instead of just

“reading, writing, and arithmetic” we have many other responsibilities for educating students.


Editorial: Never Forget, Always Repeat

Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

This week Long Islanders face another anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. As we remember the thousands of innocent lives lost — including 10 in New Hyde Park—we also face the annual barrage of talking-head tributes, academic examinations and psychological analyses. 


Capital Plan Begins To Take Shape

Written by Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth Thursday, 04 September 2014 00:00

Road work ahead! Improvements, repaving and repair projects are all around you in the Town of North Hempstead as the town’s 2014-2018 Capital Plan forges ahead.


The town’s capital plan was unanimously approved in May by the town board with the intent of taking on major projects such as road repaving, repairing of town facilities and improving parks and just months later we are seeing real tangible results.


Editorial: A Little Bit Concussed

Thursday, 04 September 2014 00:00

With all of this new state-of-the-art sporting equipment, we’re made to believe that high school sports have actually been made safer over the years. But, when we hear the chants and cheers; the utter excitement of the local crowd as the pigskin is sent hurtling into the air towards the New Hyde Park Gladiators’ top receiver, it almost makes us, the spectators, forget how hard these teens are really hitting each other. 


The School Year Begins

Written by Ralph Ferrie, Sewanhaka Central High School District Superintendent Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

As we approach the upcoming school year, we will be celebrating the 86th year of instruction in the Sewanhaka Central High School District.  Before our students arrive in September, our professional staff will return on Aug. 27 and 28 for our opening day program, during which we will welcome new and returning faculty and staff. We also will honor our Teachers of the Year and employees who have been with the district for 25 years or more. Our goal continues to be to ensure that each child is provided with an education designed to meet his or her needs.  We believe that our professional staff is instrumental in providing for this success.  

There have been several capital projects that are underway and the goal remains to complete these projects prior to the beginning of the school year.  The New Hyde Park Memorial High School gymnasium has been painted and a new ceiling has been installed.  As a result, this facility is now one that is in the condition that our students deserve. At Elmont Memorial High School, a new elevator will be installed prior to the opening of the school year.


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