As I write, I can hear the wind howling outside on a frigid December evening. Yesterday Williston Park and the rest of the metropolitan area were hit with a storm of major proportions. Village employees, under the direction of Keith Bunnell, worked, in shifts, from Sunday at approximately 4 p.m. until approximately 2:30 p.m. Monday. They were out in force, plowing every street in our village a number of times. They are to be commended for their efforts. Both Keith and Kerry Collins worked more than 24 hours straight to oversee this operation. Thanks to both.
The New Yorker Magazine of December 20-27 carried a lengthy article by Peter Hessler on the efforts of a Herricks High School graduate, Rajeev Goyal, to raise funds for the Peace Corps. After graduating from Brown, Rajeev volunteered for the Peace Corps. Some of his efforts as a volunteer from 2001 to 2003 in eastern Nepal were described in detail in the article. The stories are interesting and inspiring. Also interesting and inspiring were the descriptions of Rajeev’s current efforts to raise funds for the Peace Corps. His persistence and creativity are extraordinary, even if they occasionally go a bit over the top and rub someone the wrong way. Given the prominence of the Peace Corps it was surprising to read about how it has struggled for funding, but it was encouraging to hear about increased bi-lateral support in Congress.
Students in all four schools have been busy working on building ELA and math skills that were designated needing improvement from item analysis of the NY State assessments. Two of the four buildings already exhibited their musical and artistic talents at the annual Christmas concerts. Tomorrow will be the Hillside Grade School concert and Wednesday will be the Manor Oaks School concert. All students have been generously involved in service projects to help those less fortunate than us.
This past year a movie on the creation of Facebook was very popular and last week Time magazine selected Facebook’s editor as its person of the year. Clearly, social networking via the internet has come of age. It is more and more widespread and more and more mainstream. The opportunities it presents via Facebook and other social networking sites for staying in touch are both fun and valuable to many people.
There are, unfortunately, also some significant downsides. Many of the problems of the three-dimensional, physical world – theft, scams, sexual predators, etc. - have migrated to the world of the internet. In fact, some of these have found the internet to be an easier place to do business given the internet’s openness and anonymity. Bullying has also found a home on the internet.
We’ve all waited close to nine months for public statements from the Herricks Teacher’s Association and the Herricks administrators regarding a possible temporary freeze in salaries and benefits during these extremely difficult economic times. Nine months of silence ended at the last Herricks School Board meeting with the Teachers’ union president saying “no” to opening up contract discussions. He continued giving the usual and expected “spin” about the per pupil spending as compared to neighboring districts and we being the lowest although we remain one of the top districts on Long Island. Next was the line about how families continue to move into the district because of the excellent school system. Then came the “unfunded mandates” line from the state and local government as well as the New York State budget process. Although this all may be true, all these things can be said in any of the so-called neighboring school districts as well.
In regards to your recent statements that Tully Pool will be closed again to replace or repair the pool liner, which you stated will be done at no additional cost by the contracting company. My question is did the liner come with a warranty and/or is there insurance on the pool? If there is then the repair should be no problem.
How did the “liner” get damaged to allow moisture to seep through? Was the liner defective? Then it would be the company who made the liner’s responsibility. Is it the same liner as the old pool? How could the contractor be responsible for fixing the liner at no cost? Unless the contractor damaged the liner.
You stated that residents are spreading misinformation for political reasons, I strongly disagree. Whatever is happening at Tully the end result is that the taxpayers foot the bill. So if you could please answer the above questions, thus avoiding any more “rumors” about the pool sinking causing these problems, it would be greatly appreciated.
New Hyde Park
Can we break the cycle of uncertainty? The answer is ‘yes we can’ if we have the will. This same uncertain cycle has occurred before except we now have an overabundance of easy fix artists that ply a trade and tone that are not in the best interests of our nation, our state, and our very home towns. Fear not - the solutions will come from the people of our very own home towns.
Back in the summer of 2009, Frank Scaturro, a Republican and 30-plus year resident of New Hyde Park announced that he would be running in 2010 for Congress in the 4th Congressional District to oppose the incumbent, Carolyn McCarthy, who had fallen out of grace with many of the people who voted for her previously.
Scaturro brought qualifications we have never seen in a congressional candidate-a home-grown constitutional lawyer who served as Counsel for the Constitution to the Senate Judiciary and worked on the nominations of Supreme Court Justices Roberts & Alito; author of several books on history, a professor at Hofstra Law School and the list goes on and on highlighting the accomplishments of this young man.
He put together a strong campaign that raised more money than any other Republican challenger in the history of this seat, and had supporters far and wide endorsing his decision to run.
(Attorney General and Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo released this letter on Nov. 17 to Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, requesting that the New York State Unified Court System take appropriate steps to ensure that election-related litigation involving three undecided State Senate races be resolved expeditiously and fairly.)
Dear Chief Judge Lippman:
For reasons which follow, I write for the purpose of requesting that the New York State Unified Court System take appropriate steps to ensure that election-related litigation involving the three undecided State Senate races be resolved as expeditiously as possible.
Today, more than two weeks after Election Day, several lawsuits have already been commenced, and numerous courts, election workers and lawyers throughout the State are busily engaged in the process of resolving the elections at issue.
As winter approaches, the thought of possible snow storms has reminded me of the importance of reviewing our practices regarding school closures and delayed openings.
• Snow Days
If weather conditions are such that it is difficult or impossible for district staff to clear driveways and paths at our buildings, for buses to be able to travel safely through the Herricks community in a timely fashion, for the vast majority of staff to be able to get to work on time or for students to be able to get safely from their homes to school either on foot or in a car, we will close school for the day. These decisions are usually made between 4 and 5:30 a.m. Included in the decision-making process are the Director of Transportation, the Director of Facilities and myself. We also consult with our counterparts in neighboring school districts and with the police regarding road conditions.
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