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Hofstra Teams To Teach Tykes At Special Sports Clinic

Written by Christy Hinko Thursday, 16 January 2014 00:00

Children of all abilities welcome to play

The same organization that brought the all-inclusive playground to Eisenhower Park, Let All The Children Play (LATCP) of Jericho, will host an all-inclusive sports clinic at Hofstra University on Saturday, Feb. 8. Hofstra’s student-athletes will be coaching baseball, softball, and soccer to child and young adult participants. 

 

The Mayor's Corner

Written by Paul Ehrbar Thursday, 16 January 2014 00:00

Winter Questions Are Always Plentiful

Happy and healthy New Year to all. With winter upon us, more time is spent indoors and communication with neighbors becomes less frequent. It is important that we all maintain contact with our friends and neighbors, especially the senior population and those living by themselves. Checking on others during these winter months, especially with this brutally cold weather, is important to ensure the safety and well-being of all. Working with each other is what helps to make this Village a great place to live. 

 

I’d like to commend residents for keeping their vehicles off the streets during the recent snow storm. The majority of residents followed village regulations regarding snow emergency stipulations. While it can be difficult to comply, it is necessary to keep our village roads empty so that plowing can be done in a safe and efficient manner.

 

NHP-GCP Superintendent From The Desk Of NHP/GCP Superintendent Robert Katulak

Thursday, 16 January 2014 00:00

Reflect On Past, Look Toward Future

 

As we enter 2014, a superintendent finds himself reflecting on all the accomplishments of a district and factors that contributed to making our district go from “good to great.” As I reflect, I would like to extend a strong sense of gratitude to everyone for helping us in our accomplishments and helping us in making plans for our future as an educational community.

 

To the board of education, I thank you for asking the difficult questions, adopting a multi-year academic and fiscal plan, and supporting the efforts of all members of our educational team in supporting our students.

 

Phil-osophically Speaking

Written by Phil Guarnieri Thursday, 16 January 2014 00:00

Forbidden Fruit

A few years back, I wrote an article on the decriminalization of marijuana. The next weekend, I attended a retirement party in which a middle-aged woman, professionally distinguished and temperamentally conservative, told me she read the article and then with a wink and a smile gave me an enthusiastic thumbs up.

 

I felt somewhat aghast because the last impression I wanted to give was that legalization of marijuana is something to celebrate. I think legalization is more of a necessary evil than a great blessing. When Colorado, on January 1, became the first state to legalize marijuana sales for recreational use, it unleashed a fusillade of oracular disputations; giving a chance for those in favor of the measure to dilate grandiloquently on its libertarian virtue and, those opposed, on its multifaceted evils. That such a philosophical asymmetry exists between the two sides is not necessarily a deficiency of ratiocination but rather the inherent perplexities of human behavior that surrounds this question.   

 

From The Desk Of Senator Jack Martins

Written by Donna Duffy Thursday, 09 January 2014 00:00

U Of H: The University Of Hypocrisy

“Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.” So wrote the British historian Bertrand Russell, and if you’ve read the papers this week you may think he was absolutely right. Years of education do not translate into intelligence let alone an enlightened insight into truth.

 

I write specifically about the American Studies Association (ASA), a nationwide organization of university professors. In an effort to protest Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, its members overwhelmingly voted to boycott Israel’s academic institutions from collaborations with the universities here in the United States. Among local institutions affiliated with the ASA are New York University, Cornell, Columbia, SUNY Buffalo and SUNY Stony Brook. To be fair, the administrations of many of these affiliated universities have slammed the boycott but are just sitting on the sidelines. 

 

Letter: Thank You

Thursday, 09 January 2014 00:00

 

This letter serves as a sincere thank you and acknowledgment for all the support shown and generous donations for our Annual Bazaar of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW, Post 5253, Albertson from the following sponsors:

1-800-FLOWERS, New Hyde Park

 

Albertson Electric, Albertson

 

Bertucci’s Restaurant, Westbury

 

Letter: Thank You For Your Support

Thursday, 26 December 2013 00:00

Thank you for your support of the referendum to renovate the Great Neck Library. After a number of failed attempts over the past 20 years, we believe success was achieved by creating a team of diverse community members who focused on the common goal of developing a conservative, cost-efficient plan to improve our main library building without expanding the footprint. The members of the board of trustees, the building advisory committee and library staff are grateful for your support.

 

Letter: Rage Against The Dying Discourse

Thursday, 02 January 2014 00:00

I feel for Lois A. Schaffer on the tragic loss of her daughter and am truly sorry that her admirable quest to stir people to demand what she calls “legislative movement” is so unlikely to achieve success. The fact that more than one whole year, four seasons, 12 months, 52 weeks and 365 days have passed since the slaughter of 20 Newtown children last year,  with no “legislative movement” from our national legislature makes it clear that we’re more likely to see “laxative movement” from its 535 members than any legislative movement. Collectively, these 535 men and women are a disgrace to civilization. I can’t help wondering if the Senate or House of Representatives would have passed any meaningful gun legislation if, somehow, the 20 children killed on “12-14” were 20 of their own children. Or, since between them, these 535 men and women probably have more than 1,000 children; if Adam Lanza had somehow managed to shoot every one of those “children” (even if now of adult age) to death with his assault rifle, would that have “moved” them to action? I’m not even sure that would have done the trick; although I’m sure they would have paid some lip service to the idea of some gun control, and would have made some impressive-sounding, passionate, stirring speeches, oratory and rhetoric. They may not be able to walk-the-walk of genuine legislators, but they sure can talk-the-talk.

Richard Siegelman 

 

From The Desk Of Senator Jack Martins

Thursday, 26 December 2013 00:00

Above All, We Celebrate Hope

It may not be one of the more noble holiday traditions but I guiltily admit that one of my favorite things to do at this time of year is to settle down on the couch next to the fireplace with a bag of cookies and my dog to watch the endless stream of Christmas movies

on TV.  My wife and kids usually shun the endeavor and remind me that we’ve watched them, literally, dozens of times before.  Yet this annual ritual gives me comfort, so I continue.    

 

From The Desk Of Senator Jack Martins

Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:00

We Deserve Better

I’m going to get straight to the point.  Superstorm Sandy slammed into the south shore of Long Island on Oct. 29, 2012.  On that date, more than 400 days ago, millions were left without power, and tens of thousands were displaced.

 

Now I’m reading newspaper articles that are making my stomach turn.  Apparently only four (that’s right, four) of the 4,178 Superstorm Sandy-ravaged Long Island homeowners who qualified for federal housing reconstruction aid have actually received a check.  Let me elaborate.  More than 10,000 homeowners asked for help.  Thus far a few more than 4,000 have heard back and only four have actually received a check.  We watched press conference after press conference at which eager politicians promised help and took credit for new funding and here we are more than a year later and only 4 people have received a check.  

 

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