With all the talk about U.S. teens lagging behind their international peers in STEM knowledge, Nassau County’s own Cradle of Aviation has addressed this gap by hosting Green Teens, a hands-on science camp that for the past six summers has been teaching high school students about myriad environmental topics.
“Potato fields”, one said. “Nothing but potato fields”, spake another. And the shibboleth became a mantra with “potato fields as far as the eye could see”. These people were describing Levittown prior to World War II on a social networking site. They were wrong.
The fact is, in the two decades prior to Levitt & Sons building roads and recreational facilities to accommodate the residents of the 17,447 mass-produced homes they erected between 1947 and 1951, the Levittown landscape was a complex and diverse one that had a considerable impact upon our community’s present-day configuration.
Remy International is closing the Bay Shore auto parts plant it purchased less than eight months ago. “USA has an outstanding reputation with strong product distribution and a diverse product line,” the acquiring CEO said back then. But the short gap between purchase and closing suggests Remy never intended to keep USA’s plant or its 271 workers, just its customers.
This year occasions the centennial of the beginning of World War One and I can’t throw off the glum feeling that Americans have learned absolutely nothing from the conflict.
Levittown Community Council recently celebrated its 17th annual Lazy Days of Summer event with a record turnout of participants. As chairperson of the event, it became even more apparent to me than in the past that events such as this, which attract crowds upward of 600 people, are never the success of one or two individuals. It takes cooperation by many people and businesses who donate money, goods, services and spare time to create, time and again, a remarkable event.
Nothing, it seems, gets people’s dander up as much as kittens in peril.
Our sister paper, the Massapequa Observer, last week told of the Town of Oyster Bay closing a nonprofit no-kill cat rescue shelter for code violations, after neighboring businesses complained about odor.
The tale has brought our offices a flood of calls from across Nassau — Massapequa to Mill Neck, Floral Park to Farmingdale, Port Washington to Plainview. Our two stories on the rescue shelter’s closing have unleashed a torrent of comments — some in support of the shelter, some in support of the businesses (but all in support of the kittens) — on the Massapequa Observer Facebook page (www.facebook.com/massapequaobserver). Passionate pleas for animal welfare mingle with calls for the business owner to correct code violations. It’s a lively debate with many points of view and at times it gets contentious — and we couldn’t be happier about hosting a platform for the public.
Thousands of residents of Nassau County have had their lives, health, peace of mind and property values impaired by the FAA’s new flight patterns for Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Airports.
Based on the attitude of the FAA in dealing with us, that they are acting under political cover provided by Senator Charles Schumer). We believe that Schumer’s voting record and support of Senator
Maria Cantwell were a primary reason for the Passage of HR 658 which sacrificed our well-being for the welfare of the airline industry. RNAV equipment is a technology the FAA believes allows aircraft to fly narrow paths that concentrating noise. In addition, the technology allows for closer spacing that supposedly maintains or improves safety. The senator and the aircraft and airline industries are more concerned about flying more and more aircraft into the New York area than about quality of life.
I enjoyed reading Paul Manton’s opinion on the value of the college degree for today’s youth in the July 16-22 edition of the Levittown Tribune and would like to share my opinion on this topic as well. I believe that for most high school graduates, college is the appropriate next step.
While college educations can be very expensive, and accumulating debt is never a good thing, Nassau Community College provides an extremely affordable and valuable option for high school graduates who are not certain of specific career paths or who are not financially able to attend private liberal arts colleges.
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 Island Trees Bulldogs’ top receiver, it almost makes us, the spectators, forget how hard these teens are really hitting each other.
I am so very proud of our parks system and all we have to offer in our great county. This summer, we have an action-packed line-up. With a combination of quality entertainment and fun activities for the whole family, we look forward to seeing you out and about.
Alongside my continued dedication to creating tourism, the incredible support we have received from local business sponsors has made bringing top-notch events to our residents at no additional cost, a great reality.
This week, I would like to alert you to upcoming happenings. Pack up your lawn chair and mark your calendar, because we have some good old-fashioned entertainment in store.
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