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Letter: On Gay Marriage

Friday, 24 June 2011 00:00

It’s not obvious from the debates, talk shows, and protests, but most people opposed to gay marriage are not bigots and homophobes and most people who support gay marriage are not advocating a decadent lifestyle of sexual hedonism. I, for example, am not opposed to gay marriage, as such.

The greatest threat to the institution of marriage, after all, is not same-sex couples wanting to marry but the divorce rate amongst opposite-sex couples. To wit: whilst same-sex unions will never be the dominant pattern even after legalization because homosexuals, like left-handed people, will always be a distinct minority within any given population, divorce between a man and a woman has become the norm. The results have been catastrophic - especially for children.


Around the Town: June 17, 2011

Friday, 17 June 2011 00:00

Senior Summer Beach Program

Throughout the year, Hempstead Town offers a variety of activities and events for our senior residents. One of our most popular programs is the Town of Hempstead’s Senior Summer Beach Program, now in its 44th season. This year, our theme, “Lido Lights the Way,” promises an exciting lineup of entertainment and is the perfect way for our seniors to spend warm summer days.

This free ten-week program will begin Monday, June 27 and takes place every weekday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Friday, Sept. 2. Our “Lido Lights the Way” Senior Summer Beach Program will feature a series of special concerts, dance shows and other forms of live entertainment, as well as arts and crafts, dancing, shuffleboard, bocce, and leather crafting. What’s more, seniors can swim and relax at the beach, ocean and pool.


From the Desk of Dr. Charles Murphy: June 17, 2010

Written by Island Trees Superintendent Charles Murphy Friday, 17 June 2011 00:00

“Are you ready for the summer….are you ready for the good times…no more pencils…no books…” that music from Bill Murray’s iconic 1979 summertime classic Meatballs always resonates with me as another school year comes to a close.   

Summertime is a wonderful time for kids – summer camp, vacations, the pool, late evenings, barbeques, fireworks…it seems to creep up on us suddenly and leave more quickly, so enjoy the summer of 2011 and create many memories with your children, families and friends. The 2010-11 school year has been a terrific one in Island Trees.   


Letter: Employment: It All Starts Locally

Friday, 10 June 2011 00:00

A little quick jump up to the store to get some milk... I was in a real hurry... I saw the self-serve checkout platforms...hmmmmmm...what to do? What to do? I’m running late; cashier with one person in line already vs. one of the quick, newly installed platforms?


From the Desk of Dr. Charles Murphy: June 10, 2011

Written by Island Trees Superintendent of Schools Charles Murphy Friday, 10 June 2011 00:00

It was the summer of 1963. Most Americans had never even heard of the mounting troubles in Vietnam. New York’s newest baseball team, the New York Mets, were wrapping another 100-loss season at the Polo Grounds and looking forward to opening their new stadium in Flushing, Queens. In August 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream Speech” in Washington, DC and President Barack Obama had celebrated his second birthday.


Letter: Kelty Thanks Voters

Friday, 03 June 2011 00:00

I want to express my sincerest thanks to all who turned out in the pouring rain and were able to cast a vote for me on May 17th. I am humbled by the trust you put in me with your vote. I am so sorry that we came up short for now. I want to express my deepest concern and sympathy to all who approached me on May 17th and told me that you were unable to cast a vote for me due to problems with the levers in the voting booths. These problems should have been addressed immediately on the day of the vote. Unfortunately, they were not.


From the Desk of Dr. Charles Murphy: June 3, 2011

Written by Island Trees Superintendent of Schools Dr. Charles Murphy Friday, 03 June 2011 00:00

Recently, the Island Trees School District completed all of the New York State mandated assessments in English Language Arts and Math. This testing period takes up a considerable amount of time for students, and even more for our staff. In fact, our teachers pulled from their classroom assignments and often spend many extra hours after school scoring these state required assessments during this two-week period of time.  


Letter: ‘District Will Never See Taxes Reduced’

Friday, 27 May 2011 00:00

My name is John Fontana and I was an anti-tax candidate running for the Island Trees School Board. I was amazed at how fast you become public enemy number one when you talk about reducing taxes.

The teachers union hates you; when you talk about concessions, the P.T.A. looks at you like you’re diseased. They form a quiet coalition, and then bombard you a week before the election.


Letter to the Residents of the Island Trees Community

Friday, 27 May 2011 00:00

The Island Trees Board of Education wishes to thank all of the residents who came out and voted on Tuesday, May 17 in support of the 2011-12 school budget. In addition, we are enormously grateful to everyone who advocated on our behalf of our school district. The strong support of our community means we will be able to sustain and maintain all our programs, services and activities which make Island Trees a very special place for our children.


From the Desk of Assemblyman David G. Mcdonough: May 20, 2011

Written by Assemblyman David G. Mcdonough Friday, 20 May 2011 00:00

Albany’s Latest Ignorance and Mismanagement

Hits Taxpayers Hardest

New York State’s buying power is equivalent to a Fortune 100 company. That’s according to Howard Glaser, the director of state operations who has been charged by Governor Cuomo with eliminating gross inefficiencies in our state government. His recent audit included findings showing Albany owning more than a million square feet of office space that sits vacant, nearly 2,000 vendors providing expensive duplicate office supplies and services, and over 400 toll-free numbers that have not been called in months, all at taxpayer expense. Our tax dollars should not go to fund agencies that are so bloated they cannot keep records of what they own or the products they purchase.


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