More than five years ago the Levittown community welcomed me with open arms as the editor of their local newspaper. I greeted the community with my Sept. 24, 2004 editorial and I must bid farewell in the same manner.
Ever since H.G. Wells published The Time Machine back in 1895, the SciFi genre has permeated every aspect of modern popular culture. It’s in our society DNA to assume that, by the year 2525, Mars-bound spacecraft will be seen blasting off several times a day from any one of this planet’s myriad spaceports. My vision of 2525, however, is one of homespun farmers, blacksmiths, and windmills - albeit with genetically-engineered crops and the generation of electricity through means other than fossil fuels. Consider that the Amish, or at least people who will live very much like them, will be the norm in the 26th century not only because their self-sufficiency is more sustainable than our natural resource-hungry global, computerized, consumer-oriented civilization, but because they are better connected to reality, to each other, and to the source of their sustenance.
Many, many thanks for your interest and your publisher’s for their support in publishing the events on December 2004 and again on January 21, 2005 surrounding the petition to Nassau County for installation of turn lanes on Wantagh Avenue at Miller Place/Cotton Lane, Levittown.
The New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR) is spreading the word that the extended Bottle Bill begins Sunday, November 8, 2009. The extended bill was originally set to begin this Saturday, October 31, but New York officials are giving retailers a “grace period” to comply with the new requirement (according to Department of Environmental Conservation spokesperson Maureen Wren).
I read last week’s Letter to the Editor and I couldn’t disagree more. The Town of Hempstead election race is not a Republican/Democrat race at all. It is an election of who has been there for this community, time and time again. I started thinking about the things that have improved since our town officials have been in office.
I urge the continued support of Town Councilman Gary Hudes.
I am thrilled to see the support for Kate Murray and Gary Hudes on people’s lawns all over Levittown.
I am writing to you to know that I am in full support of Mr. Matt Hynes as candidate for the Town of Hempstead Sixth Council District. Even though I have voted for the incumbent Republican candidates in the past, I can no longer give them my support.
I am elated and wish to inform you and the Levittown Tribune and friends and neighbors that your report published Dec. 3, 2004 regarding the dangerous intersection of Wantagh Avenue at Miller Place/Cotton Lane in Levittown has finally come to fruition.
Senator Kemp Hannon is sponsoring his eighth annual Health Fair and Awareness Day on Thursday, Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the David S. Mack Sports Complex at Hofstra University in Uniondale on the north side of campus.
Flu shots, various health screenings and the health information you want to know will all be available as over 90 health providers and health specialists gather at one venue to address your every concern.
Free flu shots will be dispensed in cooperation with Nassau University Medical Center to persons 60 years or older. If you live in Senator Hannon’s district, call 739-1700 on any Wednesday or Thursday beginning Oct. 7 to reserve an appointment.
Also, please help our community by bringing non-perishable food items for the Mary Brennan INN and Island Harvest charities to the fair. Senator Hannon’s staff will deliver all of the items to the charities. Thank you for your help!
A house fire can occur at any time, so what’s your family’s game plan? It’s easy to hope for the best, but if a fire were to start in your home, do your children immediately know what they should do?
During October, Fire Prevention Month, Senator Kemp Hannon encourages parents not only to speak to their kids about fire safety, but to have practice fire drills as well.
“Every family is different and every home is different. That’s why it’s crucial for parents to develop a specific plan that works for the layout of their home and family,” Senator Hannon said. “Kids need to practice their family’s fire escape plan so they are confident in case of a real emergency. During a house fire, there’s no time to second-guess what you should do.”
The senator asks parents to review the following safety measures in order to ensure the safety of their loved ones. The seven fire prevention steps families need to know:
• Practice drills should be held at least twice a year. Hold family drills at night with all the lights out and door closed.
• Name one family member as the drill leader. The drill leader is responsible for sounding an alarm to start the drill and for the timing of the drill.
• Each family member should pretend the door is warm and practice opening it carefully.
• Everyone should pretend there is smoke and proceed to crawl following the normal exit route.
• Once outside, everyone should go to the designated meeting place. The drill leader should take a roll count. If this were a real fire, one person would use the neighbor’s phone to call the fire department.
• Conduct a second drill having family members follow alternate exit routes
Senator Kemp Hannon is proposing a bill calling for the state to consolidate all of the pertinent information regarding the H1N1 flu onto one online forum to ensure accuracy and convenience for New Yorkers.
“We need to provide information for New Yorkers in a clear and coherent manner that is readily accessible,” Senator Hannon said. “The current information posted on websites is difficult to find, organized in a confusing fashion and scattered over different governmental agencies and, within the agencies, over different web pages.”
Senator Hannon’s proposed legislation will provide New Yorkers with the confidence of knowing that their questions regarding the H1N1 flu can be answered quickly and accurately by visiting one website. “Concerned parents should not be burdened with determining which specific information applies to their children and how to efficiently find that information,” Hannon said. “I recommend that we work together. For example, the Department of Health and Department of Education should cross-reference each other prior to posting H1N1 information.”
In his letter sent to Governor Paterson, Health Commissioner Daines and Education Interim Commissioner Huxley on Sept. 3, Senator Hannon conveyed the urgency of providing one informational H1N1 flu website for the benefit of all New Yorkers.
“We must act now to provide New Yorkers with easily accessible and clear information. We need to reassure New Yorkers that there is no need to read between the lines and conduct their own research to discover the answers to their questions,” Hannon said.
For more information about the New York State Senate and to sign up for email updates, visit Senator Hannon’s website, www.kemphannon.com.
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