The adopted $2.8 billion Nassau County budget for fiscal year 2013 represents a 0.2 percent decrease in spending compared to the 2012 budget. For the third consecutive year, the budget holds the line on property taxes with no increase.
The budget is fiscally conservative containing only $60.1 million of revenue and expenditure items considered as having risk. This is the lowest amount of budgetary risk in over four years. The $60.1 million at risk is comprised of $39.1 million in possible lower revenues and $21 million in possible higher expense. This level of risk is about 2 percent of the total budget and should be manageable.
Parents are their child’s teacher. In fact, out of the scores of teachers your child will have during their lifetime, there is no teacher more important. Parents will spend more time and have more at stake with their child than any classroom teacher ever will. Therefore, it is important for parents to create a rich learning environment that will enable their child to succeed in school.
The story of Christmas is not one in which a mighty emperor arrives on a mighty steed but rather one in which God identifies fully with ordinary people huddling in the dark: a young mother in labor, an anxious father, a baby born in a barn. Many of us recently huddled together in the dark when a storm took away the lights, phones, and warm homes we took for granted.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Assemblyman David G. McDonough is reminding Long Island residents and businesses to be on guard against repair scams and those who may try to exploit unsuspecting homeowners who suffered property damage. Despite the outpouring of support from volunteers and charitable organizations, there are still those who may try to take advantage of affected parties.
“It is important that we protect ourselves against those trying to exploit this disaster for personal gains,” said McDonough. “There are many reputable organizations that are able to assist those affected by the storm.
Recently, dozens of Kiwanians and sponsored youth came together outside of King Kullen in Levittown to collect hundreds of food items to donate those in need this Thanksgiving.
The Kiwanis Club of Levittown does this every year; this year, however, the response was even more incredible than previous years. Because of the generous spirit of Levittown residents, the Kiwanis Club was able to fill over 50 shopping carts of food.
I am writing to you in order to sing the praises of the mayor of Glen Cove, our honorable Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi.
From the time that Hurricane Sandy made her devastating pass through our city, Mayor Suozzi went above and beyond his call of duty to keep us most informed, while providing critical information that we needed in order to weather this storm both physically and emotionally.
His daily telephone messages, filled with concern for his constituents, gave great comfort to this former mayor of Glen Cove’s granddaughter. Thank you, Mayor Suozzi.
Unlike years and years ago, problem solving has become an important component of the New York State math curriculum. As an elementary student, I can recall my teachers assigning pages and pages of math computations, but for some reason we were always allowed to skip the two word problems at the bottom of the page. In fact, if word problems were assigned, they were designated as a “bonus work”.
The eight-day Festival of Lights, the celebration of Hanukkah, begins at sundown on Saturday, Dec. 8 and continues through Sunday, Dec. 16 this year. May the candlelights of the holiday shepherd in a better world for all mankind.
Last month I read an interesting article where doctors at the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health in England have recommended that small children (3 and under) should be barred from watching television. In fact, the writer calls for the English government to set real television limitations for children.
After all, there are many other laws that protect the health and welfare of children - why not a law regulating children’s television viewing? The article published in the prestigious British Medical Journal found that toddlers are developmentally harmed by watching television. At this early stage of development, the brain’s growth is explosive and television impedes the crucial development associated with more interactive activities.
The doctors feel children under 3 should spend more time interacting with parents – with eye-to-eye contact – rather than a television screen. By in large, most people would not need empirical medical research to understand the negative effects of television watching on child development.
Naturally, play is the most essential activity for overall child development. Parents who are able to create this type of environment for their children will be able to enrich their lives considerably.
In April, Island Trees children in grades three to eight will take the new common core assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics. At this time, our number one priority is to prepare our students with this very complex and challenging subject matter. Of course, our students will need support at home to be truly successful.
Fortunately, we possess a very supportive parent base that understands that their child’s education is their primary household concern. At this moment (November), the State Education Department (SED) has still not provided clear core curriculum guidelines for school districts.
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