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Letter:

Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00

First, I’d like to commend the Island Trees School Board for abiding by its fiduciary responsibility to the residents of the district in exploring a possible sale of the Farmedge property. There is nothing wrong in doing preliminary research into the possible benefit of a sale on taxes and school funding.

 

First, I’d like to commend the Island Trees School Board for abiding by its fiduciary responsibility to the residents of the district in exploring a possible sale of the Farmedge property. There is nothing wrong in doing preliminary research into the possible benefit of a sale on taxes and school funding.

 

Local Opinion

Written by Tara Bono Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00

What About Young Families? 

Over the years, I have written about the need to keep young people on Long Island and have brainstormed with other young professionals on how we can get more of our peers to stay; I've heard from elected leaders on the alleged “brain drain” problem, and heard the plight of companies who can’t find and keep talent on Long Island, because many of the best have been smart enough to move from Long Island to a region where they can afford to live.

 

During that time, I assumed that older generations of Long Islanders shared this concern. I thought they understood that a rapidly changing population is completely unsustainable, and it meant that they would be picking up our tax tab while we move to greener pastures.

 

Letter: Concerns with Farmedge

Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00

I have lived in the Island Trees community for the past 41 years. When I was raising my children I was very active in both the Island Trees School community and many organizations that make up this community. 

 

I was in attendance at the Feb. 10, meeting where the Island Trees School District presented their proposals for the Island Trees Farmedge property. I left that meeting with many concerns. One of my biggest concerns, was how this matter is being approached by both the school district and the Island Trees Library. 

 

Hitting The Brakes

Written by Island Trees Superintendent Of Schools Dr. Charles Murphy Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00

In response to the concerns shared at the recent Farmedge Property Forum, the district plans to slow down the process and seek community input.  As a result, the district will solicit volunteers to study the Farmedge property in more detail.  In particular, the district hopes to explore the sale of the property with a cross-section of key stakeholders from the school community.  The committee will be charged with the responsibility of investigating a number of new options, including the following examples: 

 

1. To sell the entire Farmedge property. Included in the sale would be the addition of a new library and school district office at this location.

 

Letter: To Levittown Parents: Care About The Core

Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00

I do not know many of you, but I have been blessed to meet a few through the shared intrests of our children and ourselves. I am about to celebrate only a year in our first home here and I am thrilled with how welcoming this community has been. It is living up to everything I expected and was told by family members who grew up or still live here. 

 

This truly is a family community, with children everywhere it has been a wonderful experience for my kids. I grew up in Long Island, so I knew what to expect. My kids spent their early lives in Queens, and as some of you personally know—there’s plenty of reasons why we left. 

 

Letter: Immigrants, Then And Now

Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00

I found Maryann Sinclair Slutsky’s article on Michael Dowling (“An Immigrant Who Hasn’t Forgotten”) very interesting.

 

My parents also immigrated from Ireland, with an 18-month-old daughter, after waiting two years for permission to come. My mother was nine months pregnant with me at that time, but decided to come anyway.

 

This was in 1929, and they were here two weeks when I was born. So, you talk about struggle, no job, and then came the start of the Depression.

 

Letter: Past, Present And Future Of Housing In Levittown

Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:00

Levittown’s history can be periodized into five approximate eras; a Jerusalem Period (1664-1837) in which Quaker and Puritan settlers and their descendants established an agricultural community south of Hempstead Turnpike and thence into present-day Wantagh; an Island Trees Period (1837-1900) in which the arrival of the LIRR on the Hempstead Plains facilitated the establishment of farmsteads from Hicksville southwards to the Turnpike; a Period of Modernization (1900-1936) whereupon automotive technology and aviation and electricity made their appearance; and a Suburban Period (1936-1980) in which explosive population growth, commercial expansion, and residential development remade the face of the land. 

 

Letter: Support Coach Michael Bonsignore

Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:00

When first hearing that Coach Bons was removed from the football program it would be an understatement to say I was shocked. The administration was obviously looking at simply wins and losses and not the changes that were made from when he originially took over. I should know. When I was a freshman on the JV team in high school, it was also Coach Bons’ first season as the head of the varsity team. He taught all of his players how to play together as a group and cooperate with constructive criticism thrown into our play. I can honestly say that my high s hool years of football were some of the most influential years on my life. I may have not known it at the time, but I sure do know and understand it now. Coach Bons made a lasting impression on us players and I still can say

I’m great friends with 15-plus of my former teammates. His teachings not only prepared us for games but for life as well. Pushing ourselves to the limits and then pushing more—proving that we can accomplish what we need in life if we put our mind to it. When we lost it only would show that life doesn’t always go as planned: but you overcome and adapt and move on to the next game and move on to the next step in life. 

 

Transparency In Government The Public Can See

Written by Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos Thursday, 06 February 2014 00:00

Confidence and trust in government appears to continue to erode because of political infighting, and the perception of waste, fraud, and limited transparency. This is why my office has taken small yet significant steps to attempt to restore some trust through transparency.

 

Recently the Comptroller's Facebook page made available all 2013 Nassau County contracts with vendors as well as all the bills paid by the county. In keeping with my office’s prudent standards of controlling costs and promoting innovation, we used the latest social media tools to make this information available to the greatest number of residents. Not a single taxpayer dollar has been spent for this important public service.  

 

Letter: The Future Of The Island Trees Public Library

Thursday, 06 February 2014 00:00

 

As an Island Trees resident, I am very concerned about the Island Trees School District’s recent proposal to sell the Farmedge property. This is particularly disconcerting because the Island Trees Public Library currently resides in a small portion of the Karopczyc building. Without the Karopczyc building, the library will return to the Island Trees Middle School, where it was housed from 1989-1997.

 

I was also informed that the new space would be “comparable” to the library’s current location. However, others I’ve spoken to said this would not be the case, especially since the space being offered is the same space allocated to the library in the past, which had been much smaller than what the library currently has. Regardless, I find this suggestion problematic for several reasons.

 

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