“Eighty percent of success is showing up” is a quote attributed to Woody Allen. Although Mr. Allen may have been facetious with his delivery, in truth, being present is very meaningful.
Too often in recent times, individuals who miss work, classes, practices or tryouts have a very difficult time understanding why they didn’t receive the promotion, the good grade or the coveted spot on the team. Naturally from time to time, people don’t feel well.
I want to thank everyone who voted on November 5 and participated in the most important part of the democratic process. The results clearly show that Nassau County residents want lower taxes, less expensive government and high quality services. These are not incompatible objectives. These objectives can be accomplished by continuing to make government more efficient by finding and eliminating waste, fraud, and unnecessary expenses while growing our economy to provide jobs, opportunities and additional sales tax revenues.
As we salute the men and women who served our nation on Veterans Day, the American Lung Association wants veterans and their loved ones to know that those who served have a higher incidence of lung cancer than the general population. November is also Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and the message that veterans have an increased risk for acquiring this dreaded disease is an important one that’s too often overlooked in the stories we typically read about both veterans and about lung cancer.
On Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m., we will again present the ABCs of College Admissions for parents and students at the Island Trees High School. This program is geared for students in grades 8-11. This is a repeat presentation of the program we held in June. The ABCs of College Admissions will provide insight and preparation strategies to the complex college admissions process. It’s never too early or late to prepare for the college process. If you missed our last discussion, we invite you to attend.
Believe it or not, our Student Registration Office has already started our Kindergarten registration process for the 2014-15 school year – the Island Trees High School Class of 2027. Children born from December 2, 2008 to December 1, 2009 are eligible to attend Kindergarten in September 2014. To be included in all of our community mailings, please contact Carole Lofaso in our registration Office at 516-520-2111. Registration appointments will begin shortly. If you have any questions about our Kindergarten programs, please feel free to contact Sparke principal, Dr. Penny Fisher, 516-520-2126.
The United States in 2013 possesses as system of public education that is demonstrably inferior to that of other developed nations and to the public education system it had enjoyed in 1910 when urban classrooms overcrowded with immigrant children nonetheless produced students who grew-up to become talented and highly-accomplished productive citizens. We can blame teachers, administrators, unions, school boards, the Board of Regents, the Department of Education, parents, too much TV, too many video games, and the Core Curriculum. Each, in their own manner, is less than guilt-free. Nevertheless, blaming them merely exonerates the culture from the fact that in 2013, all the lip-service and billion-dollar expenditures notwithstanding, education is not expected, rewarded, or respected the way it had hitherto been and still is in many other countries. And this distain for learning is no longer confined to the experiences of academically gifted students ostracized as nerds, geeks, and dweebs by their future minimum wage/drug rehab/correctional facility peers; in this nation where museums, art galleries, historical societies, churches, and civic organizations don’t enjoy as much funding or regard as the tobacco, gamboling, alcohol, professional sports, tattoo, pornography, and body-piercing industries. Children are growing up in households where there’s more passion and enthusiasm for celebrities, gadgets, and shopping than for math, science, books, and art. Adults, even college-educated adults, have joined what Isaac Asimov in 1980 called “the cult of ignorance” whereby tolerance, open-mindedness, and the egalitarian spirit is expressed in the notion that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge”.
For college bound students, mathematics is one of the most important academic subjects a student can take in high school. Since the admissions process is so competitive, colleges now expect to see students take four years of high school math. In fact, college admissions officers scrutinize student transcripts to ensure students have included math as part of their four-year high school program.
For 10 years now, residents of the Town of Hempstead have been receiving numerous town mailings (about 25 per year) often touting the accomplishments of our Town Supervisor, Kate Murray. One accomplishment, she can’t help but mention (over and over) is her fiscal record.
It is long past due that town residents have a factual account of her (Supervisor Murray’s) actual fiscal record. Since 2003, when Supervisor Murray was appointed, the property tax levy has increased from $182.528 to $264.49 million (or 44.9 percent), bond debt increased from $238 to $317.35 million (or 33 percent), and the town has had three consecutive years (2010 to 2012) of deficits totaling $36 million. Why hasn’t any of these facts showed up in a Kate Murray’s mailings?
I am writing out of concern for our police presence in Levittown. On Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at around 2:15 PM we parked at the Stop and Shop on the corner of Hempstead Tpke. And Wantagh Ave. in Levittown to do some grocery shopping. When we emerged from the store at about 2:45 p.m. we discovered that our car had been side-swiped while parked and that the perpetrator had left the scene with no note.
After determining that there was no note, we decided to ask the manager to look at the video cameras. The manager explained that they would need a police report to do that and suggested we call 911 which we did. We were told that it could be up to 30 minutes and to be patient.
There’s a lot of blame and finger pointing for the recent federal government shutdown. Today I’m offering a common-sense solution.
Originally, House Republicans, who are in the majority, offered a resolution to temporarily continue governing operations. It had two conditions: 1.) Fund the government at a level that many Democrats felt was insufficient; and 2.) Defund and delay the Affordable Care Act (known to many as Obamacare). I could not support both of those conditions, particularly using a shutdown of the federal government to effectively repeal the Affordable Care Act.
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