With the new school year fast approaching, Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto issued his annual reminder to drivers to be extra cautious.
“The slogan ‘School is Open – Drive Safely’ has been around for a while, but it bears repeating as we embark upon the start of a new school year,” Venditto stated. “Despite parental lectures on safety, children sometimes demonstrate youthful misjudgment such as walking or riding against traffic lights and signs or in undesignated areas, zig-zagging on bicycles or skateboards, and walking or riding out from between parked cars. That means we, as drivers, must be constantly on the alert. As someone who spends a lot of time on the road, I am especially cautious on neighborhood streets. I am inclined to decrease my speed below the posted limit and give extra wide clearance to children walking, riding or playing in the street.
As most of you know, there are no meetings in July and we resume our regular schedule in August.
During the month of June we celebrated four Grand Openings; Swirls & Twirls Frozen Yogurt, 5270 Sunrise Hwy., OM Tara Yoga Studio, 518 A Broadway, Salumi Tapas and Wine Bar, 5600 Merrick Rd., and Pequa Physical and Aquatic Therapy, 913 North Broadway.
I was privileged to be at a pre-release screening of the extraordinary feature-length documentary film called Rebirth at Hofstra University in June. In just a few days, you can see it too.
Rebirth’s theatrical premiere will be held on Aug. 31, at the IFC Center in New York City and on SHOWTIME on the 10th anniversary commemoration of September 11, 2001.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano's attempt to sneak through a massive tax hike was overwhelmingly rejected by voters on August 1st.
Mangano and the republicans in the legislature should never have tried to sell the people of Nassau on the bad idea of raising their property taxes to build Charles Wang a new Coliseum.
The independent, nonpartisan Institute of Medicine (IOM) comprised of health care professionals recommended that prescription birth control be included as a preventive service under the federal health care reform law. If adopted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), new insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act will be required to cover FDA-approved contraceptive methods without charging co-pays or other out-of-pocket fees. This could result in the elimination of one of the biggest obstacles to effective family planning for millions of American women. HHS is expected to make a final decision on the IOM’s recommendation in August.
Mr. McMillan’s interpretation of The Dream Act is inaccurate. It would create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented youth who meet certain qualifications, so the first sentence is true in that sense. But it would not in any way give those same immigrants free college tuition. They would simply be eligible for government financial aid in the same way that a citizen would be.
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Schoolyards, playing fields, gymnasiums, vacant lots, street corners, makeshift clubhouses and stoops were but a few of the special places of my boyhood. These were the platforms upon which the richest of memories, sweet and sour, were built. In later years, it has been the countless hours of my work with groups of boys at North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center that have been most evocative of those special places and times. The associated images and scenarios provide me, at each memorable stop, with a visceral reminder of my earliest struggles to belong, to feel special and to be valued.
On August 1, 2011, Nassau County voters will have the opportunity to vote on a positive plan for saving the New York Islanders with a new arena, bringing a minor league baseball stadium to Nassau County, creating jobs and bolstering Nassau County’s economy generally. This is an easy choice to make, and I will be voting yes.
What could be bad about a modern new arena that will be a home for the Islanders till 2045 and a minor league ballpark (is it too much to hope that it will house a Mets farm team?) that will spur reasonable development of the entire Nassau hub and create a guaranteed steady revenue stream for hard-pressed Nassau taxpayers? Remember, the monies due to the county will be based entirely on revenue, regardless of profits. That makes the deal a perfect scenario for taxpayers.
The League of Women Voters of Nassau County strongly objects to the August 1 scheduling of a Nassau County referendum on the proposal to permit the county to borrow up to an additional $400 million for a proposed "Nassau County Hub Area Development" construction project, which would include a new Nassau Coliseum and minor league ballpark. Our reasons include the following:
The cost of doing this as a special election, projected to be approximately $2 million, is not necessary and would come at a time when Nassau County is already experiencing serious financial difficulties. Though the cost would be picked up if the vote is "Yes," if it is "No," the voters would have to bear this unnecessary burden. This risk can easily be avoided by scheduling the vote on the same day and on the same ballots as those for the general election in the fall. Most bond issue votes have been done that way in the past.
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