Liar, cheater, weasel are just a few of the terms used to describe one’s opponent in the recent election. Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is a good case in point. His opponent who had deep pockets outspent Tom 8 to 1. I have known Tom since he was a 17-year-old kid in Mineola High School. In his long career he has always been friendly to all. He never had a bad word to say about anyone. He was a sweet, even-tempered man. To listen to his opponent he was just short of being a criminal. Tom won the election. The public, I think, has had enough of the negative ads that they all used to blacken their opponents with half-truths, lies and gross exaggerations. It would be wonderful if in the future candidates would just tell people what they hoped to accomplish without the vicious attacks on their opponents. Don’t hold your breath.
“Greenhouse” gases: pleasant-sounding name for carbon dioxide, methane, and other carbon-based gases that threaten to destroy ecosystems, play havoc with weather patterns, raise sea levels worldwide, and inundate much of Long Island.
Police Commander of the Third Precinct, Kevin Canavan, will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce, Nov. 16, at Piccola Bussola. After his graduation from the Police Academy in 1988, he was assigned to the Aviation Bureau as a pilot. During that time he won the award for heroism as well as the Helicopter Association International Award for Heroism. He was promoted to inspector and named the commanding officer of the third precinct last year.
Mary Tillman is the mother of Army Ranger Pat Tillman, who was killed in Afghanistan. She wrote the book Boots on the Ground by Dusk, which detailed her attempt to find out the truth about her son’s death and exposed a cover-up by the Pentagon and the White House. Mary Tillman dedicated the book to “all military families, who are seeking to understand the sacrifices their sons and daughters have made. They too are entitled to the truth from their government.”
What factors contribute to the value of your home? A lot has been said about property values declining because we are closing schools. How can you quantify that? Outside of the number of bedrooms and quality of the home construction, let’s examine some of the main factors in attracting prospective buyers:
Archbishop Timothy Dolan attended the opening of the story of America’s Nuns at Ellis Island and was full of praise. The history of America’s Religious Sisters, called the Women of the Spirit, was organized by our daughter, Sister Annmarie, and four other sisters. They helped raise the $4 million needed and wrote the stories and the graphics. It started in Cincinnati’s Museum and four months later moved to Dallas and then the Smithsonian in Washington, then to Cleveland and now to Ellis Island. The traveling exhibit has attracted almost 400,000 visitors to date. It stays about four months in each location. It will open early next year in Iowa and then hopefully to the west coast.
The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently released its national survey on Drug Use and Health and sadly there weren’t too many surprises. Drug use among adolescents nationwide increased between 2008 and 2009, reflecting the trend we’ve seen here on Long Island - a trend that’s accelerated into 2010.
In 1999 Congress declared September Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. The goal of this special designation is to raise awareness among women and healthcare providers to encourage more screenings, earlier detection and increased support for gynecological cancer research.
Cancers of the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, peritoneum, vagina and vulva account for approximately 80,000 cancer diagnoses in the United States each year. This is comparable to one-third the number of cases of breast cancer in this country, and because gynecological cancers are generally associated with good prognosis when they are detected in their early stages, they have not garnered as much public attention as breast cancer and other illnesses. As a result, promotion of screening, early detection and research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic cancers has lagged behind that of other diseases.
Keep the Hampton Street School open; that’s what the people want. There are 100 options I could come up with that would even cause less of a burden than the school district is proposing. The proposed bond is all-wrong.
Block parties abound this time of year. A good one was held on Beebe Road from Garfield Avenue south to First Street. Among those we had a chance to talk to were Catherine, Tony, George and Marinos Pantelides, Fernando and Lauren Mora, Cathleen Lynch, Pat Yasparro, Pam Zezima, Vala Podlesak, Noah, Ben, Melanie and Sadie Lichaa, Christine Kelly, John, Dee, Connor, Danielle and Gavin McLaughlin, Denise, Jeff, Sidney and Brent Klass, Rui Manuel, Carlos and Matias, Felipe, Luis Carlos and Amelia Concalves, Karina Teixeira, Stephen Modica, Michele Zaransky and Julia and Jessica Perrino.
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