Friday, 22 February 2013 00:00
In what is rapidly becoming a regular feature, here are some of the most striking comments about the new map from the latest hearing. Lest there be any concern that positive comments are being ignored, rest assured: there weren’t any. Not a single one of the dozens of speakers at the Feb. 11 meeting spoke in favor of the map.
“It is embarrassing, it is disgusting, and it is an act of institutionalized racism…I hope when you go home and you look at your children and your grandchildren that you’re proud of what you’re doing.”
-Jill Williams, Village of Hempstead
“This map is a snow job bigger than what we saw on Friday [Feb. 8], and this process has been a sham.”
-Mimi Pierre Johnson, Elmont
“The instruction to draw the map ‘blind to incumbency’…is that in writing?”
-Claudia Borecky, Merrick
“What we see here is a microcosm of what’s sucking the life out of Nassau County and out of the country.”
-Henry Boitel, Rockville Centre
“I feel qualified to comment on this map by dint of a course I just finished— in stand-up comedy. It’s laughable, or it would be if it weren’t so deadly serious.”
-Judith Epstein, Port Washington
“The county is broke; why put the county in the position where they’re going to lose millions of dollars in a lawsuit?
-Wayne Hall, Village of Hempstead
“When you look at proposed districts like District 16, can you actually in good faith, tell us, and tell everyone in this room, that this is not simply gerrymander?”
-Daniel Altschuler, Long Island Civic Engagement Table
“I was born on the lower waters of the Mississippi; I moved to New York, running away from the same thing that I see going on here.”
-Josie Green, Hempstead
Saturday, 21 December 2013 00:00
If you’ve ever thought about immortalizing your pet with a high quality portrait, Yvonne Dagger is the artist to go to. The animal lover/activist has a knack for capturing the essence of each animal she paints, and her work is on display at The Painted Pet, the gallery that recently opened in Locust Valley. The portraits on display are mainly of at-risk shelter animals who Dagger felt “needed a voice” and decided to keep their stories alive and relevant through the oil paintings.
“I wanted to elevate them to a status of fine art, give them a chance to have something better, even if it’s just to be in a painting.”
Friday, 20 December 2013 00:00
Peter and Marguerite Casparian will find it easy to adjust to their retirement home when they move to Austin, TX in August of 2014. The Rev. Peter Casparian and his artist wife, Marguerite, collect religious folk art; at a recent fundraiser at the rectory at Christ Church, their collection created a visual delight, demonstrating that they will be able to re-construct that warmth, wherever they live.
“We have even more items in storage,” said Marguerite. When they arrive in Austin, near their daughter, it will be easy to make their new home comfortable and familiar. The two are used to world travel: before coming to Oyster Bay, he was the Rector at St. James American Church in Florence, Italy, and he is involved with an NGO in Guatemala. They began their careers in Kansas, the heartland of America.
Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:00Oyster Bay resident and Kellenberg student athlete Ryan Curran’s hard work, effort, commitment, and success in the classroom and on the athletic field has secured him a spot on the men’s lacrosse team at UMASS Lowel. Curran has signed a letter of intent and taken the next step in his educational growth by committing to the lacrosse team, and agreeing to participate in collegiate athletics at the highest level.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Residents can take part in the Town of Oyster Bay’s Adult Co-Ed Badminton Volleyball Programs. The programs are open to town residents 18 and older, and will be held at the Town of Oyster Bay Hicksville Athletic Center.
The badminton program starts on Sunday, Jan. 5 and will be held on Thursdays and Sundays from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. The volleyball program starts on Tuesday, Jan. 7 and will be conducted on Tuesdays from 9 to 10:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. The programs, which are 12 weeks in duration, are $60 for residents and $70 for non-residents. Proof of residency is required.
For further information, contact the Hicksville Athletic Center at 516-733-8406.
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