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, 08 March 2014 00:00
Local author Rajdeep Paulus of Locust Valley is living the writer’s dream. After having her first young adult novel published last year with positive reviews, she has just released her second novel, and will be holding a book signing at The Book Revue in Huntington on March 12.
Her first book, Swimming Through Clouds, is about a high school transfer student and her friendship with the basketball captain during their senior year. The sequel, Seeing Through Stones, was released March 1.The mom of four girls only recently tried her hand at novel writing; an English major in college who then taught for a few years, says, “I spent about a decade doing the mom thing...then as my youngest got to be school age, my husband asked me, ‘What do you want to do with your life now?’”
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
February, Black History Month, was celebrated by the Hood A.M.E. Zion Church of Oyster Bay with a series of special events.
“The whole month was inspiring, so I am looking forward to doing it next year,” said Black History-Harriet Tubman Committee Chair Diane Cortes-Evans.
The month included a visit from Assemblyman Charles Lavine, who attended the Feb. 9 service and presented Pastor Linda Vanager with a citation from the NYS Legislature for the church’s work in preserving the Pine Hollow Cemetery, and a lecture by historian Simon Rutledge.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 12:01
On Saturday, Feb. 22, as temperatures rose to well above freezing for the first time in weeks and the melting snow created a thick fog, the Oyster Bay High School Varsity Lady Baymen Basketball Team showed up at Long Island University ready to play.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:48
The Winter Varsity Sports Season is into post-season play in Oyster Bay. Many fine young athletes have excelled this season and were chosen by the Oyster Bay High School coaches as Athletes of the Month for February.
Cassidy Exum has been a member of the varsity wrestling team since his freshman year. Since that time, he has achieved All-County honors, which includes a Nassau County Small School County Championship. This year, Exum started his competitive season with success. He was a place winner in the annual Locust Valley Tournament, a Hank Paris Tournament Champion and a Bethpage Tournament Champion, where he was presented with the Champion of Champions Award. Exum’s success is due to his work ethic, dedication and discipline.; he is a fierce competitor which will help him as he competes for his second Nassau County Championship. Exum is coached by 2012 Coaches of the Year Jay Davis and Doug Axman.