The March 2 meeting of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich school board was the second budget discussion for the district. Held at the Vernon School, OB-EN Assistant Superintendent for Business Christopher Van Cott talked about revenues to the district as part of the budget preparation process. All revenue sources offset the levy, not the expenditure budget, said Mr. Van Cott.
Today’s image of a heroin addict is no longer an unkempt, dirty loser with needlemarks on their arm, but a smiling, smart teenage Prom Queen. That was the message to parents and teens attending a heroin forum, “Not My Child” presented by Kristin M. Fexas, deputy bureau chief from District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s office as she spoke in the St. Dominic High School auditorium recently. Ms. Fexas explained the need to take a decisive stand against the drug merchants.
New Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos talked to Anton Community Newspaper editors on Tuesday, Feb. 9, about a month after being inducted into office. He said he has three goals, 1- to streamline government by making it more efficient; 2- to maximize non-tax revenues; 3- to help fix the tax assessment process.
If it’s true that the grass is always greener in another man’s lawn, it also means he is probably using too much fertilizer.
Here in suburbia, where grass is king, homeowners are always interested in a better way to go green. Wednesday, Feb. 3, Friends of the Bay provided some of the answers as George Thompson of Dodds & Eder; and Neil Lewis and Beth Fiteni of Sustainability Institute at Molloy College (and the Long Island Neighborhood Network) talked about environmentally responsible and sustainable gardening techniques, including how to have a beautiful garden and protect water quality at the same time. The meeting was held in the FOB offices at 2 Townsend Square. It was fitting that the talk was sponsored by FOB since fertilizers are a source of pollution in the bay.
Roosevelt Elementary School Principal Gina Faust hosted the Feb. 2 board of education meeting in the school’s cafeteria. The room does double duty as its auditorium. Parents, teachers and members of the community were treated to a SmartBOARD presentation on how the school teaches social/emotional learning, and spelling and grammar that are taught using the newest technologies. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Phyllis Harrington said, at the conclusion of that portion of the meeting, “We have districts from all over Long Island and Westchester asking to come tour the school.” The district has partnered with the Columbia College School of Education to bring the latest tools for teaching to enhance learning.
Dr. Harrington told the audience that the Nassau Suffolk School Board Association for Long Island is encouraging a handwritten letter campaign to Albany on the state budget on the issue of aid to education in a more equitable and appropriate manner that is consistent with the true cost of education on Long Island. Their slogan is One Island – One Voice, from Oyster Ponds to Oyster Bay. The board agreed to the idea which they will share with the PTA to get parents and community members to write the letters.
St. Dominic R.C. Church hosted an Avianca Flight 52 reunion, 20 years after the crash of the plane in Cove Neck. Father Kevin Smith, pastor of St. Dominic’s, called the landing of the Avianca plane - a miracle on the hill. “It landed in one of the most unpopulated areas on Long Island and no one on the ground was killed. It was a miracle on the hill,” he said. Another miracle is that Father Smith was at the site. “I remember the children, their voices and cries,” he said.
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