While it is encouraging that Senate and House committees are beginning to seriously consider health care reform legislation, it is critical that the U.S. Congress takes action and passes real health care reform in the next few months.
Lee Aschenbrenner was principal of Flower Hill School when it closed in 1979, and I was PTA President. We worked closely that year - with all the turmoil you might expect going on around us - and we got to know the man we affectionately called “Mr. A.”
The American Heart Association’s mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. One of the leading preventable causes of these diseases – the growing waistline of America! Being labeled as overweight or obese has disastrous effects on your cardiovascular health.
Heart disease and stroke remain the counties’, the states’, and unfortunately, the nation’s number one risk of death. Obesity directly results in dangerous conditions for your heart, including high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. By educating the restaurant consumer, Nassau County will empower its citizenry to make better choices and potentially encourage restaurants to reformulate offerings with healthier ingredients and more reasonable portion sizes.
Evidence abounds that menu labeling does not hurt the restaurant industry, but simply encourages consumers to make smarter decisions. Public reaction to the policy in New York City has been extremely positive, with 89 percent considering it a positive move.
On behalf of the American Heart Association, I look forward to this policy being approved by the County in September. We could all be heart-healthier because of it!
Susan Somerville, RN
Chairman, Long Island Board of Directors
American Heart Association
Nassau County Resident
(Ed.’s note: The Port News will be publishing a full obituary on Mr. Aschenbrenner’s passing in an upcoming issue.)
The Executive Committee of the Community Chest of Port Washington, along with so many others in the community was saddened to learn of the passing this week of Lee Aschenbrenner. Lee served as a member of our board of directors for many years and was a long term member of our Budgets and Allocations Committee.
A resident of Port Washington for more than 60 years, Lee was a teacher, supervisor and principal, and volunteer tutor in our community. Lee was also a volunteer in many local religious, historical, and educational organizations. He was dedicated to making Port Washington a wonderful place to live.
In recognition of their many contributions to our community, Lee and his wife “T” and their three children, their grandchildren and their great-grandchildren.
Lee will most certainly be missed by all.
President fo the Community Chest
Of Port Washington
Even here in my suburban Atlanta home, I learned of the death of Dr. Charles “Chuck” Rogers soon after his passing. Shortly after that, I read the tribute to him printed in the Port Washington News, written by his friend Robert Obojski. Mr. Obojski’s insight into the man was revealing, but my only knowledge of Dr. Rogers was professional — if you can call it that!
The Town of North Hempstead has recognized the importance trees have in our communities. As a result they have created a database and are now in the process of cataloging every town-owned tree. The Village of Manorhaven has not yet recognized that same importance, which leads me to tell you of a recent occurrence.
All people thrive when challenged and feel the thrill of accomplishment when they have mastered a new skill. Most of us remember the flush of excitement when we received our first paycheck.
So sorry to learn of the recent passing of Dr. Charles F. Rogers, one of the real pillars of the Port Washington Community for so many decades.
As the Port News for July 16 indicated, Dr. Rogers spent a substantial portion of his outstanding medical career at St. Francis Hospital including the period from 1970-95 when he was director of surgery.
The impact of crushing steel; the ringing sound of a relentless horn; the blast of an airbag protecting my shocked being from harm. Noise and chaos were plentiful on Plandome Road, but nothing spoke louder than the quiet compassion and remarkable kindness of the Port Washington residents, drivers and officers.
We have to respond to Ms. Rich’s letter that claims the Port News is biased against critics of the school district.
We are a bit surprised because we have printed every letter she has submitted, all of which were critical of the district, verbatim.
Simply put, we see both sides of the complicated issue of public funding for education.
The only bias we have is for the truth.
As always, the Port News will continue its commitment to fair criticism on its editorial pages and maintaining its high standards.
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