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Superintendent’s Column

Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00

In Recognition of Excellence

While there are many opportunities for our seniors to be recognized, there are still some seniors deserving of special recognition who do not get highlighted during other events. Thus the origin of the district’s In Recognition of Excellence evening, several years ago.  


On June 12, Wheatley Room 450 was transformed into a beautifully decorated café.  Ten students were recognized, as well as the three teachers each student picked that they remembered as particularly influential to their school careers, one from North Side, one from Willets and one from Wheatley.  Two buffet dinner courses were served and speeches and recognitions framed the warm dinner conversation at round tables at which district and board leaders, school staff, students and parents had the opportunity to talk together. 


Superintendent Column

Written by Dr. Cynthia Paulis Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

Beyond Reading, Writing And Arithmetic

In compiling the comments from the Strategic Planning Survey, in addition to our strong core academic program, our community’s investment in and support of activities that develop the whole child and our schools’ commitment to authentic learning experiences, was often noted as something that makes our school district special. As I share some recent events and notices, I realize that many of the activities highlighted in this newsletter are examples of just such types of activities.


Letter: Treading Water: Pros And Cons Of Fracking

Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

I read with interest about the panel discussion on the pros and cons of so-called “hydrofracking.” The debate as framed makes good points, however, it also misses a few key points. 

When I was an exploration and development geologist for a Fortune 100 oil and gas company, for all the majors I worked with the preferred industry standard practice for both oil and gas well completions was called an “acid frac,” or an “acid job.” Based on my understanding, this is still the preferred method for non-horizontal wells, not hydrofracking. 


Letter: A Response To Mike Barry’s Column

Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00

I must take exception to Mike Barry’s recent column trumpeting the County Office of Legislative Budget Review’s  (OLBR)’s “verdict” that the County Comptroller’s office sought and received adequate backup for payments to Super Storm Sandy contractors. Nothing could be further from the truth.


Letter: Failure To Migrate

Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00

I read your story about Canadian geese . (“Our Goose Isn’t Cooked,” The Roslyn News, May 24 and May 31.)  A large part of the problem is a man-made one. This is a migratory species that no longer migrates. I understand that geese were originally introduced into the area by hunters and they never learned to migrate. Since there are very few predators in this area, the problem does worsen every year. 

Thank you for writing about this problem. 


Rich Cameron, Hauppauge


Letter: Cartoon In Poor Taste

Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00

I always read the Letters to the Editor. I was very disappointed in the cartoon that was in the paper. Here is a woman with five kids, looking for a babysitter, so she voted for the school budget. It is in poor taste. Our school is not a babysitting service. 


Letter: The Power Plant: Past, Present and Future

Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00

The demise of the Glenwood Landing (GWL) power plant and the resulting loss of tax revenue are now a reality for the greater North Shore community. In the 1980s and ‘90s, when I served on the North Shore school board, the GWL plant’s closing already loomed as a certainty. 


Applauds LIPA Restructuring

Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to restructure the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) would take giant steps forward in improving the quality of life for every Long Islander.

 The impacts of recent weather events and Superstorm Sandy are still being felt throughout Long Island. Restructuring of LIPA will allow for quicker responses in times of need. It will ensure that all communities get the service they deserve, including restoring power more efficiently and in a timely manner. Restructuring LIPA will allow for more accountability and we hope it will provide opportunities to expand renewable energy options in the future, helping build a cleaner, healthier future.


Schimel Statement On Utility Company

Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00

Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck) has released the following statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for a new Long Island utility company.


“The reforming of Long Island’s electric utility is a step in the right direction. However, I have yet to see the Governor’s proposed legislation, which will frame how this new plan will be implemented. I have given the Governor a detailed list of imperatives that I want to see in his plan, which includes public hearings, a debt management plan, strict oversight over the utility provider, and a stable rate base. I look forward to working with the Governor and my legislative colleagues so we can have a plan in place before the end of the legislative session.”


Letter: Nursing Care For Veterans

Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00

The America we know would not be the same were it not for the men we honor on Memorial Day.  All of us at the Long Island State Veterans Home would like to take this opportunity to remember those brave men whose ultimate sacrifice has helped to protect the freedoms we enjoy today.


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