I want to share our conversation with Nancy Rankin, the architect from the Albany-based firm of Waite, Inc., at our board meeting on April 22, concerning the restoration of the Roslyn Grist Mill. The distinguished Waite firm is responsible for historic restoration at the White House and Sagamore Hill.
Known formally as the Robeson-William Grist Mill, the mill is at the center of Roslyn Village on Old Northern Boulevard. It is an important example of Colonial American architecture. The attempt to save it led to the founding of the Roslyn Landmark Society.
The Roslyn Landmark Society hosted an evening lecture at the Atria of Roslyn on April 24. Over 50 people attended the lecture with historian Harrison Hunt who presented the history of Cedarmere from its construction in 1787 to the present. He also talked in detail about the accomplishments of its most famous owner, William Cullen Bryant.
I am writing to express my extreme disappointment with Adam Sternberg’s article covering President Clinton’s visit to Temple Sinai (April 26 issue).
As was explained to Adam and the rest of the press who attended, the Clinton security team limited them to the first five minutes of the talk. Temple Sinai had no part in that decision. In fact, the Temple had set aside seats for the press, and were informed by President Clinton’s staff that they would not be permitted to stay and use them. Mr. Sternberg’s article left out that important detail and did not accurately represent the event.
As North Hempstead Town Supervisor I’ve been actively engaged in the sustainability of Long Island. Sitting as a board member of the Long Island Regional Planning Council and working with the Regional Economic Development Council on its Long Island Sustainability Plan has also given me a unique perspective on this issue.
The subject took center stage recently at a meeting of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council hosted by the Long Island Association in Melville. With the Town of North Hempstead designated as the lead agency for Long Island’s Cleaner Greener Communities Sustainability Plan, I had the opportunity to present to the REDC our 21st century vision outlining tangible actions the region will need in order to move forward.
In today’s climate of ever-shrinking funding, hard decisions need to be made in order to balance the school budget. As you consider where to make cuts and what programs to eliminate, please consider the following information about school library programs and school librarians.
While all school libraries are important, we believe that school libraries, especially elementary school libraries, and the certified school librarians to staff them, are needed now more than ever. As you know, elementary school provides the basis upon which all further education is built. A strong school library program in elementary school will result in the future success of your students as they move toward college and careers.
The Atria of Roslyn is the venue this Wednesday evening, April 24 for the Roslyn Landmark’s monthly members program. The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the topic, “Bryant and Cedarmere” is presented by Bryant expert Harrison Hunt who has a lifetime of involvement with this fascinating topic. It is not commonly known that Bryant, who is indeed recognized as Roslyn’s most significant cultural hero, was actually one of the most famous men in the world during his own day. His status as a writer at the time of the Civil War was comparable to that of the Beatles or Elvis Presley in the music scene of the 1960s. Bryant had a sensible opinion on a lot of different topics, and his writing is virtually encyclopedic as his mind was that of a true Renaissance man.
Greater access to mental health resources for students can help prevent tragedies, according to a report issued by the New York State School Boards Association. “While tougher gun control laws and police officers in schools may help improve safety in the short-term, we must address the mental health and social well-being of students in order to reduce school violence in the long-term,” said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. The report, entitled “Tending to Our Youth,” recommends specific actions school districts can take to increase school safety. The full report can be accessed on the NYSSBA website: http://www.nyssba.org/news/2013/03/11/reports/nyssba-report-tackles-school-violence/.
I watch television to relax. The trouble is, sometimes, it’s not so relaxing.
Take the police procedurals I watch. The officers go into a house or apartment, guns drawn, looking for someone. They sneak around checking closets, finding dead bodies, evidence, I-don’t-know-what-all …but the entire time, I can’t pay a scrap of attention, because I’m too busy shouting at them, “Shut the door! Close it behind you! How do you know they aren’t coming back?”
Somebody in upstate New York wants a contract to develop civilian uses for military drones. “Unmanned aircraft could be used for everything from agriculture to mail delivery,” says the press release.
Things must be waaaay more boring upstate than I ever thought (not to mention, much farther apart); but if they are willing to do the heavy lifting, and the research, I can think of a few applications.
The full story of my lawsuit against East Hills is available on my website, Planet-in-Peril.org (“Seeks Tree Removal Nullification”, The Roslyn News, April 5).
The lawsuit is not just about trees but also about oversize houses. It is also about bad government.
At 31 Pinewood Road, the new proposed house is about 100 percent larger and 50 percent taller than the existing one. When I so informed one neighbor, they were so surprised that on about two hours’ notice they came to the Architectural Board hearing to try to politely oppose it.
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