Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 25 January 2013 00:00
The long discussion on improving energy performance at the latest Syosset CSD Board of Education meeting got me thinking about fuel sources, not just for the school district but throughout our area.
It is a point of concern that most of the savings Syosset would realize on the Siemens plan for updating their heating systems is projected to come from changing over from oil to natural gas, and getting that gas comes at a price.
During the election season, there was a lot of talk about hydrofracking for natural gas, or fracking. We don’t have to worry about fracking on Long Island proper (we don’t have the geology for it), but we do have to be concerned with it happening nearby. If fracking is allowed to occur in New York, there’s a possibility that Long Island’s wastewater treatment plants could end up dealing with the byproducts—and our aging plants are overtaxed as it is. Senator Carl Marcellino (5th SD), among other local officials, has stated that he is against Long Island processing any fracking waste, but just because our elected representatives are generally against it doesn’t mean it won’t happen.
You have to wonder: is it right to make use of natural gas obtained through fracking if we don’t want to have to deal with the logistics of processing it? I’m not unilaterally against the use of natural gas, but it seems to me that ethically, if we use it, we should be prepared to clean up after it. Plus, if fracking leads to significant environmental problems, the money saved by switching from gas to oil will look like pocket change compared to the damages.
I don’t know if technologies that come with much fewer ethical dilemmas, like solar panels, are even feasible at this point for most projects. But I would encourage Syosset CSD, and any other entity considering switching fuel sources, to make sure to research all of the options before deciding to make a commitment to natural gas; there’s an awful lot going on here, and a dizzying array of opportunities to be proven pennywise and pound foolish.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
On Nov. 7, more than 150 supporters gathered for MercyFirst’s Annual Harvest Ball held at The Garden City Hotel, raising more than $100,000 to help fund MercyFirst’s programs.
This year, the 2013 MercyFirst Community Partner Honoree Awards went to three Syosset-Woodbury families: The Millers, The Cliffords and The Majoys.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
On a crisp November evening, more than 200 people arrived at Chelsea Mansion at East Norwich for the Syosset-based Long Island Jewish Community Relations Council’s holiday party, entitled “Multicultural Visions, Artists Exploring Identity.” People from all ethnic and religious walks of life mingled under the heated tent viewing art from six local artists, equally diverse, including Manu Kaur Saluja, a Sikh artist from Old Brookville.
Each artist addressed the audience and talked about art and how it reflects their individual identity as a Jew, a Sikh woman, a Latino woman or an African American man. Saluja, a portrait artist, explained to the audience how identity is a very complicated issue. Standing between two portraits of her brother, a cardiologist, one wearing a black turban and one with his long hair cascading down his shoulders, she explained why she chose to paint these two portraits.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Fourteen student-athletes from Syosset High School have committed to play at a college or university next year.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Jericho Celeste Taub, 13, showed that she could run with the big girls (and the big boys!) on Sunday, Nov. 17, as she scored a decisive victory in the Women’s Division of the 5th annual Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer, a 5-kilometer road race that started and finished at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park.
Taub finished the Run in 20 minutes, 17 seconds, 53 seconds in front of 36-year-old runner-up Kelly Bregou of New York City.