The Syosset Central School District budget may have passed with 71 percent approval last month, but some residents still want answers regarding the hot-button issue. One such citizen, Peter Ennis, chose to voice his concerns directly to the Board of Education during the Audience to the Public portion at the monthly Board of Education Meeting at South Woods Middle School on June 6.
While the rainy morning of Monday, May 30 made it look as though it might be a gloomy time for a parade, fortunately sunshine prevailed; by the time the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, marching bands, civic organizations and fire trucks took to the pavement, it was a beautiful late spring day.
However, despite the festive atmosphere, as many Syosset residents kicked back in lawn chairs with cold drinks and chatted about upcoming summer plans, parade organizers made sure that the meaning of the day was not lost on the crowd.
“One thing I want you to remember today, although we’re all laughing and enjoying ourselves, it’s really a memorial; don’t forget,” said Gus Scutari, the World War II veteran who has been coordinating the parade for the past several decades.
Plenty of local business leaders have sampled the world-famous Chinese cuisine of Philippe, the Jericho branch of the successful family of restaurants owned by celebrated chef Philippe Chow. However, those who hadn’t done so were given a rare opportunity on the evening of Monday, May 23, when Philippe and Anton Newspapers publisher Angela Anton hosted the North Shore CEO and Executive Summer Kick-Off Reception, featuring complimentary tastings, cocktails, and of course, some time to chat and network.
Long Island business and construction union leaders rallied Monday and Tuesday of this week for a new Nassau Coliseum in an effort to keep the New York Islanders on Long Island.
The rallies were aimed at getting support from the Nassau Legislature on whether to proceed with a referendum on up to $400 million in borrowing to build a new Coliseum and a minor league ballpark.
Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt decided to mix things up at the special meeting of the Nassau County Legislature on Tuesday, May 24: Instead of adhering to the schedule, he decided to address the redistricting vote—the last item on the legislative calendar for that meeting- first. Angry Democratic legislators pointed out that the residents who had come to speak on the topic of authorizing financing for new projects in the Nassau Hub- the first item on the calendar- would have to wait several hours, and asked that the Hub item be called first, but Schmitt would not budge. As a result, it was nearly four hours before the Hub issue was called, after the legislature passed the redistricting plan 10-8.
“Shine” isn’t just a title; there are shining, glittering chandeliers all over the brand new dental office, located right across the street from Borders on Jericho Turnpike in Syosset. While the chandeliers in the waiting room are enough to grab most visitors’ attention, the people behind Shine Dental Associates of the North Shore didn’t do anything halfway; some of the most impressive chandeliers can be found in none other than the bathroom.
However, the new practice, which officially opened with a ribbon-cutting on Monday, May 9 (there had been a soft open previously), is built around the core concept of convenience, rather than luxury; multiple types of dental work can be done in the same venue, there’s a dental lab on the premises for all molds and denture work, and the front-desk associates will call with messages for family members and place dinner orders, functioning as more of a concierge service than a reception desk.
Firefighters do periodically save lives as a part of their job, but in this case, a firefighter just happened to be passing by at the right time.
On Friday evening, April 29, John Melecio of the Jericho Fire Department, Guardian Engine Co. 2, came across a car stopped in the middle of the northbound lanes on Route 107, in front of St. Paul’s Church. He stopped to see what was going on, and found two people in the car- a male driver and a female passenger. The driver, a Huntington resident, was slumped over, unconscious. The passenger indicated to Melecio that the driver had just had a heart attack.
While the crowd at the Syosset Board of Education Budget Hearing on May 9 was very supportive, Superintendent Dr. Carole G. Hankin made it clear that she’s had quite enough of the anti-school budget talk that she knows has been circulating in the community.
“There’s a lot of misinformation being put out there by misinformed people who don’t have the facts,” said Hankin. The superintendent urged the audience to get the facts for themselves on any issue they vote on and stated that she was willing to personally meet with anyone who was talking down the budget to their neighbors. “I am now challenging them to come to my office and meet with me. And I will tell them any answer on any topic, because enough of lies,” stated Hawkin.
Calling the May 9 redistricting hearing “contentious” would be a gross understatement. While many of the residents and elected officials who took the podium criticized the plan logically and eloquently, there was a lot of screaming and yelling in the chamber. While the audience in the chamber was diverse in every respect, many members of the minority groups whose current alleged under-representation the redistricting plan is supposedly intended to correct, were present to tell Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt-in no uncertain terms-that he does not speak for them.
Minority Leader Diane Yatauro also did not mince words: “This hearing is nothing but a farce...I can tell you how most of this self-serving ‘Republican Protection Plan’ will play out today, over the next week. Here’s what will happen: We know that Peter Schmitt will claim to be the great protector of the minority community…” (the rest of this sentence was inaudible due to audience laughter). “Just as they were spending millions of dollars to defend the NIFA fight, but to no avail, as the Republicans were shot down in court, we’re expecting the same action. And that’s where this will end up again- in court,” Yatauro said.
Students who visit Old Bethpage Village Restoration are usually tasked with imagining what it was like to live in the past. However, during the 13th Annual Long Island Envirothon, held on the Restoration grounds on April 26, high school students from all over Nassau and Suffolk counties were given a very different, but equally valid task: to look at the present, and, more importantly, the future, from the viewpoint of environmental conservation.
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