As summer comes to a close, the Jericho Board of Education met one last time before the start of the new school year. At the Wednesday, August 11 meeting, Superintendent Henry Grishman was pleased to report that, despite the current economic downturn, an unexpected “windfall of federal funds…could bring $250,000 to Jericho.” Once distribution is approved, the board will have a clearer idea of how the district might use the funds in the coming year.
While Syosset Library has been encouraging children to read during the hottest months of the year for decades now, the adult summer reading program just made its debut this summer. For librarians Lisa Caputo and Jackie Ranaldo, the motivation to start an adult program was simple: “We know how much adults love to read, and why shouldn’t they have some fun too?” said Caputo, head of Adult Services at the library.
On Thursday, Aug. 12, Governor David Paterson held a news conference at the Nassau County Police Academy in Massapequa Park to announce a new provision to Leandra’s Law, requiring that all individuals convicted of a DWI, even first time offenders with, or without a child in the vehicle to install an ignition interlock system on any vehicle they operate. The provision went into effect on Sunday, Aug. 15.
The August 16 Syosset Central School District Board of Education Meeting was brief, even including three musical numbers from the recent Summer Stock production of Hippy Flower Power. On the humid evening, the board quickly wrapped up regular business and prepared the community for the upcoming school year.
Young 20-somethings are notoriously hard to pin down on the subject of what they want to do vocationally; with so many possibilities to explore, picking a career path is no easy task. However, for 22-year old Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School alumnus Raina Hirschhorn, opening Raina’s Place- a new private party room in Woodbury- was an endeavor where she displayed no hesitation whatsoever.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano is proposing to consolidate administrative functions of the Sixth and the Second Police Precincts and move the Sixth Precinct headquarters to the Second Precinct location in Woodbury. The county executive says that the plan would save over $20 million and would not diminish police service. However, many local public officials are firm in their view that residents would suffer. Additionally, there is still the question as to whether or not Mr. Mangano can order this consolidation without approval of the Nassau County Legislature.
Mother Nature is not always kind or helpful. Maintaining the trails and paths at the Nassau County Muttontown Preserve is a constant struggle against: encroachment by vegetation, tree branches, fallen trees and limbs and other natural obstructions. In the absence of regular trail maintenance or clearing by Nassau County, or anyone else, the job has been taken up by the Muttontown Horsemen’s Association working as a preserve steward for the benefit of all visitors and user groups.
It became official last week that the MTA plans to cut its funding to Long Island Bus, a move that will effectively eliminate all bus service to over 100,000 Nassau County residents who rely on it daily. A war of words between Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the MTA has now escalated to a legal battle, with the county filing suit over the controversial MTA employer payroll tax.
The Syosset Chamber of Commerce held its July meeting at Christiano’s Restaurant on Ira Road in Syosset. This month, the Syosset Chamber chose a breakfast meeting, at 7:30 a.m., to reach out to those members who are unable to attend the evening meetings. In addition, having occasional breakfast/dinner meetings at local restaurants honors those chamber member restaurants.
The roughly 102,000 Nassau County residents who rely on the bus daily to get where they need to be may have a serious problem if the MTA goes ahead with a proposal to eliminate the $40 million it has been funding annually to keep Long Island Bus’s service going. As the transit authority struggles to fix its own huge deficit, it has ended up at odds with Nassau County, threatening cuts for which there would be no easy solution. The county is either facing the elimination of all service or has to explore a solution such as the privatization of the system.
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