My name is Felicia DiGregorio. I have lived in the area for more than 15 years. Challenges in life take you in different directions. Sharing experiences with others help in the healing process. I would like to share my story of how necessary it is to have a yearly mammogram—no matter what!
Don’t be afraid to get checked— be afraid NOT to!
As a Member of Congress who represents a large population of Americans of Indian descent, I am deeply troubled by the outrageous remarks aimed at the winner of the 2013 Miss America Pageant and a fellow New Yorker, Nina Davuluri. Ms. Davuluri embodies the American dream—the daughter of immigrants who graduated from a prestigious university and plans to pursue a medical degree. She is American in the truest sense, and the fact that this would be questioned is despicable.
George Maragos continues to mislead the public by falsely claiming that the county’s financial condition has improved on his watch. During Mr. Maragos’s tenure as Nassau County’s fiscal watchdog, the county has undergone three bond downgrades by the credit rating agencies, the county’s fiscal outlook has been lowered from “stable” to “negative,” and the county’s debt has reached a new all-time high. No amount of “cooking the books” and issuing misleading financial statements and press releases can hide this truth, a truth which can be easily verified by outside sources.
The Syosset Public Library Adult Summer Reading Club concluded its fourth season with a Wrap-Up Party held on Wednesday, August 14th. More than 50 members of the club came out to hear local author Brenda Janowitz speak about her newest novel, Recipe for a Happy Life, which was published in July by St. Martin’s Press. Ms. Janowitz was kind enough to do a short reading of her novel, as well as answer patron questions regarding her books, the writing life and the publishing process.
Brenda Janowitz is also author to two other novels: Scot on the Rocks and Jack with a Twist. All three titles can be found on the shelves at the Library. Ms. Janowitz is currently working on her fourth novel. A release date has yet to be determined.
As a long time Nassau County educator, I’ve seen a lack of interest at best, and some negligence to be sure, regarding fiscal management in some school districts in Nassau. The past County Executive administrations have done nothing to address these issues and have in fact exacerbated the situation by ignoring them.
The Nassau County Legislative Democrats have now twice voted to deny critical funding for the repair of Nassau County’s sewage treatment infrastructure damaged by Superstorm Sandy. To be clear, the actions of the Nassau County Democrats, if left unchallenged, will delay recovery efforts and will place public safety and the environment at risk.
The Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant serves nearly 500,000 Nassau County residents and processes on average 50 million gallons of sewage daily. Flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy devastated this facility, knocking many systems off-line. The damage was so severe that millions of gallons of raw sewage backed up into homes and was released into south shore waters.
A Republican and a Democrat standing together these days is rare. Even though we are from different political parties, partisan politics could not have been further from our minds on October 29, 2012 and in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
It was immediately clear that this was not just another storm and that the challenges it placed on our residents and businesses—and on the entire region—were enormous. That’s why President Obama established the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, chaired by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.
Last Monday, the Task Force released its Rebuilding Strategy to help guide federal investment in the region, marking an important new chapter in the region’s rebuilding effort.
What We Don't Need
Like yet another mall, of any size or description, the last thing our community needs is a hotel. There are numerous, well-appointed motels, inns, lodges and other quality accommodations within 15 minutes from the Cerro site and, like most of Nassau’s enormous retail glut, hotels offer mostly lower skilled jobs, while consuming potentially large swaths of valuable acreage. Furthermore, the overabundance of retail, entertainment and hospitality space does nothing to reverse the “brain drain” exodus of well-educated professional young people.
A professional office building would be equally inappropriate, as the area has ample vacant office space. Medical/health care facilities are sufficiently extant, if not abundant, throughout Syosset, Jericho and nearby Plainview and Bethpage. With two major hospitals, hundreds of physicians practicing in dozens of medical office buildings, and an assisted living complex on South Oyster Bay Road in Bethpage, using the Cerro land for those purposes would prove another unwise and redundant choice.
To all of you old-timers, who visit the Hamptons during the summer, the aged Parrish Museum on Jobs Lane in the town of Southhampton was truly a delight. The original museum was founded in 1897. The weathered red brick building certainly gave the museum a feeling of gravitas. The Roman Emperors and their statues in the adjoining garden added to the aura of ancient civilizations, giving a feeling of history to the museum.
In the museum, the exhibitions of Fairfield Porter, Jackson Pollack, Williem de Kooning and others spoke of the times when the Hamptons were the center of art and painting flourishing on the Long Island.
Starting on August 27, the most revolutionary aspect of New York State’s Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing – what we call I-STOP – provisions will be implemented.
The country’s first real-time prescription drug database, known as the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Registry, is set to be up and running.
While some provisions of the I-STOP law designed to reduce incidents of abuse and misuse of highly addictive prescription medications were instituted on the heels of the laws adoption in 2012, the PMP Registry database will provide up-to-date information for practitioners to review when researching a patient’s prescription history.
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