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Buckley’s Gina Sipley: Excellence In Education

Written by Katelyn Malloy Friday, 26 October 2012 00:00

Local teacher chosen for prestigious NAIS program

Roslyn’s Buckley Country Day School recently congratulated Gina Sipley on being selected by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) to participate in their annual Teacher of the Future program. The Forest Hills resident was chosen along with 20 other teachers nationwide who inspire academic excellence and prominent teacher leadership. NAIS believes in high quality education for the 21st century, and focuses on nominees who excel in teaching environmentalism, globalism, equity and justice in conjunction with their use of technology in and out of the classroom.

Headmaster Dr. Jean-Marc Juhel of Buckley says, “Mrs. Sipley is an example of the type of growth-minded professionals that Buckley wants to continue to attract and support.”

 

Sparks Fly In The Debate Arena

Written by Rich Forestano and Dave Gil de Rubio Monday, 22 October 2012 15:49

Town hall format and Obama’s performance finds president rebounding in the polls

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, Hofstra University was the site for the second of three debates between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. Hofstra had also hosted a debate between then-Democratic nominee Obama and GOP nominee Sen. John McCain back in 2008, making the school just the second university to host consecutive presidential debates. (St. Louis’ Washington University was the other.)

With Romney scoring what many considered an upset victory over Obama’s decidedly lackluster performance in the first debate, this follow-up was going to be a “deal maker or breaker in this campaign,” according to political pundit Chris Matthews, who spoke at Hofstra the prior week. Shortly after moderator Candy Crowley took the stage at 9 p.m., it was clear both candidates were prepared to come out swinging, making for a lively hour and a half that found roughly 65 million viewers tuning in to the town hall-style debate, according to the Nielsen Ratings.

 

FP Resident Stays ‘inTouch,’ Pays It Forward

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 19 October 2012 00:00

Scare with cancer, friends touching story prompts iPad sharing program for long-term stay hospital patients

August 10, 2011 was supposed to be the best day of Patsy Ann Joinnides’ life. After the Floral Park resident met with representatives from P.S. 203 in Bayside, Queens she came away with a teaching position; a job Joinnides always dreamed of attaining.

This milestone came after working tirelessly in pursuit of a master’s degree in childhood education from Adelphi University in January 2009, while working full time and managing a home and family.

 

Stewart Manor Has Treats In Store For Residents

Written by Marilou Giammona Friday, 19 October 2012 00:00

Village prepares for upcoming holiday season

Caped crusaders, witches, ghosts and goblins will once again take over the residential streets of Stewart Manor on Saturday, Oct. 27, when the village hosts its annual Halloween parade. The parade steps off at 10:30 a.m. on Dover Parkway at Salisbury Avenue, proceeds south on Dover to Cambridge Avenue, turns right at Cambridge and heads west to Bromleigh Road, turns right at Bromleigh and heads north back to Salisbury.

The parade marks the unofficial kick-off to the holiday season. Members of the village’s beautification committee have already been busy planning how they will help spread holiday cheer. For the fall, the committee plans to plant mums and kale in the pots that line Covert Avenue.

 

‘Creative Cups’ Returns For Third Year

Written by Stephen Levine Friday, 12 October 2012 00:00

Project honors and raises money for those suffering from breast cancer

Whether it is a grandmother, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend or a colleague, it is likely that most people will in some way be affected by breast cancer in their lifetime. Now there is an opportunity to give back to the cause and help others. And with October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the timing couldn’t be better.

For its third year, the Creative Cups program is back at Adelphi University. The project encourages artistic expression for participants, who design and build works of art using bras, which will be exhibited and auctioned at a gala reception in the spring.

 

Nassau County Unveils Task Force Initiatives

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 12 October 2012 00:00

Nassau parents recall family tragedies

At a press conference last week, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano unveiled the results of a year-long work by the Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force, one that the county executive said was unique to New York State and one that he vowed would help to win the declared war on prescription drug abuse.

Mangano was joined by several members of the task force, plus State Assemblymen David G. McDonough (R – Bellmore) and Joseph Saladino (R – Massapequa). But the drama of the press conference was when parents of young people who lost their lives to substance overdose made their appeals.

 

Superintendents Join To Restore Youth Service Programs

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00

Long Island school district leaders call on NC to restore $8 million in funding

Local school district superintendents on Tuesday, Oct. 2 called on Nassau County to restore youth and family programs that were cut or eliminated from the county budget on July 5. Representatives from Elmont, Great Neck, Long Beach, Massapequa, Mineola, Uniondale and Westbury protested the decision to slash nearly $8 million in program funding that went to counseling, tutoring, crisis intervention, after school programs, among other areas.

These programs were the victim of the ongoing tug-of-war between party lines in the county concerning borrowing and redistricting. Organizations across Nassau County, like the Gateway Youth Outreach in Elmont and Mineola Youth and Family Services in Mineola were blindsided when the cut came down three months ago.

 

Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt Dies

Written by Ronald Scaglia Wednesday, 03 October 2012 00:00
Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt died suddenly on the morning of Oct. 3. According to Ed Ward, spokesperson from the legislator’s office, Schmitt, 62, collapsed while in a budget meeting with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano in the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building and was rushed to Winthrop Hospital. He died at 11:55 a.m.

“Nassau County has lost a dedicated public servant,” said Mangano in a statement. “My wife Linda and I lost a friend of over 20 years. Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt served the residents of Nassau County with great integrity and pride. I had the privilege of serving closely with Peter in the legislature since its creation in 1996, where he distinguished himself as an outspoken advocate for the residents of the 12th Legislative District.”

 

TOH Calls For Bonilla’s Resignation

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00

Investigation alleges town clerk tried to bribe, obtain private photos of employee

An investigation has revealed that Hempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla allegedly tried to obtain private images of a Hempstead worker, according to law enforcement officials. The town attorney’s office conducted its own review of complaints made by employees and reported results of their findings to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s office.

According to a criminal complaint filed by DA investigator William Walsh, Bonilla on Aug. 19 attempted to secure intimate photos of a female employee who recently filed a sexual harassment claim. The document obtained by Three Village Times suggests the town clerk attempted to force town employee Alex Desidoro, 21, to give him photos of the woman because Desidoro had an intimate relationship with her.

 

Floral Park Resident Retires From NHP Building Dept.

Written by Ronald Scaglia Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00
During the past nine years, if you bought or sold a home in New Hyde Park, then you have had the pleasure of working with Ruth Kernan. Hired by New Hyde Park Mayor Dan Petruccio, Kernan has served as secretary to the planning board, and later added duties to assist the architectural review board and planning commission. Kernan says that she has thoroughly enjoyed her work and has nothing but kind words for her colleagues, however, all good things must come to an end and so will Kernan’s tenure working for the village as she is retiring this month. She and her husband, Jim, to whom she has been happily married for 40 years, will be moving to a home they have in the Adirondacks.

“I just loved every day,” Kernan says of her time working for village. “I came in with a smile on my face and was ready to help the residents and the village in any way that I could.”

 

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