Music lovers, families, veterans, patriots and everyone in between are all invited to enjoy a fun-filled night of music and entertainment in a special performance by the renowned United States Marine Forces Reserve Band. The free concert will be held Saturday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Newbridge Road Park, located at 2600 Newbridge Road in Bellmore. The band will play patriotic favorites along with a variety of contemporary and traditional arrangements, a repertoire sure to satisfy a diverse range of musical tastes.
On Thursday, June 4, Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy introduced three pieces of legislation focused on the state of nursing in the nation. The bills, the Student-to-School Nurse Ratio Improvement Act of 2009, Nurse Training and Retention Act of 2009 and a resolution recognizing the need for safe patient handling and movement, are a series of initiatives addressing such issues as increasing the number of school nurses, fixing the nation’s critical nursing shortage and improving workplace safety for nurses.
McCarthy, a nurse for over 30 years, has been at the forefront of issues regarding nursing throughout her tenure in the House of Representatives and was successful in including several nursing education provisions in the historic reauthorization of the Higher Education Opportunity Act last year.
On June 14 many Americans demonstrate their patriotism by displaying the “Stars and Stripes” for Flag Day.
Americans are proud of our flag, the symbol of this great nation, our constitution and the liberty we enjoy. Many men and women have made enormous sacrifices so that we might live in peace and freedom.
Struggling unemployed Long Islanders whose unemployment benefits are about to run out will be able to tap into a $645 million federal grant for unemployment compensation under legislation overwhelmingly passed by the assembly, Assemblyman Tom Alfano announced.
Alfano, who is ranking member of the powerful Assembly Labor Committee, voted to move the bill to the floor of the assembly that will allow unemployment compensation recipients to receive a 13-week extension on their benefits.
Among my earliest memories is watching black and white television shows like Ding Dong School and Romper Room. My father told me that Miss Frances, the teacher from Ding Dong School, used to come into the bar and grill that he managed in Newark, New Jersey. The bar was called the P.O.N., which is short for the Pride of Newark.
At the time I didn’t understand why people went to a bar. Even though I couldn’t figure it out, I had an even harder time understanding why Miss Frances would go there since in those days the bar was occupied for the most part by men sitting on stools. And, it smelled of beer. Oh yeah, and there were spittoons under each stool. I didn’t understand that either. I could not figure out what she was doing at the P.O.N. After all, at the time she was the most famous nursery school teacher in the world.
On Saturday, June 6, the world’s eyes will once again be on Nassau County, as the 141st running of the Belmont Stakes is held at Belmont Park. Each year, Nassau County benefits as racing fans gather to watch what is known as the “jewel in the Triple Crown,” and at 1 1/2 miles, the Belmont Stakes is also the final and most demanding leg of the Triple Crown.
The Belmont Stakes only adds to our reputation as a renowned equestrian center. In fact, Nassau County has been hosting horse racing events since 1665, when the first formal measure racetrack in North America was built near what is now Garden City.
New York State Senator Craig M. Johnson called for the passage of important legislation that will enable concerned parents and residents to receive instant email alerts every time a sex offender moves into their zip code.
“Ever parent would want to know if a danger lurks in their neighborhood,” Senator Johnson said. “This commonsense measure will use existing technology to enhance our current system and proactively alert residents when a dangerous sexual predator moves into their community.”
If President Obama sets the executive pay cap at $215,700, which is the salary of Vice-President Joseph Biden, some school superintendents would have to take a whopping cut in pay, bringing some welcome relief to taxpayers.
Last month, I joined Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at Martin Viette Nurseries in East Norwich to kick off the “Grown on Long Island” campaign to promote the purchase of locally grown produce and horticulture items. Long Island is home to plenty of farmer’s markets, garden centers, farm stands, and wineries, giving all of us easy access to fresh local fruits, vegetables, jellies, juices, homemade baked foods, wines, and beautiful flowers, plants and other garden items.
Last week we had the privilege of participating in two simultaneous events here in town, which were both inspiring and humbling.
On Tuesday, May 5, the West Hempstead School District hosted its first Family Literacy Night at the high school. It was a community event of culture, literacy, and diversity intended to kick off our schools’ and library’s summer reading programs for grades K-12. Throughout the building, older students helped their younger schoolmates with games and arts and crafts, produced culinary delights for the crowd, and entertained in dance and musical performances. The event was truly a public celebration of the many gifts we have in our children and families here in West Hempstead. It was a privilege to attend on behalf of the Nassau County government.
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