Nassau and Suffolk Counties are in deep trouble. Political corruption is rampant. It’s all about money – campaign contributions, tax refunds and settlements that should never be.
You read about it every day – a police lab that has to be closed with 9,000 tests that have to be redone out of state, wrongful convictions brought about by a failure to disclose exculpatory evidence, illegal arrests and the improper taking of confessions. Prosecutors cover up and elected officials look the other way. Taxpayers are forced to pay the bills for these monumental screw-ups that should never have occurred if all elected officials were honest and properly trained. This nation desperately needs legislation that will stop the flow of slush money to political campaigns. We can never hope to have honest government if all of our elected officials are bought and paid for. Doing the right thing has been overrun by doing the politically correct thing. In the end, the taxpayers lose because our elected officials act in favor of those who have given them the most money. This is an inherently corrupt system at all levels of government. If you take money from special interests, you have to give back to them or not be re-elected.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano has announced that the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the world’s largest tennis teaching association, will provide tennis lessons on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 1 – 3 p.m. The event is free, and open to all veterans, active military and their families.
Held on the tennis courts at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, the event dubbed “Military Family Tennis Play Day,” will provide veterans, active military and their families the opportunity to learn the game of tennis or improve upon already acquired skills.
Susan Diane Murphree once said, “Firemen never die, they just burn forever in the hearts of the people whose lives they saved.”
With the passing of Westbury Fire Department ex-Chief Richard Dellacona, we lose another selfless volunteer and friend in the community.
Many would argue that baseball is America’s game, but I’d beg to differ.
For nearly five months, this country is all about football – the sport that brings people together like no other.
There is also something about the game of football that can bring out the worst in people, as throughout the course of any given football game, it’s not unlikely to see a remote thrown or a tirade from your otherwise quiet and reserved friend or neighbor.
(Editor’s note: The following is a response to Karen Gellender’s column, “The Opposite Of Voting.”)
I too have been finding it’s much easier this year to identify the candidates I don’t like than to pick one that I do like. So, I’m thinking about “third party” candidates, but worried that a vote for a third party is a vote thrown away. But here’s how I convinced myself that voting for a third party candidate is an okay thing to do: Unless you live in one of the “swing” states (like Michigan) that the polls say can go either way, then voting for a major party candidate, who isn’t the favorite in your state, is pretty much a thrown away vote anyhow. By voting instead for a suitable third party candidate, you at least convey the message to the major parties that the candidates they provided were not attractive to you.
We all remember where we were that morning.
Yet the most important memory we as Americans need to preserve is how we felt on Sept. 11, 2001.
I remember thinking that what was on TV couldn’t be happening only 20 miles away; the helplessness was paralyzing.
Welcome to another academic year and the expectations, activities and commitments of students and parents to a successful, rewarding school year.
The Carle Place Athletic Booster and Physical Education Foundation Club (CPABC) seek to encourage involvement and support of our students in the middles school and high school athletic programs. Our efforts to support the athletic programs are dependent on membership contributions and fundraising efforts. The funds raised through your membership contributions ($20 family, $50 masters or $100 platinum level) enable the CPABC to donate and fund needed equipment, scholarships, tournament sponsorships, to assist teams that have successfully advanced to statewide competition. Over the last nine years, through your generous efforts, the CPABC has donated in excess of $10,000 to the Carle Place athletic program.
The National Hockey League recently sent out a “save the date” to its 700 or so players.
Sept. 15 won’t be marking a celebration of any kind, as the ides of September represents the date on which the league will lockout its players if the two sides can’t reach a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The lockout would mark the third of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s tenure.
We’ve thought about it. We’ve talked about it. We’ve prayed about it. And, now our dream of having a community center has been realized.
This Saturday, Sept. 8, the Town of North Hempstead will open the long-awaited “Yes We Can” Community Center at 141 Garden Street. The center, which has earned LEED Platinum status because of its environmentally friendly design, features a multipurpose gym, fitness center, dance studio, television/recording studio, reading room, Internet café, game room, meeting rooms and other amenities. Upon its opening, it will become a recreational, cultural and educational hub that will serve our community for generations to come.
With the rash of severe weather that we have had recently, we saw flash street flooding in a number of areas of the village. Some of these areas have been prone to flooding in the past and other areas had not had any past flooding issues. Many homes (including mine) had basement flooding.
The more frequent severe weather, which we have seen in the past several years, has shown us that our drainage system, by and large, works fine in most instances. However, in the most severe weather, where rainfall totals are high in a very short period of time (common during severe thunderstorms), all of Nassau’s drainage facilities are overmatched. We have seen and heard reports from all over Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk) of increased flooding incidents. Westbury is not alone in this problem.
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