The Nassau County Board of Elections has been doing a “trunk show” at venues all over the area to show voters how the new optical scanner machines work. Nassau County is following the new guidelines of the Help Americans Vote Act (HAVA) that was passed by the federal government in Oct. 2002 when then-President George W. Bush signed it into law.
Eighteen parents and members of the community were in attendance at the most recent Farmingdale School Board meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 25 in the new conference room at Howitt Middle School. They were treated to a photo collage presentation by the district’s SEPTA program. SEPTA is a district-wide Special Education Parent Teacher Association which meets monthly to ensure a free appropriate public education for children with special needs.The members of Farmingdale SEPTA participated in the state’s Summer Olympics at Mitchel Field.
At the most recent public Republic Airport Commission meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 17, the board of commissioners honored Dr. Philip Acinapuro, a long-standing member of the board and contributor to the airport.
On Saturday, Aug. 14 around 11 a.m. on Sinclair Street in Farmingdale, Charles Doyle, 31, was house-sitting for a friend when an event occurred that nearly cost him his life. Doyle was trying to fix something in the pool and fell in. Unfortunately, Doyle doesn’t know how to swim. He was able to scream for help before sinking to the bottom. Nearby neighbors pulled the unconscious man from the pool and called for help. Nassau County Police officers were first on scene, and applied a defibrillator, continuing with CPR. Assistant Chief Patrick Tortoso of the Farmingdale Fire Department was next to arrive, assisting with CPR compressions. Doyle was rushed to St. Joseph Hospital in Bethpage. When he arrived at the hospital, he had been in cardiac arrest for 27 minutes. The emergency room team and its chairman, Joseph Bruni, MD, sprang into action with more medication and shocked him again. In addition, they used a new technology, Artic Sun Therapeutic Cooling Device, to preserve brain function. Thanks to the incredible teamwork and professionalism Doyle was pulled back from the brink of death. Just days after his near death experience, Doyle was discharged on Thursday, Aug. 19, in time to celebrate his birthday.
Trains, trucks, baseball. Sounds like the list of a few things any normal 8-year-old boy would love and it is the list of things Jake Amato loves most. Jake is entering third grade this year at Northside Elementary in Farmingdale, but his plight with childhood leukemia keeps him from school and playtime on most days. He was diagnosed with cancer when he was only four years old.
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo addressed Long Islanders this week, speaking at the Glen Cove Senior Center about health care-related credit card schemes targeting seniors and vulnerable patients. AG Cuomo said he has subpoenaed health care clinics and credit card companies including Chase Health Advance, Citi Health, and GE Money’s CareCredit.
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.
Hempstead Town has given residents a greater voice regarding proposals to place wireless telecommunications equipment such as cell towers and antenna throughout the township. Supervisor Kate Murray announced that the town has retained a nationally renowned wireless communications expert to review applications and provide objective testimony on wireless telecommunication applications that come before the Hempstead Board of Appeals. A key focus of the town’s consultant will be to ensure that newly approved wireless communication equipment will be sited in locations that have the least negative impact on local communities.
More than 20 residents and community members were in attendance for the Aug. 2 village hall public meeting. Mayor George Starkie began the meeting according to agenda by swearing in the three new Board of Ethics committee members. The newly appointed panel consists of village residents George Orobona, Marie Gilmore, and Margaret Ross.
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.
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