This weekend, I chaperoned a Girl Scout Troop to see Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns tour at Old Westbury Gardens where more than 5,000 carved pumpkins returned to Long Island for its annual display; the carving talents are unreal. The girls were most impressed with the commercial character carvings such as Angry Birds and the Disney princesses. The fathers who chaperoned were attracted to the sports team carvings, although everyone was in amazement at the “tribute” pumpkins, carved to honor the greats like Neil Armstrong, Lewis Carroll, Albert Einstein, and Whitney Houston. Others adored the scenic carvings like Coney Island, Statue of Liberty, the Montauk Lighthouse, and the Brooklyn Bridge.
Naturally though, we were all amazed to see the historic scenes of Girl Scouting carved in pumpkins set on special pedestals, such as the flag raising, cookie sales, and camping.
I am pleased to announce that New York Farm Bureau has recently named Assemblyman David McDonough to our annual “Circle of Friends” list. This legislative award is granted based upon his record of legislative support for New York agriculture and the Farm Bureau. New York Farm Bureau is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse elected officials or political candidates.
Assemblyman McDonough joins a number of other legislators in the Senate and Assembly that have a superior voting record on issues and have shown strong support for New York farming during the 2012 state legislative session. Each member of the Farm Bureau “Circle of Friends” has demonstrated an understanding of the important issues impacting farmers and the considerable impact the industry has on our economy and quality of life.
(Police Chief Charles Gennario of the Rockville Centre Police Department, is a member of the Nassau County Heroin Prevention Task Force and submitted this letter on behalf of the Task Force.)
Prescription drug abuse in the nation is at an unparalleled height and it’s having a detrimental impact on our society. Nassau County is no different than the rest of the country and we are seeing ever-increasing abuse in our communities. It is affecting people of all ages, but is having the greatest impact on our youth.
As noted on the second page of this week’s issue, the new deadline going forward for the Farmingdale Observer, as of next week’s issue (Friday, Oct. 12), will be Thursdays at 4 p.m. for the following Friday’s edition. This deadline is for all submissions: articles, photos, announcements, obituaries, calendar items and letters to the editor.
As always, please consider the deadline on Thursday to be a last-minute deadline, as we prefer to receive submissions earlier rather than later.
Historically, a service flag with a blue star was hung in the front window, or flown outside of a home when someone in the family was actively serving in World War I. If the soldier died while serving in France or elsewhere during WWI, the blue star was replaced with the gold star to indicate the family’s loss. A gold star on a purple background banner is a symbol of a battlefield death.
I want to thank Anton News, and you for running the World War II Heroes contest and for choosing my essay as one of the finalists. Our family really appreciates your recognition of the World War II veterans and all that they sacrificed for our country. It was an honor to actually fly aboard a B-17. This experience was not only awesome, but will remain one of my most memorable. Thank you again.
On Saturday, Sept. 22 the Rose Garden at Eisenhower Park will be rededicated, as part of the Long Island Transplant Recipients International Organization’s (LITRIO) annual ceremony to recognize and honor organ donors and donor families. The opening ceremony begins at noon near parking field 6 in the park.
I recently made the effort to check that little box on my driver’s license to indicate that I am a willing participant in the organ donation program. It was simple and could enhance the quality of life for dozens. Thousands of people die each year waiting for vital organs. My gesture could also one day save a life. In addition, something that I have not done yet is also indicating my organ donation intentions in the language of my will.
(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.
On Thursday, Sept. 20 schools across New York will sponsor the sixth annual “Dads, Take Your Child to School Day.” This is an exciting opportunity for many fathers who are employed by the school districts to be able to demonstrate their occupations to their children, allowing for extra hours of quality time spent with their children during what would normally be a workday away from their families.
Fathers, grandfathers, and significant male caregivers are encouraged to bring their children to their workplaces at the school on that day. Many schools have activities being planned, to encourage interaction, making it more than just a workstudy day.
I want to thank you [Angela Anton] and Anton Community Newspapers for selecting me as a finalist in the Military Heroes Essay Contest. The flight aboard the B-17 was a wonderful and enlightening experience. Those who served aboard that aircraft during World War II were truly remarkable and heroic young men.
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