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From the desk of Senator Charles Fuschillo: August 2, 2012

Written by Senator Charles Fuschillo Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) recently announced that legislation he cosponsors to expand the Iran Divestment Act has been signed into law. The new law will prevent companies that invest in Iran’s energy sector from entering into contracts with any state or local public authority, as well as the State University of New York (SUNY) and the City University of New York (CUNY).

“Iran promotes terrorism and continues to pursue nuclear weapons which could be used to threaten the U.S. and its allies, including Israel. Taxpayers shouldn’t have their tax dollars spent on companies that profit from investing tens of millions of dollars into Iran’s energy development. Expanding this law to include state and local authorities will reinforce the message that New York will not spend tax dollars on businesses that support Iran’s energy sector,” said Senator Fuschillo.


Editorial: The Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall Is Here

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00

On Wednesday afternoon, the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall arrived at Mitchel Athletic Complex from being on display in Mexico, NY, a town north of Syracuse, and was escorted to Eisenhower Park in East Meadow by veterans, military and county officials, builders, and dozens of motorcycle riders.  

The Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall is the largest traveling replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall and is the centerpiece of the American Veterans Traveling Tribute’s (AVTT) “Cost of Freedom” tribute program.


Minute Of History: August 2, 2012

Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00

Some Interesting Historical Sites Around Our Town

(Editor’s note: At the Village Pops Concert at the Farmingdale Village Green on Tuesday, July 18, James B. McCullagh, vice president of Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society, was scheduled to deliver this speech. The “Minute of History,” is a series of speeches delivered at the Pops Concerts throughout the summer.)

Even a prophet is said to be overlooked in his own hometown; the same can often be said of historical points of interest in a community. People note sites of past events in places they visit on vacations to remote areas but fail to observe those in their own towns. Let us consider now but a few such in Farmingdale.


From the desk of Senator Charles Fuschillo: July 26, 2012

Written by Senator Charles Fuschillo Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00

Fuschillo Applauds Health Care Law In Support Of Shingles Vaccine

Recently, Governor Cuomo signed into law a health care measure I sponsored in the New York State Senate to expand greater access to vaccinations.

The new law expands the allowable vaccines that trained pharmacists are able to administer. Effective Tuesday, Oct. 16, the vaccine for the shingles virus will be available along with the vaccine for flu and pneumonia.


From the desk of Assemblyman David McDonough: July 26, 2012

Written by Assemblyman David McDonough Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00

Assemblyman David G. McDonough is reminding low-income residents with serious medical conditions that New York state has set aside $3 million in funding through the federally-funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to provide residents with assistance in purchasing air conditioners during times of extreme heat.

Residents are encouraged to contact the Community Development Corp. of Long Island, Inc. at (631) 471-1215 to find out more information on the program and to see if they qualify for assistance.


Minute Of History: July 19, 2012

Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00

Growing Up Rockwell In Farmingdale

(Editor’s note: At the Village Pops Concert at the Farmingdale Village Green on Tuesday, July 3, Jane Schriro Rubinstein delivered this speech. The “Minute of History,” is a series of speeches delivered at the Pops Concerts throughout the summer.)

Memories are probably one of the most personal things we possess, shaped by our own experiences, sculpted over time, molded with age. My memories of growing up in Farmingdale in the 1960s are my own, but I think many of us here today may share overlapping experiences and touch points as we grew up “Rockwell” in Farmingdale.


Letter: For Fair And Transparent Redistricting

Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00

In response to Susan Lerner’s opinion piece in Newsday on July 3, entitled “Voters Are The Losers In Nassau Fight,” The League of Women Voters of Nassau County believes in many of the same principles Ms Lerner proposes. As a nonpartisan organization, the league has repeatedly spoken before the county legislature and to the temporary advisory redistricting commission for a fairer and more transparent process for redistricting than is currently being considered by this advisory commission.

The league believes first that the advisory commission should conduct hearings to receive input from residents about how the process should occur and suggestions on how district lines should be drawn. Then, after the commission creates proposed districts, there should be additional public hearings to discuss them. These hearings should be in all three towns and two cities in Nassau County and should occur at a variety of times (day and evening) and at multiple locations in order to accommodate as many people as possible. Equally important is that all meeting locations be handicapped-accessible.


Letter: It’s That Time Again

Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

Well it’s official – summer is in full swing. Temperatures are soaring and that can only mean one thing – throngs of Long Islanders heading to our beaches every chance they get. Many will look forward to a day of fun in the sun and some relief from the heat, not to mention the much-coveted golden tan.

The prospect of dealing with massive traffic jams does not deter nor hamper the enthusiasm of the diehard beach goer. SUVs are packed with coolers, blankets, towels, Frisbees and the like. Once they secure a parking space, which is no simple feat by any means, they lug all their stuff onto the hot sand in quest of the perfect spot; finally situated, the mission to work on that golden tan is under way. I clearly remember those days when baby oil and a shiny aluminum type tray was the rage. I also remember calling it a day after five hours of baking with no umbrella in sight to shield me and my friends from the glare of the UVA/UVB rays. In fact, who even knew what those letters meant or how deadly they could become once abused. My friends and I knew that if we were lucky enough not to peel for three to four days, our bronzed skin was going to look great in our summer whites and all that sweating was worth it.


Letter: CPR In Schools Bill Should Have Passed

Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

It is difficult to express my disappointment that the Assembly did not pass our CPR in Schools bill (S2491/A3980) to ensure that all students learn CPR before graduating from high school. In August of 2006, my 14-year-old daughter, Leah, went into sudden cardiac arrest while trying out for the volleyball team at Bethpage High School. Thankfully, Leah’s life was saved by her coach. However, to think that her fellow teammates could have saved her life as well after a short CPR lesson is empowering.

I am truly thankful to my representative, Senator Kemp Hannon, for sponsoring and helping champion the passage of the CPR in Schools legislation in the Senate. He is well aware how important this bill is to saving lives.


Minute Of History: July 12, 2012

Written by Judy Sherman, FHS Class of 1983 founding member of the Pops Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

The Band Plays On: The 30-Year Evolution Of The Farmingdale Village Pops

(Editor’s note: At the Village Pops Concert at the Farmingdale Village Green on Wednesday, June 27, Judy Sherman delivered this speech, a summary of the 30-year history of the Village Pops, the “Minute of History,” one in a series of speeches delivered at the Pops Concerts throughout the summer. Sherman is the principal flutist and founding member of Farmingdale’s beloved ensemble.)

It is hard to imagine that none of us were here back in 1982. Well, actually the Farmingdale Village Pops was here but just not in this part of this now beautifully redone park green and under this fabulous band gazebo. But just like it was back then, we gather here for exactly the same reason – to share our love of music and performance with a community looking to take a break and enjoy a wonderful evening together as the band plays on.

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