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Editorial: Support Christmas In July

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 06 July 2012 00:00

Throughout the month of July several local businesses and organizations have teamed up to help support The Eve Foundation’s ninth annual “Christmas In July,” a non-perishable food drive benefiting local residents who find it difficult to purchase food for their households during difficult financial times.


From the desk of Senator Kemp Hannon: July 3, 2012

Written by Senator Kemp Hannon Friday, 06 July 2012 00:00

“Prescription drug abuse is a growing crisis in this state and nation,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). “We’ve seen armed violence, deaths by overdose and suicide, and increasing rates of addiction.”

While New York State has a pre-eminent program for combating prescription theft and forgery, current penal laws are not sufficient to deter the theft, possession and sale of blank official prescription forms. Current law forces authorities to wait until someone sells a stolen prescription form before law enforcement can act.


From the desk of Assemblyman Jim Conte: June 28, 2012

Written by Assemblyman Jim Conte Friday, 29 June 2012 00:00

Assemblyman Jim Conte announced the passage of Lauren’s Law. Conte, a sponsor of the bill and two-time organ-transplant recipient, noted that the bill will help increase organ-donor enrollments throughout the state as well as prolong and enhance the lives of thousands of New Yorkers waiting for a transplant.

The legislation is named after Lauren Shields, a heart-transplant recipient who celebrated her 12th birthday this past April.


From the desk of Senator Charles Fuschillo: June 28, 2012

Written by Senator Charles Fuschillo Friday, 29 June 2012 00:00

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. announced the passage of legislation to protect New Yorkers from intrusive or unwanted telemarketing practices. The legislation (S. 7567A), co-sponsored by Senator Fuschillo, regulates all telemarketers who do business in New York, wherever they may be located, and adds new consumer protections from unwelcome prerecorded calls, known as robocalls, from telemarketers.

In 2000, Senator Fuschillo authored the law creating New York State’s Telemarketer “Do Not Call” Registry, which gave New Yorkers the opportunity to register their home telephone numbers with the Consumer Protection Board and prohibit telemarketers from making unsolicited calls to numbers on the registry.


Letter: Red Cross: Be Prepared For Hurricane Season

Friday, 22 June 2012 00:00

While experts have predicted a near-normal hurricane season, it’s important to remember that normal means the possibility of 9-15 named storms. After Hurricane Irene last August, I don’t need to remind Long Islanders that it only takes one storm to force evacuations, damage homes, and leave nearly a half-million homes in the dark—many for days. And to think, Irene was downgraded to tropical storm when it made landfall here.

In preparation for Irene, the American Red Cross opened shelters from North Carolina to Maine—including 31 of them on Long Island. When the storm passed, Red Cross volunteers provided food, water and other emergency supplies to those affected.


Editorial: Final Week At LaSalle Regional School

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 22 June 2012 00:00
On Tuesday, June 19 the students, teachers, alumni and families of St. John Baptist De LaSalle Regional School, Farmingdale’s Catholic elementary school, held an emotional “farewell” prayer service at the St. Kilian’s auditorium, followed by a reception.

The closing is a very sad event, not only for the church parishioners and students, but also for the Farmingdale community. Church families have written to the Observer since the December announcement sharing their grief and disappointment about the school’s closing, but also demonstrating their commitment to maintaining Catholic education for their children, something that is becoming more difficult to achieve.


Editorial: Marine Corps Sergeant Majors Cup Competition June 16

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00

Marines and potential recruits, “poolees,” will fill Zach’s Bay at Jones Beach on Saturday, June 16 for the annual Sergeant Majors Cup competition. More than 600 marines, from more than 14 New York State recruiting stations, will participate in the competition held each year for all Marine Corps candidates waiting to deploy to boot camp.

The event is a physical competition, giving candidates a preview of some of the grueling demands of boot camp once they arrive at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, SC.


From the desk of Senator Charles Fuschillo: June 13, 2012

Written by Senator Charles Fuschillo Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. has announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to restore the STAR property tax rebate check program.  Restoring the program would deliver valuable property tax savings to senior citizens and middle class families.

“Long Island families pay some of the country’s highest property taxes and many are stretching their family budgets thin to survive in this economy. They need real and direct tax relief. Restoring the STAR rebate check program would deliver valuable property tax savings to overtaxed, overburdened Long Island families and allow them to keep more of their hard earned money,” said Senator Fuschillo.


Letter: More Funding Needed For Tobacco Control

Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00

The American Lung Association joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in celebrating World No Tobacco Day on May 31. This year’s theme, Tobacco Industry Interference, focused on the need to expose and counter the industry’s increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine global tobacco control efforts.

What we’re seeing in New York, and throughout the country, is the point of sale product display marketing that is cleverly designed to appeal to children. On World No Tobacco Day, attention was drawn to the fact that when these tobacco displays are placed prominently at checkout counters next to candy and gum and outside of stores at kids’ eye level, it encourages them to smoke.


Editorial: 144th Running Of The Belmont Stakes

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00
This weekend marks the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes, the third jewel of the Triple Crown in horse racing, and it’s held right here on Long Island, about one of the only times when the worldwide sporting news spotlight shines bright on Nassau County.

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