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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.

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.


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