Once upon a time, back when we went to camp, camps focused on athletics and the arts. Primary activities at most included hiking, sports, running around, and blowing off physical steam, with arts and crafts for quiet periods or rainy days. Alternative camps inverted the formula, specializing in arts—drama or drawing or music—with games and sports as recreational add-ons.
I just read John Owens’ article about substance abuse and the mom’s letter about a wonderful place in Florida (“It Doesn’t Have To Be An Unhappy Ending,” The Weekend, July 2-8). I am very happy for her son.
One year ago I packed my bags, loaded the truck and moved away; took off for the city as I always planned to do and have not looked back. After 45 years, it was time for me to go. Now as I reflect on the first year of my new journey, I thought I would tell you exactly what I think of you…
Farmingdale women are backing up their sisters in the military, joining other women's groups in supporting a federal law to mitigate the appalling incidence of sexual assault in the military.
According to a recently released U. S. Department of Defense annual report, approximately 26,000 sexual assault or unwanted sexual contact incidents were reported in 2012—a 37% increase from 2011. At least 62 percent perceived some form of retaliation for pursuing charges.
While June 21 is considered the official start of summer, the real fun doesn’t kick off until bottle rockets, firecrackers, roman candles, sparklers and jumping jacks are lighting the night sky on July 4th, honoring the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 238 years ago. Rarely does it rain on July 4th (we’re having a hard time remembering when it did), which makes the night that much more sweet. You can step out your door and find a fireworks celebration almost anywhere in Nassau County.
I am so very proud of our parks system and all we have to offer in our great county. This summer, we have an action-packed lineup. With a combination of quality entertainment and fun activities for the whole family, we look forward to seeing you out and about.
Alongside my continued dedication to creating tourism, the incredible support we have received from local business sponsors has made bringing top-notch events to our residents at no additional cost, a great reality.
Here’s a look at some upcoming happenings. Pack your lawn chair and mark your calendar, because we have some good old-fashioned entertainment in store.
After the latest school shooting—one that claimed the life of an Oregon teen—it was revealed an Oklahoma-based company is marketing the “Bodyguard Blanket,” a foldable, bright-orange pad that can be strapped onto a child’s chest or back. The product promises to protect against “90 percent of all weapons that have been used in school shootings in the United States.”
My office released a report last week that found the 2012 graduation and transfer rate at Nassau Community College (NCC) dropped to 28 percent: less than one third of NCC students finished their degrees or transferred to a four-year college. NCC went from being one of the best community colleges in New York in 2009 to one of the worst in 2012, when it ranked 31st out of 35 community colleges in New York State.
The steep decline in graduations and transfers at NCC should be of concern to every taxpayer in Nassau County and to the 23,000 students who enroll at NCC hoping to receive a quality college education at a reasonable price. NCC is funded primarily through student tuition, state aid and Nassau County taxpayer money, receiving more than $52 million from the County in 2012.
We, as a nation, seem to forget the millions of poor, needy and ill citizens. We pass by homeless veterans, many of us without a thought of helping them. We see runaway teenagers and we ignore them. Our leaders, so self righteous in their speeches about the American people, then with their next vote, remove millions from SNAP benefits.Representatives deny FEMA assistance to a state hit by a devastating storm, but request the same assistance from FEMA when their state is hit with a raging flood that ravages the land.
The children living in the communities along the South Shore of Long Island are very fortunate to grow up here. With beautiful parks, fun-filled youth activities, and terrific schools that prepare students for a lifetime of success, children growing up enjoy a quality of life that makes their childhood special.
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