I’ve been a patron of Starkie Brothers Garden Center for the last four years and have never met John Starkie. I know everyone by name (except the seasonal part-timers) and they all know my name. In fact, my mom calls the Garden Center my second home I’m there so much.
The family of Robert F. “Bobby” Taylor would like to acknowledge and thank all prize donors and participants in the Robert F. Taylor Memorial Benefit on Sunday, June 13 at the Changing Times Pub in Farmingdale. Attendance was standing room only and donations received from raffles and drawings was far beyond our expectations. Thank you family, friends and relatives for making this a very successful event!
The Taylor Family
(This letter is in response to a letter printed in the June 4, 2010 issue of the Farmingdale Observer entitled, “Arizona’s Immigration Law Is a Step in the Right Direction,” and a column printed in the June 4, 2010 issue entitled, “An Opinion: The Arizona Immigration Law.”)
Hooray, hooray; finally a great response, congratulations to Kevin Hassett’s “Arizona’s Immigration Law is a Step in the Right Direction.” Congratulations also to Robert McMillan’s column “An Opinion: The Arizona Immigration Law.”
When I took office on January 1, 2010, I knew Nassau County was in bad shape. What I didn’t realize was just how bad things actually were. From overtaxed residents, to a looming $286 million deficit caused by government waste and our broken property tax assessment system, Nassau County was in rough shape.
I was compelled to respond to the article that appeared in your May 21 Farmingdale Observer edition entitled, “Arizona’s Draconian Immigration Law Reverberates Everywhere”, written by Maryann Sinclair Slutsky, the campaign director of the Long Island WINS, a campaign promoting policy solutions to local immigration issues.
I wanted to write this week to thank Deputy Mayor Pat Christiansen and all the volunteers of the Beautification Committee who came out the past two Saturdays and worked to enhance our Village with all the flowers and hanging baskets. It looks great and will only get better as things grow and fill in.
Bob Krentz was a rancher. He was the most recent in a long line of family farmers that spans over 100 years. While checking the water levels, as he did every evening, Bob found a man lying on the ground. The man complained of being sick and asked for help. Bob quickly called for helicopter evac to bring the sickly man medical attention. As Bob turned his back to get supplies from his ATV, the man shot him in his side. The man was an illegal immigrant, trying to cross the border through the cover of darkness.
The New York State School Boards Association is cautiously optimistic about a proposal to include student achievement data in teacher evaluations.
At first glance, the proposal seems to strike a balance, with 40 percent of a teacher’s evaluation being based on student performance data and 60 percent based on locally defined criteria. If enacted, the proposal could give administrators and school boards new tools to measure student achievement, make decisions about teacher effectiveness, and chart a path toward professional development.
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