Anyone who thinks that getting mad, speaking out or maybe even raising a little hell doesn’t get results, I have two words for you: Common Core.
A year ago, the Common Core curriculum was virtually unknown to most parents and everyone else not directly involved in K-12 education. If anything, it was passed off and readily accepted as a good thing — a more “rigorous” approach that would make our kids and our country more “globally competitive.”
They say you never forget your first, and for that very reason, EAC Network (which stands for Empowerment, Assistance and Caring), holds a very special place in my heart.
The first time I was ever honored in my life was by EAC back in 2001, and because of that and what they do for the less-fortunate has made this Hempstead-based not-for-profit agency very near and dear to my heart. I had been introduced to this human service organization the year before by my late friend Phyllis Kreitman. What struck me was the wide variety of wonderful programs EAC provides to the community. At that time, its Meals on Wheels and Dress for Success programs were particularly impressive. But during the tour I was given of EAC’s facility, I was particularly impressed by the fact that supervised visits for children were being overseen, giving them a safe haven which I feel was and continues to be a very important thing to have.
With the arrival of Valentine’s Day, let’s consider those you love: What would happen to your family, especially your kids, if you died today? That’s the question that Steve Giacobello’s family has been answering since he was killed this past September.
The 45-year-old Westbury resident and 20-year Town of Oyster Bay employee was collecting garbage in the hamlet of Oyster Bay’s business district when a driver, reportedly blinded by the sun, struck him.
A girl named Kate at the Cascade Christian School in Puyallup, Wash., sent this letter:
“Each member of our class is working on a project called the ‘Parade of States.’ We are responsible for gathering as much information as we can from a number of sources.
I have chosen New York for my state. If any of your readers or staff would help me out by sending pictures, postcards, a used license plate, facts, product, etc., from your state, it would be greatly appreciated.”
The Vacation & Travel special section in this week’s newspaper caused me to reflect on my favorite places. Without a doubt, one of them is Mexico. It’s a trip I’ve made a half-dozen times. But rather than go to touristy places, such as Cancun, I’ve found my favorite spots are more obscure and laid-back places like Akumal and Tulum. It’s usually in these destinations that I come across wonderful discoveries.
My most recent trip to Mexico found me staying for 10 days, during which time I was fortunate enough to go on a tour of Uxmal, home to a number of impressive ancient Mayan ruins. And while I had already found a place to stay in nearby Merida, it was during my quest for a good restaurant that I came across Rosas & Xocolate, a wonderful boutique hotel and spa.
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