Thursday, 15 May 2014 10:45
Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Ed Ambrosino recently welcomed a group of 24 Sewanhaka High School students who proposed legislation before the Town Board in an effort to enhance safety in the community. The students’ influential visit to Hempstead Town Hall’s Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion marked another year of Murray and Ambrosino’s longtime involvement with Sewanhaka’s SAIL (Students Active in Law) program.
Sewanhaka’s SAIL class, which meets on a regular basis before the start of school, focused on a number of topics throughout the year impacting the community. Recently, safety concerns at a trio of intersections in the community caught the eye of the students. During the Town Board meeting, the SAIL students spoke before the board to provide specific recommendations within their proposals.
“I enjoy working with these young men and women on issues that have an impact on their fellow neighbors,” Ambrosino said. “This educational program offers students a hands-on opportunity to see how government works and to truly make a difference in their communities.”
The students’ proposals featured the installation of stop signs at both the northbound and southbound lanes of intersections at Madison St./Landau Ave., Marshall St./Raff Ave. and Webster St./Crest Ave.
“I applaud the efforts of these hard working students who were dedicated to a cause in their neighborhood,” Murray said. “They are to be commended for coming before the board to propose something that they believe in; already leaders in their community, these students have the potential to be future leaders in government and in society.”
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
When a young woman named Elizabeth McFarland died of breast cancer, a group of women gathered together for a small meeting and Liz’s Day was born.
On Sept. 27, the 16th annual Liz’s Day took place at the Floral Park Recreation Center. The event featured a used book sale, a Chinese style auction raffle, foods, drinks and music. All of the money raised from the event went to breast cancer research.
Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00
A Village of Stewart Manor Board of Trustees meeting turned into a lesson in the values of community engagement on Oct. 6. The regularly scheduled village meeting was attended by a group of Boy Scouts working toward a merit badge who witnessed new laws enacted and speeches from Fire Chief Tom Skinner and members of the Elmont School District Board of Education.
Members of Troop 134 attended the meeting to gain an Eagle Scout-required merit badge for Citizenship within the Community. They were required to go to a town hall-style meeting and witness a little democracy in action.