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Editorial: Storm Of The Century? You Tell Me

Right before I lost power on Monday Oct. 29 during Hurricane Sandy at 8:45 p.m., Stephen King’s Storm of the Century was on television…I’m not kidding.

Was it an eerie coincidence or intentional? I think the former, because the TV listing that comes with the Sunday’s Daily News was printed way before the storm hit and there it was listed in the guide.

This is by far, the worst non-snowstorm I have ever seen. The aftermath of Sandy’s slap on the island couldn’t have been dreamt up in the worst of nightmares.

The scenes of flooded streets in New York City were as if they were plucked right out of the film The Day After Tomorrow. Billions of dollars in damage, lives lost, memories etched in stone.

Was it the storm of the century? To this editor, yes.

Good luck to those who were affected by the storm.          

—RF

News

On March 29, women were invited to attend the second annual Women’s Symposium, Education to Entertainment: A Morning of Learning, Listening and Laughter, sponsored by the Floral Park Lions Club in collaboration with District 20k2. Through the generosity of the Sewanhaka Central High School District and Floral Park Memorial High School principal Dr. Kathleen Sottile and staff, the school hosted the event for the second year.

Women’s positions and responsibilities are constantly changing and there is an ongoing necessity to provide women with a forum by which to address these and other demands. The symposium concentrated on many current issues in 16 diversified and enlightening workshops.

The Sewanhaka Central High School District School Board adopted the 2014-15 proposed budget last week. The proposed budget total for the 2014-15 school year is $175.3 million, a budget increase of $3.52 million from last year. The tax levy increase is set at 2.1 percent. The budget vote will take place on May 20.

The current projection for state aid in 2014-15 is $29.2 million in the state legislative budget, a slight increase from last year ($27.8 million).

“There was a budget-to-budget state aid increase of 5.2 percent,” District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said.


Calendar

Women’s Club Membership Meeting

Wednesday, April 16

North End Civic Association To Meet

Thursday, April 17

Blood Drive

Friday, April 18



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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