Thursday, 08 May 2014 10:35
This letter is in support of the upcoming reduced bond referendum on May 20, 2014. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage more votes in the community. Based on the past results in the surrounding communities – we want to be sure this does not affect what happens in Floral Park. The first bond vote did pass here, which is encouraging, but we have to show a much stronger force to make sure that this does pass overall.
The reasons why this needs to pass are many:
1.) The work needs to be done one way or the other, this is the most cost effective way to do it and will not result in painful cuts later on if bond fails.
2.) We are eligible for state aid as a result of passing this bond.
3.) This is good for property values – for a few reasons – it reflects well
on a neighborhood that voted YES
for their children and schools and
the drive by value alone of the new entrance of FPM is not to be discounted.
4.) This small increase in our taxes for the life of the bond (approximately $116 per household) is so minimal – and we get a direct impact back in our own community. So – for about the cost of going out to dinner – we can give our children and neighborhood a great gift.
I understand that tax increases are unwelcome – but they are also part of our reality. We have to vote yes for this bond and the school budget as well, minimal increases with both – to avoid unwelcome cuts in our future. Please encourage your friends and neighbors to get out the vote. Let’s not let this fail again, because if it does – the negative impact will be with us for a long time. I hate to think how our children and youth will feel if this does not pass. My own kids do not understand how it could have failed the first time. Having gone on the tour at Floral Park Memorial on April 26th, I saw firsthand how the repairs that need to be made. It is a wonderful school, but right now it is not the environment that the kids deserve.
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.