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.
Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00
Long Island communities are waging a war against prescription drug abuse and a rampant heroin epidemic. The county launched a free public training program in 2012 to teach ordinary citizens the signs of an overdose and how to reverse its effects using a drug called Narcan.
Garden City High School hosted one of these training events on Oct. 9 as a packed auditorium of parents and community members gathered to learn the skills needed to potentially save a life. Floral Park will host the event in December.
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.
Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.