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Letter: Common Core Gets A Big Fat ‘F’

Thursday, 16 October 2014 11:55

My husband and I had the pleasure of meeting with New York State Senator Kemp Hannon on Sept. 4 to discuss our significant concerns with the Common Core Curriculum. The senator graciously agreed to meet and spent almost an hour with us, listening to the issues associated with the curriculum.   

By now, I am certain that most readers are familiar with some of the problems inherent with the curriculum. Chief among them are the lack of input from educators, early childhood experts and a completely unproven and untested curriculum, despite dubious claims by the creators that they are internationally benchmarked. The absence of such expertise is readily apparent, given the inappropriate expectations imposed upon our youngest students and the subsequent pressure placed on students and teachers alike to produce high marks on state testing.


Letter: Senior Moments

Thursday, 16 October 2014 12:04

I read with interest Fred Steinberg’s piece “Long Island’s Saltwater Fountain of Youth” (The Weekend, Sept. 17-23).

I also experienced, to my delight, a similar “seniors are free” encounter. Fifteen to 20 years ago, when I was 55 or 60 years old, I went to renew my pass to the parks of Nassau County. (I’d previously paid $30 for the pass that was renewable in three years.)

The lady at the window told me it was only $15. I asked how long it would be until I had to renew.

“You are a senior, right?”

I said yes, and she told me I wouldn’t ever have to renew it.  

Thank you. I thoroughly enjoy reading hometown news.

Monica Larsen,

Gilbert, AZ


Letter: Seeds Of Suspicion

Thursday, 16 October 2014 11:59

I read the article [Nassau Axing Grand Old Trees, Oct. 1-7] and I think pretty much everyone is missing something here. If you look where the “X”s are, they form a nice line from the Long Island Expressway to the entrance of the warehouse and distribution center over by Grumman. Personally, I think Mangano is just making it easier for the double trailer trucks to barrel up and down South Oyster Bay Road. If he or anyone really cared about us, he might try paving the road which the trucks have torn up.   

Also, how is he paying for this? All of the revenue from the traffic cameras and the speed cameras on the road?  

Bruce Gronich


Editorial: Journalism As Dream Job

Monday, 13 October 2014 00:00

When Floral Park grads say that they want to major in English, they are quickly pegged as teachers and dumped into the education bin. If they say, “No, I’m a journalist,” they get “Oh, that’s interesting,” in a tone that evokes patting a child’s head. Or the suggestion, knowingly delivered, that it’s “a dying field.”

Writers have long been envied for their creative freedom and perceived cushy work, even as they are pitied for their wages.


Letter: Revisiting Hurricane Sandy and the Fracking Debate

Monday, 13 October 2014 00:00

As the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, memories of the destruction produced by the storm still haunts most Long Islanders.

I have lived in Massapequa since 1982. During that time, I have lived through Hurricane Gloria, blizzards, torrential rainstorms and Hurricane Irene. What happened the night of 10-29-12 was traumatic for me, my wife and daughter.


Editorial: Scouting For Leaders

Thursday, 02 October 2014 09:20

Nassau County got into Scouting way back in 1917 with the first Boy Scout council and first Girl Scout troop. At the time, the orienteering and outdoor skills Scouting promotes were still useful, even in

Floral Park. Nearly 100 years later, our lives are much less rustic. Now, troops are more likely to promote robotics studies and entrepreneurship than how to start a fire or build a lean-to. But there’s a hitch at present. Scouting relies on local adults—parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins—for leadership. To empty its waitlist of 800 girls, Girl Scouts of Nassau County is calling for volunteer leaders, especially in Floral Park.


Letter: Sports Musings

Thursday, 02 October 2014 09:16

Some sports stories amuse me, while some anger me. Following are my musings about some recent sports section articles.

Medford’s own Marcus Stroman currently has a winning record for a Canadian team in the American League. So why didn’t the Mets sign this good young pitcher first?



Written by Donald Parker Thursday, 25 September 2014 09:11

Censorship: It’s Real And A Real Threat

Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn, ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom.

Alfred Griswold Whitney

The week of Sept. 21-28 has been designated Banned Books Week by the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. During this time, libraries and schools around the country hold programs and readings to celebrate the “right to read.”


Phil-osophically Speaking: September 25, 2014

Written by Phil Guarnieri, Thursday, 25 September 2014 10:06

Baltimore And The Ballad

Baltimore is a city that draws us deeply into the womb of history. It’s where Edgar Allan Poe wrote many of his Gothic tales of mystery and the macabre. Visiting his home in a rundown section of the city, one can picture Poe at the end of his sad and truncated life, wandering deliriously around its darkened streets, psychologically decomposing and perhaps half-mad, like a character from one of his tales, life imitating art.

Baltimore is also a glorified sports haven. Biting the hand that fed him, the legendary sports writer Jimmy Cannon once called sports the “Toy Department of Life.” Baltimore brushed aside that admonition by building two stadiums, one for baseball and one for football, literally a block or so apart. When it comes to their fun and games, Baltimore’s budgetary constraints are but pesky flies to be swatted away. Would you expect anything else from the city where Babe Ruth was born?


Capital Plan Begins To Take Shape

Written by Judi Bosworth, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Thursday, 25 September 2014 10:08

Road work ahead! Improvements, repaving and repair projects are all around you in the Town of North Hempstead as the town’s 2014-2018 Capital Plan forges ahead.

The town’s capital plan was unanimously approved in May by the town board with the intent of taking on major projects such as road repaving, repairing of town facilities and improving parks and just months later we are seeing real tangible results.


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