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Floral Park Remembers 9/11

Friday, 19 September 2014 08:21

Editor’s note: On Thursday, Sept. 11, Floral Park community members and officials assembled at the village’s 9/11 Relic Memorial at village hall for a remembrance ceremony. The following is Mayor Thomas Tweedy’s memorial speech. 


“Reverend Clergy, members of the Floral Park Fire Department, members of the Floral Park Police Department, distinguished guests and fellow Floral Parkers.


Letter: Ride For Ethan Kicks Off At Walk Street Tavern

Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

On Saturday, Sept. 6 at Walk Street Tavern in New Hyde Park, a community of people gathered to help support a little boy, my son Ethan. Ethan has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a devastating disease, and when I first shared the news, wave after wave of people offered their love and support in incalculable ways. On this day, our family was blessed by Ride for Ethan.


Editorial: Never Forget, Always Repeat

Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

This week Long Islanders face another anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. As we remember the thousands of innocent lives lost — we also face the annual barrage of talking-head tributes, academic examinations and psychological analyses.

Local news broadcasts and cable television will once again air programs seeking the answers to questions that have seemingly been asked and answered hundreds of times over the last decade. However, the most important question — are we safer? — is the only one that truly matters.


Letter: Bugged About Bugs

Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:00

I read your ALB (Asian long-horned beetle) article with interest. [‘Landscape-Altering Pest Creeping North’ on August 29, 2014, Floral Park Dispatch]

Recently two young gentlemen from ALB Cooperative Eradication Program in Amityville knocked on my front door and asked permission to inspect the two trees on my property. I let them; there were no beetles.


Letter: Sports Musings

Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

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?

I was very surprised when Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, expressed such glee over A-Rod’s drug dealer finally facing a possible prison sentence; but then I remembered that Anthony Bosch had forced A-Rod to inject all those steroids at gunpoint.  Or have I misremembered that?


Letter: The Joys Of Animal Rescue

Friday, 05 September 2014 00:00

You have read of the sorry record of municipal animal shelters. It has been estimated that some 8 – 10 million animals enter the United States shelters annually. Unfortunately it is also estimated that four million of these dogs, puppies, cats and kittens are annually euthanized. That’s 11,000 lives ended daily.

But since 1944 there is an exceptional alternative — the North Shore Animal League America, a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 charitable corporation, located in Port Washington, has saved more than one million precious and innocent dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. North Shore is a pioneer in the no-kill movement, adoptions and in promoting education programs to reduce animal cruelty. For example, in 2010, in cooperation with Yale University they developed a Mutt-i-grees Curriculum that teaches the next generation of children crucial social and emotional skills. Hopefully these efforts may also lead to fewer or perhaps even no school shootings. An emotional attachment to animals may then lead to compassion for humans as well.


Editorial: Back To The Rat Race

Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:54

August is, hands down, the best time to be a commuter in Floral Park and on Long Island in general.

On any given week, enough people are on vacation or working abbreviated hours to make the drive or the train commute smooth and speedy. The relative quiet on the roads makes for less stressful driving, just as the sunshine and slower pace of summer tamp the general stress of life. Even managers and bosses take a little time off, lightening the atmosphere at work.


Letter: Burger King Of Canada

Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:55

Burger King benefits enormously from being an American company and should pay its fair share of taxes here in America.

Burger King is an American company worth more than $9 billion dollars. They’re in talks to buy Tim Hortons, Inc., Canada’s largest coffee-shop chain.


Letter: Volunteering for Adam Haber

Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

One of the first things people notice about Adam Haber, is the way he can fill a room. Standing over 6 feet tall he’s not a small guy, but then again neither is the office he’s running for.

As I’ve gotten to know Adam over the past two months while working on the campaign for State Senate, it’s become more and more obvious to me that he brings more than sound bytes and “one-liners” to the table. Beyond his proven business expertise as a successful entrepreneur, 20 plus years of experience in finance, and achievements balancing the Roslyn school budget, speak to Adam for five minutes and you’ll see intangibles that most politicians sorely lack. Note the way he speaks faster when you ask him about his plans to revitalize the local economy, and how he intends to bring corporations back to Long Island; or how he envisions Nassau being a haven for startups, creating jobs and prosperity.


Letter: Support Jack Martins For Senate

Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

It is early, but I think it’s time to start thinking about who we should choose to represent us in the New York State Senate (7th District) election come this Fall.

Our present Senator, Jack Martins, has done an exemplary job helping to improve the conditions in our community. Senator Martins had experience as the Mayor of Mineola when he first went to Albany in 2011 and he made good use of that background.


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