This Sunday, Feb. 6, I will be co-hosting, with Elmont On-Line, the annual Black History Month awards at the Elmont Memorial Public Library located at 700 Hempstead Turnpike. This year’s program is going to be very exciting, educational and community spirited.
Frankly, I am getting tired of the uninformed “Armchair Quarterbacks,” sitting at home on their couches watching TV, telling the Board of Education what we should and should not do.
I try to get 7 or even 8 hours of sleep a night if possible. Every study shows the restorative powers of sleep in our physical and mental lives. Lack of sleep not only affects our emotions and moods but also our immunological system. The more I live the more I believe this to be true.
A few hours before the town board meeting on Jan. 11 Hope For Hempstead Shelter (HHS) was notified that public comment would not be allowed due to weather. A short while after HHS arrived, the town released a statement saying that public comment would not be permitted due to a security risk.
Guns don’t kill people; people kill people, the saying goes. There is nothing really to dispute in that syllogism although the tragic event that unfolded in Tucson, AZ, poses many questions. I support Second Amendment rights for citizens to bear arms but think that with technological advances in firearms since the Constitution was written, it seems prudent that some of its more deadly elaborations like automatic and semi-automatic weapons be curtailed in some fashion. Former Mayor Ed Koch used to describe himself as ‘a liberal with sanity.’ I am a conservative and like to view myself in a similar light.
A regular meeting of the board of trustees was held on Jan. 4, at 8:30 p.m.
The meeting opened with a Pledge to the Flag. Present were Mayor Kevin J. Greene, Trustees Thomas J. Tweedy, James E. Rhatigan, Mary-Grace Tomecki, Dominick A. Longobardi, Village Administrator Virginia Appel, Village Clerk Susan E. Walsh, Superintendent of Building Department and Superintendent of Public Works Stephen L. Siwinski, Police Commission Stephen G. McAllister and Village Attorney John E. Ryan.
It was not long ago when my cousin, Tim, a high school guidance counselor, groused to me about the arrival of the digital age and with it the impending extinction of the printed page. “I just love,” said Tim, “reading the morning newspaper while slowly sipping a cup of freshly brewed coffee. For me those precious minutes are a little piece of paradise.”
My curiosity was piqued when I read that the game of chess is part of the school curriculum in 30 countries and that New Jersey had, some years back, made it part of their elementary school program. This is not an extracurricular activity, mind you, but a required course. Other states have already implemented chess as part of the curriculum or are contemplating it. Its proponents argue that chess should be part of the scholastic fabric because it improves both critical thinking and problem-solving skills
I would like to thank our residents, businesses and the employees of Nassau County for their patience and cooperation during last week’s blizzard. With the storm dumping over 16 inches of snow in our community, County employees mobilized early the morning after Christmas Day to deal with its cleanup. Crews were instructed to plow lanes adequate for travel in both directions. First priorities for snow removal included major thorough fares and access to emergency services. In all, over 100 County employees were involved in clearing roadways and dropping over 2,880 pounds of salt on our roadways. When those County roadways were cleared, snow plowing operations were sent to assist towns and villages who requested such help with residential streets.
We have heard about the economic mudslides in Greece, Spain, Portugal and Ireland due to years of unrestrained spending, cheap lending, rising debts, deficits and poor banking practices. Credit ratings in those countries have been downgraded to such depths that they might as well reside in mineshafts. These countries are struggling to pay their bills as interest rates on their existing debts rise.
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