You’re a 19-year-old kid. You’re critically wounded and dying in the jungle. Your infantry unit is outnumbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 or 200 hundred yards away, that your own infantry commander has ordered the Medi-Vac helicopters to stop coming in.
You’re lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns, and you know you’re not getting out. Your family is halfway around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you’ll never see them again. As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day.
I would like to take this opportunity to inform residents of Hempstead Town’s SWIFT911 emergency notification service. The system provides a mechanism for the town to phone, e-mail or text message residents and businesses under its jurisdiction in the event of an emergency such as a severe storm evacuation. Such situations may include water main breaks, flooding, weather emergencies or natural disasters. Non-emergency contact may also be made in the event of town water department pipe flushing, which may affect water quality.
Supervisor Kate Murray recently held a press conference regarding the MTA’s announcement that it would not include the Third Track in its 2010-2014 capital budgets. The Third Track had engrossed the interest and energies of our community as no other issue in the recent past. So it was fitting that the supervisor held the conference at the Floral Park Train Station.
The NYS PTA recognizes that every child deserves excellence in education and in quality of life, and the purpose of the PTA is to be advocates for and to promote the welfare of children and youth in the home, school and community. The FPBS–PTA believes that the board of education has prepared a fiscally prudent budget designed to achieve the goal of providing a continued quality educational experience for all of our children.
It didn’t seem like the kind of place where the war would hit home. Farms and barns dotted a peaceful landscape and nothing seemed more American than the open plowed fields around Akron, OH. But a war in Southeast Asia had reached over here, across 9,000 miles, to touch forever a college campus with sweeping green slopes, groves of oaks and maples and a spray of dogwoods sprouting white blossoms to welcome spring.
Protecting our environment is a top priority for Hempstead Town. Residents currently enjoy excellent water quality, and with the continued help of everyone living on Long Island, our waterways and groundwater will remain healthy, clean and plentiful. This year, Earth Day was April 22, and I would like to take this opportunity to remind residents of what we can all do to help save our planet.
If you ever by chance or design get down to Old Virginia, by Charlottesville, be sure to pass the stone-arch bridge to the base of the road that leads up to Monticello. There, through the gates of a graveyard, you will see a granite obelisk bearing these words:
Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, and the father of the University of Virginia.
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