The Floral Park Belmont Stakes Festival sponsored by the chamber of commerce, NYRA, and the village was a success. The event could not have gone so well without the participation Floral Park businesses, entertainers, and community members. The festival included face painters and performers provided by Event King; inflatable-bouncy rides provided by Send in the Clowns; and food from local Floral Park eateries. Attendees also participated in raffles generously donated by TD Bank, Pita Park, Butts & Such, J Fallons Tap Room, Korner Kutters, AAA Taxi, Poppy’s Place, Floral Station Deli, Village Pizza, LAI Acupuncture, Sewanhaka Travel, Pellegrini Meats, Ben Peters Hair Salon, Salon DiCaperci, Sheishinkan Martial Arts, JoMar Grooming, Carriage Trade Insurance, Michael D. Squire DDS, Eileen Dolan and the Keats Agency.
Once upon a time, back when we went to camp, camps focused on athletics and the arts. Primary activities at most included hiking, sports, running around, and blowing off physical steam, with arts and crafts for quiet periods or rainy days. Alternative camps inverted the formula, specializing in arts—drama or drawing or music—with games and sports as recreational add-ons.
That has changed. These days camps are offering more and more in the way of high-end intellectual stimulation, extending the learning of the school year with STEM programs or courses in multimedia design. It’s no surprise that modern, more activist parents have embraced camp as an extension of school, as more than 100 years of research has detailed the loss of learning that takes place when intellectual exercise is eliminated. Kids slide about two months backward in math skills during the summer. (They also, despite all the exercise, tend to gain weight.)
So the shift to incorporating some brain stimulation into summer programs is welcome. It’s certainly good for the kids who participate. Those who can’t afford such camps—which run from around $500 to $1,200 per week—the gap only grows.
It has been my distinct pleasure to have known and worked with Adam Haber over these past several years as trustees of the Roslyn Board of Education. Adam has a positive energy with visionary ideas and practical solutions. Our school district has benefited from his perspectives and tenacity for striving for what is best and beneficial to all in our community. To say the least, he gets things done.
Adam has a proven record of success in his professional career. But to me, it is his sense and sensitivity to critical issues facing Nassau County that make him uniquely qualified to serve as our next state senator of the 7th district. He brings people along for a productive and meaningful journey. As an example, immediately following the devastation of Sandy, he, along with his friends from All Hands (an international disaster relief organization) swiftly mobilized our community to collect food, clothing, medical, school and cleaning supplies for those suffering on our south shore.
While June 21 is considered the official start of summer, the real fun doesn’t kick off until bottle rockets, firecrackers, roman candles, sparklers and jumping jacks are lighting the night sky on July 4th, honoring the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 238 years ago. Rarely does it rain on July 4th (we’re having a hard time remembering when it did), which makes the night that much more sweet. You can step out your door and find a fireworks celebration almost anywhere in Nassau County.
Launching water balloons and SuperSoaker water battles with the fire departments down Covert Avenue on July 4 marks a newer tradition of family fun and community support, forgetting about the work week ahead. The young and the young-at-heart squeal with the landing of every water balloon. Independence Day pushes families towards the heart of summer, one water bomb at a time.
I have been at a loss for words the last week (and not just due to being sick) regarding Tuesday’s election. At about 7½ percent, the Republican primary turnout was almost as low as two years ago. Our margins reported at the polls were starkly different from the reactions of voters our campaign reached out to by phone and on the ground, but they reflected the ratio we were outspent.
The kind notes that have come my way remind me that no candidate can ask for a better group of supporters than we have had on this campaign. The level of dedication, hard work, and sacrifice — the amount of sheer heart you have shown — speaks volumes. Just a few examples are the petition carriers we had overcoming great physical challenges (in one case, chemotherapy) to collect pages of signatures; the many volunteers who awoke at the crack of dawn to come to train stations; and those who took time off from work to cover more territory going door to door when we were short-staffed.
They helped on principle out of love for our country and with no expectation of a job or other form of self-enrichment.
When the New York State Assembly and Senate both passed the Compassionate Care Act last Friday, it was only succumbing to the will of the people. According to the TK NAME OF YOUR PAPER’S online poll, more than 68% responding support medical marijuana, with 25% opposed and 6% undecided.
Our results mirror other findings. Most recently, Quinnipiac found support for medical marijuana in Florida rose from 82% of registered voters in May 2013 to 88% of registered voters in May 2014. An international poll by the New England Journal of Medicine found 76% of physicians worldwide would allowing medical marijuana, with 24% opposed (and none undecided). In 2011, CBS News found 77% of adults nationwide in favor; 17% against. An AARP poll as far back as 2004 saw support from 72% of adults nationwide.
Is Kimba Woods a judge — or a joke? Queen Kimba recently gave a convicted 60-year-old thief 39 years to pay back the $300,567 in disability pension benefits that he virtually stole by faking a Long Island Rail Road disability. She’s only asking him to pay back $700 a month; on top of her sentencing of another LIRR fraudster to pay back the $300,000 he stole at a mere $25 a month — meaning that it would theoretically take him 982 years. This “sentence” would be funny if it wasn’t sad for society and the rule of law. I’d like to point out to Judge Woods (whom I’d like to sentence for judicial malpractice in my own Court of Common Sense) that the dictionary defines a “judge” as “someone capable of making rational and wise decisions.” These decisions of hers could make iron statue of Lady Justice cry tears of shame underneath her blindfold.
— Richard Siegelman
Recently there have been many situations — unexplainable actions by desperate, stressed, mentally ill and suicidal people.
We, as a nation, seem to forget the millions of poor, needy and ill citizens. We pass by homeless veterans, many of us without a thought of helping them. We see runaway teenagers and we ignore them. Our leaders, so self righteous in their speeches about the American people, then with their next vote, remove millions from SNAP benefits.
“A picture does [not] say a thousand words” unless you are looking at Dorian Gray. The politicians have started early this year due to the primary season. Noted advertising guru Marshall McLuhan once wrote that “the medium is the message.” That being the case, what is the medium deployed by our politicians and what is the message?
Currently blighting our environment are political signs, illegally posted on both public and private lands. These signs tell us the name of the candidate, the office they are seeking and their political party — but that is all. The point is that candidates pray that signs will increase their name recognition causing voters to cast their ballots for them irrespective of their otherwise lackluster records.
The excitement of this year’s 146th running of the Belmont Stakes and the potential for a Triple Crown also brought much needed attention focused on Belmont Park itself. For years Floral Park has been a strong advocate for the preservation and improvement of Belmont Park as a state of the art, world class thoroughbred racing facility, as evidenced by our Statement of Principles submitted to State of New York leaders in 2007. Now even Newsday has published an editorial entitled, “Rebuild Belmont Park for the Long Run” which noted that for thoroughbred “racing to thrive there, Belmont has to be redeveloped to provide a better experience every day.” It’s about time our calls for an updating and improving of Belmont Park may finally be getting the attention they deserve.
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