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Letter: School Board Trustee Thanks Community Members for Support

Friday, 28 May 2010 00:00
I would like to thank the communities of Floral Park and Bellerose for their support for me in the school board trustee election. I will do my best to maintain the standards that we have set for the education of our children while looking to keep our taxes reasonable.

From the Desk of Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy - May 21, 2010

Friday, 30 July 2010 00:00

House Passes Much-Needed Legislation Aimed  At Lowering Costs to Manufacturers

Yesterday, I voted in favor of the U.S. Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010 to help thousands of U.S. manufacturers compete at home and abroad. This legislation, which passed the House with a final vote of 378-43, contains hundreds of tariff suspensions and reductions that will help American companies manufacture and sell goods to continue growing and supporting American jobs. These reductions and suspensions of import duties lower costs for materials that American businesses use in production and thereby increase the competitiveness of our products. 


Letter: Floral Park-Bellerose School Board Thanks Community for High Voter Turnout

Friday, 28 May 2010 00:00
This past Tuesday over 2900 people came to the John Lewis Childs School and the Floral Park-Bellerose School on a rainy day to cast ballots in our school board and budget vote elections.This was certainly the largest turnout in more than a decade. I want to thank our communities for turning out as they did and passing both the elementary school and high school budgets.  On behalf of the Boards of Education at both the Floral Park-Bellerose and Sewanhaka Central High School Districts, I want to promise that we’ll work to continue to provide a top quality educational experience for all our children at as reasonable a cost as possible.

I also want to particularly thank our parents, students, administrators, teachers, staff and my fellow board members for their hard work on the budgets this year.

There was tremendous negativity in the days leading up to the vote, with anonymous fliers with half-truths being placed in mailboxes throughout our communities and an Elmont civic leader urging a no vote on News 12 to “send a message.” I believe a message was delivered. People in our communities value the education being provided and believe it to be a worthy and necessary expense even in these trying, tight economic times. They made a conscious choice that our children come first and it’s important to maintain our schools and their programs.

Finally, thank you also to all of the PTAs, civic groups, organizations and individuals that permitted our elementary school superintendent Dr. Pombonyo, as well as our high school superintendent Mr. Meierdiercks and/or Assistant Superintendent for Business Ms. Kenney, to make presentations to them within the past months and get the word out to the public.

David T. Fowler


Floral Park-Bellerose

Board of Education


Sewanhaka Central

High School District

Board of Education


Phil-osophically Speaking: May 21, 2010

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 21 May 2010 00:00

Remembering the Unsung Heroes of Vietnam

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.


Around the Town: May 21, 2010

Friday, 21 May 2010 00:00

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.


Phil-osophically Speaking - May 14, 2010

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 14 May 2010 00:00

The Great Struggle Against the Third Track

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.


Letter: Get Out and Vote on May 18

Friday, 14 May 2010 00:00
Tuesday, May 18, is the vote for the proposed 2010-2011 Floral Park-Bellerose Elementary School District Budget.  

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. 


Letter: Third Track Task Force Chairman Thanks Local Communities

Friday, 07 May 2010 00:00
Since April 2005, I have served as chairman of the Third Track Task Force.  Therefore, the announcement that the proposed 2010-2015 MTA Capital Planning Budget specifically excludes funding for either the construction or future planning for the Third Track Expansion Project is heartening. This validates the efforts of thousands of citizens, hundreds of organizations and dozens of communities who joined as one voice in complete and total opposition to the seismic change this project would have had on our lives. Our opposition was relentless, chronicled by thousands of letters, petitions, e-mails, media releases and attendance at public scoping sessions where hundreds more provided testimony. We the people let our elected representatives know, at every level of government, of our reasoned opposition not only to this project, but ironically, to funding the diminution of our homes’ value and the destruction of our quality of life. Perhaps the MTA, a public authority, underestimated the strength of organized opposition based upon our fundamental sense of fairness. This was a modern day David vs. Goliath. 

Letter: Go Out and Vote on Tuesday, May 18

Friday, 07 May 2010 00:00
At the John Lewis Childs School Parent Teacher Association (JLCS PTA) meeting held on Tuesday, April 13, a motion was unanimously approved to support the 2010–2011 Floral Park-Bellerose Elementary School District Budget as educationally sound. The JLCS PTA urges all residents to go out to vote on Tuesday, May 18.

Phil-osophically Speaking - April 30, 2010

Written by Phil Guarnieri Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:57

Forty Years After the Kent State Shootings

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.


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