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Phil-osophically Speaking - August 28, 2009

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 28 August 2009 00:00

It was the mother of all traffic jams. Cars were packed together, bumper to bumper, transfiguring the New York State Thruway into the biggest parking lot in the world. Literally nothing was moving. This crushing deadlock did not unnerve the thousands of baby boomers, bristling with excitement, who jauntily abandoned their cars and made their pilgrimage on foot to a mud splattered dairy farm in upstate New York to embrace a nirvana of peace, love and music.

Forty summers later the romance of the Woodstock Festival remains, for its memoirists, the crowning moment of the counter-cultural 1960s. The Dionysian energy of the new psychedelic rock music was the match that lit the so-called Aquarian rebellion and the subsequent explosion unleashed several social revolutions whose reverberations can still be felt today.

 

From the Desk of Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy: August 21, 2009

Written by Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy Friday, 21 August 2009 00:00

Announces Recovery Funds for

New Energy Efficient Traffic Signals

Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy announced the release of $4.3 million of federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to upgrade approximately 900 traffic signals on Long Island by replacing existing incandescent lights with more energy efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs to reduce energy use and improve the environment. The project includes installing approximately 250 pedestrian countdown crossing signals at key intersections to improve pedestrian safety.

 

From the Desk of Legislator Richard Nicolello: August 21, 2009

Written by Legislator Richard Nicolello Friday, 21 August 2009 00:00

Votes to Adopt Silver Alert System

The Nassau County Legislature voted unanimously to establish a new Silver Alert System. The new system is intended to rapidly disseminate information to the public regarding missing seniors or other individuals suffering Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other cognitive disorders.

 

From the Desk of Senator Craig Johnson - August 14, 2009

Friday, 14 August 2009 00:00

Major Legislation to Extend Health Insurance Coverage to Young Adults Signed Into Law

Important legislation that will improve access to affordable health insurance for young adults between the ages of 19 and 29 recently passed the Senate and has been signed into law by Governor David Paterson.

 

Phil-osophically Speaking - August 14, 2009

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 14 August 2009 00:00

On the calm, cloudless morning of Aug. 6, 1945, 29-year-old Tsutoma Yamaguchi arrived in the city of Hiroshima to meet a business associate. He remembers hearing the buzz of the aircraft above right before a blinding flash and a shattering, deafening boom changed his world and the world around him.

Shocked and uncomprehending, Yamaguchi awoke to a shattered, ruined landscape which just minutes before had been a thriving Japanese city. The towering fireball that arose from Hiroshima that morning had, at its core, heat three times greater than the surface of the sun, vaporizing everything within a mile radius. Within minutes, some 80,000 people (including 20 U.S. airmen who were being held prisoner) were dead; some 100,000 more would later die of their wounds and radiation poisoning.

 

Town Topics - August 7, 2009

Written by Supervisor Jon Kaiman Friday, 07 August 2009 00:00

Project Independence

We regularly put the reins of tomorrow in the capable hands of our youth. But, too often we fail to acknowledge that the hopes of past generations for a healthy, productive society were pinned on the shoulders of our present-day matriarchs and patriarchs, the progenitors of our history, our heritage.

For that, we owe them our eternal gratitude.

 

Phil-osophically Speaking - August 7, 2009

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 07 August 2009 00:00

The Apollo 11 moon landing was an epic event symbolizing America’s spirit of adventure and achievement. In fewer years than the average person’s lifetime (just 66 years), American aviation had leapt from Orville and Wilbur Wright’s 17-second airborne flight over North Carolina to an implausible manned lunar landing 238,000 thousand miles away.

Not quite mid-distance between Kitty Hawk and the moonwalk, a daring aviator piloted a small monoplane christened the “Spirit of Saint Louis” in a nonstop trans-Atlantic flight that captured the imagination of the world like almost nothing before or since.

 

From the Desk of Senator Craig Johnson - July 31, 2009

Friday, 31 July 2009 00:00
State Senate Extends COBRA Healthcare Benefits

The New York State Senate recently passed legislation (S.5471) that will protect unemployed workers by extending their health insurance benefits from 18 months to 36 months, Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), announced.

“In this current economic climate, it is more important than ever to alleviate some of the stress felt by families facing unemployment,” Johnson said. “This legislation will ensure that hard working New Yorkers who have lost their jobs recently through no fault of their own can continue to have access to their healthcare during this transitional period.”

 

Letter: Thank You for Making Basketball Tournament A Success

Friday, 31 July 2009 00:00

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who generously gave up their day to make my annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament a great success. In all, over 60 residents worked tirelessly on registration, food, brackets, refereeing, clean-up and judging at the tournament. Over 2,000 young people, parents, grandparents and community members came through the tournament and took part in the many activities I sponsored throughout the day.

Six people were the true backbone of this effort and did an extraordinary job coordinating this event — Michael Soudmand, Mystique Rivera, Darian Bryan, Tolulope Jegede, Joe Scopelitis and Marvin Lee. These six college students made this day one to remember for our community. They have my heartfelt thanks and that of our greater community’s children.

 

From the Desk of Assemblyman Thomas Alfano - July 24, 2009

Friday, 24 July 2009 00:00

Assembly Passes Package To Protect Consumers From Abusive Debt Collection Practices

Assemblyman Tom Alfano announced the passage of a package of bills to protect consumers against abusive and unfair debt collection practices by strengthening guidelines on how firms may collect debts, prohibiting harassment of consumers, providing debtors a legal right of action for damages and increasing state regulation of the debt collection industry. Alfano pointed to numerous consumer complaints through his office of outrageous harassment of consumers throughout the 21st district.

“There are so many sub-contracted collection firms that essentially terrorize families with outrageous claims and threats on a daily basis. These bills not only give important safeguards, but collection firms have to follow the law and not make it up as they go along,” Alfano said.

 

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