As I raced breathlessly up the stairs, I could hear the 1:25 poised to leave Floral Park for Penn Station. I was running late, as usual, and barely leapt into the train car just before the doors shut tight. Unfortunately, in my haste, I neglected to bring something to read. So I busied myself reading those monotonous billboards that vie with each other in grabbing your attention.
March is designated as Women’s History Month and every year during this time, the Town of Hempstead takes the time to reflect upon the many accomplishments that women have achieved. As the first woman to be elected supervisor of the Town of Hempstead, National Women’s History Month is very important to me. Women’s History Month is dedicated to recognizing the advancement and outstanding accomplishments of women. Through the years, women have successfully achieved well-deserved positions of leadership within our community, reaching to their fullest potential as they continue to progress professionally. The role of women in our community and the numerous contributions they have made deserve our highest praise.
Do you know what the greatest conversation stopper in the world is? Pay attention, this could come in handy when encountering a bore at a cocktail party. When the bore asks what you do for a living, arch your eyebrows and inform them in your most professorial tone of voice that you teach English grammar. Watch carefully as a wave of self-consciousness stymies the nuisance into a tongue-tied wreck. Soon, the bore will grasp at any poor excuse to beg leave from the present company, enabling you to enjoy the rest of your evening in peace and serenity.
“I applaud First Lady Michelle Obama for her efforts in raising national public awareness and tackling the epidemic of childhood obesity. I thank President Obama for establishing a Task Force on Childhood Obesity.
As a longtime nurse and the chairwoman of the Healthy Families and Communities Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over the child nutrition programs, I believe it is important that we examine practices which can help increase access to child nutrition programs and to more healthy foods for our children in schools. Given the current harsh financial realities for many families in my district and throughout the nation, many schools have an increasingly important role to play since they provide students with more than half of their food and nutrient intake on school days.
The New York State Senate last week passed important legislation that would allow municipalities to offer health services and insurance to volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers, Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), announced.
“Our volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers deal with dangerous situations day in and day out in order to help their neighbors and keep their neighborhoods safe,” Johnson said. “I am proud to have voted to allow these brave men and women this option to access to affordable health care.”
With the observation of February as National Spay/Neuter Month, Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the North Hempstead Town Board took the opportunity to announce a two-day low-cost spay and neuter clinic at the town’s animal shelter Feb. 27-28. Helping Promote Animal Welfare Inc., (PAW) a not-for profit animal welfare organization dedicated to ending animal overpopulation, will perform the spay/neuter procedures.
The following are trustee reports from the Feb. 2 Floral Park village board meeting.
On motion by Trustee Rhatigan, seconded by Trustee Longobardi and carried unanimously, the board approved the request of the Floral Park Fire Department to use the Pool and Recreation Center for its annual department picnic on Saturday, Aug. 7 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
What motivates people to action, to make changes for the better? There’s the annual New Year’s resolution. There are tragedies and scares. There are new ideas and innovations. And there is the power of a movement, like-minded people joining together to make change.
“I am pleased to announce the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded the Floral Park Fire Department a grant for $142,500. The grant is administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.
“For the last year, I have been working with my colleagues in Congress and the Administration to avert drastic school safety cuts the president proposed in his 2010 budget. Sadly, a few weeks ago, it was officially reported that Long Island schools will lose more than $1.5 million next year because of the elimination of the state grants portion of the Safe and Drug-Free School (SDFS) program. I am greatly concerned by these cuts and have formally asked the Administration to provide an explanation for the cuts and what they plan to do to assist our schools to provide a safe zone for our children.
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