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Library Board Makes Tough Decisions

Friday, 21 June 2013 00:00

Staffing decisions voted on unanimously on Monday, May 6 by the board of library trustees at a special meeting were rescinded by the library board at the regular monthly meeting on June 10. At the May 6 meeting, the library board voted to abolish one fulltime (35 hours/week) typist clerk position, one fulltime (40 hours/week) maintainer position and three part-time typist clerk positions. The library board was informed on May 31 that civil service would not approve some of the above changes. Additionally, contrary to their prior understanding, the library board was informed by the village counsel that part-time employees were not required to be laid off before laying off full-time employees. As a result, the personnel decisions were rescinded at the Monday, June 10 library board’s regular meeting.


Composing Confidence

Written by Vilma Sceusa, Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

There’s no denying that the teen years can be angst-ridden. A mainstay in literature, movies and, of course, music—every generation has an endless supply of “coming of age” tunes about being misunderstood.

Music can be a great equalizer and a way to express bottled emotion. Maria Sarro, founder of Beyond Rock, recalls her own childhood as being riddled with fears and insecurities. As an adult she explored outlets that challenged her to step out of her comfort zone. She thought, “If I’d had experiences like this as a kid, it would have changed everything.”


Father Sommer Leaves St. Brigid’s

Written by Pete Sheehan, Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

When Msgr. Ralph Sommer became pastor of St. Brigid’s Church, Westbury, 12 years ago, it was quite a change.

“I had served at a parish out in Hauppauge, St. Thomas More,” a fairly homogeneous parish, said Msgr. Sommer, known to parishioners as “Father Sommer” or “Father Ralph.”  In Westbury, he found great diversity.

“We have 11 Masses in four languages — Spanish, Creole, Italian, and English,” Father Sommer said. In addition, there are parishioners of African-American, Philippine, Indian, and other Asian birth or ancestry.


Remember The Name

Written by Stephen Levine, Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:00

After 70 years,

Adelphi’s School of Nursing gets rechristened

Seven decades ago in January 1943, 27 young women entered a 30-month war emergency course for New York State Registered Nurse certification at Adelphi College. 70 years later at what is now Adelphi University, the School of Nursing officially became the College of Nursing and Public Health on June 10.

In regard to the changing of the longtime School of Nursing, “it’s very timely,” says Dean Patrick Coonan. “Public health and nursing are becoming more connected. Nursing is moving to other places than just hospitals including the community and the home.”


Hannon Airport Noise Study Bill Passed

Friday, 14 June 2013 00:00

“The three airports operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PA) collectively represent the busiest airport system in the United States,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). “The noise generated by all these overflights has increased steadily over time, and it’s incumbent upon the PA to conduct a noise study to ensure that aircraft noise is given proper consideration by airport operators when they determine which runways and approach paths to use.”

Hannon’s legislation, passed unanimously, is Senate bill 3841, which would require the PA to conduct a noise and land use compatibility study as set forth in 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 150. That report would then be submitted to the governors and legislatures of New York and New Jersey, and would require the PA to hold biennial public hearings at which the public would be heard regarding aircraft noise issues.


Erin Go Home

Written by Stephen Levine, Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00

The suburban home setting in Freeport seems a long way from the small farmlands of the Irish midlands. Although former Garden City Schools employee Tom Phelan now lives thousands of miles away from the country he was born and raised in, he is set to release his fifth novel depicting life in his old Irish homeland.

Phelan is set to read from his collection of works on Monday, June 17 at 7 p.m. at the Summer Gazebo Readings on Schoolhouse Green in Oceanside. Though he has been writing for many years before his work was published, his first novel was released in April 1998 when a Dublin publisher accepted In the Season of the Daisies. A decade and a half later, the Freeport native is currently finishing up his fifth novel, Lies, which is set for release in 2014.


Taking In Trails Of Tranquility

Written by Katelyn Malloy, Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00

Twilight Tours led by founder Rob Alvey

Amid the Long Island suburban sprawl lie nine vast acres of peace you wouldn’t expect. Here at the Garden City Bird Sanctuary (GCBS), nature enthusiasts and supporters recently came out for an inaugural Twilight Tour. Participants viewed portions of the reserve while enjoying refreshments and conversation around dusk.

The Garden City Bird Sanctuary/Alvey Arboretum is an open community nature preserve dedicated to establishing local green space for environmental stewardship through education and community service. It is also a certified non-profit organization supported by the hard-working volunteers and residents of Garden City.


'Johns': Dragnet Of Shame

Written by Betsy Abraham, Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Handful of local residents caught up in DA’s sting

Across Nassau County, residents are reacting with mixed emotions to the Nassau County District Attorney’s recent arrests of more than 100 men for soliciting prostitutes, including four from Garden City and one from Garden City South. The DA’s office not only arrested the men, but made public their names and photographs.

But for as shocking as these very public revelations may be, some Garden City residents seem nonplussed by the whole incident.


Cathedral School Celebrates Anniversary

Written by Christopher Gavin, Wednesday, 05 June 2013 08:50

Nursery school highlights 45 Years in education

The children and staff at Cathedral Nursery School have a reason to smile and it’s not because of the warmer weather. The organization celebrated its 45-year anniversary on the week of May 27 with cake-cutting ceremonies and a visit from a magician, School Director Diane Cina said.

The Rockaway Avenue school, which currently has over 275 enrolled students and 30 teachers, was founded in 1968 by the Cathedral Women of the Cathedral of the Incarnation, according to Cina, who has been director for 12 years.


Ship Without A Rudder

Written by Stephen Levine, Wednesday, 05 June 2013 08:49

Community college remains leaderless
as search for new president continues

The largest single-campus community college in the state of New York continues to go on without a permanent president as the school’s board of trustees held a special meeting addressing the issue on May 30 at 6 p.m. on the 11th floor of the Administration Tower.

The search began almost three weeks ago when now former head of the board of trustees, Geoffrey Prime resigned on May 11. Now acting president of the college Kenneth Saunders felt he was treated with hostility during his interview for the fulltime position and is not one of the finalists for the permanent position. The three finalists in the selection of the new president of Nassau Community College are president of Kennedy-King College, Joyce Ester, State Supreme Court Justice Anthony Marano and Dowling College Interim President Elana Zolfo.


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