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GC Honors 9/11 Victims On 11th Anniversary

Written by Michael Scro Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00

Mayor Brudie leads turnout of officials and residents in paying homage to local residents

Over 50 Garden City residents attended a memorial at the Village Green for the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks. Held by the Garden City Fire Department and attended by Village of Garden City Mayor Donald T. Brudie and other village officials, everyone stood silently in prayer and remembrance for the 23 Garden City residents who were killed 11 years ago.

Ex-chief John Casey opened the ceremony with a prayer, saying: “We gather today to recall the events of September 11. We lift up to you, all the people who died in 9/11...those who died in the attacks, those who responded, those who now fight in wars as a result of that dark day, and those who are still mourning the loss of their loved ones every day.”

 

Meditating On The Evils Of Sex Trafficking

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00

One Love Long Island hosts 2012 Yoga Festival

According to a 2009 report released by India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), more than 1.2 million children are involved in prostitution and sex trafficking in that country. It’s these kind of horrific statistics that gave the ladies who make up One Love Long Island (OLLI) the impetus to get involved working with Off the Mat, Into the World (OTM), an organization that uses the power of yoga to inspire conscious and sustainable activism in order to ignite grassroots social change. Every year, OTM sponsors an international service project called the Global Seva Challenge that involves picking a country and cause in need. This year India is the country and the scourge that is sex trafficking is the social ill that’s being addressed.
 

St. James Celebrates 85th Anniversary

Written by Stephen Levine Friday, 14 September 2012 00:00

Church has storied history in town of Stewart Manor

St. James Lutheran Church held its first service on Ash Wednesday, March 2, 1927, in a home at 62 Salisbury Ave., with only twelve people in attendance. Now 85 years later, the church has grown and resides at its permanent location since 1939 on Chester Avenue and Elton Road.

As of 1996, Pastor John S. McKenzie has been the fourth standing pastor of the church. Despite the long history, the church has only had a total of four pastors, beginning with Pastor Morecraft during its opening in 1929.

 

Redistricting Commission Announces Hearings

Written by Karen Gellender Friday, 14 September 2012 00:00

Commissioners attempt to move forward in a bipartisan way; League of Women Voters advocates nonpartisan process

While the previous meeting of the Nassau County Temporary Redistricting Advisory Commission on Thursday, June 28 was somewhat contentious, the mood at the latest meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 5 was very different, with both Democratic and Republican commissioners largely agreeing on most points raised. The commission announced the times and locations of the first round of public hearings on the 2013 redistricting, intended to solicit feedback from residents before the drawing of the new district map, then discussed the logistics of future hearings.

The four public hearings scheduled so far will take place Thursday, Sept. 20 at Long Beach City Hall at 6 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 24 at Elmont Public Library at 7 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 27 at Glen Cove Landing School at 6 p.m.; and Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the Nassau County Legislative Chambers in Mineola at 6 p.m.

 

Happy 85th Birthday Stewart Manor

Written by Cristina T. Lopez-O’Keeffe Friday, 07 September 2012 00:00

Residents gather to celebrate a community of neighbors and friends

On August 19, 2012, Stewart Manor celebrated its 85th anniversary as an incorporated village. The anniversary was celebrated on the day itself at the Stewart Manor Pool. Cake and cookies were distributed to happy children and adults alike. The highlight of the afternoon concert by Pat the Piano Man was the rousing chorus of Happy Birthday sung by partygoers.

 

TVASNAC Brings The Noise To Stewart Manor

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 07 September 2012 00:00

Aviation consultant provides potential solutions for aircraft noise issues

On Monday, August 27, the Village of Stewart Manor hosted a meeting of the Town-Village Aircraft Safety & Noise Abatement Committee (TVASNAC) at the Stewart Manor Country Club. While this Town of Hempstead-sponsored group regularly meets in the village of Lawrence, the site location was switched to Stewart Manor for the first time ever. A turnout of between 50 and 60 residents from different communities ranging from Floral Park and Hempstead to Ozone Park and Garden City attended. The evening’s topic centered on the benefits of conducting a Part150 study, a voluntary program that U.S. airports may undertake to seek a balance between their operational needs and the noise impact their operations have on surrounding neighborhoods. Manhasset aviation consultant Henry A.F. Young of Young Environmental Sciences, Inc. was the speaker invited to provide professional insight on the complexities of Part150 and to answer questions from the board and audience.  

 

Court: MTA Payroll Tax Unconstitutional

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 31 August 2012 00:00

Transportation authority to appeal decision

The Metropolitan Transit Authority stands to lose about $1.5 billion in revenue per year after a New York State Supreme Court judge ruled on Wednesday, Aug. 22 that the MTA payroll tax is unconstitutional. The MTA plans to appeal the decision made by Judge R. Bruce Cozzens Jr., according to a released statement last week.

This didn’t stop local officials from calling the ruling a “win for taxpayers” during a press conference last Thursday. Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, along with numerous members of local and state government, were out in full force to applaud the decision, and plead to the powers that be to not grant a successful MTA appeal.

 

Administrator Hits The Ground Running

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 31 August 2012 00:00
Next month, a new chapter opens for My First School, a Floral Park preschool where Jeannine Votruba is taking over as the new director. A veteran educator with two decades of experience under her belt, the Garden City native is coming off a full-time Adelphi University position where she was a curriculum writer/lead teacher at the Institute for Parenting department. In her office at the United Methodist Church, (where My First School also resides), Votruba sits amid an office that, like the rest of the school, is in a state of flux in preparation for the upcoming fall semester. Although the mother of four is nursing a ruptured tendon that’s currently tightly wrapped in an Ace bandage, the longtime runner and current kick-boxing aficionado hasn’t let it dampen her anticipation or enthusiasm for the children who’ll be swarming throughout the halls and classrooms of the school.

“I cannot wait for this school year to begin.  It is an honor to work for such an incredible school,” she said with a smile. “The teachers are so dedicated and professional, parents are involved and supportive and the children are all so unique and adorable.  It’s a wonderful learning environment; I am so proud to be the director.”

 

Guitar Hero Enters The Light

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 31 August 2012 00:00

Eastern spirituality shapes Steve Vai’s latest project

Ambition is something Steve Vai has never lacked. This drive dates back to his days growing up in Carle Place as a young boy devoted to learning composition because he thought music manuscripts looked like art full of a secret language that he wanted to crack. Over time, this passion took him from arranging his first orchestral score while still attending Carle Place High School, to getting hired as a transcriptionist by the late Frank Zappa at the age of 20. Vai’s reputation as one of music’s most gifted guitar players and composers eventually led to his achieving major commercial success as a member of David Lee Roth’s first band and Whitesnake, along with enjoying a solo career that’s earned him a devoted fan base. These aspirations also led to his founding the imprint Favored Nations back in 1999, which is also where he recently released The Story of Light, his eighth studio album. A business move like this was very much in keeping with Vai’s mindset of creatively following his gut no matter what prevailing wisdom might say otherwise.
 

Planting The Seed Of Deed Before Creed

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 24 August 2012 00:00

EHSLI uses emphasis on personal responsibility and values to enact social change

With election season nigh upon us, participants on both sides of this country’s ongoing culture war are getting ready to heat up rhetoric on dual ends of the liberal/conservative spectrum. Tempers will flare, outrageous statements will be made and accusations will be hurled while words will continue to trump actions in the arena of social change. One of the few places where the converse will be true is at the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island (EHSLI), a quasi-religious organization whose movement founder, Felix Adler, coined the mantra, “Deed Before Creed.” This mindset is driven by the idea that a person’s actions are more important than his or her belief system. And it’s the ideology that is the pulse of that anonymous building on Old Country Road that’s next to the Garden City water tower.
 

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