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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.

12 Core Values Of Ethical Humanism

Friday, 24 August 2012 00:00

1. Ethics is my religion.

2. Every person is important and unique.

3. Every person deserves to be treated fairly and kindly.

4. I can learn from everyone.

5. I am part of this earth; I cherish it and all the life upon it.

6. I learn from the world around me by using sense, mind and feelings.

7. I am a member of the world community, which depends on the cooperation of all people for peace and justice.

8. I can learn from the past to build for the future.

9. I am free to question.

10. I am free to choose what I believe

11. I accept responsibility for my choices and actions.

12. I strive to live my values.


Heroes Display Valor On A Manic Monday

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

Garden City civil servants receive commendations during recent village trustees meeting

On Thursday, August 16, postman Mario Serrano and firefighter Mike Morgan received village proclamations during a Village of Garden City trustees meeting in recognition of the decisiveness displayed in critical situations that occurred on consecutive Mondays at the end of July.


NHP All-Stars Continue Winning At LLSWS

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 17 August 2012 00:00

Stewart Manor’s Katie Tubridy constant on-base presence with two walks and three swiped bags

One of six American teams participating in the 10-team Little League Softball World Series (LLSWS), the New Hyde Park All-Stars are the first Long Island team to participate in this tournament since 1993. NHP continued its unexpected run with an 11-4 first round win over Asia-Pacific on Thursday, Aug. 9 that found the All-Stars banging out nine hits as the team from Makati, Philippines made eight errors. The next day the All-Stars walloped the Canada team 16-0 behind pitcher Melissa Ward’s 3-hitter and an offensive attack that produced 15 hits.


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