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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.

 

Nassau County’s Nutritious Snack Attack

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

County Exec Mangano expands Fit Nassau initiative via healthier vending machine options

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), more than 72 million adults currently are obese while statistics provided by the American Heart Association indicate that the 1 in 3 adolescents who are overweight have a 70 percent chance of becoming obese adults. With that in mind, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced on Thursday, Aug. 9 plans to expand his Fit Nassau initiative with healthy choices in vending machines for over 100,000 students in 113 schools throughout Long Island. The program will also include snack dispensers at Nassau County parks and recreation facilities. Partnering with Mangano is Butch Yamali, president of Quick Snack, one of New York State’s top vending service whose extensive Long Island client base includes park facilities, Catholic hospitals, courthouses and more than 1,500 schools.
 

From Drilling Shots To Drilling Teeth

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00

Garden City dentist/1959 Final Four standout set for hall of fame induction

If you have an appointment at Dental Arts of Garden City and are fortunate enough to draw Dr. Donald Goldstein, the first thing you notice about the genial dental practitioner is his lanky, 6’ 5” frame and large hands. If you were to guess that he knew his way around a basketball court, you’d be right. But what might surprise you was his involvement in the 1959 NCAA Final Four, a tournament that found him playing against college superstars and future NBA Hall of Famers, Oscar Robertson and Jerry West. Far from being a mere bench player, the All-American helped lead Louisville to its first Final Four appearance, averaging 21.4 points and 10 rebounds during the 1959 tournament. In the process, Louisville also dethroned the legendary Adolph Rupp and his University of Kentucky squad, the reigning barons of the state and a college basketball force in its own right.

 

Science Whiz Kid Is Feeling Minnesota

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00

Acupoint device lands Brandon Gong finalist slot in Young Scientist Challenge

In October, Garden City Middle School student Brandon Gong will be hopping on a plane to St. Paul, MN. When the 12-year-old arrives, he’ll be competing for a chance at winning $25,000 and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist” as part of the 14th Annual Discovery Education and 3M Young Scientist Challenge. One of 10 finalists out of more than 600 entrants, the straight A-student is the only Long Island/New York representative along with Northport’s Aidan Dwyer.

According to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a test given every three years to 15-year-olds worldwide, students from 16 other industrialized countries wound up with higher science scores than their American peers. While this may be middle of the pack, it is yet another poor showing for the United States, a fountainhead of inventions including global positioning systems and the iPad.

 

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