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Board Of Ed Adopts 2014-15 Budget

After months of reviewing the budget line items page-by-page, the North Shore Board of Education adopted the 2014-15 Budget Proposal on April 3. Earlier in the year, trustees agreed not to exceed the cap. This year, the proposed budget is under the allowable tax levy limit by approximately $300,000. On May 20, the community will vote on a total budget of $95,850,329, which represents a budget-to-budget increase of 1.98 percent from last year. 

 

In mid-January, Superintendent Dr. Ed Melnick presented the initial 2014-15 budget proposal to the board. Prior to his initial presentation, Dr. Melnick met with the principals and administrators of each school building and removed approximately $2 million dollars.

Trustees then spent months reviewing the line items on each page and removed over $1 million from the preliminary budget proposal

 

On Tuesday, April 24, Meet the Candidates Night will take place in the high school cafeteria and on May 8, the board will hold a Town Meeting/Budget Reading.  Voter registration will take place on Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Central Office, 112

Franklin Ave., Sea Cliff. Voter Registration forms are available at all of the schools in each of the main offices or in the Central Office/Administration building. 

 

There will be two “Budget Gathering” sessions open to the community:  Monday, May 5, at Glenwood Landing School in the GWL Theatre at 9 a.m., and Tuesday, May 6, in the North Shore High School library at 7 p.m. 

 

The Budget Vote/Election of Trustees is on Tuesday, May 20 in the North Shore High School gymnasium from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Information regarding the school budget can be found on the district website at www.northshoreschools.org. If you would like to host a budget coffee, please contact Shelly Newman at 516-277-7840 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


News

Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



Columns

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