Many in the Glen Cove community gathered on Monday, Dec. 23 to thank Mayor Ralph Suozzi at his last meeting as mayor. Suozzi began the night by joining his wife and children in front of the American flag to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The audience chuckled quietly as Suozzi playfully took off his son’s hat.
Glen Cove Hospital recently turned its auditorium into a winter wonderland for a community health fair to celebrate wellness and good cheer this holiday season. The festive event featured holiday music performances, a shopping boutique with local vendors and fun activities for children, including pictures with Santa, free gifts and an arts and crafts ornament-making workshop.
The hospital’s holiday health fair, staffed by Glen Cove clinicians, offered screenings for adults such as blood pressure, diabetes, pulmonary function and body mass index (BMI) calculations. Attendees met with pharmacists to review medications, nutritionists to discuss healthy eating habits and nurses provide free flu shots. Administrators and members of the hospital’s Advisory Council were on hand to answer questions about new programs at Glen Cove Hospital.
Sponsors for the event included Glengariff Healthcare, Intelli-Tec Security and A.S.R Electrical Contracting, Inc.
In a bold move showing just where they stand on the subject of standardized testing, the Glen Cove Board of Education adopted a resolution last week to request a reduction in federal testing mandates from the U.S. Congress, the Commissioner of Education and the New York State Board of Regents.
Dr. Michael Israel, assistant superintendent for curriculum, read the resolution, which outlines some of the problems with standardized testing, including the implementation of Common Core standards and its reliance on testing and narrowing of curriculum.
It was a great way to start off the holiday season for the Glen Cove High School Select Chorale as the 49-member group took a four day trip to Washington, D.C. for singing and caroling at various landmarks.
The chorale, which left on Dec. 11 and returned home on Dec. 14, sang Christmas carols for President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, at the White House.
“We all had sweat on our palms when they first entered the room and began our performance," said chorale member and senior student Matt Grabowski, "but meeting the president of the United States, arguably the most recognized person in the world today, was an awesome experience.”
The end-of-year holiday is a season of giving, when we are infused with the spirit of generosity, empathy for those in need and “good will to all” (not to mention a Dec. 31 tax deadline for deductions).
Unfortunately, this year the peak giving season is shorter than usual. The late Thanksgiving holiday truncated the number of fundraising weekends leading up to Christmas. That’s on top of a challenging macro-economic environment, and it is putting the squeeze on charities. Some local fundraisers have quietly indicated that they are worried about meeting year-end objectives.
The weather outside was frightful, but the gala inside was delightful as 250 guests braved the cold, driving rain to celebrate the centennial of Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay. The house was decked out in its finest, with an enormous Christmas tree at the entrance. As guests walked past lighted garlands, waiters with silver trays of chilled champagne flanked both sides of the hallway leading to the great room, where music filled the house from the newly restored Steinway piano.
While guests from all parts of Long Island and even New York City admired the decorations, hors d’eouvres of shrimp, lamb and quiche were passed around and Japanese chefs prepared different types of sushi and sashimi for tastings. Outside, Richard Daly of Ice
Melodies carved a replica of Coe Hall in one and a half hours using only a postcard as a visual guide.
If you’ve ever thought about immortalizing your pet with a high quality portrait, Yvonne Dagger is the artist to go to. The animal lover/activist has a knack for capturing the essence of each animal she paints, and her work is on display at The Painted Pet, the gallery that recently opened in Locust Valley. The portraits on display are mainly of at-risk shelter animals who Dagger felt “needed a voice” and decided to keep their stories alive and relevant through the oil paintings.
“I wanted to elevate them to a status of fine art, give them a chance to have something better, even if it’s just to be in a painting.”
Local officials have been working with Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton to examine the tax impact of National Grid’s plant decommissioning. It has been a universal item of concern that the Glenwood plant will create a greater tax burden in the North Shore community. While the decision to decommission was beyond her purview as a county legislator, DeRiggi-Whitton has found a way to participate in the process within her level of government. She also has some relatively good news to ease concerns.
Recently, Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy raised some questions about the tax assessment on the National Grid properties and how they might be assessed most fairly, in the best interest of residents and business owners. The mayor approached Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton with his research because the Nassau County assessor is responsible for this.
Over the past few decades, Long Island parents and students have had to come to terms with various changes in both curriculum and standardized testing procedures dictated by the New York State Education Department. But none of these changes has caused such vocal and wide-spread outrage from both parents and educators as the implementation of the new Common Core standards and the high-stakes testing that accompanies them.
While the controversy over Common Core is multi-dimensional, ranging from concerns about the swift implementation of the program, the appropriateness of the curriculum and the loss of local autonomy, the Dec. 11 forum, sponsored and moderated by New York State Assemblyman Charles Lavine, focused specifically on the mandated testing regiment associated with Common Core, its effect on our students and the challenges our local school district teachers and administrators now face.
Carle Place High School Student Organization officers and selected class officers attended a three-day leadership conference in Buffalo recently. The weekend, which started with a trip to Niagara Falls, was part of the New York State Council on Leadership and Student Activities 2013 State Conference.
“The conference was an invaluable experience for the student leaders,” said Erika Fallik, Carle Place Student Organization adviser. “It provided an opportunity to gain valuable information on project planning, community service ideas and projects, team building and fundraising ideas. It was also a great venue to network with student leaders throughout New York State.”
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