Residents across Nassau County are being hit with sharp school tax rate increases, leaving politicians pointing fingers and school administrators blaming a broken property assessment system and specifically, valuation reductions on commercial properties.
“I felt blindsided by the increase,” says Adam Weiss of Sea Cliff. “It makes no sense to vote and have one number approved when it turns out they can unilaterally make it more. So the vote is meaningless.”
The latest school tax bills, reflecting the higher rates, will be mailed to Locust Valley and North Shore residents this week.
Assemblyman Chuck Lavine invited members of the public to an informative meeting held Oct. 1, at the Roslyn Public Library where representatives of the LIRR came to discuss the proposed Scoot Trains for the Oyster Bay to Mineola station run, being considered as a future capital project. Participants included Assemblyman Lavine; Bob Brennan, LIRR director of government and community affairs; Tim Keller, LIRR general manager, service planning; and Mark Epstein, chair of the LIRR commuter council. Commuters from Roslyn, Glen Cove, Sea Cliff and Oyster Bay attended and shared their traveling knowledge to enlighten the discussion.
The concept is to give riders more choices of time to use the Oyster Bay Branch with the addition of Scoot Trains that would go every half hour on the single track line. The trains would end in a siding to be built in Mineola, next to the regular platform for easy access to the many trains that arrive there. Coming home riders will have to walk over the walkway to get to the Scoot Trains waiting at the siding.
A third rally to save Glen Cove Hospital took place this past Sunday at St. Gertrude’s Church in Bayville, the first to be held outside of Glen Cove. More than 100 people came out in the rainy weather to show support and hear the latest updates about the push back against the proposed changes slated for early next year. Local politicians from across the North Shore urged residents to get involved in the fight to maintain services at the hospital.
“This is about the whole North Shore community,” said Mayor Ralph Suozzi of Glen Cove. “I’m glad to see the rally here in Baybille; this fight is for all in the community.”
When Joseph and LeaAnn Falabella lost their 9-year-old daughter, Alexandra, to pediatric cancer in 2009, the Plainview couple searched for meaning amongst all the heartache. Though grieving their immense loss, they found a way to honor their daughter’s memory and keep her spirit alive as an inspiration for others.
They created the Lexiebean Foundation soon after Alexandra died from an infection while receiving treatment for Medullablastoma. The inspiration to start the foundation came during Alexandra’s physically and emotionally draining hospital stays, surgeries and chemotherapy treatments.
Local artist Larry Aarons will hold his first art show, displaying pastel portraits of mythical heroes, at the Gold Coast Library Annex in Glen Head on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. The show, “The Myths of Man,” is a series of pastels that bring to life some of the familiar faces of Greek, Roman and African gods and mythological characters in a personal way.
“I’m always drawn to the emotional aspect of the Renaissance era...Michelangelo viewed his work with emotion,” says Aarons, who uses many sculptures as his drawing subjects. “My work says touch me, feel me.”
You don’t need to have a traditional gym membership or a home gym to hire a personal trainer. The trainers at Meta Burn have a studio in Locust Valley where their clients come to get in shape; and many have had tremendous success.
Trainers Greg Kalafatic and Rahz Slaughter worked together at Equinox before deciding to branch out on their own to create Meta Burn, a five-step system for weight loss and improved health. They were in Greenvale before moving to the Locust Valley location about two and a half years ago. They focus on nutrition more than on exercise and currently have 66 clients.
In the wee hours of Monday morning, two local pharmacies were burglarized: Locust Valley Chemists on Forest Ave. and Glen Head Pharmacy.
By the time the morning rush was cranking up, the broken window was boarded up tight, the glass shards swept into boxes neatly piled on the sidewalk and police had arrested three suspects. For Locust Valley Chemists, it was the third break-in in roughly 10 years, owner Robert Coyne told local media. He said he kept the most serious narcotics locked up tight in a safe. After tearing through the Locust Valley pharmacy in just a couple of minutes, the thieves hit Glen Head
Pharmacy. One of the suspects dashed out the front door when police arrived, and was apprehended after a brief chase. Two other suspects were also arrested. Police officials said the incidents were being investigated as a ‘pattern burglary,’ similar to other recent pharmacy burglaries in other parts of Long Island. In other drug crime news, a Locust Valley deli/grocery worker was arrested after signing for a box of cigars containing two kilograms of cocaine. Nassau police worked with several other agencies, including the NYPD, Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Postal Service to make the arrest. Bethpage resident Ariel Rodriguez is charged with possession and sale of a controlled substance, and faces up to 25 years if convicted on both charges. Bail was set for $250,000.
Blaise Rafino and his wife, Diane, have been very busy this summer catering to their faithful customers at Duffy’s Bait & Tackle Shop in Glenwood Landing. The couple, married for 42 years, are community mainstays in their 58 Shore Road store at the corner of Scudders Lane—one of the last bait and tackle shops still in business on Long Island.
“We have a lot of families who’ve been coming to us for years and they bring their children, and when their children grow up, they come to us,” says Diane. “Right now it’s snapper season so we have a lot of the local kids buying bait.”
The Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce has begun to plan for its annual Gala Event to celebrate Glen Cove and award well-deserving honorees who have contributed to the community. The following businesses are sponsors for this elegant event: Glengariff Healthcare Center, Whitting Funeral Home, Arena Taxi, Astoria Federal Savings Bank, Law Offices of Ann-Margaret Carrozza, Laffey Fine Homes Intl. (Mary Stanco), TD Bank and Glen Cove Hospital.
This year’s distinguished honorees are:
Details of the independent report on the investigation into alleged test coaching in the Glen Cove City School District became public last week, with an article published in Newsday that sheds light on the findings. The report concludes that teachers at two elementary schools - Connolly and Landing - supplied students with correct answers during state English Language Arts and mathematics exams in spring 2012. The report was completed in mid-March, shortly before the news of the investigation first broke, and disciplinary hearings are still underway. The Glen Cove Board of Education posted a statement on the district’s web site responding to the article.
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