The North Shore Central School District school board adopted a $93.9 million budget for the 2013-14 school year, representing a 3.5 percent tax increase, and a 3.84 percent increase over last year’s total budget.
At an April 4 meeting at the North Shore Middle School cafeteria, board members unanimously voted to adopt the budget recommended by Superintendent Dr. Ed Melnick. Board President Carolyn Mazzu Genovesi was absent from the meeting; Board Vice President Herman Berliner presided over the meeting.
Several local leaders are discussing the possibility of teaming up to expand Nassau County’s sewer system to improve Hempstead Harbor’s water quality and stimulate economic health and home values.
A group including Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy and Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee Executive Director Eric Swenson visited with U.S. Congressman Steve Israel last week.
It might have been Spring Break, but for a room full of children learning of a different sort took place on Thursday, March 28, when Dennis Fleury, director of Garvies’ sister museum Tackapausha, arrived with his wild collection of live animals, all native to Long Island.
A holistic network is forming in Glen Head, and Healing Arts Massage is right at the center. While the massage center has existed in the same location for nearly 15 years, it has expanded in recent years to include a chiropractor, an acupuncturist and an aesthetician. In addition, the center plays host to lectures and spa parties.
“It’s really a nice network of holistic practitioners working out of here,” says owner Anne Marie Giambrone.
Residents of Mill Neck, Bayville and Centre Island and the greater area turned out in large numbers for a standing-room-only meeting at Mill Creek Tavern last week. The Bayville Centre Island Rotary club hosted a Q&A session for all those desperate for an update on the West Shore Road project. Rotary Club President Jamie Scott ran the meeting, which highlighted guest speakers: Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, Nassau Department of Public Works (DPW) Engineer and Project Manager Donna Boyle and DPW Press Secretary Michael Martino. Bayville Mayor Doug Watson participated in the meeting. Also recognized at the event were the three area residents who founded and run the informational Facebook page “Revitalize West Shore Road,” Margaret Marchand, John Taylor and John Doyle (visit www.facebook.com/RevitalizeWestShoreRoad).
As a first step towards a solution to the loss of the tax base as it relates to the decommissioning of the LIPA plant, the North Shore School District will receive an allocation of $2,500,000 from the state to be used in the first year that the reduced tax assessments are felt by the tax payers.
The Glen Head-Glenwood Business Association (GHGWBA) hosted a newly formed activist group called the North Shore District Reform Group (NSDRG) at its monthly meeting for March.
NSDRG president Vito Palmieri of Glen Head was the keynote speaker, along with two North Shore Board of Education candidates affiliated with NSDRG, Marianne Manning Russo and Michael Nightingale. Also participating were NSDRG Vice President/Treasurer Lawrence Ruisi and NSDRG Vice President Vincent Cefalu.
The chilly weather didn’t put a damper on the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Glen Cove. Hundreds of residents lined the streets, some huddled under blankets, many clad in green to show their Irish spirit. The 25th annual parade, sponsored by the Glen Cove Ancient Order of Hibernians Mike Moran Division 8, is a tradition for the community, with local Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, fire departments, clubs, organizations and bagpipers proudly marching through the city streets. A leprechaun and Easter bunny were also part of the festivities to toss candy to the kids.
Mill Neck School for the Deaf officials have denied allegations of overcharging taxpayers issued in a recent report from the New York State Comptroller’s Office.
“We disagree with many of the audit findings,” said William Charon, Mill Neck Manor’s chief financial officer, and emphasized that “there was no implication of illegal or fraudulent activity.”
“We are hoping to challenge the findings,” said Nancy Leghart, director of advancement for the school, in response to the report. She noted that a detailed response by the school to the comptroller’s office report is available online at the end of the audit report. http://www.osc.state.ny.us/audits/allaudits/093013/11s40.pdf
While a local boy battles a rare form of cancer, he can take heart in knowing he is not alone in his fight. The community has come together in several ways to help raise money for Nicholas Pedone and his family so they can cover their medical costs.
On St. Patrick’s Day, The Downtown Cafe hosted a St. Baldrick’s event for the sixth year in a row, while also taking in $7,300 in donations for Nicholas.
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