By the end of the Glen Cove Board of Education meeting last week, I felt the heaviness of the realities we are facing as a school district here in Glen Cove, as well as anger. The anger comes from a recent reminder of how many people in this town do not vote in school budget and board trustee elections. I had just sat through a meeting filled with high school students who came to plead the saving of two high school guidance counselors’ positions that are currently on the list of cuts. I heard mothers pleading for their artist children who are facing the reality of an education that will no longer engage their strengths. I looked at a budget “cut list” that already includes 11 teachers, and threatens to double if this budget does not pass. We are dealing with the reality that all sports below the High School Varsity level, along with all field trips, will be recommended for elimination from our schools if this bare bones budget does not pass.
A pervasive problem that has been receiving a great deal of attention involves the increase in school violence. One type of school violence is referred to as bullying which is student-on-student harassment. Bullying includes one student’s physical and/or verbal abuse of another. One dynamic of bullying is that peers often watch without intervening in support of the student who is being targeted. Often bullying occurs over a long period of time with the victim remaining silent either because of social pressure, shame or grave concern about increased victimization. The problem is so extensive in the public schools that several incidents have resulted in student suicide and/or hospitalization. Students with disabilities have historically been subjected to teasing, harassment, and other forms of victimization. With the increase in school violence, students with disabilities may have even a greater likelihood of being bullied than their non-disabled peers.
I have seen the great work of our AD on a constant basis. Never have I called him with questions and not gotten an immediate response. Never has he not provided me with what I needed, whether schedule information or to talk about team philosophy.
My name is Matthew Bellomo. I am a Life Scout from Troop 6 working on my Boy Scout Eagle Project. I will be revitalizing and enhancing the Morgan Park Gazebo and Garden area. I would like to express my sincere thanks to so many wonderful individuals, families, local businesses and other organizations who so generously contributed to my fundraising efforts.
The City of Glen Cove, along with Nassau County Legislator Diane Yatauro and Long Island Crisis Center’s Executive Director, Linda Leonard, announced the first annual “Let’s Walk, Let’s Talk Fitness Walk…Stepping Together to Prevent Suicide”, an event that will be held on Sunday, April 25 at Morgan Park in Glen Cove.
“I fully support the Long Island Crisis Center and its mission of providing confidential services to adults and youth in crisis”, said Legislator Yatauro. “I’m absolutely thrilled that they’ve chosen our beautiful Morgan Memorial Park to hold this premiere fundraising event.”
The 2010-11 Executive Budget proposes to increase the cigarette tax to further encourage New Yorkers to quit smoking, discourage non-smokers from starting to smoke and to keep New York’s children healthy. Revenues from this dedicated tax increase will be invested, through HCRA, in the State’s numerous health care programs.
I wish to thank the voters of Sea Cliff for electing me to another term as their village justice. We will continue to attempt to serve all who in to our court with the respect and dignity to which all people are entitled.
John P. Reali
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who supported me during the recent Sea Cliff elections for trustee. It has always been a pleasure to volunteer for this village and it was especially gratifying to see the number of people who also volunteered their time and energy to support my candidacy.
I hope to be able to serve the village well in my new capacity as trustee and fulfill the promises I made during the campaign. I am very much looking forward to working with the mayor and trustees as a part of what I expect will be an energetic and effective, problem solving team. I especially want to thank those who voted for me on March 16.
Unexpected emergencies can destroy communities and devastate families. Whether we are struck by a natural disaster, such as high winds, flooding or an ice storm or we encounter a man-made threat, the more information we have, the better we can respond. That’s why I encourage all residents to sign up for NY-Alert, a program that is part of New York State’s ongoing commitment to providing New Yorkers with information that keeps them aware of threats and emergency situations and instructs them how to respond accordingly.
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