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From the Desk of Dr. Laurence Aronstein Superintendent of GC Schools: March 11, 2010

Friday, 12 March 2010 00:00

My Retirement

I am announcing my retirement as your superintendent of schools. I am retiring after 46 years as a professional educator. I will be entering a new phase of my career. I will be working with a leading educational consultant and will be consulting with school districts and school leaders using the knowledge and skills that I have amassed over all of these years.

I take pride in what we have accomplished here in Glen Cove over the last five years. My administrative team and I have made enormous progress in building a strong academic foundation for all of our students and establishing a sound financial base for the school district. We are proud of our legacy, leaving behind a well-trained and knowledgeable staff, and a physical plant that is well on its way to returning to a safe, secure, and attractive environment. I will not enumerate the numerous contributions we have made to this educational community. Those of you who have followed our progress over the years can attest to what has been accomplished. I take great pride in all of these accomplishments.

 

Letter: Trustee Vogt for Hayes and Powell

Friday, 12 March 2010 00:00

Two of the most difficult challenges facing Sea Cliff’s mayor and trustees are the current economic conditions and the environmental pressures on Sea Cliff from development in surrounding communities. Peter Hayes and Tom Powell are uniquely qualified to help us meet those challenges and I urge your readers to vote for them on Tuesday, March 16.

Peter has an MBA in finance and is a Certified Public Accountant. He has worked in finance, banking and as a negotiator. He will come to the job as trustee with four years experience in that position and everyone on the board and in Village Hall will benefit from his knowledge and skills. Peter knows how to lead and how to be part of a team. He works hard and he has a sense of humor. He loves Sea Cliff and has been an active volunteer in numerous organizations and on many committees and boards.

 

Village of Sea Cliff’s Parks — ‘Everyone’s Communal Garden’ Needs Volunteers

Written by Karin Barnaby Friday, 05 March 2010 00:00

Sea Cliff has seven parks and numerous “pocket” parks and landscaped communal spaces. The parks greatly enhance the beauty and appeal of the village and they increase property values. Until 20 years ago, most of Sea Cliff’s parks were overgrown with vines and weeds and ungainly shrubs. Thanks to the joint efforts of the Sea Cliff Beautification Committee (SCBC) and the village, that is no longer the case. The parks are in great shape. To make sure they stay that way, SCBC provides the village with horticultural maps and inventories to improve planning and maintenance. Over the years, the SCBC has planted thousands of spring-flowering bulbs and ornamental flowers, trees and shrubs throughout Sea Cliff.

 For the past six years, the SCBC’s pruning committee, a handful of devoted, knowledgeable volunteers—Cliff and Jean Davis, John Swanson and Russ Gorog—assisted by a rotating crew of their fellow Sea Cliffians, have gotten the parks into beautiful and healthy shape and they have saved the village a great deal of money by doing so. Most recently, they intervened to prevent perhaps irreparable damage to one of Sea Cliff’s landmark trees, the grand old Blue Atlas Cedar in front of the library.

 

Letter: Renaming the Glen Cove Varsity Field

Written by Robert Grabowski Friday, 05 March 2010 00:00

A recent petition of parents and some past team members made its way to the Glen Cove School Administration to rename the varsity baseball field and scoreboard after John Dolecki.

While these 100 signatures have made their position known, I believe the school board and the superintendent, with no disrespect to Mr. Dolecki, should look at the situation a little differently.

In today’s instantaneous world that we live in, where only the current matters, there has been a tendency for someone to run up with a petition to rename a building, hallway or in this case, field and scoreboard after a current person, who has recently retired.

In this case when we do this, we dismiss the nearly 40 years of history of what has happened on that field. Considering that many high school students and adults may not be students of history, renaming anything after a current person does not do justice to what has been accomplished on the field by the players who have come before us.

 

Letter: Jon Dolecki Nominated For Dedication

Written by The Glen Cove Board of Education Friday, 26 February 2010 00:00

 

More than 100 Glen Cove residents have signed a petition to rename the High School Baseball Field and Scoreboard as the Jon Dolecki Field. The Glen Cove Board of Education would like to receive comments from the public regarding this petition. The board policy on naming public school facilities in honor of individuals requires a period of public comment. All comments should be sent in writing to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Laurence Aronstein by email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or U.S. mail, no later than March 19. Your letter may be anonymous; however, we encourage you to sign your name. All correspondence will be confidential.

Jon Dolecki is a resident of Glen Cove. He served as a teacher and coach for 36 years. Mr. Dolecki worked tirelessly for the youth of this community as a staff member and coach.

The board of education will review the correspondence and make a determination as to whether to proceed with the dedication. The board would then need to publicly approve a resolution for the dedication.

Thank you in advance for your attention.

The Glen Cove Board of Education

 

Letter: On Last Week’s Letter from Marcellino

Written by Joe Dujmic Friday, 26 February 2010 00:00

 

Please excuse me if I’m not inspired or filled with confidence after reading Sen. Carl Marcellino’s recent letter (“Senator Marcellino on Last Week’s BOE story” Feb. 12) wherein he promised to do his “part to ensure that our districts get their fair share...”

The fact is that on his watch over the past 15 years, Long Island has never received its fair share of funds. Let’s ask Senator Marcellino why $3 billion leaves Long Island and is being sent to Albany and New York City every year? It’s because Senator Marcellino has refused to stand up to his party (which was in power the first 13 years of his term), for the taxpayers of Long Island and force them to give us our fair share.

In the same letter he tried to blame the MTA commuter tax for the continuing hike in property taxes. But the tax, controversial as it is to us Long Island taxpayers, was only passed in 2009. What about the senator’s previous 14 years in office when our property taxes rose while he was “representing” us? Unfortunately, Senator Marcellino still doesn’t understand why our property taxes keep going up. What has he been doing for the last 15 years? He must have heard about all the unfunded Legislative mandates from Albany. But he says he can count them only on one hand.

Apparently, our long serving senator wasn’t paying attention to what he and his colleagues were doing. Otherwise, he’d know where the blame lies. I urge you to reach out to Senator Marcellino and ask him: “Where’s my money Carl?”

 

Letter: Thank You from Glen Cove C.A.R.E.S.

Written by The Glen Cove C.A.R.E.S. Board of Directors Friday, 19 February 2010 00:00

 

The 13th annual Glen Cove C.A.R.E.S. Dinner Dance was a huge success due in large part to the kindness and generosity of so many wonderful people in our community.

Held on Jan. 30 at the Metropolitan in Glen Cove, the Partnership for Survival Monte Carlo Night and Dinner Dance was attended by more than 160 guests who came together to celebrate Life, Happiness and Health. The board of directors of Glen Cove C.A.R.E.S. recognized the following five organizations for their ongoing generous support of its programs: Tweezerman International, Astoria Federal Savings, G. Fried Carpet & Design Center, the Glen Cove Teachers Association and Swim Across America.

 

Letter: Thank You From Michael Montesano

Written by Michael Montesano, Assemblyman-elect Friday, 19 February 2010 00:00

 

I want to thank all my supporters who elected me on Tuesday to serve as their assemblyman. I appreciate your vote and your support and I will work hard as your representative in Albany to make you proud. For those who did not vote for me, I want you to know that I will fight for you, too, and work diligently to give you the kind of dedicated representation you will be glad to support.

Nassau County is a great place to call home, but it’s getting to be a much more expensive place to live and work. I want to make sure our kids have the same opportunities we did to find a good job and raise a family here on Long Island. The high taxes we pay are killing the American Dream in Nassau by making it harder for businesses to create jobs, seniors to afford their property tax bills and for young families to buy a home.

I am going to focus on making Nassau County an affordable place to live by capping and cutting property taxes, repealing the MTA tax, eliminating wasteful state spending, and fighting to create new private-sector jobs to put our economy back on track.

Again, many thanks to the residents of the 15th Assembly District for having faith in me to be your representative and for giving me such a commanding victory. I also want to thank all the volunteers and all my supporters who trudged through ice and snow in the cold weather to win this race. You will always be able to count on me to stand up for you in Albany and to fight for what’s best for the people of Nassau County. I’m looking forward to getting to work so we can start to turn things around for Long Islanders.

 

 

What Every Long Islander Should Know

Written by Nancy Rauch Douzinas Friday, 12 February 2010 00:00

A team of researchers went looking for land in all the right places—and found oodles of it. Enough to start building a new, more vibrant and prosperous Long Island. That’s the news contained in a study just released by the Long Island Index.

The researchers, from the Regional Plan Association, explored for usable land located within one half-mile of downtowns or railroad stations. Those are the places where it’s smart to build the townhouses and apartments Long Island desperately needs to staunch the brain drain that is crippling our economy.

Downtown and transit-centered development stimulates the local economies. Expands opportunities for jobseekers and employee pools for business. Eases traffic, cuts pollution, and helps preserve open space. And most of the time, this type of development is tax positive, meaning that if you build it, taxes will go down for everyone.

 

Letter: Senator Marcellino on Last Week’s BOE Story

Written by Senator Carl L. Marcellino, Friday, 12 February 2010 00:00

As a former school teacher and school board member, I read with great interest the Feb. 1 Record Pilot article entitled, North Shore Schools Budget Will Likely Involve Staff Cuts. I can appreciate the budget challenges school districts face in these most difficult times. However, there are a few issues that I would like to address.

North Shore School District Superintendent Dr. Edward Melnick is correct when he objects to the MTA Payroll tax. When the concept was first introduced last year, I met with my superintendents to warn them of this devastating proposal and to gain their support for its defeat. I said it was the worst tax I had ever seen proposed. When I voted against the tax, I warned it would devastate our schools, our businesses, our hospitals and our not-for-profits. When the governor signed it into law, I denounced this endless tax as a job killer and a property tax escalator. Of the nine Long Island senators, only two voted for the tax, Senators Foley and C. Johnson of the 21 Long Island Assembly members only three voted for this tax, Lavine, Schimel and Hooper. As Long Islanders we should be speaking with one voice.

“Mandates” is a universal term that encompasses many things. Yes, pensions are required for public employees but they are based on a percentage of the salaries that are negotiated by individual school districts. This year a new Tier V proposal has been approved. The Tier V plan will reduce pension cost for the District on employees who begin on or after Jan. 1.

That being said most mandates come from the Board of Regents or through the federal government; legislative mandates can be counted on one hand. New legislation S5523 has been introduced to help relieve school districts of some burdensome mandates and establish various efficiencies, with a goal toward reducing costs.

Everyone knows that this is a difficult budget year, both at the state and local level. We all need to find ways to do more with less. Long Island is willing to do its part, but our schools should not be asked to bear a larger burden than any other region of the state. I will do my part to ensure that our districts get their fair share and I look forward to working with Dr. Melnick to find new and creative ideas to keep costs down.

 

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