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Editorial: Life Follows Death Follows Life Follows Death

Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00

Spring is a time of rebirth, so it’s no surprise we celebrate. These holidays, whether true “holy days” or secular commemorations, tend to be marked by feasting and gifting. Many of these springtime holidays have a dark side—or at the very least a dark undercurrent. Behind the bunny rabbits (chocolate and furry), fluffy yellow chicks and prettily colored eggs lies a cruel and unjust death. Passover, too, marks a rebirth for the Jewish people; this most deadly plague, which “passed over” Jewish homes, finally persuaded Pharaoh to free the Israelites to pursue their destiny. (Let’s be thankful that human sacrifice has gone out of style with both God and man.) Truth is, springtime celebrations mark not life but its cycle, which must of necessity include death. If we were immortal, we wouldn’t take the same joy in being (not to mention the planet would be really crowded). The same dying and decay that make us sad are what make life joyful and precious. 


 

Letter: No Room For Discrimination

Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00

(Below is a copy of a letter sent to County Executive Edward Mangano on April 11)

 

I write to express grave concern over reports in today’s press that the United States Department of Justice instituted a lawsuit yesterday against the Town of Oyster Bay and Town Supervisor John Venditto for alleged housing discrimination against Black Americans.

 

This concern is all the more exacerbated by the fact that today’s press also contains extensive coverage of our national celebration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964.

 

There is no room for any type of discrimination and prejudice in our communities and in our nation.  It is for this reason that I am urging that you direct our Nassau County Commission on Human Rights to commence an immediate investigation into these most troubling allegations.

 

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

 

— Charles D. Lavine Member of the Assembly

 

Getting Things Going In The 11th LD

Written by Legislator Delia deRiggi- Whitton Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00

It is with great pleasure that I report multiple positive projects are underway throughout my district. Through the Community Revitalization Program, each Nassau County Legislator is able to apply for grants for projects that benefit 

an entire community. Currently we are wrapping up some and starting some throughout Port Washington, Roslyn, Sea Cliff and Glen Cove. 

 

In Glen Cove, I worked with the previous and current Glen Cove Fire Department chief on a partial grant for their “turnout gear” and now have put through for a grant that would help them attain a vehicle needed for training purposes. I believe if you are willing to risk your life for us, we should support your training so that risk is at a minimum and your ability to save people is maximized.  

 

The Downtown BID recently announced that they are beginning a new “streetscape” beautification. I am glad to have the county participating in this project. 

 

Letter: The Sewanhaka Bond Issue

Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00

With reference to the failed Sewanhaka bond vote, this would have cost each homeowner an additional $144. We are tired of the school districts standing on our backs time and time again for more money. And who is paying for the recently hired PR firm to push the vote...the taxpayers? To think of coming out with another bond vote is a slap in taxpayer’s face.

 

Letter: Thankful For The Hospital

Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00

Recently, a very beloved uncle in our family was hospitalized in North Shore Hospital at Glen Cove. He was seriously ill and spent time in both the telemetry unit and ICU. The care he received was beyond exceptional, from the aides, nurses and especially his doctors. It was such a comfort, to have him close to home, as he is a lifelong member of the Glen Cove community. This enabled his family to be with him every day and we feel this helped with his recovery. Our uncle is 86 years old and if he was subjected to a strange place with different doctors we know he would not have faired as well. The staff was kind, compassionate, patient and competent beyond measure. Our family will always be in their debt for their remarkable and professional treatment of our uncle. We are so grateful to still have our community hospital and pray it remains as such.

 

— The Family of Frank Castelluccio


 

Letter: Thanks For Your Vote

Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00

Now that the Village of Sea Cliff election is over, and before I am sworn in as Trustee, I wanted to express my thanks to a number of people who contributed to my election. The most obvious point to begin is by thanking all those residents who voted for me. Also special thanks to fellow candidates Elena Villafane and John Reali who so generously counseled me in my first pursuit of an elected position. I also deeply appreciate the hard work performed by the many behind the scene people who  made everything from distributing campaign signs to organizing meet- the- candidates  gatherings run so smoothly and effectively (special thanks to Dan Maddock who coordinated everything).  To one and all, Thank You!

 

Beyond a simple thank you to all these people I can only reiterate my campaign pledge that I commit to doing my very best to represent the best interests of the residents of Sea Cliff by working in partnership with Mayor Kennedy and Trustees Lieberman, Vogt, and Villafane.

 

— Kevin McGilloway


 

Federal Taxes Should Consider Cost Of Living

Written by Congressman Steve Israel Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00

Brian and Amy are your typical middle-class New Yorkers. They’ve worked hard to build a comfortable life for their three children in Hicksville, and hoped to remain there to be near family.

 

However, every year during tax season they are hit by a bill from the federal government that makes them question if they will be able to continue living in such a high-cost area. Their story is all too familiar, and I wanted proof that we need to change the federal tax code to account for New York families facing some of the highest costs of living in the country.

 

Letter: Tobacco Targets Us

Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00

We are students at the Glen Cove High School who are taking health education classes. Currently, we are learning about how big tobacco companies target our classmates and the youth of America. In honor of “Kick Butts Day 2014” our Health Class would like to bring to your attention the impact of tobacco marketing. Tobacco marketing has been declared a youth epidemic by the Surgeon General, so we are taking a stand to call for a reduction in youth’s exposure to tobacco marketing. Did you know that tobacco companies spend $1 million every hour to spread their deadly message? 

 

Letter: Incorporating Technology For Convenience

Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00

Technology has been growing in leaps and bounds over the past decade. Today, information is disseminated at a rapid pace through emails, text messages, and through social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook.  

 

Traditionally, governments tend to lag behind the times in keepingup with technological innovations. As a result, the public is subject to an archaic system of sharing information that makes access to information, not impossible, but less convenient, which perpetuates the disconnect and leaves the public out of the loop of information. 

 

Letter: Building On A 90-Year Legacy At Glen Cove Hospital

Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00

Just as it has since 1928, Glen Cove Hospital will continue to serve North Shore communities. To better meet the needs of the community and the pressing healthcare issues facing seniors and the chronically ill, the North Shore-LIJ Health System last year announced plans to enhance outpatient, geriatric and emergency services, while reducing the focus on inpatient care. That announcement raised concerns among some that Glen Cove would discontinue inpatient services.

 

After considerable input from community based physicians and local residents, the North Shore- LIJ leadership has pledged that Glen Cove will remain a fully-staffed, full-service hospital, even while the health system continues to develop a new model of care that places a greater emphasis on health and wellness, and community- and home-based services.

 

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