The Social Service Volunteers of Nassau Inc. is a not-for-profit, charitable organization as defined under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The volunteers work in partnership with the Nassau County Department of Social Services to provide assistance for families and children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
The Mutual Concerns Committee would like to extend its gratitude to all those who contributed to their Annual Holiday House Tour this year. The tour was a great success in spite of the rain. We would like to thank the homeowners who have allowed us to share their beautifully decorated homes; the 70 volunteers who manned the houses and helped in the kitchen; the Tour Committee, who worked tirelessly for months arranging this event; the Sea Cliff Village Museum for sharing their exhibit; Sherlock Homes Realty for tickets and information; St. Luke’s Church for the use of their Parish Hall; Boy Scout Troop #43 for helping with the luncheon; food from: Atria of Glen Cove; Arata’s; Caggiano’s; Entenmann’s; Gallagher’s; North Shore Farms; Stop & Shop; King Kullen; North Shore Deli; Once Upon a Moose; Roslyn Claremont Hotel; Sea Cliff Bagel Café; Sea Cliff Market; Starbucks; Thyme Square and Waldbaum’s; floral arrangements from: Country Club Florist;, Greenleaf and Bloom; and Jill Chaffin; publicity: Glen Cove Record Pilot.
In the midst of what was about to become an eventful Thanksgiving Day, it chaotically turned into a whirlwind of excitement on Guilfoy Street. A little after one o’clock in the afternoon the alarming phone call came in. My mother shouted there was a fire in Grandma Rose’s kitchen rushing out of the house in a frenzy all to run to Grandma’s to see the Glen Cove Fire Department was there to rescue our turkey dinner. Our precious turkey that lay roasting in Grandma’s oven was slowly catching fire unbeknownst to my family and me, until flames and roaring smoke were too black to see each other.
On Dec. 1, I started my day. I left my home in Glen Cove, where I have lived for over 34 years. I drove through our beautiful town to Starbucks. I ordered my coffee. I had to wait while they brewed a fresh pot. I looked around while waiting. School Street was decorated for the holidays - Rita’s new Italian ice store, Gold Coast Realty, the new jewelry store. I felt good. School Street was breathing again. Starbucks gave me my coffee free because of the wait. I was happy to be in my town.
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is deeply appreciative that the Nassau County Executive and the Legislature have approved the legislation that requires certain chain restaurants to post calorie information on menus and menu boards. The policy will directly empower consumers to make healthier choices for themselves and their families.
Heart Disease and stroke remain the counties’, the states’ and unfortunately, the nation’s number one risk of death. Obesity directly results in dangerous conditions for your heart, including high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. By allowing consumers to know the calorie count of the items they purchase at chain restaurants, we are assisting individuals in the knowledge that certain foods will be less likely to make them overweight or obese.
According to a July 2009 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans are heavier than ever, with more than 26 percent of our country’s population now confirmed as fully obese. Through menu labeling, consumers are motivated to make smarter decisions and live healthier lives. By approving this measure, the County Executive and the County Legislature have provided a welcome tool in our battle against the obesity epidemic.
On behalf of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, I applaud you for approving this policy.
Susan Somerville, RN
Chairman, Long Island Board of Directors
American Heart Association
Nassau County Resident
Marie Coyle’s scrutiny of both me and Assemblyman Lavine on the subject of the unpopular quarterly MTA Payroll Tax he supported and voted for is not only commendable, but is also objective. I find no fault with her criticism of me. The dialog she describes as having had with Assemblyman Lavine is enlightening. I believe her veracity to be accurate. All of this is an indicator of her interest in, and knowledge of the pulse of our local business community.
It is gratifying to learn she is also vehemently opposed to the extremely regressive MTA Tax and that she has made this fact known to Assemblyman Lavine. Hopefully, more of your readers will do the same. His office is at 70 Glen Street and his phone number is 676-0050.
I encourage Ms. Coyle to continue interacting with Assemblyman Lavine in his office on this volatile matter. She and the Chamber of Commerce are spheres of influence in Glen Cove. Since he agrees that she and the Chamber have raised some valid issues it might be in his best interests to now take a positive step forward by sponsoring legislation to immediately rescind this unfair quarterly MTA Payroll Tax.
I’m not going to hold my breath that he will in fact do this, but I do want to bring to his attention that if he doesn’t do something “real quick like,” there is the possibility that the Nassau County election phenomenon of Nov. 3, 2009 might in turn not be too kind to his re-election success on Nov. 4, 2010.
Between now and then, because of the unpopular quarterly MTA Payroll Tax he supported, I anticipate, as each quarterly MTA Payroll Tax comes due, he will experience proportionately reduced campaign financing and an increasing groundswell of voter discontent. I’ll leave it to your readers to decide at the polls on Nov. 4, 2010 whether our Chuck Lavine is part of the Albany problem, or part of the Albany solution?
In closing, may I express my gratitude to Ms. Coyle for taking the time to contact your paper describing her feelings, interest and positive actions in this matter of mutual concern.
I would like to thank the people of Glen Cove who supported my run for city council in the recent election, including the other members of the Glen Cove Alliance and the Republican Party.
The experience was an enlightening adventure for me and I enjoyed meeting and speaking with many residents I otherwise might not have met. I will continue to be a concerned and involved citizen of the community I love.
I would like to congratulate the re-elected administration and I hope that our city prospers and develops positively during the next two years.
The federal government’s newly released guidelines for breast cancer screening are not only irresponsible but deadly. Or perhaps the government’s Preventive Services Task Force is simply involved in a sick deal made to appease insurance companies. I leave that up to the reader to decide.
The federal government’s criminal attempt to unravel the hard work advocacy groups, researchers and physicians have done to raise breast cancer awareness is an injustice.
To say that a woman does not have to have a mammogram until the age of 50 and then only every other year is misleading. Also, to deter them from doing a monthly self-breast exam is remiss.
The federal government’s proclamation that biopsies performed on benign tumors are needless is also negligent.
At the age of 39 I have had a fine needle aspiration and core biopsy and, trust me, they weren’t fun. However, the relief I felt when I was told my biopsies were benign, especially being the daughter of a breast cancer survivor and the niece of someone who succumbed to the disease, was anything but needless. What is the old adage? “It is better to be safe than sorry.”
Yes, the task force agrees that women with a history should consider screening but remember cancer history has to start somewhere.
I urge all women to disregard these ridiculous guidelines and to practice diligence when it comes to your health.
Kiwanis Club of Glen Cove would like to take the opportunity to publicly wish our dear friend Carol Sucharski best wishes and congratulations as she starts a new life in Florida. It is with a heavy heart that we write this letter, for Carol has been the backbone of our club from its inception. Carol’s dedication and diligence to the youth of our community, whether it was her role in Kiwanis, Youth Board or school board, has made a profound and positive difference in the lives of so many families in the Glen Cove community. We will miss Carol greatly but know she is only a phone call away.
Ann Marie Gailius,
President, and the Board of Kiwanis Club of Glen Cove
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