First, I’d like to thank the paper for keeping the community informed on Common Core. It is definitely something most parents are talking about, some fearful, a few taking a tone of defiance. In the end, my wife and I take the position that it is better to have a universal standard in this country than have different standards originating “from the community.”
As we look to the year ahead with promise and hope, it is difficult to assess where we are now and where we are headed without first grasping the importance and relevance of the last three months of 2012.
Perhaps 2013 will be remembered as the year in which the Long Island community came together to repair the structural, physical and emotional damage incurred in October, November and December of 2012: when neighbor to neighbor we worked to rebuild our island, to find a way to improve electric service and infrastructure; to give our veterans a plan for the future, return our residents to good jobs, provide our neighbors food for their tables, and to protect our children and loved ones from mentally
ill people with guns.
I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank the residents of Glen Cove for electing me to serve as one of the newest members of the Glen Cove City Council. I am thankful for your overwhelming support and look forward to serving you and our community. For those of you that did not vote for me, I plan to work hard and hope to earn your future support.
During this holiday season, I encourage all of us to remember that regardless of political persuasion, we are all united in our hopes for a better Glen Cove. As a first generation American, I understand sacrifice and the hard work needed to achieve success. You have entrusted me with your vote and in return I will not forget my solemn obligation to fight for you – the hard working tax payer.
With the holidays soon approaching, the rehab staff at Glen Cove Hospital would like to show our deepest appreciation to our valued volunteers. Through the years, they have been providing us with their help in physical therapy, occupational, speech and recreational therapies. We are honoring them with a holiday luncheon to show our sincere gratitude for their dedication.
After serving as a councilman for almost 14 years in Glen Cove, I am nearing the end of my service. I have worked with three different mayors and 13 other councilpersons and have great respect for all of them. I tried to do my best to provide good government to all Glen Covers. I found the job to be exciting, thrilling, frightening, challenging and rewarding.
(The following is a copy of a letter sent to Board of Regents member Roger Tilles on Nov. 4)
The Glen Cove Teachers Association supports the New York State Allies for Public Education in their call for the resignation of New York State Education Department Commissioner Dr. John B. King Jr. Commissioner King’s actions during a recent NYS PTA town hall meeting in Poughkeepsie mirrored his established pattern of ignoring the concerns of parents and educators. The cancellation of the future town hall meetings shows a lack of leadership from Commissioner King.
The Dec. 3 vote approving the $19.6 million North Shore infrastructure bond issue was a tremendous victory for our students and our schools. Maintaining facilities in proper repair allows our outstanding teachers and administrators to provide the first rate education that our district is noted for.
As we near the holiday season and thoughts of big meals and family gatherings fill our heads, it’s an apt time to think about those less fortunate. The Mutual Concerns Committee would like to express our sincere thanks to all those who helped make this Thanksgiving a bit brighter for those in need.
Glen Cove After 3 would like to thank the community for all its support over the course of the last six years as well as invite the community to be part of our program. Glen Cove After 3 is looking for volunteers to come and work with our students. We are looking for historians of our wonderful city, as well as individuals with a strong passion for the arts, music, dance and areas of interest you are expert in, including recreational activities. No long-term commitment is necessary and we appreciate the time you will spend with us. In the past we have had professionals come and teach the students in the areas of language, art and world history; our guests are always welcome, well received and their help broadens our youth’s knowledge. If you have any questions please contact Spiro Tsirkas at 516-277-1303. We look forward to meeting you and having you as part of Glen Cove After 3.
Glen Cove After 3 Program Staff
Since you were one of the original and prime sponsors of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, hereinafter referred to as “OBAMACARE,” I wrote to you this past August concerning your response to NSUH at Glen Cove announcing its scheduled January, 2014 closure as an in-patient hospital facility As you are fully aware “OBAMACARE” per se was reported by the press at that time to be the major contributing factor that precluded Glen Cove’s NSUH from continuing to afford the same high levels of medical care they have provided in the past. No response from your office. No surprise! I accepted your silence then and now as evidence of your unwillingness to have addressed this issue publicly, to wit, you had no defense then and you have none now.
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