This is that time of year when the board of education is just about to begin its succession of student recognition ceremonies at our high schools and middle schools. North High, South High, the Village School, North Middle, and South Middle, there is a special night for each school.
Each year these five award presentations are held at board of education meetings. This award recognizes the student’s contribution to the quality of life at his or her school.
Begun in the ’80s by our then Superintendent of Schools, Dr. William Shine, the award honors students who use their time, their talents, and their skills to help out at their own school. The youngster does not have to be an honor student, nor does he or she have to be an extraordinary athlete nor a gifted writer—-just a youngster who wants to help make his or her school a better place for everyone, someone making a bit of a difference!
(Editor’s Note: The Great Neck Record received telephone calls and letters in response to an outcry from the public regarding specific parking summonses issued in the Village of Great Neck Plaza. The Record asked Plaza Mayor Jean Clender to respond.)
When the Village of Great Neck Plaza code enforcement officers write parking summonses, the ticket is placed on the windshield of the vehicle. It is the responsibility of the driver to contact the justice court and either pay the summons or challenge it in court. As our computer system only initially knows the license plate and not the name and address of the registered owner, we rely on the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to supply us with the registered owner’s information of the vehicle.
One more time! We would like to remind all of our readers, and our letter writers, that letters to the editor must follow a few guidelines. First and foremost, all letters to the editor must be within 300 to 500 words. We do believe that just about all comments and opinions from the public can be adequately covered in that length. It is important that everyone has an opportunity to speak within a reasonably limited word count, so that every letter may be included in a timely manner.
We do want to hear from members of our community, and we do want to include everyone’s views. So, please, when you send a letter to the Great Neck Record, keep it within the 300 to 500-word count, and everyone will be included.
It is my honor to serve as chairperson of the Great Neck Park District for the year 2010. The State of the Parks report gives me the opportunity to reflect on the many accomplishments and challenges of the past year, and to address some of the issues that we will face in the coming year.
Although this has been an extremely challenging year, I am happy to say that our Board has accomplished an extraordinary number of goals. Together with Commissioners Bob Lincoln and Ivar Segalowitz, Superintendent Neil Marrin and Deputy Superintendent Peter Renick we have worked diligently to bring innovation, growth and beauty to our parks, programs and services. We are extremely proud of our staff of supervisors, directors, recreation leaders, maintenance workers, park attendants and office staffs. Their talents, enthusiasm and hard work are a large part of the success of this park district and the respect it has achieved.
We congratulate the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education for once again finding the right solution in the midst of tough times. Whenever a roadblock is set up, we can always count on our school board to find a way around. This time, as our nation, and indeed the world, faces the ramifications of financial crisis, the school board has taken one ingenious step in attempting to keep taxes down. In order to trim the school district’s already lean 2010-2011 budget, and as well maintain this outstanding school system, the school district must find a way to cut about $6 million. Step number one, as announced last week, will be to offer a retirement incentive to specific tiers of educators and staff.
Although this school district has always prized its longtime teachers and placed great value on experience, the tough decision now is to allow these valued educators to retire earlier, which will permit the district to hire new teachers, at a lower salary.
Having learned little from polls showing Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano trailing badly weeks before Election Day 2009, too many are examining the state’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign through the prism of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s current high standing in public opinion polls.
Today’s conventional wisdom, as expressed through high-profile pundits and political analysts, holds that AG Cuomo, a Democrat, is wildly popular with New York voters, crushing all foes daring to stand in soon-to-be Governor Cuomo’s way. This questionable story line—interpreting the 2010 election cycle by ‘what it all means’ for AG Cuomo—isn’t being bought by Suffolk County executive Steve Levy, a Democrat who established this month a gubernatorial exploratory committee.
To start the new year off right, we want to be sure that all of our readers know just how to submit articles and photos for publication. The Great Neck Record welcomes news and photos from residents, our government officials (at all levels), local organizations and local businesses. In order to have your news published, there are a few simple rules to follow.
First, our deadline is Monday mornings at 10 a.m. We do close for certain holidays and, at those times, we generally have earlier deadlines. Early deadlines are announced in the Record in advance. Please check Pages One or 2 for early deadline notices. Our deadlines are absolute. If a story is not in on time, it will not make into the paper. We simply cannot hold up production and miss our mailing date.
Landmark legislation that protects homeowners and communities from the ongoing foreclosure crisis has been signed into law, Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau), announced.
“This measure not only assists homeowners against unscrupulous lenders and uncooperative banks, but just as importantly, it helps protect their neighbors and neighborhoods from the ripple effects of a foreclosure crisis that they had no direct involvement with,” Senator Johnson said.
The legislation, many aspects of which originated in the Senate, puts into place tough new provisions that:
At various meetings over the years we have heard of the ‘‘graying of Great Neck,’’ the growing ‘‘senior citizen’’ population on our peninsula. Great Neck’s senior citizens live in apartments and in private homes, and especially during the winter months, they might be in need of a little assistance. Heavy snows or ice or just plain cold weather could very well keep a senior citizen housebound. What if another blizzards comes our way? What if this is an unusually cold and snowy winter?
A driveway or path might need to be cleared. Errands might need to be taken care of and it is easy to run low on food and essentials. A sudden storm might find one out of a vital medication. During a really severe storm an electric outage could put an elderly person, without heat, perhaps without a telephone, in real danger. A phone call, a knock on the door, and some real help might make all the difference for someone, especially someone living alone.
If you have elderly friends or neighbors, be sure to check in on them, especially during one of those really cold or stormy days like the ones we already experienced with December’s sudden blizzard.
1. For New Yorkers, this year’s federal stimulus mostly was a tax stabilization program, holding off state and local government budget meltdowns. This was a useful, if unromantic, purpose. Unfortunately, it is hard to turn around a national economy when no one really knows what our economy is supposed to look like. Create jobs? There are plenty of new jobs for which Americans can apply; many of them are in Guangdong Province where the salary explosion has jacked up average pay to over $6,000. The 1988 free trade agreement between the U.S. and Canada actually created a boomlet in Western New York, where salaries and other costs were a little lower than those in nearby Toronto. Free trade in the 1990s and 2000s has largely meant free access to cheap, exploited labor. Elsewhere. At this point, the jury is back and those who pushed for the kind of free trade we actually got should probably just take a deep bow and gracefully retire from public life forever…
2. Ninety-six percent of all clothing sold in the U.S. is not made in the U.S. When I was born, 95 percent of all the clothing worn in this country was made in this country, and a lot of it was made in New York. The fashion and clothing industry included upstate mill workers and downstate designers, cutters, finishers, sellers and executives. It’s almost all gone…
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