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A Look On The Light Side: March 29, 2013

Written by Judy Epstein Friday, 29 March 2013 00:00

The Cobbler’s Tale

Once upon a time, there was a cobbler whose child ran around town without any shoes.

“Look at her,” one villager whispered to another. “Barefoot again! Is he such a workaholic he can’t make his own daughter one pair of shoes?”

“Maybe he’s lazy,” continued a third. “Or greedy, and wants to keep all the merchandise for himself.”

 

Letter: Joey’s Legacy

Friday, 29 March 2013 00:00

Nice work by John Owens on the “...Buttafuocoed” article (Anton Weekly, March 22). His take on what is needed to revitalize Long Island makes a great deal of sense. The problem, as I see it, is that we lack political leadership that has any sense of vision for this area. The politicians are too vested in partisan politics and patronage. They lack the intelligence, experience and commitment to develop any bold, creative solutions to Long Island’s challenges.

Having lived in Nassau for over 40 years and having worked in Suffolk for 20 years, it never ceases to amaze me how dysfunctional the governmental process is in both counties.  It is a half-century history of one stupid decision after another; one missed opportunity after another. For this to happen in a state as great as New York, and in close proximity to a city as vibrant as NYC, is embarrassing and destructive.

Thanks for framing the economic picture and highlighting viable initiatives so effectively.

Richard Collins

 

APPR: Evaluation Costs Outpace Funding

Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00
School districts outside the state’s five largest cities expect to spend an average of $155,355 to implement the state’s new teacher and principal evaluation system this year, based on an analysis of 80 districts that submitted cost data to NYSSBA. Those one-year costs are nearly $55,000 more than the average four-year federal grant awarded to New York school districts to implement the program.

“School boards have long supported the goals of the new teacher and principal evaluation system as a way to improve student achievement,” said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. “Our analysis, however, shows that the cost of this state initiative falls heavily on school districts. This seriously jeopardizes school districts’ ability to meet other state and federal requirements and properly serve students.”

 

From Long Island Wins: March 22, 2013

Written by Sheila Ferrari Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00

Hate Crimes: Then and Now

The murder of Marcelo Lucero lingers as a scar on Long Island’s conscience.

Four and a half years after the savage hate crime, we still struggle to understand how those involved in the attack could act with such horrific violence. And at the same time we struggle to understand the climate of anger towards immigrants from which this savagery emerged, a rising tide of hatred that clearly helped buoy the attackers to action. The attack was clearly a particularly brutal eruption of a very big problem and in a very real way, the angry teenagers who killed Marcelo Lucero are rightly serving prison sentences for the act, but they didn’t act alone.

 

Letter: Three Legislative Districts?

Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00

As a long time resident of Hicksville, I find it hard to believe that our elected officials would vote to split Hicksville up into three county legislative districts. It seems now that our elected officials are trying to destroy our town. The voice of Hicksville has now been muted by this vote.

I voted for our elected official because I thought that they would have the best interest of the people and the town of Hicksville in mind when they voted. I can only surmise that other interests where more important than Hicksville and the people who elected you.

 

From The Desk Of The Nassau County Executive: March 15, 2013

Written by Edward P. Mangano Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00

Need A Job? ‘Nassau Works’ Can Help

When I was elected County Executive, in the midst of the worst economic downturn in decades, I knew I would need some creative ideas, call it a new way of thinking, to help people who had lost their jobs get back to work.

Recognizing that jobs are the key to a growing economy, I instituted job fairs to link the unemployed with businesses and corporations in need of workers. I also invested funds in job training and retraining centers with our local towns. In partnership with the County’s Industrial Development Agency, I offered incentives that helped create and retain more than 3,500 private sector jobs. My administration worked hand-in-hand with businesses and corporations to ensure they–and their employees—stayed in Nassau County.

 

Wake Up!

Written by James Bernstein, Jbernstein@antonnews.com Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00

The announcement last week by Northrop Grumman Corp. (Grumman to those of us who have been on this Island awhile) that it will transfer 850 jobs from its Bethpage facility to Florida and California should come as no shock.

The company, once Long Island’s largest and best-known employer, has been sending jobs South for more than two decades. At one point, in the 1980s, the company employed 25,000 people on the Island, built the Navy’ premier fighter, the F-14 Tomcat, and, in the 1960s, built the Lunar Lander that took Apollo astronauts to the moon.

 

Parental Bereavement Act Reaches Congress

Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00

The Sarah Grace Foundation for Children With Cancer, Inc., based in Hicksville, is proud to announce that the Parental Bereavement Act of 2013, also known as the Sarah Grace-Farley-Kluger Act, has been formally introduced to the United States Congress.

Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY) has worked closely with The Sarah Grace Foundation to help develop this bill, an amendment to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and presented it to Congress along with Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) on Feb. 5.

 

Letter: No Need For Vulgarity

Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00

171,476 - 47,156.  Wondering what these numbers represent? These totals are the enormous amount of vocabulary afforded to us, both full entries and obsolete, that exists in the Oxford Dictionary, 2nd edition. So, with all these choices why is it that a good amount of today’s population opt to express themselves, and I am being gentle when I identify their language usage as “colorful” at best?

Since the birth of cable television non-censorship seems to have morphed into a “right.” There are little to non-existent guidelines with content. Recently while tuning into a network program that is viewed at 9 p.m., appearing on the screen before the credits began to roll were warnings advising that mature content, violence, language, and sexual content would be part of this program.

 

Letter: Keep Hicksville In Tact

Friday, 22 February 2013 00:00

The Nassau County Legislature Rules Committee voted recently to adopt a redistricting map that will break Hicksville into three separate legislative districts. At the hearing, Chairwoman Norma Gonsalves denied that the map was gerrymandered, further stating that the Supreme Court has not defined gerrymandering. The Supreme Court may not have defined it but much like their approach to pornography, I know gerrymandering when I see it and this map is a classic gerrymandering effort. For example, parts of downtown Hicksville, along with two elementary schools (East Street and Burns Avenue) would fall into the new 14th district, which will span an east-west swath of Nassau County from Garden City to Old Bethpage! North Hicksville will fall into the new 16th district that stretches from Roslyn Estates to the Suffolk border! South Hicksville will follow a north-south axis to Merrick Road in the new 17th district.

I implore Legislator Rose Walker, our current legislator and longtime resident of Hicksville, to vote against the demise of historic Hicksville as a political entity. The State Senate has already broken Hicksville into three separate districts, none of which matches the proposed county legislative boundaries. Common sense should prevail.

 

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