Finally (maybe) there’s some good news on immigration reform. There seems to be real movement in Washington on the issue. It seems that now that the people are leading, our leaders are following.
First, a group of eight United States senators revealed a bipartisan immigration plan to reform our broken immigration system. Some of the principles outlined are far from perfect, but the fact is that several conservative Republicans have committed in writing and in public to allowing immigrants an earned path to citizenship, a central tenet that’s necessary to real reform.
Before the puck drops on Saturday, Feb. 16, the New York Islanders and the American Red Cross will, for the third year, partner for a blood drive at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. As a special thank you for helping their neighbors, all presenting donors will receive a voucher for two tickets to a 2012-13 Islanders regular season home game (Monday-Thursday only, excluding New York Ranger games, and pending availability on game day.)
The drive will take place in the Lower Box Office of the Coliseum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-ins are always welcome, but donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment in advance by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by visiting redcrossblood.org.
During Hurricane Sandy, thousands of trees in Nassau County were lost due to high winds. Now, the county is offering a replanting program to help residents restore the greenery in their neighborhoods. Native plants, including oaks, maples and conifers, will be available this spring through the Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District for planting in the backyard, as well as public parks and preserves.
Those interested in purchasing trees and plants through this program should download the order form from www.nassauswcd.org. Make checks or money orders payable to “Nassau County SWCD” and mail to the Nassau County Soil & Water District at 5 Old Jericho Turnpike, Jericho, NY 11753, along with an order form. Trees and shrubs are sold in bundles of 10 each and listed prices are for one bundle. The plants are seedlings or transplants up to 24 inches in height.
The world did not know her name, but it could never forget her face.
Kim Phuc Phan Thi was the little girl, her arms outstretched, running naked and screaming, down a dirt road, in Vietnam, in 1972, fire and the war raging behind her. The picture by AP photographer Nick Ut shocked the world, and helped turn the tide of public opinion in the U.S. against the Vietnam war.
Last week, Kim Phuc was at Friends Academy, in Locust Valley, talking about her experiences, her life, and the message of hope and peace she carries around the world as a a goodwill ambassador for UNESCO, a position she took in 1996.
What happened to the N-48 bus? Apparently, that bus will be at the LIRR stop at 8:16 a.m. and then at 9:32 a.m. with nothing in between.
If this is correct, then the NICE bus will not meet up with any LIRR train when I get there at 8:30 in the morning! I have to be at work by 8:40 a.m. The old schedule worked better for me as far as getting to work on time; the new schedule will have me walking a 20 to 25 minute walk in all kinds of weather to work everyday so I can get to my job! Why did they change this now when it was only slightly off in 2012? Many Long Island Bus customers will be left stranded with the new schedule change.
Ben Tirado, Hicksville
The upcoming election for Nassau County Executive is extremely important for the future of Nassau County. The election is especially crucial for young residents who hope to stay and raise their families in Nassau.
Under Ed Mangano’s control, Nassau County has reached an all time low. Mangano’s mismanagement over the past three years has resulted in disastrous outcomes for our residents.
One of those priceless little jewels that endow Long Island with its oftentimes overlooked cultural, historical and scientific heritage amid the ubiquitous subdivisions, shopping malls and automotive arteriosclerosis, the Hicksville Gregory Museum remains hidden in plain sight.
This unintended camouflage conceals a science and history museum housed in Hicksville’s 1895 Heitz Place Courthouse with scientific collections from all over the world, illustrating the community’s metamorphosis from 19th Century railroad town to the heart of suburbia’s commuter culture. Permanent exhibits alone consist of Long Island’s largest assemblage of rocks, minerals, exquisite crystals and rare ores; extensive paleontological specimens including dinosaur eggs and bones; ornate seashells from tropical waters; and hundreds of Lepidoptera specimens representing all the major families and genera of butterflies and moths.
All civic organizations and chambers of commerce in the Town of Oyster Bay are invited to be listed on, and linked to, the town’s Website, www.oysterbaytown.com.
Civic associations and chambers interested in being listed on the website should write a letter, on official stationery, listing the name of the civic or chamber; the president; a mailing address; a contact person, if different from the president; the phone number; and, if the organization has a website, the Web address.
The letter should be addressed to: Supervisor John Venditto, Town Hall East, 54 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay, NY 11771. Civics and chambers already listed on the website check their information and submit any updates.
After the horrific massacre of 20 innocent children at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, a majority of Americans support stricter gun laws regarding assault weapons and background checks. The dysfunctional US Congress, however, is unlikely to make progress due to perceived power of the NRA, which is supported by gun manufactures and survivalists.
It is time for each state to take appropriate action that can best protect our children and other citizens. In his State of the State speech, Governor Cuomo took the first step by proposing to close loopholes in the state’s ban on assault rifles and high capacity magazines, as well as universal background checks to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. Cuomo said this is not taking away people’s guns, noting that he owns a shotgun for hunting. Nor is it taking away people’s handguns to protect their homes. It is an effort to keep military weapons, like the one I carried in Vietnam, out of the hands of the general public. If gun advocates must use military weapons, like the AR-15 or the Bushmaster, I suggest the use be restricted to secure gun clubs where they can be stored and used for target practice.
The whole country continues to mourn the deaths of 20 children and six adults who died in last month’s school shooting in Newtown, CT. And while we wait for the motive to emerge and policy proposals to surface, we can speak out now on behalf of families who need greater access to mental health treatment and other social services that ultimately will prove more effective in protecting and strengthening all of us; children, adults and our communities.
As the head of a human services organization, I believe it is part of our mission to inform and educate the public on important issues facing today’s families in a balanced and professional manner. As the result of this tragic event, there will be a temptation to look for quick answers; overly simplistic, one-size-fits-all solutions.
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