The Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District has long provided cost-effective, efficient, and valuable services to all of the people of Nassau County. Since the district opened in 1977 it has been serving residents, businesses, nonprofits, agencies, schools and municipalities with environmental expertise and assistance. Like all conservation districts throughout New York State and the nation, it is a proven public-private partnership that leverages local taxpayer dollars by bringing in funding from grants, state matching funds and other sources. Yet, Nassau County may soon become the only county in the state without a Soil and Water Conservation District. The steady decline in funding over the last four years has depleted the district’s small reserves and it is in danger of closing.
The Viana is still looking for local organizations that want to contribute their services for the event, as no business has come forward to donate tuxedos, a cake and more. If you or someone you know would like to be a part of this event, please call 572-6560 to get involved.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly two-thirds of deaths from house fires result from properties without working smoke alarms.
According to the Hicksville Fire Department, an area family almost became part of that two-thirds figure this past week when firefighters discovered that the residence didn’t have any working smoke alarms following a fire.
Cruising on the Delta Lady from Captree Harbor into the Great South Bay at dusk on July 12, there was dancing to DJ Charles Henry Entertainment’s cool spins while old coworkers from St. Francis Hospital got reacquainted after more than 30 years. Many other guests at the fundraiser savored the food while making new friends on the high seas.
I found myself chatting with Greg Combatti, uncle of the victim of an incurable disease who started it all – my young friend Michael Magro. We stared at the beautiful sunset and talked about Michael and about the immense respect and caring that we had for his parents, Paul and Terrie Magro, our hosts that night for this, one of the many Hicksville-based Michael Magro Foundation fundraisers since his departure.
Golf is a funny game.
No matter the foursome on a given day, you’re bound to receive some words of wisdom that you’ll find yourself utilizing long after hanging your scorecard on the fridge (or tearing it to pieces after the fourth hole, depending on your round that particular day).
Who knows if the influx of mosquitoes in Nassau County can be attributed to the mild winter, standing water or overgrown vegetation; however, one thing is certain – this is the summer of the “skeeter.”
These bloodsuckers aren’t your grandparent’s mosquitoes – the Asian tiger mosquito is more aggressive, harder to kill and bites during the daytime. I predict an outbreak of agoraphobia way before we see another West Nile scare.
Effective July 6, Nassau County has terminated all county-funded youth and family services and has made dramatic reductions to drug treatment programs. This decision was made in spite of the fact that these neighborhood-based programs serve well over 50,000 people in our county.
It is irresponsible for elected officials to allow programs and agencies to shut their doors and deny our most vulnerable residents vital services during times of their greatest need. This decision must be reversed immediately. Our legislators were elected to serve all of their constituents, particularly those in greatest need, and it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that they do nothing less.
With the temperatures heating up, we all need ways to keep cool during the scorching hot months of July and August. Sitting home in the air conditioning is a nice thought, but few can enjoy that luxury seven days a week.
For starters, keep a close eye out for the following heat-related symptoms: headache, light-headedness, fatigue, anxiety, nausea, vomiting and low pulse rate. Elderly residents are more susceptible to heat stroke; check in on any senior citizen who live close by and lend them a hand or offer some advice on staying cool, especially during the hottest times of the day between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Effective July 6, Nassau County has closed all county-funded youth programs due to the inability of county officials to agree on issues regarding youth program funding and other more general county fiscal matters. This irresponsible decision must be reversed. The county network of youth services and its supporters have come together to fight for the preservation of programs that serve over 35,000 people annually.
Please call the county executive, your legislator and the legislative leadership and urge them to work to restore funding to youth programs. If you can’t reach them directly leave your message with whomever you speak to. Be prepared for a response blaming the other political party. If that is what you’re told, tell them you want your elected officials to find solutions, not blame others. Feel free to talk about the work of the youth program in your community.
Lacrosse has been a staple of athletics on Long Island for decades and this Saturday, the Long Island Lizards will host former Manhasset lacrosse player and legendary National Football League running back Jim Brown at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium.
Brown’s career numbers for his football career are, quite literally, off the charts, as few running backs even came close to matching his average yards per game (104.3) and yards per carry (5.2). He was named an All American at Syracuse University for lacrosse, scoring 43 goals in 10 games his senior year.
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