Our Long Island high school athletes in track and field have proven to be among the best in New York State. It is with great disappointment that Nassau County’s Mitchel Athletic Complex, once considered “The World’s Biggest Stage, a showcase for the best competition the world has ever seen…,” [Goodwill Games] has let the field events deteriorate to the point of forcing our high school athletes and other famous high profile meets to seek other venues for their competition.
In observance of National Lightning Safety Awareness Week, June 19-25, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano is reminding residents that being outside is the most dangerous place to be during a lightning or thunderstorm. Every thunderstorm produces lightning according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), with an average of 300 people injured and 80 people killed each year by lightning.
“With more people outdoors during the summer and the fact that Long Island often has warm, humid conditions throughout the summer months that are conducive to thunderstorms and lightning, I encourage residents to take every precaution during a thunderstorm,” said Mangano.
The Town of Oyster Bay Planning Advisory Board has scheduled a meeting for Thursday, June 23, according to Town Councilwoman Beth Faughnan. The meeting will be held in the town board hearing room, Town Hall East, 54 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay, beginning at 7 p.m.
The Planning Advisory Board is empowered to review applications for projects in certain designated areas of the town—RMF-6, RMF-10, RO and OB—as well as site plans for major projects in other commercial and residential areas within the town. The board reviews specific site plans and recommends approval or disapproval of the proposed plans to the town board.
For further information, contact the Department of Planning and Development at 624-6200.
The next public meeting of the Oyster Bay Town Board will be held on Tuesday, June 21 at 7 p.m. in the Town Board Hearing Room, Town Hall East, 54 Audrey Avenue in Oyster Bay.
I was sad to hear of the passing of longtime Hicksville physician Doctor John Mc Cloy. He was our family physician for many years. He delivered my youngest son, Russell. When my husband, Hank, became very ill, Doctor Mc Cloy came to the house. When he was finished he asked to use the phone and I pulled up a chair. He said, “What, do you think I am getting old?” Doc was on his feet a lot. I took both my boys to Doctor Mc Cloy for allergy shots every week. His office was in a big house and we used to play ball in his backyard while we waited to see him. He always gave us candy. His rates were always so low so I suggested to him to raise his rates some. We had medical insurance. I always liked to look at a picture of the doctor’s family that hung in his waiting room. Doctor Mc Cloy was the old fashioned doctor who made many house calls. He will be missed.
The United Veterans of Hicksville and the Hicksville community remember the Sons and Daughters of Hicksville and our Nation who have made the Supreme Sacrifice during our Nation’s wars. Our Grateful Nation will always hold their memory in cherished Eternal Glory, as “They gave up their tomorrows so we can have our todays.”
People get involved in politics for many different reasons. During the summer and fall of last year, I watched how “average folk” across this country attended town hall meetings and rallies. With the country in a deep recession, the unemployment rate at a record high, wages frozen (and in some cases cut), the people took notice of how their representatives were spending their money. Their message was clear that “free for all” spending was going to end, or the consequences would be felt at the ballot box. The results of the 2010 elections were historic. The people had spoken, and change would be happening. This is what I thought until I read about the new budget proposal for the Town of Oyster Bay.
The best time to celebrate the life of St. Patrick, I believe, is in every month other than March and I keep a framed picture of his likeness over my desk at home - next to the framed photograph of Charles Darwin. March is fine to celebrate the legacy of Celtic culture in general and the heritage of Ireland in particular. I think, however, that St. Patrick has much to offer the world’s spiritual development and people - irrespective of race, color, or creed - can benefit from his grace and example.
New York’s troubled economy, and the recently passed state budget that resulted from it, means fewer resources for our schools. Here in Hicksville we are facing a $1.4 million net reduction (10.3 percent) in State Aid, which is the fifth highest in Nassau County.
Against this backdrop, our school board has worked hard to craft a sound, fiscally responsible school budget that carefully balances the needs of our students with the very real concerns of taxpayers. This year’s budget-to-budget increase of 2.63 percent and the careful application of reserves to offset this amount bring the levy-to-levy increase down to 3.25 percent. It is estimated that the average homeowner in Hicksville will see an increase in his/her property taxes that will equate to approximately $128 next year. Is any tax increase ideal? Certainly not. However, the district’s multi-year plan presents to the concerned taxpayers, a future in Hicksville that puts students’ needs first and recognizes that excellent public schools are integral to a vital and vibrant community.
Hicksville residents have a chance on May 17 to vote for the biggest bargain in Hicksville, in Proposition 2 for the Hicksville Gregory Museum. For approximately $3.50 per family per year we have a state chartered museum that focuses on serving the educational needs of our Hicksville school district free of charge, while serving 40 other school districts that pay. All Hicksville public, parochial and K-12 schools get “hands on” instruction in earth science, natural history and Long Island history. Free instruction is brought to the classroom if preferred. Free “internships” are offered for interested students. All Hicksville residents are welcome to visit the museum free of charge (otherwise admission to the museum would be $5 per person).
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