Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00
Twelve years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the tensions haven’t gone away. But the progress in resolving them hasn’t stopped, either. And it may surprise you to note that Nassau’s Muslim community is leading the way.
The Islamic Center of Long Island (ICLI) in Westbury, which was the first mosque built from the ground up on Long Island, has worked through the years to bring all Long Islanders together. A leader of those efforts has been Dr. Faroque
Khan, member of the ICLI board of trustees and a founding member.
For example, the mosque recently donated nearly 4,000 food items to the Long Island Council of Churches and Saint Brigid’s Parish pantry of Westbury. The move served to parallel the planned burning of nearly 3,000 Qur’ans by Florida’s notorious Pastor Terry Jones.
“This is something that we’ve always done,” said Dr. Khan, “so we came together on 9/11 in collaboration with the churches and synagogues and made it an event. We wanted to show the community what to do when someone insults you.”
He wasn’t alone. Among those joining him were Rabbi Menashe Bovit from the Bellerose Jewish Center, Rev. Tom Goodhue from the Council of Churches and Rev. Mark Lukens from the Long Island Interfaith Alliance.
The act of generosity was nothing new for the ICLI, with more than two decades of relationships through groups like the Interfaith Nutrition Network, the Long Island Council of Churches, and the Long Island Interfaith Alliance.
As chairman of the ICLI’s long-term planning committee, Dr. Khan has been an architect of the mosque’s growth and outreach. The retired pulmonologist and former chairman in academic medicine at Nassau County Medical Center was a founding member of the mosque, and his vision has helped give voice to and shape the Muslim community here in Nassau and on all of Long Island.
Born in 1943 in Kashmir, India, and arriving in the U.S. in 1965, Dr. Khan’s contributions are just some of the many that immigrants make here on Long Island.
“Immigration is the secret of the success of the U.S.,” said Dr. Khan. “The beauty of this country is that the best and brightest from the world come here - immigrants are the lifeblood of our country.”
Another key initiative of the ICLI is the Multi-Faith Forum, which brings together faith groups from across Long Island to build bridges in the community, speaking at events and at schools to show how diverse faiths can coexist in a civil dialogue.
“Our goal is to do good and help the community,” said Dr. Khan. “Whether it’s being nice to our neighbors, doing community work, feeding the hungry, building hospitals, or providing free healthcare we hope to do the things that society needs.”
Maryann Sinclair Slutsky is the executive director of Long Island Wins, a communications organization promoting commonsense immigration policy solutions that work for all Long Islanders.
Last Updated (Monday, 29 November 1999 19:00) Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:00
A hot topic in New York State is the controversy around the state education department and its recent policy of sharing of personal student information with third party data collection company InBloom; a topic that dominated a large portion of the Herricks School
Board of Education meeting on Thursday, Dec. 12.
The board unanimously voted at the meeting to reject InBloom, and demanded that the data of Herrick students not be transmitted to any third party provider. Superintendent of Schools John Bierwirth said that while this vote wasn’t legally binding, it represents the first step in what he hopes will become a series of sweeping changes in New York.
Last Updated (Monday, 29 November 1999 19:00) Wednesday, 18 December 2013 00:00
The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District addressed the recent defeat of the Sewanhaka Central High School District bond referendum at its board of education meeting on Monday, Dec. 9.
Board trustee David Del Santo described the situation facing the high school district as “difficult at best” and says a new plan is being developed for the spring. “Voter turnout was abysmal. It may have been bad timing, but voter apathy was a factor,” Del Santo said.
The referendum lost by a margin of 293 votes, with 5,117 total cast. The bond failed in New Hyde Park-Garden City Park, 614-347 and gained the only positive vote in Floral Park, 1,111-954. Major repairs would have been made to New Hyde Park Memorial High
School if the bond passed. These included new, synthetic athletic fields for football, soccer, and lacrosse; roof and window repairs, and parking lot repaving. Planned security and technology upgrades will also go unfunded now, according to district officials.
Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:00
Sewanhaka High School’s boys varsity basketball team has their eyes set on the playoffs and beyond this season.
Led by third-year head coach Jason Allen, this could be the year the Indians really turn the corner, after struggling last season.
“We can be a very good team this year,” said Allen. “I think we can be a playoff team. The conference is very deep, but I think we will be in the mix with the top four teams and the playoffs.”
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano presented citations to honorees at the recent Milan Senior Program.
The mission of the Milan Senior Program is to offer educational and recreational activities, to promote personal growth and socialization, to foster feelings of achievement, companionship, and well-being
that would enhance the quality of life for people 60 years of age and older. For more information on the Milan Senior Program visit http://www.herricksindous.org/Milan
• Boy Scout Troop 200 Of Williston Park meets every Monday between 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church located at Willis Ave. and Winthrop St., Williston Park. Boys 11 to 17 are welcome to join.
• Irish American Society Social Gatherings every Monday at the Irish American Center, 297 Willis Ave., Mineola, from noon to 3 p.m. In the tradition and mission of the Irish American Society, we are here to make all welcome and be part of the local community. Bring lunch. Coffee and tea will be served. Play cards, board games or just sit and socialize. A film once a month. Ladies and gents welcome. Free to all. Call Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 746-9392 or 742-8080.
• Farmer’s Markets are held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come buy local produce, breads, pickles and other goods at the municipal parking lot on Jericho Turnpike just west of New Hyde Park Road, across from Village Hall. Rain or shine until November.
• The Port Washington-New Hyde Park Marine Corp League will now hold its meeting on the second Thursday of each month at 8 p.m. in the New Hyde Park Elks Lodge at 901 Lakeville Road in New Hyde Park. All marines are welcome.
For more information, call Commander Vinny Annunziata at 516-775-0383.
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