A nine-year Iraqi boy, Waad Baktar, who was disfigured and and maimed by a roadside bomb has a new lease on life and will be returning to Iraq this week, after four months of treatment in the states.
He was on his way home from school, with some friends, kicking cans as they walked along. The only problem was the can that Waad was kicking turned out to be an improvised explosive device, or roadside bomb. It detonated and he lost an eye, leg and arm and was severely burned.
He was saved through the combined efforts of Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh, of the Garden City Based Long Island Surgical Group and United States Congressman Gary Ackerman, who was instrumental bringing the boy to Long Island, through the efforts of the Staten Island-based Global Medical Relief Fund and Elizza Montani.
At the outset of the last New Hyde Park Village Board meeting, Mayor Daniel Petruccio turned the meeting over to village attorney John Spellman to explain the New York State mandated retirement incentive program.
Attorney Spellman said, “From time to time New York State has passed legislation authorizing an incentive bonus retirement program. The purpose of the program is to allow municipalities to encourage some of their senior and most highly paid employees to secure benefits and to move into a new phase of life thereby opening up the door to new people at lower salaries.
At the outset of the meeting Herricks School Board Trustee Richard Buckley was sworn in by Herricks Schools Superintendent Dr. John Bierwirth as school board vice-president. Buckley was previously school board president.
The Herricks School Board then voted to approve Arlene B. Crandall, of ABCD Consulting, Inc. in Medford, to work with teachers and the administration on developing and implementing the district’s RTI (Response to Intervention), The amount she will be paid is $990 per day for a total of seven days and the consulting fee will come from the stimulus funds.
It became official last week that the MTA plans to cut its funding to Long Island Bus, a move that will effectively eliminate all bus service to over 100,000 Nassau County residents who rely on it daily. A war of words between Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the MTA has now escalated to a legal battle, with the county filing suit over the controversial MTA employer payroll tax.
“I will not stand by and allow the MTA to eliminate service to the people of Nassau County,” announced Mangano. “This is the first of many steps we will take to fight the MTA on behalf of the 30 million riders who rely on bus service to get to their jobs, visit their doctors and live their lives.”
The Village of Williston Park held a marathon meeting that lasted well past 11 p.m. The first portion of the meeting was for three hearings and the second portion for the regular meeting.
The first hearing was for a special exception to build an in-ground swimming pool on Canterbury Road, Williston Park. Because the application to build the pool conformed to the code of the Village of Williston Park, it was approved in short order.
The roughly 102,000 Nassau County residents who rely on the bus daily to get where they need to be may have a serious problem if the MTA goes ahead with a proposal to eliminate the $40 million it has been funding annually to keep Long Island Bus’s service going. As the transit authority struggles to fix its own huge deficit, it has ended up at odds with Nassau County, threatening cuts for which there would be no easy solution. The county is either facing the elimination of all service or has to explore a solution such as the privatization of the system.
Lighthouses are commonly viewed as the marker for seamen to find the coast during storms, add a bit of personality to an island and to serve as a beacon of a beach.
In the case of the Lighthouse Project that has been tossed back and forth between the Town of Hempstead, Nassau County and New York Islanders owner and Lighthouse Group head Charles Wang, the storm is too strong and the beacon’s light is dwindling. No, the project’s production is not dwindling, however it’s getting a considerable makeover.
The Nassau County Department of Health announced last week that mosquitoes from seven different locations in Nassau County tested positive for West Nile virus.
The first of the samples of Culex pipiens-restuans mosquitoes was collected from a Bethpage location on June 30, testing positive for the virus.
The other samples, reported by the Health Department a few days after the initial report, were collected on July 6 in Valley Stream, July 7 in the Massapequa Preserve (from two pools) Merrick and Wantagh, and July 9 in Westbury. The test results from all the pools of mosquitoes were confirmed by the State Department of Health.
These are the first findings of WNV so far this year.
The New Hyde Park/Garden City School Board voted, at its last meeting, to reappoint Ernest Gentile as president and Joseph Bongiorno as vice president of the school board.
Prior to this appointment school board trustees Gentile, Bongiorno and Joan Romagnoli were all re-sworn into office.
At beginning of the last New Hyde Park/Garden City Park School Board meeting, president Ernest Gentile made the following statement, “During the meeting we would normally have a report from trustee Annette Giarratani, but she has been at North Shore Hospital for some time since she suffered an aneurism. She has had several surgeries, and seems to be doing a little better, but I implore you to keep her in your thoughts. I know this is a busy time, but just keep her in your thoughts.”
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