On Saturday mornings, Jericho Turnpike is free of its chaotic weekday traffic and becomes temporarily an idyllic thoroughfare. However, there is one corner of Jericho that still has its upbeat cadence, the municipal parking lot across from Village Hall in New Hyde Park. The lot is adorned with white tents, and underneath, rain or shine, are treats for everyone in town.
It is a scene reminiscent of a medieval marketplace, but it is 2014 and we are standing in the middle of the New Hyde Park Farmers’ Market.
I was delighted to see the NYLCV’s (New York League of Conservation Voters) endorsement of Senator Jack Martins for State Senate. I am a resident of Roslyn Estates and recently experienced first-hand the responsiveness and dedication of the Senator on resolving a problem with a contaminated well affecting Roslyn’s water supply. It began with an email I sent directly to the Senator on behalf of our neighborhood coalition CCORE (Concerned Citizens of Roslyn Estates) expressing our concerns with the safety of our water and the proposed remediation of an air stripper to be erected adjacent to a neighbor’s property where children live. I was astounded to receive a phone call within 24 hours directly from the Senator who took the time to listen to all of our concerns and then reached out to state environmental experts to properly assess and correct the water pollution issue. Having dealt with water pollution and safety issues in prior situations in Long Island, he was able to effectively work with Assemblywoman Michele Schimel, our Mayor Jeffrey Schwartzberg and other local officials, to find a remediation effort that met the needs of our community—all within the space of a month. We were greatly satisfied with the immediacy and hard work that the Senator devoted to successfully resolving this problem, staying closely in touch with us throughout the process. Senator Martins proved to us that no issue was too small for him to pay attention to where it involved the environment and water safety. The endorsement from the NYLCV is well-deserved.
— Donna Korren
It is not often you have the opportunity to support someone in politics you think can actually make a difference. Nor is it common for a successful businessman to venture into politics with a completely independent voice and no personal agenda. Adam Haber, Democrat for New York State Senate, District 7, is such a man.
I am supporting Adam because I have witnessed his excellent performance as a member of the Roslyn Public Schools’ Board of Education and because I know his experience in the private sector gives him a unique perspective on how to jump start Nassau’s economy.
As our soldiers fight to retain our freedoms, many Americans have become disenchanted with our government leaders and do not participate in our democratic process. What a tragedy! Without our individual attention and focus, the ability to influence our direction can be easily manipulated.
For me as a woman, this is particularly true of the reprehensible lies and smear campaign being waged against our State Senator Jack Martins. Not only is he a son, husband, father to four girls, and brother to two sisters, he has supported pay equity for women, stronger protections for domestic violence victims, and legislation to protect our children—very important women’s issues.
Impatience is rampant these days, with harried drivers blaring horns to speed up traffic. The car horn was designed to alert other automobile drivers to potential hazards, i.e. swerving into oncoming traffic, drifting into the next lane.
Recently, I observed the impatient driver of a beautiful white Mercedes sedan waiting to turn onto Mineola Boulevard at a traffic light. When the light turned green, traffic proceeded slowly due to pedestrians crossing westward toward the hospital. This driver honked his horn abrasively and then barreled through the intersection once he had the chance
Perhaps the driver had been late for something. But that doesn’t mean you can speed off and be a danger to other drivers
Traffic can be a pain, use prudence. Take a bit of extra time for getting to your destination.
Some sports stories amuse me, while some anger me. Following are my musings about some recent sports section articles.
Medford’s own Marcus Stroman currently has a winning record for a Canadian team in the American League. So why didn’t the Mets sign this good young pitcher first?
I was very surprised when Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, expressed such glee over A-Rod’s drug dealer finally facing a possible prison sentence; but then I remembered that
Anthony Bosch had forced A-Rod to inject all those steroids at gunpoint. Or have I misremembered that?
Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn, ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom.
— Alfred Griswold Whitney
The week of Sept. 21-28 has been designated Banned Books Week by the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. During this time, libraries and schools around the country hold programs and readings to celebrate the “right to read.”
Think censorship and banning books are ancient history, or at least not problems we face here on Long Island? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. In fact, there are many myths and misconceptions about censorship that should be challenged. Here are four:
While perusing the new fare that is being offered in entertainment, I was prompted to reflect on morals. Where have they gone? I seem to recall growing up in the 1950s with a solid sense of right from wrong.
September always signals the start of a new school year and the beginning of the fall season. The school year and fall are always alive with color and a sense of crispness in the air.
We begin the new academic year with enthusiasm and hope that all students will succeed towards excellence. As a school community we work as a team to meet the needs of the whole child. School has certainly changed from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s with the advent of increased technology and extensive changes in curriculum offerings. Instead of just
“reading, writing, and arithmetic” we have many other responsibilities for educating students.
This week Long Islanders face another anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. As we remember the thousands of innocent lives lost — including 10 in New Hyde Park—we also face the annual barrage of talking-head tributes, academic examinations and psychological analyses.
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