VFW’s congressional charter was signed in 1936, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt when the military consisted only of men. The VFW is asking members of the House and Senate to support passage of legislation that will update its congressional charted. H.R. 5441 and S. 2782 will make two small, but significant changes in the wording of the charter- replacing the word “men” with “veterans” and the word “widows” with “surviving spouses”.
VFW National Commander John W. Stroud said, “We’re changing it because being an eligible veteran is what’s important to our great organization, not one’s gender, and changing widows to surviving spouses is more representative of today’s military as of Dec. 1.
West Africa has an Ebola outbreak. It has become global. Hysteria abounds. It is not theirs alone. It is now humanity’s outbreak which has no borders. However, in fact, everything in the world today transcends borders: from the Internet to capitalism to climate change to wars.
Currently, the New York State Department of Education is working on reviewing and refining the 21st Century Science Standards. The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District has always believed that the true way for students to learn and understand the scientific method is by “doing science.”
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, it was hard to avoid the story of Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old Portland woman who ended her own life under Oregon’s “Death with Dignity Act.”
Maynard quickly became the face of the hot-button topic when her stage four diagnosis of glioblastoma (a type of brain tumor) became public and announced that she was an advocate for the right to die.
I read the article [“Nassau Axing Grand Old Trees”, Oct. 1-7] and I think pretty much everyone is missing something here. If you look where the “X”s are, they form a nice line from the Long Island Expressway to the entrance of the warehouse and distribution center over by Grumman. Personally, I think Mangano is just making it easier for the double trailer trucks to barrel up and down South Oyster Bay Road. If he or anyone really cared about us, he might try paving the road which the trucks have torn up.
Michael Miller wrote a piece in last week’s edition that was viciously anti-Christopher Columbus. It would have made his intelligent and sophisticated cocktail party, too-smart-to-like Columbus types proud. Michael even pointed out in the column that after Columbus landed in the New World, that “millions died.”
Recently, a friend of mine told me about the trees that are designated for demolition along South Oyster Bay Road. The removal of these 180-plus trees, spans the distance between Syosset and Bethpage. A debate surrounds this issue, with residents on one side and county officials on the other. Those in favor of the demotion state that the trees, which are at least 40 years old, have uprooted sidewalks along South Oyster Bay Road. This poses a serious safety concern for those who walk there. Those opposed have stated that trees lend a charm and beauty to the area; they have also argued that trees help the ecosystem, as well as offer shade from the heat. As anyone who has driven along the roadway knows, rush hour traffic can be hampered by the angle of the sun at that time.
I have known Bonnie Parente as a neighbor for over 10 years and have had the honor of serving on the Board of Trustees for the Village of East Williston for almost 4 years. As the Deputy Mayor, Bonnie has always listened to residents concerns and situations and then discussed with the Board various ways to find a fair and equitable solution. We need an independent thinker in North Hempstead, who is not afraid to confront and challenge adversity. She has strong organizational skills and is a leader, not a follower.
Now that we are in full back to school mode for the past couple of months I would to express my admiration and gratitude to our wonderful community. First, to our wonderful New Hyde Park Fire Department, which I had called for help back in June when my wife accidentally cut her hand with a knife while preparing dinner. She had sliced the radial artery, nerve and tendons, it was a horrific scene and the fire department had arrived within 60 seconds of my call. They were professional, courteous and very knowledgeable for what had to be done. These volunteers should be commended for their dedication and goodwill to assist our community. They will always have my application and gratitude for their selfless service, so if you ever see them racing in their own vehicle with that blue light flashing, please give the respect they deserve and give the right of way, because someone is in need of their help.
As the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, memories of the destruction produced by the storm still haunts most Long Islanders.
I have lived in Massapequa since 1982. During that time, I have lived through Hurricane Gloria, blizzards, torrential rainstorms and Hurricane Irene. What happened the night of 10-29-12 was traumatic for me, my wife and daughter.
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