Be sure to remember your mother on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13. Don’t forget, there is no one quite like mom and you appreciate her even more when she is no longer here. So while she is, send a card, send flowers or call her just to let her know how very much you appreciate all that she has done for you throughout the years.
We salute the members of Town Village Aircraft Safety and Noise Abatement Committee (TVASNAC) for their dedication and commitment in helping to keep in check, as much as possible, the airplane noise in and around the villages of the Town of North Hempstead.
I’m really not into this year’s presidential election. In fact, I haven’t been excited about any presidential election since the first one that I was old enough to vote in – and it’s not because the candidate I voted for that year lost. It’s not because I dislike the candidates. It’s not because I’m unpatriotic, or complacent or non-appreciative of what a privilege it is to vote. My grandfather, a veteran, was always the first person in line when the polls opened on Election Day, and while I don’t get up that early, I have honored his memory by making it to the voting booth on every Election Day since I turned 18 and will continue to do so because it is my right and my duty to do so.
Food allergies among students are on the rise in our schools. Each year there are more and more children diagnosed with some sort of food allergy. Are our children safe in school? Does the school truly recognize and take these food allergies seriously? Policies are nice, but are they being looked at, or even enforced? Everyone seems to know someone with a child with food allergies, and yet, teachers (with allergic students) are eating nuts while class is in session. Who will protect our children? Changes must be made throughout the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School system.
Recently, I attended the Roslyn Country Club Civic Association meeting and at that meeting North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Councilman Dwyer gave a presentation regarding the purchase of the Roslyn Country Club (RCC) property by the town.
Dwyer stated that the board was one to two weeks away from signing a contract to purchase the property. The plans call for a heated pool, hot tubs and all-season tennis courts. They stated that they wanted to provide high-end features to support the approximately membership cost of $1,000. The plan is to have approximately 800 to 1,000 families as members.
We are approaching another election of school board trustees and vote on the school budget.
The Herricks Community Coalition has worked diligently over the years to foster and celebrate ethnic and religious diversity to help promote harmony in our community. We also believe that freedom of speech is an important basic right guaranteed by our Constitution to enable each individual in our country to express his or her thoughts and opinions.
It started out simple enough. Since taking office I’ve had a small but steady stream of constituents who seek help with various mortgage and foreclosure problems. I regularly connect them to appropriate state agencies and having heard back about a number of successful resolutions, I decided to host a local seminar for anyone experiencing similar issues. I invited the New York Attorney General’s (AG’s) Office, the State’s Department of Financial Services, and even some of the larger lenders.
I thought booking a large meeting room at the Elmont library was overkill as we had only 25 constituents RSVP, but when I arrived that Saturday morning my jaw dropped. More than 420 people were waiting. Entire families were there, lined up against the walls, waiting in the hall, some even sitting on the floor between rows of chairs. My stomach sank as I looked into what I could see were desperate faces.
If the multi-colored Skittles were a clever planted prop, I’d have to say the all natural Snapple was a masterful addition. And even if the hooded sweatshirt was pure white and angelic like snow, it would have done very little to mask those eyes; yes, those deep menancing eyes, which were only a shade lighter than his dark intimidating skin. The eyes peering from that oversized hood betrayed any facade of innocence, possibly afforded by youth.
As a Town of North Hempstead councilwoman, I am writing to you on behalf of the many constituents and groups, who over the past few months, have contacted me regarding the increased aircraft traffic and noise. In addition, they have also notified our 311 call center about aircraft flying at very low altitudes more frequently, often over hospitals, schools, as well as residences.
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