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Phil-osophically Speaking

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 26 April 2013 00:00

The Money Pit

It’s the pits. I’m talking about home construction. It disrupts your life, discombobulates your home and empties your pockets. It even plays havoc with your schedule. I’m writing this on the fly, with a friend’s computer, only because for days I can’t get to my own computer that is buried under a small mountain of furniture so they could do my floors. I knew I should have invested in a laptop.


From The Desk Of Superintendent Robert Katulak

Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00

Spring is finally here and certainly welcomed after such a rough fall and winter weather season. As our schools gear up for a tougher testing season than ever, we remind our students and the community that a child’s education is more than just a snapshot in time. As a District of professional educators we are supportive of the Common Core Learning Standards and the State-wide initiative of getting our students to be career and college ready. However, by the same token, we need to pause and question the sensibility of having our 3-6 grade students sit for exams that our State Education Department has informed us, that we will see across the state a 30 percent drop in scores. As a team of educators we question one another asking, “Did our students get less smart in a year’s time or will we be asking students to answer questions on materials and skills which they have not yet been taught?”


As teachers, administrators, parents and community members we must remember that education involves the “whole child.” There is no bubble grid that places the answers for a student’s Science project, a New York State Music Association singing or instrumental performance or the problem solving ability of students to answer real life questions, such as: How can we as students personally reduce solid and liquid waste in our school cafeterias on a daily basis? 

Accountability is necessary in all walks of life and professions. Just as we would not ask a plumber to take an electrician’s test, we should only be testing our students on what they have been taught. 

More will follow, as our educational community and parents lobby our elected officials to examine this process more closely.


Smell the flowers, take a nice walk or bicycle ride and enjoy spring! Thanks for your continued support of our educational endeavors.


From The Desk Of NY State Senator Jack Martins

Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00


And Now This

So here we are again.  You may recall that when I ran for the senate nearly three years ago, I, like many of you, was angry at our government in Albany.  As a local mayor for eight years, I knew with frustrating clarity just how out-of-touch Albany had become to the plight of everyday people.  And I wasn’t alone.  Republicans and Democrats alike, young and old, were demanding change and I wanted to be a part of it.  We’d had enough of bad decisions impacting our communities, of back-room deals, of legislators spending more time in the courthouse than the statehouse.  We were done watching Nero fiddle while Rome burned. 

There was a true sense of urgency in that group that marched into Albany together three years ago, made all the more concrete by the election of a new Governor who shared our commitment.  And even if no one else could feel it, sitting in those chambers, there was a sense of hope among us. 


Phil-osophically Speaking

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00


The communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky once said that the 20th century was a dangerous place. Well, this century, at least so far, hasn’t been a sea of tranquility either. I hope by the time this is published the crisis on the Korean Peninsula will have been resolved without resorting to military action. The stakes are undoubtedly high and the consequences undoubtedly bloody and horrific if war breaks out.


My father was about to be shipped out to Korea when the armistice was signed in 1953. It has often been called the forgotten war, sandwiched between WWII and Vietnam. There is a memorial in Eisenhower Park for those who served in Korea, a fitting location since it was President Eisenhower who ended the war, which lasted 3 years and claimed the lives of least 2 million Koreans and 38,000 American servicemen.   


O’Connell To Meet Knights

Friday, 12 April 2013 00:00


New Hyde Park Knights of Columbus will meet with Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell on Wednesday, May 1, at 11 a.m. O’Connell will speak with members about a variety of services provided by the clerk’s office.  This includes maintaining property ownership records, processing and securing court records and business filings, and recording veteran discharge papers. The meeting will take place at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1000 Marcus Ave., New Hyde Park.  Area residents are encouraged to attend.



Nassau County Comptroller’s Report

Written by George Maragos Friday, 12 April 2013 00:00

Do-It-Yourself Grievance 

Homeowners who have not filed property assessment appeals in the last two years should file prior to May 1, 2013 deadline. 

Home prices fluctuate annually throughout Nassau County due to market conditions. In some cases, the price fluctuations may be uneven within the same area or amongst individual homes. The annual property re-assessment process, from the creation of the tentative roll to the end of the grievance process, is intended to deliver a final roll, which is as fair as possible, and free of errors. The grievance part of the process is intended to give homeowners the opportunity to point out and correct any errors in their individual assessment. 


Phil-osophically Speaking

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 12 April 2013 00:00

Let The People Decide

I am loth to revisit the gay marriage debate; but much like the weather it can’t be avoided. The facts of life, Margaret Thatcher once said, are conservative. In that light my view that marriage is between one man and one woman is unbanishable. It’s undoubtedly true that the rearing of children (Plato called it society’s most important task) is best achieved within the committed bond of a man and woman who gave them life.  I’ve personally experienced this and have learned of it from those who have grown up in single parent families. Where there are absent fathers children yearn not for another mother but a father. Where there are absent mothers children yearn not for another father, but a mother. Children desire love from parents of both genders.


Letter: Please Donate

Friday, 05 April 2013 00:00

The Gladiator Fund, which helps raise money for children in the community who have been affricated with a catastrophic illness, disease, disability or handicap, is seeking donations for its causes.

The fund was incorporated in the state of New York in October of 1989. It is a non-profit charitable tax-exempt 50i(c) (3) organization as prescribed by the law and has a Federal Tax identification Number and a state tax-exempt number. The Fund, through the generosity of people is now able to assist adults in the community who meet the same criteria we established for our children. Donations to: Gladiator Fund, C/o N.Y. Dirt Contracting Corp., 121 East Second St., Mineola, NY 11501

Edward Raffetto

New York Dirt Contracting Corp.


Fish Fly In Swim Meets

Friday, 05 April 2013 00:00

The Notre Dame Flying Fish recently captured second place in the Division A CYO Swimming Championships at the Aquatic Center at Eisenhower Park. The team broke eight championship meet records on its way to its finish.


Phil-osophically Speaking

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 05 April 2013 00:00

Swallowing Arsenic

Learning from the past is always a retrospective activity and since this month marks 10 years of U.S. military involvement in Iraq it is worth investigating how this encounter, beginning with a widely supported invasion, gestated into one of America’s most unpopular wars. 


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