The passing of former Assemblywoman and former North Hempstead Town Supervisor May Newburger signals the end of an era.
May Newburger was able to accomplish terrific things, especially in the Town of North Hempstead. She had the foresight to envision a state-of- the-art golf course, now known as Harbor Links, and as a tribute to her the road leading to Harbor Links has been renamed May Newburger Way.
I primarily consider myself a centrist because my opinion tends to fall somewhere in between the Republican and Democratic camps, not to mention the conservative and liberal camps, whatever that even means these days. However, one motivating reason behind this classification is that I get to be miffed at everyone pretty much all the time. Are you a Republican? I disagree with you. Are you a Democrat? I disagree with you. Libertarian? Make up your mind about what you actually stand for besides generally being smug and condescending, and maybe I’ll disagree with you; it’s hard to say.
Given that being a centrist allows for pretty much equal-opportunity disgust, I’m continually surprised that this position isn’t more popular. In any event, it’s a real problem come election time: Do I vote for a major party candidate, which for someone like me will always appear to be a “lesser of the evils” scenario, or do I vote for a third-party candidate in an attempt to start moving away from the two-party system?
You always know it’s the end of the summer by two things…the chirping of the katydids or crickets, and the beginning of school. Katydids start sounding their call midway through August and of course school starts usually right after Labor Day. Good luck to all returning to school, including superintendents, principals and teachers and of course students and happy chirping to the katydids until next August.
The Business Council of the State of New York released its 2012 Voter’s Guide, which measures the commitment of state legislators to promoting fiscal reform and improving the state’s economic climate. Each legislator was scored based on his or her votes taken during the 2012 legislative session on legislative items that foster job creation.
“Senator Jack M. Martins was among the legislators that scored a 90 percent, tops among senators, for his support of legislation that would reduce state and local pension costs; control state spending while avoiding new taxes; reform labor laws that impose unnecessary costs and restrictions on employers; and promote new jobs and investments in a range of strategically important business sectors,” according to the Business Council.
Be sure to go to the New Hyde Park Cellini Lodge No. 2206 Annual Feast to be held in the parking lot of Michael J. Tully Pool, off Denton Avenue, opposite New Hyde Park Memorial High School starting on Aug. 22 and running through to Aug. 26. Included will be a magnificent International Food Court, Las Vegas Games of Change, a glorious fireworks show Saturday night, Aug. 25, Sunday, Aug. 26 if it rains, and music by the best dance bands on the island. Plus, the best Zeppoles on Long Island. Admission is $1 and children under 8 years old, free. Featuring new vendors and new rides. Hours for the fair are Friday from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday from 3 to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 3 to 10 p.m. On Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. is Community Appreciation Day, which means free admission, and pasta is one-price.
A bill (S4494) sponsored by Senator Jack M. Martins that would increase penalties for the fraudulent packaging, sale or certification of Kosher food has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The legislation came about in response to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Kosher food inspection unit being cut as part of the 2010-11 fiscal year state budget. With a lack of food inspectors, increasing fines will deter some companies that may be inclined to fraudulently market Kosher food products.
Everyone in New Hyde Park is bursting with pride as the New Hyde Park Little League Girls Team travels to Portland, Org. to compete in the Eastern Region of The Little League World Series. The games will begin on Aug. 9 and continue through Aug. 15. All the support has been appreciated and has given these young girls tremendous inspiration. If you would still like to make a donation to defray the tremendous cost of this trip, you may do so by mailing a check (payable to NHPLL) to: 1420 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park, 11040, or you could use the Paypal link to make your donation online.
With the London 2012 Olympics in full swing, so many of the events are very exciting, especially the swimming and it was extremely disappointing not to see Michael Phelps receive yet another gold medal.
However, on Saturday the USA girls basketball team vs. Croatia was so much fun because a New Hyde Park resident, Lisa Karcic, was on that Croatia team. They were not supposed to be challengers in any sense of the word, but did a fine job of holding their own in the first half and part of the second before they gave way to the very excellent United States team.
Tragedy again strikes Colorado, this time in Aurora, in a movie theater. I just can’t imagine sending, or taking a son or daughter to see an innocent midnight screening of the new Batman movie never to have them return or to have them be so seriously injured because of a seemingly deranged gunman. How completely unimaginable is that? We can only offer our thoughts and prayers to all the victims at this time of sadness, grief and shock.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Williston Park Fire Department for hosting their Annual 4th of July Parade. It is my understanding that the number of parades is extremely limited throughout Nassau County. This date is extremely significant to our country’s history and I believe that it is important to recognize this date with this tradition of a parade. Thanks to our Auxiliary Police for their participation in the parade, ensuring a safe event for both participants and observers. Thanks to all those who participated in this time-honored tradition.
As reported at this past week’s public meeting, I occasionally receive calls from residents about mischievous behavior taking place in various areas of the village. Most of these calls come hours and even days after these events. It is important that if a resident or a neighborhood block captain is aware of such activities a call should be made to 911 immediately.
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