Last week, the New York Institute of Technology hosted three events in which Paul Burrell, who was the butler to Princess Diana, was the guest of honor. I attended one of these events, and was eager to do so as I have always found Diana to be a fascinating historical figure. Despite her fame and fortune, she gave of herself to help others who were suffering. She was an individual who was truly working to change the world for the better and tragically, she was taken from us much too soon. During his presentation, Burrell spoke of this.
“It’s better to give than to receive because when you give there are no strings attached,” Burrell recalls Diana saying.
With this edition, we are assuming the role of editors of The Illustrated News. It is quite exciting because the region that the Illustrated News reports on is a wonderful area. New Hyde Park, Williston Park, East Williston, and Albertson are all charming villages with terrific community-minded people and excellent schools. Yet it is also challenging, because we know how highly regarded our predecessor, Maggi Whitely, was in these communities. Maggi was a fixture at school board meetings, village board meetings and community events. Over her many years of service she earned your respect and your trust and we hope to do the same. We wish Maggi well in all of her future endeavors.
This past Tuesday, on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, I attended two separate memorial services representing Williston Park. Both were emotional affairs as that horrible day of 11 years ago, and the effects of that event were discussed by all the prominent speakers present. The first was held in a serene setting at Clark Gardens hosted by the Town of North Hempstead, at 8:30 a.m. The early morning weather conditions were eerily similar to the weather conditions of eleven years ago. The second was held at Kelleher field. Once again this was a highly emotional event attended by a number of local dignitaries, local clergy, representatives of the WPFD, American Legion, VFW, WP Auxiliary Police, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, young athletes, both male and female, and many of our residents. I’d like to use this opportunity to present my speech as given on Tuesday, September 11, 2012.
“Good evening, 9/11 related families, honored guests, dignitaries, clergy, and residents on this somber occasion of the remembrance of the eleventh anniversary of 9/11.
We had an excellent opening for the district. After a very tight Capital Projects schedule, our students reported back to school last Tuesday to beautifully renovated and sparkling buildings. We opened school with 1619 students this year. This evening, our director of Facilities, Architect and Construction Management firm are here to give you highlights of the work that has been completed and to answer any questions the board of education may have.
All of our staff received training on the Right to Know and the new Dignity for All Students Act. Parents will also be informed of the components of the law and district policy at our Back-to-School night on Sept. 20. Teachers will be working as grade level teams this year, implementing the Common Core Learning Standards in English Language Arts and mathematics. Our curriculum committees met all last year to check our district frameworks and make adjustments whenever necessary for our curriculum and materials to be in alignment with the new CCLS.
Now that all the children are back in school and the busses are buzzing up and down every street, please take the time to drive carefully.
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.
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