As a long-time resident of the Manor Oaks School District, I would like to address the issue of the condition of the flagpole in front of the school.
Both my children attended Manor Oaks School and each morning I watched as George Keenan raised the flag with pride. I shudder to see it now. The pole is badly rusted and weather-beaten. I’m ashamed to think of our flag flying on a pole that is in such a disgraceful condition.
There is still one more weekend to see the classical musical Annie produced by The Herricks Community Players on stage at the Herricks Community Theatre, 999 Herricks Road, New Hyde Park. The Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 19 performances are at 8 p. m. and the Sunday, May 20 performance is at 3 p.m.
Hold on to your hats. I’m going to do something I rarely do and for which I may not have another opportunity for a long time: compliment the MTA, and in particular thank the Long Island Railroad.
Usually when I write about them, it’s to bring to light some egregiously wasteful practice or poor decision that further burdens taxpayers or riders. To be sure, there’s still plenty of that devil-may-care attitude there to fuel columns well into the next decade but by the same token, it’s only fair that I point out when the MTA makes progress.
The residents of the Herricks School District are fortunate to have two bright, articulate individuals running for the open school board positions. Nancy Feinstein and Brian Hassan have both decided to seek these positions this election year. They will be replacing two dedicated, effective Board members, Richard Buckley and Peter Grisafi, both of whom choose not to seek re-election.
Nancy and Brian have been actively involved in the Herricks school district for a number of years and should bring a fresh perspective to the current board. Both are fully aware of the challenges facing the district at this time. Living within the 2% tax cap while maintaining an exceptional educational system will be extremely difficult.
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.
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