Williston Park is a town where every child deserved to have grown up. Situated on Long Island, it is a relatively short distance from the hustle and bustle of the “big city” but it has the ever loving charm of small town USA. Caring neighbors, friendly shopkeepers, civic-minded citizens, dedicated politicians, countless volunteers, it is a hamlet that could be the set for many a movie about the ‘good life’ in Middle America.” Williston Park is an America where love of neighbor is not only preached but practiced”, writes Ron Baumbach in his recently published “The Last Walk on Our Block.”
Last week I had the good fortune of meeting Ron through an introduction by former Mayor Roger Fay. Ron grew up on Houston Ave. and has written of his and his siblings’ upbringing in the village. Ron and Roger met with the library staff and Library Director Donna McKenna. Donna is hopeful of scheduling an appearance by Ron at the Carl Del Vechio Memorial Library in the near future.
U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman, the top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, today issued the following statement condemning the attacks that targeted Israeli embassy staff in India and Georgia:
“I want to condemn in the strongest possible terms the attacks today on Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia. Iran is the likely culprit for these despicable acts. These acts of terror further demonstrate the absolute need to prevent the bloody-handed ayatollahs who rule Iran from acquiring the capability to produce nuclear arms. Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and it has declared with shocking regularity its commitment to Israel’s destruction. While much international attention focuses on second-guessing Israel, it is Iran, by its continued defiance of multiple specific mandates from the U.N. Security Council concerning its illicit nuclear program, that has forced responsible nations to impose crippling economic sanctions and to consider the necessity of military action to prevent Iran’s nuclear proliferation.
The New York State Board of Regents has adopted new Common Core Learning Standards and Assessments, and our district has been working as a collaborative team to make sure everyone understands the focus of these standards.
Our philosophy is that these standards are being implemented to help us as administrators and teachers to improve students’ learning. We are simultaneously examining our curriculum frameworks to align them to the new Common Core Standards and map the year’s progress with essential questions and progress monitoring tools.
If you’ll indulge me, I’d ask you to imagine a very complex flow chart, one with a jumble of miniscule numbers and overlapping arrows pointing in every direction that are nearly impossible to decipher. That’s what government bureaucracies tend to create. But in my years of public service, I happen to have gotten pretty good at analyzing these labyrinths, tracing their complexities back to their respective centers. What’s more, I can now almost always predict what you’ll find there: an overburdened taxpayer that doesn’t know what hit him.
You see, bureaucracies avoid coming right out and asking you for more money because they know it makes you angry. Now I know you’re saying, “Are you kidding, Jack? Have you seen my property tax bill?” But I can assure you that if government truly approached you, the taxpayer, directly for everything they want, your head would explode. Rather, they prefer creating ingenious new taxes and fees, pinching a bit here, squeezing a bit there and hopefully distancing taxpayers from the sting. The former Senate majority came up with an astonishing 214 of them in 2009 alone, imposing billions of dollars in new taxes and fees as we struggled through a recession. If there was a trophy for creatively fleecing people, I have no doubt it would be found sitting on their mantle.
This past weekend the village was hit with the first snow storm of 2012 (hopefully the last, but unlikely). While the amount of snowfall was approximately 21/2 inches a snow emergency was not declared.
However, sanding and plowing operations were required. Numerous vehicles were parked on streets throughout the village which hampered snow removal efforts. I remind all, that cars should be removed from the streets when snow falls to allow for street cleaning to be effective in creating safe driving conditions.
If you have a child who will be 5 years of age by December 1, 2012, or know of someone in our school district community who has a child of this age, then it is time to register the child for kindergarten. In order for us to adequately plan for the next school year, it is necessary for all children eligible for kindergarten to be registered at this time.
If you have an eligible child, please register your child at your neighborhood school. Registration forms can be obtained at the main office of each of our schools or on our website at www.nhp-gcp.org. Please have the forms completed at the time of registration.
As a (taxpaying) resident of Nassau County I am writing to let my fellow residents know that at least one of their politicians is truly their advocate and very well worthy of his position.
That person is our Nassau County Legislator, Richard Nicolello. I was in somewhat of a legal battle with Nassau County, one that was dragging on for a year and a half and seemingly had no end in sight. After one phone call to Mr. Nicolello’s office my situation was resolved.
With the first column of 2012, on behalf of the village and my family, I wish all a happy and healthy New Year and congratulations to Williston Park Library Director Donna McKenna who is expecting twins.
As was noted at the last village board meeting, Joe Camisa, a village employee for more than 16 years and an Auxiliary Police Officer, passed away last week after a short but serious illness.
At the time of his death he was the Commander of the Williston Park Auxiliary Police Unit. In this capacity Joe gave a lot of himself to the Village of Williston Park. Those who serve with the Auxiliary Police are volunteers who are working mostly nights, weekends and holidays providing an extremely valuable service to our community. Since the early ’90s, Joe was an active participant with this group and gave freely of his time and energy. He will be missed and our thoughts and prayers go to out to his wife Dorine and three children.
New Hyde Park, for those who live here know it is an incredible town of individuals who care. For the most part one needs little fanfare to realize the true spirit of community that exists in this little town that sits on the boarder of Queens.
While there are many individuals one can point to, that go the extra mile - this writer wishes to draw attention to a young man, a family, a group of committed Americans who lucky for us, live in New Hyde Park.
I first met the Connor family, Joe and Mary – the source of strength and example for their eight children many years ago. Joe, a very straight, this is the way it is individual, captured your heart after a few words of conversation. Mary, smiling, calm and unassuming, was sure of her mission – and quietly went about it. Thus - a family who were schooled in charity, gave roots to the Gladiator Fund.
While it is true that the issues related to hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” are not simple we should not be influenced by much of the misinformation that has been disseminated and we should base our decisions on the facts and develop a regulatory regime which can assure safety and environmental sensitivity.
It is ironic that natural gas development, which can reduce carbon emissions by a third compared to oil and a half compared to coal, is caught in an emotional debate over environmental impacts. As businessman and publisher Mortimer Zuckerman pointed out in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, using data from the U.S. Energy Information Agency, this abundant new gas source has reduced our oil imports from 60 percent in 2005 to 47 percent today. Recent events in the Middle East should reinforce the need for a U.S. energy policy based on domestic natural gas.
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