On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, at approximately 5:30 p.m., I reported to the Williston Park Village Hall, put on a Santa suit, met my helper-driver, Maureen Rogers, collected our assignment and planned our route to deliver presents to homes in the Village of Williston Park.
I was not the only volunteer for Operation Santa Claus. Several other men gave their time and made deliveries with their helper-drivers.
As I was getting ready to leave village hall I began reflecting on my time as Santa. To my surprise, 2009 was my 30th year. I originally began as a helper-driver under the urging of then Mayor Carl DelVecchio. I graduated to a Santa as my hair got grayer and my waist got wider.
Now that the holidays are behind us and we are into a new year, many of us make the traditional New Year’s resolutions. Instead of everyone saying they will address health issues by losing weight this year, I am suggesting a different way of addressing our health, such as our mental health. All of us, adults and students alike should make a resolution to feed our minds in a healthy fashion. Choose two evenings a week to turn off the television and read a book or play a game such as Scrabble, Battleship, or Pictionary to stimulate the mind. Enter into on-line chess or checker competitions to keep your reasoning and strategic pieces of your brains sharp. The stimulation of our brain is critical to keeping our bodies and our spirits healthy as well. So, get on the treadmill of brain building by reading a book or playing strategic games. Keep those minds fit. Happy New Year!
Thank you to all who volunteered for our Operation Santa. I know you’ve made many kids in this village very happy!
The recent snowstorm was quite a large amount of snow. We called in our DPW road crews and they worked almost 15 hours straight clearing our roadways, shoveling all village property and making our streets safe for our residents. Unfortunately many residents did not cooperate and left cars on the street and shoveled their snow back into the street. This makes our snow plow job much more difficult. It also creates a safety hazard for other drivers. As most of you realize, our snowplows pass each street a few times and continue straight down the curb line, and yes, snow gets pushed back into your driveway. We are sorry for this inconvenience, but there is no other way to plow our streets. Waiting for the plows to pass at least once or twice would be a suggestion for our residents, if possible. Village Code states that parked cars stay off the street for 18 hours after SNOW STOPS FALLING.
Thank you to our village workers who did an amazing job with a very large snowstorm. We also received many compliments on the snow plowing of our village as compared to some other surrounding neighborhoods. Thank you to our residents who helped out neighbors with shoveling. We should try to help those of our neighbors who may have difficulty shoveling.
There’s a scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) where Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase), despondent because his boss canceled everyone’s year-end bonus, celebrates as a messenger arrives at his door on Christmas Eve, carrying what appears to be a check.
Griswold quickly signs for the envelope. “What is it?” one relative asks excitedly. Before its contents are revealed, Griswold’s father-in-law, Art Smith (E.G. Marshall) offers a prediction, “A letter confirming your reservation at the nuthouse.”
If Hollywood were casting National Lampoon’s MTA Vacation (2009), state Senator Brian Foley (D-Blue Point) would portray Griswold, the guy who cannot catch a break. Senator Foley has figuratively been driven insane by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) because Foley cast a tough vote aimed at averting MTA service reductions, and the MTA announced last week it would cut services anyway.
“Tis the Season” has an entirely different meaning for victims/survivors of drunk-driving crashes.
Traditionally a time of celebration, the holidays may be exceptionally hard for families who have endured the devastating effect of a drunk-driving crash. Their coping skills may be tested and the need for additional support is crucial.
During times of crisis such as a drunk-driving crash, individuals often do not know where to turn for additional support and guidance. Mothers Against Drunk Driving Long Island (MADD LI) has many services available.
If you or someone you know is a victim of a drunk-driving crash, please contact MADD LI so that we can of assistance.
The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.
MADD LI offers a variety of services at no charge to victims of drunk-driving crashes, including literature, guidance through the legal system, peer support, court accompaniment, victim support groups, assistance with the crime victim’s compensation process and referrals to support services.
Please contact MADD LI at (631) 547-6233 or for more information visit our website at www.LongIslandMADD.org.
We wish you a safe holiday season.
Victim Advocate, MADD LI
Prior to Election Day 2009, I’d been developing this theory about the Nassau Republican committee and Newsday’s editorial board, bitter rivals for as long as I can remember.
Both institutions have since 2000 been in a death spiral, my thinking went, with the county GOP repeatedly losing county elections while also struggling with candidate recruitment and fundraising. In the meantime, Newsday’s editorial board continued to cheer endlessly for Democrats while maligning Republicans but it just wasn’t the same as the paper’s circulation figures and advertising revenues plummeted.
Dear Fellow NHP Residents:
I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the residents within the New Hyde Park fire district for their vote of confidence in this year’s Fire Commissioner election, which was held on Dec. 8. My term for the next five years will be a time of great honor and privilege to serve as your Fire Commissioner. I look forward to our working together, and meeting the challenges ahead in keeping us at the forefront in fire and rescue services. I also would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the many volunteers, neighbors, friends and fellow firefighters who gave their tremendous assistance and continuous encouragement in support of my campaign. Most especially to my immediate family, for the endless effort they made on my behalf. Again, I thank you all. During this festive time of year, I wish for each and every one in the New Hyde Park community to also have a joyful holiday season and a happy 2010 year.
Fire Commissioner Elect,
New Hyde Park Fire Department,
Response Does Not Justify Vote
(The following letter was sent to U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy and to this paper for publication)
Thank you for your letter explaining your position concerning H. R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act. Unfortunately your response does not justify your vote in the affirmative.
You claim that 45 million people are uninsured. That is the same figure President Obama cited before he adjusted that number to the mid 30s. So you are either using faulty data or you are including 12 million illegal aliens in your calculations. Either way, your argument is flawed.
For over five years the New Hyde Park residents, individually and through the local civic associations, have been requesting a street sweeping schedule from the Town of North Hempstead. The requests have been made by letter, email and in person at town board meetings – all to no avail. Recently, during the past election season it appeared that a schedule would finally be set up.
I recently went on the town’s website to look at the schedule. I could not find it so I sent an email stating that it was not on the website. The response I got was: “If you wish to request street sweeping please call the Call-Center. A service request will be submitted to the highway department on your behalf. Please feel free to call the town 311 Call Center at 869-6311 or 311 from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for future assistance.”
However, this message appears to be for a one-time special cleaning.
I have known Irene Parrino for more than 10 years now. She has shown remarkable dedication and caring for her community. Not only has she dedicated her life to servicing the public as a water commissioner, she also provides volunteer services as current and active president of the Albertson Square Civic Association.
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