Coats For Kids has begun in our area. This program, where new and gently used coats are donated for those in need (children and adults) and will then be cleaned at local cleaners, runs through January 2010.
A collection bin will be at Williston Park village hall, 494 Willis Avenue, Williston Park, as well as Senator Craig Johnson’s office at 151 Herricks Road, New Hyde Park. Please look through your closets and help those in need.
The next village board meeting will be on Oct. 19 at 8 p.m.. All residents are invited to attend.
The Boy Scouts will be holding their annual Flea Market on Oct. 17 at the Gazebo parking lot on Hillside Avenue and Liberty.
The New York Islanders are opening their 2009-2010 season this weekend as the team’s owner continues his ardent push for the refurbishment of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and intense development of the area adjoining the Islanders’ home arena.
Those attending the Islanders’ first home game on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. will not only see them play the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins but also get a firsthand look at a revamped roster. The team’s second home game, to be held on Monday, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. against the Los Angeles Kings, should have a lot of kids in attendance because schools are closed for Columbus Day.
Nassau County Comptroller Howard Weitzman reminds Nassau County residents that their Nassau Rx Prescription Discount card can also be used for discounts on some pet prescriptions.
“Many medicines for pets are the same as for humans,” Weitzman said. “Pet owners can fill many of their pet’s prescriptions at your local pharmacy and use their NassauRx card to receive a discount. All cardholders, whether human or animal, can save on prescription medications, at more than 90 percent of Nassau pharmacies.”
According to Dr. Robert Henrickson, DVM of the Manhasset Animal Hospital in Manhasset, drugs used by both dogs and humans include most antibiotics, cortisone creams and pills, eye medicines, some heart disease medicines, phenobarbital for seizures, theophylline for breathing problems, lasix, antifungals such as lomotil and conofite and some vitamins and minerals.
Assemblyman Tom McKevitt expressed outrage at the blatant money grab orchestrated by Governor David Paterson and his cohorts in the state Legislature. As part of the 2009-10 state budget, which McKevitt voted against, driver’s licenses and registration fees will increase dramatically.
Effective September 1, driver’s license and vehicle registration fees will increase 25 percent, which means an average class D driver’s license will go from $50 to $64.50 and registering an average weight vehicle will increase from $45 to $56. Adding insult to injury, effective April 1 of 2010 all registered vehicles will be required to get new license plates and renewed registrations forcing motorists to pay the new registration fee plus an increased $25 fee for the license plate, up from $15.
“By state mandate, every person will have to pay the fees necessary to obtain new license plates for their vehicles. In an obvious attempt to add money to the state’s shrinking coffers, anyone who wants to keep their license plate number will have to pay an additional $20. It is outright robbery,” said McKevitt.
As if things couldn’t get any worse, in the 12-county MTA region that includes Nassau there will also be a $16 supplemental fee on all driver’s licenses, bringing the cost for a standard driver’s license to $80.50. There is also a $50 supplemental fee for all vehicle registrations in addition to the 25 percent increase. Keep in mind this doesn’t include any additional county taxes and fees that might be tacked on.
“Long Island residents are leaving the region and the state in droves because they can no longer afford to live here. That’s why I am calling for the immediate repeal of such fees and for better solutions to be found to make up for declining revenues.”
I received the best news today that I want to share with everyone. Senator Craig Johnson was able to obtain a capital grant for the Town to improve and restore the Schumacher House in the amount of $500,000!
This has been a longtime goal of North Lakeville and Lakeville Estates civic associations as well as many residents of Great Neck and North Hempstead (over 10 years) and to the best of my recollection, the town said at a public meeting that they would match any grants that they received.
The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District Board of Education met this summer, for their first annual retreat, to finalize their working document of a Five Year Strategic Plan and to establish working goals for the academic year. The Board of Education working alongside of the Superintendent has committed to the following three goals, and has put into place a quarterly monitoring system to evaluate our progress toward our goals.
Please highlight the ideas in this speech that were so offensive that you decided to disrespect the President of the United States by not allowing our children to hear them. I, for one, am highly insulted and consider this a most unpatriotic action on your part. Not allowing our children to be encouraged to do well in school by our president. Unheard of! What a loss to our children and what a terrible lesson you have sent to them. You should be ashamed to call yourself an advocate of children. What exactly did you think you were protecting them from? I cannot find a single phrase here that I would not be pleased to have my children hear.
Linda Cavallaro, New Hyde Park
(Editor’s Note: New Hyde Park/Garden City Park Superintendent Robert Katulak was contacted by the Illustrated News and he explained that due to the first day of school falling on the same day of the president’s speech, and the confusion that often accompanies the first day of school, it was decided that it would be less confusing for the students to view the speech on the following Friday, Sept. 11 to coincide with the president’s wish to declare Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service.)
Eight years ago today, our country and state were the victims of a horrible terrorist attack. Let’s remember and pray for the victims and their families, some of them our neighbors, friends and loved ones. As we go about our day today, let’s never forget the sacrifices made, lives lost and pray for our troops at war. God Bless America.
The Williston Park Little League will be dedicating their 9/11 Garden this evening at Kelleher Field at 7 p.m. A donation of a piece of the North Tower will be added to the Memorial Garden. Join us at Kelleher tonight at 7 p.m. to remember 9/11. All are invited to attend.
No COLA for Seniors But Lots of Juice For Business
The trustees of the Social Security system announced that there will be no increases in monthly payments to Social Security recipients for the next two years. For a generation Social Security recipients have received annual “Cost of Living adjustments” known as “COLA.” Now millions of senior citizens, who for years silently paid into the Social Security system, and who did nothing to cause the loss of their COLA will not see any increase in their monthly checks to help cover their ever increasing living and medical expenses, loss in value of stock portfolios and their homes. Yet, at the same time the government has given billions of “bail out” dollars to prop-up mismanaged corporations and banks so they can tighten credit availability in a collapsing economic climate and award huge bonuses to employees who got them in trouble in the first place. And, at the same time members of the U.S. Congress, who voted to bail out the corporations and banks refuse to do anything about lost COLA increases or discuss why they are totally exempt from the Social Security system, receive unconscionable, full salary pensions after serving as little as one elected term and get full medical coverage. Something is seriously wrong with the economy and Congress, but just a few of the billions given to AIG, Goldman-Sacks, Bank of America, General Motors and others should have been used for COLA increases to prop-up America’s seniors.
Alan J. Reardon
As you may or may not be aware, our son, Jack, left for his heavenly journey on January 19, 2009. This has been a very painful and heart wrenching ordeal. Not a day goes by that we do not recall the wonderful memories we hold in our hearts and, while they are all wonderful memories, they are also sad because we miss him so much. Our family, friends and community have been a tremendous support.
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