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Editorial: Be A Dog’s Best Friend

Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00

Nassau County’s animal protection agency just launched a new website feature that offers another way to report animal cruelty, and at the same time announced cash rewards of up to $5,000 for folks who turn in abusers. Officials were joined at a press conference by Miss Harper, a rescued pup whose ears and a leg had been cut off. 

 

The Nassau SPCA has never offered rewards before, in part due to a perennial shortage of funding. But the county has seen a disturbing rise in animal cruelty, officials said, and the outrage sparked by incidents such as the death of 13 dogs in a garage fire in

February opened a floodgate of donations—some $15,000 so far.

 

Letter: Bond Questions Need Answers

Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00

Thank you to the New Hyde Park Illustrated News in providing the public with as much information/facts as possible regarding the Sewanhaka Central High School District bond proposal. There is still important information, however, that has not been made available to the voters. They need to have access to this information so that they can be aware of the financial impact the bond will have on them during the next 20 years.

 

There are three major questions that the board needs to answer:

 

The Budget Top 10

Written by State Senator Jack Martins Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00

Alas, after 21 years of keeping us in good spirits and good company with his “Late Show” humor, David Letterman announced his retirement this past week.  In his honor, I’ll share highlights from our state’s new budget in Letterman style with a “Top 10” countdown entitled: Top 10 — I mean 12 — reasons to like the new, New York State budget

 

12. This year’s budget is the fourth, consecutive, on-time budget we’ve delivered. That hasn’t happened in nearly four decades. For a little historical perspective, that’s further back than the Knicks’ last championship. (Sorry. I couldn’t help it.)

 

11. Moody’s Investors Service wasn’t so moody after all. They rated the new budget a “credit positive.”

 

Editorial: Taxes Are Us

Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00

Last week, the Nassau District Attorney made several arrests for tax evasion, with the defendants collectively owing almost $1 million. One alleged scammer seems to be a lotto junkie who doesn’t declare his winnings. Three others are charged with not reporting business income.   

 

Vocabulary Studies Are Crucial

Written by Robert Katulak Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00

Over the past three years, various research studies have been conducted across our country regarding the effect that academic vocabulary plays in a student’s comprehension and understanding of content across the disciplines. Additional studies done by researcher

Robert Marzano, involving 50 studies over the past five years, point to the fact that every school has a responsibility for selecting and teaching students specific vocabulary to help them understand content and questions on everyday teacher made and standardized tests.

 

He has provided educators with a six step strategy for us to work with our students in the acquisition of that academic vocabulary. Each of our principals continues to decide with his/her teachers how to select the vocabulary words and use Marzano’s Six Step

Strategy listed below. As an entire community let’s all build our vocabulary to enrich the conversations and learning taking place in our schools, jobs, libraries and home by following these six steps.

 

Letter: Vanishing Mailboxes In New Hyde Park

Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00

Have you gone to your local mailbox recently to mail a letter only to find it gone? I have. I went to three other known mailbox sites only to find them gone too.

I called the post office and was told they were removed because people were injured. Really? Unless they tried to climb into the mailbox, I don’t think the mailbox assaulted them.

 

From The Desk Of Senator Jack Martins

Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00

It’s The Same Old Song

Can you hear it? Listen closely and you’ll recognize the harmony of thousands of voices woefully singing, “It’s the Same Old Song” by the Four Tops. They’re parents from Buffalo to Montauk singing because the New York City-led state assembly voted to return three of the four Board of Regents members to their positions this past week. And the fourth one was only replaced because he resigned. That just about locks him in as the smartest member as far as I’m concerned, because he realized he was in over his head.

 

The Board of Regents is New York’s 17-member board that dictates education policy to school districts across the state as well as shapes procedures at universities, adult education programs and even manages the licensing of professionals like architects and dentists.

This tone-deaf crowd is also responsible for the disastrous Common Core rollout that has become the bane of parents, educators and students.  That’s why I voted ‘no’ to reappointing all the incumbent Board of Regents members who were seeking another term.

 

Road Improvement Contract Approved

Written by Michael Scro Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00

The Village of New Hyde Park board of trustees voted last week to accept a $1.45 million bid from Ridge, NY-based Laser Industries Inc. for the 2014 roadway and drainage improvement project. Laser came recommended by engineering firm Dvirka and Bartilucci.

 

The other bids received were Tri-State Paving, LLC for $1.49 million, Roadwork Ahead, Inc., for $1.56 million (used for the road plan in 2012), John McGowan & Sons, Inc. for $1.56 million and Pratt Brothers for $1.65 million.

 

According to Village Mayor Robert Lofaro, Dvirka and Bartilucci anticipated the bids to come in at around $1.7 million. Lofaro also noted a difference of slightly under $200,000 between the lowest and highest bidder, stating, “that gives us a little bit of comfort.”

 

Letter: Curriculum Is Not The Classroom

Thursday, 03 April 2014 00:00

I am certain John Owens can respond to the recent critical letter faulting is opposition to the imposition of the new core curriculum in New York State schools. I support Owens’ position. The writer assumes Owens opposes excellence because he describes the psychological factors present in every learning environment. Intelligence, and the willingness to apply it are individual endowments. They need the proper atmosphere. A teacher’s job is to provide those conditions favorable to learning. Owens’ insight in this regard is commendable. Excellence cannot be imposed, least of all by bureaucratic fiat nor corporate competition.

 

It’s The Same Old Song

Written by Senator Jack Martins Thursday, 03 April 2014 00:00

Can you hear it? Listen closely and you’ll recognize the harmony of thousands of voices woefully singing, “It’s the Same Old Song” by the Four Tops. They’re parents from Buffalo to Montauk singing because the New York City-led state assembly voted to return three of the four Board of Regents members to their positions this past week. And the fourth one was only replaced because he resigned. That just about locks him in as the smartest member as far as I’m concerned, because he realized he was in over his head.

 

The Board of Regents is New York’s 17-member board that dictates education policy to school districts across the state as well as shapes procedures at universities, adult education programs and even manages the licensing of professionals like architects and dentists.

This tone-deaf crowd is also responsible for the disastrous Common Core rollout that has become the bane of parents, educators and students.  That’s why I voted ‘no’ to reappointing all the incumbent Board of Regents members who were seeking another term.

 

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