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Editorial: Wasted And Wanting

There is more than one way to make the news. 

 

Last weekend, a couple dozen high schools from Nassau County, including students from Island Trees, went to Hofstra University to demonstrate their prowess at building robots in the 15th annual Long Island Regional First Robotics Competition. The teams have been working since early January, when they first got their assignment and parts kits from FIRST headquarters. 

 

These are impressive students, who find joy—or at least satisfaction—in the putting knowledge to practical use. These students are building bright futures for themselves. They are the students who will build the future for all of us. 

 

Contrast that group the students using technology to flaunt their drunken stupidity on the Twitter account @LIPartyStories, which was suspended last week. Although one of the creators told The Daily News that it was designed to be “a good laugh,” the feed was rife with photos of people drinking, drunk, vomiting or passed out. Most of the individuals appear too young to drink, yet old enough to know better. These students are not building bright futures, either for themselves or the world. 

 

Our teens are extraordinarily privileged compared to most of the world. They have better schools, better nutrition, better conditions—overall better opportunities—than the vast majority of the kids on the planet. The question is, will they use their power for good? Or waste it getting wasted? 


News

The smell of pine, wood and scented candles greet customers with a sense of home as they cross the wooden threshold to the Amish Craft Barn in Seaford. There they will find dolls, birdhouses, quilts, ceramic turkeys, hand-painted Christmas trees, oak furniture and other seasonal and holiday tchotchkes.

 

Massapequa natives Frank and Pam Hoerauf started The Amish Craft Barn & Gift Shoppe 20 years ago after an inspiring visit to Pennsylvania.

Holidays increase daily congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

The Island Trees Cross Country teams continue their improvement in 2014. This year the girls’ team has a record of 8-2 and with their victories over Clarke and Wheatley High Schools, they clinched the Division Championship for the first time in Island Trees High School history.

 

The girls are led by senior Captain Angela Brocco who has been rewriting the girl’s record boards. Brocco set the school record for the Warwick Valley 5000 meter course on Sept. 20. 

This season the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team at Division Avenue has the rare ability to fill every position on the field with a member of the senior class. All 11 seniors have made contributions to the success of this year’s squad.


Calendar

Turkey Cookie - November 21

Lost Nights - November 22

Town of Hempstead Meeting - November 25


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