Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) shared the power of mentoring with 450 guests at their 12th Annual Presidential Gala on Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The event honored Men of the Year Andrew Corrado and James Metzger.
Little Brothers George and Elijah along with Little Sister Emily shared the podium and read letters to their “Bigs” with the audience. Emily, matched for over five years with Big Sister Lori Diamond of Lynbrook wrote, “Lori, I am grateful for your presence in my life. I appreciate that you’ve given so much of your time and energy to make me a better person.” Little Brother George, who towers over Big Brother Tom Cucitro of Floral Park, also shared his gratitude. “Growing up without a father was hard until you showed up. I just can’t express how much your kindness and friendship has meant to me.”
It’s that time of the election year again when incumbents and challengers alike flock to local libraries care of the League of Women Voters to voice their views on current topics and issues surrounding the respective areas they hope to either continue to or to newly represent.
The League of Women Voters of Eastern Nassau played host to Meet the Candidates Night at the East Meadow Library last week. Incumbents and challengers from the 6th and 8th Senate Districts, 17th and 19th Assembly Districts were on hand to take questions from the audience in an effort to clarify their take on Albany, Long Island and more.
Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and the Hempstead board honored Nassau County Police Officer Michael Bjornstad of the 8th Precinct, Officers Daniel Russo and Ricky Buckshaw of the 7th Precinct, and Officers Robert Blum and Arthur Lopez of the Highway Patrol Bureau among the 10 officers from Nassau County Police Department and six officers from surrounding villages at a ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion at the Town Hall in Hempstead. Also honored at the ceremony was Nassau County PBA President James Carver.
“From solving murders and extensive undercover work to patrolling our streets, our police honorees have distinguished themselves as local heroes,” said Murray. “The town is proud to have the opportunity to recognize those who served and protect our residents.”
Cartoonist Bunny Hoest, widow of The Lockhorns creator Bill Hoest, and artist John Reiner celebrated their gallery exhibit at Memorial Gallery in Sinclair Hall on the campus of Farmingdale State College on Tuesday, Sept. 14.
The comic strip was originally named The Lockhorn’s of Levittown when it began in 1968. The cartoon follows the lives of, married couple, Leroy and Loretta Lockhorn who are always arguing. They are known for exchanging sarcastic or funny comments, most often revolving around married life.
Hoest shared stories and ideas, and also gave advice to students in attendance at the exhibit’s opening reception. She said that creating one picture with concise, straight-to-the-point quotes was harder than it looked.
On Wednesday, Sept. 15, the most recent public meeting of the Levittown School District Board of Education began on an unexpectedly sad note when a moment of silence was held for two students who recently died. Brian McNamara, a senior at Division Avenue High School, died on Saturday, Sept. 11 and Jack Perlungher, a kindergarten student at East Broadway Elementary School died on Monday, Sept. 13.
Members of the BOE as well as the district’s faculty and students were understandably emotional about the students’ passing.
This week, Nassau County Legislators and other officials have begun to look into the hard copy of the 2011 budget that was proposed last Wednesday by County Executive Edward P. Mangano, which he said was designed to deliver no property tax increases while also addressing a budget gap of over $340 million.
As the specifics are explored this week, and the debate begins to play out, his detractors remain skeptical about how realistic the plan is, relying on union concessions that might not work. Critics also accuse that the proposal simply takes costs out of the county budget that taxpayers will simply have to pay through higher school and local taxes. Finally mass transit advocates say the budget turns its back on the negotiations with the MTA that might have kept Long Island from losing bus service.
Ex-Chiefs Steve Dunn and Steve Schuman place a wreath before the monument bearing the name of Lieutenant Kevin Donnelly of Ladder Co. 3, F.D.N.Y. in front of Wantagh’s Station 2 on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 11. The placing of the wreath was in honor of Donnelly who was also a member of Wantagh Engine Co. 4. He gave his life at the World Trade Center. A second ceremony was held later Saturday evening at Station 1 for Firefighter Lee Fehling who was a member of Wantagh Ladder 1. Fehling also perished on 9/11 while assigned to Engine Co. 235, F.D.N.Y. Photo by Harry Loud
On Saturday, Sept. 11, the Seaford High School held its ninth annual Candle Lighting Ceremony to commemorate the lives lost in the 2001 attacks on the nation. Special honors were mentioned to the families of Thomas Haskell, Tomothy Haskell, John Perry, Robert Sliwak, and Michael Wittenstein. The Seaford Memorial Committee has established an annual Patriot Award and has given over $95,000 in student scholarships. The 2010 Patriot Award winners are: Stephanie Lebitz, William Kempner, Leonard DiBono, Michelle Bernshteyn and Jennifer Rodriguez.
Visit www.seaford911.org for additional information and upcoming events.
Declaring that his candidacy for the Republican Party nomination for governor was in “great shape,” former Long Island congressman Rick Lazio made another campaign stop in Nassau County last week, with a visit to the Massapequa Diner.
Although most of his conversation with the local media was about jobs and the economy, Lazio also gave some personal insight into why, after a 10-year absence, he is back in the political arena. In 2000, Lazio, then a four-term congressman from the Second Congressional District, lost a highly publicized U.S. Senate race to Hilary Clinton.
A tribute to the Battle of Britain took place over the Labor Day holiday weekend at the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport.
The American Airpower Museum hosted a World War II British Lancaster bomber (pictured), one of the few still flying.
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