The 10th-grader selected her favorite color. It was a very simple task that she and most young people have probably done countless times before. However, this time, the stakes were never higher. She was not choosing a color for a blouse, a cell phone case or curtains for her bedroom. Instead, she was selecting a pill from a menagerie of narcotics that her peers had brought to a “pharm party” – an alarming and frightening phenomenon that’s been making a comeback among teenagers throughout Long Island.
Nassau County Attorney John Ciampoli revealed at a press conference on April 26 that he asked District Attorney Kathleen Rice to investigate if all nine Democratic county legislators engaged in criminal activity. He cited the Democrats threat of refusing to vote on bond approvals if a compromise on redistricting is not reached.
The county attorney read a Dec. 15, 2011 correspondence from Democratic Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams, which was also signed by the other eight minority legislators, advising County Executive Ed Mangano that, “we cannot in good conscience consider any borrowing requests for any purpose until we arrive at a satisfactory resolution of legislative redistricting.” The county is looking to borrow up to $140 million, which requires a super majority (13 of 19) vote from the legislature.
The funeral procession will assemble near exit 49 on the Long Island Expressway at 8 a.m. on Armed Forces Day and travel to Long Island National Cemetery at 2040 Wellwood Avenue in Farmingdale, led by Patriot Guard and Legion Riders for a 9 a.m. military honors burial service.
Art entries are being sought for a first annual Art Contest and Wine for Water Wise Land Use Party on June 14 at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. The contest and party is being hosted by Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) as part of the celebration of their 35th year working to protect and improve local natural resources.
Board member Jaime Van Dyke Doran said, “The art contest and party is an innovative way to raise a little money and bring a ton of focus to local environmental activities. The money raised will help us build sustainable gardens and support educational programs. Artists from all parts of the county have been entering their work from photographs of local landscapes to paintings of local wildlife.”
Annually, the Long Island chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) holds a prestigious luncheon to honor Long Island law enforcement, including officers, attorneys and local citizens, who display an extraordinary commitment against the drunk driving plight. On March 22, for the fifth year, MADD gave several special awards, along with recognition of the outstanding dedication to DWI enforcement, prosecution and education that the law enforcement professionals have shown.
Following a bagpipe presentation by Sergeant Todd Bennett of the Southampton Town Police Department, a brief invocation was given by Bishop Robert W. Harris and generous welcomes from MADD Victim Advocate and event chairwoman Margaret Rebholz and Senior Development Officer Rori Fleshel.
The most recent Island Trees Town Hall meeting, on April 3, was in response to a growing concern from members of the community, business owners, board of education members, school administrators and staff about safety of the community and the well-being of many of the Island Trees youth. More than 65 people were in attendance, with special guest speakers from the Nassau County Police Department’s Eighth Precinct.
Island Trees Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy opened the meeting by noting the large turnout, considering the generous weather, and it being a Tuesday night. He acknowledged the apparent need for more conversation about drug use that had carried over from the previous town hall meeting on Oct. 11, which was heavily shadowed by the death of a recent 2010 Island Trees High School graduate, from an alleged drug overdose.
For the fourth year in the row local teen musicians are joining forces to bring awareness to childhood autism through a musical showcase, Rock Out Autism.
“No matter what background you are, whether you have autism or not, music is something that resonates with people,” said Rafe Tangorra, member of the band Paging Grace and co-founder of Rock Out Autism.
In a special meeting held on March 27 in the Stephen E. Karopczyc School in Levittown, the Island Trees school board adopted a budget of $57,925,136 with a 1.99 percent property tax cap levy for the 2012-13 school year.
Board President Patricia Mahon announced that 1.60 percent of the 1.99 percent total tax levy increase would be eaten up by staff step raises, leaving just 0.39 percent for additional expenditures. Step raises are owed to custodial and clerical staff, among others.
The Levittown School Board planned to adopt the budget for the 2012-13 school year at its public meeting at the Memorial Education Center on March 28, but opted to postpone it for further review of the district fund balance.
Since the district has until the third week in April to submit its final budget proposal to the state, Superintendent Dr. James Grossane and Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance Mark Flower said there’s plenty of time to review the budget to see if more fund balance can be produced.
(The following statement on the budget and candidate biographies were submitted by the Island Trees Public Library.)
The Island Trees Public Library budget vote and trustee election will take place on Tuesday, April 24 from 1 to 9 p.m. in the library’s Dolores M. Morehouse Community Room. A budget hearing will take place on Tuesday, April 10, at 8 p.m., also in the Morehouse Community Room.
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