I am so very proud of our parks system and all we have to offer in our great county. This summer, we have an action-packed line-up. With a combination of quality entertainment and fun activities for the whole family, we look forward to seeing you out and about.
Alongside my continued dedication to creating tourism, the incredible support we have received from local business sponsors has made bringing top-notch events to our residents at no additional cost, a great reality.
This week, I would like to alert you to upcoming happenings. Pack up your lawn chair and mark your calendar, because we have some good old-fashioned entertainment in store.
It can be difficult to function in the summertime. Oppressively humid air hangs heavy, transforming Long Island into wet island. Add disease-carrying winged creatures to the mix and we’ve got a reason to pray for a winter chill.
The horror ... the horror.
Once upon a time, back when we went to camp, camps focused on athletics and the arts. Primary activities at most included hiking, sports, running around, and blowing off physical steam, with arts and crafts for quiet periods or rainy days. Alternative camps inverted the formula, specializing in arts — drama or drawing or music — with games and sports as recreational add-ons.
I just read John Owens’ article about substance abuse and the mom’s letter about a wonderful place in Florida (“It Doesn’t Have To Be An Unhappy Ending,” The Weekend, July 2-8). I am very happy for her son.
There is a faith-based program on Long Island. It is called Teen Challenge (though most of its residents are older.)
This letter is in response to your article about Airman Kosierowski which appeared in the Levittown Tribune last Friday.
On behalf of the German-American community of Long Island, I would like to present a point-of-information and correction with regards to your article.
Since WWII the American media has consistently and quite incorrectly referred to all members of the German armed forces during the Second World War as “Nazis.” Not only is this incorrect it is also unwarranted.
While June 21 is considered the official start of summer, the real fun doesn’t kick off until bottle rockets, firecrackers, roman candles, sparklers and jumping jacks are lighting the night sky on July 4th, honoring the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 238 years ago. Rarely does it rain on July 4th (we’re having a hard time remembering when it did), which makes the night that much more sweet. You can step out your door and find a fireworks celebration almost anywhere in Nassau County.
Last year, Nassau BOCES decided to close their special education preschool program at the Geneva N. Gallow School on Farmedge Road. For 20 years, up until this year, Island Trees enjoyed our relationship with the Nassau BOCES Early Childhood Center. After all, the Gallow School was occupied and used in a very positive manner: to educate children. Naturally, the district was disappointed to lose this tenant, as well as the programs and services BOCES offered to Nassau County children.
Is Kimba Woods a Judge — or a joke? Queen Kimba recently gave a convicted 60-year-old thief 39 years to pay back the $300,567 in disability pension benefits that he virtually stole by faking a Long Island Rail Road disability. It’s bad enough that she’s only asking him to pay back $700 a month; but this is on top of her recent sentencing of another LIRR fraudster to pay back the $300,000 he stole at a mere $25 a month — meaning that it would theoretically take him 982(!) years (even though, according to the Bible, Methusaleh himself only made it to 969-years-old). This “sentence” would be funny if it wasn’t so sad for society and the rule of law. I’d like to point out to Judge Woods (whom I’d like to sentence for judicial malpractice in my own Court of Common Sense) that the dictionary defines a “judge” as “someone capable of making rational and wise decisions.” These recent decisions of hers could make even the famous iron statue of Lady Justice cry tears of shame underneath her blindfold.
We, as a nation, seem to forget the millions of poor, needy and ill citizens. We pass by homeless veterans, many of us without a thought of helping them. We see runaway teenagers and we ignore them. Our leaders, so self righteous in their speeches about the American people, then with their next vote, remove millions from SNAP benefits.Representatives deny FEMA assistance to a state hit by a devastating storm, but request the same assistance from FEMA when their state is hit with a raging flood that ravages the land.
My office released a report last week that found the 2012 graduation and transfer rate at Nassau Community College (NCC) dropped to 28 percent: less than one third of NCC students finished their degrees or transferred to a four-year college. NCC went from being one of the best community colleges in New York in 2009 to one of the worst in 2012, when it ranked 31st out of 35 community colleges in New York State.
The steep decline in graduations and transfers at NCC should be of concern to every taxpayer in Nassau County and to the 23,000 students who enroll at NCC hoping to receive a quality college education at a reasonable price. NCC is funded primarily through student tuition, state aid and Nassau County taxpayer money, receiving more than $52 million from the County in 2012.
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