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From the Desk of NY State Senator Jack Martins

Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00

Community Notice: Gallow Property


In March, the Island Trees School District notified the community through a mailing about the issues surrounding the closing of the Gallow Elementary School on Farmedge Road. In response to the financial concerns, we have partnered with Oxford & Simpson Realty, Inc. in the visioning and disposition of the Gallow/Karopczyc property in Levittown.  At this point, Oxford & Simpson seeks input using their “FarmedgeVision” Facebook page  


We encourage our school community and stakeholders to visit the site and share their input through the survey tool.  We hope that all of our school stakeholders have the opportunity to review the website and share their views. 


In this process, the community is the front line of input, weighing in on concepts, which then will become the catalyst for the decision-making process. If the community has any questions, please contact me and also share your thoughts on the FarmedgeVision Facebook page.


Letter: Still “A Nation At Risk”?

Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00

Thirty years ago this October, the U.S. Department of Education published its “A Nation at Risk” report wherein it described a “rising tide of mediocrity” in America’s system of public education. It prognosticated, quite accurately, that this generation would be the first in American history to be less educated than the one preceding it. It was hardly a shocker to me, somebody who, back in 1983, had just received a degree in biology and was toying with the idea of going into education notwithstanding the fact that I’ve never found schooling to be intellectually stimulating. After all, I was in all the “advanced” Regents classes in high school where intellectual curiosity was discouraged and every question answered with an obligatory and exasperated “don’t worry, that won’t be on the Regents”. The SATs were even more of an exercise in the serious pursuit of trivia.

Having assimilated data rather than been endowed with knowledge, having been trained to be a game show contestant rather than an educated person, I missed out on learning opportunities that students in less “advanced” classes were free to indulge. To this day, I’ve considered my true education to have been visiting, volunteering for, and working with, museums, libraries, historic sites, wildlife sanctuaries and preservationist societies; ravenously reading books on science, history, and philosophy; observing wildlife and entomologizing in the field; writing for newspapers and magazines. 


Letter: Why Didn’t the NY Solar Bill Pass?

Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

For the past few years, it seems like New Yorkers have been dealing with one weather-related disaster after another. We’ve seen heat waves, flooding, and you don’t need to tell New Yorkers about hurricanes and tropical storms. Unfortunately, climate scientists predict that extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy will become even more common if we don’t cut our global warming pollution.

As a New Yorker, I expect our legislators to do everything in their power to protect us from another Superstorm Sandy, but the NY senate, especially Senators Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein, failed to reach an agreement to expand clean and renewable solar power in New York. I can’t image how this common sense issue failed to pass.


Letter: Thanks Island Trees

Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of the donors who participated in the Blood Drive I sponsored on July 17, in conjunction with the Island Trees Public Library and Long Island Blood Services. I am delighted to report that 48 pints of blood were collected from those who selflessly gave of their time to donate. This shows the great generosity of the community. These 48 pints will be able to help nearly 150 individuals. In times of shortage, which we are unfortunately experiencing, this gift of blood gives life to those in need here on Long Island.


The management and staff of the Island Trees Public Library deserve special thanks for providing the much-needed space and for all the help they gave to my staff. I give my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all who made this blood drive a great success.


Thomas McKevitt, Assembly, 17th District


American Red Cross Launches New App To Recruit Volunteers

Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

The American Red Cross has launched the Team Red Cross App, which allows people to sign up to help, get an overview on basic tasks and receive notifications about Red Cross disaster volunteer opportunities in their community. 


“When people see an emergency happening in their community, they often want to help but may not know how,” said John Miller, CEO, American Red Cross on Long Island. “The

Team Red Cross App provides an easy and quick way for people to sign up to help the Red Cross and support their community.” 


From The Desk Of The Nassau County Executive

Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

Nassau’s Great Free Summer Entertainment

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 lineup of quality entertainment, and the best part is that most events are free for Nassau County residents.  


 My efforts to create tourism, coupled with the immense support from local business sponsors, makes it possible to bring top-notch events like the TD fireworks spectacular to you at no charge.  


Letter: Pit Bull Birth Control

Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

Regarding the article “Too Many Pit Bulls, Too Few Homes” (July 10-16 edition), I want you to be aware that we, at the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, under the care of Dr. Teresa Meekins, do free pit bull spay/neuter clinics. Call 631-728-7387, or sign up on the web at


Susan Allen, Chairman


Southampton Animal Shelter


Letter: Pick Up After Your Pet

Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

Many dog owners are completely unaware of the impact of not picking up after their pet. Some common misconceptions from pet owners are: It’s completely natural and leaving it on the ground to decompose is fine if it’s left where someone can’t step in it. 


From Long Island Wins

Written by Maryann Sinclair Slutsky Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

A Troubling Alternative 

I prefer thinking positive thoughts. But not everyone has the same mental habits. There are some folks who just love thinking through the absolute worst-case scenarios. What if the LIE shuts down and I can’t get home? What if Long Island beaches became infested with sharks and all are closed for the summer? What if the Mets never get their act together? 


Those are all pretty crazy, right?


Island Trees High School Named Among Top Schools

Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

Newsweek magazine has named Island Trees High School among the top 2,000 secondary schools in America for 2013 These selected schools have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready graduates. This year, Island Trees High School jumped from 885 to number 779. Criteria included the four-year, on-time graduation rate, the percentage of students accepted to college, Advanced Placement Tests taken per student, the average of students enrolled in at least one AP course, the average AP score and the average SAT score. Check out for the full list and related content.


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