I have been asked several times by residents recently about what to do with worn and tattered American flags. Naturally, when a flag is flown and used enough it will become torn, faded or worn. Flying an American flag in any of these conditions is unacceptable and disrespectful. Never simply put an American flag in the garbage; the only appropriate thing to do with it is a proper disposal.
Believe it or not, there is a whole protocol, an official U.S. Flag Code to abide by for flying, using, or discarding a flag. While the U.S. has a code for the flag, it is only a guide on how to handle and use the flag. Each state has its own flag laws.
My advice to teenagers these days is straight forward: Your college diploma must be accompanied with an up-to-date passport because if you are not prepared to leave the U.S. behind and emigrate to where the jobs are located, higher education may prove to be a waste of time and money. I know too many people in their 40s and 50s who have bachelors and masters degrees, years of experience in such fields as engineering and teaching and business management, who are now unemployed and collecting food stamps and other governmental largesse that they paid taxes to support back when they were productive citizens. What’s holding them back is not lack of education, experience, or work ethic, but economic discrimination.
Economic discrimination is the elephant in the living room, nay, a dead and decomposing elephant in the living room. Its previously middle class victims won’t speak of it as there’s a social stigma affixed to being poor because hitherto the chronically unemployed type was a slacker and a troublemaker and the homeless person was the mentally ill fellow on the park bench talking to himself.
We’ve come a long way! It was only a few years ago, 2008, when Island Trees students took at total of 152 Advanced Placement (AP) exams. In 2012, we have more than doubled this amount with 342 exams. Incredibly in this same year, 2008, Island Trees students took a total of six AP exams in English.
Today this number has grown to 97. We’re very proud of the progress we have made with the AP programs. This is the program that all colleges want to see on student transcripts. Below shows how well our students performed on the 2012 exams. In fact, the results this year are stellar. This is a great testament to our students, as well as our dedicated teachers. We’re proud of their performance.
The 2012 Olympics in London have ended. Since the Olympic spirit has always been about competing, we congratulate the Long Island contingent who performed in a variety of challenging sports: Sue Bird of Syosset, Debbie Capozzi of Bayport, Brandon Escobar of Rocky Point, Amanda Clark of Shelter Island, Jamel Herring of Coram, Lisa Karcic of New Hyde Park, Erik Storck of Huntington and Maria Michita of Nesconset.
The next three weeks can either be a hindrance or a welcome arrival, depending on your child care arrangements and vacation time availability at work. As a parent, I, for one, am eagerly awaiting back-to-school for the kids.
The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 will bring many new changes to the Island Trees School Lunch Program. Although the law will help improve the nutritional quality of our school lunches over the next few years, one of the changes associated with this new act has not be welcomed with open arms.
In particular, the sub-section known as “Paid Lunch Equity” requires our school district to begin a series of annual lunch price increases based on the weighted average lunch price established by the federal government.
A very familiar name to many Levittown and Island Trees residents has crossed my path three times this week and it seemed like a good reason to make mention. It’s one that most surely cannot be forgotten, and through the efforts of many in the community, never will.
His home of record is Bethpage. Island Trees has gone to lengths to remember him, by dedicating its administrative building to him, and the whole world can find his name on the 16E panel, row 69 of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. It’s Stephen Edward Karopczyc, a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army’s Company A, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall arrived at Mitchel Athletic Complex from being on display in Mexico, NY, a town north of Syracuse, and was escorted to Eisenhower Park in East Meadow by veterans, military and county officials, builders, and dozens of motorcycle riders.
The Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall is the largest traveling replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall and is the centerpiece of the American Veterans Traveling Tribute’s (AVTT) “Cost of Freedom” tribute program.
Approximately nine months ago after years of legal obstacles, we went on a mission to revitalize Jones Beach and to go on a grass roots campaign to get Trump on the Ocean built. We are pleased to finally announce that a deal has been reached between the Trump Organization and the Parks Department to build what will be the “Jewel of Long Island.”
Lately I’ve been running into people who think the St. Thomas Malankara Orthodox Catholic Church in Levittown’s North Village Green is a mosque. I’m not sure what’s so Islamic about it: the “St. Thomas,” the “Orthodox Catholic Church” or the large cross atop the building. Yet, it’s being called “a mosque” and its being called this with a tone of disdain. I’d ignore this except for some remarks I saw on Facebook the other day about Moslem people and Islam - scatological and obscene allusions unsuitable for print in a family newspaper. I don’t use the term “bigotry” too often, but that’s what evidently exists.
I know many Moslems and have a great respect for Islam. When I think of Moslem men, I don’t think of maniacs with box-cutters hijacking planes. I think of men dedicated to family, faith, and tradition who care more about their kid’s academic performance than about cars, gadgets, and porn on cable; men whose lives are not built around worshiping professional athletes and alcohol consumption. When I think of Moslem women, I think of lady like, modestly-attired people of faith aspiring to be mothers, wives, and professionals rather than dysfunctional doxies, bimbos, and train wrecks like Paris Hilton and Britney Spears.
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