The eight-day Festival of Lights, the celebration of Hanukkah, begins at sundown on Saturday, Dec. 8 and continues through Sunday, Dec. 16 this year. May the candlelights of the holiday shepherd in a better world for all mankind.
Last month I read an interesting article where doctors at the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health in England have recommended that small children (3 and under) should be barred from watching television. In fact, the writer calls for the English government to set real television limitations for children.
After all, there are many other laws that protect the health and welfare of children - why not a law regulating children’s television viewing? The article published in the prestigious British Medical Journal found that toddlers are developmentally harmed by watching television. At this early stage of development, the brain’s growth is explosive and television impedes the crucial development associated with more interactive activities.
The doctors feel children under 3 should spend more time interacting with parents – with eye-to-eye contact – rather than a television screen. By in large, most people would not need empirical medical research to understand the negative effects of television watching on child development.
Naturally, play is the most essential activity for overall child development. Parents who are able to create this type of environment for their children will be able to enrich their lives considerably.
In April, Island Trees children in grades three to eight will take the new common core assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics. At this time, our number one priority is to prepare our students with this very complex and challenging subject matter. Of course, our students will need support at home to be truly successful.
Fortunately, we possess a very supportive parent base that understands that their child’s education is their primary household concern. At this moment (November), the State Education Department (SED) has still not provided clear core curriculum guidelines for school districts.
It is every American’s obligation to remain vigilant, to remember from our nation’s history and to ensure that fateful day in history serves as a lesson to our youth. It was the notorious day, which moved America from peace to conflict, a sudden shift to paying the consequences of war. Intrepidly, not backing down, thousands fought for the flag they love.
Something has to be done about the Long Island Power Authority! We are paying some of the highest power rates in the U.S. while LIPA risks our lives, limbs and homes with poor management and antiquated equipment!
Information has recently come to my attention that the catastrophic power outage we have suffered this week is due in a great part to disorganized executives and management at LIPA, and a poorly maintained infrastructure. It is a fact that many of the poles and much of the power equipment on Long Island hasn’t been replaced since the 1920s. The 1920s!
Earlier this year, AARP launched “You’ve Earned a Say,” a national conversation about the future of Social Security and Medicare, to engage citizens in communities across the country. To date tens of thousands of New Yorkers shared their thoughts through surveys, community conversations, forums, teletown hall sessions and other activities.
Through this conversation, AARP is providing voters with balanced information about the pros and cons of Medicare and Social Security proposals that are being debated in Washington and on the campaign trail — minus the political jargon and spin.
Big Brother Big Sisters (BBBS) has started their annual ‘Holiday for Kids’ Sake holiday gift collection to benefit families in need who could use some extra assistance during the holidays. Families are given gifts for each child in the household, a holiday meal with all of the trimmings, and a box of additional groceries. Last year, BBBS helped to provide for 106 families, and 230 children.
On Tuesday, Oct. 24, at a press conference outside the newly opened Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York Islanders owner Charles Wang announced that following the end of his lease at the Nassau Coliseum on July 31, 2015, his team, the Islanders, would be moving to the Barclays Center. This came as little surprise to most Islander fans that figured the teams days in Nassau were numbered after the vote failed last year.
A little background for those who may not be familiar with this seemingly never-ending saga that finally ended. Twenty years ago the Islanders made their first attempt at getting a new or refurbished Coliseum, that attempt obviously failed and here it started.
With the passing of Hurricane Sandy and the mid-week Nor’easter storm, many routines, traditions and normal day-to-day tasks have unintentionally been overlooked, canceled and even rescheduled. This weekend, Sunday, Nov. 11, is Veterans’ Day. Many organizations, schools and municipalities are maintaining their scheduled observances.
It’s easy to forget or not take a few minutes to observe, while trying to get back to normal after displacement and disorientation. Being able to recover quickly and establish some sense of normalcy is one of the great characteristics of many veterans. The sooner we get back to some routines, the easier it will be to recover from the regional weather mess. This Sunday, if you are able, thank a veteran or even extend a gracious gesture.
Although reality TV “Housewives” draw the attention of millions, personifying the idea that money can’t buy a richness of character, the real “housewives” of Levittown demonstrate that they possess a vast wealth of character.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, one only had to drive through the streets of Levittown to see the spirit of the people…the neighbors…the community. I watched neighbors help each other clean up the debris and damage. During the height of the storm my neighbors with power offered refuge to my family in their home, as we had no power.
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