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Letter: Levittown Kiwanis Thanks Community

Friday, 21 December 2012 00:00

Recently, dozens of Kiwanians and sponsored youth came together outside of King Kullen in Levittown to collect hundreds of food items to donate those in need this Thanksgiving. 

The Kiwanis Club of Levittown does this every year; this year, however, the response was even more incredible than previous years. Because of the generous spirit of Levittown residents, the Kiwanis Club was able to fill over 50 shopping carts of food. 


Letter: Praise For Mayor Suozzi

Friday, 14 December 2012 00:00

I am writing to you in order to sing the praises of the mayor of Glen Cove, our honorable Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi.

From the time that Hurricane Sandy made her devastating pass through our city, Mayor Suozzi went above and beyond his call of duty to keep us most informed, while providing critical information that we needed in order to weather this storm both physically and emotionally.

His daily telephone messages, filled with concern for his constituents, gave great comfort to this former mayor of Glen Cove’s granddaughter. Thank you, Mayor Suozzi.

Susan Gerhardt-Stanco


From the Desk of Dr. Charles Murphy

Friday, 14 December 2012 00:00

Unlike years and years ago, problem solving has become an important component of the New York State math curriculum. As an elementary student, I can recall my teachers assigning pages and pages of math computations, but for some reason we were always allowed to skip the two word problems at the bottom of the page. In fact, if word problems were assigned, they were designated as a “bonus work”. 


Editorial: Happy Hanukkah

Friday, 07 December 2012 00:00

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.

Happy Hanukkah.



From the desk of Dr. Charles Murphy: December 7, 2012

Written by Dr. Charles Murphy Friday, 07 December 2012 00:00

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.


From the desk of Dr. Charles Murphy: November 28, 2012

Written by Dr. Charles Murphy, Island Trees Superintendent of Schools Friday, 30 November 2012 00:00

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.


Editorial: Attack On Pearl Harbor Anniversary December 7

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 30 November 2012 00:00
This year marks the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. On Friday, Dec. 7 many will observe and remember, paying tribute to those who lost their lives, and those who survived the attacks.

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. 


Letter: LIPA Mismanagement

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 00:00

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!


Letter: AARP: Medicare And Social Security

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 00:00

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.


Editorial: Big Brothers Big Sisters Begins Gift Collection

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 16 November 2012 00:00

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.


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