On Dec. 13, 2011, volunteer firefighter Matt Weinick is running for commissioner of the Levittown Fire District. I write to ask the community to come out to help get Matt elected. As an ex-Captain of the Levittown Fire Department and a Levittown homeowner for the past 23 years I know Matt is the candidate we need in the commissioner’s office.
I have been privileged to serve alongside Matt. He exemplifies what it means to be a volunteer firefighter. Matt gives completely and selflessly to this department and the community. Immediately upon joining, he worked to make the department the best it can be. As just one example, having many years of experience as an advanced level EMT, Matt organized a class to teach our members basic medical care. This class has been so successful that all probationary members are now required to take it.
In December 2001, while I was shopping at King Kullen in Levittown, there was a man in a firefighter uniform handing out cards for the election of fire commissioner. I asked this firefighter what this position was all about. He took the time to explain to me the duties of the fire commissioner and explained to me the reason he wanted to be a fire commissioner. He explained it was a nonpaying job, he didn’t get a company car to take home and he didn’t want the position for the prestige.
He also explained how the position was an elected position by the taxpayers and not the firefighters. He wanted the job because he wanted to make sure that our town had top notch training in firematics and medical emergencies, to have the best equipment to give the people of this town without over burdening them with big tax hikes.
My wife and I moved into Levittown from Whitestone, Queens, in the fall of 1976. It seemed like it would be a fine place to plan a family, and it turned out to be exactly that. Our two daughters attended the neighborhood schools and graduated from Island Trees High School.
I recently had the opportunity to sit with Mr. Andrew Booth and listen to him explain the workings of the Levittown Fire Department. I was very impressed with his knowledge on the subject. At the same time I was very impressed by Mr. Booth’s sincere dedication to Levittown and also to our great nation.
Many years ago, I was fortunate enough to speak with William F. Buckley of National Review and television fame. During our conversation, Mr. Buckley said to me, “If you ever want to get something done, give the job to a busy man.”
I have never forgotten that advice during my 42 years as president of the Levittown Property Owners Association (LPOA), 17 years as director of Nassau County Police Activities League Track and Field, my 12 years as director of Girls CYO Basketball at St. Bernard’s, or my eight years on the Board of Directors of Red Devil Football. Bill Buckley’s advice works!
Andy Booth is a fine American, a fine Levittowner, and a decent human being. I wish there were 100,000 more people like him. But none of these virtues immunize against departures from reality. It’s clear from his recent letter to the editor that he knows next to nothing about the country in which he dwells.
Suggesting that Americans are free to “find the job of their choice” is - albeit unintentionally - a slap in the face and insult to the intelligence of the hundreds of thousands of previously middle class Americans (including Levittowners) who daily deal with the toxic fallout from outsourcing, downsizing, debt, bankruptcy, unemployment, underemployment, over-qualification, food stamps, homelessness, and food pantries. All victims of our “free enterprise” system. Saying that one is free to “go to the school of their choice” seems unlikely given the parents who work two or three jobs and can still only afford to send their kids to a public school overrun with guns, gangs, and drugs and “educators” who teach hippi pop culture psychobabble instead of serious academic subjects.
At this most thankful time of year, we would like to wish the entire Island Trees community a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday. Naturally, Thanksgiving means a lot more than football, pilgrims and pumpkin pie. The holiday is centered on giving thanks for all of our blessings.
However, when it comes down to it, the holiday revolves around people – family, friends, and loved ones. It’s about all of the essential people in our lives and the blessings they give us.
The electoral process is at the core of our democratic way of government in the United States of America. From Presidential elections all the way down to local government contests, the will of the people is central to our way of life. Accordingly, I wish to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who participated in the Nov. 8 elections. I am honored to have been re-elected to another term as Hempstead Town Supervisor and I am eager to embark upon new challenges and maintain key priorities over the next two years. Thank you!
A veteran is someone who will miss his sister’s or brother’s wedding.
A veteran is someone who will miss his son or his daughter’s baseball game. Just keep this in mind, we wake up in the morning and go to work or out to play. One can go to school of their choice; one can find a job of their choice. One can do what one would like to do (almost); one can wear the clothes any way we choose. That is why we call America the greatest country.
Parents are the most powerful and needed force in educating children. They set the expectations for future success. After all, a child spends about 900 hours a year in school and 7,800 hours at home. Naturally, a parent’s job is not an easy one, especially today when we’re all pulled in a million different directions in our work and home lives. We all try to prioritize what’s important and how to manage all of these priorities, including our most important priority – our children. It’s like anything else in life – if you put a lot of time and energy into your children – the fruits of your efforts will be bountiful. If you do not, most of us know how this story ends. I’m asked over and over what parents can do to help their children succeed. Read to your children from infancy through the elementary grades. Read to them, read to them, and read to them some more. This modeling and practice will not only emphasis the importance of reading, but will enable your child’s vocabulary to grow exponentially, as well as create a tremendous foundation of knowledge. Equally important, reading to children creates a powerful parent/child bond – a connection that will provide a lifetime of memories for child and parent.
A recent article on the Internet, from November 1, 2011 (that can be found at www.tinyurl.com/lischoolscores) is a preliminary promulgation of NYSED Assessment score rankings pitting Island Trees against eight contiguous districts. These districts were not “cherry-picked.” There was no flawed methodology, skullduggery, or black magic used during this research.
There’s an old axiom; “numbers don’t lie, people do”. If you were to place IT in the center of a map, you could draw straight lines to Plainedge, Hicksville, Wantagh, Levittown, Bethpage, etc. If you were to drive from the IT business office, you could arrive at any of these eight other districts within 10 minutes.
Page 21 of 44<< Start < Prev 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Next > End >>