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.
Two years ago, The Wall Street Journal and Cambria Consulting conducted research to find the colleges that job recruiters favored most. In fact, they surveyed the nation’s top companies seeking their input for the best, brightest and most highly skilled students – the universities where students have shown the greatest potential for future success.
Naturally, with parents and students investing tens of thousands of dollars for a college education, future employment opportunities should be considered before applying to any school. Clearly, this information would benefit both parents and students since the job market is so competitive right now. Undoubtedly, most parents would want their children to attend schools where their skills are coveted by Fortune 500 companies.
Recently, information released by Northeastern University reports that 51 percent of college graduates from 2011 are either “un” or “under” employed. Just imagine spending four years working toward the ultimate goal of entering the nation’s workforce to discover there are few opportunities in your field. Clearly, the Great Recession has impacted our best and brightest students.
With the cost of college at a record high, many people are asking if higher education is worth the cost. After all, the pursuit of a college diploma has left many students with mortgage-like debt.
My name is Patricia Block. I teach sixth and seventh grade students at Salk Middle School in Levittown. I’d like to share a lesson I did with my colleague, Mrs. Clingen, that stood out to me as brilliant demonstration of teachers working closely with students to help them succeed in the classroom. I think it is important to share some insight into one class through one experiment that takes part within a full day of learning so many different things.
This lesson was an experiment entitled, “M&Ms Melt in Your Mouth, Not in Your Hand and Here’s Why....”.
This weekend, I chaperoned a Girl Scout Troop to see Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns tour at Old Westbury Gardens where more than 5,000 carved pumpkins returned to Long Island for its annual display; the carving talents are unreal. The girls were most impressed with the commercial character carvings such as Angry Birds and the Disney princesses. The fathers who chaperoned were attracted to the sports team carvings, although everyone was in amazement at the “tribute” pumpkins, carved to honor the greats like Neil Armstrong, Lewis Carroll, Albert Einstein, and Whitney Houston. Others adored the scenic carvings like Coney Island, Statue of Liberty, the Montauk Lighthouse, and the Brooklyn Bridge.
I am pleased to announce that New York Farm Bureau has recently named Assemblyman David McDonough to our annual “Circle of Friends” list. This legislative award is granted based upon his record of legislative support for New York agriculture and the Farm Bureau. New York Farm Bureau is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse elected officials or political candidates.
Assemblyman McDonough joins a number of other legislators in the Senate and Assembly that have a superior voting record on issues and have shown strong support for New York farming during the 2012 state legislative session. Each member of the Farm Bureau “Circle of Friends” has demonstrated an understanding of the important issues impacting farmers and the considerable impact the industry has on our economy and quality of life.
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