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From the desk of Dr. Charles Murphy: August 17, 2012

Written by Dr. Charles Murphy, Island Trees Superintendent of Schools Friday, 17 August 2012 08:37

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.


Editorial: Panel 16E—Row 69: No Greater Honor Than To Keep A Story Alive

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 10 August 2012 00:00

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.


Editorial: The Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall Is Here

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00

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.


Letter: Trump On The Ocean Moves Forward At Jones Beach

Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00

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.”


Letter: In Defense Of Islam

Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00

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.


From the desk of Senator Kemp Hannon: July 26, 2012

Written by Senator Kemp Hannon Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00

Senator Kemp Hannon is calling on the assembly to pass his legislation to increase penalties for illegal prescription drug use.

“Today’s [July 17] announcement detailing the indictment of 48 individuals allegedly involved in a scheme to defraud New York’s Medicaid program of millions of dollars highlights the need for passage of my legislation (S. 5260-C) to increase criminal penalties for diverting prescription drugs,” said Senator Hannon. “This legislation passed the Senate unanimously two years running and has wide spread support from health care professionals and law enforcement.”


Editorial: Levittown, It’s Hot Outside

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00

No one really needs to be reminded that it’s been a sweltering past couple of days. Although the heat wave broke after Wednesday night and we’re back to enjoying some seasonally comfortable temperatures, it won’t be the last of the dangerously high heat. In fact, I giggle when I hear some people react as if it is the first heat wave to hit Long Island. We all know, it happens every summer, just as it has as long as I can recall, and will most likely always happen every summer.


Letter: For Fair And Transparent Redistricting

Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00

In response to Susan Lerner’s opinion piece in Newsday on July 3, entitled “Voters Are The Losers In Nassau Fight,” The League of Women Voters of Nassau County believes in many of the same principles Ms Lerner proposes. As a nonpartisan organization, the league has repeatedly spoken before the county legislature and to the temporary advisory redistricting commission for a fairer and more transparent process for redistricting than is currently being considered by this advisory commission.

The league believes first that the advisory commission should conduct hearings to receive input from residents about how the process should occur and suggestions on how district lines should be drawn. Then, after the commission creates proposed districts, there should be additional public hearings to discuss them. These hearings should be in all three towns and two cities in Nassau County and should occur at a variety of times (day and evening) and at multiple locations in order to accommodate as many people as possible. Equally important is that all meeting locations be handicapped-accessible.


Editorial: Slow Down And Enjoy The Transit Through Eisenhower Park

Written by Christy Hinko: Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

On many days when a news assignment calls for me to travel from the Tribune’s office in Mineola to Levittown, I take the pleasure of using Park Boulevard to pass through Eisenhower Park from Merrick Avenue to Hempstead Turnpike.

Although I have never scientifically proven that the “pass through” saves time rather than traveling down Merrick Avenue to the proper intersection at Hempstead Turnpike, I just simply enjoy it more.


Letter: CPR In Schools Bill Should Have Passed

Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

It is difficult to express my disappointment that the Assembly did not pass our CPR in Schools bill (S2491/A3980) to ensure that all students learn CPR before graduating from high school. In August of 2006, my 14-year-old daughter, Leah, went into sudden cardiac arrest while trying out for the volleyball team at Bethpage High School. Thankfully, Leah’s life was saved by her coach. However, to think that her fellow teammates could have saved her life as well after a short CPR lesson is empowering.

I am truly thankful to my representative, Senator Kemp Hannon, for sponsoring and helping champion the passage of the CPR in Schools legislation in the Senate. He is well aware how important this bill is to saving lives.


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