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Editorial: Summer Reading At The Library

Written by Christy Hinko: Friday, 06 July 2012 00:00

The summer reading programs at the local libraries have kicked off and are in full swing. While registration is still available, readers can still join their respective age-appropriate program online, as the public libraries have continued the popular paperless processing from last year’s success.

Readers can join at: and then clicking through to their home library. The Levittown Public Library is hosting a program for adults this year.


Letter: J. Fred Sparke Elementary School: An Example of Excellence

Friday, 29 June 2012 00:00

I’ve made no stranger of my righteous indignation with respect to America’s system of public education; that the opportunities denied our young people are named legion for they are many and constitute a violation of human rights as extensive as that of any despotic regime.


From the Desk of The Nassau County Executive: June 28, 2012

Written by Edward P. Mangano Friday, 29 June 2012 00:00

Upcoming Summer Events In Nassau County (June 29 – July 8)

I am so very proud of our parks system and all we have to offer in our great county. This summer we have an action-packed line-up of quality entertainment and the best part is that most events are free for Nassau County residents.

My efforts to create tourism, coupled with the immense support from local business sponsors, makes it possible to bring top notch events like the TD fireworks spectacular to you at no charge.


Editorial: Volunteers Needed For Annual Lazy Days

Written by Christy Hinko: Friday, 22 June 2012 00:00

This year marks the 15th annual Levittown Lazy Days of Summer Picnic hosted by the Levittown Community Council (LCC). The LCC works diligently throughout the year to plan and prepare this event. The organization seeks volunteers and sponsors to be able to pull this exciting event off, making it a truly memorable summertime experience for the community.

Volunteers are needed to help setup, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and also to help run many of the activities scheduled throughout the day, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festivities will be held again at the East Village Green on Jerusalem Avenue on Saturday, July 7. Some of the events include relay races, sand art, bubble table, tattoos, face painting.


Letter: Red Cross: Be Prepared For Hurricane Season

Friday, 22 June 2012 00:00

While experts have predicted a near-normal hurricane season, it’s important to remember that normal means the possibility of 9-15 named storms. After Hurricane Irene last August, I don’t need to remind Long Islanders that it only takes one storm to force evacuations, damage homes, and leave nearly a half-million homes in the dark—many for days. And to think, Irene was downgraded to tropical storm when it made landfall here.

In preparation for Irene, the American Red Cross opened shelters from North Carolina to Maine—including 31 of them on Long Island. When the storm passed, Red Cross volunteers provided food, water and other emergency supplies to those affected.


Editorial: Marine Corps Sergeant Majors Cup Competition June 16

Written by Christy Hinko: Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00

Marines and potential recruits, “poolees,” will fill Zach’s Bay at Jones Beach on Saturday, June 16 for the annual Sergeant Majors Cup competition. More than 600 marines, from more than 14 New York State recruiting stations, will participate in the competition held each year for all Marine Corps candidates waiting to deploy to boot camp.

The event is a physical competition, giving candidates a preview of some of the grueling demands of boot camp once they arrive at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, SC.


From the desk of Senator Kemp Hannon: June 14, 2012

Written by Senator Kemp Hannon Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00

“Every new job created helps our state’s economy,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). “Job creation helps strengthen communities and neighborhoods, and helps families improve their quality of life.”

Hannon supports legislation to implement the “2012 New Jobs-NY” Job Creation Plan, which will help to create thousands of new private sector jobs by delivering tax relief to small businesses and manufacturers, reducing energy costs, and enacting major fiscal reforms to make New York State more economically competitive.


Editorial: 144th Running Of The Belmont Stakes

Written by Christy Hinko: Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00

This weekend marks the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes, the third jewel of the Triple Crown in horse racing, and it’s held right here on Long Island, about one of the only times when the worldwide sporting news spotlight shines bright on Nassau County.

I am not discouraging off-track betting establishments, but this particular event is right here in our backyard and has the potential to make world history again this year when “I’ll Have Another,” the three-year-old colt, jockeyed by Mario Gutierrez, attempts to become the 12th horse in history to secure the Triple Crown victory and a purse of $1 million. This hasn’t happened since 1978, when “Affirmed” won all three jewels of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes.


Letter: Distressed By Actions Of Legislature’s Presiding Officer

Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00

The League of Women Voters of Nassau County is a non-partisan organization, which encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government.

We are greatly distressed by the actions of the presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature on Monday, May 21, regarding the hearing and sub-sequent unexpected vote on Proposed Local Law No. 2012, “a local law authorizing the County Executive to take any and all actions he deems necessary to create forty-million-dollars saving for the County.”


Letter: Planned Parenthood Committed To Providing Women’s Health Services

Friday, 01 June 2012 00:00

Doctors and public health experts agree that birth control is a basic and essential component of women’s preventive health care. Following the medical community’s recommendation, the Obama administration mandated that employers provide health insurance, including birth control, for its employees. An exception for religious organizations was made, exempting them from providing birth control coverage, subsidizing the cost of birth control, or referring for birth control. Employees of these organizations were ensured access by requiring the employer’s health plan to provide birth control coverage directly to these women free-of-charge.


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