Admittedly, parents use many different methods to push their children for school success. In my family, my mother used storytelling to motivate me to do well in school. All it would take was one complaint - one comment - one word - about the difficultly of an assignment and…more often than I want to remember, I would be told about how mother’s father, my grandfather, had been sent away from his home in Donegal, Ireland at 11 years of age to work in coal mines in Scotland.
Years later after emigrating to America, my grandfather continued this type of mining work as a “sandhog” in the public works tunnels in New York City. Although he was able to successfully raise his family in Brooklyn, this hard dangerous work took its toll of my grandfather’s health, as well as many of his fellow tunnel diggers. In fact, his brother was crushed to death in a tunnel accident in the late ’50s.
Not surprisingly, a report from the Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce reconfirmed that higher education positively impacts salary over a lifetime. Although a college degree does not guarantee higher earnings, on average a four-year degree seems to be a major factor for income over a career. In fact, the difference between a bachelor’s degree and a high school diploma is quite significant $970,000 ($2.27 million vs. $1.30 million).
Senator Kemp Hannon has announced that federal disaster assistance is now available for homeowners, renters and small businesses in Nassau County as a result of damages incurred by Hurricane Irene.
“FEMA has moved quickly to assess the damages to Nassau County from this storm,” said Hannon. “If you are a resident or small business and you sustained any losses, call FEMA’s toll free (1-800-621-3362) number to see if you are eligible for assistance. You must register with FEMA to receive assistance.”
There was no rest for Levittown’s Volunteer Firefighters during and after Hurricane Irene’s visit to the area. Many fallen trees brought down numerous utility poles causing many small fires from the fallen power lines. Fire crews had to be careful to stay clear of the energized wires. One thing missing from this storm was flooded, stranded motorists.
The recent massacre in Norway with its “Islamophobic” undertones, no less than the approaching anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, once more breathes life into the whole “clash of civilizations” paradigm. Historical antagonisms notwithstanding, I do not believe that Islam and the West are intrinsically at odds in much the same manner as I do not believe evolutionary biology is intrinsically at odds with Christianity. (There’s nothing in paleontology and genetics, for example that contradicts anything said in the Nicene Creed). Our respective cultures, Islam and the West, are the inheritors of the civilizations of antiquity, which is why Plato and Aristotle influenced the early theologies of both Islam and Christianity. Our respective religions are based upon the revelations and worship of the same God. Our medieval periods - contrary to the popular culture’s misconception- produced exceptional scientific minds. Indeed, Ibn Sina, Al-Razi, and Al-Biruni were every bit as noteworthy as Kepler, Bacon, and Copernicus although the former are probably better known to most Moslems than the latter are to most Americans.
(Editor’s note: This is a letter in response to a donation collected by the employees of Anton Community Newspapers and delivered to the INN on Thursday, August 4 in response to their public call for baby items.)
On behalf of the individuals whom we feed and shelter at The INN, I wish to extend my gratitude to you for your generous donation of baby items.
Your donations were distributed to the guests living in The INN’s two family shelters and the guests who visit the Mary Brennan INN Soup Kitchen, who are in need of not only food and shelter, but other basic amenities including personal care items.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s attempt to sneak through a massive tax hike was overwhelmingly rejected by voters on August 1st.
Mangano and the republicans in the legislature should never have tried to sell the people of Nassau on the bad idea of raising their property taxes to build Charles Wang a new Coliseum.
What did we do before cell phones? Personally, my cell phone and Blackberry has become my lifeline to the world. Seemingly I’m always checking it for messages – phone, emails and texts. In fact, a few years ago I would have laughed at the idea that I would “text” anyone – after all, texting was for teenagers.
Surprisingly, I have found texting a highly effective way to send a quick message or contact staff members, Board trustees, parents, and of course, family and friends. I am a Blackberry addict. What did I do before cell phones?
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