So we are now after the New Jersey school district budget votes and a couple of weeks away from our own New York State opportunity to vote. Thank you to the voters of New Jersey for standing up and rejecting 315 of the 537 proposals. Now we in New York don’t have to be the first. Hopefully we can send a message to the school boards that we are done with the ever-increasing school budgets and the rising taxes that are killing us.
(Editor’s note: This letter was originally read to the Levittown School Board at a recent board meeting)
Hello my name is Joe Giglio. I attend the class Sports Health and Fitness Services in Gerald Claps Career and Technical Center as an 11th-grader from MacArthur High School. People say that your junior year of high school is the hardest year of your high school years. Well those who say this don’t have the opportunity to have what I am honored to have. What I have is a teacher, Anthony Vidal, the teacher of my Sports Health and Fitness Services class. Not only is he a teacher with incredible knowledge of the subjects he is teaching me and my fellow classmates but he also has hands-on experience in the field.
The warm weather is here and summer is right around the corner, but there’s still time to plan your child’s summer activities. Fresh off a successful 2009 season of instructional clinics, the Town of Hempstead Lacrosse Academy (TOHLA) is ready to face-off for its sixth anniversary season.
More than 1,200 youngsters graduated with honors from the Town of Hempstead Lacrosse Academy last summer. Weeklong clinics at nearby town parks team top flight coaches with aspiring players to improve skill level and enhance enjoyment.
Town of Hempstead Receiver of Taxes Donald Clavin reminds residents to take advantage of the convenient payment options offered by his office as the deadline for paying the second half 2009-2010 school tax approaches. Taxpayers who prefer to make payments in person can avail themselves of satellite offices, the mobile tax office and the EZ-Pay drive-through payment window located behind the Town Receiver’s office in Hempstead. In addition, tax bills can be paid by credit card or e-check, online or via telephone. Tax payments received or postmarked by May 10 will be penalty-free.
One thing is for sure – Long Island is home to thousands of shopping options from big boxes to big malls to downtowns to strip malls. We are known to shop until we drop. During tough economic times, we all often let the best bargains determine where we shop.
Well, it is that time of year again. The April days are longer and the sun feels a little warmer on your face. Mets and Yankees fans can dream of raising an October celebratory glass and toasting their World Series victors. Young men and women are out and about shopping for tuxedos and prom dresses. Currently, your humble author is even distracted by the tip-off of the NCAA Finals. Alas, spring fever is upon us! April also brings us another important event. It’s time for the Island Trees school budget vote and board of education trustee elections. Few votes, which you cast each year, will be more important than this one. It is always best to be equipped with as many facts as possible when walking into the voting booth and pulling that lever.
I have recently had the honor of again working with the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee for the Levittown School Board. That experience caused me to question the proposed Levittown Library Budget. A cursory reading indicated a salary increase of almost $154,000 for 40 full-time and 46 part-time employees. That’s a $1,800 raise for all employees if divided equally.
With the House of Representatives passing a health care bill, we are on the path to getting some kind of national health care plan; socialized medicine, with all the attending horror stories, bureaucratic bungling, mismanagement, and corruption the Tea Party protestors fear. What avenue undertaken by government on a large scale is not utterly festooned with these things? But for the sake of future historians, let’s acknowledge that this revolution in health care is because the current system is awful. It has bankrupted families and contributed to the malpractice that kills and injures more Americans than the Vietnam War.
Many LI residents were taken by surprise by last weekend’s storm and had no plan for their pets when they evacuated. This is a wakeup call given the predictions for a more active than normal Hurricane Season. Now is the time to make family evacuation plans including your pet.
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