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From Island Trees Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy

Friday, 04 September 2009 00:00

With the days growing shorter and the evenings a little cooler, this means only one thing—the start of another new school year is upon us. I wish to welcome everyone back for what I anticipate is going to be a great school year.


Letter: Educate Restaurant Consumers

Friday, 28 August 2009 00:00

The American Heart Association’s mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. One of the leading preventable causes of these diseases – the growing waistline of America! Being labeled as overweight or obese has disastrous effects on your cardiovascular health.

Heart disease and stroke remain the counties’, the states’, and unfortunately, the nation’s number one risk of death. Obesity directly results in dangerous conditions for your heart, including high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. By educating the restaurant consumer, Nassau County will empower its citizenry to make better choices and potentially encourage restaurants to reformulate offerings with healthier ingredients and more reasonable portion sizes.

Evidence abounds that menu labeling does not hurt the restaurant industry, but simply encourages consumers to make smarter decisions. Public reaction to the policy in New York City has been extremely positive, with 89 percent considering it a positive move.

On behalf of the American Heart Association, I look forward to this policy being approved by the County in September. We could all be heart-healthier because of it!

Susan Somerville, RN

Chairman, Long Island Board of Directors

American Heart Association

Nassau County Resident



From the Desk of Senator Kemp Hannon: August 28, 2009

Written by Senator Kemp Hannon Friday, 28 August 2009 00:00
Senator Notes New Ban on Texting While Driving

Senator Kemp Hannon announces adoption of legislation banning texting while driving. The New York State Senate recently passed a bill to make New York’s roads and highways safer by, among other provisions, banning the practice of texting and using other electronic devices while driving.


From the Desk of Senator Kemp Hannon: August 21, 2009

Written by Senator Kemp Hannon Friday, 21 August 2009 00:00

Managed Care Reform Continues

Recently, the governor signed into law an extensive managed care reform package.


From the Desk of Assemblyman David G. Mcdonough

Written by Assemblyman David G. Mcdonough Friday, 21 August 2009 00:00

MTA Capital Spending Plan Wrong for Nassau

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) recently released its five-year capital spending plan which lays out how the organization plans to adapt to changing needs and budgetary restrictions during the coming years. Having read the information contained in this $25.5 billion capital spending plan, I am once again confounded by the lack of forward thinking by the MTA.


Letter: Moran Deeply Saddened by Sirois’ Future Departure

Friday, 14 August 2009 00:00

I was deeply saddened when I heard of the superintendent’s resignation. I write today to let the community know what kind of superintendent he was:


Letter: Ward Does Not Speak for Levittown Board of Education

Friday, 14 August 2009 00:00

In his July 31 letter to the editor, James P. Ward, trustee of the Levittown Board of Education, does not speak for the Levittown Board of Education.


Letter: We Owe Herman Sirois a Debt of Gratitude

Friday, 07 August 2009 00:00

I read with interest and some confusion the Letter to the Editor by James P. Ward published on July 31, regarding Herman Sirois’ resignation. I’m not sure what response Mr. Ward expected from the community. Rioting and/or rejoicing in the streets?


Letter: Ward Discusses Dr. Sirois’ Resignation

Friday, 31 July 2009 00:00

“Old soldiers never die - they just fade away.” was among the concluding comments of General Douglas MacArthur, on April 19, 1951, before a packed joint session of Congress. A week earlier, on April 11, 1951, President Harry S. Truman relieved MacArthur of his command as commander of United Nations forces for the General’s insubordination and unwillingness to conduct a limited war on the Korean peninsula. 


A Nassau We Can Afford

Written by Edward P. Mangano Friday, 31 July 2009 00:00

A recent column published in this paper completely missed the point about the race for Nassau County Executive. The 2009 campaign isn’t about who can raise and spend the most money; it’s about who is best able to govern our county for the next four years.


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