I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of the donors who participated in the Blood Drive I sponsored on July 17, in conjunction with the Island Trees Public Library and Long Island Blood Services. I am delighted to report that 48 pints of blood were collected from those who selflessly gave of their time to donate. This shows the great generosity of the community. These 48 pints will be able to help nearly 150 individuals. In times of shortage, which we are unfortunately experiencing, this gift of blood gives life to those in need here on Long Island.
The management and staff of the Island Trees Public Library deserve special thanks for providing the much-needed space and for all the help they gave to my staff. I give my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all who made this blood drive a great success.
Thomas McKevitt, Assembly, 17th District
The American Red Cross has launched the Team Red Cross App, which allows people to sign up to help, get an overview on basic tasks and receive notifications about Red Cross disaster volunteer opportunities in their community.
“When people see an emergency happening in their community, they often want to help but may not know how,” said John Miller, CEO, American Red Cross on Long Island. “The
Team Red Cross App provides an easy and quick way for people to sign up to help the Red Cross and support their community.”
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 lineup 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.
Regarding the article “Too Many Pit Bulls, Too Few Homes” (July 10-16 edition), I want you to be aware that we, at the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, under the care of Dr. Teresa Meekins, do free pit bull spay/neuter clinics. Call 631-728-7387, or sign up on the web at southamptonanimalshelter.com.
Susan Allen, Chairman
Southampton Animal Shelter
Many dog owners are completely unaware of the impact of not picking up after their pet. Some common misconceptions from pet owners are: It’s completely natural and leaving it on the ground to decompose is fine if it’s left where someone can’t step in it.
I prefer thinking positive thoughts. But not everyone has the same mental habits. There are some folks who just love thinking through the absolute worst-case scenarios. What if the LIE shuts down and I can’t get home? What if Long Island beaches became infested with sharks and all are closed for the summer? What if the Mets never get their act together?
Those are all pretty crazy, right?
Newsweek magazine has named Island Trees High School among the top 2,000 secondary schools in America for 2013 These selected schools have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready graduates. This year, Island Trees High School jumped from 885 to number 779. Criteria included the four-year, on-time graduation rate, the percentage of students accepted to college, Advanced Placement Tests taken per student, the average of students enrolled in at least one AP course, the average AP score and the average SAT score. Check out www.thedailybeast.com/BestHighSchools for the full list and related content.
Thanks to County Executive Mangano the “Walk Safe” program is a great idea. I have seen so many who do not know how to properly cross a main street and no doubt this will save lives.
Beyond that though Hempstead Turnpike is a New York State controlled road, yet the state will do nothing about the unsafe and incorrect timing of the cross walks. It is not possible for a reasonably active person (never mind a mother with children, a person in a wheelchair or a slower person) to cross Hempstead Tpke (clockwise around any
intersection at least in Levittown) even with properly using the crosswalk; yes, it does have a countdown timer but that is only an indication that the cars now have a green light.
Earlier this month Comptroller George Maragos mislead the public during his announcement of the county’s 2012 year-end financial results. Publicly releasing the County’s year-end fiscal results is one of the primary responsibilities of the Comptroller and typically occurs in February or early March. Every year Maragos has been in office he has delayed the release — this year pushing it to June — in effect creating his own timeline. This raises serious doubts about the County’s financial condition and represents an abdication of responsibility by the Comptroller. It is my firm belief that Maragos’ announcement of the year-end financial results is a work of fiction.
I read with great interest, and then with dismay, the letter to the editor from my friend Norman Gersman, attacking long time Great Neck resident Howard Weitzman who is a former mayor of Great Neck Estates and former County Comptroller. It is important for readers to understand that Norman was one of George Maragos’ campaign operatives in 2009 and has held a series of County jobs ever since. Also, Norman refers so glowingly to the column by Mike Barry praising and defending Comptroller Maragos’ record … without indicating that Barry is a well-known and consistent supporter of Republican officials and candidates.
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