As the graduation ceremony for the class of 2009 began on Friday, June 26, the air became humid and clouds began to set in, but the students’ feelings created a stark contrast as they were excited and eager. The students, like many others, had been waiting for this moment to arrive as it demonstrated the result of their efforts throughout high school. As they proceeded out of the wooden front doors of the high school, to the music played by the Wind Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Randy Knudsen, one could easily see the enthusiasm in each student’s quick steps.
On this special day, as we, the class of 2009, graduate, we should remember the words of the Latin poet Horace. The two simple words, “carpe diem,” translated to mean seize the day, teach us that everyday is important and that we should never waste a moment of our precious lives. Over the past four years, I know many of us have learned many ways to spend our time efficiently and productively, although we have not always succeeded. I can remember one example from my sophomore year.
Nassau County Comptroller Howard Weitzman said the county ended the 2008 fiscal year with a very small surplus of $2.1 million, in spite of a collapsing national economy that forced the administration to quickly realign its spending to finish the year with a surplus. The year-end results were confirmed in the county’s 2008 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), released on June 26, which is audited by Deloitte & Touche LLP, an independent certified public accounting firm.
On a glorious day, the Village of Plandome Heights celebrated its 80th Anniversary by hoisting a new flagpole and Old Glory, a gift from the Nassau County Legislature put in place by Legislator Judi Bosworth. The ceremony began dramatically with the flashing lights of patrol cars as Sgt. Michael Hospodar, representing the Nassau County 6th Precinct Command, road up to the flagpole. Mayor Diana Merenda initiated the ceremony by noting the World War II service of resident Lawrence Kaplan, a veteran of “D-Day” who served under General Patton.
There has been a new front gate at Plandome Pond Park in Plandome Heights and the fences have been upgraded and painted. And, on June 4, a brand new sign was installed.
Partnering with Nassau County, North Hempstead unveiled a drop-off program for residents’ expired and unwanted medications.
The first such initiative in Nassau County, the program—meant to address the abuse of unwanted drugs while stopping them from entering the drinking water—was made public June 3 at a press briefing inside Manhasset Park Drugs, 290 Plandome Road just a few doors from Town Hall.
The business of garbage was discussed at the June 2 Town of North Hempstead Council meeting and the villages were given an extension in time to decide whether or not they will transport their garbage to the town or make other arrangements for solid waste disposal. A new agreement between the entities would go into effect in May 2010.
Tempers flared and good manners were left in the parking lot on June 1. The Mayor and the Trustees of the Village of Flower Hill had their hands full with residents who wanted to be heard. Despite the efforts of the officials to maintain decorum and civility, the gavel of the mayor was rapped repeatedly in an attempt to restore order.
Artificial turf, the synthetic “grass” on sports fields throughout the country, remains a “hot” issue. The pros and cons have been debated for years: Do the benefits of the fields outweigh the concerns, or vice versa? Do the fields enable more kids to enjoy much-needed exercise, despite inclement weather? Or, do they endanger the health of children or the environment? And, has a final, comprehensive, definitive study, which considers all of the factors, already been completed or is it still to be done?
The Manhasset American Legion Post 304 previously announced the theme of the parade this year “You did your job-you saved our way, Our life and freedom you preserved, We’ve thanked you less than you deserve…”
Dr. Samuel R. Bierstock. The day dawned clear with sparkling sunshine-cool and comfortable. The Memorial Day weekend began on early Saturday morning with the flagging of veteran’s graves at the Pinelawn National Cemetery. Legionnaires were joined by the Post-sponsored Boy Scouts of America Troop 97 and Cub Scout Pack 101 with their parents. Together, they placed small American flags in front of each veteran’s grave in their assigned section of the cemetery. On Sunday morning, Legionnaires and the Women’s Auxiliary attended ecumenical services at the Church of Our Saviour Lutheran Church conducted by the Reverend Ray Ormand.
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