I’m writing in response to the Oct. 28 letter regarding a traffic circle at Plandome Road and Stonytown Road. The author of the letter failed to include the issue of eminent domain. In order for a state approved traffic circle, one home would have to be removed and property purchased from three homeowners. If the County pushed for eminent domain claims, I doubt they would be granted it once it went to court, which it surely would. Perhaps an alteration of the intersection to a standard “T” formation with flashing traffic lights, (yellow and red), could be installed. After a traffic congestion study, it could be determined which light (s) would be red or yellow. No new property would be encroached by this design.
The island triangle is quaint and rustic, but due to the increased traffic and driver habits, it has become both obsolete and dangerous on today’s Long Island.
My son was never taught script at Shelter Rock Elementary School. I guess I thought this is the way of the world, no script because everyone is emailing and texting.
During the meeting Tuesday night the traffic engineer (code word for traffic light installer) made a lovely presentation; however, when residents drilled into the engineer he seemed to have more editorial than hard facts. The number of accidents seems to have increased but so has cell phone usage and texting by drivers, often driving vehicles larger than they are capable of operating. The engineer was unable to give details on which leg of the intersection had the most accidents but it seemed most were rear end collisions.
The triangle, at Plandome Road and Stoneytown Road, is unique and in many ways the signpost is the only object defining the village. The removal would be painful. This is why a roundabout or traffic circle would be acceptable.
Regarding anticipated repairs of the sidewalks in Munsey Park, I must respectfully disagree with my neighbor James P. Barrett, for the following reasons:
One. Certain sidewalks in Munsey Park are in a dangerous state of disrepair, and have been for years. They are the proverbial accidents waiting to happen, and when they do, the evitable litigation will follow. These lawsuits will consume tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees and much more in liability judgments (even if covered by insurance, premiums will go up). Following the old maxim that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, the village is correct in fixing this longstanding problem now, before it costs a great deal more.
It’s just wrong. Secret campaign cash should have no place in our American democracy. But now we are seeing huge sums of money from secret sources going into campaign advertising, much of it the negative advertising that poisons the airwaves. Special interests are spending millions and millions of dollars in this election and it threatens to drown out the voices of individual voters. And because of changes in the law, there are no disclosure requirements – even foreign government corporations could be funding these ads.
The League of Women Voters has been calling attention to secret money being spent on political advertising for months, but the U.S. Senate has refused to act to require disclosure, even after the House of Representatives passed a strong disclosure bill. Now we are seeing the largest campaign expenditures in history, even as organizations accept tens of thousands of dollars from both American and foreign corporations. Essentially, these organizations are functioning as Political Action Committees but without having to follow the laws requiring disclosure of their donors.
Last week clergy and laity representing eight local houses of worship met with representatives from the Manhasset Coalition Against Substance Abuse (CASA) and were confronted with a harsh reality: prescription drug abuse among our nation’s youth is at an all-time high, ranking just behind alcohol and marijuana abuse. As the clergy of your town, we wish to be of help.
The research is clear; parental involvement in your child’s school/community, as well as setting boundaries and monitoring behavior, are the keys to raising safe, healthy and drug-free children. Naturally actions speak louder than words, so we need to examine the kind of example we are setting. Most importantly we need to talk and listen to our children. Just as we needed to teach them to tie their shoes and ride a bicycle, we need to teach them about the dangers of substance abuse, including prescription and over the counter drugs. These conversations should start when our children are young and continue until they are adults.
I just opened up my 2010-2011 School Tax Bill and got a whopper of a surprise: a 14 percent tax increase. That goes along great with the recessionary cutbacks in my income, whether its the .05 percent interest rate the bank is paying me on my CD or the belly-laugh my boss had when I asked him for a raise.
A 14 percent increase...really? When is this craziness going to stop? We have a chance to begin the process of stopping the insanity come this Election Day by sending a message to the nuts in Albany that enough is enough. The system is dysfunctional and out of control; reforms must be started soon. I have nothing against teachers-from my experiences with my children I think Manhasset does a good job. But we as a community cannot sustain these skyrocketing taxes.
When I first moved here 15 years ago I said to my wife that the only way I was leaving our house was “feet first.” Now I’m counting down the days until my youngest graduates so I can hightail it out of Manhasset and NY...hopefully still on my feet.
Cindy Cardinal, board president and Pat Aitken, board member have been publically asking Manhasset residents to attend the board of education meetings, which are held bi-monthly at the high school. These meetings keep the public informed about issues affecting our children and provide an insight into how the bulk of our property taxes are being spent.
Many members of our community are unable to attend the board meetings for numerous reasons (i.e. long work hours, sports practices, inability to procure a baby sitter on a weeknight, etc); I propose bringing the board meetings to the community. In the era of digital recording, YouTube, pod casts and streaming video this is a relatively inexpensive and simple task.
I am currently a sophomore in Manhasset High School. I have enjoyed art since I was very young, and therefore it has become an integral part of my life and I consider it a great way to express thoughts and emotions. I came up with the idea to have a charity art auction to raise money for the Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer.
Breast cancer has taken the life of my great-grandmother, and both my maternal and paternal grandmothers were also stricken with this disease in their late 30s and are survivors today. Breast cancer is a physically, mentally, and emotionally devastating illness. Some statistics show one woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes.
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