I’d like to thank the Manhasset Press for your ongoing support of my efforts to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving. A few months ago you published a photo of me wearing a sign around my neck that read, “Drive Sober.” This sign was originally intended as a lawn sign but I used it as a personal billboard at the annual Manhasset Christmas Tree Lighting.
By sharing the image in the Manhasset Press, you have amplified my voice as a survivor advocate. In 1987 I was the victim of a drunk driving crash that almost took my life and left me hospitalized for over a month and living with many long-term effects.
The photo you published caught the attention of MADD Long Island who then reached out to me asking if they could use my idea of a personal billboard to help spread the word. I have since been working extensively with MADD on their campaign to educate and prevent further tragedies caused by drunk driving. I have attended local press conferences, and I am a regular participant in MADD’s monthly Victims Impact Panel where I share my story and help educate individuals about the far-reaching and long-lasting effects that a drunk driver has on the victim and their entire family.
Thank you for helping me educate drivers about the dangerous ramifications of drinking and driving. Walk Like MADD this year raised over $161,000.
Devastation reigned in the wake of the recent tornado-like event that recently struck the Great Neck peninsula. The June 24 storm, or “micro-burst” as the National Weather Service declared it, lasted only a matter of minutes but the havoc it caused will be with us for a long time to come.
Theodore Thoeodorsen’s response to Paul Drenzner’s June 17 letter was tragically what many believe to be the current state of solar development in today’s modern world. It is also wrong.
Mr. Timothy G, Kremer, the executive director of the New York State School Board Association accuses Governor Paterson of destroying New York public education (Manhasset Press, July 1, Governor’s Extender Bill and Tax Cap Proposal). The executive director believes that Governor Paterson’s proposal for a 2.5 percent property tax cap, similar to tax caps proposed and in effect in many other states, will “limit the ability of New York school districts to raise funds locally.” Unlike the Governor who has focused on spending cuts, Mr. Kremer has a two-prong approach to the school tax crisis; increase local property taxes and demand mandate relief from a bankrupt State. The executive director’s statement is vague as to what constitutes a reasonable property tax increase and what constitutes a mandate. Apparently he would like to see local taxes increase above 2.5 percent annually. His mandate relief plan demands that the Governor provide relief from rising energy costs, health care costs, pension costs etc. One may be tempted to question if Mr. Kremer really has a serious plan?
Paul Drezner’s Letter in the June 17 Manhasset Press hyping solar energy is timely.
I wish I could be as optimistic as he is. He does mention some of the limitations. For example, what happens at night? Unfortunately there is no practical way to store large amounts of electric energy. The thought of big storage has been around for hundreds of years. Yet no one has even speculated on an alternative to batteries. Electricity must be used when generated, that is the nature of the beast. This means that we would have to maintain and man just about all of our present fossil fuel plants ready to be turned on every night not to mention the days and sometimes weeks when the sky is so overcast that very little power can be produced by solar cells. But while even this could somewhat reduce the use of fossil fuels, the cost of solar is currently more than triple the cost of fossil fuel electricity. Now add to that the need to keep all those fossil fuel plants ready to be activated every night and you have an economically overwhelming cost burden.
Summer vacation, that special time of year for all children, is upon us and members of the local community still have the chance to make it memorable for a child from New York City! Thanks to the many families in Nassau County and throughout 13 Northeastern states and Canada, more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income neighborhoods have enjoyed free summer experiences in suburban and small town communities through The Fresh Air Fund. The Fund is currently seeking more families to give inner-city children a two-week experience this summer. By volunteering as a host family for the Friendly Town program, a child can have a break from the heat and noise of the crowded city streets.
“Being able to run around and be outside is a freeing experience for her,” says one of our Fresh Air hosts about her Fresh Air child. “I still enjoy watching her face as she takes joys in the simple things, like roasting a marshmallow or jumping into the lake.” Please read about the special experiences of other Fresh Air children and hosts by visiting our website, www.freshair.org, which includes photos, stories, videos and other helpful information.
There are no financial requirements for hosting a Fresh Air child. First-time visitors are six to 12 years old, and reinvited youngsters may participate in the Friendly Town program through age 18.
To learn more about hosting a Fresh Air child this summer, please contact Risa Procton at 516-674-2023, or call The Fresh Air Fund at 800-367-0003 or check out www.freshair.org.
Executive Director, Fresh Air Fund
Long Islanders need to oppose the Federal Aviation Administration rulemaking to mandate helicopters fly off the North Shore enroute to eastern parts of Long Island. (Docket Number FAA-2010-0302) There will be a disproportionate volume of helicopter activity over the Town of North Hempstead communities of Great Neck, Kings Point, Locust Valley, Manhasset, Oyster Bay, Port Washington, Roslyn, and Sands Point as well as the City of Glen Cove because helicopter operators will have no option but to overfly these areas as they transit to/from a mandated North Shore Route.
As a concerned 13-year-old, I would like to remind people about the importance of water safety as summer vacation begins. In fact, just this week on Long Island a 3-year old child drowned in a pool and a sixth-grader drowned at Long Beach. Pools and beaches can be a lot of fun as long as you know how to swim and have supervision. It is important to remember safety near a pool, as you can easily float into the deep end or fall off the edge and get into trouble.
We’re still not flying. Another week, another new reason. Stay tuned…
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