New York State Assemblyman Joseph S. Saladino announced the launch of his new Drug Awareness Tool Kit and Resource Guide available for families, parents, medical professionals, pharmacies and community organizations.
Assemblyman Saladino joined with Assemblyman David McDonough (R,C,I-Merrick), Assemblyman Ed Ra (21st Assembly District), T.O.B. Councilman Joe Pinto and the members of Assemblyman Saladino’s Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse Relief Task Force at the YES Community Counseling Center, as well as the families who lost a loved one, to announce this breakthrough. The group also reminded parents that holiday time is an ideal opportunity to talk with their children of the dangers of experimenting with heroin and prescription drugs.
Mrs. Emmerich’s third-grade students from Birch Lane school visited the Starlab at the Massapequa High School. Raymond Hahn gave an informative presentation in an amazing inflatable planetarium. The children enjoyed sitting in a circle in the dark, looking up at the stars singing “Raining Sunshine.” They learned about stars, planets, constellations and many other things pertaining to space.
The Planetarium was co-purchased by the Massapequa School District and the Massapequa Teachers’ Center (M-TRACT) in 1990. Originally the planetarium was transported to each elementary school where teachers at those schools conducted presentations for classes. After much wear and tear, Raymond Hahn took on the responsibility the Starlab and found a location for the Starlab to permanently be at one location.
State Senator Charles Fuschillo (R.-Merrick) recently issued a statement regarding the toll increase by the Port Authority.
“As someone who strongly opposed the Port Authority’s toll increase plan, I am completely appalled that the Port Authority misled the public as to why these toll increases were needed,” the senator said in a released statement.
“One of the primary reasons the public was told an increase was necessary was to fund the World Trade Center completion. In an August 18 letter to the Port Authority Board of Commissioners, Governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie noted that they would not oppose the toll hike plan in part because it ‘will allow for the completion of the World Trade Center.’ At least one Port Authority Commissioner publicly stated that he was voting in favor of the increase for exactly the same reason.
As reported in a recent issue of The Massapequan Observer, the Friends of Massapequa Preserve held a successful 11th anniversary meeting last Nov. 16. Discussed at the meeting were such issues as the status of the Stream Enhancement Project, which Friends President Richard Schary said should be completed by the spring of 2012.
Schary reiterated that Preserve members are “only volunteers” who should stay clear of duties that civil service employees are paid to do. Also at the meeting, Schary was asked about bikeway conditions, especially the problems of overcrowding and speeding bikes.
Returning to her hometown, Christine Petrullo has joined the Massapequa School District as Assistant Business Administrator/Purchasing Agent, bringing with her more than 12 years of financial experience.
Petrullo was welcomed into the district last October after serving Freeport UFSD in the same capacity for nearly seven years. Among her duties, Petrullo was responsible for supervising the operations of all accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, transportation, food service and data processing departments. She also prepared a $150 million school budget and worked closely with the assistant superintendent for business on all financial issues. Many of her responsibilities will remain the same in her new post.
This Saturday, Dec. 10 will be the Movie Man’s final showing for 2011. In fact, it won’t be until next April that John Carpenter will be bringing more of his Classic Films to the Bar Harbour Library.
On Dec. 10 at 2 p.m., movie fans will be able to view the Christmas classic, Remember the Night starring Hollywood legends Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray.
Retired Massapequa Family and Consumer Science teacher Mary Meyers received the Golden Apple Award from the March of Dimes Long Island chapter. The honor was bestowed upon 10 local educators who “made a difference through their commitment to education,” chapter officials said.
The awards were presented by New York State Board of Regents member Roger Tilles at the Fox Hollow in Woodbury, an evening that Meyers said left her “flabbergasted.”
On Wednesday, Nov. 16, over 50 people gathered at the Bar Harbour Library to attend the 11th annual meeting of the Friends of Massapequa Preserve to, in the words of its president, Richard Schary “review both the progress Friends [has] made….and the continuous challenges we face.”
Schary was able to report progress on the $6 million stream enhancement and pond restoration project, now in its fourth year and one that had resulted in some damages in the parts of the Preserve.
The Plainedge Board of Education meeting on November 15 was a special one—it was Board Recognition Night. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edward Salina Jr. opened the meeting by proudly acknowledging Plainedge’s football team, who unseated number-one Bethpage, 28-12, in the Nassau III semifinal at Hofstra University last Saturday.
On Tuesday, Nov. 15 Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Assemblyman Dave McDonough, officers from the Nassau County Police Department, and members of the Califano family held a ceremony to dedicate the “Police Officer Michael J. Califano Memorial Bridge” in memory of Nassau County Police Officer Michael Califano, who was killed in the line of duty earlier this year.
Senator Fuschillo and Assemblywoman Schimel authored a law, co-sponsored by Assemblyman McDonough, renaming the Glen Cove Road bridge overpass that crosses over the LIE the “Police Officer Michael J. Califano Memorial Bridge.” The law was passed by both the Senate and Assembly in June and signed by Governor Cuomo in August.
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