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Letter: Let The Sun Shine In On SUNY Foundations

Friday, 27 April 2012 00:00

You would expect an organization created for public benefit that is largely led by government officials would be obligated to report to the public about its activities. Yet the Research Foundation of the State University of New York (SUNY) and its many campus foundations are not required to do so and apparently feel no such compulsion to share information with the public. Instead, these organizations often cloak their activities in secrecy.

As president of United University Professions – the union representing academic and professional faculty at SUNY’s state-operated campuses – I think it’s time to let the sun shine in. It’s time to require the SUNY Research Foundation and campus foundations to be held accountable and to be more transparent.


Letter: Summer Spraying Program is Needed

Friday, 20 April 2012 00:00

This is in response to an article in the Massapequa Observer’s April 6 issue. It was in the Home Garden Supplement and warned residents that as the weather warms, mosquitoes may breed wherever there is standing water. A list was given of outdoor places where pools of water may accumulate, and the danger of this was emphasized. In recent years, a number of deaths have occurred on Long Island due to mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus. (“Buzz Off: Keeping Your Property Mosquito Free,” The Massapequa Observer, April 16.) While the article’s recommendation was entirely sensible, not that many people are likely to comply. What we really need is a spraying program.


From Long Island Wins: April 11, 2012

Written by Maryann Sinclair Slutsky Friday, 13 April 2012 00:00

Dreaming Of College, Waiting For Access

Last year, my son decided to leave his bachelor life behind. He moved in with his longtime girlfriend – now fiancée! – packed up his apartment in New York City, and bought a house back in the Glen Head neighborhood where we raised him. I couldn’t have been happier.

As you know, he’s the exception. Hordes of young people are leaving Long Island and not coming back: a lack of jobs, affordable housing, and entertainment are luring them away: to Brooklyn and Queens, to other parts of the country, and to strange places like Manhattan.


Guest Column: The Audacity To Hope

Written by Moses Miller Friday, 13 April 2012 00:00

If the multi-colored Skittles were a clever planted prop, I’d have to say the all natural Snapple was a masterful addition. And even if the hooded sweatshirt was pure white and angelic like snow, it would have done very little to mask those eyes; yes, those deep menancing eyes, which were only a shade lighter than his dark intimidating skin. The eyes peering from that oversized hood betrayed any facade of innocence, possibly afforded by youth.


Letter: Schmitt: No Tax Hike on the Agenda

Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00

I read your recent article covering Nassau County Executive Edward I. Mangano’s State of the County address with great interest (“Mangano Warns of 13 Percent Tax Jump,” Anton Newspapers, March 22 and 23), but I fear your story missed the point – by a longshot.

The county executive did not threaten a 13 percent property tax increase; in fact, he never even uttered the words. Further, setting the legislative agenda is among my many duties as presiding officer, and I assure you, there will not be a tax increase on the agenda this year, just as there was no tax increase on the agenda in the past two years. Where did you even get your information?


What Every Long Islander Should Know: April 4, 2012

Written by Nancy Rauch Douzinas Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00

Screen-Free Week for Kids Is April 30 – May 6

What does a $4.4 billion software company have in common with a not-for-profit dedicated to early childhood? They’re both concerned about the time children are spending watching TV. And, they’re doing something about it.

CA Technologies, the Islandia-based software giant, and the Early Years Institute in Plainview are joining thousands of businesses, schools, cultural and community organizations nationwide in sponsoring the second annual Screen-Free Week, running April 30 to May 6.


Parenthood Plus: March 28, 2012

Written by Andrew Malekoff, Executive Director, North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center Friday, 30 March 2012 00:00

Occupy the Boys’ Bathroom

The Occupy Movement has been greeted with mixed sentiment ranging from admiration to revulsion. On the plus side, the movement shows young people that folks of any age can come together around their own vision of the world they want. However, one does not have to attain revolutionary goals to work toward social change, as I learned some years ago when I was working with a group of troubled boys.

At the time, I was involved in developing an innovative school-based mental health program. I was filling in at the school for a few weeks, for one of the social workers who had taken a leave. I agreed to work with her boys’ group. The boys in the group were teenagers with significant emotional difficulties, ranging from depression to explosive behavior.


Letter: Police Commissioner Responds to Critics of the Community Policing Plan

Friday, 30 March 2012 00:00

Over the past several months, there has been much speculation and criticism about the future of Nassau’s eight police precinct buildings. Though critics of this plan have expressed skepticism on realigning the current eight precincts into four, it is important to remember that all eight buildings will remain open and accessible to the public. The realignment of the precincts only affects the boundary lines of administrative paperwork and criminal processing, not the locations in which officers are located on the streets as some critics have stated.


From the LI Water Conference: March 21, 2012

Written by Frank Koch, Chairman of the Long Island Water Conference Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00

The Growing Need for Reinvestment In Drinking Water Infrastructure

A recent report from the American Water Works Association (AWWA) stated that the nation’s buried water infrastructure is approaching the end of its useful life and is in dire need of replacement. Long Island’s water suppliers can confidently assure our residents that we will have the same access to high quality, affordable drinking water for generations to come. That said, it is of the utmost importance that we continue to invest in our drinking water supply systems over the next few decades if we wish to avoid future infrastructure concerns.

Much of the country’s drinking water infrastructure, the more than one million miles of pipes beneath America’s streets, is nearing the end of its useful life and approaching the age at which it needs to be replaced. Moreover, our shifting population brings significant growth to some areas of the nation, requiring larger pipe networks to provide water service.


From the Massapequa Chamber of Commerce: March 21, 2012

Written by Phyllis N. Doria, President Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00

We definitely cannot complain about the mild winter of 2012.

The preparations for our Annual Community Festival are well under way. It will take place Memorial Day weekend starting, Friday, May 25 through Sunday, May 27. The festival will be held at the Massapequa Railroad parking lot M5 located at Sunrise Highway and Broadway. Sponsors, craft food vendor and volunteers are needed. Call the office at 541-1443 for details.


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