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From the Desk of Senator Jack Martins: June 21, 2011

Friday, 24 June 2011 00:00

Wishing Graduates Success and Hope

Like so many of you at this time of year, I recently had the pleasure of watching one of my own children graduate from middle school. The auditorium was awash with the pure, unadulterated excitement of students, parents and even their teachers. As I sat quietly wondering where the years had gone, I got to thinking about this phenomenon. Exactly what were the ingredients of this energy? Was it pride in accomplishment? Was it a sense of relief? Or was it simply the prospect of summer vacation?

 

Computer and Cognitive Training Center Opens at LIAF in Port Washington

Friday, 24 June 2011 00:00

The Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation (LIAF) in Port Washington is well known for its innovative programs in Nassau County. They have been offering group brain training programs for early-stage dementia clients for more than two years, as well as personal coaching in computer based cognitive training.

In order to accommodate the growing needs, for learning computer skills or online cognitive training programs, they are pleased to announce that they have opened a Computer & Cognitive Training Center, with three computer stations, printer, scanner, headphone, right and left-handed mouse and Internet access. Clients now have the opportunity to learn or use email, google, websites, Skype, or word programs to meet their personal interests and needs with or without the assistance of staff.

 

Letter: Installing PTA/PTO Officers a True Honor

Friday, 17 June 2011 00:00

I recently had the honor of installing the 2011-12 Mineola PTA/PTO Executive Officers. Forty volunteers from eight units serving six schools have bravely and generously stepped forward to play an even larger role in their children’s education than that of the already involved parent.  I applaud their enthusiasm and offer my continued support.

 

Letter: Mineola Left Out?

Friday, 17 June 2011 00:00

On May 31, I eagerly awaited the arrival of my copy of Newsday to read a description of the wonderful Memorial Day Parade and the ceremony following that took place in Mineola. I found glowing reports (and rightly so) of Freeport, East Hampton, Long Beach, Little Neck/Douglaston, West Islip and Sayville, but Mineola (Isn’t Mineola the hub of Nassau County?) was glaringly missing. Our number of World War II veterans decreases every year and many of these good men are no longer able to march but they proudly ride in private cars plainly marked “American Legion” or “Veterans of Foreign Wars.”

 

Help Disadvantaged Youth Succeed With a Family & Children’s Scholarship

Friday, 10 June 2011 00:00

On June 21, Family & Children’s Association is holding its annual Scholarship Reception to raise money to help Long Island’s neediest youth fulfill their dreams of attending college. This event raises funds to help financially-challenged clients of the agency, who have risen above many of life’s challenges such as abuse, foster care or homelessness. The evening begins at the Jericho Terrace at 6 p.m. with mock-cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres followed by a scrumptious buffet; individual tickets are $250. This year’s honoree is Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice. To help transform the life of a deserving young person by contributing to a scholarship or to attend the reception, please call (516) 746-0350 ext. 364. Or, you can make an online donation at: http://familyandchildrens.donorpages.com/ScholarshipDonation/marisapaladino. Family & Children’s Association is one of Long Island’s oldest and largest human care agencies serving over 40,000 of our neighbors in need each year. For more information, please visit www.familyandchidlrens.org.

 

 

From the Desk of Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy - June 10, 2011

Friday, 10 June 2011 00:00

Statement Regarding Republican Vote to End Medicare

House Republicans seem more interested in appeasing Tea Party extremists and playing political roulette with our futures than in being serious about protecting our seniors and creating jobs. After starting a dangerous game of chicken with the nation’s economy and putting our credit rating at risk, House Republicans voted again today to end Medicare in a bizarre step that assumes that their budget has passed the Senate, even though that body rejected it.  The reality is that the Republican plan to end Medicare has been overwhelmingly rejected by the American people, because it will do irreparable harm to over 40 million Americans and their families.

It’s time for House Republicans to put political theater aside and work together to make this country greater.

 

Around the Town with Lou - June 3, 2011

Written by Lou Sanders Friday, 03 June 2011 00:00

Nuclear power in the United States was the topic of interest last week. Bill Robeson spoke to the Mineola Chamber about nuclear energy especially about what happened in Japan and how it affects the nuclear power plants in the United States. He explained how uranium and nuclear fusion work. He said what happened in Japan was nothing like the disaster in the old Soviet Union where the radiation spread over thousands of miles. In Japan the radiation was confined to a 20-mile radius. We have 104 nuclear power plants in the U.S. and get 20 percent of our energy from them. With the exception of the Three Mile Island accident all have been operating safely. France gets 80 percent of its power from nuclear. Most of them are close to large cities and there have been no problems.

 

Letter: The MTA Is Out of Control

Friday, 03 June 2011 00:00

Today the senate and the assembly took bold steps to introduce bills A7856 and S4637 asking for an independent audit  of the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority).

 

From the Desk of Senator Jack Martins - June 3, 2011

Friday, 03 June 2011 00:00

Two Percent Tax Cap Is Official

I recently had the opportunity to gather with my colleagues from Long Island to urge the Assembly to pass a 2 percent tax cap, an initiative by Governor Cuomo that we passed in the Senate back in January with overwhelming bi-partisan support.

 

Around the Town with Lou - May 27, 2011

Written by Lou Sanders Friday, 27 May 2011 00:00
“USA, USA,” the crowd at Citizen’s Bank field in Philly was shouting. Dave Wright of the Mets was standing on second base and was wondering what all the yelling meant. He asked Jimmy Rollins of the Phils, but he didn’t know either. It was only when they got back to the dugout that they were told the goods news that Osama bin Laden had been killed. Finally, something that both the Mets and Phils could agree on along with the rest of America.
 

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