What factors contribute to the value of your home? A lot has been said about property values declining because we are closing schools. How can you quantify that? Outside of the number of bedrooms and quality of the home construction, let’s examine some of the main factors in attracting prospective buyers:
Archbishop Timothy Dolan attended the opening of the story of America’s Nuns at Ellis Island and was full of praise. The history of America’s Religious Sisters, called the Women of the Spirit, was organized by our daughter, Sister Annmarie, and four other sisters. They helped raise the $4 million needed and wrote the stories and the graphics. It started in Cincinnati’s Museum and four months later moved to Dallas and then the Smithsonian in Washington, then to Cleveland and now to Ellis Island. The traveling exhibit has attracted almost 400,000 visitors to date. It stays about four months in each location. It will open early next year in Iowa and then hopefully to the west coast.
The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently released its national survey on Drug Use and Health and sadly there weren’t too many surprises. Drug use among adolescents nationwide increased between 2008 and 2009, reflecting the trend we’ve seen here on Long Island - a trend that’s accelerated into 2010.
In 1999 Congress declared September Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. The goal of this special designation is to raise awareness among women and healthcare providers to encourage more screenings, earlier detection and increased support for gynecological cancer research.
Cancers of the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, peritoneum, vagina and vulva account for approximately 80,000 cancer diagnoses in the United States each year. This is comparable to one-third the number of cases of breast cancer in this country, and because gynecological cancers are generally associated with good prognosis when they are detected in their early stages, they have not garnered as much public attention as breast cancer and other illnesses. As a result, promotion of screening, early detection and research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic cancers has lagged behind that of other diseases.
Keep the Hampton Street School open; that’s what the people want. There are 100 options I could come up with that would even cause less of a burden than the school district is proposing. The proposed bond is all-wrong.
Block parties abound this time of year. A good one was held on Beebe Road from Garfield Avenue south to First Street. Among those we had a chance to talk to were Catherine, Tony, George and Marinos Pantelides, Fernando and Lauren Mora, Cathleen Lynch, Pat Yasparro, Pam Zezima, Vala Podlesak, Noah, Ben, Melanie and Sadie Lichaa, Christine Kelly, John, Dee, Connor, Danielle and Gavin McLaughlin, Denise, Jeff, Sidney and Brent Klass, Rui Manuel, Carlos and Matias, Felipe, Luis Carlos and Amelia Concalves, Karina Teixeira, Stephen Modica, Michele Zaransky and Julia and Jessica Perrino.
There are many benefits in clustering for a district our size. Of course, as with anything in life, there are cons as well. The most obvious is that many children will have to travel a greater distance for their entire school career. As you begin to formulate your decision on whether to support the Oct. 26 bond here are some clear advantages to clustering:
Full district clustering provides Mineola with the most educationally equitable and financially beneficial configuration. Dividing Mineola in half in a north/south model would have many negative long-term consequences and inevitably one school would be perceived as “better” than the other.
On Sunday, Oct. 10 at Bethpage High School, arena football kicker and Mineola resident, Craig Pinto, will be kicking field goals for 12 straight hours, from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., with two goals in mind. First, he will be attempting to set a world record for most field goals kicked within that time frame, by having to make 500 field goals, all from 40 yards out, but Craig’s main focus is to raise money and awareness for celiac disease.
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