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.
Carolyn McCarthy had little interest in politics before Colin Ferguson killed her husband and badly wounded her son in the LIRR Massacre. She soon became a well-known figure fighting for gun control and accepted the Democratic nomination to run for the House of Representatives. Since then she has branched out to fight for difference causes such as the struggle against childhood obesity. She also has fought for universal health insurance and was an enthusiastic supporter of the Health Reform Bill. As a nurse, she was particularly interested. She said, “I know this bill is not perfect, but the kinks will be worked out before it goes into full effect in 2014.” She also has battled to improve schools and to stop drunk driving. McCarthy said she thinks all cars will have breathalyzers by 2015. She has made little headway on gun control, but at least she has gotten even the NRA to agree to close the loophole that allowed the mentally unbalanced to purchase firearms. She lives in Mineola and has served 14 years in congress. Her Republican opponent in November will be Francis Becker.
We respectfully disagree with this reflection on Mineola PTA organizations and their countless parent volunteers.
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