As the island nation of Haiti struggles to recover from the unimaginable destruction resulting from the recent earthquake, our thoughts and prayers are with not only with the victims, but with our many employees and patients of Haitian descent.
In late November, columnist Robert McMillan wrote a piece entitled “A Story About One Illegal Immigrant,” which questioned the enforcement of federal immigration laws. Immigration enforcement policies affect the safety of all Nassau County residents, but perhaps not in the way that McMillan might imagine.
Last week, the proposed 2010-2014 MTA Capital Plan was vetoed by the Executive Branch’s representative to the MTA Capital Program Review Board (CPRB.) This veto, the first vote cast, automatically sent the plan back to the MTA under CPRB rules.
Dr. Robert Petzel has been nominated by Pres. Barack Obama for VA undersecretary of health. “ I have a reputation for candor,” Petzel said, promising to speak up within the administration if he felt medical budgets were too low and also to be blunt with Congress about his personal assessment of funding.
Back in the day, Long Island was a land of movers and shakers.
People came here with vision and purpose. They saw opportunity, and seized it.
Landmark legislation that protects homeowners and communities from the ongoing foreclosure crisis has been signed into law, Senator Craig M. Johnson announced.
“This measure not only assists homeowners against unscrupulous lenders and uncooperative banks, but just as importantly, it helps protect their neighbors and neighborhoods from the ripple effects of a foreclosure crisis that they had no direct involvement with,” Senator Johnson said.
Christmas would seem different without the mayor’s annual wonderful party and a chance to meet so many old friends. Those we had a chance to talk to included Dr. Frank Johnson, Gerri, Ed, and Gene Solosky, Carl Marchese, Joyce Gorycki, John Macedo, Walter and Joan Hobbs, Manuel Fernandes, William Symington, Tom Gaines, Kevin Kerrane, Gary Tuthill, Frank Heinrich, Fred Booher, Joe Posillico, Michael Vizza, Joe Scalero, Pat Lackner, Gene Reidlinger, Charles Sleefe, Margaret Ann Farmer, Mary Parker, Jackie Wledgher, Kathleen D’Antonio, Joe Dores, Emilia Morelli, Meredith Minkoff, Vivien Yugn, John Davanzo, Tom Mikowski, Mike and Cina Palumbo, Lauren Christansen, David DaSilva, Gabriel and Sandy Fernandes, Lenny Palumbo, Richard Vieira, Peter Ferreira, Andrew Martone, Judge John O’Shea, Jeff Clark, Larry Werther, Williston Mayor Lud Ordierna, Susan Anaischik, Theresa Kelly, Councilman Angelo Ferrara, Nick Liakidnis, owner of the Station Coffee Shop; Kyle and Bob Teemsma, Anghus Park, John Young, Ron Ciesinwski, Assemblyman Tom McKevitt and Grand Knight Ken Lyons.
Traditionally a time of celebration, the holidays may be exceptionally hard for families who have endured the devastating effect of a drunk-driving crash. Their coping skills may be tested and the need for additional support is crucial.
For the past quarter century, John Strein has volunteered with the Mineola Athletic Association in one way or another to help improve the lives of the children in our community. Over the years, John coached a countless number of baseball and soccer teams and also served on our board of directors in many capacities, including the past three years as MAA president.
Operation Gratitude was a huge success. The idea of Dr. Edward Gottlieb of buying up at $1 per pound kids candy left over from Halloween and storing them in his office and then shipping them to California passed all expectations. He collected about 600 pounds of candy which were then sent to our troops fighting in Afganistan and Iraq. Dr. Gottlieb said he was glad to help our fighting forces any way he could. His office is on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park.
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