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Letter: Prepare Your Children Well

I am writing in response to Paul Manton’s letter “Are College Degrees Worth It?” (Weekend,” July 16-22)

I believe that for most high school graduates, college is the appropriate next step. While college educations can be very expensive, and accumulating debt is never a good thing, Nassau Community College provides an extremely affordable and valuable option.

Many public service jobs, including law enforcement and the FDNY, now require college degrees or a specific amount of college credits. Chances are that members of your family tree who received the pensions of which you wrote, were members of either NYPD or FDNY, and today would need at least a two years of college.

I agree that there are many successful people who did not obtain a college degree. Most of them became successful by finding an interest or a passion, acquiring knowledge, and developing a work ethic to become successful in their chosen field.

I also agree that every parent should work with their children on developing a career plan, or “a business plan” as you wrote. The problem with this thinking is that it is no longer the 1950’s when career choices were more limited. Today, new fields springing up on a daily basis. Most 12 year olds are not able to zero in on a general field of interest. You feel that finding oneself as late as high school or college will lead to a career earning minimum wage, however, high school is the perfect time for parents and children to explore interests and develop this “plan.”

While in high school, students should pursue their interests, try different clubs and activities. Volunteer in a field that you want to learn more about. Ask questions of neighbors, family and friends in a variety of careers. Build a real-life resume. Meet people. Look those people in the eye and shake their hand. Be accountable. Be goal-oriented. Develop a work ethic. Start by putting down the video game remote and the smart phone.

The ability to read and write, along with a strong work ethic will never go out of style. When interviewing, dress appropriately, keep the phone in the car, and speak clearly. If the job goes to someone else, maybe the tattoo, body piercing or unique hairstyle was not what the company was looking for. Maybe wearing a belt to keep your underwear from showing would have been a better choice.

As parents, part of our goal should be to nurture and develop “hirable” offspring. Having an education will always be better than not having one. It is unrealistic to think that children can always know their career path and spend all of their school years preparing for that one specific field.

 It would be more beneficial to prepare to be a flexible person, a hard worker and a decent human being. If young people master these skills, and are educated as well, opportunities are sure to present themselves.

Craig Papach

News

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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