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Nassau County Comptroller’s Report: March 20, 2014

Written by George Maragos Thursday, 20 March 2014 10:46

County’s Economic Good News And Bad News

Sales tax revenue is the County’s biggest source of income, accounting for over 40 percent of total annual revenues. Sales tax is also a good barometer of the County’s economic activity and economic health. Therefore, it is gratifying that the final sales tax figures for 2013 show an increase of 6.3 percent to $1.13 billion over the prior year. This was on top of another healthy increase of 4.2 percent in 2012.

These sales tax growth figures would seem to imply that Nassau County has recovered well from the recession and Superstorm Sandy, and in fact it has, with unemployment now under five percent, well below the national and state averages.

 

Letter: Community Dialog At The Civic Association

Thursday, 13 March 2014 12:58

The next meeting of the Oyster Bay Civic Association will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 20 at the Italian American Club on 48 Summit St. (across from the Historical Society). The group is the “voice of the people” —not taking sides, but serving as a mechanism for uncovering public concerns and conveying diverse opinions and wishes to “deciders.”

Currently on the agenda is the installation of officers by Legislator Donald MacKenzie (with additional nominations accepted from the floor).  However, topics open for discussion include the clean-up and possible public acquisition of the Mill Neck Marina; the dispute between the Baymen and the Flower Oyster Farm; the application by the Hess Gas Station for a bigger sign; a proposal for drive-by mail box drops at the Post Office and the need for better traffic control at the foot of Mill Hill.

 

Letter: Do Your Homework

Thursday, 13 March 2014 12:59

I read the attack on John Owens’ articles on Common Core by Stanley Ronell with amazement. How could one person be so misinformed about the topic of Common Core curriculum? Mr. Owens was a teacher, and his views were right on target. The curriculum and the roll-out have been a disaster.  I suggest he read an excellent expose, Reign of Error, by Diane Ravitch, and Mr. Owens’ book, Confessions of a Bad Teacher, before he writes further letters.

This is my 50th year in education, and I have never seen such a disaster. The testing is off-target, and the curriculum is not age-appropriate.

In mathematics, we had an excellent curriculum, and the Regents exams appropriately measured students’ learning. Why fix something that isn’t broken?

C. Vincent Pane Ed.D.

 

The Importance Of ‘Everyday Heroes’

Written by John Miller Thursday, 06 March 2014 12:11

In honor of National Red Cross Month, we would like to recognize our Everyday Heroes from Long Island who reach out to help their neighbors when they need it most.

These everyday heroes help disaster victims get back on the road to recovery. They donate lifesaving blood. They help brighten the day of injured service members who are far from home. They take lifesaving skills classes; they then step forward to help a heart attack victim or to save a drowning child.

 

Letter: Petition To Protect Your Child’s Privacy

Thursday, 06 March 2014 12:10

I know we are all busy, but I am asking you to read the following email and help our students in NY State.

By now I am certain you have all heard of Common Core. Though the intent may have been good, the resulting standards and implementation have been a complete debacle.

 

Editorial: Patience Is A Virtue

Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:49

Impatience is rampant these days, with harried drivers blaring horns to speed up traffic. The car horn was designed to alert other automobile drivers to potential hazards, i.e. swerving into oncoming traffic, drifting into the next lane,

Recently, I observed the impatient driver of a beautiful white Mercedes sedan waiting to turn onto Plandome Rd. at a traffic light. When the light turned green, traffic proceeded slowly due to cavernous potholes deceptively filled with water. This driver honked his horn abrasively and then barreled through the intersection, damaging the undercarriage of his Mercedes. It forced him to stop in his tracks.

 

Modern Madness And the Mute Swan

Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:50

I’m lucky to live only blocks away from an unspoiled piece of nature, where a pond-side bench lets me sit and enjoy a big cup of coffee and a plastic-tipped cigar.

From this vantage point, my mind wanders freely. I often reminisce of my childhood, where in every season and at every age I spent time here.

 

Letter: Immigrants, Then And Now

Thursday, 20 February 2014 10:44

I found Maryann Sinclair Slutsky’s article on Michael Dowling (“An Immigrant Who Hasn’t Forgotten”) very interesting.

My parents also immigrated from Ireland, with an 18-month-old daughter, after waiting two years for permission to come. My mother was nine months pregnant with me at that time, but decided to come anyway.

 

Letter: Good-Bye Inisfada

Thursday, 20 February 2014 10:45

I read John Owens’ article on Inisfada (“Not Just A Mansion, But A Monument Lost,” http://www.antonnews.com/features/35742-not-just-a-mansion-but-a-monument-lost.html) with nostalgia and sadness. I knew the history of the Brady family, in particular Mrs. Brady.

I miss attending mass, retreats and wonderful holiday events. Inisfada was a very cohesive local community.

The article offered some small amount of closure, so thanks for that.

Germaine Greco

 

Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay News

Written by Silvana LaFerlita Gullo, oysterbay@antonnews.com Friday, 14 February 2014 10:58

A Chilling Winter – But Our Love Will Keep Us Warm

With record temperatures on a daily basis, most of us need an extra sweater or a warm blanket when we settle down in the evening for our favorite television show. Not comfortable, but nowhere near as difficult as what this weather means to seniors. Seniors are often forced into isolation or left to face the danger of icy conditions on their own. As 20 percent of Nassau County’s population reach the age of 85, centers like ours are more critical than ever. We are proud to be the one organization in this community that focuses 100 percent of our efforts on improving conditions for seniors. Regardless of how brutal the weather, your community’s seniors can count on us.

 

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