Over the past several years I’ve had a neighbor who shovels my two-car driveway when it snows and helps me carry my summer furniture out of the garage to the backyard; I have always felt that this young man was a “good neighbor.”
On March 6, around 9:30 p.m. on a cold, dark evening, I was struggling to get my recycle bin, which was full, to the curb. It was bitter cold outside and I was not dressed properly, so I was going to leave it in the middle of the driveway, unable to get it to the curb, when I heard, “Can I help you, Mr. Martin?” It was the voice of my kind and thoughtful neighbor, Dante Marterella. He offered his help all the while not knowing I would turn 86 years old two days later.
Long Island and NYS taxes continue to rise at an unsustainable rate. Primary cost drivers are unfunded mandates, which get a lot of talk and attention in state-wide hearings, but somehow never result in any cost-controlling action. I would like to bring your readers’ attention to Smithtown NYS Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick’s bill A8603.
This bill addresses three primary cost drivers:
In the inaugural year of its “master teachers” program, New York State, in partnership with SUNY schools, has honored a total of 319 science, math and technology teachers—including 42 on Long Island—with the Master Teacher designation. Hearty congratulations to all who successfully applied. They have a combined 2,700 years of full-time teaching experience.
To further the development of teachers in the fashionable STEM fields, these star educators will become peer mentors, sharing their techniques through seminars, workshops and one-on-ones with other teachers—especially the newest ones. At the same time, they are committed to furthering their own development, and the program focuses on three areas of knowledge. Master Teachers show excellence not only in subject matter and teaching, but also by cultivating thorough understanding of the students—their neighborhoods, cultures and values—which enables these teachers to involve family and community in supporting STEM studies.
Friends of the Bay is very concerned with the current controversy regarding commercial shellfishing in Oyster Bay. At the heart of our concern is the welfare of the bay, which today is one of the healthiest and most productive in the western Sound.
Over the past few weeks we have met with representatives of the Town of Oyster Bay, Frank M. Flower & Sons shellfish farm, and the North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association (NOBBA.)
(Below is a copy of a letter sent to County Executive Edward Mangano on April 11)
I write to express grave concern over reports in today’s press that the United States Department of Justice instituted a lawsuit yesterday against the Town of Oyster Bay and Town Supervisor John Venditto for alleged housing discrimination against Black Americans.
On Sunday, April 13, North Shore Assembly of God held their first annual Fun Fantastic Egg Hunt at 84 Orchard St., Oyster Bay. We can’t thank everyone enough who came out to make this year’s event a success. All children attending had a great time playing games, making crafts and search for eggs with the best prizes. We want to thank our local Target, Walmart, Friendly’s and Carvel for their donations to this year’s event. We also thank all who volunteered. Next year we plan to expand our activities to include additional sponsors, games, and entertainment.
North Shore Assembly of God
Last week the Nassau District Attorney made several arrests for tax evasion, with the defendants collectively owing almost $1 million. One alleged scammer seems to be a lotto junkie who doesn’t declare his winnings. Three others are charged with not reporting business income.
This week, in Oyster Bay, you can’t avoid thinking about taxes. As we scramble to get the paperwork together and file on time (even if only for an extension) we see exactly how much we’ve paid, and sometimes we still have to send a check—to Washington or Albany. Nobody likes paying taxes. Nobody really likes paying for anything; if we could get it for free, we would happily do so.
Brian and Amy are your typical middle-class New Yorkers. They’ve worked hard to build a comfortable life for their three children in Hicksville, and hoped to remain there to be near family.
However, every year during tax season they are hit by a bill from the federal government that makes them question if they will be able to continue living in such a high-cost area. Their story is all too familiar, and I wanted proof that we need to change the federal tax code to account for New York families facing some of the highest costs of living in the country.
Just as it has since 1928, Glen Cove Hospital will continue to serve North Shore communities. To better meet the needs of the community and the pressing healthcare issues facing seniors and the chronically ill, the North Shore-LIJ Health System last year announced plans to enhance outpatient, geriatric and emergency services, while reducing the focus on inpatient care. That announcement raised concerns among some that Glen Cove would discontinue inpatient services.
After considerable input from community based physicians and local residents, the North Shore- LIJ leadership has pledged that Glen Cove will remain a fully-staffed, full-service hospital, even while the health system continues to develop a new model of care that places a greater emphasis on health and wellness, and community- and home-based services.
I am certain John Owens can respond to the recent critical letter faulting his opposition to the imposition of the new core curriculum in New York State schools. I support Owens’ position. The writer assumes Owens opposes excellence because he describes the psychological factors present in every learning environment. Intelligence, and the willingness to apply it are individual endowments. They need the proper atmosphere. A teacher’s job is to provide those conditions favorable to learning. Owens’ insight in this regard is commendable. Excellence cannot be imposed, least of all by bureaucratic fiat nor corporate competition.
In order to achieve the learning atmosphere in the classroom, we must alter our design, in both time and content. For example, some students should be permitted to graduate high school in two years, others should remain for six. The intervening time being subject to individual commitment and accomplishment. Some students should be permitted to leave and resume schooling without penalty. Curriculum should encourage talent. It needs flexibility. Education is a vehicle of opportunity for all. Our laws guarantee it, our curriculum does not. You cannot and should not train every student to be an after-dinner speaker.
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