Friday, 12 April 2013 00:00
As I approach 70 myself, my retirement letters-to-the-editor writing efforts pale in comparison to the nearing-90 newsman Lou Sanders’ still-ongoing twice-monthly column in the Mineola American. I tip my hat to him; especially since I’m confident that he knows there is no such place as “BinghamPton.” The otherwise-perfect “Hardest Working Newsman In Town” profile about him said that when he was much younger he “worked to get a Sunday section on track for the BinghamPton Press in upstate New York.” However, as a 1965 graduate of SUNY-Binghamton University (when it was known as Harpur College), I can assure you that there is no “p” in “Binghamton.” Even if it was spelled “BinghamPton”, it is in no way, shape or form related or similar to the Long Island HamPtons. There may be an East HamPton, a SouthamPton, a WesthamPton, and even a BridgehamPton; but there is No “BinghamPton—and never the twain shall meet. Right, Lou?
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the Kids of Distinction program is offering more scholarships and planning a festive gala that will look back on a decade of supporting our most civic-minded children. The Town of Oyster Bay and the Old Bethpage-based Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc., the sponsoring entities, are seeking nominations of local youngsters who are standouts in public service for the 2014 awards.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, together with Kids Helping Kids co-founders Robert A.J. Eslick and Philip M. Eslick, kicked off the search for a new batch of “kids of distinction” at the end of February. Nominations are due by May 16. Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony held by the board of trustees on Tuesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. with a citation from the Town and a $2,000 scholarship from Kids Helping Kids.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:49
Standing at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by the Long Island STEM Hub and dozens of Long Island students who are part of the school’s engineering and robotics team, announced her education agenda to encourage more youths, especially women, to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), bolster engineering education programs across Long Island’s elementary, middle, and high schools and draw more STEM teachers to educate children in high-need areas.
With eight of nine of the fastest growing industries requiring math and science proficiency and women, minority, and low-income students underrepresented in STEM-related careers, Gillibrand is pushing for federal measures to close the achievement gap and bring more STEM-related programs, such as the Long Island STEM Hub’s Career Academies, to schools across Long Island. With the success of POB-JFK high school’s targeted STEM curriculum and engineering program, the Hub will be launching an additional career academy in engineering next school year.