The Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island recently visited local Girl Scouts at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library. The purpose of the visit was to inform the girls, from third- through eight-graders, of the many marketing strategies used by tobacco companies to market their product to kids. The coalition started with a quick game focusing on advertising slogans, followed by two short videos to explain the dangers of tobacco marketing. Both videos were written in conjunction with other teens. Next, the girls completed teen post cards and signed a petition poster that proclaims to the tobacco companies that they have “seen enough!”
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District has announced that four John F. Kennedy High School (POBJFK) students have been named National Merit Finalists for the 2012-2013 school year.
Students Sunny Zheng, Robert Adelson, Amelia Ricketts and Adrian Kim were recognized as National Merit Finalists for their outstanding performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying (PSAT/ NMSQT) Exam. In order to earn this esteemed title, these four students had to score in the top 15,000 among the approximately 1.5 million annual entrants in the National Merit Scholarship program.
How can we reinvent Nassau Coliseum to become a vital economic engine for the 21st Century? It may be too early to say, but Nassau County is currently taking suggestions.
After several discussions on the potential future of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum with the Forest City Ratner team that designed the business model for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano has announced that he is seeking requests for proposals from throughout the real estate community that would reinvent the aging facility as a new and strong economic anchor for the Hub.
“The comptroller is there to protect the taxpayers.”
That is what former Nassau Comptroller Howard Weitzman says is the job of a comptroller. It’s something he says he did during his eight years in the position, and it’s something that he wants to do again. Weitzman was elected to the position in 2001 and 2005 before being narrowly defeated by current Nassau County George Maragos in 2009.
Mara Levi sits at the bar of her restaurant, her feet hanging over the black and white checkered floor, enjoying a sandwich and a glass of white wine. She laughs as her son, and restaurant chef, Josh, on the other side of the bar, yells at her for swearing.
“When the kids were little,” Levi laughed, “they had a curse jar that they’d make me put a dollar in every time I swore. They’d take the money and go to the movies.” That lighthearted, kitchen-table spirit imbues Mara’s Homemade, her family-run Southern cuisine restaurant in Syosset. Known for its crawfish boil, Cajun flavor and Arkansas-styled barbeque, Mara’s is The Real Thing. “I eat here every day,” she said with her slight Southern drawl. “We all do.”
The turbulent redistricting process in Nassau County came to an end last week with a party line vote approving a map drawn up by the Republican majority, But the strong possibility of a lawsuit by those opposed to the new map looms.
Republican legislators were booed by members of the audience as they voted for the GOP map. Critics of the map had held out hope that Legislator Denise Ford, who had voted against a similar Republican map in 2011, would vote against her caucus, but she voted with the majority. The map passed 10-9.
Though he has to contend with Tom Suozzi to challenge Ed Mangano for the Nassau County seat, Democrat Adam Haber said he knows what will happen.
“I’m not going to get the nomination,” he said in a sitdown with Anton Newspapers last week. “I’m going to run a primary. I’m going to do exactly what Suozzi did against [Thomas] DiNapoli. He didn’t get the nomination. He ran a primary and I’m going to win the primary.”
It all began with a flier.
When Lisa Haime’s son came home from school with a flier about the Fresh Air Fund, a nonprofit organization that allows inner city kids a chance to spend a week in the suburbs with a host family during the summer, she knew she had to be involved.
“I knew immediately it was what I wanted to do. These kids don’t have much and I thought it would be a good chance to make a difference,” Haime said.
You can’t spell the word casino without “no,” and that’s what many people are saying to the idea of a casino in Nassau County—loudly and emphatically. Local elected officials Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams, Legislator Delia Deriggi-Whitton, Legislator and Mayor Wayne Hall have partnered with N-RAGED (Nassau Residents Against Gambling Enterprise Development) to lead the fight against gambling in Nassau County. N-RAGED, a newly-created coalition of concerned Nassau residents, hopes to prevent gambling establishments from invading Nassau neighborhoods.
Hundreds of illegal guns were taken off Nassau County Streets, thanks to a gun buyback program held at Grace Cathedral in Uniondale. The 330 guns removed from communities include 195 handguns, 15 assault rifles, 7 sawed off shotguns, two Tec-9’s and more.
The Gun Buy Back Program is strictly anonymous and individuals were paid $100 cash for every turned in operable rifle, $200 cash for each turned in operable handgun and $400 cash for each turned in operable assault rifle. Not accepted were: licensed guns, BB Guns, air pistols, long guns and replicas.
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