A group of advocates gathered on the steps of the Nassau County Supreme Court last week to urge state officials to the raise the age a youngster can be tried as an adult. The Raise The Age Campaign, an advocacy group calling on the state to change the age, has garnered support from local officials to call on Governor Andrew Cuomo to take action.
According to the Raise The Age Campaign, referencing a report by the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, some 50,000 16-and 17-year-olds are arrested and tried as adults in criminal court each year — the vast majority are minor crimes (74.4 percent are misdemeanors.) Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice supports “the concept broadly” according to a spokesperson, as long as it follows the legislative process. She spoke Tuesday on how the laws affects on young, developing youth.
The recent decision by North Shore-LIJ Plainview Hospital to file plans with the state to discontinue maternity services in November has drawn both support and opposition.
According to North Shore-LIJ spokesman Terry Lynam, the hospital has seen a 30 percent drop in deliveries over the past three years and Census data showing the region-wide decline in births will continue.
Ruth Boris, a resident of Somerset Gardens Senior Living in Plainview since 2009, celebrated her 100th birthday at the residence on Thursday, August 8.
Boris is originally from Brooklyn and worked in her parents’ bakery there until she started her family. She had two children and later moved to Queens.
She says that she is also blessed with five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Boris celebrated her birthday at Somerset Gardens with friends, family and, of course, cake.
Last Monday, the Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education held its first meeting since NY State Education Commissioner John B. King released the results of the April 2013 math and English assessments. The board demanded that the New York State Education Department (NYSED) release more information on the test scores.
As the district prepares to begin the 2013-14 school year, the school board’s general consensus is not enough data is being made available to help students learn from their mistakes on the assessments, and prepare for future tests.
Last month, 1-800-Flowers.com employees warmed the hearts of the residents of the Somerset Gardens Assisted Living Facility in Plainview.
As part of their community outreach initiative and Summer of a Million Smiles campaign, a Smile Team spent the afternoon with the residents of the facility. Upon arrival, the team set up a table for 1-800-Flowers.com’s expert floral designer, Phil DeVito, to create truly original arrangements. Phil showed the residents how to design a Happy Hour Bouquet, a Smile Bouquet, an a-DOG-able arrangement and a bouquet in a personalized Summer Smile Vase. The rest of the team handed out carnations to the residents and four lucky winners got to keep an arrangement. To wrap up the day the Smile Team played trivia games with the group.
Jack, five years old; Aedan, 22 months old; Jacob, 15 months old; and Colton, two years old recently helped people 20 times their age by assisting in passing a law. All were born with a congenital heart defect, and since April, they and their parents have met with their legislators, hosted a press conference, and were interviewed in the media about their efforts to get the Pulse Ox bill passed and signed into law.
Jack, Aedan, Jacob and Colton now don their red “American Heart Association Superhero” capes and celebrate the fact that Gov. Cuomo signed the Pulse Ox bill into law.
In the final days of the hotly contested skirmish over 54 acres of land that the Town of Oyster Bay wants to sell, harsh accusations are flying thick and fast-- some with more merit than others.
Last Tuesday, the town board approved payment of $600,000 in legal fees to Sinnerich, Kosakoff & Messina, LLP for negotiating the sale of town land to a trio of developers and fending off legal challenges.
The next day, Long Island Jobs Now, an entity backed by rival developer Taubman Centers, put out a statement calling the sum “suspiciously large” and complained that the move “raises serious questions about whether the Town is illegally funneling taxpayer money into a slush fund to pay for its campaign to sneak this bad deal past the taxpayers.” A spokesman called on the town to “open its books and detail how each dollar of this account is spent.”
Richard Turkisher, Director of the Birchwood Civic Association, has plenty of reasons to vote “yes” in the upcoming August 20 referendum on the sale of the large Department of Public Works (DPW) property on Robbins Lane, adjacent to the former Cerro Wire site. The Merry Lane resident is concerned about Taubman Centers Inc. developers’ plan to erect a 750,000 square-foot mall on the former Cerro Wire site near his residence. A “yes” vote will secure the sale of the DPW property to Simon Property Group, the Albanese Organization and Castagna Properties, thereby preventing Taubman from expanding its development plans.
“A shopping mall is very unnecessary in our community,” said Turkisher. “It will create a horrible traffic situation in a residential area and there are too many malls as it is. Just fifteen minutes from here is the Walt Whitman Mall and Roosevelt Field.”
The Town of Oyster Bay’s “One Town, One Book” selection Wonder was performed live by The Patio Players, a Plainview-based theater group, and sponsor of the Men’s Club of the Plainview Jewish Center, last Thursday evening at the Plainview Library.
Since the local Homes by Mara Realty was established in 2010, the agency has grown from five to 35 agents and sold $16 million in properties in 2011, $39 million in 2012, and $50 million so far in 2013, according to Mara Navaretta of Homes By Mara.
As she reflects upon three years of progress, Navaretta says she wants to give others “hope,” and remind people that “it is not impossible to be a minority (woman) and own a wildly successful business.”
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