Over 50 students in the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District in grades 7-12 dedicated two weeks of their summer to working with high school choir teacher Mr. Paltrowitz and guest clinician Ron Meixsell at the annual summer choral clinic. Meixsell is a professional singer and voice coach who has performed with the New York Grand Opera.
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District has announced that 14 John F. Kennedy High School (POBJFK) students have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as Commended Students in the 2012-13 competition.
At a press conference last week, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano unveiled the results of a year-long work by the Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force, one that the county executive said was unique to New York State and one that he vowed would help to win the declared war on prescription drug abuse.
Mangano was joined by several members of the task force, plus State Assemblymen David G. McDonough (R – Bellmore) and Joseph Saladino (R – Massapequa). But the drama of the press conference was when parents of young people who lost their lives to substance overdose made their appeals.
Dr. David Chalif, chief of neurovascular neurosurgery and co-director of the NSUH Brain Aneurysm Center at North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital in Manhasset, will be awarded the 2012 Robert Bernstein Humanitarian Award at the event. Chalif, who saw Bernstein as a patient, said that despite a lot of medical progress over the course of his career, particularly in digital imaging techniques, the prognosis for patients with this often aggressive cancer is sobering.
The general consensus for all schools was finding an improvement in almost all areas from previous years, including the quality of education as well as each building. “In general, the level of kids’ work has really improved throughout the district,” said Trustee Gary Bettan.
“I think our national political discourse would be far better off if the discourse were as civilized and as substantive as it was tonight,” commented 6th District Senate Candidate Ryan Cronin at the end of the evening.
“Nassau County has lost a dedicated public servant,” said Mangano in a statement. “My wife Linda and I lost a friend of over 20 years. Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt served the residents of Nassau County with great integrity and pride. I had the privilege of serving closely with Peter in the legislature since its creation in 1996, where he distinguished himself as an outspoken advocate for the residents of the 12th Legislative District.”
Mangano also hailed the proposed budget for providing “essential services,” while practicing “aggressive fiscal management and a continued commitment to spending cuts.” Mangano said that since 2009, the Republican Legislative Caucus has cut over $290 million in spending from the county budget.
The event raised over $1,000, and organizers say they look forward to holding similar fundraisers in the future. “We felt lucky to be able to be a part of such a great event,” said Ruhalter, who was previously involved in a fundraiser for pediatric cancer held at Oheka Castle. “Remembering not the passing of a young boy, but the life and the happiness of this young boy, his memory living on forever.”
Finding a solution began with a retirement offer which included $1,000 for each year of service which was accepted by 89 employees whose last day with the town was Aug. 30. They will receive the funds in a single payment at the end of October. It will be paid with a $7.5 million 10-year bond. The payment included any unused or sick days owed. The workers are guaranteed health care for life and for a surviving spouse, for five years (this is not a reduction or increase, but the same as the current contract).
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