I would very much like to thank everyone in the Plainview-Old Bethpage community who made the 33rd annual Nationwide Insurance 10 Kilometer Run for ASPIRE the success that it was.
First and foremost are the residents of our community. I am well aware that having a race with 600 runners and walkers clogging local roads is an inconvenience to everyone who lives along the way. We send a letter to everyone who could possibly be affected by the event a week beforehand, but even with advance notice I am well aware that there are people who are going to be inconvenienced by the Run. My apologies to them, and I hope that everyone who was inconvenienced will understand what we are trying to do for the young amputees from the ASPIRE Program who are the beneficiaries of the Run.
It’s a valuable resource that many residents are not aware of. It’s called “NY-Alert,” a free service managed by the New York State Emergency Management Office that will contact you through e-mail alerts, cell phones texts, and/or other ways of your choice, including: Severe Weather, AMBER & Missing Child Alerts, Sex Offender Re-location Alerts, Public Health Alerts, Consumer Protection Issues and Emergency Road Closings.
Growing up in the Bronx, birthdays were never an important event in the lives of my family. My parents were both immigrants from Poland who came over to the USA to find peace, happiness and economic security.
They opened a dry goods store on 174th Street between Bryant and Vyse Avenues. They tended the store six days a week from 8 a.m. in the morning to 9 p.m. in the evening. They struggled in the retail trade and on Sundays they traveled to the Lower East Side to buy merchandise to replenish the empty shelves.
Longboat Key, which is just above Sarasota, is connected to Anna Maria Island by a drawbridge. Last winter I’d bird in the early morning and in midmorning I’d walk over the Longboat Pass Bridge to Anna Maria. There I’d continue along a sand road to the end and then back to LBK, a round trip of three miles. This walk was more about exercise than birding. However along the way I often found unexpected small moments that sometimes made the walk a spiritual exercise as well.
As we boarded the jet, we knew we were in for a long, full day of travel. The final destinations were Los Angeles and San Diego, with a stopover in Dallas. (Why can’t the airlines use direct flights from New York to the West Coast?)
Visiting grandchildren is a pleasure. New York was cold, rainy and snowy. We looked forward to the sun and fun in the Southwest. Swimming was a must on our schedule. Both cities turned out to be chilly and cool. No lazy afternoons at the pool.
Two weeks ago I wrote a column entitled “Returning Home.” In it I listed the various jobs and chores that you have to accomplish when you return from a trip, such as collecting mail, checking phone messages, sitting at the Internet computer and finally calling the kids.
Actually there are many things to do before you leave on a journey. These tasks are no less important than the ones I mentioned on the return. However, the vision of the time off clouds the mind, but you cannot afford to miss any of the important duties.
I am writing to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to everyone who helped make this year’s soldier collection drive a great success. While I am saddened by the fact that such a drive is necessary, I believe it is critical that we do our part to boost the morale of our soldiers. This program serves as an important reminder that the daily sacrifices made by our uniformed service personnel are not taken for granted.
In the book, Tales of the South Pacific, by James Michener and in the musical adaptation drama by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, we observe hatred and prejudice along racial lines in World War II.
Lieutenant Joe Cable falls in love and wants to marry Bloody Mary’s beautiful daughter. He is an American soldier and she is a Polynesian living on the island of Bali Hai. There is much hostility against the young couple because of intolerance. Bloody Mary sings, You Have to Be Taught to Hate… You Have to Be Carefully Taught. This is a lesson worth remembering.
The American Red Cross and its volunteers work every day to help save lives or rebuild lives that have been shattered by disaster – whether it is down the street, across the country or around the world.
Since 1943, every president has declared March to be Red Cross Month across the country. During this month, we thank those supporters whose generosity helps us continue our service to those who need us, every day.
(Editor’s Note: The following letter was given to the parents in the Plainview Old Bethpage School District and is being printed here at the district’s request.)
As you may know, Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School and H.B. Mattlin Middle School have implemented a comprehensive bullying prevention program. We are committed to taking proactive steps and our efforts this year have focused on raising awareness and educating our community on the issue of bullying and cyber-bullying.
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