Barbara Johnson Dies at 56
Barbara Johnson, 56, charter member of the Nassau County Legislature for the 11th District, died on March 9, after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer.
BOE Meeting, March 7th, Part I: Is a Second Facilities Plan Possible?
In a meeting filled with rancorous exchanges, the BOE clarified the issue of whether the school district could have multiple long-range facilities plans, each with different price tags. Apparently, simultaneous submissions ¬ submitting more than one plan to the State Education Department at the same time, even if one is a primary program and another is a back-up ¬ is not permitted. However, the State Education Department (SED) does accept sequential submissions. This means that should the current plan, totaling approximately $87 million, be voted down by the public, another plan can be submitted to the SED and then presented to the community, as a second referendum. But there is a catch: all voting, whether there is one referendum or two, must be completed before July 1, 2000, or the District risks losing about $5 million in state aid. Over the strong recommendations of BOE members Richard Sussman and John Zimmerman, who advocated moving the vote to early May to allow the community to vote on a second plan should the first plan be defeated, the majority of the BOE agreed that not enough time existed to develop a sound alternate plan. The present plan, they asserted, was painstakingly crafted with the input of the community, educators, and experts, and should be the focus of the upcoming vote.
7th Grade CYO Girls Win LI Championship
In what will be remembered as a Cinderella season, the St. Peter's 7th Grade Girls Basketball team won the LI Championship with an overall record of 16 wins and only 2 losses. After finishing the regular season at 10-2 the team won 2 games at an invitational tournament prior to achieving a 4-0 record in the playoffs to "win the whole thing". This years team members were Nicole Cavallaro, Halsey Diakow, Lean Duranti, Alycen English, Debra Harris, Farrin Jay, Kathleen Madigan, Erica Moore, Laura Plominski, Robyn Schechter and Jackie Striker. These eleven girls played together as a team the entire season and steadily improved their skills. By the start of the single elimination playoffs the girls were ready in every aspect of the game. Whether it was executing a half court offense, breaking a full court press or running a very effective full court press, boxing out, girl to girl defense or a zone defense these young ladies had become quite a talented basketball team. Each player on the team not only developed her own skills but experienced through dedication, unselfishness and hard work that teamwork is the key to success. There were many personal highlights and some absolutely unbelievable achievements that will be etched in the memories of each team member for a time; if not forever. In the Championship game St. Peter's went ahead 14-2 lead to start the game. In the 4th quarter St. Vincent's of Elmont tied the score in the final seconds of regulation to send the game into overtime. Once again as this St. Peter's team did all season, they rose to the occasion and ended up winning the game by making key fouls shots and controlling the ball when it counted. The excitement of winning was a wonderful experience for the girls, parents and spectators that supported the team. Stan Plominski and Al Duranti coached this year's team. They both feel fortunate to have coached this special group of young ladies. Congratulations to the team for representing both St. Peter's and Port Washington in such an outstanding manner!
On the Bay
Frostbiters have come out of hibernation. Last Sunday, under cloudy, threatening skies, with 8-10 knot NW wind, six teams of sailors completed three races. Just before 3 p.m., the race committee changed to a "no jibe" course, because of increasing wind conditions. Five minutes later, with wind blowing 16-18 knots with higher gusts, and 11/2 - 2 foot seas, racing was canceled for the rest of the day. Very impressive was the timing of the RC's decision to cancel. Just as all the boats arrived safely at the dock, the wind really started to blow. Top boats and sailors: 1. Steve Moore/Jerry Morea (#510), 2. Pedro Lorson/Mimi Berry (#536), 3. Jesse Waters/Allison Dinkel (#511). There was no crew race.
Port Loses Courageous Leader, Advocate and Dear Friend