I am writing to express my outrage at Congressman Peter King’s recent hearings supposedly aimed at investigating the radicalization of American Muslims.
Focusing only on American Muslims as the sole source of homegrown terrorism is profoundly offensive. It perpetuates and legitimizes stereotypes while finding an entire religion to be guilty until proven innocent. It is morally intolerable to hold one religious group to a different standard than all others, especially when all religions have their own violent elements.
There comes a time when the old way of “thinking” just does not work any longer. As life is rapidly changing so are the needs of education along with how taxes are structured to pay for this education.
Our current BOE can’t seem to look into the future with any new and creative thought processes. They look through an old lens for new solutions but keep coming up with the same old ideas – increases, increases, increases.
(Editor’s note: the author of this letter is a founder and board member of the Port Washington Parks Conservancy, a not-for-profit organization.)
If all goes according to plan, the 1.5 acre plot of land known as Alvan Petrus Park will remain recreational space forever. The future of the park was the subject of a four-hour Town of North Hempstead Board meeting two weeks ago. Port Washington residents filled the Town Board room to capacity and over 30 people spoke out against development on the site.
Last October, we got the news that the Port Washington Public Library was ranked in the top 1 percent of libraries nationwide. For the second year in a row, we received Library Journal’s highest rating of five stars. Of the 7,407 libraries that were surveyed, and of the 258 that received ratings from three to five stars, just 85 attained the “Five Star” designation. The areas rated were circulation, visits, program attendance and public Internet terminal use. This recognition ties in with another of the library’s milestones. In the last fiscal year — July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010 — we welcomed more than 520,000 visitors.
(Editor’s note: This letter was sent to Congressman Peter King and to Port Washington News for publication).
This citizen thanks you for going forward with the hearing before the Committee on Homeland Security on radicalization within the Muslim American community.
I have lived in Port Washington for over 50 years and was delighted to see all of the dead, ugly, useless, costly and dangerous trees removed from Port Washington Boulevard by Victor Musso, developer of the beautiful Port Washington Commons. Further, I am thrilled to have witnessed a wonderful renaissance of one of Port Washington Boulevard’s largest retail sites, which has not been renovated since the 1960s when Bohack Supermarket (now Rite Aid) and Carnel’s Stationery were tenants.
We need not be reminded that this winter has been one of seemingly endless snow, ice, and frustration. Once and again our routines have been negatively affected by increased traffic and shifting schedules. One disturbing result of this weather is that Middle Neck Road, already the unofficial Autobahn of Nassau County, has become all the more dangerous. Even on the best of days, during summer months when the sun is shining, as a frequent runner on this road, I watch as cars race within inches of pedestrians. Walkers, runners, and bikers have to negotiate cars and trucks speeding past, those using their cell phones while driving, and others driving halfway on the shoulder as they cut one corner after another.
We’re delighted the Port News highlighted the Port Washington Public Library’s successful and unique Books for Dessert program in last week’s paper. This trio of book clubs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities is certainly worthy of recognition. However, I wanted to clarify that although I was instrumental in starting it and continue to be involved, I am only one of a strong team that helped develop and now runs the program. Its very active Advisory Board consists of the group leaders Evelyn Schonbrun, Carol Trimarchi and Annmarie Benzinger; three library staff members (Nancy Curtin, the library’s executive director; Lee Fertitta, director of adult services; and Trudy Friedman, health librarian); Heather Aylward, director of residential services at Community Mainstreaming Associates (a number of whose residents are book club participants); and Port Washington residents Georgia DeYoung and Penelope Madry.
(Editor’s Note: This letter was to Town Councilman Fred Pollack and to the Port Washington News for publication).
Mr. Pollack, on Jan. 19, 2011, I was given a parking ticket at 2 p.m. by Officer Lucia in DD lot #2 at meter #32, just behind Yamaguchi’s and Dunkin Donuts on Main Street in Port Washington.
The North Hempstead Housing Authority would like to clear up some inaccuracies contained in a recent column by Michael Miller regarding Harbor View Apartments and also provide some additional information on the subject.
By way of background, the NHHA was created more than 60 years ago with a mission to develop and preserve affordable housing in the Town of North Hempstead. The Town of North Hempstead is in dire need of affordable housing. We are working on this project in support of our older residents, who are on fixed incomes and desire to continue to live in the community in which they have always been a part.
The NHHA has no plans to close Manhasset Valley on East Shore Road. This property is unrelated to the development of Harbor View. Also, there is no plan to systemically relocate residents from one property to another.
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