Friday, 21 June 2013 00:00
Fifty teachers, parents, and administrators from the Roslyn and East Williston school districts traveled to Albany on June 8 for a rally dubbed, “One Voice United Rally for Public Education.”
They were joined by other educators from throughout New York, from Montauk and Niagara all in a rally to express their opposition over excessive testing, budget cuts and APPR. Donning union and school colors, protestors waved signs and cheered speakers such as AFT President Randi Weingarten, NYSUT President Dick Ianuzzi and President of the AFL-CIO, Mario Cilento.
Highlights of the event included special guests such as folk singer Tom Chapin. The crowd sang along to his rendition of his satirical 2007 hit “Not on the Test.” Student activist, blogger and 2013 Syosset High School graduate, Nikhil Goyal electrified the crowd when he blasted the “drill-kill-bubble-fill” culture of public education. The crowd applauded further after he announced plans for a student boycott next year of standardized tests used to evaluate teachers.
Journalist John Nichols of The Nation inspired all with his reminder that public education is the cornerstone of any democracy. He introduced Olivia Castor, a high school senior who recently led a 500-student walk out to protest budget cuts in East Ramapo.
Despite the serious and impassioned pleas from the podium, protestors still managed to use their humor and wit to express their outrage. M
any posed for photos of two men dressed as a pineapple and hare, a clear reference to the infamous eighth grade ELA passage. Others were very creative sign makers. This list is of the local teacher’s favorite signs: Stop Corporate Core, I Am A Pearson, Education Cuts Don’t Heal, Kindergartners Should Be Blowing Bubbles, Not Filling Them In, There’s Nothing Common About My Kids, John King, Not King John, Pearson: Always Learning, Race To The Top: We Live The Hunger Games and I Rate You Ineffective.
—Kelly Denig, Wendy Svitek and Meryl Fordin contributed the information to this article.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
Howard Kroplick was just settling in to his new position as North Hempstead’s town historian in April of 2012 when a phone call from a resident who found an old headstone led him into a comprehensive study of all 28 cemeteries within
the town’s boundaries.
Kroplick, an East Hills resident for 29 years, serves in the unpaid role as an advisor to the North Hempstead board, out of his longtime love of history. His exhaustive study of the area’s cemeteries has helped him complete a history of
North Hempstead that will be published in January, which will coincide with the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Long Island, by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block. It was Block, according to Kroplick, who first identified Long Island as an actual island, not a peninsula as many believed back then. The 128-page book from Arcadia Publishing is the first ever written about North Hempstead.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
For the time being, much of the Roslyn area is without representation on the Town of North Hempstead council. Recently, Thomas K. Dwyer, who has represented Roslyn on that body since 2002, announced that he would step down from the board while he is in negotiations with a Manhattan-based consulting firm.
Dwyer, who is the chief operating officer of Syosset-based American Land Services, would not identify the firm he is talking to, but he said that the new job would represent a conflict of interest with his work on the town board.
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray.
The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.
Thursday, 06 February 2014 00:00
Registration for Farmingdale’s Over the Hill Gang Softball League will take place Feb. 1, Feb. 8 and Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. - Noon at the Allen Park meeting room on Motor Ave. in Farmingdale. The league is open to men 40 and over who live in Farmingdale or the Town of Oyster Bay area. Players can also apply online at www.othgny.com, however must attend one registration session to show proof of age and residency.
— Submitted by Jerry Mazza