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Speaking Truth To Power

Local educators protest state policies 

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.


For more information contact Eleanor Russell, president, Roslyn Teacher’s Association at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Meryl Fordin, president, East Williston Teachers’ Association at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


—Kelly Denig, Wendy Svitek and Meryl Fordin contributed the information to this article. 


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.

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.


SUNY College at Old Westbury recently named Dr. Anthony DeLuca of Levittown as the College’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), beginning at the start of the 2014-15 academic year.  

DeLuca, now entering his third year at Old Westbury, also holds the position as director Old Westbury’s Honors College.


“We are thrilled that Dr. DeLuca will serve as Old Westbury’s Faculty Athletics Representative,” said director of athletics Lenore Walsh.  “He is a champion for intercollegiate athletics and has been involved with our program since his arrival at Old Westbury.  I am looking forward to the opportunity to work closely with Dr. DeLuca in support of our students’ academic and athletic pursuits at Old Westbury.”

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.


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