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.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 00:00
It is widely known that the day after Thanksgiving, “Black Friday,” is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. But since 2010, “Small Business Saturday” has become an increasingly popular day for both consumers and local mom-and-pop stores. The Village of Roslyn was bustling this past Saturday as shoppers took advantage of discounted prices and free parking in the downtown area.
“We have been busy all day,” said Jill Scherer, owner of Jill Scherer Ltd, a boutique that sells women’s clothes, makeup and gifts. “Since we opened this morning we’ve had a lot of customers come in to take advantage of our discounted items on sale.”
Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
Over a decade ago, and in response to the Stop & Shop controversy, the Village of Roslyn Board of Trustees drafted and approved a Master Plan for future village construction.
Now, the village is taking another step forward in realizing a coherent development plan, this one concerning downtown Roslyn. At the November meeting, the board began discussions on amendments to the municipal code to create both a Waterfront Development Overlay District and a Waterfront Mixed Use District.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Now that the Roslyn Bulldogs football season is over, let’s review some final numbers for that championship season.
All year long, the Bulldogs’ explosive offense relied on the heroics of quarterback Adam Combs, plus running backs Thomas Davis, Alex Epprecht and Chris Snipes and wide receiver Isaiah Hunter.
On the ground, Davis had 626 yards on 84 carries, while Snipes was close behind with 558 yards on 83 attempts. Senior star Alex Epprecht pitched in with 290 yards on 35 carries, while Combs, a threat both running and passing had 66 yards on 20 rushes. Davis and Epprecht had four touchdowns, while Snipes hit pay dirt three times.
Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00
It’s not just the Roslyn High School football team that had a great year this past fall,
The Roslyn Marching Bulldogs continued to add to their reputation as one of the top high school bands in the New York metropolitan area.