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Horse Tamer Preservation Efforts Update

Friday, 24 February 2012 00:00

Alumni, Students Seeking to Raise Necessary Funds

The Friends of the Horse Tamer has launched a new website as part of their bid to raise $150,000 to restore the Horse Tamer. The new site is www.friendsofthehorsetamer.com. The group of alumni, students and other community members is confident that the generosity of the Roslyn community, and of the many thousands of alumni who have graduated from Roslyn High School, will enable the school district to preserve this important historical monument and irreplaceable symbol of the high school.

The Horse Tamer has long been in serious need of repair or restoration. Its condition became dramatically worse over the winter of 2010-11, as large pieces of stone began to come loose and fall to the ground. As an emergency measure, straps were installed to prevent a total collapse. With a commitment to underwrite the entire cost by Friends of the Horse Tamer, the district had the statue moved on February 3 to North Shore Architectural Stone in Glen Head, which is nearing completion on restoring the second horse tamer. That statue had stood in its original location until 2010 and is slated for installation in Roslyn’s Gerry Park in the near future. The high school’s statue will remain in storage and safely out of the elements until sufficient funds are raised to begin the restoration.

 

Debate Continues on Precinct Closings

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 17 February 2012 00:00

 Legislators Discuss Public Safety Issues

An overflow audience packed into the Nassau County Legislative chambers on Monday, Feb.13 as that body held a public hearing on a proposal to close four police precincts in the county and transform them into community policing centers.

The hearing focused on public safety issues. It featured a long presentation by Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Dale who maintained that the plan would not compromise public safety, while noting that certain usages of advanced technologies have helped to reduce crime in the county.

Dale said the consolidation would result in a “more effective and efficient” police department, while also addressing the county’s budget situation. The precincts in question are the First, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Precincts.

 

Birthday Celebration For Abilities! Legend

Friday, 17 February 2012 00:00

Alex Alazraki and His Triumph over Disability  

Landmark for Abilities!, the Albertson-based school that serves the disabled, has been, from its beginnings in 1952, blessed with many devoted employees. But few stand out with as much prominence as Alex Alazraki.

Alex recently celebrated his 93rd birthday and was feted with a loving ceremony by staff and students. In fact, the history of Abilities! and much of Alex’s adult life are one and the same.

Alex is one of Abilties! first employees. Born without fully formed arms or legs, he began working for Abilities! in 1952 when the organization began in a garage in West Hempstead. For the next 60 years, he has continued that same loyal service.

Alazraki, a father of three, grandfather of three and great grandfather of one, was born in Manhattan in 1919. At an early age, his family moved to Coney Island, a much tougher neighborhood. There, Alazraki was forced to prove his independence and stand up for his rights.

 

Activists Unhappy Over Helicopter Route Plan

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 10 February 2012 00:00

Skeptical that real changes are in the works

When it comes to helicopter noise over the North Shore, both Senator Charles Schumer (D. -NY) and U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood claim that help is on the way, but local activists are not pleased with the latest announcement on the subject.

Last week, LaHood announced regulations that would mandate an “over the water” North Shore helicopter route. Such regulations, LaHood’s office said, would be finalized by Memorial Day and implemented this summer.

According to the offices of Senator Schumer, LaHood stated “for the first time” that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) “will begin the process of establishing mandatory offshore routes for Long Island’s South Shore and create regulations that protect communities that would be impacted by exit and entry routes on both routes.”

 

New Life for RHS Horse Tamer

Friday, 10 February 2012 00:00

Alumni and students organize to preserve statue, now removed for safe keeping

The Roslyn school district’s request for help with support to save the Horse Tamer has been answered, as a group of alumni and current students have come together to organize a fundraising campaign to restore the statue.

The group, calling itself Friends of the Horse Tamer, aims to raise $150,000 to completely restore the statue, rebuild the pedestal and re-landscape the circle in the front of the high school. They are confident that the generosity of the Roslyn community, and the many thousands of alumni who have graduated from Roslyn High School, will enable the school district to preserve this important historical monument and irreplaceable symbol of the high school.

The Horse Tamer has long been in serious need of repair or restoration. Its condition became dramatically worse over the winter of 2010-11, as large pieces of stone began to come loose and fall to the ground. As an emergency measure, straps were installed to prevent a total collapse. With a commitment to underwrite the entire cost by Friends of the Horse Tamer, the district had the statue moved on February 3 to North Shore Architectural Stone in Glen Head, which is nearing completion on restoring the second horse tamer. That statue had stood in its original location until 2010 and now appears destined for Gerry Park in Roslyn. The high school’s statue will remain in storage and safely out of the elements until sufficient funds are raised to begin the restoration.

 

Public Activism Called For on Noise Issue

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 03 February 2012 00:00

Residents remain disturbed over new flight patterns

Residents and officials in the Village of East Hills are now taking an active role in the ongoing issue of air traffic noise in the North Shore.

A meeting held at the village’s theatre last Wednesday night attracted up to 70 people as local activists and those from as far away as Brooklyn spoke on how local residents can fight mammouth federal bureaucracies.

Len Schaier of Port Washington, president of “Quiet Skies Over North Hempstead” had one overlaying message: Contact and influence Senator Charles Schumer. Schumer is, of course, the state’s senior senator and Schaier emphasized that his influence is all-important. Only Schumer, Schaier said, can influence the state’s Democratic Party congressional delegation, especially those from Long Island, plus Senator Kirsten Gillibrand who, as Schaier noted, is running for re-election this year.

 

Jack’s Shack Opens In Glen Head

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 03 February 2012 00:00

A’ Green’ facility with all natural consumption

Calling his new establishment “the launch of my crusade to change the way in which America eats,” William Jack Degel has opened Jack’s Shack, a new restaurant located at 671-A Glen Cove Ave. in Glen Head.

On Friday, Jan. 20, the restaurant held its grand opening, one attended by Nassau County Executive Edward I. Mangano.

Degel said Jack’s Shack would be  “a revolutionary concept in the delivery and presentation of fast food,” with diners enjoying “healthy ‘all natural’ consumption from identified, quality sources and making wise diet choices: no steroids, no chemicals, no antibiotics, no hormones, no nitrates, no preservatives.” Further, two-thirds of the facility, Degel said, has been constructed “green” from re-claimed, re-cycled materials and equipment.

 

Hometown Hero Rescues Canines in Peril

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 27 January 2012 00:00

Town of North Hempstead Honors Jerry Perelman

A retired music teacher in the New York City public school system, Roslyn Heights resident Jerry Perelman has found plenty to keep him busy. Namely, he describes his volunteer work as “saving one soul at a time,” the souls of canines, that is. Jerry is a licensed pilot who does work for Animal Rescue Flights. When a certain canine is being abandoned by its owner, when it is scheduled to be put to sleep, the organization will alert pilots like Jerry to make a flight, pick up the animal and fly it to a counselor who then places it with a new family.

For such work, Jerry has been named by the Town of North Hempstead as a Hometown Hero.

The ceremony took place last Thursday in Manhasset with Village Clerk Leslie Gross providing the honors.

“If this inspires just one person to get involved to help rescue dogs, then we’re really doing our job by reaching out to the community,” Ms. Gross said, hailing Perelman’s volunteer work.

 

The Meat House Opens in Roslyn

Friday, 27 January 2012 00:00

Gourmet butcher shop brings an array of choices to local residents

On Friday, Jan. 20, The Meat House, a national gourmet butcher shop and grocer opened its newest location in Roslyn at 1085 Northern Blvd. The store features local meats, dairy and fresh produce from Roslyn-area vendors, all while giving Roslyn-area patrons the quality customer service of a neighborhood butcher shop.

“Growing The Meat House brand to Long Island is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time,” said The Meat House co-founder Justin Rosberg. “This exciting new location is the first of many planned for the area.”  

“We’ve been able to find fantastic local vendors in the Roslyn area that support our mission of providing the highest quality products available to our customers,” said fellow co-founder Jason Parent. “We’re looking forward to getting to know the Roslyn community and supporting them any way that we can.”

 

Villages Confront The Property Tax Cap

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 20 January 2012 00:00

Fiscal restraint already a long-held practice

The 2 percent cap on property taxes is an issue being debated all across Long Island, as several villages have already voted to override the cap, while also promising to maintain fiscal and revenue restraint.

Most of the villages in the Roslyn area, however, are committed to holding the line. If they plan to stay within the 2 percent tax cap, it is not because of the new law, but because fiscal restraint has been their policy for years on end. In short, the tax cap was not aimed at villages in the Roslyn area.

The Village of Roslyn Harbor does not plan to vote for an override. Village officials note that they have kept taxes flat for the past several years, even lowering them in a recent budget.

 

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