I am CEO and President of E Joy Community Resource Center (E Joy CRC), a not-for-profit 501c (3) organization located in Roslyn Heights with a satellite in Holbrook. The purpose of this letter is to introduce our organization and to request your support as we carry out our mission to fight hunger.
E Joy CRC was established in memory of my late mother in-law, Edwinor Joye, a missionary who dedicated her life towards helping others. E Joy’s mission is to promote self-sufficiency and empowerment to economically disadvantaged individuals and families living on Long Island. Our mission is to relieve immediate hunger and address the long-term health and safety needs of low income individuals and families through our food pantries, senior advocacy program, community outreach, adult literacy class and job skills training program.
In 2011 the East Hills community experienced two severe storms — each of which resulted in rather lengthy power outages for many of our residents. As a result, many of us, both young families and older folks alike, found ourselves in very difficult circumstances without electricity — no hot water to wash, no cooling, no refrigeration and no reliable cooking sources. In other words, our village experienced an almost inconceivable, unlivable and unacceptable condition in these modern times.
Several weeks ago I wrote about the pending demolition of 37 Laurel Lane and its negative aspects. Now there is surprising good news and bad news about this story.
The bad news is that the builder is now proposing to cut down nearly every healthy, towering old tree on the property, a total of five. This request will be reviewed soon by the village Architectural Review Board (ARB).
Unfortunately, in the business of schools, the news is not all happy.
Recently, Governor Andrew Cuomo presented his State of the State address and his Executive Budget and Reform Plan. We commend Governor Cuomo’s willingness to take on what has always been perceived as sacred cows, such as pension reform, tenure issues, teacher and principal evaluations, as well as the ever-increasing high taxes across the state; but the increasing costs to districts to implement these proposals, without mandate relief, just further burdens school districts with new additional costs.
The Tax Cap, which in actuality is not a cap on taxes but rather is a cap on the tax levy, does not cap an individual’s school tax bill. The law applies solely to the school tax levy. Increases in individual tax bills are set by formulas created by the County and this will continue to be true. This is significantly different than what taxpayers have been led to believe.
One of the oldest, largest and most well-respected community-based human service agencies closed on Jan. 27. Some 300 employees at Chicago’s Jane Addams Hull House Association were handed layoff notices and final paychecks and were notified of the immediate discontinuation of their health care benefits. This is a tragedy and an ominous sign.
Hull House was founded in 1889 by social worker and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jane Addams and her lifetime friend and community-activist Ellen Gates Starr. Hull House began as a home for disenfranchised citizens. The organization’s mission was “neighbors helping neighbors.” In its early years Hull House was organized to help immigrants to learn English and the principles of democratic citizenship and to improve the lives and working conditions of many of those living on the west side of Chicago. In recent years Hull House’s focus was on foster care, child care, domestic violence counseling and job training.
Let’s flash forward to November 2012: The leaves are in full bloom, you’re getting ready for the holidays, and the Yankees have just won the World Series again (sorry Mets fans).
It’s also time to vote. You’re registered and ready to have a say in who represents your community. Democracy is about you, right?
But it’s too late. State politicians in Albany have already decided who will represent you when they drew district lines back in the beginning of the year. You’re stuck with Assemblyman X and Senator Y, whether you like it or not.
This isn’t a dystopian fantasy: In 2006, no incumbent lost a race for the New York State Senate or Assembly. That either means that New Yorkers think all state politicians are doing a fantastic job, or the system is rigged.
The New York Press Association (NYPA, an association of weekly newspapers in NY State) funds paid summer internships for college journalism students to work at their community papers. Anton Community Newspapers is a member of the association.
To apply, students in the Anton Newspapers coverage area should go to www.newyorkpressassociation.com and click on “The NYPA Foundation” in the menu bar, where an application can be downloaded. Send the application to: News Internship, Anton Community Newspapers, 132 East Second St., Mineola, NY 11501.
One of the prettiest homes in Norgate will soon be demolished (and may have been by this printing), a quaint and modest yellow-and-brown home on Laurel Lane. One extraordinary, towering old tree next to it is also marked for destruction.
For the next months, our street will be a construction zone, not a peaceful residential neighborhood. I don’t think anyone is happy about this kind of activity. I would like to help organize an effective movement to change it.
The aesthetics of Norgate, like other circa 1940 upper-income developments like nearby Plandome, were serene, modest, and semi-classical in an English country and New England style. Homes were surrounded by greenery and were set off from their neighbors for privacy and quiet. (I grew up here in the 1960s, when this was unquestioned.)
Long Island residents benefit from some of the most abundant and most affordable drinking water in the entire country, but that makes it all the more vital that we preserve our precious natural resource. While the deep aquifers from which Long Island draws its water supply are much less susceptible to contamination than most other sources of drinking water, it is nevertheless important to be aware of possible hazards and take all necessary steps to avoid them. With 3 million Long Islanders living, working, and playing on top of our water supply, some contamination is inevitable. The Long Island Water Conference suggests that we all take the following steps to help conserve and protect our unique water supply.
Always ensure that hazardous materials, such as household chemicals, paints, oils and batteries are disposed of properly. Because Long Island’s drinking water supply is derived from underground aquifers, it is very important for residents to minimize their households’ runoff of hazardous materials. One quart of oil can contaminate up to 250,000 gallons of water, effectively eliminating that much water from our water supply.
On July 6, 2011, the Trustees of the Village of Flower Hill, in the presence of a substantial number of village residents, voted against paying insurance benefits for the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and the Trustees. In spite of this vote, the taxpayers are still paying for the elected officials insurance costs. The 2011, yearly health care cost for each elected official was $18,513.83. Since 2006, the elected officials have been receiving these benefits.
The total cost for each year is as follows: 2006, $54,057.12; 2007, $57,507.36; 2008, $79,393.48; 2009, $81,013.44; 2010, $92,004.72.
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