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Chamber Chatter: August 23, 2011

Written by Lonnie Goldman, President, Roslyn Chamber of Commerce Friday, 26 August 2011 00:00

The Chamber-sponsored summer concert series has drawn to a close with an outstanding performance by Phil Costa’s Something Special Big Band, an 18-piece band that played favorites from Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and all the favorite tunes from yesteryear.  They played for two hours in front of a very appreciative crowd.  

The Town of North Hempstead Supervisor, Jon Kaiman, Receiver of Taxes, Charles Berman, and Legislator Wayne Wink Jr., all addressed the audience before the concert.


From the LI Water Conference: August 17, 2011

Written by Karl Schweitzer Friday, 19 August 2011 00:00

It’s a Tough Economy, But the Water Industry Has Great Job Opportunities

As we continue to hear discouraging stories about unemployed college graduates, as well as men and women being laid off and left looking for work, careers with strong futures are increasingly attracting attention. It might surprise you to know that one growing field with a wide array of opportunities is the water supply industry.

Public concern about water conservation and water quality has significantly raised the profile of the water industry in recent years. At the same time, advanced technology – including water-treatment, telemetry, and geographical information systems — has opened up many new jobs.


Parenthood Plus: August 17, 2011

Written by Andrew Malekoff Friday, 19 August 2011 00:00


I was privileged to be at a pre-release screening of the extraordinary feature-length documentary film called Rebirth at Hofstra University in June. In just a few days, you can see it too.

Rebirth’s theatrical premiere will be held on Aug. 31, at the IFC Center in New York City and on SHOWTIME on the 10th anniversary commemoration of September 11, 2001.


Letter: Current Building Is Inadequate

Friday, 12 August 2011 00:00
I bought my home in East Hills in November of 1964 and have been a resident of the village for the past 47 years.  I am also a member of the Roslyn Highlands volunteer fire company and an EMT (emergency medical technician) with the Roslyn Fire Companies ambulance service.

There have been a lot of questions lately about the project to rebuild our East Hills fire station on Harbor Hill Road. By writing to you I hope to clear up any concerns or misconceptions that you and your family may have.


Letter: Questions About Firehouse Expansion Remain

Friday, 12 August 2011 00:00
I am concerned that some in the senior citizensí group pictured on the front page last week and cited in my letter challenging the Harbor Hill Road firehouse reconstruction and expansion do not feel properly represented.

That being said, the bulk of residents of East Hills still appear to be overwhelmingly troubled by the plan to triple in size and capacity the small fire station, and the hasty, deficient way the zoning board granted variances for it in June.


Letter: What More Firehouse Hearings Could Accomplish

Friday, 05 August 2011 00:00

Two dozen residents attended the East Hills village board meeting on Wednesday, July 27 to ask questions about the Harbor Hill Road firehouse expansion. Some also expressed their adamant opposition. Twenty residents even wore white ribbons to symbolize their opposition to the zoning board of appeals (ZBA) hasty and uninformed vote on June 28 of this year.

But instead of opening the meeting to public comments, the village board deviated from its announced agenda including a mysterious “thank you” from firefighters and turned the floor over to a fire representative and the ZBA attorney, to whom residents had to pose specific questions. It was like a cynical version of Jeopardy, unworthy of a New York State municipality. Mayor Michael R. Koblenz claimed the board had nothing to do with the firehouse variance even though he told The Roslyn News he spent three years in negotiations with the fire company about the size of the facility (“Village, Roslyn Highlands Defend Harbor Hill Road Firehouse Expansion, The Roslyn News, July 21, 2011).


Letter: A Response to Robert McMillan’s Column

Friday, 05 August 2011 00:00

Mr. McMillan’s interpretation of The Dream Act is inaccurate. It would create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented youth who meet certain qualifications, so the first sentence is true in that sense. But it would not in any way give those same immigrants free college tuition. They would simply be eligible for government financial aid in the same way that a citizen would be.

Maryann Slutsky
Campaign Director, LI Wins


Parenthood Plus: July 26, 2011

Written by Andrew Malekoff Friday, 29 July 2011 00:00

‘Building Men for Others’

Schoolyards, playing fields, gymnasiums, vacant lots, street corners, makeshift clubhouses and stoops were but a few of the special places of my boyhood. These were the platforms upon which the richest of memories, sweet and sour, were built. In later years, it has been the countless hours of my work with groups of boys at North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center that have been most evocative of those special places and times. The associated images and scenarios provide me, at each memorable stop, with a visceral reminder of my earliest struggles to belong, to feel special and to be valued.


Letter: Supports Proposed Coliseum Project

Friday, 22 July 2011 00:00

The proposed coliseum project is critical to Nassau County’s economic revival. It will create jobs immediately: 1,500 construction jobs and more than 3,000 permanent jobs. It will help Nassau County get back on its feet economically by generating development in the area and injecting much needed cash into the County’s coffers.


Letter: LWV Objects to Hub Referendum Vote Date

Friday, 22 July 2011 00:00

(This letter was sent to County Executive Edward Mangano and the County Legislature.)

The League of Women Voters of Nassau County strongly objects to the August 1 scheduling of a Nassau County referendum on the proposal to permit the county to borrow up to an additional $400 million for a proposed “Nassau County Hub Area Development” construction project, which would include a new Nassau Coliseum and minor league ballpark. Our reasons include the following:

The cost of doing this as a special election, projected to be approximately $2 million, is not necessary and would come at a time when Nassau County is already experiencing serious financial difficulties. Though the cost would be picked up if the vote is “Yes,” if it is “No,” the voters would have to bear this unnecessary burden. This risk can easily be avoided by scheduling the vote on the same day and on the same ballots as those for the general election in the fall. Most bond issue votes have been done that way in the past.


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