It was with great sorrow that I learned about the death and passing of my old buddy and very good friend, Ray Jacobs.
I knew Ray for the past 50 years after I first moved to the Village of East Hills and became active in civic affairs.
Flemming Hansen didn’t necessarily expect to be an entrepreneur. And he didn’t expect to be plying his trade here on Long Island.
Growing up in Denmark, he aspired to become a chef; decades later, he found success as a baker. Close enough.
The Wheatley stage was recently graced with future Broadway and Hollywood stars in the spring production of Les Miserables. If you did not get a chance to get their autographs after the show, I predict it will cost you dearly in the future. It was simply an amazing experience for the audience. It was a fitting end to a week in which the Board of Education concluded their deliberations with the lowest budget-to-budget increase of 1.9 percent, since 1992.
Roslyn’s voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, May 17 to decide on the school budget for 2011-12. At a time when many other school districts are having to confront very painful financial decisions, Roslyn is fortunate that its proposed budget maintains our instructional programs, and even builds upon the innovations we have introduced in recent years. And we are doing this while maintaining strict fiscal discipline. The Board of Education, for the third year in a row, is presenting a budget with little change in spending or taxes.
The League of Women Voters of Nassau County, a non-partisan organization, which neither supports nor opposes any candidate or political party, is concerned about the County Legislature’s haste in re-drawing the legislative district lines. In doing this, the Legislature is not adhering to its own County Charter, subsection 113, which requires an advisory redistricting commission to be established to reapportion the county legislative districts based on the federal census.
The East Williston Board of Education is pleased to announce that the district has settled negotiations with the Administrative and Clerical units.
It was big news.
On March 11, 4-year-old Long Islander Emily Ruiz and her grandfather were en route to Brentwood after a vacation in Guatemala when their plane was diverted to Washington, DC, because of weather.
At the airport, Emily’s grandfather had problems with customs officials due to a decades-old immigration infraction, and he was soon placed in deportation proceedings. Meanwhile, Emily’s parents, both undocumented immigrants, were waiting for her to arrive at Kennedy Airport. She never made it.
It is with sincere gratitude that I recognize the tireless efforts of Fresh Air Fund volunteers in Nassau County as the country celebrates National Volunteer Week. Their commitment to helping New York City children is exemplary for all community members and truly embodies the spirit of the 2011 National Volunteer Week theme, “Celebrating People in Action.”
There’s no doubt that one of the biggest debates in this country deals with something most people take for granted: water — and more specifically bottled water versus tap water. There are many strong views on both sides of the argument, but the truth is that most people just don’t know the facts. The Long Island Water Conference wants you to know that our tap water is not only cheaper, healthier and more convenient, it is also much better for the environment.
On March 29, the Administration of County Executive Edward Mangano sent letters to County Youth Board agencies notifying them that, effective April 1, they would receive cuts to their budgets. No, this was not an April Fools’ prank. County Executive Mangano was giving the agencies, which provide programs for our children just two days’ notice that their funding would be curtailed or in some cases eliminated. Youth agencies rightfully panicked last week over these proposed cuts. Then suddenly, the County Executive withdrew the cuts temporarily, stating that if the state legislature approves his additional Red Light Camera program by mid-April he will restore most of the cuts.
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