I am proud to announce that the Roslyn Chamber of Commerce now has 200 members.
Clearly the word is spreading, and businesses all around want to be a part of the chamber and reap the benefits of chamber membership.
So many exciting things are planned for 2013. You’ll definitely want to mark down on your calendars that the next chamber meeting will be on Monday, May 16 at Table 9 in East Hills.
Monuments are important to any village. They give them a sense of identity and uniqueness. They add enormously to the local color, plus they can be reminders of an heroic past. Just try to imagine Roslyn without the Ellen E. Ward Clock Tower greeting visitors and residents alike. Roslyn would be an entirely different village without it. Similarly, the horse tamer monument, for decades, has given Roslyn High School its own identity, while serving as a source of pride. The horse tamer has been in disrepair for several years and now sits in a facility in Glen Head. Fortunately, Roslyn High School alumni have rallied to try and save the horse tamer and to return it to its former home. The response so far has been good, but not enough for completion. Even modest contributions by any number of alumni could raise the necessary renovation funds. The details for any contributions are listed in an article in this week’s issue (“Horse Tamer Fundraising Progressing,” page one). Horse tamer restoration is a worthy cause and would add needed pride to Roslyn High School for generations to come.
In response to Susan Lerner’s opinion piece in Newsday on July 3, entitled “Voters Are The Losers In Nassau Fight,” The League of Women Voters of Nassau County believes in many of the same principles Ms Lerner proposes. As a nonpartisan organization, the league has repeatedly spoken before the county legislature and to the temporary advisory redistricting commission for a fairer and more transparent process for redistricting than is currently being considered by this advisory commission.
The league believes first that the advisory commission should conduct hearings to receive input from residents about how the process should occur and suggestions on how district lines should be drawn. Then, after the commission creates proposed districts, there should be additional public hearings to discuss them. These hearings should be in all three towns and two cities in Nassau County and should occur at a variety of times (day and evening) and at multiple locations in order to accommodate as many people as possible. Equally important is that all meeting locations be handicapped-accessible.
People are always looking for omens, whether they be four-leaf clovers or Mayan doomsday prophecies. However, Long Islanders don’t need complicated procedures to determine what kind of day will be. I’ve found that the following three occurrences will signify that it’s going to be a good day.
• You encounter an obnoxious driver
You know what an obnoxious driver is. He, or she, is the driver who doesn’t think you’re going fast enough, even though you’re keeping up with traffic and your speedometer says you’re traveling at a reasonable speed. An obnoxious driver tailgates you for a few moments, as if his or her presence will motivate you to speed up and drive around 90 m.p.h. This is the driver who then switches lanes, blows past you as if you are the most insignificant creature on the planet and perhaps even makes a nasty gesture in your direction. Not satisfied with simply passing you, the obnoxious driver continues to zip in and out of lanes, zooming past cars until finally disappearing off into the distance.
For the upcoming fall, Roslyn High School will have a new principal. In a future issue, The Roslyn News hopes to have a more in-depth talk with Scott Andrews and what his plans are for the high school. In the meantime, we join in with the Roslyn community in expressing thanks to Kevin Scanlon for his seven years of service to the school district. Scanlon came on at a difficult time in Roslyn’s recent history as the embezzlement scandal had sullied one of the top school districts in the nation.
It is difficult to express my disappointment that the Assembly did not pass our CPR in Schools bill (S2491/A3980) to ensure that all students learn CPR before graduating from high school. In August of 2006, my 14-year-old daughter, Leah, went into sudden cardiac arrest while trying out for the volleyball team at Bethpage High School. Thankfully, Leah’s life was saved by her coach. However, to think that her fellow teammates could have saved her life as well after a short CPR lesson is empowering.
I am truly thankful to my representative, Senator Kemp Hannon, for sponsoring and helping champion the passage of the CPR in Schools legislation in the Senate. He is well aware how important this bill is to saving lives.
After years of litigation and negotiations, the Roslyn Country Club, once again, will open its pool and tennis courts. It won’t happen this summer, but the very long wait for local residents to have a pool will take place in 2013. Originally, pool membership went along with residency in the Roslyn Country Club area. That happy arrangement went sour when the club began accumulating debts. And so, the Town of North Hempstead stepped in.
On June 26 at the Bryant Library, LIPA made a presentation to some Roslyn folks about the improvements being made to enhance LIPA’s response to broad area power outages. I am sure everyone there appreciates their renewed efforts.
Prior to the meeting, I happened to review on the Nassau County site, the list of Hurricane Evacuation Shelters recently identified for Hurricane Irene and found that when I plotted the locations of these various facilities there was a big hole in the layout coverage — the greater Roslyn/Alberstson area is the empty center of the donut of facilities. Not one shelter facility has been designated in our general area. Many other areas have their shelter in the local high school. Why not Roslyn High School?
This Wednesday, July 4 is the nation’s 236th birthday. Some things about Independence Day have remained the same. People associate the day with fireworks. That has been true from the beginning, even though they were called “illuminations” back in the 18th and 19th centuries. Some have changed. Independence Day was about far more than loud noises. It was once common practice for people to gather at a picnic and then for a local resident, usually the town lawyer, to get up and read the entire Declaration of Independence, right from “In the course of human events” to “we pledge our sacred honor.” We can think of only a few places where that is performed today and usually, it is only a portion of the document, not the entire text. There are probably millions and millions of college graduates who can’t even tell you who wrote the declaration not to mention what it says. The old practice of actually reading the declaration is one in dire need of revitalization.
High school graduation is upon us, which means this would be a good time to tell the current graduates everything I wish someone had told me at the time. However, I’m not sure if the things I would like to be able to tell my younger self— like “Don’t attempt to go to school anywhere where an average snowdrift in November comes up to your face,” and “The people who told you that you could create your own major with ease were dead wrong,”— would be of much use to anyone else.
Instead, this time of year leads me to contemplate an interesting puzzle, something I didn’t understand at the time I went to college at all but find endlessly fascinating now. Basically, you go to college to start achieving your dreams, but if you actually succeed in that goal, you might be doing something wrong: college is supposed to change you. If you go through the kind of intellectual growth that college really should provoke, the dreams you had when you were 18 will likely not be the same dreams the new and hopefully improved, 22-plus version of yourself treasures.
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