Name calling, teasing, shunning. Whatever form it takes, bullying has been an unfortunate rite of passage for many students from the first day of kindergarten to high school graduation. It’s been around in some form, most likely, since the first-ever school opened its doors.
As the decades roll on, so does technology, and schools do their best to try and keep up. Bullying certainly has; it has turned into cyberbullying, with putdowns moving from the playground to the PC and now, Smartphones.
After several public budget workshops and many months of deliberations, the Jericho Board of Education adopted a proposed budget of $114,468,464 for the 2012-13 school year at its March 15 regular meeting at Cantiague Elementary School.
The community will have the chance to approve or reject the adopted budget in a public vote slated for Tuesday, May 15, in the Jericho High School gymnasium between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.
With the vision in mind, Rabbi Shalom and Sara Paltiel began to create a new Disney-like, Israel-themed, 1,800 square foot playground and cultural recreation center at Chabad of Port Washington. The new installment includes a recreational area with access to instruments, a puppet theater, a faux-marketplace, a costume area, a replica of ancient ruins, a live streaming feed of a bustling center in Israel, a camel, and a tree. This interactive play space offers children the opportunity to become immersed into another world while being able to enhance their vibrant imaginations with the toys and environment.
LIRR commuters will be intrigued to hear what Dave Morrison of Plainview, a retired LIRR Oyster Bay Branch Manager and railroad historian has to say about the development of Jamaica station. His new book, Jamaica Station, published by the answers to how the site evolved. Mr. Morrison writes captions that tell the history of the station and its location.
The Oyster Bay Railroad Museum is sponsoring the talk and book signing by Mr. Morrison on March 22, at Christ Church, 60 East Main Street at 7 p.m. The event is free but donations are gratefully accepted. Mr. Morrision is an Oyster Bay Railroad Museum Station Committee member.
Valley Stream resident Milagros Vincente clutched her daughter as the Nassau County Legislature voted 10-9 to realign four of its eight police precincts on Monday, March 5. She echoed sentiments of dozens of residents, business owners and police in attendance that opposed the plan from its inception.
The plan will alter the First, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Precincts. The county has been trying to erase a $310 million deficit in 2012 and touted this plan as a step in the direction of eliminating it. In 2011, the deficit totaled $145 million.
Thomas Dale was tapped to man the Nassau County Police Department three months ago but was not officially designated until hours before the County Legislature voted 10-9 to realign four of its eight police precincts on March 5. His designation vote went along party lines.
Dale’s welcome party never came and there was no ticker-tape parade, just more questions on what’s to be done with the publicly dubbed “Super Precincts,” revamped station houses called “community policing centers” and boos and jeers from residents at the hearing prior to the vote, concerned with public safety.
New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s February 2012 audit of the Syosset School District suggests that it spends exponentially more on salaries and benefits for administrators than districts with comparable standing. Syosset’s administrative salary costs were higher, ranging from $1.2 to $2.7 million over those years, than average costs at six similar districts consisting of Half Hollow Hills, East Meadow, Port Washington, Three Village, West Islip and Great Neck.
The three top people accounted for 89 percent of the district’s fringe benefit costs in the 2008-09 fiscal year and 91 percent the following year. The audit examined spending from July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2010.
No vote was taken on Monday, Feb. 27, on the plan to close four Nassau County police precincts and convert them into Community Policing Centers.
The Nassau County Legislature’s Republican majority had hoped for such a vote, one that would close the First and Fifth and Sixth and Eighth precincts. However, according to a spokeswoman for Presiding Officer Peter J. Schmitt (R-Massapequa), County Executive Edward I. Mangano asked the legislature to delay the vote for at least a week, while his office remains in negotiations over unspecified issues with the Police Benevolent Association (PBA).
On the eve of a vote that could shut down four police precincts in Nassau County and convert them to community policing centers, officers with the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) once again presented their case against the proposal.
In a meeting with editors of Anton Community Newspapers, PBA President James Carver and his associates claimed that the proposed closures would result in less services at the community centers than what existed at precinct stationhouses. They also disputed claims made by Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Dale that crime has decreased in Nassau County and in general, they made the case that precinct stationhouses are essential to combating crime and performing needed services.
“You ought to be in pictures.” That’s the sentiment that Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano has about Nassau County. Specifically, he would like Nassau to be used more frequently as a location for film, television and commercial productions. To accomplish this, his administration and the Nassau County Film Commission have created the Nassau County Film Advisory Board, which is comprised of members with much experience in various media formats in order to promote the film industry in Nassau and to attract film productions here. The board had its first meeting on Feb. 14.
Nassau is already a popular destination for the filming of movies and television shows. The movies, SALT and Man on a Ledge were both largely shot in Nassau County as were some of the scenes from The Good Shepherd. In addition USA’s Royal Pains and Fox’s Running Wilde are filmed around Nassau as are scenes from movies and television shows including The Good Wife, Unforgettable, Person of Interest, the Smurfs Movie, Arthur, White Collar, Gossip Girl, Boardwalk Empire, Wall Street II, Win-Win, Rescue Me, and Dark Horse. Mangano is looking to further expand Nassau’s presence in the filmmaking industry.
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