More than 475 guests gathered for the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center’s 19th Annual Tribute Dinner to reaffirm their support of the Center’s mission to teach the history of the Holocaust and its lessons through education and community outreach.
The evening featured people who have made this mission a major part of their personal and professional lives.
On Tuesday, Nov. 15 Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Assemblyman Dave McDonough, officers from the Nassau County Police Department, and members of the Califano family held a ceremony to dedicate the “Police Officer Michael J. Califano Memorial Bridge” in memory of Nassau County Police Officer Michael Califano, who was killed in the line of duty earlier this year.
Senator Fuschillo and Assemblywoman Schimel authored a law, co-sponsored by Assemblyman McDonough, renaming the Glen Cove Road bridge overpass that crosses over the LIE the “Police Officer Michael J. Califano Memorial Bridge.” The law was passed by both the Senate and Assembly in June and signed by Governor Cuomo in August.
Members of 20 Long Island architectural, engineering, design and construction firms were joined this year by students from two local schools as they competed for top honors in Canstruction Long Island 2011, the design/build competition that helps fight hunger in our communities.
Each canned food structure portrayed the theme of ending hunger. Designs included a life-sized Chess Set, a Train, Pac Man, a Care Bear, and an Elephant, to name a few. Many returning teams started formulating the designs for their structures immediately following last year’s event, and the evidence was clear to visitors viewing the exhibit. Teams designed, planned, fundraised, and shopped for their creations for months, but had less than 24 hours to build the final structures at RXR Plaza in Uniondale.
Listeners at the Oyster Bay Town Board meeting for granting landmark status to the Maine Maid Inn in Jericho were surprised and delighted (shown by sudden applause) as Supervisor John Venditto proposed the town might purchase the historic building. The suggestion was made as Town Commisioner of Planning and Development Fredrick Ippolito talked about what happened a year ago with the Octagon Hotel in Oyster Bay. It was a building that was empty, old and dilapidated and in danger of demolition and now it has six apartments and retail space rented – a success story. He said a letter from Sienna bank said the Maine Maid Inn is in foreclosure and they don’t know what will happen with the building.
As winter approaches, Superintendent Dr. Carole Hankin wants to make sure the Syosset community fully understands the Syosset Central School District’s snow closing policy. The issue was among the first highlighted in her report during Monday’s Board of Education meeting at South Woods Middle School.
Hankin stressed that a two-hour delay does not mean that schools will open in two hours, but rather that another decision will be made within that time period.
The voices of hundreds shouting “No Mall Here!” could be heard all over Robbins Lane in Syosset at noon on Sunday, Nov. 6. At the Cerro Wire Coalition’s No Mall Here Rally, residents of all ages turned out to demonstrate that despite what Bill Taubman and representatives from the Taubman Company might say, community opposition to building a 750,000 square foot upscale mall on the old Cerro Wire property has not waned in the midst of the economic downturn.
Among the assembled residents were many elected officials and community leaders such as Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, Councilwoman Rebecca Alesia, Receiver James Stefanich, County Legislator Judy Jacobs, Syosset Board of Education President Marc Herman and vice president April Neuendorf, Jericho Board of Education President Joe Lorintz, and Carol Meschkow of Concerned Citizens of Plainview-Old Bethpage, among others.
After going so far as initiating a lawsuit last year to avoid a takeover of Nassau County finances by the fiscal watchdog NIFA, County Executive Edward P. Mangano is now submitting a multi-year financial plan to that group seeking four more years of the “control period” that gives it authority over Nassau’s books.
Included in the plan is Mangano’s $2.6 billion budget for 2012 - approved by the Republican majority in the Legislature on Oct. 30 and currently sitting with NIFA for approval - which has left some glaring questions that many hope will be answered now that Election Day is over. These include, an announcement on which two Nassau County Police precincts will be closed, what the future of Long Island Bus will be, and whether $150 million in labor savings will come from union “concessions” or in the form of a massive decimation of the county workforce.
Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs’ campaign for re-election has been the recipient of actions which the Legislator refers to as “costly craziness.” Signs which are costly and labor intensive to place have been disappearing and defaced while nearby Republican signs have been left intact.
Four signs, three on Woodbury road, and one on Manetto Hill Road have been stolen. Four others have been methodically destroyed, according to Legislator Jacobs, by cutting the name out of the sign. “It is totally unbelievable. Just drive in the area and you will note that the signs for Republican candidates are untouched,” said Ms. Jacobs.
Jericho Superintendent Hank Grishman was recently named Educator of the Year by the Korean Parent Association of Long Island (KPALI).
“It is our extreme pleasure to acknowledge Mr. Grishman’s dedication to education and his fine work with our children,” said Minsun Kim, president of KPALI.
Eight Jericho High School students were recently named semifinalists in the prestigious national Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, revealing the brightest high school minds.
The students are Anuhita Basavaraju, Sonia Joshi, Preeti Kakani, Grace Kim, Brendan Liu, Neil Mehta, Kristin Wong and Peter Zhou.
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