First it was the Lighthouse Project, then a casino and now a new redevelopment plan that could garner a minor league ballpark and new arena for the New York Islanders. Interested parties will be crossing their fingers until Aug. 1 when Nassau County residents will vote a $400 million bond referendum to redevelop the 77-acre site of the Nassau Coliseum.
But that’s old news, for now.
The Jericho Union Free School District Board of Education agreed to freeze Superintendent Henry L. Grishman’s salary for the next five years in a vote on Thursday night.
The board approved Grishman’s contract at their June 16 meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Jericho Middle School Library. His contract will remain the same through the 2015-2016 school year, and he will continue to receive $288,794 a year in salary and more than $134,000 in benefits. A copy of his board-approved contract is available on the Jericho school website.
Among all else, Terri Carr Muran wanted the residents gathered in the basement of St. Paul the Apostle Church on June 16 to know one thing: this was not a political rally. Instead, the event billed as “Save Our Old Brookville Police” was intended to serve as an information session for those curious about the state of negotiations between the Old Brookville Police Departmentand the six villages they serve.
“This evening is about security and safety,” Muran said. “It is not about political campaigning, although we do encourage you to vote.”
As the academic year winds down once again, students in schools all over the country are celebrating with classroom parties, featuring pizza, cookies, and talk of upcoming summer plans. However, on June 15, the students in the community service class at Jericho Middle School were holding a classroom party for a different reason: to celebrate the completion of approximately 60 “Duduza” dolls, together with their fellow students from The Brookville Center for Children’s Services (BCCS) on the AHRC campus. BCCS accommodates students with mental retardation, multiple disabilities, traumatic brain injury and autism.
The pattern for the colorful yarn dolls was originally created to comfort AIDS-affected children in South Africa, hence the title; “Duduza” is the Zulu word for comfort. However, the 60 dolls that the local students have created will be donated to both MercyFirst St. Mary of Angels Home in Syosset, and Blanca’s House, a non-profit organization of volunteer health care professionals who donate their time to provide free medical treatment to underprivileged children and their families around the world.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced on June 10 that the RFP Panel formed in 2010 to evaluate public-private bids to manage and operate Long Island (LI) Bus operations beginning in 2012 has made an official selection. A contract, to be negotiated, will need the approval of the County Legislature and the Nassau Interim Finance Authority.
After reviewing proposals submitted by three private transportation operators, the panel, chaired by Nassau County Director of Real Estate Carl Schroeter, selected Veolia Transportation, Inc. Upon receiving the panel’s selection, the County Executive forwarded it to the outgoing Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority Mark Aesch, who was retained to review the panel’s selection. Aesch independently confirmed the panel’s selection and, Mangano said, will further assist the County in transitioning to a privately managed and operated bus system.
This year marks the ten-year anniversary of September 11, 2001. With the commemoration will no doubt come an outpouring of remembrance and reverence. A Town Hall meeting on June 1 at Jericho High School featured a discussion on 9/11, with a specific emphasis on how the tragedy should be taught in schools.
The Syosset Central School District budget may have passed with 71 percent approval last month, but some residents still want answers regarding the hot-button issue. One such citizen, Peter Ennis, chose to voice his concerns directly to the Board of Education during the Audience to the Public portion at the monthly Board of Education Meeting at South Woods Middle School on June 6.
While the rainy morning of Monday, May 30 made it look as though it might be a gloomy time for a parade, fortunately sunshine prevailed; by the time the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, marching bands, civic organizations and fire trucks took to the pavement, it was a beautiful late spring day.
However, despite the festive atmosphere, as many Syosset residents kicked back in lawn chairs with cold drinks and chatted about upcoming summer plans, parade organizers made sure that the meaning of the day was not lost on the crowd.
“One thing I want you to remember today, although we’re all laughing and enjoying ourselves, it’s really a memorial; don’t forget,” said Gus Scutari, the World War II veteran who has been coordinating the parade for the past several decades.
Plenty of local business leaders have sampled the world-famous Chinese cuisine of Philippe, the Jericho branch of the successful family of restaurants owned by celebrated chef Philippe Chow. However, those who hadn’t done so were given a rare opportunity on the evening of Monday, May 23, when Philippe and Anton Newspapers publisher Angela Anton hosted the North Shore CEO and Executive Summer Kick-Off Reception, featuring complimentary tastings, cocktails, and of course, some time to chat and network.
Long Island business and construction union leaders rallied Monday and Tuesday of this week for a new Nassau Coliseum in an effort to keep the New York Islanders on Long Island.
The rallies were aimed at getting support from the Nassau Legislature on whether to proceed with a referendum on up to $400 million in borrowing to build a new Coliseum and a minor league ballpark.
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