On Saturday, April 17, a bunch of teenagers put aside their weekend plans to play some tennis for a good cause. With the help of Roslyn Sportime, Long Island Tennis Magazine, and tennis pro Emilie Katz, Jericho High School eleventh-graders Samantha Debello and Amanda Hyman presented “Tennis Fun Night”, a pay-to-play tennis event for teens where all proceeds went to the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless (LICH.) While the overall prognosis for homelessness on Long Island remains somewhat grim, the atmosphere of teens being moved to take time out from their lives to do something to help the less fortunate- and the conviction of Debello and Hyman in particular- couldn’t help but breed optimism for the future.
With a new partnership between Nassau County and the Town of Oyster Bay, the long-awaited Jackson Avenue improvement project is back on track. After federal authorities refused to fund the project after nine months of planning, the project had been left in political limbo, meaning that Jackson Avenue might be left in poor shape for the duration. However, thanks to the efforts of Legislator Judy Jacobs (who initiated the process by going to Venditto in the hopes of cooperating to find an alternate solution), TOB Supervisor John Venditto, County Executive Ed Mangano, and Congressman Steve Israel, the project is on track to begin as early as mid-2010.
In the age of the 24-hour news cycle, major events can fade from the public consciousness quickly. The disastrous effect of Hurricane Katrina on the city of New Orleans is one such event; now that it’s been nearly five years since the hurricane itself, it’s all too easy to forget that many people in New Orleans are still in need. However, The NOLA Tree- a new non-profit organization started by children’s book author Phil Bildner- is dedicated to providing continued support to the city of New Orleans, as well as cultivating a love of community activism in the next generation. The organization brings groups of teens from Long Island (and other nearby areas) to New Orleans, where they cooperate with other service organizations from all around the globe in hands-on volunteer work.
The Postal Service offers services for last minute taxpayers on Thursday, April 15.
Calling underage drinking a serious issue would be a gross understatement; in addition to serving as a causal factor for a host of debilitating and potentially deadly conditions, underage drinking costs residents of New York state billions of dollars in medical costs and lost work hours.
Last Thursday, the head of facilities at the Syosset Central School District discovered asbestos planks by a dumpster outside of the Syosset High School. According to the district, they were from a cleanup of the boiler room that took place earlier that day. The district’s environmental services contractor was contacted to test the substance.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, together with members of the Town Board, honored eight extraordinary recipients at the 12th annual Town of Oyster Bay “Women of Distinction” Awards Ceremony, held at Town Hall March 23. The award recognizes the outstanding achievements of women who either live or work in the Town.
Local postal workers and leaders from the letter carriers, mail handlers and clerks recently held a rally to oppose eliminating Saturday mail delivery. According to Congressman Steve Israel, seniors, veterans and many others rely on the postal system for urgent deliveries, such as Social Security checks and medical information. Postal workers attended the rally to urge the United States Postal Service (USPS) to consider all alternatives before ending Saturday service.
At the Monday, March 22 Syosset Central School District Board of Education meeting, those who missed the recent Syosset High School production of Disney’s High School Musical were treated to a special digest version. The full cast performed three complete numbers from the tremendously popular show for the board and members of the community. Superintendant Dr. Hankin thanked all of those who participated in the spring musical and made it such a success.
In his first State of the County address, County Executive Edward P. Mangano criticized the previous administration, listing numerous problems in Nassau’s government and saying that because of past planning, “Tonight, I am here to tell you: The state of our county is deeply troubled.”
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