Friday, 27 April 2012 00:00
The Sewanhaka Central High School District “SIDMUN” Model UN conference was held last weekend from April 20-22. The annual conference is an eagerly awaited forum by students who debate world issues during a daylong conference moderated, developed and chaired by high school students.
Senator Jack Martins visited Model UN committees, listened to debates and helped open the “SIDMUN” Model UN conference at Floral Park Memorial High School (FPMHS). The conference hosts Floral Park Memorial, Sewanhaka, Carey, Elmont Memorial (EMHS) and New Hyde Park High Schools.
The conference is named after retired teacher and Model UN founder Lee Markus. Martins spoke to more than 300 student participants.
The conference featured different Model UN committees chaired by students from the participating high schools. The conference opened with a Model UN breakfast.
Martins met with students from all the schools and discussed their particular committee assignments. Issues debated at the conference ranged from censorship to women’s rights.
The opening forum for SIDMUN featured Secretary General Jahan Mirchandani of FPMHS, welcoming the students to the conference and offering his observations on his Model UN experiences throughout the years. Lee Markus discussed the leadership roles and his perspective on Model UN and how it has impacted the lives of luminaries such as Chelsea Clinton, Ryan Seacrest among others.
Martins talked about the skills that students develop being a part of Model UN.
“The subjects that you will debate are the very issues that our diplomats tackle each and every day,” Martins said. “The ability to debate, make a point and work together with others with very different perspectives and values will serve all of you very well in the future not only your career but in daily life.”
During the Model UN conference, Martins visited all of the committee room and listened to the debate being put forward by the different countries being represented. Floral Park Board of Education Trustee Dave Fowler and Model UN students joined him.
Martins also had a special meeting with the delegation from Portugal, which was represented by the students at EMHS.
“Model UN is such a fantastic program in the Sewanhaka Central High School District,” Martins said. “Watching our future leaders come together to solve problems and forge solutions by using informed, intelligent persuasion was a delight to watch.”
Friday, 28 December 2012 00:00
Members of the Council of Nassau County Cerebral Palsy Auxiliaries and the Nassau Homemakers helped make this holiday season special for students who attend school at the Children’s Learning Center at the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc. One of these holiday elves was Joan Talamo, a Floral Park resident.
Friday, 28 December 2012 00:00
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced on Dec. 19 that eight people have been arrested and charged with selling counterfeit shoes, handbags, and electronics at an outdoor flea market in Valley Stream.
Rice said that on Saturday, Dec. 15, investigators from the DA’s Office conducted a joint operation with the Nassau County Police Department’s Asset Forfeiture Unit and ICE’s Trademark Counterfeit team at the Green Acres Outdoor Flea Market. Numerous booths were identified by experts for selling counterfeit Coach and Louis Vuitton handbags, UGG boots, music CDs, and DVDs.