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Officials React To Connecticut Shooting

Schools operating with heavy hearts in wake of tragedy

Local school leaders are reassessing security measures in the wake of the Newtown, CT school shootings that occurred on Friday, Dec. 14. The West Hempstead School District released a detailed outline on coping if parents were having trouble communicating with their children about the incident.

District Superintendent John Hogan detailed security measures the district currently has in place, including having adults at each door of the schools. Cameras surround area schools and certain doors require key code access. Like many school districts across the country, West Hempstead will review its current plans and procedures already in place.

“The health and safety of all in our school district has been and will continue to be our first priority,” Hogan said. “In the aftermath of yesterday’s tragedy, I directed the principals to review their school’s emergency management plan.  On Monday, as part of my regularly scheduled monthly meeting with the principals, we will review our security plans and procedures together.”

Hogan, like any parent, prays for the safety of his children every day.

“As the father of two daughters, I know that I send them off each day with a prayer and the expectation that throughout the day they will be safe in their schools and in the local pharmacy where they both work,” he said. “I do not expect that tragedy will come to visit them or that I will not see them again in the evening.”

In a letter to parents, Franklin Square School District Superintendent Patrick Manley said, “we will remain vigilant in our mission to provide our students a high quality education in the safest, most nurturing environment possible.”

District officials recently visited the Morelly Center for Homeland Security in Bethpage. Franklin Square partnered with several firms housed in the Morelly Center to review safety plans.

No one expected those new plans would need to be put to the test this quickly. According to the letter, the district is currently planning additional safety drills and procedures recommended by those firms.

As he returned to school Monday, Dec. 17, Manley hugged his children a bit differently.

 “The uncertainty of leaving them stings and will probably remain with me throughout the coming days,” Manley said. “As we navigate through the near future, please know that all actions we take were carefully considered to provide the safest environment possible. We are in this together as a community of caregivers.”

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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.

Defendants sold counterfeit handbags, shoes and electronics

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.


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