Clara H. Carlson fifth-graders marked Black History Month when they created their own version of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. The students dressed up as Jackie Robinson, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama and other notable African-Americans from throughout history. When visitors pressed a red button, the “wax figures” came to life and presented an oral report on the life of their figure.
“It takes a great deal of discipline to stand still for a long period of time,” fifth-grade teacher Laura Tocci explained. “These students utilized a number of academic skills to prepare for this event. They conducted research, wrote a report, and spoke in public. Plus, they practiced a great deal.”
January’s Male Senior of the Month is a kind, compassionate, and all around great student and role model. This easygoing young man is hard working and highly intelligent and fully earned his membership in the National, World Language, and Music Honor Societies.
His stage presence has been applauded for many years and specifically for his roles in this year’s dramatic and musical productions. As a musician through and through, he leads his peers as the very dedicated and enthusiastic President of the Musical Department and Vice President of the Tri-M Honor Society.
On the eve of a vote that could shut down four police precincts in Nassau County and convert them to community policing centers, officers with the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) once again presented their case against the proposal.
In a meeting with editors of Anton Community Newspapers, PBA President James Carver and his associates claimed that the proposed closures would result in less services at the community centers than what existed at precinct stationhouses. They also disputed claims made by Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Dale that crime has decreased in Nassau County and in general, they made the case that precinct stationhouses are essential to combating crime and performing needed services.
The streets were trembling, the buildings were shaking and the confetti was falling by the truck-full in the Canyon of Heroes on Tuesday, Feb. 7 as New York City said thanks to its beloved Big Blue.
The New York Giants celebrated the 21-17 Super Bowl XVLI (46) victory over the New England Patriots in style with a ticker-tape parade and estimated attendance of one million screaming onlookers. Fans laughed, cheered, even cried as their favorite team passed by on what could be magically mistaken as chariots of the football gods.
An estimated 40 tons of confetti showered the “G-MEN.” Fans barricaded on the sidewalks took to climbing streetlights, signs and building storefronts to could catch a glimpse of the team.
The West End Civic Association of Floral Park welcomed political dignitaries to weigh in on the proposed casino at Belmont Park at a meeting held at the Atlantic Avenue Floral Park Fire Department on Thursday, Feb. 2. Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and New York State Assemblyman Ed Ra each spoke before a standing-room only crowd.
Acknowledging the many letters she’s received from concerned West End residents since last December, Murray expressed her “pleasure in getting to know so many residents in Floral Park,” not only recently but also during her nine-year tenure as town supervisor. “Whatever I do when I get into the confines of Floral Park, everyone has been always very welcoming,” she said.
Numerous Long Island lawmakers, joined by both the Nassau and Suffolk County Executives, plus Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos were out in force last Friday, calling for further reductions in the MTA payroll tax.
The press conference, held at the Nassau County Executive & Legislative Building, introduced state legislation (S-6206), one co-authored by State Senators Jack Martins (R-Mineola) and Lee Zeldin (R,C,I-Shirley). The bill would exempt villages, towns, and counties in New York State from the MTA payroll tax. Municipalities in New York State, both lawmakers said, currently pay a .34 percent tax per $100 of payroll to pay for the MTA.
“Property taxpayers paying for village, town and county services should not have their hard-earned tax dollars diverted to subsidize the MTA through this payroll tax,” Senator Martins said. “We need to alleviate some of the burdens placed on our local governments. This legislation does that and the result will be relief for our taxpayers, something we desperately need.”
United States Senator Charles E. Schumer was given a warm welcome when he visited the Village of Floral Park Fire Department Headquarters on Monday, Jan. 27. Schumer revealed to a small crowd that more than 70 Nassau County fire departments and seven volunteer ambulance corps are facing major budget hikes in order to meet the year-end deadlines to upgrade existing radio equipment due to federal mandates.
Schumer had only the highest of praise for the volunteer firefighters who came from cities across Nassau County, including Stewart Manor, Garden City, Bellerose, New Hyde Park, Great Neck, Island Park, Valley Stream, East Williston, Port Washington, Bayville, Freeport, Wantagh, and Oceanside, Lakeview.
“As you know I care a lot about our firefighters; they are great people. Nassau County volunteer fire departments are among the best in the country,” Schumer said, adding, “They risk their lives, they don’t get paid to make us safe. It’s a great thing and everyone here in this county is blessed by the quality of the fire departments.”
Joanne K. Adams of Garden City, director of community relations for The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), will be honored by the Kidney & Urology Foundation of America (KUFA) at its inaugural “Top 25 Champions for a Cure” Reception Benefit on Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The awards reception, hosted by The Woodlands Country Club, Woodbury, NY, will honor 25 worthy advocates who have been afflicted by, committed to education, or dedicated to finding a cure for prostate cancer and/or kidney disease. “We are pleased to honor Joanne as one of the top 25 individuals who has done so much for prostate cancer and kidney disease,” noted Shirley Baer, KUFA’s executive director.
Thanks to generous donations from both the Rockville Centre (RVC) Lions Club and the West Hempstead Lions Club, five members of the Winthrop’s Kindred Spirit Support Group for children with diabetes – Michael Nelson of Oceanside; Dana Laissle of Deer Park; T.J. Rama of Lindenhurst; Lauren Boldis of Merrick; and Nicholas D’Angelo of Massapequa – will have the opportunity to attend the Clara Barton Diabetes Day Camp in Roslyn this summer.
As members of the Kindred Spirit Support Group, Michael, Dana, T.J., Lauren and Nicholas participate in a unique education and support group for children with type 1 diabetes and their families offered by Winthrop’s nationally recognized Diabetes Education Center. The scholarships given by the Rockville Centre Lions Club and the West Hempstead Lions Club are intended to help enable children with diabetes attend the Clara Barton Diabetes Day Camp – a special camp geared specifically toward insulin-dependent children.
A proposal on zoning changes for Elmont’s Hempstead Turnpike corridor was the hot topic at a recent Town board meeting, announced by Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilmen Ed Ambrosino and James Darcy. The proposal, which has been under development by town planners, has elicited community interest among residents who have supported the town’s revitalization efforts in downtown Elmont. In addition to previously released plan details focused around commercial development, Murray, along with Ambrosino and Darcy, recommended to the entire town board that the draft plan for Elmont’s Hempstead Turnpike corridor be modified to incorporate “mixed-use” development in some portion of the zone.
The proposed changes to the Hempstead Turnpike-Elmont (HT-E) Zoning District are aimed at furthering the revitalization of Elmont’s downtown, while stimulating the growth of businesses and reinvigorating the local economy. The proposal also encourages investment by the private sector, as a new zone would provide a blueprint for developers on types of development permitted and changes in allowable building heights and density.
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