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Letter: New Bottle Bill Requirements Begin Nov. 8

Friday, 06 November 2009 00:00

The New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR) is spreading the word that the extended Bottle Bill begins Sunday, November 8, 2009. The extended bill was originally set to begin this Saturday, October 31, but New York officials are giving retailers a “grace period” to comply with the new requirement (according to Department of Environmental Conservation spokesperson Maureen Wren).


What Every Long Islander Should Know: November 6, 2009

Written by Nancy Rauch Douzinas Friday, 06 November 2009 00:00

Hard Truths About Our Schools

Two studies were released this past month that should give Long Islanders a reality check on how we are educating our children. One provides data on student achievement, the other a close-up of five Long Island school districts.

The close-up study, conducted for The Long Island Index by Columbia University’s Teachers College, examined one wealthy, almost all-white district; one poor, minority district; and three districts with greater diversity. What the researchers found was vast inequity in education systems: in terms of teachers, academic programs, student support, and more.


From Sustainable Long Island: October 30, 2009

Written by Sarah Lansdale Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00

Housing Alternatives Would Benefit All

Housing on Long Island represents a microcosm of all the problems Long Island needs to address – from economic and social equity, smart growth, zoning challenges, and how to make fragmented government work better, inspire community action, and ensure that opportunity is more fairly distributed and readily accessible.


Help Families in Need by Donating Turkeys During Nov. 13 Drop-Off

Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00

Bethpage Federal Credit Union, in partnership with Cablevision, National Grid, Northrop Grumman and NY Islanders, invites the public to gather together in Bethpage on Nov. 13 for the collection of food urgently needed by Island Harvest for distribution this Thanksgiving.

The turkey and trimmings collection to benefit Island Harvest — Long Island’s leading hunger relief organization — will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the front parking lot of its headquarters at 899 South Oyster Bay Road in Bethpage.


Access to Election Ballots Available for Those Who Are Disabled

Friday, 23 October 2009 00:00

For the upcoming Nov. 3 General Election the Board of Elections will once again be providing the ImageCast Ballot Marking Device (BMD) at each polling location throughout the county for voters with handicapping conditions.

Ballot marking devices allow persons with disabilities to vote independently. The machine is a scroll through touch screen device equipped with an audio component to be used with headphones. The device is also equipped with a sip and puff feature; multiple language capabilities; digital format to allow for speeding up or slowing the reading of instructions or races; and alerts for over or under votes.

Visually impaired or blind voters can use a tactile keypad and earphones to make selections as a programmed synthesized voice reads the choices for each race. The machine confirms the ballot by reading back the choices and once the voter has made all selections, the machine imprints the ovals on the ballot. It is important to note that this device simply marks the ballot, but does not count the votes. The voted ballot is placed in an envelope and returned to the Board of Elections for processing and counting.

For voters who do not have a personal means of transportation, Long Island Bus provides Able Ride that can be arranged up to 7 days in advance by calling 228-4000 or 228-4002 (TTY).

Handicapped Accessible Voting Machine Demonstration

The Nassau County Board of Elections will have a handicapped accessible Ballot Marking Device (BMD) available for practice purposes at 400 County Seat Drive in Mineola beginning Tuesday, Oct. 27 through and including Monday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Access to the building will be in the rear with a handicapped accessible ramp. Board of Elections staff will be on hand to guide voters through the voting process. In order to ensure proper employee coverage during the visit to the Board of Elections, those who wish to practice on the device are asked to call the board prior to the visit at 516-571-VOTE.

For voters who do not have a personal means of transportation, Long Island Bus provides Able Ride which can be arranged up to 7 days in advance by calling 228-4000 or 228-4002 (TTY).


Town of Hempstead’s Senior Seasonal Flu Immunization Program

Friday, 23 October 2009 00:00

Registration for the annual Senior Citizen Seasonal Flu Immunization Program is now under way. Hempstead Town, in cooperation with Nassau University Medical Center, will be providing seasonal flu vaccinations for senior residents age 60 or older at several town locations.

“Hempstead Town is pleased to be able to partner with Nassau University Medical Center once again to provide this valuable immunization program to area seniors,” Supervisor Kate Murray said. “The health and well-being of our seniors is a top concern to us here in the Town of Hempstead. The seasonal Influenza vaccine could prevent seniors from catching the flu or may lessen its severity.”


Liver Lines: October 16, 2009

Written by David Bernstein, MD, FACP, FACG Friday, 16 October 2009 00:00

In our frenetic world of multi-tasking with its endless exposure to 15-second snippets of useful and useless data, we have managed to create an environment of significant anxiety, short attention spans and poor personal communication skills. In no population are these behaviors as prevalent as in our youth. How many parents out there have been told by their children or have told their children, “don’t call me, just send me a text.” Throughout this chaos, team athletics stands out as a way to foster many of the skills that our youth are losing.


From the Desk of Senator Craig Johnson: October 9, 2009

Written by Senator Craig Johnson Friday, 09 October 2009 00:00

Hearing on State’s Non-Collection of Indian Cigarette Taxes

The Senate Standing Committee on Investigations & Government Operations will be holding a hearing on the state’s inability to collect taxes from cigarettes sold to non-Native Americans that originate from Indian Reservations Oct. 27 at Manhattan Community College, the committee’s chairman, Senator Craig M. Johnson announced.

The hearing will begin 10:30 a.m. at the college’s Richard Harris Terrace Building, 199 Chambers St., New York.


Letter: Stop the Insanity

Friday, 09 October 2009 00:00

Months ago, the rezoning and sale of the Courtesy Hotel was approved, sights set on razing the structure and rebuilding this cornerstone of our community. Today, the infamous hotel remains open for business, and there’s not a wrecking ball in sight.

What gives?

At Hall’s Pond, where once a park flourished, witness a bubbling cauldron of decaying debris, surrounded by a field of weeds, cracked asphalt, and broken fences.


From the Desk of Senator Craig Johnson: October 2, 2009

Written by Senator Craig Johnson Friday, 02 October 2009 00:00

Senator Johnson to Collect Coats for Kids

Senator Craig M. Johnson (D-Nassau) is teaming with Coats for Kids Inc. to help make sure that no child goes cold this winter.

Between now and Jan. 1, Senator Johnson will be collecting new and gently used winter coats at his District Office, 151 Herricks Road, Suite 202, Garden City Park, between 9 a.m .and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Pick-ups can also be arranged.


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