Friday, 30 November 2012 00:00
I am writing this article after having my power restored, 15 days after Sandy’s onslaught that caused unbelievable damage to homes and infrastructure in neighborhoods all over Long Island.
Like a lot of my neighbors, I had to make do with the inconveniences caused by lack of electricity, heat, cooking arrangements, etc., as my home is 100 percent electricity dependent (no gas) – small measure, when I compare myself with others in my neighborhood that had damages done to their houses and in some instances their automobile, from fallen trees.
As the “powerless” days passed and I tried to restrict myself from flicking light switches expecting light that wasn’t there, I took comfort in the fact that our state’s chief executive, Governor Cuomo, was squarely in our corner, as almost daily he was serving up notice to LIPA, the villain in this catastrophe, that they were being watched and will be held accountable for their lack of preparedness and inefficiency. But then it suddenly dawned on me that our good governor may not be entirely without blame in this debacle, as his office appoints nine of the 15-member board that runs the nonprofit municipal entity, which is running currently with only 10 members. It also occurs to me that the governor’s office must be aware of a scathing report by Navigant Consulting that LIPA was operating below industry standards in dozens of areas and was not equipped for rapid recovery from major storms (see www.navigantconsulting.com and www.vantageenergyconsulting).
But I would prefer to focus on some of the more positive aspects that I observed over the past few weeks. It was quite refreshing to see neighbors helping neighbors in every way imaginable, whether it was sharing sources of power from generators, offering their homes for neighbors to heat water, prepare simple meals, shower, recharge phones, offering transportation, assisting in the procurement of scarce fuel, (gas) sharing information from bulletins from elected officials or simply just calling to check on each other’s welfare. It was an experience I will always remember and which will make me even more proud to be a member of this community of all seasons.
I struggled with the thought of not singling out any particular individual for demonstrations of kind, humanitarian deeds during the crisis, because I am sure that such deeds were repeated over and over in various neighborhoods, but I find it impossible not to express my appreciation to The Rev. Jeffrey Krantz, who walked the immediate neighborhood of his church, knocking on doors and delivering leaflets with information for residents to share the comfort of his church hall, for heat, food, charging stations, etc.
Sandy has taught us that we still have a long way to go in preparing for the proverbial “100 years” storm, which now appears to be occurring every three years or so. One of the discussions that must take place as we collectively review what went wrong and what went right, is that we must explore, and make it easier, for ordinary residents to procure alternate sources of power – whether from strategically placed local grids, solar panels, etc. and also to better coordinate the deployment of utility repair teams, with local entities, villages and towns having a greater say in the process.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
In what is hoped to be a step forward for the Westbury School District’s ongoing search for a superintendent, the board of education voted to terminate its contract with search firm Hazard, Young, Attea. However, questions still remain. Will the board continue the search with another firm? Will the board conduct the search themselves? Will it consider current Interim Superintendent Mary Lagnado for the position? And of course, how long will the process take before a permanent superintendent is named?
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
The Westbury Board of Trustees has decided to grant Avanti a special use cabaret permit for a probationary six months.
The club had its permit rescinded six weeks ago after being in violation of several conditions, including noise and not reporting police activity. It now is required to operate under stricter conditions, including revised operating hours (they can be open until1 a.m. Sunday to
Wednesday and until 2 am. Thursday to Saturday) and having to keep a log book of any police activity. Much of the debate over Avanti had to do with an advertisement that promoted an event of a sexual nature. Club owner Barry Ceriano insisted that nothing of such a nature happened at Avanti and he was unaware of the ads, however the mayor said that the advertisement itself was in violation of the club’s permit and that the owner was responsible for all events that went on in his club. In that strain, the new permit includes a condition that says “applicant shall be responsible for any and all activities or events occurring at the premises. In the event that the applicant uses or engages the service of a booking agent, event planner, promoter…applicant shall use a written contract…and shall remain responsible and liable for any and all violations of the permit.” The following condition also says “any advertisement…of any event at the Premises, that advertises or promotes an event that would be a violation of this Permit and conditions, is itself a violation.”
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
Avenging the previous day’s loss and moving themselves one step closer to a possible county title, the Carle Place Frogs Softball team beat out the Locust Valley Falcons Wednesday, May 15 in a game two rematch for the Nassau County Class B Semi-Final, 12-3.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Westbury Okinawan Karate recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary of coming to the Westbury Recreation Center. Since then, the dojo has trained 250 students, ages six and up, in the art of karate with the style of traditional Okinawan ShorinRyu Shidokan.
Founded by sensei John Power, the classes seek to instill the confidence and strength needed to obtain success in everyday life.
“A lot of kids are lacking confidence,” said Power. “We let them practice leadership in the class and this contributes to their confidence.