Men and women in uniform sacrifice every day across the globe for the freedoms we enjoy here at home. Every year on Nov. 11, Veterans Day gives us the opportunity to thank them and recognize their dedication. The commemoration carries the purpose of President Woodrow Wilson’s official Armistice Day proclamation in November 1919 to “be filled with the solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service.”
We currently have over 106,200 troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, in addition to tens of thousands more stationed worldwide. Every day, soldiers make the ultimate sacrifice serving our country. There are a number of national and local ceremonies on Veterans Day that honor their heroic deeds. One of our nation’s most moving tributes is the wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The remains of unidentified soldiers from World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War are at rest here.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has designated the week of Oct. 31 through Nov. 4 to be School Board Recognition Week. This is the 20th year this event has been celebrated. In order to recognize the trustees of the Carle Place School District, the Carle Place PTA Council would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank the dedicated members of our Board of Education for their tireless efforts.
Residents can be very proud of our Mayor and Village for their “hands on” approach to keeping residents informed day to day of all pertinent issues but especially advising us of recent robberies and burglaries in the neighborhood as well as suspicious activity.
The Occupy Wall Street movement, like all radical movements, has obliterated the narrow political parameters. It proposes something new. It will not make concessions with corrupt systems of corporate power. It holds fast to moral imperatives regardless of the cost. It confronts authority out of a sense of responsibility. It is not interested in formal positions of power. It is not seeking office. It is not trying to get people to vote. It has no resources. It can’t carry suitcases of money to congressional offices or run millions of dollars of advertisements. All it can do is ask folks to use their bodies and voices, often at personal risk, to fight back. It has no other way of defying the corporate state. This rebellion creates a real community instead of a managed or virtual one. It affirms our dignity. It permits us to become free and independent human beings who shoulder personal responsibility. This, after a month of the Occupy Wall Street movement gone global is how the occupation sees itself, at least from what I’ve come to learn. I have some thoughts.
(Editor’s note: due to The Westbury Times’ production schedule, information from the Oct. 24 special meeting regarding criminal activity within the village will be published in next week’s issue.)
I wanted to update residents on the concerns expressed regarding matters pertaining to police protection and criminal activity in and around the village.
Most of us can remember when public service was an honorable profession and when we looked to elected officials for solutions to our problems. Yet, more and more, public servants and elected officials are viewed by the American public as the problem. Congress after all has an 11 percent approval rating, the lowest in the history of the Republic or at least as far back as anyone kept records on such data.
With snow season fast approaching, and following last year, when snow was particularly heavy and frequent, the village board recently enacted a number of changes to the village’s snow emergency rules and procedures. The changes will enhance the village’s ability to address snow emergencies in a timely and efficient manner, and to best provide for public safety during snow emergencies.
On 9/11 I was on my way out to Riverhead, Long Island for a pretrial conference in a high profile attempted murder case when the music on the car radio was interrupted by an announcement that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center.
My first thought was that it was an accident. I thought of the Twin Towers as invincible. After all, I had been on Vesey Street at a legal meeting in 1993 when terrorists first attacked the Trade Center. Back then we heard the noise and commotion below the County Lawyers Association but did know of the underground bombing.
As the country marks National Fire Prevention Week October 9-15, the American Red Cross on Long Island, is urging everyone to help save lives by making sure their home is protected by smoke alarms.
“The largest percentage of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or alarms that don’t work,” said John Miller, chief executive officer, Long Island Red Cross. “Smoke alarms provide a few minutes of advance warning in the event of a home fire, and that extra time can save lives.”
(This letter was sent to the Carle Place Civic Association and to The Westbury Times.)
I was very confused about the Fun Run when someone asked me to give $500 to get my store name on a T-shirt. I thought it was to raise money for some needy organization. I now realize it’s just to raise money for the CPCA.
So where does the money go?
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