There’s a fine line between spending time and spending quality time.
I once played golf with a stranger who told me, almost implored me, to play golf as often as I can with my dad, because you never know when he won’t be able to join you on the course anymore.
The American Lung Association joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in celebrating World No Tobacco Day on May 31. This year’s theme, Tobacco Industry Interference, focused on the need to expose and counter the industry’s increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine global tobacco control efforts.
What we’re seeing in New York, and throughout the country, is the point of sale product display marketing that is cleverly designed to appeal to children. On World No Tobacco Day, attention was drawn to the fact that when these tobacco displays are placed prominently at checkout counters next to candy and gum and outside of stores at kids’ eye level, it encourages them to smoke.
For me, in this particular order, it’s Rangers, Jets and then Mets. I’m a closet Islanders fan but the pastime factor far outweighs that of any allegiance there.
Did the Westbury community need to be informed by the Westbury Dispatch of the negative confidential information that was privileged to board or former board members of the Westbury School District only! Is this a positive way that the community will grow with the school going in this direction? Is this a positive image that warrants the high taxes that the community pays?
I want to commend Ronald Scaglia on an excellently written and well researched three-part series “Just One Pill” that appeared in three consecutive editions through May in the Anton Community Newspapers and is available online. As a former journalist and editor, I consider the series representative of excellent journalism and a contender for award recognition.
On May 8, at the Westbury PTA Council’s meet the candidates forum, I went for a job interview. This interview was for one of life’s most important and challenging jobs; a job with no monetary compensation but one that entrusts an ordinary citizen with the responsibility to serve as a steward of your children’s academic futures and your hard earned tax dollars.
On May 15, taxpayers and parents “hired” me for this job, and I am truly humbled. Over the next three years, I will work diligently to stay connected to the parents and interested residents of our community and be very mindful that this role is indeed a privilege and not a right. I will conduct myself with the utmost integrity and comport myself in a manner befitting the title of trustee for Westbury’s Board of Education. Along the way, I will surely make mistakes. There may be times that we disagree. I assure you, however, that I will never lose sight of the important responsibility that you have entrusted to me and I do so with the firm commitment to always work for you.
Westbury/New Cassel Branch of NAACP thanks the American Legion, First Baptist Cathedral, Kiwanis and Key Clubs, Parent Teacher Student Association of Westbury High School, Westbury Association of Administrators and Supervisors, Westbury School related personnel and the Westbury Teachers Association for publicly supporting and helping to pass 2012-13 Westbury school budget.
I want to express my appreciation and thanks to the Westbury School District for implementing a “community school” at the Westbury Middle School, a provided after school program. It is refreshing to observe and experienced personnel who are working hard and showing that they really care about our children.
At the community school, various activities are being offered to our children, including book club, recreation, chess, fencing, guitar, robotics, dance, homework help and more. This offering has helped our children in countless ways, such as keeping our children safe after school, helping them with homework, providing children with self-esteem and developing respect for peers and others. Without the community school, some children may be getting into trouble or causing mischief after school when unsupervised.
With the Westbury Performing Arts Center opening its doors this fall, I can’t remember a more exciting time for residents.
I remember the buzz in Carle Place surrounding the fire department’s 100-year anniversary carnival and fireworks celebration in July 2010. Aside from the annual Carle Place Little League picnics at Eisenhower Park, I can’t recall a gathering of that magnitude with so many familiar faces.
That is what Chip Zaino, Sr. said to me when I was first elected to the board. The statement is profound as it is simple. The fact is that we cannot get a better community without a better school district and the citizens of the community are responsible for their school district.
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