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?
Robert Jarvis – President
Hadiah Chiappone – Vice President
James Spangler – Treasurer
Jean Flecker – Recording Secretary
Jen Selhorn – Fund Raising
John Hommel – Public Relations
Annette McKeough – Memberships
The Rotary is planning a fundraising Day at the Races at Belmont Racetrack on Saturday, Oct. 1. You can help by doing one or more of the following:
- Purchase tickets for the Day at the Races;
- Provide a suitable gift item for our raffle;
- Make a donation to the Westbury-Carle Place Rotary Club.
First came the news back in June that, after two attempts at the polls, residents elected not to pass the school district’s budget, thereby resulting in the adoption of a contingency form of budgetary operation for at least until next May. Then there was the Newsday published school districts test scores that appeared in the Aug. 9 edition of the paper, which showed less than satisfactory performance on the state mandated tests in English and Math for grades three through eight, that was given this spring.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, I wanted to express to the residents of the village my appreciation for their patience and understanding as we recover from the damage wrought by the storm.
While I understand that many of us were without power and other utilities for an extended period of time, the village worked as quickly as we could to remove downed trees, keep our roads open and safe for travel, repair broken streetlights, etc. Our DPW and other staff worked very long and hard to make sure that our village services were maintained, and I want to thank our employees for all of their dedication and hard work.
I am at an age when I find hypocrisy intolerable.
Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy recently darkened my doorway with campaign literature, which amounts to a boldface lie. She claims to have, “Helped [to] protect Social Security benefits...”
With the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack on America quickly approaching, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced that the county will honor the memory of those who lost their lives. The region’s largest Remembrance Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre in Eisenhower Park.
Participating in the ceremony will be Tom Van Essen, former New York City Fire Commissioner; Bishop William Murphy of the Diocese of Rockville Centre; Rabbi Dr. Marc Gellman of the Temple Beth Torah in Melville; the United States Marine Corp. District Honor Guard, the Nassau County Police Department Pipe and Drum Band and Color Guard; many Nassau County fire departments; Long Island Harmonizers; and the North Shore Pops.
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer was in Nassau County last week and called on the major wire transfers services to work with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to identify and block cash payment transfers to operators in China that peddle fake drivers’ licenses that are indistinguishable from the real thing. These high-tech Chinese-made fake IDs include features like holograms, watermarks, and magnetic strips, making them almost identical to driver’s licenses issued by state Departments of Motor Vehicles. These IDs, manufactured in China, are shipped throughout the country and hidden in shoeboxes and other packaging to disguise their contents and evade authorities.
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