As 2011 comes to a close we pause to say thank you to our family, friends, board members, supporters and volunteers that have made The Sarah Grace Foundation successful for another year. We continue to honor Sarah’s memory by helping children with cancer and their families in a way we feel Sarah would have wanted us to. We continue to assist with funeral expenses and provide comfort for those families, like ourselves, who have become parents of an angel. James continues to play a more active role in our programs and events while at the same time distinguishing himself in his studies.
The holidays are a time to reflect upon the past, to cherish its memories and to look ahead with hopes and dreams for a better tomorrow. We dream of a day when childhood cancer is cured and our children can live in a world free to have fun and not battle for their lives. It is inconceivable that Sarah has been gone nine years; her courage continues to inspire us and guide us.
Recent Op-Ed pieces in prominent newspapers have suggested that with proper regulatory oversight, hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” can be accomplished safely in New York, reducing our dependence on foreign oil and bringing much needed economic benefits to hard-hit areas of the state. If the issue was that simple, and if the statements were true, surely everyone would be in favor.
But the facts don’t support these statements, and the issue is not as simple as the TV ads would have citizens believe. Fracking is an inherently dangerous and destructive extreme form of energy extraction that brings with it a myriad of serious environmental and economic problems. Now that we have the opportunity to see how fracking has actually impacted citizens in Pennsylvania and other states, we can more easily distinguish fact from fantasy and make smarter choices for New York.
The taxi companies listed below released the following statement: “If any of our residents and customers need a free ride home after drinking at a local tavern, bar, restaurant or catering hall, from December 10 to January 1, call (516) 326-9090.” They are offering free rides in an effort to prevent drunk driving, which could be deadly.
As the president of the Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA) for Westbury, I would like to say thank you to all community members for joining SEPTA: special education teachers, principals of all schools, the dean of students, parents, teachers and some members of the school board and school district.
SEPTA is a PTA that specifically deals with the needs of the special education child. It was created to provide information to parents, guardians and teachers in helping them understand and assist with the child with a disability, whether the disability be temporary or not, whether it be mild or severe.
Clint Eastwood’s movie J. Edgar may be unmatched in the performances of Leonardo DiCaprio, whose name might have also been DaVinci in an earlier life for all of the artistry that he brings to the screen. No fluke after Titanic, DiCaprio has now taken his place among Hollywood’s greats as an enduring actor. The make up artists who brought DiCaprio from youthful agent to F.B.I. director, spanning more than 50 years, have well earned the title of artists.
Eastwood showed Hoover’s paranoid obsession with communism. Hoover described McCarthy as an “opportunist” and himself as a “patriot.” He kept his homosexuality in the closet and his secret personal files about our country’s leaders under lock and key except when he needed them to blackmail presidents or attorney generals so that he could remain in office. Hoover was the ultimate snoop keeping dossiers on prominent and not so prominent Americans. He takes his place in American history alongside the criminals his bureau prosecuted including his former boss, Attorney General John Mitchell.
Trainville Hobby Depot has once again compiled a guide list of locations to view operating model railroads, now until the end of April 2012. These include open-house events by clubs with permanent layouts as well as train shows at various locations.
The Trainmasters of Babylon, West Island Model Railroad Club, and Nassau Lionel Operating Engineers, all have open houses scheduled.
The Inspector General’s Report on Nassau’s dysfunctional police lab does not go far enough in affixing blame or in providing remedies. Instead of retesting in all cases at a cost of over $100,000 per month to Nassau’s blameless and overtaxed residents, priorities should be established.
Every election we are inundated with political mail, television advertisements, emails and worst of all political signs. Candidates try to build name recognition amidst a sea of signs. We have their names, the offices they seek and in some cases, their pretty faces. On this basis alone, they expect us to vote for them and we do. How stupid are we?
The extent of our knowledge about candidates may consist of our review of a voters’ guide, listening to the few debates that are available and voting with our feet. Sometimes we receive “Do Me a Favor” notes from friends who ask us to do them a favor by voting for their candidate. None of this is designed to tell us about the real qualifications that anyone has in running for a particular elective office.
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.
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