(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?
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.
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