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The American Dream

whitepicketfenceWhen families move to Elmont, many move with the American Dream in mind. They move to live in fully detached houses with a one or two car garage, 2.5 children, a dog and a white picket fence.

It appears to the recently gerrymandered community of Elmont that local politicians and some misguided community activists have added, “and a casino in the backyard” to the American dream.

Let’s be clear, casinos appeal to vice – to human frailty! What would suggest to politicians like Martins, Ambrosino, Mangano and others, that unlike them, the average Elmont resident embraces the newly defined American dream as one that includes “a casino in the backyard?”

Let’s be clear, a casino in Elmont is a precursor to prostitution, the occasional murder and dramatic riots, as are evident at Aqueduct’s Resort World Casino a mere 9 miles away.

Like the ill-conceived “Cosmos Soccer Field of Dreams” the Elmont casino must not stand!

It is true that when well trained horses are ridden around an oval and spectators bet on the outcome that that is indeed gambling. But horse racing is seasonal and episodic, and a casino is not. It will likely be open for unrest 24/7/365.

Say NO to the casino by calling Elmont Online at 516.325.1599. Voice YOUR concerns and leave your name and a contact number.

Last Updated ( Friday, 15 January 2016 10:35 )

And The Conflicts of Interest are ongoing

“The difference between a “need” and a “felt need” is the difference between a group of people bothered by conditions in the world and a group [of people] acting on the world to make it a better place for themselves and others" Dr. Steve Burghardt

Economic Development talk filled the air during Nassau County’s 2015 election campaigns.  Here in the Town of Hempstead’s 2nd District, the location of Belmont Park and the closed five platform LIRR Transit Center, it was a topic to behold.  Incumbent Councilman Ed Ambrosino went on record in opposition to “affordable housing projects” which was an an artful, deceptive and easy appeal to the lesser angels of voters in the surrounding communities.

Was he ignorant of the facts?  No!  He made a politically expedient calculation.  He amplified the innate fear of the “other” in some voters.  In classic doublespeak Ambrosino was simultaneously championing a project with State Senator Jack Martins for a “275 apartment rental community situated within 2 blocks of the Mineola Long Island Rail road (LIRR) station”, reports Vision Long Island.  Elmont residents have been advocating for “transit-oriented housing” among other things as part of the redevelopment of the two lots at Belmont Park.  Indeed Ambrosino understood Elmont’s outcry but chose instead to frame his opposition around the pejorative “affordable housing.”  (

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 November 2015 09:57 )

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Last Updated ( Friday, 27 November 2009 16:50 )

One Hundred Years, Mrs. Garnette

Image Berthenia was 7days old when on November 13, 1907, Paul Cornu flew the first helicopter. It flew for only twenty seconds and got five feet up in the air. Today Berthenia Garnett is 100 years old. Born in Willington SC, November 6, 1907 she later relocated to McCormick where she met the late William Garnett and married December 19, 1928. Mrs. Garnett has 5 children, 14 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren & 1 great-great grandchild.

She’s is a member of the Jamaica Square Improvement League, and has been a memberEmanuel Baptist Church since 1941. She was a very active member of the Deaconess Board, Missionary Circle, Flower Circle as well as the Choir until her health declined.

Elmont Online Congratulates Mrs Garnette. She represents the dignity resilience, longevity and long suffering of a people.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 03 February 2008 04:47 )
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