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Mirza At Sustainable Development Press Conference The residents of Elmont have been demanding solutions to their economic decay for almost a decade.

In February 2005, after seeing the solid proof of how Sustainable Long Island can help bring the much needed change, I introduced and brought them to Elmont. Despite a heavy snow storm, about 14 Civic and Community leaders, such as Norma Debatolo and Sandra Smith came out that evening to learn about the possibilities. In June 2005, I arranged a follow up meeting at the American Legion. It was participated by more than 60 residents and community activists. To assure the residents that we meant business Rev. Patrick Duggan - Deputy County Executive for the Economic Development also joined the Sustainable Long Island.

That night, Elmont learned how communities like New Cassel benefited from the concept of Comprehensive Economic Development through sustainable planning and progress. Over $100 million has been invested into the future of New Cassel by the County, Town of North Hempstead and others through this process.

On July 31, 2007 County Executive Tom Suozzi and the Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray held a press conference to kick off the visioning and planning process for Elmont.


Enough of just complaining and pointing fingers and "fighting with the problems". Let us be part of the solutions now! Enough of the fast-food restaurants and drug stores. the Time to have a supermarket on Hempstead Turnpike for Elmont is now!

Let us do our civic duty and come in great numbers to the Elmont Public Library on Wednesday, September 5th at 7:00 pm. Let us take our future and destiny in our own hands. Let us decide how Hempstead Turnpike can be revitalized, let us shape the future of our communities.

Ali A. Mirza
Secretary - Elmont Coalition for Sustainable Development.

EOL Note: Ali Mirza is the Democratic candidate for County Legislature. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Albany church celebration linked to historic issuing of Emancipation Proclamation

ALBANY -- Israel African Methodist Episcopal Church will hold a Watch Night service on New Year's Eve, much like its congregation did 154 years ago.

The Watch Night service's importance in the African-American community is linked to Dec. 31, 1862, or "Freedom's Eve," the day before the Emancipation Proclamation took effect on Jan. 1, 1863.

On New Year's Day 1863, according to President Lincoln's promise, all slaves in the Confederate states were legally free. But few were actually freed on that day -- given that the proclamation applied only to states that seceded from the Union, and the Civil War didn't end until 1865. Lincoln's proclamation applied only to those slaves who had already escaped to the Union side.
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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.

Anyone who attended the Elmont Board of Education re-organization meeting, held on Tuesday evening, July 3 at the Elmont Road School, may have been troubled by some of the things that were said by board members as well as members of the audience.

While, as a society, we may feel we are now above such things as sexism, there, at the Elmont board meeting, came proof that maybe we still have some strides to make.

From a member of the board as well as some members of the audience there came a suggestion that board vice president Elsy Mecklembourg-Guibert, board president Pamela Byer and newly sworn in board member Carol Parker Duncanson can't think for themselves. Those who made this suggestion believe that the three trustees vote only the way fellow board member Aubrey Phillips tells them to vote.

The fact that this suggestion, which is an insult to women, was made in a public forum was unfortunate and that it was made in a building belonging to a public school district is flat out wrong.

To insinuate that Guibert, Byer and Duncanson are nothing but pawns used by Phillips to forward his agenda is an insult to Phillips, but it is even a bigger insult to the those three women and women in general and displays a sexist attitude that belongs in narrow-minded views that our society has risen above.

Women hold some of the most important positions in our society and rightly so. They hold elected positions, positions of leadership and, whether you agree with some of their decisions on the Elmont School Board or not, Guibert, Byer and Duncanson are leaders in the Elmont community and should be treated as such.

Guibert, Byer and Duncanson were all elected to serve the public as were Phillips and other board members Frank Ragona, Lorraine Ferrigno and newly sworn in board member Michael Jaime. The public put these residents on the board because they believed in their individual abilities to improve education in Elmont. But, while they were elected individually to the board, they have to work as a team to accomplish this goal.

In order to work as a team, each member of the board has to respect his or her fellow board members. That clearly did not happen last week. Instead of being portrayed as Phillips' puppets, Guibert, Byer and Duncanson should be thought of, not even just as women, but as community leaders who are capable of doing one of the most important jobs a community can ask of its citizens - setting policies that will affect the education of the community's children.

The Elmont Board would be well served to realize that each of its members, whether it's Phillips, Guibert, Byer, Duncanson, Jaime, Ragona or Ferrigno, are volunteering their time to act in the best interests of the children of Elmont and their parents and guardians. That in itself deserves respect.


Republished from Three Village Times

On June 6, Elmont School Board President Aubrey Phillips was reappointed to a three-year term on the Nassau County Executive Committee of the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association. Phillips is a member of the Nassau County delegation’s Legislation Committee. In light of his desire to maintain his concentration with this committee, Phillips announced that he will not be seeking a nomination as an officer on the Elmont School Board in the coming school year.

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For some it's an After Thought!

"Highlights of Sept. School Board Meeting" which ran above the fold on page 1 of the September 28, 2007 Elmont Herald is indicative of what is wrong with the public discussion of Public Education in our community. For some in Elmont, Public Education is an after thought.

Since the July 3, 2007 Reorganization Meeting of the Elmont School Board, the Elmont Herald and some of its supporters have focused their collective energy on one issue - the board's decision not to include it as an official paper of the District.

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NEW YORK - a public school teacher was arrested today at JFK International Airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a set square, a slide rule and a calculator. At a morning press conference, the Attorney General said he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-Gebra movement. He did not identify the man who has been charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction.

"Al-gebra is a problem for us," the Attorney General said. "They desire solutions be means and extremes and sometimes go off on tangents in search of absolute values. They use secret codes names like 'x' and 'y' and refer to themselves as 'unknowns' but we have determined they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country. As the Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say, "There are 3 sides to every triangle."

When asked to comment on the arrest President Bush said, "if God had wanted us to have better weapons of math instruction, he would have given us more fingers and toes."

White House Aides told reporters they could not recall a more intelligent or profound statement by the president.

I would like to express my gratitude to the entire Elmont Community who patiently waited on line to cast their vote for the budget and the candidates.

I am very proud of Elmont and impressed with the direction our school district has taken.

Our students continue to strive for excellence.

As a member of the board I will continue to cooperate with the district on the two very important issues of maintain high education standards and fiscal responsibility.


Pamela Byer


Elmont UFSD Board of Education Meeting

I attended the Elmont Union Free School District Board of Education meeting which was held at the Stewart Manor Elementary School on January 16, 2007.As I walked in I immediately noticed that certain people sat in certain groups. I felt as though people were separated by invisible lines of demarcation. This feeling stayed with me throughout the entire meeting as I noticed that even the Board was fragmented.

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For those of you who do not know me I am Tania Lawes, a resident of Elmont with two wonderful children.  Many of you supported my petition to run for the Library board, and on May 16th went to your local elementary schools (some for the first time) to exercise your right to vote. 

Too many do not realize the importance of each voice and how one vote can make a difference.  So many have died and suffered to bring us to where we are today, and  I am proud of our community for coming out to support the candidates.  I am honored to serve this community as your library board member and encourage all of you to stay involved and informed.  Let me hear your voices.  Thank you again for all your support and well wishes.



Tania Lawes

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