Health Beat: blood drive; childhood development

02/17/2011 6:00 AM |

• The Riverhead community blood drive will be held at the Riverhead Fire Department, 540 Roanoke Ave., on Tuesday, March 1, 1-7 p.m.. Call Lauren at 369-9136.

• Cornell Cooperative Education will host a training session in Spanish at its education center, 423 Griffing Ave., Riverhead, on supporting children’s healthy development on Wednesday, March 2, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The fee is $25 and the course will include what infants and young children need for optimal intellectual, emotional and social growth. Call 727-7850 ext. 340.

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  • Paul, I read your blog, and I am also frustrated with these budget meetings…. Being new to this process I am wondering what we as a community can do? Letter writing and voicing our opinions does not seem to work??? thank you

  • Paul, you are so right about the runaround that is going on!
    There is one simple point to be made across the Island…tax payers need to be their own advocates!
    Indecision in college is TOO expensive and our tax dollars need to be spent on our children through our public school system which is broken! HS in MP since 2003 has turned to pushing our students TO college and they stopped preparing our students FOR college OR the workforce! AP course are great but not the only criteria for getting into college. What about College Acctg which inspires a student to pursue this career path with transferable college credits! Parents need to stand behind the teachers-the frontline that will prepare our students -our economic future! Would a big corporation eliminate the division that generates revenue? The board and administration have lost site of who they work for, they work for our children their students! Start with labor forces that don’t directly impact the students. Look at other options – increase health contributions IT”S PRE TAX! Shop for lower health insurance plans! It sounded absurd to hear that Empire is the only plan they could have???? The type of care should be in the contract not the provider!! Yes we need board members for the public not a board member who is in it for their own agenda! Pattipie3 – keep writing the letters, making calls, e-mails and attending the meetings – don’t stop –

  • Paul, you are so right about the runaround that is going on!
    There is one simple point to be made across the Island…tax payers need to be their own advocates!
    Indecision in college is TOO expensive and our tax dollars need to be spent on our children through our public school system which is broken! HS in MP since 2003 has turned to pushing our students TO college and they stopped preparing our students FOR college OR the workforce! AP course are great but not the only criteria for getting into college. What about College Acctg which inspires a student to pursue this career path with transferable college credits! Parents need to stand behind the teachers-the frontline that will prepare our students -our economic future! Would a big corporation eliminate the division that generates revenue? The board and administration have lost site of who they work for, they work for our children their students! Start with labor forces that don’t directly impact the students. Look at other options – increase health contributions IT”S PRE TAX! Shop for lower health insurance plans! It sounded absurd to hear that Empire is the only plan they could have???? The type of care should be in the contract not the provider!! Yes we need board members for the public not a board member who is in it for their own agenda! Pattipie3 – keep writing the letters, making calls, e-mails and attending the meetings – don’t stop –

  • Paul, with this blog, you are doing great service for the community.

    As a result of an inquiry that I made, here are few numbers provided by the Miller Place School District regarding what the budget impact would be if all the salaries were frozen for 2011-12. As you see, the budget savings would total $ 2.374 million, distributed as follows:

    Teachers $2,000,000
    Support Staff $ 254,000
    Administration $120,000
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    Total $ 2,374,000

    This total shows that freezing salaries would certainly go a long way towards restoring the kids’ programs. The list also shows where the most savings are. It is important, however, that the administrators lead by example.

    Based on the district’s information, I also find that another $371,543 would be saved if the medical plan contributions made by the district employees were increased to be what community members pay for their medical. Increasing medical premiums for district employees would result in about a 1 percent decrease in taxes.

  • Unfortunately, the board will do what they please without the voice of the people. It’s been that way for many years and it’s just not going to change unless the system changes. Why do we need a board in the first place? None of them from what I’ve seen are educated enough to be in that position. In any district. Plus, there are more options for healthcare besides Empire, if they told you that was the only choice, they are not telling the truth.

  • Take a look and judge for yourself if MPSD teachers and administrators can afford pay freeze so that programs for the children can be preserved.

    http://millerplaceschooldistrictbudget.blogspot.com/