Miles Lerner, Incoming Northport High School Freshman, was on his way to cross country practice on Tuesday morning, September 4, when his was hit by a car on Laurel Hill Road and severely injured. Miles was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he remains in the pediatric intensive care unit with multiple injuries, including traumatic brain injuries. According to Newsday, the driver of the car was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and driving with a suspended registration and uninsured vehicle.
Miles’s family has set up a fund raising website to offset the mounting medical bills. For more information on how you can help, visit the Fundrazr Website.
Anyone who ever worked or attended school at the Middleville Road building are urged to get tested for heavy metal poisoning. A group of parents have formed a Facebook Group, (K)oncerned Parents, to share information, comments and sources about Middleville, themselves, their sick children, what they have tried to do and how they have been treated by the Northport district and the Board of Ed. The K stands for K wing which has been closed since June of 2017. The parent in charge of the Facebook page is Denise Curci Schwartz. Anyone asking to be a friend should either state that they worked in the building or mention R-UTN member John Kobel (his posts show up as Phyllis Kobel).
A petition has been started by the (K)oncerned Parents urging the closing of Northport Middel School. They are asking all concererned community members to visit the Change.org petition page and add their name.
As most of you know, LIPA and National Grid, owners of the Northport Power Plant, are trying to reduce the assessment on the plant by 90%. If they succeed our school district will be adversely affected and property taxes will rise. A decision regarding the issue, which has been in litigation since 2010, is expected very soon.
The district is requesting that Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature immediately intervene and direct LIPA to agree to a reasonable and equitable settlement proposal. Dr. Banzer, Superintendent of schools, has prepared letters, to be sent enmass, to the Governor and our legislators in Albany. The R-UTN joins the district in asking all local residents to print out and sign these letters, and return them to the welcome desk at any of the district schools. The district will send them in bulk to each party to make sure they know how many people in the district are very concerned about the LIPA suit and the litigation.
Download the letters and Make our voices heard in Albany!
Letter to Govenor Cuomo
Letter to Assemblyman Raia
Letter to Senator Flanagan
Letter to Senator Marcellino
If you have the time, please then take five more minutes and place a call to our elected officials at both the State and Federal levels at the numbers listed below and express your concerns:
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo: (518) 474-8390
NY Senator John Flanagan: (631) 361-2154
NY Senator Carl Marcellino: (516} 922-1811
NY Assemblyman Andrew Raia: (631) 261-4151
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer: (202} 224-6542
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: (202) 224-4451
U.S. Congressman Thomas Suozzi: (631) 923-4100
For members in the Patchogue area – Applebee’s, 499 North service Road, Patchogue (Sunrise Highway), is hosting a fund raiser for the PATCHOGUE FAMILY YMCA, on Sunday April 22nd from 8 am-10 am.
$10 breakfast includes pancakes, sausages, bacon, scrambled eggs and coffee or tea. Proceeds go to support the YMCA summer children’s programs. Come and have a good breakfast and support a good cause – open to all.
The students from Parkland, Florida want to make a difference — and in support rallies are being held all over the country on Saturday, March 24.The rallies are designed to show solidarity with survivors of the Parkland Florida shooting and demand that lawmakers make gun reform a top priority to end this cycle of gun violence in our schools and our communities at large.
Local rallies will be held on Long Island — The official Long Island high school student organized March For Our Lives Rally is happening in Huntington on the baseball field in Heckscher Park (near Madison Street and Sabbath Day Path).
Click on this link for additional information, or to find another Long Island rally.